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Thy thoughts with noblenefs, that thou mayft prove
Coriolanus' Mother's pathetic Speech to him. -Think with thy felf, How more unfortunate than all living women Are we come hither; fince thy fight, which fhould Make our eyes flow with joy, hearts dance with com
Conftrains them weep, and shake with fear and forrow;
* We must find,
An eminent calamity though we had
In the Two Noble Kinfmen, Arcite, lamenting the many miferies of their captivity, among the reft complains that they Should have
No iffue know them ;-
To glad our eye, and like young eagles, teach 'em
Than feek the end of one: thou shalt no fooner
SCENE IV. Peace after a Siege.
Ne'er thro' an arch fo hurried the blown tide,
(15) The, &c.] Shakespear poffibly might have this verse from the 3d chapter of Daniel, in view, when he wrote the above.
At what time ye hear the found of the cornet, flute, barp, sackbut, pfaltery, dulcimer, and, all kinds of music, ye fall down and worship the golden image, &c.
Or this from the laft Pfalm.
Praise him with the found of the trumpet, praise him with the pfaltery and harp: praise him with the timbrel and dance, praise him with the ftringed inftruments and organs. Praise him upon the loud cymbals, praise bim upon the high-founding cymbals. Let every thing that bath breath braife the Lord.
The tragedy of Coriolanus (fays Johnson) is one of the most amufing of our author's performances. The old man's merriment in Menenius; the lofty lady's dignity in Volumnia; the bridal modefty in Virgilia; the patrician and military haughtinefs in Coriolanus; the plebeian malignity and tribunitian infolence in Brutus and Sicinius, make a very pleafing and interefting variety: and the various revolutions of the hero's fortune fill the mind with anxious curiofity. There is, perhaps, too much bustle in the first act, and too little in the last.
AHOU fhould'st have made him
To after-eye him.
Imo. I would have broke mine eye-strings; crackt
To look upon him; (1) till the diminution
Pif. Be affur'd, madam,
With his next vantage.
Imo. I did not take my leave of him, but had
(1) Till, &c.] There needs no alteration here: Imogen says, "She would not have left to after-eye him, till he was as little as a crow, nay, fhe would have crackt her eye-ftrings to look. apon him, till the diminution of fpace [the leffening of the nace he took up] had pointed him sharp as a needle," (till the ace he took up feem'd not only fmall as a bird, but even sharp a needle's point.)
How I would think of him at certain hours,
Mine intereft, and his honour: or have charg'd him
SCENE VIII. The Bafeness of Falfhood to a Wife.
Doubting things go ill often hurts more,
(2) Which, &c.] Mr. Warburton, in his note on this passage, has had the felicity to difcover what the two charming words were, between which Imogen would have fet her parting kiss, which Shakespear probably never thought of. He fays, "without queftion, by thefe two charming prds, he would be understood to mean,
The one religion made fo, the other love."
Imogen must have understood the etymology of our language very exactly, to find out fo much religion in the word adieu, which we ufe commonly, without fixing any fuch idea to it; as when we fay, fuch a man has bid adieu to all religion. And on the other fide, the must have understood the language of love very little, if he could find no tenderer expreffion of it, than the name by which every body elfe called her husband. Edward's Ga. of Crit. p. 115.
Blowing, Warb. vulg. growing.
(3) Had I, &c.] He afterwards fays,
To bathe my lips upon; this hand, whose touch
ACT II. SCENE II.
Imogen's Bedchamber; in one Part of it, a large Trunk.
Imogen is difcovered reading.
To your protection I commend me, gods,
To be partner'd
With tom-boys, hir'd with that self-exhibition
As well might poifon poifon : be reveng'd, &c.
Thefe lines are well worthy the reflection of all those gent'emen, who style themfelves Men of Pleasure: if they would duly weigh the truth of them; their own pride fure would be the first thing, to drum them, as Shakespear fays, from their lascivious ports,