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Hourly affict ; merely thou art death's fool ;
3 — meerly thou art Death's offices of which the mind Irinks Fool;
from the contemplation. All the For him thou labour'A by thy delicacies of the table may be flight to shun,
traced bac to the shambles and And yet runn's tow'rd him ftill.] the dunghill, all magnificence of In those old Farces called Mo- building was hewn from the RALITIES, the Fool of the piece, quarry, and all the pomp of or. in order to shew the inevitable naments, dug from among the approaches of Death, is made damps and darkness of the mine. to employ all his stratagems to - the soft and tender fork ayoid him : which, as the mat Of a poor worm.“ -] Worm ter is ordered, bring the Fool, at is put for any creeping thing or every turn, into his very jaws. Serpent. Shakespeare supposes So that the representations of taliely, but according to the vulthese scenes would afford a great gar notion, that a serpent wounds deal of good mirth and morals with his tongue, and that his mixed together. And from such tongue is forked. He confounds circumitances, in the genius of reality and fiction, a serpent's our ancestors publick diversions, tongue is soft but not forked I farpose it was, that the old nor hurtful.
If it could hurt, ic proverb arose, of being merry and could not be soft. In Midsummer. wife.
WARBURTON. Night's Dream he has the same + Are nursd by baseness.] Dr. notion. Warburton is undoubtedly mis
With doubler tongue taken in supposing that by base. Than thine, Oferpent, never ad. nefs is meant felf love here are
der ftung. figned as the motive of all hu. 6 - thy best of reft is sleep, man actions. Shakespeare meant And that thou oft provek ft; yet only to observe, that a minute grolly fear analysis of life at once destroys Thy death which is no more. -] that splendour which dazzles the Evidently from the foiloning imagination. Whatever gran- passage of Cicero: Habes fomnum deur can display, or luxury en- imaginem Mortis, eamque quotidie joy, is procured by baseness, by induis, & dulitas quin jenfus in
Thy death, which is no more. ? Thou’rt not thyself;
morte nullus fit, cum in ejus fimu. paffions of mind, or disorders of
age with the recollection of 7 — Thou'rt not thy thyself.] youthful pleasures or performThou art perpetually repaired ances; fo that our life, of which and renovated by external affis no part is filled with the business tance, and thou subsiftest upon of the present time, resembles foreign matter, and hast no our dreams after dinner, when
of producing or continue the events of the morning are ing thy own being.
mingled with the designs of the – strange effe&ts.] For ef- evening: feats ead affects; that is, affections, - For all thy blefed youth
B В mes
Becomes as aged, and doth beg the alms
Becomes as aged, and doth beg Here again I think Dr. Warthe alms
burton totally mistaken. ShakeOf palfied Eld; and when thou'rt speare declares that Man has neiold and rich,
i ber youth nor age, for in youth, Thou haft neither heat, &c.--) which is the happiest time, or The drift of this period is to which might be the happiest, he prove, that neither youth nor age commonly wants means to obcan be said to be really enjoyed, tain what he could enjoy; he is which, in poetical language, is, dependant on palfied eld; muft beg -We have neither youth nor age. alms from the coffers of hoary But how is this made out? That avarice; and being very niggardAge is not enjoyed he proves, by ly supplied becomes as aged, looks, recapitulating the infirmities of like an old man, on happiness, it, which deprive that period of which is beyond his reach. And life of all sense of pleasure. To when he is old and rich, when he prove that Youth is not enjoyed, has wealth enough for the purhe uses these words. For all thy chase of all that formerly excited blessed youth becomes as aged, and his desires, he has no longer the doth beg the alms of palfied Eld. powers of enjoyment. Out of which, he inat can den duce the conclusion, has a better
has neither heat, affe&tion, knack at logic than I have. I
limb, nor beauty fuppose the Poet wrote,
To make his riches pleasant.
I have explained this passage -- for pall'd, thy blazed youth according to the present reading, Becomes affuaged; and doth beg which may stand without much the alms
inconvenience ; yet I am willing Of palsicd Eld;
to persuade my reader, because i. e. when thy youthful appetite I have almost persuaded myseif, becom; s palled, as it will be in the that our author wrote, very enjoymi nt, the blaze of youth
for all thy blafled youth is at once assuaged, and thou im
Becomes as aged mediately contracteft the infirmities of old age; as, particularly, - heat, affition, limb, nor the pallie and other nervous dif- beauty.) But how does beau:y orders, consequent on the inor- make riches pleasant? We should dinate use of lensual pleasures. read BOUNTY, which compleats
This is to the purpole; and p:oves the fenfe, and is this; I hou haft Youth is not enjoyed by thewing nether the pleature of enjoying ghie fort duration of it. riches thy self, for thou wanteit WARBURTON. vigour : nor of seeing is enjoyed
To make thy riches pleasant. What's yet in this,
Claud. I humbly thank you.
Ifal. What, ho? peace here, grace and good com
Prov. Who's there? come in: the wild deserves a
welcome. Duke. Dear Sir, ere long I'll visit you again. Claud. Most holy Sir, I thank you. Isab. My business is a word, or two, with Claudie. Prov. And very welcome.
welcome. Look, Signior, here's
Duke. Provost, a word with you.
ceald, Yet hear them.
(Exeunt Duke and Provost.
by others, for thou wanteft boun- an opportunity of inserting it fy. Where the making the want tould be purchased by declaring of bounty as inseparable from old ignorance of what every one age as the want of health, is ex- knows, by confeffing infenfibitremely fatyrical tho' not alloge. lity of what every one feels. ther just.
WARBURTON. - more thousand deaths.) I am inclined to believe that For this Sir T. Hanmer reads, a neither man nor woman will have thousand deaths : the meaning is much difficulty to tell how beauty not only a thousand deaths, but makes riches pleasant. Surely this a thousand deaths besides what emendatior, though it is elegant have been mentioned. and ingenious, is not such as that
S CE N E II.
Claud. Now, sister, what's the comfort ?
Deed : 4
for his swift ambassador ; Where you shall be an everlasting leigers Therefore your best appointment
make with speed, To-morrow you set on.
Claud. Is there no remedy?
Isab. None, but such remedy, as, to save a head, To cleave a heart in twain.
Claud. But is there any ?
Isab. Yes, brother, you may live:
Claud. Perpetual durance ?
Isab. Ay, just; perpetual durance; a restraint,
Claud. But in what nature ?
4 - as all comforts are; moft Appointment; preparation; act of good in deed.] If this reading be fitung, or tiate of being fitted for night, Isabella muft mean that any thing. So in old books, we the brings something better than have a Knight well appointed; words of comfort, the brings an that is, well armed and mounted; assurance of deeds. This is harsh or fitted at all points. and constrained, but I know not
a restraint, what better to offer. Sir Tho. 9o a determined fcope.) A conHanmer read:, in speed.
finement of your mind to one s- an everlasting leiger. painful idea ; to ignominy, of Therefore your best appointment.] which the remembrance can be Leiger is the fame with resident. neither suppressed nor escaped.