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Hel. You go fo much backward, when you fight.
Par. That's for advantage.

Hel. So is running away, when fear proposes safety : but the composition, that your valour and fear makes in you, " is a virtue of a good wing, and I like the wear well.

Par. I am so full of busineffes, as I cannot answer thee acutely: I will return perfect courtier ; in the which, my instruction shall serve to naturalize thee, fo thou wilt be capable of courtier's counsel, and understand what advice shall thrust upon thee; else thou dieft in thine unthankfulness, and thine ignorance makes thee away; farewel. When thou hast leisure, say thy prayers; when thou haft none, remember thy friends; get thee a good husband, and use him as he uses thee : so farewel.


S CE N E IV. Hel. Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie, Which we ascribe to heav'n. The fated sky Gives us free scope; only, doth backward pull Our flow designs, when we ourselves are dull. 3 What power is it, which mounts my love so high,

2 is a virtue of a good WING, hibits wing without a capital: and I like the wear well.] The yet, I confess, that a virtue of a integrity of the metaphor di- good wing is an expression that I rects us to Shakespear's true read. cannot understand, unless by a ing; which, doubtless, was metaphor taken from falconry, a good MING, i, e. mixture, com it may mean, a virtue that will position, a word common to Shake- fly bigh, and in the style of HotIpear and the writers of this age; Spur, Pluck honour from the moon. and taken from the texture of 3 What power is it, tbat mounts cloth. The M. was turn'd the my love fo high, wrong way at press, and from That makes me fee, and cannot thence came the blunder.

feed mine eye?] She means, WARBURTON. by what influence is my love diThis conjeture I could wish to rected to a person so much above sce better proved. This common me, why am I made to discern word ming I have never found. excellence, and left to long after The first edition of this play ex- it, without the food of hope.



That makes me fee, and cannot feed mine
* The mightiest space in fortune nature brings
To join like likes; and kiss, like native things.
Impossible be strange attempts, to those
That weigh their pain in sense; and do suppose,
What hath been, cannot be. Who ever ftrove
To shew her merit, that did miss her love?
The King's disease my project may deceive me,
But my intents are fix'd, and will not leave me.


Changes to the Court of France.

Flourish Cornets. Enter the King of France, with let

ters, and divers Attendants. King

HE Florentines and Senoys are by th' ears ;
Have fought with equal fortune, and

continue A braving war.


4 Tbe mightief space in fortune That is, Nature brings like quenature brings

lities and dispositions to meet To join like likes; and kiss, like through any distance that fortune native things.

may have set between them; she Impoffible be Arange attempts, joins them, and makes them kiss to those

like things born toget ber, That weigh their pain in sense; The next lines I read with and do Tuppose,

Hanmer. What hath been, -] Impoffible be ftrange attempts to All thefe four lines are obscure, those and, I believe, corrupt. I shall Tbat weigh their pain in fenfe, propose an emendation, which and do Juppose those who can explain the pre What ha'nt been, cannot be. fent reading, are at liberty to re- New attempts seem impossible to ject.

those, who estimate their labeur Through mightieft Space in for- or enterprises by sense, and betune nature brings

lieve that nothing can be but what Likes to join likes, and kiss, they see before them.

like native things.

i Lord,

i Lord. So 'tis reported, Sir.

King. Nay, 'tis most credible; we here receive it, A certainty vouch'd from our cousin Austria ; . With caution, that the Florentine will move us For speedy aid; wherein our dearest friend Prejudicates the business, and would seem To have us make denial.

i Lord. His love and wisdom, Approv'd so to your Majesty, may plead For ample credence.

King. He hath arm'd our answer ;
And Florence is deny'd, before he comes :
Yet, for our gentlemen that mean to see
The Tuscan service, freely have they leave
To stand on either part.

2 Lord. It may well serve
A nursery to our gentry, who are sick
For breathing and exploit.

King. What's he comes here?

Enter Bertram, Lafen and Parolles. i Lord. It is the count Rousillon, my good Lord, young Bertram.

King. Youth, thou bear'st thy father's face. Frank nature, rather curious than in halte, Hath well compos’d thee. Thy father's moral parts May'st thou inherit too! Welcome to Paris.

Ber. My thanks and duty are your Majesty's.

King. I would, I had that corporal soundness now, As when thy father and myself in friendship First try'd our soldiership: he did look far Into the service of the time, and was Discipled of the brav'st. He lasted long; But on us both did haggish age steal on, And wore us out of act. It much repairs me To talk of your good father ; in his youth VOL. III.



$ He had the wit, which I can well observe
To day in our young lords: tut they may jest,
Till their own scorn return to them ; unnoted
Ere they can hide their levity in honour.

So like a courtier, contempt nor bitterness
Were in his pride or sharpness, if they were,
His equal had awak'd them; and his honour,


s He had the wit, which I ca and Stops are reform'd, these are well observe

most beautiful Lines, and the To day in our young Lords : but Sense is this" He had no they may jett,

Contempt or Bitterness; if he Till their own scorn return to " had any thing that look'd them; unnoted

“ like Pride or Sharpnefi, (of Ere they can hide their levity in “ which Qualities Contempt and

honour.] i. e. Ere their tj. “ Bitterness are the Excesses, tles can cover the levity of their “ his Equal had awak'd them, behaviour, and make it pass for not his Inferior: to whom he desert. The Oxford Editor, not “ scorn'd to discover any thing understanding this, alters the line “ that bore the Shadow of Pride to

or Sharpness.” Ere they can vye their levity

WARBURTON. with his honour.

The original edition reads the WARBURTON. first line thus, I believe honour is not dignity So like a courtier, contempt nor of birth or rank, but acquired re bitterness. putatiox : Your father, says the The sense is the same. Ner was King, had the same airy flights used without reduplication. So of Jarirical wit with the young in Measure for Meafure, lords of the present time, but they More nor lefs to others paying, do not what he did, hide their Than by self-offences weigbing. unnoted levity in honour, cover The old text needs to be expetty faults with great merit. plained. He was so like a coor

This is an excellent observa- tier, that there was in his digtion. Jocose follies, and flight nity of manner nothing contemptuoffences, are only allowed by ous, and in his keenness of uit mankind in him that overpowers nothing bitter. If bitterness or them by great qualities. contemptuousness ever appeared, 6 So like a Courtier, no Con- they had been awakened by some tempt or Bitterness

injury, not of a man below him, Were in his Pride or Sharpness; but of his Equal. This is the if they were,

complete image of a well bred His Equal had awak'dtbem.-] man, and somewhat like this VetThis passage is so very incor- taire has exhibited his hero Lewis rectly pointed, that the Author's XIV. Meaning is loft. As the Text


Clock to itself, knew the true minute when Exceptions bid him speak; and at that time ? His tongue obey'd his hand. Who were below him * He us’d

as creatures of another place, And bow'd his eminent top to their low ranks ; 9 Making them proud of his humility, In their poor praise he humbled : Such a man Might be a copy to these younger times ; Which, follow'd well, would now demonstrate them But goers backward.

Ber. His good remembrance, Sir,
Lies richer in your thoughts, than on his tomb;
* So in approof lives not his epitaph,
As in your royal speech.

7 His tongue obeyed his hand.) the gracious receiving their poor We should read,

praije, he humbled even his humia His tongue obeyed the band. lity. The Sentiment is fine. That is, the hand of his honour's

WARBURTON. clock, shewing the true minute Every man has seen the mean wben exceptions bad bim speak. too often proud of the humility of 8 He us'd as creatures of ano the great, and perhaps the great

ther place.] i.e. He made may sometimes be humbled in the allowances for their conduct, and praises of the mean, of those bore from them what he would who commend them without connot from one of his own rank. viction or discernment: this, The Oxford Editor, not under- however is not so common; the standing the Sense, has altered mean are found more frequently Another place, to a Brother-race,

than the great. WARBURTON. . So in approof lives not his 9 Making them proud of bis hu Epitaph, mility,

As in y: ur royal Speech.] In their poor praise, he hum- Epitaph for character.

WARB. bled] But why were

I should wish to read, they proud of his Humility ? It Approof so lives not in bis Epishould be read and pointed thus. taph,

- Making them proud; AND As in your royal speech.
bis Humility,

Approof is approbation. If I In their poor praise, he bum- should allow Dr. Warburton's inbled

terpretation of Epitaph, which is ise. by condescending to stoop more than can be reasonably exto his Inferiors, he exalted them pected, I can yet find no sense and made them proud; and, in in the present reading.

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