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Ulyss. Troy, yet upon his basis, had been down, And the great Hector's sword had lack'd a master, But for these instances. The specialty of rule hath been neglected : And, look, how many Grecian tents do stand Hollow upon this plain, so many hollow factions. When that the general is not like the hive, To whom the foragers shall all repair, What honey is expected ? Degree being vizarded, The unworthiest shows as fairly in the mask. The heavens themselves, the planets, and this center, Observe degree, priority, and place, Insisture, course, proportion, season, form, Office, and custom, in all line of order: And therefore is the glorious planet, Sol, In noble eminence enthron’d and spherd Amidst the other; whose med'cinable
eye Corrects the ill aspects of planets evil, And posts, like the commandment of a king, Sans check, to good and bad : But, when the planets, In evil mixture, to disorder wander, What plagues, and what portents ? what mutiny ? What raging of the sea ? shaking of earth ? Commotion in the winds ? frights, changes, horrors, Divert and crack, rend and deracinate 9 The unity and married calm of states
6 The specialty of rule — ] The particular rights of supreme authority.
7 When thot the general is not like the hive,] The meaning is, When the general is not to the army like the hive to the bees, the repository of the stock of every individual, that to which each particular resorts with whatever he has collected for the good of the whole, what honey is expected? what hope of advantage? The sense is clear, the expression is confused. Johnson.
the planets, and this center,] By this center, Ulysses means the carth itself, not the center of the earth. According to the system of Ptolemy, the carth is the center round which the planets
Quite from their fixure ? O, when degree is shak'd,
brotherhoods in cities,] Corporations, companies, confraternities.
dividable shores,] i. e. divided.
mere —] Mere is absolute. 4 That by a pace - ] That goes backward step by step.
with a purpose.
It hath to climb.] With a design in each man to aggrandize himself, by slighting his immediate superior.
By him one step below; he, by the next;
Nest. Most wisely hath Ulysses here discover'd
Agam. The nature of the sickness found, Ulysses, What is the remedy ?
Ulyss. The great Achilles, - whom opinion crowns
Sometime, great Agamemnon,
bloodless emulation:] An emulation not vigorous and active, but malignant and sluggish.
our power -] i. e. our army. • Thy topless deputation, -] Topless is that which has nothing topping or overtopping it ; supreme; sovereign.
9°Twixt his stretch'd footing and the scaffoldage,] The galleries of the theatre, in the time of our author, were sometimes termed the scaffolds.
o'er-wrested seeming - ) i. e. wrested beyond the truth.
He acts thy greatness in : and when he speaks,
Nest. And in the imitation of these twain
unsquar'd,] i. e. unadapted to their subject, as stones are unfitted to the purposes of architecture, while they are yet unsquar'd.
- as near as the extremest ends
Of parallels ;] The parallels to which the allusion seems to be made, are the parallels on a map. As like as east to west.
In such a reino, in full as proud a place
Ulyss. They tax our policy, and call it cowardice;
Nest. Let this be granted, and Achilles' horse
[Trumpet sounds. Agam.
What trumpet ? look Menelaus.
What would you 'fore our tent? Æne.
Is this Great Agamemnon's tent, I pray?
bears his head In such a rein,] That is, holds up his head as haughtily. We still say of a girl, she bridles.
whose gall coins slanders like a mint,] i. c. as fast as a mint
6 How rank soever rounded in with danger.) A rank weed is a high weed.
by measure -] i.e.“ by means of their observant toil.”