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Thy thoughts with nobleness, that thou mayst prove
Coriolanus' Mother''s pathetic Speech to him.
Think with thyself,
How more unfortunate than all Irving women 0 Are we come hither; since thy sight, which should Make our eyes flow with joy, hearts dance with coinforts,
Constrains thejn weep, and shake with sear and sorrow;
In the Two Nahk Kinsmen, Ascitt, lamenting the many miseries of their captivity, among the rest complains that they
t No issue know th*m ;—
No figure of ourselves shall we e'er see,
To glad our eye, and like young eagles, teach 'em
Boldly to gaze against bright arms, and fay
Remember what your fathers were—and conquer.
Than seek the end of one: thou shalt no sooner'
Scene IV. Peace after a Siege*
Ne'er thro' an arch so hurried the blown tide,
(15) The, ice.J Shahespiar possibly might have this verse from the 3d chapter 01 Daniel, in view, when he wrote the above.
Jit wbat time ye hear the found of the cornet, Jlutc, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, .and.ail kinds of mujic, ye Jail dovin and wajhip tht golden image, &c
Or this from the last Psalm.
Prase hj?v tvith the found of the trumpet, praise him viith the psaltery and ha p: pra'sc hhn with the timbrel and dance, praise him with the Jlringtd injfr^v.cnti a,ul organs. Praise him upon the loud cymbals, pra'fe him upon the high-founding cymbals. Let every thing that hath breath tora'fe the Lprd.
The tragedy of Coriolanus (says Johnson) is one of the most amusing of our author's performances. The old man's mesriment in Mencnim; the lofty lady's dignity in Vohmnia; the bridal modesty in Virgilia; the patrician and military haughtiness in Coriolanus; the plebeian malignity and tribunitian insolence in Brutus and Sicinius, make a'very pleasing and interesting 'variety: and the various-revolutions of the hero's fortune fill the mmd with anxious curiosity. There is, perhaps, too much bustlt in the first act, and too little in the last.
Imo. H O U should'st have made him
JL As little as a crow, or less, ere left To after-eye him.
Pis. Madam, so I did.
Into. I would have broke mine eye-strings; crackt 'em, but
To look upon him; (1) till the diminution
Pis. Be aflur'd, madam,
Imo. I did not take my leave of him, but had Most pretty things to fay; ere I could tell him
(1) Till, tee.] There needs no alteration here: Imogen fays, "She wovild not have last to after-eye him, till he was as little as a crow, nay, she would have crackt her eye-strings to look ipon him, till the diminution of space [the lessening of the nace he took up] had pointed him sharp as a needle," (till the ace he took up seem'd not only small as a bird, but even sharp, a needle's point.)
How I would think of him at certain hours,
Such thoughts, and such; or 3'-could make him fwsat,
The she's of Italy should not betray
Mine interest, and his honour: or have charg'd him
At the sixth hour of morn, at noon, at midnight,
T' encounter me with orisons, (for then
I am in heav'n for him ;) or e'er I could
Give him that parting kiss, (2) which I had set
Betwixt two charming-words, contes in my father,
And like the tyrannous breathing of the north,
Skakes all our buds from blowing *.
Scene VIII. The Baseness of Faljhood to a Wife,
Doubting things go-ill, qfl^n hurts more,
(2) Jffc&,:&c] ftfr. Win-burton, uijius. note on this passage, lit. flie.'two charming words
To bathe my lips upon; this hand, whose touch
ACT IT. SCENE H.
Imogens Bedchamber; in one Part of it, a large Trunk.
Imogen is discovered reading.
Imo. Mine eyes are weak
Fold down the leaf where I have left; to bed
To your protection I commend me, gods,
To be pnrtner'd
These lines are well worthy the reflection of all those gent'eiuen, who style themselves Mai of Pleasure: if they would duly weigh the truth of them; their own pride sure would be the. first thing, to drum ibem, as 'Sbakcffear. fays, from their lascivious ports.