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Divert and crack, rend and a deracinate
The unity and married calm of states
Quite from their fixture? So, when degree is shak'd,
Which is the ladder to all high designs,
Then enterprize is sick ! How could communities,
Degrees in schools, and brotherhoods in cities,
Peaceful commerce from dividable shores,
The primogeniture and due of birth,
Prerogative of age, crowns, scepters, laurels,
But by degree, stand in authentic place?
Take but degree away, untune that string,
And, hark, what discord follows ! each thing meets
In mere oppugnancy : The bounded waters
Should lift their bofoms higher than the shores,
And make a sop of all this solid globe :
Strength should be lord of imbecility,
And the rude fon should strike his father dead :
Force should be right; or, rather, right and wrong
(Between whose endless jar justice' resides)
Should lose their names, and so should justice too.
Then every thing k includes itself in power,
Power into will, will into appetite ;
And appetite, 'an universal wolf,
So doubly seconded with will and power,
Must make perforce an universal prey,
And, last, eat up himself. Great Agamemnon,
This chaos, when degree is suffocate,
* married]-harmonious—“ married lineament."
ROMEO AND JULIET, Act I, S. 3. La. Cap. brorber boods ]-companies.
& dividable]-divided, distant. authentic]-proper, just, appointed. i refides)] -as an arbitrator.
k includes itself]-is absorbed into power, which, becoming sole agent, soon converts itself into will, &c. ex universal wolf,]-perhaps alluding to the Edda, or eating ulcer.
Follows the choaking.
And this neglection of degree it is,
That” by a pace goes backward, with a purpose
It hath to climb: The general's disdain'd
By him one step below; he, by the next;
That next, by him beneath : so every step,
Exampled by the first pace that is sick
Of his superior, grows to an envious fever
Of pale and " bloodless emulation :
And 'tis this fever that keeps Troy on foot,
Not her own sinews. To end a tale of length,
Troy in our weakness stands, not in her strength.
Neft. Most wisely hath Ulysses here discover'd,
The fever whereof all our power is sick.
Agam. The nature of the sickness found, Ulysses,
What is the remedy ?
Uly). The great Achilles,—whom opinion crowns
The finew and the forehand of our host,
Having his ear full of his airy fame,
Grows dainty of his worth, and in his tent
Lies mocking our designs: With him, Patroclus,
Upon a lazy bed, the livelong day
Breaks oscurril jests;
And with ridiculous and aukward action
(Which, Nanderer, he imitation calls)
He pageants us. Sometime, great Agamemnon,
Thytopless deputation he puts on ;
And, like a strutting player, -whose conceit
Lies in his ham-string, and doth think it rich
m by a pace goes backward,)--gradually depresses its immediate fupe. riour, with a view to advance itself.
bloodless]— frigid, sluggish, malignant rivalry. “ worthless emulation.'? Henry IV. Part I. Act IV. S. 4. Lucy. fcurril]-low, mean.
p. pageants]—represents. topless deputation]-sovereign character.
To hear 'the wooden dialogue and found
'Twixt his stretch'd footing and the scaffoldage, ---
Such to-be-pitied and o'er-wrested seeming
He acts thy greatness in : and when he speaks,
'Tis like a chime a mending; with terms unsquar'd,
Which, from the tongue of roaring Typhon drop'd,
Would seem hyperboles. At this fusty stuff,
The large Achilles, on his press'd bed lolling,
From his deep cheft laughs out a loud applause ;
Cries—Excellent !—'tis Agamemnon juft.-
Now play me Nestor ;-hem, and stroke thy beard,
As be, being ' 'drejt to some oration.
That's done ; as near" as the extremeft ends
Of parallels ; as like as Vulcan and his wife :
Yet good Achilles still cries, Excellent !
'Tis Neftor right! Now play bim me,. Patroclus,
Arming to answer in a night alarm.
And then, forsooth, the faint defects of age
Must be the scene of mirth; to cough, and spit,
And with a " palsy-fumbling on his gorget,
Shake in and out the rivet :-and at this sport,
Sir Valour dies; cries, 0 !-enough, Patroclus ;
Or give me ribs of steel! I shall split all
In pleasure of my spleen. And in this fashion,
All our abilities, gifts, natures, shapes,
* Severals and generals of grace exact,
Atchievements, plots, orders, preventions,
Excitements to the field, or speech for truce,
" the wooden dialogue and sound)--the echo of his loud stamp on the stage returning from the roof of the theatre. • unsquar'd]-irregular, untuneable. ! 'drejt 10]—upon the point of speaking. ' as the extremest ends of parallels ;]—as east and west. * palsy}-palsy’d, paralytic.
* Severals and generals of grace exakt,~All our personal or national accomplishments, however decent and irreprehensible.
Success, or loss, what is, or is not, serves
y As stuff for these two to make paradoxes.
Neft. And in the imitation of these twain
(Whom, as Ulyffes says, opinion crowns
With an imperial voice) many are infect.
Ajax is grown self-willid; and a bears his head
In such a rein, in full as proud a place
As broad Achilles : keeps his tent like him;
Makes factious feasts; rails on our state of war,
Bold as an oracle : and fets Therfites
(A save, whose gall coins Nanders like a mint)
To match us in comparisons with dirt;
To weaken and discredit our exposure,
How rank foever rounded in with danger.
Ulys. They tax our policy, and call it cowardice ;
Count wisdom as no member of the war ;
Forestall pre-science, and esteem no act
But that of hand : the still and mental parts, -
That do contrive how many hands shall strike,
When fitness calls them on; and know, by measure
Of their observant toil, the enemies' weight,
Why, this hath not a finger's dignity ;
They call this—bed-work, mappery, closet war:
So that the ram, that batters down the wall,
For the great swing and rudeness of his poize,
They place before his hand that made the engine ;
Or those, that with the fineness of their souls
By reason guide his execution,
y As fluf for these two to make paradoxes.]-As a fund for their absurd mimickry, for them to burlesque : to make parodies. z bears bis bend]-holds it as high.
our exposure, &c.)-regardless of the immense danger to which such degrading representations may expose the common cause. b by measure, &c.]-by dint of unwearied observation. fineness of their fouls]-their ingenuity.
Neft. Let this be granted, and Achilles' horse
Agam. What trumpet ? look, Menelaus.
Men. From Troy.
Aga. - What would you 'fore our tent?
Æne. Is this great Agamemnon's tent, I pray you ?
Aga. Even this.
Æne. May one, that is a herald, and a prince,
Do a fair message to his kingly ears?
Aga. “With furety stronger than Achilles' arm
'Fore all the Greek ish heads, which with one voice
Call Agamemnon head and general.
Æne. Fair leave, and large security. How may
A stranger to those most imperial looks
Know them from eyes of other mortals ?
Æne. I ask, that I might waken reverence,
And bid the cheek be ready with a blush
Modest as morning when she coldly eyes
The youthful Phæbus :
Which is that god in office, guiding men ?
Which is the high and mighty Agamemnon?
Aga. This Trojan scorns us ; or the men of Troy
Are ceremonious courtiers.
Æne. Courtiers as free, as debonair, unarm’d,
As bending angels ; that's their fame in peace:
But when they would seem soldiers, they have galls,
Good arms, strong joints, true swords, and · Jove's
Nothing so full of heart. But peace, Æneas,
• Witb surety, &c.]-You may do it with the utmost security before all those chiefs. • Jove's accord,]-Jove's Sanction, protection.