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Horribly loud, unlike the former shout.
1512. —inhabitation] Oixoupcem. Jonson's three plays, p. 31. Richardson.
derives the word dole from the 1514. -at the utmost point.] Greek ato tou disaur, distribuere. Al ultimo segno. Richardson. By the way we may observe,
1529. —be dealing dole] Dis- that the Chorus here entertains tributing his gifts and portions the same pleasing hope of Samamong
his enemies, from a Saxon son's eye-sight being by miracle word, says Skinner, but Mr. Up- restored, which he had before ton in his remarks upon Ben tacitly reproved in Manoah, and
And over heaps of slaughter'd walk his way? 1530
1540 MESSENGER. O whither shall I run, or which way fly Manoah who had before encou- be: and so is the next but one, raged the same hope in himself, in that and all the editions ; now desponds and reckons it though it seems to belong rather presumptuous in another. Such to Manoah. The line between changes of our thoughts are na- them, which is wanting (as I just tural and common, especially in now observed) in the text of the any change of our situation and first edition, in the Errata and circumstances. Fear and hope in all the editions since is given usually succeed each other like to the Chorus, but the poet cerague and fever. And it was not tainly intended both them and a slight observation of mankind, Manoah a share in it. that could have enabled Milton to have understood and described
CHOR. A little stay will bring the human passions so exactly.
some notice hither
Of good or bad so great. Max. Of 1536. A little stay will bring bad the sooner; some notice hither.] The text of For evil news rides post, while good the first edition wants the nine news baits,
CHOR. And to our wish I see one lines preceding this, and the line
hither speeding, that follows it: but they are sup- An Hebrew, as I guess, and of our plied in the Errata. This line in tribe. that edition is in the part of the
Calton. Chorus, as I think it ought to
The sight of this so horrid spectacle,
1552. -and here before thee] 1556. And sense distract.] The Here again the old error was word is used likewise as an adcarefully preserved through all jective in Shakespeare. Julius the editions. In the first edition Cæsar, act iv. sc. 4. it was printed and heard before
With this she fell distract, thee; but we have corrected it,
And (her attendants absent) swal. as Milton himself corrected it in
low'd fire. the table of Errata.
1554. No preface needs,] No Twelfth-Night, act v. sc. 5. preface is wanting. Needs is a
They say, poor gentleman! he's verb neuter here as in Paradise
much distract. Lost X, 80. where see the note.
That still lessens
1576. Abortive as the first-born justness and propriety. One canbloom of spring &c.] As Mr. not possibly imagine a more Thyer says, this similitude is to
exact and perfect image of the be admired for its remarkable dawning hope which Manoah
Nipt with the lagging rear of winter's frost!
Self-violence? what cause Brought him so soon at variance with himself Among his foes?
had conceived from the favour- And when he thinks, good easy man, able answer he had met with
full surely from some of the Philistian lords,
His greatness is a ripening, nips his
root ; and of its being so suddenly ex
And then he falls, as I do, tinguished by this return of ill fortune, than that of the early Upon which Mr. Warburton rebloom, which the warmth of a
marks, that as spring-frosts are few fine days frequently pushes not injurious to the roots of fruitforward in the spring, and then trees, he should imagine the poet it is cut off by an unexpected wrote shoot, that is, the tender
shoot on which are the young return of winterly weather. As Mr. Warburton observes, this leaves and blossoms. The combeautiful passage seems to be parison, as well as expression of taken from Shakespeare, Henry nips, is juster too in this reading. VIII. act iii. sc. 6.
Shakespeare has the same thought
in Love's Labour Lost. This is the state of man; to-day he
Byron is like an envious sneaping The tender leaves of hopes, to mor
frost row blossoms,
That bites the first-born infants of And bears his blushing honours thick the spring.
upon him ; The third day comes a frost, a killing
See Warburton's Shakespeare, frost ;
vol. v. p. 413.