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And mar mens' spurring. Crack the lawyer's voice,
(9) Hoar, &c.] Mr. Upton, plainly perceiving there was fumething wrong in this pallage, proposes to read,
Hearfe the Flamen. je make hoarse: for to be hoary claims reverence: this, not only the poets but the scripture teaches us : Levit. xix. 32. Thou. fhalt rise up before tlie boary head."" Add
to this, that hoa ke, is here most proper, as opposed to scolds. The poet could never mean-" Give the Flamen the hoary leprosy that scolds; hoa", in this sense, is so ambiguous, that the construction hardly admits it, and the opposition plainly requires the other reading." See Crit. Observalions, p. 198. Though I must confess Mr. Upton's conjecture very ingenious, and acknowledge with him, bear, as it stands, can never be Shakespear's word; yet neither can I think hourse to be fo: tho' perhaps it may seem unreasonable in me to condemn it, without being able to offer a better in its. place. But I am apt to imagine there is a word by some means or other flipt.out. of the text, and wanted where I have placed the asterisk.
Nor found his quillets shrilly. *the hoar Flamen
That scolds, , & c.What tlie word só löft' is, or how it must be supplied, can be only conjecture, so that every reader will have a pleasing oppor-tunity of trying his critical fagacity; the epithet is very proper for.the Flamen, and it seems to me, if we allow boars, there is none, or very little difference between what he and the lawyer: were to suffer : it seems probable, [cids in the next line, has bee'n- misplac'd : and indulging conjecture, we may at least be', allowed to suppose the pasage originally stood thus;
Nor found his quilléts Threwdly. Scald the boar Flamen
And not believes himself. . Thus, that part of the Flamen, which procures him reverence, his hoary head would suffer, and thus the punishments are varied. But this is only guess-work; and yet in such cases we have a' better right to proceed in the daring work of alteration, than where an author's text is corrupt only to our feeble imagina-tions.
And not believes himself. Down with with the nose,
SCENE V. Timon's Reflections on the Earth.
That nature being fick of man's unkindness,
yet be hungry! Common mother, thou
The gilded newt, and eyeless venom'd worm;
Whereof (10) To foresee.] As men by forefering, provide for, and take care of their affairs, Shakespear uses the word in that sense, "of him that to foresee, (provide for and see after] his own particular advantage, c."
(11) Grisp—crispus, crispatus, curkd; alluding to the clouds, that appear curkd, and to which he gives that epithet in the Tempef.
To ride On the curled clouds. (12) Dry up.] Mr. Harburton reads here. ` Dry up thy hai-row'd veini, and plough-torn leas : and the Oxfordi editor.
Whereof ingrateful man with liq'rish draughts,
Timon's Discourse with Apemantus.
my likeness. Tim. Were I like thee, I'd throw away myself.
Apem. Thou'ít caft away thyfelf, being like thyself, So long a madınan, now a fool. What, chink'it ihou That the bleak air, thy boisterous chamberlain, Will put thy shirt on warın? will these (14) moss'd trees
That Dry up thy meadows, vineyards, plough-torn leas. Tlie Oxford editor has some ground for his criticism, for I find in the folio, marrows, vines, &c. and for Mr. Wa-burton's, there is indeed something to be said, tho’ he must observe, the metaphor is not kept up by his alteration (for 'tis to keep up the metaphor he aiters) except another night emendation be made of kas into limbs!
(13) W’eeds.] This was woods, till altered by Mr. Warburton; we may observe, Apemantus frequently reproaches Timor with bis change of garb.
This flave-like habit
This four cold habit on, (14) Mof'd,] Oxf. edit. vulg. mofl.
That have out-liv'd the eagle, page thy heels,
Tim. Thou art a slave, whom fortune's tender arm
The mouths, the tongues, the eyes, the hearts of men
(Looking on the gold,
'Twixt natural son and fire ! thou bright defiler
SCENE VII. Timon to the 'Thieves.
want? behold the earth hath roots; Within this mile bre::k forth an hundred springs ; The oaks bear malts, the briers scarler hips : The bounteous huswife nature on each bush Lays her full mess before you. Want? why want?
i Thief. We cannot live on grass, on berries, water, As beasts, and birds, and fishes.
Tim. Nor on the beasts themselves, the birds and fishes: You must eat men.
Yet thanks I must you con, That you are thieves profeft; that you work not In holier Shapes : for there is boundless theft In limited professions. Rascals, thieves, Here's gold. Go, fuck the subtle blood o'th' grape, 'Till the high fever seeth your blood to froth, And so 'fcape hanging. Trust not the physician, His antidotes are poifon, and he slays More than you rob ;(16) takes wealth and life together : Do villany, do, since you profess to do't, Like workmen; I'll example you with thievery.
The (15) Whose blush, &c.] The imagery here is exquisitely beautiful and sublime; and that still heightened by allusion to a fable and custom of antiquity, viz. the story of Danae and the golden shower; and the use of consecrating to a god or goddess, that which, from a similarity of nature, they were supposed to hold in esteem. Warburto.
(16) Takes wealth and life together ; Oxford edit. vul. Tahe Wealth and live together.