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It is our hope, sir,
King. No, no, it cannot be ; and yet my heart
what follows, shows this correction to be necessary:
TYRWHITT. Tyrwhitt's amendment is clearly right. Advice is the only thing that may be shared between two, and yet both gain all.
M. Mason. .8 - and yet my heart
Will not confess he owes the malady
That doth my life besiege.] i. e. as the common phrase runs, I am ftill heart-whole; my spirits, by not finking under my distemper, do not acknowledge its influence. Steevens. 9
let higher Italy
Of the last monarchy,) see, &c.] The ancient geographers have divided Italy into the higher and the lower, the Apennine hills being a kind of natural line of partition; the side next the Adriatick was denominated the higher Italy, and the other side the lower: and the two seas followed the same terms of distinction, the Adriatick being called the upper Sea and the Tyrrhene or Tuscan the lower. Now the Sennones, or Senois, with whom the Florentines are here supposed to be at war, inhabited the higher Italy, their chief town being Arminium, now called Rimini, upon the Adriatick. HANMER.
Italy, at the time of this scene, was under three very different tenures. The emperor, as successor of the Roman emperors, had one part; the pope, by a pretended donation from Conftantine, another; and the third was composed of free ftates. Now by the last monarchy is meant the Roman, the last of the four general monarchies. Upon the fall of this monarchy, in the scramble, several cities set up for themselves, and became free states: now these
The bravest questant shrinks, find what you seek,
might be faid properly to inherit the fall of the monarchy. This being premised, let us now consider sense. The King says higher Italy;-giving it the rank of preference to France; but he corrects himself and says, I except those from that precedency, who only inherit the fall of the last monarchy; as all the little petty states; for inftance, Florence, to whom these volunteers were going. As if he had said, I give the place of honour to the emperor and the pope, but not to the free states. WARBURTON. Sir T. Hanmer reads:
Those bastards that inherit, &c. with this note:
• Reflecting upon the abject and degenerate condition of the cities and states which arose out of the ruins of the Roman empire, the last of the four great monarchies of the world.”
Dr. Warburton's observation is learned, but rather too subtle; Sir Thomas Hanmer's alteration is merely arbitrary. The passage is confessedly obscure, and therefore I may offer another explanation. I am of opinion that the epithet higher is to be understood of situation rather than of dignity. The sense may then be this, Let upper Italy, where you are to exercise your valour, see that you come to gain honour, to the abatement, that is, to the disgrace and depression of those that have now lost their ancient military fame, and inherit but the fall of the last monarchy. To abate is used by Shakspeare in the original fenfe of abatre, to depress, to fink, to dejest, to subdue. So, in Coriolanus :
“ - till ignorance deliver you,
“ That won you without blows." And bated is used in a kindred sense in The Merchant of Venice :
" - in a bondman's key,
• With bated breath, and whisp'ring humbleness.” The word has still the same meaning in the language of the law,
JOHNSON. In confirmation of Johnson's opinion, that higher relates to situation, not to dignity, we find in the third scene of the fourth Act, that one of the Lords fays," What will Count Rousillon do then? will he travel higher, or return again to France?”
M. Mason, Those 'bated may here signify " those being taken away or excepted.” Bate, thus contracted, is in colloquial language still used with this meaning. This parenthetical sentence implies no more than they excepted wha polles modern Italy, the remains of the Raman empire. . HOLT WHITE.
That fame may cry you loud :: I say, farewell. 2 Lord. Health, at your bidding, serve your
majesty! King. Those girls of Italy, take heed of them; They say, our French lack language to deny, If they demand: beware of being captives, Before you serve,
Both. Our hearts receive your warnings. King. Farewell.—Come hither to me.
[The King retires to a couch. ị Lord. O my sweet lord, that you will stay be
hind us ! PAR. 'Tis not his fault; the spark2 LORD.
O, 'tis brave wars! PAR. Most admirable: I have seen those wars.BER. I am commanded here, and kept a coil
with; Too young, and the next year, and 'tis too early.' PAR. An thy mind stand to it, boy, steal away
bravely. Ber. I shall stay here the forehorse to a smock, Creaking my shoes on the plain masonry, Till honour be bought up, and no sword worn, But one to dance with ! 4 By heaven, I'll steal
That fame may cry you loud :) So, in Troilus and Creffida:
“ fame with her loud'A O yes,
“ Cries, This is he," STEEVENS. 3 — bervare of being captives,
Before you serve.] The word serve is equivocal; the sense is, Be not captives before you serve in the war. Be not captives before you are soldiers. Johnson.
- and no fword worn, But one to dance with!] It should be remembered that in Shakspeare's time it was usual for gentlemen to dance with swords
. i Lord. There's honour in the theft. PAR.
Commit it, count. 2 LORD. I am your accessary; and so farewell.
Ber. Igrow to you, and our parting is a tortured body.
i Lord. Farewell, captain.
Par. Noble heroes, my sword and yours are kin, Good sparks and lustrous, a word, good metals: You shall find in the regiment of the Spinii, one captain Spurio, with his cicatrice, an emblem of
on.-Our author, who gave to all countries the manners of his own, has again alluded to this ancient custom in Antony and Cleopatra: Act III, fc. ix:
- He, at Philippi kept “ His sword, even like a dancer.' See Mr. Steevens's note there. MALONE, 5- I'll steal away. There's honour in the theft.] So, in Macbeth:
- There's warrant in that theft,
“ Which steals itself — " Steevens. 6 I grow to you, and our parting is a tortured body.] I read thus Our parting is the parting of a tortured body. Our parting is as the disruption of limbs torn from each other. Repetition of a word is often the cause of mistakes: the eye glances on the wrong word, and the intermediate part of the sentence is omitted.
JOHNSON. So, in K. Henry VIII, Act II. sc. iii :
" - it is a sufferance, panging
“ As soul and body's severing." Steevens, As they grow together, the tearing them asunder was torturing a body. Johnson's amendment is unnecessary, M. Mason.
We two growing together, and having, as it were, but one body, ("s like to a double cherry, seeming parted,”') our parting is a tortured body; i. e. cannot be effected but by a disruption of limbs which are now common to both. MALONE.
7 — with his cicatrice,] The old copy reads, his cicatrice with. STEEVENS.
war, here on his sinister cheek; it was this very sword entrench'd it: say to him, I live ; and observe his reports for me.
2 Lord. We shall, noble captain.
Par. Mars dote on you for his novices ! [Exeunt Lords.] What will you do?
Ber. Stay; the king— [Seeing him rise.
Par. Use a more spacious ceremony to the noble lords; you have restrain'd yourself within the list of too cold an adieu : be more expressive to them; for they wear themselves in the cap of the time, there do muster true gait, eat, speak, and move under the influence of the most received star;8 and
It is furprising, none of the editors could fee that a flight transposition was absolutely necessary here, when there is not common sense in the passage, as it stands without such transposition. Parolles only means, * You shall find one captain Spurio in the camp, with a scar on his left cheek, a mark of war that my fword gave him.” THEOBALD.
2- they wear themselves in the cap of the time, there do mufter true gait, &c.] The main obfcurity of this passage arises from the mistake of a fingle letter. We should read, instead of, de mufter, to mufter.-To wear themselves in the cap of the time, signifies to be the foremost in the fashion: the figurative allusion is to the gallantry then in vogue, of wearing jewels, flowers, and their mistress's favours in their caps. There to muster true gait, fignifies to assemble together in the high road of the fashion. All the reft is intelligible and easy. WARBURTON.
I think this emendation cannot be said to give much light to the obscurity of the passage. Perhaps it might be read thus :
They do mufter with the true gait, that is, they have the true mi. litary step. Every man has observed something peculiar in the ftrut of a soldier. Johnson.
Perhaps we should read-mafter true gait. To master any thing, is to learn it perfectly. So, in King Henry IV. P.I:
“ As if he master'd there a double spirit
“ Of teaching and of learningAgain, in King Henry V:
“ Between the promise of his greener days,