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ÆNE. [Within.] My lord ! is the lady ready? Tro. Hark! you are call'd: Some say, the Ge.
nius so Cries, Come! to him that instantly must die. Bid them have patience; she shall come anon. Pan. Where are my tears? rain, to lay this wind,5 heart will be blown up by the root !6
[Exit PANDARUS. CRES. I must then to the Greeks? TRO.
Broken tears is sufficiently explained by–interrupted tears. So, in King Henry VIII: “You have now a broken banquet ;" i. e. an interrupted one. Steevens. * Hark! you are call's : Some say, the Genius so,
Cries, Come! to him that instantly must die.] An obscure poet (Flatman) has borrowed this thought:
“ My soul just now about to take her flight,
!" After whom, Pope:
“ Hark! they whisper ; angels say,
“ Come, sister, come! (it said, or seem'd to say,)
STEEVENS. * Where are my tears? rain, to lay this wind,] So, in Macbeth :
“. That tears will drown the wind.” Perhaps, rain, to lay this wind ! is an optative, and as if he had said-O for tears &c.! and so I have pointed it.
STEEVENS. So, in The Rape of Lucrece :
“ This windy tempest, till it blow up rain,
CRES. A woeful Cressid ’mongst the merry
Greeks!? When shall we see again? Tro. Hear me, my love: Be thou but true of
heart, CRES. I true! how now? what wicked deem is
this ? 8 Tro. Nay, we must use expostulation kindly, For it is parting from us : I speak not, be thou true, as fearing thee; For I will throw my glove to death himself, That there's no maculation in thy heart: But, be thou true, say I, to fashion in My sequent protestation ; be thou true, And I will see thee. CRES. O, you shall be expos'd, my lord, to dan.
gers As infinite as imminent! but, I'll be true. Tro. And I'll grow friend with danger. Wear
this sleeve. CREs. And you this glove. When shall I see you?
Tro. I will corrupt the Grecian sentinels,
Q heavens !-be true, again?
“ the merry
? A woeful Cressid 'mongst the merry Greeks!) So, in A mad World my Masters, 1608, a man gives the watchmen some money, and when they have received it he says: Greeks understand me.” STEEVENS. See p. 248, n. 3. MALONE.
what wicked deem is this?] Deem (a word now obsolete) signifies, opinion, surmise. STEEVENS.
9 For I will throw my glove to death-]. That is, I will challenge death himself in defence of thy fidelity. Johnson.
Tro. Hear why I speak it, love; The Grecian youths are full of quality; They're loving, well compos’d, with gifts of nature
flowing, And swelling o’er with arts and exercise ; How novelty may move, and parts with person, Alas, a kind of godly jealousy (Which, I beseech you, call a virtuous sin,) Makes me afeard. CRES.
O heavens! you love me not. Tro. Die I a villain then ! In this I do not call your faith in question, So mainly as my merit: I cannot sing, Nor heel the high lavolt, nor sweeten talk, Nor play at subtle games; fair virtues all,
· They're loving, &c.] This line is not in the quarto. The folio reads-Their loving. This slight correction I proposed some time ago, and I have lately perceived it was made by Mr. Pope. It also has gift of nature. That emendation is Sir T. Hanmer's. In the preceding line “full of quality,” means, I think, absolute, perfect, in their dispositions. So, in Pericles, Prince of Tyre :
« So buxom, blithe, and full of face,
“ As heaven had lent her all his grace.” MALONE. The irregularity of metre in this speech, (unless the epithetloving be considered as an interpolation, together with the obscure phrase-full of quality, induce me to suspect the loss of some words which are now irretrievable. Full of quality, however, may mean highly accomplished. So, in Chapman's version of the fourteenth Iliad :
Besides all this, he was well qualitied.” The construction, indeed, may be of full quality. Thus, in the same translator's version of the third Iliad, “full of size” is apparently used for-of full size. STEEVENS.
with person,] Thus the folio. The quarto reads with portion. STEEVENS.
the high lavolt,] The lavolta was a dance. See Vol. XII. p. 387, n. 9. STEEVENS.
To which the Grecians are most prompt and preg.
nant: But I can tell, that in each grace of these There lurks a still and dumb-discoursive devil, That tempts most cunningly:* but be not tempted.
CREs. Do you think, I will?
Æne. [Within. ] Nay, good my lord,
Come, kiss; and let us part.
Good brother, come you hither; And bring Æneas, and the Grecian, with you.
CREs. My lord, will you be true?
Tro. Who, I ? alas, it is my vice, my fault : While others fish with craft for great opinion, I with great truth catch mere simplicity ;
gild copper crowns, With truth and plainness I do wear mine bare.
, Fear not my truth; the moral of my wit Is--plain, and true,—there's all the reach of it.
4 There lurks a still and dumb-discoursive devil,
That tempts most cunningly :] This passage may chance to remind the reader of another in Othello :
“ For here's a young and sweating devil here,
catch mere simplicity ; ]. The meaning, I think, is, while others, by their art, gain high estimation, I, by honesty, ebtain a plain simple approbation. JOHNSON. the moral of my
wit Is-plain, and true,j Moral, in this instance, has the same meaning as in Much Ado about Nothing, Act III. sc. iv:
Enter ÆNEAS, Paris, ANTENOR, DEIPHOBUS, and
Welcome, sir Diomed! here is the lady,
Fair lady Cressid,
Tro. Grecian, thou dost not use me courteously, To shame the zeal of my petition to thee,
“ Benedictus ! why Benedictus ? you have some moral in this Benedictus." · Again, in The Taming of the Shrew, Act IV. sc. iv:
he has left me here behind to expound the meaning för moral of his signs and tokens.” TOLLET.
? At the port,] The port is the gate. So, in King Henry IV. Part II: “ That keeps the ports of slumber open
STEEVENS. possess thee what she is.] I will make thee fully understand. This sense of the word possess is frequent in our author. JOHNSON. So, in The Merchant of Venice:
Is he yet possess'd