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Bru. Hark thee, Dardanius!
Whispers himi Dar,
I do such a deed ?2
Cli. Now is that noble vessel full of grief,
Bru. Come hither, good Volumnius: list a word.
Why, this, Volumnius:
Not so, my lord.
[Alarum still. Cli. Fly, fly, my lord; there is no tarrying here. Bru. Farewel to you ;-and you ;-and you, Volum
Strato, thou hast been all this while asleep;
2 I do such a deed?] Old copy-Shall I do &c. Steevens.
my sword-hilts.] So in the old copy, and rightly. So, be-
with this good sword,
“ Stand not to answer: Here, take thou the hilts.” Again, in The Mirror for Magistrates, 1587:
a naked sword he had, " That to the hilts was all with blood imbrued." Mr. Rowe and the other modern editors read, agreeably to the language of the present time,-my sword's hilt. Malone. Thus also, in King Henry V;
“ And hides a sword from hilts unto the point” &c. Falstaff also, in King Henry IV, P. I, says: “Seven, by these hilts ; I am a villain else.” Stecvens.
Farewel to thee too, Strato.4-Countrymen,
[Alarum. Cry within ; Fly, fly, fly. Cli. Fly, my lord, fly. Bru.
Hence; I will follow thee.5
[Exeunt Cli. DAR. and VoI. I pr’ythee, Strato, stay thou by thy lord: Thou art a fellow of a good respect; Thy life hath had some smatch of honour in it: Hold then my sword, and turn away thy face, While I do run upon it. Wilt thou, Strato?
Stra. Give me your hand first: Fare you well, my lord.
Bru. Farewel, good Strato.-Cæsar, now be still ; I kill'd not thee with half so good a will.
[He runs on his Sword and dies. Alarum. Retreat. Enter (CTAVIUS, ANTONY, MESSALA,
LUCILIUS, and their Army.
Stra. Free from the bondage you are in, Messala;
Luc. So Brutus should be found.- I thank thee, Brutus, That thou hast prov'd Lucilius' saying true..
Oct. All that serv'd Brutus, I will entertain them.?
4 Farewel to thee too, Strato.] Thus the modern editions: I think, rightly. The old folio reads:
“Farewel to thee, to Strato, countrymen. Fohnson. The correction was made by Mr. Theobald. Malone.
5 Hence; I will follow thee.] Thee, which is wanting in the old copy, was supplied, for the sake of metre, by Sir Thoinas Hanmer. So, in Humlet: “Go on, I'll follow thee." Steevens. 6 That thou hast proo'd Lucilius' saying true.] See p. 118. Siecvens. VOL. XIV.
Fellow, wilt thou bestow thy time with me?
Stra. Ay, if Messala will prefer me to you.8
How died my master, Strato? Stra. I held the sword, and he did run on it.
Mes. Octavius, then take him to follow thee,
Ant. This was the noblest Roman of them all:
entertain them.] i. e. receive them into my service. So, in King Lear: You, sir, I entertain for one of my hundred.” Steevens.
8 Ay, if Messala will prefer me to you.] To prefer seems to have been the established phrase for recommending a servant. So, in The Merchant of Venice, Act III, sc. ii:
“ Shylock thy master, spoke with me this day,
“ And hath preferrd thee;" — Again, in the Countess of Dorset's Memoirs; “ wher he & his daughter preferd William Pond to searve my lady.” Seward's Anecdotes,. Vol. IV, p. 316. Reed.
To prefer is to recommend in its general sense. Thus, in Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy, edit. 1632, p. 261: “Bessardus Bisantinus preferres the smoake of Juniper to melancholy persons, which is in great request with us at Oxford to sweeten our chambers."
The same word is used by Chapman in his version of the 23d Iliad; and signifies to advance : Now every way
I erre “ About this broad-door’d house of Dis. O helpe then to
preferre “ My soule yet further.” In the 18h Iliad, to prefer apparently means, to patronize :
she did so still prefer “ Their quarrel.” Steevens. 9 Do so, Messala.] Old copy, neglecting the metre-Do so, good Messala. Steevens.
1-save only he, &c.] So, in the old translation of Plutarch : “ For it was says that Antonius spake it openly diuers tymes, that he thought, that of all them that had slayne Cæsar, there was none but Brutus only that was moued to do it, as thinking the acte commendable of it selfe: but that all the other conspirators did conspire his death, for some priuate malice or enuy, that they otherwise did beare ynto him." Steevens.
Oct. According to his virtue let us use him,
And say to all the world, This was a man'] So, in The Barons' Wars, by Drayton, Canto III:
“ He was a man (then boldly dare to say)
“ She meant to show all that might be in man.” This poem was published in the year 1598. The play of our author did not appear before 1623. Steevens.
Drayton originally published his poem on the subject of The Ba. rons' Wars, under the title of MORTIMERIADOS, the lamentable Civil
Warres of Edward the Second and the Barrons: Printed by J. R. for • Humphrey Lownes, and are to be solde at his shop at the west end
of Paules Church. It is in seven-line stanzas, and was, I believe, published before 1598. The quarto copy before me has no date. But he afterwards new-modelled the piece entirely, and threw it into stanzas of eight lines, making some retrenchments and many additions and alterations throughout. An edition of his poems was published in 8vo. in 1602; but it did not contain The Barons' Wars in any form. They first appeared with that name in the edition of 1608, in the preface to which he speaks of the change of his title, and of his having new-modelled his poem. There, the stanza quoted by Mr. Steevens appears thus:
“ Such one he was, (of him we boldly say)
" In him it show'd perfection in a man.”. In the same form is this stanza exhibited in an edition of Drayton's pieces, printed in 8vo. 1610, and in that of 1613. The lines quoted by Mr. Steevens are from the edition in folio printed in 1619, after Shakspeare's death. In the original poem, entitled Mortimeriados, there is no trace of this stanza; so that I am inclined to think that Drayton was the copyist, as his verses originally stood. In the altered stanza he certainly was. He probably had seen this play when it was first exhibited, and perhaps between 1613 and 1619 had perused the MS. Malone.
So, call the field to rest: and let 's away,
3 Of this tragedy many particular passages deserve regard, and the contention and reconcilement of Brutus and Cassius is universally celebrated; but I have never been strongly agitated in perusing it, and think it somewhat cold and unaffecting, compared with some other of Shakspeare's plays: his adherence to the real story, and to Ro. unan manners, seem to have impeded the natural vigour of his genius. Johnson.
Gildon has justly observed, that this tragedy ought to have been called Marcus Brutus, Cæsar being a very inconsiderable personage in the scene, and being killed in the third Act. Malone.
The substance of Dr. Warburton's long and erroneous comment on a passage in the second Act of this play: “The genius and the mortal instruments,” &c. (see p. 31, n.7,) is contained in a letter written by him in the year 1726-7, of which the first notice was given to the publick in the following note on Dr. Akenside's Ode to Mr. Edwards, which has, I know not why, been omitted in the late editions of that poet's works :
“During Mr. Pope's war with Theobald, Concanen, and the rest of their tribe, Mr. Warburton, the present lord bishop of Gloucester, did with great zeal cultivate their friendship; having been introduced, forscoili, at the meetings of that respectable confederacy: a favour which lie afterwards spoke of in very high terms of complacency and thankfulness. At the same time, in his intercourse with them he ireared Mr. Pope in a most contemptuous manner, and as a writer without genius. Of the truth of these assertions his lordship can have 110 doubt, if he recollects his own correspondence with Concanen; a part of which is still in being, and will probably be remembered as long as any of this prelate's writings."
If the letter here alluded to, contained any thing that might affect. the moral character of the writer, tenderness for the dead would forbid its publication. But that not being the case, and the learned prelate being now beyond the reach of criticism, there is no reason why this literary curiosity should be longer withheld from the publick:
· Duncan is in his grave;
LETTER FROM MR. W. WARBURTON TO MR.M.CONCANEN.
« Dear Sir,
having had no more regard for those papers which I spoke of and promis'd to Mr. Theobald, than just what they deserv'd I in vain sought for them thro' a number of loose papers that had the same