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Making not reservation of yourselves,
[Exeunt Cor. Com. Men. Senators, and Patricians. Æd. The people's enemy is gone, is gone! Cit. Our enemy's banish’d! he is gone! Hoo! hoo!
[The People shout, and throw up their Caps. Sic. Go, see him out at gates, and follow him, As he hath follow'd you, with all despite;
reservation of yourselves,” which agrees with the subsequent words—“still your own foes," and with the general purport of the speech ; which is, to show that the folly of the people was such as was likely to destroy the whole of the republick without any reservation, not only others, but even themselves, and to subjugate them as abated captives to some hostile nation. If, according to the old copy, the people have the prudence to make reservation of themselves, while they are destroying their country, they cannot with any propriety be said to be in that respect “ still their own foes." These words therefore decisively support the emendation now made.
How often but and not have been confounded in these plays, has already been frequently observed. In this very play but has been printed, in a former scene, instead of not, and the latter word substituted in all the modern editions. See p. 75, n. 5.
Malone. Mr. Capell reads :
Making not reservation of your selves. Steevens. 5 Abated captives, ] Abated is dejected, subdued, depressed in spirit. So, in Cresus, 1604, by Lord Sterline :
“ To advance the humble, and abate the proud.” i. e. Parcere subjectis, et debellare superbos. Again, in Arthur Hall's translation of the 7th Iliad: “ Th’abated mindes, the cowardize, and faintnesse of my
pheeres." Randle Holme, however, informs us that “an abatement is a mark added or annexed to a coat [of arms] by reason of some dishonourable act whereby the dignity of the coat is abased,” &c. See the Academy of Armory and Blazon, p. 71.
Abated has the same power as the French abattu. See Vol. V, p. 195, n. 8. Steevens.
Despising,] As this line is imperfect, perhaps our author originally g:ive it
Give him deserv'd vexation. Let a guard
Cit. Come, come, let us see him out at gates; come:The gods preserve our noble tribunes! Come. [Exeunt.
ACT IV ..... SCENE I.
The same. Before a Gate of the City. Enter CORIOLANUS, VOLUMNIA, VIRGILIA, MENENIUS,
COMINIUS, and several young Patricians. Cor.Come, leave your tears; a brief farewel:--the beast With many heads butts me away.-Nay, mother, Where is your ancient courage? you were us’d To say, extremity was the trier of spirits; That common chances common men could bear; That, when the sea was calm, all boats alike Show'd mastership in floating : fortune's blows, When most struck home, being gentle wounded, craves A noble cunning:' you were us’d to load me
- the beast With many heads -] Thus also, Horace, speaking of the Ro. man mob:
Bellua multorum est capitum. Steevens.
- You were us'd
Show'd mastership in floating :) Thus the second folio. The first reads:
''To say, extremities was the trier of spirits." Extremity, in the singular number, is used by our author in The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Comedy of Errors, Troilus and Cressida, &c.
The general thought of this passage has already occurred in Troilus and Cressida.
In the reproof of chance
- fortune's blows,
A noble cunning :) This is the ancient and authentick reading: The modern editors have, for gentle wounded, silently substituted
With precepts, that would make invincible
Vir. O heavens! O heavens!
Nay, I pr’ythee, woman,.-
What, what, what!
-Farewel, my wife! my mother!
My first son,
gentle warded, and Dr. Warburton has explained gently by nobly. It is good to be sure of our author's words before we go to explain their meaning.
The sense is, When Fortune strikes her hardest blows, to be wounded and yet continue calm, requires a generous policy. He calls this calmness cunning, because it is the effect of reflection and philosophy. Perhaps the first emotions of nature are nearly uniform, and one man differs from another in the power of endurance, as he is better regulated by precept and instruction.
They bore as heroes, but they felt as men.” Johnson. 1'Tis fond-] i.e. 'tis foolish. See our author, passim. Steevens.
cautelous baits and practice.] By artful and false tricks, and treason. Fohnson.
Cautelous, in the present instance, signifies-insidious. In the sense of cautious it occurs in Julius Cæsar:
“Swear priests and cowards, and men cautelous.” Steevens. My first son,] First, i. e. noblest, and most eminent of men.
Whither wilt thou go? Take good Cominius
O the gods!
Fare ye well:-
That 's worthily
Give me thy hand :Come.
Mr. Heath would read :
My fierce son. Steevens. 4 More than a wild exposture to each chance
That starts i the way before thee.] I know not whether the word exposture be found in any other author. If not, I should incline to read exposure. Malone. We should certainly read-exposure. So, in Macbeth:
" And when we have our naked frailties hid
“ That suffer in exposure, Again, in Troilus and Cressida:
'« To weaken and discredit our exposure " Exposture is, I believe, no more than a typographical error.
Steevens. 5. My friends of noble touch, ] i. e. of true metal unalloyed. Metaphor from trying gold on the touchstone. Warburton.
The same. A Street near the Gate.
Enter SICINIUS, BRUTUS, and an Ædile. Sic. Bid them all home; he's
and we 'll no fur. ther, The nobility are vex’d, who, we see, have sided In his behalf.
Bru. Now we have shown our power,
Bid them home:
Dismiss them home.
[Exit Æd. Enter VOLUMNIA, VIRGILIA, and MENENIUS. Here comes his mother. Sic.
Let 's not meet her. Bru.
Why? Sic. They say, she 's mad. Bru.
They have ta'en note of us: Keep on your way. Vol. O, you 're well met: the hoarded plague o'the
gods Requite your love! Men.
Peace, peace; be not so loud.
[To BRU. Vir. You shall stay too: [to Sıcın.] I would, I had
say so to my husband. Sic.
Are you mankind ? Vol. Ay, fool; Is that a shame?-Note but this fool. Was not a man my father?6 Hadst thou foxship?
6 Sic. Are
Was not a man my father?] The word mankind is used maliciously by the first speaker, and taken perversely by the second. A mankind woman is a woman with the roughness of a man, and, in an aggravated sense, a woman ferocious, violent, and ea