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EXPEDITION. Come, I have learnd, that fearful commenting, Is leaden servitor to dull delay; : Delay leads impotent and fnail pac'd beggary. Then fiery expedition be my wing, Jove's mercury, and herald for a king.
Scene IV. Queen Margaret's Exprobation.
I call'd thee then poor Shadow, painted queen, One heav'd on high, to be hurl'd down below: A mother only mock'd with two fair babes ; A dream of what thou wast; a garish flag, To be the aim of ev'ry dang'rous shot ; A sign of dignity, a breath, a bubble ; A queen in jeft, only to fill the scene. Where is thy husband now, where be thy brothers ? Where be thy children ? wherein doft thou joy? Who sues and kneels, and says, God save the queen? Where be the bending peers, that flatter'd thee? Where be the thronging troops, that follow'd thee ? Decline all this, and see what now thou art. For happy wife, a moft distress’d widow ; For joyful mother, one that wails the name ; For one being su'd to, one that humbly sues ; For queen, a very caitiff crown'd with care ; For one that scorn'd at me, now scorn'd of me; Por one being fear'd of all, (8) now fearing one ;
Come, &c.] The favourite apopthegm of Alexandir was Mndev araba a operos: nothing is to be delay'd; and Cæjar, his great rival, in Lucan's Pbarfa ia fays,
Tolle moras, semper nocuit differe parati.
Hence dull delays, they harm the cause in hand. (8) Now fearing one.] It is very possible to understand and
For one commanding all, obey'd of none.
ACT V. SCENE II.
True hope is swift, and lies with swallows wings; Kings it makes gods; and meaner creatures kings.
SCENE III. A fine Evening.
The weary sun hath made a golden fet, And, by the bright tract of his fiery car, Gives signal of a goodly day tomorrow.
SCENE IV. Day-break.
The filent hours steal on,
give sense to this; as it is now read; but I should apprehend the author wrote,
For one being fear’d of all, now fearing all : and this correction not only the next line, but the whole manner of the speech, as well as the superior elegance given to the para sage, lem to confirm.
up my wounds.
Scene VII. CONSCIENCE,
Richard before the Battle.
(9) Viftory, &c.] The image here is fine and noble : Milton describing Satan, speaks thus sublimely,
His ftature reach'd the skies, and on his cres,
At his right hand victory
Scene VIJI. Alarum. Enter King Richard.
horse ! Cates. Withdraw, my lord, I'll help you to a
horse. K. Richard. Slave, I have set my life upon a caft, And I will stand the hazard of the dye ; I think there be fix Richmond's in the field; Five have I sain to day instead of him. A horse! a horse ! my kingdom for a horfe !
Being vex'd, a sea nourish'd with lovers tears i
Scene V. On Dreams,
then I see queen mab hath been with you.
(1) Fancy's, &c.] This has been read Fairies, but Mr. Ware burron alter'd it, to Fancy : the lines following.
si Which are the children of an idle brain
Begot of nothing but vain phantasy, evidently prove the truth of the Reading. Befide, as she is the queen of the Fairies, it would rather be beneath her dignity !o be their midwife too. The word pape is used in the nexe lipe, very liçentioudy far farm, jize, or magnitude