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Should with a bond of air (strong as the axletree
Ulyss. Troy, yet upon his basis, had been down,
speeches, which were such,
knit all the Greekish ears To his experienc'd tongue,] Ulysses begins his oration with praising those who had spoken before him, and marks the characteristick excellencies of their different eloquence, strength, and sweetness, which he expresses by the different metals on which he recommends them to be engraven for the instruction of posterity. The speech of Agamemnon is such that it ought to be engraven in brass, and the tablet held up by him on the one side, and Greece on the other, to show the union of their opinion. And Nestor ought to be exhibited in silver, uniting all his audience in one mind by his soft and gentle elocution. Brass is the com. nion emblem of strength, and silver of gentleness. We call a soft voice a silver voice, and a persuasive tongue a silver tongue. To hatch is a term of art for a particular method of engraving. Hacher, to cut, Fr. The Commentators differ in some respects from this explanation.
expect -) Expect for erpectation. • The specialty of rule-] The particular rights of supreme authority,
To whom the foragers shall all repair,
? When that the general is not like the hive,] The meaning is, – When the general is not to the army like the hive to the bees, the repository of the stock of every individual, that to which each particular resorts with whatever he has collected for the good of the whole, what honey is expected? what hope of advantage? The sense is clear, the expression is confused. Johnson.
the planets, and this center,] By this center, Ulysses means the earth itself, not the center of the earth. According to the system of Ptolemy, the earth is the center round which the planets move.
deracinate-1 i. e. force up by the roots.
brotherhoods in cities,) Corporations, companies, confraternities.
dividable shores,] i. e. divided. VOL. VII.
The primogenitive and due of birth,
mere-] Mere is absolute.
It hath to climb ] With a design in each man to aggrandize himself, by slighting his immediate superior.
bloodless emulation:] An emulation not vigorous, and active, but malignant and sluggish.
with a purpose
Not her own sinews. To end a tale of length, Troy in our weakness stands, not in her strength.
Nest. Most wisely hath Ulysses here discover'd The fever whereof all our power is sick.
Agam. The nature of the sickness found, Ulysses, What is the remedy?
Ulyss. The great Achilles,—whom opinion crowns The sinew and the forehand of our host,Having his ear full of his airy fame, Grows dainty of his worth, and in his tent Lies mocking our designs: With him, Patroclus, Upon a lazy bed the livelong day Breaks scurril jests; And with ridiculous and aukward action (Which, slanderer, he imitation calls,) He pageants us. Sometime, great Agamemnon, Thy topless deputationo he puts on; And, like a strutting player,—whose conceit Lies in his hamstring, and doth think it rich To hear the wooden dialogue and sound 'Twixt his stretch'd footing and the scaffoldage, Such to-be-pitied and o'er-wrested seeming! He acts thy greatness in: and when he speaks, 'Tis like a chime a mending; with terms unsquar’d, Which, from the tongue of roaring Typhon dropp'd, Would seem hyperboles. At this fusty stuff, The large Achilles, on his press'd bed lolling, From his deep chest laughs out a loud applause;
our power-) i. e. our army. Thy topless deputation —] Topless is that which has nothing topping or overtopping it; supreme; sovereign.
"Twixt his stretch'd footing and the scaffoldage,] The galleries of the theatre, in the time of our author, were sometimes termed the scaffolds.
o'er-wrested seeming-) i. e. wrested beyond the truth.
unsquard,] i. e. unadapted to their subject, as stones are unfitted to the purposes of architecture, while they are yet unsquar'd.
Cries—Excellent!—'tis Agamemnon just.
Nest. And in the imitation of these twain
as near as the extremest ends Of parallels ;] The parallels to which the allusion seems to be made, are the parallels on a map. As like as east to west.
bears his head In such a rein,] That is, holds up his head as haughtily. We still say of a girl, she bridles.
whose gall coins slanders like a mint,] i. e, as fast as a
mint coins money.