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Then enterprise is sick! How could communities,
And the rude son should strike his father dead:
Should lose their names, and so should justice too.
So doubly seconded with will and power,
And this neglection of degree it is
That by a pace goes backward, with a purpose
105. dividable, divided, far apart.
106. primogenitive, right of primogeniture.
III. mere oppugnancy, absolute antagonism.
112. Should, would. So in the following lines.
119. includes itself in, terminates in, converts itself into.
128. by a pace goes backward, goes back a step, i.e. is displayed towards each rank by the rank immediately below, each man slighting his immediate superior in order to aggrandise himself.
That next by him beneath; so every step,
And 'tis this fever that keeps Troy on foot,
Nest. Most wisely hath Ulysses here discover'd
Agam. The nature of the sickness found,
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
Breaks scurril jests,
And with ridiculous and awkward action,
He pageants us.
132. pace, (transferred) the member of a particular rank.
138. discover'd, explained. 145. dainty of his worth, idly preoccupied, puffed up, with his dignity.
151. pageants, exhibits, mimics. 152. Thy topless deputation, the supreme power confided to
you; he assumes the airs of the captain-general.
153. conceit, imagination. 156. stretch'd, strained, exaggerated.
156. scaffoldage, the woodwork of the stage.
157. o'er-wrested, Pope's conjecture for QF1 ore - rested; Delius conjectured oer-jested.
He acts thy greatness in: and when he speaks,
Which, from the tongue of roaring Typhon dropp'd, 160
Now play me Nestor; hem, and stroke thy beard,
Of parallels, as like as Vulcan and his wife :
Yet god Achilles still cries 'Excellent!
'Tis Nestor right. Now play him me, Patroclus, 170 Arming to answer in a night alarm.'
And then, forsooth, the faint defects of age
Must be the scene of mirth; to cough and spit,
And, with a palsy-fumbling on his gorget,
159. unsquared, random, not fitted to the matter.
160. Typhon (also called Typheus), a giant associated with storm and fire, and especially with the eruptions of Etna, under which he was buried.
166. being drest, having addressed himself.
167. as near, etc., i.e. with no approximation whatever.
174. gorget, throat-armour. 178. spleen, as the organ of laughter.
180. Severals and generals, etc., 'the minutest individual and general excellences.'
182. Excitements, calls.
Nest. And in the imitation of these twain-
Ulyss. They tax our policy, and call it cowardice,
Nest. Let this be granted, and Achilles' horse
189. In such a rein, i.e. so high, like a spirited horsebridling up.'
190. broad, puffed with pride. 191. state, council; state is often a collective term for the governing power of a polity.
195. weaken and discredit our exposure, weaken, by discrediting us, our ability to resist the assaults to which we are exposed.
196. How rank soever, however immoderately, to whatever degree.
Agam. What would you 'fore our tent?
Agam. Even this.
Ene. May one, that is a herald and a prince, Do a fair message to his kingly ears?
Agam. With surety stronger than Achilles' arm
Ene. Fair leave and large security.
I ask, that I might waken reverence,
Which is that god in office, guiding men?
Are ceremonious courtiers.
Ene. Courtiers as free, as debonair, unarm'd, As bending angels; that's their fame in peace : But when they would seem soldiers, they have
Good arms, strong joints, true swords; and, Jove's accord,
Nothing so full of heart. But peace, Æneas,
238. Jove's accord, nothing so their side, they are of unmatched full of heart, having Jove on valour.