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Line 462. He'll-sowle the porter of Rome gates by the ears :] That is, I suppose, drag him down by the ears into the dirt. Souiller, Fr. JOHNSON.
Line 464. his passage poll'd.] That is bared, cleared. JOHNSON. -full of vent.] Full of rumour, full of mateJOHNSON.
.487. rials for discourse.
ACT IV. SCENE VI.
affecting one sole throne,
Without assistance.] That is, without assessors; without any other suffrage. JOHNSON.
Line 600. -can no more atone,] To atone in the active sense, is to reconcile, and is so used by our author. To atone here, is, in the neutral sense, to come to reconciliation. To atone is to unite. JOHNSON.
Line 632. The breath of garlick-eaters !] To smell of garlick was once such a brand of vulgarity, that garlick was a food forbidden to an ancient order of Spanish knights, mentioned by. Guevara. JOHNSON.
Line 635. As Hercules &c.] An allusion to the apples of the Hesperides. STEEVENS.
Line 652. they charg'd him &c.] Their charge or injunction would shew them insensible of his wrongs, and make them shew like enemies. JOHNSON.
Line 671. They'll roar him in again.] As they hooted at his departure, they will roar at his return; as he went out with scoffs, he will come back with lamentations. JOHNSON.
ACT IV. SCENE VII.
Line 751. As is the osprey-] Osprey, a kind of eagle, ossifraga. POPE.
-whether 'twas pride,
Which out of daily fortune ever taints.
The happy man; whether] Aufidius assigns three probable reasons of the miscarriage of Coriolanus; pride, which easily follows an uninterrupted train of success; unskilfulness
to regulate the consequences of his own victories; a stubborn uniformity of nature, which could not make the proper transition from the casque or helmet to the cushion or chair of civil authority; but acted with the same despotism in peace as in war. JOHNSON.
-he has a merit,
To choke it in the utterance.] He has a merit, for no other purpose than to destroy it by boasting it.
ACT V. SCENE I.
Line 19. that have rack'd for Rome,] To rack means to harass by exactions, and in this sense the poet uses it in other places. STEEVENS.
Line 80. I tell you, he does sit in gold,] He is inthroned in all the pomp and pride of imperial splendour.
JOHNSON. 114. Thy general is my lover :] This was the language of Shakspeare's time. MALONE. Line 120.
upon a subtle ground,] i. e. deceitful. MALONE. 122. Hare, almost, stamp'd the leasing :] I have almost given the lie such a sanction as to render it current. MALONE. Line 187. -Though I owe
My revenge properly,] Though I have a peculiar right in revenge, in the power of forgiveness the Volcians are conjoined. JOHNSON.
Line 202. -how we are shent-] Shent is brought to destruction.
Shent means rebuked, reprimanded.
ACT V. SCENE II.
-lots to blanks,] A lot here is a prize.
ACT V. SCENE III.
I have borne this business.] That is, how openly, how remotely from artifice or concealment.
Line 259. The sorrow, that delivers us thus chang'd, Makes you think so.] Virgilia makes a voluntary misinterpretation of her husband's words. He says, These eyes are not the same, meaning, that he saw things with other eyes, or other dispositions. She lays hold on the word eyes, to turn his attention on their present appearance. JOHNSON. Line 267. Now by the jealous queen of heaven,] That is, by Juno, the guardian of marriage, and consequently the avenger of con nubial perfidy. JOHNSON. Line 288. The noble sister of Publicola,] Valeria, methinks, should not have been brought only to fill up the procession without speaking. JOHNSON.
epitome of yours,] I read: -epitome of you.
An epitome of you, which, enlarged by the commentaries of time, may equal you in magnitude, JOHNSON,
Line 296. With the consent of supreme Jove,] This is inserted with great decorum. Jupiter was the tutelary god of Rome. WARBURTON. Line 300. -every flaw,] That is, every gust, every storm. JOHNSON. 332. Constrains them weep, and shake] That is, con strain the eye to weep, and the heart to shake. JOHNSON. the fine strains-] The niceties, the refinements. JOHNSON. Line 389. And yet to charge thy sulphur-] The meaning of the passage is, To threaten much, and yet be merciful. WARBURTON. Line 398. Like one i' the stocks.] Keep me in a state of ig Dominy talking to no purpose. JOHNSON. Line 414. Does reason our petition- -] Does argue for us and our petition. JOHNSON.
Myself a former fortune.] I will take advantage of this concession to restore myself to my former credit and power.
Line 468. remembers his dam.
ACT V. SCENE IV.
than an eight year old horse.] Subintelligitur WARBURTON.
Line 473. He sits in his state, &c.] In a foregoing note he was said to sit in gold. The phrase, as a thing made for Alexander, means, as one made to resemble Alexander. JOHNSON.
ACT V. SCENE V.
Line 579. He wag'd me with his countenance,] This is obscure. The meaning, I think, is, he prescribed to me with an air of authority, and gave me his countenance for my wages; thought me sufficiently rewarded with good looks. JOHNSON.
Line 586. For which my sinews shall be stretch'd—] This is the point on which I will attack him with my utmost abilities. JOHNSON.
With our own charge ;] That is, rewarding us with our own expences; making the cost of the war its recompence. JOHNSON. Line 645. For certain drops of salt,] For certain tears. So in King Lear,
"Why this would make a man, a man of salt." MALONE. Line 684. his fame folds in
This orb o' the earth.] His fame overspreads the
END OF THE ANNOTATIONS ON CORIOLANUS.