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Behoves me to keep at utterance. I am perfe&t, (28) That the Pannonians and Dalmatians for
i. e. to the hazard of death. So, likewise, thewhere in our own Author;
But he has a merit
Gorio : e. in the extremest point.
Rather than fo, come Fate into the list; in is. And challenge me to th' utterance. i. e. to the utmost peril, death itself And our Author frequently gives us the sanie image, with a variation in the expreffion.
There I throw my gage,
Trcil. and Crefide
Or elfe a breath (18) ~
I am perfect
Their ti herties, are now in arms.] This cireumftance is again-repeated afterwards by a Romag fenator in this act.
This is the tenour of the Emperor's writ; . That fince the common men are now in action
'Gainst the Pannoniaas and Dalmatians, .bc. From this particularity we may precisely-fix the supposed date of this war on Britain, for the recovery of tribuit in: arrear to Rome; and, at one view, see how our Author has jumbled facts against the known tenour of chronology, In the rath year after the aflaflinarion of Julius Cæcit, (Anjo U. C. 7+9) Auguftus had a design of making a de: leent on Britain : but was diverted from it by an insurrection: of the Pannonians and Dalmatians, in order to floake of their subjection to Rome. . Now this period of time was.com incident with the 13th year of Tenantius's reign, who was : the father of Cymbeline : and Tenantius reigoed nine years'; after this.
Again, we find, from the very opening of our play, skati
lius Cæfar fubdued Britain eleven years before his assassina. • tion, in the year of Rome $98. This war on Cymbeline
cannot be hefore the 42d year of Augustus : (U. C. 751) fo that here is an interval of 53 years, a time sufficient to eTare the memory of the most dreadful enemy, especially in a people who are boasting of the strength they have acquired face their defeat.