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Upon the next tree shalt thou hang alive,
+ Till famine cling thee :) Clung, in the Northern counties, signifies any thing that is shrivelled or shrunk up. By famine, the intestines are, as it were, stuck together. In The Roman Actor, by Massinger, the same word, though differently spelt, appears to be used: “
my entrails “ Are clamm'd with keeping a continual fast.” Again, in Pierce's Supererogation, or A New Praise of the Old Asse, &c. 1593 : “ Who should have thought, or could have imagined, to have found the wit of Pierce so starved and clunged ?” Again, in George Whetstone's Castle of Delight, 1576:
“ My wither'd corps with deadly cold is clung." Again, in Heywood's Pleasant Dialogues and Dramas, 1637:
“ His entrails with long fast and hunger clung—.". Again, in Golding's version of Ovid's Metamorphosis, b, vii. :
"- old Æacus also, cloong
“ With age." Thus also, in Philemon Holland's translation of the Sth book of Pliny's Natural History, ch. xxxvi. : “ The first thing that they doe (i. e. the famished bears] is to devoure a certaine herb named Aron : and that they doe to open their guts, which otherwise were clunged and growne together."
To cling likewise signifies, to gripe, to compress, to embrace. So, in The Revenger's Tragedy, 1607:
“ - slide from the mother,
“ And cling the daughter." Again, in Antonio's Revenge, 1607:
“And found even cling'd in sensuality.” Again, in Northward Hoe, 1607 :
“I will never see a white flea, before I will cling you." Ben Jonson uses the word clem in the Poetaster, Act I. Sc. II.: “ I cannot eat stones and turfs ; say, what will he clem me and my followers ? ask him an he will clem me.” To be clemed is a Staffordshire expression, which means, to be starved : and there is likewise a Cheshire proverb : “ You been like Smithwick, either clemed, or bursten.” Again, in Antonio and Mellida :
“ Now lions' half-clem'd entrails roar for food.” In the following instances, the exact meaning of this word is not very clear : '" Andrea slain! then weapon cling my breast.”
First Part of Jeronimo, 1605. “ Although my conscience hath my courage cleng’d, “ And knows what valour was employ'd in vain.”
Lord Sterline's Darius, 1603.
I care not if thou dost for me as much.-
Again, in The Sadler's Play, among the Chester Whitsun Plays, MS. Harl. 1013, p. 154, where the burial of our Saviour is spoken of:
" That now is clongen under clay." I have given these varieties of the word, for the sake of any future lexicographer, or commentator on ancient authors.
Mr. Whalley, however, observes, that “till famine cling thee,” means—till it dry thee up, or exhaust all thy moisture. Clung wood is wood of which the sap is entirely dried or spent. Clung and clem, says he, are terms of very different meaning. .
The same idea is well expressed by Pope, in his version of the 19th Iliad, 166 : “ Shrunk with dry famine, and with toils declin'd ."
STEEVENS. 4 I pull in resolution ; and begin
To doubt the equivocation of the fiend,
That lies like truth :) Though this is the reading of all the editions, yet, as it is a phrase without either example, elegance, or propriety, it is surely better to read :
“I pall in resolution ." I languish in my constancy, my confidence begins to forsake me.' It is scarcely necessary to observe how easily pall might be changed into pull by a negligent writer, or mistaken for it by an unskilful printer. With this emendation Dr. Warburton and Mr. Heath concur. Johnson.
There is surely no need of change; for Shakspeare, who made Trinculo, in The Tempest, say
“I will let loose my opinion,” might have written
“ I pull in my resolution." He had permitted his courage (like a fiery horse) to carry him to the brink of a precipice, but, seeing his danger, resolves to check that confidence to which he had given the rein before.
STEEVENS. This reading is supported by a passage in Fletcher's Sea Voyage, where Aminta says:
- and all my spirits,
Comes toward Dunsinane.-Arm, arm, and out ! -
done.Ring the alarum bell :-Blow, wind! come, wrack ! At least we'll die with harness on our back.
Enter, with Drums and Colours, MALCOLM, old
SIWARD, MACDUFF, &c. and their Army, with
Fare you well.
* First folio, upon's.
s l'gin to be a-weary of the sun, &c.]
Tum vero infelix fatis exterrita Dido
Mortem orat, tædet cæli convexa tueri." THEOBALD. 6 - harness -1 An old word for armour. So, in The Cobler's Prophecy, 1594 :
“ His harness is converted to soft silke.” Henderson. So, in the continuation of Hardyng's Chronicle, 1543 : “ well perceyving that the intendours of such a purpose would rather have had their harnesse on their backs, than to have bound them up in barrelles.” MALONE.
Do we but find the tyrant's power to-night,
all breath, Those clamorous harbingers of blood and death.
[Exeunt. Alarums continued.
The Same. Another Part of the Plain.
Enter MACBETH. Macb. They have tied me to a stake ; I cannot
fly, But, bear-like, I must fight the course?.–What's
he, That was not born of woman? Such a one Am I to fear, or none.
Enter young SWARD. Yo. Siw. What is thy name ? MACB.
Thou'lt be afraid to hear it. Yo. Siw. No; though thou call'st thyself a hotter
name Than any is in hell. MACB.
My name's Macbeth.
No, nor more fearful.'
7-I must fight the course.) A phrase taken from bearbaiting. So, in The Antipodes, by Brome, 1638 : “ Also you shall see two ten-dog courses at the great bear."
Yo. Sıw. Thou liest, abhorred tyrant; with my
sword I'll prove the lie thou speak’st.
[They fight, and young Siward is slain. Масв.
Thou wast born of woman.But swords I smile at, weapons laugh to scorn, Brandish'd by man that's of a woman born 8. [Exit.
Alarums. Enter Macduff. Macd. That way the noise is :-Tyrant, show
thy face: If thou-be'st slain, and with no stroke of mine, My wife and children's ghosts will haunt me still. I cannot strike at wretched kernes, whose arms Are hir'd to bear their staves; either thou, Macbeth, Or else my sword, with an unbatter'd edge, I sheathe again undeeded. There thou should'st be; By this great clatter, one of greatest note Seems bruited': Let me find him, fortune! And more I beg not'.
8 This short scene is injudiciously omitted on the stage. The poet designed Macbeth should appear invincible, till he encountered the object destined for his destruction. STEEVENS.
9 Seems BRUITED :) From bruit, Fr. To bruit is to report with clamour; to noise. So, in King Henry IV. Part II. :
“ his death
“ Being bruited once," &c. · Again, in Timon of Athens :
I am not
“ As common bruit doth put it." Again, in Acolastus, a comedy, 1540: “Lais was one of the most bruited common women that clerkes do write of.”
1- There thou should'st be;
By this great clatter, one of greatest note
And more I beg not.] I suspect, from deficience of metre, that the latter part of this passage originally stood thus :
“Seems bruited there. Let me but find him, fortune ! “ And more," &c. STEEVENS.