« ZurückWeiter »
wake her with crying : for the ewe that will not hear her lamb when it baes, will never answer a calf when he bleats.
Verg. 'Tis very true.
Dogb. This is the end of the charge. You, constable, are to prefent the prince's own person ; if you meet the
Verg. Nay, by'rlady, that, I think, he cannot.
u By the haven Hercules' is meant Sampfon. the usual subiect of old tapeftry. In this ridicule on the fashion, the poet has not unartfully given a Atroke at the barbarous workmanship of the common tapeftry hangings, then so much in use. The same kind of raillery, Cervantes has employed on the like occasion, when he brings his knight and 'fquire to an inn, where they found the ftory of Dido and Æneas represented in bad tapestry. On Sancho's seeing the tears fall from the eyes of the forfaken queen as big as walnuts, he hopes that when their achievements became the general lubject for these sort of works, that fortune will send them a better artist.What authorised the poet to give this name to Sampson was the folly of certain chriftian mythologitts, who pretend that the Grecian Hercules was the Jewish Sampson. The retenue of our author is to be commended : The fober audience of that time would have been offended with the mention of a venerable name on fo liglit an occafion. Shakespeare is indeed sometimes licentious in these matters : but, to do him justice, he generally seems to have a sense of religion, and to be under its influence. What Pedro says of Benedick, in this comedy, inay be well enough applied to him : “The man doth fear God, however it seems not to be in him, by some large jests he will make.” WARB.
I believe that Shakespeare knew nothing of these christian myth gifts, and by 'the fhaven Hercules' meant only Hercules when shaved to make him look like a woman,' while he remained in the service of Omphale, his Lydian mittrels. Had the shaven Hercules' been meant to represent Sampfon, he would probably have been equipped with a jaw-bone instead of a club. STEEY.