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Lay hold upon him; if he do resist,
Oth. Hold your hands,
Bra. To prison, 'till fit time
Oth. What if I do obey?
Offi. True, most worthy signior.
Bra. How! the duke in council?
[Exeunt. SCENE changes to the Senate-house. Duke and Senators, set at a Table, with Lights,
and Attendants. Duke. There is no composition in these news, (23) That gives them credit.
1 Sen. Indeed they're disproportioned ; (24) My letters say, a hundred and seven gallies.
Duke. And mine a hundred and forty. (25) 2 Sen. And mine two hundred: (26)
(23) The Duke represents the same prototype in the moon as the King's ghost in Hamlet, and Albany in King Lear, the former of which is drawn in figure 51.
(24) The first senator I take to be the saine as the Cap. tain who murders Cordelia in King Lear, (fig. 96.)
(25) The second senator I apprehend to have his face inade up of the small shadows immediately on the left hand of the first senator, which sinall shadows constitute the hands of Hudibras, and are often assimilated to alphabetical letters, or arithmetical figures.
(26) What was mentioned in the conclusion of the last note seems to point out the prototype of the second senator; for those shadows, so constituting the outlines of his face, may without difficulty be conceived to form his number of galleys, viz. 200. And when the various instances in which the poet in the play of King Lear was seen to denote numbers in a like manner, are recollected, it is not improbable that he might intend to point to the Duke's number of 140, as situate in light marks about the region of his shoulder or a little before it; and the first senator's number of 107, But though they jump not on a just account, (As in these cases, where the aim reports, 'Tis oft with difference :) yet do they all confirm A Turkish fleet, (27) and bearing up to Cyprus,
Duke. Nay, it is possible enough to judgI do not so secure me in the error, (28) [ment; But the main article I do approve In fearful sense.
[what hoa ! Sailors within.] (29) Wat hoa! what hoa !
by larger characters within the field of his person, of which the one is drawn in fig. 94. The characters of the senators are so inconsiderable that a drawing is not given of the second, nor of the numbers, the prototypes of which, perhaps overstrainedly, have been pointed out.
(27) A Turkish fleet. · As the ensigns of the Turks are marked with crescents, as of the moon, that circumstance may be alluded to, perhaps, by making the plot of the play to have regard, as it has in part, to Turkey.
(28) Error. As of a planet, and so of the moon (as so esteemed).
(29, The sailors may be those small human like heads, in shadow, situate over the head of Rodorigo (late Hudibras). As such, they may be properly considered as sailors, as they would be there situate at the stern of the ship, drawn in fig. 72, ante.
Sail. The Turkish preparation makes for Rhodes, So was I bid report here to the state.
Duke. How say you by this change?
i Sen. This cannot be,
Duke. Nay, in all confidence, he's not for Rhodes.
Enter a Messenger.
1 Sen. Ay, so I thought; how many, as you
Mes. Of thirty sail; and now they do re-stem (30) Their backward course, bearing with frank ap
pearance Their purposes toward Cyprus. Signior Montano, Your trusty and most valiant servitor,
(30) If the north side of ihe moon be uppermost, Montano will have his prototype, I apprehend, in the strong shadow near her left hand margin, as drawn in
The cloven foot, as introduced in fig. 37, has the shape of the figure 3, and being situate upon Montano's shoulder may, with a round spot of light also there situate, constitute his number of thirty sail of gallies.