4Office, and custom, in all line of order.
6In noble eminence enthroned and sphered
7Amidst the other, whose medicinable eye
8Corrects the ill aspects of planets evil,
9And posts like the commandment of a king,
10Sans check, to good and bad. But when the planets
11In evil mixture to disorder wander,
13What raging of the sea, shaking of the earth,
14Commotion in the winds, frights, changes, horrors
16The unity and married calm of states
18Which is the ladder to all high designs,
19The enterprise is sick. How could communities,
21Peaceful commerce from dividable shores,
23Prerogative of age, crowns, sceptres, laurels,
24But by degree stand in authentic place?
25Take but degree away, untune that string,
26And hark what discord follows: each thing meets
28Should lift their bosoms higher than the shores
29And make a sop of all this solid globe.
31And the rude son should strike the father dead.
32Force should be right, or rather, right and wrong,
34Should lose their names, and so should justice, too.
35Then everything includes itself in power,
36Power into will, will into appetite,
37And appetite, an universal wolf,
38So doubly seconded with will and power,
40And, last, eat up himself.
1] Ulysses cannily delivers this address on the breakdown of hierarchy before a council of Greeks in the first act of the play. Back to Line 2] degree: ."a stage or position in the scale of dignity or rank." (OED n. 4a) Back to Line 5] Sol: the sun, which in ancient astronomy revolved around the earth like a planet Back to Line 22] primogenitive: referring to the feudal right of a first born child to inherit property or titles Back to Line 33] recides: from the Latin ."recidere," to fall back, sink, lapse, revert (OED v. 1) Back to Line