ADJECTIVES signifying effect used to signify causeAdjectives signifying effect were often used to signify the cause. This is a difference of thought. We still say "pale death," "gaunt famine," where the personification is obvious; but we do not say--
“Like as a sort of hungry dogs ymet
“Oppress'd with two weak evils, age and hunger.
Doe fall together, stryving each to get
The greatest portion of the greedie pray.” SPENS. F. Q. vi. 11. 17.
Nor should we say of the Caduceus-- “His sleepy yerde in hond he bare upright.” CHAUC. C. T. 1390. Compare also
“And barren rage of death's eternal cold.
Here "trembling" is used for "fear-inspiring." So other Elizabethan authors (Walker): "idle agues," "rotten showers," "barren curses."
“Sixth part of each!
A trembling contribution!