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I wandring brooks.] The modern editors read winding brooks. The old copy windring. I suppose we should read wana d'ring, as it is here printed.
Steevens: Perhaps we should read, windered brooks, i. e. brooks whose fides were decked, or ornamented, with flowers. Windered, in Chaucer, is gay, trim, ornamented.
A. B. 2- waxen coat.] Waxen may mean soft, and consequently penetrable.
STEEVENS. A " waxen coat” is not a coat made of wax, nor even a soft coat. The speech is figurative. Waxen is employed as a participle present, and means growing.Coat is used for consequence, importance, in allufion to enfigns armorial. Bolingbroke's meaning is that he hopes to overturn, or put down, the growing greatness of Mowbray, and to raise up the name of Gaunt.
A. B. 3 Did feem defenfible.] Defensible does not, in this place, mean capable of defence, but bearing Arength, furnishing the means of defence,
N A TI O N.
Remember where we are;
Henry VI. P. 1, A. 4, S. 1. He hath disgraced me, and hindered me of half a million ; laugh'd at my losses, mock'd at my gains, fcorn'd my nation, thwarted my bargains, cool'd my friends, heated mine enemies, and what's his reason! I am a Jew. Merchant of Venice, A. 3, S. 1. This heavy-headed revel, east and west, Makes us traduc'd, and tax'd of other nations: They clepe us drunkards, and with swinish phrase Soil our addition; and, indeed, it takes From our atchievements, though perform’d at height, The pitch and marrow of our attribute.
Hamlet, A. I, S. 4. N A T U R E.
Nature is made better by no mean, But nature makes that mean; so, o'er that art Which, you say, adds to nature, is an art That nature makes. Winter's Tale, A. 4, S. 3,
Once a day, I'll visit The chapel where they lie ; and tears, shed there, Shall be my recreation : so long as nature Will bear up with this exercise, so long I daily vow to use it. Winter's Tale, A. 3, S. 2,
This is as strange a maze as e'er men trod :
Tempest, A. 5, S. 1.
Nature wants stuff that To vie strange forms with fancy; yet, to imagine An Antony, were nature's piece 'gainst fancy, Condemning shadows quite. S'loog 2016 grad Antony and Cleopatra, A. 5, S. 2.. How sometimes nature will betray its folly, IY Its tenderness: and make itself a pastime t To harder bosoms bus f Winter's Tale, A. I, S. 2. O thou goddess, diodo bir Thou divine nature, thou thyself thou blazon'st ' In these two princely boys! They are as gentle As zephyrs, blowing below the violet, Not wagging his sweet head, and yet as rougl Their royal blood enchaf'd, as the rud'st wind, That by the top doth take the mountain pine, And make him stoop to the vale.
1150 ILI YA 109 Cymbeline, A. 4, S. 2.
Though train'd up thus meanly I'the cave, wherein they bow, their thoughts do hit The roofs of palaces; and nature prompts them, In fimple and low things, to prince it, much Beyond the trick of others. 1 Cymbeline, A. 3, S. 3. Too much of water hast thou, poor Ophelia, ez And therefore I forbid my tears: but yet toe diety, it is It is our trick; nature her custom holds, Let shame say what it will : when these are gone The woman will be out. d guide Hamlet, A. 4, S. 7.
Hath nature given them eyes To see this vaulted arch, and the rich crop Of sea and land, which can distinguish 'twixt beant