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That I have ta’en away this old man's daughter,
Othello, A. 3, S. 4. Who is here so base, that would be a bond-man? If any, speak; for him have I offended. Who is here so rude, that would not be a Roman? If any, speak; for him have I offended. Who is here so vile, that will not love his country? If any, speak; for him have I offended. Julius Cæsar, A. 3, S. 2. King of England shalt thou be proclaim'd In every borough as we pass along; And he, that cafts not up
for joy, Shall for the offence make forfeit of his head.
Henry VI. P. 3, A. 2, S. 1.
And shoot myself up in some other course.],
The quarto 1630, and the folio read,
“ And shut myself up." I cannot help thinking this reading the true one. The idea seems taken from the confinement of a monastic life.
STEEVENS. I think the quarto right which reads shoot, instead of Jhut. To say that a man will shut himself up in a course of life, is language such as Shakespeare would never make use of, even in his most whimsical or licentious moments.
MONCK MASON. I think the poet may have written,
" And shape myself upon some other course." To shape one's course, is a very common expression, and is used ky Shakespeare elsewhere.
The nature of his great offence is dead,
All's well that ends well, A. 5, S. My life, fir, in any case: not that I am afraid to die; but that, my offences being many, I would repent out the remainder of nature : let me live, fir, in a dungeon, i' the stocks, or any where, so I may live.
All's well that ends well, A. 4, S. 3. This is most strange! that she should in this time Commit a thing fo monstrous, to dismantle So many folds of favour! sure, her offence Must be of such unnatural degree, That monsters it, for your fore-vouch'd affection Fall into taint?.
Lear, A. I, S. 1.
"That monsters it.] This uncommon verb occurs again in Coriolanus.
“To hear my nothings monster’d," STEEYENS. “ Monsters it” should, I think, be masters it;, and I am the more inclined to this opinion, as monstrous occurs a line or two before. I read the passage thus :
that she should
many folds of favour! sure, her offence
“ That masters it." “ That masters it,” i. e. that masters your favour or kindness. If we do not admit this reading, where is the antecedent to it?
A. B. r. your fore-vouch'd affe&tion Fall into taint.) Such is the reading of the folio. The common books read, _“fall’n into taint.” Or, fignifies before, and or ever, is, before ever; the meaning of the folio may
therefore be, fure ber crime must be monstrous before your affection can be affected with hatred.
Johnson. I believe the reading of the first quarto,
for vouch'd affection " Fall'n into taint,” to be the true one. In support of the reading of the quarto, in preference to that of the folio, it should be observed, that Lear had not vouch'd, had not made any particular declaration of his
I am myself indifferent honest; but yet I could accuse me of such things, that it were better, my mother had not borne me: I am very proud, revengeful, ambitious; with more offences at my beck, than I have thoughts to put them in, imagination to give them shape, or time to act them in.
Hamlet, A. 3, S. I.
OR NA M E N T.
In religion, What damned error, but some fober brow Will bless it, and approve it with a text, Hiding the grofsness with fair ornament?
Merchant of Venice, A. 3, S. 21 The world is still deceiv'd with ornament : In law, what plea so tainted and corrupt, But, being season'd with a gracious voice, Obscures the show of evil?
Merchant of Venice, A. 3, S. 2.
affection for Cordelia; while, on the other hand, Goneril and Regan have made, in this fcene, an oftentatious profession of their love for their father.
MALONE. The reading of the folio is right. Taint, I think, is fufpicion.
or your fore-vouch'd affection “ Fall into taint." That is, the affection which you had before expressed will be questioned or disbelieved its fincerity will be doubted,
Mr. Malone is wrong, in saying that Lear had not made any declaration of his affection for Cordelia. He says of her, in one place, “Now our joy, although the last, not least," and in another, “ We lov'd her most;" &c.
S this the noble Moor, whom our full senate
Call-all-in-all sufficient? This the noble nature
I will go to Benedick,
Much ado about nothing, A. 3, S. 1.
King John, A. 4, S. 2. 1. And passion having my best judgment collied.] Thus the folio reads, and I believe rightly. Othello means, that paffion has discoloured his judgment.' To colly, anciently, fignified to be fmut, to blacken as with coal. Hanmer reads, cholered.
STEEVENS. I think we should read “colliding." To collide is to clash, to strike against. The line may stand thus:
“And paffion now colliding 'gainst my judgment." i. c. Paffion clashing or striking against my judgment, assays, &c.
O, that my tongue were in the thunders mouth!
King John, A. 3, S. 4.
Such smiling rogues as these,
Lear, A. 2. S. 2.
O, it offends me to the soul, to hear a robustious perriwig-pated fellow tear a passion to tatters, to very rags, to split the ears of the groundlings; who, for the most part, are capable of nothing but inexplicable dumb shews and noise: I would have such a fel. low whipp'd for o'er-doing Termagant; it out-herods Herod : pray you avoid it. Hamlet, A. 3, S. 2. For Hecuba! What's Hecuba to him, or he to Hecuba, That he should weep for her? What would he do, Had he the motive and the cue for passion, That I have? he would drown the stage with tears, And cleave the general ear with horrid speech; Make mad the guilty and appal the free, Confound the ignorant : and amaze, indeed, The very faculty of eyes and ears.
Hamlet, A. 2, S. 2. That old and antique song we heard last night; Methought, it did relieve my paffion much;