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Eats not the fats with more impetuous haste,
Ward; They cry, “Chuse we Laertes for our King.' Cups, hands, and tongues, appiaud it to the Clouds; “ Laertes shall be King, Laertes King !"
Queen. How chearfully on the falle trail they cry! 3 Ch, this is counter, you false Danish dogs.
Enter Laertes, with a Party at the Door.
King. The doors are broke.
2 The ratifiers and props of With his emendation, which
every word ;] The whole was in Theobald's edition, Har: tenour of the context is sufficient mer was not satisfied. It is into fhew, that this is a mistaken deed harsh. Hanmer transposes reading. What can antiquity the lines, and reads, and cultom, being the props of
They cry, Chuse we Laertes for words, have to do with the bu. our King; finess in hand? Or what idea is The ratifiers and props of conveyed by it? Cerrainly the
ev'ry word, poet wroie;
Caps, hands, and tongues, apI be ratifiers and props of ev'ry
plaud it to the clouds. ward ;
I think the fault may be mended The messenger is complaining at less expence, by reading, that the riotous head had over Antiquity forgot, cufton net borne the King's officers, and known, then subjoins, that antiquity and The ratifiers and props of ev'ry custom were forgot, which were weal. the ratifiers and props of every That is, of every government. ward, i. e. of every one of those 3 Ob, tlis is counter, you falje Jecurities that nature and law Danish dou..] Hounds run p'ace about the person of a King. counter when they trace the trail All this is rational and confe. backwards. quential. WARBURTON.
Laér. Where is this King ? Sirs ! stand you all
(Exeunt. Laer. I thank you. Keep the door. . O thou vile King, give me my father.
Queen. Calmly, good Laertes. (Laying hold on him. Laer. That drop of blood that's calm, proclaims
me bastard Cries cuckold to my father ; brands the harlot Ev'n here, between the chake and unfmirch'd brows Of my true mother.
King. What is the cause, Laertes,
Laer. Where is my father?
father. King. Who shall stay you ?
Leer. My will, not all the world ;
King. Good Laertes,
Laer. None but his enemies.
Crowd within. Let her come in.
Enter Ophelia, fantastically drest will draws and
O heat, dry up my brains ! Tears, seven times salt,
+ --to your judgment "pear,] Sa to your judgement pierce, the quarto ; the folio, and all the less intelligibly. lagter editions, read,
66 5 Nature is fine in love ; and, where 'tis fine,
And on his Grave rain'd many a tear;
Fare you well, my dove !
5 Nature is fine in love; and quaint sentiment of Nature's fal. where 'tis FINE,
ling in love, is exa&ly in SlakeIt fends fome precious inftance of ficar's manner, and is a thought itfelf
he appears fond of. So in ReAfter the thing it loves.] This meo and Juliet, tion is reis unqueftionably corrupt. I fup- presented as in love; pofé Shakespear wrote,
Afliction is enamourd of the Nature is fal’n in love, and parts, where 'tis fal'n.
And th:u art wedded to calaThe cause of Ophelia's madness mily. was grief, occafioned by the vio- Nay Death, a very unlikely subJence of her natural affection for . ject one would think, is put into . her murder'd father ; her bro a love fit;
ther, therefore, with great force - I will telieve of expreffion, says,
That unfubftantial death is amoNature is falin in love, To diftinguish the passion of na These lines are not in the tural affection from the passion of quarto, and might have been love between the two sexes, i, l. omitted in the folio without
great Nature, or natural affe&tion is loss, for they are obscure and affalin in love. And as a person in fected; but, I think, they require love is accustomed to send the no emendation. Love, says Lamost precious of his jewels to the ertes, is the passion by which naperfon beloved (for the loze- ture is most exalted and refined, tokens which young wenches in and as subitances refined and sublove fend to their sweethearts, istilised, easil; obey any impuise, here alluded to) so when Nature or follow any attraction, fonc (says Laertes) falls in love, the part of nature, so purified and likewise fends her love-token to refined, flies off after the attracthe obje&t beloved. But her most ting object, after the thing it loves. precious jewel is reason; the As into air the purer Spirits therefore sends that: And this he flow, gives as the cause of Opbelia's And separate
from their kindred madness, which he is here en dregs below, deavouring to account for. This So flew her foul.
It could not move thus.
him a-down-a. 60 how the wheel becomes it! it is the false fteward that stole his master's daughter.
Laer. This nothing's more than matter.
Oph. ? There's rosemary, that's for remembrance. Pray, love, remember. And there's pansies, that's for thoughts.
Laer. A document in madness, thoughts and remembrance ficted.
Oph. There's fennel for you, and columbines. $ There's rue for you, and here's some for me. We
6 o horu the w' HEEL bicomes tion which the Romih priests
it!] We should read wEAL. used to force the possessed to fwal. She is now rambling on the bal- low down when they exorcied
ad of the steward and his lord's them. Now thefe exorcisms being daughter. And in there words performed generaily on a Sunda, Speaks of the state he affumed. in the church betore the whole
WARBURTON. congregation, is the reason why I do not see why weal is better she says, we call it kerb am gruce than wheel. The story alluded v' Sundays. Saniys tells us that to I do not know ; but perhaps at Grand Cairo there is a species the lady stolen by the steward of rue much in request, with was reduced to spin.
which the inhabitants perfume 7 There's rolemary, that's for themselves, not only as a prerimembrance ; and there's panies, fervative against infection, but as that's for thoughts.] There is pro- very powerful against evil spirits. sbably some mytnology in the And the cabalistic Gaffarel prechoice of these herbs, but I can tends to have discovered the reanot explain it. Panses is for fon of its virtue, La femence de theu his, because of its name, Rui eft fuifle comme une Croix, & Penfies; but why rosemary indi. c'eft paraventure la cause qu'elle a cates remembı arce, except that tant de verlu contre les pojédez, it is an ever-green, and carried que l'Eglije s'en sert en les exir. at funerals. I have not discovered. cifant. It was on the same prin
8 There's rue for you, and hert's ciple that the Greeks called field fore for me.
call it herb phur; Otwon, because of its use in of grace o' Sundays :) Herb of their fuperftitious purgations by g'ace is the name the country fire. Which too the Romish priests people give to Rue. And the employ to fumigate in their reason i, because that herb was exorcisms; and on that account a principal ingredient in the po- hallow or consecrate it. WARB.