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species of bullies in the time of Shakespeare.
Ib. 1. 18. Observed as they flew. Mr. Malone here encloses, “ Sometimes a blusterer, &c. to the swiftest hours,” in a parenthesis, and then says.
“Observed as they flew; i. e. as the scattered fragments of paper flew. Perhaps, however, the parenthesis might not have been intended by the author. If it be omitted, and the swiftest hours be connected with what follows, the meaning will be, that this reverend man, though engaged in the bustle of court and city, had not suffered the busy and gay period of youth to pass by without gaining some knowledge of the world.”
Ib. l. 19. This afflicted fancy. This afflicted lovesick lady. Fancy was formerly used in the sense of love. MALONE.
Ib. 1. 22. His grained bat. His grained bat is his staff, on which the grain of the wood was visible. STEEVENS.
Ib. I. 27. Her suffering extasy. Her painful perturbation of mind. MALONE.
P. 120, 1. 10. 0! one by nature's outwards, &c. Thus the quarto.
Mr. Tyrwhitt thinks we should read ---Of one, &c. i. e. suit of one, &c.
Ib. 1. 12. Made him her place; i. e. her seat, her mansion. In the sacred writings the word is often used with this sense.
STEEVENS. Plas, in the Welsh language, signifies a mansionhouse. MALONE.
Ib. 1. 18. What's sweet to do, to do will aptly find.
I suppose lie means, things pleasant to be done will easily find people enough to do them. Steevens.
Ib. 1. 21. In Paradise was suwn ; i. e. seen. This irregular participle, which was forced upon the author by the rhyme, is, I believe, used by no other writer. MALONE.
Ib. I. 23. His phanix down. I suppose she means matchless, rare down. MALONE.
Ib. 1. 26. Yet shew'd his visage, &c. The words are placed out of their natural order, for the sake of the
“ Yet his visage show'd,” &c. MALONE. P. 121, 1. 4. Is to see; i. e. to be seen. It would be better to read---we may see.
EDITOR. Ib. 1. 5. Authoriz'd youth. We must, according to the metre, accent the first word (authoriz'd) on the middle syllable. EDITOR.
Ib. 1. 14. Or he his, manag’d, &c. Read, according to the true copies---Or he his manage, &c.
Ib. I. 15. But quickly on this side. Perhaps the author wroteo-his side. There is, however, no need of change. MALONE.
Ib. 1. 20. Can for additions yet their purpose trim, &c. Mr. Malone thinks cun was printed for came ; accordingly we read, in his edition--
“ Cume for additions, yet their purpos'd trim
« Piec'd not,' &c. Ib. 1. 28. Catching all passions in his craft of will. These lines, in which our author has accidentally delineated his own character as a dramatist, would have been better adapted to his monumental inscription, than
such as are placed on the scroll in Westminster Abbey. By our undiscerning audiences, however, they are always heard with profounder silence, and followed by louder applause, than accompany any other passage throughout all his plays. The vulgar seem to think they were selected for public view, as the brightest gems in his poetic crown. STEEVENS.
P. 122, 1. 4. Where he haunted. Where he frequented. MALONE.
Ib. 1. 18. And was my own fee simple. Had an absolute power over myself, as large as a tenant in fee has over his estate. MALONE
P. 123, 1, 1. But ah! however, &. Read-But ah ! who ever, &c.
Ib. 1. 8. To our blood ; i. e. to our passions. Ma
Ib. I. 14. It is my last. Read---It is thy last.
Ib. 1. 16. The patterns of his foul beguiling ; i. e. the examples of his seduction. MALONE.
Ib. 1. 17. Heard where his plants in other orchards grew. Read--others' orchards.
Orchard and garden were, in ancient language, synonymous. MALONE.
Ib. 1. 19. Brokers to defiling. A broker, formerly, signified a punder. MALONE.
Ib. 1. 20. Thought, characters, and words, &c. Thought is here, I believe, a substantive. Malone.
Ib. 1. 23. Till thus he'gan besiege me. The second verb should also have been abbreviated, in order to perfect the sense. Till thus he'gan to 'siege me, &c. EDITOR.
Ib. 1. 26. What's to you sworn. Some copies read --That's to you, &c.
Ib. 1. 27 and 28. For feusts of love I have been calld unto, &c.
For the sake of better rhyme we might read-o
To feasts of love though called unto, till now
P. 124, 1. 2. Errors of the blood. See Note, p. 123, 1. 8.
Ib. l. 3 and 4. Love made them not, with acture they may be, &c. Thus the old copy. I have not found the word acture in any other place, but suppose it to have been used
as synonymous with action. His offences that might be seen abroad in the world, were the plants before-mentioned that he had set in others' gardens. The meaning of the passage then should seem to be---Thy illicit amours were merely the effect of constitution, and not approved by my reason : pure and genuine love had no share in them, or in their consequences; for the mere congress of the sexes may produce such fruits, without the affections of the parties being at all engaged. Malone.
Ib. 1. 10. Put to smallest teen. Teen is trouble. MALONE.
Ib. 1. 15. Wounded fancy. Other copies read--fancies.
Fancy is here used for love, or affection. MALONE.
Ib. 1. 16. Of pallid pearls, &c. The old copies read ---paled pearls.
Ib. 1. 22. These talents of their hair, &c. These lockets, consisting of their hair, platted and set in gold. MALONE.
Ib. 1. 23. Amorously empleach'd. Read---impleach'd.
Impleach'd is interwoven; the same as pleached, a word which our author uses in “ Much ado about Nothing;" and in “ Anthony and Cleopatra.”
Ib. 1. 28. Each stone's dear nature, &c. In the age of Shakespeare peculiar virtues were imputed to every species of precious stones. STEEVENS.
P. 125, l. 2. Whereto his invis'd properties, &c. Invis'd for invisible. This is, I believe, a word of Shakespeare's coining. His invis'd properties are the invisible qualities of his mind. Malone.
Ib. 1. 5. Saphyr--ophal. Read--sapphire--opal : these being the errors of a modern edition.
Ib. I. 8. Of affection. Read---affections.
Ib. 1. 16. The airy scale of praise. The airy scale of praise is the scale filled with verbal elogiums. Air is often thus used by our author. Malone.
Ib. 1. 17. All these smiles unto your own commund. Read...
all these similes to your own command.” Ib. 1. 23. Or sister sanctified. The poet, I suspect, wrote--- A sister, &c. Malone.
Ib. 1. 24. Which late her noble suit in court did shun. Who lately retired from the solicitation of her noble admirers. The word suit, in the sense of request and petition, was much used in Shakespeare's time. ΜΑ