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cessary. The words ,' as they, stand, will express the same sense, if pointed thus a Free from all faults, faults from,

seeming free ! el Nor is this construction more harsh than that of many other sentences in the play., which of all those which Shakspeare has left us, is the most defective in that respect. : M. MASON. si '19.

P. 137, l. 7. His neck will come to your waist, a cord,] That is, his neck will be tied, like your waist, with a rope. The friars of the Franciscan ... order, perhaps of all others, wear a hempen cord for a girdle. JOHNSON.

P. 137, 1. 13. Pygmalion's images, newly made woman, ) By Pygmalion's images, newly made woman, I believe Shakspeare meant no more than

Have you no women now to recommend to your customers, as fresh and untouched as Pygo -- malion's statue was , at the moment when it be

came flesh and blood ? The passage, may, however, contain some allusion to a pamphlet printed in 1598, called', The Metamorphosis of Pygmalion's Image, and certain Salires. I have never seen it, but it is mentioned by Ames, p. 568; and Whatever its siibject might be, we learn from an order signed by the Archbishop of Canterbury andr the Bishop of London, that this book, was commanded to be burnt. The order is inserted at the end of the second volume of the entries belonging to the Stationers' Company. STEEVENS,

A pick • lock had just been found upon the Clown, and therefore without great offence to his morals, it may be presumed he was likewise a pick - pocket; in which case Pygmalion's images,

erg. may mean new.coined money with the Queen's image upon it. Douce...

P: 137, 1: 17. Is'e not drownd is the last rainh] Incio, a prating-fopy meets his old friend going to prison, and pours cout upon him his imperti. sent imterrogatories; to which, when the poor fel. low makes to answer, he adds,' What reply? ha? what say'st thou to this?, tune, matter, and merhod, zoom is't. not? drown'di' thdase rain? ha? what safișt thou, trot? etc,. It is a com amon phrase used in low raillery of a man crest fallen and dejected, that he looks like a drown's puppy. Lucio , therefore, asks him, whether he $ was drown'd in the last rain, and therefore- can. pot speak, Johnson.

He rather asks him whether his answer was not drown'a, in the last raiu, for Pompey returus 3.no answer 19 any of his questions:! or, perhaps,

he means to compare Pompey's miserable appearance , to a drown'd mouse. STEEVENS

P. 137, 1. 18. What say'st, chou, lot?In should be read, I think, what say'st thou to't? the word, trot being seldom, if ever, zsed quo a mau., : Old trot, or træt, signifies a decrepid old woman, or an old drąb, GREY.

Trot, or as it is now often pronounced, honest trout,

is a familiar address to amán among the provincial vulgar. JOHNSON. Op: 130,"1. 19. "Wliich is the way? ]!?What is as the 'mode' now " Jonsson." po 'P! 157, 1. 34: 25. - she hath eaten up at her beef, and she is herself in the tub.]*;

- The method riof cure for venereal complaints is grossly called othe powdering tub.. JOHNSON

wiit sot P.6187, 1. 38. Gos say I Ysent thee thither For

debt, Pompey? Or how ? ]vit shanld be pointed silaus Gao say I sendt ghee: thithero fabriddhi, Panpes or how i. e. to hide the ignominy of

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thyroase say, 'I sent thee. to prison for debt? or whatever other pretence thou fanciest þetter. The other humourously replies ; For beingra barnd, for being a bawd, i. e. the true case is the most Rhonourable. This is in character. WAARUNTONI

I do not perceive any necessity for the afterå. tīón: Lucio first vffers him the use of his name, to hide the seeming iğnoniny of His scase; faild then véry naturally désirës! to be informed i of the true reason why he was ordered into confinement.

ISTFEVENS. 225 Warburton 'has taken soide pains to amend' tliis passage, which does not require 'it'; aid Lucio's subseqnient reply to Elbow, show's that his anvend, a meut cannot be right. When I ucio' a

advises Pom. pey to say he sent him to the prison, and in his

next" speech desires him to commend him to the prison, he speaks as one who had some "iiftetést 'there, and was well known to the keepers.

gr M. MASON. 5.°P. 138, 1. 5. 6. You will turn good husband shot, Pompey: you"Will keep the house. ) Alliding

to the etymology of the word husband. MALONE. 32920

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5!3!, OTI PAW384 d. lk foto kennel, Pompey , 380 :] It should be remembered as that Pomj:43 is the *@ommon name of a dog.. to, which allusion is made in the mention of a kennel. JOHNSON bal. 739, 1. A. and fol. Yes', replies Lucio, the

vice is of great kindredgi it is welt allgid:61c. TAs much as to sayy Yes, truly, it is general y for 5 the greatest men have it as well as we fåtle folks. ( Hit the lower he taxdo the Duke personally with it. • to piimuugi dio sbak os 95 - wrot To Be wants.


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P. 139, 1. 17. A motion generative certainly means a puppet of the masculine gender; a thing that appears to have those powers of which it is not in reality possessed. SPEEVENS.

A motion ungenerative is a moving or animared body without the power of generation..

RITSON, P. 239, l. 28. I never heard the absent Duke much detected for women;] In 'the Statute zd Edward First, c. 15. the words gentz' rettez de felonie are rendered persons detected of felony, that is, .as [ conceive, suspected. REED.

'Detecied; however, may mean, notoriously charged, or guilty. So, in North's translation of Plutarch: he only of all other Kings in his time was most detected with this vice of leacherie“

MALONĖ. P. 139, 1. 34. to put a ducat in her clack. dish:] The beggars, two or three centuries ago, used to proclaim their want by a wooden : dish with a moveable cover, which they clacked, to show that their vessel was empty. This appears from a passage quoted on another occasion by . Dr. Grey. STEEVENS. P. 140,

1. 2. Inward is intimate. STEEVENS. P. 240,- 1. 3. A shy fellow was the Duke:} The meaning of this term may be best explained by the following lines in the fifth Act:

„The wicked'st caitiff on the ground,
„May seem as shy, as grave, as just as

absolute,“ etc.

MALONE. P. 140, 1. 8. The greater file] The larger - list, the greater number. JOHNSON. P. 140, k. 13. unweighing is e, inconsiderate, etc.


P. 140, l. 15. and the business he hath - helmed,] The difficulties he hath steer'd through, A metaphor from navigation. STEEYENS.

P. 141, l. 3. opposite i. e. opponent, ad. versary. STEEVENS.

P. 141, l. 12. ungenitur'd] This word seems to be formed from genitoirs, a word which occurs in Holland's Pliny, tom. ii. p. 321, 560, 589, and comes from the French genitoires, the genitats.

TOLLET. P. 41, l. 20. The Duke, I say to thee again, would eat mutton on Fridays. ] A wench was called a laced mitton. THEOBÁLD.

P. 141, 1. 21. He's now past it; yet,] Sir Thomas Hanmer reads He is not past it yet. This emendation was received in the former edition, but seems not necessary. It were to be wished, that we all explained more, and amended less.

JOHNSON, If Johnson understood the passage as it stands, I wish he had explained it.

Hanmer's amendment appears absolutely necessary. M. Mason.

I have inserted. Mr. M. Mason's remark : and yet the old reading is, in my opinion, too intelli. gible to need explanation. STEEVENS.

P. 141, l. 22. though she smelt brown bread vand garlick :) This was the phraseology of our author's time. In The Merry Wives of Windsor, Master Fenton is said to „smell April and May,“ not to smell of, etc. MALONE.

P. 14%, l. 2., forfeit i. e. transgress, offend; from the French forfaire. STEEVENS.

P. 142, 1, 3. mercy swear,] We shonld read swerve, i.'e,. deyiate from her nature. The common reading gives us the idea of a ranting, whorc.


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