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courts or wooes a lady is sometimes indulged. This appears clearly from the subsequent lines :
- They may şeize « On the white wonder of dear Juliet's hand, “ And steal immortal blessings from her lips-Flies may do this.'
MALONE. 390. Who, even in pure and restal modesty,] This and the next line were not in the first copy.
MALONE. 395. But Romeo may not; he is banished.] This line is very awkwardly introduced liere, and might better be inserted after their own kisses sir. STEEVENS.
-It ought, without doubt, to be placed there. In the first edition it is inserted inmediately before-Flies may do this.
MALONE. 499. What wilfulness-] The folio reads--What simpleness.
SrEEVENS. 439. O woeful sympathy !
Piteous predicament !] One may wonder the editors did not see that this language must necessarily belong to the Friar.
FARMER. Dr. Farmer's emendation may justly claim that place in the text to which I have now advanced it.
STEEVENS. 453. cancell'd love ?] The folio reads concealid love.
JOHNSON, The quarto, cancell'd love.
STEVENS. 466. Art thou a man? thy form cries out, thou art;
Thy tears are womanish; ) Shakspere has here closely followed his original :
“ Art thou, quoth he, a man? thy shape saith, so
thou art ;
“ Thy crying and thy weeping eyes denote a woman's
heart. “ For manly reason is quite from off thy mind
outchased, “ And in her stead affections lewd, and fancies
MALONE. 476. Why rail'st thou on thy birth, the heaven, and earth?] Romeo has not here railed on his birth, &c. though in his interview with the friar, as described in The Tragicall Hystory of Romeus and Juliet, he is made to do so : “ First Nature did he blame, the author of his
life, “ In which his joys had been so scant, and sor
rows aye so rife; “ The time and place of birth he fiercely did re
prove, “ He cryed out with open mouth against the stars above.
On Fortune eke he rail'd" Shakspere copied the remonstrance of the riar, without reviewing the former part of his scer e.
489. Like powder in the skill-less soldier's flask, &c.] To understand the force of this allusion, it should be remembered that the ancient English soldiers, using match-locks, instead of locks with Aints, as at present, were obliged to carry a lighted match hanging at their belts, very near to the wooden flask in which they kept their powder. The same allusion occurs in Humour's Ordinary, an old collection of English epigrams :
“ When she his flask and touch-box set on fire, " And till this hour the burning is not out.”
STEEVENS. 491. And thou dismember'd with thine own defence,] And thou torn to pieces with thine own weapons.
JOHNSON. 515. Romeo is coming.] Much of this speech has likewise been added since the first edition,
STEEVENS. 523. Go hence. Good night, &c.] These three lines are omitted in all the modern editions. JOHNSON
-here stands all your state, ] The whole of your fortune depends on this.
JOHNSON 533. SCENE IV.]
Some few unnecessary verses are omitted in this scene, according to the oldest editions.
Pope. These verses are such as will by no means connect with the last and most improved copy of the play.
STEEVENS. 543 -mew'd up-] This is a phrase from falconry. A mew was a place of confinement for hawks.
544. Sir Paris, I will make a desperate tender
Of my child's love :-] Desperate means only bold, advent'rous, as if he had said in the vulgar phrase, I will speak a bold word, and venture to promise you my daughter.
JOHNSON So, in The Weakest goes to the Wall, 1618 : “ Witness this desperate tender of mine honour.'
STEEVENS. 569. SCENE V. Juliet's chamber.] The stage. direction, in the first edition, is-" Enter Romeo and Juliet at the window.” In the second quarto-" Enter Romeo and Juliet aloft.” They appeared probably in the balcony which seems to have been erected on the old English stage. See The Account of the Ancient Theatres.
MALONE. 572. Nightly she sings on yon pomegranate tree :] This is not merely a poetical supposition. It is observed of the nightingale, that, if undisturbed, she sits and sings upon the same tree for many weeks together.
STEEVENS, 588. ---the pale reflex--] The appearance of a cloud opposed to the moon.
JOHNSON. 591. I have more care to stay, than will to go;] Would it not be better thus: I have more will to stay, than care to go?
JOHNSON. 597 --sweet division ;] Division seems to have been the technical terın for the pauses or parts of a musical composition. So, in King Henry IV. P. I.
“ Sung by a fair queen in a summer's bower,
600. 0, now I would they had chang'd voices too!] The toad having very fine eyes, and the lark very ugly ones, was the occasion of a common saying amongst the people, that the toad and lark had changed eyes, To this the speaker alludes. But sure she need not have wished that they had changed voices too. The’lark appeared to her untunable enough in all conscience; as appears by what she said just before,
It is the lark that sings so out of tune,
Straining harsh discords and unpleasing sharps.
the lark and loathed toad change eyes;
" -To heav'n I'd fly,