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“ Now, sir,
Her mother, even strong against that match,” &c. Arrange rather,
Now, sir, her mother, e'en strong " &c.
Offence of mighty note.”
16., near the end,
“ And in the lawful name of marrying,
To give our hearts united ceremony." Marriage, I suspect.
v. 5,- in the midst of rhyme,
Cricket, to Windsor chimnies shalt thou leap;
There pinch the maids” &c.
“ This mutiny each part doth so surprise,
That from their dark beds, once more, leap her eyes ;
Upon the wide wound" &c. Quere whether the context does not require that leap should be the past tense here for leapt? Drayton, Nymphidia,
“ Then thrice under a brier did creep,
Her magic much availing."
Digg'd caverns in the earth, so dark and wondrous deep
or, as Drayton spells it, leepe. Chalkhill (or Walton), Thealma and Clearchus, Retrosp. iv. 243,
many a weary step It led the prince, that pace with it still kept." It is, if I am not misinformed, the Anglo-Saxon mode of forming the past in all such verbs.4
“ Lust is but a bloody fire.” i.l., a fire whose origin is in the blood; not, as Steevens explains it less accurately, a fire in the blood.
MEASURE FOR MEASURE.
“ We have strict statutes, and most biting laws,
The needful bits and curbs to headstrong steeds," &c. Folio (there is no previous edition), weeds. Surely wills.
Sir, make me not,” &c.
4 The Old Corrector seems to have been on a wrong scent when, to cure the defective rhyme, he gave,
“ Cricket, to Windsor chimneys when thou 'st leapt.” Observe the quarto reading, as quoted in Mr. Dyce's note. Chaucer, Knightes Tale, v. 2689, if Tyrwhitt's text is right,
his hors for fere gan to turne,
“ Sir make me not your story. Lucio.
It is true.
To teeming foison.”
“ He makes a July’s day short as December ;
And, with his varying childness, cures in me
ii. 1, end of the first dialogue, before the entrance of Froth, &c.,
“ Escalus. Well, Heaven forgive him!” &c. Should not this speech be marked as spoken aside ?
16., Mistress Overdone. Beaumont and Fletcher, Wildgoose Chase, ii. 1, Moxon, vol. i. p. 547, col. 1,
“ Their modesty is anger (i.e., violent desire) to be over-done."
“ All sects, all ages,” &c. Possibly an erratum for sorts. If the context could be arranged accordingly, I should be inclined to dispose these three lines as follows,
all sorts, all ages, Smack of this vice; and he to die for’t! (so first fol.—Ed.] Angelo.
Is 't your will
Heaven hath my empty words,
Anchors on Isabel."
“ Lay by all nicety, and prolixious blushes.", Drayton, Moses, B. i. ed. 1630, p. 134,
army was to pass
more prolixious was Than present peril any whit commended." Compare the old forms stupendious (the common people even now say tremendious), robustious, e.g., Hamlet, iii. 2,
a robustious periwig-pated fellow;" King Henry V. iii. 7, “the men do sympathize with the mastiffs in robustious and rough coming on;" Drayton, Moses, B. ii. p. 154,
« Winter let loose in his robustious kind
Wildly runs raving through the airy plains.” Other similar forms. Play of Locrine, ii. 4,
“ Superbious Briton, thou shalt know too soon
The force of Humber and his Scythians.” Drayton has even, Moses, B. iii. p. 173,—
His brows encircled with splendidious rays." Butler, Palinode to the Hon. E. Howard, 1.39, Cooke's edition,
“ And those stupendous discoveries
You've lately made of wonders in the skies." Stupendious. [So other editions.-Ed.]
16., near the end,
O pernicious mouths,
That bear in them
the folio has perilous (atque ita Knightius, quod non est ut mireris). Perilous is an erratum for pernicious, apxairūs pernitious.?
The princely Angelo !
The damned'st body to invest and cover
In princely guards !” Fol.,—"The prenzie, Angelo ?”—“prenzie gardes." Warburton's priestly agrees better with the context, and the common sense of the passage; say rather, it is required by it. Preistlie (as the word is sometimes written) might be taken for prenzie. Compare Coriolanus, v. 1, "our priest-like fasts.” Pericles, iii. 1, though this is less exactly in point,
hie thee, whiles I say A priestly farewell to her.” Knight reads precise, but the other is more spirited; besides, the rhythm seems to be very much against precise.
“ For such a warped slip of wilderness
Ne'er issued from his blood." Per contra, wildness is sometimes used where we should say
Walker seems to have thought that pernicious was the modern reading, whereas all the editions, as far as I know, have perilous. The latter, however, is as much against the rhythm in this example as precise is in the next.-Ed.
2 In the Stratford Shakespeare Mr. Knight gives "The frenzy! Angelo ? and “princely guards.” Mr. Dyce has priestly, and so the Old Corrector; the latter corrupts guards into garbs. Ed.