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The strawberry grows underneath the nettle ;
And wholesome berries thrive and ripen best,
Neighbour'd by fruit of bafer quality :
And so the prince obscur'd his contemplation
Under the veil of wildness. Henry V. A. 1, S. 1.

By the Lord, I knew ye as well as he that made ye. Why, hear ye, my masters: was it for me to kill the heir apparent should I turn upon the true prince?

Henry IV. P. 1, A. 2, S. 4.

- Like gross terms,
The prince will, in the perfectness of time,
Cast off his followers: and their memory
Shall as a pattern or a measure live,
By which his grace must mete the lives of others;
Turning past evils to advantages.

Henry IV. P. 2, A. 4, S. 4.


I do but dream on sovereignty;
Like one that stands upon a promontory,
And spies a far-off shore where he would tread,
Wishing his foot were equal with his eye;
And chides the sea that funders him from thence.

Henry VI. P. 3, A. 3, S. 2.

Thou remember'st
Since once I sat upon a promontory,
And heard a mermaid, on a dolphin's back,
Uttering such dulcet and harmonious breath,
That the rude sea grew civil at her song.

Midsummer Night's Dream, A. 2. S. 2.

The strong-bas'd promontory Have I made shake ; and by the spurs pluck'd up The pine and cedar.

Tempest, A. 5, S. 1.

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Thou art not for the fashion of these times,
Where none will sweat, but for promotion;
And having that, do choak their service up
Even with the having.

As you like it, A. 2, S, 3

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O be a queen in bondage is more vile,

Than is a slave in base servility;
For princes should be free.

Henry VI. P. 1, A. 5, S. 4. O, would to God, that the inclusive verge Of golden metal, that must round my brow, Were red-hot steel, to fear me to the brain! Anointed let me be with deadly venom;. And die, ere men can say—God save the queen!

Richard III. A. 4, S. 1, What, dost thou turn away, and hide thy face? I am no loathsome leper, look on me. What, art thou, like the adder, waxen deaf? Be poisonous too, and kill thy forlorn queen.

Henry VI. P. 2, A.3, S. 2, What! shall king Henry be a pupil still, Under the surly Glofter's Am I a queen in title and in style, And must be made a subject to a duke ?

Henry VI. P. 2, A. 1, S. 3, Go thy ways, Kate : thou art, alone, It thy rare qualities, sweet gentleness,


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Thy meekness, faint-like, wise-like government;
Obeying in commanding, and thy parts
Sovereign and pious else, could speak thee out",
The queen of earthly queens.

Henry VIII. A. 2, S. 4.
I see, queen Mab hath been with you.
She is the fairies' midwife; and she comes
In shapes no bigger than an agat-stone
On the fore-finger of an alderman,
Drawn with a team of little atomies
Athwart men's nofes as they lie asleep:
Her waggon-spokes made of long spinners' legs ;
The cover, of the wings of grashoppers ;
The traces, of the smallest spiders' web;
The collars, of the moonshine's watry beams;
Her whip, of cricket's bone; the lash, of film:
Her waggoner, a small grey-coated gnat,
Not half so big as a round little worm
Prick'd from the lazy finger of a maid:
Her chariot is an empty hazel-nut,
Made by the joiner squirrel, or old grub,
Time out of mind the fairies” coach-makers.
And in this state she gallops night by night
Through lovers' brains, and then they dream of love;
On courtiers' knees, that dream on court'lies straight :
O'er lawyers' fingers, who straight dream on fees :
O'er ladies' lips, who straight on kisses dream;
Which oft the angry Mab with blisters plagues,
Because their breaths with sweetmeats tainted are.
Sometimes she gallops o'er a courtier's nose,
And then dreams he of smelling out a suit :
And sometimes comes the with a tithe-pig's tail,



could speak thee out.) If thy several qualities had tongues to speak thy praise.

These qualities do lufficiently speak, or plead, for the queen
in the king's breaft: but he here means, by speak thee out, that
if these qualities were known to the world, Catherine would be
considered as the queen of earthly queens.

A, B.


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Tickling a parson's nose as a' lies asleep,
Then dreams he of another benefice :
Sometimes she driveth o'er a soldier's neck,
And then dreams he of cutting foreign throats,
Of breaches, ambuscadoes, Spanish blades,
Of healths five fathom deep; and then anon
Drums in his ear; at which he starts, and wakes ;
And, being thus frighted, swears a prayer or two,
And sleeps again. Romeo and Juliet, A. I, S. 4.
Good expedition be my friend, and comfort
The gracious queen', part of his theme, but nothing
Of his ill-ta'en suspicion ! Winter's Tale, A. I, S. 2,

We say, the king
Is wise, and virtuous; and his noble queen
Well struck in years".

Richard III. A. I, S. I, R.

'Good expedition be my friend, and comfort

The gracious queen.] But how could this expedition comfort the queen? On the contrary, it would increase her husband's suspicion. We should read,

and comfort 6 The gracious queen's." i. e, be expedition my friend, and be comfort the queen's friend,

WARBURTON. Dr, Warburton's conjecture is, I think, juft; but what shall be done with the following words, of which I can make nothing?

JOHNSON. The obseurity of this paffage arises from the wrong pointing: I read,

“Good expedition be my friend and comfort.
“The gracious queen part of his theme, but nothing

“Of his ill-ta'en suspicion !" The meaning is--may expedition be my friend and comforter; and may the queen again become his (Leontes') theme, but without suspicion.

A. B. 2 Well struck in years.] This odd expression in our language was preceded by one as uncouth, though of a similar kind. “Well shot in years, he feem’d."

Spenser's F. 2. The meaning of neither is very obvious.

STEEVENS. This is said with a sneer, and purposely rendered ambiguous. It may mean, “ somewhat old," or as we now say, Aricken in gcars : or that the queen is no girl, but so far advanced in age, as to be capable of advising the king:

A. B. RA GE.

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Remember when the fight was done,

When I was dry with rage, and extreme toil,
Breathless and faint, leaning upon my sword,
Came there a certain lord, neat, and trimly dress’d,
Fresh as a bridegroom. Henry IV. P. 1, A. 1, S. 3.

Put not your worthy rage into your tongue;
One time will owe another'. Coriolanus, A. 3, S. 1.


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I do know but one
That unaffailable holds on his rank,
Unshak'd of motion. Julius Cæsar, A. 3, S. 1.


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* Put not your worthy rage into your tongue;

One time will owe another.] I know not whether to owe, in this place, means to possess by right, or to be indebted : either sense may be admitted. “One time, in which the people are feditious, will give us power in some other time: or this time of the people's predominance will own them in debt : that is, will lay them

open to the law, and expose them hereafter to more servile fubjection.

Johnson. I am of opinion that Dr. Johnson has mistaken the sense; and that we should read, we'll, instead of will.

“ Put not your worthy rage into your tongue;

“ One time we'll owe (i. e. own) another.” That is, at another time, at a inore convenient season,' we'll own another kind of tongue :-we'll hold a very different language.

A. B. holds on his rank.] Perhaps, holds on his race; continues his course. We commonly fay, to hold a rank, and to hold on a course,


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