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- I have fed upon this woe already, And now excess of it will make me surfeit.

Two Gentlemen of Verona, A. 3, S. 1.
Here can I fit alone, unseen of any,
And, to the nightingale's complaining notes,

distresses, and record my woes.

Two Gentlemen of Verona, A. 5, S.
That unmatch'd form and feature of blown youth,
Blasted with ecstasy; O, woe is me!
To have seen what I have seen, see what I see!

Hamlet, A. 3, S. 1. We pray you, throw to earth This unprevailing woe; and think of us As of a father : for, let the world take note, You are the most immediate to our throne; And, with no less nobility of love Than that which dearest father bears his son, Do I impart toward you.

Hamlet, A. 1, S. 2. Wise men ne'er wail their present woes, But presently prevent the ways to wail. To fear the foe, since fear opprefleth strength, Gives, in your weakness, strength unto your foe, And so your follies fight against yourself.

Richard II. A. 3, S. 2. One that was a woful looker-on, When as the noble duke of York was slain. Henry VI. P. 3, A. 2, S. 1.



And with no less nobility of love.] Nobility for magnitude.

WAR BURTON. Nobility is rather generosity.

JOHNSON, Nobility of love” may mean, true and virtuous love.

A. B. Ah, one that was a woful looker-on,

When as the noble duke of York was Nain.] “When as” should be printed as a single word, whenas. It means nothing more than when : as is added for the sake of the metre. So

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Our escape
Is much beyond our loss : our hint of woe !
Is common.

Tempeft, A. 2, S. 1,

W O M A N,

Women will love her, that she is a woman
More worth than any man; men, that she is
That rarest of all women. Winter's Tale, A. 5, S. 1,
If, one by one, you wedded all the world,
Or, from the all that are, took something good,
To make a perfect woman: The, you kill'd,
Would be unparallel'd. Winter's Tale, A. 5, S. 1,

E'en a woman; and commanded
By such poor passion as the maid that milks,
And does the meanest chares. It were for me
To throw my sceptre at the injurious gods ;
To tell them that this world did equal theirs,
Till they had stolen our jewel.

Antony and Cleopatra, A. 4, S. 13: These dangerous unsafe lunes o' the king! beshrew

them! He must be told on't, and he shall : the office Becomes a woman best; I'll take't upon me : If I prove honey-mouth'd, let my tongue blister.

Winter's Tale, A. 2, S. 2.

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Whenas thine

hath chose the dame.

A. B. our hint of woe.

e.] Hint is that which recalls to the memory. The cause that fills our minds with grief is common. Dr. Warburton reads stint of woe.

Johnson. I would read, “Our hent of woe.Hent, in Chaucer and Spencer, is, got, caught, laid hold of. 66 Our hent of woe? may therefore mean, the woe that seizes or preys on us.

A. B,


However we do praise ourselves, Our fancies are more giddy and unfirm, More longing, wavering, sooner loft and worn, Than women's are. Twelfth Night, A. 2, S. 4.

Women are as roses; whose fair flower, Being once display'd, doth fall that very hour. .

Twelfth Night, A. 2, S. 4. Fear not; he bears an honourable mind, And will not use a woman lawlessly.

Two Gentlemen of Verona, A. 5, S. 3. You must forget to be a woman; change Command into obedience; fear, and niceness, (The handmaids of all women, or, more truly, Women its pretty self) into a waggish courage; Ready in gybes, quick-answer’d, faucy, and As quarrellous as the weazel. Cymbeline, A. 3, S. 4.

Heaven and earth! Must I remember? why, she would hang on him, As if increase of appetite had grown By what it fed on: and yet, within a month, Let me not think on't ;--frailty, thy name is woman!

Hamlet, A. 1, S. 2. A woman mov’d, is like a fountain troubled, Muddy, ill-feeming, thick, bereft of beauty ; And, while it is so, none so dry or thirty Will deign to sip, or touch one drop of it.

Taming of the Shrew, A. 5, S. 2. Let it not be believ'd for womanhood! Think we had mothers; do not give advantage To stubborn critics—apt without a theme, For depravation to square the general sex By Cressid's rule. Troilus and Creshda, A. 5, S. 2.

Make the doors upon a woman's wit, and it will out at the casement; shut that, it will fly with the {moak out at the chimney. As you like it, A. 4, S. 1.


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In that day's feats, * When he might act the woman in the scene, He prov'd best man i' the field.

Coriolanus, A. 1, S. 2. Do you not know I am a woman? when I think, I must speak.

As you like it, A.


S. 2. The duke is made protector of the realm;

shalt thou be safe? Such safety finds The trembling lamb, environed with wolves. Had I been there, which am a filly woman, The soldiers should have tofs'd me on their pikes, Before I would have granted to that act.

Henry VI. P.


A. I, S. I. Women are soft, mild, pitiful, and flexible; Thou stern, obdurate, Ainty, rough, remorseless. Bidst thou me rage? why, now thou hast thy wish; Wouldst have me weep? why, now thou hast thy will.

Henry VI. P. 3, A. I, S. 4, I cannot be a man with wishing, therefore I will die a woman with grieving.

Much ado about nothing, A. 4, S. 1. One woman is fair; yet I am well: another is wife; yet I am well: another virtuous; yet I am

· When he might act the woman in the scene.] It has been more than once mentioned, that the parts of women were, in Shakespeare's time, represented by the most smooth faced young men to be found among the players.

STEEVENS, This does not appear to me to have any allusion to plays or players. “When he might act the woman in the sçene," seems to mean, that from his extreme youth, little was expected from him in the field : yet at the time when he was only sixteen years.

fage, and when he would not have been censured had he shewņ the fear and timidity of a woman, he proved himself an hero, Befideit is Cominius who speaks, and not Shakespeare.

A. B.


well; well: but till all graces be in one woman, one woman shall not come in my grace.

Much ado about nothing, A. 2, S. 3. 1

grant, I am a woman; but, withal, A woman that lord Brutus took to wife : I

grant, I am a woman; but, withal, A woman well-reputed; Cato's daughter. Think

you, I am no stronger than my sex, Being so father'd, and so husbanded?

Julius Cæfar, A. 2, S. 1. All women shall pardon me : because I will not do them the wrong to mistrust any, I will do myself the right to trust none; and the fine is, for the which I may go the finer I will live a bachelor.

Mucb ado about nothing, A. 1, S. 1.

My sometimne general,
I have seen thee stern, and thou hast oft beheld
Heart-hard’ning spectacles; tell these fad women,
"Tis fond to wail inevitable strokes,
As 'tis to laugh at them. Coriolanus, A. 4, S. 1,

With immodest hatred,
The child-bed privilege deny'd, which ’longs
To women of all fashion ;-lastly, hurried
Here to this place, i' the open air, before
I have got strength of limit'.

Winter's Tale, A. 3, S. 2.

1 I have got strength of limit.] I know not well how strength of limit, can mean strength to pass the limits of the child-bed chamber, which yet it must mean in this place, unless we read in a more easy phrase, strength of limb.

Johnson. “ Strength of limit" should, perhaps, be strength or limit. Limit for the usual, or appointed, or settled time, for quitting her chamber,

A. B.


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