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and especially of my own people, who best know him, that I am altogether misprised.
As you like it, A. I, S. 1. His nature is too noble for the world : He would not flatter Neptune for his trident, Or Jove for his power to thunder. His heart's his
mouth, What his breast forges, that his tongue must vent: And, being angry, doth forget that ever He heard the name of death. Coriolanus, A. 3, S. 1. Why are our bodies soft, and weak, and smooth, Unapt to toil and trouble in the world; But that our soft condition, and our hearts, Should well agree with our external parts ?
Taming of the Shrew, A. 5, S. 2. You must die: the general says, you that have fo traiterously discovered the secrets of your army, and made such pestiferous reports of men very nobly held, can serve the world for no very honest use. All's well that ends well, A. 4, s.
3. We must suggest the people, in what hatred He still hath held them; that, to his power, he'would Have made them mules, silenc'd their pleaders, and Disproperty'd their freedoms : holding them, In human action and capacity, Of no more soul, nor fitness for the world, Than camels in their war. Coriolanus, A. 2, S. 1, Hadst thou, like us, from our first swath, pro
ceeded The sweet degrees that this brief world affords To such as may the passive drugs of it Freely command, thou wouldłt have plung'd thy
self In general riot. Timon of Athens, A. 4, S. 3•
I, that am
Richard III. A. I, S. 1. This is the excellent foppery of the world! that, when we are fick in fortune (after the surfeit of our own behaviour), we make guilty of our disasters, the sun, the inoon, and the stars; as if we were villains by necessity; fools, by heavenly compulsion; knaves, thieves, and treachers, by spherical predominance ; drunkards, liars, and adulterers, by an inforc'd obedience of planetary influence; and all that we are evil in, by a divine thrusting on.
Lear, A. I, S. 2.
Thou art by no means valiant; For thou doft fear the soft and tender fork Of a poor worm'. Measure for Measure, A. 3, S. 1.
the soft and tender fork Of a poor worm.] Worm is used for any creeping thing or ferpent. Shakespeare supposes falsely, but according to the vulgar notion, that a ferpent wounds with his tongue, and that his tongue is forked. He confounds reality and fiction ; a serpent's tongue is Soft, but not forked nor hurtful. If it could hurt, it could not be soft.
JOHNSON. Shakespeare could never suppose that a serpent wounds with his tongue, or he would not have faid, the soft and tender
He infinuates that the tongue of the serpent is exactly the reverse of hurtful; but that men are apt to be frightened by appearance, or alarmed from vulgar prejudice. “ Fork" is not forked, but used simply for tongue.
A. B. W O R T H.
W OR TH.
'Twas you incens'd the rabble :
It so falls out,
Much ado about nothing, A. 4, S. 1.
--The wrongs I have done thee, stir Afresh within me: and these thy offices, So rarely kind, are as interpreters Of my behind-hand slackness!
Winter's Tale, A. 5, S. 1,
I cannot forget
Such is the infection of the time,
King John, A. 5, S. 2.
Love all, trust a few, Do wrong to none.
All's well that ends well, A. I, S. I.
we rack the value.] i. 6. We exaggerate the value. The allusion is tô rack-rents,
STEEVEXS. It were better to read,
reck the value." ine. Rate it according to its worth.
A. B. Hh
W all the youth of England are on fire,
And filken dalliance in the wardrobe lies; Now thrive the armourers, and honour's thought Reigns solely in the breast of every man: They fell the pasture now to buy the horse; Following the mirror of all Christian kings, With winged heels, as English mercuries.
Henry V. A. 2, Chorus.
By his light,
Henry IV. P. 2, A. 2, S. 3:
Henry IV. P. 2, A. 5, S. 2.
Turn two mincing steps
Merchant of Venice, A. 3, S. 4.
In her youth There is a prone and speechless dialect, Such as inoves men.
Measure for Measure, A. 1, S. 3. It is a pretty youth ;- not very pretty :But, sure, he's proud; and yet his pride becomes
him : He'll make a proper man.
As you like it, A. 3, S. 5. At which time would I, being but a moonilh youth, grieve, be effeminate, changeable, longing, and liking; proud, fantastical, apish, shallow, inconstant, full of tears, full of siniles ; for every passion fomething, and for no passion truly any thing.
As you like it, A. 3, S. 2. In my youth I never did apply Hot and rebellious liquors in my
blood; Therefore my age is as a lusty winter, Frosty, but kindly. As you like it, A. 2, S. 3, I beseech your majesty to make it Natural rebellion, done i' the blade of youth; When oil and fire, too strong for reason's force, Q’erbears it, and burns on.
All's well that ends well, A. 5, S. 3.
Such extenuation let me beg,
Henry IV. P. 1, A. 3, S. 2,