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4 Richard du Champ. ] Shakespeare may be fairly supposed to have been indebted for his modern names (which sometimes are mixed with ancient ones) as well as his anachronisms, to the fashionable novels of his time. In a collection of stories entitled, A Petite Palace of Pettie his Pleasure, 1608, I find the following circumstances of ignorance and absurdity. In the story of the Horatii and the Curiatii, the roaring of cannons is mentioned. Cephalus and Procris are said to be of the court of Venice, and that her father furcught so with for the duke, that this Cephalus was sent poft in ambassage to the Turke. Eriphile, after the death of her husband “ Amphiaraus, calling to mind the affection wherein Don " INFORTUNIO was drowned towards her,” &c. &c.

STEEVENS.

As

As s these poor pickaxes can dig: and when
With wild wood-leaves and weeds I have strew'd his

grave,
And on it said a century of prayers,
Such as I can, twice o'er, I'll weep and figh;
And, leaving fo his service, follow you,
So please you entertain me.

Luc. Ay, good youth ;
And rather father thee, than master thee.
My friends,
The boy hath taught us manly duties. Let us
Find out the prettiest daizied plot we can,
And make him with our pikes and partizans
A grave. Come, 6 arm him. Boy, he is preferr'd
By thee to us, and he shall be interr'd
As soldiers can. Be cheerful; wipe thine eyes :
Some falls are means the happier to arise. [Exeunt,

S CE N E III.

* Cymbeline's palace. Enter Cymbeline, Lords, and Pisanio, Cym. Again; and bring me word, how 'tis with

her. A fever with the absence of her son ; A madness, of which her life's in danger : heavens ! How deeply you at once do touch me! Imogen, The great part of my comfort, gone : my queen Upon a desperate bed; and in a time

s — these poor pickaxes — ) Meaning her fingers. Johns, 6 - arm him.- ] That is, Take him up in your arms.

Hasmer, Cymbeline's palace.] This scene is omitted against all authority by Sir T. HANMER. It is indeed of no great use in the progress of the fable, yet it makes a regular preparation for the next act. JOHNSON.

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Bel. Sons, We'll higher to the mountains; there secure, us. To the king's party there's no going : newness Of Cloten's death (we being not known, nor muster'd Among the bands) may drive us to "a render Where we have liv'd; and so extort from us That which we have done, 2 whose answer would be

death
Drawn on with torture.

Guid. This is, Sir, a doubt,
In such a time, nothing becoming you,
Nor satisfying us.

Arv. It is not likely,
That when they hear the Roman horses neigh,
Behold 3 their quarter'd fires, have both their eyes.
And ears so cloy'd importantly as now,
That they will waste their time upon our note
To know from whence we are.

Bel. Oh, I am known
Of many in the army: many years,
Though Cloten then but young, you see, not wore

him
From my remembrance. And, besides, the king
Hath not deserv'd my service, nor your loves,
Who find in my exile the want of breeding,
The certainty of this hard life, aye hopeless
To have the courtesy your cradle promis'd;
But to be still hot summer's tanlings, and
The shrinking slaves of winter.

---- a render Where we have liv'd; An account of our place of abode. This dialogue is a just representation of the superfluous caution of an old man. Johnson.

2 — whose answer - The retaliation of the death of Cloten would be death, &c. JOHNSON.

their quarter'd fires, - ] Their fires regularly difposed. JOHNSON.

Guid.

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