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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.
As s these poor pickaxes can dig: and when
Luc. Ay, good youth ;
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* 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.
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
Guid. This is, Sir, a doubt,
Arv. It is not likely,
Bel. Oh, I am known
---- 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.