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CRITICAL CONJECTURAL, AND
PLAYS OF SHAKSPEAREN
A COLLATION OF THE EARLY COPIES,
WITH THAT OF
JOHNSON AND STEEVENS,
ISAAC REED, Esq.
SOME VALUABLE EXTRACTS FROM THE MSS.
OF THE LATE RIGHT HONOURABLE
JOHN, LORD CHEDWORTH,
RICHARD BRINSLEY SHERIDAN, Esq.
By E. H. SEYMOUR.
AND ORME; F. AND C. RIVINGTON; W. J. AND J. RICHARD-
256. “ Be not out with me."
i. e. Be not out of humour with me'; be not unkindly disposed towards me: the phrase is still current in Ireland. 258.
There have sat." This corrupt use of the imperfect past tense for the perfect, sitten, has become so general as to make propriety almost obsolete.
“That Tyber trembled,” &c. Insomuch that Tyber trembled, &c. as in Mac
"-There's one did laugh in his sleep, and
one cried murder, " That they did wake each other.”
Weep your tears " Into the channel, till the lowest stream "Do kiss the most exalted shores of all.”
This thought, without the extravagance of the hyperbole, occurs in As You Like It:
Thus the hairy fool Stood on the extremest verge of the swift brook, “ Auginenting it with tears.”
261. “When Cæsar says, do this, it is per
form'd.” “ Sit lux et lux fuit." 263. Br. “I'll leave
.." This, like many other fragments, is evidently an idle interpolation; it is utterly useless to the sense and spirit of the dialogue, and disfigures the yerse. The removal of this hemistic would obviate Mr. Steevens's anxiety about the prosody in what follows. “I have not from your eyes that gentleness, “ And shew of love, as I was wont to have.”
This mode of speech, the using "as,” for that, is an abuse which our poet himself seems to have been prompt to reprehend, if I mistake not, the meaning of a passage in Coriolanus, where Menenius, railing at the citizens, says, “I find the ass (quibble upon ass and as) in compound with the major part of your syllables.”
“ If I have veild my look,
“ Merely upon myself." I do not know what Brutus could mean by veiling his countenance, unless he wore a mask,
which is by no means implied: I believe, the
Merchant of Venice. " Vexed I am,
“Of late, with passions of some difference.” With contending passions. 264. “ Then, Brutus, I have much mistook
your passion." This abuse of the 'tense may be found in writers who are supposed to be, generally, more correct than Shakspeare. We might, however, easily read, for“ mistook,” mista'en.
«c ?Tis just."
This fragment might be spared, and Cassius proceed, connectedly enough, without such interruption of the measure.
“For that which is not in me."
Nay, it is,
Be not jealous of me." i, e. Be not suspicious.”