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430. “ Rather shunned to go even with what I
heard, than in my every action to be
guided by others' experiences.” The expression is imperfect, but the sense is, I was rather disposed to cavil with the opinions of others, than to regulate my conduct by their experience. “ A contention in public, which may, without
contradiction, suffer the report.” A As it was public and notorious it cannot be misrepresented—this I take to be the meaning: Dr. Johnson says, “ Which undoubtedly may be publicly told.” 432. “ If she went before others I have seen, as
that diamond of yours out-lustres mans I have beheld, I could not but believe
she ercelled many." I am glad to see that Mr. Steevens has renounced the tenaciousness with which he formerly contended for the old reading; but I prefer Dr. Warburton's ejection of the negative particle to Mr. Malone's introduction of but; and I perceive not the least difficulty in the sense, which that emendation affords, nor any possibility of extracting a meaning from the construction which Mr. Steevens before maintained. Iachimo could not be so unreasonable as to deny that the lady whom Posthumus extols may exceed the ordinary rate of female beauty and accomplishment-he only contends, generally, that the ladies of Italy surpass those of Britain, and that whatever may be the worth of Imogen, there is yet to be found another woman who outvalues her. What can be clearer than this argument? If she went before others
whom I have seen, inasmuch as that diamond outlustres many that I have beheld, I could, indeed, believe she excelled many; but, the most precious diamond in the world has not been seen by me, nor the most precious lady by you, 433. “ Estimations."
Things valuable. 434. “ If, in the holding or loss of that, you term
her frail.” If in the holding loosely, or so that she may lose it. 435. “ You are a friend, and timrein the wiser."
“Therein” refers not to friendship, but to the objection of Posthumus to wage his sing. 436. “ I seé, you have some religion in you, that
- I will try the forces
“ To try the vigour of them." “ Forces" seems here to mean, properties, specific agency, and vigour, and the extent of that agency, 441. “ Dost thou think, in time
“She will not quench ?"
" Quench;” says Mr. Steevens, is grow cold; but this definition, I believe, will hardly be admitted the sense intended seems to be the ardour or flame of her passion is to be extinguished by her tears. .
Mr. Eccles makes this the beginning of the
A wedded lady “ That hath her husband banish’d.” I know not whether Imogen, here, reproaches herself as being the cause of her husband's banishment, or that she only means to reflect that she has a husband, who is banished. 444. “ Had I been thief-stolen
“ As my two brothers, happy !" “ Thief-stolen” is a strange pleonasm; the ellipsis, too, is hardly warrantable: had I been thief-stolen I should be happy; or, O how happy should I be. 446. “ She is alone the Arabian bird.”
This is tautology; the phenix necessarily implies singleness, or what is alone.
“ She is alone,” &c.
: : B. STRUTT.,
: This thought occurs in Hamlet, Act 3:
“ Nor sense to ecstasy was ne'er so thrallid, “ But it reserv'd some quantity of choice
" To serve in such a difference." 450. “ Desire vomit emptiness."
Mr. Capel ingeniously suggested, vomit to emptiness, and so the sense is. Sluttery, so opposed, would turn desire into disgust, and make the person who cherished it emitor vomit it forth wholly, 451. “ He is strange and peevish.”
“Strange” is unpracticed, not habituated; thus, in Macbeth:
“ My strange, and self-abuse
“Is the initiate fear that wants hard use." And again, in Romeo and Juliet:
" Till strange love grown more bold,
“Thinks true-loye acted simple modesty.” 454. “ In himself, 'tis much,” &c,
Mr. Malone appears to misconceive this passage: the compound “'tis,” I believe, refers to “heaven's bounty,” which furnished Posthumus with rare perfections in himself; that bounty is eminently displayed in you, which I call his : it is beyond all former rate of talents, virtues and accomplishments. If this be not the meaning of “ beyond all talents;" and I am by no means satisfied with the exposition, I must give it up. 455. “What both you spur and stop."
This kind of ellipsis, says Mr. Malone, is com
mon in these plays; but there is, here, no ellipsis, though somewhat of a transposition from the natural structure of the sentence:-what, at the same time, you'urge and restrain ; what you seem, at once, desirous and reluctant to reveal. 456. “ Not I,
“ Inclin'd to this intelligence, pronounce
" The beggary of his change,” &c. - I not do” has been noted as vicious, though not uncommon idiom ;- this is still worse, not I pronounce,” as admitting a sense different from what is designed not I, but some other does pronounce, &e. 459. “ For such an end thou seek'st.” This is imperfectly expressed; it should be:
“For such end as thou seekost.”. 461, “To try your taking of a false report;
which hath.” How Mr. Steevens meant to repair the metre here, we can only guess, for this is his note;“Old copy, vulgarly, and unmetrically, “taking of a.”-I suppose he designed to eject“ of;” but that alone would only make bad much worse. I would adopt Mr. Capel's reading :
“To try you by a false report, which hath.” Or may we read, “ taking off a false report,” i. e. confuting the accusation. "
Which hath “ Honour'd with confirmation your great judg
ment “ In the election of a sir so rare, Which you know, cannot err,"