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· Bread for your needy subjects. &c. says Dr. Percy. But this is hardly right: the subjects were more than needy—they were starving: and “needy bread" is needed, or needful bread. We often find the adjective in the place of the passive participle,
230." By Jove, I wonder, that is king of
thoughts, “ These cates resist me, she not thought
.. upon." After all that has been said upon this passage, it is, to me, as far from being intelligible as it was at first. By the cates resisting him, I can only understand that he was resisting them; that is, did not eat of them :--but surely it was no wonder that a lover should neglect food when his mistress was before him: she “ not thought upon,” is equally inexplicable; for one would suppose she must continually be thought upon.
242.“ Bear your yoke."
Thus in King Richard III. “ The golden yoke of sovereignty, " Which fondly you would here impose on me.”
SCENE V. 245.“ I like that well :-nay, how absolute she's
in't.” With the pains that Mr. Steevens has taken to. correct the metre, as well as the meaning, in this wretched play, I wonder he should retain the superfluous “ nay” here. 247. “O, seek not to intrap, my gracious lord,
“ A stranger and distressed gentleman.” There is not in this play much that is worth contending for; but, truly, I think the passage before us, as it stood originally, needed no correction : “O, seek not to entrap me, gracious lord, “ A stranger and distressed gentleman.”
ACT III. 255. “ Well-a-near !"
This exclamation, says Mr. Reed, is equivalent to well-a-day !-but I am inclined to think it is here no exclamation at all, but simply the familiar compound adverb well-nigh: the lady, says the speaker, shrieks, and nearly falls in travail with her fear.
This thought occurs in Othello : " And let the labouring bark climb hills of sea “ Olympus high, and duck again as low " As hell's from heaven.” 260. “ We, here below, “Recall not what we give, and therein
may “ Vie honour with yourselves.”_ This thought occurs in Timon of Athens : "! There's none “Can truly say he gives, if he receives. “If our betters play at that game, we must not
dare “ To imitate them " 262. “ Thy loss is more than can thy portage
quit.” I believe the sense intended is—thy loss in the death of thy mother is greater than any that can result from your having entered alive into the world—"portage I take to be, deliverance from the womb. 263..“ a Fresh-new.'
I cannot perceive the force of this compound, and would rather have tautology, in reading fresh, new, than no sense at all in a word that will afford none-it is of no kindred with “ fireknew,” except in sound.
SCENE II. 269.“ The very principals did seem to rend,
" And all to topple."
I cannot agree with Mr. Malone, that “all to,” in this passage, is the augmentative, alto or allto frequently occurring in the old writers, and signifying entirely, altogether; neither do I think that gentleman has rightly interpreted the gene. ral meaning of the passage : 6 principles,” the reading of the second quarto, I take to be right, and the thought to resemble that in Macbeth : “But let the frame of things disjoint-both the
" w Though the treasure
“Even till destruction sicken.” 274.“ And not your knowledge, personal pain,
but even “ Your purse,” &c. Again a violent ellipsis, “Not your knowledge, personal pain, (alone) but even,” &c.
SCENE III. 283. “ Unscissard shall this hair of mine re
main, “ Though I show will in’t.”. Perhaps we should read, for “ will,” “ vile;" but it may only mean waywardness, moodiness.
The neglect of the beard, as indicating a sullen displeasure, is alluded to in Antony and Cleopatra, where Enobarbus says, on the approaching interview between the emperors,
" By Jupiter,
“I would not shave to day.” VOL 11.
ACT IV. SCENE I.
302. “ I will go;
“ But yet I have no desire to it.”
SCENE III. 307. “We were never so much out of creatures."
There is something very whimsical in this expression of the bawd's.
SCENE IV. 321. " - A princess
“ To equal any single crown o'the earth,
“ I'the justice of compare.”— . We find something like this in Cymbeline :
- A lady,
“ Might make the greatest king doubt.” . 325. “ Thou art like the harpy,
“Which, to betray, doth wear an angel's
This thought occurs in Othello : " When devils would their blackest sins put on, “They do suggest at first with heavenly shews." . And again, in Measure for Measure : “ O, cunning enemy, that, to catch a
saint, “With saints do'st bait thy hook. Most dan