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(12) Th’untender woundings,) I have here restor'd the reading of all the genuine copies, which Mr. Pope had degraded; as it seems the most expressive, and conveys an image exactly suiting with the poet’s thought. 'Tis true, untender signifies, sharp, severe, harsh, and all the opposites to the idea of tender. But as a wound untented is apt to rankle inwards, smart, and fester, I doubt not, but Shakespeare meant ~to intimate here; that a father's curse shall be a wounding of such a

fharp, inveterate nature, that nothing shall be able to tent it; i. e. to search the bottom, and help in the cure of it. We have a passage in Cymbeline, that very strongly confirms this meaning.

I’ve heard, I am a strumpet; and mine ear

(Therein false struck) can take no greater wound,

Nor tent to bottom that,


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