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e (45) And all cury firdays have lighted fool, The way to study death. This reading is as old as the 2d edition in folio; but, surely, it is paying too great a compliment to the capacities of fools. It would much better sort with the charaćter of wise men, to study how to die from the experience of past times.
I have restor'd the reading of the first folio, which Mr. Pope has thrown out of his text.
The way to dusty death. i. e. Death, which reduces us to dust and ashes. Mstayvkaia effoi Pro officiente. Or, perhaps, the poet might have wrote; * The way to dusky death. *i.e. dark; a word very familiar with him, Myself, as far as I could well discern Joor smoak and du/y vapours of the night t 1 Henry VI.
Here dyes the dusky torch of Mortimer. Ibid.
(46)- I gin to be a weary of the sun; And wish, &c.] Macbeth seems here exačkly in the circumitance of Dido in Virgil. He knows his fate; and his misfortunes fit so heavy upon him, that he is weary of being longer in the world. Tum vero infelix fatis exterrita Dido Mortem orat; 'taedet coeli convexatueti, AEneid. IV.