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the poet himself or his transcriber, ought, certainly, to be corrected, without any scruple, in the text. The mistake, which is common enough, proceeds from confounding “but” (only) with * except,” which must be followed by the accusative case. 170. “ All villains that do stand by thee are
pure. Posthumus says, “ It is I " That all th' abhorred things o'the earth amend, “ By being worse than they.” 172. “ Long live so, and so die !-I am quit."
I suppose, “ at length I'm quit.” 173. “ How shall's get it ?»
This ungrammatical expression occurs in Cymbeline:
“Shalls have a play of this ?” 174.“- Limited professions.”
Legal professions, says Dr. Warburton ; but is it not, prescribed professions ? 178. “ Amen.”
This, I suppose, was added by the actor. 179. “ O monument !”
The exclamation“ (” is superfluous, here, but might be prefixed to supply the measure, in the line a little lower down: " O what an alteration of honour “ Has desperate want made in my noble master!"
“ There is no time so miserable.” · This, as Dr. Warburton has remarked, should be the speech of the Second Thief. 181. “ An honest poor servant of yours.” This is not metre: I suppose it was,
“A poor and honest servant of yours.” Tim. "
182. “ So comfortable ? It almost turns.” We might read, in measure,
“ So comfortable? It doth almost turn." 183. “ One honest man,—but one;
“ No more, I pray." Timon is not only at enmity with mankind, but feels a gratification in entertaining that enmity, and deprecates any occasion to abate or mitigate it.
“No more, I pray,--and he is a steward." This is a line only as it counts ten syllables ; to render it metre, another must be added :
But one; “No more, I pray,--and he is a poor steward.”
“I fell rith curses." Some words are wanting : perhaps, these : “ Save only thee, I fell with bitterest curses."
“If not a usuring kindness,” &c. Kindness has fallen, by mistake, into this line, in awkward repetition, besides spoiling the verse :
“ Is not thy kindness subtle, covetous ?
No verse could begin in this manner. Flavius might have said, “O my dear lord, my ever honour'd master !
" Give to dogs
“What thou deniest to men,” &c. The metre here is miserably deranged, and without necessity. I would read, “What thou deniest men: prisons swallow them.”.
187. “ - An intent that's coming toward
him." A poetical design or invention. 188. " True.
“When the day,” &c. Whether this speech be assigned to the poet or painter, it should not proceed in this awkward manner. The word “ true” may easily be accommodated in the following line : “True, when the day serves, ere black corner'd
The affectation and obscurity of the expression would seem to favour Mr. Theobald's conjecture that it belongs to the poetaster, but the painter is not free from the same impertinencies.
Something has been lost; perhaps, like this: "
Potent artificer, i “ 'Tis thou that rigg'st the bark,” &c.
" • Fit I do meet them.” Mr. Steevens very properly supplied the auxiliary verb do, in this hemistic. But why should the critic's care be confined to a hemistic, when it might reform the verse. The following fragment, as it stands, is as lame as the former: I would read, by an easy transposition only,
“ Fit I (do) meet them.” Poet. “ Worthy Timon, hail.”
I suppose a part of the Painter's speech has been lost:
“Our late and ever honour'd noble master.”
Again “Sir” occupies, without any necessity, the place of a line :
“Sir, having oft your noble bounty tasted.”
“ Not all the whips of Heaven are large
“ Whose,” &c.
" Whose star-like nobleness.” · Thus in Macbeth:
“ Signs of nobleness like stars shall shine.” 190. “ With any size of words.”
Some words are wanting. I would regulate
Let it go naked ;
“ Came not my friend nor I,” the Poet added,
“ Indeed, my lord.”
“So, so, my lord.” This is, indeed, so so; for so alone will give the metre.
“Thou counterfeitst most lively.” Paint, “ So, my lord.” 191. “ Marry, 'tis not monstrous in you ; nei- ,
ther wish I.”