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It appears obvious that the phrase has a commercial hand and bracelet fell into Lady Mary's lap, who then origin; and that, as he who has obtained credit, buys contrived to escape unobserved, and got home safe to upon trust, is in his creditor's books, so he who has ob- her brothers' house. tained in any way the confidence of another, is said to "After a few days Mr. Fox came to dine with them, be in his books. None of the commentators, however, as usual; (whether by invitation, or of his own accord, have suggested this explanation. Johnson says it means this deponent saith not.) After dinner, when the guests ito be in one's codicils, or will;' Stevens, that it is to began to amuse each other with extraordinary anecdotes, be in one's visiting book, or in the books of a univer- Lady Mary at length said she would relate to them a sity, or in the books of the Herald's Office; Farmer, remarkable dream she had lately had. “I dreamed,' and Douce, that it is to be in the list of a great man's said she, that as you, Mr. Fox, had often invited me to retainers, because the names of such were entered in a your house, I would go there one morning. When I book. This is the most received explanation. Our came to the house, I knocked, etc., but no one anview of the matter is more homely, and for that reason swered. When I opened the door, over the hall was it appears to us more true."-Knight.
written, Be bold, be bold, but not too bold. But,' “ — Is there no young SQUARER now”-i. e. Quar
said she, turning to Mr. Fox, and smiling, it is not so, Teller. To square is the first position for boxing-to
nor it was not so.' Then she pursues the rest of the dispute, to confront hostilely. So, in A MIDSUMMER
story, concluding at every turn with, “It is not so, nor it Night's DREAM:
was not so,' till she comes to the room full of dead bodies,
when Mr. Fox took up the burden of the tale, and said, And now they pever meet in grove, or green, By fountain clear, or spangled star-light sheen,
'It is not so, nor it was not so, and God forbid it should But they do square.
be so;' which he continues to repeat at every subsequent " – John"-Most editors call him “ Don John," but
turn of the dreadful story, till she came to the circumin the old quarto and folio copies he is called “John,”
stance of his cutting off the young lady's hand; when, “ John the Bastard," and “Sir John," in the stage-direc
upon his saying, as usual, . It is not so, nor it was not tions, and in the assignment of the speeches.
so, and God forbid it should be so,' Lady Mary retorts,
• But it is so, and it was so, and here the hand I have to * — the lady fathers herself"-i. e. Resembles her
show,' at the same time producing the hand and bracefather. The phrase (Stevens tells us) is still common let from her lap :-whereupon, the guests drew their in some parts of England.
swords, and instantly cut Mr. Fox into a thousand “- Vulcan a rare carpenter”—Do you scoff and pieces." mock in telling us that Cupid, who is blind, is a good in the force of his will"—Warburton has rightly hare-finder; and that Vulcan, a blacksmith, is a good pointed out the allusion here to the definition of heresy carpenter? Do you mean to amuse us with improbable in the scholastic divinity, as consisting not simply in stories?
error of opinion, but in a wilful adherence to it against “ – to go in the song"-i. e. To join in the song you
the Church. This whole question had been so much are singing.
canvassed, in that day of bitter religious animosity and
persecution, that such a reference to the familiar topics - he will wear his cap with suspicion”—The cap of controversial theology neither of course implied any alluded to is the nightcap; as Iago says, “I fear Cassio
profound learning in the author, nor would
obwith my nightcap, too."
scure, or pedantic, to the mass of his audience, or ** Like the old tale, my lord: it is not so, nor 'twas
readers. not so; but, indeed, God forbid it should be so."
" —Arecheat winded in my forehead"—A"recheat” Mr. Blakeway, in Boswell's edition of SHAKESPEARE,
is the species of sound on the bugle by which hounds has given an illustration of this passage, in his own recol.
are called back. Benedick means, he will not wear the lections of an "old tale,” (to which our Poet evidently
horns on his forehead, by which such an operation may alludes,) “and which has often froze my young blood,
be performed. Shakespeare (says Johnson) had no when I was a child, as, I dare say, it had done his be
mercy on the poor cuckold : his horn is an inexhaustible fore me:'
subject of merriment.” The “bugle," etc., contains * Once upon a time there was a young lady, (called
similar allusion. Lady Mary in the story,) who had two brothers. One summer they all three went to a country-seat of theirs,
“ — clapped on the shoulder, and called Adam"which they had not before witnessed. Among the This passage is supposed to refer to Adam Bell, one of other gentry in the neighbourhood, who came to see
three noted outlaws, (Clym of the Clough, and William them, was a Mr. Fox, a bachelor, with whom they, of Clondeslee, being the others,) who were formerly as particularly the young lady, were much pleased. He
famous, in the north of England, as Robin Hood and used often to dine with them, and frequently invited
his fellows in the midland counties. (See the “ OntLady Mary to come and see his house. One day that laws' Ballad,” in Percy’s “Reliques of English Poetry.") her brothers were absent elsewhere, and she had nothing better to do, she determined to go thither, and accord
“. In time the savage bull doth bear the yoke'”—This ingly set out unattended. When she arrived at the
line is from the old tragedy of. Hieronymo," which house and knocked at the door, no one answered.
was long a favourite subject of ridicule.
At length she opened it, and went in. Over the portal of " — if Cupid have not spent all his quiver in Venice" the hall was written, Be bold, be bold, but not too -Few of the readers of Byron and Rogers need to be bold. She advanced-over the staircase, the same in- informed that Venice was, in its day of splendour, the scription. She went up-over the entrance of a gallery, capital of pleasure and intrigue; and the allusion would the same. She proceeded-over the door of a chamber, be as readily applied as a similar one to Paris would be • Be bold, be bold, but not too bold, lest that your heart's- in our own day. blood should run cold.' She opened it-it was full of skeletons, tubs full of blood, etc. She retreated in
- GUARDED with fragments"-Clothes were said haste. Coming down stairs, she saw, out of a window,
to be “guarded," when they were ornamented with
lace. Mr. Fox advancing towards the house, with a drawn sword in one hand, while with the other he dragged '- flout OLD ENDS any further"-i. e. "Old ends," along a young lady by her hair. Lady Mary had just or conclusions, of letters. It was very common formtime to slip down and hide herself, under the stairs, be- erly to finish a letter with the words used by Benedick, fore Mr. Fox and his victim arrived at the foot of them. Claudio, and Don Pedro :-“ And so I commit you to As he pulled the young lady up stairs, she caught hold the tuition of God: From my house, the sixth of July, of one of the bannisters with her hand, on which was your loving friend," etc. There are many such in the a rich bracelet. Mr. Fox cut it off with his sword: the Paston Letters," lately reprinted.
“ The fairest grant is the necessity"-Warburton - That young start-up hath all the glory of my conceives the speaker here to mean, that no one can overthrow”– It has already been intimated, (see " Introhave a better reason for granting a request than the ne- ductory Remarks,”) that, in the character of the chief cessity of its being granted. Hayley (the poet) sug- villain of the drama, the Poet has wholly departed from gests that there is a misprint, and ihat the true reading the plot of Bandello's tale, which furnished him with “to necessity," which has great probability.
the outline of the story. The novelist had ascribed – 'tis once, thou lovest” —The word “once” has
the base deception, on which his story turns, to the rehere the sense of at once, or once for all. It is so used
venge of a rejected lover, who, at the catastrophe, in CORIOLANUS, and in the COMEDY OF ERRORS.
makes some amends for his guilt, by remorse and frank confession. Shakespeare has chosen to pourtray a less common and obvious, but unhappily too true character, one of sullen malignity, to whom the happiness or success of others is sufficient reason for the bitterness of hatred, and cause enough to prompt to injury and crime. This character has much the appearance of being the original conception and rough sketch of that wayward, dark disposition, which the Poet afterwards painted more elaborately, with some variation of circumstances and temperament, in his “honest Iago."
ACT II.-SCENE I. "- in earnest of the BEAR-WARD"-Spelled berrord in the old copies—a colloquial corruption of bear-ward, and not bear-herd, as many editors have it. Yet, in the “ Induction” to the TaminG OF THE Shrew, we find bear-heard : that, however, was a corruption of “bearward."
“ — if the prince be too IMPORTANT”-i. e. Importunate ; as in the COMEDY OF ERRORS.
“ — DANCE out the answer"— The technical meaning of measune, a particular sort of grave measured dance,
like the minuet of the last age, is here opposed to its or. FULK-GREVILLE, FIRST LORD BROOKE.
dinary sense. (See RoMEO AND JULIET, act i.)
" — BalthazAR; John"— The quarto and folio here both read—“ Balthazar, or dumb John." Reed argues that Shakespeare might have called John “dumb John," on account of his taciturnity; while others take it, more probably, as a misprint for Don John.
" — God defend, the lute should be like the case"i. e. God forbid that your face should be like your mask.
" — within the house is Jove" -The line, which is in the rhythm of Chapman's “ Homer," and Golding's “Ovid,” is an allusion to the story of Baucis and Philemon; and perhaps Shakespeare was thinking of Gold. ing's version of the original. The subsequent speeches
of Hero and Don Pedro complete a couplet. The SCENE II.
" thatch'd” refers to Ovid's line, as translated by Gold.
ing: " – a thick-PLEACHED alley"—i. e. Thickly inter
The roof thereof was thatched all with straw and fennish reede. So, afterwards, “ the pleached bower."
"—the Hundred Merry Tales'"-An old jest“ – Cousins, you know what you have to do"-It book, of which only a fragment remains. Being unwas anciently common to enroll distant relations among known to the older editors, this was supposed to allude the dependents, and even domestics, of a great family.
to the “Decameron" until part of the book was found,
and it was reprinted in 1835. It was originally printed SCENE III.
by Rastell, between 1517 and 1533. No doubt it was
a chap-book well known to the audiences of the Globe. “ What the good year"- The commentators say that the original form of this exclamation was the gougere
“ – like an usurer's chain"-Chains of gold were i.e. morbus gallicus—which became obscure, and was
at this time worn by persons of wealth, as usurers gencorrupted into the “good year:” a very opposite form erally were. of expression, and used without any such reference. “ – it is the base, though bitter disposition"-S0
" - I cannot hide what I am"_“This is one of the quarto and folio. There seems to be no reason Shakespeare's natural touches. An envious and unso
whatever for changing “ though” into the, as it stands cial mind, too proud to give pleasure, and too sullen to
in Malone's SHAKESPEARE, and Singer's useful edition. receive it, always endeavours to hide its malignity from
In the old copies, “though bitter" is in parentheses. the world and from itself, under the plainness of simple Though severe, she is grovelling in mind. honesty, or the dignity of haughty independence."— Johnson.
" — as melancholy as a lodge in a warren"-I see
no reason for supposing, with Stevens, that this image "I had rather be a CANKER in a hedge"—The allu- of solitariness was suggested by the “ lodge in a garden sion is to the canker-rose-i. e. the dog-rose. The of cucumbers” of Isaiah. Shakespeare has another speaker means, he would rather live in obscurity than picture of loneliness,—" at the moated grange resides owe dignity, or estimation, to his hated brother, who, this dejected Marianna:"—(MEASURE FOR MEASURE, act Conrade reminds him, had “taken him into his grace." üi. scene 1.)
" — with such impossible CONVEYANCE”-i. e. With lar sports than in common usage. Some editors have a rapidity equal to that of jugglers, whose“ 'convey- printed it hid-fox; and others explained it young, or ances," or tricks, appear impossibilities. Impossible" cub-for."'-NARES. may, however, be used in the sense of incredible, or The last sense is adopted by Richardson, in his “ Dicinconceivable, both here and in the beginning of the tionary," and is approved by Dyce. It sorts well with scene, where Beatrice speaks of " impossible slanders." the speaker, and with Benedick's character.
"— Civil as an orange"-A very common play on “Note notes, forsooth, and NOTHING"-" This is the words, in Old-English literature, upon the Seville reading of the old copies, and ought to be preserved in orange—the fruit of that kind best known in London.
preference to noting, which Theobald substituted, and
which has stood in the text ever since. 11 - thus goes every one to the world but I"— To“ go
Don Pedro to the world" is again used by Shakespeare in All's
means to play upon the similarity of sound between WELL THAT Esps Well, act i. scene 3, to signify being
noting and nothing,' and to indicate his opinion of married. When Beatrice adds, “I am sun-burned,"
the worth of Balthazar's 'crotchets.''-COLLIER. she means that her beauty is damaged, as the phrase is - STALK on; the fowl sits"-An allusion to the used in TROLUS AND CRESSIDA-" The Grecian dames stalking-horse, by which the fowler anciently sheltered were sun-burned." See, also, As You Like It, act v. himself from the sight of the game. scene 3, where Audrey desires to be “a woman of the
“- hide HIMSELF in such reverence". world."
“ Himself” has been printed itself, in many editions; but ShakeSCENE II.
speare meant to personify knavery; and so it is printed
in the older copies. - kear Margaret term me CLAUD10"— Theobald altered the name, in this passage, to Borachio, which,
“ - she tore the letter into a thousand HALFPENCE". as it is supported by plausible reasons, has been followed
i. e. Into a thousand pieces. The word farthing was in most editions, until the later English editors, who re
also used to signity any small particle, or division. store " Claudio," the original reading. It appears evi
Chaucer says of his Prioressdent that, at the time of speaking, Borachio intended
In hirre cuppe was no ferthing sene there should be a change of his appellation, as well as
Of grese, when she dronken had hirre draught. in that of Margaret; for where would be the wonder
- Daff'd all other respects”—To“ daff" is to doff ; that Claudio should hear him called by his own name?
to do off, or put aside. He prevails upon Margaret (whom he expressly states to have no ill intention towards her mistress) to take
" — halh a CONTEMPTIBLE spirit”-i. e. Contemppart in the plot, under the impression that she and Bo- tuous. The difference of these two words was not yet rachio were merely amusing themselves with a masque- accurately settled, even in the next generation. Drayrade representation of the courtship of her lady and ton confounds them; and in the argument to “Darius," a Claudio. It has also been suggested, that Claudio tragedy, by Lord Sterline, (1603,) it is said that Darius might well be made to believe that the perfidious Hero wrote to Alexander “ in a proud and contemptible manreceived a clandestine lover, whom she called Claudio, in order to decieve her attendants, should any be within
- the conference was sadly borne"-i. e. Seriously sight or hearing; and this, of course, in Claudio's es
conducted. Sad and “sadly” were often used for timation, would be a great aggravation of her offence.
serious and seriously, grave and gravely.
ACT III.-SCENE I.
“ To listen our PROPOSE"-A few lines above we
had—“Proposing with the Prince and Claudio." "Pro- in the orchard”—“Orchard," in Shakespeare's pose” is conversation, from the French propos; and so time, signified a garden. So, in RoMEO AND JULIET:- the quarto reads here; for which the folio has purpose. The orchard walls are high and hard to climb.
Beatrice was to come to overhear what Hero and UrThis word was first written hort-yard, then, by cor- sula were saying, not what they intended to do. Reed, ruption, hort-chard-and hence orchard.
however, has showed that purpose, when accented like "- her hair shall be of what colour it please God"
propose, on the last syllable, had the same sense-it -Some of the editors explain this very literally, as
being taken in the modern sense when pronounced as
it is now always. meaning, “If I can find all these excellences united, I shall not trouble myself about the colour of the lady's "- HAGGARDs of the rock”-Wild or untamed hawks, bair"-certainly a reasonable conclusion. But it ap- from the mountains. (See cut, p. 42.) pears, from many passages, that our author had an es
"If black, why, nature, drawing of an ANTICK,” etc. pecial and somewhat whimsical dislike to all disguises of the head by art. Like his own Biron, (Love's La
The “antick" was the fool, or buffoon, of the old BOUR's Lost,) he mourned that
farces. By “black" is meant only (as in the Two Gen
TLEMEN OF VERONA) a man of a dark or swarthy com-- painting and usurping hair Should ravish doters with a faise aspect.
plexion, in which sense it was used as late as the “SpecThe fashions of colouring the hair, wearing artificial curls,
tator;'' but Douce says that here it means one with etc., were as familiar in Elizabeth's reign as in that of
merely a black beard. Victoria; and were assailed by the wits, as well as more “ — an AGATE very vilely cut''-Warburton, followed solemnly denounced from the pulpit. He, therefore, || by several editors, substituted aght, a tag of gold or makes Benedick the mouth-piece of his own taste in silver, anciently used. But the allusion is to the agate this matter, by summing up his catalogue of all imagi- stone worn in rings, and cut into figures—a general nary female perfections, -as wit, virtue, wisdom, riches, fashion of the day; as Queen Mab is said, in ROMEO AND mildness, talents for music or discourse, -with insisting, Juliet, to be “no bigger than an agate stone on the with ludicrous exaggeration, that her hair shall be of fore-finger of an alderman." Falstaff says of his page, the colour that nature made it.
“I was never manned with an agate till now." We'll fit the kid-fox"-"Kid-fox' has been sup- " — press me to death with wit” — By the old composed to mean discovered, or detected fox. Kid cer- mon-law, the punishment called peine fort et dure was tainly meant known, or discovered, in Chaucer's time. inflicted on persons who refused to plead to their indict. It may have been a technical term in the game of hide- ment. They were pressed to death by weights placed fox : old terms are sometimes longer preserved in jocu
upon the stomach.
“ What fire is in mine ears”—The popular opinion “ — SMIRCHED, worm-eaten tapestry”-i. e. Soiled, here alluded to is as old as Pliny :—" Moreover, is not obscured. this an opinion generally received, that when our ears
“ - a' wears a lock”-It was one of the fantastic do glow and tingle, some there be that in our absence
fashions of Shakespeare's day, for men to cultivate a do talk of us ?"-(Holland's “ Translation," book xxviii.)
favourite lock of hair, which was brought before, tied
with ribands, and called a love-lock. It was against SCENE II.
this practice that Prynne wrote his treatise on the “ – to show a child his new coat, and forbid him to “Unlovelyness of Love-locks.” It appears from Manwear it"-Shakespeare seldom repeats himself; but, in zoni's Italian novel, “ I Promessi Sposi," that, in the ROMEO AND Juliet, there is a passage similar to the sixteenth century, wearing a lock was made penal, in above:
Lombardy, as the sign of a lawless life. Italian fashions As is the night before some festival,
were so much talked of in England, that the Poet might To an impatient child that hath new robes
have known this, and alluded to it. And may not wear them. “ – all slops"-i. e. Large breeches, or trousers.
SCENE IV. Hence, a slop-seller, for one who furnishes seamen, etc., with clothes.
- your other RABATO"-An ornament for the neck,
a kind of ruff, such as we often see in the portraits of " — his jesting spirit, which is now crept into a lute- Queen Elizabeth. Decker calls them “ your stiff-necked string”-i. e. His jocular wit is now employed in the
rebaloes." Menage derives it from rebattre-to put inditing of love-songs, which, in Shakespeare's time, back. were usually accompanied on the lute. The “ stops” are the frets of the lute, and those points on the finger
“ - set with pearls, down sleeves"-i. e. The pearls board on which the string is pressed, or stopped, by the
are to be set down the sleeves. finger.
- side sleeves"-Long sleeves, or full sleeves“ Good den, brother"--"Good den" is a colloquial
from the Anglo-Saxon sid; ample, long. The “deep abridgment of good even, but it was also used for good
and broad sleeves" of the time of Henry IV. are thus day: and, in act v. scene 1, Don Pedro says, good den,
ridiculed by Hoccleve:and Claudio, good day.
Now hath this land little neede of broomnes
To sweepe away the tilth out of the sti eete,
Sen side-sleeres of pennilesse groomes
Will it up licke, be it drie or weete. "— have a care that your Bills be not stolen”—The
“_ Light o'love'”—This is the name of an old bill" was a formidable weapon in the hands of the old
dance tune, mentioned in the Two GENTLEMEN OF VEEnglish infantry: “It gave (says Temple) the most
RONA, act i. scene 2. (See Chappell's “ Ancient Eng. ghastly and deplorable wounds.” Dr. Johnson states
lish Airs," where the words of a song to the tune of that, when he wrote, the “ bill" was still carried by the
“ Light o' Love” are given.) watchmen of Litchfield, his native town. It was a long weapon, with a point shaped somewhat like an axe.
- the letter that begins them all, H"- This con
ceit, as well as similar jokes in contemporary writerr, “ If you hear a child cry in the night”—This part
shows that the word, which we now pronounce ake, of the sapient Dogberry's charge may have been sug
was, in Shakespeare's time, pronounced aitch. Beagested by some of the amusing provisions contained in the “Statutes of the Streets," imprinted by Wolfe, in
trice says, she is ill for an H, (aitch,) the letter that be1595. For instance—"22. No man shall blow any
gins each of the three words—hawk, horse, and husband.
J. P. Kemble had a long contention with the public on horne in the night, within the citie, or whistle after the houre of nyne of the clock in the night, under paine of
this point. When playing Prospero, he always persisted imprisonment.-30. No man shall, after the houre of
in saying, “ Fill all thy bones with aitches;" and the nyne at night, keep any rule, whereby any such sud- public (particularly those of the upper regions, who daine outcry be made in the still of the night; as mak
are always most intolerant of singularity) as pertinaing any affray, or beating his wife or servant, or singing ciously hissed him for presuming to be right, out of or revyling [revelling) in his house, to the disturbance
The gods and Cato did in this divide. of his neighbours, under paine of iis. üüd.," etc., etc.
W. Scott gives the history of J. P. Kemble's threat“- Keep your fellows' counsels and your own". ening Caliban with aitches, with great humour. “ This is part of the oath of a grand juryman; and is Another authority in the actor's favour is found in one of many proofs of Shakespeare's having been very Heywood's “ Epigrams," (1566 :)— conversant, at some period of his life, with legal pro
H is worst among letters in the cross-row; ceedings and courts of justice.”—Malone.
For if thou find him, either in thine elbow,
In thine arm or leg, in any degree; “I know that Deformed”—In the induction to his
In thine head, or teeth, or toe, or knee ;“ Bartholomew Fair," we find Ben Jonson aiming a
Into what place soever H may pike him, satirical stroke at this scene :-" And then a substantial
Wherever thou find ache, thou shalt not like him. watch to have stole in upon 'em, and taken them away, “— an you be not turned Turk”—This phrase was with mistaking words, as the fashion is in the stage commonly applied to express a change of condition, or practice.”. Jonson himself, however, in his “ Tale of a
opinion. Hamlet talks of his fortune turning Turk. Tub,” makes his wise men of Finsbury blunder in the same manner. Boswell, in his edition of Malone's
carduus benedictus"- _ Carduus benedictus, or SHAKESPEARE, points out examples of this sort of blessed thistle, (says Cogan, in his · Haven of Health,' humour before Shakespeare's time. Nash, in his “ An- 1589,) so worthily named for the singular virtues that it atomy of Absurditie," (1589,) speaks of “a misterming
hath." clowne in a comedie;" and in “Selimus, Emperor of the Turks," (1594,) this speech is put into the mouth
SCENE V. of Bullithrumble, a shepherd :-“Well, if you will keepe my sheepe truly and honestly, keeping your
" — PALABRAS, neighbour Verges"-How this Span
ish word came into our language, and to be in familiar hands from lying and slandering, and your tongue from use with the lower orders, it is difficult to ascertain. picking and stealing, you shall be Maister Bullithrumble's servitures."
Sly, in the “ Induction" to the TAMING OF THE SHREW,
has pocas palabras; and the same words are found in “ — REECHY painting”-i.e. Painting (says Stevens) the popular old play, the “Spanish Tragedy," where discoloured by smoke.
they are spoken by Hieronimo, act iv, scene 4.
" - if I were as tedious as a king, I could find in my heart to bestow it all of your worship’-Hazlitt remarks upon the quaint blundering of the inimitable Dogberry and Verges, that they are “a standing record of that formal gravity of pretension, and total want of common understanding, which Shakespeare, no doubt, copied from real life; and which, in the course of two hundred years, appear to liave ascended from the lowest to the highest offices of the state.” The political sarcasm, as to the inheritance of the wisdom of these functionaries, has, I hope, but little application on our side of the Atlantic; but the desire to bestow all their tediousness upon their friends is, unquestionably, a characteristic in which the public men of America are uot a jot behind the municipal diguitaries of the Messina watch.
" — we rack the value”-i. e. We raise the estimate to the utmost—a sense now retained only in the phrase rack rent.
" — count confect'- Beatrice gives him this title in contempt. We still speak of caraway confects. She first calls him “count,” and then mentions his title, “count confect"_" a sweet gallant, surely!” This is the old reading, which, without reason, has been changed to “a goodly count-confect."
SCENE II. “ Sexton''-He is called “town-clerk" in the old stage-directions, probably because, being able to read and write, he acted as clerk for the town, or for such of the inhabitants as had not his accomplishments.
ACT IV.-SCENE I.
ACT V.-SCENE I. * -- some be of laughing, as, ha! ha! he!"-Bene- “ Cry-sorrow wag!”—“. And sorrow, wag! cry dick quotes from the “ Accidence.”
hem, when he should groan,' is the reading of the old word too LARGE"_“So he uses large' jests, in
quarto, and of the folios, which may be reconciled to this play, for licentious—not restrained within due
sense, and therefore ought not to be disturbed. The bounds."-Johnson.
meaning is clear, though not clearly expressed. And,
sorrow, wag,' is, and sorrow away! (for which, indeed, ** Out on the seeming"-The original quarto and it may have been misprinted ;) similar to the exclamafolio have, “Out on thee seeming," which Collier alone, tion, care, away!' The reading substituted by the of modern editors, retains; understanding it that Claudio commentators has usually beenaddresses Hero as the personification of " seeming," or Cry sorrow, wag! and hem, when he should groanhypocrisy. Pope, followed by many others, altered which has no warrant. Heath's suggestion of And the phrase to “Out on thy seeming;" which gives a
sorrowing, cry hem, when he should groan,' is the most good sense, and is a probable correction. We have, plausible emendation.”—Collier. however, preferred that of Knight, as most congruous Rowe, Theobald, Hanmer, Tyrwhitt, Warton, Steto the context; and think, with him, that the sense is
vens, Ritson, and Malone have respectively offered the “Out on the specious resemblance-I will write against following emendations :—“ And hallow, wag;" “ And it;" that is, against this false representation, along with sorrow wage;" “ And sorrow waive;"
And sorrow this deceiving portrait
** And sorrowing cry;" · And sorry wag;" You seem to me as Dian in her orb, etc.
* And sorrow waggery;". " In sorrow wag.” The * True? O God!”—This is Hero's exclamation on
emendation of Dr. Johnson John's assertion—" these things are true.” It is usually
Cry, sorrow wag! and hem, when he should groanprinted as if Hero answered, ** True, O God!" to Ben- requires merely the transposition of cry with and—a edick's observation, “ This looks not like a nuptial.” correction of a very common sort of error-and the
sense is then so clear that it has been generally adopted. " – a liberal villain”-i. e. Licentiously free; as, Knight, however, adopts Johnson's first suggestion, in OTHELLO_"Is he not a most profane and liberal which gives the same sense, though harshly expressed counsellor ?"
And, sorrow wag! cry hem; when he should groan. “ Fie, fie! they are not to be nam'd, my lord, Sorrow go by!" is said to be still a common Scotism. Not to be SPOKEN of," etc.
“ With CANDLE-WASTERS"-By “candle-wasters" is This is the metrical arrangement of the two original probably meant drunkards, or midnight revellers. editions, of which, until Collier, all later editors at
There is, however, a passage in Ben Jonson's "Cyntempted to make what they thought a more regular thia's Revels.” (act iii. scene 2,) which seems to show metre, by printing
that the epithet was applied, in ridicule, to students Not to be nam'd, my lord, not to be spoke of.
"Spoiled by a whoreson book-worm, a candle-waster." The quarto of 1600 has spoke, the folio (1623) spoken ;
Leonato may mean to say, that a misfortune like his is which I mention as indicating the gradual increase of
not to be drugged, or made drunk, by the book-philosoattention to stricter grammatical distinctions.
phy of mere theorists. His whole speech is directed
against comforters of this description. * The story that is printed in her blood”—“ The
" – louder than ADVERTISEMENT”-i. e. Than admostory that her blushing discovers to be true.”—Johnson. This explanation has been doubted, but it is confirmed,
nition; than moral instruction. as the Poet's thought, by the Friar's notice of the “ And made a push”—Pope and others print this, “ blushing apparitions on her face.”
“ make a pish"-i. e. treat with contempt; but“push" *— frugal nature's FRAME"-i. e. Ordinance, ar
is the reading of the old copies, that being the old mode
of spelling. Collier refers to instances in proof of rangement, or framing of things; as in this play it is
it, in Beaumont and Fletcher's “ Maids' Revenge;" in said of John
Chapman's “ Gentleman Usher;" and repeatedly in His spirits toil in frame of villainies.
Middleton's plays. Boswell would derive the expres* Who SmIRCHED thus”—The folio substitutes smeared
sion from fencing, and tells us that, “ to make a push at forismirched" in the quarto. “Smirched” is also found
any thing is to contend against it, or defy it." Shakein HAMLET, As You Like It, etc. ; but, as Nares (Glos- speare's meaning is evident, taking “push" as an intersary) informs us, has hitherto been found in no other jection. author. Our Poet was fond of using it. We have “ Come, follow me, boy! come, sir boy, come,
e, follow me." ** smirched" in this play in the sense of soiled.
“Stevens destroys this most characteristic line-and " — BEAT away those blushes"—We follow Collier in his reading is that of all popular editions—by his old retaining “beat," the reading of the original quarto,
fashion of metre-mongering. He reads(1600 ;) printed in the folio, and all other editions,
Come, follow me, boy ; come, boy, follow me.” bear.