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Why this is not Lear: Does Lear walk thus ? Speak thus ? Where are
his eyes? Either his notion weakens, or his discernings Are lethargyd.—Ha! waking ?-'tis not so.Who is it that can tell me who I am ? Lear's fhadow, I would learn that; for by the marks Of lov'reignty, of knowledge, and of reason, I should be false persuaded I had daughters.Your name, fair gentlewoman?
Lear, A. 1, S. 4: These things, indeed, you have articulated, Proclaim'd at market-crosses, read in churches; To face the garment of rebellion With some fine colour, that may please the eye Of fickle changelings, and poor discontents.
Henry IV. P. 1, A. 5, S. 11
Those opposed eyes,
Henry IV. P. 1, A. 1. S. 1.
Henry IV. P. 1, A. 2. S. 3. He was but as the cuckow is in June, Heard, not regarded; seen, but with such eyes, As fick and blunted with community; Afford no extraordinary gaze,
“ A welkin eye” is a rolling eye, or as Leontes would insinuate, - a rwanton eye, and such as he supposes Hermione's to be. Welkin comes from pelcan, Saxon, to roll about.
Such as is bent on sun-like majesty,
Henry IV. P. 1. A. 3, S. 2.
I do fee
Henry IV. P. 1, A. Í,
ministers of chastisement, That we may praise thee in thy victory!
Richard III. A. 5; S. 3. I will converse with iron-witted fools, And unrespected boys; none are for me, That look into me with confiderate eyes.
Richard III. A. 4, S. 2. We know the time, since he was mild and affable; And, if we did but glance a far-off look, Immediately he was upon his knee, That all the court adinir'd him for submission; But meet him now, and be it in the morn, When every one will give the time of day, He knits his brow, and shews an angry eye.
Henry VI. P. 2. A. 3, S. t.. A lean cheek; which you have not: a blue eye, and sunķen, which you have not.
As you like it, A.
S. 2. A blue eye.] 2. e. a blueness about the eyes. STEEVENS. " A blue eye.
.” But why a blue eye ? I believe we should read "a'flu eye.”-Flu-Auish, in the northern counties, is wro tery, weak, rendex: "A fur eye" will therefore mean an eye filled with tcars. Fluer, French, to flow or rus:
F A CE.
God hath given you one face, and you make yourselves another : you jig, you amble, and you lisp, and nick-name God's
creatures, and make your wantonness your ignorance'. Go to.
Hamlet, A. 3, S. 1,
Othello, A. 3, S. 3.
Hamlet, A. 2, S. 1.
Make your wantonness your ignorance.] You mistake by wanton affectation, and pretend to mistake by ignorance. JOHNSON.
6. Make your wantonness your ignorance." The meaning is, when you are guilty of any improper behaviour you would have it attributed to fimplicity or ignorance, when the fact is, that it is ftudied.
A. B. 2 Let no face be kept in mind,
But the fair of Rosalind.] Thus the old copy. Fair is beauty, complexion. The modern editors read the face of Rosalind.
STEEVENS. “ The fair of Rosalind" is very harsh. We may surely read,
6. But of the fair Rofalindo". io e; but that of the fair Rosalind,
F A I RY.
Midsummer Night's Dream, A. 4, S. 1.
F Α Ι Τ Η.
Julius Cæsar, A. 4, S. 2.
Two Gentlemen of Verona, A. 5, S. 3.
F AL SE HO O D.
Merchant of Venice, A. I, S. 3.
And be always away.] What! was she giving her attendants an everlasting dismission ? No such thing, they were still to be upon duty. I am convinced the poet meant,
And be all ways away.
The expression is according to the idiom of the French
If I be false, or swerye a hair from truth!
From false to false, among false maids in love,
F. A M E.
- He hath atchiev'd a maid
If you do not all shew like gilt two-pences to me; and I, in the clear sky of fame, o'ershine you as much as the full moon doth the cinders of the element, which shew like pins heads to her ;. believe not the
* And in the effential vesture of creation,
Does bear all excellency. It is plain that something very hyperbolical was here intended, But what is there as it stands Why this, that in the essence of creation, she bore all excellency. The expression is intolerable, and could never come from one who so well understood the force of words as our poet. Shake speare certainly wrote,
66 And in terrestrial vesture of creation." And in this lay the wonder, that all created excellence should be contained ivithin an earthly mortal form.
WAR BURTON. I do not think the present reading inexplicable. The author seems to use essential for existent, real. She excels the praise of invention, says he, and in real qualities, with which creation has inveft d hér, bears all excellency.
JOHNSON. I do not find any difficulty in this passage. The poet would insinuate that woman is the most finished, the most perfect work of heaven; and that Desdemona excels her sex. A very common thougbt, but somewhat quaintly expresled.