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Pray to the gods to intermit the plague
Julius Cæfar, A. 1, S. 1,
These old fellows
Timon of Athens, A. 2, S. 2.
Lear, A. 1, S. 4
As man's ingratitude ;
I Thy tooth is not so keen,
Because thou art not seen.] Dr. Warburton observesthe winter wind, the song says, is to be preferred to man's ingra. titude. But why? Because it is not seen. But this was not only an aggravation of the injury, as it was done in fecret, not seen, but was the very circumstance that made the keenness of the ingratitude of his faithless courtiers. I would therefore read,
" Because thou art not sheen," is . e. fhining, smiling, like an ungrateful court-servant.
WARBURTON Sir T. Hanmer alters the line to
“Thou causest not that teen." Dr. Farmer reads,
6 Because the heart's not seen.”' And Musgrave,
" Because thou art foreseen.” But all, I think, are wrong. The lines are certainly very, unmeaning as they at present stand. A trifling alteration, how
Love's Labour Loft, A. 4, §. 2.
Winter's Tale, A. I, S. 20.
ever, will do away the objection raised against them by Dr. War.
Thy tooth is not so keen:-
Altho' thy breath be rude.
He may foften at the sight o'the child; The silence often of
innocence Persuades, when speaking fails.
Winter's Tale, A. 2, S. 2.
Hence bashful cunning! And prompt me, plain and holy innocence !
Tempest, A. 3, S. 1.
IN SO L E N C E.
Timon of Athens, A. 5, S. 5. * I'll canvass thee in thy broad cardinal's hat, If thou proceed in this thy insolence.
Henry VI. P. I, A. 1, S. 3.
Thou know'st, I am as valiant as Hercules : but beware instinct; the lion will not touch the true prince. Instinct is a great matter ; I was a coward on instinct.
Henry IV. P. 1, A. 2, S. 4.
I'll canvass thee in thy broad cardinals hat.] This means, I believe, I'll fumble thee into thy great hat, and shake thee, as bran and meal are Naken in a fieve.
STEEVENS. Mr. Steevens is mistaken, I think, in fuppofing that the cardinal is to be tumbled into his great hat, and shaken as meal is Shaken in & heve.
To canvas a matter, is to fift, examine, or inquire particularly into it. The meaning of, “ I'll canvas thee in thy broad cardinal's hat,” is—I will make inquiry into thy conduct, and lay thee open to the world, notivithstanding the hat thou wearest
, and which thou mayît perhaps imagine will serve to protect thee.
A. B. 'Tis
JO V E. I have lin’d her : but it is Jove's doing, and Jove make me thankful ! What can be said ? Nothing, that can be, can come between me and the full prospect of my hopes. Well, Jove, not I, is the doer of this, and he is to be thanked.
Twelfth Night, A. 3, S. 4.
* A very, very--peacock.] This alludes to a fable of the birds choosing a king - instead of the eagle, a peacock. Pope.
I think Hamlet is setting his father's and uncle's characters in contrast to each other; and means to say, that by his father's death the state was stripped of a god-like monarch, and that now in his stead reigned the most despicable, poisonous animal that could be ; a mere paddock or toad.
THEOBALD. I am persuaded that the poet wrote, “ a very, very,-cock," i. e, a cowardly, effeminate fellow,
JOY, JO Y S.
O my soul's joy! If after every tempest
' come such calmness, May the winds blow till they have wakend death! And let the labouring bark climb hills of seas, Olympus high, and duck again as low As hell's from heaven!
Othello. A. 2, S. 1. How much better is it to weep at joy, than to joy at weeping! Mucb ado about nothing, A. 1, S, I. There appears much joy in him
; even so much, that joy could not shew itself modest enough, without a badge of bitterness.
Much ado about nothing, A. I, S. 1. - There is such confusion in my powers, As after some oration fairly spoke By a beloved prince, there doth appear Among the buzzing pleased multitude; Where every something, being blent together, Turns to a wild of nothing, save of joy, Exprest, and not expreft.
Merchant of Venice, A. 3, S. 2. I have no joy of this contract to-night : It is too rash, too unadvis'd, too sudden; Too like the lightning, which doth cease to be, Ere one can say
Romeo and Juliet, A. 2, S. 2.
Note him : He was not fad; for he would shine on those That make their looks by his: he was not merry, Which seem'd to tell them, his remembrance lay In Egypt with his joy.
Antony and Cleopatra, A. 1,
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