Imatges de pàgina

By such poor passion as the maid that milks,

mini bado Our escape Is much beyond our lofs : our hint of woe? 10:11 Is common,

* Tempeft, A. 2, S. I. W O M'A N. Women will love her, that she is a woman More worth than any man; men, that she is That rarest of all women. Winter's Tale, A. 5, S. 1, If, one by one, you wedded all the world, Or, from the all that are, took something good, To make a perfect woman: The, you kill'd, Would be unparalleld. i Winter's Tale, A. 5, S. 1,

E'en a woman; and commanded

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And does the meanest chares. It were for me i
To throw my sceptre at the injurious gods ;
To tell them that this world did equal theirs,
Till they had stolen our jewel.'

Antony and Cleopatra, A.'4, S. 13, These dangerous unsafe lunes o'the king! beshrew

them! He must be told on't, and he shall: the office Becomes a woman best; I'll take't upon me : If I prove honey-mouth’d, let my tongue blister.

Winter's Tale, A. 2, S. 2.

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e whereas?' is frequently printed for where. So in our author's poem-“ Wholesome Counsel." Whenas thine eye bath chose the dame,

A, B, our hint of woe.] Hint is that which recalls to the memory. The cause that fills our minds with grief is common. Dr. Warburton reads fint of woe.

Johnson, I would read, “Our hent of woe." Hent, in Chaucer and Spencer, is, got, caught, laid hold of. “Our hent of woe" may therefore mean, the woe that seizes or preys on 45.

A. B.



However we do praise ourselves, Our fancies are more giddy and unfirm, More longing, wavering, sooner lost and worn, Than women's are. Twelfth Night, A. 2, S. 4.

- Women are as roses; whose fair flower, Being once display'd, doth fall that very hour.

Twelfth Night, A. 2, S. 4. Fear not; he bears an honourable mind, And will not use a woman lawlessly.

Two Gentlemen of Verona, A. 5, S. 3. You must forget to be a woman; change Command into obedience; fear, and niceness, (The handmaids of all women, or, more truly, Women its pretty self) into a waggish courage; Ready in gybes, quick-answer'd, faucy, and As quarrellous as the weazel. Cymbeline, A. 3, S. 4.

Heaven and earth ! Must I remember? why, she would hang on him, As if increase of appetite had grown By what it fed on: and yet, within a month, Let me not think on't ;-frailty, thy name is woman!

Hamlet, A. I, S. 2. A woman mov’d, is like a fountain troubled, Muddy, ill-seeming, thick, bereft of beauty ; And, while it is so, none so dry or thirfty Will deign to sip, or touch one drop of it.

*Taming of the Shrew, A. 5, S. 2. Let it not be believ'd for womanhood! Think we had mothers; do not give advantage To stubborn critics—apt without a theme, For depravation to square the general sex By Creffid's rule. Troilus and Crellida, A. 5, S. 2.

Make the doors upon a woman's wit, and it will out at the casement; shut that, it will fly with the fioak out at the chimney. As you like it, A. 4, S. 1.


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In that day's feats," it's * When he might act the woman in the scene, He prov'd best man i' the field.

Coriolanus, A. 1, S. 2. Do you

not know I am a woman? when I think, I must speak

As you like it, A. 3, S. 2. The duke is made protector of the realm ; And yet shalt thou be safe? Such safety finds The trembling lamb, environed with wolves. Had I been there, which am a filly woman, The soldiers should have tofs’d me on their pikes, Before I would have granted to that act.

Henry VI. P. 3, A. I, S. 1. Women are soft, mild, pitiful, and flexible; Thou stern, obdurate, flinty, rough, remorseless. Bidst thou me rage? why, now thou hast thy wish; Wouldst have mę weep? why, now thou hast thy will.

Henry VI. P. 3, A. I, S. 4, I cannot be a man with wishing, therefore I will die a woman with grieving.

Much ado about nothing, A. 4, S. 1. One woman is fair ; yet I am well : another is wise; yet I am well: another virtuous; yet I am

'When he might act the woman in the scene.] It has been more than once mentioned, that the parts of women were, in Shakespeare's time, represented by the most smooth faced young men to be found among the players.

STEEVENS. This does not appear to me to have any allusion to plays or players. “When he might act the woman in the scene," seems to mean, that from his extreme youth, little was expected from him in the field : yet at the time when he was anly fixteen years of age, and when he would not have been censured had he shewn the fear and timidity of a womain, he proved himself an hero. Beside, it is Cominius who speaks, and not Shakespeare.

A. B.

well ;

well: but till all graces be in one woman, one wo-
nian shall not coine in my grace.

Much ada about nothing, A, 2, S. 3.
I grant, I am a woman; but, withal,
A woman that lord Brutus took to wife :

grant, I am a woman; but, withal,
A woman well-reputed; Cato's daughter.
Think you, I am no stronger than my sex,
Being so father'd, and so husbanded?

Julius Cæfar, A. 2, S. 1. All women shall pardon me : because I will not do them the wrong to mistrust any, I will do myself the right to trust none; and the fine is, for the which I may go the finer I will live a bachelor.

Much ado about nothing, A. 1, S. I.

My sometimne general,
I have seen thee ftern, and thou hast oft beheld
Heart-hard’ning spectacles; tell these sad women,
'Tis fond to wail inevitable strokes,
As 'tis to laugh at them. Coriolanus, A. 42

With immodest hatred,
The child-bed privilege deny’d, which 'longso
To women of all fashion ;-lastly, hurried
Here to this place, i' the open air, before
I have got strength of limit'.

Winter's Tale, A. 3, S. 2.

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I have got strength of limit.] I know not well how strength of limit, can mean Arength to pass the limits of the child-bed chamber, which yet it must mean in this place, unless we read in a more easy phrase, Ärength of limb.

JOHNSON Strength of limit" should, perhaps, be strength or limit. Limit for the usual, or appointed, or fettled time, for quitting her chamber,

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110 What faid he? How look'd he? Wherein went he? What makes he here? Did he ask for me? Where remains he? How parted he with thee? And when shalt thou see him again? Answer me in one word.

As you like it, A. 3, S. 2. Hear me, Hubert! drive these men away, And I will sit as quiet as a lamb; I will not stir, nor wince, nor speak a word, Nor look upon the iron angerly : Thrust but thete men away, and I'll forgive you.

King Joba, A. 4, S. 1:

These haughty words of hers
Have batter'd me like roaring cannon-lhot,
And made me almoft yield upon my knees.

Henry VI. P. I, A. 3, S. 3.
Gregory, o'my word, ' we'll not carry coals.
Romeo and Juliet, A. 1, S. 1.


thiese haughty qvords of hers Have batter'd me like roaring cannon shot.] How these lines came hither I know not. There is nothing in the speech of Joan haughty or violent; it is all soft entreaty and mild exa poitulation.

JOHNSON. “ Haughty" does not here mean violent or vehement, but great, important. He says, in the next fcene, his haughty courage, i.l. his great, his distinguished valour.

A. B. 2 -- we'll not carry coals.] Dr. Warburton very justly observes, that this was a phrase formerly in use, but as he has given no instances in support of his declaration, I thought it necessary to fubjoin the following:

Nath, in his Have with you to Saffron Walden, says, “We * will bear no coles.” So in Marston's Antonio and Melida, “ He has had wrong; and if I were he, I would bear no coles.' Again in May-day, “ You must swear by no man's beard but “your own, for that may breed a quarrel; above all things, “ you must carry no coals." And again in the same play, « Now my ancient being a man of an un-coal carrying spirit."

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