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The elephant hath joints, but none for courtesy ;
His legs are for necessity, not for Nexure.

Troilus and Cressida, A. S.

This is he,
That kiss’d away his hand in courtesy;
This is the ape of form, Monsieur the nice,
That, when he plays at tables, chides the dice
In honourable terms. Love's Labour Loft, A. 5, S. 2.

Thou hast never in thy life
Shew'd thy dear mother any courtesy ;
When she (poor hen) fond of no second brood,
Has cluck'd thee to the wars, and fafely home,
Loaden with honour.

Coriolanus, A. 5, S. 3. The courtesy of nations allows you my better, in that you are the first-born; but the fame tradition takes not away my blood, were there twenty brothers betwixt us.

As you like it, A. 1, S. 1.

Pluck commiferation of his state From brassy bosoms, and rough hearts of flint, From stubborn Turks, and Tartars, never train'd To offices of tender courtesy.

Merchant of Venice, A. 4, S. I. Is it possible, disdain should die, while she hath fuch meet food to feed it, as Signior Benedick? Courtesy itself must convert to disdain, if

you come in her presence. Much ado about nothing, A. 1, S, 1. These couchings and these lowly courtesies, Might fire the blood of ordinary men; And turn pre-ordinance, and first decree, Into the lane of children.'

Julius Cæfar, A. 3, S. 1.


* Into the lane of children.] I do not well understand what is meant by the lane of children. I should read, the law of children. That is, change pre-ordinance and decree into the law of children; into such fight determinations as every start of will would alter. Lane and law, in some manuscripts, are not easily distinguished.


I do defy him,
Call him-a sanderous coward, and a villain :
Which to maintain, I would allow him odds ;
And meet him, were I ty'd to run a-foot,
Even to the frozen ridges of the Alps.

Richard II, A, 1, S. 17 Young as I am, I have observ'd these three swafhers.

I am boy to them all three : but all they three, though they would serve me, could not be man to me; for, indeed, three such anticks do not amount to a man. For Bardolph,--he is white-liver'd, and red-faced; by the means whereof, a' faces it out; but fights not. For Pistol-he hath a killing tongue, and a quiet sword ; by the means whereof a' breaks words, and keeps whole weapons. For Nym,--he hath heard, that men of few words are the best of men; and therefore he scorns to say his prayers, left a" should be thought a coward. Henry V. A. 3, S. 2.

The second property of your excellent sherris is the warming of the blood; which, before cold and settled, left the liver white and pale, which is the badge of pufillanimity and cowardice; but the fherris warms it, and makes it course from the inwards to the parts extreme.

It illumineth the face ;

If the lane of children be the true reading, it may possibly receive illustration from the following passage in Ben Jonson's Staple of News: “A narrow minded man! my thoughts do dwell all in a lane."

The lane of children will then mean the narrow conceits of children, which must change as their minds grow more enlarged.

STEEVENS. I believe we should read bane-Bane in its ordinary acceptation is hurt, injury; and by a licence common with our author, it may posibly be used for punishment. You behave, by these low

courtefies, and crouchings, like children, and many men might be tempted to punith you as such."

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which, as a beacon, gives warning to all the rest of this little kingdom, man, to arm.

Henry IV. P. 2, A. 4, S. 3. Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once. Of all the wonders that I yet have heard, It seems to me most strange that men should fear, Seeing that death a neceffary end, Will come, when it will come.

Julius Cæsar, A. 2, S. 2: How many cowards, whose hearts are all as false as stairs of sand, wear yet upon their chins the beards of Hercules, and frowning Mars; who, inward search’d, have livers white as milk?

Merchant of Venice, A. 3, S. 2. Thou slave, thou wretch, thou coward; Thou little valiant, great in villainy ! Thou ever strong upon the stronger side! Thou fortune's champion, that dost never fight, But when her humorous ładyship is by To teach thee safety !

King John, A. 3, S. 1.

(In my heart
Lie there what hidden woman's fear there will)
We'll have a swalhing and a martial outside ;
As many other mannish cowards have,
That do outface it with their femblances.

As you like it, A. 1, S. 3. He's a coward, and a coystril,' and will not drink to my niece, till his brains turn o’the toe like a parish-top.

Twelfth Night, A. 1, S. 3.

A coyfril.]. i.e. a coward cock. It - may, however, be a kestril, or bastard hawk.

STEEVENS, A“ coistril,” is likewise a lad, a stripling. It seems here to be used for a milk-fop.“ A coward and a coystril an he will

not drink.” -j. 6. A coward and a milk-sop if he will not drink, &c.

A. B. -Не

He stopt the fliers; And, by his rare example, made the coward Turn terror into sport : as waves before A veffel under fail, so men obey'd, And fell below his stern. Coriolanus, A. 2, S. 2.

He excels his brother for a coward, yet his brother is reputed one of the best that is : In a retreat he outruns any lacquey.

All's well that ends well, A. 4, S. 3.

I know him a notorious liar,
Think him a great way fool, solely a coward ;
Yet these fix'd evils sit fo fit in him,
That they take place, when virtue's steelly bones
Look bleak in the cold wind.

All's well that ends well, A. 1, S. 1. I never dealt better since I was a man; all would not do. A plague of all cowards !-Let them speak : if they speak more or less than truth, they are villains, and the sons of darkness.

Henry IV. P. I, A. 2, S. 4. A plague of all cowards, I say, and a vengeance too ! marry, and amen !-Give me a cup of fack, boy. A plague of all cowards !-Is there no virtue extant ?

Henry IV. P, 1, A. 2, S. 4:

I was never curst; I have no gift at all in Ihrewishness; I am a right maid for my cowardice.

Midsummer Night's Dream, A. 3, S. 2.

I hold it cowardice, To rest mistrustful where a noble heart Hath pawn'd an open hand in sign of love.

Henry VI. P.3, A. 4, S. 2,


And fell below his ftern.] We should read, according to the old copy,

- his ftem The stem is that end of the ship which leads. STEEVENS.



This is a creature,
Would she begin a fect, might quench the zeal
Of all professors elfe ; make profelytes
Of who she but bid follow.

Winter's Tale, A. 5, S. 1.

O thou thing, Which I'll not call a creature of thy place, Left barbarism, making me the precedent, Should a like language use to all degrees, And mannerly distinguishment leave out Betwixt the prince and beggar !-

Winter's Tale, A. 2, S. 1.

Call the creatures Whose naked natures live in all the spight Of wreakful heaven; whose bare unhoused trunks To the conflicting elements exposed, Answer mere nature-bid them flatter thee;

Timon of Athens, A. 4, S. 3. Divinest creature, bright Astræa's daughter, How shall I honour thee for this success? Thy promises are like Adonis' gardens, That one day bloom'd, and fruitful were the next,

Henry VI. P. 1. A. 1, S. 6.


M E. If little faults, proceeding on distemper, Shall not be wink'd at, how shall we stretch our eye When capital crimes, chew'd, swallow'd, and digested, Appear before us ?

Henry V. A. 2, S. 2.

We should read

Fell before his stem, Stem does not here mean any part of a ship.Stem is used for prowess, valour, " Fell before his ftem,” yielded to his prowess.

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