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And all indign and base adversities
Othello, A. 1, S. 3.
Antony and Cleopatra, A. 2, S. 2.
Love's Labour Loft, A. 3, S. 1.
Tam. Sbrew. Induct. S. I.
-Tender well my
hounds : Brach Merriman,-ihe poor cur is imboft. Sir J. Hanmer reads, "leach Merriman;" that is, apply fome remedies to Merriman, the poor cur has his joints (well'd. PerF 3
Brass, cur 2!
Henry V. A. 4, S. 4.
I'll read you matter, deep, and dangerous;
Hen. IV. P. 1. A. I, S. 3,
Two Gent. of Verona, A. 2. S. 7.
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haps we might read - bathe Merriman, which is, I believe, the common practice of huntsmen.
Johnson. If for 1 hounds," we read hound, and point the paffage differently, the whole will be sufficiently clear.
“ Huntsman, I charge thee, tender well my hound 6 Brach Merriman :-the poor cur is imbost.”
A. B. ? Brass, cur !] Either Shakespeare had very little knowledge of the French language, or his over-fondness for punning led him in this place, contrary to his own judgment, into an error. Almost every one knows that the French word bras, is pronounced braw; and what resemblance of sound does this bear to brass, that Pistol should reply, brass, cur? RAWLINson.
• If the pronunciation of the French language be not changed fince Shakespeare's time, which is not unlikely, it may be sufpected some other man wrote the French lines. Johnson.
The editors are mistaken. Bras is not pronounced braw, unless it be by the English. The s is always founded by a Frenchman,
To beg the voice and utterance of my tongue :
7. Cæsar, A. 3, S. 1. Good father cardinal, cry thou, amen, To my keen curses; for without my wrong, There is no tongue hath power to curse him right.
King John, A. 3, S. 1. - To arms! be champion of our church! Or let the church, our mother, breathe her curse, A mother's curse, on her revolting son.
King John, A. 3, S. 1.
Thou know'st, great fon,
Coriolanus, A. 5, S. 3.
Wherefore should I curse them? Would curses kill, as doth the mandrake's groan, I would invent as bitter searching terms, As curst, as harsh, and horrible to hear, Deliver'd strongly through my fixed teeth, With full as many signs of deadly hate, As lean-fac'd envy in her loathsome cave.
Hen. VI. P. 2. A. 3, S. 2. Can curses pierce the clouds, and enter heaven? Why, then give way, dull clouds, to my quick
curses ! Though not by war, by surfeit die your king, As ours by murder, to make him a king !
Rich. III. A. I, S. 3. What! I that kill'd her husband, and his father, To take her in her heart's extremelt hate;
With curses in her mouth, tears in her eyes,
Rich. III. A. 1, S. 2.
Blasts and fogs upon thee!
Lear, A. I, S. 4,
-Owes.] i, e. is poffeffed of.
STEEVENS. Owes," for orns. “ Infirmities she owes,” Infirmities which She cannot but acknowledge. We do not say that a person is poleled of infirmities.
A. B. 2. The untented woundings.] Untented wounds, means wounds in their worst state, not having a tent in them to digest them; and may possibly fignify here such as will not admit of having a tent put into them for that purpose.
STEEVENS. “Untented wounds” may perhaps be understood; but “untented woundings” is, in my opinion, without a meaning. I think we may read unsented or unshended woundings. To fhend, in Chaucer and Spenser, is to blame.“ Unshented woundings of a father's curse," may therefore mean the unblamed or unblameable curses of a father, &c.-Curses, which confidering your conduct, no one will cenfure me for,
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Othello, A. 1, S. 3.
Henry VIII. A. 1. S. 3.
do dance, I wish you
Winter's Tale, A. 4, S. 3.
He, at Philippi, kept His sword even like a dancer, while I struck The lean and wrinkled Cassius; and 'twas I, That the mad Brutus ended. Ant. & Cleop. A. 3, S. 9. Suppose the singing birds, musicians ; The grass whereon thou tread'st, the presence strow'd; The flowers, fair ladies; and thy steps, no more, Than a delightful measure or a dance.
Richard II. A. 1, S. 3.
In thy danger; If ever danger do environ thee, Commend thy grievance to my holy prayers, For I will be thy bead's-man. Two Gent. of Verona, A. I, S. 1.