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422. Have lost a brace of kinsmen :-) i. e. Mercutio and Benvolio. The line, therefore, And young
Benvolio is deceased toom which follows in quarto 1597,
Alas, my liege, my wife is dead to-night; * should be restored to the text.
REMARKS. 433. A glooming peace, &c.] The modern edi. tions read-gloomy; but glooming, which is the old reading, may be the true one. So, in the Spanish Tragedy, 1605 : “ Through dreadful shades of ever
r-glooming night.” To gloom is an ancient verb used by Spenser; and I meet with it likewise in the play of Tom Tyler and his Wife, 1661 :
“ If either he gaspeth or gloometh.” STEEVENS. 436. Some shall be pardon'd, and some punished :] This seems to be not a resolution in the prince, but a reflection on the various dispensations of Providence; for who was there that could justly be punished by any human law :
EDWARDS's MSS. This line has reference to the novel from which the fable is taken. Here we read that Juliet's female attendant was banished for concealing the marriage ; Romeo's servant séť at liberty because he had only acted in obedience to his master's orders; the apotheçary taken, tortured, condemned, and hanged; while Friar Lawrence was permitted to retire to a hermitage in the neighbourhood of Verona, where he ended his ļife in penitence and peace.
438. -Juliet and her Romeo.] Shakspere has not effected the alteration of this play by introducing any new incidents, but merely by adding to the length of the scenes.
The piece appears to have been always a very popu. lar one. Marston, in his satires, 1598, says: “ Luscus, what's play!d to-day :-faith, now I
know “ I set thy lips abroach, from whence doth flow, Nought but pure Juliet and Romeo."
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