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clares, be found the palage left out the allufion to the pilot or the in several of the later quarto im. tempeft beaten bark. Here's fućfresions, yet in the list of those he is, says he (continuing the al. pretends to have collated for the lufion) to the vessel wberever it use of his edition, he mentions tumbles in, or perhaps, to the but one of a later date, and had pilot wbo is to condue, or turable never seen either that published it in; meaning, I wish it may in 1609, or another without any succeed in ridding me of life, date at all; for in the former of whatever may betide me after it, these the passage in question is or wherever it may carry ine. He preserved, (the latter I have no then drinks to the memory of copy of) and he has placed that Juliet's love, adding (as he feels in 1637, on the fingle faith of the poison work) a short apoftrowhich he rejected it, among those phe to the apothecary, the effea only of middling authority : fo of whose drugs he can doubt no that what he so roundly affects of longer, and turning his thoughts feveral, can with justice be said back again to the object most be. of but one, for there are in reali. loved, he dies (like Oibille) on ty no later quarto editions of a kiss. this play than I have here enu. The other hemiftich (not difmerated, and two of those (by "posed of) may yet be brought his own confeffion) he had never in; how naturally, must be left met with.

to the reader to determine. The hemistich, which Mr. T. The quarto of 160g, exhibits pronounces to be of most profound the pafrage thas: absurdity, deserves a much better

6. Ah, dear Juliet! character ; but being misplaced, Why art thou yet lo fair : could not be connected with the

“ I will believe ; part of the speech where he found "'Shall I believe? chat onlab. it , but, being introduced a few

“ ftantial death is amorous, lines lower, seems to make very

“ And that the lean, &c." good sense.

If such an idea could have any “ Come bitter conduct! come foundation in nature, or be al.

• unsav'ry guide! lowed in poetry, and Romeo in Thou desperate pilot, now consequence of having raised it at once run on

to his imagination, was jealous The dalhing rocks my fea- of death, it would follow, that

“ fick, weary bark. in the firft frenzy of it he might Here's to thy health where'er address himself to his mistress, thou tumbleft in.

and take her in his arms for the • Here's to my love! ch true greater security. That being “ apothecary!

granted, with a flight trans “ Thy drugs are quick. Thus position (one verse already ex.

“ with a kiss I die." ceeding the measure by two To rumble into port in a florm, feet) the passage might be read I believe to be a sea-phrase, as is thus : a tumbling fea, and agrees with

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" Why art thou yet so fair? P. 142. For your father loft, fall I believe ?

loft, bis, read your father loft, "I will believe (come lie thou loft his, '* )

P. 147. Hor. I Jaw him once, * That unsubftantial death is amorous,

A goodly king. " And that the lean, &c." Ham. He was a man, take him The whole passage may per

for all in all, haps be such as hardly to be Eye fall not look upon his like worth this toil of transpofition, again.-) This seems to but one critick has just as good me more the true spirit of Shakea right to offer at the introduc- Speare than I. Mr. Holr. tion of what he thinks he under. The emendation of Sir T. stands, as another has to omit it SAMWEL. because he can make no use of it P. 160. Doth all the noble fub at all. The whole of the con- ftance of worsh out;] The Revijecture on both passages is offered fal reads, with no degree of confidence, Doth all the noble fubftance oft and from no other motive than a eat out; defire of preserving every line

Or, of Shakespeare, when any reason, Doth all the noble fubfiance tolerably plausible, can be given foil with doubt. in its favour.

The authour would have de. Mr. Tbeobald has not dealt spised them both, had they been very fairly in his account of this another's. Speech, as the absurdity is appa- Mr. Holt reads, rently owing to the repetition of Doth all the noble fubftance of Yome of the lines by a blunder adopt. of the printer, who had thereby

I think Theobald's reading may made Romeo confess the effects of land. the poison before he had tafted it. P. 164. Doom'd for a certain

This play was considerably al- time to walk the night, tered and enlarged by the author, And for the day confin'd to faft after the firit copies had been in fires.] Chaucer has a printed, and great as is the im- fimilar paffage, with regard to the provement made by the additions, punithments of Hell. Parfon's the alterations here and there Tale, p. 193. Mr. Urry's edition. may be for the worse. To enu- And moreover, the misefe merate these is now too late, as “ (uneafiness) of hell, they are many in number, and " Shall be in defaute of mete happen in almost every speech. “ and drink.” Mr. STEEVENS.

Dr. GRAY. As I could not procure a fight P. 166. The word here used of any of the quartos, 'till I had was more probably designed by a printed off the whole play, I Metathesis, either of a poet, or muft refer the curious reader to transcriber, for benebon, that is the old editions themselves, which henbane ; of which the most will very soon be made publick. common kind (hyoscyamus niger)


is certainly narcotic, and perhaps, The words of the Rubrick were if taken in a confiderable quan- first inserted by Mr. Rowe, in his tity, might prove poisonous. edition in 1709, in the room of Galen calls it cold in the third Pons Chanson, (which is the read. degree ; by which in this, asing of the firit folio) and have well as opium, he seems not to been transplanted thence by fuco mean an actual coldness, but the ceeding editors. The old quarto power, it has of benumbing the fa. in 1611, reads pious chanson, culties. Diofcorides ascribes to it the which (I think) gives the sense property of producing madness, wanted. (νοσκύκμος μανιώδης.) There The pious chansons were a kind lities have been confirmed by fe- of Christmas Carol, containing veral cases related in modern ob- fome Scripture History, thrown fervations. In Wepfer we have into loose rhimes, and sang about a good account of the various the streets by the common people, effects of this root upon moft when they went at that season to of the members of a Convent in beg alms. Hamlet is here repeatGermany, who eat of it for fup- ing some scraps from songs of per by mistake, mixed with fuc- this kind, and when Polonius encory :- heat in the throat, giddi- quires what followed them, he ness, dimness of fight, and deli. refers him to the first row (i. c. rium. Cicut. Aquatic. c. 18. division) of one of ihese, to ob

Dr. Gray, tain the information he wanted. P. 168. Ob horrible, ob berrible,

Mr. STEEVENS molt borrible.] It was very P. 198. - •The firt ingeniously hinted to me by a Rory of the Rubrick will be learned lady, that this line seems you more.] First row of the to belong to Hamlet, in whose pons Chanfor, in the firft two folio mouth it is a proper and natural editions of 1623, and 1632. exclamation, and who, according The first row of pont chansons, to the practice of stage, may be Sir Thomas Hanmer, Old balads Tupposed to interrupt so long a fung upon bridges. . peech.

I cannot guess at Mr. Pepe's P. 194. Hamlet. How chances reason for the alteration. But it they travel? ibeir refidence hoch Mr. Warburton subjoins, “ That in reputation and profit was better “ the rubrick is equivalent, the

« titles of old ballads being Rofin. I think their inhibition “ written in red letters.” But comes by means of thelate innova- he does not mention one single sion.) This is a proof this play was ballad in proof. There are five not wrote till after the 39 Eliz. large folio volumes of ballads in 1597, (Shakespeare then 33,1 Mr. Pepy's library, in Magdaler when the first statute against va- College, Cambridge, fome as angabonds was made, including cient as Henry VII. reign, and players, and perhaps, not till after not one red leuter upon any che iit James 1602. Mr. Holt, one of the titles, as I am in

P. 198. The first row of the formed. Rubrick will fher you more.]


both ways:

P. 241.

P. 198. Caviare is the spawn lour. The variation in these of sturgeon pickled; it is im- old copies was no more than a ported hither from Ruffia. blunder of the printers, for it is

Mr. HAWKINS. as likely that the cloud should P. 220. Enter a Duke & Dute resemble a weasel in shape, as chefs, with regal coronets.] Regal an ouzle, i. e. blackbird, (which coronets are improper for any per- they substituted for it) in co. sonage below the dignity of a lour.

Mr. Steevens: king; regal, as a substantive, is

-Sense sure you the name of a musical instrument,

have, now out of use. But there is an Else you could not have now officer of the houshold called, tion.] For notion, which Tuner of the regals. The cor- the note of Dr. Warburton had niet is well known to be a musical persuaded me to admit into the inftrument, and proper for pro- text, I would now replace the ceflions.

old reading motion ; for though Might we not then read ? the emendation be elegant, it is Enter a Duke and Dutchefs, with not necessary. royals, cornets, &c.

P. 250. Ape is certainly the P. 230. Ham. Methinks it is right reading. The ape hath like an ouzle.

large bags, by the fide of his Pol. It is black like an ouzle.] jaws, called his alforches, from The firft folio reads,

alforja, the word used in Spain -it is like a weazell, for a wallet, in which, whenever It is back'd like a weazell. he meets with any food, he conAnd this I apprehend to be the ftantly depofits part of it to be true reading.

chewed and swallowed at pleaPolonius has already agreed to fure, after his meal is ended. the fimilitude the cloud bears to

REVISAL. a camel, and confeffes, readily 24&. Oph, How should I, enough, that it is very like a &c.-) There is no part whale; but on Hamlet's pushing of this play, in its representation the matter ftill further, though on the stage, is more pathetic his complaisance holds out, it than this scene, which, I suppose, will not extend to a general re- proceeds from the utter insensibisemblance any longer; he there. lity she has to her own misforfore admits the propriety of the tune. laft comparison but in part, and A great sensibility, or none at only says,

all, seem to produce the fame efIt is back'd like a weasel. fect ; in the latter, the audience

The weasel is remarkable for supply what he wants, and in the length of its back; but the the former, they sympathise. editors were misled by the quar

Mr. REYNOLDS, tos, which concur in reading, P. 262. The ra'ifiers and black like a weafel, for this they prips of every word.] By faid was impossible to be right, word is here meant a declaration, the animal being of another co- or proposal; it is determined to



this fenfe, by the reference it P. 268. No tropby, forward, hath to what had just preceded, nor halcbment, &c.] The

The rabble call bim lord. note on this passage seems to This acclamation, which is the imply a difuse of this practice ; word here spoken of, was made whereas it is uniformly kept up without regard to antiquity, or at this day, not only the sword, received custom, whose concur- but the helmet, gauntlet, fpurs rence, however, is necessarily re- and taburd, i. e. a coat, whereon quired to confer validity and fa- the armorial enligns were ancibility in every proposal of this ently depicted (from which the kind.

Revisal. term coat armour) are hung over This interpretation leaves the the grave of every knight. expression still harih, but nothing

Mr. HAWKINS. so good has yet been offered. P. 278. Hamlet. Make ber P. 266. Oph. You mnfi fing, grave straight.] Some, for

down-a-down, and you call whose opinions I have great res him a down-a.

gard, think that ftraight is only o low the wheel becomes it !] immediately. My interpretation I The wheel means no more than have given with no great confirbe buriben of the fing, which she dence, but the longer I consider has just repeated, and as such it, the more I think it right. was formerly used. I met with P. 279. Crowner's quest law.] the following observation in an I strongly suspect that this is a old quarto black letter book, ridicule on the case of dame published before the time of Hales, reported by Plowden, in Shakespeare.

his commentaries, as determined “ The song was accounted an in 3. Eliz. “ excellent one, thogh it was It seems her husband, Sir

not moche graced by the James Hales, had drowned him“ wheele, which in no wise ac. ielf in a river, and the question “ corded with the subject matter was, whether by this act a forfei" thereof."

ture of a lease from the dean I quote this from memory, and chapter of Canterbury, which and from a book, of which I he was poffefied of, did not accannot recollect the exact title or crue to the crown; an inquifition date, but the passage was in a was found before the coroner, preface to scme fongs, or fon- which found him felo de fe. I he vets; and I well remember to legal and logical subtleties, arishave met with the word in the ing in the course of the argument fame fenfe in several other old of this case, gave a very fair opbooks, and am very sorry I can- portunity for a sneer at Crowner's pot give, at present, a more fa. queft Lau. The expression, a tisfactory quotation to prove little before that, an act bath what I am confident is the crue three branches, &c. is fo pointed meaning of the expreflion. an allusion to the case I mention, Mr, STEEVEN 5. that I cannot doubt but that


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