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« sworn brothers in filching, and engages with a spider, will fot“ in Calais they stole a fire. tify herself with some of the “ shovel; I know by that piece plant ; and that if the comes off “ of service the men would carry wounded, the cures herself after. * coals."

wards with it. Dr. GRAY. So it is used by Skelton, P. 25. Merc. If thou art Dun, in his poem, intitled, W by we'll draw thee from the come ye not to Court? Works, mire.] A proverbial faying p. 142.

used by Mr. Thomas Heywood, in «'Will you bear no coles ?" his play, intitled, The Dutchefs And by Ben Johnfon, Every of Suffolk, act iii. Man out of bis Humour, act v. sc. i. " A rope for Bishop Bonner, Puntarvolo to the

groom. “ See here comes one that • Call help, a rope, or we “ will carry

are all undone. Ergo, will hold my dog.".

« Draw Dun out of the diteb." And again, act v. sc. iii.

Dr. GRAY. " Take heed, Sir Puntarvela, P. 37. Merc. Young A“ what


braham Cupid, be that shot « He'll bear no coals, I can So true, “ tell you, (o'my word.") When King Cophetua lou'd the

Dr. Gray. beggar maid, I rather think I therefore retract my note on that Shakespeare wrote, this passage.

Young Adam Cupid." Sam. I will bite my Alluding to the famous archer thumb' at them, which is a dije Adam Bell. Dr. GRAY. grace to them, if they bear it.] P. 37. --- (Venus) purblind So it fignifies in Randolph's Muses Son and heir, Looking-Glafi, act ii. fc. ii. p. Young Adam Cupid, be that 43.

faat so true Orgylus. To bite his thumb When King Cophetua lov'd

the beggar-maid.] As the Argus.“Why should not a man commentators are agreed that

(6 bite his own thumb Cupid is here called Adam, in alOrg. " At me? were I scorn'd, lulion to the famous archer Adam “ to see men bite their Bell, the hero of many an an

cient ballad: -So I believe, I Rapiers and daggers, he's can refer you to the ballad of “ the son of a whore." King Cophetua, &c. In the first

Dr. Gray. of the 3 vols. 12mo. p. 141. is P. 17. Ben. Take thou fome an old song of a king's falling in

new infektion to thy eye, love with a beggar-maid, which And the rank poison of the old I take to be the very ballad in will die.

question, altho' the name of the Romeo. Your plantain leaf is king is no longer found in it,

excellent for that,] Tačkius which will be no objection, to tells us, that a toad, before the any one who has compared old

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copies of ballads with those now P. 68. 'Spread thy clase cure extant.

tain love-performing night, The third stanza begins thus : That Run-aways eyes may wink.] « The blinded boy that shoots I am no better satisfied with Dr. 56 so trim,

Warburton's emendation than the • Did to his closet windowsteal, present editor, but tho' I have " And drew a dart and shot none I have a good opinion of,

to propose in its room, will yet " And made him foon his offer at an explanation. power feel," &c.

Juliet wishes the night may I should rather read as in be fo dark, that none of those Shakespeare, The purblind boy.

who are obliged to run away If this is the song alluded to in it, on some account or other, by Shakespeare, these should seem may meet with Romeo, and know to be the very lines he had in his his person, but that he

may eye ; and therefore I should fup. Leap to her arms untalk'd of and pose the lines in Romeo and Juliet, unseen, &c, were originally.

The run-away in this place canHer purblind son and not be the Sun, who must have

been effectually gone before night " Young Adum Cupid, he that could spread its curtain, and such « shot fo trim,

a wish must have taken place be, ** When, C."

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of these run-aways
This word trim, the first edi. could be supposed to wink.
tors, consulting the general sense The Revijal reads, That Ru.
of the passage, and not perceive mour's eyes may wink, and he
ing the allusion, would naturally might have supported his con-
alter to true : yet the former ječiure from the figure of Fame,
feems the more humourous i. l. Rumour, as described by
pression, and, on account of its Virgil.
quaintness, more likely to have Tot vigiles oculi subter, &c.
been used by the droll Mercutio. And yet this is but a conje&ture,

Mr. Percy. though a very ingenious one.
I Serv. Save me a

piece of march-pane.) A P. 86. For I madam, read ay
confection made of Piflacho nuts, madam.
almonds, sugar, &c. and in high P. 117. N. 6. I am sorry to
esteem in Sbakespeare's time; as say that the foregoing note is an
appears from the account of instance of difingenuity, as well as
Queen Elizabeth's Entertainment inattention, in Mr.Theobald, who,
in Cambridge. ”Tis said that the relying on the scarcity of the old
University presented Sir William quartos, very frequently makes
Cecyl, their Chancellor, with two them answerable for any thing he
pair of gloves, a march-pane, thinks proper to assert.
and two sugar loaves. Peck's The quarto in 1599, was not
Desiderata Curiosa, vol. 2. p. 29. the first, it was preceded by one

Dr. Gray. in 1597, and though Mr. T. deVOL. VIII.




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clares, be found the pasage left out the allusion to the pilot or the in several of the later quarto im. tempeft beaten bark. Here's suc. 'presions, yet in the list of those he cefs, says he (continuing the al. pretends to have collated for the lusion) to the vessel wherever it use of his edition, he mentions tumbles in, or perhaps, to the but one of a later date, and had pilot who is to conduct, or tumblo never seen either that published it in; meaning, I wish it may in 1609, or another without any fucceed in ridding me of lifi, 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 me. 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 single faith of the poifon work) a short apostrowhich he rejected it, among those phe to the apothecary, the effect only of middling authority : fo of whose drugs he can doubt no that what he so roundly afferts of longer, and turning his thoughts several, can with justice be said back again to the object most be. of but one, for there are in reali- loved, he dies (like Othello) en ty no later quarto editions of a kiss. this play than I have here enu. The other hemiftich (not dismerated, and two of those (by posed of) may yet be brought his own confeffion) he had never how naturally, must be left met with.

to the reader to determine. The hemiftich, which Mr. T. The quarto of 1609, exhibits pronounces to be of most profound the passage thus : absurdity, deserves a much better

“ 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? that unsub. it, but, being introduced a few

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

" And that the lean, &c." good senfe.

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

• unfav'ry guide! lowed in poetry, and Romeo in Thou desperate pilot, now consequence of having raised it

to his imagination, was jealous The dalhing rocks my sea- 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! oh true greater security. That being “ apothecary!

granted, with a slight transThy drugs are quick. Thus position (one verse already ex

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

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

loft, his, read your father loft, " I will believe (come lie thou loft his. " in my arms)

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 shall 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. Holt tion of what he thinks he under The emendation of Sir T. ftands, as another has to omit it SAMWEL. because he can make no, ufe of it P. 160. Doth all the noble fubat all. The whole of the con- ftance of worth out;] The Revijecture on both paslages is offered Tal reads, with no degree of confidence, Doth all the noble substance ofc and from no other motive than a eat out; desire 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. Theobald 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 substance oft some of the lines by a blunder adopt. of the printer, who had thereby I think I heobald's reading may made Romeo confess the effects of ftand. 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 confir’d to fast after the first copies had been in fires.] Chaucer has a printed, and great as is the im- fimilar passage, with regard to the provement made by the additions, punishments of Hell. Parson'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 there 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 sight P. 166. The word here ufed of any of the quartos, 'till I had was more probably designed by a printed off the whole play, I Metathefis, either of a poet, or must refer the curious reader to transcriber, for heneton, that is the old editions themselves, which henbane ; of which the most will very soon be made publick. common kind (hyogamus niger)

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is certainly narcotic, and perhaps, The words of the Rubrick were if taken in a considerable 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 readdegree ; by which in this, asing of the firit folio) and have well as ofium, he seems not to been transplanted thence by fuc. mean an a&tual coldness, but the ceeding editors. The old quarto power, it has of benumbing the fa. in 1611, reads pious chanfon, culties. Diofcorides ascribes to it the which (I think) gives the sense property of producing madness, wanted. (voaxukuo; t..vans) There qua The pious chansons were a kind Jities have been confirmed by fe. of Christmas Carol containing veral cases related in modern ob- fome Scripture History, thrown servations. In Wepfer we have into loose shimes, and fung about a good account of the various the streets by the common people, effects of this root upon most when they went at that reason to of the members of a Convent in beg alms. Himlet 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. es rium. Cicut. Aquatic. c. 18. division) of one of these, to obe

Dr. GRAY. tain the information he wanted. P. 168. Oh horrible, ob horrible,

Mr. STEEVENS. molt borrible.] It was very ingeniously hinted to me by a Row of the Rubrick will show learned lady, that this line seems you more.] First row of the to belong to Hamlet, in whose pons Chanfon, in the first two folio moath 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 ballads supposed to interrupt so long a fung upon bridges. speech.

I cannot guess at Mr. Pope's P. 194. Hamlet. How chances reason for the alteration. Buc it they a vel? their residence buih Mr. Warburton subjoins, “That in reputation and profit was better “ the rubrick is equivalent, the

“ ticles of old ballads being Rosin. I think their inhibition " written in red letters." But comes by means of thelate innova- he does not mention one fingle tion.] 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 Magdalen when the firit statute against va- College, Cambridge, some as angabonds was made, including cient as Henry VII. reign, and players; and perhaps, not till after not one red letter upon any the iít James 1602. Mr. Holt, one of the titles, as I am in

P. 198. The first row of the formed. Rubrick will jhew yoit more.]


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