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The Manuscript has been strictly followed, except in the instance of enlarging the quotations, so as to bring the disputed word or passage into view with the context.

The references to the pages of the three editions are arranged in the following order : Johnson's and Steevens's, 1785.-Malone's, 1790.

Johnson's and Steevens's, 1793.

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THE following Notes of the late Lord CHEDWORTH, upon the various readings of the different commentators on SHAKESPEARE, seem to be the result of a critical and laborious investigation of the obscure passages of that inimitable Bard; intended either for his own private information and amusement, or (as it appears from some internal evidence) with a view to their being subsequently laid before the Public in a more corrected state. To amend or enlarge his Lordship’s observations falls not within my province or ability; but as I have strong reason to suppose that a part of these Notes will be offered to the world in a different way, and less perfect form, I feel it a duty, which I owe to the memory of his Lordship, to edite them entire, in order to distribute copies to our respective friends, and to those readers of taste in similar studies, who may not deem such a trifle unworthy of their acceptance.

T. PENRICE. Yarmouth, August, 1805.

CESIDY

THE

TEMPEST.

Dr. Farmer remarks that Ben Jonson, in the original Every Man in his Humour, had taught Shakespeare the true pronunciation of Stephano, which is always right in The Tempest, and always wrong in his earlier play, The Merchant of Venice: and this is urged as a proof of Shakespeare's want of learning. My opinion on that point is the same, or nearly so, with that which Mr. Colman has delivered in his Terence. The argument from Shakespeare's making false quantities in his names, I think, proves nothing: he thought himself (as other poets have done) at liberty to make a syllable long, or short, as it suited him. Thus we have Posthủmus, and Posthūmus; Arvirăgus, and Arvirāgus. He makes the penult of Barabbas (a word which he doubtless had frequently heard pronounced) short, omitting one of the bs, and writing Barabas. But a similar liberty has been taken by writers who certainly had a competent share of literature. Dryden has Cleomēnes; and Fenton in Mariamne, Salóme throughout the play. Other similar instances might easily be produced. Hughes, in The Siege of Damascus, calls one of his characters Eumēnes.

P. 4.-p. 4.-p.5. Speak to the mariners: fall to't yarely, I take to mean-quickly, soon. I read—a yare

THE TEMPEST.

age—with Warburton, in Cymbeline, by which I understand an early, premature age.

P. 5.-5.-6. -Blow, till thou burst thy wind, if room Enough! I think Mr. Steevens's conjecture extremely plausible, and strongly incline to read with him, - Blow till thou burst thee, Wind.

P. 9.–8..-11.

I would
Have sunk the sea within the earth, or e'er

It should the good ship so have swallow'd, The use of-or e'er, (or which is the same,) or ever, for before, is very common in old writers. See Daniel vi. 24. Psalm lviii. 8, old version. Acts xxiii. 15. This explanation seems scarcely necessary.

P. 11.-8.-11.
Pros. There's no harm done.
Mira.

O, woe the day!
Pro.

No harm.
I have done nothing but in care of thee.
The arrangement proposed by Dr. Johnson
appears to me probable.

P. 11.-8.-12.
Mira.

More to know Did never meddle with my thoughts. I think the explanation given by the author of the Remarks * (whose note Mr. Malone has omitted) is the true one. The quotation from Spenser proves that the word meddle is used in the sense of mingle; but the sense given by the Remarker seems to me easier.

* Mr. Ritson.

No, not so much perdition as an hair,

Betid to any creature in the vessel, Mr. Steevens's remark is certainly true. See an instance of the change of the structure of the sentence (as I think happily used) in Romeo and Juliet, Act iv. Sc. 2.

I doubt whether Mr. Malone rightly understands the

passage in The Winter's Tale, which he has quoted (in the Appendix) in confirmation of Steevens's explanation. Though there may be a harshness in saying that a dream is awake, yet it is not greater than what frequently occurs in Shakespeare I now, on reconsideration at a distance of time, am disposed to think that Dr. Johnson's emendation ought not to be received.

P. 13 and 14.-11.-15.

Thy false uncle

Being once perfected how to grant suits,
How to deny them; whom to advance, and whom
To trash for overtopping; new created

The creatures that were mine; Though I think Mr. Warton has explained the word trash in Othello rightly, yet I think Mr. Steevens's explanation here is the true one. Perhaps the poet had in his mind the story of Tarquin's striking off the heads of the poppies. Livy, Lib. i. 54. I find in the edition of 1793 that Mr. M. Mason has concurred in this remark.

P. 15.-12.-18.

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