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said to prune himself, when he clears his feathers from superfluities. STEEVENs. 274. —cloys his beak, Perhaps we should read, claws his beak. TY Rw HITT. A cley is the same with a claw in old language. FARM E R. So, in Gower, De Confessione Amantis, Lib. IV, fol. 69. “And as a catte wold ete fishes “Without wetynge of his clees." Again, in Ben Jonson's Underwoods : * & 4 from the seize “Of vulture death and those relentless cleys.” - Barrett, in his Alvearie, 1580, speaks “ of a disease in cattell betwixt the clees of their feete.” And in the Book of Hawking, &c. bl. let. no date, under the article Pounces, it is said, “The cleis within the fote ye shall call aright her pounces.” To claw their beaks, is an accustomed ačtion with hawks and eagles. STE E V E N s. 319. —sorry that you have paid too much, and sorry that you are paid too much ; | i. e. sorry that you have paid too much out of your pocket, and sorry that you are paid, or subdued, too much by the liquor. So Falstaff: “—seven of the eleven I pay’d.” STE Evens. 322. being drawn of heaviness:] Drawn is embowell’d, exenterated. So, in common language, a fowl is said to be drawn, when its intestines are taken Out. - ST E E W ENS. 325. ——debitor and creditor—] For an accounting book. Johnson. 340. —jump the after-inquiry | That is, venture at it without thought. So, in Macbeth : “ We'd jump the life to come.” Johnson. 357. —I never saw one so prone..] i. e. forward. In this sense the word is used in Wilfride Holme's poem, entitled The Fall and evil Success of Rebellion, &c. 1537: “Thus lay they in Doncaster, with curtal and serpentine, • “With bombard and basilisk, with men prone and vigorous.” Again, in Sir A. Gorges' translation of the sixth book
Thessalian fierie steeds, “For use of war so prone and fit.” STE Evens. 365. Scene W.] Let those who talk so confidently about the skill of Shakspere's contemporary, Jonson, point out the conclusion of any one of his plays, which is wrought with more artifice, and yet a less degree of dramatic violence, than this. In the scene before us? all the surviving charaćters are assembled; and at the expence of whatever incongruity the former events may have been produced, perhaps little can be discovered on this occasion to offend the most scrupulous advocate for regularity; and, I think, as little is found wanting to satisfy the spectator by a catastrophe which is intricate without confusion, and not more rich in ornament than in nature. Steev ENs.
one that promis'd nought But beggary and poor looks.] To promise nothing but poor looks, may be, to give no promise of courageous behaviour. Johnso N. So, in King Richard II. “To look so poorly, and to speak so fair.” - STE evens. 389. —knights o' the battle;—j Thus in Stowe's Chronicle, p. 164, edit. 1615: “Philip of France made Arthur Plantagenet knight of the fielde.”
STE Ev ENs.
464. So feat, | So ready; so dextrous in waiting. Johnson. 470. favour is familiar——] I am acquainted with his countenance. Joh Nso N.
540. Quail to remember, | To quail is to sink into dejećtion. The word is common to many au
thors. STE evens. 554. ——for feature, laming] Feature for proportion of parts. WARBURT on. 683. a carbuncle] So, in Antony and Cleopatra : “He has deserv'd it, were it carbuncled “Like Pharbus' car.” STE EV ENS. 597. — averring notes]. Such marks of the
chamber and pićtures, as averred or confirmed my report. - Joh N so N. 609. Some upright justicer! j I meet with this antiquated word in The Tragedy of Darius, 1603; & 4 this day, “Th' eternal justicer sees through the stars.”
Again, in Law Tricks, &c. 1608:
Again, in Warner's Albion's England, 1602, Book X.
chap. 54. “Precelling his progenitors, a justicer upright.”
- STE Ev ENs. justicer is used by Shakspere thrice in King Lear, and I believe in other plays. HEN LEY. 616. —and she herself.] That is, She was not
only the temple of virtue, but virtue herself. Johnson.
631. —these staggers—l This wild and deliri
ous perturbation. Staggers is the horse's apoplexy. Johnson. 667. Think, that you are upon a rock l—] In this speech, or in the answer, there is little meaning. I suppose, she would say, Consider such another ačt as equally fatal to me with precipitation from a rock,
and now let me see whether you will repeat it.
Johnson. . Perhaps only a stage direétion is wanting to clear this passage from obscurity. Imogen first upbraids her husband for the violent treatment she had just experienced; then, confident of the return of passion which she knew must succeed to the discovery of her innocence, the poet might have meant her to rush into his arms, and while she clung about him fast, to dare him to throw her off a second time, lest that precipitation should prove as fatal to them both, as if the place where they stood had been a rock. To which he replies, hang there, i.e. round my neck, till the frame that now supports you shall decay. Steev ENs. Is not the reading in the folios of that line in All's Well that Ends Well ;“I see that men make ropes in such a scarre—” to be explained in a manner somewhat similar to this He NLeY. 672. —a dullard—] In this place means a person stupidly unconcern'd. So, in Histriomastix, or the Player whipt, 1610 : “What, dullard! would'st thou doat in rusty art o' Again, Stanyhurst, in his version of the first book of Virgil, 1582: “We Moores, lyke dullards, are not so wytles abyding.” STE Ev ENS. 727. By tasting of our wrath P-] The consequence is taken for the whole action; by tasting is by forcing us to make thee taste. Joh NSoN. 744. Assum'd this age:—] I believe is the same as reach'd or attain'd this age. STE Evens. Assu M'd this age, has a reference to the different appearance which Belarius now makes, in comparison with that when Cymbeline last saw him. HEN LEY. 763. Tour pleasure was my near offence,—J I think this passage may better be read thus: Your pleasure was my dear offence, my punishInent