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It is used also in Sir Thomas North's translation of Plutarch.
STEEVENS, 661). You are a princox, go:-) A princox is a coxcomb, a conceited person.
The word is used by Ben Jonson in The Case is Alter'd, 1600 ; by Chapınan, in his comedy of Maya Day, 1610 ; in the Return from Parnassus, 1606, “ Your proud univers'ity princox;" again, in Fuimus Troes, 1633, “ That princox proud;" and indeed by most of the old dramatick writers. Cotgrave renders un jeune estoudeau superbe-a young princox boy.
STEEVENS, 672. Patience perforce, --] This expression is in part proverbial : the old adage is, 66 Patience perforce is a medicine for a mad dog."
STEEVENS. 694. You kiss by the book.]
In As You Like It, we find it was usual to quarrel by the book, and we are told in the note, that there were books extant for good manners. Juliet here appears to refer to a third kind, containing the art of courtship, an example from which it is probable that Rosalind hath adduced.
Henley. 708. We have a trifling foolish banquet towards.] Towards is ready, at land. So, in Hamlet :
“ What might be towards, that this sweaty haste
Again, in the Phenix, by Middleton, 1607 :
“-here's a voyage towards will make us all."
STEEVENS, It appears from the former part of this scene, that Capulet's company had supped. A banquet, it should be remembered, often meant in old times nothing more than a collation of fruit, wine, &c. So, in The Life of Lord Cromwell, 1602;
“ Their dinner is our banquet after dinner." Again, in Howel's Chronicle of the Civil Wars, 1661,
“ After dinner he was served with a banquet.”
MALONE. 710. honest gentlemen ;] Here the quarto, 1597, adds,
« I promise you, but for your company,
" Light to my chamber, ho!" STEEVENS. 714. Come hither, nurse : What is yon gentleman ?] This and the following questions are taken from the novel.
STEEVENS. 733. CHORUS.] This chorus is added since the first edition.
Pope. The use of this chorus is not easily discovered; it conduces nothing to the progress of the play, but relates what is already known, or what the next scene will show; and relates it without adding the improvement of any moral sentiment.
CRY but- Ay me! - couple but -- love and dove ;] The quarto, 1597, reads pronounce, the two succeeding quartos and the first folio, provant : the 2d, 3d, and 4th folios couply; and Mr. Rowe, who printed from the last of these, formed the present reading. Provant, in ancient language, signifies provision. So, in The Court and Kitchen of Elizabeth, called Joan Cromwell, the Wife of the late Usurper, truly described and represented, 1664, p. 14. “ —carrying some dainty provant for her own and her daughter's repast.”. To provant is to provide ; and to provide is to furnish. « Provant but love and dove," may therefore mean furnish; but such hackney'd rhimes as these are the trite effusions of lovers.
STEEVENS. 15. Young Adam Cupid,] All the old copies read, Abraham Cupid. The alteration was proposed originally by Mr. Upton. (See Observations, p. 243.) It evidently, as Mr. Reed hath observed, alludes to the famous archer, Adam Bell.
16. When king Cophetua, &c.] Alluding to an old ballad preserved in the first volume of Dr. Percy's Reliques of Ancient English Poetry.
STEEVENS. -her pur-blind son and heir, Young Adam Cupid, he that shot so trim,
When, &c.] This word trim, the first editors con. sulting the general sense of the passage, and not per.
ceiving the allusion, would naturally alter to true;
-He shoots his bolt but seldom ; but when
Adam lets go, he hits :
the humorous night.”
“ --which late the humorous night
38. As maids, &c.] After this line in the quarto, 1597, I find two other verses, containing such ribaldry, that I cannot venture to insert them in the text.
STEEVENS. 44. He jests at scars,] That is, Mercutio jests, whom he overheard.
JOHNSON. He (that person) jests, is merely an allusion to his having conceived himself so armed with the love of Rosalind, that no other beauty could make any im. pression on him. This is clear from the conversation he has with Mercutio, just before they go to Capulet's feast.
REMARKS. 50. Be not her maid, -] Be not a votary to the moon, to Diana.
JOHNSON. 53. It is my lady ; -] This line and half I have replaced.
JOHNSON 68. -touch that check ! ] The quarto, 1597, reads, kiss that cheek.
STEEVENS. 71. 0, speak again, bright ange! for thou art
As glorious to this night, -] The sense is, that Juliet appeared as splendid an object in the vault of heaven obscured by darkness, as an angel could seem to the eyes of mortals, who were falling back to
gaze upon him.
As glorious to this night, means, as glorious an appear. ance in this dark night, &c. It sliould be observed, however, that the simile agrees precisely with Theobald's alteration-sight--and not so well with the old reading