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“ The flattering nurse did praise the friar for his
skill, “ And said that she had done right well, by wit
to order will; “ She setteth forth at large the father's furious
rage, " And eke she praiseth much to her the second
marriage ; “ And County Paris now she praises ten times more “ By wrong, than she herself by right had Romeus
prais'd before : " Paris shall dwell there still : Romeus shall not
return; “ What shall it boot her all her life to languish still and mourn?"
MALONË. Sir John Vanburgh, in The Relapse, has copied in this respect the character of his Nurse froin Shak. spere.
BLACKSTONE. 798. so green ---] So the first editions. Harimer reads--so keen.
JOHNSON. Perhips Chaucer has given to Emetrius, in the Knight's Tale, eyes of the same colour :
“ His nose was high, his eyin bright citryn :" i. e. of the hue of an unripe lemon or citron.
Again, in the Two Noble Kinsmen, by Beaumont and
“ -oh vouchsafe,
803. As living here] Sir T. Hanmer reads, as living hence; that is, at a distance, in banishment; but here may signify, in this world. JOHNSON.
814. Ancient damnation !-] This term of reproach occurs in the Malcontent, 1604 : out, you ancient damnation!”
Line 3. And I am, &c.] His haste shall not be abated by my slowness. It might be read,
And I am nothing slow to back his haste: that is, I am diligent to abet and enforce his haste. !
JOHNSON. Slack was certainly the author's word, for, in the first edition, the line ran
“ For I am nothing slack to slow his haste.” :3 Back could not have stood there.
MALONE. 16. --be flow'd.] So, in Sir A. Gorges' translation of the second book of Lucan:
"will you overflow
STEEVENS. 18. ' my lady, and my wife!] As these four first lines seem intended to rhyme, perhaps the author wrote thus :
ny lady and my life! JOHNSON. 64. Shall play the umpire,-) That is, this knife shall decide the struggle between me and my distresses.
JOHNSON. 65. --commission of thy years and art] Commission is for authority or power.
JOHNSON. 79. -of yonder tower;] Thus the quarto, 1597. All other ancient copies-of any tower. STEEVENS.
94. Take thou this phial, &c.] Thus Painter's Palace of Pleasure, Tom. II. p. 237.
« Beholde heere I give thee a viole, &c. drink so much as is contain. ed therein. And then you shall feele a certaine kinde of pleasant sleepe, which incroching by litle and litle all the parts of your body, wil constrain them in such wise, as unmoveable they shal remaine : and by not doing their accustomed duties, shall loose their natural feelings, and you abide in such extasie the space of xl houres at the least, without any beating of poulse or o: her perceptible motion, which shall so astonne them that come to see you, as they will judge you to be dead, and according to the custome of our citie, you shall be caried to the churchyard hard by our church, when you shall be entombed in the common monument of the Capellets your ancestors," &c.
STEEVENS. 96. through all thy veins shall run
A cold and drowsy humour, - ] The first edition in 1597 has in general been here followed, except only, that instead of a cold and drowsy humour, we there find--a d'ull and heavy slumber, MALONE.
102. To paly, ashes ; -] The first folio, by an evident error of the press, reads-To many ashes. The second mealy; which might have been the author's word, on a revision of his play. Paly is the reading of the quarto, and occurs again in K. Henry V.
and through their paly flames, “ Each battle sees the other's umber'd face." We have had, too, already in a former scene" Pale, pale as ashes."
MALONE. 112. In thy best robes uncover'd on the bier,] Between this line and the next, the quartos 1599, 1609, and the first folio, introduce the following verse, which the poet very probably bad struck out on his revisal, because it is quite unnecessary, as the sense of it is repeated, and as it will not connect with either :
Be borne to burial in thy kindred's grave. Had Virgil lived to have revised his Æneid, he would hardly have permitted both of the following lines to remain in his text :
" At Venus obscuro gradientes aëre sepsit;
“ Et multo nebulæ circum dea fudit amictu." The awkward repetition of the nominative case in the second of them, seems to decide very strongly against it.
STEEVENS: Then ( as the manner of our country is)
In thy best robes, uncover'd on the bier] The Italian custom here alluded to, of carrying the dead body to the grave with the face uncovered (which is not mentioned by Painter), our author found particularly described in The Tragicall Hystory of Romeus and Juliet:
“ Another use there is, that whosoever dies,
bier he lies,
-and he and I
Will watch thy waking,--] These words are not in the folio.
JOHNson. 121. If no unconstant toy,–] If no fickle freak, no light caprice, no change of fancy, hinder the performance.
JOHNSON. If no unconstant toy nor womanish fear
Abate thy valour in the acting it.] These expressions are borrowed from the poem : 66 Cast off from thee at once the weed of woman.
ish dread, With manly courage arm thyself from heel un
to the head. “ God grant he so confirm in thee thy present
will, « Thatino inconstant toy thee let thy promise to fulfil !"
MALONE. *"* 143. b--from shrift,] i. e. from confession. So, inThe Merry Devil of Edmonton, 1626:
Ay, like a wench comes roundly to her shrift." In the old morality of Every Man, bl. let. no date, confession is personified : “ Now I pray you, shrifte, mother of salvacyon.”