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Blackstone's note. I suppose impart is rightly explained by Dr. Johnson, but with the use of this verb as a neuter I am unacquainted.
His canon 'gainst self-slaughter ! I am not sure that the old reading is not the true one. To fix a law seems to me rather an uncouth expression in English. Will Mr. Steevens allow that Shakespeare adverted to the passage in Virgil ? Either reading makes good
Been thus encounter'd. I think waste is the right word. It appears to me much preferable to waist. We have the vast of night in the Tempest. Mr. Steevens’s note on that expression is as follows: “The vast of night “ means the night, which is naturally empty and “ deserted, without action : or when all things
being in sleep and silence, make the world appear one great uninhabited waste. So in Hamlet:
In the dead waste and middle of the night.
But where was this?
Ham. Did you not speak to it ? Mr. Steevens's censure of the emphasis lately used on the stage is extremely just: the desire of novelty and the affectation of superior acute
ness, frequently betrays the actor here alluded to into egregious errors. What Bishop Hurd says of writers may (mutatis mutandis) be applied to this actor's performances. “When a writer, who “ as we have seen, is driven by so many power“ ful motives to the imitation of preceding mo" dels, revolts against them all, and determines “at any rate, to be original, nothing can be “expected but an awkward straining in every
thing. Improper method, forced conceits, and “ affected expression, are the certain issue of “ such obstinacy. The business is to be unlike, “ and this he may very possibly be, but at the "expense of graceful ease and true beauty. For “ he puts himself at best into a forced, unnatural “ state; and it is well if he be not forced beside “his purpose, to leave common sense, as well as « his model, behind him. Like one who would “ break loose from an impediment, which holds “ him fast; the very endeavour to get clear of “ it, throws him into uneasy attitudes, and vio“ lent contortions; and if he gain his liberty at
last, it is by an effort which carries him much “ further than the point he would wish to stop “ at.” Discourse on poetical Imitation, s.
Hurd's Horace, Vol. III. p. 107. 4to ed. 1766. This gentleman's first wish seems to have been to avoid the imputation of being the servile imitator of Mr. Garrick; but from all I have been able to learn of that great actor, (whom I had not the felicity of seeing more than once,) I am persuaded thať
To copy nature is to copy him.
P. 287.-210. -46.
I pray you all,
I prefer the reading of the folio treble. Theobald has taken that reading.
Give thy thoughts no tongue, Nor any unproportion'd thought his act. This may remind us of the celebrated advice which Sir Henry Wotton, in his letter to Milton, says was given to Alberto Scipione, an old Roman courtier. “I pensieri stretti, ed il viso sciolto,' that is (as Sir Henry Wotton translates it) “ your “thoughts close, and your countenance loose, “ will go all over the world.”
Are most select and generous, chief in that.
Tender yourself more dearly;
Wronging it thus) you'll tender me a fool.
! In few Ophelia,
The better to beguile. I rather incline to receive Theobald's correction.
Are burnt and purg'd away.
Sleeping within mine orchard,
The leperous distilment.
Fare thee well at once !
Adieu, adieu, adieu! remember me. I think Warburton's is the true explanation of uneffectual.
else And shall I couple hell ?-O fie !-Hold, hold, my heart. I think with Mr. Steevens that O fie! should be ejected from the text.
"I think it a very justifiable mode of enquiring "into my son's conduct." Davies.
I prefer the reading of the folio precepts.
How may we try it further?
Pol. You know, sometimes he walks four hours together
Queen. So he does indeed.
I incline to read for hours together with Mr. Tyrwhitt.
Ham. For if the sun breed maggots in a dead dog, being
I think Warburton has corrected this passage rightly, but I think with Mr. Malone that Shakespeare had not any of that profound meaning, which Warburton has ascribed to him. Mr. Malone has, in my opinion, produced sufficient reason why his own emendation should not be admitted.
Ham. Beggar that I am, I am even poor in thanks; but
It seems to me that we ought to read with the modern editors, too dear at a halfpenny.