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fond to rule alone," for too fond of ruling. Shylock means to censure the gaoler's facility, in being so ready and willing to comply with the prisoner's request.
Ant. The duke cannot deny the course of law;
Will much impeach the justice of the state;
This passage (which had much perplexed me) may be rightly explained by Mr. Malone; but I do not yet understand the construction.
Por. What notes and garments he doth give thee, Bring them, I pray thee, with imagin'd speed. Imagin'd speed means, I think, with speed that may he more easily imagined than expressed,— with all imaginable speed. The expression, so understood, is, I admit, licentious. I cannot think Mr. Steevens's is the true explanation.
Unto the tranect, to the common ferry
I incline to read traject, with the modern editors.
Laun. Truly then I fear you are damn'd both by father
I do not suspect that for has been inadvertently omitted.
Lor. Goodly lord, what a wit-snapper are you!
Mr. Tyrwhitt is certainly right. I wonder the editors continue so manifest an error.
Lor. O dear discretion, how his words are suited!
I think Mr. M. Mason is clearly right.
And others, when the bag-pipe sings i'the nose,
For affection is, I think, rightly explained by Mr. Malone. In the next line I incline to read masterless passion, with Mr. Rowe, &c.
I have always considered this as a very difficult passage.
As there is no firm reason to be render'd,
I think woollen bag-pipe is the true reading; it seems to me to be rightly explained by Mr. R. G. Robinson in the edition of 1793.
Blackstone thinks it is out of character that Portia should refer the Jew to the Christian doctrine of salvation, and the Lord's Prayer; but besides that, it is supposed that the Lord's Prayer consists of expressions in use among the Jews, their Scriptures abound with passages
recommending mercy, particularly Ecclus xxviii. ver. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
The foregoing observation was suggested by a friend, and his assertion respecting the Lord's Prayer and the Jewish Scriptures is certainly true; but yet I cannot help thinking that so direct a reference to the Lord's Prayer was more likely to irritate than conciliate the Jew.
In such a night,
I do not think this conclusive evidence that Shakespeare was no reader of the classics.
I cannot help expressing my admiration of Mr. Malone's ears.
Por. If you had known the virtue of the ring,
You would not then have parted with the ring.
I think we should read retain with the modern
AS YOU LIKE IT.
J. and S. 1785.
J. and S. 1793.
Orl. As I remember, Adam, it was upon this fashion
This is a very awkward sentence; the construction of it has puzzled me much. I now believe that we should understand the words it was to be repeated before the word charged; it was bequeathed me by will, but a poor thousand crowns, and it was charged my brother (likewise by the will) to breed me well.
Orl. Marry, sir, I am helping you to mar that which
Oliv. Marry, sir, be better employ'd, and be naught
I think Mr. Steevens is right.
Oliv. Know you where you are,
Orl. Ay, better than him I am before knows me.
Mr. Malone's scrupulous reverence for the old copies is admirable. This note shews his own fallibility, for the line quoted is not in Macbeth, but is spoken by Camillo to Polixenes in the
This error is corrected in the
Winter's Tale. Appendix, which I had not observed when this note was written.
I have as much of my father in me, as you; albeit, I
I think there is no occasion for the emendation proposed by Warburton.
Cel. Pr'ythee, who is't that thou mean'st?
Touch. One that old Frederick, your father, loves.
I think Theobald is right.
Le Beau. Fair princess, you have lost much good sport.
Le Beau. What colour, madam? How shall I answer you?
Touch. Or as the destinies decree.
Cel. Well said; that was laid on with a trowel.
Laid on with a trowel I believe means laid on thick.
I think the transposition made by the editor of the 2d folio is necessary, and that content is not an adjective.
Thus most invectively he pierceth through
The body of the country, city, court,
I would read, with former editors, the body of the country. Country, in the passage quoted from Twelfth Night, is certainly used as a