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The time is fair again
: Ber. My high repented blames, Dear Sovereign, pardon to me.
King. All is whole.
Ber. Admiringly, my Liege. At first
Το 5 Scorn's a fair co'our, or To a molt hideous obje 7 : exprefs'd it ftoll'n ;] First, it is Secondly, It is to be observed, to be observed, that this young that he describes bis indifference man's case was not indifference for others in highly figurative to the fex in general, but a very expressions. Cont.mpt is brought itrong attachment to one; there- in lending him her perspective. fore he could not scorn a fair co- glass, which does its office prolour, for it was that which had perly by warping the lines of all captivated him. But he might other faces; by extending or convery naturally be said to do what tracting into a hideous obje£t; or men, strongly attach'd to one, by expressing or Mewing native commonly do, not allow beauty red and white as paint. But with in any face but his mistress's. what propriety of speech can this And that this was the thought glass be said to fiorn, which is here, is evident,
an affection of the mind? Here 1. From the latter part of the then the metaphor becomes miverse,
serably mangled; but the foreor express'd it Pollon; going observation will lead us to 2 From the preceding verse, the genuine reading, which is, Which warp'd the line of every
Scorch'd a fair colour, or ex• other faucur;
press'd it ftoll'n; 3. From the following verses, i. c. this glass represented the Extended or contracted all pro owner as brown or tanned; or, porrions
if not fo, caused the native coVon 11.
To a most hideous object : thence it came,
King. Well excus'd :
that's good that is gone : our rash faults Make trivial price of serious things we have, Not knowing them, until we know their grave. Oft our displeasures, to ourselves unjust, Destroy our friends, and, after, weep their duft: • Our own love, waking, cries to see what's done, While shameful hate sleeps out the afternoon. Be this sweet Helen's knell ; and now, forget her. Send forth your amorous token for fair Maudlin, The main consents are had, and here we'll stay To see our widower's second marriage-day. Count. ? Which better than the first, О dear heav'n bless.
Or, tour to appear artificial. Thus the authour made two couplets ta he speaks in character, and con. the same purpose, wrote them fiftently with the rest of his both down that he might take speech. The emendation re his choice, and so they happened ftores integrity to the figure, and, to be both preserved. by a beautifal thought, makes For fleep I think we should the fiornful perspective of con
Love tries to see tempo do the office of a burning- what was done while hatred glafi.
WARBURTON. fiept, and suffered mischief to be It was but just to insert this done. Or the meaning may be, note, long as it is, because the that barred ftill continues to fiero commentator seems to think it at ease, while love is weeping; of importance. Let the reader and so the present reading may judge.
stand, o Our own lovi, waking, &c.] -7 Which better than the fort, These two lines I should be glad O dear Heav'n, bicki, to call an interpolation of a player. Or, c'er 1 b. y meet, in me, O NaThey are ill connected with the iuri, ceaje!] I have verformer, and not very clear or tured, againit the Authority of proper in themselves. I believe the printed copies, to prefix the
Or, ere they meet, in me, O nature, cease!
Laf. Come on, my son, in whom my house's name Must be digested: give a favour from you To sparkle in the spirits of my daughter, That she may quickly come. By my old beard, And ev'ry hair that's on't, Helen, that's dead, Was a sweet creature :- such a ring as this, The last that e'er she took her leave at court, I saw upon her finger.
Ber. Her's it was not.
King. Now, pray you, let me see it : For mine eye, While I was speaking, oft was fasten'd to't. This ring was mine ; and, when I gave it Helen, I bade her, if her fortunes ever stood Necessitied to help, that by this token I would relieve her. Had you that craft to reave her Of what should stead her most ?
Ber. My gracious Sovereign,
Count. Son, on my life,
Laf. I'm sure, I saw her wear it.
Ber. You are deceivid, my Lord, she never saw it; In Florence was it from a casement thrown me, Wrap'd in a paper, which contain’d the name
Countess's Name to these two the Wish of dying, rather than Lines. The King appears, in to behold it, comes with Prodeed, to be a Favourer of Ber priety:
THEO BALD. tram : but if Bertram fhould 8 In Florence was it from a make a bad Husband the second camint -] bertram I ime, why hould it give the still continues to have too little King such mortal Pangs?' A fond virtue
virtue to deterve He'en. He did and disappointed Mother might not know indeed that it was Hereasonably not desire to live to len's ring, but he knewthat he fee such a Day: and from her had it not from a window.
Of her that threw it: 'Noble she was, and thought
King. Plutus himself,
Noble she was, and metals, and the matter by which thought
gold is multiplied, by which a I food engag'd ;-) I don't small quantity of gold is made understand this Reading ; if we to communicate its qualities to are to understand, that the thought a large mass of metal. Bertram engaged to her in Af In the reign of Henry the fourth fection, in nared by her Charms, a law was made to forbid all mes this Meaning is too obscurely ex- thencej orth to multiply geld, e press’d. The Context rather use any craft of multiplication. makes me believe, that the Poet of which law Mr. Beyiz, when wrote,
he was warm with the hope of noble foe was, and thouzht tranfmutation, procured a repeal. I food ungag'd ;
then if you knew, 1. e. unengag’d: neither my
That you are well acquainted Heart, nor Person, dispos'd of. with yourself,] i. e. then if
THEOBALD. you be wise. A strange way of The plain meaning is, when expressing fo trivial a thought! She saw me receive the ring,
ARBURTON. the thought me engaged to her. The true meaning of this
King. Plutus bimself, ftrange expression is, if you ka w That kn zus the line and mul- that your faculties are so sound,
tiplyin medicine, ] Plutus as that ;ou have the proper core the grand alchimist
, who knows sciousness of your own aciions, and the tincture which confers the are able to recollect and relate properties of gold upon base what you have done, tell me, &c.
King. Thou speak’ft it falsely, as I love mine honour ;
(Guards seize Bertram.
King. I'm wrap'd in dismal thinkings.
Gent. Gracious Sovereign,
3 My fore-past proofs, howe'er therto more easy than I ought,
and have unreasonably had too
4 Who hath for four or five