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· In the North, it signifies to infe&t. STEEVENS.

251. Being o'er shoes in blood, -] An allusion to the proverb, Over shoes, over boots. JOHNSON.

258. -noon-tide with the Antipodes.] So, in The Death of Robert Earl of Huntingdon, 1601 :

« And dwell one month with the Antipodes." Again, in K. Richard II. “ While we were wand'ring with the Antipodes."

STEEVENS. 260. —so dead,-) So, in the Second Part of Henry IV. act i. sc. 3.

Even such a man, so faint, so spiritless,
“ So dull, so dead, in look, so woe-begone."

STEEVENS. 273. – brave touch!] Touch in Shakspere's time was the same with our exploit, or rather stroke. A brave touch, a noble stroke, un grand coup.

" Mason was very merry, pleasantly playing both the shrewd touches of many curst boys, and the small discretion of many lewd school-masters.” Ascham. JOHNSON.

A touch anciently signified a trick. In the old black letter story of Howleglas, it is always used in that "- for at all times he did some mad touch."

STEEVENS. : 977. --mispris'd-] Mistaken; so below misprision is mistake.

JOHNSON. 283. And from thy' hated presence purt / so :] So has been supplied by some of the modern editors.

MALONE. 288. For debt that bankrupt sleep-----] The first and


sense :

second folio read--slip. The same error has, perhaps, happened in Measure for Measure : “ Which for these nineteen years we have let slip."

MALONE. 306. Hit with Cupid's archery,] This alludes to what was said before : -the bolt of Cupid

It fell upon a little western flower
Before milk-white, now purple with love's wound.

STEEVENS. 344. –Taurus' snow,] Taurus is the name of a range of mountains in Asia.

JOHNSON. 347. This princess of pure white,–] Thus all the editions to Sir T. H.'s. He reads:

This pureness of pure white; and Dr. Warburton follows him. The old reading may be justified from a passage in Sir Walter Raleigh's Discovery of Guiana, where the pine-apple is called The princess of Fruits. Again, in Wyatt's Poems, “ Of beauty princesse chief.” STEEVENS.

In the Winter's Tale we meet with a similar expression :

-good sooth, she is
“ The Queen of curds and cream."

MALONE. -seal oj bliss!] He has in Measure for Measure, the same image :

But my kisses bring again,

“ Seals of love, but seal'd in vain.JOHNSON. 353. -join, in souls,-] 1. e. join Leartily, unite in the same mind.


Shakspere in Henry V. uses an expression not unlike

this :

" For we will hear, note, and believe in heart;" i. e. heartily believe: and in Measure for Measure, he talks of electing with special soul. In Troilus and Cressida, Ulysses, relating the character of Hector as given him by Æneas, says:

with private soul “ Did in great Ilion thus translate him to me,And, in All Fools, by Chapman, 1605, is the same expression as that for which I contend:

Happy, in soul, only by winning her." Again, in a Masque called Luminalia, or The Festival of Light, 1637 :

“.You that are chief in souls, as in your blood." Again, in Pierce Pennyless his Supplication to the Devil, 1595 :

-whose subversion in soul they have vow'd.” Again, in Warner's Albion's England, 1602. B. XII.

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“ Could all, in soul, of very God say as an Eth.

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" To one that preached Hercules ?”.
Sir T. Hanmer would read-in flouts ; Dr. Warbur-
ton insolents.

I rather believe the line should be read thus :

you must join, ILL souls, to mock me too?
Ill is often used for bad, wicked. So, in the Sea
Poyage of Beaumont and Fletcher, act iv. sc. 1.
“ They did begin to quarrel like ill men ;


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which I cite the rather, because ill had there also been changed into in, by an error of the press, which Mr. Sympson has corrected from the edition 1647.

TYRWHITT. This is a very reasonable conje&ture, though I think it hardly right.

JOHNSON. We meet with this phrase in an old poem by Ro. bert Dabourne :

-Men shift their fashions “ They are in souls the same." FARMER 360. A trim exploit, a manly enterprize, &c.] This is written much in the manner and spirit of Juno's reproach to Venus in the 4th book of the Æneid :

“Egregiam verò laudem et spolia ampla

refertis, Tuque puerque tuus; magnum et memorabile

nomen, « Una dolo divům si fæmina victa duorum est,"

STEEVENS. 363. -Extort A poor soul's patience,-) Harass, torment.

JOHNSON, 374. My heart to her -] We should read :

My heart with her but as guest-wise sojourn'd.
So, Prior:

" No matter what beauties I saw in my way,
They were but my visits, but thou art my


JOHNSON. So, in our author's 100th Sonnet :

« This

'6This is my home of love; if I have rang'd,
“ Like him that travels, I return again."

MALONE. 379. Lest, to thy peril, thou aby it dear.] The folio has abïde.

MALONE. 386. thy sound.] Fol.---that sound. MALONE.

392. -all yon fiery O's--1 Shakspere uses O for a circle. So, in the prologue to Henry V.

-can we crowd
" Within this little 0, the very casques

“ That did affright the air at Agincourt?"
Again, in the Partheneia Sacra, 1633 :

“ -the purple canopy of the earth, powder'd over and beset with silver o’es, or rather an, azure vault," &c.

STEEVENS, D'Ewes's Journal of Queen Elizabeth's Parliament, p. 650, mentions a patent to make spangles and o'es of gold ; and I think haberdashers call small curtain rings, O's, as being circular.

TOLLET. This little 0 in the passage from Henry V. refers, I apprehend, to the orbicular form of the globe theatre.

HENLEY. 398. -in spight of me.] I read, in spite to me.

JOHNSON 407. -artificial gods,] Artificial is ingenious, artful,

STEEVENS. 408. Have with our neelds, &c.] Neelds for needles, a common contraction in the inland counties at this day. See Gammer Gurton's Needle.




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