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And France; (whose armour conscience buckled on;
Again, in the Downfal of Robert E. of Huntington, 1601 :
“ The world shall not depart us 'till we die." STEEVENS.
-rounded in the ear] i.e. Whispered in the ear. The word is frequently used by Chaucer, as well as later writers. So, in Lingua, or A Combat of the Tongue, &c. 1697:
" I help'd Herodotus to pen some part of his Muses; lent Pliny ink to write his hiftory, and roünded Rabelais in the car when he historified Pantagruel. Again, in The Spanish Tragedy : • Forthwith Revenge, De rounded me if th' ear.“
STEEVENS, . Commodity, the bias of the world ;] Commodity is intereft. So, in Damon and Pythiasg 1582 :
for vertue's fake only; “. They would Ironour friendship, and not for commoditie.” Again : “ I will use his friendship to mine own commoditic."
To a moft base and vile-concluded peace.
A CT III.
SC EN EI.
The French king's pavilion.
clutch my hand,] To clutch my hand, is to clasp it close. So, in Antonio's Revenge, 1602:
“ The fift of strenuous vengeance is clutch'd." STEEVENS. Vol. V.
Thou shalt be punish'd for thus frighting me,
Sul. As true, as, I belicve, you think them false, That give you cause to prove my saying true.
Coriji. Oh, if thou teach me to believe this forrow, Teach thou this forrow how to make me die; And let belief and life encounter so, As doth the fury of two desperate men, Which, in the very meeting, fall, and die.-Lewis marry Blanch! Oh, boy, then where art thou? France friend with England! what becomes of me?-Follow, be gone; I cannot brook thy fight ; This news hath made thee a most ugly man.
S1:1. What other harın have I, good lady, done, Lur spoke the harm that is by others done?
Conji. Which harin within itself fo heinous is,
Aith. I do beseech you, madam, be content.
3 If tbou, &c.] Meflinger appears to have copied this paffage in The Unnatural Combat :
166 If thou hadit been born
Ugly, and land’rous to thy mother's womb,
Thy body, as the manners of thy mind,
-fightless--] The poet uses fightless for that which we now exprels by unsightly, disagreeable to the eyes. JOHNSON.
prodigious,] That is, portentous, fo deformed as to be taken for a foretoken of evil. JOHNSON.
In this sense it is used by Decker in the first part of the Honeft
yon comet shews his head again ;
“ Prodigious looks.”
“ Over whose roof hangs this prodigious comet." Again, in the English Arcadia, by Jarvis Markham, 1607: "0 yes, I was prodigious to thy birth-right, and as a blazing star at ihine unlook'd for funeral." Steevens. E 2
Sal. Pardon me, madam,
[Throws herself on the ground.
makes its owner stout.) The old editions have :-- makes its oruxer stoop: the emendation is Hanıner's. Johnson. So, in Daniel's Civil Wars, b. vi:
“ Full with fout grief and with disdainful woe.” 6 To me, and to the state of my great grief,
Let king's assemble; In Much ado about Nothing, the father of Hero, depressed by her disgrace, declares himtelf to subdued by grief that a thread may lead him. How is it that grief in Leonato and lady Constance produces effects directly oppofite, and yet both agreeable to nature? Sorrow softens the mind while it is yet warmed by hope, but hardens it when it is congealed by despair. Distress, while there remains any prospect of relief, is weak and flexible, but when no fuccour remains, is fearless and stubborn; angry alike at those that injure, and at those that do not help; careless to please where noa thing can be gained, and fearless to offend when there is nothing further to be dreaded. Such was this writer's knowledge of the $ paffions. Johnson.
bid kings come bo: to it.] I must here account for the liberty I have taken to make a change in the divifion of the ad and 3d acts. In the old editions, the 2d act was made to end here; though it is evident, lady Constance here, in her despair, seats herself on the floor: and the muit be supposed, as I formerly obTerved, inmediately to rise again, only to go off and end the act decently; or the flat fiene mult fhut her in from the fight of the audience, an absurdity I cannot accuse Shakespeare of. Mr. Gil. don and some other criticks fancied, that a considerable part of the. ad act' was loft ; and that the chalm began here. I had joined in