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And France, (whose armour conscience buckled on
Again, in the Dozunfal 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. 16:7:
“ I help'd Herodotus to pen some part of his Muses; lent Pliny ink to write his history, and rounded Rabelais in the ear when he hiftorified Pantagruel. Again, in The Spanish Tragedy : “ Forthwith Revenge, the rounded me i' ll' ear."
STEEVENS. Commodity, the bias of the world;] Commodity is interest. 30, in Damon and Pythias, 1582 :
for vertue's fake only, “ They would honour friendship, and not for commoditie." Again : " I will use his friendship to mine own commoditic."
To a most base and vile-concluded peace.
The French king's pavilion.
Enter Constance, Arthur, and Salisbury.
me, I do not believe thee, man; I have a king's oath to the contrary.
'-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 punith'd for thus frighting me,
Sal. As true, as, I believe, you think them false, That give you cause to prove my saying true.
Conft. Oh, if thou teach me to believe this forrow, Teach thou this sorrow 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?Fellow, be gone; I cannot brook thy light; This news hath made thee a most ugly man.
Sal. What other harm have I, good lady, done, But spoke the harm that is by others done?
Cont. Which harm within itself so heinous is,
Arth. I do beseech you, madam, be content.
? If thou, &c.] Mailinger appears to have copied this passage in The Unnatural Combat :
" li thou hadit been born
Ugly, and sand'rous to thy mother's womb,
" Thy body, as the manners of thy mind,
- fightlefs---] The poet uses fightless for that which we now express by unsightly, disagreeable to the eyes. Johnson.
-prodigious,] That is, portentous, so 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 II Zore, 1635 :
yon comet Mews his head again ;
“ Prodigious looks."
“ Over whose roof hangs this prodigions comet." Again, in the English Arcadia, by Jarvis Markham, 1607:"0 yes, I was prodigions to thy birth-right, and as a blazing ítar at ihine unlook'd for funeral." STEEVENS. E 2
Sal. Pardon me, madam,
[Throws herself on the ground.
- makes it's owner stout.) The old editions have :- makes its oziner itloop: the emendation is Hanmer's. JOHNSON, So, in Daniel's Civil Il'ars, b. vi: " Full with stout grief and with disdainful woe.”
SreEVENS. 6 To me, and to the state of my great grief,
Let kings assemble; -] In Machado about Nothing, the father of Hero, depressed by her disgrace, declares himself fo subdued by grief that a thread may lead him. How is it that grief in Leonato and lady Constance produces effects directly opposite, 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 reniains any prospect of relief, is weak and flexible, but when nofuccour remains, is fearless and stubborn; angry alike at those that injure, and at those that do not help; careless to please where nothing 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 how to it.] I must here account for the liberty I have taken to make a change in the division of the ad and 3d acts. In the old editions, the 2d act was made to end here ; though it is evident, lady Conítance here, in her despair, seats berielf on the Moor: and she must be supposed, as I formerly obterved, immediately to rise again, only to go off and end the act decently; or the flat fiene mult shut her in from the fight of the audience, an absurdity I cannot accuse Shakespeare of. Mr. Gila don and some other criticks fancied, that a considerable part of the zd aci was lost ; and that the chalm began here. I had joined in