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A gross hag!
Hang all the husbands,
Once more, take her hence.
I'll have thee burn'd.
I care not:
On your allegiance,
Away with her.
lina, therefore, certainly attributes to it, in the present instance, a pang that it can never give. Malone.
I regard this circumstance as a beauty, rather than a defect. The seeming absurdity in the last clause of Paulina's ardent address to Nature, was undoubtedly designed, being an extrava. gance characteristically preferable to languid correctness, and chastised declamation. Steevens.
2 And, lozel,] “A Losel is one that hath lost, neglected, or cast off his owne good and welfare, and so is become lewde and carelesse of credit and honesty.” Verstegan's Restitution, 1605, p. 335. Reed.
This is a term of contempt frequently used by Spenser. I likewise meet with it in The Death of Robert Earl of Huntington,1601:
“ To have the lozel's company." A lozel is a worthless fellow. Again, in The Pinner of Wakefield, 1599:
“ Peace, prating lozel," &c. Steevens.
Will never do him good, not one of you.
I did not, sir:
We can; my royal liege,
Leon. You are liars all.
1 Lord. 'Beseech your highness, give us better credit: We have always truly serv'd you; and beseech So to esteem of us: And on our knees we beg, (As recompense of our dear services, Past, and to come,) that you do change this purpose; Which, being so horrible, so bloody, must Lead on to some foul issue: We all kneel.
Leon. I am a feather for each wind that blows:
3 So sure as this beard's grey,] The King must mean the beard of Antigonus, which perhaps both here and on the former occasion, (See p. 205, n.7,) it was intended, he should lay hold of. Leontes has himself told us that twenty-three years ago he was Ant.
Any thing, my lord,
Leon. It shall be possible: Swear by this sword,
I will, my lord.
Ant. I swear to do this, thongh a present death Had been more merciful.- Come on, poor babe: Some powerful spirit instruct the kites and ravens,
unbreech'd, in his green velvet coat, his dagger muzzled; and of course his age at the opening of this play must be under thirty. He cannot therefore mean his own beard. Malone.
Swear by this sword,] It was anciently the custom to swear by the cross on the handle of a sword. See a note on Hamlet, Act I, sc. v. Steevens.
So, in The Penance of Arthur, sig. S. 2: “And therewith King Marke yielded him unto Sir Galeris, and then he kneeled downe and made his oath upon the crosse of the sword,” &c.
I remember to have seen the name of Jesus engraved upon the pummel of the sword of a Crusader in the Church at Winchelsea.
Douce. commend it strangely to some place,] Commit it to some place, as a stranger, without more provision. Johnson. So, in Macbeth:
“ I wish your horses swift and sure of foot,
“ And so I do commend you to their backs.” To commend is to commit. See Minshieu's Dict. in y. Malone.
To be thy nurses! Wolves, and bears, they say,
No, I'll not rear
1 Atten. Please your highness, posts,
So please you, sir, their speed
and blessing,] i. e. the favour of heaven. Malone. 7-condemn'd to loss!] i. e. to exposure, similar to that of a child whom its parents have lost. I once thought that loss was here licentiously used for destruction, but that this was not the primary sense here intended, appears from a subsequent passage, Act III, sc. iii:
“ To loss, and what may follow.!” Malone. 8 'Tis good speed; &c.] Surely we should read the passage thus :
"This good speed foretels," &c. M. Mason.
Cleo. The climate 's delicate; the air most sweet;
I shall report,
But, of all, the burst
If the event o'the journey
Cleomenes and Dion.] These two námes, and those of Antigonus and Archidamus, our author found in North's Plutarch.
Malone. 1 Fertile the isle ;] But the temple of Apollo at Delphi was not in an island, but in Phocis, on the continent. Either Shakspeare, or his editors, had their heads running on Delos, an island of the Cyclades. If it was the editor's blunder, then Shakspeare wrote: "Fertile the soil, which is more elegant too, than the present reading Warburton.
Shakspeare is little careful of geography There is no need of this emendation in a play of which the whole plot depends upon a geographical error, by which Bohemia is supposed to be a maritime country. Johnson.
In The History of Dorastus and Faunia, the queen desires the king to send “ six of bis noblemen, whom he best trusted, to the isle of Delphos," &c. Steevens. 2 For most it caught me,] It may relate to the whole spectacle.
Johnson. 3. The time is worth the use on't.] The time is worth the use on't, means, the time which we have spent in visiting Delos, has recompensed us for the trouble of so spending it. Johnson.