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Sc. 6, p. 413.
Duke. It is too general a vice and severity must cure it.] Mr. Warburton has altered it to too gentle, why might not too genteel be as proper ? as Lucio observes afterwards, “ that " the vice was of great kindred, and well al
Id. ib. Alhy fellow was the Duke.] Qu. a fly fellow ?
Sc. 7. p. 415.
Esc. Double and treble admonition, and still forfeit in the same kind.] Escalus exceeds the apoftle's direction to Titus iii. 10. “ After a first and second admonition reject.”
Sc. 8. p.418.
How may that likeness made in crimes, Making practice of the times Draw with idle spiders strings, Most pondrous, and substantial things?] i. e. How may the making it a practice of letting great rogues break through the laws with impunity, and hanging up little ones for the same crimes ; draw away in time with idle spiders strings. (For no better do the cords of the law become, according to the old saying. Leges fimiles aranearum telis, to which the allusion is) justice and equity the most ponderous, and substantial bases, and pillars of government, when justice on offenders is not done; law, government and commerce are overthrown.
Id. ib. Clown. You shall find me yare.] Ready and dextrous. So used Tempeft. And in Chaucer.
Act 4, fc. 8. p. 431:
Firsi, here's young Mr. Rash, be's in for a commodity of brown pepper, and old ginger..] Brown paper and old ginger. Folio 1632. There are only, I think, three. forts of pepper, black pepper,
white pepper, and long pepper. Id. ib. And brave Mr. Shooter the great traveller.] Mr Shooty. Folio 1632.
you with this letter.] Carry this letter, or go with this letter. An expression used by Spenser, Fairy Queen, book 1. canto 10, 15. “ They seeing Una towards her
wend." Sc, 11. p. 436.
Lucio. Friar, thou knowest not the Duke so well as I do ; he's a better. woodman than thou takst him for.] The same expression, Merry Wives of Windfor, act 5. sc. 3. p. 341.
Act 5. sc. 2.
Or wring redress from you : oh hear me, hear me.] “ Hear me, o hear me heere, edit. 1632. i. e. Hear me here, upon the spot, the Duke having referred her cause to Angelo just before.
Act 5. sc. 7. p. 455.
Lucio. Faith, nuy Lord, I spoke it but according to. the trick; if you will hang me for it you may, but I had the rather it would please yoll, I might be whipt.] Just the reverse of this was the petition
of the celebrated news-writer, who being concerned in the Duke of Monmoutb's rebellion, he was sentenced by the barbarous Judge Jefferys to be whipp'd with great severity. Upon which it was said, that he petitioned the King to be hang'd.
The petition being so very remarkable and uncommon, the King pardon'd him.
Much ado about Nothing.
ACT I. SCENE I. p. 5.
LEONATO. Faith, niece, you tax Signior
Benedick too much, but he'll be meet with you, I doubt it not.] The expression used at that time, for he'll meet with you, or be even with
you. So explained by Shakespeare, Tempejt, act 4. fc. 4. p. 70.' Prospero to Ariel.
" We must prepare to « meet with Caleban." That is to be even with him for his plot. Used in the same manner by Barten Holiday, in his play, intitled, The Marriage of the Arts (first acted in the year 1617.) act 1. fc. 1. Aftronomia. " Will he prevent her, and
go meet her, or else fhe will be meet with me.
Id. ib. p. 6.
Mel. I see lady, the gentleman is not in your books.
Beat. No; an be were, I would burn my books. ] “ And he were.” Folio 1632. “ If he were. ? Sir Thomas Hanmer.
Sc. 2. p. 6. Enter. Don Pedro, Claudio, Benedick, Balthazar, and Don John.] ” And " John the Baftard, fo he is every where called.” Folio 1632.
Sc. 2. p. 7.
Beatr. A dear bappiness to women, they would else have been troubled with a pernicious fuitor.] Qu. Pertinacious ? one that was importunate, and would take no denial.
So in The two gentlemen of Verona, act 4.
Silvia. “ I am betroathed, art thou thou not ashamed to wrong him with thy importu
Hay. i Id. ib. p. 8.
Benedick. Well you are a rare parrot-teacher.] Not quite so dextrous a parrot-teacher, as the perfon mentioned by Aurelia, in the comedy, intitled, The City Match, by Jasper Mayne: Act 2. fc. 2.
Aurelia, “ Yesterday I went to see a lady, “ that has a parrot: my woman while I was in " discourfe, converted the fowle, and now it can " fpeak nothing but Krox's Works."
Id. ib. Beatr. Keep your way o' God's name, I bave done.) “ A God's name.” Folio 1632. and Sir Thomas Hanmer.
Sc. 4. p. 4.
3. Pedro. Nay, if Cupid hath not spent all his quiver in Venice, thou wilt quake for this shortly.) Alluding to the great power, the Venetian courJezans had over their gallants ; a full account
of which, may be met with in Tom Coryar's Crudities, from p. 262, to p. 270. inclusive.
“ The revenues they pay the senate (says « he) for their toleration, do maintain a do
zen of their galleys (as many reported to
Id. ib. 265.
The scene was Meshna in Sicily, a place fubject to earthquakes, on account of it's neighbourhood to mount Ætna.
Mr. Salmon (Modern History, folio edit. vol. 2. p. 97.) gives an account of one that happened in January 1693, which overturned twenty four palaces, and shook the rest of the town, whereupon some of the people fled in the utmost confternation to the fields, and others to the churches to prayer.
And Mr. Chisbul, in a letter to Dr. Turner, from Smyrna, June 13, 1700, (see his Travels in Turkey, &c. published in folio 1747. p. 176.] mentions it as a very remarkable earthquake. “ It is to be wonder'd (says he) that these peo“ ple (viz. of Mefina] have not registered an “ accident, which as to the faith, our Eng“ lifb merchants were eye-witnesses. Namely, " that in the repeated earthquakes of Sicily, in “ 1693, the tower of the cathedral which stands “ the west end, distinct from the body of the
church, was fo distorted by one shock, that “ it stood very dangerously, in an oblique, de