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infant, and from a lousie nurse he stole his

nature, and from a dog his looks, and from " an ape his nimbleness; he will look in your “ face, and pick your pockets : rob ye the most “ wise rat of a cheefe paring: there where a “ cat will go in, he will follow, his body has “ no back bone.”

Id. ib. He will lie Sir, with such volubility, that you would think truth were a fool.] Now, if

you are given to the most “ excellent art of lying, behold before you “here the masterpiece, he will out-ly him “ that taught him, Monsieur Devil, offer to fwear that he has eaten nothing in a twelve“ month, when his mouth is full of meat." Prince of Tarent.

Id. ib. p. 87.

Par. For a quart decu, he will sell the fee fimple of his salvation, the inheritance of it, and cut the entail from all remainders, and a perpetual fucceffion for it perpetually.] Cardecue. Folio 1632.

Shakespeare has a thought not much unlike this. First Part of King Henry the IVth, act 1. fc. 3.

Poins. Good morrow sweet Hal. What " says Monsieur Remorse? What says Sir John Sack and Sugar. Jack ! how agree the devil " and thou about thy foul, that thou foldest “ him on Good Friday last, for a cup of Madera,

and a cold capon's leg .?")

Id. ib.

Id. ib. p. 88.

1. Lord, Good captain, will you give me a copy of that same sonnet you writ to Diana, &c.] “Co

py of the sonnet you writ to Diana. Folio 1632,

Ib. p. 90.

All's well that end ; ftill the fine's the crown,
Whate'er the course the end is the renown.]
Finis coronat opus.

Act 4. sc. 8. P. 93.
Clown. -

I am for the house with the narrow gate, which I take to be too little for pomp to enter. Some that humble themselves may: but the many will be too chill and tender ; and they'll be for the flowing way that leads to the broad gate, and the great fire.] Alluding to that passage in Saint Matthew i. 13.

To this Spenser probably alludes, Fairy Queen, book 1. canto io. 10.

“Strange thing it is, an errant knight to see “ Here in this place, or any other wight, “ That hither turns his steps, fo few there be “ Thatchuse the narrow path, or seek the right: " All keep the broad-high-way, and take de

light « With many rather for to go astray “ And be partakers of their evil plight, " Than with a few to walk the righteous way. “ foolish men! why haste you to your own

“ decay.”



5. p. 105.
Lafeu. I will buy me a son in law in a fair, and


toll for him. —) That is, I will make him secure to my daughter. Alluding to the coftom of paying tolls for horses in fairs, and markets ; by which I suppose, the property is fecured to the buyer, against the real owner, if the horse should chance to have been stolen.

To this Butler alludes, Hudibras, part 2. canto 1. 693, &c.

“ How shall I answer hue and cry, “For a roan gilding, twelve hands high, "All fourr'd, and switch'd, a lock on’s hoof “ A forrel mane ? can I bring proof, " Where, when, by whom, and what y' were

“ fold for,

" And in the open market tolld for?”

Sc. 6. p. 109.

Is this the man you speak of ?

Dia. It is, my lord.]“), my Lord. Folio 1632.

The conclusion of this play, not much unlike that, of Measure for Measure.

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si ACT I. SCENE I. p. 118.

- So full of shapes in fancy

That it alone is hight fantastical.]
High fantastical. Folio 1632, Mr. Theobald,
and Sir Tho. Hanmer. And this complicated
piece of nonsense, as it has been callid, is I believe
in every edition of this play (Mr, Warburton's

Sc. 2. p. 120. Where like Arion on the dolphin's back, I saru bim bald acquaintance with the wavesy. So long as I could see.] Arion was an excellent player upon the harp, and a lyric poet, who growing very rich, was desirous of returning in to his own country, says Phædrus,, that he might shew his great riches. Having therefore embarqued in a fhip, the seamen a faithless, and inhuman fort of people, having a mind to throw him into the sea for the sake of his riches, hę intreated them before they did it, that he might make his own funeral oration, and sing an elegy to his harp : after that, when he threw himself into the sea with the most precious things that he had about him; the dolphins which came swimming to the ship, being charm’d with the sweetness of his musiek, saved him from drowning, and one of them carried him on his back as far as Tenara, whence he

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went to Periander, who being acquainted with his story caused all the seamen to be hang'd in the place, where the dolphin Had fet him on fhore : the dolphin died immediately after, and had a monument 'erected to it's memory. See Danet's Dictionary.

Mr. James Shirley, in his tragi-comedy, intitled, the Imposture, p. 59. humorously banters this story

Hort. “ Here's a health to the dolphin, who,

was in love with the fidler's boy of Thebes, « who carried him cross the seas on her back a. “ fishing, while he sung the siege of Troy to “ the tune of green-sleeves, and caught a whale “ with an angling rod."

Act 1. sc. 3. p. 122.

Sir Toby. I am sure care's an enemy to life.). Alluding to the proverbial saying, that Care will kill a cat. See Ray's Proverbs that are entire sentences.

Act 1. fc. 6.

Clown. Marry a good hanging prevents à bad.. marriage.]

Count Castiglione, who was embassador from the Duke of Urbino, to King Henry the Seventh, observes in his book, intitled, The Courtier, (see the edition published in Italian and English. In quarto, 1727, p. 222, 223.) “ That in Spain it is the custom when any one is

going to the gallows, if a common strumpet will demand him for her husband, his life is

p. 128.

“ spared,"


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