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¿ Act 3. sc. 5. p. 133.
- Demet. So should the murther'd" look] The
murderer look. Folio. 1632.

Id. ib. Dem. I'ad rather give his carcase to my hounds] I'de rather. Folio. 1632.

Sc. 7. p. 137. Than all your fiery o's and eyes of light. Qu. Orbs.

Sc. 7. p. 141:

Lyf. Get you gone you dwarf,
You minim, of bind ring knot-grass made.]

The application of both the epithets, and fimile to Hermia, who was hanging upon him [bindering knot-grass] may allude to it, as a low, creeping plant, and as such, apt to entangle the feet of those that walk through it, and hinder them from passing freely. Dr. T.

Schroder, Ray, and Dale ascribe to it the following qualities, “ That it is drying, astrin

gent, and vulnerary, and good in stopping “fluxes of all kinds ; and observe, that it grows in dry,

in dry, uncultivated places, and near to highways.

Schroderi Pharmacop. Med. Chym. "Lib. 4: p. 126. Raij Catalog. Plantar. Anglia, p. 248. Dale's Pharamacologia, Vol. 1. p. 142, 120] Id. ib.

Speak not of Helena, Take not her part : for if thou dost intend never so little few of love to her, thou shalt aby it] Abide it in the old edition, 1632. tho' probably, aby · was then used as signifying the same thing. See Glossary to Spenser.

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Herm. I am amaz'd and know not what to say ) This line is added by Sir Tho. Hanmer, what authority he had for it I cannot tell. 'Tis not in the Folio 1632, nor in Mr. Theobaldos, nor Mr. Warburton's editions.

Sc. 8. p. 142. : By the Athenian garments he had on. He bath on. Folio 2632.

Sc. 8. p. 143. — Salt green.] Qu. Sea green.

But perhaps the contrast is intended between yellow gold, and salt green.

Dr. T. ACE fc.

9. p. 144: Lyf. Where art thou, proud Demetrius ? Speak thou now.] Compare this, and the remainder of this scene, with the story of Palamon and Arcite. Chaucer's Knight's Tale. 1576, &c.

Sc. 1o. p. 146.

Puck. On the ground, peep thou found, P'll apply to your eye, gentle lover remedy.]

A friend observes, that, the humour of Puck's fairy charm is loft, by the present manner of writing the verses. If they were thus ordered, (as in Mr.Warburton) ci On the ground,

Sleep thou sound, (Sleep found. Warb.} " I'll apply " To your eyes « Gentle lover remedy. cWhen thou wak'st « Next, thou tak't

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Of thy former ladies eye." They would appear to as great advantage as the Namby Pamby still, or the poet-laureats encomium upon the man-mountain. For fure fairy verses ought to be as short as infantine, or liliputian. (See Rablais's Works, Book

But I rather think they should be wrote,
« On the ground, steep thou found,
“ I'll apply to your eye,
“ Gentle lover remedy, &C.

Because verses with the middle rhime which were callid leonine, or monkish. verfes, seem to have been the ancient language of charms and incantations, as appears from several footsteps of it in Virgil's Pharmaceutria, but particularly in this line,

Eclog. 8, 8o. Limus ut bic durefcit, et hæc ut cera liquefcit, And there are some traces of the same kind in that of Theocritus which Virgil here imitates, but none, it must be own'd, so strong as the example before us. Dr. T.

Act 3. sc. 10. p. 146.

Puck. Jack fball have Jill, naught mall go ill, The man fall have his mare again, and all be well.]

Here are two proverbs, or proverbial phrases jumbled together.

“Every Jack must have his Jill.

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for Julia, or Juliana. See letter I.
“ All is well, and the man hath his mare again.

Ray's Proverbial Phrases, M.
Act 4. fc. 1. p. 147.

Bottom. Nothing good monheur, but to belp Cavalero Cobweb to scratch.] Without doubt it should be Cavalero Pease blossom : as for Cavalero Cobweb, he had been just dispatch'd upon a perilous adventure. Anon :

Id. ib. p. 147

Bot. I must to the barber's monsieur, for methinks, I am marvellous bairy about the face.] Even Periwinkle, king Oberon's barber, must have mounted upon a ladder to shave him.

Dor. You Focaftus, when Oberon shaved “ himself, who was his barber?

Joc. “ I know him very well, a little dapper youth, they call him Periwinkle.

Amyntas, or The Impossible Dowry, by Mr. Randolph. p. 11.

Act 4. fc. 1. p. 148.

Queen. What wilt thou hear fome mufick, my fweet love?

Bot. I have a reasonable good ear in mufick, let's have the tongs and the bones.] The key and tongs, and marrow-bones and clevers. The firft rural musick, and both probably in use in Shakespeare's days : and are both much efteemid by fome Connoiseurs in this age of greater refinement.

Id. ib. p. 149.
May all to Athens.] The syntax requires,

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“ For in his hunting hath he such delite, “That it is all his joy, and appetite,

To bin himself the grețe hart'is bane : “For after Mars, he servith now Diane. “ Clere was the day, as I have told er this, And Theseus with allè joy and bliss, “ With his Hypolita the fayir queen, .66 And Emelie yclothi'd al in grene, “ On hunting ben they riddin roiallie, “ Unto the grove that stode ther full fast by : “In which ther was a hart, as men him told, į Duke Theseus' the streightè way hath hold, 4 And to the laund he ridith him full right; * For thither was the hart wont t'have his

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