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« Undir the sonne he lokid, and anon, “ He was ware of Arcite and Palamon, “ That fought in breme, as it were bullis two “The brightè swordis went fast 000 and fro,

So hideously that with the leftè stroke, “ It femith that it would fell an oak.

The Knights Tale. 1675. &c. Id. ib.

We will fair queen up to the mountain top, and mark the mufical confusion of bounds and ecbo in conjunktion.]

Hip. I was with Hercules, and Cadmus once; " Wbere in a wood of Crete they bay'd tbe beur With bounds of Sparta, never did 1 bear Such gallant cbiding : for besides the groves, The skies, the fountains, every region near Seem'd all one mutual cry; I never beard " So mufical a difcord, fauch sweet thunder.

Tbes. My bounds are bred out of the Spar

tan kind, So flew'd, fo fanded, and tbeir beads are bung With ears that sweep away the morning dew : Crook-kneed, and dew-lap'd like Theffalian

« bulls.]

This is a fine defcription of hunting, &r. and a pack of hounds : and none of our English writers upon that subject, have come up to it, excepting the ingenious Mr. Somervile, who has borrow'd some of his images.

"For much the Pack « Rous'd from their dark alcoves, delight to " Itretch

" And

« And balk in bis invigorating ray: {T'be fun's.] * Wara'd by the streaming light and merry

« lark “ Forth rush the jolly clan ; with tuneful

threats They carol loud, and in grand cherus joind, “ Salute the new-born day.

The Chace. Book 1. 129, &c.
And again,

“ See there with count'nance blithe “ And with a courtly grin the fawning hound « Salutes thee, cow'ring his wide, open nose Upward he curls, and his large Doe-black

eyes “ Melt in soft blandifr.ments, and humble joy; “ His glofly skin, or yellow-pied, or blue, “ In lights or inades, by nature's pencil drawn, “ Reflects the various Tints; his ears and legs “ Fleckt here and there ; in gay.enameld pride " Rival che fpeckled pard; his ruth grown tail “ Over his broad back bends in an ampie arch, “ On shoulders clean, upright and firm he

« ftands,

“ His round cat-foot, straight hams, and wide

spread thighs, "'And his low-dropping chest confess his speed; “ His strength, his wind, or on the steepy hill, “ Or far extended plain ; in ev'ry part “ So well proportion'd that the nicer skill "Of Phedias himself, can't blame thy choice.

Id. ib. 238, &c.

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Once more, “ But above all, take heed, nor mix thy hounds “ Of diff'rent kinds, discordant found shall

grate “ Thy ears offended, and a lagging line “ Of babling curs, disgrace thy broken pack. “ But if th' Ampbibious otter be thy chace, Or stately stag that o'er the woodland reigns; « Or if th' harmonious thunder of the field “ Delight thy ravish'd ears ; the deep-flew'd

“ hound “ Breed up with care, strong, heavy, now, but

« sure: " Whose ears down-hanging from his thick

“ round head, “ Shall fweep the morning dew, whose clanging

« voice

“ Awake the mountain echo in her cell, “ Andshake the forests. — Id. ib. 278, &c.

Id. ib. But soft, what nymphs are these?] Theseus expresses a surprize upon his first seeing the two duelists, Palamon and Arcite. “ But what they werin, nothing be no wote.”

Knight's Tale. 1705.
Id. ib.

Thes. No doubt they rose up early to observe the rite of May.)

“ This mene I now by mighty Theseus, " That for to huntin is so desirous ; " And namely at the Grete Hert in May.”

As above. Knight's Tale. 1675, &c.

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Sc. 2. p. 153

Tbes. Come Hipolita] This is no part of a verse, I suppose the author gave, Come my Hipolita (as alter'd by Sir Thomas Hanmer) we have the same beginning of a verse in the first act scene I. Come my Hipolita, what cheer my love ?

Sc. 3. p. 154.

The eye of man bath not beard, the ear of man bath not seen, man's band is not able to taste, bis tongue to conceive, nor bis heart to report what my dream was.].

These blunders are of the same kind with those in a Comedy, Intitled Wily beguild, publifh'd in the year 1638. “ I Pegg Pudding, promise thee. William

Cricket, " That I'le hold thee for mine own dear lilly, “ While I have a head in mine eye, and a face

on my nose, A mouth in my tongue, and all that a woman

“ should have, “ From the crown of my foot, to the foal of

my head.

Sc. 4. p. 155. Enter Quince, Flute, Snout, and Starveling.] “ Enter Quince, Flute, Thisby, Snout, and Starveling. Folio 1632. Id. ib.

A Paramour. is God bless us, a thing of naught] Sir Thomas Hanmer says, it was nought in the old edition, and corrected by


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Mr. Theobald, but 'twas a thing of naught. Fol. 1632.

Id. ib.

Flute, He could not have fcap'd fxpence á day, an the Duke bad not given bim fixpence a day for playing Pyramus.] Qu. Scraped ?

. Id. ib. Get årings to your beards.] An allusicn probably to the whimsical fashions in wearing their beards in Shakespeare's time. See Taylor's Superbiæ Flagellum. Works, p. 333. Notes apon Hudibras, part 2. canto 1. 171.

Id. ib. - eat no onions nor garlick, for we are to 'utter sweet breath.] See Horace's advice to Mecenas, Epod. 3. Act.


sc. 1. p. 157 Thes

The Lunatick, the Lover and the Port, Are of imagination, all compact, One sees more bevils than vaft Hell can bold ; The madman :] That is the madman. Folio. 1632.

Id. ib. p. 158. Enter Lyfander, Demetrius, Hermia and Helena.] Enter Lovers, Lyfander, &c. Edit. 1632. Id. ib. Tbef.

Call Philoftrate. ) Call Egeus. Edit. 1632. and Egans answers to his name there, and every where else in that old edition.

Id. ib. Tbere is a brief bores mary sports are ripe.) rife. Folio 1632.

Id. ib.

I bave told my love

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