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“ Undir the sonne he lokid, and anon,
The Knights Tale. 1675, &c.
We will fair queen up to the mountain top, and mark the musical confusion of bounds and echo in conjunetion.]
Hip. I was with Hercules, and Cadmus once,
Where in a wood of Crete they bay'd the bear “ With bounds of Sparta, never did I bear “ Such gallant chiding : for besides the groves, “ The skies, be fountains, every region near “ Seem'd all one mutual cry; I never heard " So musical a difcord, fuch sweet thunder.
Thef. My bounds are bred out of the Spar
tan kind, “ So flew'd, fo sanded, and tbeir beads are bung “With ears that sweep away the morning. dew : “ Crook-kneed, and dew-lap'd like Theffalian
This is a fine defcription of hunting, &t. 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 borrowd some of his images.
" For much the Pack « Rous'd from their dark alcoves, delight to u stretch
“ And bask in bis invigorating ray: (Tbe fun's.) * Wara'd by the streaming light and merry "nin lark. “ Forth rush the jolly clan ; with tuneful
throats “ They carol loud, and in grand chorus join'd, " Salute the new-born day.
The Cbace. Book 1. 129, &c.
" See there with count'nance blith, “ 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 blandishments, and humble joy ; “ His gloffy skin, or yellow-pied, or blue, “ In lights or shades, by nature's pencil drawn, “ Reflects the various Tints; his ears and legs “ Fleckt here and there ; in gay.enameld pride “ Rival che speckled pard ; his rulh grown tail “ Over his broad back bends in an ample arch, “ On shoulders clean, upright and firm hę
“ 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.
“ But above all, take heed, nor mix thy hounds “ Of diff'rent kinds, discordant sound shall
grate “ Thy ears offended, and a lagging line “ Of babling curs, disgrace thy broken pack. “ But if th' Amphibious 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
u sure: " Whose ears down-hanging from his thick
« round head, “ Shall sweep the morning dew, whose clanging
« voice “ Awake the mountain echo in her cell, « Andshake the forests. — Id. ib. 278, &c.
Id. ib. But soft, wbat nymphs are these?] Theseus expresses a surprize upon his first seeing the two duelists, Palamon and Arcite. “ But what they werin, nothing he 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 fo desirous, « And namely at the Grete Hert in May."
As above. Knight's Tale. 1675, &c
Sc. 2. p. 153
Thes. 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?
The eye of man bath not beard, the ear of man bath not seen, man's hand is not able to tefte, 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 beguil’d, publish'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
o should have,
“ From the crown of my foot, to the soal of
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
Mr. Theobald, but 'twas a thing of naught. Fol. 1632.
Flute, He could not have frap'd fixpenos å day, an the Duke bad not given him fixpence a day for playing Pyramus.] Qu. Scraped ?
Id. ib. Get firings 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 upon 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 Devils tban vast 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. Tbes.
Catt Philoftrate. ) Call Egeus. Edit. 1632. and Egaas answers to his name there, and every where else in that old edition.
Id. ib. Tbere'is a briefi bores many sports 676 ripe.} rife. Folio 1632.
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