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Ib. 1. 9. In so profound abysm, &c. Our author uses this word (abysm) in “ The Tempest,” and “ Anthony and Cleopatra." STEEVENS.
Ib. 1. 10. Of other voices. Read---others' voices.
Ib. ib. and 1. 11. That my adder's sense to critic, &c. That my ears are equally deaf to the snurling censurer, and the flattering encomiast. Critic for Cynic. MA
Ib. 1. 14. That all the world besides me thinks I am dead. This is the nonsense of a modern edition. Read according to the old copies---besides methinks they're dead.
The quarto has---methinks y'are dead. Y'are was, I suppose, an abbreviation for they are. MALONE.
The sense is this---I pay no regard to the sentiments of mankind; and observe how I account for this my indifference. I think so much of you, that I have no leisure to be anxious about the opinions of others; I proceed, as if the world, yourself excepted, were no more. STEEVENS.
Ib. 1. 18. Doth part his function; i. e. partly performs his office. MALONE.
Ib. 1. 21. Of birds, of flowers, of shape, which he doth lack. Read---Of bird, of flower, &c.
Mr. Malone, in his edition, reads---which it doth latch ; and says, “ The corresponding rhyme shows what I have now substituted was the author's word. To latch, formerly, signified to lay hold of.”
P. 78,1. 2. The most sweet favour. Favour is cours tenance. MALONE.
Ib. 1.6. My most true mind that maketh mine untrue. The word untrue is used as a substantive. The sincerity of my affection is the cause of my untruth ; i. e. of my not seeing objects truly, such as they appear to the rest of mankind.
Ib. 1. 16. Most kindly drinks it up. Other copies read---most kingly, &c.
Ib. 1. 17. What with his gust is 'greeing; i. e. what is pleasing to the taste of my mind. MALONE.
Ib. I. 25. Whose' million accidents. Read---whose million'd accidents, &c.
P. 79. Cun sacred beauty, blunt &c. Read---Tan sacred beauty, blunt, &c.
Ib. 1. 6. Crowding. Read---crowning.
Ib. 1, 13. Day by day. This expression was probably suggested by the Magnificat ; “ Day by day we magnify thee.” Malone.
Ib. 1. 18. Error down. Read---errors.
Ib. 1. 24. Like as you make, &c. Read---Like as, to make, &c.
Ib. I. 25. With eager compounds. Eager is sour, tart, poignant. Steevens.
P. 80, 1. 3. Near cloying. Read---ne'er-cloying.
Ib. 1. 11. And the fond lesson true. Read -- and find the lesson true. These are all errors of a modern edition, probably intended as emendations by an ignorant editor.
Ib. 1. 19 and 20. Been fitted-- In the distraction of this madding fever. How have mine eyes been con
vulsed during the frantic fits of my feverous love. The participle fitted, is not, I believe, used by any other author in the sense in which it is here employed. Ma
P. 81, 1. 11. Might have remember'd ; i. e. might have reminded. MALONE.
P. 82, 1. 1. Who are frailer spies. Read--why are, &c.
Ib. I. 5. Be bevel; i. e. crooked; a term used only, I believe, by masons and joiners. Steevens. Ib. 1. 12. With a lashing memory.
Read..-with lasting memory
Ib. I. 13. Idle rant, &c. Read-idle rank, &c.
Read---That poor retention.
That poor retention is the table book given to him by his friend, incapable of retaining, or rather of containing, so much as the tablet of the brain. Malone.
Ib. 1. 24. Were to impart, &c. Read --Were to import, &c.
P. 83, 1. 12. Doth lye. Read--do lye.
Ib. 1. 24. Whereto ť inviting time, &c. Read--Whereto th' inviting, &c.
P. 84, 1. 4. That it nor grows with heat nor drowns with show'rs. Though a building may be drown'd ; i. e. deluged by rain, it can hardly grow under the influence of heat. I would read--glows. Steevens.
Our poet frequently starts from one idea to another. Though he had compared his affection to a building, he seems to have deserted that thought; and bere, per
haps, meant to allude to the progress of vegetation, and the accidents that retard it. MALONE.
Ib. I. 5 and 6. The fools of time--Which die, &c. Perhaps this is a stroke at some of Foa's Martyrs. STEEVENS.
Ib. l. 8. Where it ought to be, &c. Read---Were it aught to me, &c. These are the errors of a modern edition.
Ib. 1. 11. Running. Read---Ruining.
Ib. 1. 18. Which is not mixed with seconds. just informed, by an old lady, that seconds is a provincial term for the second kind of flour, which is collected after the smaller bran is sifted. That our author's oblation was pure, unmixed with baser matter, is all that he meant to say. STEEVENS.
P. 85, 1. 1. Virginals. Virginals were shaped like Piano-Fortes. MALONE.
Ib. 1. 2. How oft when thou thy music, music-play'st. Read---How oft, when thou, my music, music play'st.
Ib. 1. 5. The witty concord. Read---The wiry concord. Ib. 1. 6. Do I
Envy; this word is accented by other ancient writers in the same manner. MALONE.
Ib. 1. 12. O’er whom their fingers, &c. Thus the old copy. Read---O'er whom thy fingers, &c.
P. 86, 1. 1. Made in pursuit, &c. Thus the old copy corruptly. Read---Mud in pursuit, &c.
Ib. 1. 3. And proud, and very woe. Read and prov'd, a very woe. The quarto reads--and very woe,
and proud was, probably, adopted by a modern editor, to render it somewhat intelligible. EDITOR.
Ib. 1. 14, No holy bower. Read---no holy hour.
Ib. 1. 17. Her eyes so suited. Her eyes of the same colour as those of the raven. MALONE.
Ib. 1. 18 and 19. And they mourniers seem, &c. They seem to mourn, that those who are not born fair, are yet possessed of an artificial beauty, by which they pass for what they are not, and thus dishonor nature by their imperfect imitation and false pretensions. MALONE.
P. 87, l. 1. I have seen roses, damask, &c. Read. I have seen roses damask'd, &c.
Ib.l. 9. My love is rare, &c. Read---my love as
Ib. I. 11. Thou art tyrannous, so thou art. Read Thou art as tyrannous, so as thou art.
Ib. 1. 22. Thy black is fairer. Read---fairest.
Ib. 1. 26. Torments me, &c. Read-torment me, &c.
P. 89, 1. 6. Restore to me, my comfort still. Read restore, to be my comfort, &c.
Ib. 1. 11. The statute of thy beauty. Statute has here its legal signification, that of a security or obligation for money. MALONE. Ib. 1. 13. For thy suke. Read---for my
sake. P. 90, 1. 12. I fill it full, &c. "Read---Ay, fill it full, &e.
The modern editors, by following the old copy, in which the vowel I is here used instead of ay, have rendered this line unintelligible. Malone.