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Oli. What is your name?
Oli. My servant, sir ! 'Twas never merry world,
yours ; Your servant's servant is your servant, madam. Oli. For him, I think not on him: for his
thoughts, 'Would they were blanks, rather than fill'd with
me ! V1o. Madam, I come to whet your gentle
thoughts On his behalf :Oui.
O, by your leave, I pray you ; I bade you never speak again of him : But, would you undertake another suit, I had rather hear you to solicit that, Than musick from the spheres.
V10. Dear lady,
Oli. Give me leave, 'beseech you: I did send, After the last enchantment you did here 4,
I beseech you:] The first folio reads
.“ 'beseech you."
Steevens. This ellipsis occurs so frequently in our author's plays, that I do not suspect any omission here. The editor of the third folio reads" beseech you ; " which supplies the syllable wanting, but hurts the metre. MALONE.
I read with the third folio; not perceiving how the metre is injured by the insertion of the vowel—I. STEEVENS. - you did HERE,]
reads-heare. STEEVENS. Nonsense. Read and point it thus :
“ After the last enchantment you did here,” i. e. after the enchantment your presence worked in my affections.
WARBURTON. The present reading is no more nonsense than the emendation.
Johnson. Warburton's amendment, the reading," you did here," though it may not perhaps be absolutely necessary to make sense of the
A ring in chase of you; so did I abuse
passage, is evidently right. Olivia could not speak of her sending him a ring, as a matter he did not know except by hearsay; for the ring was absolutely delivered to him. It would, besides, be impossible to know what Olivia meant by 6s the last enchantment,” if she had not explained it herself by saying—" the last enchantment you did here.” There is not, perhaps, a passage in Shakspeare, where so great an improvement of the sense is gained by changing a single letter. M. Mason.
The two words are very frequently confounded in the old editions of our author's plays, and the other books of that age. See the last line of King Richard III. quarto, 1613 :
“ That she may long live heare, God say amen.” Again, in The Tempest, folio, 1623, p.3, 1. x.:
“ Heare, cease more questions.” Again, in Love's Labour's Lost, 1623, p. 139:
“ Let us complain to them what fools were heare." Again, in All's Well That Ends Well, 1623, p.
239 : “ That hugs his kicksey-wicksey heare at home.” Again, in Peck’s. Desiderata Curiosa, vol. i. p. 205 :
to my utmost knowledge, heare is simple truth and
verity." I could add twenty other instances were they necessary. Throughout the first edition of our author's Rape of Lucrece, 1594, which was probably printed under his own inspection, the word we now spell here, is constantly written heare.
Let me add, that Viola had not simply heard that a ring had been sent (if even such an expression as- -“ After the last enchantment, you did heare,” were admissible ;) she had seen and talked with the bearer of it. MALONE.
s To one of your RECEIVING —] i. e. to one of your ready apprehension. She considers him as an arch page. WARBURTON.
See p. 381, n. 8. STEEVENS.
Enough is shown; a cyprus", not a bosom,
Vio. I pity you.
Vio. No, not a grise ® ; for 'tis a vulgar proof',
- a cyprus,] Is a transparent stuff. Johnson. 7 Hides my heart : So let me hear you speak.] The word hear is used in this line like“ tear, dear, swear," &c. as a dissyllable. The editor of the second folio, to supply what he imagined to be a defect in the metre, reads—“ Hides my poor heart ;” and all the subsequent editors have adopted his interpolation. MALONE.
I have retained the pathetic and necessary epithet poor. The line would be barbarously dissonant without it. Steevens. See the Essay on Shakspeare's Versification. Boswell. a grise;] is a step, sometimes written
from degres, French. Johnson. So, in Othello : Which, as a grise or step, may help these lovers."
STEEVENS. 9 — 'tis a vulgAR proof,] That is, it is a common proof. The experience of every day shows that, &c. MALONE.
Then westWARD-Hoe:] This is the name of a comedy by T. Decker, 1607. He was assisted in it by Webster, and it was acted with great success by the children of Paul's, on whom Shakspeare has bestowed such notice in Hamlet, that we may be sure they were rivals to the company patronized by himself.
Grace, and good disposition ’tend your ladyship!
Vio. That you do think, you are not what you
Oli. If I think so, I think the same of you.
Vio. Would it be better, madam, than I am,
OLI. O, what a deal of scorn looks beautiful In the contempt and anger of his lip ? ! A murd'rous guilt shows not itself more soon Than love that would seem hid : love's night is
Cesario, by the roses of the spring,
Vio. By innocence I swear, and by my youth,
(), what a deal of scorn looks BEAUTIFUL
In the contempt and anger of his lip!] So, in our author's Venus and Adonis : “ Which bred more beauty in his
STEEVENS. maugre -] i. e. in spite of. So, in David and Bethsabe, 1599:
Maugre the sons of Ammon and of Syria.” Steevens. 4 And that no woman has ;] And that heart and bosom I have never yielded to any woman.
Johnson. 5 -- save I alone.] These three words Sir Thomas Hanmer gives to Olivia probably enough. Johnson.
And so adieu, good madam; never more
Oli. Yet come again: for thou, perhaps, may'st
That heart, which now abhors, to like his love.
A Room in OLIVIA's House.
Enter Sir Toby BELCH, Sir ANDREW AGUE-CHEEK,
and FABIAN. Sir And. No, faith, I'll not stay a jot longer. Sir To. Thy reason, dear venom, give thy rea
FAB. You must needs yield your reason, sir Andrew.
Sir And. Marry, I saw your niece do more favours to the count's serving man, than ever she bestowed upon me; I saw't i' the orchard.
Sir To. Did she see thee the while o, old boy? tell me that.
Sir And. As plain as I see you now.
SIR AND. 'Slight! will you make an ass o' me ?
FAB. I will prove it legitimate, sir, upon the oaths of judgment and reason.
Sir To. And they have been grand jury-men, since before Noah was a sailor.
Fab. She did show favour to the youth in your sight, only to exasperate you, to awake your dormouse valour, to put fire in your heart, and brim
6 Did she see thee the while,] Thee is wanting in the old copy. It was supplied by Mr. Rowe. Malone.