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Luc. Ay, madam, you may say what fights you
I see things too, although you judge I wink.
Enter Antonio and PANTHINO. Ant. Tell me, Panthino, what sad talk 8 was that, Wherewith
brother held you in the cloister? Pan. 'Twas of his nephew Proteus, your son.
months' minds, and anniversaries ? Strype's Memorials of the Reformation, Vol. II. p. 354.
“ Was the month's mind of Sir William Laxton, who died the last month (July 1556.) his hearse burning with wax, and the morrow mass celebrated, and a fermon preached,” &c. Strype's Mem. Vol. III. p. 305. Grey.
A month's mind, in the ritual sense, fignifies not defire or inclination, but remembrance ; yet I suppose this is the true original of the expression. JOHNSON,
In Hampshire, and other western counties, for “ I can't remember it," they say, “ I can't mind it." BLACKSTONE.
Pottenham, in his Art of Poetry, 1589, chap. 24. fpeaking of Poetical Lamentations, says, they were chiefly used " at the burials of the dead, also at month's minds, and longer times :” and in the churchwardens' accompts of St. Helen's in Abingdon, Berkshire, 1558, these month's minds, and the expences attending them, are frequently mentioned. Instead of month's minds, they are sometimes called month's monuments, and in the Injunctions of K. Edward VI, memories, Injunct. 21. By memories, says Fuller, we understand the Obsequia for the dead, which fome say succeeded in the place of the heathen Parentalia.
If this line was designed for a verse, we should read-monthes mind. So, in A Midsummer Night's Dream:
“ Swifter than the moones sphere." Both these are the Saxon genitive case. Steevens. i what fad talk-) Sad is the same as grave or serious.
Ant. Why, what of him?
He wonder'd, that your lordship
no travel in his youth. Ant. Nor need’st thou much importune me to that Whereon this month I have been hammering.
So, in The Wife Woman of Hogfden, 1638:
Marry, fir knight, I saw them in sad talk,
“ But to say they were directly whispering," &c. Again, in Whetstone's Promos and Calandra, 1578: “ The king feigneth to talk fadly with some of his counsel.”
STEEVENS. - of slender reputation,] i. e, who are thought slightly of, are of little consequence. SteeVENS.
9 Some to discover islands far away;] In Shakspeare's time, voyages for the discovery of the islands of America were much in vogue. And we find, in the journals of the travellers of that time, that the sons of noblemen, and of others of the best families in England, went very frequently on these adventures. Such as the Fortescues, Collitons, Thornhills, Farmers, Pickerings, Littletons, Willoughbys, Chefters, Hawleys, Bromleys, and others.
To this prevailing fashion our poet frequently alludes, and not without high commendations of it. WARBURTON.
2 - great impeachment to his age,] Impeachment, as Mr. M. Mason very juftly observes, in this instance fignifies reproach or imputation. So Demetrius says to Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream:
“ You do impeach your modefty too much,
I have consider'd well his loss of time,
Pant. I think, your lordship is not ignorant,
Ant. I know it well.
him thither :
Ant. I like thy counsel ; well hast thou advisid:
3 Attends the emperor in his royal court.] Shakspeare has been guilty of no mistake in placing the emperor's court at Milan in this play. Several of the first German emperors held their courts there occasionally, it being, at that time, their immediate property, and the chief town of their Italian dominions. Some of them were crowned kings of Italy at Milan, before they received the imperial crown at Rome. Nor has the poet fallen into any contradiction by giving a duke to Milan at the fame time that the emperor held his court there. The first dukes of that, and all the other great cities in Italy, were not sovereign princes, as they afterwards became; but were merely governors, or viceroys, under the emperors, and removeable at their pleasure. Such was the Duke of Milan mentioned in this play. Mr. M. Mason adds, that “
during the wars in Italy between Francis I. and Charles V. the latter, frequently refided at Milan." STEEVENS.
With other gentlemen of good esteem,
go: And, in good time, now will we break with him.
Pro. Sweet love! fweet lines ! sweet life!
Ant. How now? what letterare you reading there?
two Of commendation sent from Valentine, Deliver'd by a friend that came from him.
Ant. Lend me the letter; let me see what news. Pro. There is no news, my lord; but that he writes How happily he lives, how well belov'd, And daily graced by the emperor; Wishing me with him, partner of his fortune.
Ant. And how stand you affected to his wish?
in good time,] In good time was the old expression when something happened that suited the thing in hand, as the French say, à propos." JOHNSON. So, in Richard III: “ And, in good time, here comes the sweating lord.”
STEEVENS. now will we break with him.] That is, break the matter to him. The fame phrase occurs in Much Ado about Nathing, Act I. fc. i. M. Mason.
Pro. As one relying on your lordship’s will, And not depending on his friendly wish.
Ant. My will is something sorted with his wish: Muse not that I thus suddenly proceed; For what I will, I will, and there an end. I am resolv'd, that thou shalt spend some time With Valentinus in the emperor's court; What maintenance he from his friends receives, Like exhibition thou shalt have from me. To-morrow be in readiness to go: Excuse it not, for I am peremptory.
Pro. My lord, I cannot be so soon provided ;
[Exeunt Ant. and Pant. Pro. Thus have I shunn'd the fire, for fear of
burning; And drench'd me in the sea, where I am drown'd: I fear'd to thew my father Julia's letter, Left he should take exceptions to my love; And with the vantage of mine own excuse Hath he excepted most against my love. O, how this spring of love resembleth ?
6 Like exhibition -] i. e. allowance. So, in Othello :
“ Due reference of place and exhibition.” Again, in the Devil's Law Cafe, 1623: _ in his riot does far exceed the exhibition I allowed him."
STEEVENS. 70, how this spring of love resembleth - ] At the end of this verse there is wanting a fyllable, for the speech apparently ends in