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Pericles of Tyre, i. 2,
“Whereas reproof, obedient, and in order,
Fits kings as they are men, for they may err. I think the occasion (the winding-up of a youn) requires rhyme ; see context. But is the passage Shakespeare's ? Midsummer Night's Dream, v. i.,
“Through which the lovers, Pyramus and Thisby,
Did whisper often, very secretly.” This is of a piece with the purposely incondite composition of this dramiticle. So a little above,
“This beauteous lady Thisby is certain." We might indeed scan : "Pyram | us and | Thisby;” but this is not likely. In Sonnet xlv, we have,
“For when these quicker elements are gone
Sinks down to death, opprest with melancholy.” But Shakespeare was incapable of anything so discordant as this. The other instances, occurring in the places they do, are less offensive; besides that they are from his earlier works. Let any one with a tolerable ear read the Sonnets continuously, and judge. Ought melancholy to be pronounced mélanch’ly? Instances from other writers. Play of How a Man may Choose a Good Wife from a Bad, 1604, iv. ad fin. Old English Drama, vol. i. p. 79,
“Then thus resolvid, I straight will drink to thee
A health thus deep, to drown thy melancholy."
You shall have love, and hate, and jealousy,
Dedication to Chapman's Play of All Fools, as printed in Dodsley's Plays, 1825, vol. iv. p. 107; I know not whether melanch’ly is from Chapman, or a correction of Dodsley's or Collier's,
“And drown'd in dark death-ushering melanch’ly,” rhyming to vanity. Play of Hieronimo, Part ii. 1, Dodsley, ed. 2, vol. iii. p. 130 (ed. 1825, p. 109),
“Aye, aye, this earth, image of melancholy,
Seeks him whom fates adjudge to misery.” I think rhyme is intended. For seekes read suites. (By the way, the pronunciation melancholy was also in use; Spenser, F. Q. B. i. C. v. St. iii.-C. xii. St. xxxviii.,
“ To drive away the dull melancholy.” Donne, Poems, ed. 1633, p. 28, Holy Sonnets, i.,
“Wear'd in my low devout melancholy." P. 100,
“Bred in thee by a wise melancholy." Dubartas, ii. ii. iii. p. 131, col. 2,
“ If this among the Africans we see,
Doth always tickle with a wanton lust,” &c.
Mightst thou perceive austerely in his eye
Look'd he or red, or pale; or sad, or merrily ?” The twelve-syllable line, if I mistake not, nowhere occurs in Shakespeare, except under certain circumstances, which do not exist here. Perhaps he wrote merry. 2 King Henry VI. iii. 2 (not Shakespeare's part, surely),
“This get I by his death : Ay me unhappy,
Rhyme perhaps, from its situation. Taming of the Shrew, i. ad fin.,
“ The motion's good indeed, and be it so:
Petruchio, I shall be your ben venuto;" at least, if the Italian was rightly pronounced. Can the following be an instance ? Romeo and Juliet, v. 3,
0, true apothecary ! Thy drugs are quick.—Thus with a kiss I die.” Instances from other writers. In the Prologue and Epilogue to K. H. VIII., consisting together of only 46 lines, it occurs twice, once in each ; a sufficient argument, were there no other, to prove that these compositions were not written by Shakespeare. In the Prologue,
think, ye see The very persons of our noble story,
As they were living." In the Epilogue,
“All the expected good we are like to hear
In this play at this time, is only in
The merciful construction of good women." Jonson, Epigram cxiv. Gifford, vol. viii. p. 226,
“For Cupid .
Hath chang'd his soul, and made his object you,
Where finding so much beauty met with virtue,” &c.
only a long,
Contempt of fame begets contempt of virtue."
familiar with the play, or even with this speech, will pro-
work all my kin
For friendship or for innocence.” Here indeed, but that Jonson corrected the folio edition of his works himself, so that such erratum is perhaps unlikely, we might imagine that he had written gin, see art. xii. above. v. 1, near the beginning,
“Is there not something more than to be Cæsar?
Must we rest there? it irks ť have come so far,
To be so near a stay.”
He enjoys rest,
And wake it out, that was inspired for turmoil.”
“ Accounts more honour done to her this day,
Than ever whilom in these woods of Ida.” And so ib. ad fin. p. 16–ii. 1, init., 80—Echo. The following, ii. 2, Dyce, vol. i. p. 27, is curious,
“ And for thy meed, sith I am queen of riches,
Shepherd, I will reward thee with great monarchies.” ii. 1, p. 24,
“That Venus is the fairest, this doth prove,
That Venus is the lovely queen of love.
The only she that wins the prize am I.” (Excellency here is perhaps used as a trisyllable, which, as
I think, is not uncommon : so excellent as dissyllable passim. Massinger, Guardian, ü. 4, Moxon, page 348, col. 2,
and from their wants Her excellences take lustre.”) Peele, ut supra, ad fin., he-controversy. And so elsewhere in the same play, passim. In King Edward I. it occurs less frequently; in the War of Troy, often. ii. 181,
“So Peleus' noble son, the great Achilles,
Unworthy cowardice of a valiant man,” &c.
“Till our Leander, that made Mars his Cupid,
For soft love-suits, with iron thunders chid.”
A sacred temple, holding her a goddess."
“And stood not resolute to wed Leander;
This serv'd her white neck for a purple sphere." Sest. vi. p. 95,
“Men kiss but fire that only shows pursue,
Her torch and Hero, figure show and virtue.” And so passim, throughout the three latter Sestiads; in the two first, which are confessedly Marlowe's, no instance occurs; in the latter part of the third there are, I think,