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Herrick, Clarke, vol. i. p. 165, cclxxxiv.,
“Methought I saw, as I did dream in bed,
A mantling vine, about Anacreon's head ;" Dele comma after vine, [and, in the preceding example, after guests.] P. 136, ccxxv. The Bubble,
my revenge, and to her desperate fears,
Fly, thou made bubble of my sighs and tears." Butler, Hudibras, P. iii. C. ii. 1.1103,
“Denounc'd and pray'd, with fierce devotion,
And bended elbows on the cushion ;" &c.
informing them by types
the dispersive bowl Of cloudy weather in the soul."
XXVIII. Perspective, directive, &c., are frequently used by Shake
speare and his contemporaries, so to speak, in a passive
Two Gentlemen of Verona, iv. 4,
“ What should it be, that he respects in her,
Troilus and Cressida, ii. 2,
“We turn not back the silks upon the merchant,
Because we now are full.” Play of Hieronimo (First Part of Jeronymo), Dodsley, edition 1825, vol. ii. p. 58, Andrew addresses Bellimperia,
“Respective dear, O my live's [lives, life’s] happiness," &c. On the other hand, Romeo and Juliet, ïïi. 1,
“ Away to heaven, respective lenity,
And fire-eyed fury be my conduct now!" Glapthorne, Dedication to Albertus Wallenstein, speaks of “my respective service to you (his patron).” By the way in Daniel's Hymen's Triumph, iv. 3, I would write in one word,
I am content to speak
And with so good-respective modesty."
What's thy name?
I will be cock of three else."
“The providence that's in a watchful state
Knows almost every grain of Plutus' gold;
Finde bottom in th' uncomprehensive deeps ;" &c. i. 3,
limbs are his (the opinion's) instruments,
Directive by the limbs."
“Whereof by parcels she had something heard,
But not distinctively;"
at least if distinctively is the true reading ;62 see Var. notes. Julius Cæsar, ii. 1,
do not stain
To think that,” &c.
his plausive words
To grow there, and to bear;" worthy of applause. iv. 1, Parolles says,—“What shall I say I have done ? it must be a very plausive invention that carries it :"—i.e., plausible. Heywood, Four Prentices of London, Dodsley, vol. vi. p. 466, Robert of Normandy, congratulating Charles and Godfrey on their escape, says,
Let us rejoice,
Is this a dream ?
The pleasing taste of these applausive news ?” news worthy of acclamation ; compare plausive above. As You Like It, iii. 2,
“Run, run, Orlando; carve on every tree
The fair, the chaste and unexpressive she.”
62 Distinctively seems a mere sophistication by the editor of the second folio for instinctively, the nonsensical reading of the first. The quartos have intentively, which the critics tell us was used in the sense of attentively, But in this particular passage it seems to mean either all at a stretch, or, so as to comprehend the story as a whole. -Ed.
Where Malone quotes Milton's Hymn on the Nativity, noticed below. Jonson, Alchemist, ii. ], Gifford, vol. iv. p. 68,
But these two Make the rest ductile, malleable, extensive;" i.e., extensible ; see context. Drayton, Barons' Wars, B. ii. St. lviii.,
“With such brave raptures, from her words that rise,
She made a breach in his impressive breast,” &c. Marmyon, Antiquary, Dodsley, vol. x. page 83,-“ 'Tis so, that all women thirst man's overthrow; that's a principle as demonstrative as truth; 'tis the only end they were made for;" &c. Herrick, Clarke, vol. i. cclxxiv. p. 161,
“Then this immensive cup
Of aromatic wine,
To that terse muse of thine."
“Give way, give way; now, now my Charles shines here,
A public light, in this immensive sphere." Milton, Lycidas, 1. 176,
“ And hears the unexpressive nuptial song,
In the blest kingdoms meek of joy and love.” Hymn on the Nativity, 1. 115,
“Harping in loud and solemn quire
With unexpressive notes to Heaven's new-born Heir." Did this usage originate in the unmanageable length of some of the adjectives in able and ible, as unsuppressible, uncomprehensible?
Some of our later poets have occasionally employed this license in imitation of their predecessors.
Akenside, Pleasures of Imagination, B. i. 1. 434,
sound her (Virtue's) brow To twine the wreath of incorruptive praise.” 1. 124,
Then the inexpressive strain Diffuses its enchantment." Mason, in one of the choruses of the Elfrida, after Milton, as Akenside above,“Though now you
eternal throne With harpings high of inexpressive praise.” Cary's Dante, Paradise, C. ix. 1. 72,
“That voice, which joins the inexpressive song,
Pastime of heaven,” &c., Southey, in a poetical letter to Allan Cunningham, describes Bilderdijk the Dutch poet as
“In knowledge and in inexhaustive stores
Of native genius rich.”
The vast design requir'd.”
“For them, an indestructive mansion
XXIX. On the other hand, adjectives in able and ible, both posi
tive and negative ones, are frequently used by old writers in an active sense. (Compare the Latin, e.g., Oceano dissociabili, Hor. ; and compare also the oc