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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.
Milton has it; e.g., Paradise Lost, xii. 233,-

informing them by types
And shadows, of that destin'd seed to bruise

The Serpent.”
But in his Latinized diction it is less noticeable.
I observe in Green's Spleen, near the end, speaking of wine,

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,
But I can make respective in myself,
If this fond Love were not a blinded god ? "

Troilus and Cressida, ii. 2,

“We turn not back the silks upon the merchant,
When we have spoil'd them ; nor the remainder viands
We do not throw in unrespective sieve,

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
With him, he speaks so prettily, so sweet,

And with so good-respective modesty."
Beaumont and Fletcher, Little French Lawyer, ii. 3,-

What's thy name?
La-Writ. My name is Cock-a-two: use me respectively,

I will be cock of three else."
Troilus and Cressida, iii. 3,-

“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,
In no less working, than are swords and bows

Directive by the limbs."
Othello, i. 3, is somewhat in the same way, -

“Whereof by parcels she had something heard,

But not distinctively;"

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at least if distinctively is the true reading ;62 see Var. notes. Julius Cæsar, ii. 1,

do not stain
The even virtue of our enterprise,
Nor th' insuppressive mettle of our spirits

To think that,” &c.
And so I think All's Well, &c., i. 2,-

his plausive words
He scatter'd not in ears, but grafted them

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,
And to your plausive fortunes give our voice.”
Woman Killed with Kindness, Dodsley, vol. vii. p. 261,-

Is this a dream ?
Or do my waking senses apprehend

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.

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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,
Catullus, I quaff up

To that terse muse of thine."
And so vol. ii. ccclxxix. p. 165,-

“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.

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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.”
Id., Inscriptions, xli. Poems, vol. iii. p. 166,-

Contemplate now,
What days and nights of thought, what years of toil,
What inexhaustive springs of public wealth

The vast design requir'd.”
Cary, Translation of Pindar, Nemean vi. 1.5, p. 152,-

. “For them, an indestructive mansion Abideth in the skies."

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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

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