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casional active use of verbals in top in the Greek tragedians; e.g., Soph. Trach. 445. ti TI TÝ 'Tavopi -Mentós eipe. Æsch. Eumen. 236, Scholefield, čtov δε μηνυτήρος άφθέγκτου φραδαίς.) Proclamation of Protector Somerset, Tytler's Reigns of Edward VI. and Mary, somewhere about page 205 (I quote from the British and Foreign Review), the king's subjects are required to repair to Hampton Court “in most defensible


with harness and weapons to defend his most royal person," &c. Shakespeare, 2 King Henry IV. ii. 3,

to abide a field
Where nothing but the sound of Hotspur's name

Did seem defensible."
King Henry V. iii. 3,-

“Enter our gates, dispose of us and ours,

For we no longer are defensible." Hence our present Fencibles. As You Like It, ii. 5,"He is too disputable for my company." Chaucer, Merchantes Tale, Canterbury Tales, 1. 9931,

“O soden hap, o thou fortune unstable,

Like to the scorpion so deceivable,

That flatrest with thy head whan thou wolt sting." Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, iv. 3 ; see context,

there's something in 't That is deceivable.” Bacon, Essay of Deformity,—"therefore, it is good to consider of deformity, not as a sign which is more deceiveable, but as a cause which seldom faileth of the effect." Sidney, Arcadia, B. ii. p. 179, 1. 29,—"this colour of mine, which she (in the deceivable style of affection) would entitle beautiful.” Bunyan, Holy War, ed. 1791, p. 21,-"Diabolus

made this further deceivable speech to them, saying,” &c. And p. 40, ult., margin,—“Very deceivable language.” Shakespeare, Sonnet xxxvi., —

“ In our two loves there is but one respect,

Though in our lives a separable spite,
Which though it alter not love's sole effect,

Yet doth it steal sweet hours from love's delight.” i.e., a spiteful fortune that separates us. (Compare Oceanus dissociabilis.) Tarquin and Lucrece, ad fin.,

“The Romans plausibly did give consent

To Tarquin's everlasting banishment; " i.e., by acclamation ; the converse of plausive above. (On the other hand, Jonson, Every Man Out of His Humour, iii. 3, Gifford, vol.ii. p. 110, Shift talks of “ taking tobacco plausibly in any ordinary, theatre, or the tiltyard," &c.) Note Sidney, Arcadia, v. 449, ult., “ — all the whole people confirmed with an united murmur Pyrocles' demand Euarchus, though neither regarding a prisoner's passionate prayer, nor bearing overplausible ears to a many-headed motion, yet well enough content to win their liking with things in themselves indifferent,” &c.— not being influenced in his determination by any inordinate love of popular applause. All's Well, &c., i. 3,

“Yet in this captious and intenible sieve
I still pour in the waters of


love And lack not to lose still.” (Tenable or tenible in the passive sense, Hamlet, i. 2,—

I pray you all,

have hitherto conceal'd this sight,

Let it be tenable in your silence still.” In the Hamlet (so called) of 1603 it is written tenible ;

perhaps this was Shakespeare's spelling, for the folio has treble. And so on the other hand, as I have noticed elsewhere, Hamlet, v. 1, p. 278, col. 2, the folio has,-“ Oh terrible woer [woes, I think, not woe], Fall ten times trebble,” &c.) King Henry V. ii. 4,

“ He sends you this most memorable line,

In every branch truly demonstrative," &c. iv. 7,

“I wear it for a memorable honour,

For I am Welch, you know, good countryman ;." i.e., commemorative. Note too, iïi. 4, dialogue between the princess Katharine and Alice,"ces sont mots de son mauvais, corruptible, grosse, et impudique,” &c. Cymbeline, iii. 2,“Some griefs are med'cinable; that is (that's ?) one of them,

For it doth physic love." Othello, i. 3,—“why, the power and corrigible authority of this lies in our wills.” Jonson, Poetaster, ii. 1, Gifford, vol. ii. p. 419,-“Do not I bear a reasonable corrigible hand over him, Crispinus ?” Black Book, Dyce's Middleton, vol. v. p. 528,—“ being moved both with his penetrable (i.e., piercing, affecting) petition, and his insufferable poverty.” Beaumont and Fletcher, Coxcomb, v. 2, Moxon, vol. ii. p. 303, col. 2,–

“I do not mock, nor lives there such a villain

That can do any thing contemptible
To you; but I do kneel, because it is
An action very fit and reverent

In presence of so pure a creature.” Play of Soliman and Perseda, 1529, B. 2,-"I have rejected with contemptible frowns the sweet glances of many amorous girls." (Here it is spelt contemptable.) Jonson,

Cynthia's Revels, ii. 1, Gifford, vol. ii. p. 259,—“He does
naturally admire his wit that wears gold lace or tissue;
stabs any man that speaks more contemptibly of the scholar
than he.” I notice this in Gaudentio di Lucca; ed. 1776,
p. 93, note, --“ Signor Redi, being an Italian, one cannot
wonder that he speaks contemptibly of the northern people;
the Italians call them all Barbari.” Is this a slip of the
author's pen? And so perhaps Twelfth Night, ii. 1,-
A lady, sir, though it was said she much resembled me,
was yet of many accounted beautiful; but, though I could
not, with such estimable wonder, overfar believe that, yet
thus far will I boldly publish her;" &c. W. Browne's
Britannia's Pastorals, B. ii. Song ii. Clarke's ed. p. 201 ;
I have corrected the punctuation,-

“No less did all this quaint assembly long
Than doth the traveller : this shepherd's song
Had so ensnar'd each acceptable ear,
That, but a second, nought could bring them clear

From an affected [i.e., beloved or desired] snare."
Spenser, F. Q. B. vi. C. viii. St. iii.,-

“ Who after thraldome of the gentle Squire
Which she beheld with lamentable eye,
Was touched with compassion entire,

And much lamented his calamity,” &c.
C. iv. St. xxix.,-

“ Then thus began the lamentable Dane;" &c. see context.- Sidney, Arcadia, B. ii. page 97, 1. 23,“ the lamentable party;" see context; and so understand “ lamentable tune," three lines above; and B. iii. p. 255, 1. 30, “who in vain had lamentably cried unto him to stay." Holinshed, ap. Taylor's ed. of Chapman's Iliad, vol. i. p. 127, note c, says the Irish are sufferable of infinite


pains.” (Pains is here labour.) Chapman, Preface to his Translation of Achilles' Shield; I quote from Dyce's Remarks on Knight and Collier, p. 156," — for neyther doe common dispositions keepe fitte or plausible consort with iudiciall and simple honestie, nor are idle capacities comprehensible of an elaborate Poeme.” King Richard III. iii. 7,

my desert, Unmeritable, shuns (shames] your high request.” Julius Cæsar, iv. 1, Lepidus is called “a slight unmeritable man.” Browne, Religio Medici, B. i. Sect. xlvii.,

and indeed I found [i.e., within myself ] upon a natural inclination, an inbred loyalty unto virtue, that I could serve her without a livery, yet not in that resolved and venerable way, but that the frailty of my nature, upon an easy temptation, might be induced to forget her."

(Comfortable, Art. xi. above, is perhaps something in point. It may also be noticed that terrible is sometimes used for fearful ; the converse of the present usage. King Lear, i. 2,—“What paper were you reading? Edmund. Nothing, sir. Gloster. No? what needed then that terrible despatch of it into your pocket ?” Jonson, Bartholomew Fair, iv. i, Gifford, vol. iv. p. 471,-—" Beshrew him, he startled me: I thought he had known of our plot. Guilt 's a terrible thing.")

So I think Kyd, Cornelia, v. Dodsley, vol. v. p. 298; see context,

Incessantly lamenting th' extreme loss,

And suspirable death of so brave soldiers.” Coriolanus, iv. 5, near the end, “Let me have war, say I; it's sprightly, waking, audible and full of vent. Peace is a very apoplexy, lethargy; mulled [read mute], deaf,

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