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Queen of Corinth, iii. 1, vol. ii. p. 36, col. 1,

tell him, for his marrying, He may dispose him how and when he please.” Island Princess, ii. 1, ad fin. vol. ii. p. 238, col. 1,

That's the most cruelty, That we must keep him living. 2 Moor.

That's as be please ; For that man that resolves needs no physician.” Massinger, Maid of Honour, v. l, near the beginning,

for my fine favourite, He

may graze where he please.” Tailor, Hog hath Lost his Pearl, v. 1, Dodsley, vol. vi.

p. 382,

“Great Cræsus shadow may dispose of me

To what he pleaseth.

So speaks obediency."
Metri gratia,69 please.
Tomkis, Albumazar, i. 5, Dodsley, vol. vii. p. 123,-

the bunch of planets new found out,
Hanging at th' end of my best perspicil,
Send them to Galileo at Padua :

Let him bestow them where he please.” Marmyon, Antiquary, i. 1 (it should be 2), Dodsley, vol. x. p. 19,

by that time she 'll get strength To break this rotten hedge of matrimony [] And after have a fair green field to walk in,

And wanton where she please.”
Spenser, Faery Queene, B. ii. C. vii. St. xvii.
" Then if thee list


grace Take what thou please of all this surplusage.” 69 Please here may be better Elizabethan English, but pleaseth scarcely violates the metre. See S. V., art. ix.--Ed. VOL. I.


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Fairfax's Tasso, B. xvii. St. lii.,

Thou worthy art that their disdain and ire
At thy commands these knights should both appease,
That 'gainst thy foe their courage hot as fire

Thou may'st employ both when and where thou please.' I conjecture, that it was the form with you, e.g., what you please, how you please—where the words might bear two different constructions—which gave rise to the error in question.


INSTANCES of when, and similar particles—as also of who,

whose, &c.-joined with the subjunctive of other verbs besides please. I have included under this head some

other passages of analogous construction. Daniel, Sonnet xl.,

Thou canst not die, whilst any zeal abound

In feeling hearts, that can conceive these lines.” Dekker and Middleton, Honest Whore, part 1, i. l, near the end; the lines are in rhyme,

“ If ever, whilst frail blood through my veins run,

On woman's beams I throw affection,

Let me not prosper, Heaven! Fletcher, Purple Island, B.i. St. xxii., -

“Oft therefore have I chid my tender Muse ;

Oft my chill breast beats off her flutt'ring wing:
Yet when new spring her gentle rays infuse,

All storms are laid, again 70 to chirp and sing." 70 The edition of 1633 has l 'gin, which seems the genuine reading. Again, however, appears in Southey’s “British Poets,"

Lord Brooke, Mustapha, i. 2, p. 87,

this crafty slave, Careless in which he make the other's tomb." Drayton, Polyolbion, Song x., “ This scarce the Muse had said, but Cluyd did quickly call

Her great recourse, to come and guard her while she glide

Along the goodly vale,” &c.; as in Daniel and Dekker and Middleton just above; for it can hardly, I think, be glide for glided, as rise for rose, light for lighted. (A false analogy, I suspect.) Can this be the syntax in Tarquin and Lucrece, St. cxcii.?

“For they whose guilt within their bosoms lie,

Imagine every eye beholds their blame.” Dekker, Old Fortunatus, ed. 1831, p. 80,

those that (like him) do muffle Virtue in clouds, and care not how she shine,

I'll make their glory, like to his, decline.” Fletcher, &c., Bloody Brother, iii. 2, Moxon, vol. i. p. 530, col. 1, Song, init.,

“ Come, Fortune's a whore, I care not who tell her." Cary, Inferno, C. v. 1. 21, if in point,

"Look how thou enter here; beware in whom

Thou place thy trust; let not the entrance broad

Deceive thee to thy harm.” (Under this head may be noticed, though not exactly similar, the following passage from Daniel's Hymen's Triumph, ii. 4, init. p. 238, ed. 1623,

“ Here comes my long expected messenger,

God grant the news he bring may make amends

For his long stay.") and therefore is probably not a mere slip of Walker's


I must confess, I do not quite understand the passage with either reading.-Ed.

Sir John Beaumont, Description of Love, ap. Clarke's Helicon of Love, 1844, p. 71, St. iii.,

“ Love is like youth, he thirsts for age,

He scorns to be his mother's page;
But when proceeding time assuage
The former heat, he will complain,

And wish those pleasant hours again.” Sidney, Arcadia, B. i. p. 82, 1. 36, is somewhat in point, “Then do I shape to myself that form which reigns so within me,

And think there she do dwell, and hear what plaints I do utter.” 16., p. 88, 1. 33,

They false and fearful do their hands undo,
Brother his brother, friend doth friend forsake,
Heeding himself, cares not how fellow do,

But of a stranger mutual help doth take.”
P. 94, 1. 31,-

Away, ragg'd rams! care I what murrain kill ? " B. ii. p. 228, 1. 26,

“I con thee thank, to whom thy dogs be dear;

But commonly like curs we them entreat,

Save when great need of them perforce appear.” B. iii. p. 262, 1. 35,

if I prevail, you give your gifts to me; If you, on you I lay what in my office be.” Defence of Poesy, p.501,1.37,-"For suppose it be granted, that which I

suppose with great reason may be denied, that the philosopher, in respect of his methodical proceeding, teach more perfectly than the poet, yet do I think,” &c. Astrophel and Stella, Sonnet lxxiii. p. 545,

“Love still a boy, and oft a wanton is,

School'd only by his mother's tender eye:
What wonder then if he his lesson miss,
When for so soft a rod dear play he try?

Kyd, Cornelia, i. 1, Dodsley, vol. ii. p. 247,-

“ 'Tis not enough (alas) our power t’extend,

Or overrun the world from east to west,
Or that our hands the earth can comprehend,

Or that we proudly do what like us best.” Shelley has, in one or two passages of his poems, adopted the same idiom in the case of when, not however through imitation of the old poets, but from a supposed analogy. Revolt of Islam, C. v. Hymn, St. 6,

Almighty Fear,
The Fiend-God, when our charmed name he hear,

Shall fade like shadow from his thousand fanes.”
C. vii. St. xxii., -

like those illusions clear and bright,
Which dwell in lakes, when the red moon on high

Pause ere it waken tempest.”
Tennyson, vol. ii. p. 193 (φιλολογώτερος),-

“ And wheresoe'er thou move, good luck

Shall fling her old shoe after.” • Vol. 1, p. 224, (an instance ?)—

“Make Knowledge circle with the winds;

But let her herald, Reverence, fly

Before her to whatever sky
Bear seed of men or growth of minds."

The word God omitted or altered.
Measure for Measure, ii. 2, fol. p. 67, col. 1,-

“Let her haue needful, but not lauish meanes,

There shall be order for't.

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