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Jonson, Forest, xi.,

“It is a golden chain, let down from heaven,

Whose links are bright and even,
That falls like sleep on lovers, and combines

The soft, and sweetest minds

In equal knots.”
Fairfax's Tasso, B. xvii. S. lx.,-

keep them well in mind, till in the truth
A wise and holier man instruct thy youth.”
("

sin che distingua Meglio a te il ver più saggia e santa lingua.") B. xix. St. lxxiii.,

had I liberty to use this blade,
Who slow, who weakest is, soon should be seen.”
("

chi sia più lento.") And so I think B. xviji. St. lxxii.,

where the wall high, strong, and surest was,
That part would he assault, and that way pass.”
(" La' dove il muro più munito ad alto

In pace stassi, ei vuol portar l'assalto.")
Chapman, Odyss. vi. p. 91,-

one of fresh and firmest spirit would change T'embrace so bright an object.” Hudibras, P. iii. C. i. 567; see context,

“Of which the true and faithfull'st lover

Gives best security to suffer.”
C. č. 743, the adverb similarly used, -

“ We never fail to carry on
The work still, as we had begun ;
But true and faithfully obey'd,

And neither preach'd them hurt, nor pray'd.” So Beaumont and Fletcher, Love's Cure, v. 3, Moxon, , vol. ii. p. 174, col. 2, "—it hath therefore pleased his

sacred majesty, -as a sweet and heartily-loving father of his people, to order and ordain, &c.," i.e., “as a sweetly and heartily loving,” &c. Goffe, Courageous Turk, 1632, ii. 3,

"The vain and haughtiest minds the sun e'er saw.” Play of Ram Alley, i. Dodsley, vol. v. p. 373,

let's in, And on with all your neat and finest rags.” John Onley, Lines to W. Browne, Clarke's Browne, vol. i. p. 17,

“Fair Muse of Browne, whose beauty is as pure

As women brown, that fair and long'st endure." Compare Shakespeare, Sonnet lxxx.,

“But since your worth (wide, as the ocean is)

The humble as the proudest sail doth bear.”
Beaumont and Fletcher, Pilgrim, ii. 2,-

Then thou should'st have brav'd me,
And, arm’d with all thy family's hate, upon me
Done something worthy feat :73 Now poor and basely

Thou sett'st toils to betray me. Here again, as elsewhere occasionally, we have the adverbial termination. So King Richard III. iii. 4 (the ly preceding),

“His grace looks cheerfully and smooth this morning.” Othello, iii. 4,

“Why do you speak so startingly and rash.” Merchant of Venice, iïi. 2,

“The dearest friend to me, the kindest man,
The best condition’d and unwearied spirit
In doing courtesies,” &c.

73 Read fame for feat, I think. For other emendations see Mr. Dyce's Beaumont and Fletcher, vol. viii. p. 30, note 0.-Ed.

This usage, whereby the latter of two superlatives copu-
lated with and is changed into a positive, is frequent in
Shakespeare and his contemporaries.74 Jonson, Induction
to Cynthia's Revels, Gifford, vol. ii. p. 228,-"the only
best and judiciously penn'd play of Europe."
Daniel, Hymen's Triumph, iii. 4, ed. 1623, p. 301,-

creatures built
of the purest and refined clay

Whereto th' eternal fires their spirits convey."
Middleton, Witch, i. 2, Dyce, vol. iii. p. 269,-

“ Call me the horrid’st and unhallow'd thing

That life and nature tremble at.”
I notice in Ramsay's Gentle Shepherd, Sang x., -

“Its mony times sweeter and pleasing to me.”

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XXXVI.
Sometimes, something, nothing, with a shifting accent.
Julius Cæsar, ii. 1,-

Am I yourself
But, as it were, in sort or limitation,
To keep with you at meals, comfort your bed,
And talk to you sometimes ? Dwell I but in the suburbs

of your good pleasure ? ” Write,

“And talk t you sometimes ? Dwell I but i' th suburbs,” &c.

74 This usage seems to have grown obsolete in the time of Mr. Collier's Old Corrector, who has altered unwearied to unwearied'st.--Ed.

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(This last allusion, by the bye, is connected with what follows,

if it be no more, Portia is Brutus' harlot, not his wife.” So by the way, Lover's Complaint, St. xxxiii.,

“Take all these similes to your own command;” read to your.) Sometimes and sometimes, or rather sometimes and sometimes, were both current in Shakespeare's time; e.g. (if instances be worth quoting), Hamlet, ii. 2,

“You know, sometimes he walks for hours together,” &c. and v. 2,

“Our indiscretion sometimes serves us well,

When our deep plots do fail.” (Compare wherefore and whéreföre; S. V. art. xi.)

In like manner something and nothing were not unfrequent in Shakespeare's time. The former, and I suppose also the latter, though I happen only to have noticed the former, are common in the earlier English poetry. Note that Surrey always lays the stronger accent on the final syllable of such words. Winter's Tale, ii. 2,

She is, something before her time, deliver'd.
As if he had said “some whit before,” &c., -

I cannot speak
So well, nothing so well; no, nor mean better.”
King Richard II. ii. 2,-

my inward soul
At nothing trembles ; at something it grieves 75

More than with parting from my lord the king." 75 Perhaps another instance occurs at the close of the Queen's next speech,

(Var. some thing.) See context. King Richard III. i. 2,

But, gentle lady Anne,
To leave this keen encounter of our wits,

And fall something into a slower method,” &c.
Romeo and Juliet, v. 3,-

whistle then to me, As signal that thou hear’st something approach.” To one that reads the play continuously it is evident that the ear demands something. Fol. (which, by the way, has hearest), some thing ; whereas just below it reads,

“The boy gives warning, something doth approach.” Taming of the Shrew, v. 2,

“Padua affords this kindness, son Petruchio. Petr. Padua affords nothing but what is kind.” The double accent restores harmony to the line. Troilus and Cressida, iii. 1, Pandarus's song,

“Love, love, nothing but love, still more!" In fact, just before the folio has, 14th page of the play, col. 1,—“ Par. I, good now loue, loue, no thing but loue. Pan. In good troth it begins so.” Othello, iv. 1,

What trumpet is that same ?
Iago. I warrant, something from Venice.”
Warrant as a monosyllable, S. V. art. iv. p. 65. I hardly
know whether the Harnlet of 1603, C 3, is worth quoting,

“It beckons you, as though it had something
To impart to you alone."

so heavy sad,
As, though in thinking on no thought I think,

Makes me with heavy nothing faint and shrink."
Surely common sense requires us to read no thing for no thought.
-Ed.

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