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For truth to overpeer.-Rather than fool it so,
To one that would do thus." The whole speech is in couplets : write therefore, “For truth ť o’erpeer.” And so, too, write, Coriolanus, i. 1,
“Yet are they passing cowardly. But, 'beseech you,
What says the other troop?” for I beseech you ; and 2 K. H. VI. ii. 3,
“'Beseech your majesty, give me leave to go." Atque ita passim in vett. poëtis ; e.g., Chapman and Shirley, Chabot, iv. 1, Gifford and Dyce's Shirley, vi. 144,I beseech your majesty, let all my
zeal To serve your virtues,” &c. 'Beseech. Compare 'protest. Ford, Lady's Trial, ii. 1, ed. Gifford, vol. ii. p. 281,
'Protest, a fine conceit.” iv. 2, vol. ii. p. 325,
'Protest, she eyes me round. And trow ; Much Ado, &c. iii. 4,—“What means the fool, trow?” ubi vide Dar. M. W. of W. i. 4,-"Who's there, trow?” (al. I trov.26) (Beaumont and Fletcher, Wit at Several Weapons, iv. 1,
“Does fury make you drunk ? know you what you say ?” We should pronounce, I imagine, know'e.)
be observed in general, that the substitution of the
26 Here the folio reads 1 trow; in Much Ado, &c., and in Cymbeline, i. 7, trow, without the preposition. In these passages the phrase has the same meaning, and apparently answers to the modern I wonder. The usual signification of trow is trust, think.--Ed.
fuller forms of words for the abbreviated ones (e.g., against for 'gainst, alas for 'las, i faith for "faith, whatsoe'er for whate’er) is a frequent error in the old editions of our poets. 1 K. Henry VI. v. 1,
Marriage, uncle ? alas, my years are young." Surely ; "Marriage, uncle ? 'las, my years," &c. (as, e.g. 5,
Marriage is a matter of more worth," &c.)
In what have I offended you ?”
thy great fortunes Are made thy chief afflictions. Alas, kind lord !” &c. Ford, “ 'Tis Pity She's a Whore,” ii. 6, Moxon, page 33, col. 2,
Receive Annabella. Ann.
Alas, good man
an!") Qu. 'Las ; and in Putana's speech just below,—" she said, ’Las good man! Marlowe, K. Edward II. Dodsley, vol. ii. p. 392,
“We'll enter in by darkness to Killingworth.” Read dark. Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay, Dyce's Green, vol. i.
« Whatsoe'er betide, I cannot say him nay." Write whate'er; and so correct metri gratia, passim in
Greenianis. Chapman and Shirley, Chabot, i. 2, Gifford and Dyce, vol. vi. p. 103,—
is this the consequence Of an atonement made so lately between
The hopeful Montmorency and his lordship?” Read late. i. 1,
“ 'Tis brave, I swear. All
Nay it is worthy your wonder.”
Assuring me he never more would offer
To give it passage.”
“As you have ever been my father's honour'd 27 friend ;" Write, “ As y' hare e'er been.” Indeed the Var. 1813 has “ As you have e'er been ;" but that of 1821, ever. E'er for ever, when used in the sense of always,—though much more rare than in its other sense, unquam, –
-occurs now and then in our old poets. I hardly know whether it is needful to produce instances. King John, ii. 1,
“St. George, that swindg’d the dragon, and e'er since
27 The earlier editors improperly followed the 2nd and succeeding folios in omitting honour'd.-Ed. VOL. I.
Coriolanus, v. 3,
Hath virgin'd it e'er since."
“ And my desires, like fell cruel hounds,
E'er since pursue me." Heywood, Fair Maid of the Exchange, sig. B 4, ed. 1625, ap. Dyce, Remarks, p. 76,
“Men are so captious they'll ever conster [ë.e. construe] ill." Write e'er. Play of the Country Girl, Retrosp. 2nd Series, vol. ii. p. 21,
“ The contumelious and unmanly darings,
Uncivilly cast upon me.”
“Beware a sturdy clown e’er while you live.” Two Noble Kinsmen, v. 3, Knight, Pict. S. p. 164, col. 2,-
The dam of Horror,” &c.
“If e'er thy tongue did utter pleasing words,
Be dumb in sorrow."
“ The soul's ever durancy I eung before
For ever. Massinger and Dekker, Virgin Martyr, v. i. Moxon, p. 23, col. 1,
- a conscience all stain'd o'er, Nay, drown'd and damn'd for ever in Christian gore.” i. 1, p. 1, col. 2,
Abandoning for ever the Christian way.” I notice, even in a poem published in the Gentleman's Magazine, 1735, p. 429, col. 2, 1. 343,
hateful hatred does for e'er endure, And with that hatred, plagues for evermore.” Everlasting. Comedy of Errors, iv. 2,
“A devil in an everlasting garment hạth him.” As the context is in the ordinary blank verse, I conclude that Shakespeare wrote e'erlasting; as in Glapthorne’s Hollander, at least if the passage is copied correctly in Retrosp. vol. x. p. 139,
congeal thy blood To an e'erlasting lethargy." And so perhaps we should write, B. & F., Spanish Curate, ii. 1, the passage being in comic blank verse on the usual model of the twin dramatists,
" To have a thin stipend and an everlasting parish,
Lord, what a torment 'tis !" And Middleton, Women beware Women, iv. 1, Dyce, vol. iv.
“But come I to your everlasting parting once,
Thunder shall seem soft music to that tempest.” “ľ your e'erlasting." Knight—if it were worth mentioning-has in numerous
28 The old quarto 1640 has ere’lasting.--Ed.