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monda overhears and adverts to with bitter sarcasm; in which she is immediately joined by D'Avolos. G.428. W.393.—To witness that I spake is trath. This makes nonsense of what follows.
Read: To witness that I speak is truth. i. e. that which I am now saying. Three times in this very scene has Mr. Weber blundered on the same string, and given us spake for speak, though the corruption perverts the meaning in every one of them. G. 434. W.399.—and for the process we'll give them courage. i.e. when the women have agreed on their plan of vengeance, we'll aid them in the performance of it. But this is too simple for our author. “ Process," he says, “ generally means summons, but seems here to be employed in the sense of executing a warrant.” G.435. W.399.—Will ye? Hold! Read: Will
hold? Ferentes is anxious to stop the clamour of Marana.
G. 439. W.403.—To entertain the presence with delight.
“ The 4to reads the present, which conveys no meaning." This positiveness might have been spared. The present for the present time, conveys a very good meaning; it is common 'to all our old writers in this sense; and, though it naturally escaped the notice of Mr. Weber, occurs in the opening of the very next play,
* Perkin Warbeck." “ But, noble counsellors, since now the present
Requires some service to our lord," &c.
In soul, above her malice.
G.448. W.410.—By all our wish of loves.
Read: By all our wish of joys.
G.458. W.418.- be rather wiser.
Read: be rather wise. Wise is opposed to mad, in the former part of the verse.
6.459. W.419.-If the morn serve, some that are safe shall bleed.
Read: If the moon serve, some that are safe shall bleed. Mr.Weber's corruption of this passage originates in igno
In our old almanacks, the days of the moon favourable to bleeding were always carefully pointed out: it is to this practice that the Duke alludes.
G.460. W.420.-Nay 'tis Bianca.-Go too, D'Avolos.
Bring us Mauruccio hither.
Bring us Mauruccio bither.
Here the Variorum supplies Mr. Weber with a note on begging “ the wardship of an idiot,” to which practice, it seems, Mauruccio alludes. But Mauruccio no more suspected himself to be an idiot than the critic does-et c'est beaucoup dire! What he feared was, the penalty of treason, in consequence of the fate of Ferentes, who was murdered in the Duke's presence; and accordingly he talks of being hanged ; and is finally glad to escape with the punishment of a preposterous marriage.
G. 466. W.425.
but as for me,
Your fury or affection-judge the rest.
but as for me,
Your fury or affection:-judge the rest.
G.473. W.431.-The iron of laws of ceremony bar.
Read: The iron laws of ceremony bar.
G. 475. W.432.-Do you see?
you see? do you see, sir?
G. 479. W.435.—Nor did I often urge the violence
Of my affection-
Of my affection, but as oft he urg'd
G. 479. W.436.
the sum of all thy rained follies. Vained.] “ This is a singular and perhaps unique phrase, and one for which Ford must probably be arraigned as the coiner. He means to employ it in the sense of raunted."
Why there's all the wit of a bell-wether now"! as the clown says. Had Ford meant vaunted, there was surely nothing, either in the measure or sound of the word, to prevent him from “ employing it.”
employing it.” But not to trifle-read: “ the sum of all thy veined follies.” i.e. ingrained, as we say; follies that run in the blood.
Would angels sing
With my revenge on thee twere all in vain.
would I were dead !”
Would angels sing
Prepare to die. i. e.—if so plain a passage needs explanation—“ Could I secure a happy immortality by sparing thy life, I would not forego my revenge.”
G. 481. W.437.- No tragedy to thee.) i.e. " no tragic fate.”
Read: My tragedy to thee. Bianca is enumerating her dying bequests: she bequeaths her tragedy to her husband, who had just poniarded her, her heart to her lover Fernando, and dies with the word on her lips.
The reader, who has seen and admired Mr. Weber's happy discovery of the great similarity between the Edgar of King Lear and the drivelling idiot of this play, will not be unprepared to find him detecting another wonderful resemblance-between the chaste, faithful, broken hearted Calantha, and the shameless and abandoned character before “ In Love's Sacrifice,” he says,
we have two very striking resemblances—Mauruccio is another Cuculus; and the identity of Bianca and Calantha will become more and more obvious, as we approach towards the catastrophe"! p. 396.-i. e. as the libidinous propensities of the former become more open and avowed ! G.481. W.437.-I'll slake no time.
Read: I'll slack no time, i.e. I'll hasten. G.482. W.438.
none of sprucest. Read :
'tis none of the sprucest. G. 402. W.369.—Thus bodies walk unsoul'd.
“A very quaint word coined by Ford." It was a word in common use before Ford was born. Spenser has it in the Faery Queene
“Ne aught to see, but like a shade to ween.
Unbodied, unsoul'd, unheard, unseen." And I could easily trace it down, through a variety of writers, to the present day. So much for this "quaint coinage of Ford's brain”!
It was not discovered, till the preceding sheet was printed off, that this passage had been dislocated from the note,
G.483. W. 439.—Duke, Stand, and bebold tby executioner.
This loses much of its effect from the total omission of the preceding speech.
Read: Nibrassa. Look to yourself, my lord! the Duke
[Enter Duke with his sword drawn. Duke. Stand, and behold thy executioner.
G. 386. W.355.—Would tie the limits of our free effects.
Would tie the limits of our free affects, i. e. affections.
G.488. W. 443.–Fellow, learn to new live the way to thrift.
For thee, in grace, is a repentant shrift. This is a strange passage. Read: Fellow, learn to new live. The way to thrift
For thee, in grace, is a repentant shrift. i.e. The way for thee to thrive in grace, is, &c. G.489. W.443.—“ Associate. i, e, companion." No doubt.
6.489. W.443.-“ Else. i. e. otherwise."
Clearly; it stands so in “ Daniel Fenning, Philomath.”
G.490. W.444.—Roaring oblations of a wounded heart
To thee, offended spirit.
To thee, &c.
My sister shall to me stand an example
Of pouring pure devotions for your safety."
Very good; you have judiciously given us Shakspeare's authority for it; and all doubt is over.