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Julius Cæsar, iii. 2, ad fin.,
“Belike they had some notice of the people,
How I had mov'd them.” Merchant of Venice, iv. 1,
“You hear the learn'd Bellario what he writes." Winter's Tale, i. 2,
I am angling now,
“But wilt thou hear me how I did proceed ?” K. Richard II. iii. 3,
“ March on, and mark king Richard how he looks." Much Ado, &c. v. 2,
“The god of love,
That sits above,
How pitiful I deserve." 2 K. H. IV. iii. 1 (so construe),
“Then you perceive the body of our kingdom, 21
How foul it is." King Richard II. v. 4,
“Didst thou not mark the king, what words he spake ? " King Henry VIII. iii. 2,
“The king in this perceives him, how he coasts
And hedges his own way.” Taming of the Shrew, ii. 1,
I knew you at the first You were a moveable." 21 Walker follows the folios in putting the comma after kingdom, and so Rowe, Pope, Theobald, and Hanmer. I presume it was from inadvertence that later editors, Capell, Malone, Steevens, and even Knight and Collier, put it after perceive.-Ed.
2 K. Henry VI. iii. 1, near the end, —
"By this I shall perceive the commons' mind,
How they affect the house and claim of York.” Contention of the Two Houses, Part I. i. 4, ed. Knight,
“And I will stand upon this tower here,
And hear the spirit what it says to you.” Tomkins, Albumazar, iii. 1, Dodsley, vol. vii. p. 156,
I would gladly do it, But fear he understands us what we say.” Middleton, Trick to Catch the Old One, ii. 1, Dyce, vol. ii. p. 34, —"I can tell you, thou art known what thou art, son, among the right worshipful, all the twelve companies.” A Mad World, my Masters, iv. 2, near the end, -"we are tried what we are.” Harrington's Ariosto, xliii. lxxxi,
“ Anselmus leaves him busy, and next day
Cometh to hear him what he hath to say." Play of Ram Alley, i. Dodsley vol. v. p. 370,
you hear her what she says." So I think Jonson, Apologetical Dialogue subjoined to the Poetaster, ed. Gifford, vol. ii. p. 539,
“I pray you, let's go see him how he looks
After these libels.” Also Fairfax, ii. xciv.,
“No need of me, what I can do or say." And Sidney, Arcadia, B. iii. p. 267, 1. 23,-—"when your glass shall accuse you to your face, what a change there is in you." This too corresponds with the Greek idiom; e.g. Il. B. 409, ήδεε γάρ κατά θυμόν αδελφεόν, ως επονείτο.
Note Jonson, Induction to Bartholomew Fair, Gifford, vol. iv. p. 369,-" Though it be an ignorance, it is a virtuous and staid ignorance ; and next to truth, a confirmed error does well ; such a one the author knows where to find him.”
Instances, in which it appears more or less probable that
lines have been lost in Shakespeare. L. L. L. v. 2, the entire passage being in rhyme, —
“But what, but what, come they to visit us ? Boyet.
They do, they do; and are apparell'd thus,-
Unto his several mistress.”
that line is lost; for isolated lines sometimes occur in the midst of rhyming couplets : but the words apparell'd thus surely require something more like an čtečnynous than what follows. Note the distinction between Muscovites and Russians. Butler, Hudibras, P. i. C. ii. 265, if not meant for burlesque,
“He was by birth, some authors write,
A Russian, some a Muscovite." What, as I have elsewhere observed, can love-feat mean here? “
Read "love-suit.") So iv. 1, a line may possibly have dropt out before the concluding couplet. This play is remarkably corrupt in the folio.
3 K. H. VI. ii. 6, near the beginning: I suspect a line is lost,
“ And, now I fall, thy tough commixtures melt;
The common people swarm like summer flies ;” &c.22
“And now I die, that tough commixture melts.
Impairing Henry strengthen'd misproud York :"
“ You do not meet a man but frowns : our bloods
Still seem as does the king's.” Boswell, Var. 1821,—"This passage means, I think, 'Our bloods, or our constitutions, are not more regulated by the heavens, by every skyey influence, than our courtiers apparently are by the looks or disposition of the king : when he frowns, every man frowns.'” This explanation to say nothing more—is irreconcilable with the words of the passage, which, to admit of it, ought to be “ Not more obey,” &c.
But it suggested to me the former part of a conjectural emendation. I suspect that a line is wanting; c.g. (to illustrate my meaning),
22 This line, omitted in the folio, was inserted by Theobald from the Second Part of the Contention. Eight lines below, on the other hand, the folio has inserted, to the detriment of the sense, a line apparently concocted from the above,
(“They would not then have sprung like summer flies.")
[Mirror their master's looks : their countenances]
Still seem, as doth the king's.” There are, as it seems to me, several instances in the folio (several, considered collectively, though few compared with the number of lines) of single verses having dropt out; and the folio is the only authority for Cymbeline. The similarity of termination, courtiers-countenances, was the cause of the omission. This conjuncture is merely thrown out as a may-bе. We might also read,
Still seem, as does the king." For the interpolated s, see the article on that point. But this sounds to me un-Shakespearian. Titus Andronicus ii. 3,-“ 'Tis true, the raven,” &c. I suspect much that a line (opolorfdeuros) has dropt out,
“'Tis true, the raven doth not hatch a lark,
[Nor the fell lioness bring forth a lamb:]
Lambe-larke. iv. 4,
“But, Titus, I have touch'd thee to the quick,
Thy life-blood out." A line is lost, I imagine; something to this effect (not that these were the words),
I have touch'd thee to the quick,