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And, for my soul, what can it do to that,
- This our life, exempt from publick haunt, Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, Sermons in stones, and good in every thing.
As you like it, A. 2, S. 1. The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together : our virtues would be proud, if our faults whipp'd them not; and our crimes would despais, if they were not cherish'd by our virtues.
All's well that ends well, A. 4, S. 3.
At my birth,
Henry IV. P. 1, A. 3, S. 1.
My life is spann'd already ;
every measure fail me.] All good which I shall allot thee, or measure out to thee, will be scanty. JOHNSON “ Measure" here is effort, endeavour.
A. B. My life is Spann'd already.) To span is to gripe, or inclose in the band ; to Span is also to measure by the palm and fingers. The meaning, therefore, may either be, that hold is taken of my life; my life is in the gripe of my enemies, that my time is measured, the length of my life is now determined.
JOHNSON. 156 My life is spann'd," i po my life is short. We now say, contracted to a span, for any short space of time.
Sharp Buckingham unburdens with his tongue
The envious load that lies upon his heart;
Henry VI. P. 2, A. 3, S. 1,
Julius Cæsar, A, I, S. 2.
I am married to a wife,
Merchant of Venice, A. 4, S. 1.
Reason thus with life,
life When you do take the means whereby I live.
Merchant of Venice, A. 4, S. 1. Make me to see it; or (at least) so prove it, That the probation bear no hinge, nor loop, To hang a doubt on: or, woe upon thy life!
Othello, A. 3. S. 3.
For all, that life can rate Worth name of life, in thee hath estimate ;
Youth, beauty, wisdom, courage, virtue, all
All's well that ends well, A. 2, S. 1.
L | 0 N.
I met a lion,
Julius Cæsar, A. 1, S. 30
Henry VI. P. 3, A. 2, S. 2.
Henry VI. P. 3, A: 5, S. 2.
prime.] Youth; the spring or morning of life.
Johnson, Should we not read pride? Dr. Johnson explains prime to mean youth; and indeed I do not see any other plausible interpretation that can be given of it. But how does that suit with the context ? Happiness and pride, may fignify, I think, the pride of happinefs, the proudest state of happiness. TYRWHIT I think we should read,
" That happiness in prime can happy call." i. c. happiness in the greatest degree.
Or as a bear, encompass'd round with dogs;
Henry VI. P. 3, A. 2, S. 1.
L I ; V - E R.
Antony and Cleopatra, A. 1, S. 2.
LOVE, LOVE R.
- Gentle lady,
Merchant of Venice, A. 3, S. 2.
Richard III. A. 4, S. 4.
1 I had rather heat my liver with drinking.] To know why the iady is so averse from beating her liver, it must be remembered, that a heated liver is supposed to make a pimpled face.
JOHNSON. Dr. Johnson is mistaken, I believe, in supposing that the lady is thinking of a pimpled face. The seat of love was by ancient writers supposed to be in the liver. The foothsayer says to Charmion, “ You shall
be more beloving than belov’d.” If that is the case, replies the, I had rather heat my liver, with drinking than with love.
Which so long sundred friends should dwell upon,
Richard III, A. 5, S.
Perhaps, he loves you now;
Hamlet, A. 1, S. 3.
Hamlet, A. I, S. 5.
Hamlet, A. 3, S. 2.
in his own too much. Hamlet, A. 4, S. 7.
1 The instances.] The motives.
JOHNSON. We should rather explain “ instances” by circumstances. We cannot well say, the motives that move.