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Pro. By what? by any other house, or person?
'Tis far off ;
Pro. Thou had'st, and more, Miranda : But how is it, That this lives in thy mind? What seest thou else In the dark backward and abysm of time?? If thou remember'st aught, ere thou cam'st here, How thou cam'st here, thou may'st. Mira.
But that I do not.
Sir, are not you my father?
O, the heavens !
Both, both, my girl:
abysm of time?] i. e. Abyss. This method of spelling the word is common to other ancient writers. They took it from the French abysme, now written abime. So, in Heywood's Brazen Age, 1613:
. And chase him from the deep abysms below.” Steevens. 8 Twelve years since, Miranda, twelve years since,] Years, in the first instance, is used as a dissyllable, in the second as a monosyllable. But this is not a license, peculiar to the prosody of Shakspeare. In the second book of Sidney's Arcadia are the following lines, exhibiting the same word, with a similar prosodical variation :
“ And shall she die ? shall cruel fier spill
“ Those beames that set so many hearts on fire ?" Steevens. 9 A princess ;-no worse issued.] The old copy reads " And princess.". For the trivial change in the text I am answerable. Issued is descended. So, in Greene's Card of Fancy, 1608 : “ For I am by birth a gentleman, and issued of such parents,"
O, my heart bleeds To think o' the teen3 that I have turn'd you to, Which is from my remembrance! Please you, further.
Pro. My brother, and thy uncle, callid Antonio, I pray thee, mark me,
that a brother should
Sir, most heedfully.
teen -] is sorrow, grief, trouble. So, in Romeo and Juliet:
to my teen be it spoken.” Steevens.
whom to advance, and whom - ] The old copy has who in both places. Corrected by the editor of the second folio.
Malone. 5 To trash for over-topping ;] To trash, as Dr. Warburton ob. serves, is to cut away the superfluities. This word I have met with in books, containing directions for gardeners, published in the time of queen Elizabeth.
The present explanation may be countenanced by the following passage in Warner's Albion's England, 1602, B. X. ch. 57 : « Who suffreth none by might, by wealth or blood to over
“ Go thou, and, like an executioner,
“ That look too lofty in our commonwealth." Mr. Warton's note, however, on-" trash for his quick hunting,” in the second act of Othello, leaves my interpretation of this passage somewhat disputable.
Mr. M. Mason observes, that to trash for overtopping, may mean to lop them, because they did overtop, or in order to pre
Or else new form’d them: having both the key
vent them from overtopping. So Lucetta, in the second scene of The Two Gentlemen of Verona, says :
“ I was taken up for laying them down,
“ Yet here they shall not lie, for catching cold." That is, lest'they should catch cold. See Mr. M. Mason's note on this passage.
In another place (a note on Othello) Mr. M. Mason observes, that Shakspeare had probably in view, when he wrote the passage before us, “the manner in which Tarquin conveyed to Sextus his advice to destroy the principal citizens of Gabii, by striking off, in the presence of his messengers, the heads of all the tallest poppies, as he walked with them in his garden.” Steevens.
I think this phrase means “ to correct for too much haughti. ness or overbearing." It is used by sportsmen in the North, when they correct a dog for misbehaviour in pursuing the game. This explanation is warranted by the following passage in Othello, Act II. sc. i:
“ If this poor trash of Venice, whom I trash
“ For his quick hunting.” It was not till after I made this remark, that I saw Mr. Warton's note on the above lines in Othello, which corroborates it. Douce.
A trash is a term still in use among hunters, to denote à piece of leather, couples, or any other weight, fastened round the neck of a dog, when his speed is superior to the rest of the pack; i. e. when he over-tops them, when he hunts too quick, C. See Othello, Act II. sc. i. Steevens.
both the key - ] This is meant of a key for tuning the harpsichord, spinnet, or virginal; we call it now a tuning ham
Sir 7. Hawkins. 7 Of officer and office, set all hearts-] The old copy reads—" all hearts i th' state, but redundantly in regard to metre, and unnecessarily respecting sense ; for what hearts, except such as were i th state, could Alonso incline to his purposes ?
I have followed the advice of Mr. Ritson, who judiciously proposes to omit the words now ejected from the text. Steevens.
8 And suck'd my verdure out on't.] So in Arthur Hall's translation of the first book of Homer, 1581, where Achilles swears by his sceptre: “ Who having lost the sapp of wood, eft greenenesse cannot
drawe.” Steevens. 9 I pray thee, mark me.] In the old copy, these words are the beginning of Prospero's next speech; but, for the restoration of metre, I have changed their place. Steevens.
O, good sir, I do.
1 I thus neglecting worldly ends, all dedicate –} The old copy has—“ dedicated, but we should read, as in the present text, “ dedicate.” Thus, in Measure for Measure :
“ Prayers from fasting maids, whose minds are dedicate
“ To nothing temporal.” Ritson. ? Like a good parent, &c.] Alluding to the observation, that a father above the common rate of men
has commonly a son below it. Heroum filii noxu. Johnson.
Who having, unto truth, by telling of it,
To credit his own lie,] There is, perhaps, no correlative, to which the word it can with grammatical propriety belong. Lie, however, seems to have been the correlative to which the poet meant to refer, however ungrammatically.
The old copy reads—“ into truth.” The necessary correction was made by Dr. Warburton. Steevens.
Mr. Steevens justly observes that there is no correlative, &c. This observation has induced me to mend the passage, and to read:
Who having unto truth, by telling of't-instead of, of it. And I am confirmed in this conjecture, by the following pas. sage quoted by Mr. Malone, &c. M. Mason.
There is a very singular coincidence between this passage and one in Bacon's History of King Henry VII. [Perkin Warbeck] “ did in all things notably acquit himself; insomuch as it was generally believed, that he was indeed Duke Richard. Nay, himself, with long and continual counterfeiting, and with ort telling a lye, was turned by habit almost into the thing he seemed to be; and from a liar to be a believer.” Malone.
He was the duke; out of the substitution,
Your tale, sir, would cure deafness.
O the heavens!
I should sin
Now the condition.
4 He was the duke; out of the substitution,] The old copy reads
“ He was indeed the duke.” I have omitted the word indeed, for the sake of metre. The reader should place his emphasis on
Steevens. 5 (So dry he was for sway)] i. e. So thirsty. The expression, I am told, is not uncommon in the midland counties. Thus, in Leicester's commonwealth: “ against the designments of the hasty Erle who thirsteth a kingdom with great intemperance.” Again, in Troilus and Cressida : “ His ambition is dry.” Steevens.
6 To think but nobly -] But, in this place, signifies otherwise than. Steevens.
in lieu o' the premises, &c.] In lieu of, means here, in consideration of; an unusual acceptation of the word. So, in Fletcher's Prophetess, the chorus, speaking of Drusilla, says:
“ But takes their oaths, in lieu of her assistance,