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O, one too much by thee! Why had I one?
Again, in Daniel's Verses on Montaigne :
extraas of men,
" Whose spirits toil in frame of villainies." STEEVENS.
" His fpirits toil in frame of villainies."
* Fram'd in the prodigality of nature."
" Frank nature, rather curious than in haste,
" Hath well compos'd thee."
The meaning, I think, is, Grieved I at nature's being so frugal
3. Who smirched thus, &c.] Thus the quarto, 1600. The solio reads-
" Our gayness and our gilt are all besmirch’d." &c. STEEVENS.
And mine that I was proud on; ] The sense requires that we should read, as in these three places. The reasoning of the speaker stands thus Had this been my adopted child, her shame would not have rebounded on me. But this child was mine, as mine į lou'd her, praised her, was proud of her: consequently, as I claimed the glory, I must needs be subjeft to the shamé, &c. WARBURTON.
Even of this small alteration, there is no need. 'The fpeaker utters his emotion abruptly. But mine, and mine that I lov'd, &c.' by an ellipfis frequent, perhaps too frequent, both in verse and profe. JOHNSON.
That I myself was to myself not mine,
Sir, sir, be patient:
BEAT. O, on my soul, my cousin is belied !
BEAT. No, truly, not; although, until last night, I have this twelve month been her bedfellow. Leon. Confirm’d, confirm'd! O, that is stronger
FRIAR. Hear me a little ;
the wide sea Hath drops too few to wash her clean again ; ] The same thought is repeated in Macbeth :
" Will all great Neptune's ocean was this blood
which may season give To her foul tainted flesh! ] The same metaphor from the kitchen occurs in I welfth Night :
all this to season
And in her eye there hath appear'd a fire,
Friar, it cannot be:
Friar. Lady, what man is he you are accus'd of?
If I know more of any man alive,
4 To burn the errors ] The same idea occurs in Romeo and Juliet:
Transparent hereticks be búrnt for liars.” Steevens.
of my book; ] i. e. of what I have read. MALONE. 6 Friar. what man is he you are accus’d of ? ] The friar had just before boasted his great skill in fishing out the truth. And, indeed, , he appears by this question to be wo fool. He was by, all the
while at the accusation, and heard no name mentioned. Why then shouid he ask her what man she was accused of?. But in this lay the fubtilty of his examination. For, had Hero been guilty, it was very probable that in that hurry and confusion of spirits, into which the terrible insult of her lover had thrown her, she, would never have observed that the man's name was not mentioned; and so, on this question, have betrayed herself by naming the person she was conscious of an affair with. The Friar observed this, and so concluded, that were she guilty, she would probably fall into the trap he laid for her. I only take notice of this to Thow how admirably 'well Shakspearę knew how to sustain his chara&ers. WARBURTON.
Than that which maiden modesty doth warrant, Let all
my fins lack mercy! - O my father, Prove you that any man with me convers’d . At hours unmeet, or that I yesternight Maintain'd the change of words with any creature, Refuse me, hate me, torture 'me to death. Friár. There is some strange misprision in the
Leon. I know not; If they speak but truth of her, These hands shall tear her; if they wrong her
Pause a while,
my counsel sway you in this case. Your daughter here the princes left for dead;
bent of honour ; ] Bent is used by our author for the utmost degree of any passion, or mental quality. In this play before, Benedick says of Beatrice, her affection has its full bent. The expression is derived from archery; the bow has its bent, when it is drawn as far as it can be. JOHNSON 7 Your daughter here the princes left for dead; ] In former copics
Your daughter here the princess (left for dead ;) But how comes Hero to Start up a princess here?? Wo haye 20
Let her awhile be secretly kept in,
behalf Change flander to remorse; that is some good: But not for that, dream I on this strange course. But on this travail look for greater birth. She dying, as it must be so maintain'd, Upon the instant that she was accus'd, Shall be lamented, pitied and excus'd, Of every hearer: For it fo falls out, , That what we have we prize not to the worth, Whiles we enjoy it; but being lack'd and lost, Why, then we rack the value;' then we find The virtue, that possession would not show us Whiles it was ours:-So will it fare with Claudio: When he shall hear she died upon his words, ' intimation of her father being a prince; and this is the first and only time she is complimented with this dignity. The remotion of a single letter, and of the parenthesis, will bring her to her own rank, and the place to its true meaning :
Your daughter here the princes left for dead ; i. e. Don Pedro, prince of Arragon; and his bastard brother, who is likewise called a prince. THEOBALD.
oftentation ; ) Show, appearance. Johnson.
we rack the value;.] i. e. we exaggerate the value. The allusion is to rack-rents. The same kind of thought occurs in Antony and Cleopatra :
" What our contempts do often hurl from us,
died upon his words, ] i. e. died by them. So, in A Midsummer Night's Dream :
6. To dic upon the hand I love so well." STEEVENS.