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And lady-smocks all silver white,
Do paint the meadows with delight,
When shepherds pipe on oaten straws,
And merry larks are ploughmen's clocks,
And maidens bleach their summer smocks,
Winter. When icicles hang by the wall,
And Dick the shepherd blows his nail,
And milk comes frozen home in pail,
While greasy Joan doth keel the pot. 1 Gerarde, in his Herbal, 1597, says that the
flos cuculi cardamine, &c. are called " in English cuckoo flowers, in Norfolk Canterbury bells, and at Namptwich, in Cheshire, Ladie-smocks."
When all aloud the wind doth blow,
And coughing drowns the parson's saw,
And Marian's nose looks red and raw,
Joan doth keel the pot.? Arm. The words of Mercury are harsh after the songs of Apollo. You, that way; we, this way.
1 This wild English apple, roasted and put into ale, was a very favorite indulgence in old times.
2 To keel, or kele, is to cool.
In this play, which all the editors have concurred to censure, and some have rejected as unworthy of our Poet, it must be confessed that there are many passages mean, childish, and vulgar; and some which ought not to have been exhibited, as we are told they were, to a maiden queen. But there are scattered through the whole many sparks of genius; nor is there any play that has more evident marks of the hand of Shakspeare.
The Merchant of Venice," says Schlegel, is one of Shakspeare's mest perfect works; popular to an extraordinary degree, and onlculated to produce the most powerful effect on the stage, and at the same time a wonder of ingenuity and art for the reflecting critic, Shylock, the Jew, is one of the inconceivable masterpieces of characterization of which Shakspeare slone, furnishes us with examples. It is easy for the poet and the player to exhibit a caricature of ritional entiments, modes of speaking, and gestures, Shylock, however, is overy thing but a common Jew; he possesses a very detent and realistidnity, and yet we perceive a slight touch of day thg which her does. We imagine we hear a sprinkeling point the mere written words, as we sometimes
Neelogues notwithstanding their social refinement und hat foreign to the European blood and Christiansenimente, se cele able: but in passion, the national stamp apparently worked All these inimitable niceties the finished art of a grant to con properly express. Shylock is a min of information, even the very be own way: he has only not discovered the region where bestaan fuelinge dwell: his morality is founded on the disbelief in goodness and magne nimity. The desire of revenging the oppressionel humiliations of fered by ble nation is, after svarice, his principal spring of actin. Hie hinte naturally directed chiefly against those Christians who post truly Christian sentiments; the example of disinterested love of our neighbor seems to him the most unrelenting persontion of the Town The letter of the law is his idol; he refuses toonitor to the voice of
mercy, which speaks to him from the mouth of Pertia with heavenly eloquence; he insists on severe and flexible justice, and it at last recoile on his own head. Here he becomes a symbol of the general history of We unfortunate nuntion. The melancholy and self-neglectful maganimity of Antonio is affectingly sublime. Like a royal merchant, he is surrounded with a whole train of noble friends. The contrast which this forms