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But this swift business
I must uneasy makė, left too light winning
Make the prize light.

Tempeft, A. 1, S. 2.
This is no mortal business, nor no found
That the earth owes.

Tempest, A. 1, S. 2. I will seek him, sir, presently;' convey the business as I shall find means, and acquaint you withal.

Lear, A. 1, S. 2.

My business in this state
Made me a looker on here in Vienna,
Where I have seen corruption boil and bubble,
Till it o'er-run the stew.

Measure for Measure, A. 5, S. 1.
Our hands are full of business : let's away;
Advantage feeds him fat, while men delay.

Henry IV. P. 1, A. 3, S. 2.

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tity. I love you beyond limits, and cannot say it is so much, for how much foever I should name, it would be yet more.

Johnson. The present reading is harsh. I would strike out the prepofition of, and read and point thus:

" A love that makes breath poor, and speech unable

“ Beyond all manner. So much I love you." i, e. A love which cannot be expressed in words---a love of which you can have no conception.

A. B. * Convey the business.] Convey, for introduce. But convey is a fine word, as alluding to the practice of clandestine conveying goods, so as not to be found upon the felon, WARBURTON.

To convey, is rather to carry through, than to introduce; in this place it is to manage artfully. We say of a juggler, that he has a clean conveyance.

JOHNSON. “Convey the business” can mean nothing more than make him acquainted with the business, or break the business to him. Edmund, though he really means to manage artfully, would never intimate so much to his father ; but on the contrary, appear open and plain in his dealing,

A. B.

I am sorry
To see you ta'en from liberty, to look on
The business present.

Henry VIII. A. I, S. 1.


PRWhich on my

RAISE her but for this her without-door form,

faith deserves high speech) and
The shrug, the hum, or ha; these petty brands,
That calumny doth use :-Oh, I am out,
That mercy does; for calumny will fear
Virtue itself ;—these shrugs, these hums, and ha's,
When you have faid, she's goodly, come between,
Ere you can say she's honest.

Winter's Tale, A. 2, Be thou as chaste as ice, as pure as snow, thou fhalt not escape calumny. Hamlet, A. 3, S. I.

My place i' the state,
Will fo your accusation over-weigh,
That you shall stifle in your own report,
And smell of calumny.

Meafure for Measure, A. 2, S. 4.
I am right glad to catch this good occasion
Most thoroughly to be winnow'd, where my chaff
And corn shall fly afunder: for, I know,


I am forry

To see you ta'en from liberty, to look on

The business present.] I am sorry that I am obliged to be present, and an eye-witness of your loss of liberty. JOHNSON.

Does it not rather mean, I am sorry you are deprived of liberty, by which you will see, or discover, what bufipels is now in hand or going forward

A. B. There's

There's none stands under more calumnious tongues, Than I myself.

Henry VIII. A. 5, S. I. No might nor greatness in mortality Can censure 'scape ; back-wounding calumny The whitest virtues strikes.

Measure for Measure, A. 3, S. 2.

C Α Ν Ν ο Ν.

- Depart in peace:
Be thou as lightning in the eyes of France;
For ere thou canst report I will be there,
The thunder of my cannon shall be heard :
So, hence!

King Jobn, A. 1, S. 1.
The cannons have their bowels full of wrath;
And ready mounted are they, to spit forth
Their iron indignation 'gainst your walls.

King Fobn, A. 2, S. 1.


Your capacity Is of that nature, that to your huge store Wise things seem foolish, and rich things but poor.

Love's Labour Loft, A. 5. S. 2.

Celerity is never more admir’d,
That by the negligent.

Antony and Cleopatra, A. 3, S. 7,

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And what art thou, thou idol ceremony?
What kind of god art thou, that suffer’ft more
Of mortal griefs, than do thy worshippers ?
What are thy rents? what are thy comings-in?
Art thou aught else but place, degree, and form,
Creating awe and fear in other men?


Wherein thou art less happy being fear’d,
Than they in fearing. Henry V. A. 4, S. u.

C H A L L E N G E.
- I never in


Did hear a challenge urg'd more modestly,
Unless a brother should a brother dare
To gentle exercise and proof of arms.

Henry IV. P. 1, A. 5. S. 2.


--O father abbot,
An old man broken with the storms of state,
Is come to lay his weary bones among ye;
Give him a little earth for charity !

Henry VIII. A. 4, S. 2.
You speak not like yourself; who ever yet
Have stood to charity, and display'd the effects
Of disposition gentle, and of wisdom
O’er-topping woman's power.
I have no spleen against you ; nor injustice
For your, or any.

Henry VIII. A. 2, S. 4.
He hath a tear for pity, and a hand,
Open as day for melting charity;
Yet notwithstanding, being incens'd he's flint:
As humorous as winter,' and as sudden

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humorous as winter.] That is, changeable as the weather of a winter's day.

Johnson. A winter's day has generally too decided a character to admit Dr. Johnson's interpretation without some licence : a licence, however, which our author has perhaps taken.

MALONE, The meaning of the word “humorous," in this place, has not been properly explained. It does not here signify changeable, but on the contrary fixed, obftinate. A humorous man, may mean a man wedded to his opinion; or whose opinions or notions are rigid and severe. When we now say, he will have his humour, we mean, be is an obftinate man.

A. B.


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As flaws congealed in the spring of day.

Henry IV. P. 2, A. 4, S. 4.

From low farms, * Poor pelting villages, sheep-cotes and mills, Sometime with lunatic bans, Tometiine with prayers, Inforce their charity.

Lear, A. 2. S. 3.

Your charm so strongly works 'em,

? Poor pelting villages.] Pelting is used by Shakespeare in the sense of beggarly: I luppose from pelt

, a skin. WARBURTON. Pelting is, I believe, only an accidental depravation of petty. Skakespeare uses it in the Midsummer Night's Dream, of small brooks.

JOHNSON. Beaumont and Fletcher often use the word in the same sense as Shakespeare. So in King and no King :

" This pelting, prating peace is good for nothing.' Spanish Curate,

6. To learn the pelting law.' Midsummer Night's Dream, “ Every pelting river.' Measure for Measure, “Every pelting petty officer." Troilus and Cressida, We have had pelting wars since



66 The Grecian cause.” From the first of the two last instances, it appears not to be a corruption of petty, which is used the next word to it, but seems to be the same as paltry; and if it comes from pelt, a skin, as Dr. Warburton fays, the poets have furnished villages, peace, law, rivers, officers of justice and war, out of one wardrobe.

Steevens. “ Pelting" should in this place be “palting," which fignifies paltry, trifling : “ Pelting" is fuming, fretful. Pelting and palting, or paltring, are frequently confounded and mistaken for each other. But I will endeavour to Mhew, from the above quoted pasa sages, the different fignifications of the words.

“ This pelting, prating peace.” It should be palting, meaning, this trifling, prating peace, &c.

“ To learn the pelting law.”. Here too it should be palting, or paltring: To palter, is fometimes to shift, to dodge. The propriety of the epithet, therefore, when applied to law, is easily seen.

Every pelting river.” Palting, ii e. paltry.

Every pelting petty officer, i. e. noisy, turbulent. * We have had pelting wars," &c. i. e. fuming, angry wars. &c.

A. B. That

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