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But this swift business
Tempeft, A. 1, S. 2.
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
Measure for Measure, A. 5, S. 1.
Henry IV. P. 1, A. 3, S. 2.
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,
I am sorry
Henry VIII. A. I, S. 1.
PRWhich on my
CAL U M N Y.
faith deserves high speech) and
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,
Meafure for Measure, A. 2, S. 4.
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:
King Jobn, A. 1, S. 1.
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.
CE L ERI T Y.
Antony and Cleopatra, A. 3, S. 7,
Wherein thou art less happy being fear’d,
C H A L L E N G E.
Henry IV. P. 1, A. 5. S. 2.
C'H A R I TY.
--O father abbot,
Henry VIII. A. 4, S. 2.
Henry VIII. A. 2, S. 4.
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.
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.
? 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