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Every minute now,
Should be the father of some stratagem:
The times are wild, contention, like a horse
Full of high feeding, madly hath broke loose,
And bears down all before himn.

Henry IV. P. 2, A. I, S. 1:

CO U N T EN ANCE.

Thou shalt not see me blush,
Nor change my countenance for this arrest;
A heart unspotted is not easily daunted.
The purest spring is not fo free from mud,
As I am clear from treason to my sovereign :

Henry VI. P. 2, A. 3, S. 1. Stand here by me, Master Robert Shallow, ; I will make the king do you grace: I will leer upon him, as a' comes by ; and do but mark the countenance that he will give me. Henry IV. P. 2, A. 5, S. 5.

Pardon me, I pray you;
I thought, that all things had been savage here,
And therefore put I on the countenance
Of stern commandment. As you like it, A. 2, S. 7.

Heaven witness;
I have been to you a true and humble wife,
At all times to your will conforınable :
Ever in fear to kindle

your

dislike, Yea, subject to your countenance; glad, or sorry, As I saw it inclin'd.

Henry VIII. A. 2, S. 4, O, he sits high in all the people's hearts : And that, which would appear offence in us, His countenance, like richest alchemy, Will change to virtue, and to worthiness.

Julius Cæfar, A. 1, S. 3. Turn from me then that noble countenance, Wherein the worship of the whole world lies." Antony and Cleopatra, A. 4, S. 12.

COUN.

COUNTERF E'I T. 'Sblood, 'twas time to counterfeit, or that hot termagant Scot had paid me scot and lot too. Counterfeit? I lie, I am no counterfeit : to die, is to be a counterfeit ; for he is but the counterfeit of a man, who hath not the life of a man ; but to counterfeit dying, when a man thereby liveth, is to be no counterfeit, but the true and perfect image of life indeed.

Henry IV. P. 1, A. 5, S. 4.

COURAGE.

By how much unexpected, by so much
We must awake endeavour for defence;
For courage mounteth with occasion.

King John, A. 2, S. 1.

COURT.

If thou never wast at court, thou never saw'st good manners; if thou never saw'st good manners, then thy manners must be wicked; and wickedness is sin, and sin is damnation. As you like it, A. 3, S. 2. We two alone will sing like birds i’the cage : When thou dost ask my blesting, I'll kneel down And alk of thee forgiveness : so we'll live, And pray, and sing, and tell old tales, and laugh At gilded butterflies, and hear poor rogues Talk of court news.

Lear, A. 5, S. 3. These are kind creatures. Gods, what lies I have heard !

I The worship of the whole world.] The worship is the dignity, the authority.

JOHNSON. This can hardly be faid of Antony, who has entirely lost his dignity and authority. Eros rather means to say, whom the whole world should, or ought to worship and obey.

A. B.
Our

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Our courtiers fạy, all's savage, but at court :
Experience, 0, thou disprov'it report !

Cymbeline, A. 4, S. 2,

Up to yon hill, Your legs are young; I'll tread these flats. Consider, When

you

above perceive ine like a crow, That it is place, which lessens, and fets off. And you may then revolve what tales I have told you, Of courts, of princes, of the tricks in war.

Cymbeline, A. 3, S. 3. This inortal house I'll ruin, Do Cæsar what he can. Know, sir, that I Will not wait pinion'd at your master's court ; Nor once be chastiz’d with the fober eye Of dull Octavia. Antony and Cleopatra, A. 5, S. 2,

I knew him once a servant of the prince; I cannot tell, good sir, for which of his virtues it was, but he was certainly whipp'd out of the court.

Winter's Tale, A. 4, S. 2. Seeft thou not the air of the court, in these en foldings ? hath not my gait in it, the measure of the court receives not thy nose court-odour from me? reflect I not on thy baseness, court contempt?

Winter's Tale, A. 4, S. 3

CO U R T E Ş Y.

He did seem to dive into their hearts, With humble and familiar courtesy ; Off goes his bonnet to an oyster-wench; A brace of draymen bid-God speed him well, And had the tribute of his fupple knee, With-Thanks, my country-men, my loving friends.

Richard II. A. 1, S. 4:

* Experience, O, thou disprov'st report.] We should read, Experience, O, how thou disprov'st report." A. B,

The 3:

The elephant hath joints, but none for courtesy :
His legs are for necessity, not for flexure.

Troilus and Cressida, · A. S.

-- This is he,
That kiss'd away his hand in courtesy;
This is the ape of form, Monsieur the nice,
That, when he plays at tables, chides the dice
In honourable terms. Love's Labour Loft, A. 5, S. 24

Thou hast never in thy life
Shew'd thy dear mother any courtesy ;
When she (poor hen) fond of no second brood,
Has cluck'd thee to the wars, and safely home,
Loaden with honour.

Coriolanus, A. 5, S. 3. The courtesy of nations allows you my better, in that you are the first-born, but the same tradition takes not away my blood, were there twenty brothers betwixt us.

As you like it, A. 1, S. 1. - Pluck commiseration of his state From braffy bosoms, and rough hearts of flint, From stubborn Turks, and Tartars, never train'd To offices of tender courtesy.

Merchant of Venice, A. 4, S. 1. Is it possible, disdain should die, while she hath such meet food to feed it, as Signior Benedick? Courtesy itself must convert to disdain, if you come in her presence. Much ado about nothing, A. 1, S, 1. These couchings and these lowly courtesies, Might fire the blood of ordinary men ; And turn pre-ordinance, and first decree, Into the lane of children.!

Julius Cæsar, A. 3, S. 1.

COW

? Into the lane of children.] I do not well understand what is meant by the lane of children. I should read, the law of children. That is, change pre-ordinance and decree into the law of children; into such night determinations as every start of will would alter. Lane and law, in some manuscripts, are not easily distinquilhed.

JOHNSON.

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ers.

to a man.

CO W ARDIC E.
I do defy him,
Call him--a flanderous coward, and a villain :
Which to maintain, I would allow him odds ;
And meet him, were I ty’d to run a-foot,
Even to the frozen ridges of the Alps.

Richard II. A. I, S. Ia Young as I am, I have observ'd these three fwash

I am boy to them all three : but all they. three, though they would serve me, could not be man to me; for, indeed, three such anticks do not amount

For Bardolph,he is white-liver'd, and red-faced; by the means whereof, a' faces it out; but fights not. For Pistol-he hath a killing tongue, and a quiet sword; by the means whereof a' breaks words, and keeps whole weapons. For Nym,--he hath heard, that men of few words are the best of men ; and therefore he scorns to say his prayers, left a' should be thought a coward. Henry V. A. 3, S. 2.

The second property of your excellent sherris is the warming of the blood; which, before cold and settled, left the liver white and pale, which is the badge of pufillanimity and cowardice; but the sherris warms it, and makes it course from the inwards to the parts extreme, It illumineth the face ;

If the lane of children be the true reading, it may possibly receive illustration from the following passage in Ben Jonson's Staple of News: “ A narrow minded man! my thoughts do dwell all in a lane."

The lane of children will then mean the narrow conceits of children, which must change as their minds grow more enlarged.

STEEVENS. I believe we should read bane-Bane in its ordinary acceptation is hurt, injury; and by a licence common with our author, it may possibly be used for punishment, You behave, by these low

courteses, and crouchings, like children, and many men might be tempted to puniso you as such."

A. B. which,

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