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claim to the whores ,' as members of his occupa. tion, and, in virtue of their painting, would enroll his own fraternity in the mystery of pain. ters; so the former equally lays claim to the thie

as members of his occupation, and, in' their right, endeavours to rank 'his brethren, the hango

under the mystery of fitters of apparel, or tailors. The reading of the old editions is therefore“ undoubtedly right ; . except that the last speech, which makes part of the Hangman's argu: ment, is, by mistake, as the reader's own sagacity will readily perceive, given to the Clown or Bawd. I suppose, therefore the poet gave us the whole thus :

Abhor. Sir, it is a mystery.
clown. Proof.

Abhor. Every true man's apparel fits your thief: if it be too little for your thief, your true mán think's it big enough: 'if it be too big for your thief, your thief thinks it little enough;. so every true man's apparel fits your chief.'

"I must do Dr. Warburton the justice to ack nowledge, that he hath rightly apprehended, and explained the forcë of the Hangman's argument.

HEATH There can be no doubt but the word Clount, prefixed to the last sentence; If it be too little, etc. should be struck out. It makes pårt of Abhor son's argument, 'who has undertaken to prove that hanging was a niystery, and convinces the Clown of it by this very speech. M. MASON.

P.' 149, 1. 8: True man, in the language of ancient times, is always placed in opposition 'to thief.' STEEVENS:

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placed in opposition to thief. At least in the book. of Genesis, there is one instance to the contrary, ch. xiii. v. 1t: „We are all one man's sons : we are all true men, thy servants are no spies.HENLEY.

P, 149, 1. 24. you shall find me gare : i. handy, nimble in the execution of my office,

STEEVENS. P. 149, 1. 25. - a good ľurn.] i. e. a turn off the ladder. He quibbles on the phrase according to its common acceptation. FARMER.

P. 150, first ho starkly' ~ ). Stiffly. Thego two lines afford a very pleasiug image. . JOHNSON,

P. 150, 1. 18. They will then, -). Perhaps she will then. SIR J. HAWKINS.

The Duke expects Isabella and Mariana, A little afterward he says :

» Now are they come.“ RITSON P, 150, 1. 23. Stroke is here put for the stroke of a pen or å line. JOHNSON.

P. 150, 1. 26. To qualify -] To temper, , to moderate, as we, bay wine is qualified with water.

JOHNSON P. 150, 1. -26. , - were he meald] Were he sprinkled; were he defiled.

Mealed is ' mingled, compounded; from the French mesler. BLACKSTONE, in B. 151, first l.. That wounds che unsisting postern

with these strokes..] The line is irregular, and the old reading, unre

sisting postern, so strange an expression, that to want of measure, and want of sense, might justly

Jaise, suspicion of an error; yet none of the latter editors seem to have supposed the place faulty, except Sir Thomas Hanmer. who reads :

The unresting postern,

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rinsisting postern out of which Mr. Rowe made unresisting, and the rest followed him. Sir Thomas Hanmer seems

to have supposed unresisting the word in 'the ,,copies, from which he plansibly enough extracted

unresting; but he grounded his emendation.osi the very syllable that wants authority. What can be inade of unsisting I know not; the best that occurs-to me is unfeeling. Johnson. ",

Unsisting may signify never at rest;" always i Qyeninge BLACKSTORE. I should think we might safely read:

Aulist’ning postern, or unshifting postern. She measure requires it, hand the sense remains winjured,

s, Ms. M. Mason would read unlisting, which means wiregarding. I have,': however, inserted Sir William Blackstone's emendation in the text. !.

STEÉVERG P. 252. k. 115.... the siege of justice, suicide seat of justice. Siege, French, STEEVENS. SMR

P. 151. 1. 19 -- 27. The Provost has just decla red a fixed, opinion that therexecution, will not le countermanded, and yet; upon the first appear ance of the Messenger ga bo immediately guesses: tha: his errand is 40 Juring Claudio's pardon. It! is, evident, I thiak, that the names of the speak. ers are: misplaced, Ifr weisuppose the Provost to say:

This is his Lordship's man,
it is very natural for the Duke to subjoin,

And here comes Claudio's pardoni
The Duke might believe, upon very reasonable:
grounds, that Angelo had now sent the pardon.
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to himself, while the Provost in Teading the letter :

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.* TYRWHITT, When immediately after the Duke had hinted his expectation of a pardon, the Provost i bees- the.. Messenger, he supposes the Duke to have known something, and changes his mind. Either reading may serve equally well. JOHNSON. 143 14411.40 )

P. 152, 1. 7. - putting on:] i:" e. spur, incited ment. · STEEVENS,

P. 152, 1. 19. a prisoner nine years old. i. e. That has been coufined these uine years: 1

* P. 152, last lo desperately mot al. Thí
expression is obscure. Sir Thomas Haumez Teads
mortally desperate.. Mortalty iw lotiv conversa.
tion used in this sense, but I know not whether
it was ever written.iw] am inclined to believe;
that desperately mortal means desperately mis-
chievous: -Or desperately mortal 'may méan a
man likely to die ju a desperate state, withont
reflection or repentance. JOHNSON, I'?

The word is often used by Shakspeare in the
sense first affixed to it by Dr. Johnson, 'which
believe to be the true one. So, in Othello:
11g And you ,'ye mortal engines,ca etc.

MALONE All our author, in The Tempest, seems 10*'haver written „harmonious charmingly,“ instead of , har moniously charming as he may, in the present innstance, have given ns ,,desperately inortal ** for „mortally desperatėz da vi è. desperate in the extremécs

, i tu low provincial language, kot ptdrratt sick, to mortat: bad, e mbrbal poor, 'is phrascosa logy of frequent occurrenced STÉE YENS.CTS$446 3I

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P. 153, 1. 12. in the boldness of my cun. ning i] i. e. in confidence of my sagacity..

STELYENS. P. 153. 1. 34. and tie the beard;] The Revisal recommends Mr. Simpson's emendation, DIR che beard, but the present reading may stand. Perhaps it was usual to tie up the beard before decollation, Sir T. More is said to have been ludicrously careful about this ornament of his face. It should, however, be remembered, that it was also the custom to die beards. STEEVENS: 3. A beard tied would give a very new' air, to that face, which had never been seen bue with the beard loose, long; and, squalid. JOHNSON. : P. 153, last l. it was the desire of the penirent to be so bared before his deaih:] These Words relate to what has just preceded. - shave the head. The modern editions following uthe fourth folio, read to be so barbd; but the old.copy its certainly right So, in All's well

that ends well: I would the cutting of my garments' would serve the turn, or the baring of my beard, and to say it was in stratagem.“

MALONE. P. 254, first l. the course is common. ] P. Mathieu, in his Heroyke Life and deplorable Death of Henry the Fourth of France, says, that Ravaillac, in the midst of his tortures, lifted up his head and shook a spark of fire from his beard. REED.

P. 154, 1. 30. nothing of what is writ; ] We should read here writ the Duke point. ing to the letter in his hand. WARBURTON

P.155, 1. 7. in our house of profession:] i. e. in 'my late mistress's house, which was a

rofessed, a notorious bawdy-house., MALONE:


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