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I HAVE partly informed the reader, in my Advertisement, of the plan upon which I have constructed the following Index. I have subjoined an explanation of the words and phrases wherever the commentators have all agreed; but while, by such an addition, and by the insertion of many terms which have hitherto been omitted, I have added to this part of the work, I have diminished its bulk upon the whole. Where the difficulty has arisen, not from any particular word, but from the general construction of the sentence, it appeared to me that it would answer no purpose to insert a common expression, used in its ordinary sense, in a glossarial index; because it occurred in a passage which might require explanation. I have not set down the various instances where a word occurs, as the reader is generally referred to some one page where its meaning is elucidated; but when, as sometimes is the case, this information is partially conveyed in one note, and additional light is thrown upon it in another, I have directed the attention to both. To have done more, is unnecessary; for the very valuable work of Mr. Twiss, to whom I feel a pleasure in expressing my gratitude, will point out, to any one who is willing to make the inquiry, how often any word occurs in our author's plays. Metaphors, compounded words, and all that comes under the head of poetical embellishment, I have also excluded. As there are some who take little interest in discussions which are merely verbal, I have divided the Index into three distinct branches. The first contains only


words and phrases: the second relates to manners, customs, and allusions, among which I have inserted the songs and proverbs to which Shakspeare is supposed to have referred. Some of the proverbs are not uncommon; but a value is attached to any thing which our great poet has honoured with his notice. In the third place, I have set down those names which have suggested historical illustrations in the notes, as far as they seemed important. I have undergone no slight labour in performing this task; but I shall never regret the time I have bestowed upon it, if I have been able, in any degree, to add to the gratification of those who delight in the perusal of our immortal Shakspeare.




ABATED, depressed in spirit, advertisement, admonition,
xiv. 149.

vii. 131.
ABC, a catechism, xv. 215. advice, consideration, iv.56.
abhor, protest against, xix.

v. 133.

advised, on reflection, iv.
abide, v. 269.

259, 431.
able, uphold, x. 231. adulterate, xix. 174.
abridgement, v. 311.

affection, affectation, iv.
vii. 299.

absolute, complete, ix. 319. affectioned, affected, xi. 400.

.completely accom- affections, v. 111.
plished, xxi. 134.

affeered, established, xi. 221.
abuse, deception, ix. 188. affined, related to, ix. 224.
abused, deceived, ix. 441. affront, meet face to face,
.... xii. 33.

vii. 319.
aby, v. 269, 279.

viii. 334.
abysm, abyss, xv. 29. affy, betroth, xviii. 287.
accost, xi. 352.

agate, xvii. 24.
Acheron, xi. 183.

aged custom, xiv. 99.
acknown, ix. 376.

agood, in good earnest, iv.
acquittance, requital, ix. 115.

aglet, v. 400.
Adam Cupid, vi. 72. agnise, acknowledge, ix. 271.
aches, xv. 57.

Ajax, a jakes, iv. 443.
actures, actions, xx. 381.


iv. 68.
addition, character, vii. 228.

ix. 250.
title, viii. 313.

verb, to aim at, iv. 207.
addressed, prepared, iv. 311. aiery, a hawk's or eagle's

nest, ix. 49.
admittance, favour, viii. 88. alapt, x. 72.
advertise, inform himself, alder liefest, most loved,
ix. 11

xviii. 168.


V. 67.

x. 125.

ale, a country festival, iv. 59. apply, viii. 253.
a’life, xiv. 367.

appointment, preparation,
allow, approve, viii. 88. viii. 380.

.... ix. 102.
allowance, approbation, vii. approbation, proof, xiii. 33.

noviciate, ix.
viii. 307.

allowed, licensed, iv. 435.

approve, justify, v. 82.
all waters, xi. 475.

vii. 174.
alms-drink, xii. 261.

recommend, vii.
amaze, perplex, vi. 362. 497.
viii. 200.

approved, experienced, iv.
ames ace, x. 379.

a mile beyond the moon, arbitrate, determine, xi. 260. .
xxi. 347.

arch, chief, x. 80.
amiss, misfortune, vii. 424.

argentine, silver, xxi. 210.
among, xvii. 216.

Argier, Algiers, xv. 48.
amort, dispirited, v. 480.

argosies, v.7.
an, as if, v. 197.

argument, contents of a
an if, if, v. 264.

book, vi. 415.
anchor, anchoret, vii. 359.

conversation, vii.
angerly, angrily, iv. 22, n. 2. 76.
ancient, ensign, the officer, armado, xv. 295.

ix. 223.

arm, to take

xvii. 76.

xii. 176.
the flag, xvi. 369.

arm-gaunt, xii. 210.
angel, v. 473.

aroint, x. 160.
an-heeres, viii. 69.

xi. 29.
anight, at night, vi. 392. arrive, arrive at, xiv. 100.
antiquity, old age, xvii. 36. articulate, set down article
antres, caves, ix. 261.

by article, xiv. 53.
a one, an individual, xi. 178. artificial, ingenious, v. 271.
ape, a term of endearment, aspersion,sprinkling,xv.134.
vi. 73.

aspire, verb active, to ascend,
vii. 412.

vi. 127.

assinego, an ass, viii. 284.
apperil, peril, xiii. 273. associate, verb active, ac-
apple-John, xvii. 69.

company, vi. 227.
apply, ply, or apply to, v. assured, affianced, iv. 213.

astre *, vii. 182.
* In the notes to be found at the page referred to, it is said
by Mr. Steevens that the word astre is no where to be found
but in Southern's Diana. It has this moment met my eye, with

in the arms,

....xix. 105.

astringer, a falconer, x. 464. bare, mere, iv. 80.
atomy, atom, vi. 51.

to shave, x. 428.
atone, reconcile, ix. 426.

barful, full of impediments,
xii. 28.

xi. 360.
attask'd, blamed, x. 73. barlet, xi. 70.
attent, attentive, vii. 209. barm, yeast, v. 284.
attest, attestation, viii. 414. barne, a child, xiv. 325.
audacious, spirited, iv. 393. barns, keeps in a barn, xx.
aukward, adverse, xviii. 257. 155.
aunts, strumpets, xiv. 335. barren, ignorant, v. 258.
auspicious, joyful, vii. 191. base court, xvi. 113.
awful, iv. 98.

bases, xxi. 71.
awful banks, xvii. 155. basilisk, xvii. 465.

basilisks, cannons, xvi. 254.

basta, enough, v. 392.

bastard, raisin wine, ix. 117.
Babe, xii. 107.

xvi. 265.
babbled of green fields, xvii. bat, x. 237.

battero, x. 237.
Baccare, v. 414.

bate, to flutter, v. 469.
Bajazet's mule, x, 427.

vi. 136.
Bajazet’s mute, X. 427. bauble, carried by a fool, vi.
bairns, children, vii. 98. 105.
baldrick, vii. 22.

bawcock, xiv. 248.
bale, misfortune, xiv. 14. bay, ix. 55.
balk, v. 385.

bay window, xi. 473.
balked, xvi. 186.

bear a brain, vi. 36.
ballase, ballast, iv. 212. bear in hand, vii. 120.
ballow, x. 237.

ix. 38.
ban dog, xviii. 198.

bearing, deportment, v. 49.
band, bond, iv. 228.

vii. 40.
bandy, x. 52.

bearing cloth, xiv. 326.
banked, xv. 350.

beaver, vii. 212.
banquet, v. 510.

beautified, vii. 271.
vi. 68.

becks, xiii. 288.
xii. 261.

beetles, overhangs, vii. 236.
bans, curses, x. 106.

beguiled, deceitful, xx. 195.
barbed, xix. 9.

behave, manage, xiii. 310.
a slight variation in the spelling, in a Scotch poet, Montgo-
mery, the author of the Cherrie and the Slae :
“ The asters clear, and torches of the night.'
Montgomery's Poems, edit. 1821, p. 164.


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