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Between the acres of the rye,
With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino,
In spring time, &c.
This carol they began that hour,
• With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino, How that a life was but a flower
In spring time, &c.
And therefore take the present time,
With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino; For love is crowned with the prime
In spring time, &c.
Touch. Truly, young gentlemen, though there was no great matter in the ditty, yet the note was very untuneable.*
The old copy reads-rang time. The emendation was made by Dr. Johnson. Mr. Pope and the three subsequent editors read the pretty spring time. Mr. Steevens proposes—" ring time, i. e. the aptest season for marriage.” The passage does not deserve much consideration. Malone.
In confirmation of Mr. Steevens's reading, it appears from the old calendars that the spring was the season of marriage.
Douce. • Truly, young gentlemen, though there was no great matter in the ditty, yet the note was very untuneable. Though it is thus in all the printed copies, it is evident, from the sequel of the dialogue, that the poet wrote as I have reformed in my text,
1 PAGE. You are deceived, sir; we kept time, we lost not our time.
Touch. By my troth, yes, I count it but time lost to hear such a foolish song. God be with you; and God mend your voices! Come, Audrey.
untimeable.--Time and tune, are frequently misprinted for one another in the old editions of Shakspeare. THEOBALD.
This emendation is received, I think, very undeservedly, by Dr. Warburton. Johnson.
The reply of the Page proves to me, beyond any possibility of doubt, that we ought to read untimeable, instead of untuneable, notwithstanding Johnson rejects the amendment as unnecessary. A mistake of a similar nature occurs in Twelfth-Night.
M. MASON. The sense of the old reading seems to be-Though the words of the song were trifling, the musick was not (as might have been expected) good enough to compensate their defect. ŠTEEVENS.
Another Part of the Forest. Enter Duke senior, AMIENS, JAQUES, ORLANDO,
OLIVER, and CELIA.
DUKE Ș. Dost thou believe, Orlando, that the
boy Can do all this that he hath promised? Orl. I sometimes do believe, and sometimes do
not; As those that fear they hope, and know they fear."
$ As those that fear they hope, and know they fear.] This strange nonsense should be read thus :
As those that fear their hap, and know their fear. i. e. As those that fear the issue of a thing when they know their fear to be well grounded. WARBURTON.
The depravation of this line is evident, but I do not think the learned commentator's emendation very happy. I read thus:
As those that fear with hope, and hope with fear.
STEEVENS. Perhaps we might read:
As those that feign they hope, and know they fear. .
I would read :
MUSGRAVE. I have little doubt but it should run thus :
As those who fearing hope, and hoping fear. This strongly expresses the state of mind which Orlando was in at that time; and if the words fearing and hoping were contracted in the original copy, and written thus:--feari—hops
Enter RoSALIND, Silvius, and PHEBE. . Ros. Patience once more, whiles our compact
is urg'd:You say, if I bring in your Rosalind,
[To the Duke. You will bestow. her on Orlando here? DUKE S. That would I, had I kingdoms to give
with her. Ros. And you say, you will have her, when I bring her ?
[To ORLANDO. Orl. That would I, were I of all kingdoms king. Ros. You say, you'll marry me, if I be willing ?
[To PHEBE. PHE. That will I, should I die the hour after.
Ros. But, if you do refuse to marry me,
PHE. So is the bargain.
[To Silvius. SIL. Though to have her and death were both
one thing. Ros. I have promis'd to make all this matter even.
(a practice not unusual at this day) the g might easily have been mistaken for y, a common abbreviation of they.
M. Mason. I believe this line requires no other alteration than the addi. tion of a semi-colon: As those that fear; they hope, and know they fear.
- HENLEY. The meaning, I think, is, As those who fear,--they, even those very persons, entertain hopes, that their fears will not be realized ; and yet at the same time they well know that there is reason for their fears. MALONE.
Keep you your word, o duke, to give your
daughter;— You yours, Orlando, to receive his daughter :- . Keep your word, Phebe, that you'll marry me; Or else, refusing me, to wed this shepherd :Keep your word, Silvius, that you'll marry her, If she refuse me :-and from hence I go, To make these doubts all even. ..
[Exeunt ROSALIND and CELIA. DUKE S. I do remember in this shepherd-boy Some lively touches of my daughter's favour.
ORL. My lord, the first time that I ever saw him, Methought he was a brother to your daughter : But, my good lord, this boy is forest-born; And hath been tutor'd in the rudiments Of many desperate studies by his uncle, Whom he reports to be a great magician, Obscured in the circle of this forest.
Enter TouchSTONE and AUDREY.
JAQ. There is, sure, another flood toward, and these couples are coming to the ark! Here comes a pair of very strange beasts, which in all tongues are called fools.8
• Keep your word, Phebe,] The old copy reads-Keep you your word; the compositor's eye having probably glanced on the line next but one above. Corrected by Mr. Pope.
MALONE. - To make these doubts all even.] Thus, in Measure for Measure :
" yet death we fear,
“ That makes these odds all even." STEEVENS. 8 Here comes a pair of very strange beasts, &c.] What strange beasts? and yet such as have a name in all languages ? Noah's