clares, be found the pallage left out the allusion to the pilot of the in several of the later quarío im. tempeft beaten bark. Here's fato fresions, yet in the list of those he is, says he (continuing the al. pretends to have collated for the lufion) to the vefsel wherever it use of his edition, he mentions tumbles in, or perhaps, to the but one of a later date, and had pilot who is to condua, or tunbie never seen either that published it in ; meaning, I wish it may in 1609, or another without any fucceed in ridding me of life, date at all; for in the former of whatever may betide me after it, these the passage in question is or wherever it may carry sne. He preserved, (the latter I have no then drinks to the memory of copy of) and he has placed that Juliet's love, adding (as he feels in 1637, on the fingle faith of the poison work) a short apostrowhich he rejected it, among those phe to the apothecary, the effed only of middling authority: fo of whose drugs he can doubt no that what he so roundly afferts of longer, and turning his thoughts feveral, can with justice be said back again to the object most be of but one, for there are in reali- loved, he dies (like Oibillo oh ty no later quarto editions of a kiss. this play than I have here enu. The other hemiftich (not difmerated, and two of those (by "posed of) may yet be brought his own confession) he had never in; how naturally, must be left met with.

to the reader to determine. The hemistich, whích Mr. T. The quarto of 160g, exhibits pronounces to be of moji profound the passage thus : absurdity, deserves a much better

« Ah, dear Juliet! character ; but being misplaced, Why art thou yet lo fair? could not be connected with the

I'will believe; part of the speech where he found “Shall I believe? that unlab. it, but, being introduced a few “ ftantial death is amorous, lines lower, leems to make very

“ And that the lean, &c." good sense.

If such an idea could have any • Come bitter conduct! come foundation in nature, or be al.

• unsav'ry guide! lowed in poetry, and Remea in Thou desperate pilot, now consequence of having raised it 6 at once run on

to his imagination, was jealous “ The dashing rocks 'my fea. of death, it would follow, that

“ fick, weary bark. in the first frenzy of it he might “ Here's to thy health where'er address himself to his mistress, " thou tumbleft in.

and take her in his arms for the “ Here's to my love! ch true greater security. That being “ apothecary!

granted, with a slight 'trand Thy drugs are quick. Thus position (one verse already ex.

“ with a kiss I die." ceeding the measure by two To tumble into port in a florm, feet) the paflage might be read I believe to be a sea-phrase, as is thus : @tumbling fea, and agrees with

" Ah! dear Juliet,

" Why

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" Why art thod yet so fair? P. 142. For your father loft, fall I believe ?

loft, bis, read your father loft, " I will believe (come lie thou lof his. '" in my arms)

P. 147. Hor. I Jaw him oncé,
* That unsubstantial death is

A goodly king
And that the lean, &c." Ham. He was a man, take him
The whole passage may per-

for all in all, haps be such as hardly to be Eye mall not look upon his like worth this toil of transposition, again.-) This seems to but one critick has just as good me more the true spirit of Shakea right to offer at the introduc- Speare than I. Mr. Holr. tion of what he thinks he under. The emendation of Sir T. stands, as another has to omit it Samwel. because he can make no use of it P. 160. Doth all the noble fubo at all. The whole of the con- ftance of worsh out;] The Revie jecture on both passages is offered fal reads, with no degree of confidence, Doth all the noble fubftante oft and from no other motive than a eat out; defire of preserving every line

Or, of Shakespeare, when any reason, Doth all the noble fubfiance tolerably plausible, can be given foil with doubt. in its favour.

The authour would have de. Mr. Tbeobald has not dealt spised them both, had they been very fairly in his account of this another's. speech, as the absurdity is appa.

Mr. Holt reads, rently owing to the repetition of Doth all the noble fubftance of Tome of the lines by a blunder adopt. of the printer, who had thereby I think I beobald's reading may made Romeo confess the effects of land. the poison before he had tafted it. P. 164. Doom'd for a certain

This play was considerably al time to walk the night, tered and enlarged by the author, And for the day confir'd to faft after the first copies had been in fires.] Chaucer has a printed, and great as is the im- similar passage, with regard to the provement made by the additions, punishments of Hell. Parfon's the alterations here and there Tale, p. 193. Mr. Urry's edition. may be for the worse. To enu • And moreover, the misefe merate these is now too late, as “ (uneasiness) of hell, they are many in number, and “ Shall be in defaute of mete happen in almost every speech.

« and drink." Mr. STEEVENS.

Dr. GRAY. As I could not procure a fight P. 166. The word here used of any of the quartos, 'till I had was more probably designed by a printed off the whole play, I Metathesis, either of a poet, or must refer the curious reader to transcriber, for henebon, that is the old editions themselves, which henbane ; of which the most will very soon be made publick. common kind (hyoscyamus niger)

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is certainly narcotic, and perhaps, The words of the Rubrick were if taken in a considerable quan- first inserted by Mr. Rowe, in his tity, might prove poisonous. edition in 1709, in the room of Galen calls it cold in the third Pons Chanfon, (which is the readdegree; by which in this, asing of the firit folio) and have well as opium, he seems not to been transplanted thence by luce mean an actual coldness, but the ceeding editors. The old quarto power, it has of benumbing the fa- in 1611, reads pious cbanfor, culties. Diofcorides ascribes to it the which (I think) gives the sense property of producing madness, wanted. (rockóxpos paredes.) Thefe qua The pious chansons were a kind lities have been confirmed by fe- of Christmas Carol, containing veral cafos related in modern ob- fome Scripture History, thrown servations. In Wepfer we have into loose rhimes, and sang about a good account of the various the streets by the common people, effects of this root upon moft when they went at that feason to of the members of a Convent in beg alms. Hamlet is here repeatGermany, who eat of it for fup. ing some scraps from fongs of per by mistake, mixed with suce this kind, and when Polonius encory ;-heat in the throat, giddi- quires what followed them, he ness, dimness of fight, and deli- refers him to the forf row (i... rium. Cicut. Aquatic. c. 18.

divifion) of one of these, to ob

Dr. Gray. tain the information he wanted. P. 168. Ob borrible, ob borrible,

Mr. STEEVENS. most borrible.] It was very P. 198.

-Tbe for A ingeniously hinted to me by a Ror of the Rubrick will be learned lady, that this line seems you more.] First row of the to belong to Hamlet, in whose pons Chanfon, in the first two folio mouth it is a proper and natural editions of 1623, and 1632. exclamation, and who, according The first row of pont chansons, to the practice of stage, may be Sir Thomas Hanmer, Old ballads fupposed to interrupt so long a fung upon bridges. {peech.

I cannot guess at Mr. Pepe's P. 194. Hamlet. How chances reason for the alteration. But it they travel? their residence horh Mr. Warburton subjoins, “ That in reputation and profit was better “ the rubrick is equivalent, the

“ titles of old ballads being Rofin. I think their inhibition “ written in red letters." But comes by means of thelate innova- he does not mention one single tion) This is a proof this play was ballad in proof. There are five not wrote till after the 39 Eliz. large folio volumes of ballads in 1597, (Shakespeare then 33,) Mr. Pepy's library, in Magdalen when the first tatute against va- College, Caméridge, fome as angabonds was made, including cient as Henry VII, reign, and players; and perhaps, not till after noc one red lever upon any the ist James 1602. Mr. Holt, one of the titles, as I am in

P. 198. The firft row of the formed. Rubrick will peru you more.]


both ways:

P. 198. Caviare is the spawn lour. The variation in these of sturgeon pickled; it is im- old copies was no more than a ported hither from Ruffia. blunder of the printers, for it is

Mr. HAWKINS. as likely that the cloud should P. 220. Enter a Duke & Dute rese:nble a weafel in shape, as chess, with regal coronets.] Regal an ouzle, i. e. blackbird, (which coronets are improper for any per- they substituted for it) in cofonage below the dignity of a lour.

Mr. STEEVENS king; regal, as a substantive, is P. 241. -Senje sure you the name of a musical instrument,

bave, now out of use. But there is an Else you could not have noe officer of the houshold called, tion.] For notion, which Tuner of the regals. The cor

The cor- the note of Dr. Warburton had niet is well known to be a musical persuaded me to admit into the inftrument, and proper for pro- text, I would now replace the ceflions.

old reading motion ; for though Might we not then read the emendation be elegant, it is Enter a Duke and Dutchefs, with not necessary. royals, cornets, &c.

P. 250. Ape is certainly the P. 230. Ham. Methinks it is right reading. The ape hath like an ouzle.

large bags, by the fide of his Pol. It is black like an ouzle.) jaws, called his alforcbes, from The firft folio reads,

alforja, the word used in Spain it is like a weazell, for a wallet, in which, whenever It is back'd like a weazell. he meets with any food, he conAnd this I apprehend to be the ftantly deposits part of it to be true reading

chewed and swallowed at pleaPolonius has already agreed to fure, after his meal is ended. the fimilitude the cloud bears to

REVISAL. a camel, and confeffes, readily P. 258. Oph, How should I, enough, that it is very like a &c.-) There is no part wbale; but on Hamlet's pushing of this play, in its representation the matter ftill further, though on the stage, is more pathetic his complaisance holds out, it than this scene, which, I suppose, will not extend to a general re- proceeds from the utter insensibia femblance any longer; he there. lity she has to her own misforfore admits the propriety of the tune. laft comparison but in part, and A great sensibility, or none at only fays,

all, seem to produce the fame et. je is back'd like a weasel. fect; in the latter, the audience

The weasel is remarkable for supply what me wants, and in the length of its back ; but the the former, they sympathise. editors were misled by the quar

Mr. REYNOLDS. tos, which concur in reading, P. 262. The ra'ifiers and black like a weasel, for this they prips of every word.] By faid was impoffible to be right, word is here meant a declaration, the animal being of another co or proposal; it is determined to



this fenfe, by the reference it P. 268. No tropby, forward, hath to what had just preceded, nor halchment, &c.] The

The rabble call bim lord. nole on this passage seems to This acclamation, which is the imply a difuse of this practice ; word here spoken of, was made whereas it is uniformly kept up without regard to antiquity, or at this day ; not only the sword, received custom, whose concur- but the helmet, gauntlet, spurs rence, however, is necessarily re and taburd, i. e. a coat, whereon quired to confer validity and fta- the armorial enligns were ancibility in every proposal of this ently depicted (from which the kind.

Revisal. term coat armour) are hung over This interpretation leaves the the grave of every knight. expression ftill harth, but nothing

Mr. HAWKINS, so good has yet been offered. P. 278. Hamlet. Make her P. 266. Oph. You mnft fing, grave straight.) Some, for

down-a-down, and you call whose opinions I have great res him a-down-a.

gard, think that straight is only O low the wheel becomes it!) immediately. My interpretation I The wheel means no more than have given with no great confiibe burt hen of the fing, which she dence, but the longer I consider has just repeated, and as such it, the more I think it right. was formerly used. I met with P. 279. Crowner's quest law.] the following observation in an I strongly suspect that this is a old quarto black letter book, ridicule on the case of dame published before the time of Hales, reported by Plowden, in Shakespeare.

his commentaries, as determined The song was accounted an in 3. Eliz. “ excellent one, thogh it was It seems her husband, Sir

not moche graced by the James Hales, had drowned himwbeele, which in no wise ac ielf in a river, and the question “ corded with the subject matter was, whether by this act a forfeior thereof."

ture of a lease from the dean I quote this from memory, and chapter of Canterbury, which and from a book, of which I he was poflefied of, did not accannot recollect the exact title or crue to the crown; an inquisition date, but the passage was in a was found before the coroner, preface to some fongs, or fon- which found him felo de se. The veis; and I well remember to legal and logical subtleties, arishave met with the word in the ing in the course of the argument fame fense in several other old of this case, gave a very fair opbooks, and am very forry I can- portunity for a (neer at Crowner's not give, at present, a more fa. queft Lau. The expresion, a tisfactory quotation to prove little before that, an act bath what I am confident is the true three branches, &c. is fo pointed meaning of the expreflion. an allusion to the case I mention, Mr, STEEVEN 5. that I cannot doube but that

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