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When it is proved, however, that a gentle process might have been employed with equal success, let the actual cautery be rejected, or applied to the remarks of him who has so freely used it. STEEVENS.

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Vol. IV. p. 71. TEMPEST.

this lord

-hath here almost persuaded

(For he's a spirit of persuasion only,)

The king, his son's alive;] This is from the Bible, 1 Kings, ch. xxii. ver. 21. " And there came forth a spirit and stood before the Lord, and said, I will persuade him.”


p. 214. Two Gentlemen of Verona.


like a wood woman;] A wood woman is a mad woman, and is so called at this day in Scotland.


Vol. V. p. 7. MERRY WIVES of Windsor.

Sir Hugh Evans.] In 1564 was published a translation of Horace by Lewes Evans, schole-master; from which it is very probable Shakspeare took the name of his Welch schoolmaster. HARRIS.

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She took the ring of me; I'll none of it.] This line should be pointed thus,

She took the ring of me? I'll none of it.

This punctuation renders the passage intelligible, and will save all the observations made upon it. HARRIS.

Vol. V. p. 361. Twelfth Night.

If all the devils in hell be drawn in little, and Legion himself possessed him, yet I'll speak to him.] The Demoniack mentioned in St. Mark's Gospel, ch. v. ver. 9. on being asked his name, answers, My name is Legion." HARRIS.

Vol. VII. p. 53.

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—with your hat penthouse-like, o'er the shop of your eyes; with your arms crossed on your thin belly-doublet, like a rabbit on a spit;] In the frontispiece to Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy, is the figure of a man exactly corresponding with this description. HARRIS.

Vol. XI. p. 222. KING HENRY IV. P. I.
swift Severn's flood;

Who then, affrighted with their bloody looks,
Ran fearfully among the trembling reeds,]

So, in the 114th Psalm, ver. 3. "The sea saw it, and fled;
Jordan was driven back."


Vol. XII. p. 398. KING HENRY V.

·at such and such a sconce.] To Mr. Steevens's note it may be added, that there is at Oxford (near the remains of Oseney Abbey) a small meadow called the Sconce, which was part of the fortifications during the siege in the civil war. HARRIS.

Vol. XIV. p. 33. KING HENRY VI. P. III.

Rut. I never did thee harm; Why wilt thou slay me ?
Cliff. Thy father hath.


But 'twas ere I was born.] This is the Wolf and the Lamb, in Phædrus's first fable. HARRIS.

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For Warwick was a bug, that fear'd us all.] So, in Coverdale's translation of the Bible, 91st Psalm, ver. 5. "Thou shalt not be afraid of any bugs by night.” See also Vol. XVIII.

p. 347. HARRris.

Vol. XVII. p.


Think on me,

That am with Phoebus amorous pinches black,] So, in Solomon's Song, ch. i. ver. 6. "Look not upon me, because I am black, because the sun hath looked upon me.'

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Bind fast his corky arms.] Corky is deceitful. HARRIS. Vol. XVIII. p. 491. CYMBEline.

Andirons,- -] Mr. Steevens has rightly explained the ornaments of the Andirons: Mr. Whalley, not knowing that dogs and andirons are different names for the same thing, has run into a mistake. HARRIS.

Vol. XIX. p. 290. OTHELLO.

Let housewives make a skillet of my helm.] i. e. a skillet of my helmet. A skillet is a small kettle with three legs, for the purpose of using on wood fires made on hearths. HARRIS.

IBID. p. 502.

She was false as water.] So, in the Book of Genesis, ch. xlix. yer. 4. "Unstable as water." HARRIS.

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