Explanations and emendations of some passages in the text of Shakespeare and of Beaumont and Fletcher, by Martinus Scriblerus

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George Ramsay and Company, 1814 - 56 pages

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Page 14 - That monster, custom, who all sense doth eat Of habit's devil, is angel yet in this ; That to the use of actions fair and good He likewise gives a frock, or livery, That aptly is put on...
Page 16 - That never set a squadron in the field, Nor the division of a battle knows More than a spinster...
Page 31 - Like to the senators of the antique Rome, With the plebeians swarming at their heels, Go forth and fetch their conquering Caesar in : As, by a lower but loving likelihood, Were now the general of our gracious empress, As in good time he may, from Ireland coming, Bringing rebellion broached on his sword, How many would the peaceful city quit, To welcome him I much more, and much more cause, Did they this Harry.
Page 26 - A terrible child-bed hast thou had, my dear, No light, no fire : the unfriendly elements Forgot thee utterly ; nor have I time To give thee hallow'd to thy grave, but straight Must cast thee, scarcely coffin'd, in the ooze; Where, for a monument upon thy bones, And aye-remaining || lamps, the belching whale, And humming water must o'erwhelm thy corpse, Lying with simple shells...
Page 39 - Till you break in at plays, like 'prentices. For three a groat, and crack nuts with the scholars In penny rooms again, and fight for apples...
Page 40 - I'll cut your throats else!—)' Till water-works, and rumours of New Rivers, Ride you again, and run you into questions Who built the Thames ; 'till you run mad for lotteries, And stand there with your tables to glean The golden sentences, and cite 'em secretly To serving.men for sound essays; till taverns...
Page 35 - Tho' she be young, forgetting it ; tho' fair, Making her glass the eyes of honest men, Not her own admiration. ' That's wanton,' or,
Page 30 - Hope gives nct so much warrant, as despair, That frosts will bite them. When we mean to build, We first survey the plot, then draw the model ; And when we see the figure of the house, Then must we rate the cost of the erection...
Page 19 - O, beware, my lord, of jealousy ; It is the green-eyed monster, which doth mock The meat it feeds on...
Page 44 - The court's a school, indeed, in which some few Learn virtuous principles ; but most forget Whatever they brought thither good and honest Trifling is there in practice ; serious actions Are obsolete and out of use.

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