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The play on this subject mentioned by Sir John Harrington in his Apologie for Poetrie, 1591, and sometimes mistaken for Shakespeare's, was a Latin one, written by Dr. Legge, and acted at St. John's in our University, some years before 1588, the date of the copy in the Museum. This appears from a better MS. in our library at Emmanuel, with the names of the original performers.
It is evident from a passage in Camden's Annals that there was an old play likewise on the subject of Richard the Second ; but I know not in what language. Sir Gelley Merrick, who was concerned in the harebrained business of the Earl of Essex, and was hanged for it with the ingenious Cuffe in 1601, is accused, amongst other things, 'quod exoletam Tragædiam de tragica abdicatione Regis Ricardi Secundi in publico theatro coram conjuratis data pecunia agi curasset'” (Farmer). 213. Remember whom ye are, etc. Richard III., v. 3. 315.
Holingshed. “I cannot take my leave of Holingshed without clearing up a difficulty which hath puzzled his biographers. Nicholson and others have supposed him a clergy man. Tanner goes further and tells us that he was educated at Cambridge and actually took the degree of M.A. in 1544.—Yet it appears by his will, printed by Hearne, that at the end of life he was only a steward, or a servant in some capacity or other, to Thomas Burdett, Esq. of Bromcote, in Warwickshire. —These things Dr. Campbell could not reconcile. The truth is we have no claim to the education of the Chronicler : the M.A. in 1544 was not Raphael, but one Ottiwell Holingshed, who was afterward named by the founder one of the first Fellows of Trinity College” (Farmer). 214. Hig, hag, hog. Merry Wives, iv. I. 44.
writers of the time. “ Ascham, in the Epistle prefixed to his Toxophilus, 1571, observes of them that “Manye Englishe writers, usinge straunge wordes, as Lattine, Frenche, and Italian, do make all thinges darke and harde,'” etc. (Farmer).
all such reading as was never read. Dunciad, i., line 156, first edition (see Introduction, p. xliv. ; iv., line 250, edition of 1742).
Natale solum. “This alludes to an intended publication of the Antiquities of the Town of Leicester. The work was just begun at the press, when the writer was called to the principal tuition of a large college, and was obliged to decline the undertaking. The plates, however, and some of the materials have been long ago put into the hands of a gentleman who is every way qualified to make a proper use of them” (Farmer). This gentleman was John Nichols, the printer, whose History and Antiquities of the County of Leicester appeared from 1795 to 1815. 215. primrose path. Hamlet, i. 3. 50 ; cf. Macbeth, ii. 3. 21.
Age cannot wither. Antony and Cleopatra, ii. 2. 240.
221. Candide, chapters 9 and 15.
225. general criticism is uninstructive. Cf. Joseph Warton, Adventurer, No. 116: “General criticism is on all subjects useless and unentertaining; but it is more than commonly absurd with respect to Shakespeare, who must be accompanied step by step, and scene by scene, in his gradual developments of characters and passions,” etc.
239. line 28. which. The original has who.
Love's Labour lost. In his edition of L.L.L. (1768), Capell omitted fifteen lines from Biron's speech in Act iv., Sc. 3 (iv. I in his own edition, p. 54). He did not record the omission.
249. Nothing perishable about him except that very learning, etc. Cf. Edward Young, Conjectures on Original Composition, 1759, p. 81, and Hurd, Notes on Horace's Art of Poetry, line 286 (1757, i., pp. 213, 4): “ Our Shakespear was, I think, the first that broke through this bondage of classical superstition. And he owed this felicity, as he did some others, to his want of what is called the advantage of a learned education.” 251. Macbeth, i. 5. 18, 49 ; v. 5. 13; v. 3. 23.
practicer of arts inhibited. Othello, i. 2. 78. 254, note. Shakespeare's magic, etc. Dryden, Prologue to the Tempest, 1667, lines 19, 20.
258. miching malicho. Hamlet, iii. 2. 147.
262. Cadogan, William (1711-1797), a fashionable London doctor, who published in 1771 a Dissertation on the Gout and on all Chronic Diseases, in which he held that gout is “a disease of our own acquiring” and “the necessary effect of intemperance.”
267, note. For if the Jew. Merchant of Venice, iv. 1. 280.
269. Souls made of fire and children of the sun. Edward Young, The Revenge, v. 2.
270. just where youth ends. Cf. Paradise Lost, xi. 245, 246.
270. Old, cold, and of intolerable entrails. Merry Wives, v. 5. 161.
Mrs. Montague. Two chapters in Mrs. Elizabeth Montagu's Essay on the Writings and Genius of Shakespear (1769) deal with the first and second parts of Henry IV. She speaks of “the cowardly and braggart temper of Falstaffe” (p. 103), and says that “gluttony, corpulency, and cowardice are the peculiarities of Falstaffe's composition” (p. 107).
271. golden fool. Timon of Athens, iv. 3. 18. 277. Players ... the worst judges of Shakespeare. Cf. Pope, Preface, p. 51.
285. line 27. attacked. The original has attached. The reprints of 1820 and 1825 read attached to.
303. He was shaked of a burning quotidian tertian. Henry V., ii. 1. 124, 91; ii. 3. 10.
Addison, Joseph, xix, 86, 134,
170, 306, 311, 315, 316, 329.
Bentley, Richard, 81, 111, 158,
179, 315, 320.
20, 206, 306, 307, 312, 327.
Bacon, Francis, Lord, 191.
Burmann, Peter, 163, 326.
Cooke, Thomas, 317.
327, 334, 336, 338.
Preface), 81, etc. (Warburton's
Criticism, see Edwards.
Cadogan, William, 262, 347.
212, 248, 338, 345, 347.
reading in i Henry VI), xlvi.
185, 324, 332, 335.
Poetical Dictionary, xxxviii.
Dacier, André, 18, 86, 105, 307.
206, 307, 327.
Writings of Shakespeare, xvii,