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ten by Shakespeare, as many greater violations of diction appear in his works; but let it be remembered, that writers of his day were not such nice adherents to propriety as at present. EDITOR.
Ib. 1. 11. Nature that made thee with herself at strife. It is insisted that the contest is between Art and Nature: and Mr. Steevens gives the following line from a print, as containing the same idea :
« Faithorne, with nature at a noble strife:” but there Faithorne is at strife with nature, here nature with HERSELF. EDITOR.
Ib. I. 17. Where serpent never hisses. In other copies we read---Where never serpent, &c.
P. 2, 1. 2. But rather famish them amid their plenty. So in Anthony and Cleopatra :--
“But she makes hungry “Where most she satisfies.” MALONE. . Ib. 1. 8. The president of pith and livelihood. Read precedent. This idea is in Anthony and Cleopatra, and in Othello :--:
— “This hand is moist, my lady; - This argues fruitfulness." Ib. 1. 17 and 18. She red, fc. He red, fc. Tho' delicacy be violated in these lines, they are exceedingly expressive. She burns with desire--he “ with bashful shame.” Editor."
P.3, 1. 11. Blames her miss ; i. e. misbehaviour FARMER.
This is certainly meant as a contraction of amiss, put substantively, and should be thus marked,'miss. EDITOR.
Ib. 1. 12. She smothers with a kiss. In other copies ---murders with a kiss.