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To Shakspeare tribute pay;
Give lustre to the day.
What face shall dare to frown.
Ween Garrick first proposed to institute a nounced by firing the cannon, ranged upon the Jebilee, in honour of our immortal Shakspeare, banks of the Avon, about five o'clock of Wedthe public formed very high expectations of the nesday morning, the 6th of September, 1769, and entertainment ibey were to receive. The design immediately afterwards, the principal ladies was certainly noble in itself, whatever might were serenaded by a number of young men be the motives; and, in spite of all the ridicule fant stically dressed, belonging to the theatre, and opposition which envy or malice exerted, with the following song, accompanied by hautit was carried into execution. It was allowed, boys, flutes, clarionets, guitars, and other inby men of the first rank in the literary world, struments : that no occasion of festivity ever was, or ever
“Let beauty with the sun arise, could be, more justifiable, than that of paying
With beav'nly smiles, and speaking eyes hooours to the memory of so great an ornament to his country, as the inimitable Shakspeare.
“ Each smile she gives protects his name, In the Spring and Summer of 1769, great
Not envy's self can blast the fame, preparations were made in all parts of the town,
Which beauty deigns to crown." against the approaching festival. A very large
The company were also entertained with the and magnificent octogoual Amphitheatre was
Warwickshire ballad, written by Garrick. The erected upon the Bankcroft, close to the river
whole town being roused by these performances, A100; and which, to please the prevailing taste,
the corporation assembled, about eight o'clock, Bomen hat resembled Ranelagh Rotunda: it was
in one of the principal streets. A public breakfast capable of conveniently bolding above one thou
was held at the town, or Shakspeare's, hall, at saod spectators.
nine, to which every purchaser of a guinea ['pon the margin of the Avon, were ranged
ticket for the various entertainments (the masthirty cannon (sixteen of them thirty-two pound
querade only excepted, which was rated sepaers, twelve cohorns, and some mortars, to be
rately at half a guinea) was admitted, upon payfired upon the opening of, and during the
ment of a shilling, and regaled with tea. Jutilee; and an immense quantity of fire-works,
The Steward came to the breakfast room soon 20d variegated lamps for the illuminations, were
after eight, to see that every thing was properly sent in two waggons from London, for the amuse
disposed for the reception of the company, as Beat of the company.
well as to be himself in readiness to receive A beautiful ribbon (afterwards formed into
them. favours) was purposely made at Coventry, and
Previous to the arrival of the company, the called the Jubilee ribbon, which united and
Mayor and Corporation waited upon Garrick, bended all the colours of the rainbow.
at Shakspeare hall; where William Hunt, Esq. A medal, engraved by Mr. Westwood of the Town Clerk, delivered to him the ensigus Birmingham, similar to that worn by Garrick,
of his office, viz, a medal (on which was carved was struck on this occasion, in copper, silver,
a bust of the bard, and richly set in gold) and and gold: these, as well as the ribbon, were
wand, both made of the famous mulberry-tree. eagerly bought up. On one side was a good From the Town hall, the company proceeded haeness of Shakspeare, with the following
in regular order to the Church; where the words from his own play of Hamlet, -“We shall oratorio of “ Judith," composed by Dr Arne, A look upon his like again;" on the reverse, was well performed in a large temporary or-Jubilee at Stratford, in honour and to the
chestra, erected under the organ. This piece Betkery of SAAKSPEARE. Sept. 1769, D. G. Stew
opened at eleven; and, at its close, Garrick, at
the head of the performers, walked in procesThe first opening of the Jubilee was an- sion from the church, attended by a large ca• See the title page of Vol. II.
valcade of the nobility and gentry in their
a concerted trio, the burthen of which is pro- j privations, or respect for honourable scars, the bably Hamlet's splenetic exclamation, “ Frailty, decrepid and selfish sexagenarian repulses the thy name is woman!” The fair “poacher upon application and turns his back on the petitioners ; nature's manor," who hides her face in her and at the same moment the sagacious watchapron, and her partner in delinquency, under dog, guided by the tone of his master's voice, the special care of the constable, tremble before gives to this rebuff all the support in his power. the dread tribunal with all the consciousness of guilt, and passively listen to the sage's harangue with a semblance of attention and humility that may be charitably construed into repentance and
The Seventh Age. resolutions of amendment.
“ Last scene of all,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans every thing."
The closing scene of man's brief history is “The sixth age shifts Into the lean and slipper'd pantaloon;
now before us, and exhibits bim, having survived With spectacles on nose, and pouch on side ; His youthful hose, well sav'd, a world too wide
all his faculties, in the extremity of decay and For his shrunk shank ; and his big manly voice,
helplessness; and thus incapable of any enTurning again toward childish treble, pipes And whistles in his sound."
joyment, of any participation in or even percep
tion of what passes around him, nothing is The dominion of avarice and the approaching | wanting but the merciful stroke of death to redotage incidental to this stage of mortality, move him from the stage where he has played hinted at by the poet, has been dexterously am- his part. Having outlived the companions of plified for bis purpose by the painter, who has his youth, those connected with him as well taken as vehicles of expression a disabled soldier, by the ties of kindred as of amity, he is now with his wife and children, and contrasted them consigned to the care of a hired nurse who is with the “lean and slipper'd pantaloon.” The seen fast asleep, while a child, to whom has been greyhaired veteran supported on a wooden leg, allotted the incongruous task of amusing doting opening his vesture, and displaying farther imbecility, has seated himself on the floor to honourable proofs of his sufferings in his coun- build a house with cards. The accessories, the try's cause, extends his hand with respectful winged and headless figure, the armorial hoconfidence, as he solicits relief, less for himself, nours hanging on the last peg, the picture of than for the sharers of his poverty, who patiently folly enthroned, &c., are in strict keeping with await the result of this appeal. Feeling neither the story, and sustain and strengthen the moral sympathy for age, compassion for unmerited of the poet and the painter.
OF OBSOLETE WORDS, AND OF WORDS VARYING FROM THEIR ORDINARY SIGNIFICATION.
As, as if.
Be lee'd, becalmed. Ascannt, askew, sideways.
Belongings, eodowments. Aspect, countennlice.
Be mete, be measure. Aspersion, sprinkling.
Be-moiled, bedruggled, bemired As point, completeiy armed.
Bending, unequal to the weight. Assay, test.
Benetit, beneficiary. Axapart, a giant.
Bent, utmos! degree of any passion. Assinego, a male ass.
Benumbed, intiexible. Astringer, a gentleman falconer.
Beshrew, may ill belall. Assurance, conseyauce or deed.
Besmirch, to foul or dirty. Assured, aitanceu.
Best, bravest. Ates, ustigate frum Até, the goddess Bestowed, stowed away, lodged. of bloodshed.
Bestraught, distracted. Atomies, minute particles visible in Beteem, to give, pour out. permit, the sun's rays.
suffer, Atlashed, taken to task.
Bewray, betray. Attended, waited for.
Bezouiam, a mean fellow. Altent, attentive.
Bias cheek, swelling out like the bias Atone, to reconcile.
of a bowl. Attest, attestation.
Bid, to invite. Attorney, deputation.
Bid the base to challenge in a contest. Attorneyship, the discretional agency Bifold, two-fold. of another
Bizgin, a cap Attornicu, supplied by substitution of Bilberry, the hortleherry. embassies.
Bilbo, a Spanish blade, made at Bilboa. Audacious, spirited, animated.
Bilboes, letters. Audrey, a corruption of Ethelrea.
Bill, articles of accusation. Augurs, prognostications.
Bill, a weapon, formerly carried by Aukward, adverse.
watchmen. Aunis, strumpets,
Bin, is. Authentic, learned.
Bird-bolt, an arrow shot at birds from Awful, reverend.
a cross-bow. Awless, failing to produce awe.
Blank, the white mark in a target.
Blauk and level, mark and aim (terms Baccare, stand back, give place.
of gunnery). Bairn, brushwoud.
Blaze of youth, the spring of early life. Baldrick, a belt.
Blear, to dective. Balo, misery
Blench, to start off, to fly off. Baleful, baneful.
Blent, blended Balked, bathed or piled up.
Blind-worms, the cæcilia, or slow. Ballase, ballast.
worm. Bilm, the oil of consecration.
Blood bultered, daubed with blood. Bant. curse.
Blown, puted up, swollen. Band, bond.
Blows, swells. Bandog, village-dog.
Bloody, sanguine. Bandy, to exchange smartly.
Blue caps, the Scotch Bank, to sail along bauks.
Blunt stupid, insensible. Banning, cursing.
Blurt, blurted, au expression of conBanquet, a slight repast.
tempt. Bar, barrier.
Board, io accost. Barbison, the name of a demon.
Bobb, tu trick, Barbe, a kind of veil.
Budged, boggled clumsy.
Bodhi, a small dagger.
Bulting-hutch, the receptacle in which Bare, mere.
the meal is bolted. Bartul, full of impediments.
Bombard, or bumbard, a barrel. Barm, yeast.
Bombast, the stufling of clothes. Bar, or bairn, a child.
Bona-robas, strumpets. Barnacles, a shell tish.
Bond, bounden duty. Barns, keeps in a bara.
Bony or bunny, handsoine. Barren, ignorant.
Book, paper of conditions. Base, dishonoured.
Boot, profit,something over aud above Base, a rustic gane called prison-base. Bore, deineaned. Bases, a kind of loose breeches worn Bore, the calibre of a gun. by equestrian knights.
Bores, stabs. Basilisks, a species of caonon.
Bosky, woody: Basta, 'tis enough.
Bosom, wish, heart's desire. Bastard, raisin wine.
Bets, worms in a horse's stomach Bat, a club.
Bourn, boundary, rivulet. Bate, strife.
Bow, yoke. Bate. to tutter as a hawk.
Bolds, emboldens. Batlet.au instrument with which wasb- Bolte red, bedaubed. ers used to beat clothes.
Borne in hand, deceived. Batten, to grow fat.
Bottled-spider, a large bloated spider. Battle, army.
Boulted, sitted. Bawcock, a jolly fellow.
Bowlins, or bowlines, tackle of a ship. Bay, the space between the fmain Bollen, swollen. heams of a house.
Bordered, restrained. Bay curtal, a bay docked horse.
Bower, a chamber. Bay window, a bow-window.
Brace, armour for the arm. Beadsmen, religious persons, main. Brach, a hound.
tained to pray for their bencfactor, Brack, to salt. Beak, the forecastle.
Braid, crafty, deceitful. Bear a brain, perfectly resemble. Brain's flow, tears. Beard, to defy
Brake, an instrument of torture ; also Bearing, demeanour.
a thicket. Bearing cloth, a mantle used at christ- Brands, a part of the andirons on which CullS.
the wood for the fire was supported. Beat, (ou falconry) to flutter.
Brasier, a manufacturer of brass ; nisa, Beating, hainmerink, dwelling upon.
a vessel in which sbarcoalis burbed. Beaver, helmet in general.
Brave, to defy, also to make fine. Beck, a salutation made with the head. bravely, splendidly, gallantly. Becomed, becoming.
Bravery, finery. Beetle, to hang over the hase.
Brawl, a kind of dance. Behave, to manage.
Braving, harsh, grating. Behests, commands.
Break, to begin, Beholding, viewing with regard. Break up, to carve. Behowl, to howl at.
Break with, tu break the matter to Beinz, abode.
Breast, voice. Beldamo, ancient mother.
Breath, speech, also exertise.
se deception. Asd, deceived. A. to pay dear for, to rue, to suffer. Atstu, alyse, Acase, to cite or summon. acru", accusation. Arse, to cbtain. acu tum, wolf's hane. A tance, reguital. Activa, direction by mute signs, charge
citance, favour. Aske, to preier. AS Tog, atteotive. Arnly.coutrariety. Avertiseme ut adaonition. datae, consideration, discretion,
thought. Adrie, to consider, to recollect. Art or Aety, a hawk's or eagle's nest
the letier, to practise aiteration. A: 61 love
2. affectation, imagination.
di ined by affinity. A Lt. to confrunt. 4. to hetruth. Ag et tahy, a diminutive being, not
Cice-uok the tag of a point, from
a.*ielles. Dize, acknowledge, confess, vow,
din zod earnest. A 3, Zeus, suspicion.
lans, were verbal eulogy.
der test, best beloved. A - Pictung. 4 alite.
to approve. Aance, ai probation. &17, to pepper
* Ban chin, a beardless chin. s #k, the lowest chance of the Ass, misfortune. 4:57, dispuriled.
AS, a bermit.
mai an coin.or standard-bearer. Aala 6. rod. A at kuihe night.
ser retition. Aropophazi, cannibals, Ak the fol of the old play.
boty, old age. Autres cavesa id dens, Arach. te impeach. Aral, to accuse. Averred, made apparent. Aarle-jobo, an apple ibat will keep
Artwo years. Afps, to attend to, consider. Apantment, preparation, Ambe alin, opinion. Arbeosive quick of comprehension Afta'ion, entry or probation, Arool, approbation proof Ave, to justify, prosc, establish. Aorted, experienced. Ayers, those wbo try. Aya Titæ, strong waters, probably
Lequebangh. antar. b.rd, lbe phoenis, Archief. Artice, silver. A7cine, the goddess Diana. 4:7er, Alziers. 475, Sbs laden with great wealth Arment, sub ect for conversation,
theory; 840), theory.
Breataing-courtesy, mere verbal com- geons, eaten by the quality. Cold, naked
Collection, consequence, or cellar.
Colt, to trick
Cearment. the wrapping of an em- Come of, to pay.
Come of will, to succeed.
Centuries, companies of an bundred Comfort, to aid, Brize, the gad, or horse-fly.
Committed, lain with.
Commonty, a comedy. Brought, attended.
Challenge, the right of refusing a jary. Compact, made up of. Brow of youth, the height of youth. man,
Companies, companione. Brown-bili, a battle-axe.
Chamber, ancient Dame fo London ; Compare, comparison. Brownist, a follower of Brown, sec
also, a piece of ordnance.
Comparative, a dealer in comparisous tarian. Chamberers, intriguers.
Compassed, round. Bruising-irons, an allusion to the an- Champian, an open country.
Compassed cape, a round cape. cient mace.
Chantry, a small chapel in a cathedral. Compassed window, a bow-window. Bruit, report with clamour. Character, hand-writing.
Compassionate, plaintive. Brush of time, decay of time.
Charactery, the matter with which let- Compose, to come to a composition Bug, bugbears, false terrors.
ters are made.
Composture, composition. Bumbard, a large drinking vessel. Chares, task-work.
Composition, bargain; also, cons Bang, a cut purse. Charge-honse, free-school.
Complexion, humour. Butt-shaft, an arrow to shoot at shafts Charles-wain, the constellation called Comply, to compliment with,
Conceit, imagination, wit, idea. By'rlaken, by our lady.
Charmer, one who deals in magic. Conceited, ingenious.
Concent, connected harmony.
Cheater, for escheatour, an officer in Coney-catched, tricked, Cara-coloured, yellow.
Coney-catcher, a chent.
Cherry pit, a game with
cherry-stones. Confound, to destroy. Call, to visit
Cheveril, soft leather, also, conscience. Conject, conjecture
Consent, will, conspiracy.
Chide, to resound, to echo; also, to Consigned, sealed. Camelot, a place where King Arthur is scold, he clamourous.
Consist, stand. supposed to have kept his court. Chiding, sound; noisy.
Constancy, consistency. night to drink.
Childing, unseasonably pregnant. Constantly, certainly.
Contemptible, contemptuous, Canstick, candlestick.
Chough, a bird of the daw species Continuate, uninterrupted. Cantons, cantos,
Christom or chrisom, the white cloth Continue, to spend. Canvas, to sift.
put on a new baptized child. Continent, containing Canvas climber, a sailor.
Chuck, chicken, a term of endearment. Contraction, marriage contract. Cap, the top, the chief. Chult, rich, avaricious.
Contrarious, different. Cap, to salute by taking off the cap. Chopping, jabbering:
Contrary, to contradict. Capable impressure, hollow mark: Cicatrice, the scar of a wound.
Contrive, to spend, to wear out. Capitulate, to make head against. Circummured, walled round,
Control, confute, Capocchia, a sot.
Circumstance, conduct, detail, circum- Convents, agrees, is convenient. Capon, metaphor for a letter.
Conversion, change of condition.
Converse, associate, interchange
Convertite, a convert.
Convey, to steal.
Conveyance, slight of hand, theft. ways for the gridiron. Clack dish, a beggar's dish.
Conveyers, thieves. Card, a sea-chart, perhaps also the Camour, a term in bell-ringing Conveyed himself, derived his title. compass. Clap-in, fall to.
Convicted, overpowered, baffled. Carded, mixed.
Clapped i'the clout, hit the white mark. Convince, to convict, to subdue. Care, inclination. Clap, to join hands.
Convive, to feast. Careires, the motion of a horse; to Claw, to flatter.
Copatain hat, a hat with a conica pass the careires, means to overstep Clean, completely.
Cope, encounter, covering,
Copped, rising to a top or bead.
Coragio, courage, be of good cbeer.
Corinth, a brothel.
Corinthian, a wencher.
Corky, dry, withered.
Clout, the white mark at which archers Corporal, corporeal. Cart, a chariot.
Costard-monger, a dealer in costers o Case of lives, a set of lives.
Coach fellow, one who draws with a apples. Casques, helmets.
Cote, to overtake. Cassock, a horseman's loose coat. Coasting, conciliatory.
Coted, quoted, regarded, Cast, to empty; also dismiss, reject. Codling, an unripe apple.
Cotsale, Cotswood in Gloucst.
Couch, to lie with.
Count, to reckon upon.
Countenance. favour; also, false op tempt. Cockshut-time, twilight.
pearance, hypocrisy. Cast- lips, left-off lips. Cockle, a corn-weed.
Counter, hunting term. Jast the water, to find out disorders by Cockle-hat, a pilgrim's hat.
Counter-caster, one who reckons will inspecting the urine. Codding, amorous.
counters Catnian, a liar. Codpiece, a part of the dress.
Counter-check, a term in chess. Satling, a small lutestring, made of Coffin, the cavity of a raised pie. Counterfeit, a portrait. catgut. Cog, to cheat with dice, to lie.
Country, count, earl.
Couplement, a couple.
too good for, or above the Coigne of vantage, convenient corner. Courses, the mainsail and forenie comprehension of so called from Coignes, coroers.
Court-cnpboard. sideboard. a delicacy made of the roe of stur. Coil, bustle, stir.
Court confect, a spurious nob
Cert holy water, flattery.
of the Lordine peech.
7. a pairy ft flow.
W! under the indluence of a male-
ale used by sharpers.
la sod, counterfeit. Dei, a couch,
is brcal day. 1
na dairy maid.
13! by pruty.
i from first to last
to ti rit.
term in music.
sure Disperge, to sprinkle. Disponge, to discharge as a sponge. Dispose, disposal, command. Dispose, to make terns. Disposition, frame. Dissent, displace, le pose. Dissemble, io glossover, disguise. Dissembling, putting dissumilar things
together. Distained, unstained. Distaste, to corrupt. Distemper, intoxication. Distemperature, pertuu bation. Distempered out of huhuvar. Distraugut, distracirii. Distractions, detachments, separate
bodies. Divert, to turn aside. Division, a ternin music. Duff, to put oil Dole, alms, distribution, lot. Dolphin, the dauphin Don, to put ont, to the On. Done to death, killed. Done, expendied, cunsumed. Done upon the gad, suudeny. Putant, dotard. Double, full of duplicity. Dogble vouchers, a law term. Doubt, to fear. Dout, to do out, extinguish. Dowlr, a leadier. Down-kyved, hanging down, like what
contines the filters round the
ancles. Draught, the jakes. Driw, to withdrav Draw, embowelled. Drawn fox, one which is trailed over
the ground, to drceive the hounds.
me, the Irrthen of a song.
Easy, wlight, inconsiderable.
the einblem of royalty.
cover. Enridged, bordered. Ensconce, to secure in a safe place, 10
fortify Enseamed, greasy. Enseer, to dry up. Enshield, concealed. Enstepped, immersed. Entertainment, pay; also, being re
ceived into service. Entreatments, favours; also, objects of
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Eager, (from aigre, Fr.) sour, harsh,