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“ We are all men ; In our natures frail and culpable.
Of our flesh few are angels.” R. G. WHITE. The original has “capable." We think Mr. White's change is
And that I would not for a crown.” Act V., Sc. 3. The original has chine and cou. The original is stark nonsense. The above is the MS. Corrector's Is the correction much better? reading.
ABHOR Act II., Sc. 4.
“I utterly abhor, yea, from my soul
Refuse you for my judge.”
refuse are technical terms of the canon law-detestor and
challenge in a technical sense previously. AGAINST. Act II., Sc. 4.
Against your sacred person."
play. The construction requires that aught, used in the
preceding sentence, should be understood also before against. ANDREN. Act I., Sc. 1.
“Met in the vale of Andren." The original folio, as well as the Chroniclers, have Andren, but
in most modern editions it is printed Arde. Arde, or Ardres, which is the name of the town, occurs in the following line as Arde; but Andren or Ardren is the name of
the village near the place of meeting. BEHOLDING. Act IV., Sc. 1.
“I should have been beholding to your paper.” Beholding is not a corruption, but is more than once used by
Shakspere, and constantly by the writers of his time. It occurs in Greene's 'Groat's Worth of Wit.'
BEVY. Act I., Sc. 4.
“ In all this noble bevy." Bevy is a company or assembly of females. Spenser uses it thus in the 'Shepherd's Calendar '
“A lovely bevy of fair ladies sat.” BORES. Act I., Sc. 1.
“He bores me with some trick." To bore is to wound, to thrust at. In The Winter's Tale'
(Act III., Sc. 3), we have—"Now the ship boring the moon
with her mainmast.” BROKEN WITH. Act V., Sc. 1.
“ Have broken with the king." Broken with is communicated to; as in 'The Two Gentlemen
of Verona' (Act I., Sc. 3, and Act III., Sc. 1). The phrase
was a common one.
BUMBARDS. Act V., Sc. 3.
“And here ye lie baiting of bumbards." Bumbards were vessels or barrels for holding ale or beer. CENSURE. Act I., Sc. 1.
“Durst wag his tongue in censure.” Censure is here not used as dispraise, but as comparative judg.
ment. CHEVERIL. Act II., Sc. 3.
“Of your soft cheveril conscience.” Cheveril was prepared flexible kid-skin, used for gloves; Shak.
spere uses the word in ‘Romeo and Juliet' (Act II., Sc. 4), and Shirley and Chapman, in 'Chabot, Admiral of France, (Act I., Sc. 1), have
“No tough hides limiting our cheveril minds." CLINQUANT. Act I., Sc. 1.
“All clinquant, all in gold." Clinquant is bright, glittering, with gingling ornaments. It
is from the same root as clink. CONVENTED. Act V., Sc. 1.
“ To the council board
He be convented.”
One, certes, that promises no element.”
cation. Malvolio, in “Twelfth Night' (Act III., Sc. 4), says,
“You are idle, shallow things: I am not of your element"
-I am not constituted like you. EMPLOYMENT. Act II., Sc. 1.
“The cardinal instantly will find employment." For is to be understood after employment. There are many
similar instances of this construction in Shakspere; in the ‘Merchant of Venice' (Act III., Sc. 4) is one
“How good a gentleman you sent relief” (to). FIRE-DRAKE. Act V., Sc. 3.
“That fire-drake did I hit three times." The fire-drake was the ignis fatuus, “sometimes flying in the
night like fiery dragon,” says Phillips in his ‘World of Words.' The name was also applied to any artificial fire
work. FORCE. Act III., Sc. 2.
“And force them with a constancy."
“Has he affections in him,
When he would force it?".
“Ye rude slaves, leave your gaping." Gaping used for shouting. The "gaping pig” of Shylock
probably means the roaring or yelling pig. KEECH. Act I., Sc. 1.
That such a keech can with his very bulk."
called by Prince Henry in 'Henry IV., Part I.' (Act II., Sc. 4), “a greasy tallow keech ;” and in the north a fat man is
called a keech-belly. LEAVE. Act II., Sc. 3.
“The which to leave a thousand-fold more bitter.” The verb is is to be understood after leave. MERE. Act III., Sc. 2.
“To the mere undoing.” Mere is absolute, utter. MYSTERIES. Act I., Sc. 3. “Is 't possible
ONCE. Act I., Sc. 2.
“By sick interpreters, once weak ones." Once is here used in the sense of sometimes. PAPERS. Act I., Sc. 1.
“Must fetch him in he papers." The construction of this passage is somewhat difficult, but the
explanation is found in Holinshed, who says that the peers felt aggrieved at being summoned to attend the king without the consent of the council. Thus Wolsey's letter, alone, “must fetch him in (whom) he papers.” In the 118th Psalm is an instance of a similar omission of the relative—“the
stone the builders refused.” PARTED. Act V., Sc. 2.
They had parted so much honesty among them.”
“Pluck off a little.” Pluck off a little is to descend, lower your thoughts a little. QUARREL. Act II., Sc. 3.
“Yet, if that quarrel, fortune.” The quarrel was the square-headed arrow used with the cross
bow. The expression is metaphorical. RAMS. Act IV., Sc. 1.
Like rams in the old time of war.”
“You'd spare your spoons.”
tain many allusions to the practice. STRANGER. Act II., Sc. 3.
“She's a stranger now again.” That is—she is again a foreigner. TRADE. Act V., Sc. 1.
“Stands in the gap and trade of more preferments.”
“The tribulation of Tower-hill, or the limbs of Limehouse.”
posed the Tribulation to have been a puritanical meetinghouse. But why should the "youths that thunder at a
playhouse” be endurable by the frequenters of the Tribulation ? Because, says Steevens, such an audience was familiarised to excess of noise by the bellowings of their preachers. Are not the tribulation of Tower Hill of the same family as the limbs of Limehouse? those who trouble-disturb - Tower Hill - — some of “your faithful friends of the suburbs,” spoken of by the Chamberlain, and “the truncheoneers," " the hope of the Strand,” also spoken of previously by the Porter's Man. Tower Hill, down to a very recent period, was a great resort of vagabonds, who
played pitch and toss and other games there. Us'). Act III., Sc. 1.
If I have us’d myself unmannerly.”
“ Have their free voices-Rome, the nurse of judgment.”
also to the first. It is a great freedom of construction, but
was not unusual with our old writers. WEIGH OUT. Act III., Sc. 1.
“They that must weigh out my afflictions." Weigh out is used in the sense of out-weigh.
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