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Perform'd to your sole daughter.] Perhaps it greets me, may mean, it pleases me; c'est à mon gré. MALONE.
Line 394. Doth swear to the gods, that winter kills the flies ;] You resemble one who is angry with heaven, because it does not control the common course of nature. Marina, like the flies in winter, was fated to perish ; yet you lament and wonder at her death, as an extraordinary occurrence.
MALONE. Line 398. Sail seas in cockles,] We are told by Reginald Scott, in his Discovery of Witchcraft, 1584, that " it was believed that witches could sail in an egg shell, a cockle, or muscle shell, through and under tempestuous seas.”—This popular idea was probably in our author's thoughts.
MALONE. Line 429. --who first is gone.] Who has left Tharsus before her father's arrival there.
MALONE. Line 454. (und swears she'll never stint,)] She'll never cease,
MALONE. ACT IV. SCENE VI. Line 493. How now ? How a dozen of virginities?] For what price may a dozen of virginities be had? So, in King Henry IV. Part II : « How a score of ewes now?"
MALONE. Line 533. -without any more virginal fencing,] This uncommon adjective occurs again in Coriolanus :
“—the virginal palms of your daughters-"MALONE. Line 539. My lord, she's not paced yet ;] She has not yet learned her paces.
MALONE. Line 651.
to every coystrel
That hither comes enquiring for his tib ;] To every mean or drunken fellow that comes to enquire for a girl. Coysterel is
properly a wine-vessel. Tib is, I think, a contraction of Tabitha. It was formerly a cant name for a strumpet.
ACT V. Linę 6. Deep clerks she dumbs ;] Thesens confounds those who address - him, by his superior dignity; Marina silences the learned persons with whom she converses, by her literary superiority.
Line 6. and with her neeld composes--) Neeld for needle.
MALONE. 11. Her inkle, silk, twin with the rubied cherry :] Inkle is a species of tape.
ACT V. SCENE I. Line 141. and aukward casualties-] Aukward for adverse. Line 168. IVho startes the ears she feeds, and makes them hungry,
The more she gives them speech.] So, in Antony und Cleopatra :
Other women cloy
MALONE. Line 175. And how achiev'd you these endowments, which
You make more rich to owe?] owe, i. e. own or possess.
Line 245. This is the rarest dream that e'er dull sleep-] The words, This is the rarest dream &c. are not addressed to Marina, but spoken aside.
ACT V. SCENE II. Line 344. -goddess argentine,] That is, regent of the silver moon.
MALONE. Line 373. Til he had done his sacrifice,] That is, till Pericles had done his sacrifice.
MALONE. Line 375. The interim, pray you, all confound.] To confound here signifies to consume.
END OF THE ANNOTATIONS ON PERICLES.
LINE 4. in the division of the kingdom,] There is something of obscurity or inaccuracy in this preparatory scene. The king has already divided his kingdom, and yet when he enters he examines his daughters, to discover in what proportions he should divide it. Perhaps Kent and Glocester only were privy to his design, which he still kept in his own hands, to be changed or performed as subsequent reasons should determine him.
JOHNSON. Line 18. -being so proper.) i. e. handsome. MALONE.
38. -express our darker purpose.] That is, we have already made known in some measure our desire of parting the kingdom ; we will now discover what has not been told before, the reasons by which we shall regulate the partition.
JOHNSON, Line 61. Where merit doth most challenge it.] i. e. where the claim of merit is superadded to that of nature. Steevens.
Line 71. Beyond all manner of so much-) Beyond all assignable quantity. I love you beyond limits, and cannot say it is so much, for how much soever I should name, it would be yet more.
Johnson. Line 84. Only she comes too short,—that I profess &c.] That seems to stand without relation, but is referred to find, the first conjunction being inaccurately suppressed. I find that she names my deed, I find that I profess, &c.
JOHNSON. Line 86. Which the most precious square of sense possesses ;] Perhaps square means only compass, comprehension. JOHNSOX.
Line 94. No less in space, validity,] Validity, for worth, talue; not for integrity, or good title.
WARBURTON. Line 98. Strive to be interess’d;] interess’d, from the French interesser. Line 135. Hold thee, from this,] i, e. from this time.
STEEVENS. 137. -generation-] i. e. his children. MALONE.
162. - erecution of the rest,] The erecution of the rest is, I suppose, all the other business.
JOHNSON. Line 184. Reverbs- ] This is, perhaps, a word of the poet's own making, meaning the same as reverberates. STEEVENS. Line 186.
To wage against thine enemies;] i.e. I never regarded my life, as my own, but merely as a thing of which I had the possession, not the property; and which was entrusted to me as a pawn or pledge, to be employed in waging war against your enemies.
STEEVENS. Line 191. The true blank of thine eye.] The blank is the white or exact mark at which the arrow is shot. See better, says Kent, and keep me always in your view.
JOHNSON, Line 208. (Which nor our nature nor our place can bear,)
Our potency made good,] Lear, who is characterised as hot, heady, and violent, is, with very just observation of life, made to entangle himself with vows, upon any sudden provocation to vow revenge, and then to plead the obligation of a vow in defence of implacability.
JOHNSON. Line 215. -By Jupiter,] Shakspeare makes his Lear too much a mythologist : he bad Hecate and Apollo before.
Johnson. Line 239. seeming-) is beautiful.
- a pawn