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having been thus new-modelled by our poet, and enriched with many happy strokes from his pen, is unquestionably entitled to that place among his works which it has now obtained.
ANTIOCHUS, king of Antioch.
The Daughter of Antiochus.
Lords, Ladies, Knights, Gentlemen, Sailors, Pirates,
Fishermen, and Messengers, &c.
SCENE, dispersedly in various countries.
Çi] This is an imaginary city, and içs name might have been borrowed from some romance. STEEVENS.
Enter GOWER. Before the Palace of Antiach.
To sing a song of old was sung,'
for his chiefest seat ; The fairest in all Syria ; (I tell you what mine authors say :) This king upto bim took a pheere, 3 Who died and left a female heir,
 I do not know that old is by any author used adverbially. We might read:
To sing a song of old was sung, i. e. that of old &c.
But the poet is so licentious in the language which he has attributed to Gower in this piece, that I have not ventured to make any change.
MALONE.  i.e. says Dr. Farmer, by whom this emendation was made, churchales. MALONE.
(3] This word, which is frequently used by our oid poets, signifies a mate or companion. The old copies
So buxom, blithe, and full of face, 4
As yon grim looks do testify.5
Antioch. A Room in the Palace. Enter ANTIOCHUS, PERI
CLES, and Attendants. Ant. Young prince of Tyre, you have at large receiv'd The danger of the task you undertake.
Per. I have, Antiochus, and with a soul
Ant. Bring in our daughter, clothed like a bride,
 Completely, exuberantly beautiful. A full fortune, in Othello, means a complete, a large one. MALONE.
(5) Gower must be supposed here to point to the heads of those unfortunate wights, which were bred on the gate of the palace at Antioch.
Enter the Daughter of ANTIOCHUS.
Ant. Prince Pericles,-
Ant. Before thee stands this fair Hesperides,
Per. Antiochus, I thank thee, who hath taught
 She comes (says Pericles) adorned with all the colours of the spring ; the Graces are proud to enroll themselves among her subjects'; and the king, (i. e. the chief) of every virtue that ennobles humanity, impregnates her mind :
Graces her subjects, in her thonghts the king
Of every virtue, &c. In short she has no superior in beauty, yet still she is herself under the do. minion of virtue. STEEVENS.
 This is a bold expression :testy wrath could not well be a mila companion to any one ; but her mild companion, Shakspeare means the companion of her mildness. M. MASON.
18) Thy whole heap, thy body, must suffer for the offence of a part, thine eye. The word bulk like heap in the present passage, was used for body by Shakspeare and his contemporaries. MALONE.
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