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If not, my senses, better pleas'd with madness,
This is desperate, fir.
O, my lord,
Flo. Hark, Perdita. - [Takes her aside. I'll hear you by and by.
He's irremovable, Resolv'd for flight: Now were I happy, if His going I could frame to serve my turn; Save him from danger, do him love and honour;
7- whom here -] Old Copy-who. Corrected by the edi. tor of the second folio. MALONE.
8 And, moft opportune to our need,] The old copy has-ber need. This necessary emendation was made by Mr. Theobald.
Purchase the fight again of dear Sicilia,
Now, good Camillo,
Sir, I think,
Well, my lord,
9 And (with my best endeavours, in your absence,)
Your discontenting father strive to qualify,
And bring him up 10 liking. ] And where you may, by letters, intreaties, &c. endeavour to foften your incensed father, and reconcile him to the match; to effect which, my best services shall not be wanting during your absence. Mr. Pope, without either authority or neceffity, reads-l'll strive to qualify;-which has been followed by all the subsequent editors. Discontenting is in our author's language the same as discontented.
May this, almost a miracle, be done?
Have you thought on
Not any yet:
Then list to me:
9 But as the unthought on accident is guilty
To what we wildly do ;] Guilty to, though it sounds harsh to our ears, was the phraseology of the time, or at least of Shakspeare: and this is one of those passages that should caution us not to disturb his text merely because the language appears different from that now in use. See The Comedy of Errors, Aci III. sc. ii :
“ But left myself be guilty to self-wrong,
MALONE. The unthought-on accident is the unexpected discovery made by Polixenes. N. Mason.
? Ourselves to be the slaves of chance,] As chance has driven me to these extremities, so I commit myself to chance, to be conducted through them. Johnson.
3 — asks thee, the fon,] The old copy reads—thee there fon.. Corrected by the editor of the third folio. MALONE. Perhaps we should read-(as Mr. Ritson observes)
- Asks there the son forgiveness," - Steevens.
Twixt his unkindness and his kindness; the one
Sent by the king your father
I am bound to you:
A course more promising
4 Things known betwixt us three, I'll write you down:
The which hall point you forth, at every fitting,
What you must say;] Every fitting, says Mr. Theobald, methinks, gives but a very poor idea. But a poor idea is better than none; which it comes to, when he has alter'd it to every fitting. The truth is, the common reading is very expressive; and means, at every audience you shall have of the king and council. The council-days being, in our author's time, called, in common speech, the fittings. WARBURTON.
Howel, in one of his letters, says: “ My lord president hopes to be at the next fitting in York.” FARMER. s There is some sap in this.] So, in Antony and Cleopatra : “ There's sap in't yet." STEEVENS.
- - to thift his being,
Nothing so certain, as your anchors; who
One of these is true :
Yea, say you so ?
My good Camillo,
I cannot say, 'tis pity
Your pardon, fir, for this; I'll blush you thanks.?
s But not take in the mind.] To take in anciently meant to conquer, to get the better of. So, in Antony and Cleopatra :
“ He could so quickly cut th' Ionian seas,
" And take in Toryne.” Mr. Henley, however, supposes that to take in, in the present instance, is simply to include or comprehend. Steevens.
0- i'the rear of birth.] Old copy-i'th’rear our birth. Corrected by Sir Thomas Hanmer. The two redundant words in this line, She is, ought perhaps to be omitted. I suspect that they were introduced by the compositor's eye glancing on the preceding line.
MALONE. These unnecessary words are here omitted. Steevens. 7 Your pardon, fir, for this;
I'll blush you ihanks.] Perhaps this paffage should be rather pointed thus :
Your pardon, fir; for this