The Plays and Poems of William Shakspeare, Volume 20
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1821. Excerpt: ... Both favour, savour, hue, and qualities, Whereat the impartial gazer6 late did wonder, Are on the sudden wasted, thaw'd, and done7, As mountain-snow melts with the mid-day sun. Therefore, despight of fruitless chastity, Love-lacking vestals, and self-loving nuns, That on the earth would breed a scarcity, And barren dearth of daughters and of sons, Be prodigal: the lamp that burns by night8, Dries up his oil, to lend the world his light. What is thy body but a swallowing grave9, Seeming to bury that posterity! sessed of these copies, when the first edition of these poems was printed, in 1780, I printed sight, the reading of the copy of 1600: but I then conjectured that fight was the true reading, and I afterwards found my conjecture confirmed. Malone. 6--the Impartial gazer-- Thus the original copy of 1593, and the edition of 1596. Impartial is here used, I conceive, in the same sense as in Measure for Measure, vol. ix. p. 187, n. 7. The subsequent copies have--imperial. Malone. 7--thaw'd, and Done, Done was formerly used in the sense of wasted, consumed, destroyed. So, in King Henry VI. Parti.: " And now they meet, where both their lives are done." In the West of England it still retains the same meaning. Malone. 8--the lamp that burns by night, i. e.--Kv%vov Hfdrov, Koei ydpov a%WevTa. Musceus. Steevens. Ye nuns and vestals, says Venus, imitate the example of the lamp, that profiteth mankind at the expence of its own oil.--I do not apprehend that the poet had at all in his thoughts the torch of the loves, or the nocturnal meeting of either Hero and Leander or any other persons. The preceding precept here illustrated is general, without any limitation of either time or space. Malone. 9 What is thv body but a Swallowing Grave, So, in King Richard III.: "--...
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