An account of the only known manuscript of Shakespeare's plays, comprising some important variations and corrections in the Merry wives of Windsor

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Page 16 - It may be remarked of this manuscript that all Evans's speeches are very carefully spelt to indicate his peculiar phraseology, much more so than 15 0 the printed editions ; and this is one evidence that it was a playhouse copy. Thus, in the present speech, the manuscript reads, — "Plesse my soul : how full of chollers I am, and trempling of mind : I shall pe glat if he hafe deceivet me : how melanchollies I am ? I will knog his...
Page 17 - and well laid," which appears to be a most sensible emendation. ACT III.— Sc.
Page 13 - Fal. * * * I myself sometimes, leaving the fear of heaven on the left hand, and hiding mine honour in my necessity, am fain to shuffle, to hedge, and to lurch ; and yet you, rogue, will ensconce your rags, your cat-a-mountain...
Page 9 - It is marring, indeed, if he quarter it." The manuscript reads " the salt-water fish is an old coat," which may serve to confine the conjectures of the commentators on this very difficult passage within narrower bounds. At all events, this reading appears to overthrow the conjecture of " A Lover of Heraldry," given in Knight's Library Shakespeare, vol.
Page 16 - I hafe goot opportunities for the 'orke : Plesse my soul : (sings) " To shallow rifers to whose falls : Melotious birts sing matricalls : There will we make our peds of roses, And a thousand fragrant posies." Surely there is more humour in this than in the printed editions, where the spelling is not uniform. In the first folio, it is " sings madrigalls," which reading is not, however, adopted by Mr.
Page 23 - ... printed copies, resorted to manuscript authorities, or only recorded striking passages which he heard at the theatres. Even with this doubt, so honestly expressed, Mr. Collier tells us that " these brief extracts, never exceeding five lines, now and then throw light upon difficult and doubtful expressions.
Page 5 - Middleton, and others, are in existence, it is a remarkable fact that not a single written fragment of any of the plays of Shakespeare has come down to us, with the exception of a few passages in some unprinted poetical miscellanies.

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