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Revenges burn in them: for their dear causes
Near Birnam wood Shall we well meet them; that way are they coming.
Cath. Who knows, if Donalbain be with his brother?
Lin. For certain, sir, he is not: I have a file
What does the tyrant
Northumberland.” See, however, a note on the Persona Drdo matis. Steevens.
4 Fxcite the mortified man.) Mr. Theobald will needs ex. plain this expression, “ It means (says he) the man who has abandoned bimself to despair, wbo bas no spirit or resolution left.", And, to support this sense of mortified man, he quotes mortified spirit in another place. But, if this was the meaning, Shak. speare had not wrote the mortified man, but a mortified man. In a word, by the mortified man, is meant a religious; one who who has subdued his passions, is dead to the world, has aban. doned it, and all the affairs of it: an Ascetic. Warburton. So, in Monsieur D’Olive, 1606:
“ He like a mortified hermit sits." Again, in Green's Never too late 1616: “ I perceived in the words of the hermit the perfect idea of a mortified man.” Again, in Love's Labour's Lost, Act I, sc. i:
My loving lord, Dumain is mortified; “ The grosser manner of this world's delights “He throws upon the gross world's baser slaves,” &c.
Steevens, unrough youths,] An odd expression. It means smooth-faced, unbearded. Steevens. See The Tempest:
till new-born chins “ Be rough and razorable." Again, in King Fobn:
“ This unbair'd sauciness, and boyish troops,
“ The king doth smile at." Malone. • He cannot buckle his distem perd cause
Within the belt of rule.] The same metaphor occurs in
Now does he feel
Who then shall blame
Well, march we on,
Or so much as it needs,
Dunsinane. A Room in the Castle. Enter Macbeth, Doctor, and Attendants. Macb. Bring me no more reports ; let them fly all:4
Troilus and Cressida:
“ And buckle in a waist most fathomless.” Steevens. 7 W ben all that is within him does condeinn
Itself, for being there?] That is, when all the faculties of the mind are employed in self-condemnation. Johnson
the medicin - ] i. e. physician. Shakspeare uses this word in the feminine gender, where Lafeu speaks of Helen in All's Well that Ends Well; and Florizel, in The Winter's Tale, calls Camillo “ the melecin of our house.” Steevens.
9 To dew the sovereign flower, &c.] This uncommon verb occurs in Look about vou, 1600:
Deaving your princely hand with pity's tears." Again, in Spencer's Fairy Queen, B. IV, c. viü:
" Dewd with her drops of bounty soveraigne.” Steevens. 1 Bring me no more reports ; &c.] Tell me not any more of dese; tions:--Let all my subjects leave me :-I am safe till &c.
Revenges burn in them: for their dear
Cath. Who knows, if Donalbain be with .
Lin. For certain, sir, he is not: I have
Northumberland.” See, however, a note on the P matis. Steevens.
4 Excite the mortified man.) Mr. Tbeobald wil! plain this expression. “It means (says he) the ni abundoned himself to despair, who has no spirit or rest And, to support this sense of mortified man, he quote spirit in another place. But, if this was the meani speare had not wrote the mortified man, but a mor In a word, by the mortified man, is meant a religious : who has subdued his passions, is dead to the world, doned it, and all the affairs of it: an Ascetic. Warburi So, in Monsieur D'Olive, 1606:
“ He like a mortified hermit sits.” Again, in Green's Never too late 1616: “I perceive words of the hermit the perfect idea of a mortified nu. Again, in Love's Labour's Lost, Act I, sc. i:
“My loving lord, Dumain is mortified;
- unrough youths,] An odd expression. smooth-faced, unbearded. Steevens. See The Tempest:
till new-born chins “ Be rough and razorable.” Again, in King Fobn:
" This unbair'd sauciness, and boyish troops,
“ The king doth smile at." Malone. • He cannot buckle his distem per'd cause
Within the belt of rule.] The same metap!
Till Birnam wood remove to Dunsinane,
3 All mortal consequents, pronounc'd me thus :) The old copy reads
All mortal consequences, have pronounc'd me tbus. But the line must originally have ran as I have printed it:Currents, consequents, occurrents, ingredients, &c. are always spelt, in the ancient copies of our author's plays, currence, consequence, occurrence, ingredience,” &c. Steevens.
on thee ] Old copy- upon. Steevens.
English epicures :) The reproach of epicurism, on which Mr. Theobald has bestowed a note, is nothing more than a natural invective uttered by an inhabitant of a barren country, against those who have more opportunities of luxury. Johnson.
Of the ancient poverty of Scotland, the following mention is made by Froissart, Vol 11, cap iii: “ They be lyke wylde and savage people—they dought ever to lese that they have, for it is a poore country. And when the Englysshe men maketh any roode or voyage into the countrey, if they thynke to lyve, they must cause their provysion and vitayle to followe theym at their backe, for they shall fynde nothyng in that countrey,” &c.
Shakspeare, however, took the thought from Holinshed, p. 179 and 180, of his History of Scotland: “ the Scotish people before had no knowledge nor understanding of fine fare or riotous surfet; yet after they had once tasted the sweet poi. soned bait thereof &c.-those
superfluities which came into the realme of Scotland with the Englishmen” &c. Again : “ For manie of the people abhorring the riotous manners and superfluous gormandizing brought in among them by the Englisbe. men, were willing inough to receive this Donald for their king, trusting (because he had beene brought up in the Isles, with old customes and manners of tbeir ancient nation, without tast of English likerous delicates), they should by his seuere order in gouernement recouer againe the former temperance of their old progenitors." The same historian informs is, that in those ages the Scots eat but once a day, and even then very sparingly, It appears from Dr. Johnson's Fourney to the Western Islani of Scotland, that the natives had neither kail nor brogues, till they were taught the art of planting the one, and making the other, by the soldiers of Cromwell; and yet king James VI, in his 7th parliament, thought it necessary to form an act “ against superfluous banqueting." Steevens.