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Thus will I fold them one upon another;
here? Jul. If thou respect them, best to take them up,
Luc. Nay, I was taken up for laying them down: Yet here they shall not lie, for catching cold.
Jul. s I see, you have a month's mind to them.
Luc. Ay, madam, you may say what sights you fee; I see things too, although you judge I wink.
Jul. Come, come, will’t please you go? [Exeunt, s I see you have a month's mind to them.] A month's mind was an anniversary in times of popery ; or, as Mr. Ray calls it, a less folemnity directed by the will of the deceased. There was also a year's mind, and a week's mind. See Proverbial Phrases.
This appears from the interrogatories and observations against the clergy, in the year 1552. Inter. 7. “ Whether there are any month's minds, and anniversaries ?" Strype's Memorials of the Reformation, vol. ii. p. 354.
Was the month's mind of fir Will. Laxton, who died the last month (July 1556.) his hearse burning with wax, and the morrow mass celebrated, and a sermon preached,” &c. Strype's Mem. vol. iii. p. 305. Dr. GRAY.
A month's mind, in the ritual sense, signifies not defire or incli. nation, but remonftrance ; yet I suppose this is the true original of the expression. Johnson.
Puttenham, in his Art of Poctry, 1589, chap. 24. fpeaking of Poetical Lamentations, fays, they were chiefly used “ at the burials of the dead, also at month's minds, aud longer times:" and in the churchwarden's accompts of St. Helens in Abington, Berkfire, 1558, these month's minds, and the expences attending them, are frequently mentioned. Instead of month's minds, they are sometimes called month's monuments, and in the Injunctions of K. Edward VI. memories, Injunét. 21. By memories, fys Fuller, we understand the Obsequia for the dead, which some say succeeded in the place of the heathen Parentalia.
'If this line was designed for a verse, we should read-monthes mind. So in the Midsummer Night's Dream:'
" Swifter than the moones Iphere." Both these are the Saxon genitive case. STEEVENS.
K 4 SCENE
IS CE N E III.
Enter Anthonio and Panthino, Ant. Tell me, Panthino, 6 what fad talk was that, Wherewith my brother held you in the cloister?
Pant, 'Twas of his nephew Protheus, your fon,
Ant. Why, what of him? .
Ant, Nor need'st thou much importune me to that Whereon this month I have been hammering, o n what sad talk ] Sad is the same as grave or serious,
JOHNSON, ? Some, to discover isands far away;] In Shakespeare's time, voyages for the discovery of the islands of America were much in vogue. And we find, in the journals of the travellers of that time, that the sons of noblemen, and of others of the best families in England, went very frequently on these adventures. Such as the Fortescues, Collitons, Thornbills, Farmers, Pickerings, Littletons, Willoughbys, Chesters, Hawleys, Bromleys, and others. To this prevailing fashion our. poet frequently alludes, and not without high commendations of it. WARBURTON.
8 — great impeachment to his age,] Impeachment is bindrance, So in Henry V: :
66 but could be glad :
I have confider'd well his loss of time; .....
Pant. I think, your lordship is not ignorant, How his companion, youthful Valentine, ... * Attends the emperor in his royal court,
Ant, I know it well.
him thither : There fhall he practise tilts and tournaments, Hear sweet discourse, converse with noblemen; -,
Attends the emperor in his royal court.] The emperor's royal court is properly at Vienna, but Valentine, 'tis plain, is at Mi. lan; where, in most other passages, it is said he is attending the duke, who makes one of the characters in the drama. This feems to convict the author of a forgetfulness and contradiction; but perhaps it may be solved thus, and Milan be called the emperor's court; as, since the reign of Charlemaigne, this dukedom and its territories have belonged to the emperors. I wish I could as easily solve another absurdity which encounters us, of Valentine's going from Verona to Milan, both inland places, by sea.
THEOBALD. Mr. Theobald discovers not any great skill in history. Vienna is not the court of the emperor as emperor, nor has Milan been always without its princes since the days of Charlemaigne; but the note has its use, Johnson.
Shakespeare has been guilty of no mistake in placing the em. peror's court at Milan in this play. Several of the first German emperors held their courts there occasionally, it being, at that time, their immediate property, and the chief town of their Italian døminions. Some of them were crowned kings of Italy at Milan, before they received the imperial crown at Rome. Nor has the poet fallen into any contradiction by giving a duke to Milan at the fame time that the emperor held his court there. The first dukes of that, and all the other great cities in Italy, were not sovereign princes, as they afterwards became ; but were merely governors, or viceroys, under the emperors, and removeable at their plea fure, Such was the Duke of Milan mentioned in this play.
And be in eye of every exercise,
Ant. I like thy counsel; well haft thou advis'd :
Ant. Good company; with them shall Protheus go:
Pro. May't please your lordship, 'tis a word of two
Ant. Lend me the letter; let me see what news.
Pro. There is no news, my lord; but that he writes
Ant. And how stand you affected to his with ?
? in good time ] In gond time was the oid expreffion when something happened which suited the thing in hand, as the French say, à propos. Johnson. So in Rich. III: " And, in good time, here comes the sweating lord.”
Pro. As one relying on your lordship's will, And not depending on his friendly wish.
Ant. My will is something sorted with his wish : Muse not that I thus suddenly proceed; For what I will, I will, and there an end. I am resolvid, that thou shalt spend some time With Valentino in the emperor's court; What maintenance he from his friends receives, Like exhibitions thou shalt have from me. To-morrow be in readiness to go: Excuse it not, for I am peremptory.
Pro. My lord, I cannot be so soon provided ; Please you, deliberate a day or two. Ant. Look, what thou want'st, shall be sent after
thee: No more of stay; to-morrow thou must go. Come on, Panthino; you shall be employ'd To hasten on his expedition. (Exeunt Ant. and Pant. Pro. Thus have I shunn'd the fire, for fear of
burning; And drench'd me in the sea, where I am drown'd : I fear'd to thew my father Julia's letter, Left he should take exceptions to my love; And with the vantage of mine own excuse Hath he excepted most against my love. Oh, how this spring of love resembleth
The 3 — exhibition] i. e. allowance. So in Othello:
“ Due reference of place and exhibition," Again, in the Devil's Laru-cafe, 1623 : 66-in his riot does far exceed the exhibition I allowed
him." STEEVENS. 4 Oh, how this spring of love resemhleth] At the end of this verse there is wanting a syllable, for the speech apparently ends in a quatrain. I find nothing that will rhyme to fun, and therefore shall leave it to some happier critic, But I suspect that the author might write thus:
Oh, how this spring of love resembleth right,
The uncertain glory of an April day;