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As at some distance from the place of horror, 1550
MANO A H.
and here before thee] himself corrected it in the table of Here again the old error was care Errata, to which correction as well fully preserved through all the edi as the reit no regard was paid in tions. In the first edition it was any edition, though it improves printed and heard before thee; but the sense greatly. we have corrected it, as Milton 1554. No preface needs,] No pre
MANO A H.
face is wanting. Needs is a verb tive in Shakespear. Julius Cæsar neuter here as in Paradise Loft X. . Act Sc,
4. 80. where see the note.
With this she fell di trazi, 1556. And fenfe diftraft,] The And (her attendants absent) word is used likewise as an adjec swallow'd fire.
Hath paid his ransome now and full discharge.
MESSENGER By his own hands.
Twelfth-pight Act 5. Sc. 5, with from fome of the Philiftian They say, poor gentleman ! he's lords, and of its being fo fuddenly much difrael,
extinguish'd by this return of įll
fortune, than that of the early 1576. Abortive as the firft-born bloom, which the warmth of a
bloom of spring &c] As Mr. few fine days frequently pushes Thyer says, this fimilitude is to forward in the spring, and then be admired for its remarkable juft- it is cut off by an unexpected reness and propriety; One cannot gurn of winterly weather, As possibly imagin a more exact and Mr. Warburton observes this beauperfect image of the dawning hope tiful passage seems to be taken which Manoab had conceived from from Shakespear. Henry VIII. Ad the favorable answer he had met 3. Sc. 6,
This is the state of man; to day Upon which Mr. Warburton res
marks, that as spring-frofts are The tender leaves of hopes, to not injurious to the roots of fruit. morrow blossoms,
trees, he should imagin the poet And bears his blushing honors wrote foot, that is, the tender thick upon him ;
hoot on which are The third day comes a frost, a "leaves and blossoms. The compakilling froit;
rison, as well as expression of nips, And when he thinks, good easy is jufter too in this reading. Shakeman, full surely
spear has the same thought in Love's His greatness is a ripening, nips Labor Loft.
Byron is like an envious sneapAnd then he falls, as I do.
Relation more particular and distinct.
1595 MESSENGER. Occafions drew me early to this city, And as the gates I enter'd with sun-rise, The morning trumpets festival proclam’d Through each high-street: little I had dispatch’d, When all abroad was rumor'd that this day
1600 Samson should be brought forth, to show the people Proof of his mighty strength in feats and games ; I sorrow'd at his captive state, but minded Not to be absent at that spectacle.
That bites the first-born infants had given him such a measure of of the spring
strength, and was summing up all See Warburton's Shakespear. Vol. his force and resolution, has a very
fine effect upon the imagination. 5. P. 413
Milton is no less happy in the sub1596. Occasions drew me early &c] limity of his description of this As I observed before, that Milton grand exploit, than judicious in had with great art excited the rea the choice of the circumstances der's attention to this grand event, preceding it. The poetry rises as fo here he is no less careful to gra- the subject becomes more interesttify it by the relation. It is cir- ing, and one may without rant or cumftantial, as the importance of extravagance say, that the poet it requir'd, but not so as to be seems to exert no less force of tedious or too long to delay our genius in describing than Samson expectation. It would be found does strength of body in executing. ditficult, I believe, to retrench one
Thyer. article without making it defective, 1604. - absent at that spectacle] or to add one which should not ap. The language would be more corpear redundant. The picture of rect, if it was absent from that Samson in particular with head in: spectacle. clin'd and eyes fix’d, as if he was 1605. The building was a Spaaddrelling himself to that God who