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P. 173, 1. 9. Trimly dight---for dighted; i. e. decked out. EDITOR.
P. 174, 1. 12. But my poor heart first set free. In some editions the words are transposed :--
" But first set my poor heart free.” Ib. 1. 15. Of lowest lay. Read---loudest lay.
Ib. 1. 20. Foul procurer. Read--precurrer; now written--precursor.
The shrieking harbinger here addressed is the screech owl--the foul precurrer of death. Malone.
P. 175, 1. 2. That defunctive music ken. Thus the modern editions. The old copies read :--
"Music can;" i. e. that understands funeral music. To con, in Saxon signifies to know. MALONE
Ib. 1. 7. With the breath thou giv'st and tak'st, &c. I suppose this uncouth expression means, that the crow, or raven, continues its race by the breath it gives to them, and by that which it takes from other animals; i. e. by first producing its young from itself, and then providing for their support by depredation. This is the best I can make of the passage. Steevens. Ib. I. 15. Two distincts but in none. Read
“ Two distincts, division none.” Ib. 1. 20. But in them it were a wonder. So extraordinary a phanomenon as---hearts remote, yet not asunder, &c. would bave excited admiration, had it been found any where else, except in these two birds. In them it was not wonderful. Malone.
Ib. 1. 22. That the turtle saw his right. I suppose we should read-light; i. e. the turtle saw all the
day he wanted in the eyes of the phenix. STEEVENS.
I do not perceive any need of change. The turtle saw those qualities which were his right, which were peculiarly appropriated to him in the phenix. Light certainly corresponds better with the word flaming in the next line ; but Shakespeare seldom puts his comparisons on four feet. Malone.
Ib. 1. 24. Other mine. Read--other's mine.
Ib. 1. 25 and 26. Property was thus appalld, &c. This communication of appropriated qualities alarmed the power that presides over property. Finding that the self was not the same, he began to fear that nothing would remain distinct and individual, that all things would become common. MALONE.
Ib. 1. 27. Single natures, double, &c. Read---nature's double, &c.
P. 176, 1. 1. Reason itself, &c. Read---Reason in itself, &c.
Ib. 1. 7 and 8. Love hath reuson, &c. Love is reasonable, and reason is folly, [has no reason] if two that are disunited from each other can get remain together and undivided. Malone.
Ib. 1. 9. This threne. This funeral song. MA
Ib. 1. 16. &c.