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A FEW NOTES,

ETC.

THE TEMPEST.

Act i. sc. 2.
“ The sky, it seems, would pour down stinking pitch,

But that the sea, mounting to the welkin's cheek,
Dashes the fire out.”

“ The manuscript corrector of the folio, 1632, has substituted heat for cheek,' which is not an unlikely corruption by a person writing only by the ear.” Collier's Notes and Emendations, fc. p. 2. “On the whole, heat in this place seems to be one of those alterations, which, though supported by some probability, it might be inexpedient to insert in the text.” Id. p. 503.

I must be allowed to protest against the Manuscriptcorrector's "heat,” as not supported by any probability: in fact, it is an alteration equally tasteless and absurd.

Act i. sc. 2.

“ Lend thy hand,
And pluck my magic garment from me.—So;

[Lays down his mantle. Lie there my art."

Here Steevens observes (from Fuller), that “Lord Burleigh, when he put off his gown at night, used to say, Lie there, Lord Treasurer."-So in A Pleasant Commodie called Looke about you, which was printed in 1600 (and therefore preceded The Tempest), Skinke puts off his hermit's robes with a similar expression;

Rob. Adew, good father.—Holla there, my horse !

[Exit.
Skin. Vp-spur the kicking jade, while I make speede
To conjure Skinke out of his hermits weede.
Lye there religion."

Sig. A 2.

and in Chettle's Tragedy of Hoffman, 1631 (which was also an earlier play than The Tempest*), Lorrique, throwing off the disguise of a French doctor, says; Doctor lie there. Lorrique, like thyselfe appeare."

Sig. G.

I may add, that in Shadwell's Virtuoso, Sir Samuel Harty lays aside his female dress with the words, “So, tyrewoman, lie thou there.” Act iv. p. 388, Works, ed. 1720.

Act i. sc. 2.

“ With hair up-staring."

Many readers of Shakespeare are perhaps not aware how common this expression was formerly. It not only found a place in the most serious poetry, as here, and in Chapman's Hero and Leander (Marlowe's Works, iii. 91. ed. Dyce), but belonged to the phraseology of daily life :

* See Henslowe's Diary, p. 229, ed. Shak. Soc.

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