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“ I hold the world, but as a world, Bas. might be derived from internal evisanio;
dence. The above line, for instance, A stage, where every one must play his evinces the Merchant of Venice to part,
have been the first almost of his And mine's a sad one." If I were not excessively delicate very poor.
productions, written whilst he was in changing a letter of such a wri. ter as Shakspeare, I would slightly
“ Yet, to supply the ripe wants of my alter this into
I'll break a custom.” I told the world' it was a world, Bassanio;
stage which every one must ride in fast; Anthonio means to say, that to And mind Abaddon.
save his friend from starvation, he That is, take care of the devil, will, contrary to custom, borrow Bassanio; ride fast, and take care of money at “ usance,” or, according the devil.
to the more modern term, usury.
We must now, therefore, place our“Do cream, and mantle like a standing selves in the situation of Shakspeare, pool."
and imagine how he would express This is a contradiction. I would “hunger;” not surely by « ripe write,
wants," but certainly thus: Do cream and mantle like a stagnant pool. Yet, to supply the tripe wants of my
friend, I own that the Iricism would still I'll break a custom. remain, but an alteration is effected
Tripe wants signify the yearning at all events, and every alteration is of the bowels, and is, I believe, a a step to improvement, unless, in- Scotch phrase. deed, one changes for the worse.
“ That all the yeanlings which were “ l'arewell, I'll grow a talker for this streaked and pied, gear.”
Should fall at Jacob's hire." Farewell, I'll grow a talker for this year. I could make little sense of this,
An errour of typography. The old till, by chance, meeting with a work editions have it, I believe, correct; of Bracton's (the lawyer] I read: but I have not time to look into
" It was the custom of this country them. It is not the business of an formerly, when a farmer did lose a editor to be muddling his brains over young sheep, a cow, or a pig, or old and obsolete books; nor would I did become stricken in years, or did do it if it were; my mind is too no die, for the lord to allow unto him ble.
two shillings and six-pence, for and
because of a dead gift or mortuary." “ 'Tis not unknown to you, Anthonio,
From all which I infer that ShakHow much I have disabled my estates." speare wrote, 'Tis not unknown to you, Anthonio, That all the younglings which were How much I have bedevil'd my estates.
stricked and died,
Should fall, &c. I alter this for the same reason that the Englishman drank gin; be “ You that did void your rheum upon my cause I like it.
I cannot avoid the relation' of a " How.to get clear of all the debts I owe.” story here, which will make the.
I am convinced, with my lord reader smile. An old gentleman, Kames, that the best chronology of mounting Hampstead Hill, tarried the order of Shakspeare's plays at the Load of Hay, and exclaimed:
« This terrible wind brings the is fond of this kind of writing: theum into my eyes.” “ Then, why thus, in the Taming of the Shrew, don't you," said the witty landlord, 6 the oats have eaten the horses;" “ bring your eyes into the room.” and indeed it is an excellent device,
to give prose an air of blank verse. “ Hie thee, gentle Jew."
For example: “ Three men thrust
themselves into a hole” would be I would vary this, I confess, from downright and obviously prose, almere caprice, but every one has his
most to the hero of Moliere, who whim as well as his taste..
had spoken in that style all his life Hie thee, Gentile--Jew, without knowing it. But the expresconveys to my ears a more pleasing sion becomes truely grand inverted melody; besides which, it expresses
thus: the wavering opinion the Hebrew's Into a hole three men thrust themselves. apparently generous conduct had created.
“But, tho’I am a daughter to his blood
I am not to his manners." “ I tell thee, lady, this aspect of mine."
How ridiculous ! Shakspeare had It is really wonderful, that both in his mind's eye the Salique law, Shakspeare and Milton accent the
which debars women from the rights word aspect upon the last syllable.
of inheritance. Jessica, therefore,
bitterly complains, in allusion to ' Father, come, I'll take my leave of the Jew in the twinkling of an eye."
this, I am sorry to say this is a very in But, tho' I am a daughter to his blood decent, though, it must be confess I am not to his manors. ed, a ludicrous allusion to the bu
But what could editors, for the most rial service:
part educated at the plough's tail, “ We shall not all sleep, but we shall be know of the Salique law? changed in a moment–in the twinkling of an eye.”
-Jessica, my girl,
There is some ill a brewing." “ Like one well-studied in a sad ostent To please his grandam."
Criticks are like dogs, not so much There are two kinds of sense (befor Swift's reason—" that they snail sides the five) one is denominated
most when there are fewest bones," common sense, the second nonsense.
but that where one is at fault, the Our commentators universally pre
whole pack inevitably follows. All fer the latter, and therefore never
the editors have passed this line over dream of explaining a passage by unnoticed, and yet it is evidently erso slight a difference from the text roneous. I read as the following:
-Jessica, my girl,
There is some ale a brewing. Like one well-studied in a St. Austin,
There is some sense in this. To please his grandam. A St. Austin is a prayer-book. “ When you shall please to play the
thieves for wives,
I'll watch as long for you then !-Come, “ Adieu ! tears exhibit my tongue.”
approach!” There has been violent contro
I smell false punctuation here. versy about this passage, though it be simply an instance of transposi. Pll watch as long for you.Then, come, tion, or, as it is termed by the rhetoricians, " dislocation." Shakspeare This likewise amendeth the poesy.
MAGAZINES... The hyrcanian deserts and the vasty Louvet de Couvray, entitled La fin wilds,"
des Amours du Chevalier de Faublas. The word vasty grows obsolete; In one of the chapters whereof (I I propose substituting “nasty.” It is forget which) is this exposition: true that this may injure the sense,
« adieu," a contraction of "á dieu but the metre is well preserved. Í je vous commend." I have been question whether hyrcarian is not told that Entick's Dictionary would corrupted from Hesperian, and whes have given me as much information, ther our bard did not allude to des which shows how much we are disi serts gathered from the gardens of posed to travel in search of what we the Hesperides. But this I am not have at home; like the man who quite clear about. At all events, some sought for a cuckold in every parish deviation from the text should be but his own. introduced.
Hanging and wiving goes by destiny." « Portia, adieu !"
I have consulted Lowth, and, I never could, with certainty, com. finding this line to be ungrammati. prehend the signification of this till cal, esteem the whole an interpola. I had read that facetious work of M. tion.
THE KISS: OR, MOHAMAŠIM THE ASS DRIVER.
Qui te videt beatus est
Qui basiát-semi deus est.-Buchannan. IT was the custom of Mohamasim as well expect to live for ever, as to to rise with the sun, and drive his be for ever fortunate. Life is at best asses through the streets of Bagdad. but like the beard of Hamlet's father, All the world is aware that the milk a sable silvered. Even the humble of those animals is a sovereign re- existence of Mohamasim, it seems, medy against stupidity. Mohamasim, was to be checkered with trouble; therefore, grew tolerably rich, for for, one day, as the sultan passed there was not a citizen who did not by, the poor fellow, seized with a fit persuade his neighbour that he stood of coughing, wiped his mouth with in woful need of the remedy. his sleeve. Unfortunately, by the Twenty years did he pass in this laws of the Ottomans, it is a capital uninterrupted course, without a
crime to wipe you
mouth in the murmur, and without a wish. He supreme presence; but the sultan, had heard all speak with enthusiasm, who then reigned, having an uncomof the pleasures of variety: yet heard mon portion of humanity and forwith indifference. To him, that was giveness, ordered the punishment to most grateful which was most easy; be mitigated to a thousand lashes. and, though not supernaturally wise, Now, as Mohamasim could have no he had discernment sufficient to dise claim to feeling, for he was an ass cover that most things become easy driver, a thousand lashes was by perpetual recurrence.
mere flea-bite to him; even the 'Tis a piteous truth, that, be our courtiers, a kind of personage re. inclinations howsoever unaspiring nowned for compassion and fine and inoffensive, they are equally feeling, did not deny the justice and subject to opposition with the most lenity of the sentence; for what crime turbulent and ambitious. We may could be more atrocious than to
wipe one's mouth in the presence of and sixty lashes from the heavy a being who wore red morucco slip- hand of that unmerciful scoundrel, pers?
or kiss the princess Roxalinda, the Punishments are bestowed in most angelick of mortals; the darTurkey with somewhat more alacrity ling of the universe ? Am I awake? than rewards are given in England. It would have puzzled Merlin himMohamasim was stripped with sum self to determine how long he would mary celerity, and had received a have soliloquized in interrogations, dozen tolerably smart applications to had he not been interrupted by the his shoulders, when the sultan or. melodious remonstrances of his dered the executioner to stop. The animals; but no sooner did the executioner, having lent his sove well known sounds salute his ears, reign money, cared not an iota for than he started as from a trance, his commands, so proceeded. The and, running to embrace his comtruth was, thạt having run up a score panions, profaned the very lips with with Mohamasim, for milk, he bore which he was to kiss the princess. him inveterate animosity; for there Never did scene exhibit more pathos is nothing so merciless as ingratitude. on the one side, or more indifference Stay your hand, said the vizier, but on the other. The truth is, that asses still he proceeded. Stay your hand, are not remarkable for tenderness. exclaimed the courtiers unanimous As he quitted the animals, the ly; but still he proceeded. Dog, said difficulty of obtaining an interview the sultan, enraged, stay thy hand, with the princess, for the first time, or thou shalt be hanged, like the occurred to him. Mirthful and coffin of Mohammed, between earth thoughtless, he never dreamed of and heaven. As the man had no vio- obstacles till he tumbled over them. lent inclination to be hung, he with. It was not till now that he suspected held at last, and Mohamasim had the sultan, in giving him his choice, the satisfaction of hearing him told had condescended to be facetious, to go about his business. Mohama- and that, in fact, his shoulders were sim, said the sultan, if thou hast not doomed to be flayed as inevitably, as contrived, before one revolution of though Gravity herself held the lash. the moon, to kiss the princess Rox. In the name of the prophet, said he, alinda, thou shalt receive the rest. where, when, and how shall I behold Commander of the Faithful, said the princess Roxalinda? What hast Mohamasim, rubbing his shoulders, thou to do with her, said a neighthy will is indisputable; mankind are bour, slapping him with friendly thy slaves; thou speakest and art freedom on the shoulder? obeyed, nay, more than obeyed. Before I proceed, it were not
Dust of my feet, replied the sultan, amiss to observe upon the dissimilitamper not with my patience; choose, tude of customs in differeat nations. or this moment is thy last. Let me In 'Turkey, you prove the strength consider, said Mohamasim, with a of your friendship by raising a tuplayfulness he could not conquer; mour upon your neighbour's shoulshall I now have nine hundred and der. Lapland, being intolerably frisixty more of these pretty, agree- gid, the inhabitants greet each other able, jocose lashes, or a kiss of the with an amicable squeeze by the princess? Why, truly, I believe I shall nose, remarkably conducive to a prefer the kiss, if it be merely for more general circulation of the blood. the sake of variety. The sultan The Dutch, of proverbial phlegm, smiled, and left him.
usually apply a bamboo of some ten Well, said the ass driver, when or twelve inches in circumference alone, can this be rejection; can this to each other's posteriors; a pracbe choice; or receive nine hundred tice, say they, which, while it de
presses the body, elevates the ima- lace, so disordered were his senses, gination. In France, where all are he thought the walls increased in soldiers, none are esteemed friends height as he approached; his heart who have not interchanged a brace misgave him as he surveyed them; of bullets. Our northwest regions, no friendly inequality for the hand bearing a stronger affection for their to grasp, or the wearied foot to rest apparel, than for aught besides, in- upon. Could I but make a beginvariably seize each other by their ning, said he, half my difficulties coats, supporting a smart conversa were vanquished. So Archimedes tion until all the buttons are twisted could have turned the earth, had he off, or a dozen buttonholes decreased but possessed a second to hold his into one. We have, indeed, as well apparatus. as the Turks, a fashion of tapping He now endeavoured to scale the on the shoulder, a circumstance walls, but every effort decreased his which renders sufficient reason for strength and his hopes; and, had he deriving the one nation from the not fallen asleep in the midst of bis other; especially when we consider perplexities, he had perhaps exerted that their “045" answers exactly himself into madness; but even from to our “ Aye,” except that it is pro- balmy sleep he gathered no relief; nounced and spelled differently, and he dreamed of nothing but the prinvaries altogether in signification. But cess. Now he beheld her pressing to return;
her ripe lips in mockery against an “ What hast thou to do with the inaccessible window; and now plaprincess Roxalinda?" Do with her, cing his hand upon the summit of said Mohamasim, chuckling, why I the wall, he leaped over it with as lie under the disagreeable necessity inuch facility and as much contempt of kissing her. What! Mohamasim, as Remus over those of infant Rome. the ass-driver kiss the princess! When he awoke, his faculties were kiss your asses, you idiot. I have, less circumscribed, and his patience said Mohamasim. Yes, and when had acquired renewed energy; he thou shalt have surmounted yonder imagined and rejected scheme after walls, escaped the vigilance of five scheme; but, instead of regretting hundred eunuchs, and explored thy their impracticability, he lay on his way through inextricable avenues, back in mute amaze at the inex. thou shalt kiss Roxalinda.
haustibility of his own invention. At In melancholy mood did Moha- length he determined. If, said he, masim one moment contemplate the Mohamasim has any affection for walls, and the next placed his hand the shoulders of Mohamasim, he instinctively upon his shoulders. Oh must cease to be Mohamasim. Phi. Roxalinda! exclaimed he, among losophers and Persian plıysicians the multitude of thy admirers, who are above all men respected in Tur. more urgently needs, who more ar- key; rise up then, good Mohamadently desires a kiss, than Mohama- sim, a philosopher, he said, and sim the ass-driver. Then did his sprang from the ground; his heart rustick imagination dwell upon her dilated with hope as he hastened to various beauties; her shape so deli- his hut. He secured his doors, and cale, so majestick; her motion so proceeded to the habitation of a remagnificent; her apparel so lofty, nowned sage, to obtain some inforand her feathers so waving; her mation how to proceed. Arrived, he sweiling bosom-neque eas ut fæmi- acquainted his host with his story, nis pendiculas, sed quales virginic and his intentions, and petitioned for bus globosas and her lips rosy, and his assistance; but petitioning was pouting like the cherry.
not sufficient, he was compelled to As he proceeded towards the pa. pay for it.