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the fecond act, when he makes Caliban fay, "I've seen thee in her, my Mistress fhewed me thee and thy dog and thy brush," to Stephano, who has just affured the moniter, he was the man in the moon when-Time was. Mr. HOLT. REVISAL.

P. 45. 1. 16. For fpatter read utter. P. 47. (7) Young Scamels from the rocks.] Theobald fubftitutes fbamois, for fcamels; which laft word, he fays, has poffeffed all the editions. I am inclined to retain fcamels: For in an old Will, dated 1593, I find the bequest of "a bed of Scammel-" colour," ie. of the colour of an animal fo called, whose skin was then in ufe for dress or furniture. This, at least, fhews the existence of the word at that time, and in Shakespeare's fenfe. Mr. WARTON.

P. 72. 1. 29. Weak mafters though ye be.] The Revifal reads, weak minifters, probably, but without neceffity. The meaning may be, Though you are but inferiour masters of the fe fupernatural powers, though you poffefs them but in a low degree.

P. 84. It is obferved of the Tempeft that its plan is regular; this the Revifal thinks, what I think too, an accidental effect of the ftory, not intended or regarded by the authour. P. 92. (4) Beteem-] Or pour down upon them. P. 102. 14. For through bush, &c. read in all the places

thorough.

P. 104. 1. 4. that brewd, and knavish sprite,
Call'd Robin goodfellow: are you not be,
That fright the maidens of the villageree,
Skim milk, and fometimes labour in the quern,
And bootlefs make the breathlefs hufe-wife chern:
And fometimes make the drink to bear no barm,

POPE.

Mislead night-wand'rers, laughing at their harm? This account of Robin-goodfellow correfponds, in every article, with that giyen of him in Harfenet's Declaration, ch. 20. p 135. "And if that the bowle of curdes and creame were not duly fett out for Robin-goodfellow, the frier, and Siffe the dairy maid

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why then either the pottage was burnt to next day in the -pot, or the cheefes would not curdle, or the butter would not come, or the ale in the fat never would have got head. if a pater-nofter, or an houfle-egge were beturned, or a patch of tythe unpaid-then beware of bull beggars, fpirits, &c." He is mentioned by Cartwright, as a fpirit particularly fond of dif concerting and difturbing domeftick peace and oeconomy. "Saint Francis and Saint Benedight,

"Bleffe this houfe from wicked wright;
46 From the night-mare, and the goblin
"That is hight GOOD-FELLOW ROBIN.
"Keep it, &c."

Cartwright's Ordinary, A&t iii fc. i. v. 8.
Mr. WARTON.

P. 116. (6) It is not night, &c.]

Tu nocte vel atra.

Lumen, et in folis tu mihi turba locis.

P. 117.

P. 117. (7) Queen. Come now, a roundel, and a fairy fong.] From round comes roundel, and from roundel, roundelet. The first, the form of the figure, the fecond, the dance in the figure, the laft, the fong or tune to the dance. Anon.

"And fong in all the roundell luftily."

Chaucer's Knight's Tale, 1531. Dr. GRAY. P. 124. 1. 7. Snowt. By'rlaken a parlous fear.] By our ladykin, or little lady, as ifakins is a corruption of by my faith. Thefe kind of oaths are laughed at, in the first part of Henry the Fourth, act iii. fc. iii. When Hotfpur tells lady Percy, upon her faying in good footh, "You fwear like a comfit maker's wife, and give fuch farcenet furety for your oaths, as if you never "walked farther than Finbury." Dr. GRAY. P. 129. Scene III. There are but three fairies that falute Bottom, nor does he addrefs himself to more, though four had entered before whom the queen had called by name, and commanded to do their courtefies. In fhort, I cannot tell what is become of monfieur Moth, unlefs he be prudently walk'd off, for fear of Cavalero Cobweb: for we hear no more of him either here, or in the next act, where the queen, Bottom and fairies are introduced again. Anon. Dr. GRAY. P. 131. (3) And at our ftamp-] I apprehend the stamp of a fairy's foot might operate to the full as ftrongly on this occafion, as the ftump of a Mr. STEEVENS.

P. 144. In the note, for abuy read aby.

P. 146. 1. 27. Bottom. Nothing, good monfieur, but to help Cavalero Cobweb to fcratch.] Without doubt it should be Cavalero Peafebloffom: as for Cavalero Cobweb, he had just been difpatched upon a perilous adventure. Anon. Dr. GRAY,

P. 157. 1. laft. Thef.Call Philoftrate.] Call Egeus, edit. 1632, and Egaus anfwers to his name there, and every where elfe in that old edition. Dr. GRAY. P. 158. 1. 18. The thrice three mufes mourning for the death Of learning, late deceas'd in beggary.] I do not know whether it has been before obferved, that ShakeSpeare here, perhaps, alluded to Spenfer's poem, entitled, The Tears of the Mufes, on the neglect and contempt of learning. This piece firft appeared in quarto, with others, 1591. The oldeft edition of this play, now known, is dated 1600. If Spenfer's poem be here intended, may we not prefume that there is fome earlier edition of this play? But, however, if the allufion be allowed, at least it ferves to bring the play below 1591. Mr. WARTON.

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