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Line 215. Then he's a rogue, after a passy-measure, or a pavin, &c.] A passy-meusure pavin may perhaps mean a pavin danced out of time. Sir Toby might call him by this title, because he was drunk at a time when he should have been sober, and in a condition to attend on the wounded knight.
This dance is mentioned in Stephen Gosson's Schoole of Abuse, containing a pleasaunt Invective against Poets, Pipers, &c. 1579. It is enumerated as follows, among other dances:
“ Dumps, pavins, galliardes, measures, fancyes, or newe “streynes.” I do not, at last, see how the sense will completely quadrate on the present occasion.
STEEVENS. Line 234. A natural perspective,] A perspective seems to be taken for shows exhibited through a glass with such lights as make the pictures appear really protuberant. The Duke therefore says, that nature has here exhibited such a show, where shadows seem realities ; where that which is not appears like that which is.
Johnson. Line 302. A most extracting frenzy- ] 1. e. A frenzy that drew me away from every thing but its own object.
WARBURTON. Line 316. you must allow vor.] The Clown begins reading the letter in some fantastical manner, on which Olivia asks him, if he is mad. No, madam, says he, I do but barely deliver the sense of this madman's epistle; if you would have it read as it ought to be, that is, with such a frantic accent and gesture as a madman would read it, you must allow vor, i. e. you must furnish the reader with a voice, or, in other words, read it yourself.
STEEVENS. Line 319. - but to read his right wits,] To represent his present state of mind, is to read a madman's letter, as I now do, like a madman.
JOHNSON. Line 339. One day shall crown the alliance on't, so please you) The word on't, in this place, is mere nonsense. I doubt not the poet wrote, “ an't so please you.
Heath. This is well conjectured; but on't may relate to the double character of sister and wife.
JOHNSON. Line 346. against the metal of your scr,) Metal here means delicacy and sofiness.
Line 369. lighter ) People of less dignity or importance.
Johnson. Line 373. - geck,] A fool.
JOHNSON. - 381. here were presuppos'd- ] Presuppos'd, for imposed.
el WARBURTON. Presuppos'd rather seems to mean previously pointed out for thy imitation.
STEEVENS. Line 395. importance,] i. e. Importunity.
END OF THE ANNOTATIONS ON TWELFTH-NIGHT.
mistake in repetition or transcription. I therefore suspect that the
ACT 1. SCENE I.
Steevens. lists] Bounds, limits.
And let them work.] That this passage is more or less corrupt
, I believe every reader will agree. There was probably
Then no more remains,
And let them work.
virtue is now
fore your knowledge and your virtue now work together. It may easily be conceived how sufficiencies was, by an inarticulate speaker, ar inattentive hearer, confounded with sufficiency as, and how abled,
a word very unusual, was changed into able. For abled, however, an authority is not wanting.
STEEVENS. Line 10. - - the terms
For conmon justice, you are as pregnant in,] I think the Duke meant to say, that Escalus was pregnant, that is, ready and knowing in all the forms of law, and, among other things, in the terms or times set apart for its administration. . JOHNSON. Line 18. For you must know, we have with special soul
Elected him our absence to supply;] By the words with special soul elected him, I believe, the poet meant no more than that he was the immediate choice of his heart. A similar expression occurs in the Tempest:
" for several virtues
“ With so full soul, but some defect," &c. Steevens. Line 30. There is a kind of character in thy life,
That, to the observer, &c.] Shakspeare must, I believe, be answerable for the unnecessary solemnity (which Dr. Johnson justly condemns) of this introduction. He has the same thought in Henry IV. p. 2. which is the best comment on this passage.
“ There is a history in all mens' lives,
STEEVENS. Line 36. - for if our virtues, &c.]
Paulum sepultæ distat inertiæ
Celata virtus Hor. 40. to fine issues :] To great consequences. For high purposes.
JOHNSON. Line 44. Both thanks and use.] i. e. Both thanks and interest. 44. - I do bend my speech
To one that can my part in him advertise ;] The meaning is, I direct my speech to one who is able to teach me how to govern: my part in him, signifying my office, which I have delegated to him. My part in him advertise ; i. e. who knows what appertains to the character of deputy or viceroy. WARBURTONI