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Of these forty four corrections, thirty two are adopted in the present text; and, of the remaining twelve, only one or two can be regarded, I think, as clearly wrong.
I have not thought it necessary to distinguish the cases in which the verbal affix -ed is to be united in the pronunciation with the preceding syllable by the usual substitution of the apostrophe in place of the silent vowel. Why should the word loved, for example, so sounded be represented differently in verse from what it always is in prose? It is true that the cases in which the -ed makes a separate syllable are more numerous in Shakespeare than in the poetry of the present day; but the reader who cannot detect such a case on the instant is disqualified by some natural deficiency for the reading of verse. distinction were necessary, the better plan would be to represent the one form by“ loved,” the other by “lov-ed.”
SCENE, during a great part of the Play, at Rome; afterwards at
Sardis ; and near Philippi.
SCENE 1.-Rome. A Street.
1 Cit. Why, Sir, a carpenter.
Mar. Where is thy leather apron, and thy rule ?
2 Cit. Truly, Sir, in respect of a fine workman, I am but, as you would say, a cobbler.
Mar. But what trade art thou? Answer me directly. 6. 2 Cit. A trade, Sir, that, I hope, I may use with a safe con
science; which is, indeed, Sir, a mender of bad soles. 7. Mar. What trade, thou knave? thou naughty knave, what trade ? 8. 2 Cit. Nay, I beseech you, Sir, be not out with me : yet if you
be out, Sir, I can mend you. 9. Mar. What mean’st thou by that? Mend me,
fellow ? 2 Cit. Why, Sir, cobble you.
Flav. Thou art a cobbler, art thou ? 12. 2 Cit. Truly, Sir, all that I live by is, with the awl: I meddle
with no tradesman's matters, nor women's matters, but with awl. I am, indeed, Sir, a surgeon to-old shoes ; when they are in great danger, I recover them. As proper men as ever trod upon neat's leather have gone upon my handiwork.
Flav. But wherefore art not in thy shop to-day? Why dost thou lead these men about the streets ?
2 Cit. Truly, Sir, to wear out their shoes, to get myself into more work. But, indeed, Sir, we make holiday to see Cæsar, and to re
joice in his triumph.
What tributaries follow him to Rome,
And do you now strew flowers in his way,
That needs must light on this ingratitude.
Assemble all the poor men of your sort;
[Exeunt Citizexs. See, whe'r their basest metal be not moved ! They vanish tongue-tied in their guiltiness. Go you down that way towards the Capitol ; This way
will I : Disrobe the images, If you do find them deckt with ceremonies. 17. Mar. May we do so ?
You know, it is the feast of Lupercal. 18. Flav. It is no matter; let no images
Be hung with Cæsar's trophies. I'll about,
Exeunt. Act I, Scene I., etc.-The heading here in the original text is : -“ Actus Primus. Scoena Prima. Enter Flavius, Murellus, and certaine Commoners over the Stage.” Murellus stands throughout not only in all the Folios, but also in the editions of both Rowe and Pope. The right name was first inserted by Theobald.
This opening scene may be compared with the first part of that of Coriolanus, to which it bears a strong general resemblance.
1. You ought not walk.-The history and explanation of this now disused construction may be best collected from a valuable paper by Dr Guest “ On English Verbs, Substantive and Auxiliary," read before the Philological Society, 13th March, 1846, and printed in their Proceed
ings, II. 223.
Originally,” says Dr Guest, “ the to was prefixed to the gerund, but never to the present infinitive; as, however, the custom gradually prevailed of using the latter in place of the former, the to was more and more frequently prefixed to the infinitive, till it came to be considered as an almost necessary appendage of it. Many idioms, however, had sunk too deeply into the language to admit of alteration; and other phrases, to which the popular ear had been familiarized, long resisted the intrusive particle." The ancient syntax is still retained in all cases with the auxiliary verbs, as they are called, shall, will, can, may, do, and also with must and let, and oftener than not with bid, dare, hear, make, see, and perhaps some others. Vid. 634. Cause is frequently so used; and so is help, sometimes,—as in Milton's Sonnet to his friend Lawrence :-
“ Where shall we sometimes meet, and by the fire
Help waste a sullen day?" But, even since the language may be said to have entered upon the stage of its existence in which it still is, several of the verbs just enumerated as not admitting the to are occasionally found following the common example and taking it; and others, again, which at the present day have completely conformed to the ordinary construction, formerly used now and then to dispense with it. One of Dr Guest's quotations exemplifies both these archaisms; it is from the portion of The Mirror for Magistrates contributed by John Higgins in 1574 (King Albanact, 16) :
“ And, though we owe the fall of Troy requite,
Yet let revenge thereof from gods to light.” That is, “Though we ought to requite,
yet let revenge light,” as we should now say. Here we have let with the to, and owe (of which ought or owed is the preterite), as in Shakespeare's expression before us, without it. Others of Dr Guest's citations from the same writer