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abysm, abyss, i. 179; vii. 561; viii. 405.
accept and peremptory answer-Pass our, iv. 501: “Deliver our acceptation of these articles,—the opinion which we shall form upon them, and our peremptory answer to each particular” (MALONE): "Pass our acceptance of what we approve, and pass a peremptory answer to the rest" (TOLLET): See note 164, iv. 533.
accite, to call, to summon: we will accite.. all our state, iv. 393; He by the senate is accited home, vi. 284; what accites (moves, impels) your most worshipful thought to think so? iv. 335. accommodated-Better, iv. 356 (twice); Accommodated! — it comes of accommodo, iv. 357; Accommodated; that is... accommodated.... thought to be accommodated, ibid.: Accommodate, which Bardolph so ludicrously attempts to define, was a fashionable word in Shakespeare's days, and often introduced with great impropriety: Jonson, as well as our poet, ridicules the use of it. accomplish'd with the number of thy hours, "when he was of thy
age" (MALONE), iv. 127.
accordingly valiant, conformably, proportionably, valiant, iii. 240. account, accounted: account no sin, viii. 6.
accuse, an accusation: false accuse, v. 146.
Acheron, ii. 301; vi. 333; vii. 43: It is not a little amusing to find Malone almost persuaded by a Mr. Plumptre that, in the last of the passages just referred to, the poet was thinking of "Ekron" in Scripture. Did these matter-of-fact commentators suppose that Shakespeare himself, had they been able to call him up from the dead, could have told them "all about it"? Not he;-no more than Fairfax, who, in his translation of the Gerusalemme (published before Macbeth was produced), has made Ismeno frequent "the shores of Acheron," without any warrant from Tasso;
"A Christian once, Macon he now adores,
The original has merely
"Ed or dalle spelonche, ove lontano
B. ii. st. 2.
For instances how loosely the name Acheron is used by our early poets, see, in Sylvester's Du Bartas, ed. 1641, The Second Day of the First Week, p. 15, The Vocation, pp. 149, 155, and The Fathers, p. 162; also Hubert's Edward the Second, p. 161, ed. 1629.
aches, make thee roar-Fill all thy bones with, i. 188; Aches contract and starve your supple joints, vi. 514; Their fears of hostile strokes, their aches, losses, vi. 571 : In the above lines aches is a dissyllable, according to the usage of the poets of Shakespeare's days and of those of a much later period (Boswell adduces an instance of this pronunciation from Swift; and here is one from Blackmore,
"Cripples, with aches and with age opprest,
Eliza, 1705, Book ix. p. 249). Achilles' spear, Is able with the change to kill and cure,—Like to, v. 190: Telephus having been wounded by Achilles, could be cured only by the rust scraped from the spear which had caused the wound the particulars of his story (related with some variations) may be found in the mythological writers.
He breedes the sore, and cures vs of the paine :
acknown on't-Be not you, Do not you confess to any knowledge of the matter, be not acquainted with it, vii. 425.
aconitum, aconite, monkshood or wolf's-bane, iv. 378.
acquittance, to acquit: Your mere enforcement shall acquittance
me, v. 415.
across-Good faith. See break cross. action-taking "A fellow who, if you beat him, rogue, would bring an action for the assault, instead of resenting it like a man of courage" (MASON), vii. 278.
acture, explained by Malone as "synonymous with action," viii. 444. Adam-And called, ii. 81. An allusion to one of the three noted
outlaws, famous for their skill in archery, who figure in the spirited and picturesque ballad entitled Adam Bel, Clym of the Cloughe, and Wyllyam of Cloudesle: see it in Ritson's one-volume collec
tion, Anc. Pop. Poetry, and in Percy's Rel. of A. E. Poetry, vol. i. p. 154, ed. 1794.
Adam Cupid, vi. 409: see note 39, vi. 481.
Adam was a gardener, v. 172: An allusion most probably to the old rhyme, "When Adam delv'd, and Eve span," &c.
adamant, the magnet, the loadstone: hard-hearted adamant, ii. 279; As iron to adamant, vi. 52.
addiction, inclination: to what sport and revels his addiction leads him, vii. 403.
addiction, the being addicted or given to : Since his addiction was to courses vain, iv. 423.
addition, title, mark of distinction: Bull-bearing Milo his addition yield, vi. 42; his addition shall be humble, vi. 50; A great addition earned in thy death, vi. 76; Bear Th' addition nobly ever, vi. 157; In which addition, hail, vii. 11; whereby he does receive Particular addition, vii. 34; with swinish phrase Soil our addition (“disparage us by using as characteristic of us, terms that imply or impute swinish properties, that fix a swinish addition or title to our names" (CALDECOTT), vii. 120; the least syllable of thy addition, vii. 279; no addition, nor my wish, vii. 435; the addition Whose want even kills me, vii. 439; they are devils' additions, i. 372; Where great additions swell's, iii. 233; hath robbed many beasts of their particular additions (" their peculiar and characteristic qualities or denominations," MALONE), vi. 9; all th' additions to a king, vii. 253. addition, exaggeration: Truly to speak, sir, and with no addition,
address, to prepare, to make ready: address me to my appointment,
i. 392; he does address himself unto, iii. 254; address yourself to entertain them, iii. 467; address thee instantly, v. 194; Let us address to tend on Hector's heels, vi. 71; address Itself to motion, vii. 114; Were all address'd to meet you, ii. 177; the Prologue is address'd, ii. 315; have I address'd me, ii. 374; Address'd a mighty power, iii. 76; Our navy is address'd, iv. 376; for the march are we addrest, iv. 456 ; He is address'd, vi. 647; address'd them Again to sleep, vii. 23; Even in your armours, as you are address'd, viii. 29; address'd to answer his desire, viii. 333.
admiral, the chief ship of a fleet (if not that which carried the admiral) thou art our admiral, iv. 259; Th' Antoniad, the Egyptian admiral, vii. 551. admittance, fashion: of great admittance (admitted into the best company, of high fashion), i. 370; of Venetian admittance, i. 382. Adonis' gardens, That one day bloom'd, and fruitful were the next,
v. 21: "The proverb alluded to seems always to have been used in a bad sense, for things which make a fair show for a few
days, and then wither away: but the [unknown] author of this play, desirous of making a show of his learning, without considering its propriety, has made the Dauphin apply it as an encomium. There is a very good account of it in Erasmus's Adagia" (BLAKEWAY).
advance this jewel, “prefer it, raise it to honour by wearing it" (JOHNSON), vi. 520.
advancement-His own disorders Deserv'd much less, vii. 289: "Certainly means, that Kent's disorders had entitled him even to a post of less honour than the stocks" (STEEVENS).
adversaries do in law-As, iii. 128: Here by adversaries we are to understand the counsel of adversaries.
adversity!-Well said, vi. 81: see note 147, vi. 124.
advertising and holy to your business, "attentive and faithful to," &c. (JOHNSON), i. 517.
advice, consideration : with more advice, . . . without advice, i. 285; after more advice, i. 519; upon more advice, ii. 407; upon advice, iii. 117; vi. 294; lack advice, iii. 248; upon good advice, iv. 119; on our more advice, iv. 439 (see note 40, iv. 515); with advice and silent secrecy, v. 135; Out of your best advice, vii. 640.
advise, equivalent to persuade: Signior Leonato, let the friar advise you, ii. 124.
advise, followed by you, thee, &c., to consider: Advise you what you say, iii. 382; bid thy master well advise himself, iv. 463; Advise thee, Aaron, what is to be done, vi. 330; Advise yourself, vii. 275. advised, deliberate: advised watch, ii. 349; advis'd respect, iv. 55; advised purpose, iv. 117.
advised, aware, cautious, circumspect, considerate: I am advisèd what I say ("I am not going to speak precipitately or rashly, but on reflection and consideration," STEEVENS), ii. 48; And were you well advis'd (“acting with sufficient deliberation," STEEVENS)? ii. 223; therefore be advis'd, ii. 359; Be well advis'd, iv. 29; You were advis'd his flesh was capable, &c. iv. 319; Th' advisèd head, iv. 429; Are ye advis'd? v. 129; bid me be advised how I tread, v. 140; livery of advised age, v. 194; being well advis'd, v. 371; bade me be advis'd, v. 383; any well-advisèd friend, v. 439; general, be advis'd, vii. 382; O, be advis'd, viii. 259.
advisedly, deliberately, ii. 415; iv. 277; viii. 331, 339.
aery, the nest, also the young brood in the nest, of an eagle, hawk, or other bird of prey, iv. 68; v. 370.
aery of children, little eyases, that cry out on the top of question—An, vii. 140: "Shakespeare here alludes to the encouragement at that time given to some 'eyry' or nest of children, or 'eyases' (young hawks) [see eyases], who spoke in a high tone of voice. There were several companies of young performers about this date engaged in acting, but chiefly the Children of Paul's and the Children of the Revels, who, it seems, were highly applauded, to the injury of the companies of adult performers. From an early date the choir-boys of St. Paul's, Westminster, Windsor, and the Chapel Royal, had been occasionally so employed, and performed at Court" (COLLIER).
Æsop fable, &c.—Let, v. 314: "The Prince calls Richard, for his crookedness, Esop," &c. (JOHNSON).
affect, to love ("To affect (love), Diligo." Coles's Lat. & Engl. Dict.):
a lady whom I affect, i. 293; Dost thou affect her? ii. 82; I do affect the very ground, ii. 175; If you affect him, iii. 128; she did affect me, iii. 355; Sir John affects thy wife, i. 362; since he affects her most, v. 81; And may, for aught thou know'st, affected be, vi. 298. affect the letter, affect, practise alliteration, ii. 194.
affection, imagination, or "the disposition of the mind when
strongly affected or possessed by a particular idea” (MALONE): Affection! thy intention stabs the centre, iii. 424.
affection, sympathy: affection, Master of passion, ii. 396.
affection, affectation: witty without affection, ii. 207; indict (convict) the author of affection, vii. 143.
affectioned, affected, iii. 350.
affects, affections: shifts to strange affects, i. 477; every man with his affects is born, ii. 167; to banish their affects with him, iv. 121 ; the young affects In me defunct, vii. 391 (see note 23, vii. 474). affeer'd, (a law-term) confirmed, established, vii. 54.
affin'd, joined by affinity, vi. 17; Whether I in any just term am
affin'd To love the Moor ("Do I stand within any such terms of propinquity or relation to the Moor, as that it is my duty to love him?" JOHNSON), vii. 376; If partially affin'd, or leagu'd in office (Here affin'd "means 'related by nearness of office'," STEEVENS), vii. 409.
affront, a meeting face to face, a hostile encounter: That gave th' affront with them, vii. 714.
affront, to meet, to encounter: Affront his eye, iii. 492; Affront Ophelia, vii. 148; Your preparation can affront no less Than what you hear of ("Your forces are able to face such an army as we