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copy but that which is in Mr. Malone's collection, I will produce a specimen. It is from the speech of Lalius, the centurion. See Lucan. lib. i. 1. 361:
"What, doubtst thou us? even nowe when youthful bloud
But although these and similar passages evince that Marlowe's ear had sometimes taught him to release blank verse from the fetters which had been imposed upon it, yet the general strain of his versification resembles that of Surrey and Sackville. At last Shakspeare arose, who was destined to carry the drama in all its parts to the highest state of perfection; and even in the structure of his verse, not only left all his predecessors far behind him, but exhibited to those who came after him, a model of harmony which no one has ever surpassed. Perhaps no species of metrical excellence can be mentioned, which is not exemplified in his plays. He has equally avoided the formal monotony of those who went before him, and the laxity of his contemporaries; his metre is generally correct; but the inexhaustible variety of his modulation never palls upon the ear. Whether that spirit of his, in aspiration, lifts him from the earth;" or humbler topicks require a more subdued tone; whether he is
sublime, pathetick, familiar, or gay, the colours of
"So on the tip of his subduing tongue
Catching all passions in his craft of will."
I have withdrawn from the Index, which will be
listen, listen to, xi. 105.
serve, serve for, vi. 24.
other instances of particles omitted, xii. 23, 83.
xiii. 228, 390.
command upon, command, xi. 137.
Xxv. 33, 282.
Particles employed contrary to modern usage:
for catching cold, lest they should catch cold, iv. 26.
in, for on, xviii. 243.
detecte l with, i. e. by, viii. 142.
charge with, i. e. charge for, xii. 172.
I desire you of more acquaintance, v. 255.
whom we intreated of succour, xvii. 349. *
Adjectives used adverbially :
damnable, for damnably, x. 438.
more wider, viii. 416.
more richer, x. 11.
most best, vii. 272.
For a multitude of particles similarly misapplied in the
Negative used to assert a thing strongly :
here's no vanity, xvi. 395.
Present tense of a verb used for the passive parti-
heat, for heated, xi. 342.
Active participle, used for passive:
Passive participle for active:
Adjectives used for active participle:
estimable, esteeming, xi. 379.
Adjectives used for passive participle:
dividable, for divided, viii. 263.
Participle passive instead of adjective:
Plural nouns employed, where we should now use
preys, xi. 160.
Plural substantive with singular verb, xi. 101.
Singular substantive with plural verb, iv. 389.
for, instead of because, passim.
xv. 38, 109.
less and more; Shakspeare apt to get into confusion
xiv. 32, 313.
Words differently accented from modern usage:
advértize, ix. 12.