The Works of Ben Ionson Volume 3

The Works of Ben Ionson Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1875 edition. Excerpt: ...dead palsy: " Well! I must be merry, 7 'Fore God, my lefl leg 'gan to have the cramp, And I apprehended straight some power had struck me With a dead palsy. Alluding to a piece of ancient superstition, that all sudden consternations of mind, and sudden_ pains of the body, such as cramps, palpitations of the heart, &c., were ominous, and presages of evil. Hence we may explain, as Mr. Upton remarks, a passage in Plautus's tlliles Gloriosus.Schel. Timco quod rerum gesserim hic, ita dorsus totus jbrurit. And in his Bacchides, Nicobulus says, Caputprurit, jberii. WHAL. This note, the whole of which Whalley took from Upton, is carefully retained in his corrected copy. That two men of learning (for Whalley was also a scholar) should fall into such absurdities, is truly pitiable. Volpone, by lying so long immovable in his constrained situation, naturally begins to feel the cramp: this, his fears, magnified by his guilt, represent as the commencement of a divine punishment. Such is the plain sense of the passage. And shake it off. A many of these fears Would put me into some villainous disease, Should they come thick upon me: I'll prevent 'em. Give me a bowl of lusty wine, to fright This humour from my heart. Drinhs.--hum, hum, hum! 'Tis almost gone already; I shall conquer. Any device, now, of rare ingenious knavery, That would possess me with a violent laughter, Would make me up again. Drin/es again.--So, so, so, so! This heat is life; 'tis blood by this time: --Mosca! E nter MOSCA. Mos. How now, sir? does the day look clear again? Are we recover'd, and brought out of error, Into our way, to see our path before us? Is our trade free once more? Volp. Exquisite Mosca! Mos. Was it not carried...show more

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  • Paperback | 156 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 290g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236909119
  • 9781236909114