Explanatory Notes.
The Explanatory Notes in this edition have been specially selected and adapted, with emendations after the latest and best authorities, from the most eminent Shakespearian scholars and commentators, including Johnson, Malone, Steevens, Singer, Dyce, Hudson, White, Furness, Dowden, and others. This method, here introduced for the first time, provides the best annotation of Shakespeare ever embraced in a single edition.

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8. reneges: --Coleridge's suggestion that this word should be spelled reneague is supported by the following passage quoted in Richardson's Dictionary from Udal's New Testament, Luke i.: "Those that vaunted themselves by the glorious name of Israel. those he hath reneagued and put away from the inheritance of the promises made unto Israel."
I. There's beggary. etc.: --So in Romeo and Juliet, II. vi. 32: "They are but beggars that can count their worth." And in Martial, vi. 36: "Basia pauca cupit, qui numerare potest."
17. Then must thou needs, etc.: --Then must you set the boundary at a distance greater than the present visible universe affords.
44. for the love of Love: --That is, for the sake of the goddess of Love.
53. To-night, etc.: --So in Plutarch's Life of Antonius: "Sometime also, when he would go up and down the city disguised like a slave in the night, and would peer into poor men's windows and their shops, and scold and brawl with them within the house, Cleopatra would be also in a chamber-maid's array, and amble up and down the streets with him."
60. That he confirms the common liar, Fame, in his case to be a true reporter. Shakespeare elsewhere uses approve for prove, as also approof for proof.


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