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Notes

 
[1]

The ampersand is written over "my".

[2]

"chamber" is written over "roome"; "for" is written over "nor".

[3]

The word has been altered.

[4]

The pen was re-dipped in the middle of the word.

[5]

The word seems to have been altered.

[6]

The cancellation of "death" was inadvertently extended into "for".

[7]

The initial T was originally begun as another letter.

[8]

"And" was written over "But" (we think), and "Can" was written over something else.

[9]

"What" written over "Nay".

[10]

Reading uncertain.

[11]

The s in this word looks as if it were added later. By oversight, the following "eare" was not cancelled.

[12]

Probable reading. The word may be "suspecting", but if so it has the shortest initial s in the MS. "Inspecting" (=introspective) makes good sense.

[13]

The word "not" (which originally began with an l) ought to have been cancelled.

[14]

Probably an abbreviation for "against"; if so, the author no doubt intended to write "against him", but ran out of room at the end of the line and overlooked the necessary pronoun. Professor Shapiro suggests the abbreviation may be for 'a part'; the second letter may indeed be a p written to indicate abbreviation. If so, no pronoun would be missing, though the phrase is not exactly a common one.

[15]

It is just possible that the "are actually a double beginning to the capital T.

[16]

The e in this word is written over something else.

[17]

There are five minims in the word; minim-errors are common enough for us to be certain that "runne" was the intended word.

[18]

A correction; may have originally read "forcd"

[19]

A correction.

[20]

The word "be(e)" has been inadvertently omitted.

[21]

Word corrected.

[22]

"fealing" written over "falling".

[23]

The word originally written was "this".

[24]

This was begun as another word.

[25]

Word corrected.

[26]

Overwritten.

[27]

This is not a stage-direction, but the last word of Lorenzo's sentence, which could not be squeezed in at the foot of fol. 1v. The word could be taken as "reads", palaeographically; there is a marked downward tail to the d. But terminal d made with such a final hook is not uncommon in the MS: cf. "should", l. 1; "world", l. 29, and "Oppressed", l. 38, in order of increasing size of the flourish.

[28]

The "I" written over "yr."

[29]

The th written over the ue.

[30]

"of" written over "is".

[31]

The word originally began as something else.

[32]

The l is written over another letter.

[33]

The l is written over another letter.

[34]

"hande" is re-created out of a word's whole first letter (under the a) was an l.

[35]

The line originally began "Lor. why [or] my". Over the second word, "what" was then written, then the word was cancelled. Over "Lor.", "mee" was written.

[36]

The word may be "Alexander": cf. l. 108.

[37]

The reading is a guess.

[38]

Altered from another word.

[39]

"proue" written over "show".

[40]

Written over "much", abandoned before the h was finished.

[41]

Apparent reading.

[42]

Altered from "that".

[43]

Altered from "that".

[44]

"wealth" written over "world".

[45]

In this word the t has been altered.

[46]

The C written over the pr.

[47]

Letters 2-5 of this word altered.