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Copy-edit O!, Rare!, Ben Jonson's punctuation

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Edited: Mar 28, 2017, 11:01am Top

Copy-edit Ben Jonson's " To the Memory of my beloved, The AVTHOR Mr. William Shakespeare: And what he hath left vs."

Note: Antique spellings and typography are not what you're asked to spot and change--thvs, the word "thus" spelled as "thvs" or Jonson spelled as "Ionson" is not the "puzzle's" point here.

Simply look for punctuation errors, if any, by omission or by their presence--punctuation that is there which ought not to be or which isn't there which ought to be.

Use the images found below or see the Bodelian Library's pages here for an enlarged view.

Mar 29, 2017, 10:40am Top

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Edited: Mar 30, 2017, 7:51am Top

>2 Muscogulus:

it's enough to cite a few words to identify the passage--such as this, if, for example, one wanted to observe that:

there should be no comma between "minde" and "and" at: "Of Shakespeares minde, and manners brightly shines" ...


Use these lines as guides to help count your referenced line(s) :

Line 1: TO draw no envy, Shakespeare, on thy name,

Line 5 : ’Tis true, and all men’s suffrage. But these ways

10: The truth, but gropes and urgeth all by chance;

15: But thou art proof against them, and, indeed,

20: Chaucer, or Spenser, or bid Beaumont lie

25: That I not mix thee so, my brain excuses;

30: Or sporting Kyd, or Marlowe’s mighty line.

35: Paccuvius, Accius, him of Cordova dead

40: Sent forth; or since did from their ashes come.

45: When, like Apollo, he came forth to warm

50: As, since, she will vouchsafe no other wit.

55: Yet must I not give Nature all! Thy art,

60: (Such as thine are), and strike the second heat

65: And such wert thou! Look how the father’s face

70: As brandish’d at the eyes of Ignorance.

75: But stay, I see thee in the hemisphere

80: And despairs day, but for thy volume’s light.

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