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dusty “death” MACBETH, v.5.23 When, in my Few Notes , etc., 1853, p. 133, I observed that this very striking expression--which Shakespeare's commentators evidently supposed was found for the first time in Macbeth-- occurs in a poem published more than a dozen years before the appearance of that tragedy,
“Time and thy graue did first salute thy nature,
Euen in her infancie and cradle- rightes,
Inuiting it to dustie deaths defeature,”
A Fig for Fortune, 1596, by Anthony Copley, p. 57 [49] ,
I was not aware that Mr. Collier had already made the same quotation in the first edition of his Shakespeare.

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