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copy's “not eterne—In them nature's,” MACBETH, iii. 2. 38. Explained by Johnson,“The copy, the lease, by which they hold their lives from nature, has its time of termination limited;” and Ritson adds that “the allusion is to an estate for lives held by copy of court-roll.”

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