Shadwell to Shalott
Shadwell (Thomas), the poet-lau-reate, was a great drunkard, and was said to be round as a butt, and liquored every chink (16401692).
And seems designed for thoughtless majesty.
Dryden: MacFlecknoe (1682).
N. B.Shadwell took opium, and died from taking too large a dose. Hence Pope says
And Shadwell nods the poppy on his brows.
Pope: The Dunciad, iii. 21, 22 (1728).
(Benlowes was a great patron of bad poets, and many have dedicated to him their lucubrations. Sometimes the name is shifted into Benevolus.)
Shadwell (Wapping, London), a corruption of St. Chads Well.
Thisbe. As Shafalus to Procrus; I to you.
Shakespeare: Midsummer Nights Dream (1592).
Shaftesbury (Antony Ashley Cooper, carl of), introduced by sir W. Scott in Peveril of the Peak (time, Charles II.).
Shafton (Ned), one of the prisoners in Newgate with old sir Hildebrand Osbaldistone.Sir W. Scott: Rob Roy (time, George I.).
Shafton (Sir Piercie), called The knight of Wilverton, a fashionable cavaliero, grandson of old Overstitch the tailor, of Holderness. Sir Piercie talks in the pedantic style of the Elizabethan courtiers.Sir W. Scott: The Monastery (time, Elizabeth).
Johnsons speech, like sir Piercie Shaftons euphuistic eloquence, bewrayed him under every disguise.Macaulay.
Shah Nameh, the famous epic of Firdusi, the Homer of Khorassan. Rusten is the Achillês, Feridun the model king, Zohak the cruel and impious tyrant, Kavah (the blacksmith) the intrepid patriot who marches against Zohak, displaying his apron as a banner.
Rustens horse is called Rakush; the prophetic bird is Simurgh; Rustens mother is Rudabeh, her child (Rusten) is cut out of her side, and the wound was healed by milk and honey applied with a feather of the prophetic bird Simurgh. Rusten required the milk of ten wet-nurses, and when a mere youth killed an elephant with a blow of his mace.
Shakebag (Dick), a highwayman with captain Colepepper.Sir W. Scott: Fortunes of Nigel (time, James I.).
Shakespeare, introduced by sir W. Scott in the ante-rooms of Greenwich Palace.Sir W. Scott: Kenilworth (time, Elizabeth).
(In Woodstock there is a conversation about Shakespeare.)
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