|Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocotts Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.|
|Up start as many aches in his bones, as there are ouches in his skin.|
George Chapman.The Widows Tears.
[This word is a dissyllable and to be pronounced aitches. In Swifts own edition of The City Shower he had old aches throb, but modern printers who lost the right pronunciation treated aches as a monosyllable, and then to complete the metre have foisted in aches with throb. A good example of this occurs in Hudibras, pt. 3, canto 2, line 407.]
|Can by their pangs and aches find|
All turns and changes of the wind.
[The rhythm here demands the dissyllable a-ches as used by the elder writers. Shakespeare particularly, who in his Tempest makes Prospero threaten Caliban,]
If thou neglectst, or dost unwillingly
What I command, Ill rack thee with old cramps;
Fill all thy bones with aches; make thee roar
That beasts shall tremble at thy din.
Shakespeare.The Tempest, Act I. Scene 2. (Prospero and Caliban.)
[John Kemble was aware of the necessity of using the word in this instance as a dissyllable, but he was ridiculed by the O. P. critics, and a medal was struck on the occasion which served only to perpetuate their own ignorance. See Disraelis Cur. of Lit., Vol. I. p. 81.]