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the following from Boiardo's Orl: Inn: C. 47. st. 35. will be sufficient.

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Trottando van per giunger tosto a cena Compagni, disse lor, buon pro vi fuccia. The address of R. Litchfield, the Cambridge Barber, before The Trimming of Thomas Nash thus

opens,

"Proface, gentle Gentlemen, I am sorry I have no better cates to present you with; but pardon I pray, for this which I have here provided was bred in Lent," &c.

VITTORIA COROMBONA.

P. 207. Add to note ‡.

Henslowe mentions "the tragedye of the Guyes," under the date of 30th January, 1592; but this was probably Marlow's Massacre of Paris. The first notice of Webster in Henslowe's MSS. is in May, 1602, where he is coupled with Dekkar, Drayton, Middleton and Munday, in writing a piece called Two Harpies. In November, 1602, his name is again inserted in conjunction with Chettle, Dekkar, Heywood, and Wentworth Smith, as one of the authors of the first and second parts of Lady Jane.

THE HOG HATH LOST HIS PEARL.
P. 331. Add to note 2.

Malone after quoting a passage from "Pymlico or Runne Red-cap," 1609, disputes the notion that a sneer at Pericles was intended by Taylor. It appears that Pericles drew crowds, and that it was as successfull as a play called Shore. See Mal. Shaksp. xxi. p. 4. Edit. 1821.

P. 337. Add to note f.

This conjecture is supported by the following passage from "The World's Folly, or a Warning-Peece discharged upon the Wickedness thereof," by I. H. 1615.

"I will not particularize those blitea dramata (as Laberius tearmes another sort) those Fortune-fatted fooles and Times Ideots, whose garbe is the Tootheache of witte, the Plague-sore of Judgement, the Common-sewer of Obscenities, and the very Traine-powder

that dischargeth the roaring Meg (not Mol) of all scurrile villainies upon the Cities face; who are faine to produce blinde Impudence [" Garlicke" inserted in the margin, against the asterisk] to personate himselfe upon their stage, behung with chaynes of garlicke, as an antidote against their owne infectious breaths, lest it should kill their Oyster-crying Audience."

P. 338. 1. 27.

St. Thomas's Onions.] This was one of the cries of London at the time-" Buy my rope of onions-white Sir Thomas's onions." It was also liable to the hypercriticism of the player. What St. Thomas had to do with onions does not appear; but the saint here meant was, perhaps, St. Thomas of Trunnions.

"Nay, softe, my maisters, by Saincte Thomas of Trunions,

I am not disposed to buy of your onions."

Apius and Virginia, 1575. Sig. E 2. These lines are spoken by Haphazard, the Vice, and are used as if the expression were proverbial.

THE FOUR PRENTICES OF LONDON,

P. 401. Add to note *.

Heywood adverts to the achievements of the London Prentices in his Edward IV. Part I. Sign, C.

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Nay, scorne us not that we are Prentices.

The Chronicles of England can report

What memorable actions we have done,
To which this daies atchievement shall be knit,
To make the volume larger than it is."

VOLUME THE SEVENTH.

GREENE'S TU QUOQUE.

P. 7. Add to note *.

Greene's Tu Quoque is mentioned in "The World's Folly," by I. H. 1615, which contains a general attack on the stage. It would also seem from the subsequent passage as if Greene, the actor, had performed the part of a baboon.

"Vos quoque*" [or, "Tu quoque," opposite the

asterisk in the margin,] and you also who with Scyllabarking, Stentor-throated bellowings, flash-choaking squibbes of absurd vanities into the nosthrils of your spectators; barbarously diverting nature and defacing God's owne image by metamorphising humane shape* ["Greene's Baboon" in the margin opposite the asterisk] into bestiall forme."

P. 64. Add to note 28.

It would be just as reasonable to call the following opening of a sonnet, by Sir P. Sidney, a parody upon a line of The Spanish Tragedy:

"O tears! no tears; but rain from beauty's skies." In fact, it was a common mode of expression at the time: thus in Albumazar, Vol. VII. p. 135, we have this exclamation,

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"O lips! no lips; but leaves besmear'd with dew."

ALBUMAZAR.

P. 103. Add to note

The following was accidentally omitted in its proper place:

However plausible this appeared to me, I find it is totally a mistake. From Dr. Farmer's MSS. I learn that Thomas Tomkis was fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, scholar there in 1594, B. A. in 1598, and M. A. in 1605. I. R.

A WOMAN KILL'D WITH KINDNESS.

P. 217. Add to note t.

Yet before his Apology for Actors, 1612, Heywood says, " My pen hath seldom appear'd in press 'till now: I have ever been too jealous of mine own weakness willingly to thrust into the press." Seven plays by Heywood were printed before 1612, viz.

Edward IV., two parts.

If you know not me, &c. two parts.
Fair Maid of the Exchange.

Golden Age.

Woman kill'd with kindness.

Most likely several of them had got abroad without his concurrence in the publication.

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P. 218. Add to note t.

In 1612 Heywood belonged to the City Actors: his Apology for Actors, 1612, is addressed "To my good friends and fellows the Citty Actors."

P. 291. Add to note *.

Malone appears to have been once in possession of the edition of 1607, which he says is the second. A MATCH AT MIDNIGHT.

P. 295. Add to note †.

Malone (Sh. by Bosw. II. 172) expresses his conviction that this "rare scholar of Pembroke Hall" was neither William nor Samuel Rowley, but Ralph Rowley, who became a student of Pembroke Hall in 1579, and was elected fellow in 1583.

P. 364. Add to note 51.

There seems no doubt that Cut and long Tail has reference to horses. Sir J. Vanburgh, in his Æsop, so employs the phrase: the Groom says, "Your worship has six coach horses, Cut and Long Tail, two runners, half a dozen hunters," &c.

VOLUME THE EIGHTH.

THE WOUNDS OF CIVIL WAR.

P. 3. 1. 12.

Wood claims him for the University of Oxford.] In the "Epistle of England to her three Daughters," in Polimanteia, 1595, Lodge is spoken of as belonging to Oxford.

P. 4. 1. 13.

This change, if it took place at all, &c.] The lines upon Lodge, in The Return from Parnassus, would shew that it did occur:

"He that turns over Galen every day,

To sit and simper Euphues' Legacy," &c.

P. 83. 1. 1.

That your razors may shine like the razors of Palermo.] For shine, we ought, perhaps, to read shave; but that is questionable, as Curtall may allude to the polish of his neighbour's style, and of the razors of

Palermo. See note 87 to Damon and Pithias, Vol. I. respecting the razors of Palermo.

FRIAR BACON AND FRIAR BUNGAY.

P. 169. 1. 1.

Groatswork of Wit.]-The following passage from this tract by Robert Greene, shews that it may be considered a piece of auto-biography, as far as regards the character of Roberto.

"Here (gentlemen) break I off Roberto's speech, whose life, in most part agreeing with mine, found one self punishment as I have done. Hereafter suppose me the said Roberto, and I will go on with what he promised. Greene will send you his groatsworth of wit, that never shewed a mites worth in his life."

THE JEW OF MALTA.

P. 279. Add to note 21.

Mammon in Jack Drum's Entertainment, 1601, also appeared in a large false red nose-perhaps the usual indication of usurers, who might be supposed to be all Jews. After the tearing and loss of some bonds and obligations, at the end of Act III. he exclaims " I defie heaven, earth and hell-I renounce my nose," &c. And earlier in the play a variable and flighty lady tells him, when he is nettled at some joke, "Sir, you need not take pepper in the nose: Your nose is firie enough."

VOLUME THE NINTH.

SUMMER'S LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT.
P. 3.1. 12.

His family was of some note.]-Nash seems to have boasted of his birth earlier than the date of his Lenten Stuff; for G. Harvey in his "Four Letters," &c. 1592, says: "I have enquired what special cause, the pennyless gentleman hath to brag of his birth, which giveth the woeful poverty good leave, even with his Stentor's voice, and in his rattling terms, to revive the pitiful history of Lazarillo de Thormes."

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