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“ I had like t' have been * Abus'd i' the business, had the slip slur'd on
me, " A counterfeit." Magnetick Lady, act iji. sc. 6. Other instances may be seen in his edition of Dodsley's Old Plays, Vol. V. p. 396.
401. then is my pump well flower'd.] Here is a vein of wi too thin to be easily found. The fundamental idea is, that Romeo wore pinked pumps, that is, punched with holes in figures. JOHNSON.
See the shoes of the morris-dancers in the plate at the conclusion of the first part of King Henry IV. with Mr. Tollet's remarks annexed to it.
It was the custom to wear ribbands in the shoes formed into the shape of roses, or of any other flow
So Middleton, in the Masque, by the Gent. of Gray's-Inn, 1614: “Every masker's pump was fastened with a flower suitable to his cap."
STEEVENS. 418. -good goose, bite not.] is a proverbial expression, to be found in Ray's Collection; and is used in The Two Angry Women of Abington, 1599,
STEEVENS. 419. very bitter sweeting;
-] A bitter sweet-
"-what, in displeasure gone !
Again, in Gower, De Confessione Amantis, Lib. VIII. fol, 174. b.
“ For all such tyme of love is lore,
STEEVENS. 422. - wit of cheverel,–] Cheverel is soft leather for gloves.
JOHNSON. So, in the Two Maids of Moreclacke, 1609: “ Drawing on love's white hand a glove of
warmth, “ Not cheveril stretching to such prophanation." From Chevreau, a Ked, Fr.
STEEVENS. Cheveril is from chevreuil, a roebuck.
to hide his bauble in a hole.] It has been already observed by Sir J. Hawkins, in a note on All's Well that Ends Well, that a bauble was one of the ac. coutrements of a licensed fool or jester. STEEVENS.
434. -against the hair.] A contrepoil: Fr. Ani expression equivalent to one which we now use“ against the grain."
STEEVENS, 446. My fan, Peter.] The business of Peter carrying the Nurse's fan, seems ridiculous according to modern manners; but I find such was formerly the practice. In an old pamphlet called The Serving-man's Comfort, 1598, we are informed, “ The mistress inust have one to carry her cloake and hood, another her fanne."
Again, in Love's Labour's Lost :
STEEVENS. 450. God ye good den,-) i.e. God give you a good even. The first of thiese contractions is common among the ancient comick writers. So, in R. Brome's Northern Lass, 1633 : “ God you good cven, sir."
STEEVENS. 452. ---the hand of the dial-] In the Puritan Widow,' 2605, which has been attributed to our author, is a similar expression : "—the feskewe of the điale is upon the chrisse-crosse of noon?"
S. D. Y. 472. No hare, 'sir ; --] Mercutio having roared out, So, ho! the cry of the sportsmen when they start a hare; Romeo asks what he has found. And Mercutio answers, No hare, &c. The rest is a series of quibbles unworthy of explanation, which he who does nos understand, needs not lament his ignorance,
JOHNSON. 475. An old hare hoar,] Hoar or hoary, is often used for mouldy, as things grow white from mould
ing. So, in Pierce Penniless's Supplication to the Devil, 1595 : -as hoary as Dutch butter." STEEVENS.
484. -lady, lady, lady.] The burthen of an old song
STEEVENS. 486. --what saucy merchant was this ? &c.] The term merchant, which was, and even now is, frequently applied to the lowest sort of dealers, seems anciently to have been used on these familiar occasions in con. tradistinction to gentleman ; signifying that the person shewed by his behaviour he was a low fellow. The term chap, i. e. chapman, a word of the same import withi merchant in its less respectable sense, is still in common use among the vulgar, as a general denomi. nation for any person of whom they mean to' speak with freedom or disrespect.
Steevens 487. -of his ropery?] Ropery was anciently used in the same sense as roguery is now. So, in the Three Ladies of London, 1984:
“ Thou art very pleasant and full of thy roperye." Rope tricks are mentioned in another place.
STEEVENS. 495. -none of his skains-mates : -] A skein or skain was either a knife or a short dagger. By skains. mates the nurse means, none of his loose companions who frequent the fencing-school with him, where we may suppose the exercise of this weapon was taught.
STEEVENS. 520.-protest;] Whether the repetition of this word conveyed any idea peculiarly comick to Shakspere's audience, is not at present to be determined,
The use of it, however, is ridiculed in the old comedy of Sir Giles Goosecap, 1606 :
« There is not the best duke's son in France dares say, I protest, till he be one-and-thirty years old at least; for the inheritance of that word is not to be possessed before,”
STEEVENS. 525. Here is for thy pains.] So, in The Tragical Hystory of Romeus and Juliet, 1562 : “ Then he vi. crowns of gold out of his pocket
drew, " And gave them her-a slight reward, quoth he; and so adieu."
MALONE. 531. -like a tackled stair,] Like stairs of rope in the tackle of a ship.
JOHNSON 532. --top.gallant of my joy] The top-gallant is the highest extremity of the mast of a ship.
This expression is common to many writers; among the rest, to Markham, in his English Arcadia, 1607:
STEEVENS. 541. Well, sir; my mistress is the sweetest lady
Lord, lord! when 'twas a little prating thing,-) So, in the poem : ” And how she gave her suck in youth, she leave
eth not to tell. “ A pretty babe, quoth she, it was, when it was
young, “ Lord, how it could full prettily have prated with its tongue;" &c.