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I must go fend fome better messenger;
The fame. Garden of Julia's house.
Enter JULIA and LUCETTA. Jul. But say, Lucetta, now we are alone, Would'st thou then counsel me to fall in love?
Luc. Ay, madam; fo you stumble not unheedfully.
Jul. Of all the fair resort of gentlemen, That every day with parle encounter me, In thy opinion, which is worthieft love?
Luc. Please you, repeat their names, I'll shew my mind According to my simple shallow skill.
Jul. What think'st thoù of the fair Sir Eglamour ? 6
Luc. As of a knight well-spoken, neat and fine ;
Jul. What think'st thor of the rich Mercatio?
Luc. Pardon, dear madam ; 'tis a passing shame,
Jul. Why not on Proteus, as of all the rest ?
Luc. I have no other but a woman's reason :
Ful 6 This Sir Eglamour must not be confounded with the persona dramatis of the same name. The latter lived at Milan, and had vowed “
pure chastity" upon the death of his « true love.” Ritson.
7 Perhaps Sir Eglamour was once the common cant term for an infignificant inamorato. STEEVENS. 8 To censure, means, in this place, to pass fentence. STEEVENS.
To censure, in our author's time, generally signified to give one's judge. ment or opinion. MALONE,
Jul. And would'At thou have me caft my love on him ?
madam. Jul, To Julia, --Say, from whom? Luc.
That the contents will shew.
Luc. Sir Valentine's page ; and fent, I think, from Proteus:
Jul. Now, by my modesty, a goodly broker ! 9
you presume to harbour wanton lines ? To whisper and conspire against my youth? Now, trust me, 'tis an office of great worth, And
you an officer fit for the place.
Luc. To plead for love deserves more fee than hate.
That you may ruminate. (Exit,
her to a fault for which I chid her. What fool is the, that knows I am a maid, And would not force the letter to
view ? Since maids, in modesty, fay No, to that ? Which they would have the profferer construe, Ay. Fie, fie! how wayward is this foolish love, That, like a testy babe, will scratch the nurse, And presently, all humbled, kiss the rod! 9 A broker was used for matchmaker, sometimes for a procuress.
JOHNSON. 2 A paraphrase on the old proverb, “ Maids say nay, and take it."
STIEVENS. Vol. I.
How churlinly 1 chid Lucetta hence,
What would your ladyship?
I would it were ;
you So gingerly? Luc,
Why didst thou stoop then ?
Nothing concerning me. Jul. Then let it lie for those that it concerns.
Luc. Madam, it will not lie where it.concerns, Unless it have a false interpreter.
Jul. Some love of yours hath writ to you in rhime.
Lu. That I might sing it, madam, to a tune : Give me a note: your ladyship can set.
Jul. As little by such toys as may be possible :
Luc. It is too heavy for so light a tune.
I cannot reach so high.
Luc. Keep tune there still, so you will fing it out:
Jul. You do not ?
3 Stomach was used for passion or obftiracy. JOHNSON.
+ This tune is given in a note on Muck edo about Nothing, Act II. fc. iv, STBEVENS,
Luc. No, madam, it is too sharp.
Luc. Nay, now you are too flat,
to fill a fong.
[Tears the letter, Go, get you gone; and let the
lie: You would be fingering them, to anger me.
Luc. She makes it Arange; but she would be best pleas'd
I search it with a sovereign kiss.
Unto § Defcant is a term in music. See Sir John Hawkins's note on the first speech in K. Richard III. STEEVENS.
6 The mean is the tenor in music, STEEVENS.
7 The speaker here turns the allufion (which her mistress employed) from the base in music to a country exercise, Bid the base: in which some pursue, and others are made prisoners. So that Lucetta would intend, by this, to say, Indeed I take pains to make you a captive to-Proteus's palfion.
WAR BURTON, Dr. Warburton is not quite accurate. The game was not called Bid the Base, but the Bal To bid the base means here, I believe, the cballenge to a conteft. MALONE.
8 To write down is stilla provincial expression for to write, HENLEY.
Unto a ragged, fearful, hanging rock,
Luc. Nay, I was taken up for laying them down :
Jul. I see, you have a month's mind to them,
Luc. Ay, madam, you may say what sights you see;
Enter ANTONIO and PANTHINO,
in the cloister? Pan, 'Twas of his nephew Proteus, your son. Ant. Why, what of him?
Pan. 9 That is, as Mr. M. Mason observes, left they Mould catch cold. This mode of expression (he adds) is not frequent in Shakspeare, but occurs in every play of Beaumont and Fletcher. STEEVENS.
2 A month's mind was an anniversary in times of popery ; or, as Mr. Ray calls it, a less folemnity directed by the will of the deceased. There was also a year's mind, and a week's mind. GREY.
Amontb's mind, in the ritual sense, signifies not defire or inclination, but remembrance ; yet I suppose this is the true original of the expression.
JOHNSON. In Hampshire, and other western counties, for “ I can't remember it," they say, “ I can't mind it.'
BLACKSTONE. 3 Sad is the same as grave or serious. Johnson.