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weeping figures, were anciently a frequent ornament of fountains. So in the City Match, act iii. sc. 3.
Now could I cry
Here in the garden, wrought by curious hands,
WHALLEY. 150. -I will laugh like a hyen,] The bark of the hyena very much resembles a loud laugh. So, in The Cobler's Prophecy, 1594 : “ You laugh hyena like, weep like a crocodile."
STEEVENS. 156. -make the doors] See Doors, catch-word Alphabet.
161. -Wit, whither wilt?] This was an exclamation much in use, when any one was either talking nonsense, or usurping a greater share in conversation than justly belonged to him. The same expression occurs more than once in Taylor the water-poet, and seems to have been the title of some ludicrous performance.
STEEVèns. Mr. Reed thinks the allusion may be to the following performance: “ The Wil of Wit, Wit's Will or Wil's Wit, chuse you whether containing five dis. courses, the effects whereof follow: Reade and Judge: Newly corrected and amended, being the fifth time imprinted. Compiled by Nicholas Breton, gentleman,
167. You shall never take her without her answer,] See Chaucer's Marchantes Tale, ver. 10138—10149 :
“ Ye, sire, quod Proserpine, and wol ye so? ac Now by my modre Ceres soul I swere, " That I shal yeve hire suffisant answere, “ And alle women after for hire sake; $ That though they ben in any gilt ytake, « With face bold they shul hemselve excuse, “ And bere hem doun that wolden hem accuse. “ For lacke of answere, non of us shul dien. ! Al had ye seen a thing with bothe youre eyen, “ Yet shul we so visage it hardely, “ And wepe and swere and chiden subtilly, “ That ye shull ben as lewed as ben gees."
TYRWHITT. 169. - make her fault her husband's occasion,] That is, represent her fault as occasioned by her husband. Sir T. Hanmer reads, her husband's accusation.
JOHNSON, 187. I will think you the most pathetical break-promise.] The same epithet occurs again in Love's Labour Lost, and with as little apparent meaning :
-most pathetical nit." STEEVENS. 199 -to her own nest.] So, in Lodge's Rosalynde. " And I pray you (quoth Aliena) if your own robes were off, what metal' are you made of that you are so satyricall against women? Is it not a foule bird defiles the owne nest ?”
Steeyens. 224. His leather skin and horns to wear.] Shakspere seems to have fornied this song on a hint afforded by
the novel which furnished him with the plot of his play: • What news, Forrester? Hast thou wounded some deere, and lost him in the fall ? Care not, man, for so small a losse ; thy fees was but the skinne, the shoulders, and the horns.” Lodge's Rosalynd, or Euphues's Golden Legacie, 1592. For this quotation the reader is indebted to Mr. Malone. STEEVENS.
233. The foregoing noisy scene was introduced only to fill up an interval, which is to represent two hours. This contraction of the time we might im. pute to poor Rosalind's impatience, but that a few minutes after we find Orlando sending his excuse. I do not see that by any probable division of the acts this absurdity can be obviated.
JOHNSON. 234. And here's much Orlando !] Thus the old copy. The modern editors read, but without the least au. thority.
I wonder much, Orlando is not here. Steevens.
The word much should be explained. It is an ex- pression of latitude,
and taken in various senses. Here's much Orlando-i.e. Here is no Orlando, or we may look for him. We have still this use of it, as when we say, speaking of a person who we suspect will not keep his appointment, “Ay, you will be sure to see him there much !"
WHALLEY. - 282. Vengeance is used for mischief. ] JOHNSON. See catch-word Alphabet.
293. Youth and kind] Kind is the old word for nature.
JOHNSON. See Kind, catch-word Alphabet. 3
304. I see that love hath made thee a tame snake.] This term was in our author's time frequently used to express a poor contemptible fellow. So, in Lord Cromwell, 1602:
-the poorest snake « That feeds on lemons, pilchards, &c. Again, in Sir John Oldcastle, 1600 : “ -and you, poor snakes, come seldom to a booty."
MALONE. 311. Purlieu, says, Manhood's Treaties on the Forest Lawsy C. 20. “ Is a certaine territorie of ground adjoyning unto the forest, meered and bounded with unmoveable marks, meeres, and boundaries: which territories of ground was also forest, and afterwards disaforested againe by the perambulations made for the severing of the new forest from the old. Reed. 328. -napkin, i. e. handkerchief.] Naperia Ital.
STEEVENS, See Napkin, in catch-word Alphabet.
336. Within an hour ;] We must read, within two hours.
JOHNSON. May not within an hour signify within a certain time?
TYRWHITT. 337 -of sweet and bitter fancy.) i. e. love, which is always thus described by our old poets, as composed of contraries. See a note on Romeo and Juliet, act i.
So, in Lodge's Rosalynde, 1592 : “ I have noted the variable disposition of fancy--a bitter pleasure wrapt in sweet prejudice.”
340. Under an oak, &c.] The passage stands thus in Lodge's Novel.“ Saladyne wearie with wandering up and downe, and hungry with long fasting, finding a little cave by the side of a thicket, eating such fruite as the forrest did affoord, and contenting himself with such drinke as nature had provided, and thirst made delicatie, after his repast he fell into a dead sleepe. As thus he lay, a hungry lyon came hunting down the edge of the grove
and espying Saladyne, began to ceaze upon him: but seeing he lay still without any motion, he left to touch him, for that lyons hate to pray on dead carkasses : and yet desirous to have some foode, the lyon - lay downe and watcht to see if he would stirre. While thus Saladyne slept secure, Fortune, that was careful of her champion, began to smile, and brought it so to passe, that Rosader (having stricken a deere that but lightly hurt fled through the thicket) came pacing downe by the grove with a boare speare in his hande. in great haste, he espyed where a man lay asleepe, and a lyon fast by him: amazed at this sight, as he stood gazing, his nose on the sodaine bledde, which made him conjecture it was some friend of his. Whereupon drawing more nigh, he might casily discern his
visage, and perceiving by his phisnomie that it was in his brother Saladyne, which drave Rosader into a deepe passion, as a man perplexed, &c. But the present time craved no such doubting ambages : for he must cyther resolve to hazard his life for his reliefe, or else