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That die unmarried16, ere they can behold
What? like a corse?
What you do,
O Doricles, Your praises are too large: but that your youth, And the true blood, which fairly peeps through itl?, on't
16 Perhaps the true explanation of this passage may be deduced from the subjoined verses in the original edition of Milton's Lycidas which he subsequently omitted, and altered the epithet unwcdded to forsaken in the preceding line :
‘Bring the rathe primrose that unwedded dies,
Colouring the pale cheek of unenjoy'd love.' Every reader will see that the 'texture and sentiments' are derived from Shakspeare: and it serves as a beautiful illustration of his meaning. 17 Thus Marlow in his Hero and Leander:
"Through whose white skin softer than soundest sleep,
Do plainly give you out an unstain'd shepherd;
I think, you have
I'll swear for 'em 19.
Cam. He tells her something,
Come on, strike up.
Now, in good time!
manners20.Come, strike up
Shep. They call him Doricles, aud he boasts himself
18 i. e. you as little know how to fear that I am false, as, &c.
19 Johnson would transfer this speech to the king, and Ritson wonld read 'gwear for one.' Mr. Douce has justly observed that no change is necessary. It is no more than a common phrase of acquiescence, like I'll warrant you.'
20 i. e. we are now on our good behaviour. 21 A valuable tract of pasturage. 22 Truth. VOL. IV.
Upon the water, as he'll stand, and read,
She dances featly 23.
Enter a Servant. Serv. O master, if you did but hear the pedler at the door, you would never dance again after a tabor and pipe; no, the bagpipe could not move you: he sings several tunes, faster than you'll tell money; he utters them as he had eaten ballads, and all men's ears grew to his tunes.
Clo. He could never come better: he shall come in: I love a ballad but even too well; if it be doleful matter, merrily set down, or a very pleasant thing indeed, and sung lamentably.
Serv. He hath songs, for man, or woman, of all sizes; no milliner can so fit his customers with gloves 24; he has the prettiest love-songs for maids; so without bawdry, which is strange; with such delicate burdens of dildos and fadings 25; jump her and thump her; and where some stretch-mouth'd rascal would, as it were, mean mischief, and break a foul gap into the matter, he makes the maid to
23 That is derterously, nimbly.
24 The trade of a milliner was formerly carried on by men exclusively.
25 ·With a hie dildo dill, and a dildo dee' is the burthen of an old ballad or two. Fading is also another burthen to a ballad found in Shirley's Bird in a Cage; and perhaps to others It is also the name given to an Irish dance, probably from faedan, I whistle, as it was danced to the pipes. The Irish name rinca fada is the long dance, performed by country people on May day. The fading is mentioned by Ben Johnson, and distinguished from the fadow. A very interesting account of the rinca fada is given in Boswell's edition of Malope's Shakspeare at the end of vol. xiv.
answer, Whoop, do me no harm, good man; puts him off, slights him, with Whoop, do me no harm, good man 26. Pol. This is a brave fellow.
Clo. Beliere me, thou talkest of an admirable conceited fellow. Has he any unbraided wares 27 ?
Serv. He hath ribands of all the colours i'the rainbow; points 28, more than all the lawyers in Bohemia can learnedly handle, though they come to him by the gross; inkles 29, caddisses 30, cambricks, lawns: why, he sings them over, as they were gods or goddesses; you would think, a smock were a she-angel; he so chants to the sleevehand 31, and the work about the square on't 32,
Clo. Pr’ythee, bring him in; and let him approach singing.
Per. Forewarn him, that he use no scurrilous words in his tunes.
26 This was also the burthen of an old ballad.
27 i. e. undamaged wares, true and good. This word has sadly perplexed the commentators, who have all left the reader in the dark as to the true meaning. The quotation by Steevene from Any Thing for a Quiet Life' ought to have led to a right explauation :- She says that you sent ware which is not warrantable, braided ware, and that you give not London measure.' So Marston in his Scourge of Villanie, Sat. v.:
"Tuscus is trade-falne ; yet great hopes he'le rise,
rologue to a very corious manuscript collection of satiric tales in verse, entitled An Iliade of Metamorphosis,' 1600, now in the library of Richard Heber, Esq. M. P. and which are thought to be Marston`8:
'Bookes of this nature being once perused
Are then cast by, and as brayed ware refused.' . Tollet had before remarked that braided is explained by Bailey faded, or having lost its colour. I am rather surprised that this should have escaped Mr. Nares, because he has quoted one of the passages from Marston, in illustration of another word. See note on All's Well that Ends Well, vol. jil. p. 280.
28 Points, upon which lice the quibble, were laces with tags. 29 A kind of tape. AM X. 3 ? 30 A kind of ferret or worsted lace. 31 sleeve-hand, the cuffs, or wristband.
32 The work about the bosom of it. So in Fairfax'Tasso, b. xii. st. 64:
Her curious square embossed with swelling gold,
Clo. You have of these pedlers, that have more in 'em than you'd think, sister. Per. Ay, good brother, or go about to think.
Enter AutoLYCUS, singing.
Come, buy, &c. Clo. If I were not in love with Mopsa, thou should'st take no money of me; but being enthrall’d as I am, it will also be the bondage of certain ribands and gloves.
Mop. I was promis'd them against the feast; but they come not too late now.
Dor. He hath promised you more than that, or there be liars. Mop. He hath paid you all he promised you:
33 Amber of which necklaces were made fit to perfume a lady's chamber.
34 These poking-sticks are described by Stubbes in his Anatomie of Abuses, Part ii :-"They be made of yron and steele, and some of brasse, kept as bright as silver, yea, soipe of silver itselfe ; and it is well,'if in processe of time, they grow not to be of gold The fashion whereafter they be made, I cannot resemble to any thing so well as to a squirt or a little equibbe, which little children used to squirt water out withal; and when they come to starching and setting of their ruffes, then must this instrument be heated in the fire, the better to stiffen the ruff.' Stowe informs us that “about the sixteenth yeare of the queene (Elizabeth) began the making of steele poking-sticks, and until that time all lawudresses used setting stickes made of wood or bone.