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G. 142. W. 125.—That pays some shares. In all, a younger brother,
May spend what his friend left in expectation,
Of being turn'd out of service for attendance.
May spend what his friend left, in expectation
Of being turn'd out of service, for attendance!
I must speak a word
old bachelor?-Lord, so? Is't not so? Read:
I must speak a word
old bachelor lord ? so; is't not so?
we shall practise wisely.
we will practise wisely.
shall not tempt
Read: The freedom of thy spirit.
This is an excellent mode of explaining an author! In conclusion, Mr. Weber thinks that the “word stands for faithful.” It stands, however, for ingenious, and means eractly what it stands for. G. 145. W. 128.—Thou’rt a prick-ear'd foist.]
« Prick-eared means with ears erect,”-thank you, Mr. Weber—" and the application of the term to a fool” (what fool? where is he ?)“ is explained by the following passage in Painter— There were newly come to the citie two young men that were Romans, which ranged up and down the streetes with their ears upright.'” But these young men were listening to every passing re
port. As Mr. Weber proceeds in his explanation, he forgets what he set out with, and, with the assistance of Steevens, ends by proving the fool to be a pickpocket! G. 145. W. 129.-A
bason. Read: A copper-bason'd suds-monger. G. 146. W. 129.-Mother of the Fancies.] “i.e. Mother of loves."
And then we have a note and a song from the Variorum Shakspeare to prove that fancy is sometimes used for love. This unfortunate blunderer could not see that the allusion was to the title of the play, and that the mother of the Fancies was the “ guardianess of the young Ladies,” the Beauties, as the speaker just after calls them. In what sense could Morosa be called a mother of loves ?
Had Mr. Weber ever read more of the Variorum than the index, he might have seen that fancy is used by our great poet for a lady-much as it is by Ford.
a man that grazed his cattle nigh,
G. 146. W.130.—Enjoy the sweets of our years.
Read: Enjoy the sweetness of our years.
G. 147. W.131.—'Tis a gallant life to be an old lord's pimp
whiskin. “I do not perfectly understand the particular meaning of the last word”—and then we are informed that Cotgrave “ explains singlement, a sayling, or cutting the sea by sayling, also a whisking,” &c.
This is merely ridiculous. Whiskin (a diminutive of whiske, a hand broom) was used by our old dramatists, as a contemptuous term for a low menial of either sex. By the usual progress of such language, the poor harmless word came at length to denote a ready implement of cor
ruption, and to be coupled with the most odious and repulsive epithets. This is the simple history of the expression; which, it should be noted, is commonly applied, as here, to a domestic or dependent. Thus Brome, in The Novella:
“ This is the proud brache's whiske.” Again. “ I collect as much by your young whiskin that brought me hither.”—City Wit. Again.
Stay, stay! here she comes, and the pimp whiskin with her." In all these instances, and in several others, which I at first thought of giving from Shirley, the person spoken of is a servant, and is supposed by the speaker to be a pandar.
To such worthless details can the garrulous folly of the commentators compel those to descend who would gladly leave the ribaldry which they cannot suppress, to neglect. G. 150. W.133.-Sure some dotage lend a cunning, &c. Read:
lends a cunning. G. 151. W.134.
I now appear in fashion Unto men, am received. “ The old copy reads and; but as very little sense can be extracted from it, the alteration seems to be absolutely indispensable."
The old reading certainly contains quite as much sense as the new; and, what is more to the purpose, it is the author's, and was the genuine language of his age. G. 155. W. 137.—Yet if, as it may chance, a neat cloth'd merri
Fall not too broad, &c.
Pass without blush, in tattling, so the words
Amongst yourselves in counsel: but beware
Of being overheard.
Read: Whither? But-he's my brother.
One however remains. After a speech of several lines, he also withdraws, and Mr. Weber carefully repeats the
G. 158. W. 141.-You two sball wait upon us.
Read: You two shall wait on us - with best observance. G. 161. W. 142.-Of what your scrivener, [by] which in effect.
“ The word in brackets is omitted in the original.”
And had it also been left out of the copy, no injury would be done either to the sense or the metre. G. 163. W. 144.—Carriage, i. e. behaviour ! G. 164. W. 145.-Companion, i. e. fellow!
G. 165. W.146.—Such sights are excellent.
Read: Such sights were (would be) excellent. Flavia is pleased to be satirical on the influence supposed to be possessed by some of the ladies of Charles's court.
G. 166. W.147.—Rich services in place, soft and fair lodgings.
Read: Rich services in plate, &c.
G. 167. W. 147.-For it 'twere. Read: For 'twere, &c.
G. 172. W.151.—'Twould wind-break a moil.] “i.e. a mule."
Very well; but why, after freely modernizing the orthography everywhere else, turn squeamish here? I am not, however, displeased to see it, because it gives me an opportunity of correcting a mistake in the Glossary of Archdeacon Nares.
“ Mooles,” he says, “ perhaps for mules. I confess I do not understand the line in which this word occurs.
"Content thee, Dapbles, mooles take mails, but men know mooles
to catch."-Warner's Alb. England, p. 41. “that is, perhaps, • Mules take mad fits, but yet men know how to catch thein.'”
My ingenious friend has fallen into two pleasant errors.
I am furnish'd
I am punish'd
In mine own hopes, &c.
Read: Thou hast out-done all cunning.
is far more to the purpose.
The old copy has Er. In the next page we have, “ Exit
him. Read: On my hope of posterity, I could, &c.
He towzes the Lady-sisters. i. e. the Fancies.
Read: Do beyond arithmetic! Spadone, I speak, &c. Luckily, Mr. Weber did not understand the speaker, or we should have had a note from Mr. Collins on the subject.
in mine eye.