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a concerted trio, the burthen of which is probably Hamlet's splenetic exclamation, "Frailty, thy name is woman!" The fair "poacher upon nature's manor," who hides her face in her apron, and her partner in delinquency, under the special care of the constable, tremble before the dread tribunal with all the consciousness of guilt, and passively listen to the sage's harangue with a semblance of attention and humility that may be charitably construed into repentance and resolutions of amendment.
The Sixth Age.
"The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slipper'd pantaloon;
The dominion of avarice and the approaching dotage incidental to this stage of mortality, hinted at by the poet, has been dexterously amplified for his purpose by the painter, who has taken as vehicles of expression a disabled soldier, with his wife and children, and contrasted them with the "lean and slipper'd pantaloon." The greyhaired veteran supported on a wooden leg, opening his vesture, and displaying farther honourable proofs of his sufferings in his country's cause, extends his hand with respectful confidence, as he solicits relief, less for himself, than for the sharers of his poverty, who patiently await the result of this appeal. Feeling neither sympathy for age, compassion for unmerited
privations, or respect for honourable scars, the decrepid and selfish sexagenarian repulses the application and turns his back on the petitioners; and at the same moment the sagacious watchdog, guided by the tone of his master's voice, gives to this rebuff all the support in his power.
The Seventh Age.
"Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans every thing."
The closing scene of man's brief history is now before us, and exhibits him, having survived all his faculties, in the extremity of decay and helplessness; and thus incapable of any enjoyment, of any participation in or even percep tion of what passes around him, nothing is wanting but the merciful stroke of death to remove him from the stage where he has played his part. Having outlived the companions of his youth, those connected with him as well by the ties of kindred as of amity, he is now consigned to the care of a hired nurse who is seen fast asleep, while a child, to whom has been allotted the incongruous task of amusing doting imbecility, has seated himself on the floor to build a house with cards. The accessories, the winged and headless figure, the armorial honours hanging on the last peg, the picture of folly enthroned, &c., are in strict keeping with the story, and sustain and strengthen the moral of the poet and the painter.
OF OBSOLETE WORDS, AND OF WORDS VARYING FROM THEIR ORDINARY SIGNIFICATION.
As, as if.
Ascannt, askew, sideways.
As point, completely armed.
Ascapart, a giant.
Assinego, a male ass.
Astringer, a gentleman falconer.
Ates, instigate from Até, the goddess of bloodshed.
Atomies, minute particles visible in
the sun's rays. Attasked, taken to task. Attended, waited for. Attent, attentive. Atone, to reconcile. Attest, attestation. Attorney, deputation.
Attorneyship, the discretional agency of another.
Attornied, supplied by substitution of embassies.
Audacious, spirited, animated.
Awless, failing to produce awe.
Bate, to flutter as a hawk.
Batlet, an instrument with which washers used to beat clothes.
Batten, to grow fat.
Bay, the space between the main beams of a house.
Bay curtal, a bay docked horse.
Bear a brain, perfectly resemble.
Bearing cloth, a mantle used at christ
Blank, the white mark in a target. Blank and level, mark and aim (terms
Blaze of youth, the spring of early life. Blear, to deceive.
Biench, to start off, to fly off.
Blind-worms, the cæcilia, or slow.
Blood-boltered, daubed with blood. Blown, puffed up, swollen.
Blue caps, the Scotch.
Blunt, stupid, insensible.
Blurt, blurted, an expression of con
Board, to accost.
Bobb, to trick,
Bodged, boggled clumsy.
Bodkin, a small dagger.
Bolting-hutch, the receptacle in which
the meal is bolted.
Bombard, or bumbard, a barrel.
Bombast, the stufling of clothes.
Bond, bounden duty.
Bony or bonny, handsome.
Book, paper of conditions.
Boot, profit,something over and above
Bore, the calibre of a gun.
Bosom, wish, heart's desire.
Bets, worms in a horse's stomach
Bourn, boundary, rivulet.
Borne in hand, deceived.
Bottled-spider, a large bloated spider.
Bowlins, or bowlines, tackle of a ship. Bollen, swollen.
Bower, a chamber.
Brace, armour for the arm.
Brack, to salt.
Braid, crafty, deceitful.
Brake, an instrument of torture; also a thicket.
Brands, a part of the andirons on which the wood for the fire was supported. Brasier, a manufacturer of brass; also, a vessel in which charcoal is burned. Brave, to defy, also to make fine. Bravely, splendidly, gallantly. Bravery, finery.
Brawl, a kind of dance.
Braying, harsh, grating.
Break, to begin.
Break up, to carve.
Break with, to break the matter to,
Breath, speech, also exercise.
Breathing-courtesy, mere verbal compliment.
Breeched, foully sheathed, mired.
Breathed, inured by constant practice.
Breed-bate, an exciter of quarrels,
Bring, to attend or accompany.
Broach, to put on the spit, to transfix.
Brogues, a kind of shoes.
Broker, a match-maker, a procuress.
Brow of youth, the height of youth.
Brownist, a follower of Brown,
Charm your tongue, be silent.
Chases, a term in tennis.
Cheater, for escheatour, an officer in
Checks, probably for ethics.
Cherry-pit, a game with cherry-stones.
Cheveril, soft leather; also, conscience.
Chew, to ruminate, consider.
Chewet, a chattering bird.
Chide, to resound, to echo; also, to
scold, be clamourous.
Chiding, sound; noisy.
Childing, unseasonably pregnant.
Chough, a bird of the daw species
Christom or chrisom, the white cloth
put on a new baptized child.
Chuck, chicken, a term of endearment. Chuff, rich, avaricious.
Cicatrice, the scar of a wound.
Circummured, walled round.
Circumstance, conduct, detail, circum
Civil, grave, solemn.
Cittern, a musical instrument.
Clack dish, a beggar's dish.
Camour, a term in bell-ringing
Clapped i'the clout, hit the white mark.
Clean kam, awry.
Clepe, to call.
Jast the water, to find out disorders by Cockle-hat, a pilgrim's hat.
inspecting the urine.
Cataian, a liar.
Catling, a small lutestring, made of
Cavalero-justice, a cant term.
Caviare, too good for, or above the
comprehension of; so called from a delicacy made of the roe of stur
Coigne of vantage, convenient corner.
Collection, consequence, or collary.
Co-mart, a joint bargain.
Come of will, to succeed.
Comparative, a dealer in comparisons
Compassed cape, a round cape.
Compassed window, a bow-window. Compassionate, plaintive.
Compose, to come to a composition. Composture, composition.
Composition, bargain; also, consis
Competitors, confederates. Complements, accomplishments. Complexion, humour.
Comply, to compliment
Conceit, imagination, wit, idea. Conceited, ingenious,
Concent, connected harmony.
Consent, will, conspiracy.
Continue, to spend.
Contrary, to contradict.
Contrive, to spend, to wear out.
Convents, agrees, is convenient. Convented, summoned.
Conversion, change of condition.
Cope, encounter, covering.
Coragio, courage, be of good cheer.
Corinth, a brothel.
Corinthian, a wencher.
Corky, dry, withered.
Costard-monger, a dealer in costers or
Cote, to overtake.
Coted, quoted, regarded,
Cotsale, Cotswood in Gloucst.
Couch, to lie with.
Count, to reckon upon.
Countenance. favour; also, false ap
Counter, a hunting term.
Counter-caster, one who reckons wiht counters.
Counter-check, a term in chess.
Counterfeit, a portrait.
Country, count, earl.
Couplement, a couple.
Courses, the mainsail and foresai
Denude, to strip, divest.
Descant, to harangue upon; also, a
Diet, to compel to fast.
Diffused, wild, irregular.
Digress, to deviate from what is right.
Dildos, the burthen of a song.
Disable, to undervalue.
Discandy, to dissolve.
Disease, uneasiness, discontent.
Disgrace, hardship, injury.
Dislima, to unpaint, obliterate.
Disnatured, wanting natural affection.
Divert, to turn aside.
Dole, alms, distribution, lot.
Done upon the gad, suddenly.
Double, full of duplicity.
Double vouchers, a law term.
Dout, to do out, extinguish.
Down-gyved, hanging down, like what contines the fetters round the ancles.
Draught, the jakes.
Draw, to withdraw.
Drawn fox, ene which is trailed over
the ground, to deceive the hounds.
Drachmas, a Greek coin
Dressings, appearances of virtue.
Drive, to fly with impetuosity.
Drollery, a puppet-shew.
Drumble, to act lazily.
Ducdame, (duc ad ine) bring him to
me, the burthen of a song.
Dudgeon, the handle of a dagger.
Dullard, a stupid person.
Dump, a mournful elegy.
Dup, to do up, to lift up.
Durance, some lasting kind of stuff.
Egypt, a gipsy.
Eid, old time; also, aged persons.
Elf, done by elves, or fairies.
Embare, to expose.
Embraced, indulged in.
Empery, sovereign power.
Emulous, envious, jealous.
Encave, to hide.
Endart, to dart forth.
Enfeoff, to invest with possession.
Engaged, delivered as an hostage.
Enkindie, to stimulate.
Enmesh, to inclose, as in meshes.
Enmew, (in falconry) to force to lie in
Envy, aversion, malice.
Ephesian, a cant term.
Erring, errant, wandering.
Escape, illegitimate child.
Esil, or Eisel, a river.
Esperance, motto of the Percy family.
Essential, existent, real.
Even, to make even, or evident.
Even christian, fellow christian.
Excellent differences, distinguished excellencies.
Excrement, the beard.
Execute, to use or employ.
Exhale, to breathe one's last.
Exhaust, to draw forth.
Exigent, end, exigency.
Exorcisin, the raising of spirits.
Extent, violence, seizure.
Expiate, to end.
Express, to reveal.
Eyas musket, a young hawk.
Eyry, a nest of hawks.
Face, to carry a foolish appearance.
Face royal, a privileged face.
Faculty, exercise of power.
Fadge, to suit.
Fadings, a dance.
Fair, for fairness.
Gaudy, a festival.
Gawd, a bauble.
Gear, things or matters,
Germins, seeds begun to sprout,
Giglot, a wanton.
Gilder, a coin, value 2s.
Gilt, gold money.
Gimmal, a ring or engine.
God 'ield you, God yield you.
Good-jer, the venereal disease.
Good-den, good evening,
Gust, to taste.
Gyve, to shackle.
Hack, to become cheap.
Haggard, wild; also, wild throat
Harlot, a male cheat.
Halcyon, a bird.
Hallidon, doom at judgment day.
Handsaw, hernshaw, (a hawk)
Hangers, that which suspends the sword.
Harlotry, vulgar, filthy.
Hay, a fencing term.
Hefted, heaved, agitated.
Hell, a dungeon in a prison.
Henchman, a page of honour.
Herb of grace, rue.
His, often used for its.
Hob nob, as it may happen
Hold, to esteem.
Hold taking, bear handling.
Hoodman-blind, blindman's buff.
Hot-house, a bagnio.
Hox, to ham-string.
Hull, to float without guidance.
Hunt-counter, worthless dog.
Hunts-up, a hunting tune.
Hurtle. to dash against.
Hurtling, boisterous merriment. Husbandry, thriftiness.
Huswife, a jilt.
Imbare, to expose.
Immediacy, close connexion.
Grained, furrowed, like the grain of Imp, progeny.
wood; also, died
Gramercy, great thanks
Grange, a lone farm-house.
Gratulate, to be rejoiced in.
Grave, to entomb.
Grave-man, a man in his grave.
Graves or Greaves, leg-armour.
Greek, a bawd.
Green-sleeves, an old song.
Grise or Grize, a step.
Groundlings, those who sat or stood on
the ground in the old theatres; the common people. Guard, to fringe.
Impair, unsuitable, unequal.
Impetticos, to impetticoat, or impocket.
Imp out, to suoply the deficiency