Sidor som bilder

PRO. Why, this it is! my heart accords thereto; And yet a thousand times it answers, no. [Exeunt.



Milan. An Apartment in the Duke's Palace.


SPEED. Sir, your glove.

VAL. Not mine; my gloves are on.

SPEED. Why then this may be yours, for this is but one.R

VAL. Ha! let me fee: ay, give it me, it's mine :—

Henry, trifyllable.

Rich. III. Act II. fc. iii. So ftood the state, when Henry the Sixth-. 2 H. VI. A& II. fc. ii. Crown'd by the name of Henry the Fourth. And fo in many other paffages.

Monftrous, trifyllable.

Macb. Act IV. fc. vi. Who cannot want the thought how monstrous. Othello. Act II. fc. iii. 'Tis monftrous. Iago, who began it? Affembly, quadrifyllable.

M. A. A. N. Act V. fc. laft. Good morrow to this fair assembly. Douglas, trifyllable.

1 H. IV. A&t V. fc. ii. Lord Douglas go you and tell him fo. England, trifyllable.

Rich. II. Act IV. fc. i. Than Bolingbrooke return to England. Humbler, trifyllable.

1 H. VI. A&t III. fc. i. Methinks his lordship should be humbler. Nobler, trifyllable.

Coriol. Act III. fc. ii. You do the nobler. Cor. I mufe my mother-. TYRWHITT.

Val. Not mine; my gloves are on.

Speed. Why then, this may be yours, for this is but one.] It fhould feem from this paffage, that the word one was anciently pronounced as if it were written on. The quibble here is loft by the change of pronunciation; a lofs, however, which may be very patiently endured. MALONE.

Sweet ornament that decks a thing divine!
Ah Silvia! Silvia!

SPEED. Madam Silvia! madam Silvia!
VAL. How now, firrah?

SPEED. She is not within hearing, fir.
VAL. Why, fir, who bade you call her?
SPEED. Your worship, fir; or else I mistook.
VAL. Well, you'll still be too forward.
SPEED. And yet I was laft chidden for being too

VAL. Go to, fir; tell me, do you know madam Silvia?

SPEED. She that your worship loves?

VAL. Why, how know you that I am in love?

SPEED. Marry, by these special marks: First, you have learn'd, like fir Proteus, to wreath your arms like a male-content; to relifh a love-fong, like a Robin-red-breaft; to walk alone, like one that had the peftilence; to figh, like a school-boy that had loft his A. B. C; to weep, like a young wench that had buried her grandam; to faft, like one that takes diet; to watch, like one that fears robbing; to speak puling, like a beggar at Hallowmas. You were wont, when you laugh'd, to

takes diet;] To take diet was the phrafe for being under regimen for a disease mentioned in Timon of Athens: bring down the rofe-cheek'd youth "To the tub-fast and the diet." STEEVENS.

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Hallorumas.] This is about the feaft of All-Saints, when winter begins, and the life of a vagrant becomes lefs comfortable. JOHNSON.

It is worth remarking that on All-Saints-Day the poor people in Staffordshire, and perhaps in other country places, go from parish to parish a fouling as they call it; i. e. begging and puling (or finging fmall, as Bailey's Dict. explains puling) for foul-cakes, or

crow like a cock; when you walk'd, to walk like one of the lions; when you fafted, it was presently after dinner; when you look'd fadly, it was for want of money and now you are metamorphos'd with a mistress, that, when I look on you, I can hardly think you my master.

VAL. Are all these things perceived in me?
SPEED. They are all perceived without you.
VAL. Without me? they cannot.

SPEED. Without you? nay, that's certain; for, without you were fo fimple, none else would: but you are fo without these follies, that these follies are within you, and shine through you like the water in an urinal; that not an eye, that fees you, but is a phyfician to comment on your malady. VAL. But, tell me, doft thou know my lady Silvia? SPEED. She, that you gaze on fo, as fhe fits at fupper?

VAL. Haft thou obferved that? even the I mean. SPEED. Why, fir, I know her not.

VAL. Dost thou know her by my gazing on her, and yet know'ft her not?

SPEED. Is fhe not hard-favour'd, fir?
VAL. Not fo fair, boy, as well-favour'd.

any good thing to make them merry. This cuftom is mentioned by Peck, and feems a remnant of Popish fuperftition to pray for departed fouls, particularly thofe of friends. The fouler's fong in Staffordshire, is different from that which Mr. Peck mentions, and is by no means worthy publication. TOLLET.

to walk like one of the lions ;] If our author had not been thinking of the lions in the Tower, he would have written-" to walk like a lion." RITSON.

-none else would:] None elfe would be fo fimple.


SPEED. Sir, I know that well enough.

VAL. What doft thou know?

SPEED. That fhe is not fo fair, as (of you) well favoured.

VAL. I mean, that her beauty is exquifite, but her favour infinite.

SPEED. That's because the one is painted, and the other out of all count.

VAL. How painted? and how out of count? SPEED. Marry, fir, so painted, to make her fair, that no man counts of her beauty.

VAL. How esteemest thou me? I account of her beauty.

SPEED. You never faw her fince fhe was deformed. VAL. How long hath the been deformed? SPEED. Ever fince you loved her.

VAL. I have loved her ever fince I faw her; and ftill I fee her beautiful.

SPEED. If you love her, you cannot see her.
VAL. Why?

SPEED. Because love is blind. O, that you had mine eyes; or your own eyes had the lights they were wont to have, when you chid at fir Proteus for going ungartered! '

VAL. What fhould I fee then?

SPEED. Your own prefent folly, and her paffing deformity: for he, being in love, could not fee to garter his hofe; and you, being in love, cannot fee to put on your hofe.


-for going ungartered!] This is enumerated by Rofalind in As you like it, Act III. fc. ii. as one of the undoubted marks of love: "Then your hofe fhould be ungartered, your bonnet unbanded," &c. MALONE.

VAL. Belike, boy, then you are in love; for last morning you could not fee to wipe my fhoes.

SPEED. True, fir; I was in love with my bed: I thank you, you swinged me for my love, which makes me the bolder to chide you for yours.

VAL. In conclufion, I ftand affected to her. SPEED. I Would you were fet;" fo, your affection would cease.

VAL. Last night she enjoin'd me to write some lines to one she loves.

SPEED. And have you?

VAL. I have.

SPEED. Are they not lamely writ?

VAL. No, boy, but as well as I can do them :Peace, here fhe comes.


SPEED. O excellent motion! O exceeding puppet! now will he interpret to her.'

6 I would you were fet ;] Set for feated, in oppofition to fland, in the foregoing line. M. MASON.

10 excellent motion! &c.] Motion, in Shakspeare's time, fignified puppet. In Ben Jonfon's Bartholomew Fair it is frequently ufed in that fenfe, or rather perhaps to fignify a puppet-show; the mafter whereof may properly be faid to be an interpreter, as being the explainer of the inarticulate language of the actors. The fpeech of the fervant is an allufion to that practice, and he means to fay, that Silvia is a puppet, and that Valentine is to interpret to, or rather for her. SIR J. HAWKINS.

So, in The City Match, 1639, by Jasper Maine :


his mother came,

"Who follows ftrange fights out of town, and went
"To Brentford for a motion."-

Again, in The Pilgrim:


Nothing but a motion? "A puppet pilgrim?"


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