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Hoft. Here, boys, here, here ! shall we wag?
Page. Have with you :- I had rather hear themi scold than fight. (Exeunt Hot, Shallow, and Pages · Ford. Though Page be a secure fool, and stand
troduced, tells what he could once have done with his long sword, and ridicules the terms and rules of the rapier. JOHNSON.
The two-handed sword is mentioned in the ancient Interlude of Nature, bl. 1. no date :
“ Somtyme he ferveth me at borde,
" Somtyme he bereth my two-hand sword.” See a note to the First Part of K. Hen. IV, act II. STEEVENS,
Carleton, in his Thankful Remembrance of God's Mercy, 1625, speaking of the treachery of one Rowland York, in betraying the town of Deventer to the Spaniards in 1587, says; “ he was a Londoner, famous among the cutters in his time, for bringing in a new kind of fight-to run the point of a rapier into a man's body. This manner of fight he brought first into England, with great admiration of his audaciousnets: when in England before that time, the use was, with little bucklers, and with broad swords, to . strike and not to thrust; and it was accounted unmanly to strike under the girdle.” MALONE.
9- tall fellows- ] The older quartos read — tall fencerse See note 5. p. 272. STEEVENS.
- and stand so firmly on his wife's frailty, — ] No, surely; Page stood tightly to the opinion of her honesty, and would not entertain a thought of her being frail. I have therefore ventured to substitute a word correspondent to the sense required; and one, which our poet frequently uses to fignify conjugal faith.
THEOBALD. - stand so firmly ox his wife's frailty, ] Thus all the copies. But Mr. Thcobald has no conception how any man could stand firmly on his wife's frailty. And why? Because he had 20 conception how he could stand upon it, without knowing what it was. But if I tell a stranger, that the bridge he is about to cross is rotten, and he believes it not, but will go on, may I not say, when I see him upon it, that he stands firmly on a rotten plank? Yet he has changed frailty for fealty, and the Oxford editor has followed him. But they took the phrase, to sand firmly on, to fignify to infist upon; whereas it signifies to resi upon, which the character of a secure fool, given to him, shews. So that the common reading has an elegance that would be lost in the alteration.
WARBURTON. To stand on any thing, does fignify to infift on it. So in Heywood's Rape of Lucrece, 1630 : “ All captains, and
fo firinly on his wife's frailty, yet I cannot put off my opinion so easily : She was in his company at Page's house; and, what they made there, I know not. Well, I will look further into't : and I have a disguise to found Falstaff : If I find her honest, I lose not my labour ; if she be otherwise, 'tis labour well bestow'd.
(Exit. s CE N E II.
The Garter inn.
Enter Falstaff and Piftol.
Pist. Why, then the world's mine oyster >, which I with sword will open.— 3 I will retort the sum in equipage. Stand upon the honesty of your wives.” Again, in Warner's Albion's England, 1602, book 6. chap. 30:
“For stoutly on their honeflies doe wylie harlots stand." The jealous Ford is the speaker, and all chastity in women appears to him as frailty. He supposes Page therefore to insist on that virtue as iteady, which he himself suspects to be without foundation. STEEVENS.
2- the world's mine oyfier, &c.] Dr. Gray supposes Shakespeare to allude to an old proverb, "--The mayor of Northampton opens oysters with his dagger.” — i.e. to keep them at a sufficient distance from his nose, that town being fourscore miles. from the sea. STEEVENS.
3 - I will retort the fum in equipage. I This is added from the old quarto of 1619, and means, I will pay you again in stolen goods. WARBURTON.
I rather believe he means, that he will pay him by waiting on him for nothing. So in Love's Pilgrimage, by B. and Fletcher :
" And boy, be you my guide,
“ For I will make a full descent in equipage.” That equipage ever meant stolen goods, I am yet to learn.
Dr. Warburton may be right; for I find equipage was one of the cant words of the time. In Davies' Papers Complaint, (a poem which has erroneously been ascribed to Donne) we have several of them :
" Embellish, blandishment, and equipage." Which words, he tells us in the margin, overmuch favour of witlelle affectation. FARMER.
Fal. Not a penny. I have been content, fir, you should lay my countenance to pawn: I have grated upon my good friends for three reprieves for you and + your coach-fellow, Nym; or else you had look'd through the grate, like a geminy of baboons. I am damn'd in hell, for swearing to gentlemen my friends, you were good soldiers, 5 and tall fellows: and when mistress Bridget lost the handle of her fan, I took't upon mine honour, thou hadst it not.
* your coach-fellow, Nym;- ] Thus the old copies. Coach-fellow has an obvious meaning, but the modern editors read, couch-fellow. The following passage from B. Jonfon's Cyn. thia's Revels, may justify the reading I have chosen : “_”Tis the swaggering coach-horse Anaides, that draws with him there." Again, in Monfieur D'Olive, 1606 : “ Are you he my Page here makes choice of to be his fellow coach-horse?” Again, in Every Woman in her humour, 1609:
“ For wit, ye may be coach'd together." Again, in roth B. of Chapman's Translation of Homer : “ -their chariot horse, as they coach-fellows were."
.. STEEVENS, s and tall fellows:- ] A tall fellow, in the time of our author, meant, a stout, bold, or courageous person. In A Discourse on Usury, by Dr. Wilson, 1584, he says, “ Here in England, he that can rob a man by the high-way, is called a tall fellow.” Lord Bacon says, “ that bishop Fox caufed his caitle of Norham to be fortified, and manned it likewise with a very great number of tall soldiers.” In The Love of David and Bethsabe, 1599, Joab enters in triumph; and says " Well done, tall soldiers," &c. So B. Jonson, in Every Man out of his Humour :
" Is he so tall a manis So likewise in Soliman and Perfeda:
“ Is this little desperate fellow gone? . “ Doubtless he is a very tall fellow." STEEVENS.
o- lost the handle of her fan,-) It should be remembered, that fans, in our author's time, were more costly than they are at present, as well as of a different construction. They consisted of oítrich feathers, (or others of equal length and flexibility) which were stuck into handles. The richer fort of these were composed of gold, lilver, or ivory of curious workmanship. One of them is mentioned in The Fleire, Com: 1610 : “ - she hath a fan with a Jbort filver handle, .about the length of a barber's syringe.” Again, in Love and Honour, by fir W. Davenant, 1649: "All your
Pift. Didst thou not share? hadst thou not fifteen
plate, Vasco, is the filver handle of your old prisoner's fan,"
In the frontispiece to a play, called Englishmen for my Money, or A pleasant Comedy of a Woman will have her Will, 2616, is a portrait of a lady with one of these fans, which, after all, may prove the best commentary on the passage. The three other specimens are taken from the Habiti Antichi et Moderni di tutto il Mondo, published at Venice, 1998, from the drawings of Titian, and Cesare Vecelli, his brother. This fashion was perhaps imported from Italy, together with many others in the reign of king Henry VIII, if not in that of king Richard II.
STEEVENS. Thus alfo Marston, in the Scourge of Villainie, lib. iiifat. 8:
Another he 6. Her filver.handled fan would gladly be.” And in other places, And Bishop Hall, in his Satires, published 1597, lib. v. lat. 4 :
“ Whiles one piece pays her idle waiting-manne,
“ Or buys a hoode, or silver-handled fanne." In the Sidney papers, published by Collins, a fan is presented to queen Elizabeth for a new year's gift, the handle of which was itudded with diamonds. WARTON.
It appears from Marston's Satires, that the sum of 401. was sometimes given for a fan in the time of queen Elizabeth.
MALONE. Vol. I.
Fal. Reason, you rogue, reason : Think'st thou, I'II endanger my soul gratis. At a word, hang no more about me, I am no gibbet for you:-90.– A short knife and a thong,– to your manor of Piekt-hatch,
1. A Mort knife and a throng:- ) So Lear: “ When cute purses come not to ihrongs." WARBURTON.
Part of the employment given by Drayton, in The Mooncalf,, to the Baboon, seems the same with this recommended by Fale staff :
" He like a gvply oftentimes would gi,
“ Would show the people tricks at fast and loose.” Theobald has throng instead of thong. The latter seems right.
LANGTON. Greene, in his Life of Ned Braqune, 1592, says: “ I had ne: other fence but my short knife, and a paire of purse-firings."
STEEVENS. See a note on Anthony and Cleopatra, that explains the trick of fast and loosi. SIR I. HAWKINS.
8- Pickt-hatch, ] A noted place for thieves and pickpockets. THEOBALD. .
Pix-batch is frequently mentioned by contemporary writers So, in B. Jonson's Every Man in his Humour :
“ From the Bordello it might come as well,
“ The Spital, or Piet-hatch." Again, in Woman's a Weather-cock,, 1612 :
- Scratch faces, like a wild cat of Pict-hatch." Again, in Randolph's Muses Looking-glass, 1638: “
the lordship of Turnbull 10 " Which with my Piet-hatch, Grange, and Shore-ditche
" --- your whore doth live
Amenes for Ladies, a Comedy by N. Field, 1639, The derivation of the word Pis-hatch may perhaps be discovered from the following passage in Cupid's Whirligig, 1630 :“-Set fome pickes upon your hatch, and I pray, profess to keep a bawdy-house." Perhaps the unleasonable and obftreperous irruptions of the gallants of that age, might render such a precaution necessary. So in Pericles P. of Tyre, 1609: " If inour youths we could pick up some pretty estate, 'twere not amiss to keep our door hatch'd, &c.” STEEYENS.