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g0.-You'll not bcar a letter for me, you rogue!-you stand upon your honour!-Why, thou unconfinable baseness, it is as much as I can do, to keep the terms of my honour precise. I, I, I myself sometimes leaying the fear of heaven on the left hand, and hiding mine honour in my necessity, am fain to shuffle, to hedge, and to lurch; and yet you, rogue, wiil ensconce your rags ', your cat-a-mountain looks, your 'red-lattice phrases, and ? your bold-beating oaths,


This was a cant name of some part of the town noted for bazdy. houses; as appears from the following paflage in Mariton's Scourge for Villainie, lib. iii. fat. II:

" --- Looke, who yon doth go?
“ The meager letcher lewd Luxurio.-
“ No newe edition of drabbes come out,
" But seene and allow'd by Luxurio's fnout.
« Did ever any man ere hear him talke
" But of Pick-hatch, or of fome Shoreditch balke,

" Aretine's filth &c.”
Sir T. H. says, that this was " a noted harbour for thieves and
pick pockets," who certainly were proper companions for a man of
Pistol's profession. But Falstaff here more immediately means to
ridicule another of his friend's vices; and there is fome humour in
calling Pistol's favourite brothel, his manor of Pickt-hatch.
Marston has another allusion to Pickt-batch or Pick-hatch, which
confirins this illustration :

“ His old cynicke dad
« Hath forc't them cleane forsake his Pick-batch drab.”
Lib. i. fat. 3.

WARTON. 9 e nsconce your rags, &c.] A sconce is a petty fortification.

To enfconce, therefore, is to protect as with a fort. The word oc-
curs again in K'. Hen. IV. Part I. STEEVENS.
1 - red-lattice phrases, - ] Your ale-house conversation.

JOHNSON. Red lattice at the doors and windows, were formerly the external denotements of an ale-house. So, in A Fine Companion, one of Shackerley Marmion's plays :---- " A waterman's widow at the sign of the red lattice in Southwark." Again, in Arden of Feversham, 1592:

56 his sign pulled down, and his lattice borne away." ; Again, in the Miseries of infored Marriage, 1607:

"-'tis treason to the red laitice, enemy.to the lign-post.”. Hence the present chequer's. Perhaps the reader will exprels fome

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· surprize,

under the shelter of your honour ! You will not do
it, you?
'Pif. I do relent; What wouldst thou more of man?

Enter Robin.
Rob. Sir, here's a woman would speak with you.
Fal. Let her approach.

Enter Mistress Quickly.
Quic. Give your worship good-morrow.
Fol. Good-morrow, good wife.
Quic. Not so, an't please your worship.
Fal. Good maid, then.

Quic. I'll be sworn ; as my mother was, the first hour I was born.

Fal. I do believe the swearer: What with me?

Quic. Shall I vouchsafe your worship a word or two? · Fal. Two thousand, fair woman;, and I'll vouchfafe thee the hearing.

Quic. There is one mistress Ford, fir ;- I pray, come a little nearer this' ways :- I inyself dwell with master doctor Caius.

Fal. Well, on: Mistress Ford, you say,

Quic. Your worship' says very true: I pray your worthip, coiñe a little nearer this ways.

Fal. I warrant thee, nobody hears ;-mine own people, mine own people.

furprize, when he is told that Mops, with the sign of the chequers, were common among the Romans. See a view of the left-hand street of Pompeii, (No. 9) presented by Sir William Hamilton (together with several others, equally curious,) to the Antiquary Society. STEEVENS.

2—your bold-BEATING oaths, - ] We should read, boldo BEARING oaths, i.e, out-facing. WARBURTON.

A beating oath, is, I think, right; so we now say, in low language, a iriacking or swinging thing. JOHNSON, We might read www bull-baiting. STEEVENS.

Quic. Are they so ? Heaven bless them, and make them his servants !

Fal. Well: mistress Ford; what of her ?

Quic. Why, fir, she's a good creature. Lord, dord! your worship's a wanton : Well, heaven forgive you, and all of us, I pray!

Fal. Mistress Ford ;-come, mistress Ford,

Quic. Marry, this is the short and the long of it; you have brought her into such a 3 canaries, as 'tis wonderful. The best courtier of them all, when the court lay at Windsor, could never have brought her to such a canary. Yet there has been knights, and lords, and gentlemen, with their coaches; I warrant you, coach after coach, letter after letter, gift after gift ; smelling so sweetly, (all musk) and so rusling, I warrant you, in silk and gold; and in such alligant terms; and in such wine and sugar of the best, and the fairest, that wouid have won any woman's heart; and, I warrant you, they could never get an eye-wink of her.--I had myself twenty angels given me this morning: but I defy all angels, (in any such sort as they say) but in the way of honefty :-and, I warrant you, they could never get her so much as fip on a cup with the proudest of thein all : and yet there has been 4 earls, nay, which is more, pensioners; but, I warrant you, all is one with her.


3 canaries, ] This is the name of a brisk light dance, and is therefore properly enough used in low language for any hurry or perturbation. JOHNSON.

So, Nash, in Pierce Pennyless bis Supplication, 1595, says.: “ A merchant's wife jets it as gingerly, as if she were dancing the araries :" and our author, in All's well, &c. “ Make you dance canary;"' Again, in Decker's honest Whore, 1635: “ At a place where your health danced the canaries.” It is highly probable, however, that canaries is only a mistake of Mrs. Quickly's for quandaries; and yet the Clown, in, As you like it, says, “ we that are true lovers run into strange capers,” STEEVENS.

+ -earis, nay, which is more, pensioners ;- ] This may be illustrated by a passage in Gervafe Holles's Life of the Firsi Earlof



Fal. But what says she to ine ? be brief, my good The Mercury.

Quic. Marry, she hath receiv'd your letter; for the which she thanks you a thousand times: and she gives you to notify, that her husband will be absence froin his house between ten and eleven.

Fal. Ten and eleven.

Quic. Ay, forsooth; and then you may coine and see the picture, she says, that you wot of 5 ;-master Ford, her husband, will be from home. Alas! the sweet woman leads an ill life with him ; he's a very jealousy man; she leads a very frampold life with him, good heart.


Clare. Biog. Brit. Art. Holles. "I have heard the earl of Clare fay, that when he was penfoner to the queen, he did not know a worse man of the whole band than himself; and that all the world knew he had then an inheritance of 4000l. a year."

TYRWHITT. Barrett, in his Alvearie, or Quadruple Dictionary, 1580, says, that a fenfioner was “ a gentleman about his prince alwaie redie, with his ipeare.” STEEVENS.

syou svot of; --] To wot is to know. Obsolete. So in K. Henry VIII. " vot you what I found?” STEEVENS. O f rampold -] This word I have never seen elsewhere, except in Dr. Hacket's Life of Archbishop Williams, where a fram. pul man signifies a peevith troublesome fellow. Johnson.

In The Roaring Girl, a comedy, 1611, I meet with a word, which, though differently spelt, appears to be the same.

Lax. 6 Coachman.
Coach. 6 Anon, fir !
Lax. Are we fitted with good phrampell jades ?”

Ray, among his South and East country words, says, that fram. pald, or frampard, signifies fretful, peevish, crofs, froward. As froward (he adds) comes from from, so may frampard.

Nash, in his Praise of the Red Herring, 1599, speaking of Leander, says : “ the churlish frampold waves gave him his belly full of fish-broth.”

So, in The Inner Temple Masque, by Middleton, 1619:-" 'tis so frampole, the puritans will never yield to it.” So, in The Blind Beggar of Bethnal-Green, by John Day: “ I think the fellow's fiampell,&c. So, in B. and Fletcher's Wit at several Weapons : Is Pompey grown so malapert, so frampel ?"

Fal. Ten and eleven : Woman, commend me to her; I will not fail her.

Quic. Why, you say well: But I have another mefsenger to your worship : Mistress Page has her hearty commendations to you too ;-and let me tell you in your ear, she's as fartuous a civil modest wife, and one (I tell you) that will not miss you morning nor evening prayer, as any is in Windsor, whoe'er be the other: and she bade me tell your worship, that her husband is seldom from home; but, the hopes, there will come a time. I never knew a woman so dote upon a man; surely, I think you have charms, la ; yes, in truth.

Fal. Not I, I assure thee; setting the attraction of my good parts aside, I have no other charms.

Quic. Bleffing on your heart for't!

Fal. But, I pray thee, tell me this : has Ford's wife, and Page's wife, acquainted each other how they love me?

Quic. That were a jeft, indeed !--they have not so Jittle grace, I hope :-that were a trick, indeed! But miftreis Page would defire you? to send her your little page, of all loves ; her husband has a marvellous infection to the little page: and, truly, master Page is

Again, in Ben Jonson's Tale of a Tub:

66 I pray thee grow not frampul now.” Again, in The Isle of Gulls, 1633 :: " Are you so frampall, you know not your own daughter?”

STEEVENS. 7 to find her your little page, of all loves : .] Of all, loves, is an adjuration only, and lignifies no more, than it she had faid, 'desires you to send him by all means.

It is used in Decker's Honest Whore, Part I. 1635: conjuring his wife, of all loves, to prepare cheer fitting,” &c. Again, in the old translation of Plautus's Mencechmi, 1595: " Detire him, of all love, to come over quickly.” Again, in Acolaftus, a comedy, 1529:“ I pray thee, for all lozes, be thou my mynde sens I am thyne.” Again, in Holinshed's Chronicle, p. 1067: 6 Mrs. Arden desired him of all loves, to come backe againe.”


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