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THE DEVIL IS AN ASS.
SCENE 2.-P. 20.
“ 'fore hell, my heart was at my mouth, 'Till I had view'd his shoes well : for those roses
Were big enough to hide a cloven foot.” The present play was first acted in 1616. In Webster's White Devil, which was printed in 1612, we find;
“ why, 'tis the devil ; I know him by a great rose he wears on's shoe, To hide his cloven foot." Works, i. 132, ed. Dyce.
SCENE 3.-P. 126.
Madam, this young Wittipol
All the copies of the folio which I have examined, read sou’t, of which I can make nothing but sought or sousd; and I prefer the latter. Whalley reads fought; but he evidently had not consulted the old copy.” GIFFORD.
There can be no doubt that “sou’t” is merely the old spelling of “shu’d,” —i. e. scared away.' “ To shue. To scare or fright away fowls.” Jamieson's Et. Dict. of Scot. Lang. “ Shu, a term to frighten poultry.” Gloss. of Lancashire Words in The Works of Tim Bobbin.
SCENE 4.-P. 146.
“ Thou hast been cheated on, with a false beard,
And a turn'd cloke.”
There ought to be no point after “on;" for “cheated on" means simply 'cheated.' The same mode of expression continued till Mrs. Centlivre's time: in her Wonder, Don Felix says to Violante;
“ 'Sdeath, could not you have imposed upon me for this one night ? could neither my faithful love, nor the hazard I have run to see you, make me worthy to be cheated on ?” Act ii. sc. 1.
THE STAPLE OF NEWS.
SCENE 1.-P. 181.
Did I not tell you I was bred in the mines,
Under sir Bevis Bullion ?"
The name Sir Bevis Bullion contains an evident allusion to Sir Bevis Bulmer, - a well-known personage of those days, who, I believe, was superintendent of the Royal Mines, or at least had some situation connected with them.
Prince, in the “Proemium" to The Worthies of Devon, mentions that that “ famous artist," Sir Bevis Bulmer, Kt., by his excellent skill in minerals, extracted a great quantity of silver from the Combe-Martin mines, a portion of which he caused to be made into two cups in 1593, and presented them, inscribed with verses, -the one to William Bourchier, Earl of Bath,—the other (weighing 137 ounces) to Sir Richard Martin, Lord Mayor of London, " to continue to the said city for ever.” pp. 2, 3, ed. 1701.
Among the Free Gifts paid out of the Exchequer, we find-in 1603-4 to “ Master Bevis Bullmere £100”-in 1607-8 to “ Sir Bevis Bulmere £100" — in 1608-9 to “ Sir Bevis Bulmere £500.” Nichols's Prog. of King James, i. 426, ii. 191, 246. — For other notices of Sir Bevis, see Lansdowne MSS., 148 fol. 25,- 156 fol. 419,- 162 fols. 138, 142,-169 fol. 166.
SCENE 2.-P. 196.
· P. jun. Fear me not; for since I came
Jonson, as usual, was thinking of the classics ; "Αλλεται οφθαλμός μεν ο δεξιός.
Theocr. Idyl. iii. 37.
SCENE 1.-P. 291.
our grave governor Into a subtler air, and is return'd,
As we do hear, grand captain of the jeerers." “i. e. gone back to his former situation, &c. This is sufficiently harsh.” GIFFORD.
Qy. is the word used here in the same sense in which we speak of a candidate being returned member to Parliament?
THE MAGNETIC LADY.
Alexander Gill's verses Uppon Ben Johnson's Magnetick Ladye.”
Are printed here with strange inaccuracy: a correct copy of them may be found in Dr. Bliss's ed. of Wood's Ath. Oxon. vol. ii. 598 (where they are attributed to the elder Alex. Gill, -a mistake which Dr. Bliss afterwards rectifies in vol. iii. 44).