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-You'll not bear a letter for me, you rogue!--you Itand 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 leaving 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, will 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 bawdyhouses; as appears from the following passage in Marlton's Scourge for Villainie, lib. iii. fat. 11 :
Looke, who yon doth go?
66 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 Pistols profession. But Falstaff here more immediately means to ridicule another of his friend's vices; and there is some humour in calling Pistol's favourite brothel, his manor of Pickt-hatch. Maríton has another allusion to Pickt-hatch or Pick-hatch, which confirms this illustration :
-His old cynicke dad “ Hath forc't them cleane forsake his Pick-batch drab." Lib. i. fat. 3.
WARTON. ensconce your rags, &c.) A sconce is a petty fortification. . To enfionce, therefore, is to protect as with a fort. The word occurs again in K. Hen. IV. Part I. STEEVENS. -red-lattice phrafes, —] Your ale-house conversation.
Johnson. Red lattice at the doors and windows, were formerly the exiernal 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 Feversbam, 1592:
“ his fign pulled down, and his lattice borne away." Again, in the NIiferies of inforc'd Marriags 1607:
só —'tis treason to the red lattice, enemy to the sign-post." Hence the present chequcrs. Perhaps the reader will express some
under the shelter of your honour ! You will not do
Enter Mistress Quickly.
. 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 vouchsafe thee the hearing.
Quic. There is one mistress Ford, fir ;-I pray, come a little nearer this ways :-I myself dwell with master doctor Caius.
Fal. Well, on : Mistress Ford, you say,—
Quic. Your worship says very true: I pray your worship, come a little nearer this ways.
Fal. I warrant thee, nobody hears ; -mine own people, mine own people.
surprize, when he is told that shops, with the fign of the cheques, were common among the Romans. See a view of the leti-hand street of Pompeii, (No. 9) presented by Sir William Hamilton (together with several others, equally curious,) to the Antiquary Society. STEEVENS.
- your bold-BEATING oaths, -] We should read, beldBEARING oaths, i.e. out-facing. WARBURTON.
A beating oath, is, I think, right; fo we now say, in low lan. guage, a thwacking or swinging thing. JOHNSON. We might read bull-baiting. STEEVENS.
Quic. Are they so? Heaven bless them, and make them his servants !
Fal. Well: mistress Ford;what of her ?
fir, she's a good creature. Lord, lord! 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 } 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 mulk) and so rusling, I warrant you, in filk and gold; and in such alligant terms; and in such wine and sugar of the best, and the faireft, that would 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 fort as they say) but in the way of honesty :-and, I warrant you, they could never get her so much as fip on a cup with the proudeft of them all : and yet there has been + earls, nay, which is more, penfionerş; 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.
Só, Nal, in Pierce Pennyless bis Supplication, 1595, says : “ A merchant's wife jets it as gingerly, as if she were dancing the canaries :" and our author, in All's well, &c. “ Make you dance canary.” Again, in Decker's honef: Whore, 1635 :
66 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. earls, nay, which is more, pensioners ;---] This may be illustrated by a passage in Gervafe Holles's Life of ibe First Earlaf
Fal. But what says she to me? 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 from 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 ofs;- master Ford, her husband, will be from home. Alas! the sweet woman leads an ill life with him ; he's a very jealousy man; the leads a very • frampold life with him, good heart.
-you wot of;
Clare. Bing. Brit. Art. HOLLIS. “I have heard the earl of Clare say, that when he was penfioner 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 speare." STEEVENS.
-] To wot is to know. Obsolete. So in K. Henry VIII. -wot you what I found?” STEEVENS.
-frampold-] This word I have never seen elsewhere, except in Dr. Hacket's Life of Archbishop Williams, where a fran. pul man signifies a peevish 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. “ Coachman.
Ray, among his South and East country words, says, that fram. pald, or frampard, fignifies fretful, pervifo, cross, froward. As frocvard (he adds) comes from from, so may frampard.
Nash, in his Praise of the Red' Herring, 1599, speaking of Leander, fuys : “ the churlifh 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 frampell,” &c. So, in B. and Fletcher's Wit at several Weapons: " Is Pompey grown fo malapert, fo 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, the’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 the bade me tell your worship, that her husband is seldom from home; but, she hopes, there will come a time. I never knew a woman so dote upon a man; surely, I think you have charms, la ;
Fal. Not I, I affure thee; setting the attraction of my good parts aside, I have no other charms,
Quic. Blessing on your heart fort!
Fal. But, I pray thee, tell me this : has Ford's wife, and Page's wife, acquainted each other how they love
yes, 'in truth.
Quic. That were a jest, indeed!-they have not so little grace, I hope :-that were a trick, indeed! But mistress Page would desire you 7 to fend 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:
grow not frampul now." Again, in The Isle of Gulls, 1633 : « Are you so frampall, you know not your own daughter?"
STEEVENS. -to fend ber your
-] Of all lores, is an adjuration only, and fignifies no more, than if she had said, desires you to send him by all means,
It is used in Decker's Honesi Whore, Part I. 1635:-“conjuring his wife, of all loves, to prepare cheer fitting,” &c. Again, in the old translation of Plautus's Menachmi,'s
Delire him, of all love, to come over quickly.” Again, in Acolastus, a comedy, 1529:" I pray thee, for all loves, be thou my mynde sens I ain thyne." Again, in Holinfhed's Chronicle, p. 1064: Mrs. Arden desired him of all loves, to come backc againe.'