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Give even way unto my rough affairs :
LADY N. I have given over, I will speak no more.
North. Alas, sweet wife, my honour is at pawn;
6 Threw many a northward look, to see his father
Bring up his powers ; but he did LONG in vain.) Mr. Theobald very elegantly conjectures that the poet wrote,
“ but he did look in vain."
frustra de colle Lycæi
“ And truly, not the morning sun of heaven
They were first printed in the folio, 1623. Malone.
And speaking thick, which nature made his blemish,
9 And SPEAKING THICK, which nature made his blemish,
Became the accents of the valiant;] Speaking thick is, speaking fast, crouding one word on another. So, in Cymbeline :
“ say, and speak thick,
“Love's counsellor should fill the bores of hearing"
“ For those that could speak low, and tardily,
“ To seem like him ."
That fashion'd others.] So, in our author's Rape of Lucrece, 1594 :
“ For princes are the glass, the school, the book,
The marshal, and the archbishop, are strong.
Beshrew your heart,
O, fly to Scotland.
LADY P. If they get ground and vantage of the
Then join you with them, like a rib of steel,
3 To rain upon REMEMBRANCE -] Alluding to the plant rosemary, so called, and used in funerals.
Thus, in The Winter's Tale:
“ Seeming and savour all the winter long:
“Grace and remembrance be to you both," &c. For as rue was called herb of grace, from its being used in exorcisms; so rosemary was called remembrance, from its being a cephalic. WARBURTON.
I will resolve for Scotland; there am I,
[Exeunt. SCENE IV.
A Room in the Boar's Head Tavern, in
Enter Two Drawers. 1 Draw. What the devil hast thou brought there? apple-Johns ? thou know'st sir John cannot endure an apple-John.
2 Draw. Mass, thou sayest true: The prince once set a dish of apple-John's before him: and told him, there were five more sir Johns: and, putting off his hat, said, I will now take my leave of
4 — Boar's Head Tavern, in Eastcheap.] Shakspeare (as I learn from my friend Mr. Petrie), has with propriety selected the Boar's Head in Eastcheap, for the scene of Prince Henry's merry meetings, as it was near his own residence: “A mansion called Cold-harbour (near All-hallows Church, Upper Thames Street, three minutes walk from the Boar's Head) was granted to Henry Prince of Wales, 11 Henry IV. (1410).” Rymer, vol. viii. p. 628, London edit. Boswell.
5 – an APPLE-John.] So, in The Ball, by Chapman and Shirley, 1639:
“ thy man, Apple-John, that looks
“ A ripening for the market.”
STEEVENS. Falstaff has already said of himself, I am withered like an old apple-John. See vol. xvi. p. 336. Boswell.
these sir dry, round, old, withered knights. It angered him to the heart; but he hath forgot that.
1 Draw. Why then, cover, and set them down: And see if thou canst find out Sneak's noise; mistress Tear-sheet would fain hear some musick. Dispatch :-The room where they supped, is too hot; they'll come in straight.
2 Draw. Sirrah, here will be the prince, and master Poins anon: and they will put on two of our jerkins, and aprons; and sir John must not know of it: Bardolph hath brought word.
S - SNEAK's noise;] Sneak was a street minstrel, and therefore the drawer goes out to listen if he can hear him in the neighbourhood. Johnson.
A noise of musicians anciently signified a concert or company of them. In the old play of Henry V. (not that of Shakspeare) there is this passage : “ — there came the young prince, and two or three more of his companions, and called for wine good store, and then they sent for a noyse of musitians,” &c.
Falstaff addresses them as a company in another scene of this play. So again, in Westward Hoe, by Deckar and Webster, 1607 : “ All the noise that went with him, poor fellows, have had their fiddle-cases pulled over their ears."
Again, in The Blind Beggar of Alexandria, a comedy, printed 1598, the Count says : “ O that we had a noise of musicians, to play to this antick as we go.”
Heywood, in his Iron Age, 1632, has taken two expressions from these plays of Henry IV. and put them into the mouth of Thersites addressing himself to Achilles :
“ Where's this great sword and buckler man of Greece,
“With,—will you have any musick, gentlemen ?” Among Ben Jonson's Leges Convivales is
Fidicen, nici accersitus, non venito. Steevens. A noise was so familiarly used for a concert, that it is employed as a ludicrous metaphor in the Chances, by Beaumont and Fletcher:
“He's neer without a noise of syringes
“ In's pocket-" Boswell. 6 Dispatch, &c.] This period is from the first edition. Pope,
These words, which are not in the folio, are in the quarto given to the second drawer. Mr. Pope rightly attributed them to the first. MALONE.