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Should have thus little mercy on their flesh P Judicious punishment! 'twas this flesh begot Those pelican daughters." Edg. Pillicock” sat on pillicock's-hill;Halloo, halloo, loo, loo! Fool. This cold night will turn us all to fools and madmen. Edg. Take heed o’ the foul fiend; obey thy parents; keep thy word justly ; swear not ; commit not with man’s sworn spouse ; set not thy sweet heart on proud array: Tom's a-cold. Lear. What hast thou been P Edg. A serving-man, proud in heart and mind; that curled my hair;” wore gloves in my cap;" served the lust of my mistress's heart, and did the act of darkness with her; swore as many oaths as I spake words, and broke them in the sweet face of heaven; one that slept in the contriving of lust, and waked to do it. Wine loved I deeply; dice dearly ; and in woman, out-paramoured the Turk. False of heart, light of ear,” bloody of hand; hog in sloth, fox in stealth, wolf in greediness, dog in madness, lion in prey. Let not the creaking of shoes, nor the rustling of silks, betray thy poor heart to women. Keep thy foot out of brothels, thy hand out of plackets, thy pen from lenders’ books, and defy the foul fiend.—Still mun, ha no nonny, dolphin my boy, my boy, Sessa : let him trot by." [Storm still continues.
through the hawthorn blows the cold wind; says suum,
1 The young pelican is fabled to suck the mother's blood. The allusions to this fable are very numerous in old writers. 2 It should be observed, that Killico is one of the devils mentioned in Harsnet's Declaration of Popish Impostures. The inquisitive reader may find a further explanation of this word in Minsheu's Dictionary, art. 9299; and Chalmers's Works of Sir David Lindsay, Glossary, v. pillok. 3 “Then Ma. Mainy, by the instigation of the first of the seven, [spirits,) began to set his hands unto his side, curled his hair, and used such gestures as Ma. Edmunds [the exorcist] presently affirmed that that spirit was Pride.” Harsnet's Declaration, &c. 1603. Before each sin was cast out, Mainy, by gestures, acted that particular sin—curling his hair, to show pride, &c. &c. 4. It was anciently the custom to wear gloves in the hat on three distinct occasions, viz. as the favor of a mistress, the memorial of a friend, and as a mark to be challenged by an enemy. 5 Credulous of evil, ready to receive malicious reports.
Lear. Why, thou were better in thy grave, than to answer with thy uncovered body this extremity of the skies.—Is man no more than this P Consider him well. Thou owest the worm no silk, the beast no hide, the sheep no wool, the cat no perfume.—Ha! here's three of us are sophisticated —Thou art the thing itself;-unaccommodated man is no more but such a poor, bare, forked animal as thou art.—Off, off, you lendings.Come ; unbutton here.” [Tearing off his clothes.
Fool. 'Pr’ythee, nuncle, be contented; this is a naughty” might to swim in.-Now a little fire in a wild field were like an old lecher’s heart; a small spark, all the rest of his body cold.—Look, here comes a walking
fire. Edg. This is the foul fiend Flibbertigibbet; * he begins at curfew, and walks till the first cock; he gives the web and the pin,' squints the eye, and makes the hare-lip ; mildews the white wheat, and hurts the poor creature of earth.
1 “Dolphin my boy, my boy,
Cease, let him trot by ;
This is a stanza from a very old ballad, written on some battle fought
Saint Withold footed thrice the wold; *
Kent. How fares your grace P
Enter GLOSTER, with a torch.
Lear. What's he P
Rent. Who's there 2 What is't you seek P
Glo. What are you there P Your names?
Edg. Poor Tom ; that eats the swimming frog, the toad, the tadpole, the wall-newt and the water ; * that in the fury of the heart, when the foul fiend rages, eats cow-dung for sallets; swallows the old rat, and the ditch-dog; drinks the green mantle of the standing pool; who is whipped from tithing to tithing, and stocked, punished, and imprisoned; who hath had three suits to his back, six shirts to his body, horse to ride, and weapon to wear,
But mice and rats, and such small deer,
“Rattes and mice, and such smal dere,
Beware my follower. Peace, Smolkin;" peace, thou
1 “The names of other punie spirits cast out of Twyford were these:– Hilco, Smolkin, Hillio,” &c.—Harsmet's Detection, &c. p. 49. Again, “...Maho was the chief devil that had possession of Sarah Williams; but another of the possessed, named Richard Mainy, was molested by a still more considerable fiend, called JModu,” p. 268; where the said Richard Mainy deposes:–“Furthermore it is pretended, that there remaineth still in mee the prince of devils, whose name should be Modu.” And, p. 269:— “When the said priests had despatched their business at Hackney (where they had been exorcising Sarah Williams), they then returned towards mee, upon pretence to cast the great prince Modu out of mee.”
In the Goblins, by sir John Suckling, a catch is introduced, which concludes with these two lines:–
“The prince of darkness is a gentleman;
"This catch may not be the production of Suckling, but the original
Glo. Canst thou blame him P His daughters seek his death.-Ah, that good Kent — He said it would be thus;–poor banished man l— Thou say'st, the king grows mad; I’ll tell thee, friend, I am almost mad myself. I had a son, Now outlawed from my blood; he sought my life, But lately, very late; I loved him, friend,No father his son dearer: true to tell thee, [Storm continues. The grief hath crazed my wits.--What a night's this I do beseech your grace, Lear. O, cry you mercy, Noble philosopher, your company. Edg. Tom's a-cold. Glo. In, fellow, there, to the hovel; keep thee Wal'Isle Lear. Come, let’s in all. Rent. This way, my lord. Lear. With him ; I will keep still with my philosopher. Kent. Good my lord, soothe him ; let him take the fellow. Glo. Take him you on. Rent. Sirrah, come on ; go along with us. Lear. Come, good Athenian. Glo. No words, no words. Hush. Edg. Child Rowland' to the dark tower came, His word was still,—Fie, foh, and fum, I smell the blood of a British man. [Exeunt.
tude of his daughters, and every sentence that falls from his wildness excites reflection and pity. Had frenzy entirely seized him, our compassion would abate; we should conclude that he no longer felt unhappiness.” I Capel observes, that Child Rowland means the knight Orlando. He would read come, with the quartos, absolutely (Orlando being come to the dark tower); and supposes a line to be lost, “which spoke of some giant, the inhabitant of that tower, and the smeller-out of Child Rowland, who comes to encounter him.” He proposes to fill up the passage thus:-“Child Rowland to the dark tower come, [The giant roared, and out he ran;] His word was still,” &c.
Part of this is to be found in the second part of Jack and the Giants,