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· Sir To. Art thou good at these kick - shaws, knight?
Sir And. As any man in Illyria, whatsoever he be, under the degree of my betters; and yet I will not compare with an old man.
Sir To. What is thy excellence in a galliard, knight?
Sir And. 'Faith, I can cut a caper.
Sir And. And, I think, I have the back-trick, simply as strong as any man in Illyria.
Sir To. Wherefore are these things hid? wherefore have these gifts a curtain before them? are they like to take dust, like mistress Mall's picture?? why dost thou not go to church in a galliard, and come home in a coranto? My very walk should be a jig; I would not so much as make water, but in à sink-a-pace. What dost thou mean? is it a world to hide virtues in ? I did think, by the excellent constitution of thy leg, it was formed under the star of a galliard.
Sir And. Ay, 'tis strong, and it does indifferent well in a flame-coloured stock. Shall we set about some revels?
Sir To. What shall we do else? were we not born under Taurus ?
I mistress Mall's picture?] The real name of the woman whom I suppose to have been meant by Sir Toby, was Mary Frith. The appellation by which she was generally known, was Mall Cutpurse. She was at once a prostitute, a bawd, a bully, a thief, a receiver of stolen goods, &c. &c. On the books of the Stationers' Company, August 1610, is entered " A Booke called the Madde Prancks of Merry Mall of the Bankside, with her Walks in Man's Apparel, and to what Purpose. Written by John Day,” STEEVENS.
2. a sink-a-pace.] i. e. a cinque-pace; the name of a dance, the measures whereof are regulated by the number five.
s- flame-coloured stock.] i. e. stocking.
Sir And. Taurus ? that's sides and heart.*
Sir To. No, sir; it is legs and thighs. Let me see thee caper: ha! higher: ha, ha!-excellent!
Enter VALENTINE,, and VIOLA: in man's attire:
Val. If the duke continue these favours towards you, Cesario, you are like to be much advanced; he hath known you but three days, and already you are no stranger.
Vio. You either fear. his humour, or my negligence, that you call in question the continuance of his love: Is he inconstant, sir, in his favours?,
Val. No, believe me. i.
Enter Duke, Cúrio, and Attendants.
Duke: Stand you awhile aloof.Cesario,
Sure, my noble lord, If she be so abandon’d to her sorrow
4 Taurus ? that's sides and heart.] Alluding to the medical astrology still preserved in almanacks, which refers the affections of particular parts of the body to the predominance of particular constellations. JOHNSON.
As it is spoke, she never will admit me.
Duke. Be clamorous, and leap all civil bounds, Rather than make unprofited return. *Vio. Say, I do speak with her, my lord; What
Vio. I think not so, my lord.
Dear lad, believe it;
I'll do my best,
A Room in Olivia's House.
Enter. MARIA, and Clown. Mar. Nay, either tell me where thou hast been, or I will not open my lips, so wide as a bristle may
barful strife!) i, e, a contest full of impediments.
enter, in way of thy excuse : my lady will hang thee for thy absence.
Clo. Let her hang me: he, that is well hanged in this world, needs to fear no colours. : Mar. Make that good.
Clo. He shall see none to fear. : Mar. A good lenten answer :6 I can tell thee where that saying was born, of, I fear no colours.
Clo. Where, good mistress Mary?
Mar. In the wars; and that may you be bold to say in your foolery.
Clo. Well, God give them wisdom, that have it ; and those that are fools, let them use their talents.
Mar. Yet you will be hanged, for being so long absent: or, to be turned away; is not that as good as a hanging to you?
Clo. Many a good hanging prevents a bad marriage ; and, for turning away, let summer bear it out. Mar. You are resolute then?
Clo. Not so neither ; but I am resolved on two points.
Mar. That, if one break,” the other will hold; or, if both break, your gaskins fall.
Clo. Apt, in good faith ; very apt! Well, go thy way; if sir Toby would leave drinking, thou wert as witty a piece of Eve's flesh as any in Illyria.
Mar. Peace, you rogue, no more o' that ; here comes my lady: make your excuse wisely, you were
O l enten answer:] a short and spare one.
?- if one (point) break,] Points were metal hooks, fastened to the hose or breeches, (which had then no opening or buttons,) and going into straps or eyes fixed to the doublet, and thereby keeping the hose from falling down. BLACKSTONE.
Enter OLIVIA, and MALVOLIO. Clo. Wit, and 't be thy will, put me into good fooling! Those wits, that think they have thee, do very oft prove fools; and I, that am sure I lack thee, may pass for a wise man: For what says Quinapalus? Better a witty fool, than a foolish wit. God bless thee, lady!
Oli. Take the fool away.
Clo. Do you not hear, fellows ? Take away the lady.
Oli. Go to, you're a dry fool ; I'll no more of you : besides, you grow dishonest.
Clo. Two faults, madonna, that drink and good counsel will amend : for give the dry fool drink, then is the fool not dry; bid the dishonest man mend himself; if he mend, he is no longer dishonest ; if he cannot, let the botcher mend him: Any thing that's mended, is but patched: virtue, that transgresses, is but patched with sin; and sin, that amends, is but patched with virtue: If that this sim-. ple syllogism will serve, so; if it will not, What remedy? As there is no true cuckold but calamity, so beauty's a flower :-the lady bade take away the fool; therefore, I say again, take her away.
Oli. Sir, I bade them take away you.
Clo. Misprision in the highest degree !-Lady, Cucullus non facit monachum; that's as much as to say, I wear not motley in my brain. Good madonna, give ine leave to prove you a fool.
Oli. Can you do it?
Clo. I must catechize you for it, madonna; Good my mouse of virtue, answer me.
Oli. Well, sir, for want of other idleness, I'll "bide your proof.