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not what mischief he doth, if his weapon be out. Ha will foin like any devil; he will spare neither man, woman, nor child.

Phang. If I can close with him, I care not for his thrust.

Hoft. No, nor I neither :- I'll be at your elbow.

Phang. If I but fist him once; 7 if he come but within my vice.

Hoft. I am undone by his going ; I warrant you, he is an infinitive thing upon my score. Good master Phang, hold him sure; good master Snare, let him not 'scape. He comes continuantly tó Pye-corner, saving your manhoods, to buy a saddle; and he is indited to dinner to the 8 Lubbar's-head in Lumbart-street, to Mr. Smooth's the filkman. I pray ye, since my exion is enter'd, and my case so openly known to the world, let him be brought in to his answer. 9 A hundred mark is a long lone for a poor lone woman to bear : and I have borne, and borne, and borne ; and have been fub'd off, and fub'd off, from this day to that day, that it is a shame to be thought on. There is no honesty in such dealing ; unless a woman should be made an ass, and a beast, to bear every knave's wrong.

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if he come but within my vice.) Vice or grasp; a metaphor taken from a smith's vice: there is another reading in the old edition, view, which I think not so good. Pope.

8 — Lubbar's-head-] This is, I suppose, a colloquial corruption of the Libbard's-head. JOHNSON.

9 A hundred mark is a long one- -] A long one ? a long what? It is almost needless to observe, how familiar it is with our poet to play the chimes upon words similar in found, and differing in fignification; and therefore I make no question but he wrote,

A hundred mark is a long lone for a poor lone woman to bear : i.e. 100 mark is a good round sum for a poor widow to ventore on trust, THEOBALD.

Enter

Enter Falstaff, Bardolph, and the boy. Yonder he comes, and that arrant ' malmsey-nose knave Bardolph with him. Do

your offices, do

your offices, master Phang and master Snare ; do me, do me, do me your offices.

Fal. How now? who's mare's dead? what's the matter?

Phang. Sir John, l arrest you at the suit of Mrs. Quickly

Fal. Away, varlets ! Draw, Bardolph; cut me off the villain's head; throw the quean in the kennel.

Hoft. Throw me in the kennel? I'll throw thee in the kennel. Wilt thou? wilt thou ? thou bastardly rogue !-- Murder, murder! O thou 2 honey-suckle villain, wilt thou kill God's officers and the king's ? O thou honey-feed rogue! thou art a honey-feed, 3 a man-queller, and a woman-queller.

Fel. Keep them off, Bardolph.
Phang. A rescue! a rescue !

Hoft. Good people, bring a rescue or two; - thou wo't, wo't thou ? thou wo't, wo't thou ? do, do, thou rogue ! do, thou hemp-feed !

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malmsey-nofem] That is, red nose, from the effect of malmsey wine. JOHNSON.

In the old fong of Sir Simon the King the burthen of each ftanza is this:

“ Says old Sir Simon the king,

Says old Sir Simon the king,
• With his ale-dropt hose,
“ And his malmsez-nose,

Sing hey ding, ding a ding." Percy.

boney-juckle villain-honey-leed rogue !---] The landlady's corruption of homicidal and homicide. THEOBAD.

a man-queller,--] Wiclif, in his Translation of the New Tefiament, uses this word for cernifex, Mark vi. 27. “ Herod fent a men-queller, and commanded his head to be brought.” STEEVESS.

srcu sco':, Coo't the:? &c.] The first folio roads, I think, lels properly, thou wilt not ? thou wilo not? Jonnion.

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5 Fal. Away, you fcullion, you rampallion, you fustilarian! l’ú tickle your catastrophe.

Enter Chief Justice attended. Ch. Juft. What's the matter ? keep the peace here, ho!

Hoft. Good my lord, be good to me! I beseech you, stand to me! Ch. Juft. How now, Sir John ? what, are you

brawling here? Doth this become your place, your time, and business? You should have been well on your way to York. -Stand from him, fellow; wherefore hang'st thou on him?

Hot. O my most worshipful lord, an't please your grace, I am a poor widow of East-cheap, and he is arrested at my fuit.

Ch. Juft. For what sum?

Host. It is more than for some, my lord; it is for all, all I have: he hath eaten me out of house and home; he hath put all my substance into that fat belly of his. -But I will have some of it out again, or I'll ride thee o'nights, like the mare.

Fal. I think I am as like to ride the mare, if I have any 'vantage of ground to get up. Ch. Just

. How comes this, Sir John ? Fie, what man of good temper would endure this tempest of exclamation ? Are you not asham’d to inforce a poor widow to fo rough a course to come by her own?

Fal. What is the gross sum that I owe thee?

Hoft. Marry, if thou wert an honest man, thyself, and the money too.

Thou didst swear to me on

s Fal. Away, you scullion,-) This speech is given to the Page in all the editions to the folio of 1664. It is more proper for Falstaff, but that the boy must not stand quite filent and useless on the stage. JOHNSON.

a parcel

© a parcel-gilt goblet, sitting in my Dolphin-chamber, at the round table, by a sea-coal fire, on Wednesday in Whitsun-week, when the prince broke thy head 7 for likening his father to a finging-man of Windsor; thou didst swear to me then, as I was washing thy wound, to marry me, and make me my lady thy wife. Canst thou deny it? Did not good-wife Keech, the butcher's wife, come in then, and call me gossip Quickly? coming in to borrow a mess of vinegar ; telling us, she had a good dish of prawns; whereby thou didst desire to eat some; whereby I told thee, they were ill for a green wound? And didft not thou, when she was gone down stairs, desire me to be no more so familiarity with such poor people; faying, that ere long they should call me madam? and didit thou not kiss me, and bid me fetch thee thirty fil

put thee now to thy book-oath ; deny it, if thou canst.

Fal. My lord, this is a poor mad foul; and she says up and down the town, that her eldeft son is like

lings? I

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a parcel-gilt goblet, --] A parcel-gilt goblet is a goblet only gilt over, not of solid gold. So in B. Jonson's Alchemist,

or changing “ His parcel-gilt to maffy gold.' The same expression occurs in many other old plays. So in Humour out of Breath, a comedy, by John Day, 1608, She's parcel poet, parcel fidler already, and they com.

monly sing three parts in one. Again, in Heywood's Silver Age, 1613,

I am little better than a parcel-gilt bawd." Again, in A Christian turn'd Turk, 1612,

You parcel bawd, all usher, answer me.” Holinfhed, describing the arrangement of Wolsey's plate, says" and in the council-chamber was all white, and parcele pilt plate.”. Sreevens.

for likening his father to a singing-man-) Such is the reading of the first edition ; all the rett have for likening bim to a finging-man. The original edition is right; the prince might allow familiarities with himself, and yet very properly break the knight's head when he ridiculed his father.

JOHNSON.

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you. She hath been in good case, and the truth is, poverty hath distracted her. But for these foolish officers, I beseech you I may have redress against them.

Ch. Juft. Sir John, Sir John, I am well acquainted with your manner of wrenching the true cause the false way. It is not a confident brow, nor the throng of words that come with such more than impudent sawciness from you, can thrust me from a level consideration. 8 I know

8 I know you have practised upon the easyyielding spirit of this woman, and made her serve your uses both in purse and person.

Hoft. Yes, in troth, my lord.

Cb. Juft. Pr’ythee, peace. -Pay her the debt you owe her, and unpay the villainy you have done her ; the one you may do with sterling money, and the other with current repentance.

Fal. My lord, I will not undergo 9 this sneap without reply. You call honourable boldness impudent sawciness: if a man will court’ly and say nothing, he is virtuous. No, my lord, my humble duty remember'd, I will not be your suitor; I say to you, I desire deliverance from these officers, being upon hasty employment in the king's affairs.

Ćb. Juft. You speak as having power to do wrong: but - answer in the effect of your reputation, and tatisfy the poor woman.

Fal. Come hither, hostess. [Taking her afide.

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* I know you have practised-) In the first quarto it is read thus—You have, as it appears to me, practised upon the easy yielding spirit of this woman, and made her serve your uses both

in purje and perfon. Without this the following exhortation of the chief justice is less proper. JOHNSON. this sneap] A Yorkshire word for rebuke.

Pope. Sneap-fignifies to check ; as children easily sneaped; herbs and fruits sneaped with cold weather. See Ray's Collection.

STEEVENS. answer in the effect of your reputation,-) That is, answer in a manner suitable to your character. JOHNSON.

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