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the barbarous. Do you not educate youth at the chargehouse on the top of the mountain ?'
Hol. Or, mons, the hill.
Arm. Sir, it is the king's most sweet pleasure and af. fection, to congratulate the princess at her pavilion, in the posteriors of this day; which the rude multitude call, the afternoon.
Hol. The posterior of the day, most generous sir, is liable, congruent, and measurable for the afternoon: the word is well cull’d, chose ; sweet and apt, I do assure you, sir, I do assure.
Arm. Sir, the king is a noble gentleman; and my fa. miliar, I do assure you, very good friend :-For what is inward between us, let it pass :- I do beseech thee, remember thy courtesy ;-I beseech thee, apparel thy head ; and among other importunate and most serious designs, -and of great import indeed, too ;-but let that pass :- for I must tell thee, it will please his grace (by the world) sometime to lean upon my poor shoulder ; and with his royal finger, thus, dally · with my excrement, with my mustachio :but sweet heart, let that pass. By the world, I recount no fable ; some certain special honours it pleaseth his greatness to impart to Armado, a soldier, a man of travel, that hath seen the world : but let that pass.—The very all of all is,—but, sweet heart, I do implore secrécy,--that the king would have me present the princess, sweet chuck,“ with some delightful ostentation, or show, or pageant, or aptick, or fire-work. Now, understanding that the curate, and your sweet self, are good at such eruptions, and sudden breaking out of mirth, as it were, I have acquainted you withal, to the end to crave your assistance.
Hol. Sir, you shall present before her the nine worthies. Sir Nathaniel, as concerning some entertainment of time, some show in the posterior of this day, to be rendered by our assistance,-the king's command, and this most
( The charge-house--I suppose, is the free-school. STEEVENS.
(2] By “ remember thy courtesy," I suppose Armado means" remember that all this time thou art standing with thy hat off.”
STEEVENS. 3) The author calls the beard valour's excrement in The Merchant of Venice
JOHNSON  i. e. chicken; an ancient term of endearment. STEEVENS.
gallant, illustrate, and learned gentleman,-before the princess ; I say, none so fit as to present the nine worthies.
Nuth. Where will you find men worthy enough to present them?
Hol. Joshua, yourself; myself, or this gallant gentleman, Judas Maccabæus ; this swain, because of his great limb or joint, shall pass Pompey the great; the page, Hercules.
Arm. Pardon, sir, error: he is not quantity enough for that worthy's thumb: he is not so big as the end of his club.
Hol. Shall I have audience ? he shall present Hercules in minority: his enter and exit shall be strangling a snake ; and I will have an apology for that purpose.
Moth. An excellent device! so, if any of the audience hiss, you may cry: well done, Hercules ! now thou crushest the snake! that is the way to make an offence gracious ; though few have the grace to do it.
Arm. For the rest of the worthies ?-
Arm. We will have, if this fadge not, an antick. I beseech you, follow.
Hol. Via, good man Dull! thou hast spoken no word all this while.
Dull. Nor understood none neither, sir.
Dull. I'll make one in a dance, or so; or I will play on the tabor to the worthies, and let them dance the hay. Hol. Most dull, honest Dull, to our sport, away.
[Exeunt. · SCENE II. Another part of the same. Before the Princess' pavilion. En
ter Princess, KATHARINE, ROSALINE, and MARIA. Prin. Sweet hearts, we shall be rich ere we depart, If fairings come thus plentifully in : A lady wall'd about with diamonds !Look you, what I have from the loving king.
Ros. Madam, came nothing else along with that?
Prin. Nothing but this ? yes, as much love in rhyme, As would be cramm'd up in a sheet of paper,
Writ on both sides the leaf, margent and all ;
Ros. That was the way to make his god-head wax;' For he hath been five thousand years a boy.
Kath. Ay, and a shrewd unhappy gallows too.
word? Kath. A light condition in a beauty dark. Ros. We need more light to find your meaning out.
Kath. You'll mar the light, by taking it in snuff ;
Ros Look, what you do, you do it still i' th’ dark.
Prin. Well bandied both; a set of wito well play'd.
Ros. I would, you knew :
Prin. Any thing like?
(5) To war anciently signified to grow. It is yet said of the moon, that sbe wares and wanes. STEEVENS.
A term from tennis. STEEVENS. (7) Rosaline, a black beauty, reproaches the fair Katharine for painting.
My red dominical, my golden letter:
Kath. A pox of that jest! and beshrew all shrows!
Kath. Yes, madam ; and moreover,
Mar. This, and these pearls, to me sent Longaville ; . The letter is too long by half a mile.
Prin. I think no less : Dost thou not wish in heart,
Ros. They are worse fools to purchase mocking so.
Prin. None are so surely caught, when they are catch'd,
 The meaning of this obscure line seems to be," I would make him proud to flatter me who make a mock of his flattery." Edin. Mag. STEEVENS.
 In old farces, to show, the inevitable approaches of death and destiny, tho Fool of the farce is made to employ all his stratagems to avoid Death or Fate, which very stratagems as they are ordered, bring the Fool, at every turn, into the very jaws of Fate. To this Shakespeare alludes again in Measure for Measure:
- merely thou art Death's fool:
DOUCE.  These are observations worthy of a man who has surveyed human nature with the closest attention. JOHNSON.
Ros The blood of youth burns not with such excess,
Mar. Folly in fools bears not so strong a note,
Boyet. Prepare, madam, prepare !
Prin. Saint Dennis to saint Cupid ! What are they
Boyet. Under the cool shade of a sycamore,
 Johnson censures the Princess for invoking with so much levity the patron of her country, to oppose his power to that of Cupid; but that was not her intention. Being determined to engage the King and his followers, she gives for the word of battle St. Dennis, as the King, when he was determined to attack her, had given for the word of battle St. Cupid :
“ Saint Cupid then, and, soldiers, to the field.” M. MASON