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Leo. Stay your thanks awhile
them when you part.
Leo. We are tougher, brother,
Pol. No longer stay Leo. One seven-night longer. Pol. Very sooth, to-morrow. Leo. We'll part the time between's then : and in that I'll no gain-saying.
Pol. Press me not, 'beseech you, so ; There is no tongue that moves, none, none i'th' world, So soon as yours, could win me : so it should now, Were there necessity in your request, although "Twere needful I denied it. My affairs Do even drag me homeward: which to hinder, Were, in your love, a whip to me; my stay, To
you a charge, and trouble : to save both, Farewell, our brother.
Leo. Tongue-tied, our queen ? speak you.
Her. I had thought, sir, to have held my peace, until You had drawn oaths from him, not to stay. You, sir, Charge him too coldly : Tell him, you are sure, All in Bohemia's well : this satisfaction The by-gone day proclaim'd ;say this to him, He's beat from his best ward.
Leo. Well said, Hermione.
Her. To tell, he longs to see his son, were strong : But let him say so then, and let him go; But let him swear so, and he shall not stay, We'll thwack him hence with distaffs.Yet of your royal presence I'll adventure
[T. POLIXENES The borrow of a week. When at Bohemia You take my lord, I'll give him my commission,
Nipping winds. HOLT WHITE. tej we had satisfactory accounts yesterday of the state of Bohemia. JOHNSON Vol. III.
To let him there a month, behind the gest?
Pol. No, madam.
Pol. Your guest then, madam :
kind hostess. Come, l'll question you
Pol. We were, fair queen,
Her. Was not my lord the verier wag o' th’ two ?
Pol. We were as twinn’d lambs, that did frisk i' th 'sun, And bleat the one at th' other : what we chang'd, Was innocence for innocence ; we knew not The doctrine of ill-doing, no, nor dream'd That
any did : Had we pursued that life, And our weak spirits ne'er been higher rear'd
 In the time of royal progresses the king's stages, as we may see by the jour. Dals of them in the herald's office, were called his gests ; from the old French word giste diversorium. WARBURTON.
Gests, or rather gists, from the French giste, (which signifies both a bed, and a Jodging place,) were the pames of the houses or towns where the King or Prince intended to lie every night during his progress.
 A jar is, I believe, a single repetition of the noise made by the pendulum of a clock; what children call the ticking of it. STEEVENS.
 This diminutive of lord is often used by Chaucer. STEEVENS.
With stronger blood, we should have answer'd heaven
Her. By this we gather,
Pol. O my most sacred lady,
Her. Grace to boot!
and I are devils : Yet, go on ;
Leo. Is he won yet?
Leo. At my request, he would not.
Her. Never ?
Leo. Why, that was when Three crabbed months had sour'd themselves to death, Ere I could make thee open thy white hand,
 That is, setting aside originai sin; bating the imposition from the offence of our first parents, we might have boldly protested our innocence to Heaven,
And clap thyself my love ;' then didst thou utter,
Her. It is Grace, indeed.-
[Giving her hand to POLIXENES. Leo. Too hot, too hot:
(Aside. To mingle friendship far, is mingling bloods. I have tremor cordis on me :—my heart dances ; But not for joy,--not joy.—This entertainment May a free face put on ; derive a liberty From heartiness, from bounty, fertile bosom, And well become the agent: it may, I grant: But to be paddling palms, and pinching fingers, As now they are ; and making practis'd smiles, As in a looking-glass ;—and then to sigh, as 'twere The mort o'th' deer;: 0, that is entertainment My bosom likes pot, nor my brows.—Mamillius, Art thou my boy?
Mam. Ay, my good lord.
Len. l’fecks ? Why, that's
bawcock. What, hast smutch'd thy nose ? -They say, it's a copy out of mine. Come, captain, We must be neat; not neat, but cleanly, captain : And yet the steer, the heifer, and the calf, Are all callid, neat.-Still virginalling
[Observing Polix. and HERMI. Upon his palm ?—How now, you wanton calf ? Art thou my calf?
Mam. Yes, if you will, my lord.
 She opened her hand, to clap the palm of it into his, as people do when they confirm a bargain. Hence the phrase-to clap up a bargain, i. e. make one with co other ceremony than the junction of hands. This was a regular part of the ceremony of troth-plighting, to wbich Shakespeare often alludes. MALONE.
 A lesson upon the horn at the death of the deer. THEOBALD.  A supposed corruption of—in faith. Our present vulgar pronounce it--fegs
STEEVENS [5) Perhaps from beau and coq. It is still said in vulgar language that such a ono is a jolly cock, a cock of the game. STEEVENS. (6) Still playing with her fingers, as a girl playing on the virginals.
JOHNSON. A virginal, as I am informed is a very small kind of spinnet. Queen Elizabeth's virginal-book is yet in being, and many of the lessons in it have proved so difficult as to bafile our most expert players on the harpsichord. STEEVENS.
A virginal was strung like a spionet, and shaped like a piano forte. MALONE.
Leo. Thou want'st a rough pash, and the shoots that I
this boy were like me.-Come, sir page,
Pol. What means Sicilia ?
Pol. How, my lord ?
Her. You look,
held a brow of much distraction : Are you mov’d, my lord ?
Leo. No, in good earnest.-
 Thou want'st a rough pash, and the shoots that I have, in connexion with the context, signifies—to make thee a calf thou must have the tuft on thy forehead and the young horns that shoot up in it, as I have. HENLEY. I have lately learned that pash in Scotland signifies a head. Many words, that
used in that country, were perhaps once common to the whole island of Great Britain, or at least to the northern part of England. MALONE.
 It is common with tradesmen, to die their faded or damaged stuffs black. O'er-died blacks may mean those which have received a die over their former colour. STEEVENS.  Blue-eye; an eye of the same colour with the welkin, or sky. JOHNSON
0 Intention, in this passage, means eagerness of attention. M. MASON. (21. 1. e. thou dost make those things possible, which are conceived to be impossible. JOHNSON. (3) Credent-i e. credible. STEEVENS.