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At the hedge corner, in the coldest fault?
LORD. Thou art a fool; if Echo were as fleet, I would esteem him worth a dozen such. But sup them well, and look unto them all; To-morrow I intend to hunt again.
1 HUN. I will, my lord.
LORD. What's here? one dead, or drunk? See, doth he breathe?
2 HUN. He breathes, my lord: Were he not warm'd with ale,
This were a bed but cold to sleep so soundly.
LORD. O monstrous beast! how like a swine he lies!
Grim death, how foul and loathsome is thine image!
swelled in the knees, and that we ought to read bathe? What has the imbossing of a deer to do with that of a hound? " Imbossed sores" occur in As you like it; and in The First Part of King Henry IV. the Prince calls Falstaff "imboss'd rascal."
how Silver made it good-] This, I suppose, is a technical term. It occurs likewise in the 23d song of Drayton's Polyolbion:
"What's offer'd by the first, the other good doth make.” STEEVENS.
1 HUN. Believe me, lord, I think he cannot choose.
2 HUN. It would seem strange unto him when he wak❜d.
LORD. Even as a flattering dream, or worthless fancy.
Then take him up, and manage well the jest
Some one be ready with a costly suit,
And, when he says he is, say, that he dreams,
For he is nothing but a mighty lord.] I rather think, (with Sir Thomas Hanmer) that Shakspeare wrote: And when he says he's poor, say that he dreams. The dignity of a lord is then significantly opposed to the poverty which it would be natural for Sly to acknowledge. STEEVENS.
If any thing should be inserted, it may be done thus:
This do, and do it kindly, gentle sirs;
1 HUN. My lord, I warrant you, we'll play our part,
As he shall think, by our true diligence,
LORD. Take him up gently, and to bed with him; And each one to his office, when he wakes.[Some bear out SLY. A trumpet sounds. Sirrah, go see what trumpet 'tis that sounds :[Exit Servant. Belike, some noble gentleman; that means, Travelling some journey, to repose him here.
Re-enter a Servant.
How now? who is it?
An it please your honour, Players that offer service to your lordship.
The likeness in writing of Sly and say produced the omission. JOHNSON.
This is hardly right; for how should the Lord know the beggar's name to be Sly? STEEVens.
'Perhaps the sentence is left imperfect, because he did not know by what name to call him. BLACKSTONE.
I have no doubt that the blank was intended by the author. It is observable that the metre of the line is perfect, without any supplemental word. In The Tempest a similar blank is found, which Shakspeare there also certainly intended :—“ I should know that voice; it should be -; but he is drowned, and these are devils." MALONE.
3 This do, and do it kindly,] Kindly, means naturally.
-modesty.] By modesty is meant moderation, without suffering our merriment to break into an excess. JOHNSON.
LORD. Bid them come near :
Now, fellows, you are welcome.
1 PLAY. We thank your honour. LORD. DO you intend to stay with me to-night? 2 PLAY. So please your lordship to accept our duty."
LORD. With all my heart. This fellow I remember,
Since once he play'd a farmer's eldest son ;"Twas where you woo'd the gentlewoman so well:
Enter Players.] The old play already quoted reads: "Enter two of the plaiers with packs at their backs, and a boy. "Now, sirs, what store of plaies have you?
"San. Marry my lord you may have a tragicall, "Or a commoditie, or what you will.
"The other. A comedie thou shouldst say, souns thou❜lt shame us all.
"Lord. And what's the name of your comedie? "San. Marrie my lord, 'tis calde The Taming of a Shrew: " "Tis a good lesson for us my L.for us that are married men,"&c. STEEVENS.
to accept our duty.] It was in those times the custom of players to travel in companies, and offer their service at great houses. JOHNSON.
In the fifth Earl of Northumberland's Household Book, (with a copy of which I was honoured by the late duchess,) the following article occurs. The book was begun in the year 1512: "Rewards to Playars.
"Item, to be payd to the said Richard Gowge and Thomas Percy for rewards to players for playes playd in Chrystinmas by stranegers in my house after xxd. every play by estimacion somme xxxiijs. iiijd. Which ys appoynted to be paid to the said Richard Gowge and Thomas Percy at the said Christynmas in full contentacion of the said rewardys xxxiijs. iiijd." STEEvens.
I have forgot your name; but, sure, that part
1 PLAY. I think, 'twas Soto' that your honour
LORD. 'Tis very true;-thou didst it excellent.Well, you are come to me in happy time; The rather for I have some sport in hand, Wherein your cunning can assist me much. There is a lord will hear you play to-night:
"I think, 'twas Soto-] I take our author here to be paying a compliment to Beaumont and Fletcher's Woman Pleased, in which comedy there is the character of Soto, who is a farmer's son, and a very facetious serving-man, Mr. Rowe and Mr. Pope prefix the name of Sim to the line here spoken; but the first folio has it Sincklo; which, no doubt, was the name of one of the players here introduced, and who had played the part of Soto with applause. THEOBALD.
As the old copy prefixes the name of Sincklo to this line, why should we displace it? Sincklo is a name elsewhere used by Shakspeare. In one of the parts of King Henry VI. Humphrey and Sincklo enter with their bows, as foresters.
With this observation I was favoured by a learned lady, and have replaced the old reading. STEEVENS.
It is true that Soto, in the play of Woman Pleased, is a farmer's eldest son, but he does not wooe any gentlewoman; so that it may be doubted, whether that be the character alluded to. There can be little doubt that Sincklo was the name of one of the players, which has crept in, both here and in The Third Part of Henry VI. instead of the name of the person represented,
Again, at the conclusion of The Second Part of K. Henry IV : "Enter Sincklo and three or four officers." See the quarto, 1600, TYRWHITT.
If Soto were the character alluded to, the compliment would be to the person who played the part, not to the author.
Sincklo or Sinkler, was certainly an actor in the same company with Shakspeare, &c.-He is introduced together with Burbage, Condell, Lowin, &c. in the Induction to Marston's Malcontent, 1604, and was also a performer in the entertainment entitled The Seven Deadlie Sinns. MALONE.