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“ Religious men are fayne

For to tourne agayne
In secula seculorum
And to forsake theyr corum.”

Dyce's Skelton, Vol. I., p. 325.
A peck of troubles... ... ... ... ... ... 380

Another saying yet quite common.
The fingers of the Atheniens ticleed ...

The modern phrase is “their fingers itched to be at it.”
Whished and weared dumme ... ... ... 319, 381

Suddenly hushed into silence. To buccle ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 382

A word yet common, meaning “set to,” “git-a-gait” (Linc.), being, no doubt, an allusion to buckling on the harness or ar

mour ready for the fight. Pilates voice

... ... ... 382 An allusion to the high voice of the performer who acted Pilate in the Miracle Plays, which were not then altogether discon

tinued. Not all that is great is well, but all that is well is

great" ... ... ... ... ... ... 382 He sometimes loses who gets the victory

... 382


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