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Which your own coffers yield! with diseas'd ven
“ He gave them for their cognizance
“A purple bleeding heart,
“ The same in twaine to part.
“ Thus private was his pleasure;
“ Did waft away his treasure.” Verstegan, however, gives the following etymology of the word tomboy : “ Tumbe. To dance. Tumbod, danced; hereof we yet call a wench that skippeth or leapeth lyke a boy, a tomboy : our name also of tumbling cometh from hence.” Steevens.
7 hir'd with that self-exhibition, &c.] Gross strumpets, hired with the very pension which you
husband. Johnson. - such Boil'd stuff,] The allusion is to the ancient process of sweating in venereal cases. See Timon of Athens, Act IV. Sc. III. So, in The Old Law, by Massinger:
look parboild, “ As if they came from Cupid's scalding-house." Again, in Troilus and Cressida : “Sodden business! there's a stewed phrase indeed.” Again, in Timon of Athens : “ She's e'en setting on water to scald such chickens as you are.” All this stuff about boiling, scalding, &c. is a mere play on stew, a word which is afterwards used for a brothel by Imogen.
STEEVENS. The words may mean,-such corrupted stuff; from the substantive boil. So, in Coriolanus :
boils and plagues “ Plaster you o'er ! But, I believe, Mr. Steevens's interpretation is the true one.
Should he make me Live like Diana's priest, betwixt cold sheets 9 i Whiles he is vaulting variable ramps, In your despite, upon your purse ? Revenge it. I dedicate myself to your sweet pleasure; More noble than that runagate to your bed ; And will continue fast to your affection, Still close, as sure. IMO.
What ho, Pisanio ! Lach. Let me my service tender on your lips'.
Imo. Away !-I do condemn mine ears, that have So long attended thee.-If thou wert honourable, Thou would'st have told this tale for virtue, not For such an end thou seek'st; as base, as strange. Thou wrong'st a gentleman, who is as far From thy report, as thou from honour; and Solicit'st here a lady, that disdains Thee and the devil alike.-What ho, Pisanio!The king my father shall be made acquainted Of thy assault: if he shall think it fit, A saucy stranger, in his court, to mart As in a Romish stew ?, and to expound
9 Live like Diana's PRIEST, betwixt cold sheets ;] Sir Thomas Hanmer, supposing this to be an inaccurate expression, reads :
“ Live like Diana's priestess 'twixt cold sheets; ” but the text is as the author wrote it. So, in•Pericles, Prince of Tyre, Diana says:
"My temple stands at Ephesus; hie thee thither;
MALONE. 1 Let me my service tender on your lips.] Perhaps this is an allusion to the ancient custom of swearing servants into noble families. So, in Caltha Poetarum, &c. 1599 :
she swears him to his good abearing, “Whilst her faire sweet lips were the books of swearing."
STEEVENS. ? As in a Romish stew,] Romish was, in the time of Shakspeare, used instead of Roman. There stews at Rome in the time of Augustus. The same phrase occurs in Claudius Tiberius Nero, 1607 :
His beastly mind to us; he hath a court
Lach. O happy Leonatus! I may say ;
You make amends. Lach. He sits 'mongst men, like a descended
my mother deem'd me chang’d, “ Poor woman! in the loathsome Romish stewes : and the author of this piece seems to have been a scholar. Again, in Wit In A Constable, by Glapthorne, 1640 :
“A Romish cirque, or Grecian hippodrome." Again, Thomas Drant's translation of the first epistle of the second book of Horace, 1567: “ The Romishe people wise in this, in this point only just."
STEEVENS. - and a daughter whom — ] Old copy—who. Corrected in the second folio. Malone.
such a holy witch, That he ENCHANTS societies UNTO HIM:] So, in our author's Lover's Complaint:
he did in the general bosom reign
MALONE. like a descended god :] So, in Hamlet :
a station like the herald Mercury New lighted on a heaven kissing-hill.” The old copy has-defended. The correction was made by the
He hath a kind of honour sets him off,
Imo. All's well, sir : Take my power i’ the court
Iach. My humble thanks. I had almost forgot To entreat your grace but in a small request, And yet of moment too, for it concerns Your lord; myself, and other noble friends, Are partners in the business. Imo.
Pray, what is't ? Lach. Some dozen Romans of us, and your lord, (The best feather of our wing") have mingled sums, To buy a present for the emperor; Which I, the factor for the rest, have done In France : 'Tis plate, of rare device ; and jewels, Of rich and exquisite form; their values great ; And I am something curious, being strange
editor of the second folio. Defend is again printed for descend, in the last scene of Timon of Athens. Malone.
So, in Chapman's version of the twenty-third book of Homer's Odyssey :
as he were “ A god descended from the starry sphere.” Steevens. taking a - Old copy, vulgarly and unmetrically, taking of a—."
STEEVENS. - best FEATHER OF OUR WING -] So, in Churchyard's Warning to Wanderers Abroad, 1593 :
“ You are so great you would faine march in fielde,
Steevens. 8 - being strange,] i.e. being a stranger. Steevens.
To have them in safe stowage; May it please you
They are in a trunk,
O, no, no.
I thank you for your pains;
O, I must, madam :
I will write.
ACT II. SCENE I.
Court before CYMBELINE's Palace,
Enter Cloten, and Two Lords. Clo. Was there ever man had such luck! when I kissed the jack upon an up-cast', to be hit away!
9 — kissed the jack upon an up-cast,] He is describing his fate at bowls. The jack is the small bowl at which the others