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Alas , poor Maccabeus , how hath he been And so adieu , sweet Jude ! nay , why
dost thou stay ? baited ! Dum . For the latter end of his name . Biron . For the ass
to the Jude ? give it him :Enter ARMADO armed , for Hector . Jud - as , away .
Sweet soul , let's in , and there expect their With sweetest touches pierce your
mistress ' ear , coming . And draw her home with music . ( Music . And yet no
matter ; —why should we go in ? Jes . I am never merry when I hear sweet music
like the sweet south " -I have , not without hesitation , retained in the text Pope's
beautiful and inge . nious conjectural ... the sweet sound that breathes , " etc. ;
which cannot well be denied to be possibly the word used by one so bold in the ...
Or , say , sweet love , what thou desir'st to There shall the pairs of faithful lovers
be eat . Wedded , with Theseus , all in jollity . Bot . Truly , a peck of provender : I
could munch Puck . Fairy king , attend , and mark : your good dry oats . Methinks ,
Let us hear , sweet Bottom . very paramour for a sweet voice . Bot . Not a word of
me . All that I will tell you Flu . You must say , paragon : a paramour is , is , that the
duke hath dined . Get your apparel God bless us ! a thing of nought . together ...
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"like a wood woman" might indeed have meant "frantic" or "wild" (with grief) which Launce mentions referring to the "shoe" which he adopts for the sake of illustration. However, Shakespeare, even at his earliest writings, was vastly entertained by double entendres and his love of puns is so well documented. In that time in Italy, women wore platform shoes which were raised to elevate the shoes from the mud and other unpleasant "stuff". These were called "chopines" and the platforms were constructed of wood. The higher the platform, the higher the pretentiousness of the lady. Her height could have put her above many others. Since Launce has his father and mother represented as shoes, this second meaning is certainly not outside of the possibility for Shakespeare's intention. Naturally, it would have had the effect of a rather "localized" and "temporary" idea, but the fact of its having been very popular in that day makes it a candidate for the Bard's delight.