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Perhaps we should read-no'salve in them all, sir.
TYRWHITT. 86. I will example it :) These words, and some others, are neither in the first folio, nor in the 4to. 1631, but in that of 1598. I still believe the whole passage to want some regulation, though it has not sufficient merit to encourage the editor who should attempt it.
STEEVENS. 114. And he ended the market.] Alluding to the proverb--Three women and a goose make a market, Tre donne et un occa fan un mercato. Ital. Ray's Proverbs.
STEEVENS, 115 -how was there a Costard broken in a shin?] Costard is the name of a species of apple. JOHNSON.
It has been already observed that the head was anciently called the costard. So, in King Richard III. " Take him over the costard with the hilt of thy sword.” A costard likewise signified a crab-stick. So, in the Loyal Subject of Beaumont and Fletcher :
“ I hope they'll crown his service-
STEEVENS. 138. Like the sequel, 1,-] Sequele, in French, signifies a great man's train. The joke is, that a single page was all his train.
THEOBALD. I believe this joke exists only in the apprehension of the commentator. Sequelle, by the French, is never employed but in a derogatory sense. They use it to express the gang of a highwayman, but not the train of a lord; the followers of a rebel, and not the ato fendants op a general. Thus Holinshed, p. 639.
“ to the intent that by the extinction of him and his sequeale, all civil warre and inward division might çease," &c. Moth uses sequel only in the literary ac. ceptation.
-my incony Jew 1] Incony or kony in the north signifies, fine, delicate-as a kony thing, a fine thing. It is plain therefore, we should read: my incony jewel.
WARBURTON, I know not whether it be right, however specious, to change Jew to Jewel. Jew, in our author's time, was, for whatever reason, apparently a word of endearment. So, in the Midsummer Night's Dream: “ Most brisky Juvenile, and eke most lovely Jew."
JOHNSON. The word is used again in the 4th act of this play:
-most incony vulgar wit." In the old comedy called Blurt Master Constable, 1602, I meet with it again. A maid is speaking to her mistress about a gown:
it makes you have a most inconie body." Cony and incony have the same meaning.
STEEVENS. There is no such expression in the North as either kony or incory. The word canny, which the people there use, and from which Dr. Warburton's mistake may have arisen, bears a variety of significations, none of which is fine, delicate, or applicable to a thing of value. Dr. Johnson's quotation by no means froves Jew to have been a word of endearment.
176. in print.] inc. exactly, with the ut. most nicety. It has been proposed to me to read in point, but I think, without necessity, the former expression being still in use. So, in Blurt Master Constable : "Next, your rụff must stand in print,"
STE EVENS. 184. This wimpled, -] The wimple was a hood or veil which fell over the face. Had Shakspere been acquainted with the flammeum of the Romans, or the gem
which represents the marriage of Cupid and Psyche, his choice of the epithet would have been. much applauded by all the advocates in favour of his learning. In Isaiah, ch. iii. v. 22. we find :mantles, and the wimples, and the crisping-pins ;' and, in The Devil's Charter, 1607, to wimple is used as a verb :
“Here, I perceive a little rivalling
STEEVENS 191. Of trotting paritors,] An apparitor, or paritor, is an officer of the bishop's court, who Garries out citations; as citations are most frequently issued for fornication, the paritor is put under Cupid's government.
JOHNSON. 192, And to be a corporal of his field,
And wear his colours like a tumbler's hoop ! ] The conceit seems to be very forced and remote, however it be understood. The notion is not that
the koop" wears colours, but that the colours are worn as a tumbler carries his hoop, hanging on one shoulder and falling under the opposite arm. JOHNSON
It was once a mark of gallantry to wear a lady's colours. So, in Cynthia's Revels, by Ben Jonson:
-dispatches his lacquey to the chamber early to know what her colours are for the day, with purpose to apply his wear that day accordingly," &c. I am informed by a lady who remembers morris-dancing, that the character who tumbled, always carried his hoop dressed out with ribbands, and in the position described by Dr. Johnson.
Steevens. Corporals of the field are mentioned in Carew's Sur. vey of Cornwall; and Raleigh speaks of them twice, Vol. I. p. 103. Vol. II. p. 367. edit. 1571.
TOLLET. This officer is likewise mentioned in Ben Jonson's New Inn:
" As corporal of the field, maestro del campo." Giles Clayton, in his Martial Discipline, 1591, has a chapter on the office and duty of a corporal of the field. In one of Drake's Voyages, it appears that the captains Morgan and Sampson by this name, commandement over the rest of the land-captaines."** Brookesby tells us, that “Mr. Dodwell's father was in an office then known by the name of corporal of the field, which he said was equal to that of a captain of horse."
FARMER, It appears from Lord Strafford's Letters, Vol. II. P. 1997 that a corporal of the field was employed as an
aid-de-camp is now, “in taking and carrying to and fro the directions of the general, or other the higher officers of the field.”
TYRWHITT. 194. What? what? I love! - -] The second what has been supplied by the editors. I should like better to read What ? l! I love !
like a German clock, Still a repairing ;--] The same allusion occurs in Westward-Hoe, by Decker and Webster, 1607: " no German clock, no mathematical engine whatsoever, requires so much reparation,” &c. Again, in A mad World my Masters, 1608 :
she consists of a hundred pieces,
Again, in Decker's Newves from Hell, &c. 1606:-
The following extract is taken from a book called The Artificial Clock-Maker, 3d. edit. 1714 :-“ Clockmaking was supposed to have had its beginning in Gerinany within less than these two hundred years. Itis very probable that our balance-clocks or watches,