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IV.
When all aloud the wind doth blow,

And coughing drowns the parson's saw,
And birds sit brooding in the snow,

And Marian's nose looks red and raw,
When roasted crabs' hiss in the bowl,
Then nightly sings the staring owl,

To-who;
Tu-whit, to-who, a merry note,
While
greasy

Joan doth keel the pot.

Arm. The words of Mercury are harsh after the songs of Apollo. You, that way; we, this way.

[Exeunt.

a boiling pot a wheen, i. e. a small quantity, viz. a porringer or two of broth, and then to fill up the pot with cold water. The broth thus taken out, is called the keeling wheen. In tbis manner greasy Joan keeled the pot.

* Gie me beer, and gie me grots,
" And lumps of beef to swum abeen ;
"And ilka time that I stir the pot,

“ He's hae frae me the keeling wheen." STEEVENS. [9) San seems anciently to have meant, not as at present, a proverb, a sentence, but the whole tenor of any instructive discourse. STEEVENS.

Yet in As you like it, our author uses this word in the sense of a sentence, or maxim: “ Dead shepherd, now I find thy saw of might," &c. It is, I believe, so used here. MALONE.

[1] i e. the wild apples so called. STEEVENS.

The bow) must be supposed to be filled with ale; a toast and some spice and Burgar being added, what is called lamb's wool it produced. MALONE

TAMING A SHREW.

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OBSERVATIONS.

TAMING OF THE SHREW.]-We have hitherto supposed Shakespeare the author of The Taming of the Shrew, but his property in it is extremely disputable. I will give my opinion, and the reasons on which it is founded. I

suppose then the present play not originally the work of Shakespeare, but restored by him to the stage, with the whole Induction of the Tinker; and some other occasional improvements; especially in the character of Petruchio. It is very obvious that the Induction and the Play were either the works of different hands, or written at a great interval of time. The former is in our author's best man. ner, and a great part of the latter in his worst, or even below it. Dr. Warburton declares it to be certainly spurious ; and without doubt, supposing it to have been written by Shakespeare, it must have been one of his earliest productions. Yet it is not mentioned in the list of his works by Meres in 1598.

I have met with a facetious piece of Sir John Harington, printed in 1596, (and possibly there may be an earlier edition,) called The Metamorphosis of Ajax, where I suspect an allusion to the old play: * Read the Booke of Taming a Shrew, which hath made a number of us so perfect, that now every one can rule a shrew in our countrey, save he that hath hir.”—I am aware a modern linguist may object that the word book does not at present seem dramatic, but it was once technically so : Gosson, in his Schoole of Abuse, containing a pleasaunt Invective against Poets, Pipers, Players, Jesters, and such like Caterpillars of a Commonwealth, 1579, mentions“ twoo prose bookes played at the Bell-Sauage :” and Hearne tells us, in a note at the end of William of Worcester, that he had seen a MS. in the nature of a Play or Interlude, intitled The Booke of Sir Thomas Moore.

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