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And yet we should, for perpetuity,
Stay your thanks awhile;
Sir, that's to-morrow.
Leon. We are tougher, brother,
No longer stay.
Very sooth, to-morrow. Leon. We'll part the time between 's then; and in
that l'll no gainsaying Pol.
Press me not, 'beseech you, so. There is no tongue that moves, none, none i’the world, So soon as yours, could win me; so it should now, Were there necessity in your request, although "Twere needful I denied it. My affairs Do even drag me homeward; which to hinder Were, in your love, a whip to me; my stay, To
you a charge and trouble. To save both, Farewell, our brother.
Leon. Tongue-tied, our queen? Speak you. Her. I had thought, sir, to have held my peace,
until You had drawn oaths from him not to stay. You, sir, Charge him too coldly. Tell him, you are sure, All in Bohemia's well; this satisfaction
1 That for Oh that! is not uncommon in old writers. 2 Sneaping, nipping.
3 i. e. to make me say, I had too good reason for my fears concerning what may happen in my absence from home.
The by-gone day proclaimed; say this to him,
Well said, Hermione.
No, madam. Her. Nay, but
will ? Pol.
I may not, verily. Her. Verily! You put me off with limber vows; but I, Though you would seek to unsphere the stars with
oaths, Should yet say, Sir, no going. Verily, You shall not go; a lady's verily is As potent as a lord's. Will you go yet? Force me to keep you as a prisoner, Not like a guest: so you shall pay your fees, When you depart, and save your thanks. How say
My prisoner, or my guest ? By your dread verily,
Your guest, then, madam :
you to punish. Her.
Not your jailer, then,
1 To let had for its synonymes to stay or stop; to let him there, is to stay him there. Gests were scrolls in which were marked the stages or places of rest in a progress or journey, especially a royal one.
2 i. e. indeed, in very deed, in troth. Good deed is used in the same sense by the earl of Surrey, sir John Hayward, and Gascoigne.
But your kind hostess. Come, I'll question you
We were, fair queen,
Her. Was not my lord the verier wag o' the two? Pol. We were as twinned lambs, that did frisk
And bleat the one at the other. What we changed,
By this we gather,
O, my most sacred lady,
Grace to boot!?
Is he won yet?
At my request he would not.
1 i. e. setting aside the original sin, bating the imposition from the offence of our first parents, we might have boldly protested our innocence.
2 « Grace to boot;" an exclamation equivalent to give us grace.
Never, but once.
But to the goal. -
Why, that was when
[Giving her hand to POLIXENES. Leon.
Too hot, too hot. [Aside. .
It is grace, indeed.
1 At entering into any contract, or plighting of troth, this clapping of hands together set the seal. Numerous instances of allusion to the custom have been adduced by the editors; one shall suffice, from the old play of Ram Alley: “ Come, clap hands, a match.” The custom is not yet disused in common life.
“ from bounty, fertile bosom." Malone thinks that a letter has been omitted, and that we should read
from bounty's fertile bosom.”
As now they are ; and making practised smiles,
Ay, my good lord.
l'fecks? Why, that's my bawcock.? What, hast smutched thy
[Observing POLIXENES and HERMIONE.
Yes, if you will, my lord.
that I have,
Sweet villain !
1 i. e. the death of the deer. The mort was also certain notes played on the horn at the death of the deer.
2 " Bawcock." A burlesque word of endearment supposed to be derived from beau-coq, or boy-cock. It occurs again in Twelfth Night, and in King Henry V., and in both places is coupled with chuck or chick. It is said
that bra'cock is still used in Scotland.
3 Still playing with her fingers as a girl playing on the virginals. Virginals were stringed instruments played with keys like a spinnet, which they resembled in all respects but in shape, spinnets being nearly triangular, and virginals of an oblong square shape like a small piano-forte.
4 Thou wantest a rough head, and the budding horns that I have. A pash in some places denoting a young bull calf whose horns are springing; a mad pash, a mad-brained boy.
i. e. entirely. 6 i. e. old, faded stuffs, of other colors, dyed black. 7 Welkin is blue; i. e. the color of the welkin or sky.