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Never, but once.
Her. What? have I twice said well? when was't be
I pr'ythee, tell me : Cram us with praise, and make us
Why, that was when Three crabbed months had sour'd themselves to death, Ere I could make thee open thy white hand,
And clap thyself my love'; then didst thou utter,
It is Grace, indeed.— Why, lo you now, I have spoke to the purpose twice: The one for ever earn'd a royal husband; The other, for some while a friend.
[Giving her hand to POLIXENES. Leon. Too hot, too hot: [Aside. To mingle friendship far, is mingling bloods, I have tremor cordis on me :-my heart dances; But not for joy,-not joy.-This entertainment May a free face put on; derive a liberty From heartiness, from bounty, fertile bosom, And well become the agent: it may, I grant: But to be paddling palms, and pinching fingers,
4 And clap thyself my love ;] She opened her hand, to clap the palm of it into his, as people do when they confirm a bargain. Hence the phrase-to clap up a bargain, i. e. make one with no other ceremony than the junction of hands.
As now they are; and making practis'd smiles,
Ay, my good lord.
Why, that's my bawcock'. What, has smutch'd thy nose?
They say, it's a copy out of mine. Come, captain,
[Observing POLIXENES and HERMIONE. Upon his palm ?-How now, you wanton calf, Art thou my calf?
Yes, if you will, my lord.
Leon. Thou want'st a rough pash, and the shoots that I have",
To be full like me:-yet, they say we are
Almost as like as eggs; women say so,
5 The mort o'the deer;] A lesson upon the horn at the death of the deer.
rfecks?] A supposed corruption of-in faith. Our present vulgar pronounce it-fegs.
7 Why, that's my bawcock.] Perhaps from beau and coq. It is still said in vulgar language that such a one is a jolly cock, a cock of the game.
Still virginalling -] Still playing with her fingers, as
a girl playing on the virginals. A virginal is a very small kind of spinnet. Queen Elizabeth's virginal-book is yet in being, and many of the lessons in it have proved so difficult, as to baffle our most expert players on the harpsichord. STEEVENS.
9 Thou want'st a rough pash, and the shoots that I have,] I have lately learned that pash in Scotland signifies a head. The meaning, therefore, I suppose, is this: You tell me (says Leontes to his son), that you are like me; that you are my calf. I am the horned bull: thou wantest the rough head and the horns of that animal, completely to resemble your father. MALONE.
As o'er-died blacks', as wind, as waters; false
And fellow'st nothing: Then, 'tis very credent,
How, my lord?
As if you held a brow of much distraction:
No, in good earnest,—
1 As o'er-died blacks,] Sir T. Hanmer understands blacks died too much, and therefore rotten. JOHNSON.
Bourn is boundary.
2 No bourn
3 welkin eye:] Blue eye; an eye of the same colour with the welkin, or sky.
my collop!] So, in The First Part of King Henry VI.
Affection! thy intention stabs the center ] Affection means here imagination, or perhaps more accurately "the disposition of the mind when strongly affected, or possessed by a particular idea.” 6 credent,] i. e. credible.
In my green velvet coat; my dagger muzzled,
As ornaments oft do, too dangerous.
How like, methought, I then was to this kernel,
Mam. No, my lord, I'll fight.
Leon. You will? why, happy man be his dole'!— My brother,
Are you so fond of your young prince, as we
So stands this squire
Next to thyself, and my young rover, he's
This squash,] A squash is a pea-pod, in that state when the young peas begin to swell in it.
8 Will you take eggs for money?] The meaning of this is, Will you put up affronts? The French have a proverbial saying, A qui vendez vouz coquilles? i. e. whom do you design to affront? Mamillius's answer plainly proves it. Mam. No, my lord, I'll fight. SMITH.
happy man be his dole!] May his dole or share in life be to be a happy man. The expression is proverbial. Dole was the term for the allowance of provision given to the poor, in great families. The alms immemorially given to the poor by the Archbishops of Canterbury is still called the dole. See The History of Lambeth Palace, p. 31, in Bibl. Top. Brit. NICHOLS.
Apparent That is, heir apparent, or the next claimant.
If you would seek us,
We are your's i'the garden: Shall's attend you there? Leon. To your own bents dispose you: you'll be found,
Be you beneath the sky :-I am angling now,
[Aside. Observing POLIXENES and HERMIONE. How she holds up the neb, the bill to him! And arms her with the boldness of a wife To her allowing husband'! Gone already; Inch-thick, knee-deep, o'er head and ears a fork'd one. [Exeunt POLIXENES, HERMIONE, and Attendants. Go, play, boy, play;-thy mother plays, and I Play too; but so disgrac'd a part, whose issue Will hiss me to my grave; contempt and clamour Will be my knell. - Go, play, boy, play ;-There have
Or I am much deceiv'd, cuckolds ere now;
many a man there is, even at this present,
Where 'tis predominant; and 'tis powerful, think it,
the neb,] The word is commonly pronounced and written nib. It signifies here the mouth.
3 To her allowing husband!] Allowing in old language is approving. MALONE.
4 - a fork'd one.] That is, a horned one; a cuckold.