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And lady marquiss Dorset; Will these please you?
With a true heart,
And let heaven Witness, how dear I hold this confirmation. K. HEN. Good man, those joyful tears show thy
true heart. The common voice, I see, is verified Of thee, which says thus, Do my lord of Canter
golde; the highest price of which for great men's children were seldom above a noble, and the common sort, two, three, or four and five shillings a piece."
Whether our author, when he speaks of apostle-spoons, has, as usual, attributed the practice of his own time to the reign of Henry VIII. I have not been able to ascertain. Probably, however, he is here accurate ; for we know that certain pieces of plate were, on some occasions, then bestowed; Hall, who has written a minute account of the christening of Elizabeth, informing us, that the gifts presented by her sponsors were a standing cup of gold, and six gilt bowls, with covers.
Chron, Hen. VIII. fol. 218. MALONE. ?thy true heart.] Old copy-hearts. . Corrected by the editor of the second folio. MALONE,
The Palace Yard.
Noise and Tumult within. Enter Porter and his
Port. You'll leave your noise anon, ye rascals; Do you
take the court for Paris-garden ?' ye rude slaves, leave your gaping.
. - Paris garden?] The bear-garden of that time.
JOHNSON. This celebrated bear-garden on the Bankside was so called from Robert de Paris, who had a house and garden there in the time of King Richard II. Rot. claus. 16 R. II. dors. ii. Blount's GLOSSOGRAPH. MALONE. So, in Sir W. D'Avenant's News from Plimouth :
do you take this mansion for Pict-hatch? • You would be suitors: yes, to a she-deer,
" And keep your marriages in Paris-garden?” Again, in Ben Jonson's Execration on Vulcan :
“ And cried, it was a threatning to the bears,
“ And that accursed ground the Paris-garden.” The Globe theatre, in which Shakspeare was a performer, stood on the southern side of the river Thames, and was contiguous to this noted place of tumult and disorder. St. Mary Overy's church is not far from London Bridge, and almost opposite to Fishmongers' Hall. Winchester House was over against Cole Harbour. Paris-garden was in a line with Bridewell, and the Globe playhouse faced Blackfriars, Fleet-ditch, or St. Paul's. It was an hexagonal building of stone or brick. Its roof was of rushes, with a flag on the top. See a south view of London, (as it appeared in 1599,) published by T. Wood, in Bishop's Court, in Chancery Lane, in 1771. STEEVENS.
gaping.] i. e. shouting or roaring ; a sense which this word has now almost lost. Littleton, in his Dictionary, has however given it in its present signification as follows: “To
[Within.] Good master porter, I belong to the larder.
Port. Belong to the gallows, and be hanged, you rogue : Is this a place to roar in ?--Fetch me a dozen crab-tree staves, and strong ones; these are but switches to them.-I'll scratch your heads: You must be seeing christenings? Do you look for ale and cakes here, you rude rascals ? Man. Pray, sir, be patient ;? ?tis as much im
possible (Unless we sweep them from the door with cannons,) To scatter them, as ’tis to make them sleep On May-day morning ;? which will never be : We may as well push against Paul's, as stir them.
PORT. How got they in, and be hang'd?
gape or bawl, vociferor.” So, in Roscommon's Essay on translated Verse, as quoted in Dr. Johnson's Dictionary:
“ That noisy, nauseous, gaping fool was he.” REED. Such being one of the ancient senses of the verb—to gape, perhaps the “ gaping pig" mentioned by Shylock in The Mer chant of Venice, has hitherto been misinterpreted. STEEVENS., Pray, sir, be patient ; ] Part of this scene in the old
copy. is printed as verse, and part as prose. Perhaps the whole, with the occasional addition and omission of a few harmless syllables, might be reduced into a loose kind of metre; but as I know not what advantage would be gained by making the experiment, I have left the whole as I found it, STEEVENS.
* On May-day morning ;] It was anciently the custom for all ranks of people to go out a maying on the first of May. It is on record that King Henry VIII. and Queen Katharine partook of this diversion. See Vol. IV. p. 453, n. 4. STEEVENS.
Stowe says, that, “ in the month of May, namely, on Mayday in the morning, every man, except impediment, would walk into the sweet meadows and green woods; there to rejoice their spirits with the beauty and savour of sweet flowers, and with the noise [i. e. concert] of birds, praising God in their kind.” See also Brand's Observations on popular Antiquities, 8vo. 1777, p. 255. REED.
Man. Alas, I know not; How gets the tide in?
You did nothing, sir.
[Within.] Do you hear, master Porter ?
PORT. I shall be with you presently, good master puppy.-Keep the door close, sirrah. MAN. What would
have me do? PORT. What should you do, but knock them down by the dozens ? Is this Moorfields to muster in ?or have we some strange Indians with the
sir Guy, nor Colbrand,] Of Guy of Warwick every one has heard. Colbrand was the Danish giant, whom Guy subdued at Winchester. Their combat is very elaborately described by Drayton, in his Polyolbion. JOHNSON.
Moorfields to muster in?] The train-bands of the city were exercised in Moorfields. Johnson.
some strange Indian-] To what circumstance this refers, perhaps, cannot now be exactly known. A similar one occurs in Ram-Alley, or Merry Tricks, 1611:
“ You shall see the strange nature of an outlandish beast lately brought from the land of Cataia.”
Again, in The Two Noble Kinsmen, by Beaumont and Fletcher: “ The Bavian with long tail and eke long tool."
COLLINS. Fig. I. in the print of Morris-dancers, at the end of King Henry IV. P. I. has a bib which extends below the doublet ; and its length might be calculated for the concealment of the
great tool come to court, the women so besiege us? Bless me, what a fry of fornication is at door! On my christian conscience, this one christening will beget a thousand ; here will be father, godfather, and all together.
Man. The spoons will be the bigger, sir. There is a fellow somewhat near the door, he should be a brazier by his face, for, o’my conscience, twenty of the dog-days now reign in's nose; all that stand about him are under the line, they need no other penance: That fire-draker did I hit three times on
phallic obscenity mentioned by Beaumont and Fletcher, of which perhaps the Bavian fool exhibited an occasional view for the diversion of our indelicate ancestors. TOLLET.
- he should be a brazier by his face,] A brazier signifies a man that manufactures brass, and a reservoir for charcoal occasionally heated to convey warmth. Both these senses are understood. Johnson.
1That fire-drake-] A fire-drake is both a serpent, anciently called a brenning-drake, or dipsas, and a name formerly given to a Will o'the Wisp, or ignis fatuus. So, in Drayton's Nymphidia :
“ By the hissing of the snake,
“ The rustling of the fire-drake." Again, in Cæsar and Pompey, a tragedy, by Chapman, 1607 :
“ So have I seene a fire-drake glide along
" And in it stick and hide." Again, in Albertus Wallenstein, 1640:
“ Your wild irregular lust, which like those fire-drakes “ Misguiding nighted travellers, will lead you
“ Forth from the fair path,” &c. A fire-drake was likewise an artificial firework. So, in Your Five Gallants, by Middleton, 1608 :
but like fire-drakes,
STEEVENS. A fire-drake is thus described by Bullokar, in his Expositor, 8vo. 1616: “ Firedrake. A fire sometimes seen flying in the night, like a dragon. Common people think it a spirit that