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Strange curse! but fit for such a fickle age,
Mee met, as seem'd by his disguis'd aray,
He answers my untimely curtesies.
His bonnet vail'd", ere ever he could thinke,
The sportfull wind, to mocke the Headlesse man,
And straight it to a deeper ditch hath blowne;
I lookt, and laught; and much I marvailed,
And me bethought, that when it first begon,
'Twas some shroud Autumne that so bar'd the bone".
Or floor-strowd locks from off the barber's sheares?
27 His bonnet vail'd
i. e. pulled off. See Reed's Shakespeare, Vol. VII. p. 235.
periwinke-i. e. periwig: about this time first become an article of dress. In Book IV. Sat. 6. it is made one of the characteristics of a fop
And weare curl'd periwigs.
29 Tosses apace his pitch'd ROGERIAN.
It seems to have been a favourite practice of periwig makers, ever since the introduction of this excrementitious ornament of the head, to distinguish its various forms by different proper names. The Tituses, and Brutuses, and Georges of the present day form the last of this noble race!
30 There must my YONKER fetch his waxen crowne.
Yonker means a novice; a lusty young man; or a young, inexperienced man, easily deceived. See Reed's Shakespeare, Vol. II. p. 358.
11 'Twas some SHROUD autumne that so bar'd the bone.
Shroud, for shrewd; bitter, severe. So Shakespeare
That have endur'd SHREWD days and nights with us.
gree for agree.
AS YOU LIKE IT. Act V. Sc. 4.
WHEN Gullion di'd (who knows not Gullion ?)
And downe he dips his chops deepe in the myre,
Yet still he drinks, nor can the Boteman's cries,
They stand, and wait, and pray for that good houre;
Once intertaine the ghost of Gullian.
Drinke on drie soule, and pledge sir Gullion:
SEEST thou how gayly my yong maister goes,
And pranks his hand upon his dagger's side;
caravell-boat, a small vessel.
praiers—as two syllables.
pranks-adjusts. See Todd's Spenser, Vol. II. p.117.
37 In sooth I saw him sit with Duke Humfray, &c. &c.
Mr. Steevens says that he never yet met with a satisfactory explanation of the cant phrase of dining with Duke Humphrey." It appears, however," he adds, "from a satirical pamphlet called The Gul's Horn-booke, 1609, written by T. Deckar, that, in the ancient church of St. Paul, one of the aisles was called Duke Humphrey's Walk; in which those, who had no means of procuring a dinner, affected
Many good welcoms, and much Gratis cheere,
Than stake his twelve-pence to a meaner host.
As if he ment to weare a native cord,
If chaunce his Fates should him that bane afford.
Close noched is his beard both lip and chin;
to loiter. Deckar concludes his fourth chapter thus: "By this, I imagine, you have walked your bellyful, and thereupon being weary (which is rather, I believe) being most gentleman-like hungry, it is fit that as I brought you unto the duke, so (because he followes the fashion of great men in keeping no house, and that therefore you must go seeke your dinner,) suffer me to take you by the hand and leade you into an ordinary.' The title of this chapter is, 'How a gallant should behave himself in Powles Walkes'." Mr. Steevens then quotes this passage of Hall as confirming the interpretation here given. See his Note on Richard III. Act iv. Scene 4.
i. e. struts.
yonker-See Note 30.
how stifly STRITS he by.
40 The nuns of new-woon Cales his bonnet lent,
In lieu of their so kind a conquerment.
He pretends to have been at the conquest of Cales, where the nuns had worked his bonnet. W.
Amazon-Accented on the second syllable. E.
His linnen collar Labyrinthian-set,
Lik'st a strawne scar-crow in the new-sowne field,
The backe appeales unto the partial eine,
The backe, insulting ore the bellie's need,
The back's great pride, and their own secret paine.
THE CONCLUSION OF ALL.
THUS have I writ, in smoother cedar tree,
Henceforth I write in crabbed oke-tree rinde,
And meet my far-fetch'd stripes with waiting sides.
deale-part, division, circumstance.
43 Like a broad SHAK-FOKKE with a slender steale.
Qu. A fork to toss or shake hay &c. with?