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Hoft. You will not pay for the glasses you have burst?
Sly. No, not a denier : go by, Jeronimo-go to thy cold bed, and warm thee'.
Hoft. I know my remedy ; I must go fetch the Thirdborough *
Sly. Third, or fourth, or fifth borough, I'll answer him by law; I'll not budge an inch, boy ; let him come, and kindly.
3 Go by S. Jeronimy, go to thy “ som, don't interrupt me, go, cold Bed, and warm thee.] All " by ;” and, to fix the Satire in the Editions have coined a Saint his Allusion, pleasantly calls her here, for Sly to swear by. But Jeronymo.
THEOBALD. the Poet had no such Intentions. A = I must go fetch the HeadThe Passage has particular Hur borough. mour in it, and must have been Sly. Third, or fourth, or fifth very pleafing at that time of day. Borough, &c.)
This corrupt But I must clear up a Piece of reading had pass'd down through Stage history, to make it under all the Copies, and none of the stood. There is a fuftian old Editors pretended to guess at the Play, callid, Hieronymo ; Or, Poet's Conceit. What an infipid, The Spanish Tragedy: which, I unmeaning Reply does Sly make find, was the common Butt' of to his Hofless? How do third, or Rallery to all the Poets of Shake. fourth, or fifth Borough relate to Speare's Time: and a Passage, Headborough?, The Author in that appear'd very ridiculous in tended but a poor Witticism, and that Play, is here humorously al. éven That is loft. The Hoftels luded to. Hieronymo, thinking would say, that she'll fetch a himself injur'd, applies to the Constable : and this Officer King for Justice ; but the Couro calls by his other Name, a Thirdtiers, who did not defire his borough: and upon this Term' Wrongs should be set in a true Sly founds the Conundrum in his. Light, attempt to hinder him Answer to her. Who does not from an Audience.
perceive, at a single glance, some Hiero. Juftice, ob! justice to Conceit started by this certain Hieronymo.
Correction? There is an Attempo Lor. Back fee' A thou not,' at Wit, tolerable enough for a the King is busy?
Tinker, and one drunk too. Hiero. Oh, is be so?
Third borough is a Saxon-Term King. Who is He that inter- fufficiently explain'd by the Glofrupts our Business?
saries : and in our Statale books, Hiero. Not 1: Hierony. 'no farther back than the 28th
mo, beware; go by, go by. Year of Henry VIIIth, we find So Sly here, not caring to be it used to signify a Constable
. dan'd by the Hostess, cries to her
THEOBALD. in Effect. " Don't be trouble
Wind horns. Enter a Lord from bunting, with a Train.
Hun. Why, Belman is as good as he, my Lord ;
Lord. Thou art a fool; if Eccho were as feet,
Hun I will, my Lord.
he breathe ?
warm'd with ale,
Lord. O monstrous beast! how like a swine he lies!
5 Brach, Merriman,] Sir T. I believe the common practice of Hanmer reads, Leech Merriman, huntsmen, but the present readthat is, apply fome remedies to ing may stand Merriman, the poor cur has his - tender well
hounds, joints swelled. Perhaps we might Brach-Merriman--the poor read, bathe Merriman, which is cur is imbot.
And brave attendants near him, when he wakes ;
ị Hun. Believe me, Lord, I think he cannot chuse. 2 Hun. It would seem strange unto him, 'when he
wak'd. Lord. Even as a flatt'ring dream, or worthless fancy: Then take him up, and manage well the jest : Carry him gently to my fairelt chamber, And hang it round with all my wanton pictures; Balm his foul head with warm distilled waters, And burn sweet wood to make the lodging sweet, Procure me music ready, when he wakes, To make a dulcet and a heav'nly sound ; And if he chance to speak, be ready straight, And with a low submissive reverence Say, what is it your Honour will command; Let one attend him with a silver bason Full of rose water, and bestrew'd with flowers ; Another bear the ewer; a third a diaper ; And say, will’t please your Lordship cool your hands ? Some one be ready with a costly suit, And ask him what apparel he will wear; Another tell him of his hounds and horse, And that his Lady mourns at his disease ; Persuade him, that he hath been lunatick, And when he says he is, say, that he dreams For he is nothing but a mighty Lord. This do, and do it kindly, gentle Sirs : It will be pastime passing excellent, If it be husbanded with modesty, i Hun. My Lord, I warrant you, we'll play our
part, As he shall think, by our true diligence, He is no less than what we say he is.
Lord. Take him up gently, and to bed with him ;
modefty.} By modesty is meant maderation without suffering our merriment to break into any excess.
And each one to his Office, when he wakes.
[Some bear out Sly. Sound Trumpets. Sirrah, see what trumpet is that founds. Belike, fome noble gentleman that incans, [Ex. Servans. Travelling some journey, to repose him here.
Re-enter a Servant How now? who is it?
Ser. An't please your Honour, Players That offer Service to your lordship.
Lord. Bid them cone near:
Play. We thank your Honour.
*. Lord. With all my heart. This fellow I remember, Since once he play'd a farmer's eldest son: 'Twas where you well:
woo'd the gentlewoman 10 I have forgot your name; but, fure, that part Was aptly fitted, and naturally perform’d.
Sim. I think, ?twas Soto that your Honour means?
Lord. 'Tis very true ; thou didft it excellent:
It was in those times the and a very facetious Servingcustom of players to travel in man. Mr. Roue and Mr. Pope companies, and offer their service prefix the Name of Sim to the at great houses.
Line here spoken; but the first ; I think, 'twas Soto] I take folio, has it Sinckio ; which, no our Author here to be paying a doubt, was the Name of one of Compliment to Beaumont and the Players here introdac'd, and Fletcher's Women ploas’d, in which who had play'd the Part of Soto Comedy there is the Character with Applause, of Soto, who is a Farmer's Son,
THEOBALD. B 4
There is a Lord will hear you play to-night ;
modesties, Leit, over-eying of his odd Behaviour (For-yer his honour never heard a Play) You break into some merry Passion, And so offend him ; for I tell you, Sirs, If you should smile, he grows impatient.
Play. Fear not, my lord, we can contain ourselves; ; Were he the veriest antick in the world.
2 Play. [to the other.) Go get a Dishclout to make clean your shoes ; and I'll speak for the properties 8.
[Exit Player. My lord, we must have shoulder of mutton for å property, and a little Vinegar to make our devil roar”.
Lord. Go, sirrah, take them to the buttery, And give them friendly welcome, every one : Let them want nothing that the house affords.
[Exit one with the Players, Şirrah, go you to Bartholomew my page, And see him drest in all suits like a lady. That done, conduct him to the drunkard's chamber, And call him Madam, do him all obeisance. Tell him from me (as he will win my love) He bear himself with honourable action,
* Property, in the language of And the Paffion being that, of a play house, is every implement all the mysteries, which was most pecessary to the exhibition. frequently represented, vinegar
9 A little Vinegar to make our became at length the standing devil roar.] When the acting the implement to torment the Demysteries of the old and new tes. vil : And used for this purpose tament was in vogue; at the re- even after the mysteries ceased, presentation of the mystery of the and the moralities came in vogue ; Passion, Judas and the Devil where the Devil continued to
And the Devil, have a considerable part. wherever' he came, was always The mention of it here was to to suffer some disgrace, to make ridicule fo absurd a circumstance the people laugh: As here the in these old farces. buffoonery was to apply the gall
WARBURTON, and vinegar to make him roar.
made à part.