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Hol. He drawethout the thread of his verbofity finer than the staple of his argument. I abhor such phanatical phantasms, such infociable and point-devise companions; such rackers of orthography, as do speak dout fine, when he should say doubt; det, when he thould pronounce debt; d, e, b, t; not d, e, t: he clepeth a calf, cauf: half, hauf: neighbour vocatur nebour; neigh abbreviated ne: this is abominable, which we would call abhominable: (30) it insinuateth me of Infanie: Ne intelligis, Domine, to make frantick, lunatick?
Nath. Laus deo, bone, intelligo.
Hol. Bone ? bone, for benè ; Priscian a little fcratch'd; 'twill serve.
Enter Armado, Moth and Costard.
(30) It infinuateb me of infamy: Nè intelligis, Domine, to make frantick, lunatick?
Narb. Laus Deo, bene intelligo.
Hel. Bome boon for boon Prescian ; a little Scratch, 'twill Serve.] This Play is certainly none of the best in it felf, but the Editors have been so very happy in making it worse by theis Indolence, that they have left me Augeas's Stable to cleanse : and a Man had need have the Strength of a Hercules 6. heave out all their Rubbinh. But to Business; Why should Infumy be explain’d by making frantick, lunatick? It is plain and obvious that the Poet intended, the Pedant mould coin an un. couth affected Word here, insanie from insania of the Latines. Then, what a Piece of unintelligible Jargon have the se learned Criticks given us for Latine ? I think, I may venture to affirm, I have restor'd the Passage to its true Purity,
Nath. Laus Dco, hone, intelligo. The Curate, addressing with Complaisance his brother Pedant, says, bone, to him, as we frequently in Terence find bone Vir; but the Pedant thinking, he had mistaken the Adverb, thus defcants on it.
Benel bone for benè. Priscian a little firatcb'd: 'twill serve: Alluding to the common Phrase, Dimianis Prisciani caput, apply'd to such as speak false Latine.
Arm. Men of Peace, well encountred.
Moth. They have been at a great feast of languages, and stole the scraps.
Coft, O, they have liv'd long on the Alms-basket of words. I marvel, thy master hath not eaten thee for a word ;-for thou art not so long by the head as honorificabilitudinitatibus : thou art calier swallow'd than a flap dragon.
Moth. Peace, the peal begins.
Moth. Yes, yes, he teaches boys the horn-book : What is A B spelt backward with a horn on his head?
Hol. Ba, pueritia, with a horn added.
Moth. Ba, most filly sheep, with a horn. You hear his learning
Hol. Quis, quis, thou consonant?
Moth. The third of the five vowels, if you repeat them ; or the fifth, if I. (31)
Hol. I will repeat them, a, e, I. Moth. The sheep; the other two concludes it, o, u. Arm. Now by the salt wave of the Mediterraneun, a sweet touch, a quick venew of wit; snip, Inap, quick and home; it rejoiceth my intelle&t; true wit.
Moth. Offer'd by a child to an old man: which is wit old.
Hol. What is the figure? what is the figure ?
(31) Tbe last of the five Vowels, if you repeat them ; or the fifth if I : Hol. I will repeat them, a, e, I.Moth. Tbe Sbeep be orber two concludes it out ] Wonder: ful Sagacity again! All the Editions agree in this Reading; but is not the left, and the fiftb, the same Vowel? Tho' my Correction restores but a poor Conundrum, yet if it restores the Poet's Meaning, it is the Duty of an Editor to trace him in
whip about your infamy (32) tircùm circà; a gigg of a cuckold's horn.
Coft. An' I had bat one penny in the world, thou shouldst have it to buy ginger bread ; hold, there is the very remuneration I had of thy master, thou halfpenny purse of wit, thou pidgeon egg of discretion. O, that the heav'ns were fo pleased, that thou wert but my bastard ! what a joyful father wouldīt thou make me? go to, thou hast it ad dunghill; at the fingers' ends, as they say
Hol. Oh, I smell false latine, dunghill for unguem.
Arm. Arts. man, præambula ; we will be fingled from the barbarous. Do you not educate youth at the charge
top of the mountain?
Arm. Sir, it is the King's most sweet pleasure and affection, to congratulate the Princess at her Pavilion, in the posteriors of this day, which the rude multitude call the afternoon.
Hol. The posterior of the day, most generous Sir, is liable, congruent, and measurable for the afternoon: the word is well cull'd, choice, sweet, and apt, I do affure you, Sir, I do assure,
Arm. Sir, the King is a noble gentleman, and my familiar; I do assure ye, my very good friend; for what is inward between us, let it pass I do beseech thee, remember thy curtefie -'I beseech thee, apparel thy head, and among other importunate and most serious designs, and of great import indeed too - but let that pass : for I must tell thee, it will please his Grace
his lowest Conceits. By, O, U, Moth would mean--- Oh, You, ---j. e. You are the Sheep still, either way; no Matter, which of Us repeats them.
(32) I will whip about your Infamy unum cita ;] Here again all the Editions give us Jargon instead of Latine. But Morb would certainly mean, circùm circà : i. e. about and about : tho' it may be design'd, he thould mistake the Terms
(by the world) sometime to lean upon my poor shoulder, and with his royal finger thus dally with my excrement, with my mustachio; but sweet heart, let that pass. By the world, I recount no fable ; fome certain special honours it pleaseth his Greatness to impart to Armado, a soldier, a man of travel, that hath seen the world; but let that pass the
all of all is but sweet heart, I do implore fecrecy - that the King would have me present the Princess (fweet chuck) with lome delightful ostentation, or show, or pageant, or antick, or fire-work. Now, understanding that the Curate and your sweet self are good at such eruptions, and sudden breaking out of mirth, (as it were) I have acquainted you withal, to the end to crave your assistance.
Hol. Sir, you shall present before her the nine Wor. thies. Sir, as concerning some entertainment of time, some show in the posterior of this day, to be rendred by our affiftants at the King's command, and this most gallant, illustrate and learned gentleman, before the Princess : I say, none fo fit as to present the nine Worthies.
Nath. Where will you find men worthy enough to present them?
Hol. Joshua, your self; this gallant man, Judas Ma. cabeus; this swain (because of his great limb or joint) shall pass Pompey the great; and the page, Hercules.
Arm. Pardon, Sir, error: he is not quantity enough for that Worthy's thumb; he is not so big as the end of his club.
Hol. Shall I have audience ? he shall present Hercules in minority: his Enter and Exit shall be strangling a snake; and I will have an apology for that purpose.
Moth. An excellent device: for if any of the audience hiss, you may cry;
" well done, Hercules, now " thou crutheft the snake;" that is the way to make an offence gracious, tho few have the grace to do it.
Arm. For the rest of the Worthies,
Hel. We attend.
Arm. We will have, if this fadge not, an Antick. I beseech you, follow.
Hol. Yia! good man Dull, thou haft spoken no word all this while.
Dull. Nor understood none neither, Sir. Hol. Allons ;, we will employ thee. Dull. I'll make one in a dance, or so: or I will lay on the taber to the Worthies, and let them dance the hay. Hol. Most dull, honest, Dull, to our Sport away.
SCENE, before the Princess's Pavilion,
Enter Princess, and Ladies.
If Fairings come thus plentifully in.
Roj. Madam, came nothing else along with That ?
Rof. That was the way to make his God:head wax, For he hath been five thousand years a boy.
Cath. Ay, and a shrewd unhappy gallows too.
Cath. He made her melancholy, fad and heavy,