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sort of subjects. It was for continuance of making, and wearing woollen caps; in behalf of the trade of cappers ; providing that all above the age of fix years, (except the nobility and some others) Thould on fabbath

days, and boly-days, wear caps of wool, to knit, thicked, and drest in England, upon

penalty of ten groats.”. But notwithstanding this statute, these caps went very much out of fálhion, and the wearing of hats prevailed. Which caused the Queen two or three years after, to take such notice of it, as to set forth a ftrict proclamation, for the enforcing the wear

ing of caps: the benefit thereof being of more publick good than was at present perceived ; namely the employment of such vast numbers of idle, poor and impotent people, throughout the whole nation, that otherwise muft either have starved, begged, or robbed. Strype's Annals of Queen Elizabeth, vol.-2. p. 74.

266. Biron,

Why, this is be That kiss’d away bis hand in courtesie ; This is the ape of form.] Ben Johnson has a similar expreffion, Cynthias Revels, act 3. sc. 4. Crites.

" An other swears his scene of courtship over ; bids believe him "twenty times, ere they will; anon doth seem * as if he would kiss away his hand in kind

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The history of Timur Bee, translated into French from the life written in the Persian, by Cherefedin Ali his contemporary, and into Englih in two volumes 8vo, p. 133.

Upon the taking of Myrthe : All the Guebres, or fire worshippers in the place were flead alive. Vol. 2. chap. 22. p. 71.

Id. ib. p. 243,

Biron. Devils foonest tempt, resembling Spirits of light.] An allusion to that paffage, 2 Corinth.

xi. 14.

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“ And no marvel, for Satan himself is tranfü form'd into an angel of light."

Id. ib. p. 245.

Damain. Some salve for perjury.] Sir Roger L'Estrenge (Fables, vol. 2. fab. 237, intit'led, A Notable scruple) makes mention of “ a man, " that made a conscience both of an oath, and " a law suit, had the wit yet to make a greater “ conscience of losing an estate for want of

suing, and fwearing to defend it; so that

upon consulting the chapter of dispensations ; es he compounded the matter with certain salvos “ and reserves. Thou talk'st (says he to a “ friend of his) of suing and fwearing. Why “ for one, it is my attorney sueth, and for w the other, what signifies the kissing the book " with a calve's kin cover, and a past-board

stiffning betwixt a man's lips and the text.* Act. 5. sc. 1. p. 249.

Holofernes. Satis quod sufficit.] To which anfwers our Englifh Proverb; Enough is as good 15 a feast.


The French

synd om fi trop n'y a.

1 Ray's Proverbial Sentences, p. 132.

Affer y a,

Sc. 2. p. 251:

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Costard. I marvel thy master bas not eaten thee for a word, for thou art nat sa long by the bead as honorificabilitudinitatibus.) The word is lengthened one fyllable. by J. Taylor the Water Poet; in his address prefix'd to his works, Moft honorificicabilitudinitatibus, &c.

Rabelais has in the title of a book, given us one word much longer. [Works book 2. ch.7.] Antipericatametaparheugedamphicribrationes mendicantium.

Sc. 6.

Princess. Biron did swear himself out of all fuit.] Qu, all footb, or all truth, In which fense the word is used by Shakespeare.

Bon Johnson, Cynthias Revels, act 2. fc. 2. p. 174, has something like this.

Cupid. “ He will blaspheme in his fhirt, “the oathes that he vomits at one fuppes, “ would maintain a towne of garrison in good “ swearing twelve months."

Id. ib. p. 264.

Rof.Well, better wits bave worn plainfatute caps.] Woollen caps were enjoined by act of parliament, in the year 1571, 13th of Queen Eliza

“Besides the bills passed into acts this “ parliament, there was one which I judge not

amiss to be taken notice of it concern'd “ the Queen's care for employment for her poor


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Id. ib. Armado. The truth on't isgil bare ne foirt; I go woolward for penance.) : 5

Boyet. True, and it was enjoyn'd bim in Rome fer want of linner, &c.]. This isi a plain refe. rence to the following story in Stow's Annals, p. 98. [in the time of Edward the Confeffer.] " Next after this [King Edward's firft cure of the king's evil]" Mine authors affirm, that a “ certain man named Vifunius Spileorne, the son

of Ulmore of Nutgershall; who, when he “ hewed timber in the wood of Brutbeullena,

laying him down to sleep after his forc la“ bour, the blood and humours of his head “ fo congeald about his eyes, that he was " thereof blind, for the space of nineteen years ; “ but then (as he had been moved in his fleep) “ he went woolward, and bare footed to many “ churches, in every of them to pray to God, “ for help in his blindness. And laft of all he “ came to the court, (King Edward's) where “ a long time he stood at the entry of the King's

chamber an earnest suiter, till at length the “King hearing of the blind man's dream, he “ faid: By our Lady Saint Mary, I would do “ much with a good will, if it would please “ God through me to have mercie of the poor “ wretch : and thus being driven by his ser** vants, he laid his hand, and the water upon “the blind man's eyes, and streight way the · blood dropped plentifully from him; and " being healed, he cryed with a cheerfull voice, " I see thee, O King, I see thee, O King. Thus


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