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And some of Giaunts, hard to be beleeved ; That the delight thereof me much releeved. Amongst the rest a good old woman was, Hight Mother Hubberd, who did farre surpas The rest in honest mirth, that seem'd her well: 35 She, when her turne was come her tale to tell, Tolde of a strange adventure, that betided Betwixt the Foxe and th’ Ape by him mif

guided ; The which for that my sense it greatly pleased, All were my spirite heavie and diseased, Ile write in termes, as she the same did say, So well as I her words remember

may No Muses aide me needes hereto to call ; Base is the style, and matter meane withall. ( Whilome (faid she) before the world was

civill, The Foxe and th' Ape, disliking of their evill And hard estate, determined to seeke Their fortunes farre abroad, lyeke with his

lyeke: For both were craftie and unhappie witted ; Two fellowes might no where be better fitted. 50 The Foxe, that first this cause of griefe did finde, Gan first thus plaine his case with words unkinde. - Neighbour Ape, and my Gothip eke beside, (Both two fure bands in friendship to be tide,)

- Golip] See the note on F, Q. i. xii. 11. TODD.

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Ver. 53.

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65

To whom may I more truftely complaine
The evill plight, that doth me fore constraine,
And hope thereof to finde due remedie?
Heare then my paine and inward agonie.
Thus manie yeares I now have spent and worne,
In meane regard, and bafest fortunes fcorne, 60
Dooing my countrey service as I might,
No leffe I dare faie than the prowdeft wight;
And still I hoped to be up

advaunced,
For my good parts; but still it hath mischaunced.
Now therefore that no lenger hope I see,
But froward fortune ftill to follow mee,
And losels lifted high, where I did looke,
I meane to turne the next leafe of the booke.
Yet, ere that anie way I doo betake,
I meane my Goffip privie first to make.”
“ Ah! my deare Goffip, (answer'd then the Ape,)
Deeply doo

your

fad words my wits awhape, Both for because your griefe doth great appeare, And eke because my felfe am touched neare : For I likewife have wasted much good time, 75 Still wayting to preferment up to clime, Whileft others alwayes have before me ftept, And from

my

beard the fat away have swept ;

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Ver. 67. And lafels lifted high, where I did looke,] So the first folio reads, rightly omitting up on before high, which occur in the original edition. Todd. Ver. 72.

awhape,] Terrify. See the note on F. Q. v, xi. 32. TODD.

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That now unto defpaire I gin to growe
And meane for better winde about to throwe. 80
Therefore to me, my trustie friend, aread
Thy councell : two is better than one head.”
“ Certes (faid he) I meane me to disguize
In some straunge habit, after uncouth wize,
Or like a Pilgrim, or a Lymiter,
Or like a Gipfen, or a Iuggeler,
And fo to wander to the worldës ende,
To seeke my fortune, where I may it mend:
For worse than that I have I cannot meete.
Wide is the world I wote, and everie streete 90.
Is full of fortunes, and adventures ftraunge,
Continuallie subiect unto chaunge.
faire brother

now,

if this device Doth like you, or may you to like entice.” * Surely (faid th' Ape) it likes me wondrous

Say, my

well;

And, would ye not poore fellowship expell, 96
My felfe would offer you t' accompanie
In this adventures chauncefull ieopardie:
For, to wexe olde at home in idleneffe,
Is disadventrous, and quite fortunelesse ;
Abroad where change is, good may gotten bee."
The Foxe was glad, and quickly did agree:

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Ver. 85.

Lymiter,] A Fryer licensed to beg within a certain district. Şee Prol. Cant. T. 209.

TYRWHITT.

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So both refolv'd, the morrow next ensuing,
So foone as day appeard to peoples vewing,
On their intended iourney to proceede;
And over night, whatso theretoo did neede,
Each did
prepare,

in readines to bee.
The morrow next, fo foone as one might fee
Light out of heavens windowes forth to looke,
Both their habiliments unto them tooke,
And put themselves (a Gods name) on their way;
Whenas the Ape, beginning well to wey
This hard adventure, thus began t' advise:
“ Now read Sir Reynold, as ye be right wise,
What course ye weene is best for us to take, 115
That for our felves we may a living make.
Whether shall we professe some trade or skill?
Or shall we varie our device at will,
Even as new occasion appeares ?
Or shall we tie our felves for certaine yeares 120
To anie service, or to anie place ?
For it behoves, ere that into the race
We enter, to resolve first hereupon.”.
“ Now surely brother (said the Foxe anon)
Ye have this matter motioned in seafon :
For everie thing that is begun with reason
Will come by readie meanes, unto his end;
But things miscounselled must needs miswend.
Thus therefore I advize upon the case,
That not to anie certaine trade or place,

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Nor anie man, we should our felves applie;
For why should he that is at libertie :
Make himselfe bond ? fith then we are free

borne,
Let us all fervile base subiection scorne ;
And, as we bee fonnes of the world fo wide, 135
Let us our fathers heritage divide,
And.chalenge to our selves our portions dew::
Of all the patrimonie, which a few
Now hold in hugger mugger in their hand,
And all the reft doo rob of good and land. 140
For now a few have all, and all have nought,
Yet all be brethren ylike dearly bought:
There is no right in this partition,
Ne was it so by institution
Ordained first, ne by the law of Nature,
But that she

gave like blessing to each creture As well of worldly livelode as of life, That there might be no difference nor strife, Norought cald mine or thine: thrice happie then Was the condition of mortall men.'

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Ver. 139.

in hugger-mugger] In fecret, Fr. en cachette, Cotgrave. See his Dict. in VV. Cachette and Hugger mugger. Florio, in his Italian Dictionary, as Mr. Malone also has observed, renders this expression by dinascoso. Shakspeare uses it in Hamlet, speaking of Polonius's burial :

we have done but greenly 56 In hugger-mugger to inter him ~" which Mr. Steevens thinks the poet took from Sir Thomas North’s translation of Plutarch : “ Antonius thinking that his body should be honourably buried, and not in hugger-mugger."

TODD.

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