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a King in Christendom could be better bit than I have been fince the first cock.
2 Car. Why, they will allow us ne'er a jourden, and then we leak in your chimney : and your chamber-lie breeds fleas like a Loach.
i Car. What, oftler!-Come away, and be hang’d, come away.
2 Car. I have a gammon of bacon, and two'razes of ginger to be deliver'd as far as Charing-crofs.
i Car. 'Odsbody, the Turkies in my panniers are quite starv'd. What, oftler! a plague on thee! haft thou never an eye in thy head? canst not hear? an ?were not as good a deed as drink, to break the pate of thee, I am a very villain. Come and be hang'd haft no faith in thee?
Gads. Good-morrow, carriers. What's o'clock ? Car. I think, it be two o'clock.
Gads. I pr’ythee, lend me thy lanthorn, to see my gelding in the stable.
i Car. Nay, soft, I pray ye; I know a trick worth Iwo of that, i'faith.
Gads. I pr’ythee, lend me thine.
2 Car. Ay, when? canst tell?_lend me thy lanthorn, quoth a!--marry, I'll see thee hang'd first
. Gads, Sirrah, carrier, what time do you mean to come to London ?
2 Car. Time enough to go to bed with a Candle, I warrant thee.- Come, neighbour Mugges, we'll call
like, a Loach,] Scotch, a from the Raze mentioned here. lake.
WARBU'R TON. The former signifies no s And two Razes of Ginger.] than a single Root of it; but a As our Author in several Pallages Raze is the Indian Term for à mentions a Race of Ginger, Bale of it. THEOBALD. thought proper to distinguish it
up the gentlemen; they will along with Company, for they have great Charge.
Gads. What, ho, chamberlain !
Gads. That's ev'n as fair, as at hand, quoth the chamberlain ; for thou variest no more from picking of purses, than giving direction doth from labouring. Thou lay'st the plot how,
Cham. Good-morrow, master Gads-bill. It holds cure rent, that I told you yesternight. There's a Franklin, in the wild of Kent, hath brought three hundred marks with him in gold; I heard him tell it to one of his company last night at fupper, a kind of auditor, one that hath abundance of charge too, God knows what. They are up already, and call for eggs and butter. They will away presently,
Gads. Sirrah, if they meet not with 'St. Nicholas" clarks, I'll give thee this neck,
Cham. No, I'll none of it; I pr’ythee, keep that for the hangman; for I know thou worshipp ft St. Nicholas' as truly as a man of falfhood may.
Gads. What talk’ft thou to me of the hangman ? if I hang, I'll make a fat pair of gallows. For if I hang, old Sir John hangs with me, and thou know'st, he's no starveling. Tut, there are other Trojans that thou dream'st not of, the which, for sport-sake, are content to do the profession some grace;
that would, if mat
" Franklin is a little gentle Nick, is a cant name for the De.
vil. Hence he equivocally calls · St. Nicholas' clarks.] St. robbers, St. Nicholas's clarks, Nicholas was the Patron Saint of .
WAREURTON. scholars: And Nicholas, or Old ?.
ters should be look'd into for their own credit fake, make all whole. * I am join'd with no foot-land-rakers, no long-staff-sixpenny-strikers, none of thofe mad Mustachio-purple-hu’d-malt-worms; but with nobility and tranquillity ; 'burgo-masters, and great Oneyers; such as can hold in, such as will 'strike fooner
I am joined with no out equal or greater likelihood foot land rakers, -] That is, of truth. I know not however with no padders, no wanderers whether any change is necessary; on foot. No long staf sixpenny Gads hill tells the Chamberlain Arikers, no fellows that infest that he is joined with no mean the road with long staffs and wretches but with burgomasters knock men down for fixpence. and great ones, or as he terms None of those mad mustachio fur. them in merriment by a cant ple hued maltworms, none of those termination, great-oneyers, whose faces are red with drink- greatone eers, as we say privateer,
auctioneer, circuiteer. This is I burgo masters, and great fancy the whole of the matter. one-eyers.; Perhaps oneraires,
such as will Arike Trustees, or Commissioners ; says sooner than speak; and speak sooner Mr. Pope. But how this Word than DRINK; and DRINK sooner comes to admit of any such Con- than pray ;-] According to the struction, I am at a loss to know. specimen given us in this play, To Mr.Pope's second Conjecture, of this dissolute gang, we have of cunning Men that look foarp no reason to think they were less and aim well, I have nothing to ready to drink than speak. Bereply seriously: but chuse to drop fides, it is plain, a natural grait. The reading which I have dation was here intended to be fubftituted, I owe to the Friend- given of their actions, relative fhip of the ingenious Nicholas to one another. But what has Hardinge, Efq. A Moneyer is an speaking, drinking and praying to Officer of the Mint, which makes do with one another. We should Coin and delivers out the King's certainly read THINK in both Money. Moneyers are also taken places instead of drink; and then for Banquers, or those that make we have a very regular and hu. it their trade to turn and return mourous climax. They will Arike Money. Fither of these Accep- fooner than speak; and speak fooner tations will admirably square with than THINK; and THINK sooner Our author's Context.
than pray. By which last words THEOBALD,
is meant, that Tho' perhaps they This is a very acute and judi. may now and then reflect on their cious attempt at emendation, crimes, they will never repent of and it is not undefervedly adopt them. The Oxford Editor has ed by Dr. Warburton. Sir T. Han- dignified this correction by his mer reads great owners, not with- adoption of it. WARBURTON.
than speak : and speak sooner than think; and think sooner than pray; and yet I lye, for they pray continually unto their faint the Common-wealth; or rather, not pray to her, but prey on her ; for they ride up and down on her, and make her their boots.
Cham. What, the common-wealth their boots ? will she hold out water in foul way?
Gads. 'She will, she will; justice hath liquor'd her. We steal as in a castle, cock-fure; we have the receipt of Fern-feed?, we walk invisible.
Cham. Nay, I think rather you are more beholden to the night, than the Fern-feed, for your walking invisible.
Gads. Give me thy hand : thou shalt have a share in our purchase, as I am a true man.
Cham. Nay, rather let me have it, as you are a false thief.
Gads. Go to, * Homo is a common name to all men. Bid the oftler bring my gelding out of the stable, Farewell, ye muddy knave.
2 She will, she will; juftice wonder always endeavours to . hath liquord her.] A Satire on augment itself, they ascribed chicane, in courts of justice; to Fern- seed many strange prowhich supports ill men in their perties, some of which the raitick violations of the law, under the virgins have not yet forgotten or very cover of it. WARBURTON. exploded. we have the receipt of
Homo is a name, &c.] Fern-feed,] Fern is one of Gadshill had promised as he was those plants, which have their a true man, the chamberlain wills feed on the back of the leaf fo him to promise rather as he is a small as to escape the fight. falje thief; to which Gadsbill anThose who perceived that fern swers, that though he might have was propagated by semination, reason to change the word trucs and yet could never see the feed, he might have spared man, for were much at a loss for a solu- bomo is a name common to all tion of the difficulty; and as men, and among others to thieves.
Changes to the Highway. Enter Prince Henry, Poins, and Peto. Poins. YOME, shelter, shelter, I have removed
Falstaff's horse, and he frets like a gumm'd velvet.
P. Henry. Stand close.
Fal. Poins, Poins, and be hang’d, Poins !
P. Henry. Peace, ye fat-kidney'd rascal, what a brawling dost thou keep?
Fal. What, Poins, Hall.
P. Henry. He is walk'd up to the top of the hill, I'll go seek him.
Fal. I am accurft to rob in that thief's company : the rascal hath remov'd my horse, and ty’d him, I know not where. If I travel but * four foot by the square farther afoot, I shall break my wind. Well, I. doubt not but to die a fair death for all this, if I 'scape hanging for killing that rogue. I have forsworn his company hourly any time this two and twenty year, and yet I am bewitch'd with the rogue's company. If the rascal have not given me ' medicines to make me love him, I'll be hang’d; it could not be else; I have drunk medicines. Poins ! Hal! a Plague upon you
- four foot by the square.] so much humour here as is fufThe thought is humourous, and pečted : four foot by the square is alludes to his bulk: Infinuating, probably no more than four foot that his legs being four foot asun- by a rule. der, when he advanced four foot,
medicines to make me this put together made four foot love him,] Alluding to the vulSquare. WARBURTON. gar notion of love-powder. I am in doubt whether there is