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On shelves couched at his beddes hed,
This carpenter had wedded new a wif
were the pebbles or counters which were anciently used in numcration.
9.3217. th: kinges yote] What this note or tune was I must leave to be explained by tlie musical antiquaries, Angelus ad Virginem, I suppose, was Ave Maria, &'c.
W.3223. Oj eightine j'ere] The words-130--are not in the mil. Mi. A. reads fizientene, which perhaps may be right, if /eventene he pronounced as of four fyllables. Afk. I and 2 would remove a!l ditculties, by reading of eightene j'ere this woman was of age.
V. 3227. He kneru not Caron] The calling of this author ca. 101 thews that he was more ftudiсd in French than in Latin.
Men shulden wedden afrcr hir eftate,
Fayre was this yonge wif, and therwithal
See below, ver. 9251, 14946, 16155. Who lie was or of what age is uncertain; but his autliority four or five hundred years ago seems to liave been as great as if he had really been the famous Censor of Rome. However, the maxim lierc alluded to is not properly one of Cato's; but I find it in a kind of Supplement to The Moral Distichis entitled Facetus, int. Auctores octo morales. Lugd. 1538, cap. iii.;
Duc tibi prole parem fponfam moresque venufam.
Si cum pace velis vitam deducere juflain. The fame treatise, or at leait one with the same bepinning, and on the same subject, is mentioned in the Cat.my. Coil. Trin. Dublin, A. 275, under the title of Urbanus. It is there attributed to Daniel Ecclesienfis (Churche) who lived about the year 1180. See Bayle, Cent, iji. 17, and Fabric. Bib. Med. Fl. in v.
$. 32 37. many a gore) This word is used again in ver. 13719. I do not understand it is either place.
Hire fillet brode of silk, and fet full hye ;
And by hire girdel heng a purse of lether 3250
any kid or calf solowing his dame. зебо 1. 3247. Ili sful for to fee] The better mfl. read-on to fee --which I believe is right. See Lydg. Troy. b. iii. ch. xxii.;
His brother Trojlus, so goodly on to see and Gover, Conf. Amant. fol. 17, b.;
Tho was the fouler unto (r. on, to je. t. 3248. Il ne perienete tree] Some of the msl. read per. jonette, as if the word tere derived froin the Ital. pero ginta110110, rather than from the Fr. poire or pere jeunetie. In either cale it fignifies a young pear.
W. 3257. porled coish laroun] That is, I believe, ornamented with latoun in the thape of pearls. It is probable that some very elegant purses were embroidered with real pearls.
V. 3254. So gry a forclot] This word may either be confidered as a diminutive ficm poupće, a puppet, or as a corruption of pojillot, a young butterfly.
Hire mouth was swete as braket or the meth,
Now fire, and eft fire, so befell the cas,
3280 Or I wol dien, al so God me save.
And she sprong as a colt doch in the trave ;
V. 3258. a primerole] Old Fr. for a priinrose. It is used by Gower, Conf. Amant. fol. 148.-- A pizzejnie. The Romans uied oculus as a term of endearment, and perhaps piggesnic, in vulgarlanguage, only means ocellus, the eyes of that animal being remarkably finall. The word occurs again in The Remedie of Love, ver. 257, though I do not believe that to be a work of Chaucer.
And with hire hed she writhed faste away,
This Nicholas gan inercy for to crie,
Nay, therof care you not, quod Nicholas:
$. 3296. Harow] It would mucii exceed the limits of these Notes to recite the several opinions concerning the original of this word. The curious reader inay confult Du Cange, in v. and Hickes, Gr. Fr. Theot. p. 96, I ratber believe it to bave been derived trom bar, altus, and or, clamor, two Illandick words, which were probably once common to all the Scandinavian nations. See Gudmund. Andr. Lex. INant. by Refenius. Hafn. 1693. In support of this opinion it may be observed that the very word vareop or barop, was used by some of the inhabitants of the Low.countries in the same femte in which Harou was by the Normans. Du Cange, in y, Hurgep.