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Hoft. You will not pay for the glasses you have burst?

Sly. No, not a denier : goby, Jeronimogo to thy cold bed, and warm thee'.

Hoft. I know my remedy ; I must go fetch the Thirdborough *

Sly. Third, or fourth, or fifth borough, I'll answer him by law; I'll not budge an inch, boy ; let him come, and kindly.

[Falls asleep.

3 Go by S. Jeronimy, go to thy “ som, don't interrupt me, go, cold Bed, and warm thee.] All " by ;” and, to fix the Satire in the Editions have coined a Saint his Allusion, pleasantly calls her here, for Sly to swear by. But Jeronymo.

THEOBALD. the Poet had no such Intentions. I must go fetch the HeadThe Passage has particular Hu- borough. mour in it, and must have been Sly. Third, or fourth, or fifth very pleafing at that time of day. Borough, &c.) This corrupt But I must clear up a Piece of reading had pass'd down through Stage history, to make it under all the Copies, and none of the stood. There is a fuftian old Editors pretended to guess at the Play, callid, Hieronymo ; Or, Poet's Conceit. What an infipid, The Spanish Tragedy: which, I unmeaning Reply does Sly make find, was the common Butt' of to his Hofless? How do third, or Rallery to all the Poets of Sbake fourth, or fifth Borough relate to Speare's Time: and a Passage, Headborough?, The Author in that appear'd very ridiculous intended but a poor Witticism, and that Play, is here humorously al. éven That is loft. The Hoftels luded to. Hieronymo, thinking would say, that she'll fetch a himself injur'd, applies to the Constable : and this Officer King for Justice ; but the Couro calls by his other Name, a Thirdtiers, who did not defire his borough: and upon this Term' Wrongs should be set in a true Sly founds the Conundrum in his. Light, attempt to hinder him Answer to her. Who does not from an Audience.

perceive, at a single glance, some Hiero. Fuffire, ob! justice to Conceit started by this certain Hieronymo.

Correction. There is an Attempt Lor. Back fee' A thou not,' at Wit, tolerable enough for a the King is busy?

Tinker, and one drunk too. Hiero. Oh, is be so?

Third borough is a Saxon-Term King. Who is He that inter- sufficiently explain'd by the Glof

rupts our Business? saries : and in our Statale books, Hiero. Not 1: Hierony. 'no farther back than the 28th

mo, beware; go by, go by. Year of Henry VIIIth, we find So Sly here, not caring to be it used to signify a Constable

. dan'd by the Hostess, cries to her

THEOBALD. in Effect. " Don't be trouble

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Wind horns. Enter a Lord from bunting, with a Train.
Lord. Huntsman, I charge thee, terider well my

hounds,
Brach, Merriman, the poor cur is imbost';
And couple Clowder with the deep-mouth'd Brach.
Saw'ít thou not, boy, how Silver made it good
At the hedge-corner in the coldest fault
I would not lose the dog for twenty pound.

Hun. Why, Belman is as good as he, my Lord ;
He cried upon it at the meerest loss,
And twice to day pick'd out the dullest scent :
Trust me, I take him for the better dog.

Lord. Thou art a fool; if Eccho were as feet,
I would esteem him worth a dozen such.
But füp them well, and look unto them all,
To-morrow I intend to hunt again.

Hun I will, my Lord.
Lord. What’s here? one dead, or drunk ? see, doth

he breathe ?
2 Hun. He breathes, my Lord. Were he not

warm'd with ale,
This were a bed but cold, to sleep fo foundly,

Lord. O monstrous beast! how like a swine he lies!
Grim death, how foul and loathsome is thy image!
Sirs, I will practise on this drunken man.
What think you, if he were convey'd to bed,
Wrapt in sweet cloaths; rings put upon his fingers ;
A most delicious banquet by his bed,

5 Brach, Merriman,] Sir T. I believe the common practice of Hanmer reads, Leech Merriman, huntsmen, but the present readthat is, apply fome remedies to ing may stand Merriman, the poor cur has his - tender well

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hounds, joints swelled. Perhaps we might Brach-Merriman--the poor read, bathe Merriman, which is cur is imbot.

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And brave attendants near him, when he wakes ;
Would not the beggar then forget himself?

Hun. Believe me, Lord, I think he cannot chuse. 2 Hun. It would seem strange unto him, 'when he

wak'd. Lord. Even as a flatt'ring dream, or worthless fancy: Then take him up, and manage well the jest : Carry him gently to my fairelt chamber, And hang it round with all my wanton pictures; Balm his foul head with warm distilled waters, And burn sweet wood to make the lodging sweet, Procure me music ready, when he wakes, To make a dulcet and a heav'nly sound ; And if he chance to speak, be ready straight, And with a low submissive reverence Say, what is it your Honour will command; Let one attend him with a silver bason Full of rose water, and bestrew'd with flowers ; Another bear the ewer; a third a diaper ; And say, will’t please your Lordship cool your hands ? Some one be ready with a costly suit, And ask him what apparel he will wear; Another tell him of his hounds and horse, And that his Lady mourns at his disease ; Persuade him, that he hath been lunatick, And when he says he is, say, that he dreams For he is nothing but a mighty Lord. This do, and do it kindly, gentle Sirs : It will be pastime passing excellent, If it be husbanded with modesty, i Hun. My Lord, I warrant you, we'll play our

part, As he shall think, by our true diligence, He is no less than what we say he is.

Lord. Take him up gently, and to bed with him ;

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modefty.} By modesty is meant maderation without suffering our merriment to break into any excess.

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And each one to his Office, when he wakes.

[Some bear out Sly. Sound Trumpets.
Sirrah, go see what trumpet is that founds.
Belike, some noble gentleman that means, [Ex. Servant.
Travelling some journey, to repose him here.

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Re-enter a Servant, How now? who is it?

Ser. An't please your Honour, Players That offer Service to your lordship.

Lord. Bid them cone near:

Enter Players.
Now, Fellows, you are welcome.

Play. We thank your Honour.
Lord. Do you intend to stay with me to-night?
2 Play. So pleale your Lordship to accept our duty *.

Lord. With all my heart. This fellow I remember,
Since once he play'd a farmer's eldest son:
'Twas where you woo'd the genclewoman fo well:
I have forgot your name; but, sure, that part
Was aptly fitted, and naturally perform d.

Sim. I think, 'twas Soto that your Honour means?

Lord. 'Tis very true; thou didst it excellent:
Well, you are come to me in happy time,
The rather for I have some sport in hand,
Wherein your cunning can aflift me much.

It was in those times the and a very facetious Servingcustom of players to travel in man. Mr. Rowe and Mr. Pope companies, and offer their service prefix the Name of Sim to the at great houses.

Line here spoken; but the first
7 Ishink, 'twas Soto] I take folio, has it Sinckio; which, no
our Author here to be paying a doubt, was the Name of one of
Compliment to Beaumont and the Players here introduc'd, and
Fletcher's Women ploas’d, in which who had play'd the Part of Soto
Comedy there is the Character with Applause.
of Soto, who is a Farmer's Son,

THEOBALD.
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There is a Lord will hear you play to-night ;
But I am doubtful of

your

modesties, Leit, over-eying of his odd Behaviour (For-yer his honour never heard a Play) You break into some merry Passion, And so offend him ; for I tell you, Sirs, If you should smile, he grows impatient.

Play. Fear not, my lord, we can contain ourselves; ; Were he the veriest antick in the world.

2 Play. [to the other.) Go get a Dishclout to make clean your shoes ; and I'll speak for the properties 8.

[Exit Player. My lord, we must have shoulder of mutton for å property, and a little Vinegar to make our devil roar”.

Lord. Go, sirrah, take them to the buttery, And give them friendly welcome, every one : Let them want nothing that the house affords.

[Exit one with the Players, Şirrah, go you to Bartholomew my page, And see him drest in all suits like a lady. That done, conduct him to the drunkard's chamber, And call him Madam, do him all obeisance. Tell him from me (as he will win my love) He bear himself with honourable action,

* Property, in the language of And the Paffion being that, of a play house, is every implement all the mysteries, which was most pecessary to the exhibition. frequently represented, vinegar

9 A little Vinegar to make our became at length the standing devil roar.] When the acting the implement to torment the Demysteries of the old and new tes. vil : And used for this purpose tament was in vogue; at the re even after the mysteries ceased, presentation of the mystery of the and the moralities came in vogue ; Passion, Judas and the Devil where the Devil continued to

And the Devil, have a considerable part. wherever' he came, was always The mention of it here was to to suffer some disgrace, to make ridicule fo absurd a circumstance the people laugh: As here the in these old farces. buffoonery was to apply the gall

WARBURTON, and vinegar to make him roar.

made à part.

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