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Press me not, 'beseech you, so;
Leon. Tongue-tied, our queen? speak you.
Well said, Hermione.
commission, To let him there a month, behind the gest? Prefix'd for his parting: yet, good deed®, Leontes,
? To let had for its synonymes to stay or stop; to let him there is to stay him there. Gests were scrolls in which were marked the stages or places of rest in a progress or journey, especially a royal one. Strype says that Cranmer entreated Cecil. To let him have the new resolved upon gests, from that time to the end, that he might from time to time know where the king was. It is supposed to be derived from the old French word giste.
& i.e. indeed, in very deed, in troth. Good deed is used in the same sense by the Earl of Surrey, Sir John Hayward, and Gascoigne.
I love thee not a jar o'the clock behind
may not, verily.
pay your fees, When you depart, and save your thanks. How
say you? My prisoner? or my guest? by your dread verily, One of them you shall be. Pol.
Your guest then, madam: To be your prisoner, should import offending; Which is for me less easy to commit, Than you to punish. Her.
Not your gaoler then,
queen, Two lads that thought there was no more behind, But such a day to-morrow as to-day, And to be boy eternal.
Her. Was not my lord the verier wag o’the two? Pol. We were as twinn'd lambs, that did frisk
i' the sun,
And bleat the one at the other: what we chang’d, Was innocence for innocence; we knew not
9 Lordings, a diminutive of lords, often used by Chaucer.
The doctrine of ill doing, nor dream'd
any did : Had we pursued that life,
By this we gather,
O my most sacred lady,
Grace to boot 11 ! Of this make no conclusion; lest you say, Your queen and I are devils: Yet, go on; The offences we have made you do, we'll answer ; If you
first sinn'd with us, and that with us You did continue fault, and that you slipp'd not With
but with us. Leon.
Is he won yet ?
At my request, he would not.
Never, but once. Her. What? have I twice said well ? when was't
10 i.e. setting aside original sin, bating the imposition from the offence of our first parents, we might have boldly protested our innocence.
11 • Grace to boot.' An exclamation equivalent to give us grace. In King Richard III. we have :
* Saint George to boot.' The phrase has been well explained by the author of the Diversions of Purley.
I pr'ythee, tell me: Cram us with praise, and make us As fat as tame things: One good deed, dying tongue
less, Slaughters a thousand, waiting upon that. Our praises are our wages: You may ride us, With one soft kiss, a thousand furlongs, ere With spur we heat an acre. But to the goal;My last good was, to entreat his stay; What was my first? it has an elder sister, Or I mistake you: 0,'would, her name were Grace! But once before I spoke to the purpose: When? Nay, let me have't; I long. Leon.
Why, that was when Three crabbed months had sour'd themselves to death, Ere I could make thee open thy white hand, And clap 12 thyself my love, then didst thou utter, I am yours for ever. Her.
It is grace, indeed. Why, lo you now, I have spoke to the purpose twice: The one for ever earn'd a royal husband; The other, for some while a friend.
[Giving her Hand to POLIXENES. Leon.
Too hot, too hot: [Aside. To mingle friendship far, is mingling bloods. I have tremor cordis on me:-my heart dances; But not for joy,—not joy.-This entertainment May a free face put on; derive a liberty From heartiness, from bounty, fertile bosom 13,
12 At entering into any contract, or plighting of troth, this clapping of hands together set the seas. Numerous instances of allusion to the custom have been adduced by the editors, one shall suffice, from the old play of Ram Alley: ‘Come clap hands a match. The custom is not yet disused in common life.
'from bounty, fertile bosom. I think with Malone that a letter has been omitted, and that we should read :
from bounty's fertile bosom.'
And well become the agent: it may, I grant:
Ay, my good lord.
I'fecks? Why, that's my bawcock 15. What, hast smutch'd
thy nose ?They say, it's a copy out of mine. Come, captain, We must be neat; not neat, but cleanly, captain : And yet the steer, the beifer, and the calf, Are all callid, neat.-Still virginalling 16
[Observing POLIXENES and HERMIONE. Upon his palm ?—How now, you wanton calf ? Art thou
calf? Мат. .
Yes, if you will, my lord. Leon. Thou want'st a rough pash, and the shoots
that I have 17, 14 i.e. the death of the deer. The mort was also certain notes played on the horn at the death of the deer. 15 · Bawcock.'
A burlesque word of endearment supposed to be derived from beau-coq, or boy-cock. It occurs again in Twelfth Night, and in King Henry V. and in both places is coupled with chuck or chick. It is said that bra'cock is still used in Scotland.
16 Still playing with her fingers as a girl playing on the virginals. Virginals were stringed instruments played with keys like a spinnet, which they resembled in all respects but in shape, spinnets being nearly triangular, and virginals of an oblong square shape like a small piano-forte. Spineto and espinette are rendered in the Dictionaries by a paire of virginalles; this was the common term, as the organ was sometimes called a pair of organs.
17 Thou wantest a rough head, and the budding horns that I have. A pash in some places denoting a young bull calf whose horns are springing ; a mad pash, a mad brained boy.