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antick the law? Do not thou, when thou ar hang a thief.

P. Hen. No; thou shalt.

FAL. Shall I? O rare! By the Lord," brave judge.

P. Hen. Thou judgest false already; thou shalt have the hanging of the thievi become a rare hangman.

FAL. Well, Hal, well; and in some for with my humour, as well as waiting in I can tell you.

P. Hen. For obtaining of suits?s

Fal. Yea, for obtaining of suits : hangman hath no lean wardrobe. as melancholy as a gib cat,“ or a luş

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4- I'll be a brave judge.] This thoug! is taken from the old play of Henry V :

Hen. V. Ned, so soon as I am king, t' shall be to put my lord chief justice out of of my lord chief justice of England.

Ned. Shall I be lord chief justice? } the bravest lord chief justice that ever was

s For obtaining of suits?] Suit, spok court, means a petition; used with respe the clothes of the offender. JOHNSON So, in an ancient Medley, bl. 1: “ The broker hath


cloat « Which from the hangman See Vol. IV. p. 325, n. 5. The man's Tragedy, 1631: “ A poor m and 'tis a good fuit,-very good a; a gib cat,] A gib cat

] cat. JOHNSON.

A gib cat is the comme jacent counties, to expre

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ommodity of good names be Knights of the Pofte, ad it were well if they jould, and yet I thinke

it.” Reed. no man regards it.] This without; The uttereth her it my hand, and no man HOLT WHITE. For iteration Sir T. Hanmer which the meaning is cernot always to change what he cech a text is very indecently taff answers, thou haft damnable eating and applying holy texts. INSON. rified simply citation or recitation. 631: d peruse it well, ines brings gold.” appears to mean pronouncing, remaines, 1614: King Edward I. c. MALONE.

Fal. Thou hast the most unsavoury fimiles ;: and art, indeed, the most comparative, rascalliest,sweet young prince,—But, Hal, I pry'thee, trou- . ble me no more with vanity. I would to God,

The Egyptians in their Hieroglyphics expressed a melancholy man by a hare sitting in her form. See Pierii Hieroglyph. Lib. XII. STEEVENS.

2 the melancholy of Moor-ditch?] It appears from Stowe's Survey, that a broad ditch, called Deep-ditch, formerly parted the hospital from Moor-fields; and what has a more melancholy appearance than ftagnant water?

This ditch is also mentioned in The Gul's Hornbook, by Decker, 1609:

it will be a forer labour than the cleansing of Augeas’ stable, or the scowring of Moor-ditch."

Again, in Newes from Hell, brought by the Divel's Carrier, by Thomas Decker, 1606: As touching the river, looke how Moor-ditch thews when the water is three quarters dreyn'd out, and by reason the stomacke of it is overladen, is ready to fall to cafting. So does that; it stinks almost worse, is almost as poysonous, altogether so muddy, altogether fo black." STEVENS.

So, in Taylor's Pennylefe Pilgrimage, quarto, 1618: “—my body being tired with travel, and my mind attired with moody, muddy, Moore-ditch melancholy.MALONE.

Moor-ditch, a part of the ditch surrounding the city of London, between Bishopsgate and Cripplegate, opened to an unwholesome and impassable morass, and consequently not frequented by the citizens, like other suburbial fields which were remarkably pleasant, and the fashionable places of resort. T. WARTON.

- fimiles;] Old copies—(miles. Corrected by the editor of the second folio. MALONE.

4 --- the most comparative,] Sir T. Hanmer and Dr. Warburton after him, read-incomparative, I suppose for incomparable, or peerless; but comparative here means quick at comparisons, or fruitful in fimiles, and is properly introduced. Johnson.

This epithet is used again, in Act III. sc. ii. of this play, and apparently in the same fense:

-stand the push “ Of every beardless vain comparative." And in Love's Labour's Loft, A& V. sc. ult. Rosaline tells Biron that he is a man“ Full of comparisons and wounding flouts."


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thou and I knew where a commodity of good names were to be bought :' An old lord of the council rated me the other day in the street about you, but I mark'd him not: and yet he talk'd very wisely; but I regarded him not: and yet he talk'd wisely, and in the street too.

P. Hen. Thou did'st well; for wisdom cries out in the streets, and no man regards it.“

FAL. O, thou hast damnable iteration ;? and art, indeed, able to corrupt a faint. Thou hast done much harm upon me, Hal,-God forgive thee for it! Before I knew thee, Hal, I knew nothing; and now am I, if a man should speak truly, little better than one of the wicked. I must give over this life, and I will give it over; by the Lord, an I do

s I would to God, thou and I knew where a commodity of good names were to be bought:) So, in The Discoverie of the Knights of the Pofte, 1597, fign. C: “In troth they live so so, and it were well if they knew where a commoditie of names were to be fould, and yet I thinke all the money in their purses could not buy it." Reeb. 6

- wisdom cries out in the streets, and no man regards it.] This is a scriptural expresion : Wijdom crieth without; Îhe uttereth her voice in the streets. I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded." Proverus, i. 20, and 24. Holt White.

; O, thou host damnable iteration;] For iteration Sir T. Hanmer and Dr. Warburton read attraction, of which the meaning is certainly more apparent; but an editor is not always to change what he does not understand. In the laft speech a text is very indecently and abusively applied, to which Falstaff answers, thou haft damnable iteration, or a wicked trick of repeating and applying holy texts. This I think is the meaning. JOHNSON.

Iteration is right, for it also signified simply cilation or recitation. So, in Marlow's Doctor Fauftus, 1631:

“ Here take this book, and peruse it well,

The iterating of these lines brings gold.” From the context, iterating here appears to mean pronouncing, reciting. Again, in Camden's Remaines, 1614: " King Edward I. diniking the iteration of Fitz,” &c. MALONE.

not, I am a villain; I'll be damn'd for never a
king's son in Christendom.

P. Hen. Where shall we take a purse to-morrow,

Fal. Where thou wilt, lad, I'll make one; an I
do not, call me villain, and baffle me."

P. Hen. I see a good amendment of life in thee; from praying, to purse-taking.

Enter Poins, at a distance.

Fal. Why, Hal, 'tis my vocation, Hal; 'tis no sin for a man to labour in his vocation. Poins !Now shall we know if Gadshill have fet a match.



and baffle me.] See Mr. Tollet's note on K. Richard II. p. 198. Stevens.

-no fin for a man to labour in his vocation.] This (as Dr. Farmer observes to me) is undoubtedly a sneer on Agremont Rad. cliffe's Politique Discourses, 1578. From the beginning to the end of this work, the word vocation occurs in almost every paragraph. Thus chapter i:

“ That the vocation of men hath been a thing unknown unto philosophers, and other that have treated of Politique Government; of the commoditie that cometh by the knowledge thereof; and the etymology and definition of this worde vocation." Again, chap. xxv:

Whether a man being disorderly and unduely entered into any vocation, may lawfully brooke and abide in the same; and whether the administration in the meane while done by him that is unduely entered, ought to holde, or be of force.” Steevens.

9 have fet a match.) Thus the quarto. So, in Ben Jonson's Bartholomew Fair, 1614: “ Peace, fir, they'll be angry if they hear you eves-dropping, now they are setting their match. There it seems to mean making an appointment.—The folio reads—fet a watch. Malone.

As no watch is afterwards set, I suppose match to be the true reading. STEVENS,

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