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2 Cl. If you that be minded to follow your leader, know me (an ancient honour belonging to our house), for a fore-horse i’ the team, and fore-gallant in a morris, my father's stable is not unfurnish'd.
3 Cl. So much for the fore-horse; but how for a good hobby-horse ? Cud. For a hobby-horse ? let me see an almaMidsummer-moon, let me see you.
“ When the moon's in the full, then wit's in the wane.” No more. Use your best skill; your morris will suffer an eclipse.
1 Cl. An eclipse ? Cud. A strange one. 2 Cl. Strange?
Cud. Yes, and most sudden. Remember the foregallant, and forget the hobby-horse! the whole body of your morris will be darkened.—There be of usbut 't is no matter:-forget the hobby-horse!
1 Cl. Cuddy Banks !-have you forgot since he paced it from Enfield Chase to Edmonton ?-Cuddy, honest Cuddy, cast thy stuff.'
Cud. Suffer may ye all ! it shall be known, I can take my ease as well as another man. hobby-horse where you can get him.
1 Čl. Cuddy, honest Cuddy, we confess, and are sorry for, our neglect.
2 CI. The old horse shall have a new bridle. 3 Cl. The caparisons new painted.
nished with a pasteboard head and neck of a horse. This was buckled round the waist, and covered with a footcloth which reached to the ground, and concealed at once the legs of the performer and his juggling apparatus. Thus equipped, he pranced and curvetted in all directions (probably to keep th ring clear), neighing, and exhibiting specimens of boisterous and burlesque horsemanship.--GIFFORD
1 Cast thy stuff.] The context might lead us to suppose that the author's word was snuff, did not Cuddy subsequently advert to it. Cuddy's anger arises from the unlucky question asked by 3d Clown, “ How shall we do for a good hobby-horse?"-as he apparently expected, from his former celebrity in that respectable character, to have been appointed by acclamation.—GIFFORD. But, query ;-Is not the word cast used here in its old sense of to cast up; and stuff meant for that troublesome “ stuff which weighs about the heart ?"
4 Cl. The tail repaired.
1 Cl. The snaffle and the bosses new saffroned over. Kind,
2 Cl. Honest,
Cud. To show I am not flint, but affable as you say, very well stuffed, a kind of warm dough or puffpaste, I relent, I connive, most affable Jack. Let the hobby-horse provide a strong back, he shall not want a belly when I am in him-but-[seeing the witch.)—uds me, mother Sawyer!
1 Cl. The old witch of Edmonton !-if our mirth be not cross'd
2 Cl. Bless us, Cuddy, and let her curse her to other eye out.
What dost now? Cud. “Ungirt, unblest,” says the proverb; but my girdle shall serve for a riding knot; and a fig for all the witches in Christendom? What wouldst thou ?
1 Cl. The devil cannot abide to be crossed. 2 Cl. And scorns to come at any man's whistle. 3 Cl. Away-4 Cl. With the witch! All. Away with the witch of Edmonton !
[Exeunt in strange postures. Saw. Still vex'd! still tortured! that curmudgeon
Banks Is ground of all my scandal ; I am shunn'd And hated like a sickness; made a scorn To all degrees and sexes. I have heard old
beldams Talk of familiars in the shape of mice, Rats, ferrets, weasels, and I wot not what That have appear'd, and suck'd, some say, their
blood; But by what means they came acquainted with
them, I am now ignorant. Would some power, good or
Instruct me which way I might be revenged
'Tis all one,
Enter a BLACK Dog.' Dog. Ho! have I found thee cursing? now thou
art Mine own.
Saw. Thine! what art thou ?
Dog. He thou hast so often
Saw. Bless me! the Devil ?
| Enter a Black Dog.] “A great matter,". Dr. Hutchinson says, “had been made at the time of the said commission (1697) of a black dog, that frequently appeared to Somers, and persuaded him to say he had dissembled; and when they asked him why he said he counterfeited ? he said, A dog, a dog !-and as odd things will fall in with such stories, it happened that there was a black dog in the chamber, that belonged to one Clark, a spurrier. Some of the commissioners spying him, thought they saw the Devil! one thought his eyes glared like fire! and much speech was afterward made of it,” p. 260. This was under Elizabeth, whose reign, if we may trust the competent authorities, was far more infested with witches than that of James I., when the Black Dog again made his appearance among the Lancashire witches. The audiences of those days, therefore, were well prepared for his reception, and probably viewed him with a sufficient degree of fearful credulity to create an interest in his feats. But there is nothing new under the sun." The whole machinery of witchcraft was as well known to Lucan as to us; and the black dogs of Mother Sawyer and Mother Demdike had their origin in the inferne canes of the Greek and Latin poets, and descended, in regular succession, through all the demonology of the dark ages, to the times of the Revolution, when they quietly disappeared with the sorcerers, their employers.-GIFFORD.
To hurt or fright thee; if I seem terrible
Dog. To confirm 't, command me
Saw. Out, alas'
Dog. And that instantly,
Saw. I know not where to seek relief: but shall I,
Dog. Ha, ha! silly woman!
Saw. Then I am thine; at least so much of me As I can call mine own
Dog. Equivocations ?
Saw. All thine.
arm which he sucks.—Thunder and lightning.
churl, One BanksDog. That wrong’d thee: he lamed thee, call'd
thee witch. Saw. The same; first upon him I'd be revenged, VOL. II.--15
Dog. Thou shalt; do but name how?
Saw. Dost laugh!
Dog. Fool, because I cannot. Though we have power, know, it is circumscribed, And tied in limits; though he be curst to thee,' Yet of himself, he is loving to the world, And charitable to the poor; now men, that, As he, love goodness, though in smallest measure, Live without compass of our reach : his cattle And corn I'll kill and mildew; but his life (Until I take him, as I late found thee, Cursing and swearing) I have no power to touch.
Saw. Work on his corn and cattle then.
Dog. I shall.
Saw. Say how, and in what manner.
Corn, man, or beast wouldst spoil or kill ;
though he be curst to thee,] i. e. cross, splenetic, abusive.-GIFFORD. " His elder sister is so curst and shrewd, that" &c.—Tam. Shr. i. 1. “They (i. e. bears) are never curst (i. e. savage) but when they are hungry."—Wint. Tale, iii. 3.
2 A few of our readers may require to be told that these Latin words (with a slight change which is introduced on purpose) form the second member of the Lord's Prayer. Instead of the Latin word corresponding to “hallowed,” the witch is made to use one which implies the very