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Wallets of flesh? or that there were such men, Whose heads stood in their breasts?? which now
we find, Each putter-out on five for one, will bring us
men, Whose heads Rood in their breasts?] Our author might have had this intelligence likewise from the translation of Pliny, B. V. chap. 8. “ The Blemmyi, by report, have no heads, but mouth and eies both in their breasts, STEEVENS.
Or he might have had it from Hackluyt’s Voyages, 1598: “On that branch which is called Caora are a nation of people, whose heads appear not above their shoulders. They are reported to have their eyes in their shoulders, and their mouths in the middle of their breasts." MALONE.
3 Each putter-out, &c.] The ancient custom here alluded to was this. In this age of travelling, it was a practice with those who engaged in long and hazardous expeditions, to place out a sum of money on condition of receiving great interest for it at their return home. So Puntarvolo (it is Theobald's quotation) in Ben Jonson's Every Man out of his Humour: “ I do intend, this year of jubilee coming on, to travel; and (because I will not altogether go upon expence) I am determined to put some five thousand pound, to be paid me five for one, upon the return of my wife, myself, and my dog, from the Turk's court in Constantinople."
To this instance I may add another from The Ball, a comedy, by Chapman and Shirley, 1639:
“ I did most politickly disburse my sums
“ To have five for one at my return from Venice.” Again, in Amends for Ladies, 1639:
“ I would'I had put out something upon my return;
“ I had as lieve be at the Bermoothes." -on five for one” means on the terms of fove for one. So, in Barnaby Riche's Faults, and nothing but Faults, 1607 : “ – those whipsters, that having spent the greatest part of their patrimony in prodigality, will give out the reit of their stocke, to be paid two 03 ibree for one, upon their return from Rome,” &c. &c.
STEEVENS. Each putter-out on five for one,] The old copy has :
-of five for one. I believe the words are only transposed, and that the author
“ Each putter-out of one for fire." So, in Tbe Scourge of Folly, by J. Davies of Hereford, printed about the 1611:
Good warrant of.
I will stand to, and feed,
Thunder and lightning. Enter Ariel like a barpy;'
claps his wings upon the table, and, with a quaint device, the banquet vanishes. Ari. You are three men of fin, whom destiny
“ Sir Solus straight will travel, as they say,
“ And gives out one for three, when home comes he." It appears from Moryson's ITINERARY, 1617, Part I. p. 198, that “this custom of giving out money upon these adventures was first used in court, and among noblemen ;” and that some years before his book was published, “ bankerouts, ftage-players, and men of base condition had drawn it into contempt," by undertaking journeys merely for gain upon their return. MALONE. 4 I will stand 10, and feed,
Although my last : no matter, since I feel
The best is past :] I cannot but think that this passage was intended to be in rhyme, and should be printed thus :
“ I will stand to and feed; although my laft,
“ No matter, since I feel the belt is paft.” M. Mason. 5 Enter Ariel like a harpy; &c.] This circumstance is taken from the third book of the Æneid as translated by Phaer, bl. l. 4to. 1558:
fast to meate we fall. “ But fodenly from down the hills with grisly fall to syght, " The harpies come, and beating wings with great noys out
thei fhright, “ And at our meate they snach ; and with their clawes,” &c. Milton, Parad. Reg. B. II. has adopted the same imagery :
STEEVENS. 6 — and with a quaint device, the banquet vanishes.] Though I will not undertake to prove that all the culinary pantomimes exhibited in France and Italy were known and imitated in this king
(That hath to instrument this lower world,"
I have made you mad; [Seeing Alon. Seb. &c. draw their swords. And even with such like valour, men hang and
drown Their proper selves. You fools ! I and my fel
lows Are ministers of fate; the elements Of whom your swords are temper’d, may as well Wound the loud winds, or with bemock’d-at stabs Kill the still-closing waters, as diminish One dowle that's in my plume; my fellow-mi
dom, I may observe that Aying, rising, and descending services were to be and at entertainments given by the Duke of Burgundy, &c. in 1453 and by the Grand Duke of Tuscany in 1600, &c. See M. Le Grand 'D’Ausli’s Histoire de la vie privée des François, Vol. III. p. 294, &c. Examples therefore of machinery similar to that of Shakspeare in the present instance, were to be met with, and perhaps had been adopted on the stage, as well as at public festivals here in England. See my note on The Merry Wives of Windsor, AA V. sc. v. from whence it appears that a striking conceit in an entertainment given by the Vidame of Chartres, had been transferred to another feast prepared in England as a compliment to Prince Alasco in 1583. STEVENS.
? That bath to instrument this lower world, &c.] i.e. that makes use of this world, and every thing in it, as its instruments to bring about its ends. Steevens.
8 One dowle that's in my plume ;] The old copy exhibits the paffage thus :
• One dowle that's in my plumbe.” Corrected by Mr. Rowe. Bailey, in his Dictionary, says, that dowle is a feather, or rather the single particles of the down.
Since the first appearance of this edition, my very industrious and learned correspondent, Mr. Tollet, of Betley, in Staffordshire, has enabled me to retract a too hasty censure on Bailey, to whom
Are like invulnerable:9 if you could hurt,
we were long indebted for out only English Dillionary. In a small book, entitled Humane Industry: or, A History of mof Manual Arts, printed in 1661, page 93, is the following paffage : “ The wool-bearing trees in Æthiopia, which Virgil (peaks of, and the Eriophori Arbores in Theophrastus, are not such trees as have a certain wool or Dowl upon the outside of them, as the small cotton; but short trees that bear
top, pregnant with wool, which the Syrians call Cott, the Græcians Goffypium, the Italians Bombagio, and we Bombase.". There is a certain shell-fish in the sea, called Pinna, that bears å mofly DOWL, or wool, whereof cloth was fpun and made." -Again, page 95: “ Trichitis, or the hayrie ftone, by fome Greek authors, and Alumen plumaceum, or downy alum, by the Latinifts : this hair or dowl is spun into thread, and weaved into cloth." I have since discovered the fame word in The Ploughman's Tale, erroneously attributed to Chaucer, v. 3202:
“ And fwore by cock'is herte and blode,
“ He would tere him every doule.” Steevens. Cole in his Latin Dictionary, 1679, interprets “ young dowle." by lanugo. Malone.
the elements Of whom
swords are temper'd, may as well
“ Their swords by them they laid-
They have bereft; and do pronounce by me,
Shapes again, and dance with mops and mowes 4 and carry out the table. Pro. [Afide.] Bravely the figure of this harpy
hast thou Perform’d, my Ariel ; a grace it had, devouring: Of my instruction haft thou nothing 'bated, In what thou hadft to say : so, with good life,
:clear life) Pure, blameless, innocent. JOHNSON. So, in Timon : «
clear heavens." STEEVENS. i is nothing, but heart's forrow,
And a clear life ensuing.] The meaning, which is somewhat obfcured by the exprefsion, is,-a miserable fate, which nothing but contrition and amendment of life can avert. MALONE.
with mops and mowes -] So, in K. Lear:
STEEVENS. The old copy, by a manifest error of the press, reads—with mocks. So afterwards:" Will be here with mop and mowe.”
MALONE. To mock and to mowe, seem to have had a meaning somewhat similar; i.e. to insult, by making mouths, or wry faces. STEEVENS.
with good life,] With good life may mean, with exaft presentation of their several characters, with obfervation strange of their particular and distinct parts. So we say, he acted to the life.
Johnson. Thus in the 6th Canto of the Barons' Wars, by Drayton :
“ Done for the last with such exceeding life,
“ As art therein with nature seem'd at Itrife." Good life, however, in Twelfth Night, seems to be used for imocent jallity, as we now fay a bon vivant : “ Would you (says