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99 Now , heaven thee save , thou reverend friar ; I pray thee tell to me If ever , at
your holy shrine My true love thou did see . And how should I your true - love
know From any other one ? O , by his cockle hat and staff , And by his sandal -
Is it true ? is he out of Venice , I can make what merchandize ! it true ? will . Go ,
Tubal , and meet me at our synagogue : Tub . I spoke with some of the sailors that
es go , good Tubal ; at our synagogue , Tubal . caped the wreck . ( Ereunt . Shy .
there do muster true gait " -Several editors have thought this a misprint - one for “
master true gait , " another for “ muster with true gait , " and others again for “ they
muster , ” etc. I am content with the old reading , and Henley's explanation ...
Pray now , buy some : I love a ballad in For my lads to give their dears ; print o ' -
life , for then we are sure they are true . Pins and poking - sticks of steel , Aut .
Here's one to a very doleful tune , How a What maids lack from head to heel ...
This is evidently erroneous ; but the true reading is very doubtful . We have given
that of Stevens , followed by Collier and others , which makes no change but the
transposition of and . Knight changes the parenthesis thus : “ ( Where we ...
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"like a wood woman" might indeed have meant "frantic" or "wild" (with grief) which Launce mentions referring to the "shoe" which he adopts for the sake of illustration. However, Shakespeare, even at his earliest writings, was vastly entertained by double entendres and his love of puns is so well documented. In that time in Italy, women wore platform shoes which were raised to elevate the shoes from the mud and other unpleasant "stuff". These were called "chopines" and the platforms were constructed of wood. The higher the platform, the higher the pretentiousness of the lady. Her height could have put her above many others. Since Launce has his father and mother represented as shoes, this second meaning is certainly not outside of the possibility for Shakespeare's intention. Naturally, it would have had the effect of a rather "localized" and "temporary" idea, but the fact of its having been very popular in that day makes it a candidate for the Bard's delight.