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Aut. Here's the midwife's name to’t, one mistress Taleporter; and five or six honest wives' that were present: Why should I carry lies abroad?
Mop. 'Pray you now, buy it.
Clo. Come on, lay it by: And let's first see more ballads; we'll buy the other things anon.
Aut. Here's another ballad, Of a fish, that appeared upon the coast, on Wednesday the fourscore of April, forty thousand fathom above water, and sung this ballad against the hard hearts of maids : it was thought, she was a woman, and was turned into a cold fish, for she would not exchange flesh with one that loved her : The ballad is very pitiful, and as true.
Dor. Is it true too, think
Aut. Five justices' hands at it; and witnesses, more than my pack will hold.
Clo. Lay it by too: Another.
Aut. Why, this is a passing merry one; and goes to the tune of Two maids wooing a man : there's scarce a maid westward, but she sings it ; 'tis in request, I can
Mop. We can both sing it; if thou'lt bear a part, thou shalt hear; 'tis in three parts. Dor. We had the tune on't a month
ago. Aut. I can bear my part; you must know, 'tis my occupation : have at it with you.
A. Get you hence, for I must go ;
D. Whither? M. O, whither ? D. Whither?
D. Me too, let me go thither.
M. Or thou go'st to the grange, or mill :
A. Neither. D. What, neither? A. Neither.
Then, whither go'st ? say, whither?
Clo. We'll have this song out anon by ourselves ; My father and the gentlemen are in sad 6 talk, and we'll not trouble them : Come, bring away thy pack after, me. Wenches, I'll buy for you both : - Pedler, let's have the first choice. – Follow me, girls. Aut. And
Will you buy any tape,
Or lace for your cape,
Any silk, any thread,
Any toys for your head,
Come to the pedler;
Money's a medler,
[Exeunt Clown, AUTOLYCUS, Dorcas,
Enter a Servant. Serv. Master, there is three carters, three shepherds, three neat-herds, three swine-herds, that have made themselves all men of hair 8; they call themselves saltiers': and they have a dance which the wenches say is
sad -] For serious. 7 That doth utter ;-) To utter; to vend by retail.
all men' of hair ;] Men of hair, are hairy men, or satyrs: A dance of satyrs was no unusual entertainment in the middle ages.
they call themselves saltiers:) He means satyrs. VOL. III.
a gallimaufry' of gambols, because they are not in't; but they themselves are o' the mind, (if it be not too rough for some, that know little but bowling) it will please plentifully.
Shep. Away! we'll none on't; here has been too much homely foolery already :- I know, sir, we weary you.
Pol. You weary those that refresh us : Pray, let's see these four threes of herdsmen.
Serv. One three of them, by their own report, sir, hath danced before the king; and not the worst of the three, but jumps twelve foot and a half by the squire. 2
Shep. Leave your prating: since these good men are pleased, let them come in; but quickly now. Serv. Why, they stay at door, sir.
Re-enter Servant, with twelve Rusticks, habited like
Satyrs. They dance, and then exeunt.
1-gallimaufry-] A confused heap of things together.
by the squire.] i.e. by the foot rule. Esquierre, Fr. 3 Pol. O, father, you'll know more of that hereafter.] This is an answer to something which the shepherd is supposed to have said to Polixenes during the dance.
straited -] 1. e. put to difficulties.
For a reply, at least, if you make a care
Old sir, I know
Pol. What follows this?
Do, and be witness to't.
And he, and more
But, my daughter,
I cannot speak
5 or the fann'd snow,
That's bolted, &c.] The fine sieve used by millers to separate flower from bran is called a bolting cloth.
By the pattern of mine own thoughts I cut out .
Take hands, a bargain;
O, that must be
can dream of yet ; .
Come, your hand; —
Soft, swain, awhile, 'beseech you ;
I have: But what of him ?
He neither does, nor shall.
No, good sir;
By my white beard,
dispute his own estate ?] Perhaps for dispute we might read compute: but dispute his estate may be the same with talk over his affairs. Johnson.