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Eli. Nay, I would have you go before me thither.
Phil. Philip, my liege; fo is my name begun;
form thou bear'st:
Eli. The very fpirit of Plantagenet !-
though? • Something about, a little from the right, ? In at the window, or else o’er the hatch:
“ You should have been respective, &c.” . Again, in The Cafe is alter'd, by Ben Jontan, 1609 : “ I pray you, sir; you are too respective, in good faithe"
STEEVENS. 2 For your conversing. The c!l copy reads - converfion, which may be right; meaning his late change of condition from a private gentleman to a knight. STEEVENS.
3 Now your traveller, ] It is said in All's Well that kids Will, that " a traveller is a good thing after dinner." In that age of newly excited curiosity, one of the entertainments at great tables seems to have been the discourse of a traveller.
JOHNSON. 4 He and his tooth-pick-] It has been already remarked, that to pick the tooth, and wear a pued beard, were, in that time, marks of a man affecting foreign fashions. Jounson.
Ainong Gascoigne's poems I find one entitled, Councell given to Maifter Bartholomew Withipoll a little before his latter journey to Geane, 1572. The following lines may perhaps be acceptable to the reader who is curious enough to enquire about the fashionable follies imported in that age:
"Now, fir, if I thall see your mastership
" A curtolde flipper, and a short lilk hore, &c." So, Fletcher :
“ You that trust in travel ;
" You that enhance the daily price of toothpicks." Again, in Shirley's Grateful Servant, 1630 :
“ I will continue my state-porture, use my toothpick with dircretion, &c."
Again, in The Tragedy of Hoffman, 1631:"---- this matter will trouble us more than all your pcem on picktooths."
So, again, in Cinthia's Rezels by Ben Jonson, 1601:
"-A traveller, one fo made out of the mixture and Ihreds and forms that himselt is truly detorined. He walks most commonly with a clove or picktooth in his mouth.” Again, in Beauinont and Fletcher's Wild Goof Chale:
" Their very pick-teeth 1peak more man than we do." Again, in The Honest Man's Fortune by the fame authors :
• You have travelld like a fidler, to make faces; and brought bome not'hing but a case of toothpices.” SIELVEIS.
s My piked man of countries: The word piked may not refer to the beard, but to the shoes, which were once worn of an immoderate length. To this fashion our author has alluded in King Lear, where the reader will find a more ample explanation, Piked may, however, mean only spruce in dress.
Chaucer says in one of his prologues :-“ Fresh and new her geare ypiked was.” And in the Merchaunts Tale:-“ He kempeth him, and proineth him, and piketh.” In Hyrd's translation of Vives's Instruction of a Christian Woman, printed in 1591, we meet with “ picked and apparelled goodly-goodly and pickedly arrayed. -- Licurgus, when he would have women of his country to be regarded by their virtue and not their ornaments, banished out of the country by the law, all painting, and commanded out of the town all crafty men of picking and apparelling." Again, in a comedy called All Fools, by Chapman, 1602 : ' " 'Tis such a picked fellow, not a haire
" About his whole bulk, but it stands in print." Again, in Love's Labour Loft: “ He is too piqued, too spruce, &c.” Again, in Greene's Defence of Coney-catching, 1592, in the description of a pretended traveller : “ There be in England, especially about London, certain quaint, pickt, and neat companions, attired &c. alamode de France &c." Again : “ Straight after he hath bitten his peak by the end &c." If a comma be placed after the word mani- " I catechize
66 My picked man, of countries.” the passage will seem to mean, “I catechise my selected man, about the countries through which he travelled." STEEVENS.
6-like an ABC-book : ] An ABC-book, or, as they spoke and wrote it, an absey-book, is a catechifm. Johnson, So, in the ancient Interlude of Youth, bl. l. no date :
" In the A. B. C. of bokes the least,
" Yt is written, deus charitas eft." Again, in Tho. Nash's dedication to Greene's Arcadia, 1616; " make a patrimony of In Speech, and more than a younger brother's inheritance of their Abcie." STEEVENS.