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She will not quench, and let instructions enter
[The QUEEN drops the box: PISANIO takes
So much as but to prop him?-Thou tak'st up
That I mean to thee. Tell thy mistress how
Not to be shak'd: the agent for his master;
a Think what a chance thou changest on; &c.] Thus the old text, which has been changed to,
"Think what a chance thou chancest on; "-
Looking at the context, we should prefer reading,
"Think what a chance! thou changest one; but think
You only change the service of your master for mine; retain your old mistress, and have my son for friend beside. Chance, it must be remembered, in old language meant fortune, luck, &c.
Liegers for her sweet;] This apparently signifies, ambassadors to her lover.
Since doubting things go ill, often hurts more
IACH. Let me my service tender on your lips. IMO. Away!-I do condemn mine ears that have
So long attended thee.-If thou wert honourable,
Thou wrong'st a gentleman, who is as far
Thee and the devil alike.--What ho, Pisanio !—
The king my father shall be made acquainted
(*) First folio, who.
You make amends.
(†) First folio, men.
IACH. He sits 'mongst men, like a descended* god:
He hath a kind of honour sets him off,
Which you know, cannot err: the love I bear him
IACH. My humble thanks. I had almost forgot To entreat your grace but in a small request, And yet of moment too, for it concerns Your lord, myself, and other noble friends, Are partners in the business."
Pray, what is 't?
IACH. Some dozen Romans of us, and your
The best feather of our wing,-have mingled sums
Which I, the factor for the rest, have done
And pawn mine honour for their safety since My lord hath interest in them, I will keep them In my bedchamber.
Enter CLOTEN and Two Lords.
CLO. Was there ever man had such luck! when I kissed the jack, upon an up-cast to be hit away! I had a hundred pound on 't: and then a whoreson Jackanapes must take me up for swearing; as if I borrowed mine oaths of him, and might not spend them at my pleasure.
1 LORD. What got he by that? You have broke his pate with your bowl.
2 LORD. [Aside.] If his wit had been like him that broke it, it would have run all out.
CLO. When a gentleman is disposed to swear, it is not for any standers-by to curtail his oaths, ha?
2 LORD. No, my lord; [Aside.] nor crop the ears of them.
CLO. Whoreson dog!-I give him satisfaction? Would he had been one of my rank!
(*) First folio, gave.
a When I kissed the jack,-] In the game of Bowling, or Bowls, the small bowl which is aimed at, was sometimes termed the Block, or the Jack, but more often the Mistress.
b And you crow, cock, with your comb on.] A cock's comb was one of the badges of the household fool, and hence the compound
2 LORD. [Aside.] To have smelt like a fool. CLO. I am not vexed more at any thing in the earth,-a pox on 't! I had rather not be so noble as I am; they dare not fight with me, because of the queen my mother: every Jack-slave hath his belly-full of fighting, and I must go up and down like a cock that nobody can match.
2 LORD. [Aside.] You are cock and capon too; and you crow, cock, with your comb on. CLO. Sayest thou?
1 LORD. It is not fit your lordship should undertake every companion that you give offence to. CLO. No, I know that: but it is fit I should commit offence to my inferiors.
2 LORD. Ay, it is fit for your lordship only. CLO. Why, so I say.
1 LORD. Did you hear of a stranger that's come to court to-night? +
. CLO. A stranger, and I not know on 't!