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With all their honourable points of ignorance, Pertaining thereunto, (as fights, and fireworks;2 Abusing better men than they can be,

Out of a foreign wisdom,) renouncing clean
The faith they have in tennis, and tall stockings,
Short blister'd breeches, and those types of travel,
And understand again like honest men;


vertue, not in bravery; they rode not with fannes to ward their faces from the wind," &c. Again, in Lingua, &c. 1607, Phantastes, who is a male character, is equipped with a fan.


The text may receive illustration from a passage in Nashe's Life of Iacke Wilton, 1594: "At that time [viz. in the court of King Henry VIII.] I was no common squire, no undertroden torch-bearer, I had my feather in my cap as big as a flag in the foretop, my French doublet gelte in the belly, as though (lyke a pig readie to be spitted) all my guts had been pluckt out, a paire of side paned hose that hung down like two scales filled with Holland cheeses, my long stock that sate close to my dock, my rapier pendant like a round sticke, &c. my blacke cloake of black cloth, ouerspreading my backe lyke a thornbacke or an elephantes eare;-and in consummation of my curiositie, my handes without gloves, all a more French," &c. RITSON.

In Rowley's Match at Midnight, Act I. sc. i. Sim says: "Yes, yes, she that dwells in Blackfryers, next to the sign of The Fool laughing at a Feather."

But Sir Thomas Lovell's is rather an allusion to the feathers which were formerly worn by fools in their caps. See a print on this subject from a painting of Jordaens, engraved by Voert; and again, in the ballad of News and no News:


"And feathers wagging in a fool's cap." Douce.

-fireworks;] We learn from a French writer quoted in Montfaucon's Monuments de la Monarchie Françoise, Vol. IV. that some very extraordinary fireworks were played off on the evening of the last day of the royal interview between Guynes and Ardres. Hence, our "travelled gallants," who were present at this exhibition, might have imbibed their fondness for the pyrotechnic art. STEEVENS.


-blister'd breeches,] Thus the old copy; i. e. breeches puff'd, swell'd out like blisters. The modern editors read— bolster'd breeches, which has the same meaning. STEEVENS.

Or pack to their old playfellows: there, I take it, They may, cum privilegio, wear away

The lag end of their lewdness, and be laugh'd at. SANDS. 'Tis time to give them physick, their diseases

Are grown so catching.


What a loss our ladies

Will have of these trim vanities!

Lov. Ay, marry, There will be woe indeed, lords; the sly whoresons Have got a speeding trick to lay down ladies; A French song, and a fiddle, has no fellow.

SANDS. The devil fiddle them! I am glad they're going;

(For, sure, there's no converting of them;) now An honest country lord, as I am, beaten

A long time out of play, may bring his plain-song, And have an hour of hearing; and, by❜r-lady, Held current musick too.


Your colt's tooth is not cast yet.


Nor shall not, while I have a stump.


Well said, lord Sands;

No, my lord;

Sir Thomas,

To the cardinal's;

Whither were you a going?


Your lordship is a guest too.

CHAM. O, 'tis true: This night he makes a supper, and a great one, To many lords and ladies; there will be The beauty of this kingdom, I'll assure you.

wear away-] Old copy-wee away. Corrected in the second folio. MALONE.

Lov. That churchman bears a bounteous mind


A hand as fruitful as the land that feeds us;
His dews fall every where.

No doubt, he's noble;
He had a black mouth, that said other of him.

SANDS. He may, my lord, he has wherewithal;

in him,

Sparing would show a worse sin than ill doctrine: Men of his way should be most liberal,

They are set here for examples.

CHAM. True, they are so ; But few now give so great ones. My barge stays;5 Your lordship shall along:-Come, good sir Thomas, We shall be late else: which I would not be, For I was spoke to, with sir Henry Guildford, This night to be comptrollers.


I am your lordship's. [Exeunt.

My barge stays;] The speaker is now in the King's palace at Bridewell, from which he is proceeding by water to York-place, (Cardinal Wolsey's house,) now Whitehall.

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The Presence-Chamber in York-Place.

Hautboys. A small Table under a State for the Cardinal, a longer Table for the Guests. Enter at one Door ANNE BULLEN, and divers Lords, Ladies, and Gentlewomen, as Guests; at another Door, enter Sir HENRY GUildford.


GUILD. Ladies, a general welcome from his Salutes ye all: This night he dedicates To fair content, and you: none here, he hopes, In all this noble bevy, has brought with her One care abroad; he would have all as merry As first-good company, good wine, good welcome Can make good people."- -O, my lord, you are tardy;

noble bevy,] Milton has copied this word: "A bevy of fair dames." JOHNSON.

Spenser had, before Shakspeare, employed this word in the

same manner:

"And whither runs this bevy of ladies bright?" Shepheard's Calender. April.

Again, in his Fairy Queen:

"And in the midst thereof, upon the flowre,

"A lovely bevy of faire ladies sate."

The word bevy was originally applied to larks. See the Glossary to the Shepheard's Calender. MALONE.

As first-good company, &c.] As this passage has been all along pointed, [As first, good company,] Sir Harry Guildford is made to include all these under the first article; and then gives us the drop as to what should follow. The poet, I am persuaded, wrote:

As first-good company, good wine, good welcome, &c. i. e. he would have you as merry as these three things can make

Enter Lord Chamberlain, Lord SANDS, and Sir THOMAS LOvell.

The very thought of this fair company
Clapp'd wings to me.

CHAM. You are young, sir Harry Guildford.
SANDS. Sir Thomas Lovell, had the cardinal
But half my lay-thoughts in him, some of these
Should find a running banquets ere they rested,
I think, would better please them: By my life,
They are a sweet society of fair ones.

you, the best company in the land, of the best rank, good wine, &c. THEOBALD.

Sir T. Hanmer has mended it more elegantly, but with greater violence:

As first, good company, then good wine, &c. JOHNSON. a running banquet-] A running banquet, literally speaking, is a hasty refreshment, as set in opposition to a regular and protracted meal. The former is the object of this rakish peer; the latter, perhaps, he would have relinquished to those of more permanent desires. STEEVENS.

A running banquet seems to have meant a hasty banquet. "Queen Margaret and Prince Edward, (says Habingdon, in his History of King Edward IV.) though by the Earle recalled, found their fate and the winds so adverse, that they could not land in England, to taste this running banquet to which fortune had invited them." The hasty banquet, that was in Lord Sands's thoughts, is too obvious to require explanation.

It should seem from the following lines in the prologue to a comedy called The Walks of Islington, 1657, that some double meaning was couched under the phrase, a running banquet:

"The gate unto his walks, through which you may
"Behold a pretty prospect of the play;

"A play of walks, or you may please to rank it
"With that which ladies love, a running banquet."


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