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Jul. You do not?
Luc. Nay, now you are too fat,
Jul. The mean is drown'd with your unruly base.
Jul. This babble shall not henceforth trouble me. Here is a coil with protestation !
[Tears it. Go, get you gone ; and let the papers lie: You would be fingering them to anger me. Luc. She makes it strange ; but she would be best
pleas'd To be so anger'd with another letter. [Exit.
Jul. Nay, would I were so anger'd with the fame! Oh hateful hands, to tear such loving words ! Injurious wasps, to feed on such sweet honey, And kill the bees, that yield it, with your stings ! I'll kiss each several paper for amends. Look, here is wriç' kind Julia ;- unkind Julia! As in revenge of thy ingratitude, I throw thy name against the bruising stones ; Trampling contemptuously on thy disdain. Look, here is writ, love-wounded Protheus. Poor wounded name! my bofom, as a bed, Shall lodge thee, till thy wound be throughly heal'd; And thus I search it with a sovereign kiss.
? Indeed I bid the base for Protheus.] The speaker here turns the allusion (which her mistress employed) from the base ir mufick to a country exercise, Bid-the baje: in which fome purfue, and others are made prisoners. So that Lucetta would intend, by this, to say, Indeed I take pains to make you a captive to Pró.heus's paffion. He uses the same allusion in his Venus and Adonis :
" To bid the winds a base he now prepares." And in his Cymbeline he mentions the game:
-Lads more like
But twice, or thrice, was Protheus written down:
Luc. Nay, I was taken up for laying them down : Yet here they shall not lie for catching cold. Jul. s I see you have a month's mind to them.
* I see you have a month's mind to them.] A month's mind was an anniversary in times of popery; or, as Mr. Ray calls it, a less solemnity directed by the will of the deceased. There was also a year's mind, and a week's mind. See Proverbial Phrases.
This appears from the interrogatories and observations against the clergy, in the year 1552. Inter. VII. “ Whether there are any month's minds, and anniversaries? Strype's Memorials of the Reformation, vol. 2. p. 354.
“ Was the month's mind of Sir Will. Laxton, who died the “ lait month (July 1556.) his hearse burning with wax, and “ the morrow mass celebrated, and a fermon preached,” &c. Strype's Mem. vol. 3. p. 305. Dr. GRAY.
A month's mind, in the ritual sense, signifies not defire or inclination, but remonftrance ; yet I suppose this is the true original of the expression. JOHNSON.
Puttenham, in his Art of Poetry, 1589, chap. 24. speaking of Poetical Lamentations, says, they were chiefly used “ at the " burials of the dcad, ali t's minds, and longer times :" and in the churchwarden's accompts of St. Helens in Abington,
Luc. Ay, madam, you may say what sights you see: I see things too, although you judge I wink.
Jul. Come, come, will’t please you go? [Exeunt.
Enter Anthonio and Pantbino. Ant. Tell me, Panthino, 9 what fad talk was that, Wherewith my brother held you in the cloister?
Pant. 'Twas of his nephew Protheus, your fon.
Pant. He wonder'd that your lordship
Some, to discover islands far away ; Some, to the studious universities. For any, or for all these exercises, He said, that Protheus, your son, was meet : And did request me to importune you, To let him spend his time no more at home ; Berkshire, 1558, these month's minds, and the expences attend. ing them, are frequently mentioned. Instead of montb's minds, they are sometimes called month's monuments, and in the Injunctions of K, Edward VỊ. memories, Injunct. 21. By memories, says Fuller, we understand the Obsequia for the dead, which some fay succeeded in the place of the heathen Parentalia. STIEV, 9-what fad talk) Sad is the fame as grave or serious.
JOHNSON, Some, to discover islands far away;] In Shakespeare's time, yoyages for the discovery of the islands of America were much in vogue. And we find, in the journals of the travellers of that time, that the sons of noblemen, and of others of the best families in England, went very frequently on these adventures. Such as the Fortescues, Collitons, Thornhills, Farmers, Pickerings, Littletons, Willoughbys, Chesters, Hawleys, Bromleys, and others. To this prevailing fashion our poet frequently alludes, and not without high commendations of it. WARB.
Which would be great impeachment to his age,
Ant. Nor need'st thou much importune me to that
Pant. I think, your lordship is not ignorant,
Ant. I know it well.
Ant. I like thy counsel; well hast thou advis'd:
* Attends the emperor in his royal court.] The emperor's royal court is properly at Vienna, but Valentine, 'tis plain, is at Milan; where, in most other passages, it is said he is attending the duke, who makes one of the characters in the drama. This seems to convict the author of a forgetfulness and contradi&tion ; but perhaps it may be solved thus, and Milan be called the emperor's court ; 'as, since the reign of Charlemaigne,' this dukedom and its territories have belonged to the emperors. I wih I could as easily folve another absurdity which encounters us, of Valentine's going from Verona to Milan, both inland places, by sea. THEOBALD.
Mr. Theobald discovers not any great skill in history. Vienna is not the court of the emperor as emperor, nor has Milan been always without its princes since the days of Charlemaigne; but the note has its use. JOHNSON.
Pant. To-morrow, may it please you, Don Alphonso,
Ant. Good company: with them shall Protheus go.
Ant. How now? what letter are you reading there?
Pro. May't please your lordship, 'tis a word or two
Ant. Lend me the letter; let ine fee what news.
Pro. There is no news, my lord; but that he writes
Ant. And how stand you affected to his wish ?
Pro. As one relying on your lordship’s will,
Ant. My will is something sorted with his wish :
3- in good time--] In good time was the old expreffion when