· rigid scrupulosity, and whose information is delivered with oracular veracity, deserves praise, and merits commendation.

Johnson. There is so surprising a display of intellect in this observation, that I shall forbear to question the truth of the position.


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Rig is not, strictly, a row, but rather a go; in which sense it is used in another part of this play.


(m) You'd better hold your jawa The folio reads mag;, but I adopt jaw (from the quarto) as the more elegant, and as being more in the spirit of our author.


(n) Paws of Poeticè,-hands off.


6-Gabi e. Mag, or jaw. See the “ Slang Dictionary.” St. Giles's Edition.



This word, powerful and expressive, has several significations : its present meaning is to turn nose, to divulge.


(9) That diddled me

The true reading I believe to be," that did me." To do a person is to cheat him.


Diddled is correct.

To do and to diddle mean the



(r)—Merry Andrew My friend, the glacier, is of opinion that Merry Andrew was a distant relation of Maid Marian's gentle* man-usher, or, as I conceive him to have been, her pa

ramour;* but a reference to the registers of the Heralds’ College, places it beyond all doubt that he was the person represented by the figure which I mistook for Tom the Piper, in my friend's painted window. " · If the public are not yet surfeited with the remarks of myself and the other ingenious commentators on the Old Vice, Maid Marian, the Morris Dancers, &c. &c.&c. I shall republish them in thirteen volumes quarto, with additional observations on Merry Andrew, Little Jack Horner, and the whole of the dramatis personæ of the Nursery mythology.


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I have ventured to restore this from the old copies : in the later ones I find, what now ?'


(t) Needs must

The remainder of this old proverb is preserved in the

* See Mr. Tollet's Essay on Fools' Caps, or, as he very gravely calls it, his Opinion concerning the Morris-Dancers upon his Window.-ANNOTATION Hen. IV. PART I.

pathetic ballad of the “ Two Louers theyr melancolie Partynge-Dr. Humbug's Reliques, Vol. 94 :

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“ To leve thee here, mie Alys dere,

“ Fulle sone ye tyme arryveth;
“ Drie uppe yat tere, mie Alys dere,

Needs must when the Devil dryveth.

Rosencrantz means thus: “We (Guildenstern and myself) have no alternative; were we to refuse attendance upon your mere invitation, you could then compel it by the interposition of the royal authority.'


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