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Straight forth thé ? start thorrow dores & kockes, 3 some in their shirts, some in their smockes,
& some starke belly naked.
At last Jack, tired, rests.
When all were gathered round about,
that dancing in the street,
striuing to leape, did tumble soe
they dancet on hands & feet.
Iacke tyred with the sports said, “ now Ile rest." 392“ doe," quoth his father, “I hold it best,
thou cloyest me with this cheere 6 ; I pray thee, boy, now? quiett sitt;
in faith this was the Merryest fitt
All those that dancing thither came,
yett some gott many a fall.
"heere I doe summon thee to appeare
beffore the Officiall !
The friar summons Jack to appear before the official.
“Looke thou be there on fryday next;
for to ordaine thee sorrow.
fryer, Ile appeare as soone as thou,
if fryday were to Morrowe.”
1 out.-P. 2 MS. ye.-F. 8 ? small openings; cf. Phillips. Among Sea-men Cocks are little square pieces of Brass, with Holes in them, put into the middle of great Wooden Shivers, to keep them from splitting and galling by tho Pin of the Block or Pulley on which they turn.”-F.
4 danced.-P. 5 with sport.-P.
this not in P[rinted] C[opy).-P. 7 thou.-P. 8 In truth.--P. 9 these.-P. 10 MS. thy.-F. 11 frere.-P. 12 thee appear.-P. 13 though.-P. 14 they sorrow.-P. 15 I'll make.-P.
Of contractes, and of lak of sacraments, And eek of many another (maner] cryme Which needith not to reherse at this
tyme. Canterbury Tales, ed. Morris, v. 2, p. 246, 1. 1-10; ed. Wright, p. 78, col. 2, 1. 6883-90.-F.
one or two.-P. 4 MS. cut away.
“Both with preest and clerke," ed. Hazlitt; but the bits of letters left in the folio require against and priest.-F.
5 Proctor, an Advocate who, for his Fee, undertakes to manage another Man's Cause in any Court of the Civilor Ecclesiastical Law: Phillips.-F.
? alluding to the Pucelle d'Orleans, accounted a witch by the English.-P.
2 Phillips defines an Official, “In the
8 of my ruth.-P.
and so does the stepmother,
“He is a Devill," quoth the wiffe,
at that her taile did blow
Soe lowd, the assembly laught theratt,
the charge was all amisse.'
“proceed & tell me forth thy tale,
& doe not let for this."
but is abruptly made ashamed and dumb.
The wiffe that feared another cracke,
shame put her in such dread.
“ knaue ! this is all along sill of thee;
The friar tells of Jack's pipe,
The fryer said, “ Sir Officiall !
doe him chast. 448 Sir, he hath yett a pipe trulye
will make you dance & leape full hie
& breake your hart at last.”
and raises the official's curiosity,
The Officiall replyd, “perdee !
& what mirth it can make.”
my way hence take.”
: all still long of.-P. ? sill, beam.
I almost berd me of my.-P.
? Compare Russell's Boke of Nurture, 1. 304 : And euer beware of gunnes with thy
hynder ende blastyng.-F.
484 Each sett on a merry pin,2
some broke their heads, & some their shin,
& some their noses brast.
At last the official begs the boy to give over playing.
The officiall thus sore turmayld,
cryed to the wanton childe
& loue of Mary Milde.'
sat upon.-P. 2 On the pin, on the qui vive. merry pin, i.e. a merry humour, half intoxicated. Halliwell's Gloss.-F.
4 Half a stanza seems wanting here and in Pr. Copy.-P.
* MS. pared away, read by Percy.-F.