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wot, to know, i. 311, 367; iv. 129.

wo't, wilt, iv. 331 (four times).

would, equivalent to "would have :" Sorrow would solace, and mine age would ease, v. 136.

wound with adders, enwrapped, encircled, by adders, i. 202.

wounds Open their congeal'd mouths and bleed afresh-Dead Henry's, v. 357: "It is a tradition very generally received, that the murdered body bleeds on the touch [or the approach] of the murderer. This was so much believed by Sir Kenelm Digby, that he has endeavoured to explain the reason" (Johnson).

wrack, wreck, destruction, ruin, vii. 68; viii. 44, 257, 311, 412. wrath, wrathful, angry : Oberon is passing fell and wrath, ii. 275. wreak, revenge, vi. 208, 332.

wreak, to revenge, to avenge, vi. 333, 445.

wreakful, revengeful, wrathful, vi. 344, 556. wreaks, fits of rage or violence, vi. 335.

wren of nine-The youngest, iii. 366: "The wren is remarkable for laying many eggs at a time, nine or ten, and sometimes more; and as she is the smallest of birds, the last of so large a brood may be supposed to be little indeed; which is the image intended here to be given of Maria" (HANMER).

wrest, a tuning-key for drawing up the strings of musical instruments; used metaphorically in what follows: this Antenor, I know, is such a wrest in their affairs, vi. 53.

wretch, a term of endearment: The pretty wretch, vi. 399; Excel

lent wretch! vii. 419.

wretched, vile, hateful, utterly bad (" A wretched fellow, Deplorate

malus." Coles's Lat. and Engl. Dict.): The wretched, bloody, and usurping boar, v. 441 (but see note 95, v. 471); O wretched villain, vii. 456.

wring, to writhe with anguish: those that wring under the load of sorrow, ii. 129; He wrings at some distress, vii. 692.

wring it—An you'll not knock, I'll, iii. 121: “Here seems to be a quibble between ringing at a door and wringing a man's ears" (STEEVENS).

wringer, a person who wrings the water out of clothes, i. 352.

writ and the liberty-For the law of, vii. 142: see note 64, vii. 224. write, to write or style one's self, to write one's self as the possessor of something, "to call one's self, to be entitled, to use the style of" (Johnson's Dict.): I must tell thee, sirrah, I write man, iii. 235; About it; and write happy when thou hast done, vii. 337; I'd give



bay curtal and his furniture, My mouth no more were broken than these boys', And writ as little beard, iii. 231; as if he had writ man ever since his father was a bachelor, iv. 321.

writhled, wrinkled, v. 27 (So in Sir J. Harington's version of the Orlando Furioso;

"To scorne her writheld skin and evill favour."

B. xx. st. 76). wrong-I fear you've done yourself some, "I fear that in asserting yourself to be King of Naples, you have uttered a falsehood which is below your character, and, consequently, injurious to your honour" (STEEVENS), i. 190.

wrongs, and chase them to the bay-To rouse his, iv. 138: see note 142, ii. 254.

wroth-Patiently to beur my, ii. 376: "The old editions read 'to bear my wroath.' Wroath is used in some of the old books for misfortune; and is often spelt like ruth, which at present signifies only pity, or sorrow for the miseries of another. Caxton's Recuyell of the Historyes of Troye, &c. 1471, has frequent instances of wroth. Thus, also, in Chapman's version of the 22nd Iliad,

'born to all the wroth

Of woe and labour' "


Qy. have we not here only a various spelling of wrath for the sake of the rhyme? and does it not mean "angry vexation" (" torturing anger," Richardson's Dict. sub "wrath") ?

wrought, worked, agitated: Would thus have wrought you, iii. 503 ; my dull brain was wrought, vii. 12.

wrying, swerving, going astray, vii. 710.


yare, ready, brisk, active, nimble, handy, i. 175, 176, 233, 495; iii. 373; vii. 549, 560, 595 (twice).

yarely, readily, briskly, actively, handily, i. 175; vii. 521.

yaw, to move on unsteadily, to stagger, to vacillate ("To yaw [as a ship], huc illuc vacillare, capite nutare." Coles's Lat. and Engl. Dict.), vii. 203 (The substantive "yaws" occurs in Massinger's Very Woman, Works, vol. iv. p. 297, ed. 1813,-where Gifford remarks, "A yaw is that unsteady motion which a ship makes in a great swell, when, in steering, she inclines to the right or left of her course").

y-clad, clad, v. 110.

ycleped, called, named, ii. 169.



ycliped, another form of the preceding, ii. 228 (where this spelling
is required for the quibble, "clipt," in the next speech).
Yead, an abbreviation of Edward, i. 348.

yearn, to grieve, to vex, i. 390; iv. 443 (twice); yearn'd, iv. 179;
yearns, iv. 480; vi. 643.

Yedward, A familiar corruption of Edward, still retained in some counties, iv. 213 (Towards the end of the first act of Shadwell's Lancashire Witches, Clod, who speaks in the Lancashire dialect, says, "Why, 'tis Sir Yedard Hartfort's").

yellow, the colour of jealousy: 'mongst all colours no yellow in't,

iii. 446.

yellowness, jealousy, i. 355.

yellows-The, iii. 144: "Jaundice, commonly called the yellows

.... is the introduction of bile into the general circulation .... The yellowness of the eyes and mouth, and of the skin where it is not covered with hair, mark it sufficiently plainly," &c. The Horse, by Youatt, p. 311, ed. 1848.

yeoman, a sergeant's or bailiff's follower: Where's your yeoman? iv. 329.

yeoman's service-It did me, vii. 201: "i.e. as good service as a yeoman performed for his feudal lord" (CALDECOTT).

yerk, to jerk, to fling out, to kick: Yerk out their armèd heels, iv. 489.

yerk, to strike with a quick smart blow: yerk'd him here under the ribs, vii. 380.

yest, "the spume on troubled water, foam" (Johnson's Dict.), iii.


yesty, spumy, foamy, frothy, vii. 47, 205.

yew: see double-fatal yew, &c.

yield, to requite the gods yield you for't! viii. 564.


young, early: this is yet but young, v. 532; Is the day so young? vi. 392.

young ravens must have food, i. 354: Ray has "Small birds must

have meat," Proverbs, p. 80, ed. 1768: "Either Shakespeare, or the adage, if it be one, has borrowed from Scripture. See Psalm cxlvii. 9, or Job xxxviii. 41” (Douce).

younker, a youngster, a young gallant: like a younker or a prodigal, ii. 368; Trimm'd like a younker, v. 252.

younker, a novice, a greenhorn will you make a younker of me? iv. 260.

you're, you were: Madam, you're best consider, vii. 676.



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your release-They cannot budge till, They cannot budge till the release of them by you, i. 226; Your wrongs do set a scandal on my sex, The wrongs done by you do set, &c. ii. 281; I am sorry For your displeasure, I am sorry for the displeasure you have incurred, vii. 415 see note 131, i. 257.


zany, a buffoon, a merry-andrew, a mimic, ii. 224; the fools' zanies (wrongly explained by Douce the "fools' bawbles, which had upon the top of them the head of a fool"), iii. 337.

zed! thou unnecessary letter! vii. 280: "Zed is here probably used as a term of contempt, because it is the last letter in the English alphabet, and as its place may be supplied by S; and the Roman alphabet has it not; neither is it read in any word originally Teutonick. In Barret's Alvearie, or Quadruple Dictionary, 1580, it is quite omitted, as the author affirms it to be rather a syllable than a letter" (STEEVENS) : : "This is taken from the grammarians of the time. Mulcaster says, 'Z is much harder amongst us, and seldom seen: S is become its lieutenant-general. It is lightlie expressed in English, saving in foren enfranchisements'" (FARMER). zenith, (in an astrological sense) the highest point of one's fortune, i. 182.

zodiacs-Nineteen, Nineteen years, i. 452 (There can be little doubt that either "nineteen" in this passage should be "fourteen,” or that "fourteen years" in the next scene and page should be "nineteen years:" Malone has a very foolish note on the second passage).




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