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227: '^. J acke f the Clocke-hcuse. — Seea/:rf,p. 34,1. i,and
cf. Cotgrave, who, under the term " Fretillion," defines
it as "a little nimble dwarfe, or hop o' my thumb, a
Jacke of the Clocke-house."

236 : 22. Gipsies. — This is one of the earliest de-
scriptions extant in literature of the Gipsies. In Scot-
land, a year or two later, the twentieth Parliament of
James VI. had to deal with the nuisance caused by their
presence in the country, and accordingly ordained
(Cap. 13) that "the vagabounds, sorners and common
thiefes, commonlie called Egiptians, should pass furth of



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this kingdom and remaine perpetuallie furth thereof, and
never to returne within ye samcn un der the pain of
death, and that ye samen have force and execution after
ye first day of August next to come (1609)." The gipsies
were always a trouble in Scotland. Cf- Sir Walter
Scott's novel of Guy Mannering, with the notes thereon.

238 : 32. any mad Hamlet. — Another tribute to the
undying popularity of Shakespeare's masterpiece. Dekker
was writing in 1608, while Hamlet had been produced
seven years before.

244 : 28. the Straytes. — The Straits of Gibraltar.

244: 29. Scanderoon = tht Port of Aleppo in the ex-
treme N.E. of the Levant.

244 : 32. Bristow. — Bristol. Cf. the ballad of the
Bristowe merchant.

258 : 24. Sanies his curtail. — Banks and his calcu-
lating or reasoning horse, which created great interest at
this time.

270 : 5. olde Jeronimo. — A reference to the popular
tragedy of the period called Jeronimo^ with a second part
or sequel entitled The Spanish Tragedy. Old Jeronimo,
Marshal of Spain, hearing an outcry at midnight in his
garden, rises from bed, and proceeding to the place whence
the noise seemed to come, finns his son Horatio murdered.
The murderers were friends of his own, who desired that
the lady Belimperia, who was in love with Horatio,
should marry Balthazar, son of the Viceroy of Portugal.
The author of the play was Thomas Kyd, a well-known
dramatist of the time.

272 : I. fardels. — This word suggests the question in

Hamlet's famous soliloquy, " Who would fardels bear ?'

272 : 27. Table Bookes. — Tablets or note-books. Cf.

Hamlet, II. ii. 136, where that arch courtier, Polonius,

says : —

"... What might you,
Or my dear majesty your queen here, think
If I had played the desk or table-book. "



Index



Abraham Men, 98

Adam and Eve s clothing, 15, 23

Anglers, 93

Autem Morts, 105

Barnard's Law, 119
Beggary, Oration in praise of, 87
Bellman, the, of London, 109
Black Art, 129

Cheaters, 113

Clapperdudgeons or Palliards, 97
Cocknies, 58
Cooks, 14

Counterfeit Cranks, 100
Country-life, advantages of, 72
Courbing Law, 131
Courtiers, 8

Dells and Dopers, 103

Dice, false, 114

Dicing, 44

Diet of the Satumian Age, 16

Doxies, 104

Dressing, manner of, 25

Duke Humfrey's Walk, 36

Dummerars, loi

Figging Law, 145
Fraters, 97

Gallant, the, at Paul's, 34 ; at
the Ordinary, 41 ; at the Play-
house, 47 ; at the Tavern, 54 ;
in the street, 60 ; in Paul's
Churchyard, 63

Ginglers, 247

Gipsies, 236



Glymmering Morts, 106
Gul-Groping, 199, 203

Hair-dressing, 27
Head, th;, and its organs, 27
High Law, 141
Horse Coursers, 250.

Jacke-in-a-Boxe, 257
Jacks of the Clock-house, 226
Jack-men, 101

KiNCHiNG Morts, 103
Kinchyn Goes, 103
Kit Woodroffe, 37

Late rising, the benefit of, 2x
Lifting Law, 137

Manners, 23
Moon-men, 235

Ordinary, how to swagger in an,
41 ; fashions of the, 201

Palliards or Clapperdudgeons,

97.
Patnccs, loi
Paul's Steeple, 37 _
Phj-sic, Ars homicidiarum, 20
Playhouse, the Gallant at the, 47
Priggers, 134
Pnggers of Prancers, 96
Prigging Law, 133

Quire birds, 98

Ragged Regiment, 81



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INDEX



291



Rank Riders, 2a8

Rogues, 94

Rogues, Orders of, 177
Rufflers, 92
Rusticity, 13

Sacking Law, 143
Salutation, manner of, 34
Sanctuary in Paul's, 35
Slang terms, 84, 85
Sleep, 19
Swigmen, 102

TAViiRN, the Gallant at the, 54, 59



J aylors, 14
Thieves' slang, 145, i

322, 229, 262
Thieves' tricks 151, 2
Tobacco, 12, 33, 43
Tower of Babel, 175
Toyles, Irish, 102

Upright Men, 90

Vincent's Law, 125

Whip-Jacks, 99
Woodpeckers, 205



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