Yet can we kill the man that killed the giants? 40
GRIZ. I tell you, madam, it was all a trick;
He made the giants first, and then he killed them;
As fox-hunters bring foxes to the wood,
And then with hounds they drive them out again.
QUEEN. How! have you seen no giants? Are
there not 45 Now, in the yard, ten thousand proper giants?
GRIZ.46 Indeed I cannot positively tell,
But firmly do believe there is not one.
QUEEN. Hence! from my sight! thou traitor, hie
By all my stars! thou enviest Tom Thumb. 50 Go, sirrah! go,47 hie away! hie! -- thou art
A setting dog: begone!
GRIZ. Madam, I go.
Tom Thumb shall feel the vengeance you have
So, when two dogs are fighting in the streets,
With a third dog one of the two dogs meets, 55 With angry teeth he bites him to the bone, And this dog smarts for what that dog had done.
[QUEEN.] And whither shall I go? -- Alack a day!
I love Tom Thumb -- but must not tell him so;
For what's a woman, when her virtue's gone?
A coat without its lace; wig out of buckle;
A stocking with a hole in't -- I can't live 5 Without my virtue, or without Tom Thumb.48Then let me weigh them in two equal scales;
In this scale put my virtue, that, Tom Thumb.
Alas! Tom Thumb is heavier than my virtue.
But hold! -- perhaps I may be left a widow: 10 This match prevented, then Tom Thumb is mine:
In that dear hope I will forget my pain.
So, when some wench to Tothill-Bridewell's*
sent, With beating hemp and flogging she's content;
She hopes in time to ease her present pain, 15 At length is free, and walks the streets again.
BAIL. Come on, my trusty follower, come on;
This day discharge thy duty, and at night
A double mug of beer, and beer shall glad thee.
Stand here by me, this way must Noodle pass.
FOL. No more, no more, O bailiff! every word 5 Inspires my soul with virtue. -- Oh! I long
To meet the enemy in the street -- and nab him;
To lay arresting hands upon his back,
And drag him trembling to the sponging-house.
BAIL. There when I have him, I will sponge upon
49Oh! glorious thought! by the sun, moon, and stars,
I will enjoy it, though it be in thought!
Yes, yes, my follower, I will enjoy it.
FOL. Enjoy it then some other time, for now
Our prey approaches. 15
BAIL. Let us retire.
TOM THUMB, NOODLE, BAILIFF, FOLLOWER.
THUMB. Trust me, my Noodle, I am wondrous
For, though I love the gentle Huncamunca,
Yet at the thought of marriage I grow pale;
For, oh!50 but swear thou'lt keep it ever secret,
I will unfold a tale will make thee stare. 5
NOOD. I swear by lovely Huncamunca's charms.
THUMB. Then know --51, my grandmamma hath
Why, say'st thou so? I love thee well, indeed
I do, and thou shalt find by this, 'tis true.
Or with this in Cyrus [BANKS]:
The most heroic mind that ever was.
And with above half of the modern tragedies.
Bru. Do not, like young hawks, fetch a course about: Your game flies fair.
Fra. Do not fear it. He answers you in your hawking phrase.
Injured Love [TATE].
I think these two great authorities are sufficient to justify Dollallolla in the use of the phrase, 'Hie away, hie!' when in the same line she says she is ;peaking to a setting dog.
Arthur and Oswald, and their different fates,
Are weighing now within the scales of heav'n.
Also in Sebastian [DRYDEN]:
This hour my lot is weighing in the scale.
Sometimes methinks I hear the groan of ghosts,
Thin hollow sounds and lamentable screams;
Then, like a dying echo from afar,
My mother's voice that cries, 'Wed not, Almeyda;
Forewarned, Almeyda, marriage is thy crime.'