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Mercutio's Little Nasty Son
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0366  Thursday, 7 February 2002

From:           Alan J. Sanders <
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Date:           Wednesday, 6 Feb 2002 14:24:23 -0500
Subject:        Mercutio's Little Nasty Song

I must to the learned!  Help!  I am trying to understand the meaning of
the nasty little song Mercutio sings to the Nurse in Romeo & Juliet.

The song goes as follows:

    An old hare hoar,
    And an old hare hoar,
    Is very good meat in Lent;
    But a hare that is hoar
    Is too much for a score
    When it hoars ere it be spent.

I get the gist, but would like more thoughtful elaboration on this.

Thanks!
Alan

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