2002

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0049  Saturday, 12 January 2002

From:           Martin Steward <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 9 Jan 2002 10:20:58 -0000
Subject:        "the sunden stab"???

This is not Shakespeare, but concerns a play which imitates one of
Shakespeare's.

In John Day's Law-Trickes (Quarto 1608; 1st perf. 1604), there is the
following passage:

        Duke Ferneze. Fie, Polymetes, though the robe of learning,
        Sit comely on a Prince, yet weane thy thoughts
        From this ftrict contemplation, and embrace
        Publique affemblies, knightly exercife.
        Polymetes. How?s that? to fweare and give the funden ftab?
        Sell Lands to purchafe fafhions? O tis bafe!
        Bought gentrie, fhould true-borne worth difgrace.
        (sig.Br; Act I, ll.146-153)

Does anyone have any idea what the "funden", or more likely "sunden"
means? OED does not list either variant.

Thanks in anticipation,
m

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