The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0049 Saturday, 12 January 2002
From: Martin Steward <
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
In John Day's Law-Trickes (Quarto 1608; 1st perf. 1604), there is the
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,
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