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V. i. 69. In . . . love. This song, by Lord Vaux, is found in Tottel's Miscellany (1557), p. 173, under the title The aged louer renounceth loue, although the Clown sings a confused and blundering version of it.

V. i. 75. property of easiness. I.e., custom has made it natural to him to take his task easily.

V. i. 101. log gats. A game in which thick sticks are thrown to lie as near as possible to a stake fixed in the ground or to a block of wood on a floor.

V. i. 108. tenures. The act, right, or manner of holding, as real estate, property of a superior ; manner in, or period for, which anything is had and enjoyed.

V. i. 111. action of battery. Right to sue for an unlawful attack by beating and wounding.

V. i. 113. recognizances. Bonds or obligations of record testifying the recognizor to owe to the recognizee a certain sum of money.

V. i. 113. statutes. Particular modes of recognizance or acknowledgement for securing debts, which thereby became a charge upon the party's land. (Ritson.)

V. i. 114. vouchers. Persons who are called upon to warrant a tenant's title.

V. i. 116. fines, recoveries. Processes by which entailed estates were commonly transferred from one party to another.

V. i. 120. conveyance. Document by which transference of property is effected.

V. i. 127. assurance. Also used with quibble on its legal meaning 'evidence of the conveyance or settlement of property.'

V. i. 150. by the card. There are two conjectures as to the original meaning: (1) that 'card' refers to the card on which the thirty-two points of the mariner's compass are marked, hence 'precision'; (2) that it alludes to the 'card' or 'calender' of etiquette. Cf. Osric's use of the word.