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banquet “ere they rested—Should find a running,” HENRY VIII., i. 4. 12 ; “besides the running banquet of two beadles,” HENRY VIII., v. 4. 62. On the first of these passages Steevens observes: “A running banquet, literally speaking, is a hasty refreshment, as set in opposition to a regular and protracted meal. The former is the object of this rakish peer; the latter perhaps he would have relinquished to those of more permanent desires.” And Malone:“A running banquet seems to have meant a hasty banquet. ‘Queen Margaret and Prince Edward though by the Earle recalled, found their fate and the winds so adverse that they could not land in England to taste this running banquet to which fortune had invited them.’ The hasty banquet, that was in Lord Sands's thoughts, is too obvious to require explanation.” On the second passage Steevens remarks: “A banquet, in ancient language, did not [generally] signify either dinner or supper, but the dessert after each of them. . . . To the confinement therefore of these rioters a whipping was to be the dessert. (says Habington in his History of King Edward IV. ),

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