Mahu KING LEAR, iii. 4. 140;iv. i. 61. In the first passage of our text, according to what seems to be a quotation,Mahu is another name for “the prince of darkness;” in the second he is described as the fiend“of stealing;” and, according to Harsnet'sDeclaration of egregious Popish Impostures, 1603, a work from which our poet appears to have derived the names of several fiends in King Lear, “Maho [sic] was generall dictator of hell; & yet, for good manners sake, he was contented of his good nature to make shew, that himselfe was under the check of Modu, the graund deuil in Ma[ister] Maynie.” p. 50 ; again, “ Maho the chiefe deuill . . . had two thousand deuils at his commaundement.” p. 201 .
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