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mail'd “up in shame,” 2 HENRY VI., ii. 4. 31. Wrapped up in shame (as a hawk is in a cloth). ( “Mail a hawk is to wrap her up in a handkerchief or other cloath, that she may not be able to stir her wings or to struggle.” R. Holme's Academy of Armory and Blazon [Terms of Art used in Falconry,], B. ii. c. xi. p. 239. A hawk was sometimes mailed by pinioning her with a girth or band; see Beaumont and Fletcher's Philaster, act v. sc. 4. Drayton makes the speaker of our text say of herself:
“How could it be, those that were wont to stand
To see my pompe, so goddesse-like to land,
Should after see me, may'ld up in a sheet,
Doe shamefull penance three times in the street?”
Elinor Cobham to Duke Humphrey; England's
Her. Epistles,
p. 174, ed. folio.

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