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‘occupy; ’ “which was an excellent good word before it was ill sorted—As odious as the word,” 2 HENRY IV., ii. 4. 139. In illustration of this passage Ritson cites the following“jest” from Wits, Fits, and Fancies, ed. 1614: “One threw stones at an yll-fauor'd old womans owle, and the olde woman said: Faith (sir knaue) you are well occupy'd, to throw stones at my poore owle, that doth you no harme. Yea marie (answered the wag), so would you be better occupy'd too (I wisse) if you were younge againe, and had a better face.” Here ill sorted means “ill associated.” (Compare the 6th stanza of“As I was ridinge by the way,” p. 29 of Loose and humorous Songs, printed from Percy's folio Ms. by the Early English Text Society. See too A Satyr on Ri. Fletcher, Bp. of London, in which his second wife, the widow of Sir Richard Baker, is termed, with a quibble, “a common occupier,” p. xi. of the Memoir of Beaumont and Fletcher, prefixed to my ed. of their works.)

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