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talent “be a claw, look how he claws him with a talent—If a,” LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST, iv. 2. 61. Here the quibble positively requires that the old form talent (that is, talon) be retained. (In 1 Henry IV., ii. 4. 321, the earliest quartos and the first three folios have “an eagles talent; ” and in Pericles, iv. 3. 48, all the old eds. have“thine eagles talents.” Compare, also, “Or buying armes of the herald, who giues them the Lion without tongue, taile, or talents.” Nash's Pierce Pennilesse his Supplication, sig. F, ed. 1595 ;
“The Griffin halfe a bird, and halfe a beast,
Strong-arm'd with mightie beak, tallents, and creast.”
Baxter's Sir P. Sidney's Ourania, 1606, sig. H;
“A second Phœnix rise, of larger wing,
Of stronger talent, of more dreadfull beake,”
Dekker's Whore of Babylon, 1607, sig. F 2 verso. )

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