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a second course Deighton: As though fighting were as a feast to him, with an allusion to the second or principal course of viands at a dinner; compare Macbeth, II, ii, 39: ‘Sleep that knits up the ravell'd sleave of care . . . great nature's second course, Chief nourisher in life's feast’; and below, I, ix, 14: ‘Yet cam'st thou to a morsel of this feast Having fully dined before.’—Case (Arden Sh.), in reference to the foregoing note by Deighton, says: ‘It more probably means bout, encounter of fight; see Tragedy of Hoffman, 1631, Act II. ad init., “Well Ile trie one course with thee at the halfe pike,” etc. The N. E. D. gives Course, The rush together of two combatants in battle or tournament; charge, onset; a passage at arms, bout, encounter. In King Lear, III, vii, 54, Gloucester says: “I am tied to the stake, and I must stand the course,” i. e., I must endure a second relay of dogs set upon me.’

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