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that I had a hundred and fifty tatter'd prodigals, lately come from swine-keeping, from eating druif and husks. A mad fellow met me on the


and told me, I had unloaded all the gibbets, and press'd the dead bodies. No eye hath feen fuch scarecrows. I'll not march through Coventry with the'n, that's flat : Nay, and the villains march wide betwixt the legs, as if they had gyves on; o for, indeed, I had the moit of them out of prison. There's but a shirt and a half? in all my company: and the half-shirt is two napkins, tack'd together, and thrown over the shoulders like a herald's coat without sleeves; and the shirt, to say the truth, stolen from my host at faint Alban's, or the red-nosè innkeeper of Daintry. But that's all one; they'll find linen enough on every hedge.



P. Hen. How now, blown Jack ? how now, quilt?

FAL. What, Hal? How now, mad wag? what a devil dost thou in Warwickshire?— My good lord of Westmoreland, I cry you mercy ; I thought, your honour had already been at Shrewsbury.

West. ’Faith, fir John, 'tis more than time that I were there, and you too; but my powers are


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gyves on; ] i. e. shackles. Pope. So, in the old Morality of Hycke Scorner :

" And I will go fetch a pair of gyves." Again: They be yeomen of the wrethe, that be shackled in gyves,"

STEEVENS. ? --- There's but a shirt and a half-— | The old copies read ---There's not a shirt &c. Corre&ted by Mr. Rowe, In The Merchant of Venice, printed by J. Roberts, 410. 16oo, but has taken the place of nnt: " Rupent but you

you thall lose your friend.” MALONE. ----of Daintry. ] i. e. Daventry. STEEVENS.




there already: The king, I can tell you, looks for us all; we must away all night. 8

FAL. Tut, never fear me; I am as vigilant, as a cat to steal cream.

P. Hen. I think, to steal cream indeed'; for thy theft hath already made thee butter. But tell me, Jack; Whose fellows are these that come after ?

FAL. Mine, Hal, inine.
P. Hen. I did never see such pitiful rascals.

Fal. Tut, tut; good enough to toss;s food for powder, food for powder; they'll fill a pit, as well as better : tush, man, mortal men, mortal men.

West. Ay, but, fir John, methinks, they are exceeding poor and bare ; too beggarly.

FAL. 'Faith, for their poverty, - Iknow not where they had that: and for their bareness, I am sure, they never learn'd that of me.

P. Hen. No, I'll be sworn ; unless you call three fingers on the ribs, bare. But, firrah, make hafte ; Percy is already in the field.

FAL. What, is the king encamp'd ?

West. He is, fir Jolin; I fear, we shall stay too long.

FAL. Well,
To the latter end of a fray, and the beginning of a

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we must away all tonight.

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-good enough to tofs ;] That is, to toss upon a pike.


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Hot. We'll fight with him to-night.

It may not be.
Doug. You give him then advantage.

Not a whit.
Hot. Why say you so ? looks he not for supply?
VER. So do we.

His is certain, ours is doubtful,
Wor. Good cousin, be advis'd; flir not to-night.
Ver. Do not, my lord.

You do not counsel weil ;
You speak it out of fear, and cold heart.

VER. Do me no slander, Douglas : by my life,
(And I dare well maintain it with my life,)
If well-respected honour bid me on,
I hold as little counsel with weak fear,

you, my lord, or any Scot that lives:-
Let it be seen to-morrow in the battle,
Which of us fears.

Yea, or to-night.

Hot. To-night. say I.

Come, come, it may not be,

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9 As you, my lord, or any Scot that lives :) The old copies,

- that this day lives : STEEVENS. We should omit the words, this day, which weaken the sense and deftroy the measure. M, Mason. Vol. XII.



I wonder much, being men of such great leading,

foresee not what impediments
Drag back our expedition: Certain horse
Of my cousin Vernon's are not yet come up:
Your uncle Worcester's horse came but to-day;
And now their pride and mettle is asleep,
Their courage with hard labour tame and dull,
That not a horse is half the half himself.

Hor. So are the horses of the enemy
In general, journey-bated, and brought low;
The better part of ours are full of reft.

Wor. The number of the king exceedeth ours:
For God's sake, cousin, ftay till all come in.

[The trumpets found a parley.
BLUNT. I come with gracious offers from the king,

you vouchsafe me hearing, and respect.
Hot. Welcome, fir Walter Blunt; And 'would

to God,
You were of our determination !
Some of us love you well : and even thofe some
Envy your great deservings, and good name;
Because you are not of our quality, *
But stand against us like an enemy.



- such great leading; ] Such condu&, such experience in martial business. JOHNSON. The old copies,

--fuch great leading as you are, By the advice of Mr. Ritron I have omitted the words as you are, which only serve to destroy the metre. STEEVENS.

- half himself. ] Old copies--half of himself. STEVENS.

of our quality, ] Quality in our author's time was frequently used in the fense of fellowship or occupation. So, in The Tempest: " Talk Ariel and all his quality." i. e. all those who were employed with Ariel in similar services or occupations; his



BLUNT. AndGod defend, but still I should stand fo,
So long as, out of limit, and true rule,
You stand against anointed majesty!
But, to my charge. --The king hath sent to know
The nature of your griefs; 5 and whereupon
You conjure from the breast of civil peace
Such bold hoftility, teaching his duteous land
Audacious cruelty: If that the king
Have any way your good deserts forgot,-
Which he confeffeth to be manifold, --
He bids you name your griefs; and, with all speed,
You shall have your desires, with interest;
And pardon absolute for yourself, and these,
Herein misled by your suggestion.
Hot. The king is kind; and, well we know, the

Knows at what time to promise, when to pay.
My father, and my uncle, and myself,
Did give him that same royalty he wears :




fellows. Again, in Hamlet: - give me

a taste of your quality. MALONE.

--of your griefs ; ] That is, grievances. . So, in A Declara. tion of the Treasons of the late Earle of Essex, &c. 1601: 6 The Lord Keeper required the Earle of Effex, that if he would not declare bis griefs openly, yet that then he would impart them pria vately.' MALONE.

My father, and my uncle, and myself,

Did give him that same royalty he wears: :) The Percies were in the higheft favour with King Henry the Fourth for some time after his accession. Thomas Ea of Worcester was appointed Goyernour to the Prince of Wales, and was honoured with the cùftody of Isabel, widow of King Richard the Second, when she was sent back to France after that king's deposition. Hotspur, who accompanied him on that occasion, in the presence of the Amballadors of both pations, who met between Calais and Boulogne, protefted “ upon his soul" that she was a virgin, i found and entire even as she was delivered to King Richard, and if any would say to the contrary, he was ready to prove it against him by combat. Speed, p. 753. MALONE.

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