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And left me in reputeless banishment,
fellow of no inark, nor likelihood.
gave his countenance, against his name,
So (10) That be, &c.] At pulchrum of digito monflrarier, & dicier bic cf. Persius.
Oh it is brave to be admired, to see
So when he had occasion to be seen,
Prince Henry's modest Defence of himself. -Heav'n forgive them that fo much have fivay'd Your Majesty's good thoughts away from me! I will redeein all this on Percy's head: And in the closing of some glorious day, Be bold to tell you, that I am your
fon. When I will wear a garment all of blood, And stain
favours in a bloody mask, Which, wash'd
away, shall fcower my shame with it. And that shall be the day, whene'er it lights, That this fame child of honour and renown, This gallant Hot-spur, this all-praised knight, And your unthought-of Harry, chance to meet; For every honour fitting on his helin, Would they were multitudes, and on my head My shanes redoubled! for the time will come, That I shall make this northern youth exchange His glorious deeds for my indignities. Percy is but my factor, good my lord, T'ingross up glorious deeds on my behalf; And I will call him to so strict account, That he shall render every glory up, Yea, even the flightest worship of his time; Or I will tear the reck’ning from his heart. This, in the naine of heav'n, I promise here: The which, if I perform, and do survive,
I do beseech your Majesty, may falve
ACT IV., SCENE II..
A gallant Warrior.
I faw young Harry with his beaver on, (12);
Hotspur's Impatience for the Battles.
Let them come
Come, let me take my horse,
(12) 0n] Others read up; and there seems great probability in it.
Prince Henry's miodeft Challenge.
Prince Henry's pathetic Speech on the Death of
Brave Percy---Fare thee well,
(13) Well, 'tis no matter, honour pricks me on. But how, if honour prick me off, when I come on? How then? Can honour set to a leg? No; or an arm? No: or take away the grief of a wound ? No: honour hath no skill in sugery then? No: what is honour? a word. What is the word honour? air: a trim reckoning. Who hath it? he that dy'd a Wednesday. Doth he feel it? No: doth he hear it? No: is it insenfible then? yea, to the dead: but will it not live with the living? No: why? detraction will not suffer it. Therefore, I'll none of it; honour is a mere scutcheon, and so ends my catechism.
(13) Well, &c.] In the King and no King of Becumont and Fletcher, we have a character, plainly drawn from Shakespear's Falstaff; how short it is, and must necessarily be of the original, I need not observe. “ I think, says Mr. Tbeobald, in his first note on that play, the character of Bellus must be allowed in general a fine copy from Shakespear's inimitabla Falstaff. He is a coward, yet would fain set him for a hero: oftentatious with. out any grain of merit to support his vain-glory : a liar throughout, to exalt his assumed qualifications; and lewd, without any countenance from the ladies to give him an umbrage for it. As to his wit and humour, the precedence must certainly be adjudg’d to Falstaff, the great original.” The authors, in the third act, have introduced him, talking on the same subject with Falstaff here ; though not in the same excellent manner (an account of which, see in Mr. Upton's observations on Shakespear, p. 113.) Befus. “ They talk of fame, I have gotten it in the wars, and will afford any man a reafonable pennyworth; some will say, they could be content to have it, but that it is to be atchiev'd with danger; but my opinion is otherwise : for if I might stand still in cannon-proof,
and have fame fall upon me, I would refufe it; my repu. · tation came principally by thinking to run away, which no
body knows but Mardonius, and, I think, he conceals it to anger me, &c." The false and foolish notions of fame and honour are no where, that I know of, so well and juftly censured, as in Mr. Wollaston's Religion of Nature delincaredy fect. Sp. 116. printed in 1726.