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'Gan vail his stomach?, and did grace the shame
Of those that turn'd their backs; and, in his flight,
Stumbling in fear, was took. The sum of all
Is, — that the king hath won; and hath sent out
A speedy power, to encounter you, my lord,
Under the conduct of young Lancaster,
And Westmoreland: This is the news at full.

North. For this I shall have time enough to mourn.
In poison there is physick; and these news,
Having been well, that would have made me sick,
Being sick, have in some measure made me well:
And as the wretch, whose fever-weaken'd joints,
Like strengthless hinges, buckles under life,
Impatient of his fit, breaks like a fire
Out of his keeper's arms; even so my limbs,
Weaken'd with grief, being now enrag'd with grief,
Are thrice themselves : hence therefore, thou nice 4

crutch;
A scaly gauntlet now, with joints of steel,
Must glove this hand : and hence, thou sickly quoif;
Thou art a guard too wanton for the head,
Which princes, fesh'd with conquest aim to hit.
Now bind my brows with iron; And approach
The ragged’st hour that time and spite dare bring,
To frown upon the enrag'd Northumberland !
Let heav'n kiss earth! Now let not nature's hand
Keep the wild flood confin'd! let order die !
And let this world no longer be a stage,
To feed contention in a lingering act;
But let one spirit of the first-born Cain
Reign in all bosoms, that, each heart being set

? 'Gan vail his stomach,] Began to fall his courage, to let his spirits sink under his fortune. From avaller, Fr. to cast down, or to let fall down.

buckle-] Bend; yield to pressure.
nice-] i.e. trifling.

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On bloody courses, the rude scene may end,
And darkness be the burier of the dead !5

Tra. This strained passion doth you wrong, my lord.
Bard. Sweet earl, divorce not wisdom from your

honour.
Mor. The lives of all your loving complices
Lean on your health; the which, if you give o'er
To stormy passion, must perforce decay.
You cast the event of war, my noble lord,
And summ'd the account of chance, before you said, -
Let us make head. It was your presurmise,
That, in the dole of blows your son might drop:
You knew, he walk'd o'er perils, on an edge,
More likely to fall in, than to get o'er :
You were advis'd, his flesh was capable
Of wounds, and scars; and that his forward spirit
Would lift him where most trade of danger rang'd;
Yet did you say, -Go forth; and none of this,
Though strongly apprehended, could restrain
The stiff-borne action: What hath then befallen,
Or what hath this bold enterprize brought forth,
More than that being which was like to be?

Bard. We all, that are engaged to this loss,
Knew that we ventur'd on such dangerous seas,
That, if we wrought our life, 'twas ten to one:
And yet we ventur’d, for the gain propos'd
Chok'd the respect of likely peril fear’d;
And, since we are o'erset, venture again.
Come, we will all put forth ; body, and goods.

Mor. 'Tis more than time: And, my most noble lord, I hear for certain, and do speak the truth,

5 And darkness be the burier of the dead!] The conclusion of this noble speech is extremely striking. There is no need to suppose it exactly philosophical ; darkness, in poetry, may be absence of eyes, as well as privation of light. Yet we may remark, that by an ancient opinion it has been held, that if the human race, for whom the world was made, were extirpated, the whole system of sublunary nature would cease. JOHNSON.

The gentle archbishop of York is up,
With well-appointed powers; he is a man,
Who with a double surety binds his followers.
My lord your son had only but the corps,
But shadows, and the shows of men, to fight :
For that same word, rebellion, did divide
The action of their bodies from their souls;
And they did fight with queasiness, constrain’d,
As men drink potions; that their weapons only
Seem'd on our side, but, for their spirits and souls,
This word, rebellion, it had froze them up,
As fish are in a pond : But now the bishop
Turns insurrection to religion :
Suppos’d sincere and holy in his thoughts,
He's follow'd both with body and with mind;
And doth enlarge his rising with the blood
Of fair king Richard, scrap'd from Pomfret stones:
Derives from heaven his quarrel, and his cause;
Tells them, he doth bestride a bleeding land,
Gasping for life under great Bolingbroke;
And more, and less“, do flock to follow him.

North. I knew of this before ; but, to speak truth,
This present grief had wip'd it from my mind.
Go in with me; and counsel every man
The aptest way for safety, and revenge:
Get posts and letters, and make friends with speed ;
Never so few, and never yet more need. [Exeunt.

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Enter Sir John FALSTAFF, with his Page bearing his

sword and buckler.

Fal. Sirrah, you giant, what says the doctor to my water ?

more, and less,] More and less mean greater and less.

Page. He said, sir, the water itself was a good healthy water : but, for the party that owed it, he might have more diseases than he knew for.

Fal. Men of all sorts take a pride to gird at me?: The brain of this foolish-compounded clay, man, is not able to vent any thing that tends to laughter, more than I invent, or is invented on me: I am not only witty in myself, but the cause that wit is in other men. I do here walk before thee, like a sow, that hath overwhelmed all her litter but one. If the prince put thee into my service for any other reason than to set me off, why then I have no judgment. Thou whoreson mandrake, thou art fitter to be worn in my cap, than to wait at

my

heels. I was never manned with an agate. till now'; but I will set you neither in gold nor silver, but in vile apparel, and send you back again to your master, for a jewel; the juvenal, the prince your master, whose chin is not yet fledged. I will sooner have a beard grow in the palm of my hand, than he shall get one on his cheek; and yet he will not stick to say, his face is a face-royal: God may finish it when he will, it is not a hair amiss yet : he may keep it still as a face-royal, for a barber shall never earn sixpence out of it; and yet he will be crowing, as if he had writ man ever since his father was a bachelor. He may keep his own grace, but he is almost out of mine, I can assure him. What said master Dumbleton about the satin for my short cloak, , and slops ?

Page. He said, sir, you should procure him better assurance than Bardolph: he would not take his bond and yours ; he liked not the security.

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-to gird at me :) i.e. to gibe.

- mandrake,] Mandrake is a root supposed to have the shape of a man; it is now counterfeited with the root of briony.

9 I was never manned with an agate till now :) That is, I never be. fore had an agate for my man. Alluding to the little figures cut in agates, and other hard stones, for seals ; and therefore he says, I will set you neither in gold nor silver.

Fal. Let him be damned like the glutton! may his tongue be hotter !-A whoreson Achitophel ! a rascally yea-forsooth knave! to bear a gentleman in hand", and then stand upon security !- the whoreson smoothpates do now wear nothing but high shoes, and bunches of keys at their girdles: and if a man is thorough with them in honest taking up”, then they must stand upon

-security. I had as lief they would put ratsbane in my mouth, as offer to stop it with security. I looked he should have sent me two and twenty yards of satin, as I am a true knight, and he sends me security. Well, he may sleep in security; for he hath the horn of abundance, and the lightness of his wife shines through it: and yet cannot he see, though he have his own lantern to light him. Where's Bardolph ?

Page. He's gone into Smithfield, to buy your worship a horse.

Fal. I bought him in Paul's®, and he'll buy me a horse in Smithfield : an I could get me but a wife in the stews, I were manned, horsed, and wived.

Enter the Lord Chief Justice“, and an Attendant. Page. Sir, here comes the nobleman that committed the prince for striking him about Bardolph.

Fal. Wait close, I will not see him.
Ch. Just. What's he that goes there?
Atten. Falstaff, an't please your lordship.
Ch. Just. He that was in question for the robbery ?
Atten. He, my lord: but he hath since done good

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-to bear - in hand,] is, to keep in expectation.

if a man is thorough with them in honest taking up,] That is, if a man by taking up goods is in their debt. To be thorough seems to be the same with the present phrase, - to be in with a tradesman.

3 I bought him in Paul's,] At that time the resort of idle people, cheats, and knights of the post.

- Lord Chief Justice,] This judge was Sir Wm. Gascoigne, Chief Justice of the King's Bench.

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