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'Gan vail his stomach, and did grace the shame
and hath sent out
A speedy power, to encounter you, my lord,
And Westmoreland: This is the news at full.
North. For this I shall have time enough to mourn.
Out of his keeper's arms; even so my limbs,
Are thrice themselves: hence therefore, thou nice 1
A scaly gauntlet now, with joints of steel,
Must glove this hand: and hence, thou sickly quoif;
2 '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.
3 buckle-] Bend; yield to pressure. 4- nice-] i.e. trifling.
On bloody courses, the rude scene may end,
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,-
You knew, he walk'd o'er perils, on an edge,
You were advis'd, his flesh was capable
Of wounds, and scars; and that his forward spirit
Bard. We all, that are engaged to this loss,
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.
The gentle archbishop of York is up,
Suppos'd sincere and holy in his thoughts,
Of fair king Richard, scrap'd from Pomfret stones :
North. I knew of this before; but, to speak truth,
The aptest way for safety, and revenge :
Get posts and letters, and make friends with speed;
London. A Street.
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 me7: 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.
-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 up2, 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?
Ch. Just. He that was in question for the robbery ?
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. s 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.