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Of this proud king; who studies, day and night,
Peace, cousin, say no more :
Hot. If he fall in, good night:—or sink or swim; Send danger from the east unto the west, So honor cross it from the north to south, And let them grapple.-0! the blood more stirs, To rouse a lion, than to start a hare.
North. Imagination of some great exploit Drives him beyond the bounds of patience.
Hot. By Heaven, methinks it were an easy leap,
Wor. He apprehends a world of figures ? here,
Those same noble Scots,
I'll keep them all;
You start away,
1 Half-faced, something imperfect.
And lend no ear unto my purposes.-
Nay, I will; that's flat.-
Hear you, Cousin ; a word.
Hot. All studies here I solemnly defy, Save how to gall and pinch this Bolingbroke. And that same sword-and-buckler1 prince of Wales, But that I think his father loves him not, And would be glad he met with some mischance,I'd have him poisoned with a pot of ale.
Wor. Farewell, kinsman! I will talk to you, When you are better tempered to attend. North. Why, what a wasp-tongue ? and impatient
1 « Sword-and-buckler prince,” is here used as a term of contempt. The following extracts will help us to the precise meaning of the epithet:–This field, commonly called West Smithfield, was for many years called Ruffian's Hall, by reason it was the usual place for frayes and common fighting, during the time that sword and bucklers were in use; when every serving man, from the base to the best, carried a buckler at his back, which hung by the hilt or pomel of his sword.”—Stowe's Survey of London.
2 The first quarto, 1598, reads wasp-stung, which Steevens thought the true reading. The quarto of 1599 reads wasp-tongue. The folio altered it, unnecessarily, to wasp-tongued. VOL. III.
'Twas where the mad-cap duke his uncle kept ;
Norih. At Berkley castle.
Hot. You say true.Why, what a candy deal of courtesy This fawning greyhound then did proffer me ! Look,-When his infant fortune came to age, And-gentle Harry Percy,—and, kind cousin,O, the devil take such cozeners ! God forgive
Wor. Nay, if you have not, to't again ;
I have done, i' faith.
[To NORTHUMBERLAND. Your son in Scotland being thus employed, Shall secretly into the bosom creep Of that same noble prelate, well beloved, The archbishop.
Hot. Of York, is't not?
Wor. True; who bears hard
Hot. I smell it; upon my life, it will do well.
ii. e. “what a deal of candy courtesy."
And then the power of Scotland, and of York,-
And so they shall.
Wor. And 'tis no little reason bids us speed,
Hot. He does, he does; we'll be revenged on him.
trust. Hot. Uncle, adieu.-0, let the hours be short, Till fields, and blows, and groans, applaud our sport!
[Exeunt. ACT II.
1 A body of forces.
2 This was a common address, in Shakspeare's time, to nephews, nieces, and grandchildren. See Holinshed, passim. Hotspur was Worcester's nephew.
SCENE I. Rochester.
An Inn Yard.
Enter a Carrier, with a lantern in his hand. 1 Car. Heigh ho! An't be not four by the day, I'll be hanged. Charles' wain is over the new chimney, and yet our horse not packed. What, ostler!
Ost. [Within.] Anon, anon.
1 Car. I pr’ythee, Tom, beat Cut's saddle, put a few flocks in the point; the poor jade is wrung in the withers out of all cess.?
Enter another Carrier. 2 Car. Pease and beans are as dank here as a dog, and that is the next way to give poor jades the bots : this house is turned upside down, since Robin ostler died.
1 Car. Poor fellow! never joyed since the price of oats rose ; it was the death of him.
2 Car. I think this be the most villanous house in all London road for fleas: I am stung like a tench.3
1 Car. Like a tench? by the mass, there is ne'er a king in Christendom could be better bit than I have been since the first cock.
2 Car. Why, they will allow us ne'er a jorden, and then we leak in your chimney; and your chamber-lie breeds fleas like a loach.4
1 Car. What, ostler! come away and be hanged; come away.
i Charles' wain was the vulgar name for the constellation called the great bear. It is a corruption of Chorles or Churl's wain. Chorl is frequently used for a countryman, in old books, from the Saxon ceorl.
2 “Out of all cess" is out of all measure.”
3 Dr. Farmer thought tench a mistake for trout ; probably alluding to the red spots with which the trout is covered.
4 Mason suggests that “ breeds fleas as fast as a loach breeds loaches,” may be the meaning of the passage ; the loach being reckoned a peculiarly prolific fish.