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North. Why, what a wasp-tongu'd and impatient

Art thou, to break into this woman's mood;
Tying thine ear to no tongue but thine own?
Hot. Why, look you, I am whipp'd and scourg'd

with rods,
Nettled, and stung with pismires, when I hear
Of this vile politician, Bolingbroke.
In Richard's time what do ye call the place?
A plague upon't !-it is in Glostershire
'Twas where the mad-cap duke his uncle kept,
His uncle York-where I first bow'd my knee
Unto this king of smiles, this Bolingbroke,
When you and he came back from Rayenspurg.

North. At Berkley-castle.

Hot. You say true
Why what a candy'd deal of courtesy
This fawning greyhound then did proffer me!
Look, when his i infant fortune came to agem :
And, gentle Harry Percy-and, kind cousin
The devil take such cozeners !–God forgive me!
Good uncle, tell your tale, for I have done.
· Wor. Nay, if you have not, to't again;
We'll stay your leifure.

Hot. I have done, i'faith.
Wor. Then once more to your Scottish prisoners.

[To Hotspur.
Deliver them without their ransom straight,
And make the Douglas' son your only mean
For powers in Scotland; which, for divers reasons
Which I shall send you written, be assur'd,
Will easily be granted. - You, my lord- [To North.
Your son in Scotland being thus employ'd-
Shall secretly into the bosom creep
Of that same noble prelate, well belov’d,
The archbishop.

! - infant fortune came to age, -] Alluding to what passed in King Richard, ac 2. sc. 3. Johnson.

Hot. Of York, is’t not ?
Wor. True, who bears hard
His brother's death at Bristol, the lord Scroop.
2 I speak not this in estimation,
As what, I think, might be; but what, I know,
Is ruminated, plotted, and set down;
And only stays but to behold the face
Of that occasion that shall bring it on.

Hot. I smell it: upon my life, it will do well.
North. Before the game's a-foot, thou still 3 lett'st

flip. Hot. Why, it cannot chuse but be a noble plotAnd then the power of Scotland, and of York, To join with Mortimer-Ha! Wor. And so they shall. Hot. In faith, it is exceedingly well-aim'd. Wor. And 'tis no little reason bids us speed To save our heads, 4 by raising of a head : For, bear ourselves as even as we can, 5 The king will always think him in our debt;


I speak not this in estimation,] Eftimation for conje&ure. But between this and the foregoing verse it appears there were some lines which are now lost. For, consider the sense. What was it that was ruminated, plotted, and set down? Why, as the text stands at present, that the archbishop bore his brother's death hardly. It is plain then that they were some consequences of that relentment which the speaker informs Hotspur of, and to which his conclusion of, I speak not this by conjeture but ax good proof, must be referred. But some player, I suppose, thiaking the speech too long, Itruck them out. WARBURTON.

If the editor had, before he wrote his note, read ten lines forward, he would have seen that nothing is omitted. Worcester gives a dark hint of a conspiracy. Hotspur smells it, that is, guelles it. Northumberland reproves him for not fuffering Worcester to tell his design. Hotspur, according to the vehemence of his temper, itill follows his own conjecture. Johns. 3- letti flip.] To let flip is, to loose the greyhound.

JOHNSON. + by raising of a head :) A bead is a body of forces.

JOHNSON. s The king will always, &c.] This is a natural description

All he hath fou how he dot inoks of love. , 1 on him.

And think, we think ourselves unsatisfy’d,
Till he hath found a time to pay us home.
And see already, how he doth begin
To make us strangers to his looks of love.

Hot. He does, he does ; we'll be reveng'd on him.
Wor. Cousin, farewell.-No further go in this,
Than I by letters shall direct your course.
When time is ripe (which will be suddenly)
I'll steal to Glendower, and lord Mortimer ;
Where you and Douglas, and our powers at once
(As I will fashion it) shall happily meet,
To bear our fortunes in our own strong arms,
Which now we hold at much uncertainty.
North. Farewell, good brother: we shall thrive, I

Hot. Uncle, adieu !-O let the hours be short,
Till fields, and blows, and groans applaud our sport!


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An inn at Rochester.
Enter a carrier with a lantborn in his hand.

1 Carrier.
IIEIGH ho! an't be not four by the day, I'll be

M hang’d. Charies' wain is over the new chimney, and yet our horse not packi. What, oftler!

Oft. (within.] Anon, anon.

of the state of mind between those that have conferred, and those that have received, obligations too great to be satisfied.

That this would be the event of Northumberland's disloyalty was predicted by king Richard in the former play. Johnson.

i Car. I prythee, 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 a as dank here as a dog, and that is the next way to give poor jades the 3 bots: this house is turn'd upside down, since Robin oftler dy'd..

i Car. Poor fellow never joy'd since the price of oats rose : it was the death of him.

2 Car. I think this be the most villainous house in all London road for feas: I am stung like a tench.

i Car. Like a tench? by the mass, there's ne'er , a king in Christendom could be better bit than I have been since the firit cock.

2 Car. Why, they will allow us ne'er a jourden, and then we leak in your chimney: and your chamber-lie breeds fleas 4 like a loach.

I Car. What, oftler!—Come away, and be hang'd, come away.

2 Car. I have a gammon of bacon, 5 and two razes of ginger, to be delivered as far as Charing-cross.

1- out of all cefs.] The Oxford Editor not understanding this phrase, has alter'd it to-out of all case. As if it were likely that a blundering transcriber should change fo common a word as cafe for cefs : which, it is probable, he understood no more than this critic; but it means out of all measure : the phrase being taken from a cess, tax, or subsidy; which being by regular and moderate rates, when any.thing was exorbitant, or out of measure, it was said to be, out of all cels. WARBURT.

2 as dank-] i.e. wet, rotten. Pope. 3 bots:-] Are worms in the stomach of a horse. JOHNSON.

A bots light upon you is an imprecation frequently repeated in the play of Henry V. already quoted. STEEVENS. 4 like a loach.) A loch (Scotch) a lake. WARBURT.

--and two razes of ginger,-] As our author in several passages mentions a race of ginger, I thought proper to diftinguish it from the raze mentioned here. The former signifies no more than a single root of it; but a raze is the Indian term for a bale of it. THEOBALD.

i Car. 'Odsbody! the turkies in my panniers are quite stary’d. -What, oftler! a plague on thee! hast thou never an eye in thy head ? canst not hear ? an 'twere not as good a deed as drink, to break the pate of thee, I am a very villain.—Come, and be hang'd: Haft no faith in thee?

Enter Gads-bill. Gads. Good morrow, carriers. What's o'clock? Car. 6 I think it be two o'clock. Gads. I prythee lend me thy lanthorn, to see my gelding in the stable.

I Car. Nay, soft, I pray ye; I know a trick worth two of that, i'faith. Gads. I prythee lend me thine.

2 Car. Ay, when? canst tell?- lend me thy lanthorn, quoth a!-marry, I'll see thee hang'd first.

Gads. Sirrah, carrier, what time do you mean to come to London ?

2 Car. Time enough to go to bed with a candle, I warrant thee.-Come, neighbour Mugges, we'll call up the gentlemen; they will along with company, for they have great charge.

[Exeunt Carriers. Enter Chamberlain. Gads. What, ho, chamberlain! Cham. 7 At hand, quoth pick-purse. Gads. That's even as fair, as at hand, quoth the chamberlain : for thou variest no more from picking of purses, than giving direction doth from labouring. Thou lay'st the plot how.

Gara-marhen? Cand me thine

o I think it be truo o'clock.] The carrier, who fufpected Gadsbill, ftrives to mislead him as to the hour, because the first observation made in this scene is, that it was four o'clock.

STEEVENS: 7 At hand, quoth pick-purse.] This is a proverbial expression often used by Green, Nath, and other writers of the time, in whose works the cant of low conversation is preserved.



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