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Aum. Good mother, be content; it is no more
Re-enter Servant, with boots.
York. Give me my boots, I say.
Dutch. Why, York, what wilt thou do?
York. Thou fond mad woman,
Dutch. He shall be none;
York. Away, fond woman! were he twenty times
Dutch. Hadst thou groan’d for him,
I doubt not but to ride as fast as York:
[Exeunt. SCENE III.
Windsor. A Room in the Cafli.
Beling. Can no man tell of my unthrifty son?
Percy. My lord, some two days since I saw the prince ; And told him of these triumphs held at Oxford.
Boling. And what said the gallant?
Percy. His answer was,-he would unto the stews; And from the common'st creature pluck a glove “,
2 Enquire a: Londona &c.] This is a very proper introduction to the future character of Henry the Fifth, to his debaucheries in his youth, and his greatness in his manhood. JOHNSON,
Shakipeare feldom attended to chronology. The prince was at this time but twelve years old, for he was born in 1388, and the conspiracy on which the present scene is formed, was discovered in the beginning of the year 1400.--He scarcely frequented taverns or itews at fo early an age, MALONE.
3 While beg-] All the old copies read-Which be. STEEVENS. The correction was made by Mr. Pope. MALONE.
4 - pluck a glove,] So, in Promos and Calandra, 1578, Lamia, the strumpet, says,
« Who loves me once is lymed to my heaft:
“ My colours some, and some hall wear my glove." Again, in the Shoemaker's Holyday, or Gentle Craft, 1600:
• Or mall I undertake some martial sport,
And wear it as a favour; and with that
Boling. As diffolute, as desperate : yet, through both
Enter Aumerle, haftily.
Boling. What means
Aum. God save your grace. I do beseech your majesty,
[Exeunt Percy and Lords, What is the matter with our cousin now?
Aum. For ever may my knees grow to the earth, [kneels.
Boling. Intended, or committed, was this fault ?
Aum. Then give me leave that I may turn the key, ) That no man enter till my tale be done.
Boling. Have thy desire. [Aumerle locks the door.
York. [within.] My liege, beware; look to thyself; Thou hast a traitor in thy presence there. Boling. Villain, I'll make thee safe.
[drawing Aum. Stay thy revengeful hand; Thou hast no cause to fear.
York. [within.] Open the door, secure, fool-hardy king : Shall I, for love, speak treason to thy face? Open the door, or I will break it open.
[Bolingbroke opens the door.
5 I see some sparkles of a better bope,] The folio reads :-sparks of better bope. The quarto 1615:-sparkles of better bope. STEEVENS.
The first quarto has--Sparkles of better bope. The article was inserted by Mr. Steevens. MALONE. 6 If but -] Old copicsIf on. Corrected by Mr. Pope. MALONE.
Recover breath; tell us how near is danger,
Aum. Remember, as thou read'ft, thy promise paft:
York. 'Twas, villain, ere thy hand did set it down.
York. So shall my virtue be his vice's bawd;
let me in.
b.iii. c. 2 :
? Thou sheer, immaculate, &c.] Sheer is pellucid, transparent. The modern editors arbitrarily read clear. So, in Spenser's Faery Queen,
" Who having viewed in a fountain foere &c. Transparent mullin is still called sheer mullin. STEEVENS.
STby overflow of good converts to bad;] The overflow of good in ible is turned to bad in by fon; and that same abundant goodncss in tbee fall excuse bis transgression. TYRWHITT.
. digrefsing for.] To digress is to deviate from what is right or regular. STEEVENS. See Vol. II. p. 325, n. 5. MALONE.
Boling. What thrill-voic'd suppliant makes this ea.
Dutch. A woman, and thine aunt, great king ; 'tis I.
Boling. Our scene is alter'd,- from a serious thing,
York. If thou do pardon, whosoever pray,
York. Thou frantick woman, what dost thou make here??
[kneeling Boling. Rise up, good aunt.
Dutch. Not yet, I thee beseech :
1 - The Beggar and the King ) The King and Beggar seems to have been an interlude well known in the time of our author, who has al. luded to it more than once. I cannot now find that any copy of it is left. JOHNS
The King and Beggar was perhaps once an interlude; it was certainly a song. The reader will find it in the first volume of Dr. Perey's collection. It is there intitled, King Copetbua and the Beggar Maid; and is printed from Rich. Johnson's Crown Garland of Goslo den Roses, 1612, 12°; where it is intitled fimply, A forg of a Beggar and a King. This interlude or ballad is mentioned in Cinibia's Roe venge, 1613 :
ri Provoke thy sharp Melpomene to fing
“ The story of a Beggar, and the King. STIEVENS. 2 - what doft obou make bere?] See Vol. I. p. 275, n. 1. MALONE.