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Quenching the flame of bold rebellion
SECOND PART OF
KING HENRY IV.
Scene 1.-The same.
The Porter before the Gate; Enter Lord BARDOLPH. Burd. Who keeps the gate here, ho ?-Where is the
earl ? Port. What shall I say you are? Bard.
Tell thou the earl, That the lord Bardolph doth attend him here.
Port. His Lordship is walk'd forth into the orchard; Please it your honour, knock but at the gate, And he himself will answer.
Enter NORTHUMBERLAND. Bard.
Here comes the earl. North. What news, lord Bardolph ? every minute now Should be the father of some stratagem : The times are wild; contention, like a horse Full of high feeding, madly hath broke loose, And bears down all before him. Bard.
North. Good, an heaven will !
As good as heart can wish :-
- some stratagem :) Some strutagem means here some great, important, or dreadful event.--M. MASON.
And Harry Monmouth's brawn, the hulk sir John,
How is this deriv'd ?
Bard. I spake with one, my lord, that came from thence; A gentleman well bred, and of good name, That freely render'd me these news for true.
North. Here comes my servant, Travers, whom I sent On Tuesday last to listen after news.
Bard. My lord, I over-rode him on the way;
North. Now, Travers, what good tidings come with you?
Tra. My lord, sir John Umfrevile turn'd me back
My lord, I'll tell you what;-
- forspent- ) i. e. Wasted, exhausted.
Upon mine honour, for a silken pointe
North. Why should the gentleman that rode by TraGive then such instances of loss?
Who, he ?
North. Yea, this man's brow, like to a title-leaf,:
Mor. I ran from Shrewsbury, my noble lord ;
How doth my son and brother?
Mor. Douglas is living, and your brother, yet:
point) i. e. A string tagged, or lace.
like to a title-leaf,] It may not be amiss to observe, that, in the time of
our poet, the title-page to an elegy, as well as every intermediate leaf, was totally black. I have several in my possession, written by Chapman, the translator of Homer, and ornamented in this manner.-STEEVENS.
a witness'd usurpation.) i. e. An attestation of its ravage.-STEEVENS.
Why, he is dead. See, what a ready tongue suspicion hath! He, that but fears the thing he would not know, Hath, by instinct, knowledge from others' eyes, That what he fear'd is chanced. Yet speak, Morton; Tell thou thy earl, his divination lies; And I will take it as a sweet disgrace, And make thee rich for doing me such wrong.
Mor. You are too great to be by me gainsaid : Your spirit is too true, your fears too certain.
North. Yet, for all this, say not that Percy's dead. I see a strange confession in thine eye: Thou shak'st thy head; and hold’st it fear, or sin, To speak a truth. If he be slain, say so: The tongue offends not, that reports his death : And he doth sin, that doth belie the dead; Not he, which says the dead is not alive. Yet the first bringer of unwelcome news Hath but a losing office; and his tongue Sounds ever after as a sullen bell, Remember'd knolling a departing friend.
Bard. I cannot think, my lord, your son is dead.
Mor. I am sorry, I should force you to believe That, which I would to heaven I had not seen : But these mine eyes saw him in bloody state, Rend'ring faint quittance, wearied and out-breath’d, To Harry Monmouth; whose swift wrath beat down The never-daunted Percy to the earth, From whence with life he never more sprung up. In few, his death (whose spirit lent a fire Even to the dullest peasant in his camp,) Being bruited once, took fire and heat
away From the best-temper'd courage in his troops : For from his metal was his party steeld; Which once in him abated,' all the rest
fear,] Here used for danger.
quittance,) i.e. Return. By“ faint quittance" is meant, “a faint return of blows."-STEEVENS.
I-abated,] This word is not here put for the general idea of diminished, nor for the notion of blunted as applied to a single edge. Abated means reduced to a lower temper, or, as the workmen call it, let down.--Johnson.