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The noble change that I have purposed !
face murder'd my father,
K. Hen. O my son!
head: sin med cine potable :] There has long prevailed an opinion that a solution of gold has great medicinal virtues, and that the incorruptibility of gold might be communicated to the body impregnated with it.
To thee it shall descend with better quiet,
soil - ] Is spot, dirt, turpitude, reproach.
all these bold fears,] Fear is here used in the active sense, for that which causes fear. 9 Changes the mode :] Mode is the form or state of things.
—for what in me was purchas'd,] Purchased, in this place, signifies acquired by unjust and indirect methods. Purchase, in Shakspeare, frequently means stolen goods, or goods dishonestly obtained.
Silccessively.) By order of succession. Every usurper snatches a claim of hereditary right as soon as he can.
3 To lead out many to the Holy Land ;] The sense is : Of those who assisted my usurpation, some I have cut off, and many I intended to lead abroad. This journey to the Holy Land, of which VOL. V.
Lest rest, and lying still, might make them look
P. Hen. My gracious liege,
Enter Prince JOHN of LANCASTER, WARWICK,
Lords, and Others. K. Hen. Look, look, here comes my John of
Lancaster. P. John. Health, peace, and happiness, to my
My lord of Warwick !
the King very frequently revives the mention, had two motives, religion and policy. He durst not wear the ill-gotten crown without expiation, but in the act of expiation he contrives to make his wickedness successful. Johnson.
4 How I came, &c.] This is a true picture of a mind divided between heaven and earth. He prays for the prosperity of guilt while he deprecates its punishment. Johnson.
War. 'Tis call’d Jerusalem, my noble lord.
Glostershire. A Hall in Shallow's
Enter Shallow, FalstaFF, BARDOLPH, and Page.
Shal. By cock and pye, sir, you shall not away to-night. What, Davy, I say!
Fal. You must excuse me, master Robert Shallow.
Shal. I will not excuse you; you shall not be excused; excuses shall not be admitted ; there is no excuse shall serve ; you shall not be excused.-Why, Davy!
Enter Davy. Davy. Here, sir. Shal. Davy, Davy Davy, let me see, Davy; let me see :--yea, marry, William cook, bid him come hither.-Sir John, you shall not be excused.
Davy. Marry, sir, thus ;—those precepts cannot be served :: and, again, sir,-Shall we sow the headland with wheat?
those precepts cannot be served :) Precept is a justice's warrant. To the offices which Falstaff gives Davy in the following scene, may be added that of justice's clerk. Davy has almost as many employments as Scrub in The Stratagem.
Shal. With red wheat, Davy. But for William cook ;-~Are there no young pigeons ?
Davy. Yes, sir. Here is now the smith's note, for shoeing, and plough-irons.
Shal. Let it be cast, and paid :--sir John, yon shall not be excused.
Davy. Now, sir, a new link to the bucķet must needs be had :-And, sir, do you mean to stop any of William's wages, about the sack he lost the other day at Hinckley fair?
Shal. He shall answer it: Some pigeons, Davy; a couple of short-legged hens; a joint of mutton ; and any pretty little
any pretty little tiny kickshaws, tell William cook.
Davy. Doth the man of war stay all night, sir?
Shal. Yes, Davy. I will use him well ; A friend i'the court is better than a penny in purse. Use his men well, Davy; for they are arrant knaves, and will backbite.
Davy. No worse than they are back-bitten, sir ; for they have marvellous foul linen.
Shai. Well conceited, Davy. About thy business, Davy.
Davy. I beseech you, sir, to countenance William Visor of Wincot against Clement Perkes of the hill.
Shal. There are many complaints, Davy, against that Visor; that Visor is an arrant knave, on my knowledge.
Davy. I grant your worship, that he is a knave, sir : but, yet, God forbid, sir, but a knave should have some countenance at his friend's request. An honest man, sir, is able to speak for himself, when a knave is not. I have served your worship truly, sir, this eight years ; and if I cannot once or twice in a quarter bear out a knave against an honest man,
6. Let it be cast, ] That is, cast up, computed.