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France. A Room in the French King's Palace. Enter the French King attended; the Dauphin, the
duke of BURGUNDY, the Constable, and Others. Fr. King. Thus come the English with full
power upon us; And more than carefully it us concerns, To answer royally in our defences. Therefore the dukes of Berry, and of Bretagne, Of Brabant, and of Orleans, shall make forth, And you, prince Dauphin,—with all swift despatch,
Perhaps, indeed, it is a Scotch term; for in Ane very excellent and delectabill Treatise intitulit Philotus, &c. printed at Edinburgh, 1603, I find it again :
" What reck to tak the bogill-bo,
My bonie burd, for anes.”
STEEVENS. Whatever covert sense Pistol may have annexed to this word, it appears from Cole's Latin Dictionary, 1678, that bogle-bo (now corruptly founded bugabow) fignified" an ugly wide-mouthed picture, carried about with May-games.” Cole renders it by the Latin words, manducus, terriculamentum. The interpretation of the former word has been just given. The latter he renders thus: “A terrible spectacle; a fearful thing; a scare-crow.” T. C.
An anonymous writer fupposes that by the words—keep close, Pistol means, keep within doors. That this was not the meaning, is proved decisively by the words of the quarto. MALONE.
Perhaps, the words—keep close, were rendered perfectly intelligible by the action that accompanied them on the stage. Steevens.
The inquisitive reader will best collect the sense in which buggle boe is here used, from a perusal of La Fontaine's tale of " Le Diable de pape-figuiere." Douce.
8 And more than carefully it us concerns,] More than carefully is with more than common care; a phrase of the same kind with better than well. JOHNSON.
To line, and new repair, our towns of war,
My most redoubted father,
question) But that defences, musters, preparations, Should be maintain’d, assembled, and collected, As were a war in expectation. Therefore, I say, 'tis meet we all go forth, To view the sick and feeble parts of France: And let us do it with no show of fear; No, with no more, than if we heard that England Were bufied with a Whitsun morris-dance: For, my good liege, she is so idly king'd, Her scepter so fantastically borne By a vain, giddy, shallow, humorous youth, That fear attends her not. Con.
O peace, prince Dauphin! You are too much mistaken in this king:'
8-f dull a kingdom,] i. e. render it callous, insensible. So, in Hamlet:
“ But do not dull thy palm," &c. STEEVENS. 9 Were busied-] The quarto, 1600, reads—were troubled.
STEEVENS. 2 - Soidly king'a,] Shakspeare is not fingular in his use of this verb-to king. I find it in Warner's Albien's England, B. VIII.
and king'd his sister's son.” STEEVENS. 3 You are too much mistaken in this king :] This part is much enlarged since the first writing. POPE.
chap. xlii :
Question your grace the late ambassadors,
- How modeft in exception,] How diffident and decent in making objections. Johnson. s And you shall find, his vanities fore-spent
Were but the outside of the Roman Brutus,
Covering discretion with a coat of folly ;] Shakspeare not having given us, in the First or Second Part of Henry IV, or in any other place but this, the remotest hint of the circumstance here alluded to, the comparison must needs be a little obscure to those who do not know or reflect that some historians have told us, that Henry IV. had entertained a deep jealousy of his son's aspiring su. perior genius. Therefore to prevent all umbrage, the prince withdrew from publick affairs, and amused himself in conforting with a dissolute crew of robbers. It seems to me, that Shakspeare was ignorant of this circumstance when he wrote the two parts of Henry IV. for it might have been so managed as to have given new beauties to the character of Hal, and great improvements to the plot. And with regard to these matters, Shakspeare generally tells us all he knew, and as soon as he knew it. WARBURTON.
Dr. Warburton, as usual, appears to me to refine too much. I believe, Shakspeare meant no more than that Henry, in his external appearance, was like the elder Brutus, wild and giddy, while in fact his understanding was good.
Our author's meaning is sufficiently explained by the following lines in The Rape of Lucrece, 1594
“ Brutus, who pluck'd the knife from Lucrece' fide,
Seeing such emulation in their woe,
Burying in Lucrece' wound his folly's show.
“ But now he throws that shallow habit by,
As gardeners do with ordure hide those roots
Dau. Well, 'tis not so, my lord high constable,
Thomas Otterbourne and the translator of Titus Livius indeed say, that Henry the Fourth in his latter days was jealous of his son, and apprehended that he would attempt to depose him; to remove which suspicion, the prince is said (from the relation of an earl of Ormond, who was an eye witness of the fact,) to have gone with a great party of his friends to his father, in the twelfth year of his reign, and to have presented him with a dagger, which he desired the king to plunge into his breast, if he ftill entertained any doubts of his loyalty: but, I believe, it is no where said, that he threw himself into the company of diffolute persons to avoid giving umbrage to his father, or betook himself to irregular courses with a political view of quieting his suspicions. MALONE.
" Which, of a weak and niggardly projection,] This passage, as it stands, is so perplexed, that I formerly suspected it to be corrupt. If which be referrred to proportions of defence, (and I do not see to what else it can be referred,) the construction will be," which proportions of defence, of a weak and niggardly projection, fpoils his coat, like a miser," &c. If our author had written
While oft a weak and niggardly projection
Doth, &c. the reasoning would then be clear.-In cases of defence, it is best to imagine the enemy more powerful than he seems to be; by this ineans, we make more full and ample preparations to defend ourselves: whereas on the contrary, a poor and mean idea of the enemy's strength induces us to make but a scanty provision of forces against him; wherein we act as a miser does, who spoils his coat by scanting of cloth.
Projektion, I believe, is here used for fore-caft or preconception, It may, however, mean preparation.
Perhaps in Shakspeare's licentious diction the meaning may be, “ Which proportions of defence, when weakly and niggardly projected, resemble a mijer who spoils bis coat, &c. The falle concord
Doth, like a miser, spoil his coat, with scanting A little cloth.
Fr. King. Think we king Harry strong; And, princes, look, you strongly arm to meet him. The kindred of him hath been flesh'd upon us; And he is bred out of that bloody strain," That haunted us in our familiar paths: Witness our too much memorable shame, When Cressy battle fatally was struck, And all our princes captiv’d, by the hand Of that black name, Edward black prince of Wales; Whiles that his mountain fire,-on mountain
is no objection to such a construction; for the same inaccuracy is found in almost every page of the old
copy. MALONE. -- strain, ] lineage. See Vol. IV. p. 442, n. 2. REED. So, in King Lear: “ Sir, you have shown to-day your valiant ftrain."
STEEVENS. 8 That haunted us--] To haunt is a word of the utmost horror, which shows that they dreaded the English as goblins and spirits.
JOHNSON. 9 When Crelly battle fatally was ftruck,] So, in Robert of Glourefter:
and that fole of Somersete“ His come, and smyte a batayle.” Again, in the title to one of fir David Lyndsay's poems : How king Ninus began the first warres and strake the firit battell."
STEEVENS. 2 Whiles that his mountain fire,-on mountain standing,] Mr. Theobald would read, --mounting; i. e. high-minded, afpiring. Thus, in Love's Labour's Loft, Act IV:
“ Whoe'er he was, he show'd a mounting mind.” The emendation may
be right, and yet
I believe the poet meant to give an idea of more than human proportion in the figure of the king :
Quantus Athos, aut quantus Eryx, &c. Virg.
“ Like Teneriffe or Atlas unremov’d.” Milton. Drayton, in the 18th song of his Polyolbion, has a similar thought:
“ Then he above them all, himself that sought to raile, “ Upon some mountain top, like a pyramides."