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No more the thirsty entrance of this Soils
Shall damp her lips with her own children's blood;
No more shall trenching war channel her fields,
Nor bruise her flowrets with the armed hoofs
Of hostile paces. + Those opposed eyes,


And breathe nort-winded ace No more the thirfly entrance of

cents-] That is, Let us this foil Joften peace to rest a while with Shall daube ber lips with her out disturbance, that she may re own children's blood. cover breath to propose new wars. The Folios of 1632 and 1664 3 No more the thirsiy entrance read, by an apparent errour of of this Soil

the press, Shall damb ber lips, from Shall damp her lips with her own which the later editors have idly

children's blood :) This non- adopted damp. The old readsense lould be read, Shall ing helps the editor no better TREMPE, i. e, moisten, and re- than the new, nor can I satisfactofers to thirsty, in the preceding rily reform the passage. I think line: Trempe, from the French, that thirsiyentrance must be wrong, tremper, properly signifies the yet know not what to offer. moiitness made by rain. WARB. We may read, but not very ele

That these lines are absurd is gantly, foon discovered, but how this No more the thirfly entrails of nonsense will be made sense is this foil not so easily told ; surely not by Shall daubed be with her arun reading trempe, for what means children's blood. he, that says, the thirfly en- The relative her, is inactrance of this Soil fall no more curately used in both readings; trempe her lips with her children's but to regard sense more than blood, more than he that says it grammar is familiar to our aufball not damp her lips?? To sup- thour. pose the entrance of the foil to W e may suppose a verse or mean the entrance of a King two loft between these two lines. upon Dominion, and King Henry This is a cheap way of palliatto predict that Kings fall en- ing an editor's inability ; but I der hereafter without bloodshed, believe such omissions are more is to give words such a latitude frequent in Shakespeare than is of meaning, that no nonsense commonly imagined. can want a congruous interpre- 4 Those opposed eyes,] tation,

The fimilitude is beautiful : But, The antient copies neither what are eyes meeting in inteftine have trempe nor damp; the first jocks, and marching all one way? 4'0 of 1599, that of 1622, the The true reading is, FILES ; Folio of 1623, and the 4'o of which appears not only from the 1639, all read,

integrity of the metaphor, well


Which, like the meteors of a troubled heav'n,
All of one nature, of one substance bred,
Did lately meet in the intestine shock
And furious close of civil butchery,
Shall now, in mutual, well-beseeming, ranks
March all one way; and be no more oppos'd
Against acquaintance, kindred, and allies;
The edge of war, like an ill-lheathed knife,
No more shall cut his master. Therefore, friends,
As far as to the sepulchres of Christ,
Whose soldier now, under whose blessed Cross
We are impressed, and engag'd to fight,
Forthwith a Power of English shall we levy;
Whose arms were moulded in their mothers' womb
To chase these Pagans, in those holy fields
Over whose acres walk'd those blessed feet,
Which, fourteen hundred years ago, were naild
For our advantage on the bitter Cross.
But this our purpose is a twelvemonth old,
And bootless 'tis to tell you we will go;
Therefore, we meet not now. Then let me hear,
Of you my gentle Cousin Westmorland,

beseeming ranks march all one way; S As far as to the fepulchra, but from the nature of those me &c.] The lawfulness and juteors to which they are com- ftice of the holy wars have been pared ; namely long streaks of much disputed; but perhaps there red, which represent the lines of is a principle on which the quearmies; the appearance of which, stion may be easily determined. and their likeness to such lines, If it be part of the religion of gave occasion to all the superfii- the Mahometans, to extirpate tion of the common people con- by the sword all other religions, cerning armies in the air, &c. it is, by the law of self-defence, Out of mere contradiction, the lawful for men of every other Oxford Editor would improve my religion, and for Christians among alteration of files to arms, and others, to make war upon Mafo loses both the integrity of the hometans, fimply as Mahome. metaphor and the likeness of tans, as men obliged by their the comparison. WARBURT. own principles to make war up

This passage is not very ace on Christians, and only lying in curate in the expression, but I wait till opportunity thall prothink nothing can be changed. mise them fuccele.

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What yesternight our Council did decree,
In forwarding this dear expedience.

Weft. My Liege, this hafte was hot in question,
7 And many limits of the Charge set down
But yesternight: when, all athwart, there came
A Post from Wales, loaden with heavy news;
Whose worst was, that the noble Mortimer,
Leading the men of Herefordshire to fight
Against th' irregular and wild Glendower,
Was by the rude hands of that Welshman taken;
A thousand of his people butchered,
Upon whose dead corps there was such misuse,
Such beastly, shameless transformation,
By those Welpwomen done, as may not be,
Without much shame, re-told or spoken of.
K. Henry. It feems then, that the tidings of this

broil Brake off our business for the holy Land. Weft. This, matcht with other, did, my gracious

lord ;
For more uneven and unwelcome news
Came from the North, and thus it did import.
On holy-rood day, the gallant Hot-spur there,
Young Harry Percy, and brave Archibald,
That ever-valiant and approved Scot,
At Holmedon spent a fad and bloody hour,
As by discharge of their artillery,
And shape of likelihood, the news was told;
For he, that brought it, in the very heat
And pride of their contention, did take horse,
Uncertain of the issue any way.

K. Henry. Here is a dear and true-industrious friend,
Sir Walter Blunt, new lighted from his horse,
Stain'd with the variation of each foil
Betwixt that Holmedon, and this Seat of ours:

. this dear expedience.) ? And many limits - ] LiFor expedition. WARBURTON. mits for estimates. WARBURT.


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And he hath brought us smooth and welcome news.
The Earl of Dowglas is discomfited ;
Ten thousand bold Scots, three and twenty Knights,
Balk'd in their own blood did Sir Walter see
On Holmedon's plains. Of prisoners, Hot-spur took
Mordake the Earl of Fife, and eldest son
To beaten Dowglas, and the Earls of Athol,
Of Murry, Angus, and Menteith.
And is not this an honourable spoil ?
A gallant prize ? ha, cousin, is it not?
Weft. In faith, a conquest for a Prince to boast of.
K. Henry. Yea, there thou mak'st me fad, and

mak'st me sin
In Envy, that my lord Northumberland
Should be the father of so blest a son,
A fon, who is the theam of Honour's tongue,
Amongst a grove, the very streightest plant,
Who is sweer Fortune's Minion, and her Pride,
Whilst I, by looking on the praise of him,
See riot and dishonour stain the brow
Of my young Harry. O could it be prov'd,
That some night-tripping Fairy had exchang’d,
In cradle-cloaths, our children where they lay,
And call mine Percy, his Plantagenet;
Then would I have his Harry, and he mine.
But let him from my thoughts. What think you,

Of this young Percy's pride ? the prisoners,
Which he in this adventure hath surpriz'd,
To his own use he keeps, and sends me word,
I shall have none but Mordake Earl of Fife.

Weft. This is his uncle's teaching, this is Worcester,
Malevolent to you in all aspects,
Which makes him plume himself, and bristle up


8 Which makes him PRUNE this the Oxford Editor gives his himself,-) Doubtless Shake- fiat.

WARBURTON. speare wrote PLUME. And to I am not so confident as those Vol. IV.


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K. Henry. But I have sent for him w answer this, And for this cause a while we must neglect i i Our holy purpose to Jerusalem.

:, " Cousin, on Ilednesday next our Council we..! Till lield at Windfor, fo inform the lords : ,' i But come yourself with speed to us again; For more is to be said, and to be done, . . 9 Than out of anger can be utter'd. lieft. I will, my Liege.


An Apartment of the Prince's.

Enter Henry Prince of Wales, and Sir John Falstaff.

Fal.. TOW, Hal, what time of day is it, lad ?

I P. Henry. Thou art fo fat-witted with drinking old fack, and unbuttoning thee after supper, and sleeping upon benches in the afternoon, that thou haft forgotten to demand that truly, which thou would't truly know. What a devil halt thou to do with the time of the day? Unless hours were cups of sack, and minutes capons, and clocks the tongues of bawds, and dials the signs of leaping-houses, and the blessed Sun himself a fair hot wench in Hame-colour'd taffata. I fee no reason why thou should’st be so super. fluous, to demand the tiine of the day.

two editors. The metaphor is to be said than anger will suffer me taken from a cock who in his to say: More than can if ue from a pride prunes himself ; that is mind disturbed like mine. picks off the loole feathers to 'To demand that truli, which ímocth the rest. To prurie, and thou wouldid truly know.) The to plume, spoken of a bird, is Prince's objection to the quction the same.

seems to be, that Falstaff had 9 Than out of anger can be asked in the night what was the • uttered.] That is, -Mure is time of days.


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