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Enter Prince Henry and WESTMORELAND.
FAL. What, Hal? How now, mad wag? what a devil dost thou in Warwickshire ?- My good lord of Westmoreland, I cry you mercy; I thought, your honour had already been at Shrewsbury.
WEST. 'Faith, sir John, 'tis more than time that I were there and you too; but my powers are there already : The king, I can tell you, looks for us all; we must away all night”.
FAL. Tut, never fear me: I am as vigilant as a cat to steal cream.
P. Hen, I think, to steal cream indeed; for thy theft hath already made thee butter. But tell me, Jack; Whose fellows are these that come after?
Fal. Mine, Hal, mine.
Fal. Tut, tut; good enough to tosso; food for powder, food for powder; they'll fill a pit, as well as better : tush, man, mortal men, mortal men.
march to purloin, is noticed by a writer contemporary with Shakspeare. Barnabie Rich says, "Fyrst by the way as they travayle through the countrey where they chaunce to lye all night, the good wyfe hath spedde well if shee fynde hyr sheetes in the morning, or if this happe to fayle, yet a coverlet or curtens from the bed, or a carpet from the table, some bed clothes or table napkins, or some other thing must needs packe away with them, there comes nothing amisse if it will serve to by drinke." A Right Excellent and Pleasannt Dialogue betwene Mercury and an English Souldier, &c. 1574, bl. 1. sig. H. 5. Reed.
5 - we must away all night.] Read~" we must away all tonight. M. Mason. Perhaps Westmoreland means we must travel all night."
Steevens. - good enough to toss ;] That is, to toss upon a pike.
“ The soldiers should have toss'd me on their pikes,
West. Ay, but, sir John, methinks they are exceeding poor and bare ; too beggarly.
FAL. 'Faith, for their poverty,-I know not where they had that: and for their bareness,- I am sure, they never learned that of me.
P. Hen. No, I'll be sworn ; unless you call three fingers on the ribs, bare. But, sirrah, make haste; Percy is already in the field.
Fal. What, is the king encamped ?
West. He is, sir John ; I fear we shall stay too long.
FAL. Well, To the latter end of a fray, and the beginning of a
feast, Fits a dull fighter, and a keen guest. [E.reunt.
The Rebel Camp near Shrewsbury.
Enter HotSPUR, WORCESTER, Douglas, and
It may not be.
Not a whit.
His is certain, ours is doubtful.
You do not counsel well; You speak it out of fear, and cold heart.
VER. Do me no slander, Douglas : by my life, (And I dare well maintain it with my life,) If well-respected honour bid me on,
I hold as little counsel with weak fear,
Yea, or to-night.
Come, come, it may not be.
That you foresee not what impediments
Hot. So are the horses of the enemy
Wor. The number of the king exceedeth ours:
[The Trumpet sounds a parley,
Enter Sir Walter Blunt.
7 As you, my lord, or any Scot that lives :) The old copies :
that this day lives." STEEVENS. We should omit the words, this day, which weaken the sense and destroy the measure. M. Mason.
8 — such great leading,] Such conduct, such experience in martial business. JOHNSON. The old copies,
such great leading as you are." By the advice of Mr. Ritson I have omitted the words—as you are, which only serve to destroy the metre. STEEVENS. 9 – half himself.] Old copies—" half of himself."
Hot. Welcome, sir Walter Blunt; And would to
- of our QUALITY,] Quality, in our author's time, was frequently used in the sense of fellowship or occupation. So, in The Tempest: “ Task Ariel and all his quality," 'i. e. all those who were employed with Ariel in similar services or occupations; his fellows. ' Again, in Hamlet : "give me a taste of your quality."
MALONE. of your grieps;] That is, grievances. So, in A Declaration of the Treasons of the late Earle of Essex, &c. 1601: “The Lord Keeper required the Earle of Essex, that if he would not declare his griefs openly, yet that then he would impart them privately." Malone.
Did give him that same royalty he wears o:
3 My father, and my uncle, and myself,
Did give him that same royalty he wears :) The Percies were in the highest favour with King Henry the Fourth for some time after his accession. Thomas Earl of Worcester was appointed Governour to the Prince of Wales, and was honoured with the custody of Isabel, widow of King Richard the Second, when she was sent back to France after that king's deposition. Hotspur, who accompanied him on that occasion, in the presence of the Ambassadors of both nations, who met between Calais and Boulogne, protested "upon his soul” that she was a virgin, “ sound and entire even as she was delivered to King Richard, and if any would say to the contrary, he was ready to prove it against him by combat.”_ Speed, p. 753. Malone.
4 To sue his livery,] This is a law phrase belonging to the feudal tenures ; meaning, to sue out the delivery or possession of his lands from those persons who on the death of any of the tenants of the crown, seized their lands, till the heir sued out his livery.
STEEVENS. Before the 32d year of King Henry the Eighth, wardships were usually granted as court favours, to those who made suit for, and had interest enough to obtain them. Ritson.
During the existence of the feudal tenures, on the death of any of the King's tenants, an inquest of office, called inquisitio post mortem, was held, to inquire of what lands he died seized, who was his heir, of what age he was, &c. and in those cases where the heir was a minor, he became the ward of the crown; the land was seized by its officers, and continued in its possession, or that of the person to whom the crown granted it, till the heir came of age, and sued out his livery, or ousterlemaine, that is, the delivery of the land out of his guardian's hands. To regulate these inquiries, which were greatly abused, many persons being compelled to sue out livery from the crown, who were by no means tenants thereunto, the Court of Wards and Liveries was erected by Stat. 32 Hen. VIII. c. 46." See Blackstone's Comm, I 61. III. 258.