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My father, in kind heart and pity mov'd,
Blunt. Tut, I came not to hear this.
Then, to the point.
3 The more and less -] i. e. the greater and the less.
STEEVENS. Steevens has given the words, the more and less, the only explanation they can bear; but I have little doubt that we ought to read
“ They more and less, came in,” &c. M. Mason, 6 Gave him their heirs ; as pages follow'd him,} Perhaps we ought to point differently: " Gave him their heirs as pages ; follow'd liim," &c.
MALONE. 7. Upon the naked shore, &c.] In this whole speech he alludes again to some passages in Richard the Second. Johnson.
In short time after, he depos'd the king;
Blunt. Shall I return this answer to the king ?
8 And, in the neck of that,] So, in Painter's Palace of Pleasure, 1566 : “ Great mischiefes succedyng one in another's necke."
HENDERSON. - TASK'd the whole state:) I suppose it should be tax'd the whole state. Johnson.
Task'd is here used for taxed ; it was once common to employ these words indiscriminately. Memoirs of P. de Commines, by Danert, folio, 4th edit. 1674, p. 136: “Duke Philip, by the space of many years, levied neither subsidies nor tasks.” Again, in Stephen Gosson's School of Abuse, 1579: “ - like a greedy surveiour being sent into Fraunce to govern the countrie, robbed them and spoyled them of all their treasure with unreasonable taskes."
Again, in Holinshed, p. 422 : “ There was a new and strange subsidie or taske granted to be levied for the king's use."
STEEVENS. - INCAG'd in Wales,] The old copies have engag'd. Corrected by Mr. Theobald. Malone.
No change was necessary. Engag'd signifies delivered as a hostage; and is again used in that sense. See p. 389, n. 8.
Douce. ? This head of safety ;] This army, from which I hope for protection, Johnson.
Go to the king ; and let there be impawn'd
'Pray heaven, you do!
York. A Room in the Archbishop's House.
Enter the Archbishop of York, and a Gentleman.
With winged haste to the lord marshal *;
Gent. My good lord,
guess their tenor.
Like enough, you do'.
MALONE. s Gent. My good lord,
I guess their tenor.
Like enough, YOU DO.] Read :
Like enough." Ritson.
What with the sickness of Northumberland,
No, Mortimer's not there.
6 - in the first proportion,] Whose quota was larger than that of any other man in the confederacy. Johnson,
7 -rated sinew too,] A rated sinew signifies a strength on which we reckoned ; a help of which we made account.
JOHNSON. 8 And Mortimer.] Old copies, redundantly :
“ And lord Mortimer." STEEVENS, Yet Mr. Steevens retains lord in the next line, where it is equally redundant. Boswell.
And 'tis but wisdom to make strong against him;
ACT V.9 SCENE I.
The King's Camp near Shrewsbury.
Enter King Henry, Prince Henry, Prince John of
K. Hen. How bloodily the sun begins to peer
The southern wind
9 Act V.] It seems proper to be remarked, that in the editions printed while the author lived, this play is not broken into Acts. The division which was made by the players in the first folio, seems commodious enough ; but, being without authority, may be changed by any editor who thinks himself able to make a better.
Johnson. 1 In the old and modern editions the Earl of Westmoreland is made to enter here with the King ; but, it appears from a passage in the next scene that he was left as a hostage in Hotspur's camp, till Worcester should return from treating with Henry. See p. 388, n. 5. Malone.
- BUSKY hill!] Busky is woody. (Bosquet, Fr.) Milton writes the word perhaps more properly, bosky. 'STEEVENS.
I do not know whether Shakspeare ever surveyed the ground of Battlefield, but he has described the sun's rising over Haughmond hill from that spot, as accurately as if he had. It still merits the name of a busky hill. BLAKEWAY.
3 to his purposes ;] That is, to the sun's, to that which the sun portends by his unusual appearance. Johnson.