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Ere he by sickness had been visited.
Wor. Your father's sickness is a maim to us.
Hot. A perilous gash, a very limb lopped off ;-
'Faith, and so we should ;
Hot. A rendezvous, a home to fly unto,
Wor. But yet, I would your father had been here.
1 That is, on any less near to himself, or whose interest is remote. 2 Where, for whereas. 3 i. e. “a support to which we may have recourse."
The quality and hair? of our attempt
You strain too far.
word Spoke of in Scotland, as this term of fear.
Enter SIR RICHARD VERNON.
Hot. My cousin Vernon! welcome, by my soul.
Ver. 'Pray God, my news be worth a welcome, lord
Hot. No harm. What more?
And further, I have learned,
1 Hair was anciently used, metaphorically, for the color, complexion, or nature of a thing.
2 The assailing side.
The king himself in person is set forth,
. He shall be welcome too. Where is his son,
All furnished, all in arms,
1 It is recorded of the prince, that he was passing swift in running." 2 This is the reading of all the old copies, which Hanmer altered to
“ All plumed like estridges, and with the wind
Bating like eagles," &c. Johnson changed it thus :
“ All plumed like estridges, that wing the wind;
Bated like eagles," &c. This reading had been adopted by Malone and Steevens. But if a clear sense can be deduced from the passage as it stands, no conjectural alteration of the text should be admitted. The meaning may be this :-“The prince and his comrades were all furnished, all in arms, all plumed: like estridges (ostriches) that bated (i. e. flutter or beat) the wind with their wings; like eagles having lately bathed.”. Bating, or to bate, in falconry, is the unquiet fluttering of a hawk-to beat the wing (batter l'ale, Ital.. All birds bate, i. e. flutter, beat, or flap their wings to dry their feathers after bathing; and the mode in which the ostrich uses its wings, to assist itself in running with the wind, is of this character; it is a fluttering or a flapping, not a flight. Bated refers both to the flapping of the plumes, , and of the wings of the ostrich; the plumage of that bird is displayed to more advantage when its wings are in motion, than when at rest'; and hence the propriety of representing the feathers of the helmets flouting the air to the plumage of the ostrich when its wings were in motion, or when it “ bated the air, like eagles lately bathed.”
3 The beaver of a helmet was a movable piece, which lifted up or down to enable the wearer to drink or take breath more freely. It is frequently, though improperly, used to express the helmet itself.
To turn and wind a fiery Pegasus,
There is more news.
Doug. That's the worst tidings that I hear of yet.
Forty let it be;
Doug. Talk not of dying ; I am out of fear Of death, or death's hand, for this one half year.
[Exeunt. SCENE II. A Public Road near Coventry.
1 The quartos of 1598 and 1599 read taste.
Enter FALSTAFF and BARDOLPH,
Fal. Bardolph, get thee before to Coventry; fill me a bottle of sack; our soldiers shall march through ; we'll to Sutton-Colfield to-night.
Bard. Will you give me money, captain ?
Fal. And if it do, take it for thy labor; and if it make twenty, take them all; I'll answer the coinage. Bid my lieutenant, Peto, meet me at the town's end.
Bard. I will, captain ; farewell.
Fal. If I be not ashamed of my soldiers, I am a soused gurnet.
I have misused the king's press damnably. I have got, in exchange of a hundred and fifty soldiers, three hundred and odd pounds. I press me none but good householders, yeomen's sons : inquire me out contracted bachelors, such as had been asked twice on the bans; such a commodity of warm slaves, as had as lief hear the devil as a drum ; such as fear the report of a caliver, worse than a struck fowl, or a hurt wild-duck. I pressed me none but such toasts and butter, with hearts in their bellies no bigger than pins' heads, and they have bought out their services; and now my whole charge consists of ancients, corporals, lieutenants, gentlemen of companies, slaves as ragged as Lazarus in the painted cloth, where the glutton's dogs licked his sores; and such as, indeed, were never soldiers; but discarded, unjust serving-men, younger sons to younger brothers, revolted tapsters, and ostlers trade-fallen; the cankers of a calm world, and a long peace; ten times more dishonorable ragged than an old faced ancient:' and such have I, to fill
1 The gurnet, or gurnard, was a fish of the piper kind.
2 « Londoners, and all within the sound of Bow bell, are in reproach called cockneys, and eaters of buttered toasts.” – Moryson's Itin. 1617.
3 “ An old faced ancient” is an old patched standard.