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P. Hen. This is the strangest fellow, brother
[A retreat is sounded.
[Ereunt Prince Henry and Prince John. Fal. I'll follow, as they say, for reward. He that rewards me, God reward him! If I do grow great, I'll grow less; for I'll purge, and leave sack, and live cleanly, as a nobleman should do.
[Exit, bearing off the body.
Another Part of the Field.
The trumpets sound. Enter King Henry, Prince
Henry, Prince John, WestMORELAND, and Others, with WORCESTER, and Vernon, pri
K. Hen. Thus ever did rebellion find rebuke.-
Three knights upon our party slain to-day,
Wor. What I have done, my safety urg'd me to;
too: Other offenders we will pause upon.
[Exeunt Worcester and Vernon, guarded. How goes the field?
P. Hen. The noble Scot, lord Douglas, when he
The fortune of the day quite turn'd from him,
With all my heart.
K. Hen. Then this remains that we divide our
power. You, son John, and my cousin Westmoreland, Towards York shall bend you, with your dearest
speed, To meet Northumberland, and the prelate Scroop, Who, as we hear, are busily in arms: Myself, -and you, son Harry,-will towards Wales, To fight with Glendower, and the earl of March. Rebellion in this land shall lose his
sway, Meeting the check of such another day: And since this business so fair is done, Let us not leave till all our own be won. [Ereunt.
THE FIRST PART OF HENRY IV.
Find we a time for frighted peace to pant,
And breathe short-winded accents-] That is, Let us soften peace to rest a while without disturbance, that she may recover breath to propose new
JOHNSON. 2 No more the thirsty Erinnys of this soil
Shall daub her lips with her own children's blood.] Mr. M. Mason supplied this reading, and Mr. Steevens adopted it in his last edition : not, however, without confessing that he looked upon it as very farfetch'd; in which, I believe, all his friends will agree with him. On a former occasion he suggested that we should read entrants, with, in my opinion, a far greater appearance of plausibility. Entrance is the word in all the old copies. It is true this mode of expression is very licentious, but is it any thing strange to find licentiousness of expression in Shak. speare? The passage, as it always has stood, may easily be construed into the simple meaning of “ no longer shall the land smear her mouth with the blood