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Sung by a fair queen in a summer's bower,
[LADY M. speaks again. Mort. O, I am ignorance itself in this. Glend. She bids you on the wanton rushes lay you
Mort. With all my heart I'll sit and hear her sing ; By that time will our book," I think, be drawn.
Glend. Do so;
Hot. Come, Kate, thou art perfect in lying down. Come, quick, quick; that I may lay my head in thy lap. Lady P. Go, ye giddy goose. [GLENDOWER speaks some Welsh words, and
then the music plays. Hot. Now I perceive the devil understands Welsh; And 'tis no marvel, he's so humorous. By’r lady, he's a good musician.
Lady P. Then should you be nothing but musical ; for you are altogether governed by humors. Lie still
, ye thief, and hear the lady sing in Welsh.
1 Divisions, which were then uncommon in vocal music, are variations of melody upon some given fundamental harmony.
2 It has been already remarked, that it was long the custom in this country to strew the floors with rushes, as we now cover them with carpets.
3 It was usual to call any manuscript of bulk a book in ancient times. such as patents, grants, articles, covenants.
Hot. I had rather hear Lady, my brach, howl in Irish.
Lady P. Wouldst thou have thy head broken?
(Å Welsh song sung by Lady M. Hot. Come, Kate, I'll have your song too. Lady P. Not mine, in good sooth.
Hot. Not yours, in good sooth! 'Heart, you swear like a comfit-maker's wife! Not you, in good sooth ; and, As true as I live; and, As God shall mend me; and, As sure as day: And giv'st such sarcenet surety for thy oaths, As if thou never walk’st farther than Finsbury.3 Swear me, Kate, like a lady, as thou art, A good mouth-filling oath ; and leave in sooth, And such protest of pepper-gingerbread, To velvet guards, and Sunday-citizens. Come, sing.
Lady P. I will not sing.
Hot. 'Tis the next way to turn tailor, or be redbreast teacher. An the indentures be drawn, I'll away within these two hours ; and so come in when
[Exit. Glend. Come, come, lord Mortimer; you are as
slow, As hot lord Percy is on fire to go.
3 Finsbury, being then open walks and fields, was the common resort of the citizens.
4. Velvet guards or trimmings of velvet, being the city fashion, the term was used metaphorically.
5 The meaning is, “ to sing is to put yourself upon a level with tailors and teachers of birds."
By this our book's drawn; we'll but seal, and then
With all my heart. [Exeunt.
SCENE II. London. A Room in the Palace.
Enter KING HENRY, Prince of Wales, and Lords.
and I Must have some private conference. But be near at
hand, For we shall presently have need of you.
[Exeunt Lords. I know not whether God will have it so, For some displeasing service? I have done, That in his secret doom, out of my blood He'll breed revengement and a scourge for me ; But thou dost, in thy passages of life, Make me believe, that thou art only marked For the hot vengeance and the rod of Heaven, To punish my mistreadings. Tell me else, Could such inordinate and low desires, Such poor, such bare, such lewd, such mean attempts, Such þarren pleasures, rude society, As thou art matched withal, and grafted to, Accompany the greatness of thy blood, And hold their level with thy princely heart ?
P. Hen. So please your majesty, I would I could Quit all offences with as clear excuse, As well as, I am doubtless, I can purge Myself of many I am charged withal. Yet such extenuation let me beg,
1 Service, for action.
3 The construction of this passage is somewhat obscure. Johnson thus explains it:>“ Let me beg so much extenuation, that upon confutation of many false charges, I may be pardoned some which are true.” Reproof means disproof.
As, in reproof of many tales devised --
1 This appears to be an anachronism. The prince's removal from council, in consequence of his striking the lord chief justice Gascoigne, was some years after the battle of Shrewsbury (1403). His brother the duke of Clarence was appointed president in his room, and he was not created a duke till 1411.
2 True to him that had then possession of the crown.
3 i. e. “I exhibited an affability rarely found, among men,” won, as it were, from heaven.
Thus did I keep my person fresh, and new;
1 Bavins are brushwood, or small fagots used for lighting fires. 2 To card is to mix, or debase by mixing.
3 The quarto, 1598, reads capring. The quarto, 1599, and subsequent old copies, read carping. “A carping momus,” and “ a carping fool,” were very common expressions in that age. 4 i. e. every beardless, vain young
fellow who affected wit, or was a dealer in comparisons.