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Preserve you in your virtues !-Prithee, Dalyell,
[Exeunt Hunt. and DAL.
[Exeunt all but FRION, HER. SKET. J. A-Wat. and
Ast. Fri. Now, worthy gentlemen, have I not follow'd My undertakings with success? Here's entrance Into a certainty above a hope.
Her. Hopes are but hopes; I was ever confident, when I traded but in remnants, that my stars had reserved me to the title of a viscount at least: honour is honour, though cut out of any stuffs.'
Sket. My brother Heron hath right wisely deliver'd his opinion; for he that threads his needle with the sharp eyes of industry, shall in time go thorough stitch with the new suit of preferment.
Ast. Spoken to the purpose, my fine witted brother Sketon; for as no indenture but has its counterpane; no noverint but his condition or defeisance; so no right but may have claim, no claim but may have possession, any act of parliament to the contrary notwithstanding.
Fri. You are all read in mysteries of state,
1 Her. Honour is honour, though cut out of any stuffs.] Ford has made the speakers express themselves characteristically. Heron, or Herne, as Lord Bacon calls him, was a mercer; Sketon, or rather Skelton, was a tailor, and Astley a scrivener; they were all men of broken for tunes, a circumstance to which the poet frequently alludos.-GIFFORD.
Believe it, sir, as English Richard prospers,
J. a-Wat. If men may be credited in their mortality, which I dare not peremptorily aver but they may, or not be; presumptions by this marriage are then, in sooth, of fruitful expectation. Or else I must not justify other men's belief, more than other should rely on mine. Fri. Pith of experience; those that have borne
Sket. The Scots ? the motion is defied; I had rather, for my part, without trial of my country, suffer persecution under the pressing-iron of reproach; or let my skin be punch'd full of eyelet-holes with the bodkin of derision.
Ast. I will sooner lose both my ears on the pillory of forgery.
Her. Let me first live a bankrupt, and die, in the hole, of hunger, without compounding for sixpence in the pound.
J. a-Wat. If men fail not in their expectations, there may be spirits also that digest no rude affronts, master secretary Frion, or I am cozen'd; which is possible, I grant. Fri. Resolv'd like men of knowledge! at this feast,
A livelier applause. Great emperors,
Her. The motion is allow'd; I have stole to a dancing-school when I was a 'prentice.
Ast. There have been Irish-hubbubs,' when I have made one too.
Sket. For fashioning of shapes, and cutting a cross caper, turn me off to my trade again.
J. a-Wat. Surely, there is, if I be not deceived, a kind of gravity in merriment; as there is, or perhaps ought to be, respect of persons in the quality of carriage, which is, as it is construed, either so, or so.
Fri. Still you come home to me; upon occasion, I find you relish courtship with discretion : And such are fit for statesmen of your merits. Pray ye wait the prince, and in his ear acquaint him With this design ; I'll follow and direct you. Oh the toil
[Exeunt ali but Frion. Of humouring this abject scum of mankind ! Muddy-brain'd peasants ! princes feel a misery Beyond impartial sufferance, whose extremes Must yield to such abetters :--yet? our tide Runs smoothly without adverse winds; run on, Flow to a full sea! time alone debates Quarrels forewritten in the book of fates. [Erit.
1 Irish-hubbubs.] Tumultuous merry-meetings at wakes and fairs.The speakers, it should be observed, are all from Ireland. Astley, as has been said, was a pettifogger; his presence at these hubbubs, therefore, is natural enough.-GIFFORD.
2 j. e. as yet, hitherto, thus far, &c.; so p. 275, yet (i. e. thus far) we are safe.
ACT III. SCENE I.
Westminster-The Palace. 1 Enter King HENRY, with his gorget on, his sword,
plume of feathers, and leading-staff (truncheon),
K. Hen. A bloody hour will it prove to some,
Urs. They are all silent.
Urs. The powers who seated
K. Hen. Rage shall not fright
To pay, instead of subsidies, their lives,
bound, And free it at my pleasure without bloodshed. Urs. Your majesty 's a wise king, sent from
heaven, Protector of the just.
K. Hen. Let dinner cheerfully Be serv'd in; this day of the week is ours, Our day of providence; for Saturday Yet never fail'd, in all my undertakings, To yield me rest at night.-A Flourish.]—What
means this warning ?
Enter DawBENEY, OXFORD, and Attendants.
Oxf. The head of strong rebellion is cut off,
K. Hen. Dawbeney, Oxford,
Daw. Briefly thus:
for Saturday Yet never fail'd me, &c.) The king's predilection for Saturday is notice.. by Lord Bacon. Henry had taken great pains to induce the insurgents to believe that he intended to put off the action till the succeeding Monday: they fell into the snare, and were accordingly unprepared for the attack, which took place on Saturday, the 22d of June.GITTORD.