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Glend. Do los
. And tho'th' musicians, that shall play to you
Hang in the air a thousand leagues from hence ;
Yet Itrait they shall be here; fit, and attend.

Hot. Come, Kate, thou art perfect in lying down: come, quick, quick, that I may lay my head in thy lap.

Lady. Go, ye giddy goose. [The mufick plays.

Hot. Now I perceive the devil understands Weiss: and 'tis no marvel, he is so humourous, by'r lady, he's a good musician, Lady. Then would

you be nothing but musical, for you are altogether govern'd by humours: lie still, ye thief, and hear the lady sing in Wellb.

Hot. I had rather hear Lady, my brach, howl in Irish.
Lady. Would'st have thy head broken?
Hot. No.
Lady. Then be still.
Hot. Neither, 'tis a woman's fault.
Lady. Now God help thee!
Hot. To the Welsh lady's bed.
Lady. What's that?
Hot. Peace, she sings.

[Here the Lady fings a Welsh fong. Come, I'll have your song too.

Lady. Not mine in good footh.

Hot. Not yours, in good footh! you swear like a comfit-maker's wife ; not you, in good footh; and, as true as I live; and, as God fall mend me; and, as fure as day: and givest such farcenet furety for thy oaths, as if thou never walk’d'ft further than Finsbury. Swear me, Kate, like a lady, as thou art,

6 And THOSE musicians, that fball play to you Hang in the air

Yet] The particle yer being ufed here adversitively, must have a particle of concesion preceding it. I read therefore And Tho T# mnficians


A good mouth-filling oath, and leave infooth,
And such protest of pepper-ginger-bread,
To velvet-guards, and Sunday-citizens.
Come, sing

Lady. I will not sing.

Hot. 'Tis the next way to turn tailor, or be RobinRed-breast teacher : if the indentures be drawn, I'll away within these two hours: and so come in, when ye will.

Glend. Come, come, lord Mortimer, you are as flow,
Ás hot lord Percy is on fire to go.
By this our book is drawn: we will but seal,
And then to horse immediately.
Mort. With all



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Changes to the Presence-chamber in Windsor. Enter King Henry, Prince of Wales, Lords and others. K. Henry. LOR DE give us leave ; the Prince of Must have some private conference: but be near, For we shall prefently have need of you.

[Exeunt Lords I know not, whether God will have it fo, 7 For some.displeasing fervice I have done ; That, in his secret doom, out of my blood He breeds revengement and a scourge for me : But thou doft in thy passages of life Make me believe, that thou art only s mark'd For the hot vengeance and the rod of leav'n, To punish my mis-treadings. Tell me else, 7 For some displeasing service-] service for a&tion, fimply.

mark'd For the bot vengeance--]i, e, appointed for the inftru, ment of vengeance.



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Could such inordinate and low desires,
Such poor, such base,' such lewd, such mean attaints,
Such barren pleasures, rude society,
As thou art match'd withal and grafted to,
Accompany the greatness of thy blood,
And hold their level with thy princely heart?

P. Henry. So please your Majesty, I wish, I could
Quit all offences with as clear excuse,
As well, as, I am doubtless, I can purge
My self of many I am charg'd withal.
Yét such extenuation let me beg,
As, in reproof of many tales devis'd,
Which oft the ear of Greatness needs must hear,
By smiling pick-thanks and base news-mongers;
I may for some things true (wherein my youth
Hath faulty wander'd, and irregular)
Find pardon on my true fubmiflion. [Harry,

K. Henry. Heav'n pardon thee: yet let me wonder, At thy affections, which do hold a wing Quite from the flight of all thy Ancestors. Thy place in council thou haft rudely lost, Which by thy younger brother is supply'd ; And art almoft an alien to the hearts Of all the Court and Princes of


blood, The hope and expectation of thy time Is ruin'd, and the soul of every man Prophetically does fore-think thy Fall. · Had I so lavish of my presence been, So common-hackney'd in the eyes

of men, "So stale and cheap to vulgar company :

Opinion, that did help me to the crown, · Had still kept loyal to poffeffion;

And left me in reputeless banishment, ' A fellow of no mark, nor likelihood.

9-fuch lewd, fuch mean attempts) Shakespear certainly wrote ATTAINTS, ,, e, unlawful actions,

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• But being seldom seen, I could not ftir,
• But, like a comet, I was wonder'd at !
· That men would tell their children, this is he.
• Others would say, where? which is Bolingbroke ?
6 And then I stole all courtesie from heav'n,

And dreft my self in much humility,
That I did pluck allegiance from men's hearts,
• Loud shouts and falutations from their mouths,
• Even in the presence of the crowned King.
• Thus I did keep my person fresh and new,

My presence, like a robe pontifical,
Ne'er seen, but wonder'd at; and so my State,
Seldom, but sumptuous, shewed like a feast,

And won, by rareness, such solemnity. · The skipping King, he ambled up and down . With shallow jesters, and · ralh bavin wits, Soon kindled, and soon burnt ; :'scarded his State ;

Mingled his Royalty with carping fools ; · Had his great name profaned with their scorns ;

And gave his countenance, against his name, - To laugh (a) with gybing boys, and stand the push • Of every beardless, vain comparative : • Grew a companion to the common streets,

And then I fole all courtesie from beav'n,] This is an allofion to the story of Prometheus's thest, who fole fire from thence; and as with this he made a Man, so with that, Boling broke made a King. As the Gods were supposed jealous in appropriating reason to themselves, the getting fire from thence, which lighted it up in the mind, was called a theft; and as power is their prerogative, the getting courtese from thence, by which power is best procured, is called a theft. The thought is exquisitely great and beautiful. 2 -rah bavin--] i.e. dry brushwood.

CARDED bis State;] Richard is here represented as laying aside his royalty, and mixing himself with common jefters. This will lead us to the true reading, which I suppose is,

'S CARDED his State; i. e. discarded, threw off. [(a) with. Oxford Editor.---Vulg. at. )

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· Enfeoff'd himself to popularity :
· That, being daily swallow'd by men's eyes,
• They surfeited with honey, and began
"To loath the taste of sweetness; whereof a little
• More than a little is by much too much.

So when he had occasion to be seen, • He was but, as the Cuckow is in June, * Heard, not regarded; seen, but with such eyes,

As, sick and blunted with community, · Afford no extraordinary gaze;

Such as is bent on sun-like Majesty, · When it shines seldom in admiring eyes: · But rather drowz’d, and hung their eye-lids down, Slept in his face, and rendred such aspect As cloudy men use to their adversaries, Being with his presence glutted, gorg'd and full. And in that very line, Harry, stand'st thou; For thou hast lost thy Princely privilege With vile participation. Not an eye, But is a-weary of thy common sight, Save mine, which hath desir'd to see thee more ; Which now doth, what I would not have it do, Make blind it self with foolish tenderness.

P. Henry. I shall hereafter, my thrice-gracious lord, Be more my self.

K. Henry. For all the world,
As thou art at this hour was Richard then,
When I from France set foot at Ravenspurg ;
And ev'n as I was then, is Percy now.
Now by my scepter, and my foul to boot,
He hath more worthy interest to the State,
Than thou, the shadow of succession!
For, of no Right, nor colour like to Right,
He doth fill fields with harness ; in the Realm
Turns head against the Lion's armed jaws;
And, being no more in debt to years than thou,
Leads ancient lords and rev'rend bishops on,
Vol. IV.


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