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Wor. Nay, if you have not, to't again;
We'll stay your leisure.
Hor.

I have done, i'faith.
Wor. Then once more to your Scottish prisoners.
Deliver them up without their ransom straight,
And make the Douglas' son your only mean
For powers in Scotland; which,- for divers rea-

sons,
Which I shall send you written,-be assur'd,
Will easily be granted.-You, my lord,-

[To NORTHUMBERLAND.
Your fon in Scotland being thus employ'd, -
Shall secretly into the bofom creep
Of that same noble prelate, well belov’d,
The archbishop.

Hor. Of York, is't not?

WOR. True; who bears hard
His brother's death at Bristol, the lord Scroop.
I speak not this in estimation,
As what I think might be, but what I know
Is ruminated, plotted, and set down ;
And only stays but to behold the face
Of that occasion that shall bring it on.

Hot. I smell it; upon my life, it will do well.
North. Before the game's afoot, thou still let'st

Nip.8
Hor. Why, it cannot choose but be a noble plot:-
And then the power of Scotland, and of York,
To join with Mortimer, ha?

? I speak not this in estimation,] Eftimation for conjecture.

WARBURTON. let'A Nip.] To let Nip, is to loose the greyhound.

JOHNSON. So, in The Taming of a Shrew:

“ Lucentio Pip'd me, like his greyhound.” STEEVENS.

WOR.

And so they shall. Hot. In faith, it is exceedingly well aim'd.

WoR. And 'tis no little reason bids us speed, To save our heads by raising of a head : 8 For, bear ourselves as even as we can, The king will always think him in our debt;' And think we think ourselves unsatisfied, Till he hath found a time to pay us home. And see already, how he doth begin To make us strangers to his looks of love. Hor. He does, he does; we'll be reveng'd on

him. Wor. Cousin,farewell :-No further go in this, Than I by letters shall direct your course. When time is ripe, (which will be suddenly,) I'll steal to Glendower, and lord Mortimer; Where you and Douglas, and our powers at once, (As I will fashion it,) shall happily meet, To bear our fortunes in our own strong arms, Which now we hold at much uncertainty. North. Farewell, good brother: We shall thrive,

I trust, Hot. Uncle, adieu :-0, let the hours be short, Till fields, and blows, and groans applaud oursport!

[Exeunt.

8 Lly raising of a head :) A head is a body of forces.

JOHNSON So, in King Henry VI, P. III:

“ Making another head, to fight again." STEVENS. 9 The king will always &c.) This is a natural description of the state of mind between those that have conferred, and those that have received obligations too great to be satisfied,

That this would be the event of Northumberland's disloyalty, was predicted by King Richard in the former play. JOHNSON.

Cousin,} This was a common address in our author's time to nephews, nieces, and grandchildren. See Holinshed's Chronick, pailim. Hotspur was Worcester's nephew. MALONE,

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Enter a Carrier, with a lantern in his hand.

I CĂr. Heigh ho! An't be not four by the day, I'll be hang'd: Charles' wain' is over the new chimney, and yet our horse not pack'd. What, oftler!

Ost. [Within.] Anon, anon.

i Car. I pry’thee, Tom, beat Cut's saddle, put a few Hocks in the point; the poor jade is wrung in the withers out of all cess.5

Enter another Carrier.

2 CAR. Pease and beans are as dank here as a

3-Charles' wain-] Charles's wain is the vulgar name given to the constellation called the Bear. It is a corruption of the Charles or Churls wain (Sax. ceonl, a countryman.) Ritson.

See also Thoresby's Leeds, p. 268. Reed.

Chorl is frequently used for a countryman in old books, “ Here begynneth the chorle and the byrde," printed for Wynkyn de Worde. See also the Glossaries of Skinner and Junius, v. Churl.

Douce. -Cut's saddle,] Cut is the name of a horse in The Witches of Lancashire, 1634, and, I suppose, was a common one.

STEVENS. See Vol. IV. p. 67, n. 3. MALONE.

out of all cess.] i. e. out of all measure: the phrase being taken from a cess, tax, or subsidy; which being by regular and moderate rates, when any thing was exorbitant, or out of measure, it was said to be, out of all cess. WARBURTON. 6

as dank-] i, e, wet, rotten. Pope. In the directions given by Sir Thomas Bodley, for the preservation of his library, he orders that the cleanser thereof should,

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dog, and that is the next way to give poor jades the bots :7 this house is turn'd upside down, since Robin oftler died.

i Car. Poor fellow! never joy'd since the price of oats rose; it was the death of him.

2 Car. I think, this be the most villainous house in all London road for Pleas: I am stung like a tench.8

i CAR. Like a tench? by the mass, there is ne'er a king in Christendom could be better bit than I have been since the first cock.

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“ at least twice a quarter, with clean cloths, strike away the duft and moulding of the books, which will not then continue long with it; now it proceedeth chiefly of the newness of the forrels, which in time will be less and less dankish.Reliquiæ Bodleianæ, p. 111.

REED. - bots: ] Are worms in the stomach of a horse.

JOHNSON. “ The bottes is an yll disease, and they lye in a horse mawe; and they be an inche long, white coloured, and a reed heed, and as moche as a fyngers ende; and they be quycke and stycke falte in the mawe syde: it apperethe by ftampynge of the horse or tom. blynge ; and in the beginninge there is remedy ynoughe; and if they be not cured betyme, they wyll eate thorough his mawe and kvil hom.

Roon.

2 CĂr. Why, they will allow us ne'er a jorden, and then we leak in your chimney; and your cham

ber-lie breeds fleas like a loach." W. [ Car. What, oftler! come away, and be hang’d,

come away.

2 Car. I have a gammon of bacon, and two razes of ginger,' to be delivered as far as Charingcross.

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-breeds fleas like a loach.] The loach is a very small
fish, but fo exceedingly prolifick that it is seldom found without
spawn in it; and it was formerly a practice of the young gal-
lants to swallow loaches in wine, because they were considered
as invigorating, and as apt to communicate their prolifick qua-
lity. The carrier therefore means to say that “
ber-lie breeds fleas as fast as a loach” breeds, not fleas, but
loaches.

In As you like it, Jaques says that he “ can fuck melancholy out
of a song, as a weasel sucks eggs;" but he does not mean that a
weasel sucks eggs “out of a song."-And in Troilus and Cressida,
where Nestor fays that Thersites is

" A Nave whose gall coins Nanders like a mint,"
he means, that his gall coined Nanders as fast as a mint coins
Inoney.

M. MASON.
A passage in Coriolanus likewise may be produced in support of
the interpretation here given:“ and he no more remembers
his mother, than an eight-year-old horse;" i. e. than an eight-year-
old horse remembers his dam.

I entirely agree with Mr. M. Mason in his explanation of this
passage, and, before I had seen his COMMENTS, had in the same
manner interpreted a passage in As you like it. See Vol. VI. p. 77,
n. 7. One principal source of error in the interpretation of many
paffages in our author's plays has been the fuppofing that his fimiles
were intended to correspond exactly on both sides. MALONE. X

-and two razes of ginger,] As our author in several passages
mentions a race of ginger, I thought proper to distinguish it from
the raze mentioned here. The former signifies no more than a
single root of it; but a raze is the Indian term for a bale of it.

THEOBALD. -and two razes of ginger,] So, in the old anonymous play of Henry V : “ - he hath taken the great raze of ginger, that bouncing Bess, &c. was to have had." A dainty race of ginger

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