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And even as I was then, is Percy now.
3 He hath more worthy interest to the flate,
Than thou, the shadow of fucceffion :) This is obscure. I believe the meaning is—Hotspur hath a right to the kingdom more worthy than thou, who haft only the shadowy right of lineal julcellion, while he has real and folid power. Johnson.
Rather,-He better deserves to inherit the kingdom than thyself, who art intitled by birth to that succession of which thy vices render thee unworthy. Ritson. To have an interest to any thing, is not English. If we read,
He hath more worthy interest in the state, the sense would be clear, and agreeable to the tenor of the rest of the King's speech. M. Mason.
I believe the meaning is only, he hath more popularity in the realm, more weight with the people, than thou the heir apparent to the throne.
“ From thy succession bar me, father; I
“ Am heir to my affection" say's Florizel, in The Winter's Tale.
We should now write—in the state, but there is no corruption in the text. So, in The Winter's Tale : « he is less frequent to his princely exercises than formerly," MALONE,
Discomfited great Douglas: ta'en him once,
P. Hen. Do not think so, you shall not find it so:
4 Capitulate-] i. e. make head. So, to articulate, in a subsequent scene, is to form articles. STEVENS.
Rather, combine, confederate, indent. To capitulate is to draw up any thing in heads or articles, Johnson's Dictionary. Ritson.
To capitulate, Mintheu explains thus : “ · per capita seu articulos pacisci;” and nearly in this fenfe, I believe, it is used here. 'The Percies, we are told by Walfingham, fent about letters containing three articles, or principal grievances, on which their rising was founded : and to this perhaps our author alludes.
MALONE. deareft -] Dearest is most fatal, moft mischievous.
JOHNSON. 6 And fain my favours in a bloody mak,] We should read-2tour, i. e. countenance. WARBURTON.
Which, wash'd away, shall scour my shame with it.
Favours are features. JOHNSON.
I am not certain that favours, in this place, means features, or that the plural number of favour in that sense is ever used. I believe favours mean only fome decoration usually worn by knights in their helmets, as a present from a mistress, or a trophy from an enemy. So, afterwards in this play:
“ Then let my favours hide thy mangled face:”
“ Aruns, these crimson favours, for thy fake,
STEEVENS. Steevens's explanation of this passage appears to be right. The word garments, in the preceding line, seems to confirm it.
M. Mason. - cancels all bands ;] i. e. bonds, for thus the word was anciently spelt. So, in The Comedy of Errors :
• My master is arrested on a band."
And I will die a hundred thousand deaths,
K. Hen. A hundred thousand rebels die in this: Thou shalt have charge, and sovereign trust, herein.
How now, good Blunt? thy looks are full of speed.
Shakspeare has the same allusion in Macbeth :
• Cancel and tear to pieces that great bond,” &c. Again, in Cymbeline :
" And cancel these cold bonds." STEEVENS. ? So hath the business that I come to speak of.). So also the business that I come to speak of, hath speed; i. e. requires immediate attențion and dispatch. Mr. Pope changed hath to is, and the alteration has been adopted, in my opinion unnecessarily, by the subsequent editors. MALONE.
8 Lord Mortimer of Scotland hath sent word,] There was no fuch person as lord Mortimer of Scoiland; but there was a lord March of Scotland, (George Dunbar,) who having quitted his own country in disgust, attached himself so warmly to the Englishi, and did them such fignal services in their wars with Scotland, that the Parliament petitioned the King to bestow some reward on him. He fought on the side of Henry in this rebellion, and was the means of saving his life at the battle of Shrewsbury, as is related by Holinihed. This, no doubt, was the lord whom Shakspeare designed to represent in the act of sending friendly intelligence to the King.-Dar author had a recollection that there was in these wars a Scottish lord on the King's side, who bore the same title with the English family, on the rebel side, (one being the Earl of March in England, the other Earl of March in Scotland,) but his memory, deceived him as to the particular name which was common to both. He took it to be Mortimer, instead of March.
If promises be kept on every hand,
Eastcheap. A Room in the Boar's Head Tavern.
Enter Falstaff and BARDOLPH.
Fal. Bardolph, am I noc fallen away vilely since this last action? do I not bate? do I not dwindle? Why, my skin hangs about me like an old lady's loose gown; I am wither'd like an old apple-John. Well,
9 Advantage feeds him fat,] i. e. feeds himself. Malone.
“ Who, for twice seven years, hath esteemed hiin
STEEVEYS. my skin hangs about me like an old lady's loofe gown;] Pope has in the Dunciad availed himself of this idea : “ In a dun night-gown of his own loose skin.”