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I wonder much, being men of such great leading,
Hor. So are the horses of the enemy
Wor. The number of the king exceedeth ours: For God's sake, cousin, stay till all come in.
[The trumpets found a parley.
Enter Sir Walter BLUNT.
Blunt. I come with gracious offers from the king, If
you vouchsafe me hearing, and respect.
-fuch great leading, ] Such conduct, such experience in martial business. JOHNSON. The old copies,
such great leading as you are, By the advice of Mr. Ritson † have omitted the words as you are, which only serve to destroy the metre. Steevens.
-half himself.] Old copies—half of himself. STEVENS.
of our quality,] Quality in our author's time was frequently used in the sense of fellowship or occupation. So, in The Tempeft: “ Talk Ariel and all his quality.” i. e. all those who were employed with Ariel in similar services or occupations; his
Blunt. And God defend, but still I should stand so,
fellows. Again, in Hamlet: " -- give me a taste of your quality.” MALONE
of your griefs ;] That is, grievances. So, in A Declaration of the Treasons of the late Earle of Efex, &c. 1601 : “ The Lord Keeper required the Earle of Essex, that if he would not declare his griefs openly, yet that then he would impart them privately.” Malone. • My father, and my uncle, and myself,
Did give him that same royalty he wears :) The Percies were in the highest favour with King Henry the Fourih for some time after his accession. Thomas Earl of Worcester was appointed Governour to the Prince of Wales, and was honoured with the custody. of Isabel, widow of King Richard the Second, when she was fent back to France after that king's depofition. Hotspur, who accompanied him on that occasion, in the presence of the Ambassadors of both nations, who met between Calais and Boulogne, protested “s
upon his soul” that she was a virgin, “ sound and entire even as she was delive to King Richard, and if any would say to the contrary, he was ready to prove it against him by combat.” Speed, p. 753. MALONE.
And,—when he was not fix and twenty strong,
poor unminded outlaw sneaking home-
6 Tosue his livery,] This is a law phrase belonging to the feudal tenures; meaning, to sue out the delivery or poflellion of his lands from those persons who on the death of any of the tenants of the crown, seized their lands, till the heir sued out his livery.
STEEVENS. Before the 32d year of King Henry the Eighth, wardships were usually granted as court favours, to those who made fuit for, and had intereft enough to obtain them. Ritson. .
During the existence of the feudal tenures, on the death of any of the King's tenants, an inquest of office, called inquifitio poft mortem, was held, to inquire of what lands he died seized, who was his heir, of what age he was, &c. and in those cases where the heir was a minor, he became the ward of the crown; the land was seized by its officers, and continued in its possession, or that of the person to whom the crown granted it, till the heir came of age, and sued out his livery, or onfterlemaine, that is, the delivery of the land out of his guardian's hands. To regulate these inquiries, which were greatly abused, many persons being compelled to fue out livery from the crown, who were by no means tenants thereunto, the Court of Wards and Liveries was erected by Stat. 32 Hen. VIII. c. 46. See Blackstone's Comm. II. 61. III. 258.
MALONE. i Tbe more and lefs-] i. e. the greater and the lefs.
STEEVENS. Steevens has given the words, the more and less, the only explanation they can bear; but I have little doubt that we ought to read
They, more and less, came in &c. M. Mason.
Met him in boroughs, cities, villages;
Blunt. Tut, I came not to hear this.
Then, to the point.
& Gave him their heirs; as pages follow'd bim,] Perhaps we ought to point differently :
Gave him ibeir heirs as pages; follow'd him, &c. MALONE. 9 Upon the naked shore &c.] In this whole speech he alludes again to some passages in Richard the Second. Johnson.
* And, in the neck of thai,] So, in Painter's Palace of Plea/ure, 1566: “ Great mischicfes succedyng one in another's necke."
Henderson. tak’d the whole ftate:] I suppose it should be tax'd the whole state. JOHNSON,
Task'd is here used for taxed; it was once common to einploy these words indiscriminately, Memoirs of P. de Commines, by
To make that worse, suffer'd his kinsman March
to lie forfeited :
Blunt. Shall I return this answer to the king ?
Hor. Not so, fir Walter; we'll withdraw a while.
'Pray heaven, you do!
Danert, folio, 4th edit. 1674, p. 136: " Duke Philip, by the
Again, in Holinshed, p: 422: “ There was a new and strange
- incag'd in Wales,] The old copies have engag'd. Corrected by Mr. Theobald. Malone.
No change was necessary. Engag'd fignifies delivered as a boftage; and is again used in that sense. See p. 572, n. 9. Douce.
4 This head of safety;] This army, from which I hope for protection. JOHNSON.