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The very list, the very utmost bound
’Faith, and so we should ;
Hot. A rendezvous, a home to fly unto,
Wor. But yet, I would your father had been here. The quality and hair of our attempt Brooks no division: It will be thought By some, that know not why he is away, That wisdom, loyalty, and mere dislike Of our proceedings, kept the earl from hence ; And think, how such an apprehension May turn the tide of fearful faction, And breed a kind of question in our cause : For, well you know, we of the offering side? Must keep aloof from strict arbitrement; And stop all sight-holes, every loop, from whence The eye of reason may pry in upon us :
* The very list,] The list is the selwage ; figuratively, the utmost line of circumference, the utmost extent.
8 Where now remains-] Where, is used here for whereas. It is often used with that signification by our author and his con. temporaries.
9 A comfort of retirement~] A support to which we may have recourse.
The quality and hair -] The hair seems to be the complexion, the character. The metaphor appears harsh to us, but, perhaps, was familiar in our author's time. We still say something is against the hair, as against the grain, i. e. against the natural tendency.
we of the offering side - The offering side may mean simply the assailant, in opposition to the defendant : and it is likewise true of him that offers war, or makes an invasion, that his cause ought to be kept clear from all objections.
This absence of your father's draws a curtain,
You strain too far.
Than if the earl were here : for men must think,
Enter Sir RICHARD VERNON.
Hot. My cousin Vernon! welcome, by my soul. Ver. Pray God, my news be worth a welcome,
lord. The earl of Westmoreland, seven thousand strong, Is marching hitherwards ; with him, prince John.
Hot. No harm: What more?
And further, I have learn'd,
Hot. He shall be welcome too. Where is his son, The nimble-footed mad-cap prince of Wales, And his comrades, that daff'd the world aside, And bid it pass? Ver.
All furnish’d, all in arms, All plum'd like estridges that wing the wind;
3. This absence of your father's draws a curtain,] To draw a curtain had anciently the same meaning as to undraw one has at present.
Bated like eagles having lately bath'd ;*
There is more news : I learn'd in Worcester, as I rode along, He cannot draw his power this fourteen days.
Doug. That's the worst tidings that I hear of yet. * All plum'd like estridges, that wing the wind;
Bated like eagles, &c.] i.e. all dressed like the Prince himself, the ostrich-feather being the cognizance of the Prince of Wales. To bate is, in the style of falconry, to beat the wing, from the French, battre, that is, to flutter in preparation for flight. 5 His cuisses,] Cuisses, French. Armour for the thighs. And witch -] For bewitch, charm.
Wor. Ay, by my faith, that bears a frosty sound. Hot. What may the king's whole battle reach
unto? Ver. To thirty thousand. Hot.
Forty let it be; My father and Glendower being both away, The powers of us may serve so great a day. Come, let us make a muster speedily: Doomsday is near ; die all, die merrily.
Doug. Talk not of dying; I am out of fear Of death, or death's hand, for this one half _year.
A publick Road near Coventry.
Enter FALSTAFF and BARDOLPH.
Fal. Bardolph, get thee before to Coventry ; fill me a bottle of sack: our soldiers shall march through ; we'll to Sutton-Colfield to-night.
Bard. Will you give me money, captain ?
Fal. An if it do, take it for thy labour; and if it make twenty, take them all, I'll answer the coinage. Bid my lieutenant Peto meet me at the town's end.
Bard. I will, captain : farewell. [Exit.
Fal. If I be not ashamed of my soldiers, I am a souced gurnet. I have misused the king's press damnably. I have got, in exchange of a hundred and fifty soldiers, three hundred and odd pounds. I press me none but good householders, yeomen's
souced gurnet.) Souced garnet is an appellation of contempt very frequently employed in the old comedies. A gurnet is a fish resembling a piper.
sons : inquire me out contracted bachelors, such as had been asked twice on the bans ; such a commodity of warm slaves, as had as lief hear the devil as a drum; such as fear the report of a caliver, worse than a struck fowl, or a hurt wild-duck. I pressed me none but such toasts and butter, with hearts in their bellies no bigger than pins' heads, and they have bought out their services; and now my whole charge consists of ancients, corporals, lieutenants, gentlemen of companies, slaves as ragged as Lazarus in the painted cloth, where the glutton's dogs licked his sores : and such as, indeed, were never soldiers ; but discarded unjust servingmen, younger sons to younger brothers, revolted tapsters, and ostlers trade-fallen; the cankers of a calm world, and a long peace; ten times more dishonourable ragged than an old faced ancient :S and such have I, to fill up the rooms of them that have bought out their services, that you
would think, that I had a hundred and fifty tattered prodigals, lately come from swine-keeping, from eating draff and husks. A mad fellow met me on the way, and told me, I had unloaded all the gibbets, and pressed the dead bodies. No eye hath seen such scarecrows. I'll not march through Coventry with them, that's flat ;-Nay, and the villains march wide betwixt the legs, as if they had gyves' on; for, indeed, I had the most of them out of prison. There's but a shirt and a half in all my company; and the half-shirt is two napkins, tacked together, and thrown over the shoulders like a herald's coat without sleeves; and the shirt, to say the truth, stolen
ten times more dishonourable ragged than an old faced ancient :] An old faced ancient, is an old standard mended with a different colour. It should not be written in one word, as old and faced are distinct epithets.
gyves on ;] i. e. shackles.