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from my host at Saint Alban's, or the red-nose innkeeper of Daintry:' But that's all one; they'll find linen enough on every hedge.
Enter Prince HENRY and WESTMORELAND.
P. Hen. How now, blown Jack? how now quilt:
Fal. What, Hal? How now, mad wag? what a devil dost thou in Warwickshire ?--My good lord of Westmoreland, I cry you mercy; I thought, your honour had already been at Shrewsbury.
West. 'Faith, sir John, 'tis more than time that I were there, and you too; but my powers are there already : The king, I can tell you, looks for us all ; we must away all night.
Fal. Tut, never fear me; I am as vigilant as a cat to steal cream.
P. Hen. I think, to steal cream indeed; for thy theft hath already made thee butter. But tell me, Jack; Whose fellows are these that come after?
Fal. Mine, Hal, mine.
Fal. Tut, tut; good enough to toss ;? food for powder, food for powder ; they'll fill a pit, as well as better: tush, man, mortal men, mortal men.
West. Ay, but, sir John, methinks they are exceeding poor and bare; too beggarly.
Fal. 'Faith, for their poverty,~I know not where they had that: and for their bareness,-I am sure, they never learned that of me.
P. Hen. No, I'll be sworn ; unless you call three fingers on the ribs, bare. But, sirrah, make haste; Percy is already in the field. Fal. What, is the king encamped ?
of Daintry.) i. e. Daventry. good enough to toss;] That is, to toss upon a pike.
West. He is, sir John; I fear, we shall stay too long
Fal. Well, To the latter end of a fray, and the beginning of a
feast, Fits a dull fighter, and a keen guest. Ercunt.
The Rebel Camp near Shrewsbury.
Enter Hotspur, WORCESTER, DOUGLAS, and
It may not be. Doug. You give him then advantage.
Not a whit. Hot. Why say you so ? looks he not for supply? Ver. So do we. Hot.
His is certain, ours is doubtful. Wor. Good cousin, be advis’d; stir not to-night. Ver. Do not, my lord. Doug
You do not counsel well; You speak it out of fear, and cold heart.
Ver. Do me no slander, Douglas': by my life, (And I dare well maintain it with my life,) If well-respected honour bid me on, I hold as little counsel with weak fear, As you, my lord, or any Scot that lives : Let it be seen to-morrow in the battle, Which of us fears. Doug.
Yea, or to-night. Ver.
Content. Hot. To-night, say
Come, come, it may not be.
I wonder much, being men of such great leading,
Hot. 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 Trumpet sounds a parley.
Enter Sir Walter BLUNT.
Blunt. And God defend, but still I should stand so,
3-such great leading,] Such conduct, such experience in martial business.
of our quality,] Quality, in our author's time, was frequently used in the sense of fellowship or occupation,
5 of your griefs;] That is, grievances.
Such bold hostility, teaching his duteous land
when he was not six and twenty strong,
6 To sue his livery,] This is a law phrase belonging to the feudal tenures; meaning, to sue out the delivery or possession 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. 9 The more and less ] i. e. the greater and the less.
Steps me a little higher than his vow
Blunt. Tut, I came not to hear this.
Then, to the point.
father from the court; Broke oath on oath, committed wrong on wrong: And, in conclusion, drove us to seek out This head of safety ;' and, withal, to pry Into his title, the which we find Too indirect for long continuance.
Blunt. Shall I return this answer to the king?
task'd the whole state :] Task'd is here used for taxed; it was once common to employ these words indiscriminately.
9 This head of safety ;This army, from which I hope for protection.