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The remnant northward, lying off from Trent,
drawn together Your tenants, friends, and neighbouring gentleGlend. A shorter time shall send me to you,
lords, And in my conduct shall your ladies come: From whom you now must steal, and take no leave; For there will be a world of water shed, Upon the parting of your wives and you. Hot. Methinks, my moiety," north from Burto
here, In quantity equals not one of yours : See, how this river comes me cranking in, And cuts me, from the best of all my land, A huge half-moon, a monstrous cantle out." I'll have the current in this place damn'd up; And here the smug and silver Trent shall run, In a new channel, fair and evenly: It shall not wind with such a deep indent, To rob me of so rich a bottom here, Glen. Not wind? it shall, it must; you see, it
3 Methinks, my moiety,] The division is here into three parts, Amoiety was frequently used by the writers of Shakspeare's age, as a portion of any thing, though not divided into two equal parts.
4-cantle out.] A cantle is a corner, or piece of any thing
Hotspur. Trent shall not wind with such a deep indent. Giendow. Not wind ? it shall, it must; you doth
'you see, it doll
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Mort. Yea, But mark, how he bears his course, and runs me up With like advantage on the other side ; Gelding the opposed continent as much, As on the other side it takes from you. . Wor. Yea, but a little charge will trench him
Hot. I'll have it so; a little charge will do it.
Will not you:
Who shall say me nay?
Let me not understand you then, Speak it in Welsh.
Glend. I can speak English, lord, as well as you; For I was train'd up in the English court :) Where, being but young, I framed to the harp Many an English ditty, lovely well, And gave the tongue a helpful ornament; A virtue that was never seen in you.
Hot. Marry, and I'm glad of it with all my heart; I had rather be a kitten, and cry-mew, Than one of these same metre ballad-mongers : I had rather hear a brazen canstick' turn'd, Or a dry wheel grate on an axle-tree; And that would set my teeth nothing on edge, Nothing so much as inincing poetry;
s For I was train'd up in the English court :] The real name of Owen Glendower was Vaughan, and he was originally a barrister of the Middle Temple.
the tongue -] The English language.
a brazen canstick turn'd,] The word candlestick, which destroys the harmony of the line, is written canstick in the quartos, 1598, 1599, and 1608; and so it was pronounced. Heywood, and several of the old writers, constantly spell it in this manner,
'Tis like the forc'd gait of a shuffling nag.
Glend. Come, you shall have Trent turn'd.
Hot. I do not care: I'll give thrice so much land To
any well-deserving friend; But, in the way of bargain, mark ye me, I'll cavil on the ninth part of a hair. Are the indentures drawn? shall we be gone? Glend. The moon shines fair, you may away by
night: I'll haste the writer, and, withal, Break with your wives of your departure hence : I am afraid, my daughter will run mad, So much she doteth on her Mortimer. [Exit, Mort. Fye, cousin Percy! how you cross my
father! Hot. I cannot choose: sometimes he angers me, With telling me of the moldwarp and the ant, Of the dreamer Merlin and his prophecies ; And of a dragon and a finless fish, A clip-wing'd griffin, and a moulten raven, A couching lion, and a ramping cat, And such a deal of skimble-skamble stuff As puts me from my faith. I tell you
8 I'll haste the writer,] He means the writer of the articles.
9 of the moldwarp and the ant,] This alludes to an old prophecy, which is said to have induced Owen Glendower to take arms against King Henry. The mould-warp is the mole, so called because it renders the surface of the earth unlevel by the hillocks which it raises.