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I do not think, a braver gentleman,
I may speak it to my shame,
· More ałtive-valiant, or more valiant-young,! Sir Thomas Hanmer reads 5-more valued joling. I think the present gingle has more of Shakspeare. Johnson. The same kind of gingle is in Sidney's Astrophel and Stella:
young-wise, wise-valiant." STEEVENS. 8 - No, good Worcester, no,
We love our people well;} As there appears to be no reason for introducing the negative into this sentence, I fould suppose it an error of the press, and that we ought to read,
Know, good Worcester, know, &c. There is fufficient reason to believe that many parts of these plays were dictated to the transcribers, and the words, know and wo, are precisely the same in found. M. Mason.
Rebuke and dread correction wait on us,
[Exeunt Worcester and Vernon.
charge; For, on their answer, we will set on them: And God befriend us, as our cause is just!
[Exeunt King, Blunt, and Prince John. Fal. Hal, if thou see me down in the battle, and bestride me, so; 'tis a point of friendship.
P. Hen. Nothing but a colossus can do thee that friendship. Say thy prayers, and farewell.
Fal. I would it were bed-time, Hal, and all well. P. Hen. Why, thou owest God a death.
[Exit.” Fal. 'Tis not due yet; I would be loth to pay him before his day. What need I be so forward with him that calls not on me? Well, 'tis no matter; Honour pricks me on. Yea, but how if honour prick me off when I come on? how then? Can honour set to a leg? No. Or an arm? No. Or take away the grief of a wound? No. Honour
and bestride me,] In the battle of Agincourt, Henry, when king, did this act of friendship for his brother the Duke of Gloucester. STEEVENS. So again, in The Comedy of Errors:
“ When I bestrid thee in the wars, and took
Deep scars, to save thy life.” MALONE. 2 Exit.] This exit is remarked by Mr. Upton. Johnson.
hath no skill in furgery then? No. What is honour? A word. What is in that word, honour? What is that honour? Air. A trim reckoning!-Who hath it? He that died o' Wednesday. Doth he feel it? No. Doth he hear it? No. Is it insensible then? Yea, to the dead. But will it not live with the living? No. Why? Detraction will not suffer it :-therefore I'll none of it: Honour is a mere scutcheon, and so ends my catechism,
WoR. O, no, my nephew must not know, fir
VER. 'Twere best, he did.
Then are we all undone.
Honour is a mere fcutcheon,] This is very fine. The reward of brave actions formerly was only fome honourable bearing in the fields of arms bestowed upon defervers. But Falstaff having said that honour often came not till after death, he calls it very wittily a scutcheon, which is the painted heraldry borne in funeral proceifions: and by mere fcutcheon is infinuated, that whether alive or dead, honour was but a name. WARBURTON.
4 Suspicion shall be all stuck full of eyes :) The same image of fufpicion is exhibited in a Latin tragedy, called Roxana, written about the same time by Dr. William Alabafter. JOHNSON.
Who, ne'er so tame, so cherish’d, and lock'd up,
Ver. Deliver what you will, I'll say, 'tis so.
Enter Hotspur and Douglas; and Officers and
Hor. My uncle is return'd:Deliver up My lord of Westmoreland.”—Uncle, what news?
Dr. Farmer, with great propriety, would reform the line as I have printed it. In all former editions, without regard to measure, it ftood thus :
Suspicion, all our lives, shall be stuck full of eyes. All the old copies read—Jupposition. STEVENS.
The emendation was made by Mr. Pope. MALONE. 5- an adopted name of privilege,
A hare-brain'd Hotspur,] The name of Hotspur will privilege him from censure. Johnson.
Deliver up My lord of Westmoreland.] He was “ impawned as a surety for the safe return” of Worcester, See Act IV. sc. iii.
WOR. The king will bid you battle presently. Doug. Defy him by the lord of Westmoreland.' Hor. Lord Douglas, go you and tell him so.8 Doug. Marry, and shall, and very willingly.
[Exit. Wor. There is no seeming mercy in the king. Hot. Did you beg any? God forbid!
Wor. I told him gently of our grievances,
Doug. Arm, gentlemen; to arms! for I have
thrown A brave defiance in King Henry's teeth, And Westmoreland, that was engag’d, did bear it; Which cannot choose but bring him quickly on. Wor. The prince of Wales stepp'd forth before
the king, And, nephew, challeng'd you to single fight.
Hor. O, 'would the quarrel lay upon our heads; And that no man might draw short breath to-day,
7 Doug. Defy him by the lord of Westmoreland.] This line, as well as the next, (as has been observed by one of the modern editors,) properly belongs to Hotspur, whofe impatience would scarcely suffer any one to anticipate him on such an occafion.
MALONE. 8 Lord Douglas, go you &c.] Douglas is here used as a trisyllable.
MALONE. 9 And Wifimoreland, that was engag'd,] Engag'd is delivered as an hostage. A few lines before, upon the return of Worcester, he orders Weltmoreland to be dismissed. JOHNSON.