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Hot. If ho fall in, good night:--or sink or swim;| Hol. Why, look you, I am whipp'd and scourg'a Send danger from the east unto the west,
with rods, So honour cross it from the north to south, Nettled, and stung with pismires, when I hear And let them grapple:-0! the blood more stirs, Of this vile politician, Bolingbroke. To rouse a lion, than to start a hare.
In Richard's time,-What do you call the place ? North. Imagination of some great exploit A plague upon't-it is in Gloucestershire ;Drives him beyond the bounds of patience. 'Twas where the mad-cap duke his uncle kept:
Hot. By heaven, methinks, it were an easy leap, His uncle York ;-where 'I first bow'd my knee To pluck bright honour from the pale-fac'd moon; Unto this king of smiles, this Bolingbroke, Or dive into the bottom of the deep,!
When you and he came back from Ravenspurg.
Hot. You say true :
This fawning greyhound then did proffer me!
Look,—when his infant fortune come to age, Wor. He apprehends a world of figures here, And-gentle Harry Percy,-and, kind cousin, But not the form of what he should attend. 0, the devil take such cozeners ! -God forgivo Good cousin, give me audience for a while. Hot. I cry you mercy.
Good uncle, tell your tale, for I have done. Wor.
Those same noble Scots, Wor. Nay, if you have not, to't again; That are your prisoners,
We'll stay your leisure. Hot.
I'll keep them all ;
I have done, i'faith. By heaven, he shall not have a Scot of them : Wor. Then once more to your Scottish prisoners, No, if a Scot would save his soul, he shall not: Deliver them up without their ransom straight, I'll keep them, by this band.
And make the Douglas' son your only mean Wor.
You start away,
For powers in Scotland; which, for divers reasons, And lend no ear unto my purposes.
Which I shall send you writton, be assur'd,
Will easily be granted.-You, my lord, -
(To NORTHUMBERLAND. He said, he would not ransom Mortimer i
Your son in Scotland being thus employed, Forbad my tongue to speak of Mortimer;
Shall secretly into the bosom creep. But I will find him when he lies asleep,
Or that same noble prelate, well belov'd, And in his ear I'll holla-Mortimer !
The archbishop. Nay,
Hot. Of York, is't not ? I'll have a starling shall be taught to speak
Wor. True; who bears hard Nothing but Mortimer, and give it him,
His brother's death at Bristol, the Lord Scroop. To keep his anger still in motion.
I speak not this in estimation, Wor.
Hear you, As what I think might be, but what I know Cousin ; a word.
Is ruminated, plotted, and set down ; Hot. All studies here I solemnly defy, 4,
And only stays but to behold the face Save how to gall and pinch this Bolingbroke : Of that occasion that shall bring it on. And that same sword-and-buckler: prince of Hot. I smell it; upon my life, it will do well. Wales,
North. Before the game's a-foot, thou still let'st But that I think his father loves him not,
slip.10 And would be glad he met with some mischance, Hot. Why, it cannot choose but be a noble plot :I'd have him poison'd with a pot of alo.
And then the power of Scotland, and of York, IVor. Farewell, kinsman! I will talk to you, 'To join with Mortimer, ha ? When you are better temper'd to attend.
And so they shall. North. Why, what a wasp-tongue and impatient Hot. In faith, it is exceedingly well aim'd. fool
Wor. And 'uis no little reason bids us speed, Art thou, to break into this woman's mood; To save our heads by raising of a head ;ri Tying thing ear to no longue but thine own? For, bear ourselves as even as we can,
The king will always think him in our debt ;
And think we think ourselves unsatisfied, 1 Warburton observes that Euripides has put the Till he hath found a time to pay us home. same sentiment into the mouth of Eleocles :- I will not, madam, disguise my thoughts; I would scale heaven, I would descend to the very entrails of the earth, if so be called West Smithfield, was for many years called Ruf. that by that price I could obtain a kingdom.. Johnson fian's Hall, by reason it was the usual place for frayes says, 'Though I am far from condemning this speech, and common fighting, during the time that sword and with Gildon and Theobald, as absolute madness, yet I bucklers were in use ; when every serving man, from cannot find in it that profundity of reflection, and beauty the base to the best, carried a bucklcr at his back, which of allegory, which Warburton endeavoured to display. hung by the hilt or pomel of his sword. -Slowe's Sur. This sally of Holspur may be, I think, soberly and ra. (vey of London. tionally vindicated as the violent eruption of a mind in. 6 This is said in allusion to low poc-house company, flated with ambition and fired with resentment; as the with wbich the prince associated. boasted clamour of a man able to do much, and eager 7 The first quarto, 1599, reads wasp-stung, which to do more ; as the dark expression of indetermined Steevens thought the true reading. The quarto of 1599 thoughts. The passage from Euripides is surely not reads wasp.longue, which Malone strenuously contends allegorical ; ye! it is produced, and properly, as paral, for; and I think with Mr. Nares that he is right. Ho lel. - In the Knight of the Burning Pestle, Beaumont and who is stung by wasps has a real cause for impatience ; Fletcher have put this rant into the mouth of Ralph the but waspish, which is often used by Shakspeare, is per apprentice, who, like Bottom, appears to be fond ofculant from temper; and wasp-longue therefore very ecting parts to lear a cat in.
naturally means petulant-tongue, which was exactly 2 Half-faced, which has puzzled the commentators, the accusation meant to be urged. The folio altered it seems here meant to convey a contemptuous idea of unnecessarily to wasp-tongued. something imperfect. As in Nashe's Apology of Pierce 8 i.e. "what a deal of candy courtesy. Pennilesse : With all other ends of your half-faced 9 Conjecture. English.'
10 This phrase is taken from hunting. To let slip is 3 Shapes created by his imagination.
to loose a greyhound. 4 To defy was sometimes used in the sense of to re 11 A body of forces. nounce, reject, refuse, by Shakspeare and his cotem 12 This is a natural description of the state of mind poraries.
between those that have conferred, and those that have 5 Stord and buckler prince is here used as a term received obligations too great to be satisfied. That of contempt. The following extracts will help us to the this would be the event of Northumberland's disloyalty precise meaning of the epithet :- This fiold, commonly I was predicted by King Richard in the former play
And see already, how he doth begin
quite starved. —What, ostler !-A plague on thee! To make us strangers to his looks of love. hast thou never an eye in thy head ? canst not hear ? Hot. He does, he does; we'll be reveng’d on An 'twere not as good a deed as drink, to break the him.
pate of thee, I am a very villain.--Come, and be Wor. Cousin,' farewell:—No further go in this, hang'd:-Hast no faith in thee? Than I by letters shall direct your course. When time is ripe (which will be suddenly,)
Enter GADSHILL.10 I'll steal to Glendower, and Lord Mortimer ; Gads. Good morrow, carriers. What's o'clock? Where you and Douglas, and our powers at once
1 Car. I think it be two o'clock. (As I will fashion it,) shall happily meet,
Gals. I pr’ythee, lend me thy lantern, to see my To bear our fortunes in our own strong arms, gelding in the stable. Which now we hold at much uncertainty:
1 Cur. Nay, sofi, ! pray ye; I know a tric North. Farewell, good brother :--we shall thrive, worth two of that, i'faith. I trust.
Garls. I prythee, lend me thine. Hot. Uncle, adieu :--0, let the hours be short, 2 Car. Ay, when ? canst tell ?--Lend me thy Till fields, and blows, and groans applaud our lantern, quoih a ?--marry, I'll see thee hanged firsi. sport!
Gads. Sirrah carrier, what time do you mean to
come to London ? АСТ II.
2 Car. Time enough to go to bed with a candle,
warrant thee.-Come, neighbour Mugs, we'll call SCENE I. Rochester. An Inn Yard. Enter a up the gentlemen; they will along with company,
Carrier, with a lantern in his han:1. for they have great charge. (Exeunt Carriers. 1 Car. Heigh ho! An't be not four by the day,
Gads. Whai, ho! chamberlain ! I'll be hanged: Charles' wain” is over the new
Cham. [Within.) At liand, quoth pick-purse.". chimney, and yet our horse pot packed. What, chamberlain : for thou variest no more from picking
Gads. That's even as fair as-at hand, quoth the ostler! Ost. (Within.] Anon, anon.
of purses, than giving direction doth from labour. 1 Car. I pr’ythee, Tom, beat Cut's saddle, put ing; thou lay'st the plot how.? a few focks in the point : the poor jade is wrung
Enter Chamberlain. in the withers out of all cess.3
Cham. Good morrow, master Gadshill. It holds Enter another Carrier.
current, that I told you yesternight: There's a 2 Car. Pease and beans are as dank4 here as a frauklin!) in the wild of Kent, hath brought three dog, and that is the next way to give poor jades the hundred marks with him in gold: I heard him tell it bots :s this house is turned upside down, since to one of his company, last night at supper ; a Robin ostler died.
kind of auditor; one that hath abundance of charge i Car. Poor fellow! never joyed since the price too, God knows what. They are up already, and of oats rose; it was the death of him.
call for eggs and butter : They will away presently. 2 Car. I think, this be the most villainous house Gads. Sirrah, if they meet not with Saint Nichoin all London road for fleas: I am stung like a las' clerks, '4 I'll give ihee this neck. tench.
Cham. No, I'll none of it: I prythee, keep that 1 Car. Like a tench? by the mass, there is ne'er for the hangman; for, I know, thou worship’st Saint a king in Christendom could be better bit than I Nicholas as truly as a man of falsehood may. have been since the first cock.
Gals. What ialkest thou to me of the hangman ? 2 Car. Why, they will allow us ne'er a jorden, if I hang, I'll make a fat pair of gallows : for, if I and then we leak in your chimney; and your cham- hang, old Sir John hangs with me; and, thou knowber-lie breeds fleas like a loach.“
est, he's no starveling. Tut! there are other Trom 1 Car. What, osiler! come away and be hanged, jans that thou dreamest not of, the which, for sport
sake, are content to do the profession somc grace ; 2 Car. I have a gammon of bacon, and two ra- that would, if matters should be looked into, for żes of ginger, to be delivered as far as Charing their own credit sake, make all whole. I am joined Cross.
with no foot land-rakers, 's no long-staff, sixpenny 1 Car. 'Odsbody! the turkeys in my pannier are strikers ;16 none of these mad, mustachio, purple
1 This was a common address in Shakspeare's time occurred. Such a package was much more likely to be to nephews, nieces, and grand-children. See Holinshed, meant than a bale. The poet perhaps intended to mark passim. Hotspur was Worcestertonephew.
the petty importance of the carrier's business. 2 Charles' wain was the vulgar naine for the constel.
9 This is one of the poet's anachronisms. Turkeys lation called the great bear. It is a corruption of Chorles were not brought into England until the reign of Hen. or Churl's wain. Chorl is frequently used for a coun. tryman in old books, from the Saxon coorl.
10 Gadshill has his name from a place on the Kentish 3 “Out of all cess' is out of all measure.' Excess. Road, where robberies were very frequent. A curious ively, præler modum. To cess, or assess, was to nun.
narrative of a gang, who appear to have infested that ber, muster, value, measure, or appraise,
neighbourhood in 1590, is printed from a MS. paper of 4 Dank is moist, wet, and consequently mouldy.
Sir Roger Manwood's in Boswell's Shakspeare, vol. 5 Bols are worms ; a disease to which horses are xvi. p. 431. very subject.
1i This is a proverbial phrase, frequently used in old 6 Dr. Farmer thought tench a mistake for trout ; pro: plays. bably alluding to the red spots with which the trout is
12 Thug in the life and death of Gamaliel Ratsey, covered, having some resemblance to the spots on the 1605 :-he dealt with the chamberlaine of the skin of a flea-bitten person.
house, to learn which way they went in the morning, 7 It appears from a passage in Holland's translation which the chamberlaine performed accordingly, and of Pliny's Nat. Hist. b. ix. c. xlvii. that anciently fishes that with great care and diligence, for he knew he were supposed to be infested with fleas. Last of all should pariake of their fortunes if they sped. some fishes there be which of themselves are given to
13 A freeholder or yeoman, a man above a vassal or breed fleas and lice ; among which the chalcis, a kind villain, but not a gentleman. This was the Franklin of of turgot, is one.' Mason suggests that breeds tieas the age of Elizabeth. In earlier times he was a person as fast as a loach breeds loaches,' may be the meaning of much more dignity. See Canterbury Tales, v. 333, of the passage ; the loach being reckoned a peculiarly and Mr. Tyrwhitt's note upon it. prolific fish.
14 In a note on The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Act 8 The commentators have puzzled themselves and ii. Sc. 1, is an account of the origin of this expreseion their readers about this word razes: Theobald asserts as applied to scholars; and as Nicholas or old Nick is a that a rare is the Indian term for a hale. I have some cant name for the devil, so thieves are equivocally call. where seen the word used for a fraile, or little rush based Saint Nicholas' clerks. ket, such as figs, raisins, &c. are usually packed in; 15 Footpads. but I cannot now recall the book to memory in which it 16 A striker was a thief.
hued mal-worms: but with nobility, and tranquil-1 P. Hen. Peaco, ye fat-guts ! lie down; lay th, po
P. Hen. Thou liest, thou art not colted, thou art
Fal. I pr’ythee, good Prince Hal, help me to my Gads. She will, she will; justice hath liquored horse : good king's son. her. We steal as in a castle,+ cock-sure; we P. Hen. Out, you rogue ! shall I be your ostler ! have the receipt of fern-seed, we walk invisible. Fal. Go, hang thyself in thy own heir-apparent
Cham. Nay, by my faith, I think you are more garters! If I be ta’en, I'll peach for this." An I beholden to the night, than to fern-seed,' for your have not ballads made on you all, and sung to filthy walking invisible.
tunes, let a cup of sack be my poison: When a jest Gads. Give me thy hand: thou shalt have a share is so forward, and afoot 100,- hate it. of our purchase, as I am a true man.
Enter GADSHILL. Cham. Nay, rather let me have it, as you are a false thief.
Gads, Stand. Gads. Go to; Homo is a common name to all Fal. SO
I do, against my will. Bid the ostler bring my gelding out of the Poins, 0, 'tis our setter: I know his voice. stable. Farewell, you muddy knave, [Ereunt.
Enter BARDOLPH. SCENE II. The Road by Gadsbill. Enter PRINCE
Bard. What news? HENRY, and Poins; BARDOLph and Pero, al
Gads. Case ye, case ye ; on with your visors; some distance.
there's money of the king's coming down the hill;
Gads. There's enough to make us all.
Fal. To be hanged.
P. Hen. Peace, ye fat-kidneyed rascal ; What a narrow lane; Ned Poins and I will walk lower: if brawling dost thou keep?
they 'scape from your encounter, they light on us. Fal. Where's Poins, Hal ?
Peto. How many be there of them
[Pretends to seek Poins. Fal. Zounds! will they not rob us? Ful. I am accursed to rob in that thief's com
P. Hen. What, a coward, Sir John Paunch? pany: the rascal hath removed my horse, and tied Fal. Indeed, I am not John of Gaunt, your him I know not where. If I travel but four foot by grandfather ; but yet no coward, Hal. the squire further afoot, I shall break my wind. P. Hen. Well, we leave that to the proof. Well, I doubt not but to die a fair death for all Poins. Sirrah Jack, thy horse stands behind the this, ir l’scape hanging for killing that rogue. I hedge; when thou needest him, there thou shalt have forsworn his company hourly, any time this find him. Farewell, and stand fast. two-and-twenty years, and yet I am bewitched with Fal. Now cannot I strike him, if I should bo the rogue's company. If the rascal have not given hanged. me medicines to make me love him, I'll be hang'd ; P. Hen. Ned, where are our disguises ? it could not be else; I havo drunk medicines.- Poins. Here, hard by; stand close. Poins !-Hal!-a plague upon you both!-Bar
(Ereuni P. Hen. and Poirs. dolph !-Peto!-I'll starve, ere I'll rob a foot fur Fal. Now, my masters, happy man be his dole," ther. An 'twere not as good a deed as drink, 10 say I; every man to his business. turn true man, and leave these rogues, I am the veriest varlet that ever chewed with a tooth. Eight
Enter Travellers. yards of uneven ground, is threescore and ten miles 1. Trav. Come, neighbour; the boy shall lead afoot with me; and the stony-hearted villains know our horses down the hill: we'll walk afoot a while, it well enough: A plague upon't, when thieves can- and ease our legs. not be true to one another! [They whistle.) Whew! Thieves. Stand. LA plague upon you all! Give me my horse, you Trav. Jesu bless us ! rogues ; give me my horse, and be hang'd.
Fal. Striko; down with them; cut the villains!
throats: Ah! whoreson caterpillars ! bacon-fed 1 Some of the commentators have been at great pains to conjecture what class of persons were meant by great 5 Fern-seed was supposed to have the power of ren. oneyers. One proposed to read mongyers; another myn. dering persons invisible: the seed of fern is itself invisi. heers and Malone coins a word, onyers, which he ble; therefore to find it was a magic operation, and in the says may mean a public accountant, from the terin use it was supposed to communicate its own property. o-ni, used in the exchequer. The ludicrous nature of 6 Purchase was anciently understood in the sense of the appellations which Godshill bestows upon his asso. gain, profit, whether legally or illegally obtained. The ciates might have sufficiently shown then that such at. commentators are wrong in saying that it meant stolon tempts must be sutile ; nobility and tran puillity, bur. goods. gomasters and great oncyers, Johnson has judiciously 7 This allusion we ofien meet with in the old come. explained it. Gadshill tells the chamberlain that he is dies. Thus in The Malecontent, 1601 :—I'll como joined with no mean wretches, but with “burgomasters among you, like gum into taffata, lo frei, frel.' Velvet and great ones," or, as he terms them in merriment by and tafTata were sometimes stiffened with gum ; but tho a cant termination, great one-yers, or great one-eers, consequence was, that the stuff being thus hardened, as we say prirateer, auctioneer, circuiteer.
quickly rubbed and fretted itself out. ? A quibble upon boots and booiy. Boot is profit, 81. e. the square or measure. A carpenter's rulo adrantage.
was called a square; from csquierre, Fr. 3 Alluding to boots in the preceding passage. In the 9 Alluding to the vulgar notion of love-poudere. Merry Wives of Windsor, Falstaff
' says :-“They would 10 To coll is to trick, soul, or deceive ; perhaps from mel me out of my fat drop by drop, and liquor fisher- the wild tricks of a colt. men's boots with me.'
11 i. e. be his lot or portion happiness. This prover 4 As in a castle was a proverbial phrase for security. bial phrase has been already explained in the notes on Stevens has adduced several examples of its use in co. The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Taming of the imporary writers.
Shrew, and Winter's Tale,
knavos! they hate us youth : down with them; and myself? Lord Edmund Mortimer, my lord of fleece them.
York, and Owen Glendower? Is there not, be1 Trav. O, we are undone, both we and ours, sides, the Douglas? Have I not all their letters, for ever.
to meet me in arms by the ninth of the next month Fal. Hang ye, gorbellied' knaves; Are ye un- and are they not, some of them, set forward already? done ? No, ye sai chuffs ;? I would, your store What a pagan rascal is this? an infidel? Ha! you were here! 'On, bacons, on! What, ye knaves ? shall see now, in very sincerity of fear and cold young men must live: You are grand-jurors are heart, will he to the king, and lay open all our proye? We'll jure ye, i'faith.
ceedings. O, I could divide myself, and go to buf(Exeunt Fál. fec. driving the Travellers oul. fers, for moving such a dish of skimmed milk with so Re-enter PRINCE HENRY and Poins.
honourable an action! Hang him ! let him tell the
king: We are prepared : I will set forward to-night. P. Hen. The thieves have bound the truemen: Now could thou and I rob the thieves, and go mer
Enter LADY PERCY. rily to London, it would be argument for a week, How now, Kate ? I must leave you within these laughter for a month, and a good jest for ever.
two hours. Poins. Stand close, I hear them coming.
Lady. O my good lord, why are you thus alone? Re-enter Thieves.
For what offence have I, this fortnight, been
A banish'd woman from my Harry's bed ? Fal. Come, my masters, let us share, and then to Tell me, sweet lord, what is't that takes from thos horse before day. An the prince and Poins be not Thy stomach, pleasure, and thy golden sleep?" two arrant cowards, there's no equity stirring: Why dost thou bend thine eyes upon the earth; there's no more valour in that Poins, than in a wild And start so often when thou sit'si alone ? 'duck.
Why hast thou lost the fresh blood in thy cheeks; P. Flen. Your money. [Rushing out upon them. And given my treasures, and my rights of thee, Poins. Villains.
To thick-ey'd musing, and curs'd melancholy? As they are sharing, the Prince and Poins In thy faint slumbers, 'I hy thee have watch'd, set upon them. FalstAFF, after a blow And heard thee murmur iales of iron wars : or two, and the rest, run away, leaving Speak terms of manage to the bounding steed; the booty behind them.
Cry, Courage !-to the field! And thou hast talk'd
Of palisadoes, frontiers," parapets;
And all the 'currentsis of a heady fight.
That beads of sweat have stood upon thy brow, Poins. How the rogue roard! [Ereunt. Like bubbles in a late-disturbed stream: SCENE III. Warkworth. A Room in the Castle. And in thy face strange motions have appear'd,
Such as we see when men restrain their breath Enter Hotspur, reading a Letter."
On some great sudden haste. 0, what portents
are these ?
-Why is he not, And I must know it, else he loves me not.
Hut. What, ho! is Gilliams with the packet gone? -he shows in this, he loves his own barn better than he loves our house. Let me see some more.
Enter Servant. The purpose you undertake is dangerous ;-Why, Serv. He is, my lord, an hour ago. that's certain ; 'tis dangerous to take a cold, to Hot. Hath Butler brought those horses from the sleep, to drink! but I tell you, my lord fool, out of
sheriff? this nettle, danger, we pluck this flower, safety. Serv. One horse, my lord, he brought even now. The purpose you undertake is dangerous ; the friends Hot. What horse ? a roan, a crop-car, is it not ? you have named, uncertain; the time itself unsorted; Serv. It is, my lord. and your whole plot too light, for the counterpoise of so
That roan shall be my throno. great an opposition.-Say you so, say you so? I Well, I will back him straight: O esperance !-4 say unto you again, you are a shallow, cowardly Bid Butler lead him forth into the park. hind, and you lie. What a lack-brain is this? By
Hot. What say’si thou, my lady?
I fear, my brother Mortimer doth stir
2. A term of reproach usually applied to avaricious old In Vir il ferreus somnus.' Homer terms sleep brazen, citizens. It is of uncertain derivation. Cotgrave inter or, more strictly, copper. prets Un gros marrouifle, a bir cat; also an ouglie 10 Rolires are retreats. juske or clusterfist; also a richi churl or ful chuffe. 11 Frontiers formerly meant not only the bounds of
3 True for honest: thus opposing the true men to the diferent territories, but also the forts built along or near thieres.
those limits. Thus in Ives's Practice of Fortification, 4 Argument is subject matter for conversation. 1589:- A forte not placed where it were needful, might
5 This letter was from George Dunbar, Earl of skantly be accounted for frontier.' Florio interprets March, in Scotland.
"frontiera, a frontire or bounding place : also a skonce, 6 Richard Scroop, archbishop of York.
a bastion, a defonce, a trench, or block-house, upon or 7 See note on the Merry Wives of Windsor, Act ii. about confines or borders.' Sc. 3.
12 Basilisks are a species of ordnance, probably so 8 Shakspeare cither mistook the name of Hotspur's named from the imaginary serpent or dragon, with wife (which was not Katherine, but Elizabeth), or else figures of which it was ordinary to ornament great guns. designedly changed it, out of the remarkable fondness 13 Occurrences. he seems to have had for the name of Kate. Hall and 14 The motto of the Percy family. Holinshed call her erroneously Elinor.
15 So in Cymbeline we have:9 lx King Richard Ul. we have leader slumber.'
• A& quarrellows as the wounel.'
About his title; and hath sent for you,
clude, I am so good a proficient in one quarter of an To line' his enterprise : But if you go
hour, that I can drink with any tinker in his own lanHot. So far afoot, I shall be weary, love. guage during my life. I tell thee, Ned, thou hast lost
Lady. Come, come, you paraquito, answer me much honour, that thou wert not with me in this action. Directly to this question that I ask.
But, sweet Ned, -to sweeten which name of Ned, In faith, I'll break thy little finger, Harry,
I give thee this penny-worth of sugar, clapped An if thou wilt not tell me all things truc.
even now in my hand' by an under-skinker ; one Hot. Away,
that never spake other English in his life, ihan-
and do thou never leave calling-Francis, that his
Poins. Francis !
P. Hen. Thou art perfect.
Poins. Francis !
[Erit Poins. And when I am o'horseback, I will swear
Fran. Anon, anon, sir. Look down into the
Pomegranate, Ralph. Whither I must, I must; and, to conclude,
P. Hen. Come hither, Francis. This evening must I leave you, gentle Kate.
Fran. My lord. I know you wise; but yet no further wise,
P. Hen. How long hast thou to serve, Francis ? Than Harry Percy's wife : constant you are ;
Fran. Forsooth, five year, and as much as toBut yet a woman : and for secrecy,
Poins. ["Vithin.] Francis!
Fran. Anon, anon, sir !
clinking of pewter. But, Francis, darest thou be so Lady. How! so far?
valiant, as to play the coward with thy indenture, Hol. Not an inch further. But hark you, Kate ? and to show it a fair pair of heels, and run from it? Whither I go, thither shall you go too;
Fran, o lord, sir ! I'll be sworn upon all the To-day will I set forth, 10-morrow you.
books in En land, I could find in my heartWill this content you, Kate?
Poins. [Within.] Francis ! Lady.
It must, of force.
Fran, Anon, anon, sir.
P. Hen. How old art thou, Francis ?
Fran. Let me see,-About Michaelinas next I
shall be P. Hen. Ned, pr’ythee, come out of that fat room, Poins. (Within.) Francis ! and lend me thy hand to laugh a little.
Fran. Anon, sir.–Pray you, stay a little, my lord. Poins. Where hast been, Hal?
P.Hen. Nay, but hark you, Francis: For the sugar P. Hen. With three or four loggerheads, amongst thou gavest me,-'twas a pennyworth, was't not? three or four score hogsheads. I have sounded the Fran. O lord, sir! I would it had been two. very base string of humility. Sirrah, I am sworn P. Hrn. I will give thee for it a thousand pound: brother to a leash of drawers; and can call them ask me when thou wilt, and thou shalt have it. all by their Christian names, as–Tom, Dick, and Poins. [Within.) Francis ! Francis. They take it already upon their salvation, Fran. Anon, anon. that, though I be bui prince of Wales, yet I am the P. Hen. Anon, Francis ? No, Francis : but toking of courtesy; and tell me fatly I am no proud morrow, Francis; or, Francis, on Thursday; or, Jack, like Falstaff; but a Corinthian, 4 a lad of met indeed, Francis, when thou wilt. But, Francis, tle, a good boy,-by the Lord, so they call me; and Fran. My lord ? when I am king of England, I shall command all the P. Hen. Wilt thou rob this leathern-jerkin, crysgood lads in Eastcheap. They call--drinking deep, tal-button, noti-pated," agate-ring, puke-stocking, dying scarlet: and when you breathe in your watering, caddis-garter, smooth-longue, Spanish-pouch, they cry-hem! and bid you play it off.”—To con
Boar's Head in Southirurk, and Caldecot Manor in suf. I i.e. to strengthen.
folk were part of the lands, &c. he bestowed. 2 Mammets were puppets or dolls, here used by 4 A Corinthian was a wencher a debauchee. The Shakspeare for a female plaything; a diminutive of fame of Corinth, as a place of resort for loose women, mam. Quasi dicai parvam matrem, seu matronulam.' was not yet extinct.
Icunculæ, mammets or puppets that goe by devises of 5 Mr. Gifford has shown that there is no ground for wyer or strings, as though they had life and moving.? the filthy interpretation of this passage which Steevens Junius's Nomenclator, by Fleming, 1585.-Mr. Gifford chose to give. • To breathe in your watering,' is to has thrown out a conjecture about the meaning of mam- stop and take breath when you are drinking.' mets from the Italian mammetta, which signified a 6 It appears from two passages cited by Steevens that bosom as well as a young wench. See Ben Jonson's the drawers kept sugar folded up in paper, ready to Works, vol. v, p. 66. I have not found the word used be delivered to those who called for sack. in English in that sense ;
but mammet, for a puppet or 7 An under-skinker is a tapster, an under-drawer. dressed up living doll, is common enough.
Skink is drink, liquor; from scene, drink, Saxon. 3 Eastcheap is selected with propriety for the scene 8. The prince intends to ask the drawer whether he of the prince's merry meetings, as it was near his own will rob his master, whom he denotes by these con residence: a mansion called Cold Harbour, (near All temptuous distinctions. Hallows Church, Upper Thames Street), was granted 9 Not1.pated is shorn.pated, or cropped; having the to Henry Prince of Wales. 11 Henry IV. 1410. Rymer, hair cut close. vol. viii. p. 6:28. In the old anonymous play of King 10 Puke-stockings are dark.coloured stockings. Puke Henry V Easicheap is the place where Henry and his is a colour between russet and black; pullus, Lat. ac. companions meet :- Hen. V. You know the old tavern cording to the dictionaries. By the receipt for dyeing it, in Eastcheap; there is good wine.' Shakspeare has it appears to have been a dark gray or slate colour. hung up a sign for them that he saw daily ; for the il Caddis was probably a kind of ferret or worsted Boar's Head lavern was very near Blackfriars' Play. lace. A slight kind of serge still bears the name of house.-Stowe's Survey.
cadis in France. In Glapthorne's Wit in a Constable, Sir John Falstaff was in his lifetime a considerable we are told of 'footen in cuirlis.' Garters being for. benofactor 10 Magdalen College, Oxford ; and though merly worn in sight were often of rich materials; to the Colloge cannot give the particulars a large, the wear'a coarse cheap sort was therefore reproachsal.