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He gave his nose, and took't away again;
fumes then in fashion: the lid of which, being cut with open work, gave it its name ; from poinfoner, to prick, pierce, or en. grave. WARBURTON.
Dr. Warburton's explanation is juft. At the christening of Q. Elizabeth, the marchioness of Dorset gave, according to Holinshed, “ three gilt bowls pounced, with a cover.”
STEEVENS, I Took it in snuff :
-) Snuff is equivocally used for anger and a powder taken up the nose.
So in The Fleire, a comedy, by E. Sharpham, 1610 : “ Nay " be not angry, I do not touch thy nose, to the end it should " take any thing in snuff." Again, in our author's Love's Labour loft :
“ You marr the light, by taking it in fnuff.” Steevens. "I then, all smarting, with my wounds being cold,
To be lo pefiler'd with a popinjay,] But in the beginning of the speech he represents himself at this time not as cold but hot, and iniamed with rage and lab ur.
When I was dry with rage and extreme toil, &c. I am persuaded therefore that Shakespeare wrote and pointed
I then all smarting with my wounds; being gallid
To be so pester'd with a popinjay, &c. WARBURTON. Whatever Percy might say of his rage and toil, which is merely declamatory and apologetical, his wounds would at this time be certainly cold, and when they were cold would smart, and not before. If any alteration were necessary I should transpose the lines:
I then all smarting with 1:1y wounds being cold,
it thus :
To be so pefter’d with a popinjay,
Bluent. The circumstance consider'd, good my lord,
2 To do him wrong, or any way impeach.
w.] Let us consider the whole pali.ge, which, according to the present reading, bears this literal sense, “ Whatever Percy then said may reason
aby die and never rise to impeach what he then said, so he “ unsay it now.” This is the exact sense, or rather nonsense, which the passage makes in the present reading. It should, therefore, without question, be thus printed and emended :
To do him zurong, or any way impeach.
I''bat then he said, fee, he unsays it now. “ Whatever Percy then said may reasonably die, and
K. Henry. Why yet he doth deny his prisoners;
“ never rise to do him wrong or any ways impeach him. For “ see, my liege, what he then said, he now unsays.” And the king's answer is pertinent to the words, as fo emended :
Wby, yet be doth deny bis prisoners ;
But with proviso, &c. implying “you are mistaken in saying, see be nozu unsays it." But the answer is utterly impertinent to what precedes in the common reading WARBURTON.
The learned commentator has perplexed the passage. The construction is, “ Let what he then taid never rise to impeach “ him, so he unsay it now.” JOHNSON.
and indent with fears,] The reason why he says, bargain and article with fears, meaning with Mortimer, is, because he supposed Mortimer had wilfully betrayed his own forces to Glendower out of fear, as appears from his next speech. No need therefore to change fears to foes, as the Oxford Editor has done. WARBURTON.
The difficulty seems to me to arise from this, that the king is not desired to article or contrast quith Mortimer, but with another for Mortimer. Perhaps we may read,
Shall we buy treason ? anil indent with peers,
When they have lost and forfeited themelues? Shall we purchase back a traitor? Shall we descend to a composition with Worceiter, Northumberland, and yourg Percy, who by disobedience have lost and forfeited their honours and themselves ? Johnson.
Hot. Revolted Mortimer! 4 He never did fall off, my sovereign liege, But by the chance of war ; 5 to prove that true, Needs no more but one tongue, for all those wounds, Those mouthed wounds, which valiantly he took, When, on the gentle Severn's fedgy bank, In single opposition, hand to hand, He did confound the best part of an hour In changing hardiment with great Glendower : Three times they breach'd, and three times did they
4 He never did fall off, my fovereign liege,
But by the chance of war ;- -] A poor apology for a foldier, and a man of honour, that he fell off, and revolted by the chance of war. Tie poct certainly wrote,
But 'bides the chance of avar ; i.e. he never did revolt, but abides the chance of war, as a prifoner. And if he ftill endured the rigour of imprifonment, that was a plain proof he was not revolted to the enemy. Hotspur says the same thing afterwards,
Super'd his kinman March
to be encag’d in Wales. Here again the Oxford Editor makes this correction his own at the small expence of changing 'bides to bore. WAR BURTON.
The plain meaning is, “ he came not into the enemy's power “ but by the chance of war.” To 'bide the chance of war may well enough to fignify, to stand the hazard of a battle; but can scarcely mean, to endure the severities of a prison. The king charged Mortimer, that he wilfully betrayed his army, and, as he was tiren with the enemy, calls him revolted Mortimer. Hotspur replies, that he never fell off, that is, fell into Glendower's hands, but by the chance of war. I should not have explained thus tediously a pafinge fo hard to be miitaken, but that two editors have already mistaken it. JOHNSON.
to prove that true, Needs no more but one tongue, for all those wounds, &c.] This passage is of obscure construction. The later editors point it, as they understood that for the wounds a tongue was necdful, and only one tongue. This is harsh. I rather think it is a broken fenterce. * To prove the loyalty of Mortimer,” says Hotspur, “one speaking witness is fufficient ; for his wounds “ proclaim his loyalty, thosc mouthed wounds," &c. Johns.
Upon agreement of sweet Severn's food;
[Exit K. Henry. Hot. And if the devil come and roar for them,
• Who then affrighted, &c.] This passage has been censured as founding nonsense, which represents a stream of water as: capable of fear. It is misundertond. Severn is here not the flood, but the tutelary power of the flood, who was affrighted, and hid his head in the hollow bank. JOHNSON.
- his criss head-] Crisp is curled. So Beaumont and Fletcher, in The Maid of the Mill,
-methinks the river, “ As he steals by, curls up his head to view you.” Perhaps Shakespeare has bestowed an epithet, applicile only to the stream of water, on the genius of the stream. STE 'ENS.
• Never did bare and rotten policy) All the quarto's van I have seen read bare in this place. The firit folio, and a. subsequent editions, have buse. I believe bore is right: Ne
ver did policy lying open to detection 10 colour its workings.” JOHNSON. R 4