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Fal. Rob me the exchequer the first thing thou do'st; and 5 do it with unwaih'd hands too.
Bard. Do, my lord.
P. Henry. I have procur'd thee, Jack, a charge of foot.
Fal. I would it had been of horse. Where shall I find one that can steal well? O, for a fine thief, of two-and-twenty, or thereabout! I am heinously unprovided. Well, God be thanked for these rebels, they offend none buť the virtuous; I laud them, i praise them.
P. Henry. Bardolph!
Exeunt Prince, Peto, and Bard.
Hostess, my breakfast, come :0, I could with this tavern were my drum! [Exit.
do it with anwasb'd hands too.) i. e. Do it the first thing in the morning, even without staying to wash your hands.
Poins, to-borfe,-) I cannot but think that Peto is again put for Poins. I suppose the copy had only a PWe have Peto afterwards, not riding with the prince, but lieutenant.to Falstaff. JOHNSON.
I have adopted Dr. Johnson's emendation. Steevens.
The camp near Shrewsbury.
Enter Hotspur, Worcester, and Douglas.
In this fine age, were not thought flattery,
Doug. Thou art the king of honour:
Enter a Messenger.
father. Hot. Letters from him! why comes he not himself? Mej. He cannot come, my lord; he's grievous sick.
Hot. Heavens ! how has he the leisure to be fick In such a juftling time? who leads his powers ? Under whose government come they along? 7 Mes. His letters bear his mind, not I.
? Meff. His letters bear his mind, not I his mind.] The line hould be read and divided thus,
Melf. His letters bear his mind, vot I.
Hot. His mind!
Mej. He did, my lord, four days ere I set forth;
Wor. I would the state of time had first been whole,
remov'd, but on his own.
Wor. Your father's sickness is a maim to us.
Hot. A perilous gash, a very limb lopt off :-
Hotspur had asked who leads his powers? The Messenger answers, His letters bear his mind. The other replies, His mind! As much as to say, I inquire not about his mind, I want to know where his powers are. This is natural, and perfe&tly in character. WAR.BURTON.
& On any foul remov'd,-) On any less near to himself; on any whose interest is remote. JOHNSON.
therein should we read The very bottom, and the foul of hope ;] To read the bottom
The very bottom, and the soul of hope;
Doug. Faith, and so we should;
Hot. A rendezvous, a home to fly unto,
Wor. But yet, I would your father had been here. 2 The quality and hair of our attempt Brooks no division: it will be thought By fome, that know not why he is away, That wisdom, loyalty, and mere dislike Of our proceedings, kept the earl from hence; And think, how such an apprehension
and foul of hope, and the bound of fortune, though all the copies, and all the editors have received it, surely cannot be right. I can think on no other word than risque.
Therein kould we risque
The very bottom, &c. The list is the selvage; figuratively, the utmost line of circumference, the utmost extent. If we should with lefs change read rend, it will only suit with lift, not with foul, or bottom.
JOHNSON. * A comfort of retirement --) A support to which we may have recourse. JOHNSON.
2 The quality and hair of our attempt] The hair seems to be the complexion, the character. The metaphor appears harsh to to us, but, perhaps, was familiar in our author's time. We ftiil fay, something is against the hair, as againff the grain, that is, against the natural tendency. Johnson.
In an old comedy callid The Family of Love, I meet with an expreffion which very well supports Dr. Johnson's firft explanation.
They say, I am of the right hair, and indeed
“ they may stand to't.”
fince he will be
May turn the tide of fearful faction,
Hot. You strain too far ;
Doug. As heart can think : there is not such a word Spoke of in Scotland, as this term of fear.
3 we of the offering fide] All the later editions read offending, but all the older copies which I have seen, from the firit quarto to the edition of Rowe, read we of the off'ring side. Of this reading the fense is obfcure, and therefore the change has been made ; but fince neither offering nor offending are words likely to be mistaken, I cannot but fufpect that offering is right, especially as it is read in the firft copy of 1599, which is more correctly printed than any single edition, that I have yet seen, of a play written by Shakespeare.
The offering fide may fignify that party, which, acting in opposition to the law, ftrengthens itself only by offers; encreases its numbers only by promises. The king can raise an army, and continue it by threats of punishment; but those, whom no man is under any obligation to obey, can gather forces only by offers of advantage: and it is truly remarked, that they, whose influence arises from offers, must keep danger out of sight.
The offering fide may mean simply the assailant, in opposition to the defendant ; and it is likewise true of him that offers war, or makes an invasion, that his cause ought to be kept clear from all objections. JOHNSON.