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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!
Bard. My lord!
P. Henry. Go, bear this letter to lord John of Lan-

My brother John; this to my lord of Westmorland.
Go, Poins, to horse, to horse ; for thou and I
Have thirty miles to ride ere dinner time.
Meet me to-morrow in the Temple-hall
At two o'clock i'the afternoon:
There shalt thou know thy charge; and there receive
Money, and order for their furniture.
The land is burning ; Percy stands on high ;
And either they, or we, must lower lie.

Exeunt Prince, Peto, and Bard.
Fal. Rare words! brave world!

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 Falstaff. JOHNSON.

I have adopted Dr. Johnson's emendation. Steevens.

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The camp near Shrewsbury.

Enter Hotspur, Worcester, and Douglas.


ELL said, my noble Scot. If speaking truth,

In this fine age, were not thought flattery,
Such attribution should the Douglas have,
As not a soldier of this seafon's stamp
Should go fo general current through the world.
By heaven, I cannot flatter; I defy
The tongues of foothers; but a braver place
In my heart's love hath no man than yourself:
Nay, task me to my word; approve me, lord.

Doug. Thou art the king of honour:
No man so potent breathes upon the ground,
But I will beard him
Hot. Do so, and 'tis well :

Enter a Messenger.
What letters hast thou there?- I can but thank you.
Mel. These letters come from your

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!


Hot. His mind!
Wor. I pr’ythee, tell me, doth he keep his bed ?

Mej. He did, my lord, four days ere I set forth;
And at the time of my departure thence,
He was much fear'd by his physicians.

Wor. I would the state of time had first been whole,
Ere he by sickness had been visited;
His health was never better worth than now.
Hot. Sick now! droop now! this fickness doth

The very life-blood of our enterprize;
'Tis catching hither, even to our camp:
He writes me here, that inward sickness
And that his friends by deputation could not
So soon be drawn; nor did he think it meet
To lay so dangerous and dear a trust
8 On any foul

remov'd, but on his own.
Yet doth he give us bold advertisement,
That with our small conjunction we should on,
To see how fortune is dispos'd to us :
For, as he writes, there is no quailing now;
Because the king is certainly poffess'd
Of all our purposes. What say you to it?

Wor. Your father's sickness is a maim to us.

Hot. A perilous gash, a very limb lopt off :-
And yet, in faith, 'tis not :-His present want
Seems more than we shall find it. --Were it good,
To set the exact wealth of all our states
All at one caft? to set so rich a main
On the nice hazard of one doubtful hour?
It were not good : for 9 therein should we read


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



X 3

The very bottom, and the soul of hope;
The very lift, the very utmost bound
Of all our fortunes.

Doug. Faith, and so we should;
Where now remains a sweet reversion.
We may boldly spend upon the hope of what
Is to come in :
I A comfort of retirement lives in this.

Hot. A rendezvous, a home to fly unto,
If that the devil and mischance look big
Upon the maidenhead of our affairs.

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.”
Again, in The Coxcomb of B. and Fletcher,

fince he will be
An ass against the hair." STEEVENS.


May turn the tide of fearful faction,
And breed a kind of question in our cause :
For well you know, 3 we of the offering side
Must keep aloof from strict arbitrement;
And stop all fight-holes, every loop, from whence
The eye of reaton may pry in upon us.
This absence of your father draws a curtain,
That shews the ignorant a kind of fear
Before not dreamt of.

Hot. You strain too far ;
I rather of his absence make this use;
It lends a lustre, and more great opinion,
A larger dare to our great enterprize,
Than if the earl were here: for men must think,
If we without his help can make a head,
To push against the kingdom; with his help,
We shall o’erturn it toply-turvy down.
-Yet all goes well, yet all our joints are whole.

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.

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