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* Upon the naked shore at Ravenspurg.
Blunt. Tut, I came not to hear this.
Hot. Then to the point.
? Upon the naked More, &c.] In this whole speech he alludes again to some pastages in Richard the Second. Johnson,
task'd the whole ftate.] I suppose it should be tax'd the whole state. JOHNSON.
Task'd is here used for tax'd; it was common anciently to employ these words indiscriminately. Memoirs of P. He Come mines, by Danert, folio, 4th edit. 1674, p. 136, “ Duke " Philip by the space of many years levied neither subsidies
nor tasks." STEF Ens.
4 This head of safety ;-) This army, from which I hope for protection. JOHNSON.
Blunt. Shall I return this answer to the king ?
Hot. Not so, Sir Walter; we'll withdraw aw hile.
Blunt. I would you would accept of grace and love!
SC EN E IV.
YORK. Tbe archbishop's palace. Enter the archbishop of York, and Sir Michael. York. Hie, good Sir Michael; bear this 5 sealed brief With winged haste to the lord Mareshal; This to my cousin Scroop; and all the rest To whom they are directed. If you knew How much they do import, you would make hafte.
Sir Mich. My good lord,
York. Like enough, you do.
- sealed brief] A brief is simply a letter. Johns.
in the first proportion Whose quota was larger than that of any other man in the confederacy. JOHNSON.
a rated finew too,] So the firit edition, i. e. accounted a strong aid. Pope.
A rated finem fignifies a strength on which we reckoned ; a help of which we made account. JOHNSON.
And comes not in, o'er-ruld by prophecies) -
Sir Mich. Why, my good lord, you need not
There's Douglas and lord Mortimer.
York. No, Mortimer is not there.
York. And so there is : but yet the king hath drawn
'ACT V. SCENE I.
The camp at Shrewsbury. Enter king Henry, prince of Wales, lord John of Lon
caster, earl of Westmorland, Sir Walter Blunt, and Falstaff.
Above yon busky hill! the day looks pale
P. Henry. The southern wind
K. Henry. Then with the losers let it sympathize;
[The trumpet founds.
Enter Worcester and Sir Richard Vernon. K. Henry. How now, my lord of Worcester ? ’tis
and I should meet upon such terms As now we meet.
You have deceiv'd our trust;
* AE V.] It seems proper to be remarked, that in the editions printed while the author lived, this play is not broken into acts. The division which was made by the players in the first folio, seems commodious enough, but, being without authority, may be changed by any editor who thinks himself able to make a better. JOHNSON.
to his purpojes ;] That is, to the fun's, to that which the fun portends by his unusual appearance. Johns,
This is not well, my lord, this is not well.
Wir. Hear me, my liege.
then ? * Fal. Rebellion lay in his way, and he found it. P. Henry. Peace, chewet, peace.
1 Fal. Rebellion lay in his way, and he found it.
Prince. Peace, chevet, peace.] This, I take to be an arbitrary refinement of Mr. Pope's; nor can I easily agree, that chever is Shakespeare's word here. Why should prince Henry call Falitaff boljier, for interposing in the discourse betwixt the king and Worceiter? With submillion, he does not take him up here for his unreasonable size, but for his i!l-tim'd and unseafonable chattering, I therefore have preserved the reading of the old books. A chewet, or chuet, is a noisy chattering bird, a pie. This carries a proper reproach to Falitaff for his medling and impertinent jeit. And besides, if the poet had intended that the prince should feer at Falsaff on account of his corpulency, I doubt not but he would have called him belfer in plain English, and not have wrapp'd up the abuse in the French word chevet. In another passage of this play, the prince honestly calls him quilt. As to prince Henry, his stock in this language was so small, that when he comes to be king he hammers out one small sentence of it to princess Catherine, and tells her, It is as easy for him to conquer the kingdom as to speak so much more French. THEOBALD.
Peace, checuet, peace.] In an old book of cookery, printed in 1596, I find a receipt to make chewets, which from their ingredients feem to have been fat greafy puddings; and to these it is as probable that the prince alludes. Both the quarto's and folio spell the word as it now stands in the text, and as I found it in the book already mentioned, STEVENS,