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Ch. Juft. Alas! I fear all will be overturn'd.
War. We do remember ; but our argument
heavy! Ch. Just. Peace be with us, left we be heavier ! Glou. O, good my lord, you have loft a friend, in
And I dare swear you borrow not that face
fair, Which swims against your stream of quality. Ch. Juft. Sweet princes, what I did, I did in ho
nour, Led by the impartial conduct of my soul ; And never shall you see, that I will beg 1 A ragged and forestalld remiffion. If truth and upright innocency fail me,
' A ragged and forestall'd remiffion] Ragged has no sense here. We should read,
A rated and forefall'd remiffiox. i. e. A remiffion that must be sought for, and bought with fup. plication. WARBURTON.
Different minds have different perplexities. I am more puzzled with forestall’d than with ragged; for ragged, in our author's licentious diction, may ealily fignify beggarly, mean, base, ignominious; but forestalld I know not how to apply to remission in any sense primitive or figurative. I lould be glad of another word, but cannot find it. Perhaps by forestallaremission, he may mean a pardon begged by a voluntary confesfion of offence, and anticipation of the charge JOHNSON.
I'll to the king my master that is dead,
War. Here comes the prince.
Enter prince Henry.
sadness with some fear
Lan. &c. We hope no other from your majesty.
[To the Cb. Juft, You are, I think, assur'd I love you not.
Ch. Just. I am assurd, if I be measur’d rightly, Your majesty hath no just cause to hate me. K. Henry. No! How might a prince of my great
hopes forget So great indignities you laid
not the Turkish court ;] Not the court where the prince that mounts the throne puts his brothers to death.
What! rate, rebuke, and roughly send to prison The immediate heir of England ! 9 Was this easy? May this be wash'd in Lethe and forgotten ?
Ch. Just. I then did use the person of your The image of his power lay then in me: And in the administration of his law, While I was busy for the commonwealth, Your highness pleased to forget' my place, The majesty and power of law and justice, , The image of the king whom I prefented, And struck me in my very seat of judgment; Whereon, as an offender to your father, I gave bold way to my authority, And did commit you. If the deed were ill, Be you contented, wearing now the garland, To have a son set your decrees at nought; To pluck down justice from your awful bench; * To trip the course of law, and blunt the sword That guards the peace and safety of your person: Nay, more: to spurn at your most royal image, * And mock your workings in a second body. Question your royal thoughts; make the case yours; Be now the father, and propose a son: Hear your own dignity so much profan’d, See your most dreadful laws so loosely slighted, Behold yourself so by a son disdain’d; And then imagine me taking your part, And in your power so silencing your son.After this cold considerance, sentence me; And, as you are a king, speak 3 in your
9 Was this easy?) That is, Was this not grievous ? Shakespeare has easy in this sense elsewhere. Johnson.
To trip the course of law,-) To defeat the process of juftice; a metaphor taken from the act of tripping a runner.
JOHNSON. 2 To mock your workings in a second body.) To treat with contempt your acts executed by a representative. Johnson,
in your state,] In your regal character and office, not with the passion of a man interested, but with the impartiality of a legislator. JOHNSON.
What I have done that misbecame my place,
Happy am I, that have a man so bold " That dares do justice on my proper fon; “ And no less happy, having such a son, “ That would deliver up his greatness so “ Into the hand of justice.”_4 You did commit me; For which I do commit into your hand The unitained sword that you have us'd to bear; With this 5 remembrance, that you use the same With a like bold, just, and impartial spirit As you have done 'gainst me. There is my hand; You shall be as a father to my youth, My voice shall found as you do prompt mine ear ; And I will stoop and humble my intents To your well-practis’d, wife directions. And, princes all, believe me, I beseech you ; 6 My father is gone wild into his grave, For in his tomb lie my affections ; And with his spirit 7 fadly I survive, To mock the expectations of the world;
You did commit me, &c.] So in the play on this subject, antecedent to that of Shakespeare, Henry V.
“ You sent me to the Fleet; and, for revengement,
remembrance,-) That is, admonition. Johnson. 6 My father is gone wild-] Mr. Pope, by substituting avail'd for wild, without sufficient confideration, afforded Mr. Theobald much matter of oftentatious triumph. JOHNSON.
- sodly I survive,] Sadly is the same as soberly, seriously, gravely. Sad is opposed to wild. JOHNSON,
To frustrate prophecies, and to raze out
[To the lord Chief Justice.
Sballow's seat in Gloucestershire. Enter Felstaff, Shadow, Silence, Bardolph, the Page,
and Davy. Shal. Nay, you shall see mine orchard; where, in an arbour, we will eat a last year's pippin of my own
the fate of floods,) i. e. The assembly, or general meeting of the floods: for all rivers, running to the sea, are there represented as holding their sessions. This thought naturally introduced the following,
Now call we our high court of parliament. But the Oxford Editor, much a ftranger to the phraseology of that time in general, and to his author's in particular, out of mere loss for his meaning, reads it backwards, the floods of ftate.