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Worse than a smoaky house. I had rather live
Mort. In faith, he is a worthy gentleman ;
you do cross his humour; 'faith, he does :
Wor. In faith, my lord, you are too wilful-blame;
government, Pride, haughtiness, opinion, and disdain : The least of which, haunting a nobleman, Loseth mens' hearts; and leaves behind a stain Upon the beauty of all parts besides, Beguiling them of commendation. Hot. Well, I am school'd: good manners be your
speed! Here come our wives, and let us take our leave.
profited In frange concealments;-] Skilled in wonderful secrets.
JOHNSON. too wilful-blame;] This is a mode of speech with which I am not acquainted. Perhaps it might be read too wilful-blunt, or too wilful-bent; or thus, Indeed, my lord, you are to blame, too wilful. JOHNS.
Re-enter Glendower, with the ladies. Mort. This is the deadly spight that angers meMy wife can speak no English, I no Wels. Glend. My daughter weeps ; she will not part with
you, She'll be a soldier too, she'll to the wars. Mort. Good father, tell her, she and my aunt
(Glendower Speaks to her in Welsh, and se an
swers him in the same. Glend. She's desperate here; a peevish self-willid
harlotry, That no persuasion can do good upon.
[Lady Speaks in Wellb. Mort. I understand thy looks: that pretty Welsh, Which thou poureft down from
these swelling heavens, I am too perfect in; and, but for shame, In such a parly should I answer thee.
[The lady again in Welk. I understand thy kisses, and thou mine, And that's a feeling difputation : But I will never be a truant, love, Till I have learn’d thy language ; for thy tongue Makes Welsh as sweet as ditties highly penn'd, Sung by a fair queen in a summer's bower, With ravishing division, to her lute. Glend. Nay, if thou melt, then will she run mad.
[The lady speaks again in Welsh. Mort. O, I am ignorance itself in this.
Glend. She bids you, 7 Upon the wanton rushes lay you down, And rest your gentle head upon
? All on the evanton ruses lay you down,] It was the custom in this country, for many ages, to strew the floors with rushes as we now cover them with carpets. JOHNSON.
And she will sing the song that pleaseth you,
Mort. With all my heart I'll sit, and hear her sing: By that time will · our book, I think, be drawn.
Glend. Do fo:
Hot. Come, Kate, thou art perfect in lying down: come, quick, quick; that I may lay my head in thy lap. Lady. Go, ye giddy goose. [The music plays.
Hot. Now I perceive the devil understands Welsh : And 'tis no marvel he is so humorous. By’rlady, he's a good musician.
Lady. Then would you be nothing but musical, for you are altogether govern’d by humours. Lie still, ye thief, and hear the lady sing in Welsh.
* And on your eye-lids crown the god of feep,] The expression is fine; intimating, that the god of sleep should not only hit on his eye-lids, but that he should fit crown'd, that is, pleated and delighted. WARBURTON.
. Making such difference betwixt wake and sleep,] She will lull you by her song into soft tranquillity, in which you shall be so near to sleep as to be free from perturbation, and so much awake as to be sensible of pleasure ; a state partaking of sleep and wakefulness, as the twilight of night and day. JOHNSON. our book,-) Our paper of conditions.
JOHNSON. 2 And those musicians, that shall play to you,
Hang in the air
Yet, &c.] The particle yet being used adversatively, must have a particle of conceffion preceding it. I read therefore And tho th' musicians
Hot, I had rather hear Lady, my brach, howl in Irish.
Lady. Would'ít have thy head broken?
[Here the lady sings a Welk song. Come, I'll have your song too.
Lady. Not mine, in good footh.
Hot. Not yours, in good footh! you swear like a comfit-maker's wise: not you, in good footb; and, as true as I live ; and, as God hall mend me ; and, as fure as day: and givest such farcenet surety for thy caths, as if thou never walk'd't further than Finibury. Swear me, Kate, like a lady, as thou art, A good mouth-filling oath; and leave in footh, And such proteit of pepper-ginger-bread, To 4 velvet guards, and Sunday-citizens. Come, sing.
Lady. I will not sing.
3 Neither. 'Tis a woman's fault,] I do not plainly see what is a woman's fault. JOHNSON.
velvet guards,-) To such as have their clcaths adorned with shreds of velvet, which was, I suppose, the finery of cockneys. JOHNSON.
“ The cloaks, dor:blets,” &c. (lays Stubbs, in his Anatomie of Abujes) “ were guarded with velvet guards, or else laced * with coilly lace.” Speaking of womens' gowns, he says,
they muli be guarded with great guards of velvet, every guard “ four or fix fingers broad at the leaft.” So in a comedy called Histriomaflix, 1610,
« Out on these velvet guards, and black-lac'd fleeves, “ These fimpering fathions simply followed.”
· Hot. 5 'Tis the next way to turn tailor, or be Robin-red-breast teacher. If the indentures be drawn, I'll away within these two hours; and so come in when
[Exit. Glend. Come, come, lord Mortimer; you are as flow As hot lord Percy is on fire to go. By this our book is drawn; we will but seal, And then to horse immediately. Mort. With all my heart.
Changes to the presence-chamber in Windsor. Enter king Henry, prince of Wales, Lords, and others.
K. Henry. Lords, give us leave; the prince of
Wales and I
s 'Tis the next way to turn tailor, &c.] I suppose Percy means, that singing is a mean quality, and therefore he excuses his lady. JOHNSON. • For some displeasing service-] Service for action, fimply.
WARBURTON. in thy passages of life,] In the passages of thy life.
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