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Changes to the archbishop of York's palace. Enter archbishop of York, Hastings, Thomas Mowbray
(earl marshal) and lord Bardolph. York. Thus have you heard our cause, and know
Mowb. I well allow the occasion of our arms;
Haft. Our present musters grow upon the file
thus Whether our present five-and-twenty thousand May hold up head without Northumberland?
Haft. With him we may.
Bard. Ay, marry, there's the point :
York. 'Tis very true, lord Bardolph; for, indeed, It was young Hotspur's case at Shrewsbury.
3. Rep too far) The four following lines were added in the second edition. JOHNSON.
Bard. It was, my lord; who lind himself with
Haft. But, by your leave, it never yer did hurt
Bard. 4 Yes, in this present quality of war, Indeed of instant action; a cause on foot
4 Yes, in this present quality of war,
Indeed the instaut action;] These first twenty lines were first inserted in the folio of 1623.
The first claufe of this paffage is evidently corrupted. All the folio editions and Mr. Rowe's concur in the same reading, which Mr. Pope altered thus,
Yes, if this present quality of war
Impede the instant act. This has been filently followed by Mr. Theobald, Sir Thomas Hanmer, and Dr. Warburton ; but the corruption is certainly deeper; for in the present reading Bardolph makes the inconvenience of hope to be that it may cause delay, when indeed the whole tenor of his argument is to recommend delay to the rest that are too forward. I know not what to propose, and am afraid that something is omitted, and that the injury is irremediable. Yet, perhaps, the alteration requifite is no more than this:
Yes, in this present quality of war,
Indeed of infi ant action. It never, says Hattings, did harm to lay down likelihoods of hope. Yes, says Bardolph, it has done harm in this present quality of war, in a state of things such as is now before us, of war, indeed of instant action. This is obscure, but Mr. Pope's reading is still less reasonable. JOHNSON.
I have adopted Dr. Johnson's emendation, though I think we might read,
if the present quality of war
Impel the instant action. Hastings fays, it never yet did hurt to lay down likelihoods and forms of hope. Yes, fays Bardolph, it has in every case like ours, where an army inferior in number, and waiting for supplies, has, without that reinforcement, impell’d or hastily brought on an immediate action. Steevens.
Lives fo in hope, as in an early spring
Haft. Grant, that our hopes, yet likely of fair birth,
fand ? Haft. To us, no more; nay, not so much, lord
Bardolphi. For his divisions, as the times do brawl, Are in three heads : one power against the French, And one against Glendower ; perforce a third Must take up us: so is the unfirm king
In three divided; and his coffers found
Haft. 5 If he should do so, He leaves his back unarm'd, the French and Welsh Baying him at the heels: never fear that.
Bard. Who, is it like, should lead his forces hither?
Hast. The duke of Lancaster and Westmorland : Against the Welsh, himself and Harry Monmouth : But who is substituted ’gainst the French I have no certain notice.
York. 6 Let us on; And publish the occasion of our arms. The commonwealth is sick of their own choice; Their over-greedy love hath surfeited. An habitation giddy and unsure Hath he that buildeth on the vulgar heart. O thou fond many! with what loud applause Didst thou beat heaven with blessing Bolingbroke, Before he was what thou would'st have him be? And now, being trimm'd up in thine own desires, Thou, beastly feeder, art fo full of him, That thou provok'st thyself to cast him up. So, fo, thou common dog, didst thou disgorge Thy glutton bosom of the royal Richard; And now thou would'st eat thy dead vomit up, And howl'st to find it. What trust is in these times ?
5 If he should do so,] This passage is read in the first edition thus : If he should do so, French and Welsh he leaves his back unarm'd, they baying him at the heels, never fear that. These lines, which were evidently printed from an interlined copy not understood, are properly regulated in the next edition, and are here only mentioned to thew what errors may be suspected to semain. JOHNSON.
6 Let us on, &c.] This excellent speech of York was one of the passages added by Shakespeare after his first edition. Pore.
They, that when Richard liv’d, would have him die,
Mowb. Shall we go draw our numbers, and set on?
ACT II. .
A street in London.
Enter Hostess, with two officers, Pbang, bis boy, and
Phang. It is enter'd.
Pbang. Sirrah, where's Snare?
Hoft. Ay, good master Snare; I have enter'd him and all.
Snare. It may chance cost some of us our lives, for he will stab.
Hoft. Alas the day! take heed of him; he stabb’d me in mine own house, and that most beastly: he cares