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The rugged'st hour that time and spight dare bring,
To frown upon the enrag'd Northumberland!
Let heaven kiss earth! Now let not nature's hand
Keep the wild flood confin'd! let order die !
And let this world no longer be a Itage,
To feed contention in a lingering act;
But let one spirit of the first-born Cain
Reign in all bosoms, that, each heart being set
On bloody courses, the rude scene may end,
And darkness be the burier of the dead !

Tra. This strained passion doth you wrong, my lord:
Sweet earl, divorce not wisdom from your

Mort. The lives of all your loving complices
Lean on your health ; the which, if you give o'er
To stormy passion, must perforce decay.
You' cast the event of war, my noble lord,
And summ'd the account of chance, before you said,
Let us make head. It was your presurmise,
That, in the dole of blows your son might drop :
You knew, he walk'd o'er perils, on an edge
More likely to fall in, thạn to get o’er:
You were advis'd, his felh was capable
Of wounds, and scars; and that his forward spirit
Would lift him where most trade of danger rang’d;
Yet did you say,-Go forth; and none of this,
Though strongly apprehended, could restrain
The ' ftiff-borne action : What hath then befallen,
Or what hath this bold enterprize brought forth,
More than that being which was like to be?

Bard. We all, that are 8 engaged to this loss,
Knew that we ventur'd on such dangerous seas,
That, if we wrought out life, 'twas ten to one:
taf]-calculated, weighed.

d dole)-distribution. , & advis'd,]-fenfible.

piff-borne]-resolutely carried. $ engaged )- partakers, interested in.




And yet we ventur'd, for the gain propos'd
Choak'd the respect of likely peril fear'd;
And, since we are o'er-set, venture again.
Come, we will all put forth; body, and goods.

Mort. 'Tis more than time: And, my most noble lorda
I hear for certain, and do speak the truth,
The gentle archbishop of York is
With well-appointed powers; he is a man,
Who with a double surety binds his followers.
My lord your son had only but the corps,
But shadows, and the shews of men, to fight :
For that same word, rebellion, did divide
The action of their bodies from their souls;
And they did fight with queasiness, constrain'd,
As men drink potions; that their weapons only
Seem'd on our side, but, for their spirits and souls,
This word, rebellion, it had froze them up,
As filh are in a pond : But now the bishop
Turns insurrection to religion:
Supposid sincere and holy in his thoughts,
He's follow'd both with body and with mind;
And doth enlarge his, rising with the blood
Of fair king Richard, scrap'd from Pomfret stones;
Derives from heaven his quarrel, and his cause;
Tells them, he doth 'bestride a bleeding land,
Gasping for life under great Bolingbroke.
* And more, and less, do flock to follow him.

North. I knew of this before ; but, to speak truth,
This present grief had wip'd it from my mind.
Go in with me, and counsel every man

Cboak’d the respe&]-Stifled the apprehension. i bestride) stand over to defend.

And more, and less,]-Numbers great and small.


The aptest way for safety, and revenge :
Get posts, and letters, and make friends with speed;
Never so few, and never yet more need. [Exeunt,

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Enter Sir John Falstaff, with bis Page bearing bis sword

and buckler. Fal. Sirrah, you ?giant ! what says the doctor to my water?

Page. He said, sir, the water itself was a good healthy water : but, for the party " that owed it, he might have more diseases than he knew for. · Fal. Men of all sorts take a pride to gird at me: The brain of this foolish-compounded clay, man, is not able to invent any thing that tends to laughter, more than I invent, or is invented on me: I am not only witry in myö self, but the cause that wit is in other men. I do here walk before thee, like a fow, that hath overwhelmed all her litter but one. If the prince put thee into my service for any other reason than to set me off, why then I have no-judgment. Thou whorson mandrake, thou art fitter to be worn in my cap, than to wait at my heels. 'I was never mann'd with an agate 'till now: but I will neither set you in gold nor silver, but in vile apparel, and send you back again to your master, for a jewel ; "the juvenal, the prince your master, whose chin is not yet fledg'd. I

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1 giant !]-ironically.
m that owed it, ]from whom it proceeded.
To knew for. ]—could either account for, or cure.

to gird at me :)“to have a fling at me.

I was never mann'd with an agate 'rill now:]-master of one, with a man cut upon it, 'till I was presented with thee, 9 tbe juvenal,] the youngiter.

will sooner have a beard grow in the palm of my hand, than he shall get one on his cheek; yet he will not stick to say, his face is a face-royal. Heaven may finish it when he will, it is not a hair amiss yet : he may keep it still as ' a face-royal, for a barber shall never earn sixpence out of it; and yet he will be crowing, as if he had writ man ever since his father was a batchelor. He may keep his own grace, but he is almoft out of mine, I can assure him. What said mafter • Dombledon about the fattin for my

short cloak, and Nops? Page. He said, fir, you should procure him better assurance than Bardolph: he would not take his bond and yours; he lik'd not the security.

Fal. Let him be damn'd like the glutton! may his tongue be hotter !-A whoreson Achitophel! a rascally yea-forsooth knave! 'to bear a gentleman in hand, and then stand upon security !—The whoreson smooth-pates do now wear nothing but high shoes, and bunches of keys at their girdles; and if a man is "thorough with them in honest taking up, then they must stand upon-security. I had as lief they would put ratsbane in my mouth, as offer to stop it with security. I look'd he should have sent me two and twenty yards of lattin, as I am a true knight, and he sends me security. Well, he may Deep in security; for he hath the horn of abundance, and the lightness of his wife shines through it: and yet cannot he see, though he have his own lanthorn to light him. -Where's Bardolph?

'a face royal, ]-requiring the razor as little, as that on the coin, called a royal, or real.

Dombiedon] Deuble-done, Double-downfrom charging doublya Dumbleton, the name of a town in Gloucestershire.

! to bear a gentleman in band,]--to promise, to keep him in expec tation.

thorough with them in honest taking up,]-deep in their books, by taking up

goods on credit. » bis own lartborn]-on his forehçad.


Page. He's gone into Smithfield to buy your worship a horie.

Fal. * I bought him in Paul's, and he'll buy me a horse in Smithfield: if I could get me but a wife in the stews, I were mann'd, hors'd, and wiv'd.

Enter the Lord Chief Justice, and Servants. Page. Sir, here comes the nobleman that committed the prince for striking him about Bardolph.

Fal. Wait close, I will not see him,
Ch. Juft. What's he that goes there?
Serv. Falstaff, an't please your lordship.
Ch. Just. He that was in question for the robbery?

Serv. He, my lord: but he hath since done good fervice at Shrewsbury; and, as I hear, is now going with fome charge to the lord John of Lancaster.

Cb. Juft. What, to York ? Call him back again.
Serv. Sir John Falstaff !
Fal. Boy, tell him, I am deaf.
Page. You must speak louder, my master is deaf.

Ch. Juft. I am sure, he is, to the hearing of any thing good.-Go, pluck him by the elbow; I must speak with him.

Serv. Sir John,

Fal. What! a young knave, and beg! Is there not wars ? is there not employment ? Doth not the king lack subjects ? do not the rebels want soldiers ? Though it be a shame to be on any fide but one, it is worse shame to beg than to be on the worst side, were it worse than the name of rebellion can tell how to make it.

Serv. You mistake me, sir.

Fal. Why, fir, did I say you were an honest man ? setting my knighthood and my soldiership aside, I had lied in my throat if I had said fo.

* I bought bim in Paul's)- I picked him up in St. Paul's churchyard, then the resort for all idle people." Who goes to Wejiminfter « for a wife, to St. Paul's for a man, and to Smithfield for a horse, " may meet with a whore, a knave, and a jade,” trose

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