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TA small anachronism of only thirteen years. See an account of this refolution in his last illnefs, to undertake a crusade, if he recover'd, and to go in person to the Holy Land. Sal. mon's Hiftory of England, Vola13:0p. 81. 113 Stom; return to Big The First Part of King Henry brots

the Fourth. 970

per ACT I. SCENE I. p. 99.




There came A poft from Wales, loaden with beavy news, Whofe worft was that the noble Mortimer Leading the men of Herefordshire to fight, Against th'irregular and wild Glendower, Was by the rude bånds of the Welshman taken, A thousand people butchered; cu Upon whose dead corps there was such misuse, Sucb beasily, shameless transformation, By tbofe Welshwomen done, as may not be, Witbout much foame, re-told, or spoken of.]

Confirmed by Holinsbed, Henry the Fourth. "The Earl of March was taken prisoner, and “ about a thousand of his people Nain in the

place. The shameful villany used by the Welfawomen toward the dead carcases, was

such, as shoneft iedrs would be ashamed to “ hear, and therefore we omit to fpeak there of. The dead bodies might not be buried'

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Id. ib. p. 100. Tbe Earl of Douglas is discomfited; Ten thousand bold Scots, three and twenty knights, Balk'd in their own blood, did Sir Walter see Ön Holmedon plains.] This is literally confirmed by Holinsbed, Henry the Fourth, p. 1135, first edition.

Balk'd in their own blood, should, I think, be read baked. The blood being coagulated, and congealed upon their cloaths and bodies.

The same expression is used before, King John, A& sc. 5.

“ Or if that surly spirit, mefancholy, “ Had baked thy blood, and made it heavy

" thick." Id. ib. p. 100. King Henry of the Prince of Wales.

K. Henry. O could it be proved That some night-tripping fairy bad exchanged, In cradle cloaths, our children where they lay, And calld mine Percy, bis Plantagenet ; Then would I bave bis Harry, and be mine. But let him from my thoughts.]

The first Duke of Ormond's return to a compliment of condoleance upon the death of the Earl of Oljory, his eldest son.

My lofs (says ħe) fits heavy on me, ånd nothing else in this world could affect me “ so much; but since I could bear the death 2. 14 of my great and good-mafter, King Charles

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2.Sc. 2. p. 104.

the First, I can bear any thing else; and the I am very sensible of the loss of such

as Offory, yet, thank God, my case is not " fo deplorable as that nobleman's, for I as would rather have my dead fon, than his

See Mr. Cart's Hiftory of the Life of James Duke of Ormond, Vol. 2: P: 507:11 Şubat

Prince Henry, Thou didst well, for wisdom cries out in the streets, and no man regards' i}.] Al"luding to Proverbs i. 20. viii. I,

Sc. 2. p. 105:

Now we shall know if Gadshill bave fet a match.) Qu. set a watch : or kept a good look out ?

Pr. Henry. Who, I rob? I a thief, not 1 by my faitb.)

Who, 1 rob? 1 a thief? mon

not l." Folios 1623, and 1632. Id. ib. By the Lord, I'll be a traytor then, when Thou art king). By the Lord, not in Folios

1623, 1632. c

Sc. 3. p. 108.

Pr. Henry. If all the year were playing holidays, To sport would be as tedious as to work, But when they seldom come, they wish'd for

come.] The bolidays were about that time so numerous, that in the 28th year of Henry the Eightb's Feign many of them were abrogated.

The preamble to the Act. (Bishop Gibson's Codex, p. 276.)

Forasmuch as the number of holy-dayes

his fo excefively growen, Jandcýet daily more

and more skyi men's devočyon, yeå rather supersticyon, was like farther to increase, that the fame was, and-fholde be noe only prejudiciall to the commonweally by reason

that it is occasion as well of much Youth " and ydleness, the very nouryshe of theuds, 7$* vacabourds, and of dýuers other unthfifty

" ness and inconveniences, as of decay of good 18 mysteries, of arts, &c. it is therefore by

the kyng's hyghness auctority, &c.-de& creed, ordayned, and establish'd". 21. Sc. 4. p. 108., *** King Henry. I will from benceforth ratber' be myself, zim

So ba?" 2. Migbty, and to be fear'd, than my condition,

Which bath been smooth as oil, foft as young down.] Qu. Dove's down ; an expression which he makes use of, Winter's Tale, Act 4. fc. 7. Flórizel

to Perdita. 6. Flor. "I take thy thand, this hand As soft as dove's down, and as white as it." Sc.

4. p. III B. K. Henry. Why; yet he doth deny bis prisoners, : But with proviso, and exception,

That we at oxr own charge, shall ransome straight His brother-in-law, the foolist Mortimer.)

See this confirm’d, Echard's History of England, Vol. I. P. 424.

Sc. ibid. p. 113. :: King Henry. Then bilieft bim.)


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be gone. Notes, upon SHAKESPEARE, &c. 329 s10 Thou do'st bely him Percy, thou do'st 19:1162 's bely him."). Folio 1632.1

pl.Sc. 4. p. 117. Cake vin Hotspur. All studies, bere I folemnly defy, ; ridave how to gall and pinch this Bolinbroke, risandthat same sword and buckler, Prince of Wales,

abdo bave bim poisond with a pot of al.] ogs -viAlmanifest allusion to Caxton's account of King John's death. congiugvhoonibiie aan Vd "He came (a), fays he, by the abby of - Swynebede, and ther abode two dais : and

“ as he fat át méte he axed a monke of the “ house, how much a lofe was worth that was

- set before hym on the table; and the monke “ faid, that the lofe was worth but an half.

penny. Oh, said the kynge, tho' here is Togket chepe of brede now, fayde he, tho z" and I maye liue, fuch a lofe fall be worth 1

The monke was for this word full sory in his of herte, and thought rather he hymself would

(a) Caxton's Tračtus Temporum. Julian Notary's edition, *545, folio 62.): Tradit tamen fama vulgaris quod apud monasterium de Swynnefhead obiit intoxicatus. Juraverit enim (ut asferitur) ibidem, prandens, quod panem tunc

obolo valentem, faceret infra annum fi viveret, 12 d. valere. Quod audiens unus de conversis fratribus illius loci, venenum conficit, et regi porrexit : fed' et ipse fumpto prius viatico, fimul cum rege obiit, haufto 've

is ya Tha. Otterbourne, Chronic. Reg. Angliæ, p. 77. Edit.

a Tho. Hearne.


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