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Of murd'rous Subornation? shall it be,
That you a world of curses undergo,
Being the agents or base second means,
The cords, the ladder, or the hangman rather?
(O pardon me, that I descend so low,
To Thew the line and the predicament
Wherein you range under this subtle King)
Shall it for shame be spoken in these days,
Or fill up Chronicles in time to come,
That men of your Nobility and Power
Did gage them Both in an unjust behalf,
As Both of you, God pardon it! have done,
To

put down Richard, that sweet lovely Rose,
And plant this Thorn, this Canker Boling broke?
And shall it in more shame be further spoken,
That you are foolid, discarded, and shook off
By him, for whom these shames ye underwent ?
No; yet time serves, wherein you may redeem
Your banish'd honours, and restore yourselves
Into the good thoughts of the world again.
Revenge the jeering, and * disdain’d contempt
Of this proud King, who studies day and night
To answer all the debt he owes unto you,
Ev'n with the bloody payments

of Therefore, I say

Wir. Peace, Cousin, say no more.
And now I will unclasp a secret book,
And to your quick-conceiving discontents
I'll read you matter deep and dangerous ;
As full of peril and advent'rous spirit,
As to o’er-walk a current, roaring loud,
4 On the unsteadfast footing of a spear.

Hot. If he fall in, good night, or sink or swim-
Send Danger from the cast unto the west,
So Honour cross it from the north to south,

your deaths :

* Dfda n'd for disdainful. a spear. ) i. e. of a spear laid 4 On the unsteadfuff jeoring of across.

WARBURTON.

And

And let them grapple.-O! the blood more ftirs To rouze a Lion, than to start a Hare.

North. Imagination of some great exploit Drives him beyond the bounds of patience. Hot. s By heav'n, methinks, it were an easy leap,

To s By beau’n, met bink', &c.] Or dive into the bottom of the Gildon, a critic of the fize of deep, Dennis, &c. calls this speech, And pluck up drowned honour by without any ceremony, a ridica

the locks : laus rant and absolute madness. i. e. or what is still more diffiMr. Tbeobald talks in the same cult, tho' there were in the world itrain. The French critics had no great examples to incite and taught these people just enough fire my emulation, but that hoto understand where Shakespear nour was quite funk and buried had tranigressed the rules of the in oblivion, yet would I bring it Greek tragic writers s and, on back into vogue, and render it those occasions, they are full of more illustrious than ever. So the poor frigid cant, of fable, that we see, tho' the expression Jext ment, diation, unities, &c. be sublime and daring, yet the But it is another thing to get to thought is the natural movement Sbakespear's fenie: to do this re

of an heroic mind. Euripides ac quired a little of their own. For lealt thought so, when he put want of which, they could not the very iame sentiment, in the fee that the poet heré uses an al fame words, into the mouth of legorical covering to expressa Eteocles-1 cuill not, madam, difnoble and very natural thought. guise my thoughts; I could scale -Hot-jpur, all on fire, exclaims hea-ven, I could descend to the very again!t bu kffering and bartering entrails of the earth, if so be that for honour, and dividing it into by that price I could cbtain a kinghares. O! says he, could I be dum.

WARBURTON. fure that when I had purchased Though I am very far from bonour I should wear her digni- condemning this speech with Gities without a Rival-what then? don and i hewrald as absolute madwhy then,

ness, yet I cannot find in it that By beav'n, methinks, it were an profundity of reflection and beautaly lap.

ty of allegory which the learned To pull bright honour from the commentator has endeavoured to pale jar d Moon :

display. This fally of Hot-l, ur 1. e. tho' fome great and shin- may be, I think, foberly and raing character in the most elevated tionally vindicated as the violent ob, was already in posledion of eruption of a mind inflated withi her, yet it would, methinks, be ambition and fired with refenteasy by greater acts, to eclipfe ment; as the boastful clamour bis glory, and pluck all his ho- of a man able to do much, and nours from him;

eager to do more; as the haity

motion

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To pluck bright honour from the pale-fac'd Moon;
Or dive into the bottom of the Deep,
Where fathom-line could never touch the ground,
And pluck up drowned Honour by the locks;
So he, that doch redeem her thence, might wear
Without Corrival all her Dignities.
• But out upon this half-fac'd fellowship!

Wor. He apprehends * a world of figures here, But not the form of what he should attend. -Good Cousin, give me audience for a while.

Hot. I cry you mercy,

Wor. Those same noble Scots,
That are your prisoners-

Hct. l’ill keep them all ;
By heav'n, he shall not have a Scot of them ;
No, if a Scot would save his soul, he shall not ;
I'll keep them, by this hand.

Wor. You start away,
And lend no ear unto my purposes ;
Those prisoners you shall keep.

Hot. I will, that's flat. He said, he would not ransom Mortimer, Forbad my tongue to speak of Mortimer ; But I will find him when he lies asleep, And in his ear I'll holla, Mortimer ! motion of turbulent desire; as to dress. A coat is said to be the dark expression of indeter- faced when part of it, as the mined thoughts. The passage sleeves or boson, is covered with from Euripides is surely not alle, something finer and more splen: gorical, yet it is produced, and did than the main fubfiance. The properiy, as parallel.

mautua makers till use the werd. 6 Bit out upon this half-fac'd Half-fac'd fillo.eship is then part

fellowship!] I think this neryhip bul haf ado ned, partnerfinely expressed. The image is ship whi h yet wants ba'f the taken from one who turns from phew of dignities and honours. another, so as to stand before

a world of figures her?, him with a fide face; which im &c) Figure is used here plied neither a full consorting, equivocally. As it is applied to nor a separation. WARB. Hetl, ur's speech it is a rhetorial

I cannot think this word right- mode ; as opposed to form, it ly explained. It alludes rather means appearance or hipe.

Nay,

Nay, I will have a Starling taught to speak
Nothing but Mortimer, and give it him,
To keep his anger still in motion.

Wor. Hear you, cousin, a word.

Hot. All Studies here I solemnly defy,
Save how to gall and pinch this Bolingbroke.
? And that same sword-and-buckler Prince of Wales,
But that, I think, his father loves him not,
And would be glad he met with some mischance,
I'd have him poison’d with a pot of ale.

Wor. Farewel, my kinsman! I will talk to you,
When you are better temper'd to attend.

Norih. Why, what a walp-tongu'd and impatient fool
Art thou, to break into this woman's mood,
Tying thine ear to no tongue but thine own?
Hot. Why, look you, I am whipt and scourg'd

with rods,
Nettled, and stung with pismires, when I hear
Of this vile politician Bolingbroke.
In Richard's time—what do ye call the place?
A plague upon't !-it is in Gloft rshire-
’T was where the mad-cap Duke his uncle kept-
His uncle York-- where I first bow'd my knee
Unto this King of Smiles, this Boling broke,
When you and he came back from Ravenspurg.

Norib. At Berkley castle.

Hot. You say true :
Why, what a deal of candy'd Courtesy
This fawning greyhound then did proffer me !
Look, when bis * infant fortune came to age,
And gentle Harry Perry-and kind cousin
The Devil take such cozeners-God forgive me-
Good uncle, tell your tale, for I have done.

7 Ad that fame Sword-and called a fwah-buckler. In this

buck'er Prince of Wales.] fenfe fword-and-buckler is used A Royster, or turbulent fellow, here. that fought in the taverns, or

* Alluding to what pated in raised disorders in the Atreets, was King Richard, Ac II. Sc. IX.

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Wr. Nay, if you have not, to't again;
We'l stay your leisure.

Hot. I have done, i'faith.
Wor. Then once more to your Scottis prisoners.

[To Hot-spur.
Deliver them without their ransom straight,
And make the Douglas' Son your only mean
For Pow’rs in Scotland; which, for divers reasons
Which I shall send you written, be assur’d,
Will easily be granted. - You, my lord, [To North.
Your Son in Scotland being thus employ'd,
Shall secretly into the bosom creep
Of that same noble Prelate, well belov’d,
Th’Archbishop.

Act. York, is't not?

Wor. True, who bears hard
His brother's death at Bristol, the lord Scroop.
: I speak not this in estimation,
As what, I think, might be ; but what, I know,
Is ruminated, plotted and set down;
And only stays but to behold the face
Of that occasion, that shall bring it on.

Hot. I sinell it. On my life, it will do well. North. Before the game's a-foot, thou still lett'st * flip. $ 1/peak not this in estimation.) player, I suppose, thinking the Elimation for conjecture. But speech too long, struck them out. between this and the foregoing

WARBURTON. verse it appears there were some If the Editor had, before he lines which are now loit. For, wrote his note, read ten lines consider the sense. What was it forward, he would have seen that that was ruminoted, plotted, and nothing is onnitted. Worcefier Jet rown? Why, as the text gives a dark hint of a conspiracy. stands at present, that the Arch- Hor-jpur smelis it, that is, guties bishop baie bis brother's death it. Northumberlard reproves

him bard! It is plain then that they for not fuffering Worcester to tell were come confecuences of that his design Hot-spur, according resentment which the speaker in to the vehicmence of his temper, formed Hot-fur of, and to which still follows his own conjecture. his conclufion of, I speak not this To let 11p is, to loose the by conjecture but on good proof, greyhound. must be referred. But some

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