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toalts and butter, with hearts in their bellies no bigger than pins' heads, and they have bought out their fervices. And now my whole Charge consists of ancients, corporals, lieutenants, gentlemen of companies, Naves as ragged as Lazarus in the painted cloth, where the Glutton's dogs licked his fores; and such as indeed were never foldiers, but discarded unjust servingmen,
younger sons to younger brothers; revolted tapsters, and oftlers trade-falling the cankers of a calm world and a long peace ; & ten times more dishonourably
7 *ounger fons to younger bro “ restore it to its original Sense, thers ] Raleigh, in his discourse “ which contains a Touch of on wur, uses this very expresion “ the strongest and most finefor men of desperate fortune and “ turned Satire in the World; wild adventure. Which bor Ten times more disponourably rowed it from the other I know ragged, than an old Feast Ancient : not, but I think the play was "1. e. the Colours used by the printed before the discoursé.
“ City. Companies in their Feafts ten times more d'fhonou- “ and Processions. For each rably ragged than an old-fac'd fin Company had one with its pecient.] Stakespeare ufes this Word “ culiar Device, which was ufo promiscuously, to fignify an sually display'd and borne 2Ensign or Standard bearer, and “ bout on luch Occasions. Now alio the Colours or Standard
Nothing could be more witty borre, that I cannot be at a Cer or fatirical than this Compatainty for his Allufion here. If “rifon.
“ rifon. For as Falstaf's Rag. the Text be genuine, I think, “ gamuffians were reduced to the Meaning must be; as difho “ their tatter'd Condition thro' nourably ragged as one that has “ their riotous Excesses; fo this been an Enlign all his days ; that “ old Feast Ancient became torn has let Age crecp upon him, and “ and shatter'd, not in any mannever had Merit enough to gain “ ly Exercise of Arms, bat aPrefernient. Mr Warburton, who “ midit the Revels of drunken understands it in the Second Con « Bachanals.” THEOBALD. struction, has fufpccted the Text, Dr. Warburton's emendation is and given the followirg ingeni- very acute and judicious, but I ous Emendation, “ How I now not whether the licentious“ is an old-fac'd ancient, or En- ness of our authour's diction may "/ign, dihonourably rzeged? not allow us to suppose that he “ On the contrary, Nothing is meant to represent his soldiers, as « efteemed
m.re ragsed, though less honou" than a ragged Pair of Colours. rably ragged, than an old ancient. “ A very litle Alteration will
ragged, than an old-feast ancient; and such have I to fill up the rooms of them that have bought out their services ; that you would think, I had a hundred and fifty tatter'd Prodigals, lately come from swine-keeping, from eating draff and husks. A mad fellow met me on the way, and told me, I had unloaded all the gibbets, and prest the dead bodies. No eye hath feen fuch skare-crows: I'll not march through Coveniry with them, that's flat. Nay, and the villains march wide betwixt the legs, as if they had 'gyves on ; for, indeed, I had the most of them out of prison. There's but a shirt and a half in all my company; and the half shirt is two napkins tack'd together, and thrown over the shoulders like a herald's coat without Neeves ; and the shirt, to say the truth, stoll'n from my Hoft of St. Albans ; or the red-nos’d Inn keeper of Daintry. But that's all one, they'll find linen enough on every hedge.
Enter Prince Henry, and Westmorland, P. Henry. How now, blown Jack? how now, quilt?
Fel. What, Hal?-How now, mad wag, what a devil dost thou in Warwic' shire ?-My good lord of Westmorland, I cry you mercy; I thought, your Honour had already been at Sbrewsbury.
Weft. 'Faith, Sir John, 'tis more than time that I were there, and you too; but my Powers are there already. The King, I can tell you, looks for us all; we must away all to night.
Fal. Tut, never fear me, I am as vigilant, as a Ciat to steal cream. P. Henry. I think, to steal cream, indeed;
indeed; for thy thefe hath already made thee butter. But tell me, jock, whole fellows are these that come after ?
Fal. Mine, Hal, mine.
Fal. Tut, tut, 'good enough to toss: food for pow. der, food for powder; they'll fill a pit, as well as better; tush, man, mortal men, mortal men.
Weft. Ay, but, Sir John, methinks, they are exceeding poor and bare, too beggarly.
Fal. Faith, for their poverty, I know not where they had that; and for their bareness, I am sure, they never learn'd that of me.
P. Henry. No, I'll be sworn, unless you call three fingers on the ribs, bare. But, firrah, make hafte, Percy is already in the field.
Fal. What, is the King encamp'd ?
Enter Hot-spur, Worceiter, Dowglas, and Vernon. Hot. E'll fight with him to night.
Wor. It may not be.
Dowg. You do not counsel well ;
Ver. Do me no Nander, Dowglas ; by my life,
· Good enough to 10/..] That is, to tofs upon a pike.
And I dare well maintain it with my life,
Hot. So are the horses of the enemy,
Wor. The number of the King's exceedeth ours :
[Tbe trumpets found a parley.
Blunt. I come with gracious offers from the King,
Hot. Welcome, Sir Walter Blunt: and would to God,
Such ial bufiness.
leading] Such Conduct, such experience in mar
Because you are not of our quality;
Blunt. And heav'n defend, but still I should stand son
poor unminded Out law, sneaking home,