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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

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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

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m.re ragsed, though less honou" than a ragged Pair of Colours. rably ragged, than an old ancient. “ A very litle Alteration will

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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.
P. Henry. I did never see such pitiful rascals.
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Pope.

Fal.

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 ?
Weft. He is, Sir John; I fear, we shall stay too

long.
Fal. Well,
The latter end of a fray, and beginning of a feast,
Fits a dull Fighter, and a keen Guest. [Exeunt.

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Enter Hot-spur, Worceiter, Dowglas, and Vernon. Hot. E'll fight with him to night.

Wor. It may not be.
Dowg. You give him then advantage.
Ver. Not a whit.
Hot. Why say you fo? looks he not for supply?
Ver. So do we.
Hot. He is certain, ours is doubtful.
Wor. Good cousin, be advis'd ; ftir not to night.
Ver. Do not, my lord.

Dowg. You do not counsel well ;
You speak it out of fear, and from cold heart.

Ver. Do me no Nander, Dowglas ; by my life,

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And I dare well maintain it with my life,
If well-respected honour bid me on,
I Fold as little counsel with weak fear,
As you, my lord, or any Scot that lives.
Let it be seen to morrow in the battle,
Which of us fears.
Dewg. Yea, or to night.
Ver. Content,
Hot. To night, say I.
Ver. Come, come, it may not be: I wonder much,
Being men of such great Leading as you are,
That you foresee not what impediments
Drag back our expedition ; certain horse
Of my cousin Vernon's are not yet come up;
Your uncle Worcester's horse came but to day,
And now their pride and mettle is asleep,
Their courage with hard labour tame and dull,
That not a horse is half half of himself.

Hot. So are the horses of the enemy,
In gen’ral, journey-bated, and brought low;
The better part of ours are full of Rest.

Wor. The number of the King's exceedeth ours :
For God's fake, cousin, ftay till all come in.

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Blunt. I come with gracious offers from the King,
If you vouchsafe me hearing, and respect.

Hot. Welcome, Sir Walter Blunt: and would to God,
You were of our determination ;
Some of us love you well ; and ev'n those fome
Envy your great deservings, and good name,

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Because you are not of our quality;
But stand against us like an enemy.

Blunt. And heav'n defend, but still I should stand son
So long as out of limit, and true rule,
You stand against anointed Majesty!
But, to my Charge- The King hath sent to know
The nature of your griefs, and whereupon
You conjure from the breast of civil peace
Such bold hostility, teaching his duteous Land
Audacious cruelty. If that the King
Have any way your good deserts forgot,
Which he confesleth to be manifold,
He bids you name your griefs, and with all speed
You shall have your desires, with intereit,
And pardon absolute for your self, and these,
Herein mil-led by your suggestion.
Hot. The King i kind, and well we know, the

King
Knows at what time to promise, when to pay.
My father and my uncle, and myself,
Did give him that same Royalty he wears ;
And when he was not six and twenty strong,
Sick in the world's regard, wretched and low,
A

poor unminded Out law, sneaking home,
My father gave him welcome to the shore;
And when we heard him swear, and vow to God;
He came to be but Duke of Lancaster,
To sue his livery and beg his peacć,
With tears of innocence and terms of zeal,
My father, in kind heart and pity movid,
Swore him assistance, and perform'd it too.
Now, when the Lords and Barons of the Realm
Perceiv'd, Northumberland did lean to him,
They, more and less, came in with cap and knee;
Met him in boroughs, cities, villages,
Attended him on bridges, stood in lanes,
Laid gifts before him, proffer'd him their oaths,
Gave himn their heirs, as pages following him,

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