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Host. What's the matter?
SCENE I. ?
The Palace in LONDON.
Enter King Henry in his Night-Gown, with a Page.
10, call the Earls of Surrey and of Warwick; But, ere they come, bid them o'er-read these
letters, And well consider of them.
Make good speed.
[Exit Page. How many thousands of my poorest Subjects Are at this hour aseep! O gentle Neep, Nature's soft Nurse, how have I frighted thee, That thou no more wilt weigh my eye-lids down, And steep my senses in forgetfulness? Why rather, Sleep, ly'st thou in smoaky cribs, Upon uneasy pallets stretching thee, And hulht with buzzing night-flies to thy Number; Than in the perfum'd chambers of the Great, Under the Canopies of costly State, And lulld with sounds of sweetest melody? O thou dull God, why ly'st thou with the vile In loathsom beds, and leav'st the kingly couch 'A watch-case, or a common larum bell?
Wilc 7 This first scene is not in my nence attending upon an alarumcopy of the first edition.
bell, which he was to ring out in & A watch-cale, &c ] This case of fire, or any approaching alludes to the watchmen set in danger. He had a case or box garrison-towns upon some emic to thelter him from the weather,
Wilt thou, upon the high and giddy malt,
Enter Warwick and Surrey. War. Many good morrows to your Majesty! K. Henry. Is it good morrow, lords? War. 'Tis one o'clock, and past. K. Henry.' Why, then, good morrow to you. Well
but at his utmost peril he was not Dr. Warburton has not admit. to sleep whilst he was upon duty. ted this emendation into his text: These alarum bells are mentioned I am glad to do it the justice in several other places of Shake- which its authour has neglected. Spear.
HANMER. 1 In the old Edition : 9 then, happy Low! Lee Why then good morrow to you DOWN;) Evidently cor all,
Lords: rupted from happy LOWLY Have you read o'er, &c.] The ciown. These two lines mak- King sends Letters to Surrey and ing the just conclufion from what Warwick, with Charge that they preceded. If sleep will fly a king should read them and attend him. and confort itself with beggars, Accordingly here Surrey and then happy the lowly clown, and Warwick come, and no body kneofy the crown'd head.
else. The King would hardly WARBURTON. have said Good morrow to You
Have you read o'er the letters I sent you?
War. We have, my Liege. K.Henry. Then you perceive the body of our Kingdom, How foul it is ; what rank diseases grow, And with what danger, near the heart of it.
Wor. - It is but as a body yet distemper’d, Which to its former strength may be restor’d, With good advice and little medicine ; My lord Northumberland will soon be coold. K. Henry. Oh heav'n, that one might read the book
of fate, And see the revolution of the tinies Make Mountains level, and the Continent, Weary of solid firmness, melt itself Into the Sea; and, other times, to see The beachy girdle of the Ocean Too wide for Neptune's hips; how Chances mock, And Changes fill the cup of alteration With divers liquors ! 40, if this were seen, The happiest youth viewing his progress through, What perils past, what crosses to ensue, All, to two Peers. THEOBÁLD. much the same as between dif
Sir T. Hanmer and Dr. War- position and habit. burton have received this emen 3 My lord Northumberland dation, and read well for all. The will soon be cool’d.] I believe reading either way is of no im- Shakespear SCHOOL'D; portance.
tutord, and brought to submit • It is but as a body yet dif- fion.
WARBURTON. temper'd,) What would he Cool'd is certainly right. have more? We should read, 4-0, if this were leen, &c.] It is but as a body slight dif- These four lines are supplied from temper'd. WARBURTON. the Edition of 1600.
WARB. The present reading is right. My copy wants the whole Dijemper, that is, according to scene, and therefore these lines. the old physick, a disproportio There is some difficulty in the niate mixture of humours, or in- line, equality of innate heat and radi What perils post, what crosses to dical humidity, is less than actu erfue, al d'lease, being only the fate because it seems to make part peo which foreruns or produces dif- rils equally terrible with ensuing eases. The difference between crojes. dijemper and d fiofe, seems to be Vol. IV.
Wou'd shut the book, and sit him down and die.
War. There is a history in all men's lives,
s He refers to King Richard, 6 And by the nece tary form of act 5. scene 2. But whether the this, ) I think we might King's or the authour's memory better read, fails him, so it was, that War. The necessary form of things. quick was not present at that con
The word this has no very rerfauon.
That great Northumberland, then false to him,
K. Henry. Are these things then necessities ? *
War. It cannot be:
Please it your Grace
K. Henry. I will take your counsel;
Are these things then necef- through the first edition, and fities?
there is therefore no evidence Then let us meet them like necef- that the division of the acts was
fities;] I am inclined to made by the authour. Since then tead,
erery editor has the same right Tben let us meet them like necef to mark the intervals of action fity.
as thie players, who made the preThat is, with the resifless vio- fent distribution, I should propose lence of necesitg ; then comes that this scene may be added to more aptly the following line : the foregoing act, and the reknd ibat same word even now
move from London to Gloucestercries out on us.
Jhire be made in the intermediate That is, the word necessity.
time, but that it would shorten - unto the Hely Lant. ] the next act too much, which has This play, like the former, pro not even now its due proportion ceeds in one unbroken tenour
to the rest.