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basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes.
Orl. He's of the colour of the nutmeg.
Dau. And of the heat of the ginger. It is a beast for Perseus; he is pure air and fire, and the dull elements of earth and water never appear in him, but only in patient stillness while his rider mounts him ; he is indeed a horse ; ? and all other jades you may call beasts.
Con. Indeed, my Lord, it is a most absolute and excellent horse.
Dau. It is the prince of palfrey's; his neigh is like the bidding of a monarch, and his countenance enforces homage.
Orl. No more, cousin.
Dau. Nay, the man hath no wit, that cannot, from the rising of the lark to the lodging of the lamb, vary deserved praise on my palfry; it is a theme as fluent as the sea ; turn the sands into eloquent tongues, and my horse is argument for them all; 'is a subject for a Sovereign to reason on, and for a Sovereign's Sovereign to ride on; and for the world familiar to us and unknown to lay apart their particular functions and wonder at him. I once wric a sonnet in his praise, and began thus, 8 Wonder of nature. Orl. I have heard a fonnet begin so to one's mistress.
Dau. Then did they imitate that, which I compos’d to my courser ; for my horse is my mistress.
Orl. Your mistress bears well.
Dau. Me, well; -- which is the prescript praise, and perfection, of a good and particular mistress.
7 And all other jades you may
I had as lieve have my mistress coil bealts. ] It is plain that a jade.
WARBURTON. jades and beasts should change 8 Wonder of nature -] places, it being the first word Here, I suppose, some foolish and not the last, which is the poem of our author's time is term of reproach ; as afterwards ridiculed; which indeed partly it is said,
appears from the answer. WARB.
Con. Methought, yesterday your mistress shrewdly shook
Dau. So, perhaps, did yours.
Dau. O, then, belike, she was old and gentle; and you rode, like a Kerne of Ireland, your French hose off, and in your strait Troffers. 9
Con. You have good judgment in horsemanship.
Dau. Be warned by me then; they that ride so and ride not warily, fall into foul bogs; I had rather have my horse to my mistress.
Con. I had as lieve have my mistress a jade.
Dau. I tell thee, Constable, my mistress wears her own hair.
Con. I could make as true a boast as that, if I had a Sow to my mistress.
Dau. Le chein eft retourné à son proper vomissement, & la truie latée au bourbier ; thou mak'st use of any thing. Con. Yet do I not use my horse for
horse for my mistress; or any such proverb, so little kin to the purpose.
Ram. My Lord Constable, the armour, that I saw in your tent to-night, are those stars, or suns upon it?
Con. Stars, my Lord.
I hope. Con. And yet my sky shall not want.
Dau. That may be, for you bear many superfluously; and 'twere more honour, some were away.
Con. Ev'n as your horse bears your praises, who would trot as well, were some of your brags dismounted.
Dau. Would I were able to load him with his defert. Will it never be day? I will trot to morrow a mile, and my way shall be paved with English faces.
9 Like a Kerne of Ireland, Editions have mistaken this your French bose off, and in your Word, which should be Treffers; Arait Strollers.] Thus all the and fignifies, a pair of Breeches.
Con. I will not say so, for fear I should be fac'd out of my way; but I would it were morning, for I would fain be about the ears of the English.
Ram. Who will go to hazard with me for twenty English prisoners ?
Con. You must first go yourself to hazard ere you have them.
Dau. 'Tis mid-night, I'll go arm myself. [Exit.
Orl. By the white hand of my lady, he's a gallant Prince.
Con. Swear by her foot, that she may tread out the oath.
Orl. He is simply the most active gentleman of France,
Orl. Doing is activity, and he will still be doing. Orl. He never did harm, that I heard of.
Con. Nor will do none to-morrow : he will keep that good name ftill.
Orl. I know him to be valiant.
Orl. What's he?
Con. Marry, he told me so himself; and he said, he car'd not who knew it.
Orl. He needs not, it is no hidden virtue in him.
Con. By my faith, Sir, but it is ; never any body saw it, but his lacquey; ''cis a hooded valour, and when it appears, it will bate, Orl. Ill-will never said well.
his lacquey;] He has beaten as soon as the hood is off bait no body yet but his foot-boy. or flap the wing. The meaning
I 'Tis a hooded valour, and is, the dauphin's valour has newhen it appears, it will bait.] ver been let loose upon an eneThis is said with allusion to fal- my, yet, when he makes his cons which are kept hooded when firit essay, we shall see how he will they are not to fly at game, and flutter.
Con. - I will cap that proverb with, There is flattery in friendship:
Orl. And I will take up that with, Give the devil bis due.
Con. Well plac’d; there stands your friend for the devil; have at the very eye of that proverb with, A pox on the devil!
Orl. You are the better at proverbs, by how much a fool's bolt is foon shot. Con. You have shot over. Orl. 'Tis not the first time you were over-shot.
Enter a Messenger. M]. My Lord high Constable, the English lie within fifteen hundred
your tents. Con. Who hath measur’d the ground? Mel. The Lord Grandpree.
Con. A valiant and most expert gentleman.—'Would it were day! ----Alas, poor Herry of England! he longs not for the dawning as we do.
Oil. What a wretched and peevish fellow is this King of England, to mope with his fat-brain'd followers so far out of his knowledge ?
Con. If the English had any apprehension they would run away.
Orl. That they lack; for if their heads had any intellectual armour, they could never wear such heavy head-pieces.
Ram. That Inand of England breeds very valiant creatures : their mastiffs are of unmatchable courage.
Orl. Foolish curs, that run winking into the mouth of a Rusian Bear, and have their heads crush'd like
: I wilt cap that proverb.] Alluding to the practice of capping veries.
rotten apples. You may as well say, that's a valiant Flea, that dares eat his breakfast on the lip of a Lion.
Con. Just, juft; and the men do sympathize with mastiffs in robustious and rough coming on, leaving their wits with their wives ; and then give them great meals of beef, and iron and steel, they will eat like wolves, and fight like devils.
Orl. Ay; but these English are shrewdly out of beef.
Con. Then shall we find to-morrow, they have only ftomachs to eat, and none to fight. Now is it time to arm ; come, shall we about it?
Orl. 'Tis two o'clock; but (let me fee) by ten, We shall have each a hundred Englishmen.
Cborus. OW entertain conjecture of a time,
When creeping murmur, and the poring
dark, 3 Fills the wide veffel of the universe.
3 Fills the wide villel of the Shakespeare knew the order of
universe.) Universe for bo- night and day in Macbeth. rizon : for we are not to think Now o'er one half the world Shakespear so ignorant as to ima Nature seemi dead. gine it was night over the whole But there was no great need of globe at once. He intimates he any justification. The univers, in knew otherwise, by that fine line its original sense, no more means in Midsummer Night's Dream. this globe fingly than the circuit following darkness like a of the horizon; but, however large dream.
in its philosophical sense, it may Besides, the image he employs be poetically used for as much of thews he meant but half the the world as falls under observaglobe; the horizon round, which tion. Let me remark further, has the shape of a vessel or gob- that ignorance cannot be certain let.
WARBURTON. ly inferred from inaccuracy. There is a better proof that Knowledge is not always present.