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Revenge the jeering, and disdain'd * contempt,
Of this proud king ; who studies day and night,
To answer all the debt he owes to you,
Even with the bloody payment of your deaths.
Therefore, I say,

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'erwalk a current, roaring loud,
On the unsteadfast footing of a spear.

Hot. If he fall in, good night :-or sink or swim: Send danger from the east unto the west, So honour cross it from the north to the south, And let them grapple; – O! the blood more stirs, To rouse a lion, than to start a hare.

North. Imagination of some great exploit
Drives him beyond the bounds of patience.

Hot. By heaven, methinks, it were an easy leap,
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 doth redeem her thence, might wear,
Without corrival, all her dignities :
But out upon this half-fac'd fellowship !5

Wor. He apprehends a world of figures here,



disdain'd-] for disdainful. 5 But out upon this half-fac'd fellowship !] A coat is said to be faced when part of it, as the sleeves or bosom, is covered with something finer or more splendid than the main substance. The mantua-makers still use the word. Half-fac'd fellowship is then “ partnership but half-adorned, partnership which yet wants half the show of dignities and honours.” Johnson.

a world of figures here,] Figures mean shapes created by Hotspur's imagination.


But not the form of what he should attend
Good cousin, give me audience for a while.

Hot. I cry you mercy.

Those same noble Scots,
That are your prisoners,

I'll keep them all;
By heaven, 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.

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

Nay, I will; that's flat:-
He said, he would not ransome 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!
I'll have a starling shall be taught to speak
Nothing but Mortimer, and give it him,
To keep his anger still in motion.

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

North. Why, what a wasp-stung + and impatient fool

Hear you,

1 And that same sword-and-buckler prince of Wales] A royster or turbulent fellow, that fought in taverns, or raised disorders in the streets, was called a swash-buckler. In this sense sword-and-buckler is here used.

+“ Why, what a wasp-tongue” — Malone.

Art thou, to break into this woman's mood;
Tying thine ear to no tongue but thine own?
Hot. Why, look you, I am whipp'd and scourg'd with

Nettled, and stung with pismires, when I hear
Of this vile politician, Bolingbroke.
In Richard's time, — What do you call the place?
A plague upon't !-- it is in Gloucestershire;
'Twas where the mad-cap duke his uncle kept ;
His uncle York; — where I first bow'd my knee
Unto this king of smiles, this Bolingbroke,
When you and he came back from Ravenspurg.

North. At Berkley castle.

Hot. You say true:
Why, what a candy deal of courtesy
This fawning greyhound then did proffer me !
Look, when his infant fortune came to age,
And, gentle Harry Percy, -- and, kind cousin,
O, the devil take such cozeners ! God forgive me!
Good uncle, tell your tale, for I have done.

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

I have done, i'faith.
Wor. Then once more to your Scottish prisoners.
Deliver them


without their ransome straight, And make the Douglas' son your only mean For powers in Scotland; which,

for divers reasons, Which I shall send you written, — be assur’d, Will easily be granted. You, my lord, - +

Your son in Scotland being thus employed,
Shall secretly into the bosom creep
Of that same noble prelate, well belov’d,
The archbishop

Hot. Of York, is't not?
Wor. True; who bears hard

† " be granted you - My lord,” — MALONE. VOL. IV.


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 smell it; upon my life, it will do well.
North. Before the game's a-foot, thou still let'st slip.o

Hot. Why, it cannot choose but be a noble plot:
And then the power of Scotland, and of York, —
To join with Mortimer, ha?

And so they shall.
Hot. In faith, it is exceedingly well aim'd.

Wor. And 'tis no little reason bids us speed,
To save our heads by raising of a head : 1
For, bear ourselves as even as we can,
The king will always think him in our debt;:
And think we think ourselves unsatisfied,
Till he hath found a time to pay us home.
And see already, how he doth begin
To make us strangers to his looks of love.

Hot. He does, he does; we'll be reveng'd on him.

Wor. Cousin', farewell; -- No further go in this,
Than I by letters shall direct your course.
When time is ripe, (which will be suddenly,)
I'll steal to Glendower, and lord Mortimer;
Where you and Douglas, and our powers at once,
(As I will fashion it,) shall happily meet,
To bear our fortunes in our own strong arms,
Which now we hold at much uncertainty.




8 I speak not this in estimation,] Estimation for conjecture.

let'st slip.] To let slip, is to loose the greyhound,

- by raising of a head :) A head is a body of forces. 2 The king will always, &c.] This is a natural description of the state of mind between those that have conferred, and those that have received obligations too great to be satisfied.

3 Cousin,] This was a common address in our author's time to nephews, nieces, and grandchildren.

North. Farewell, good brother: we shall thrive, I trust.

Hot. Uncle, adieu : - 0, let the hours be short, Till fields, and blows, and groans applaud our sport!





An Inn Yard.

Enter a Carrier, with a Lantern in his hand. 1 Car. Heigh ho! An't be not four by the day, I'll be hanged: Charles' waino is over the new chimney, and yet our horse not packed. What, ostler !

Ost. [within.] Anon, anon.

1 Car. I pr’ythee, Tom, beat Cut's saddle', put a few flocks in the point; the poor jade is wrung in the withers out of all cess.


Enter another Carrier.

2 Car. Pease and beans are as dank? here as a dog, and that is the next way to give poor jades the bots 8 : this house is turned upside down, since Robin ostler died.

1 Car. Poor fellow! never joyed since the price of oats rose; it was the death of him.

2 Car. I think, this be the most villainous house in all London road for fleas: I am stung like a tench.


Charles' wain -] Charles's wain is the vulgar name given to the constellation called the Bear. It is a corruption of the Chorles or Churls wain (Sax. ceonl, a countryman.)

Cut's saddle,] Cut is the name of a horse in The Witches of Lancashire, 1634, and, probably, a common one.

out of all cess.] i. e. out of all measure : the phrase being taken from a cess, tax, or subsidy.

- as dank ---] i. e. wet, rotten.
- bots :) are worms in the stomach of a horse.




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