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Revenge the jeering, and disdain'd * contempt,
Peace, cousin, say no more;
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
Hot. By heaven, methinks, it were an easy leap,
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
Hot. I cry you mercy.
Those same noble Scots,
I'll keep them all;
You start away,
Nay, I will; that's flat:-
Hot. All studies here I solemnly defy,
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
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;
North. At Berkley castle.
Hot. You say true:
Wor. Nay, if you have not, to't again;
I have done, i'faith.
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, - +
Hot. Of York, is't not?
† " be granted you - My lord,” — MALONE. VOL. IV.
His brother's death at Bristol, the lord Scroop.
Hot. I smell it; upon my life, it will do well.
Hot. Why, it cannot choose but be a noble plot:
And so they shall.
Wor. And 'tis no little reason bids us speed,
Hot. He does, he does; we'll be reveng'd on him.
Wor. Cousin', farewell; -- No further go in this,
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.