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Shal. Sir John, heaven bless you,
prosper your affairs, and send us peace! As you return, visit my house; let our old acquaintance be renewed: peradventure, I will with you to the court.
Fal, I would you would, master Shallow.
Shal. Go to; I have spoke, at a word. Fare you well.
Exeunt SHALLOW and Silence. Fal. Fare you well, gentle gentlemen. On, Bardolph; lead the men away. [Exeunt BARDOLPH, Recruits, &c.] As I return, I will fetch off these justices: I do see the bottom of justice Shallow. Lord, lord, how subject we old men are to this vice of lying! This same starved justice hath done nothing but prate to me of the wildness of his youth, and the feats he hath done about Turnbullstreet;' and every third word a lie, duer paid to the hearer than the Turk's tribute. I do remember him at Clement's-inn, like a man made after supper of a cheese-paring: when he was naked, he was, for all the world, like a forked radish, with a head fantastically carved upon it with a knife: he was so forlorn, that his dimensions to any thick sight were invisible: he was the very Genius of famine; yet lecherous as a monkey, and the whores called him-mandrake: he came ever in the rear-ward of the fashion; and sung those tunes to the over-scutched & huswifes that he heard the carmen whistle, and sware-they were his fancies, or his good-nights. And now is this Vice's dagger' become a squire; and talks as fa
- about Turnbull-street;] Turnbull or Turnmill-street, is near Cow-cross, West Smithfield.
over-scutched-) That is, whipt, carted.
fancies, or his good-nights.] Fancies and Goud-nights were the titles of little poems.
| And now is this Vice's dagger-) By Vice here the poet means that droll character in the old plays equipped with asses ears and a wooden dagger. The word Vice is abbreviation of Device. VOL. V.
Their cold intent, tenour and substance, thus:-
Enter a Messenger.
Now, what news?
Mowb. The just proportion that we gave them out. Let us sway on, and face them in the field.
Arch. What well-appointed leader* fronts us here?
West. Health and fair greeting from our general, The prince, lord John and duke of Lancaster.
Arch. Say on, my lord of Westinoreland, in peace; What doth concern your coming? West.
Then, my lord, Unto your grace do I in chief address The substance of my speech. If that rebellion Came like itself, in base and abject routs, Led on by bloody youth, guarded with rage,
well-appointed— ] i.e. completely accoutred.
guarded with rage,] Guarded is an expression taken from dress; it means the same as faced, turned up.
And countenanc'd by boys, and beggary;
fair honours. You, lord archbishop,-
the obstructions, which begin to stop Our very veins of life. Hear me more plainly.
graves,] For graves Dr. Warburton very plausibly reads glaives, and is followed by Sir Thomas Hanmer. But we might perhaps as plausibly read greaves, i. e. armour for the legs, a kind of boots.
I have in equal balance justly weigh'd
West. When ever yet was your appeal denied? Wherein have you been galled by the king? What
hath been suborn’d to grate on you?
Arch. My brother general, the commonwealth,
our griefs -] i. e. our grievances.
commotion's bitter edge?] i. e. the edge of bitter strife and commotion; the sword of rebellion.
My brother general, &c.
I make my quarrel in particular.] The sense is this" My brother general, the commonwealth, which ought to distribute its