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O fhaken as we are, fo wan with care,

Find we a time for frighted peace to S

pant, And breathe short-winded accents of

new broils To be commenc'd in ftronds a-far remote. No more, the thirsty entrance of this soil (1) Shall damp her lips with her own children's

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(1) Shall damp. 1 i. e. wet, moisten : the old editions, and with them the Oxford, read dawb; there seems to me something greatly like Shakespear in that word, but I have kept damp, is generally approv'd. The word files, in the fourth line

following,

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No more shall trenching war channel her fields,
Nor bruise her flowrets with the armed hoofs
Of hostile paces. Those opposed files,
Which like the meteors of a troubled heav'n,
All of one nature, of one substance bred,
Did lately meet in the intestine shock
And furious clofe of civil butchery,
Shall now, in mutual, well-beseeming, ranks,
March all one way; and be no more oppos’d
Against acquaintance, kindred, and allies :
The edge of war, like an ill-fheathed knife,
No more shall cut his master.

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Scene. IV. Hotspur's Description of a finical

Courtier,

But I remember, when the fight was done,
When I was dry with rage, and extreme to:I,
Breathless, and faint, leaning upon my sword ;
Came there a certain lord, neat, trimly dress’d:
Fresh as a bridegroom, and his chin, new-reap'd,
Shew'd like a stubble-land at harvest-home.
He was perfumed like a milliner ;
And 'twixt his finger and his thumb, he held
(2) A pouncet-box, which ever and anon
He gave his nose : (and took't away again ;
Who, therewith angry, when it next came there,

following, is in the old editions eyes ; and thus alter'd by Mr. Warburton : others read arms. I don't know whether eyes might not be justified, but I think files preferable See Upt. p. 334.

(2) Pouncet-box.) A small box for musk, or other perfumes, then in fashion, the lid of which being cut with open work, gave it its name : from poinfoner, to prick, pierce, or engrave. So says Mr. Warburton, and then condemns the next lines as stupid interpolation of the players : they are certainly not very easy to be defended, but we find many such conceits as these in Sb. kespear.

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Took it in fnuff). And still he smild and talk'd :
And as the soldiers bare dead bodies by,
He call’d them untaught knaves, unmannerly,
To bring a slovenly, unhandsome coarse
Betwixt the wind, and his nobility.
With many holiday and lady terms
He question d me: amongst the rest, demanded
My prisoners in your majesty's behalf.
(3) I then, all smarting with my wounds, being cold,
Out of my grief, and my impatience
To be so pelter'd with a popinjay,
Answer'd, neglectingly, I know not what ;
He should, or should not ; for he made me mad,
To see him shine so brisk, and smell so sweet,
And talk fo like a waiting gentlewoman,
of guns, and drums, and wounds ; (God fave the

mark !)
And telling me the sovereign'st thing on earth
Was parmacety, for an inward bruise ;
And that it was great pity, so it was,
This villainous falt-petre should be digg'd

(3) I then, &c.) When I first read this passage, I mark'd the lines, as I have printed them, and turning to the ingenious Mr. Ed. wards’s canons of Criticilia (p. 13.) I found he was of opinion, the lines should be fo transposed : by this means the sense of the parfage is quite clear, and we have no occasion for any alteration, “ Mr. Warburton in order to make a contradiction in the common reading, and fo make way for his emendation, misrepresents Hotspur as at this time when he gave this answer | not cold, but but. It is true, that at the beginning of the speech he describes himself as

Dry with rage and extreme toil,

Breathless, and faint, &c Then comes in this gay gentleman, and holds him in an idle dilcourse, the heads of which Hotspur gives us ; and it is plain by the context, it must have lasted a considerable while. Now the more he had heated himself in the action, the more when he came to stand still any time, wou'd the cold air affect his wounds, Gc."

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