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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,7
But that I think his father loves him not,
And would be glad he met with some mischance,
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
Art thou, to break into this woman's mood;
Nettled, and stung with pismires, when I hear
In Richard's time,-What do you call the place?—
Hot. You say true:-
Why, what a candy deal of courtesy
This fawning greyhound then did proffer me!
"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-andbuckler is here used.
Good uncle, tell your tale, for I have done.
I have done, i'faith.
Wor. Then once more to your Scottish prisoners. Deliver them up without their ransome straight, And make the Douglas' son your only mean
For powers in Scotland; which,-for divers rea
Which I shall send you written,-be assur'd,
Your son in Scotland being thus employ'd,—
Of that same noble prelate, well belov❜d,
Hot. Of York, is't not?
Wor. True; who bears hard
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
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
Hot. Why, it cannot choose but be a noble
And then the power of Scotland, and of York,-
I speak not this in estimation,] Estimation for conjecture.
To save our heads by raising of a head:1
The king will always think him in our debt;2
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.
North. Farewell, good brother: we shall thrive, I trust.
Hot. Uncle, adieu:-O, let the hours be short, Till fields, and blows, and groans applaud our sport! [Exeunt.
by raising of a head:] A head is a body of forces. 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.
SCENE I. Rochester. 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' wain' 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: 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.
1 Car. Like a tench? by the mass, there is ne'er a king in Christendom could be better bit than I have been since the first cock.
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.
2 Car. Why, they will allow us ne'er a jorden, and then we leak in your chimney; and your chamber-lie breeds fleas like a loach.?
1 Car. What, ostler! come away and be hanged, come away.
2 Car. I have a gammon of bacon, and two razes of ginger, to be delivered as far as Charing
1 Car. 'Odsbody! the turkies in my pannier are quite starved.-What, ostler!-A plague on thee! hast thou never an eye in thy head? canst not hear? An 'twere not as good a deed as drink, to break the pate of thee, I am a very villain.-Come, and be hanged:-Hast no faith in thee?
Gads. Good morrow, carriers. What's o'clock ? 1 Car. I think it be two o'clock.
Gads. I pr'ythee, lend me thy lantern, to see my gelding in the stable.
1 Car. Nay, soft, I pray ye; I know a trick worth two of that, i'faith.
Gads. I pr'ythee, lend me thine.
2 Car. Ay, when? canst tell?-Lend me thy lantern, quoth a?-marry, I'll see thee hanged first. Gads. Sirrah carrier, what time do you mean to come to London.
2 Car. Time enough to go to bed with a candle, I warrant thee.-Come, neighbour Mugs, we'll call up the gentlemen; they will along with company, for they have great charge. Exeunt Carriers.
Gads. What, ho! chamberlain!
— breeds fleas like a loach.] i. e. as a loach breeds. The loach is a very small fish, but so exceedingly prolifick, that it is seldom found without spawn in it.
Gadshill.] This thief receives his title from a place on the Kentish road, where many robberies have been committed.