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The First Part of HENRY IV.
ACT I. SCENE. I.
Peace after Civil War.
O fhaken as we are, fo wan with care, Find we a time for frighted peace to pant, And breathe fhort-winded accents of new broils To be commenc'd in ftronds a far remote.
No more the thirsty entrance of this foil (1) Shall damp her lips with her own childrens' blood:
(1) Shall damp.] . e. Wet, moiften: the old editions, and with them the Oxford, read dawb; there feems to be fomething VOL. III.
No more fhall trenching war channel her fields,
King Henry's Character of Percy, and of his Son Prince Henry.
Yea there thou mak'ft me fad and mak'st me fin
envy, that my lord Northumberland
Should be the father of fo bleft a fon:
SCENE III. Prince Henry's Soliloquy.
I know you all, and will a while uphold
greatly like Shakespear in that word, but I have kept damp, as it is generally approv'd. The word files, in the fourth line following, is in the old editions eyes, and thus altered by Mr. Warburton: others read arms. I don't know whether eyes might not be justified, but I think fiks preferable. See UPT. p. 343.
To fmother up his beauty from the world,
So when this loose behaviour I throw off,
Hotfpur's Defcription of a finical
But I remember when the fight was done,
(2) Pouncet-box] A fmall box for mufk, 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 fays Mr. Warburton, and then condemns the next lines as a
He gave his nofe: (and took't away again;
(3) I then, all fmarting with my wounds, being cold, Out of my grief, and my impatience
To be fo peiter'd with a popinjay,
He fhould, or fhould not; for he made me mad,
guns and drums and wounds; (God fave the mark!) And telling me the fovereign't thing on earth
tupid interlopation of the players: they are certainly not very eafy to be defended, but we find many fuch conceits as thefe in Shakespear.
(3) I then, &c.] When I first read this paffage, I mark'd the lines, as I have printed them, and turning to the ingenious Mr. Edward's Canons of Criticifm (p. 13.) I found he was of opinion, the lines fhould be fo tranfpofed: by this means the fenfe of the paffage is quite clear, and we have no occafion for any alteration." Mr. Warburton in order to make a contradiction in the common reading, and fo make way for his emendation, mifreprefents Hotspur as at this time [when he gave this anfwer] not cold, but hot. It is true, that at the beginning of the fpeech he defcribes himself as
Dry with rage and extreme toil,
Then comes in this gay gentleman, and holds him in an idle difcourfe, the heads of which Hotspur gives us; and it is plain by the context, it must have lafted a confiderable while. Now the more he had heated himself in the action, the more when he came to ftand ftill any time would the cold air affect his wounds, &r."