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The farced title running 'fore the king 3,
3 -- FARCED title running, &c.] Farced is stuffed. The tumid puffy titles with which a king's name is always introduced. This, I think, is the sense. Johnson. So, in All for Money, by T. Lupton, 1578 : “
belly-gods so swarm, “ Farced, and flowing with all kind gall." Again :
“ And like a greedy cormorant with belly full farced " Again, in Jacob and Esau, 1568 :
“ To make both broth and farcing, and that full deinty." Again, in Stanyhurst's version of the first book of Virgil:
“ Or eels are farcing with dulce and delicat hoonny." Again, in Every Man out of his Humour :
" -farce thy lean ribs with it too." STEEVENS. 4 Can sleep so soundly, &c.] These lines are exquisitely pleasing. “To sweat in the eye of Phoebus,” and “to sleep in Elysium," are expressions very poetical. Johnson.
but little wots,
Enod old knight,
I shall do't, my lord. [Erit.
this passage, which is expressed with some slight obscurity, seems to be—“ He little knows at the expence of how much royal vigilance, that peace, which brings most advantage to the peasant, is maintained.” To advantage is a verb elsewhere used by Shakspeare. Steevens.
I find, from Mr. Twiss's valuable index, that it occurs in six other instances. BoswELL. 6- take from them now
The sense of reckoning, if the opposed numbers
Pluck their hearts from them!] The first folio reads-of the opposed numbers. Steevens.
The poet might intend, “ Take from them the sense of reckoning those opposed numbers; which might pluck their courage from them." But the relative not being expressed, the sense is very obscure. The slight correction I have given [lest the opposed numbers -] makes it clear and easy. THEOBALD.
The change is admitted by Dr. Warburton, and rightly. Sir T. Hanmer reads :
" the opposed numbers
" Which stand before them."
“ Take from them now the sense of reckoning,
“ May not appal their courage.” Johnson.
“ if th' opposed numbers
O not to-day, think not upon the fault
In conjectural criticism, as in mechanicks, the perfection of the art, I apprehend, consists in producing a given effect with the least possible force. TYRWHITT.
I think Theobald's reading preferable to that of Tyrwhitt, which the editor has adopted; for if the opposed numbers did actually pluck their hearts from them, it was of no consequence whether they had or had not the sense of reckoning. M. Mason.
The ingenious commentator seems to forget that, if the sense of reckoning, in consequence of the King's petition, was taken from them, the numbers opposed to them would be no longer formidable. When they could no more count their enemies, they could no longer fear them. It will be the lot of few criticks to retire with advantage gained over the remarks of my lamented friend, Mr. Tyrwhitt. STEEVENS.
The old reading appears to be right. The King prays that his men may be unable to reckon the enemy's force, that their hearts (i. e. their sense and passions) may be taken from them : that they may be as brave as a total absence of all feeling and reflection can make them. An explanation which seems to be countenanced by the old quarto. Ritson.
In King John, edit. 1632, these words (if and of : See the preceding note by Mr. Tyrwhitt :) have again been confounded :
“Lord of our presence, Angiers, and if you,” instead of—of you. The same mistake has, I think, happened also in Twelfth Night, folio, 1623:
“ For, such as we are made if such we be." Where we should certainly read
“ For, such as we are made of, such we be."
“ Do but behold yon poor and starved band,
“ Leaving them but the shales and husks of men.”
A passage in the speech which the same chronicler has put into Henry's mouth, before the battle of Agincourt, may also throw some light on that before us, and serve to support the emendation that has been made : “ Therefore, putting your only trust in him, let not their multitude feare your heartes, nor their great number abate your courage.”
I Richard's body have interred new;
The passage stands thus in the quarto, 1600 :
" Take from them now the sense of reckoning,
“ May not appal their courage."
Mr. Theobald, and some other commentators, seem, indeed, to think that any word may be substituted for another, if thereby sense may be obtained ; but a word ought rarely to be substituted in the room of another, unless either the emendation bears such an affinity to the corrupted reading, as that the error might have arisen from the mistake of the eye or ear of the compositor or transcriber; or a word has been caught inadvertently by the compositor from a preceding or a subsequent line. Malone.
7 Two chantries,] One of these monasteries was for Carthusian monks, and was called Bethlehem; the other was for religious men and women of the order of Saint Bridget, and was named Sion. They were on opposite sides of the Thames, and adjoined the roval manor of Sheen, now called Richmond. Malone. 8 Since that my penitence comes after all,
Imploring pardon.] We must observe, that Henry IV, had commitied an injustice, of which he and his son reaped the fruits. But reason tells us, justice demands that they who share the profits of iniquity, shall share also in the punishment. Scripture again tells us, that when men have sinned, the grace of God gives frequent invitations to repentance : which, in the language of
with thi the latt beses no
K. Hen. My brother Gloster's voice ?-Ay;
The French Camp.
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divines, are styled calls. These, if neglected, or carelessly dallied with, are, at length, irrecoverably withdrawn, and then repentance comes too late. All this shows that the unintelligible reading of the text should be corrected thus :
" comes after call.” WARBURTON, I wish the commentator had explained his meaning a little better; for his comment is to me less intelligible than the text. I know not what he thinks of the King's penitence, whether coming in consequence of call, it is sufficient; or whether coming when calls have ceased, it is ineffectual. The first sense will suit but ill with the position, that all which he can do is nothing worth; and the latter as ill with the intention of Shakspeare, who certainly does not mean to represent the King as abandoned and reprobate.
The old reading is, in my opinion, easy and right. I do all this, says the King, though all that I can do is nothing worth, is so far from an adequate expiation of the crime, that penitence comes after all, imploring pardon both for the crime and the expiation. Johnson.
I am sensible that every thing of this kind, (works of piety and charity,) which I have done or can do, will avail nothing towards the remission of this sin ; since I well know that, after all this is done, true repentance, and imploring pardon, are previously and indispensably necessary towards my obtaining it. Heath.
I should not have reprinted Dr. Warburton's note but for the sake of Dr. Johnson's reply. Mr. Malone, however, thinks Mr. Heath's explication more correct. STEEVENS.