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CH. Just, I would, his majesty had calld me
with him : The service that I truly did his life, Hath left me open to all injuries. War. Indeed, I think, the young king loves you
not. Ch. Just. I know, he doth not; and do arm
Enter Prince John, Prince HUMPHREY, CLARENCE,
WESTMORELAND, and Others.
Ch. Just. Alas, I fear, all will be overturn'd.
us heavy! Ch. Just. Peace be with us, least we be heavier! P. Humph. O, good my lord, you have lost a
friend, indeed : And I dare swear, you borrow not that face Of seeming sorrow; it is, sure, your own. P. John. Though no man be assur'd what grace
to find, You stand in coldest expectation : I am the sorrier; 'would, 'twere otherwise.
Cla. Well, you must now speak sir John Falstaff
Which swims against your stream of quality.
Ch. Just. Sweet princes, what I did, I did in
Led by the impartial conduct' of my soul;
IMPARTIAL conduct -] Thus the quartos. The folio reads-imperial. STEEVENS.
Impartial is confirmed by a subsequent speech addressed by the King to the Chief Justice :
That you use the same
As you have done 'gainst me.” Malone. 2 A RAGGED and FORESTALL'D remission.] Ragged has no sense here. We should read: 3
“ A rated and forestall'd remission.” i. e. remission that must be sought for, and bought with supplication. WARBURTON.
Different minds have different perplexities. I am more puzzled with forestalld than with ragged; for ragged, in our author's licentious diction, may easily signify beggarly, mean, base, ignominious; but forestall d I know not how to apply to remission in any sense primitive or figurative. I should be glad of another word, but cannot find it. Perhaps, by forestall d remission, he may mean a pardon begged by a voluntary confession of offence, and anticipation of the charge. Johnson.
The same expression occurs in two different passages in Massinger. In The Duke of Milan, Sforza says to the Emperor :
“ Nor come I as a slave-
“For a forestalld remission."
“To a forestall d remission." In all these passages a forestall d remission seems to mean, a remission that it is predetermined shall not be granted, or will be rendered nugatory. Shakspeare uses, in more places than one, the word forestall in the sense of to prevent. Horatio says 10 Hamlet, “ If your mind dislike any thing, obey it. I will forestall their repair hither.” In this very play, the Prince says to the King:
* But for my tears, &c.
If truth and upright innocency fail me,
War. Here comes the prince.
Enter King Henry V. Ch. Jusr. Good morrow; and heaven save your
majesty. King. This new and gorgeous garment, majesty, Sits not so easy on me as you
In Hamlet, the King says:
“ And what's in prayer, but this twofold force,
“Or pardon'd, being down?" M. MASON. I believe, forestallid only means asked before it is granted. If he will grant me pardon unasked, so; if not, I will not condescend to solicit it. "In support of the interpretation of forestallid remission, i. e, a remission obtained by a previous supplication, the following passage in Cymbeline may be urged :
may “ This night forestall him of the coming day!” That ragged has been rightly explained, has been already shown, see p. 18.
MALONE. not the Turkish court;] Not the court where the prince that mounts the throne puts his brothers to death. Johnson. 4 Not AMURATH an AMURATH succeeds,
But Harry Harry :] Amurath the Third (the sixth Emperor of the Turks) died on January the 18th, 1596-6. The people being generally disaffected to Mahomet, his eldest son, and inclined to Amurath, one of his younger children, the Emperor's death was concealed for ten days by the Janizaries, till Mahomet came from Amasia to Constantinople. On his arrival he was saluted Emperor, by the great Bassas, and others his favourers ; “which done, (says Knolles,) he presently after caused all his brethren to be invited to a solemn feast in the court; whereunto they, yet ignorant of their father's death, came chearfully, as men fearing no harm : but, being come, were there all most miserably strangled." It is highly probable that Shakspeare here
For to speak truth, it very well becomes you;
jesty. King. You all look strangely on me :--and you most;
[To the Chief Justice. You are, I think, assur'd I love you not.
Ch. Just. I am assur'd, if I be measur'd rightly, Your majesty hath no just cause to hate me.
King. No! How might a prince of my great hopes forget So great indignities you laid upon me ? What! rate, rebuke, and roughly send to prison The immediate heir of England! Was this easy? May this be wash'd in Lethe, and forgotten ?
Ch. Just. I then did use the person of
alludes to this transaction; which was pointed out to me by Dr. Farmer.
This circumstance, therefore, may fix the date of this play subsequently to the beginning of the year 1596; and perhaps it was written while this fact was yet recent. MALONE.
Was this Easy?] That is, was this not grievous ? Shakspeare has easy in this sense elsewhere. Johnson. Thus, perhaps, in King Henry VI. Part II. Act III. Sc. I.:
these faults are easy, quickly answer'd.” “Was this easy? ” may mean, was this a slight offence ? Thus, Lord Surrey :
“ And easy sighes, such as folkes draw in love.” Steevens. VOL. XVII.
The image of his power lay then in me:
6 And struck me in my very seat of judgment;] See the note at the end of this play. Boswell.
7 To trip the course of law,] To defeat the process of justice ; a metaphor taken from the act of tripping a runner.
Johnson. So, in Hamlet : “ Then trip him, that his heels may kick at heaven."
STEEVENS. 8 And mock your workings in a second body.) To treat with contempt your acts executed by a representative. Johnson.
9 – and propose a son :j i. e. image to yourself a son, contrive for a moment to think you have one. So, in Titus Andronicus :
a thousand deaths I could propose.” Steevens.