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That the land Salique lies in Germany,
3 To fine his title, &c.] To fine his title, is to make it showy or specious by some appearance of justice. STEEVENS.
Convey'd himself-) Derived his title.
Of Charles the great. Also king Lewis the tenth,
this claim? Cant. The sin upon my head, dread sovereign! For in the book of Numbers is it writ,When the son dies, let the inheritance Descend unto the daughter. Gracious lord, Stand for your own; unwind your bloody flag; Look back unto your mighty ancestors: Go, my dread lord, to your great grandsire's tomb, From whom you claim; invoke his warlike spirit, And your great uncle's, Edward the black prince; Who on the French ground play'd a tragedy, Making defeat on the full power of France; Whiles his most mighty father on a hill
imbare their crooked titles-] i. e. to lay open, to display to view.
Stood smiling, to behold his lion's whelp
Ely. Awake remembrance of these valiant dead,
Exe. Your brother kings and monarchs of the earth Do all expect that you should rouse yourself, As did the former lions of your blood. West. They know, your grace hath cause, and
means, and might; So hạth your highness; never king of England Had nobles richer, and more loyal subjects; Whose hearts have left their bodies here in England, And lie pavilion'd in the fields of France.
Cant. 0, let their bodies follow, my dear liege, With blood, and sword, and fire, to win your right : In aid whereof, we of the spiritualty Will raise your highness such a mighty sum, As never did the clergy at one time Bring in to any
your ancestors. K. Hen. We must not only arm to invade the
Cant. They of those marches,' gracious sovereign,
• They of those marches,] The marches are the borders, the limits, the confines. Hence the Lords Marchers, i. e. the lords presidents of the marches, &c.
Shall be a wall sufficient to defend
harm’d, my liege : For hear her but exampled by herself,When all her chivalry hath been in France, And she a mourning widow of her nobles, She hath herself not only well defended, But taken, and impounded as a stray, The king of Scots; whom she did send to France, To fill king Edward's fame with prisoner kings ; And make your chronicle as rich with praise, As is the ooze and bottom of the sea With sunken wreck and sumless treasuries. West. But there's a saying, very old and true,If that
will France win,
the main intendment-) Intendment is here perhaps used for intention, which, in our author's time, signified extreme exertion. The main intendment may, however, mean, the disposition.
- fear'd-] i. e. frightened.
general 9 — in one concent;] I learn from Dr. Burney, that consent is connected harmony, in general, and not confined to any specific consonance. Thus, (says the same elegant and well-informed writer,) concentio and concentus are both used by Cicero for the union of voices or instruments in what we should now call a chorus, or concert. STEEVENS.
Comes sneaking, and so sucks her princely eggs ;
Exe. It follows then, the cat must stay at home:
Cant. True: therefore doth heaven divide The state of man in divers functions, Setting endeavour in continual motion; To which is fixed, as an aim or butt, Obedience:' for so work the honey bees; Creatures, that, by a rule in nature, teach The act of order to a peopled kingdom. They have a king, and officers of sorts :: Where some, like magistrates, correct at home; Others, like merchants, venture trade abroad; Others, like soldiers, armed in their stings,
Setting endeavour in continual motion ;
Obedience:] Neither the sense nor the construction of this passage is very obvious. The construction is, endeavour,-as an aim or butt to which endeavour, obedience is fixed. The sense is, that all endeavour is to terminate in obedience, to be subordinate to the publick good and general design of government.
and officers of sorts :] Officers of sorts means officers of different degrees.