Gary Taylor, John Jowett, Terri Bourus, and Gabriel Egan (eds), The New Oxford Shakespeare: Critical Reference Edition, Vol. 1

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Critical ApparatusEnter the King, Lord Iohn of Lancaster, Earle of Westmerland, Critical Apparatuswith others.
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King. So shaken as we are, so wan with care,

2Find we a time for frighted peace to pant,

3And breath short winded accents of new broiles

4To be commencte in stronds a far remote:

5No more the thirsty entrance of this soile

6Shal dawbe her lips with her own childrens bloud,

7No more shall trenching war channel her fields,

8Nor bruise her flourets with the armed hoofes

9Of hostile paces: those opposed eies,

10Which like the meteors of a troubled heauen,

11Al of one nature, of one substance bred,

12Did lately meete in the intestine shocke

13And furious close of ciuill butcherie,

14Shall now in mutuall welbeseeming rankes,

15March all one way, and be no more oppos'd

16Against acquaintance, kindred and allyes.

17The edge of war, like an ill sheathed knife,

18No more shall cut his maister: therefore friends,

19As far as to the sepulcher of Christ,

20Whose soldiour now, vnder whose blessed crosse

21We are impressed and ingag'd to fight,

pg 54822Forthwith a power of English shall we leauy,

23Whose armes were moulded in their mothers wombe,

24To chase these pagans in those holy fields,

25Ouer whose acres walkt those blessed feet,

A2v Link 26Which 1400. yeares ago were naild,

27For our aduantage on the bitter crosse.

Critical Apparatus28But this our purpose now is twelue month old,

29And bootelesse tis to tell you we wil go.

30Therefore we meet not nowe: then let me heare

31Of you my gentle Cosen Westmerland,

32What yesternight our counsell did decree

33In forwarding this deere expedience.


West. My liege, this haste was hot in question,

35And many limits of the charge set down

36But yesternight, when all athwart there came

Critical Apparatus37A post from Wales, loden with heauy newes,

38Whose worst was that the noble Mortimer,

Critical Apparatus39Leading the men of [Herefordshire] to fight

Critical Apparatus40Against the irregular, and wild Glendower,

41Was by the rude hands of that Welchman taken,

Critical Apparatus42A thousand of his people butchered,

43Vpon whose dead corpes there was such misuse,

44Such beastly shamelesse transformation

45By those Welch-women done, as may not be

46Without much shame, retould, or spoken of.


King. It seemes then that the tidings of this broile,

48Brake off our businesse for the holy land.


West. This matcht with other did, my gratious L.

50For more vneuen and vnwelcome newes

51Came from the North, and thus it did import,

52On holly rode day, the gallant Hotspur there,

53Yong Harry Percy, and braue Archibold,

54That euer valiant and approued Scot,

Critical Apparatus55At Holmedon met,

56Where they did spend a sad and bloudy houre:

57As by discharge of their artillery,

58And shape of likelihood the newes was told:

59For he that brought them in the very heat

60And pride of their contention, did take horse

61Vncertaine of the issue any way.

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King. Here is [a] deere [and] true industrious friend,

63Sir Walter Blunt new lighted from his horse,

A3rCritical Apparatus Link 64Staind with the variation of each soile,

65Betwixt that Holmedon and this seat of ours:

Critical Apparatus66And he hath brought vs smothe and welcom newes,

67The Earle of Douglas is discomfited,

68Ten thousand bould Scots, two and twenty knights

Critical Apparatus69Balkt in their own bloud did sir Walter see

70On Holmedons plaines, of prisoners Hotspur tooke

Critical Apparatus71Mordake Earle of Fife, and eldest sonne

72To beaten Douglas, and the Earle of Athol,

Critical Apparatus73Of Murrey, Angus, and Menteith:

74And is not this an honorable spoile?

Critical Apparatus75A gallant prize? Ha coosen, is it not?

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[West. In faith it is a] conquest for a Prince to boast of.


King. Yea, there thou makst me sad, and makst me sinne

78In enuy, that my Lord Northumberland

79Should be the father to so blest a sonne:

80A sonne, who is the theame of honors tongue,

81Amongst a groue, the very straightest plant,

82Who is sweet fortunes minion and her pride,

83Whilst I by looking on the praise of him

84See ryot and dishonour staine the brow

85Of my young Harry. O that it could be prou'd

86That some night tripping fairy had exchang'd,

87In cradle clothes our children where they lay,

88And cald mine Percy, his Plantagenet,

89Then would I haue his Harry, and he mine:

90But let him from my thoughts. What think you coose

91Of this young Percies pride? The prisoners

92Which he in this aduenture hath surprizd

93To his own vse, he keepes and sends me word

94I shal haue none but Mordake Earle of Fife.


West. This is his vncles teaching. This is Worcester,

96Maleuolent to you in all aspects,

97Which makes him prune himselfe, and bristle vp

98The crest of youth against your dignity.


King. But I haue sent for him to answere this:

100And for this cause a while we must neglect

101Our holy purpose to Ierusalem.

A3vCritical Apparatus Link 102Coosen on wednesday next our councel we

Critical Apparatus103Wil hold at Windsore, so informe the Lords:

104But come your selfe with speed to vs againe,

pg 550105For more is to be said and to be done,

106Then out of anger can be vttered.


West. I will my liege.

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Notes Settings


Critical Apparatus Enter 2short; Actus Primus. Scœna Prima.| Enter jaggard. All act and scene headings are boxed between rules in jaggard.
Critical Apparatus jaggard adds 'Actus Primus. Scœna Prima.' (boxed) on the line above the word in q. marks
Critical Apparatus others 2short; Blunt and others. dering, capell. Many modern editors also accept that Blunt is among the lords in this scene, but, as jowett points out, he does not speak and 'Here' (1.1.62) could simply mean 'here at court'.
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1.1.1 So Printed as 'S' in ornamental block followed by capital 'O' in 2short.
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1.1.28 now is twelue month 2short; is twelue month 4law; is a tweluemonth jaggard. jaggard miscorrects an error arising in an intervening quarto.
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1.1.37 loden = laden
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1.1.39 Herefordshire 7law, jaggard; Herdfordshire 2short. EEBO–TCP identifies only two other spelling matches for 2short , and these are from a text of 1480. The 'e' could have been misread as a 'd' in the manuscript.
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1.1.40 Glendower = Glyndŵr. Following jowett, this edition modernizes to the correct Welsh form.
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1.1.42 A→ And a
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1.1.55 Holmedon Though the modern form is 'Humbleton', the pronunciation here is two syllables, as suggested by the spelling in 2short, so this word is not modernized in Modern.
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1.1.55–6 At . . . houre: capell; spend| 2short. Though most modern editors do not emend, capell prevents the unlikely occurrence of two consecutive short lines of verse.
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1.1.62 a deere and true 5law(b), jaggard; ^ deere, a true 2short; a deare, a true 3wise. The missing syllable in 2short does not appear at a caesura or the beginning of the line to create a recognizable line of Shakespearean verse. Both 3wise and 5law(b) improve meter and sense. 5law(b) offers at least the possibility that it is confirmed from manuscript in jaggard.
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1.1.64 Staind→ Strain'd
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1.1.66 welcom→ welcomes
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1.1.69 bloud did 6law, jaggard; bloud. Did^ 2short. The sense is dramatically improved by 6law. Shakespeare used very little punctuation, so a scribe or compositor might have assumed that a period was necessary after 'bloud' so that the question could begin with 'did'.
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1.1.71 Earle 2short; the Earl pope. pope improves meter, but a missing unstressed syllable at the beginning of a verse line is allowable.
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1.1.73 Murrey = Moray
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1.1.75–6 not? | West.. . . a pope; not? In faith it is.| West. A 2short. In 2short a large gap between 'not?' and 'In suggests, as jowett argues, the phrase 'In faith it is' was most likely interlined in the manuscript, and the compositor mistakenly attached it to the end of 1.1.75 rather than its intended placement at the beginning of 1.1.76.
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1.1.76–7 In . . . of. pope; it is.| 2short. See Textual Note.
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1.1.102–3 Coosen . . . Lords: t. johnson; hold| 2short
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1.1.103 so→ and so
Critical Apparatus Exeunt. 2short; Exeunt| Scæna Secunda. jaggard
Critical Apparatus jaggard adds 'Scæna Secunda.' (boxed) on the next line. jaggard also adds 'Pointz' to the entrance on the following line, and 'Henry' after 'Enter'
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