Gary Taylor, John Jowett, Terri Bourus, and Gabriel Egan (eds), The New Oxford Shakespeare: Critical Reference Edition, Vol. 2

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3.1Sc. 10

Enter the King, Exeter, Bedford, and Gloucester. Alarum: Scaling Ladders at Harflew.
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King. Once more vnto the Breach, deare friends, once more;

2Or close the Wall vp with our English dead:

3In Peace, there's nothing so becomes a man,

4As modest stillnesse, and humilitie:

5But when the blast of Warre blowes in our eares,

6Then imitate the action of the Tyger:

Critical Apparatus7Stiffen the sinewes, [coniure] vp the blood,

8Disguise faire Nature with hard-fauour'd Rage:

9Then lend the Eye a terrible aspect:

10Let it pry through the portage of the Head,

11Like the Brasse Cannon: let the Brow o'rewhelme it,

12As fearefully, as doth a galled Rocke

13O're-hang and iutty his confounded Base,

14Swill'd with the wild and wastfull Ocean,

15Now set the Teeth, and stretch the Nosthrill wide,

16Hold hard the Breath, and bend vp euery Spirit

Critical Apparatus17To his full height. On, on, you [Noblest] English,

18Whose blood is fet from Fathers of Warre-proofe:

19Fathers, that like so many Alexanders,

20Haue in these parts from Morne till Euen fought,

21And sheath'd their Swords, for lack of argument.

22Dishonour not your Mothers: now attest,

23That those whom you call'd Fathers, did beget you.

Critical Apparatus24Be Coppy now to [mē] of grosser blood,

25And teach them how to Warre. And you good Yeomen,

26Whose Lyms were made in England; shew vs here

27The mettell of your Pasture: let vs sweare,

28That you are worth your breeding: which I doubt not:

29For there is none of you so meane and base,

30That hath not Noble luster in your eyes.

31I see you stand like Grey-hounds in the slips,

pg 2336Critical Apparatus32[Straȳing] vpon the Start. The Game's afoot:

33Follow your Spirit; and vpon this Charge,

34Cry, God for Harry, England, and S. George.

Alarum, and Chambers goe off.

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3.1.1 Once … once more; pope; 2 lines jaggard: Breach,|
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3.1.7 coniure walter; commune jaggard; summon rowe. A minim misreading of 'coniure' for 'comune' would be easy. The reading in jaggard is unintelligible, while 'conjuring' the self, in the sense of stirring or summoning up vital spirits, appears elsewhere in Shakespeare: see Midsummer Night's Dream, 5.159 and Romeo and Juliet, 8.6, 16.
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3.1.17 Noblest allot; Noblish jaggard; Noble malone. An error of anticipation by the compositor; allot's normalization more easily explains this error and it makes sense that the King would describe all of the English as 'most noble'.
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3.1.24 herringman (men); me jaggard. Probably a tilde error. See following note.
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3.1.32 Straȳing rowe (Straining); Straying jaggard. Evidently another tilde error by the compositor.
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