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Hot. And I say, the earth was not of my mind, If you suppose, as fearing you it shook. Glend. The heavens were all on fire, the earth.
did tremble. Hot. O, then the earth shook to see the heavens
on fire, And not in fear of your nativity. Diseased nature oftentimes breaks forth In strange eruptions: oft the teeming earth Is with a kind of colick pinch'd and vex'd By the imprisoning of unruly wind Within her womb; which, for enlargement striving, Shakes the old beldame earth, and topples? down Steeples, and moss-grown towers. At Our grandam earth, having this distemperature, In passion shook. Glend.
Cousin, of many men
| Diseased nature -— ] Tlie poet has here taken, from the perverseness and contrariousness of Hotspur's temper, an opportunity of raising his character, by a very rational and philosophical confu-. tation of superstitious error.
Hot. I think, there is no man speaks better
Hot. Why, so can I; or so can any man:
Mort. Come, come,
Mort. The archdeacon hath divided it
The remnant northward, lying off from Trent.
drawn together Your tenants, friends, and neighbouring gentle
Glend. A shorter time shall send me to you,
lords, And in my conduct shall your ladies come: From whom you now must steal, and take no leave;' For there will be a world of water shed, Upon the parting of your wives and you. Hot. Methinks, my moiety, north from Burton
here, In quantity equals not one of yours: See, how this river comes me cranking in, And cuts me, from the best of all my land, A huge half-moon, a monstrous cantle out. I'll have the current in this place damm’d up; And here the smug and silver Trent shall run, In a new channel, fair and evenly: It shall not wind with such a deep indent, To rob me of so rich a bottom here. Glend. Not wind? it shall, it must; you see, it
3 Methinks, my moiety,] The division is here into three parts,
A moiety was frequently used by the writers of Shakspeare's age, as a portion of any thing, though not divided into two equal parts.
cantle out.] A cantle is a corner, or piece of any thing.
Mort. Yea, But mark, how he bears his course, and runs me ụp With like advantage on the other side; Gelding the opposed continent as much, As on the other side it takes from you. Wor. Yea, but a little charge will trench him
Hot. I'll have it so; a little charge will do it.
Will not you?
Who shall say me nay?
Let me not understand you then, Speak it in Welsh.
Glend. I can speak English, lord, as well as you ; For I was train’d up in the English court:S Where, being but young, I framed to the harp Many an English ditty, lovely well, And gave the tongue a helpful ornament; A virtue that was never seen in you. Hot. Marry, and I'm glad of it with all my
heart; I had rather be a kitten, and cry-mew, Than one of these same metre ballad-mongers: I had rather hear a brazen canstick' turn'd, Or a dry wheel grate on an axle-tree; And that would set my teeth nothing on edge, Nothing so much as mincing poetry;
5 For I
ир in the English court :] The real name of Owen Glendower was Vaughan, and he was originally a barrister of the Middle Temple.
-the tongue -] The English language.
om a brazen canstick turn’d,] The word candlestick, which destroys the harınony of the line, is written canstick in the quartos, 1598, 1599, and 1608; and so it was pronounced. Heywood, and several of the old writers, constantly spell it in this manner,
'Tis like the forc'd gait of a shuffling nag. Glend. Come, you shall have Trent turn'd.
Hot. I do not care: I'll give thrice so much land To
any well-deserving friend; But, in the way of bargain, mark ye me, I'll cavil on the ninth part of a hair. Are the indentures drawn? shall we be gone? Glend. The moon shines fair, you may away by
night: I'll haste the writer, and, withal, Break with your wives of your departure hence : I am afraid, my daughter will run mad, So much she doteth on her Mortimer. [Exit
. Mort. Fye, cousin Percy! how you cross my fa
8 I'll haste the writer,] He means the writer of the articles.
of the moldwarp and the ant,] This alludes to an old prophecy, which is said to have induced Owen Glendower to take arms against King Henry. The mould-warp is the mole, so called because it renders the surface of the earth unlevel by the hillocks which it raises,