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SECOND VOLUM E,
O fhaken as we are, fo wan with care,
Find we a time for frighted peace to S
pant, And breathe short-winded accents of
new broils To be commenc'd in ftronds a-far remote. No more, the thirsty entrance of this soil (1) Shall damp her lips with her own children's
blood: Vol. 11,
(1) Shall damp. 1 i. e. wet, moisten : the old editions, and with them the Oxford, read dawb; there seems to me something greatly like Shakespear in that word, but I have kept damp, it is generally approv'd. The word files, in the fourth line
No more shall trenching war channel her fields,
Scene. IV. Hotspur's Description of a finical
But I remember, when the fight was done,
following, is in the old editions eyes ; and thus alter'd by Mr. Warburton : others read arms. I don't know whether eyes might not be justified, but I think files preferable See Upt. p. 334.
(2) Pouncet-box.) A small box for musk, or other perfumes, then in fashion, the lid of which being cut with open work, gave it its name : from poinfoner, to prick, pierce, or engrave. So says Mr. Warburton, and then condemns the next lines as stupid interpolation of the players : they are certainly not very easy to be defended, but we find many such conceits as these in Sb. kespear.
Took it in fnuff). And still he smild and talk'd :
(3) I then, &c.) When I first read this passage, I mark'd the lines, as I have printed them, and turning to the ingenious Mr. Ed. wards’s canons of Criticilia (p. 13.) I found he was of opinion, the lines should be fo transposed : by this means the sense of the parfage is quite clear, and we have no occasion for any alteration, “ Mr. Warburton in order to make a contradiction in the common reading, and fo make way for his emendation, misrepresents Hotspur as at this time when he gave this answer | not cold, but but. It is true, that at the beginning of the speech he describes himself as
Dry with rage and extreme toil,
Breathless, and faint, &c Then comes in this gay gentleman, and holds him in an idle dilcourse, the heads of which Hotspur gives us ; and it is plain by the context, it must have lasted a considerable while. Now the more he had heated himself in the action, the more when he came to stand still any time, wou'd the cold air affect his wounds, Gc."