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more favourable to the prince, for "being abashed, and also wondering at the marvellous gravity of that worshipful justice, the noble prince, laying his weapon apart, doing reverence, departed, and went to the King's Bench as he was commanded." In Holinshed, the passage respecting striking the judge first appears. It is, indeed, suspected by Mr. Luders, that this incident was probably borrowed by the historian from an old play, entitled, "The famous Victories of Henry V., containing the honourable Battle of Agincourt." (See the Collection of Six Old Plays, on which Shakspeare founded his, Sic 1779.) The following is the scene with the Chief Justice.
"Enter the Young Prince with Ned and Tom.
Henry V. Come away, my lads. Gogs wounds, ye villaine, what make you here? I must goe about my businesse myselfe, and you must stand loytering here.
Theefe. Why, my Lord, they have bound mee, and will not let mee goe.
Henry V. Have they bound thee, villaine? Why, how now, my Lord!
Judge. I am glad to see your Grace in good health.
Henry V. Why, my Lord, this is my man.-**Tis marvelle you knew him not long before this. I tell you, he is a man of his hands.
Theefe. I, gogs wounds, that I am, try me who dare.
Judge. Your grace shall finde small credite by acknowledging him to be your man.
Henry V. Why, my Lord, what hath he done?
Judge. And it please your Majesty, he hath robbed a poor carrier.
Henry V. And will you not let him goe?
Judge. I am sorry that his case is so ill.
Henry V. Tush! case me no caseings. Shall I have my man?
Judge. I cannot, nor I may not, my Lord.
Henry V. Nay, and I shall not, say, and then I am answered.
Henry V. Then I will have him.
(He giveth him a box on the ear.) Ned. Gogs wounds, my Lord, shall I cut off his head?
Henry V. No! I charge you, draw not your swords —But get you hence; provide a noyse of musitians.—Away, be gone! [Exeunt the Theefe.
Judge. Well, my Lord, I am content to take it at your hands.
Henry V. Nay, and yon be not, you shall have more.
Judge. Why, I pray you, my Lord, who am
Henry V. You, who knows not you ?—Why, man, you are Lord Chief Justice of England.
Judge. Your Grace hathe saide truth: therefore in striking me in this place, you greatly abase me, and not me only, but also your father, whose lively person here in this place I do represent.— And, therefore, to teach you what prerogatives mean, I commit you to the Fleete, until we have spoken with your father.
Henry V. Why, then, belike you mean to send me to the Fleete.
Judge. I do, indeed; and therefore carry him away. \Exeunt Henry V. with the officers."
It is unnecessary to remind the reader of the scene between Henry, the Chief Justice, and Falstaff, at the conclusion of Shakspeare's Henry IV.
LORD-KEEPER NORTH AND THE RECORDER OF COLCHESTER.
"Before I mention the further steps of his lordship's rising, I must get rid of a scurvy downfall he had, which had well nigh cost him his life. That he was what was called a sober person, was well known; but withal, that he loved a merry glass with a friend. But once in the circuit, being invited with the rest of the counsel, to dine at Colchester with the recorder, Sir John Shaw, who was well known to be one of the greatest kill-cows at drinking in the nation; he, with the rest of his brethren, by methods too well known, got very drunk. They were obliged to go on, and in that condition mounted; but some dropped, and others proceeded. His lordship had a clerk, one Lucas, a very drunken fellow, but at that time not far gone. He thought it his duty to have a tender care of his master, who having had one fall, (contrary to the sound advice of his experienced clerk,) would needs get up again, calling him all to nought for his pains. His lordship was got upon a very spirited nag, that trotted on very hard, and Lucas came near to persuade him not to go so fast; but that put the horse upon the run, and away he went with his master full speed, so as none could follow him. The horse, when he found himself clear of pursuers, stopped his course by degrees, and went with his rider (fast asleep upon his back) into a pond to drink; and there sat his lordship upon the sally; but, before he fell, Mr. Andrew Card, now an eminent practiser of conveyancing in Gray's-Inn, and then Mr. Coleman's clerk, came up time enough to get the horse out of the pond before he fell off, else he had been lost: for which service his lordship ever had a value for Mr. Card.
"They took him into a public-house nigh at hand, and left him to the care of his man; but so dead drunk, that he knew nothing that happened to him. He was put into a bed, and the rest of the company went on, for fear of losing their market. Next morning, when his lordship awaked, he found he was in a strange place, and that, at a fire-side in that room, there were some women talking softly, (for talk they must,) he sent out all his senses to spy, if he could, what the matter was. He could just perceive they talked of him. Then he called for Lucas, and bid all go out of the room but him; and then, 'Lucas,' said be, 'where am If He was glad the danger (of which Lucas gave him a sensible account,) was over, and got him up to go after his fellows.
"I remember, when his lordship told this story of himself, he said, the image he had when his horse first trotted, and so faster and faster, was as if his head knocked against a large sheet of lead, as a ceiling over him; and, after that, he remembered nothing at all of what happened till he awoke. His lordship, of one that was not morose and uncomplaisant, was the most sober that ever marched through the world as he did. I, that was almost continually with him, never saw him in a condition they call overtaken; and the most hath been but just discoverable in his speech; for he had strength of head to bear a great deal; and when he found that infirmity coming upon him, he used to sit smiling, and say little or nothing; so harmless a thing of a petit good fellow was he: and this only in company that, in some sort, constrained him, and that was very seldom. As once, when he was attorney-general, he dined with