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Dau. So perhaps did yours. 56

Con. Mine was not bridled.

Dau. O! then belike she was old and gentle;
and you rode, like a kern of Ireland, your French
hose
off and in your straight strossers. 60

Con. You have good judgment in horseman-
ship.

Dau. Be warned by me, then: they that ride
so, and ride not warily, fall into foul bogs. I
had rather have my horse to my mistress. 65

Con. I had as lief have my mistress a jade.

Dau. I tell thee, constable, my mistress wears
his own hair. 68

Con. I could make as true a boast as that if I
had a sow to my mistress.

Dau. 'Le chien est retourné à son propre
vomissement, et la truie lavée au bourbier': thou
makest use of any thing. 73

Con. Yet do I not use my horse for my mis-
tress: or any such proverb so little kin to the
purpose. 76

Ram. My lord constable, the armour that I
saw in your tent to-night, are those stars or
suns upon it?

Con. Stars, my lord. 80

Dau. Some of them will fall to-morrow, I
hope.

Con. And yet my sky shall not want.

Dau. That may be, for you bear a many
superfluously, and 'twere more honour some
were away. 86

Con. Even as your horse bears your praises;

59 kern: light-armed Irish soldier
59, 60 French hose: wide breeches
60 straight strossers: tight trousers
65 to: as
71, 72 Cf. n.