Notes on the text
(notes by Roger Ayers)
The autumn batch of recruits for the Old Regiment had just been uncarted. As usual they were said to have been the worst batch of recruits that had ever come from the Depôt.[Line 4] What's the last from Lunnon, lads? 'What is the latest news from London ?' Although by this time it would have been at least six weeks old.
The quality of mercy is not strain'd,Refrain
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven ”