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HARVARD COLLEGE LIORARY
T. GILLET, Wild Court, and J. BRETTELL, Marshall Street, Printers.
Lords, Messengers, French and English Soldiers, with other Attendants. The SCENE, at the Beginning of the Play, lies in England; but afterwards, wholly in France.
For a muse of fire', that would ascend
ISABEL, Queen of France.
KATHARINE, Daughter to the King of France.
'The transactions comprised in this historical play commence about the latter end of the first, and terminate in the eighth year of this king's reign; when he married Katharine princess of France, and closed up the differences betwixt England and that crown. It was writ (as appears from a passage in the chorus of the fifth act) at the time of the earl of Essex's commanding the forces in Ireland in the reign of queen Elizabeth, and not 'till after Henry the VIth had been played, as may be seen by the conclusion of this play. This goes upon the notion of the Peripatetic system, which imagines several heavens one above another; the last and highest of which was one of fire. 'i. e. this wooden circle. *The helmets. i. e. your powers of fancy. Perilous narrow, in burlesque and common language, meant no more than very narrow. In old books this mode of expression occurs perpetually,