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Chorus. 0, for a muse of fire, that would ascend
The brightest heaven of invention!
A kingdom for a stage, princes to act,
And monarchs to behold the swelling scene!


-That, when he speaks,
The air, a charter'd libertine, is still,
And the mute wonder lurketh in men's ears,
To steal his sweet and honey'd sentences.

Act I. Scene I.

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ACT 1.

And wholesome herries thrive and en besi,

Neighbour'd by fruit of baser quality : SCENE I.-London.-An Antechamber in And so the prince obscur'd bis contemplatiou the King's Palace.

Uuder the veil of wildness; which, no doubt, Enter the Archbishop of CANTERBURY, and Grew like summer grass, fastest by nigbt, Bishop of Ely.

Unseen, yet crescive in his faculty.

Cant. It must be so : for miracles are ceas'd Cant. My lord, I'll tell you, that self bill is And therefore we must needs admit the means urg'u,

Hosv things are perfected. Which, in the eleventh year o'the last king's

Ely. But, my good lord, reign

How now for mitigation of this bill Was like, and had indeed against us pass'd, Uig'd by the commons ? Doth his majesty But that the scambling and unquiet time

Incline to it or no? Did push it out of further question.

Cant. He seems indifferent ; Ely. But how, my lord, sball we resistitor, rather, swaying more upon our part, now 1

Than cherishing the exhibiters against us : Cant. It must be thought on. If it pass For I have made an offer to his majesty,

against us, We lose the better hall of our possession ;

(Upon our spiritual convocation ;

And in regard of causes now in hand,
For all the temporal lands which men devout Whicb I bave open'd to his grace at large,
By testament bave given to the church,
Would they strip from us; being valued thus, - Than ever at one tiine the clergy yet

As touching France, to give a greater sum
As much as would maintain, to the king's Did to bis predecessors part withal.

Ely. How did this otser seem receiv'd, my Full fifteen earls, and fifteen hundred knights ;

lord ? Sir thousand and two hundred good esquires ; Cant. With good acceptance of his majesty; And to relief of lazars, and weak age,

Save, that there was not time enough to bear of indigent faint souls, past corporal toil, A hundred alms-houses right-well supplied ;

(1s | perceiv'd, his grace would fain bave

done,) And to the coffers of the king beside,

The severals and unbidden passages A thousand pounds by the year : Thus runs the of his true titles to soine certain dukedoms;

bill. Ely. This would drink deep.

And, generally, to the crown and seat of

France, Cant. "Twould drink the cup and all.

Derived from Edward, bis great grandfather. Ely. But what prevention ? Cant. The king is full of grace and fair

Ely. What was the impedinent that broke this

off? regard.

Cant. The French ambassador, upon that Ely. And a true lover of the holy church.

instant, Cant. The courses of his youth promis'd it Crav'd audience; and the hour I think is come, not.

Tu give him hearing : Is it four o'clock 1 The breath no sooner left his father's body,

Ely. It is. But that his wildness, mortified in him,

Cunt. Then go we in to know his embassy; Seem'd to die too : yea, at that very moment,

Which I could, with a ready guess, declare, Consideration like an angel came,

efore Frenchman speak a word of it. And whipp'd the offending Adam out of hinn;

Ely. I'll wait upon you ; and I long to hear Leaving his body as a paradise,


(Eseunt. To envelop and contain celestial spirits. Never was such a sudden scholar made :

SCENE II.-The same.A Room of State in Never came reformation in a flood,

the same. With such a beady current scouring faults ; Nor never Hydra-headed wilfulness

Enter King HENRY, GLOSTER, BEDFORD, EXESo soon did lose his seat, and all at once,

TER, WARWICK, WEST LORELAND, and AlAs in this king.

tendants. Ely. We are blessed in the change. Cant. Hear him but reason in divinity,

K. Hen. Where is my gracious lord of CanAud, all-admiring, with an inward wish

terbury? You would desire the king were made a pre

Ere. Not here in presence. late :

K. Hen. Send for bim, good uncle. Hear him debale of commonwealth affairs,

West. Shall we call in the anıbassador, my You would say, it hath been all-in all his

liege? study :

K. Hen. Not yet, my cousin ; we would be reList his discourse of war, and you shall bear

solv'd, A fearful battle render'd you in music :

Before we hear him, of some things of weight, Turn bim to any cause of policy,

That task our thoughts, concerning us and The Gordian knot of it he will uuloose,

France. Familiar as his garter ; that, when he speaks,

Enter the Archbishop of CANTERBURY, and The air, a charter'd libertine, is still, And the mute wonder lurketh in men's ears,

Bishop of Ely. To steal his sweet and boneyed sentences ;

Cant. God and his angels guard your sacred So that the art and practic part of life

tbrone, Must be tbe mistress to this theoric : +

And make you long become it ! Which is a wonder, how his grace should K. Hen. Sure, we thank you. glean it,

My learned lord, we pray yon to proceed ; Since bis addiction was to courses vain;

And justly and religiously unfold, His companiest unletter'd, rude, and shallow ; Why the law Salique, that they bave in France, His hours filld up with riots, banquets, Or should, or should not, bar us in our claim. sports;

And God forbid, my dear and faithful lord, And never noted in him any study,

That you should fashion, wrest, or bow your Any retirement, any seqnestration

reuding, From open haunts and popularity.

Or nicely charge your understanding soul Ely. The strawberiy grows underneath the With opening titles miscreate, t whose right nettle ;

Suits not in native colours with the truth, • Alluding to the method loy which Hercules cleansed for God doth know how many now in health th, Augear stable : viz. turning a river through it. + Theory, 1 Companions.

• Increasing

† Spurious.

ball drop their blood in approbation

Was re-united to the crown of France. of what your reverence shall incite us to : So that, as clear as is the summer's son, Therefore take heed how you impawn our King Pepin's title, and Hugh Capet's claim, person ;

King Lewis his satisfaction, all appear How you awake the sleeping sword of war ;- To hold in right and title of the female : We charge you in the name of God, take heed : So do the kings of France unto this day; For never two such kingdoms did contend, Howbeit they would hold up this Salique law, Without much fall of blood; whose guiltless To bar your bighness claiming from the female ; drops

And rather choose to bide thein in a net, Are every one a woe, a sore complaint,

Than amply to imbare their crooked tilles 'Gaiust him, whose wrongs give edge unto the Usurp'd froin you and your progenitors. swords

K. Aen. May 1, with right and conscience, That make such waste in brief mortality,

make this claim? Under this conjuration, speak, my lord;

Cant. The sin upon my head, dread sa And we will bear, Hote, and believe in heart,

vereign ! + That what you speak is in your conscience for in the book of Numbers is it writ, wash'd

When the sou dies, let the inheritance As pure as sin with baptisın.

Descend unto the daughter. Gracious lord, Cant. Then hear me, gracious sovereign, - Stand for your own ; unwind your bloody flag; and yoll peers,

Look back unto your migbty ancestors : That owe your lives, your faith, and services, Go, my dread lord, to your great grandsire : To this imperial throne ;-There is no bar *

tomb, To make against your highness' claim to France, From whom you claim; invoke his warlike But this, which they produce from Phara

spirit, mond,

And your great uncle's Edward the black In terrun Salicam mulieres ne succedant,

prince ; No woman shall succeed in Sulique land : Who on the French ground play'd a tragedy, Which Salique laud the French unjustly gloze,+ Making defeat on the full power of France; To be the realın of France, and Pharamond Whiles his most mighty father on a hill The founder of this law and female bar.

Stood smiling, to behold his lion's whelp Yet their own authors saithfully affirin,

Forage in blood of French nobility. That the land Salique lies in Germany,

O noble English that could entertain Between the floods of Sala and of Elbe :

With half their forces the full pride of France ; Where Charles the great, having subdued the And let another ball stand laughing by, Saxolis,

All out of work, and cold for action ! There left bebird and settled certain French i Ely. Awake remembrance of these valiant Who, holding in disdain the German women,

dead, For some dishonest manners of their life,

And with yonr puissant arm renew their seats : Establishi'd there this law,-lo wit, no female You are their heir, you sit upon their throne ; Should be inheritrix iu Salique land ;

The blood and courage, that renowned them, Which Salique, as I said, 'twixt elbe and Runs in your veins; and my thrice-puissant Sala,

liege Is at this day in Germany callid Meisen.

Is in the very May-morn of his youth, Thus doth ii well appear, the Salique law Ripe for exploits and mighty enterprises. Was not devised for the realin of France :

Ere. Your brother kings and mouarchis of Nor did the French possess the Salique land

the earth Utilil four hundred one and twenty years

Do all expect that you should rouse yourself, Alter desunction of king Pharamond,

As did the former lions of your blood. July suppos'd the founder of this law;

West. They know your grace hath canse, and Who died within the year of our redemption

means, and might; Four hundred twenty-six ; and Charles the So hath your highness ; never king of England great

Had nobles richer and more loyal subjects ; Subdued the Saxons, and did seat the French Whose hearts have left their bodies here in Beyond the river Sala, in the year

Eight hundred five. Besides, their writers say, And lie paviliou'd in the fields of France.
King Pepill, which deposed Childerick,

Cant. o let their bodies follow, my dear Did, as heir general, being descended

liege, or Blitild, which was the daughter to Clo- With blood, and sword, and fire, to win your thair,

right: Make claim and title to the crown of Frauce. In aid whereof, we of the spiritualty Hugh Capel also, that surp'd the crown Will raise your biguess such a mighty sum, or Charles the dike of Lorain, sole heir male As never did the clergy at one time of the true line and stock of Charles the Bring in to any of your alicestors. great,

K. Hen. We must not only arm to invade the To fine his title with some show of truth,

French ; (Though in pure !ruth, it was corrupt and But lay down our proportions to defend nanglit,)

Against the Scot, who will make road upon us Convey'd g himself as heir to the lady Lingare, With all advantages. Daughter to Charlemain, who was the son Cant. They of those marches, i gracious sa. To Lewis ihe emperor, aud Lewis the son

vereign, oi Charles the great. Also king Lewis the shall be a wall sufficient to defend lenth,

Our inland from the pelfering borderers. Who was sole heir to the surper Capet,

K. Hen. We do tiot inean the coursing snalCould not keep quiet in his conscience,

cbers only, Wearing the crown of France, till satisfied But fear the main intendinent of the Scot, That fair queen Isabel, his grandmother, Who bath been still a giddy neighbour lo us; Was lineal of the lady Ermengare,

For you shall read, that my great grandfather Daughter 10 Charles the foresaid duke of Never went with his forces into France, Lorain :

But that the Scot, on his uururuish'd kingdom, By the wnichi marraige, the line of Charles the

• Las open. great

* This Chichly, archlishop or Canterbury, merce • The whole of this long speech is from Ilollin. Mother Church Humc.

mended an attack ipon France, to save the musello shed. + Explain, Make showy or specious. C'rrass.

The horilers of England and Derived his utle.


| General disposition.

! All the battle


Came pouring like the tide unto a breach, Cannot defeud our own door from the dog,
With ample and brim-fulness of his force'; Let us be worried ; and our nation lose
Galling the gleaned land with hot essays ; The name of bardiness and policy.
Girding with grievous siege castles and towns ; K. Hen. Call in the messengers sent froin
That England, being empty of defence,

the Dauphin. Hath shook and trembled at the ill neighbour- (Exit an Attendant. The King ascends hood.

his Throne. Cant. She hath been then more fear'd. than Now are we well resolv'd; and, by God's harm’d, my liege:

belp For hear her but exampled by herself, And your's the noble sinews of our power, When all her chivalry hath been in France, France being our's, we'll bend it to our awe, And she a mourning widow of her nobles, Or break it all to pieces : Or there we'll sit, She bath herself not only well defended, Ruling, in large and ample empery, Bit taken and impounded as a stray,

O'er France, and all her almost kingly duke. The king of Scots ; whom she did send to

doms; France,

Or lay these bones in an unworthy urn, To fill king 'Edward's fame with prisoner Tombless, with no remembrance over them : kings;

Either our history shall, with full mouth, And make your chronicle as rich with praise, Speak freely of our acts ; or else our grave, As is the ooze and bottom of the sea

Like Turkish mute, shall have a tougueless With sunken wreck and sumless treasuries.

West. But there's a saying, very old and Not worship'd with a waxen epitaph.

if that you will France win,

Enter AMBASSADORS of France.
Then with Scotland first begin : Now are we well prepar'd to know the plea.
For once the eagle England being in prey,
To her unguarded nest the weasel Scot

of our fair cousin Dauphin ; for we hear, Comes sneaking; and so sucks her princely Your greeting is from him, not from the kiug. eggs;

Amb. May it please your majesty, to give us Playing the mouse, in absence of the cat,

leave To spoil and havoc more than she can cat. Freely to render what we have in charge ; Exe. It follows then, the cat most stay at or shall we sparingly show you far oft home :

The Dauphin's meaning, and our embassy ? Yet that is but a curs'd necessity ;

K. Hen. We are no tyrant, but a Christian Since we have locks to safeguard necessaries,

king ; And pretty traps w catch the petty thieves. Unto whose grace our passion is as subject, While that the armed band doth night abroad, As are our wretches felier'd in our prisons : Tbe advised head defends itself at house : Therefore, with frank and with uncurbed plainFor government, though high, and low, and

ness, lower,

Tell us the Dauphin's mind. Put into parts, doth keep in one concent; + Amb. Thus then, in few. Congruing i in a full and natural close,

Your highness, lately sending into France, Like music.

Did claim some certain dukedonis, in the right Cant. True : therefore doth heaven divide of your great predecessor, king Edward the The state of man in divers functions,

third. Setting endeavour in continual inotio: :

lu answer of which claim, the prince our To which is fixed, as an aim or butt,

master Obedience : for só work the honey bees ; Says, that you savour too much of your youth; Creatures, that, by a rule in nature, teach And bids you be advis'd, there's nought in The act of order to a peopled kingdom.

France, They have a king, and officers of sorts : $

That can be with a nimble galliard + won ; Where some, like magistrates, correct at home; You cannot revel into dukedoins there : Others, like merchants, venture trade abroad; He therefore sends you, meeter for your spirit, Others, like soldiers, arined in their stings, This tun of treasure ; aud in lieu of this, Make boot upon the summer's velvet buds; Desires you let the dukedoms that you claim, Which pillage they with merry march bring Hear no more of you. This the Dauphin To the tent-royal of their emperor : (home

speaks. Who, basied in his majesty, surveys

K. Hen. What treasure, uncle ? The singiug ipasons building ruofs of gold; Exe. Tennis-balls, my liege. The civil | citizens kneading up the honey ; K. Hen. We are glad the Dauphin is so pleaThe poor mechanic porters crowding in

sant with us ; Their heavy burdens at his narrow gale ;

His present, and your pains, we thank you for : The sad-ey'd justice, with his surly hum, When we have matchi'd our rackets to these Delivering o'er to executors ! pale

balls, The lazy yawning drone. I this infer,

We will, in France, by God's grace, play a set, That many things, having full reference

Shall strike his father's crown into the bazard: To one consent, may work contrariously ; Tell him, he hath made a match with such a As many arrows, loosed several ways,

wrangler, Fly to one mark;

That all the courts of France will be disturb'd As many several ways meet in one town ;

With chaees. And we understand hiin well, As Dially fresh streains run in one self sea : How be cimes o'er us with our wilder days, As many lines close in the dial's centre;

Not measuring what use we made of them. So many a thousand actions, once afoot, We never valu'd this poor seat of England; End in one purpose, and be all well borne And therefore, living hence, did give ourself Without defeat. Therefore to Frauce, my To barbarous licence ; As 'uis ever common, liege.

That men are merriest when they are from Divide your happy England into four ;

home. Whereof take you one quarter into France, But, tell the Dauphin, I will keep my state ; And you withal sball make all Gallia shake. Be like a king, and show my sail of greatness, If we, with thrice that power left at home, When I do rouse me in my throne of France ;

• Domin10n.

+ An ancient dance. • Frightened.

+ Harmony

This story is by no means credible: the great offers 1 Agreeing

$ Different degrees. maile by France, to avert the nar, shew that they enter i Suber, grase. 4 Executioners. tained a just idea of Heury's character. Hume.

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