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The kindred of him hath been flesh'd upon us; And bids you, in the bowels of the Lord, And he is bred out of that bloody strain, Deliver

up the crown; and to take mercy That haunted us in our familiar paths : On the poor souls, for whom this hungry war Witness our too much memorable shame, Opens his vasty jaws : and on your head When Cressy battle fatally was struck, Turning the widows' tears, the orphans' cries, And all our princes captiv'd by the hand The dead men's blood, the pining maidens' Of that black name, Edward, black prince of groans, Wales;

(standing. For husbands, fathers, and betrothed lovers, Whiles that his mountain sire, -on mountain That shall be swallow'd in this controversy. Up in the air, crown'd with the golden sun, — This is his claim, his threat'ning, and my Saw his heroical seed, and smild to see him,

message ; Mangle the work of nature, and deface Unless the Dauphin be in presence here, The patterns that by God, and by French To whom expressly I bring greeting too. fathers,

Fr. King. For us, we will consider of this Had twenty years been made. This is a stem farther : Of that victorious stock; and let us fear To-morrow shall you bear our full intent The native mightiness and fate of him. Back to our brother England, Enter a Messenger.

Dau.

For the Dauphin, Mess. Ambassadors from Harry king of I stand here for him : what to him from England

England ?

[contempt, Do crave admittance to your majesty.

Exe, Scorn and defiance ; slight regard, Fr. King. We'll give them present audience. And anything that may not misbecome Go, and bring them.

The mighty sender, doth he prize you at. (Exeunt Mess, and certain Lords. Thus says my king : and, if your father's You see, this chase is hotly follow'd, friends. highness Dau. Turn head, and stop pursuit; for Do not, in grant of all demands at large, coward dogs

Sweeten the bitter mock you sent his majesty, Most spend their mouths, when what they He'll call you to so hot an answer of it, seem to threaten

That caves and womby vaultages of France Runs far before them. Good my sovereign, Shall chide your trespass, and return your Take up the English short; and let them know In second accent of his ordnance. (mock Of what a monarchy you are the head :

Dau. Say, if my father render fair return, Self-love, my liege, is not só vile a sin It is against my will ; for I desire As self-neglecting.

Nothing but odds with England : to that end, Re-enter Lords, with Exeter, and train. As matching to his youth and vanity, Fr. King. From our brother England ? I did present him with the Paris balls. (for it, Exe. From him ; and thus he greets your Exe. He'll make your Paris Louvre shake majesty.

Were it the mistress court of mighty Europe; He wills you, in the name of God Almighty, And, be assur'd, you'll find a difference That you divest yourself, and lay apart (As we, his subjects, have in wonder found) The borrow'd glories, that by gift of heaven, Between the promise of his grecner days, By law of nature and of nations, 'long And these he masters now : now he weighs To him, and to his heirs; namely, the crown, time, And all wide-stretched honours that pertain, Even to the utmost grain : that you shall read By custom and the ordinance of times, [know, In your own losses, if he stay in France. Unto the crown of France. That you may Fr. King. To-morrow shall you know our "Tis no sinister nor no awkward claim,

mind at full.

(our king Pick'd from the worm-holes of long-vanish'd Exe. Despatch us with all speeu, lest that Nor from the dust of old oblivion rak'd, [days, Come here himself to question our delay; He sends you this most memorable line, For he is footed in this land already.

(Gives a paper. Fr. King. You shall be soon despatch'd In every branch truly demonstrative ;

with fair conditions : Willing you overlook this pedigree :

A night is but small breath, and little pause, And when you find him evenly deriv'd To answer matters of this consequence. From his most fam'd of famous ancestors,

(Flourish. Exeunt. Edward the third, he bids you then resign Your crown and kingdom, indirectly held From him, the native and true challenger.

ACT III. Fr. King. Or else what follows ? (crown

Enter Chorus. Exe. Bloody constraint; for if you hide the Even in your hearts, there will he rake for it : Chor. Thus with imagin'd wing our swift Therefore in fierce tempest is he coming,

scene flies, In thunder and in earthquake, like a Jove, In motion of no less celerity

(seen That, if requiring fail, he will compel, Than that of thought. Suppose that you have

sance :

The well-appointed king at Hampton pier Whose blood is fet from fathers of war-proof!
Embark his royalty ; and his brave fleet Fathers, that, like so many Alexanders,
With silken streamers the young Phoebus Have in these parts from. morn till even fought,
fanning :

And sheath'd their swords for lack of arguPlay with your fancies ; and in them behold

ment. Upon the hempen tackle ship-boys climbing : Dishonour not your mothers; now attest (you ! Hear the shrill whistle, which doth order give That those whom you call'd fathers did beget To sounds confus'd; behold the threaden sails, Be copy now to men of grosser blood, Borne with th' invisible and creeping wind, And teach them how to war !--And you, good Draw the huge bottoms through the furrow'd yeomen,

(here sea,

Whose limbs were made in England, show us Breasting the lofty surge: 0 do but think The mettle of your pasture ; let us swear You stand upon the rivage, and behold That you are worth your breeding; which I A city on th' inconstant billows dancing :

doubt not ; For so appears this fleet majestical(follow ! For there is none of you so mean and base, Holding due course to Harfleur. Follow, That hath not noble lustre in your eyes. Grapple your minds to sternage of this navy : I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips, And leave your England, as dead midnight Straining upon the start. The game's afoot : still,

(women. Follow your spirit ; and, upon this charge, Guarded with grandsires, babies, and old Cry--God for Harry! England ! and Saint Either past, or not arriv'd to, pith and puis- George!

[Excunt. Alarum, and chambers go of. For who is he, whose chin is but enrich'd

SCENE II.-The same. With one appearing hair, that will not follow Forces pass over ; then enter Nym, Bardolph, Those culld and choice-drawn cavaliers to France ?

(siege ;

Pistol, and Boy. Work, work your thoughts, and therein see a Bard. On, on, on, on, on! to the breach, to Behold the ordnance on their carriages,

the breach ! With fatal mouths gaping on girded Harfleur. Nym. Pray thee, corporal, stay : the knocks Suppose the ambassador from the French are too hot, and for mine own part, I have comes back ;

not a case of lives; the humour of it is too hot, Tells Harry that the king doth offer him that is the very plain-song of it. Katharine his daughter; and with her, to Pist. The plain-song is most just; for hudowry,

mours do abound : Some petty and unprofitable dukedoms. Knocks go and come: God's vassals drop and The offer likes not : and the nimble gunner

And sword and shield (die; With linstock now the devilish cannon touches.

In bloody field, [Alarum; and chambers go off

Doth win immortal fame.
And down goes all before them. Still be kind, Boy. Would I were in an ale-house in Lon-
And eke out our performance with your mind. don! I would give all my fame for a pot of

(Exit.
Pist. And I :

[ale, and safety.

If wishes would prevail with me, SCENE I.-France. Before Harfleur.

My purpose should not fail with me, Alarums. Enter King Henry, Exeter, Bed

But thither would I hie. ford, Gloster, and Soldiers with scaling Boy. As duly, but not as truly, ladders.

As bird doth sing on bough. K. Hen. Once more unto the breach, dear

Enter Fluellen. friends, once more ;

Flu. Up to the preach, you dogs ! avaunt, Or close the wall up with our English dead ! you cullions.

[Driving them forward. In peace, there's nothing so becomes a man Pist. Be merciful, great duke, to men of As modest stillness, and humility :

Abate thy rage, abate thy manly rage ! (mould ! But when the blast of war blows in our ears, Abate thy rage, great duke ! Then imitate the action of the tiger ;

Good bawcock, bate thy rage! use lenity, Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood,

sweet chuck! Disguise fair nature with hard-favour'd rage : Nym. These be good humours ! - your Then lend the eye a terrible aspéct ;

honour wins bad humours. Let it pry through the portage of the head,

[Exeunt Nym, Pistol, and Bardolph, Like the brass cannon ; let the brow o'er

followed by Fluellen. As fearfully, as doth a galled rock (whelm it, Boy. As young as I am, I have observed O'erhang and jutty his confounded base, these three switshers. I am boy to them all Swill'd with the wild and wasteful ocean. three : but all they three, though they would Now set the teeth, and stretch the nostril wide ; serve me, could not be a man to me : for, Hold hard the breath, and bend up every spirit indeed, three such anticks do not amount to a To his full height !-on, on, ye noblest English, I man. For Bardolph, -he is white-livered, and red-faced ; by the means whereof, 'a faces it Gow. How now, captain Macmorris ! have ort, but fights not. For Pistol, he hath a kill- you quit the mines ? have the pioneers given ing tongue, and a quiet sword ; by the means lo'er? whereof, 'a breaks words, and keeps whole Mac. By Chrish la, tish ill done : the work Wespons. For Nym, --he hath heard that ish give over, the trumpet sound the retreat. men of few words are the best men ; and By my hand, I swear, and my father's soul, therefore he scorns to say his prayers, lest 'a the work ish ill done ; it ish give over : I would should be thought a coward ; but his few bad have blowed up the town, so Chrish save me, words are match'd with as few good deeds; for la, in an hour: 0, tish ill done, tish ill done; by a never broke any man's head but his own, my hand, tish ill done! and that was against a post when he was Flu. Captain Macmorris, I peseech you drunk. They will steal anything, and call it now, will you vouchsafe me, look you, a few purchase. Bardolph stole a lute-case, bore it disputations with you, as partly touching or [uelve leagues, and sold it for three-halfpence. concerning the disciplines of the war, the RoWym and Bardolph are sworn brothers in man wars, in the way of argument, look you, fiching; and in Calais they stole a fire-shovel : and friendly communication; partly, to satisfy I knew by that piece of service, the men would my opinion, and partly, for the satisfaction, carrycoals. They would have me as familiar with look you, of my mind, as touching the direcmen's pockets, as their gloves or their hand- tion of the military discipline : that is the kerchiefs : which makes much against my point. manhood, if I should take from another's Jamy. It sall be very gud, gud feith, gud pocket, to put into mine ; for it is plain pock-captains bath : and I sall quit you with gud eting up of wrongs. I must leave them, and leve, as I may pick occasion, that sall 1, seek some better service: their villainy goes marry. against my weak stomach, and therefore I Mac. It is no time to discourse, so Chrish must cast it up.

[Exit. save me: the day is hot, and the weather, and Re-enter Fluellen, Gower following. the wars, and the king, and the dukes : it is no Gow. Captain Fluellen, you must come pre-time to discourse. The town is beseeched, Sentiy to the mines : the duke of Gloster and the trumpet calls us to the breach; and we would speak with you.

talk, and by Chrish, do nothing : 'tis shame Hlu. To the mines ! tell you the duke, it is for us all; so God sa' me, 'tis shame to stand not so good to come to the mines : for, look still; it is shame, by my hand : and there is you, the mines is not according to the disci-throats to be cut, and works to be done ; and plines of the war ; the concavities of it is not there is nothing done, so Chrish sa' me, la. sufficient ; for, look you, th' athversary (you Jamy. By the mess, ere theise eyes of mine may discuss unto the duke, look you) is digt take themselves to slumber, aile do gud serhinself four yards under the counter-mines i vice, or aile ligge i' the grund for it; ay, or go by Chesu, I think, 'a will plow up all, if to death ; and aile pay it as valorously as I there is not better directions.

may, that sal I surely do, that is the breff and Gow. The duke of Gloster, to whom the the long. Marry, I wad full fain heard some order of the siege is given, altogether di- question 'tween you tway. rected by an Irishman; a very valiant gentle- Flu. Captain Macmorris, I think, look you, man, i faith.

under your correction, there is not many of Flu. It is Captain Macmorris, is it not ? your nationGoo. I think it be.

Mac. Of my nation! What ish my nation ? Flu. By Chesu, he is an ass, as in the 'orld: what ish my nation? Who talks of my nation, I will verify as much in his peard : he has no ish a villain, and a bastard, and a knave, and more directions in the two disciplines of the a rascal. #ars, look you, of the Roman disciplines, than Flu. Look you, if you take the matter other15 a puppy-dog.

wise than is meant, captain Macmorris, pero Enter Macmorris and Jamy. adventure, I shall think you do not use me with Gew. Here 'a comes; and the Scots captain, that affability as in discretion you ought to use Captain Jamy, with him.

me, look you; being as goot a man as yourFlu. Captain Jamy is a marvellous falorous self, both in the disciplines of wars, and in the gentleman, that is certain ; and of great expe- derivation of my birth, and in other particulardition, and knowledge in the ancient wars, ities. upon my particular knowledge of his direc- Mac. I do not know you so good a man as tions : by Cheshu, he will maintain his argu- myself : so Chrish save me, I will cut off your ment as well as any military man in the 'orld, head.

(other. in the disciplines of the pristine wars of the Gow. Gentlemen both, you will mistake each Romans.

Jamy. Au ! that's a foul fault. Jamy. I say, gud day, captain Fluellen.

[ A parley sounded. Fla, God-den to your worship, goot cap

Gow. The town sounds a parley.
Flu. Captain Macmorris, when there is more

win Jamy.

better opportunity to be required, look you, I Enter our gates; dispose of us, and ours; will be so bold as to tell you, I know the dis- For we no longer are defensible. [Exeter, ciplines of wars; and there is an end.

K. Hen. Open your gates. --Come, uncle

[Exeunt. Go you and enter Harfleur; there remain, Scene III.- France. Before the Gates of And fortify it strongly 'gainst the French : Harfleur.

Use mercy to them all. For us, dear uncle,

The winter coming on, and sickness growing The Governor and some Citizens on the walls ; Upon our soldiers, we will retire to Calais.

the English forces below. Enter King Henry To-night in Harfleur will we be your guest ; and his train.

To-morrow for the march are we addrest. K. Hen. How yet resolves the governor of (Flourish. The King, &c., enter the town. the town?

SCENE IV.-Rouen. A Room in the Palace. This is the latest parle we will admit : Therefore, to our best mercy give yourselves ;

Enter Katharine and Alice. Or, like to men proud of destruction,

Kath. Alice, tu as esté en Angleterre, el tu Defy us to our worst : for, as I am a soldier, parles bien le langage. (A name that, in my thoughts, becomes me Alice. Un peu, madame. If I begin the battery once again, (best)

Kath. Je te prie, m'enseignez; il faut que I will not leave the half-achieved Harfleur, j'apprenne à parler. Comment appellez vous Till in her ashes she lie buried.

la main en Anglois ? The gates of mercy shall be all shut up; Alice. La main elle est appellée, de hand. And the flesh'd soldier, rough and hard of Kath. De hand. Et les doigts In liberty of bloody hand shall range [heart, Alice. Les doigts ? ma foy. je oublie les With conscience wide as hell ; mowing like doigts; mais je me souviendray. Les doigts! grass

[infants. je pense, qu'ils sont appellé de fingres; ouy, de Your fresh fair virgins, and your flowering fingres. What is it then to me, if impious war,

Kath. La main, de hand; les doigts, de Array'd in flames, like to the prince of fiends, fingres. Je pense que je suis le bon escolier. Do, with his smirch'd complexion, all fell feats J'ay gagné deux mots d'Anglois vistement. Enlink'd to waste and desolation ? [cause, Comment appellez vous les ongles ? What is't to me, when you yourselves are Alice. Les ongles ? les appellons, de nails. If your pure maidens fall into the hand

Kath. De nails. Escoutes; dites moy, si je Of hot and forcing violation ?

Iparle bien : de hand, de fingres, de nails. What rein can hold licentious wickedness, Alice. C'est bien dit, madame ; il est fort When down the hill he holds his fierce career ? bon Anglois. We may as bootless spend our vain command Kath, Dites moy en Anglois, le bras. Upon the enraged soldiers in their spoil, Alice. De arm, madame. As send precepts to the Leviathan (Harfleur, Kath. Er le coude. To come ashore. Therefore, you men of Alice. De elbow. Take pity of your town, and of your people, Kath. De elbow. Je m'en faitz la repetiWhiles yet my soldiers are in my command ; tion de tous les mots que vous m'avez appris Whiles yet the cool and temperate wind of dès à present.

(je pense. grace

Alice. Il est trop difficile, madame, comme O'erblows the filthy and contagious clouds Kath. Excuses moy, Alice; escoutez: de Of heady murder, spoil, and villainy. hand, de fingre, de nails, de arm, de bilbow. If not, why, in a moment, look to see

Alice. De elbow, madame. The blind and bloody soldier with foul hand Kath. O Seigneur Dieu ! je m'en oublie; de Defile the locks of your shrill-shrieking daugh-elbow Comment appellez vous le coli Your fathers taken by the silver beards, [ters; Alice. De neck, madame. And their most reverend heads dash'd to the Kath. De nick: Et le mentoni Your naked infants spitted upon pikes, [walls; Alice. De chin. Whiles the mad mothers with their howls con- Kath. De sin. Le col, de nick : le menton, fus'd

Alice, Ouy. Sauf vostre honneur ; en verile Do break the clouds, as did the wives of Jewry vous prononcez les mots aussi droict que les At Herod's bloody-hunting slaughtermen. natifs d'Angleterre. What say you? will you yield, and this Kath. Je ne doute point d'apprendre par la avoid?

grace de Dieu, et en peu de temps. Or, guilty in defence, be thus destroy'd ? Alice. N'avez vous pus deja oublié ce que je

Gov. Our expectation hath this day an end : vous ay enseignée ! The Dauphin, whom of succour we entreated, Kath. Non, je reciterai à vous promfiemeat. Returns us, -that his powers are yet not ready De hand, de fingre, de mails, -To raise so great a siege. Therefore, dread Alice. De nails, madame. king,

Kath. De nails, de arme, de ilbow. We yield our town and lives to thy soft mercy. Alice. Sauf vostre honneur, de elbow.

[de sin.

ance.

you have

Kath. Ainsi dis je : de elbow, de neck, et Let him greet England with our sharp defide sin : Comment appellez vous le pieds et la

Alice. De foot, madame; et de con. (robe ? Up, princes ! and, with spirit of honour edg'd Kath. De foot et de con? 0 Seigneur More sharper than your swords, hie to the Dieu / ces sont mots de son mauvais, corrup- field : tible, grosse, et impudique, et non pour les Charles De-la-bret, high constable of France ; dames d'honneur d'user. Je ne voudrois pro-You dukes of Orleans, Bourbon, and of Berry, noncer ces mots devant les Seigneurs de France, Alençon, Brabant, Bar, and Burgundy ; pour tout le monde. Il faut de foot, et de con, Jaques Chatillon, Rambures, Vaudemont, neant-moins. Je reciterai une autre fois ma Beaumont, Grandpré, Roussi, and Fauconliçon ensemble : de hand, de fingre, de nails, de berg, arm, de elbow, de nick, de sin, de foot, de Foix, Lestrale, Bouciqualt, and Charolois ; Alice. Excellent, madame.

[con. High dukes, great princes, barons, lords, and Kath. C'est assez pour une fois : allons nous knights,

(shames. disner.

[Exeunt. For your great seats, now quit you of great SCENE V.-Rouen. Another Room in the

Bar Harry England, that sweeps through our land

fleur : Palace.

With pennons painted in the blood of HarEnter the French King, the Dauphin, Duke Rush on his host, as doth the melted snow

of Bourbon, the Constable of France, Upon the valleys, whose low vassal seat
and others.

The Alps doth spit and void his rheum upon : Fr. King. 'Tis certain, he hath pass'd the Go down upon him,

power river Somme.

slord, enough,
Con. And if he be not fought withal, my And in a captive chariot into Rouen
Let us not live in France ; let us quit all, Bring him our prisoner.
And give our vineyards to a barbarous people. Con.

This becomes the great.
Dau. O Dieu vivant ! shall a few sprays of Sorry am I his numbers are so few,
The emptying of our fathers' luxury, [us,- His soldiers sick, and famish'd in their march ;
Our scions, put in wild and savage stock, For, I am sure, when he shall see our army,
Spirt up so suddenly into the clouds,

He'll drop his heart into the sink of fear, And overlook their grafters?

And, for achievement, offer us his ransom. Bour. Normans, but bastard Normans, Fr. King. Therefore, lord constable, haste Norman bastards !

on Montjoy ; Hort de ma vie! if they march along And let him say to England, that we send Unfought withal, but I will sell my dukedom, To know what willing ransom he will give.--To buy a slobbery and a dirty farm

Prince Dauphin, you shall stay with us in In thai hook-shotten isle of Albion.

Rouen. Con. Dieu de batailes ! where have they Dau. Not so, I do beseech your majesty. this mettle?

Fr. King. Be patient; for you shall remain Is not their climate foggy, raw, and duil ;

with us.On whom, as in despite, the sun looks pale, Now forth, lord constable, and princes all, Killing their fruit with frowns? Can sodden And quickly bring us word of England's fall. water, [broth,

(Excunt. A drench for sur-rein'd jades, their barley SCENE VI.-The English Camp in Picardy. Decoct their cold blood to such valiant heat ? And shall our quick blood, spirited with wine,

Enter Gower and Fluellen. Seem frosty ? O, for honour of our land, Gow. How now, captain Fluellen ! come let us not hang like roping icicles

you from the bridge? Upon our houses' thatch, whiles a Flu. I assure you, there is very excellent frosty people

[fields, services committed at the pridge. Sweat drops of gallant youth in our rich Gow. Is the duke of Exeter safe? Poor we may call them, in their native lords. Flu. The duke of Exeter is as magnanimous Day. By faith and honour,

as Agamemnon ; and a man that I love and Our madams mock at us, and plainly say, honour with my soul, and my heart, and my Our metile is bred out; and they will give duty, and my life, and my living, and my uiTheir bodies to the lust of English youth, termost power : he is not (God be praised and To new-store France with bastard warriors. plessed !) any hurt in the 'orld ; but keeps the Bour. They bid us to the English dancing- pridge most valiantly, with excellent discipline. schools,

There is an ancient there at the pridge, -I And teach lavoltas high, and swift corantos think, in my very conscience, he is as valiant Saying, our grace is only in our heels, a man as Mark Antony ; and he is a man of And that we are most lofty runaways. no estimation in the 'orld ; but I did see him Fr. King. Where is Montjoy, the herald ? do as gallanı service. speed him hence :

Grw. What do you call him ?

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