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Changes the mode; for what in me was purchas'd,
Falls upon thee in a much fairer fort;
For thou the garland wear'it fucceflively.
Yet though thou stand'st more sure than I could do,
Thou art not firm enough, since griefs are green ;
And all my friends, which thou must make thy friends,
Have but their stings and teeth newly ta'en out;
By whose fell working I was first advanc'd,
And by whose pow'r I well might lodge a fear,
To be again displac'd; which to avoid
I cut them off, and had a purpose now
To lead out many to the holy land;
Left reft and lying ftill might make them look
Too near into my state. Therefore, my Harry,
Be it thy course to busy giddy minds
With foreign quarrels; that action, hence, borne out,
May waste the memory of former days.
More would I, but my lungs are' wasted fo,
That strength of speech is utterly deny'd me.
How I came by the crown, O God, forgive !
And

may
with thee in true

live!
P. Henry. My gracious Liege,
You won it, wore it, kept it, gave
Then plain and right must my poffefsion be ;
Which I with more than with a common pain, .
'Gainst all the world, will rightfully maintain.

grant it

peace

SHAKESPEAR.

it me į

CHAP

1

CH A P.

XVIII.

HENRY V. TO HIS SOLDIERS.

W

HAT's he that wishes for more men from England ?

My coufin Westmoreland ? No, my fair cousin,
If we are mark'd to die, we are enow
To do our country loss; and if to live,
The fewer men, the greater share of honour,
God's will! I pray thee wish not one man more.
By Jove, I am not covetous of gold;
Nor care I who doth feed upon my coft ;
It yearns me not if men my garments wear ;
Such outward things dwell not in my

desires :
But if it be a fin to covet honour,
I am the most offending foul alive.
No, 'faith, iny Lord, with not a man from England:
God's peace, I would not lose so great an honour,
As one man more, methinks, would share from me,
For the best hopes I have. Don't wish one more :
Rather proclaim it (Westmoreland) through my hoft,
That he which hath no stomach to this fight,
Let him depart; his passport shall be made,
And crowns for convoy put into his purfe :
We would not die in that man's company,
That fears his fellowship to die with us.

This day is call'd the feast of Crispian :
He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when this day is nam'd,
And rouse him at the name of Crispian :
He that outlives this day, and sees old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,

And

And say, To-morrow is Saint Crispian :
Then will he strip his sleeve, and shew his scars.
Old men forget; yet shall not all forget,
But they'll remember, with advantages,
The feats they did that day. Then shall our names,
Familiar in their mouth as houfhold-words,
Harry the King, Bedford, and Exeter,
Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Glo'fter,
Be in their flowing cups freshly remember'd.
This story shall the good man teach his fon :
And Crispin Crispian fhall ne'er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered ;
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers :
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me,
Shall be my brother; be he e'er fo vile,
This day shall gentle his condition.
And gentlemen in England, now a-bed,
Shall think themselves accursid they were not here;
And hold their manhoods cheap, while any fpeaks,
That fought with us upon St. Crifpian's day.

SHAKESPEAR.

С Н А Р.

XIX.

HENRY VI. WARWICK, AND CARDINAL

BEAUFORT.

How

K. HENRY. Y TOW fares my Lord ? Speak, Beaufort,

to thy Sovereign. Car. If thou be’ft Death, I'll give thee England's

treasure, Enough to purchase such another island,

So

So thou wilt let me live, and feel no pain.

K.Henry. 'Ah, what a sign it is of evil life, Where death's approach is seen so, terrible !

WAR. Beaufort, it is thy Sovereign speaks to thee.

CAR. Bring me unto my trial when you will.
Dy'd he not in his bed? Where should he die?
Can I make men live whether they will or no ?
Oh, torture me no more, I will confefs
Alive again? Then thew 'me where he is :
I'll give a thousand pound to look upon him
He hath no eyes, the dust hath blinded them :
Comb down his hair; look! look! it stands upright,
Like lime-twigs set to catch my winged soul.
Give me some drink, and bid th' apothecary
Bring the strong puison that I bought of him.

K. Henry: Othou eternal Mover of the heav'ns,
Look with a gentle eye upon this wretch;
Oh, beat away the busy, meddling fiend,
That lays strong siege unto this wretch's soul,
And from his bosom purge this black despair. -
-Peace to his foul, if God's good pleasure be!
Lord Cardinal, if thou think'it on heaven's bliss,
Hold up thy hand, make fignal of thy hope.
He dies, and makes no fign! O God, forgive him.

War. So bad a death argues a monstrous life.

K. Henry. Forbear to judge, for we are finners all, Close up his eyes, and draw the curtain clofe, And let us all to méditation.

SHAKESPEAR,

CH A P. с нА Р.

·XX.

WOLSEY AND CROMWELL.

WOL. AREWEL, a long farewel to all my greatness!

puts

forth The tender leaves of hope ; to-morrow blossoms, And bears his blushing honours thick upon him; The third day comes a frost, a killing frost, And when he thinks, good easy man, full surely His greatness is a-ripening, nips his shoot; And then he falls, as I do. , I have ventur'd, Like little wanton boys, that swim on bladders, These many summers in a sea of glory; But far beyond my depth : my high-blown pride At length broke under me; and now has left me, Weary, and old with service, to the mercy Of a rude stream, that must for ever hide me. Vain pomp and glory of the world, I hate ye ! I feel my heart new open'd. Oh, how. wretched Is that poor man that hangs on princes' favours ! There is, betwixt that smile he would aspire to, That sweet aspect of princes, and his ruin, More pangs and fears than war or women have; And when he falls, he falls like Lucifer, Never to hope again. Why, how now, Cromwell ?

CROM. I have no power to speak, Sir.

WOL. What, amaz'd
At my misfortunes ? Can thy spirit wonder
A great man should decline ? Nay, if you weep,
I'm fall'n indeed.

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