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Descend unto the daughter. Gracious lord, When all her chivalry bath been in France,
Stand for your own; unwind your bloody tlag ; And she a mourning widow of her nobles,
Look back unto your mighty ancestors : She hath herself not only well defended,
Go, my dread lord, to your great grandsire's tomb, But taken, and impounded as a stray,
From whom you claim; invoke his warlike spirit, 5 The king of Scots; whom she did send to France,
And your great uncle's, Edward th: black prince; To fill king Edward's fame with prisoner kings;
Who on the French ground play'l a tragedy, And make your chronicle as rich with praise,
Making defeat on the full power of France; As is the ouze and bottom of the sea
Wbiles his most mighty taiher on a hill

With sunken wreck and suinless treasuries.
Stood smiling, to behold his lion's whelp 10 Ere. But there's a saying very old and true,
Forage in blood or French nobility:-

If that you will France win, O noble English, that could entertain

Then with Scotland first begin: With half their forces the full pride of France; For once the eagle England being in prey, And let another half stand laughing by,

To her unguarded nest the weasel Scot All out of work, and cold for action!

15 Comes sneaking, and so sucks her princely eggs; Ely. Awake remembrance of these valiant dead, Playing the mouse, in absence of the cat, And with your puissant arm renew their feats: To taint and havock more than she can eat. You are their heir, you sit upon their throne; Ely. It follows then, the cat must stay at home: 'The blood and conrage that renowned them, Yet that is but a curs'd' necessity; Runs in your veins; and my thrice-puissant liege 20 Since we have locks to safeguard necessaries, Is in the very May-murn of his youth,

And pretty traps to catch ihe petty thieves. Ripe for exploits and mighty enterprizes. W Kile that the armed hand doth tight abroad, Exe. Your brother kings and monarchs of the The advised head defends itself at home: earth

For government, though high, and low, and lower, Do all expect that you should rouse yourself, 25 Put into parts, doth keep in one consent*; As did the former lions of your blood.

Congruing in a full and natural close, West. They know, your grace hath cause, and

Like musick.
means and might;

Cant. True: therefore doth heaven divide
So hath your highness; never king of England The state of man in divers functions,
Had nobles richer, and more loyal subjects; 30 Setting endeavour in continual motion;
Whose heartshaveleft their bodies here in England, To which is tixed, as an aim or butt,
And lie pavilion'd in the fields of France.

Obedience": for so work the honey bees;
Cant. 0, let their bodies follow, my dear liege, Creatures, that, by a rule in nature, teach
With blood, and sword, and tire, to win your right: The art of order to a peopled kingdom.
In aid whereof, we of the spiritualty

35 They have a king, and officers of sorts: Will raise your highness such a mighty sum, Where some, like magistrates, correct at home; As never did the clergy at one time

Others, like merchants, venture trade abroad; Bring in to any of your ancestors. [French : Others, like soldiers, armed in their stings,

K. Henry. We must not only arm to invade the Make boot upon the summer's velvet buds; But lay down our proportions to defend 40 Which pillage they with merry march bring home.. Against the Scot, who will make road upon us

To the tent royal of their emperor: With all advantages.

(reign, Who, basy'u in bis majesty, surveys Cant. They of those marches', gracious sove- The singing masons building roofs of gold; Shall be a wall sufficient to defend

The civil citizens kneading up the honey; Our inland from the pilfering borderers. [only, 45 The poor inehanick porters crowding in

K.Henry. We do not mean thecoursing snatchers Their heavy burdens at his narrow gate;
But fear the main intendment of the Scot,

The sad-ey'd justice, with his surly huis),
Who hath been still a' giddy neighbour to us: Delivering o'er to executors pale
For you shall read that my great grandfather The lazy yawning drone. I this infer,-
Never went with his forces into France, 50 that many things, having full reference
But that the Scot on his unfurnish'd kingdom To one consent, may work contrariously;
Came pouring, like the tide into a breach, Is many arrows, loosed several ways,
With ample and brim fulness of his force;

Fly to one mark;
Galling the gleaned land with hot assays; As many several ways meet in one town;
Girding with grievous siege castles and towns; 55 As many fresh streams run in one self sea;
That England, being empty of defence,

As many lines close in the dial's centre;
Hath shook, and trembled'at the ill neighbourhood. So may a thousand actions, once afoot,
Cant. She hath been then more fear'd than End in one purpose, and be all well borne
harm'd, my liege:

Without deivat. Therefore to France, my liege. For hear her but exampled by herself, 60 Divide your happy England into four;

· The marclles are the borders, the limits, the confines. Hence the Lords Marchers, i. e. the lords presidents of the marches, &c. ?i. e. inconstant, changeable. ' i. e, an unfortunate necessity, or a necessity to be erecrated. * Consent is unison. * The sense is, that all endeavour is to terminate in obedience, to be subordinate to the public good and general desigu of government.


Whereof take you one quarter into France,

(Tell him, he hath made a match with such a And you withal shall make all Gallia shake.

wrangler, If we, with thrice that power left at home,

That all the courts of France will be disturb’d Cannot defend our own door from the dog, With'chaces. And we understand him well, Let us be worried; and our nation lose

5 How be comes o'er us with our wilder days, The name of hardiness, and policy. [Dauphin. Not measuring what use we made of them.

K. Henry. Call in the messengers sent from the We never valu'd this poor seat of England; Now are we well resolv’d: and, -by God's help; And therefore, living hence“, did give ourself And yours, the noble sinews of our power,

To barbarous licence; as'tis ever common, France being ours, we'll bend it to our awe, 10 That men are merriest when they are from home. Or break it all to pieces: Or there we'll sit, But tell the Dauphin,- I will keep my state; Ruling, in large and aniple empery',

Be like a king, and shew my sail of greatness, O'er France, and all her almost kingly dukedoms; When I do rouse me in my throne of France; Or lay these bones in an unworthy urn,

For that I have laid by my majesty, Tombless, with no remembrance over them: 15 And plodded like a man for working-days; Either our history shall, with full mouth,

But I will rise there with so full a glory, Speak freely of our acts; or else our grave, That I will dazzle all the eyes of France, Like Turkish mute, shall have a tongueless mouth, Yea, strike the Dauphin blind to look on us. Not worshipp'd with a waxen epitaph.

And tell the pleasant prince,--this mock of his Enter Ambassadors of France. 20 Hath turn’d his balls to gun-stones'; and his soul Now we are well prepar'd to know the pleasure Shall stand sore charged for the wasteful vengeance Of our fair cousin Dauphin; for, we hear, That shall fly with them: for many a thousand Your greeting is from him, not from the king.

widows Amb. May't please your majesty, to give us leave Shallthishis mock mockout of their dear husbands; Freely to render what we have in charge ; 25 Mock mothers from their sons, mock castles down; Or shall we sparingly shew you far off

And some are yet ungotten, and unborn,
The Dauphin's meaning, and our embassy ? That shall have cause to curse the Dauphin's scorn.

K. Henry. We are notyrant, but a Christianking: But this lies all within the will of God,
Unto whose grace our passion is as subject, To whom I do appeal; and in whose name,
As are our wretches fetter'd in our prisons: 30 Tell you the Dauphin, I am coming on,
Therefore, with frank and with uncurbedplainness, To venge me as I may, and to put forth
Tell us the Dauphin's mind.

My rightful hand in a well-hallow'd cause.
Amb. Thus then, in few.

So, get you hence in peace; and tell the Dauphin, Your highness, lately sending into France, His jest will savour but of shallow wit, (it. Did claim some certain dukedoms, in the right 35 When thousands weep, more than did laugh at Of your great predecessor, king Edward the third. Convey them with safe conduct.--Fare you well. In answer of which claim, the prince our master

[Exeunt Ambio; aldurs. Says,-that you savour too much of your youth ; Ere. This was a merry message. And bids you be advis’d, there's nought in France, K. Henry.We hope to make the senderblash at it. Than can be with a nimble-galliard' won; 40 Therefore, my lords, omit no happy hour, You cannot revel into dukedoms there:

That may give furtherance to our expedition : He therefore sends you, meeter for your spirit, For we have now no thought in us, but France; This tun of treasure; and, in lieu of this,

Save those to God, that run before our business. Desires you, let the dukedoms, that you claim, Therefore, let our proportions for these wars Hear no inore of you. This the Dauphin speaks. 45 Be soon collected; and all things thought upon, K. Henry. What treasure, uncle?

That may, with reasonable swittness, add Ere. Tennis-balls, iny liege. (with us; More feathers to our wings: for, God before,

K.Henry. We are glad the Dauphinie so pleasant We'll cbide this Dauphin at his father's door. His present, and your pains, we thank you fori Therefore, let every man now task his thought, When we have match'd our rackets to these balls, 50 That this fair action may on foot be brought. We will, in France, by God's grace, play a set,

(Exeunt. Shall strike his father's crown into the hazard:

Empery signifies dominion, but it is now an obsolete word, though formerly in general use. galliurd was an ancient dance, now obsolete. 'Chuce is a term at tennis. So is the hazard; a place in the tennis court into which the ball is sometimes struck. * i. e. not in the court, the place in which he is now speaking. ! When ordnance was first used, threy discharged balls, not of iron, but of stone.


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Bard. What, are ancient Pistol and you friends Clen.

TOW all the youth of England are ou Ivet?

Nym. For my part, I care not: I say little : but And silken dalliance in the wardrobe lies ; when time shali serve, there shall be siniles;-but Now thrive the armourers, and honour's thought 5 that shall be as it mav. I dare not right; but I Reigns solely in the breast of every man: will wink, and hold out mine iron: It is a simple They sell the pasture pow, to buy the horse; one; but what though? it will toast cheese; and Following the mirror of all Christian kings, it will endure cold as another man's sword will: With winged heels, as English Mercuries.

and there's the humour of it. For now sits Expectation in the air ;

10 Burd. I will bestow a breakfast, to make you And hides a sword, from hilts unto the point, friends; and we'll be all three sworn bruthers to With crowns, imperial crowns, and coronets, France': let it be so, good corporal. Wym. Promis’d to Harry, and his followers.

Vym. Faith, I will live so long as I inay, that's The French, advis'd by good intelligence

the certain of it; and, when I cannot live any Of this most dreadful preparation,

13 longer, I will kilo as I may: that is iny rest, that

1 Shake in their fear; and with pale policy

jis the rendezvous of it. Seek to divert the English purposes.

Burd. It is certain, corporal, that he is married O England !--model to thy inward greatness, to Nell Quichly: und, certainly, she did you Like lille body with a mighty heart,-

wrong; for you were trath-plighi to her. What might'st thou do, that honour would thee do, 20' Aym. I cannot tell; things must be as they may: Were all thy children kind and natural!

Men inay sleep, and they may have their throats But see thy fault! France hath in thee found out about them at that time; and, some say, knives A nest of hollow bosoms, which she hills [men,- have edges. It must be as it may: though patience With treacherous crowns: and three corrupted be a tir'u mare, yet she will plod. There inust be One, Richard earl of Cambridge; and the second, 25 conclusions. Well, I cannot tell. llenry lord Scroop of Masham; and the third,

Enter Pistol and Quickly. Sir Thomas Grey, knight of Northumberland,- Bard. Here comes ancient Pistol, and his wife: Have for the gilt- of France (O guilt, indeed!) --Tood corporal, be patient here.- How now, Confir'd conspiracy with fearful France;

mine bost Pistol? And by their hands ibis' grace of kings inust die, 30 Pist. Base tyke", call'st thou me-host? (If hell and treason hold their promises)

Now, by this hand I swear, I scorn the term; Ere he take ship for l'rance, and in Southampton.

Norsbüll my Nell keep lodgers. Linger your patience on; and well digest

Quick. So, by ny troth, not long: for we canThe abuse of distance, while we force a play. not lodge and board a dozen or fourteen gentleThe sum is paid ; the traitors are agreed; 35 women, that live honestly by the prick of their The king is set from London; and the scene needles, but it will be thought we keep a bawelyIs now transported, gentles, to Southampton : house straight.-- () well-a-day, lady, if he be not There is the plav-house now, there must you sit: crawn now! We shall see wilful adultery and And thence to France shall we convey you safe, murder committed. And bring you back, charming the narrow seas 40 Burd. Good lieutenant, good corporal, offer To give you gentle pass; for, if we may, nothing bere. * We'll not ottend one stomach with our play. Nm. Piso! But 'till the king come forth, and not 'till then, Pist. Pish for thee, Iceland dog! thou prickUnto Southampton do we shift our scene. [Exit.

ear'd cur of Iceland! SCENE I.

45 Quick. Good corporal Nym, shew the valour

of a man, and put up thy sword. Bifore Quickly's house in Eust-chvap.

Vipin. Will you shoul oli? I would have you Enter Corporal Vym, and lieutenant Burdolph. solus. Burd. Well met, corporal.

Pist. Solius, egregious dog! O viper vile! Nym. Good morrow', lieutenant Bardolph. 150 The solus in thy most marvellous face;

· Mr. Tollet says, that in the horse armoury in the Tower of London, Edward III. is repres sented with two crowns on his sword, alluding to the two kingolois, France and England, of bolla which he was crowned heir. Perhaps the poet took the thought from this representation. Gili, which in our author generally signifies a displuy of golil, in the present instance means golilen money. • i. e. lie who does great honour to the title. . By the same kind of phraseology the usurper in Klambet is called the Vice of kings, i. e. the opprobrium of them. * To force a pluy, is to produce a play by compelling many circumstances into a narrow compass. • That is, you shall pass the sea without the qualms of sea-sichness. • At this scene begins the connection of this play with the latter part of king Henry IV. 'Dr. John on thinks we should read, We'll all go szeorn brothers to France, or, we'll will be sworn brothers in France. * Tike is a small kind of dog. We should read Goud ancient, for it is Pistol to whoin he addresses hiinself. 10 Meaning, will you murch, or go a/?




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thee again.

The solus in thy teeth, and in thy throat,

Pist. Sword is an oath, and oaths must have And in thy hatefullungs, yea, in ihy maw, perdy;

their course. And, which is worse, within thy nasty mouth! Bard. Corporal Nyın, an thou wilt be friends, I do retort the solus in thy bowels:

be friends: an thou wilt not, why then be eneFor I can talk; and Pistol's cock is up,

5 mies with me too. Pry’thee put up. And flashing fire will follow.

Nym. I shall bave my eight shillings, I won of Nym. I am not Barbason'; you cannot conjure you at betting? me. I have an humour to knock you indifferent

Pist. A noble shalt thou have, and present pay; ly well: If you grow foul with me, Pistol, I will And liquor likewise will I give to thee, scour you with ny rapier, as I may, in fair terms: 10 and friendship shall combine, and brother hood: If you would walk oil, I would prick your guts I'll live by Nym, and Nym shall live by me;a little, in good terms, as I may; and that's the Is not this just--for I shall sutler be humour of it,

Unļo the camp, and protits will accrue.
Pist. Obraggard vile, and damned furious wight! Give me thy hand.
The grave dvih gape, and doating death is near;15 Vym. I shall have my noble ?
Therefore exhale.

Pist. In cash most justly paid.
Bard. Hear me, hear me what I say :-be thai Nym. Well then, that's the humour of it.
strikes the first stroke, I'll run him up to the hilts,

Re-enter Quickly. as I am a soldier.

Quick. As ever you came of women, come in Pist. An oath of mickle might; and fury shall|20 quickly to sir John: Ah, poor heart! he is so abate.

shak'd of a burning quotidian tertian, that it is Give me thy fist, thy fore-foot to me give;

most lamentable to behold. Sweet men, come Thy spirits are most tall.

to him. Nym. I will cut thy throat, one time or other, Nym. The king hath run bad humours on the in fair terms; that is the bumour of it. 25 knight, that's the even of it. Pist. Coupe le gorge, that is the word -1 defy Pist. Nym, thou hast spoke the right;

This heart is fracted, and corroborate. O hound of Crete, think'st thou my spouse to get? Nym. The king is a good king: but it must be No; to the spital go,

as it may; he passes some humours and careers. And from the powdering tub of infamy

301 Pist. Let us condole the knight ; for, Jambkins, Fetch forth the lazar kile of Cressid's kind,

we will live.

[Exeunt. Doll Tear-sheet she by name, and her espouse:

SCENE II. I have, and I will hold, the qılondum Quickly [to.

Southampton. For the only she; and-Pauca, there's enough; go Enter Exeter, Bedford, und Westmoreland. Enter the Boy.

35 Bed. 'Fore God, bis grace is bold, to trust these Boy. Mine host Pistol, you must come to my

traitors! master,-and you hostess ;-he is very sick, and Exe. They shall be apprehended by and by. would to bed. Good Bardolph, put thy nose be- I'est. llow smooth and even they do bear tween his sheets, and do the ottice of a warming

themselves! pan : faith, he's very ill.

40 As if allegiance in their bosoms sat, Bard. Away, you rogue.

Crowned with faith and constant loyalty. Quick. By my troth, he'll vield the crow a pud. Bed. The king hath note of all that they intend, ding one of these days: the king has killed his By interception which they dream not of. heart.-Good husband, come home presently,

Ere. Nay, but the man that was liis bedfellow?,

[Exit quickly. 45 Whom he hath cloy’d and grac'd with princely Bard. Come, shall ( make you two friends

favours,We must to France together; Why, the devil,

That he should, for a foreign purse, so sell should we keep knives to cut one another's Ilis sovereign's life to death and treachery! throats?

[Trumpets sound. Pist. Let floods o'erswell, and fiends for food 50 Enter the king, Scroop, Cambridge, Grey, und howl on!

Attendants. Nym. You'll pay me the eight shillings I won K. Henry. Now sits the wind fair, and we will of you at betting

abroad. Pist. Base is the slave that pays.

My lord of Cambridge,-and my kind lord of Nym. That now I will have: that's the hu-'55 Masham,

[thoughts: mnour of it.

And you, my gentle knight,--give me your Pist. As manhood shall compound; Push home. Think you not, that the powers we bear with us,

[Drum. Willcuttheir passage through the force of France; Bard. By this sword, he that makes the tirst Doing the execution, and the act, thrust, I'll kill him; by this sword, I will. 60(For which we have in head' assembled thein?

Barbuson is the name of a dæmon mentioned in the Merry Wives of Windsor. 2 The familiar appellation of bedfellow, which appears strange to us, was conunun among the ancient nobility. 'A head means an army formed.




Scroop. Scroor. No doubt, my liege, if each man do his Read them; and know, I know your worthiness.-best.

My lord of Westmoreland,--and uncle Exeter, X. Henry. I doubt not that: since we are well We will aboard 10-night.-Why, how now, genpersuaded,

tlemen? We carry not a heart with us from hence, 5 What see you in those papers, that you lose That grows not in a fair consent with ours; so much complexion-Loukye, how theychange! Nor leave not one behind, that doth not wish fTheir cheeks are paper.-Why, what read you Success and conquest to attend on us. [lov'd,

there, Cam. Never was monarch better feard and That hath so cowarded and chas'd your blood Than is your majesty; there's not, I think, a 10 Out of appearance? subject,

Cum. I do confess my fault; That sits in heart-grief and uneasiness

And do subinit me to your highness' mercy, Under the sweet shade of your government. Grey. Scroop. To which we all appeal. Grey. Even those, that were your father's ene- K. Henry. The mercy, that was quick in us mies,


but late, Slavesteep'd their galls in honey; and doserve you By your own counsel is suppress'd and kill'd : With hearts create' of duty and of zeal.

You must not dare, for shame, to talk of mercy; K. Henry. We therefore have great cause of For your own reasons turn into your bosoms, thankfulness;

As dogs upon their masters, worrying them. And shall forget the office of our hand,

20 See you, my princes, and my noble peers, Sooner than quittance of desert and merit, These English monsters! MylordCambridge here, According to ihe weight and worthiness.

You know, how apt our love was, to accord
Scroop. So service shall with steeled sinews toil; Tofurnish bim with all appertinents
And labour shall refresh itself with hope,

Belonging to his honour; and this man
To do your grace incessant services,

25 Hath, for a few light crowns, lightly conspir’d, K. Henry. We judge no less.--'ncle of Exeter, And sworn unto the practices of France, Enlarge the man committed yesterday,

To kill us here in Hampton: to the which, That rail'd against our person: we consider, This knight,--no less for bounty bound to us It was excess of wine that set him on;

(Than Cambridge is,-hath likewise sworn.-And, on his more advice?, we pardon him. 130

But 0 ! Scroop. That's mercy, but ioo much security : What shall I say to thee, lord Scroop; thou cruel,

I Let him be punish’d, sovereign ; lest exairple Ingrateful, savage, and inhuman creature! Breed, by his sufferance, more of such a hind. Thou, that didst bear the key of all my counsels, K. Henry. O, let us yet be mercitul.

That knew'st the very bottom of my soul, Cam. So may your highness, and yet punish too. 35 That almost might'st have coin'd me into gold, Grey. Sir, you shew great mercy, if you give Would'st thou liave practis'd on me for thy use, him life,

May it be possible, ihat foreign hire
After the taste of much correction.

Could out of thee extractone spark of evil,
K'. Henry. Alas, your too much love and care That might annoy my finger? "Tis so strange,

40 That, though the truth of it stands off as gross Are heavy orisons 'gainst this poor wretch. As black from white, my eye will scarcely see it. If little faults, proceeding on distemper', [eye, Treason, and murder, ever kept together, Shall not be wink'd at, how shall we stretch our As two voke-devils sworn to either's purpose, When capital crimes; chew'd, swallow'd, and di- Working so grossly in a natural cause, gested,

45 That admiration did not whoop at thein: Appear before us? We'll yet enlarge that man, But thou, 'gainst all proportion, eidst bring in Though Cambridge, Scroop, and Grey,-in their Wonder, to wait on treason, and on murder : dear care

And whatsoever cunnmg tiend it was, And tender preservation of our person, —

That wrought upon thee so preposterously, Would bave bin punish’d. And now to our 50 He hath got the voice in hell for excellence: French causes ;-

And other devils, that suggest by treasons, Who are the late commissioners?

Do botch and bungle up dainnation [fetch'd Cum. I one, my lord;

With patches, colours, and with forms being Your highness bade me ask for it to-day.

From glistering semblances of piety ; Scroop. So did you ine, my liege.

155 But he, that temper'd thee, bade thee stand up, Grey. And me, my royal sovereign.

Gavethee noinstance why thou shouldst dotreason, K. Henry. Then, Richard, earl of Cambridge, Unless to dub thee with the name of traitor. there is yours ;

If that same dæmon, that hath gulld thee thus, There vours, lord Scroop of Masham;-and, sir Should with his lion gait walk the whole world, knight,

60 fe might return to vasty Tartar' back, Grey of Northumberland, this same is yours :- And tell the legious,-I can never win

'i. e. made up of duty and zeal. 2 On his return to more coolness of mind. 3j. e. from intorica. tion. * i, e. liring. * To stund off is étre relevé, to be prominent to the eye, as the strong parts of a picture. i. e. palpably. ii. e. Turtarus, the fabled place of future punishment.

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