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If your pure maidens fall into the hand

Alice. C'est bien dit, madame; il est fort bon Of hot and forcing violation ?

kath. Dites moy en Anglois, le bras. [-anglois. What rein can hold licentious wickedness,

Alice. De arm, mudame.
When down the hill he holds his fierce career? Kath. Et le coude.
We may as bootless spend our vain command Alice. De elbow.
Upon the enraged soldiers in their spoil,

Kath. De elbow. Je m'en fait: la repetition de As send precepts to the Leviathan

tous le mots, que vous m'avez appris des à present. To come ashore. Therefore, you men of Harfleur, Alice. Il est trop difficile, madame, comme je pense. Take pity of your town, and of your people, Kath. Excusez moy, Alice; escoutez: De hand, Whiles yet my soldiers are in my command; 10 de fingre, de nails, de arm, de bilbow. Whiles vet the cool and temperate wind of grace

Alice. De elbow', madame. O’er-blows the filthy and contagious clouds

Kath. O Seigneur Dieu! je n'en oublie; De Of heady murder, spoil, and villainy.

elbow. Comment appellez vous le col ? If not, why, in a moment, look to see

Alice. De neck, mudame.
The blind and bloody soldier with foul hand 15 Kath. De neck: Et le menton ?
Defile the locks of your shrill-shrieking daughters;

Alice, De chin.
Your fathers taken by the silver beards,

Kath. Desin. Le col, de neck: le menton, de sin. And their most reverend heads dash'd to the walls; Alice. Ouy. Sunt vostre honneur ; en verité, Your naked infants spilted upon pikes;

vous prononçez le mots aussi droict que les naitis Whiles the mad mothers with their howls confus'l 20 d'Angleterre. Do break the clouds, as did the wives of Jewry

kaih. Je ne doute point d'apprendre par lat At Herod's bloody-hunting slaughtermen. grace

de Dieu; d'en peu de temps. What say you will you yield, and this avoid ? Alice. N'avez tous pus deja oublié ce que je Or, guilty in defence, be thus destroy'd)? vous ay onscignée ?

Enter Gorernor', upon the Italls. 251 Kath. Non, je reciteray à rous promptement. Gov. Our expectation hath this day an end: De hand, de tingre, de mails. The Dauphin, whom of succour we entreated, Alice. De nails, madame. Returns us—that his powers are not yet ready

Kath. De nails, cle arm, de ilbow. To raise so great a siege. Therefore, dread king, Alice. Suuf vostre honneur, de elbow. We yield our town, and lives, to thy soft mercy; 30 Kath. Ainsi disje; de elbow, de neck,et de sin: Enter onr gates; dispose of us, and ours; Comment appillez vous les pieds & la robe ? For we no longer are defensible.

Alice. Di foot, madume; de con. K.Henry:Open yourgates.--Come, uncle Exeter, Kath. De foot, & de con? O Seigneur Dieu ! Go you and enter Harileur; there remain, ces sont mots de son maurais, corruptible',grosse, And fortify it strongly 'gainst tlie French: 35 ct impudique, 4: non pour les dames d'honneur Use mercy to them all. For us, clear uncle, d'user: Je ne voudrois prononcer ces mots devant The winter coming on, and sickness growing les seigneurs de l'rance, pour tout le monde. Il Upon our soldiers, - we'll retire to Calais. faut de foot, & de con, ncant-moins. Je reciterai To-night in Harfleur will we be your guest;

une autre fois ma lecon ensemble : De hand, de To-morrow for the march are we addrest. 40 tingre, de nails, de arm, de elbow, ne neck, de

[Flourish, and enter the town. sin, de foot, de con. S CE N E IV.

Alice. Excellent, madame!

Kath. C'est assez pour une fois; allons nous à The French Camp. \disner.

[Excunt. Enter Katharine and an old Gentlecroman.


S CE NE V. Kath. Alice, tu as esté en Angleterre, d: tu

Presencc-Chamber in the French Court. parles bien le language. Alice. Un peil, madame.

Enter the King of France,the Dauphin, Duke of Kath. Je te prie, m'enseignez; il faut que Bourbon, the Constuble of France, and others. j'apprenne à parler. Comment appelle: cous lu 50 Fr. king. 'Tis certain, he hath pass'd the river main, en inglois ?

Somme. Alice. Lu main? elle est appellée, de hand. Con. And if he be not fought withal, my lord, Kath. De hand. Et les doigts?

Let us not live in France; let us quit all, Alice. Les doigts? mu foye, je oublie les

And give our vineyards to a barbarous people. doigts ; mais je me souviendray. Les doigts 155 Diu. O Dieu vivant ! shall a few'sprays of je pense, qu'ils sont appellé de tingres; ouy, de

US, tingers; oui de tingers.

The emptying of our father's luxury',Kath. La main, de hand; les doigts, de fingres. Our syons, put in wild and savage stock, Je pense, que je suis le bon escoliér. l’au gagnée Sprout up so suddenly into the clouds, deux mots d Anglois vistement. Commint uppel-60 And over-grow their grafters ? [bastards! bez vous les ongles?

Bour.Normans, but bastard Normans, Norman Alice. Des ongles ? les appellons, de nails. Mort de ma vie! if thus they march along

Kath. De nails. Escoutez: dites moy, si je Cnfought witbal, but I will sell my dukedom, parle bien : de hand, de tingres, de nails. To buy a slobbery and a dirty farm

To overblow is to drive away, or to keep od: i.e. prepared. In this place, as in others, luxury means lust. "j. e. uncultivated, or wild.


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In that nook-shotten' isle of Albion.

[nettle! Now, forth, lord constable, and princes all; Con. Dieu de batailles! where have they this And quickly bring us word of England's fall. Is not their climate foggy, raw, and dull;

[Exeunt. On whom, as in despight, the sun looks pale,

Killing their fruit with frowns? Can sodden water, | 5

The English Camp.
A drench for sur-reyn'd-jades, their barley broth,
Decoct their cold blood to such valiant heat?

Enter Gower and Fluellen.
And shall our quick blood, spirited with wine, Goze. How now, captain Fluellen come you
Seem frosty: Oh, for honour of our land,

from the bridge? Let us not hang like roping icicles [ple 10 Flu. I assure you there is very excellent service Upon the houses' thatch, whiles a more frosty peo- committed at the pridge. Sweat drops of gallant youth in our rich fields ; Gow. Is the duke of Exeter safe? Poor-we may call them, in their native lords. Flu. The duke of Exeter is as magnanimous as Dau. By faith and honour,

Agamemnon; and a man that I love and honour Our madams mock at us; and plainly say, 15 with my soul, and my heart, and my duty, and my Our mettle is bred out; and they will give life, and my livings, and my uttermost powers: he Their bodies to the lust of English youth, is not (Got be praised and plessed !) any hurt in To new store France with bastard warriors. the 'orld; but keeps the pridge most valiantly, Bour. They bid us to the English dancing- with excellent discipline. There is an ancient schools,

20 sieutenant there at thie pridge.--I think in my very And teach lavoltas' high, and swift corantos; conscience, he is as valiant a man as Mark AnSaying, our grace is only in our heels,

tony; and he is a man of no estimation in the And that we are most lofty run-aways.

l'orld; but I did see him do gallant services. Fr.King. Where is Montjoy, the herald speed Gow. What do you call him? him hence;

125 Flu. He is call'd-ancient Pistol. Let him greet England with our sharp defiance.- Gow. I know him not. U princes; and, with spirit of honour edg’d,

Enter Pistol. More sharper than your swords, hie to the field: Flu. Do you not know him? Here comes the Charles De-la-bret, high constable of France; You dukes of Orleans, Bourbon, and of Berry, 130 Pist. Captain, I beseech thee to do me favours: Alençon, Brabant, Bar, and Burgundy;

The duke of Exeter doth love thee well. Jaques Chatillion, Rambures, Vaudemont,

Flu. Ay, I praise Got; and I have merited some Beaumont, Grandpré, Roussi, and Fauconberg, llove at his hands. Foix, Lestrale, Bouciqualt, and Charolois;

Pist. Bardolph, a soldier firm and sound at beart, High dukes, great princes, barons, lords, and 35 Of buxom' valour, hath-by cruel fate, knights,

And giddy fortune's furious tickle wheel, For your great seats, now quit you of great shames. That goddess blind, Bar Harry England, that sweeps through our land That stands upon the rolling restless stone, With pennons painted in the blood of Ilarfleur: Flu. By your patience, ancient Pistol. Fortune Rush on his host, as doth the melted snow 40 is painted plind, with a mutller before her eyes, upon the vallies; whose low vassal seat

to signify to you, that fortune is plind: And she The Alps doth spit and void his rheum upon: is painted also with a wheel; to signify to you, Go down upon him,-you have power enough, which is the moral of it, that she is turning, and And in a captive chariot, into Roan

inconstant, and mutabilities, and variations; and Bring him our prisoner.

45 her foot, look you, is fixed upon a spherical stone, Con. This becomes the great.

which rolls, and rolls, and rolls:-In good truth, Sorry am I, his numbers are so few,

the poet makes a most excellent description of His soldiers sick, and famish'd in their march; fortune: fortune, look you, is an excellent moral. For I ain sure, when he shall see our army, Pist. Fortune is Bardolph's foe, and frowns ou Ile'll drop his heart into the sink of fear,

50 And, for atchievement, offer us his ransom. For he hath stolen a pix, and hang'd must ’a be. Ir. King. Therefore, lord constable, haste on Damn'd death! Montjoy;

Let gallows gape for dog, let man go free, And let him say to England, that we send And let not hemp his wind-pipe suffocate: To know what willing ransom he will give.- 155 But Exeter hath given the doom of death, Prinçe Dauphin, you shall stay with us in Roan. For pix of little price.

Dau. Not so, I do beseech your majesty. Therefore, go speak, the duke will hear thy voice: Fr.king. Be patient, for you shall remain with And let not Bardolph's vital thread be cut

With edge of penny.cord, and vile reproach: * Shotten signifies any thing projected: so nook-shotten isle is an isle that shoots out into capes, promontories, and necks of land, the very figure of Great Britain. ? i. e. over-ridden horses. 'Hanner observes, that in this dance there was much turning and much capering. * Pennons armorial were small flags, on which the arms, device, and motto of a knight were painted. Pennon means the same as pendant. Si. e. valour under good command, obedient to its superiors.


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Speak, captain, for his life, and I will thee requite. Flu. The perdition of th' athversary hath been

Flu. Ancient Pistol, I do partly understand your very great, very reasonable great: marry, for my meaning:

part, I think the duke hath lost never a man, buit Pist. Why then rejoice therefore,

one that is like to be executed for robbing a church, Flu. Certainly, ancient, it is not a thing to re- 5 one Bardolph, it your majesty know the man: joice at: for it, look you, he were my brother, I his face is all bubukles, and whelks, and knobs, would desire the duke to use his goot pleasure, and flames of fire: and his lips plows at his nose, and put him to executions; for discipline ought and it is like a coal of fire, sometimes plue and to be used.

sometimes red; but his nose is executed, and his Pist. Die and be damn’d; and figo for thy 10 tire's out. friendship!

K. Henry. We would have all such offenders so Flu. It is well.

cut off—and we give express charge, that, in our Pist. The fig' of Spain!

(Exit Pistol. marches through the country, there be nothing Flu. Very good.

compelled from the villages, nothing taken but Gow. Why, this is an arrant counterfeit rascal: 15 paid for; none of the French upbraided, or abused I remember him now; a bawd, a cut-purse. in disdainful language; For when lenity and

Flu. I'll assure you, 'a utter'd as prave 'ords at cruelty play for a kingdom, the gentiest gamester the pridge, as you shall sce in a suinmer's day: is the soonest winner. But it is very well; what he has spoke to me, that Tuchet sounds. Enter Jontjoy". is well, I warrant you, when time is serve. 20 Afont. You know me by my habit'.

Gow. Why, 'tis a gull, a fool, a rogue; that K. Henry. Well then, I know thee; What shall now and then goes to the wars, to grace himself,

I know of thee? at his return into London, under the form of a Mont. My master's mind. soldier. And such fellows are perfect in the great K. Henry. Unfold it. commanders' naines: and they will learn you by 25 Mont. Thus says iny king:—Sav thou to Harry yote, where services were done ;-at such and of England, Though we seemed dead, we did but such a sconce?, at such a breach, at such a convoy; sleep; Advantage is a better soldier, than rashness. who came off bravely, who was shot, who dis- |Tell him, we could have rebuk'd him at Harfleur; grac'd, what terms the enemy stood on; and this but that we thought not good to bruise an injury, they con perfectly in the phrase of war, which they 30 till it were full ripe:-now we speak upon our trick up with new-tuned oaths: And what a cue', and our voice is imperial: England shall rebeard of the general's cut, and a horrid suit' of the pent his folly, see his weakness, and admire our camp, will do among foaming bottles, and ale- sufferance. Bid him, therefore, consider of his wash'd wits, is wonderful to be thought on! But ransom; which must proportion the losses we you must learn to know such slanders of the age, 35 bave borne, the subjects we have lost, the disgrace or else you may be marvellously mistook. we have digested; which, in weight to re-answer,

Flu. I tell you what, captain Gower;-I do per- his pettiness would bow under. For our losses, ceive, he is not the man that he would gladly his exchequer is too poor; for the effusion of our make shew to the 'orld he is; if I find a hole in blood, the muster of his kingdom too faint a numhis coat, I will tell him my mind. Hear you, the 40 ber; and for our disgrace, bis own person, kneelking is coming; and I must speak with him from ing at our feet, but a weak and worthless satisfacthe pridge:

tion. To this add-defiance: and tell him, for Drun und colours. Enter the King, Gloster, conclusion, he hath betray'd his followers, whose and Soldiers.

condemnation is pronounced. So far my king and Flu. Got pless your majesty!

45 master; so much


office, K. ilenry. I low now, Fluellin? cai'st thou K. Henry. What is thy name? I know thy from the bridge?

quality. Flil. 1, so please your majesty. The duke of Mont. Nontjoy. Exeter las very gallantly maintaind the pridge: K. Henry. Thou dost thy office fairly. Tum the French is gone off, look yon; and there is gal-50 thee back, sants and most prave passages: Marry, th'athver. And tell thy king,- I do not seek him now; sary was have possession of the pridge; but he is But could be willing to march on to Calais enforced to retire, and the duke of Eseter is Without impeachment': for, to say the sooth, mnaster of the pridge: I can tell your majesty, the (Though'tis no wisdom to confess so much duke is a prave man.

155/Unto an enemy of craft and vantage) X. Henry. What men have you lost, Fluellen: My people are with sickness much enfeebled;

This alludes to the custom of giving poison'd figs to those who were the objects either of Spanish or Italian revenge. ? A sconce appears to have been some hasty, rude, inconsiderable kind of fortihcation. - The 4tos 1600, &c. read--a horrid shmit of the camp. * Mont.joie is the title of the first king at arms in France, as Garter is in our own country. 5 That is, by my herald's coat. In our turn. This phrase the author learned among players, and has imparted it to kings.

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My numbers lessen'd; and those few I have, Orl. He's of the colour of the nutmeg.
Almost no better than so many French;

Dau. And of the heat of the ginger. It is a Who when they were in health, I tell thee, herald, beast for Perseus: he is pure air and fire; and I thought, upon one pair of English legs

the dull elements of earth and water never apDid march three Frenchmen.— Yet, forgive me 5 pear in him, but only in patient stillness, while God,

This rider mounts him: he is, indeed, a horse; and That I do brag thus!--this your air of France Jall other jades you may call-beasts'. Hath blown that vice in ine; I must repent.

Con. Indeed, my lord, it is a most absolute and Go, therefore, tell thy master, here I am; excellent horse. My ransom, is this frail and worthless trunk; 101 Dau. It is the prince of palfreys; his neigh is Mly ariny, but a weak and sickly guard ; like the bidding of a monarch, and his countenance Yet, God before', tell him we will come on, enforces homage. Though France himself, and such another neigh- Orl. No more, cousin. bour,

[joy. Dau. Nay, the man hath no wit, that cannot, Stand in our way. There's for thy labour, Mont- 15 from the rising of the lark to the lodging of the Go, bid thy master well advise himself:

lamb, vary deserved praise on my palfrey: it is a If we may pass, we will; if we be hinder’d, theme as fluent as the sea: turn the sands into We shall your tawny ground with your red blood eloquent tongues, and my horse is argument for Discolour: and so, Montjoy, fare you well. them all: 'tis a subject for a sovereign to reason The sum of all our answer is but this:

20 on, and for a sovereign's sovereign to ride on; We would not seek a battle, as we are;

and for the world (familiar to us, and unknown) Nor, as we are, we say, we will not shun it; to lay apart their particular functions, and wonder So tell your master.

at him. I once writ a sonnet in his praise, and Mont. I shall deliver so. Thanks to your high- began thus, Wonder of nature*,

[Erit. 25 Orl. I have heard a sonnet begin so to one's Glo. I hope, they will not come upon us now.

mistress. K. Henry. We are in God's hand, brother, not Dau. Then did they imitate that which I com

I in theirs.

pos'd to my courser; for my horse is my mistress. March to the bridge; it now draws toward Orl. Your mistress bears well. night:

Dau. Me well; which is the prescript praise Beyond the river we'll encamp ourselves; and perfection of a good and particular mistress. And on to-morrow bid thein march away. [Exeunt.

Con. Ma foy! the other day, methought, your SCENE VII.

mistress shrewdly shook your back.

Dau. So, perhaps, did yours. The French Camp near Agincourt. 135 Con. Mine was not bridled. Enter the Constable of France, the Lord Ram- Dau. O! then, belike, she was old and gentle;

bures, the Duke of Orleans, Dauphin, with others. and you rode, like a kerne of Ireland, your French * Con. T'ut! I have the best armour of the world. hose off, and in your strait trossers'. Would it were day!

Con. You have

good judgementin horsemanship. Orl. You have an excellent armour; but let 40 Dau. Be warn'd by me, then: they that ride my horse have his elue.

so, and ride not warily, fall into foul bogs; I had Con. It is the best horse of Europe.

rather have my horse to my mistress. Orl. Will it never be morning?

Con. I had as lief have my mistress a jade. Dau. My lord of Orleans, and my lord high Dau. I tell thee, constavle, my mistress wears constable, you talk of horse and armour - 45 her own hair. Orl. You are as well provided of both, as any

Con. I could make as true a boast as that, if I prince in the world.

had a sow to my mistress. Dau. What a long night is this !-I will not Dau, Le chien est retourné à son propre tochange my horse with any that treads but on four missement, la truie lurée au bourbier : thou pasterns. Ca, ha! Hle bounds from the earth, as 50 inak'st use of any thing. if his entrails were hairs; le cheval volant, the Con. Yet do I not use my horse for my mistress: Pegasus, qui a les narines de feu! When I be- or any such proverh, so little kin to the purpose. stride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the Ram. My lord constable, the armour that air; the earth sings when he touches it; the in your tent to-night, are those stars, or suns, upe basest horn of bis huot is more musical than the 55 on it? pipe of Hermes.

Con. Stars, my lord, This was an expression in that age for God being my guide, or, when used to another, God be thy guide, Alluding to the bounding of tennis-balls, which were stuff?d with hair, as appears from Much ado about Nothing: “And the old ornament of his cheek hath already stutt'd tennis-balls.” 3Jade is sometimes used for a post-horse. Beast is always employed as a contemptuous distinction. “Here, probably, some foolish poem of our author's tiine is ridiculed. Trossers signifies a pair of breeches. Mr. Steevens obseryes, that the kerns, or peasants, of Ireland, anciently rode without breeches; and therefore struit trossers may mean only in their naked skin, which sits close to them.



Dau, Some of them will fall to-morrow, I hope. Orl. And I will take up that with—Give the Con. And yet my sky shall not want.

devil his due. Duu. That may be, for you bear many super- Con. Well plac'd; there stands your friend for fluously; and 'twere more honour, soine were the devil: have at the very eye of that proverb, away.

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of the devil. Con. Even as your horse bears your praises; Orl. You are the better at proverbs, by how who would trot as well, were some of your brags much--A fool's bolt is soon shot. dismounted.

Con. You have shot over. Dau. Would I were able to load him with his Orl. 'Tis not the first time you were over-shot, desert! Will it never be day? I will trot to-mor-10

Enter a llessenger. row a mile, and my way shall be paved with Mes. My lord high constable, the English lie English faces.

within fifteen hundred paces of your tent. Con. I will not sav so, for fear I should be fac'd Con. Who hath measur'd the ground? out of my way: But I would it were morning, Mess. The lord Grandpré. for I would fain be about the ears of the English. 115 Con. A valiant and most expert gentleman.

Ram. Who will go to hazard with me for twenty Would it were day!Alas, poor Harry of EngEnglish prisoners?

land! he longs not for the dawning, as we do. Con. You must first go yourself to hazard, ere Orl. What a wretched and peevish' fellow is you have them.

this king of England, to mope with his fat-brain's Dau. 'Tis midnight, I'll go arm myself. [Erit. 20 followers so far out of his knowledge! Orl. The Dauphin longs for morning.

Con. If the English had any apprehension, they Rum. He longs to eat the English.

would run away. Con. I think, he will eat all he kills.

Orl. That they lack; for if their heads had any Orl. By the white band of my lady, he's a gal- intellectual armour, they could never wear such lant prince.

25 heavy head-pieces. Con. Swear by her foot, that she may tread out Rum. That island of England breeds very valithe oath.

ant creatures; their mastiits are of unmatchable Orl. He is simply the most active gentleman of courage. France.

Orl. Foolish curs! that run winking into the Con. Doing is activity; and he will still be doing. 30 mouth of a Russian bear, and have their heads Orl. He never did harın, that I heard of. crush'd like rotten apples; you may as well say,

Con. Nor will do nonc to-morrow; he will --that's a valiant fea, that dare eat his breakfast keep that good man still.

on the lip of a lion. Orl. I know him to be valiant.

Con. Just, just; and the men do sympathize Con. I was told that, by one that knows him 35 with the mastiils, in robustious and rough coming better than you.

on, leaving their wits with their wives: and then Orl. What's hie?

give them great meals of beef, and iron and steel, Con. Marry, he told me so himself: and he they will eat like wolves, and fight like devils. said, he car'd not who knew it.

Orl. Ay, but these English are shrewdly out of Orl. He needs not, it is no hidden virtue in him. 40 beef.

Con. By my faith, sir, but it is; never any bo- Con. Then we shall find to-morrow-they have dly saw it, but his lacquey: 'tis a hooded valour; only sto to eat, and none to tight. Now it and, when it appears, it will bate?.

is time to arm ; Come, shall we about it? Orl. Ill-will never said well.

Orl. 'Tis two o'clock: but, let me see--by ten, Con. I will cap? that proverb with- There is 45We shail each have a hundred Englishmen. battery in friendship.




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From camp to camp, through the foul womb of

155 night,
TOW entertain conjecture of a time, The hum of either army stilly.sounds,
When creeping murmur, and the That the fix'd centineis almost receive
poring dark,

The secret whispers of each other's watch:
Tills the wide yessel of the universe.

(Fire answers fire; and through their paly flames * This alludes to falcons which are kept hooded when they are not to fly at game, and, as soon as the hood is off, bait or flap the wing. The meaning is, the Dauphin's valour has never been let loose upon an enemy; yet when he makes his first essay, we shall see how he will tutter. Alluding to the practice of capping verses. Peerish, in ancient language, signified-foolish, silly.


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