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Ch. Just. And so they are.
[lord. As far as France: I heard a bird so sing, Lan. The king hath call'd his parliament, my Whose music, to my thinking, pleas'd the king. Ch. Just. He hath.
Come, will you hence? Lan. I will lay odds,-that cre this year expire,
[Ereunia We bear our civil swords, and native tire,
FIRST, my fear; then, my court's'; last, my meill you command te to use my legs? and yet
speech. In deur is, your displeasure, my that ziere but light payment,--to dance out of couri'sy, any duty; and ny speech, to beg your your debt. But a good conscience will make
any pardons. I you look for a good speech nore, possible satisfaction, and so will l. All the genyou undo me : for what I hate to say, is of mine litezeomlen here huté forgiven me ; is the genileown inahing: und that, indeed, I should sui), men will not, then the gentlemen do not agree will, I doubl, prore mine otun murring. But io with the genilwomen, which was never seen bethe purpose, and so to the venture. --B, it known fore in such an assembly. to you (as it is very trell) I was lutely here in One word more, I beseech you. If you be the end of a displeasing play, to pray your pa,
not too much clou'd with fut meat, our humble tience for it, and to promise you a better. I did author will continue the story, with Sir John in mean, indeed, to pay you with this; vehich it, it, and make you merry with fair Katharine of like an ill venture, it' come unluckily home, 1 Frunce: where, for any thing I know, Falstuit break, and you, my gentle creditors, lose. Here, shall die of a sweat, unless already he be killed I promised you, I rvould be, and here I commit with your hard opinions ; for Oldcastle died a my body to your mercies: bate me some, and I martin', and this is not the man. My tongue is will pay you some, und, as most debtors do, pro- ucury; when my legs are too, I will bid
you mise you infinitely.
good night : and so kneel down before you;—but, If my tongue cannot entreat you to acquit me,l lindeed, to pray for the queen’.
1 This epilogue was merely occasional, and alludes to some theatrical transaction. ? It was the custoin of the old players, at the end of their performance, to pray for their patrons. Almost all the ancient interludes conclude with some solemn prayer for the king or queen, house of commons, &c. Hence, perhaps, the l'itunt Her et Regina, at the bottom of our modern play-bills.
KING HENRY V'.
King HENRY the Fifth.
NYM,BARDOLPH,PISTOL,Boy, formerly Servants Duke of GLOSTER, Duke of BEDFORD,
to Falstaff, now Soldiers in the King's army. Brothers to the King.
Bates, Court, WILLIAMS, Soldiers.
CHARLES, the Sixth, of France.
Duke of BURGUNDY. Earl of WESTMORELAND.
CONSTABLE, ORLEANS, RAMBURES, BOURBON, Earl of WARWICK.
GRANDPREE, French Lords. Archbishop of CANTERBURY.
Governor of HARFLEUR. Bishop of Ely.
MONTJOY, a Herald. Eurl of CAMBRIDGE,
Ambassadors to the King of England. Lord SCROOP,
Conspirators against Sir Thomas GREY, the King.
ISABEL, Queen of France. Sir Thomas ERPINGHAM, GOWER, FLUELLIN, KATHARINE, Daughter to the King of France.
MACKMORRIS, Jamy, Officers in King Hen- Alice, a Lady attending on the Princess Kathary's army.
QUICKLY, Pistol's Wife, an Hostess. [rine.
|Chorus. Lords, Messengers, French and English Soldiers, with other Attendants. The SCENE, at the Beginning of the Play, lies in England; but afterwards, wholly in France
On your imaginary forces' work: , The brightest heaven of invention! Suppose, within the girdle of these walls A kingdom for a stage, princes to act,
Are now confin'd two mighty monarchies, And monarchs to behold the swelling scene! Whose high upreared and abutting fronts Then should the warlike Harry, like himself, 5 The perilous narrow ocean parts asunder. Assume the port of Mars; and, at his heels, Piece out our imperfections with your thoughts; . Leash'd in like hounds, should famine, sword, and Into a thousand parts divide one inan, fire,
[all, And make imaginary puissance: Crouch for employment. But pardon, gentles Think, when we talk of horses, that you see thein The flat unraised spirit, that bath dar’d, 10 Printing their proud hoofs i' the receiving earth: On this unworthy scaffold, to bring forth
For 'tis your thoughts that now must deck our So great an object: Can this cockpit hold The vasty field of France? or may we cram, Carry them here and there; jumping o'er times; Within this tooden 0 }, the very casques Turning the accomplishment of many years That did affright the air at Agincourt ? 15 Into an hour-glass; For the which supply; 0, pardon! since a crooked tigure may
Admit me chorus to this history; Attest, in little place, a million ;
Who, prologue-like, your humble patience pray, And let us, cyphers to this great accompt, Gently to hear, kindly to judge, our play.
• The transactions comprised in this historical play commence about the latter end of the first, and terminate in the eighth year of this king's reign; when he married Katharine princess of France, and closed up the differences betwixt England and that crown. It was writ (as appears from a passage in the chorus of the fifth act) at the time of the earl of Essex's commanding the forces in Ireland in the reign of queen Elizabeth, and not 'till after Henry the VIth had been played, as may be seen by the conclusion of this play. "This goes upon the notion of the Peripatetic system, which imagines several heavens one above another; the last and highest of which was one of fire. Si. e. this wooden circle. “The helmets. Si. e. your powers of fancy. • Perilous narrow, in. burlesque and common language, meant no more than very narrow. In old books this mode of expression occurs perpetually.
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Cant. My lord, I'! tell you,—that self bill is
A fearful battle render'd you in music: An Antichamber in the English Court, at Kenelwor:b.
Turn bim to any cause of policy,
The Gordian knot of it he will unloose, Enter the Archbishop of Canterbury, and Bishop
Familiar as his garter; that, when he speaks, of Ely
5 The air, a charter'd libertine, is still,
And the mute wonder lurketh in men's ears, urg'd,
To steal his sweet and honey'd sentences; Which, in the eleventh year o'the last king's reign, So that the art, and practic part of life Was like, and had indeed against us past, Must be the mistress to this theorique': But that the scambling' and unquiet time 10 Which is a wonder, how his grace should glean it, Did push it out of further question.
Since his addiction was to courses vain; Ely. But how, my lord, shall we resist it now? His companies unietter'd, rude, and shal'ow; Cant. It must be thought on. If it pass against us, His hours tilld up with riots, banquets, sports; We lose the better half of our possession:
And never noted in him any study, For all the temporal lands, which men devout 15 Any retirement, avy sequestration By testament have given to the church,
From open baunts and popularity. Would they strip from us; being valued thus,- Ely. The strawberry * grows underneath the As much as would maintain to the king's honour,
nettle; Full fifteen earls, and fifteen hundred knights; And wholesome berries thrive, and ripen best, Six thousand and two hundred good esquires; 20 Neighbour'd by fruit of baser quality: And, to relief of lazars, and weak age,
And so the prince obscur'd his contemplation Of indigent and faint souls, past corporal toil, Under the veil of wildness; which, no udubi, A hundred alms-houses, right well supply'd; Grew like the summer gra-s, fastest by night, And to the coffers of the king, beside,
Unseen, yet crescive in his faculty'. A thousand pounds by the year: Thus runs the bill. 25 Cant. It must be so: for miracles are cras'd; Ely. This would drink deep.
And therefore we must needs admit the means, Cant. "Twould drink the cup and all.
Ilow things are perfected.
Ely. But, my good lord,
Cant. The courses of his youth promis'd it not. Incline io it, or no?
Cunt. lle seems indiferent; But that his wildness, mortify'd in him,
Or, rather, swaying more upon our part, Seem'd to die too: yea, at that very moment, Than cherishing the exhibiters against us: Consideration like an angel came,
35 For I have made an offer to bis majesty,And whipp'd the offending Adam out of him; Upon our spiritual convocation; Leaving his body as a paradise,
And in regard of causes now in hand, To envelop and contain celestial spirits.
Which I have opend to bis grace at large, Never was such a sudden scholar made:
As touching France,--to give a greater sum Never came reformation in a flood”,
40 Than ever at one time the clergy yet With such a heady current, scouring faults; Did to his predecessors part with jl. Nor never Hydra-headed wilfulness
Ely. How did this offer seem receiv'd, my lord? So soon did lose his seat, and all at once,
Cant. With good acceptance of his majesty: As in this king.
Save, that there was not time enough to hear Ely. We are blessed in the change. 45(As, 1 perceiv'd, his grace would tain bave done) Cant. Hear him but reason in divinity,
The severals, and unbidden passages, And, all-admiring, with an inward wish
Of his true titles to some certain dukedoms; You would desire, the king were made a prelate: And, generally, to the crown and seat of France, Hear him debate of common-wealth affairs, Deriv'd from Edward, bis great grandtath T. You would say,—it hath been all-and-all his study: 50 Ely. What was the impediment that broke this List his discourse in war, and you shall hear
· oil? ? Meaning, when every one scambled, i.e. scrambled and shifted for himself as well as he could. *Alluding to the method by which Hercules cleansed the Augean stables when he turned a river through them. * That is, his theory must have been taught by art and practice. Theoric or the origine is what terminates in speculation. “i.e. The wild fruit so called, which grows in the woods. Si. 2. Increasing in its proper power. The pussages of his titles are the lines of succession by which is claims descend. Unhidden is open, clear.
Cant. The French ambassador, upon that instant, Which Salique land the French unjustly gloze Crav'd audience: and the hour, I think, is come, To be the realm of France, and Pharamond To give him hearing ; Is it four o'clock?
The founder of this law and female bar. Ely. It is.
Yet their own authors faithfully atfirm, Cant. Then go we in, to know his embassy ; 5 That the land Salique lies in Germany, Which I could, with a ready guess, declare, Between the floods of Sala and of Elbe: Before the Frenchman speaks a word of it. Where Charles the great, having subdu'd the Ely. I'll wait upon you; and I long to hear it.
[Ereunt. There left behind and settled certain French; SCE N E II.
10 Who, holding in disdain the German women, Opens to the presence.
For some dishonest manners of their life, Enter King Henry, Gloster, Bedford, Warwick, Establish'd there ihis law, to wit, no feinale Westmoreland, and Ereter.
Should be inheritrix in Salique land; K. Henry. Where is my gracious lord of Can- Which Salique, as I said, 'twixt Elbe and Sala, terbury?
15 Is at this day in Germany calld—Meisen. Ere. Not here in presence.
Thus doth it well appear, the Salique law K. Henry. Send for him, good uncle'.
Was not devised for the realm of France: West. Shall we call in the ambassador, my liege? Nor did the French possess the Salique land K. Henry. Not yet, my cousin; we would be Until four hundred one and twenty years resolv'd,
20 After defunction of king Pharamond, Before we hear him, of some things of weight, Ldly suppos'd the founder of this law; That task our thoughts',concerning us and France. Who died within the year of our redemption Enter the Archbishop of Canterbury, and Bishop Four hundred twenty-six; and Charles the great
; of Ely.
Subdu'd the Saxons, and did seat the French Cant. God, and his angels, guard your sacred 25 Beyond the river Sala, in the year throne,
Eight hundred five. Besides, their writers say, And make you long become it!
King Pepin, which deposed Childerick, K. Henry. Sure, we thank you.
Did, as heir general, being descended My learned lord, we pray you to proceed; Of Blithild, which was daughter to king Clothair, And justly and religiously unfold,
30 Make claim and title to the crown of France. Why the law Salique, that they have in France, Hugh Capet also,--that usurp'd the crown Or should, or should not, bar us in our claim. Of Charles the duke of Lorain, sole heir male And God forbid, my dear and faithful lord, Of the true line and stock of Charles the great, That you should fashion, wrest, or bow your To fine his title with soine shew of truth, reading,
35 (Though, in pure truth, it was corrupt and naughty Or nicely charge your understanding soul Convey'd himself as heir to the lady Lingare, With opening titles' miscreate, whose right Daughter to Charlemain, who was the son Suits not in native colours with the truth; To Lewis the emperor, and Lewis the son For God doth know, how many, now in health, Of Charles the great. Also king Lewis the uintk, Shall drop their blood in approbation *
40 Who was sole licir to the usurper Capet, Of what your reverence shall incite us to : Could not keep quiet in his conscience, Therefore take heed how you impawn our person, Wearing the crown of France, 'till satisfy'd How you awake the sleeping sword of war; That fair queen Isabel, his grandmother, We charge you in the name of God, take heed: Was lineal of the lady Ermengare, For never two such kingdoms did contend, 45 Daughter to Charles the foresaid duke of Lorain; Without much fall of blood; whose guiltless drops By the which marriage, the line of Charles the great Are every one a woe, a sore coinplaint,
Was re-united to the crown of France. 'Gainst hiin, whose wrong gives' edge unto the So that, as clear as is the seminer's sun, sword
King Pepin's title, and Ilugh Capet's claim, 'That makes such waste in brief mortality. 50 King Lewis his satisfaction, all appear Under this conjuration, speak, my lord;
To hold in right and title of the female: For we will hear, note, and believe in heart, So do the kings of France unto this day; That what you speak is in your conscience wash'd llowbeit they would hold up this Salique law, As pure as sin with baptisin.
To bar your highness claiming from the female ; Cunt. Then hear me, gracious sovereign, -and 35 And rather chuse to hide them in a net, you peers,
Than amply to imbare' their crookd titles, That owe your lives, your faith, and services, C'surp'd from you and your progenitors. To this imperial throne ;- There is no bar x Henry. May 1, with right and conscience, To make against your highness' claim to France,
make this claiin? But this, which they produce from Pharamorid,-60 Cant. The sin upon iny head, dread sorere gu! In terram Salicum mulieres ne succedat,
For in the book of Numbers it is writNo woman shall succeed in Sulique land. When the son dies, let the inheritance
* John Holland, duke of Exeter, was married to Elizabeth the king's aunt. Meaning, keep our mind busied with scruples and laborious disquisitions. 'i. e. spurious: "1. e. in proving and supporting that title which shall be now set up. 5 This whole speech is copied from Holinsted. i. e. to inake it shewy or specious by some appearance of justice. i. e, lay open, display co view.