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A soul so easy as that Englishman's.
Poor miserable wretches, to your death: Oh, how hast thou with jealousy infected
The taste whereof, God, of his mercy, give you, The sweetness of atliance! Shew men dutiful? Patience to endure, and true repentance Why, so didstthou: Seem they grave and learned: Of all your dear offences !-Bear them hence. Why, so didst thou: Come they of noble family : 5
Our puissance into the band of God,
No hing of England, if not king of France.
[Ereunt. Arrest them to the answer of the law ;And God acquit them of their practices!
Enter Pistol, Nym, Bardolph, Boy, and Quickly. Henry lord Scroop of Washam.
Quickly. Prythee, honey-sweet husband, let me I arrest thee of high treason, by the name of 25 bring thee to Staines. Thomas Grey, knight of Northumberland.
Pist. No: for my manly heart doth yearn.Scroop.Our purposes God justly hath discover'd; Bardolph, be blith ;-Nym, rouse thy vaulting And I repent my fault, more than my death;
[dead, Which I beseech your highness to forgive, Boy, bristle thy courage up; for Falstafi" he is Although my body pay the price of it. [duce; 30 And we must yearn therefore.
Cam. For me,-the gold of France did not se- Bard. Would, I were with him, wheresome'er Although I did admit it as a motive,
he is, either in heaven, or in hel!! The sooner to effect what I intended:
Quick. Nay, sure, he's not in hell; he's in ArBut God be thanked for prevention;
thur's bosons, if ever man went to Arthur's boWhich Iin sufferance heartily will rejoice,
35 som. 'A made a finer end, and went away, an it Beseeching God, and you, to pardon me. had been any chrisom' child; 'a parted even just
Grey. Never did faithful subjects more rejoice between twelve and one, e'en at turning o'the tide: At the discovery of most dangerous treason,
for after I saw him fumble with the sheets', and Than I do at this hour joy o'er myself,
play with flowers, and smile upon bis fingers' ends, Prevented from a damned enterprize: a
40/1 knew there was but one way; for his nose was My fault, but not my body, pardon, sovereign. as sharp as a pen, and’a babbled of green fields. K. Henry. God quit you in his mercy ! Ilear How, now, Sir John? quoth I : what, man! be your sentence.
of good cheer. So'a cried out God, God, God! You have con-pir'd against our roval person,
tree or four times: now I, to comfort him, bid Joind with an enemy proclaim'd, and from his 45 him 'a should not think of God; I hop'd, there was coffers
no need to trouble himself with such thoughts Receiv'd the golden earnest of our death ; [ter, vet: So'a bade me lay more cloaths on his feet : Wherein you would have sold your king to slaugh- I put my hand into the bed, and felt thein, and His princes and his peers to servitude,
they were as cold as any stone; then I telt to his Ilis subjects to oppression and contempt, 50 knees, and so upward, and upward, and all was And his whole kingdom unto desolation.
as cold as any stone. Touching our person, seek we no revenge;
Nym. They say, he cried out of sack.
Burd. And of wonen.
Complement has in this instance the same sense as in Love's Labour's Lost, Act I. Complements, in the age of Shakspeare, meant the same as accomplishments in the present one. · The king ineans to say of Scroop, that he was a cautious man, who knew that a specious appearance was deceitful and therefore did not trust the air or look of any man till he had tried hiin by enquiry and conversation. Si. e. refined or sifted from all faults. *i. e. marked by the blot he speaks of in the preceding line. * The old quarto has it, crisomb'd child. The chrysom was the white cloth put on the new baptised child. The child itself was also sometimes called a chrysom. It was a common opinion among the women of our author's time, that nubody died but in the time of ebb; though every day's experience must have confuted such a notion. This indication of approaching death is enumerated by Celsus, Lommius, Hippocrates, and Galen.
Boy. Yes, that 'a did; and said, they were devils! (Though war, nor no hnown quarrel, were in incarnate.
question) Quick. 'A could never abide carnation; 'twas a But that defences, musters, preparations, colour he never lik’d.
snould be maintain'd, assembled, and collected, : Boy. 'A said once, the devil would have him 5 As were a war inexpectation. about women.
Therefore, I say, 'tis meet we all go forth, Quick. 'A did in some sort, indeed, handle wo- To view the sick and feeble parts of France: men: but then he was rheumatic; and talk'd of And let us do it with no shew of tear; the whore of Babylon.
No, with no more, than if we heard that England Boy. Do you not remember, 'a saw a flea sticklio Were busiedi with a Whitsun morris-dance: upon Bardolph's nose; and 'a said, it was a black For, my good liege, she is so idly king'd, soul burning in hell-tire?
Der scepter so fantastically borne Bard. Well, the fuel is gone, that maintain'd Dva vain, giddy, shallow, humorous youth, that fire: that's all the riches I got in his service.
That tear altends her not. Nym. Shall we shog? the king will be gone 15. Con. () peace, prince Dauphin! from Southampton.
You are too mucli inistaken in this king: Pist. Come, let's away: ---My love, give me Question your grace the late ambassadors,thy lips.
With whai great state be heard their embassy, Look to my chattels, and my moveables: How well supply'd with noble counsellors, Let senses rule'; the word is, Pitch und pay?; 20 Now modest in exception', and withal, Trust none;
llow terrible in constant resolution,For oaths are strais, men's faiths are wafer-cakes, And you shall tind, his vanities fore-spent And hold-fast is the only dog, my duck;
Were but the ot-side of the Roman Brutus, Therefore, careto be thy counsellor.
Covering discretion with a coat of folly: Go, clear thy crystals': ---Yoke-fellows in arms, 25 As gardeners do with ordure hide those roots Let us to France! like horse-leeches, my boys; That shall first spring, and be m.st delicate. To suck, to suck, the very blood to suck.
Dan. Well, 'tis not so, my lord high constable, Boy. And that is but unwholesome food, they But though we think it so, it is no matter: say.
In cases of defence, 'tis best to weigh
So the proportions of defence are till’d; Vym. I cannot kiss, that is the humour of it; Which, or a weak and niggardly projection, but adieu.
Doil, like a miser, spoil his coat, with scacting Pist. Let housewif’ry appear; keep close, 1 1.1 little cloth. thee command.
331 Pr. King. Think we king larry strong; Quick. Farewel; adieu.
[Escunt. And princes, look, you strongly arm to meet hiin,
The kindred of him hath been ilesti'd upon us ;
And he is bred out of that bloody strain,
That haunted us in our familiar pathis:
40 Witness our too much inemorable shame, Enter the French King, the Dauphin, the Duhe
When Cressy battle fatally was struck, of Burgundy, and the Constable.
And all our princes captiv'd, by the hand Fr. King. Thus come the English with full Of that black name, Edward black prince of power upon us;
(standing, And more than carefully it us concerns,
45 Whiles that his mountain sire,--on mountain To answer royally in our defences.
'p in the air, crown'd with the golden sun,-Therefore the dukes of Berry, and Bretagne, Saw his heroical seed, and smild to see hinı Of Brabant, and of Orleans, shall make furth, -- Mangle the work of nature, and deface And you, prince Dauphin,--with all swift dispatch, The patterns that by God and by French fathers To line, and neu repair, our towns of war, 50 Hadiventy years been made. This is a stem With men of courage, and with means defendant: Of that victorious stock; and let us fear For England liis approaches makes as tierce, The native mightiness and fate of him. As waters to the sucking of a gulph.
Enter a llessenger: It fits us then, to be as provident
Aless. Ambassadors from llenry kingof England As fear may teach us, out of late examples 55 Do crave admittance to your majesty. Left by the fatal and neglected Englisli
Fr. King. We'll give them preseni audience.Upon our fields.
Go, and bring them. Duu. My most redoubted father,
You see this chase is botly follow'd, friends. It is most meet we arm us 'gainst the foe :
Dau. Turn head, and siop pursuit: for coward For peace itself should not so dull a kingdom,
dogs 'i. e. let prudence govern you. ? This caution was a rery proper one to Mrs. Quickly, who had suffered before by le ting Falstaff run in her debt. si. e. dry thine eyes. *The 4to to 1608 read, were troubled. i. e. how dillident and decent in making objections,
Most spend their mouths*, when what they seem For husbands, fathers, and betrothed lovers, to threaten
That shall be swallow'd in this controversy. Runs far before them. Good my sovereign, This is his claim, his threatening, and my message; Take up the English short; and let them know Unless the Dauphin be in presence here, Of what a monarchy you are the head: 5 To whom expressly I bring greeting too. Self-love, my liege, is not so vile a sin,
Fr. King. For us, we will consider of this As self-neglecting
To-morrow shall you bear our full intent
Duu. For the Dauphin,
Ere.Scorn,and defiance; slight regard,contempt, The borrow'd glories, that, by gift of heaven, And any thing that may not misbecome By law of nature, and of nations, 'long
The mighty sender, doth he prize you at. To him and to his heirs; namely, the crown, 15 Thus says my king: and, if your father's higliness And all wide-stretched honours that pertain Do not, in grant of all demands at large, By custom, and the ordinance of times,
swecten the bitter mock you sent his majesty, l'n to the crown of France. That you may know, He'll call you to so hot an answer for it, 'Tis no sinister, nor no aukward claim,
That caves and womby vaultages of France Pick'd from the worm-boles of long.vanish'd days,20 Shall chide your trespass, and return your mock Nor from the dust of old oblivion rak’d,
In second accent of his ordivance. He sends you this most memorable line',
Dau. Say, if my father render fair reply, In every branch truly demonstrative;
It is against iny will: for I desire [Gives ibe French King a paper.
Nothing but odds with England; to that end, Willing you, overlook this pedigree:
25. is matching to his youth and vanity, And, when you tind him evenly deriv'd
I did present him with those Paris balls. Froin his most fam'd of famous ancestors,
Exc. He'll make your Paris Louvre shake for it, Edward the third, he bids you then resign
Were it the mistress court of mighty Europe: Your crown and kingdom, indirectly held And, be assurd, you'll find a difference From him the native and true challenger. |30|(As we, his subjects, have in wonder found) Fr. King. Or else what follows?
Between the promise of his greener days, Exe. Bloody --nstraint; for if you hide the And these he masters' now; now he weighs time, crown
Even to the utmost grain ; which you shall read Even in your hearts, there will he rake for it: In your own losses, if he stay in France. And therefore in tierce tempest is he coming, 35 Ir. King. To-morrow you shall know our mind In thunder, and in earthquake, like a Jove,
[Flourish. That, if requiring fail, he will compel.
Exe. Dispatch us with all speed, lest that our He bids you, in the bowels of the Lord,
king Deliver up the crown: and to take mercy
Come here himself to question our delay; On the poor souls, for whom this hungry war 40 For he is footed in this land already. [conditions: Opens his vasty jaws: and on your head
Fr. King. You shall besoon dispatch’d, with fair Turns he the widows' tears, the orphans' cries, A night is but small breath, and little pause, The dead men's blood, the pining maidens' groans,
To answer matters of this consequence. [Ereunt.
A C T III.
To sounds confus'd: behold the threaden sales, Chor. THUS with imagin’d wing our swift Borne with the invisible and creeping wind, scene flies,
Draw the huge bottoms through the furrow'd sea, In motion of no less celerity
Breasting the lofty surge: 0, do but think, Than that of thought. Suppose, that you have seen 55 You stand upon the rivage', and behold The well-appointed king at Hampton pier A city on the inconstant billows dancing; Embark his royalty; and his brave fleet
For so appears this fleet majestical, With silken streainers the young Phæbus fanning. Holding due course to Hartieur. Follow, follow! Play with your faucies; and in them behold, Grapple your minds to sternage' of this navy; Upon the hempen tackle, ship-boys climbing : 160 And leave your England, as dead midnight, still Hear the shrill whistle, which doth order give Guarded with grandsires, babies, and old women,
* i. e. bark. Meaning, this genealogy; this deduction of his lineage. * To chide is to resound, to echo. * The quartos 1600 and 1608, read musters. The bank or sbore. 'i.e. Let your minds follow close after the navy.
Or past, or not arriv'd to, pith and puissance: Follow your spirit: and, upon this charge,
Cry-God for Harry! England! and saint George! With one appearing hair, that will not follow
(Exeunt King and rain. These cull'd and choice-drawn cavaliersto France
[Alarum, and chambers go off. Work,work, your thoughts, and therein see a siege; 5
SCENE II. Behold the ordnance on their carriages,
Enter Nym, Bardolph, Pistol, and Boy. With fatal mouths gaping on girded Harfleur. Bard. On, on, on, on, on! to the breach, to the Suppose, the ambassador from the French comes
Nym. Pray thee, corporal', stay; the knocks are Tells Harry—that the king doth offer him 10 too hot; and, for mive own part, I have not a Katharine his daughter; and with her, to dowry, case of lives; the humour of it is too hot, that is Some petty and unprofitable dukedoms.
the very plain-song of it. The offer likes not: and the nimble gunner
Pist. The plain-song is most just: for humours With linstock' now the devilish cannon touches,
do abound; [Alarums ; and chambers go of: 15 Knocksgo and come; God's vassals drop and die; And down goes all before him. Still be kind,
And sword and shield, And eke out our performance with your mind.
In bloody field,
[Erit. Doth win immortal fame. SC EN E I.
Boy: 'Would I were in an ale-house in London !
20 I would give all my faine for a pot of ale, and Before Harfieur.
Pist. And I: Enter King Henry, Ereter, Bedford, Gloster, If wishes would prevail with me, and Soldiers, with Scaling Ladders.
My purpose should not fail with me, K. Henry. Once more unto the breach, dear 25 But thither would I hye. friends, once inore;
Boy. As duly, but not as truly, as bird doth sing Or close the wall up with the English dead! on bough. In peace, there's nothing so becomes a map,
Enter Fluellen. As modest stillness, and humility:
Flu. 'Splood-Up to the preaches, you rasBut when the blast of war blows in our ears, 30 cals! will you not up to the preaches? Then imitate the action of the tyger ;
Pist. Bemerciful, great duke, to men of mould'! Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood, Abate thy rage, abate thy manly rage! (chuck! Disguise fair nature with hard-favoured rage: Good bawcock, bate thy rage! use lenity, sweet Then lend the eye a terrible aspect;
Nym. These be good humours !--your honour Let it pry through the portage of the head, 35 wins bad humours.
[Ercunt. Like the brass cannon; let the brow o'erwhelin it, Boy. As young as I ani, I have observ'd these As fearfully, as doth a galled rock
three swashers. I am boy to them all three; but O'er-hang and jutty his confounded base, all they three, though they would serve me, could Swilld with the wild and wasteful ocean.
not be man to me; for, indeed, three such anticks Now set the teeth, and stretch the nostril wide; 40 do not amount to a man. For Bardolph,-he is huld hard the breath, and bend up every spirit white-liver'd, and red-fac'd; by the means whereTo his full height !-On, on, you noblest English, of, 'a faces it out, but fights not. For Pistol, Whose blood is set from fathers of war-proof? be hath a killing tongue, and a quiet sword; by Fathers, that, like so many Alexanders,
the means whereof 'a breaks words, and keeps Have, in these parts, from morn 'till even fought, 45 whole weapons. For Nym,-he hath heard, that And sheath'd their sword for lack of argument'. men of few words are the best men; and there. Dishonour not your mothers; now attest, fore he scorns to say his prayers, lest 'a should be That those, whom you call'd fathers, did beget you! tbought a coward: but his few bad words are Be copy now to men of grosser blood, [yeomen, match'd with as few good deeds; for a never And teach them how to war!-And you, good 50 broke any man's head but his own; and that was Whose limbs were made in England, shew us here against a post, when he was drunk. They will The mettle of your pasture; let us swear [not; steal any thing, and call it-purchase. Bardolph That you are worth your breeding: which I doubt stole a lute-case; bore it twelve leagues, and sold For there is none of you so mean and base, it for three-halfpence. Nym and Bardolph are That hath not noble lustre in your eyes. 55 sworn brothers in filching; and in Calais they stole I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips, a fire-shovel : I knew, by that piece of service, Straining upon the start. The game's afoot; Ithe men would carry coals.' They would have
The staff to which the match is fixed when ordnance is fired. ? Portage, open space, from port, a gate. The meaning is, let the eye appear in the head as cannon through the battlements, or ema brasures, of a fortification. 'i. e. his worn or wasted base. *i. e. matter, or subject. We should read lieutenant. •i. e, a set of lives, of which, when one is worn out, another may serve. 'i. e. to men of earth. That is, bravest. In Shakspeare's age, to curry coals, implied, io endure affronts,
me as familiar with men's pockets, as their gloves pne: the day is hot, and the weather, and the or their handkerchiefs: which makes much against wars, and the king, and the dukes; it is no time my manhood, if I should take from another's to discourse. The town is beseech'd, and the pocket, to put into mine; for it is plain pocketing trumpet calls us to the breach; and we talk, and up of wrongs. I must leave them, and seek some 5 by Chrish, do nothing; 'tis shame for us alí: so better service: their villainy goes against my weak God sa'ine, 'tis shame to stand still; it is shame, stomach, and theretore I must cast it up.[ExitBoy. by my hand: and there is throats to be cut, and
Re-enter Fluellen, Gower following. works to be done; and there is nothing done, se Gower. Captain Fluellen, you must come pre- Chrish sa' me, la, sently to the inines: the duke of Gloster would 10 Jamy. By the mess, ere theise eyes of mine take speak with you.
themselves to slumber, aile do good service, oraile Fiu. To the mines! Tell you the duke, it is not ligge i' the grund for it; or go to death; and so good to come to the mines: for, look you, the aile pay it as valorously as I may, that sal I surely mines are not according to the disciplines of the do, that is the breifand the long: Marry, I wad war; the concavities of it is not sufficient; for, 15 full fain heard some question 'tween you tway. look you, th'athversary (you may discuss unto the Flu. Captain Macmorris, I think, look you, unduke, look you) is digt himselt tour yards under der your correction, there is not many of your the countermines; by Cheshu, I think 'a will nationplow up all, if there is not petier directions, Mac. Of my nation? What ish my nation? ish a
Gower. The duke of Gloster, to whoin the order 20 villain, and a bastard, and a knave, and a rascal? of the siege is given, is altogether directed by an What ish my nation? Who talks of my nation? Irishman; a very valiant gentleman, i' faith.
Flu. Look you, if you take the matter otherwise Flu. It is captain Macmorris, is it not? than is meant, captain Macmorris, peradventure, I Gower, I think, it be.
shall think you do not use me with that affability Flu. By Cheshu, he is an ass, as in the 'orld : 1/25 as in discretion you ought to use me, look you; will verity as much in his peard : he has no more being as goot a man as yourselt, both in the discje directions in the true disciplines of the wars, look plines of wars, and in the derivation of my birth, you, of the Roman disciplines, than is a puppy- and in other particularities. dog.
Mac. I do not know you so good a man as myEnter Macmorris, and Captain Jamy: 30 self: so Chrish save me, I will cut off your head. Gower. Here 'a comes; and the Scots captain, Gower. Gentlemen, both, you will mistake each captain Jamy, with him.
other. Flu. Captain Jamy is a marvellous falorous Jamy. Au! that's a foul fault. [A parley sounded. gentleman, that is certain; and of great expedition, Gower. The town sounds a parley. and knowledge, in the ancient wars, upon my par-35 Flu. Captain Macmorris, when there is more ticular knowledge of his directions: by Cheshu, petter opportunity to be requir’d, look you, I will he will maintain his argument as well as any mi- be so bold as to tell you, I know the disciplines of litary man in the 'orld, in the disciplines of the war; and there's an end.
(Exeunt. pristine wars of the Romans.
Before the Gates of Harfleur.
Enter King Henry and his Train. you quit thc mines? have the pioneers given o'er? · K. Henry. How yet resolves the governor of the Mac. By Chrish la, tish ill done: the work ish
town? give over, the trumpet sound the retreat. By my 45 This is the latest parle we will admit: hand, I swear, and by my father's soul, the work ish Therefore, to our best mercy give yourselves: ill done; it ish give over: I would have blowed up Or, like to men proud of destruction, the town, so Chrish save me, la, in an hour. O tish Defy us to our worst : for, as I am a soldier, ill done, tish ill done; by my hand, tish ill done! KA name, that, in my thoughts, becomes me best)
Flu. Captain Macmorris, I peseech you now, 50 lfl begin the battery once again, will you voutsafe me, look you, a few dispu. I will not leave the half-atchiev'd Harfleur, tations with you, as partly touching or con- Till in her ashes she lie buried. cerning the disciplines of the war, the Roman The gates of mercy shall be all shut up; wars, in the way of argument, look you, and And the flesh'd soldier,-roughandhardofheart,-friendly communication; partly, to satisfy my opi-55 1. liberty of bloody hand, shall range nion, and partly, for the satisfaction, look you, of With conscience wide as hell; mowing like grass my mind, as touching the direction of the military Your fresh fair virgins, and your flowering infants. discipline; that is the point.
What is it then to me, if inspious war,Jamy. It sall be very gud, gud feith, gud cap- Array'd in flames, like to the prince of fiends, tains bath: and I sall quit you with gud lere, as 60 Do, with his smirchd complesion, all fell feats I may pick occasion; that sall I, marry.
Enlink'd to waste and desolation? Muc. It is no time to discourse, so Chrish savel What is't to me, when you yourselves are cause, That is, he will blow up all. That is, I shall requite you, answer you.