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SCENE I. - London. An Ante-chamber in the King's Palace.
Enter the ? ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY and 3 BISHOP OF ELY. Cant. My lord, I'll tell you,—that self bill is urg'd, Which, in the eleventh year of the last king's reign, Was like, and had indeed against us pass’d. But that the “scambling and unquiet time Did push it 5 out of further question.
Ely. But how, my lord, shall we resist it now?
Cant. It must be thought on. If it pass against us,
i London.-According to Holinshed the business of this Scene was
transacted at Leicester, where King Henry V. held a Parliament in the second year of his reign. But the Chorus, at the beginning of Act II., shows that the author intended to make
London the place of the first Scene. Archbishop of Canterbury.- This was Henry Chicheley, raised to
the see 1414, died 1443. 3 Bishop of Ely.-John Fordham, consecrated 1388, died 1426. Scambling and unquiet time.-A disorderly time, in which
authority is set at nought. Scambling is a word much used by
old authors, the same meaning as scrambling. 5 Out of further question.-Of further debate. Our possession. --Thus the old copies ; the folio of 1632 alters it
to possessions. 7 Men devout.-The transposition of the adjective is common, es
pecially in the case of some words derived from the French. To relief of lazars.—The was frequently omitted before a noun
already defined by another noun, especially in prepositional phrases. (See Abbott, 89.)
And to the coffers of the king beside
Ely. This would drink deep.
'Twould drink the cup and all.
1 A thousand pounds by the year.-Hall, who was one of Shake.
speare's authorities in this play, says, 'And the kyng to have
clerely in his cofers twentie thousand pounds.' 2 The offending Adam.-One of Shakespeare's ideas taken from
Scripture. 8 Never came reformation in a flood, etc.-An allusion to this
method by which Hercules cleansed the famous stables, when
he turned a river through them. * Currance.-The reading of the old copy, corrected in the second, folio. A running stream, a course.
French courance. 6 And all at once. -A trite phrase in the time of Shakespeare Compare : 'Does love turn fool, run mad, and all at once ?
Middleton's · Changeling.' 6 Debate.-Controvert, dispute. French debatre. Compare : H
could not debate anything without some commotion, even wher the argument was not of moment.'- Clarendon.
Familiar as his garter'; 1 that, when he speaks,
haunts and popularity.
Cant. It must be so; for miracles are ceas'd;
But, my good lord,
He seems indifferent : Or, rather, 9swaying more upon our part, 1 That, when he speaks.-So before that is frequently omitted, probably from the desire of brevity. Compare :
That we but teach.'- Macbeth. 2 Theoric.-Speculation, not practice. Compare :
The bookish theoric
As masterly as he.'--Othello. 133 How his grace should glean it. For explanation of this idiom,
see Abbott, 414.." 4 His companies. His companions. 5 Sequestration.-Separation, retirement. Compare :
“There must be leisure, retirement, solitude, and a sequestra.
tion of a man's self from the noise of the world.'-South. 6. Popularity.--Plebeian intercourse.
7 The strawberry grows, etc.—The wild fruit found in the woods. Hos Crescive.-Increasing, growing. Latin cresco. Swaying more upon our part.-Inclining. Compare :
Now, sways it this way, like a mighty sea,
Than cherishing the exhibiters against us :
Ely. How did this offer seem receiv'd, my lord ?
Cant. With good acceptance of his majesty ; Save, that there was not time enough to hear (As I perceiv'd his grace would fain have done) · The severals, and 3 unhidden passages, Of his true titles to some certain dukedoms; And, generally, to the crown and seat of France, Deriv'd from Edward, his great-grandfather.
Ely. What was the “impediment that broke this off?
Cant. The French ambassador, upon that instant,
SCENE II.-The same. A Room of State in the same. Enter KING HENRY, GLOSTER, BEDFORD, EXETER, WARWICK,
WESTMORELAND, and Attendants.
Withal.—The emphatic form of with, and is used for with after
the object at the end of a sentence. ? The severals. This plural noun has the force of our modern
details. 3 Unhidden passages. -Open, clear titles, the lines of succession by
which his claims descend. 4 Impediment.-Hindrance, opposition. Latin impedimentum. 6 Embassy.—.1 message concerning business between princes, the
message brought by an ambassador, or embassador. 6 Good uncle.--This was Thomas Beaufort, Earl of Dorset, who was
balf-brother to King Henry IV., being one of the sons of John of Gaunt by Catherine Swyuford, Shakespeare is rather too
West. 1 Shall we call in the ambassador, my liege !
Enter the ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY and BISHOP OF ELY.
Cant. God and his angels guard your sacred throne,
Sure, we thank you,
early in giving him the title of Exeter; for when Harfleur was
king's aunt, but he was executed at Plashey in 1400. i Shall we call in the ambassador, my liege ?-In the quartos of
1600, 1602, and 1608, the play begins with this speech, but they all assign the line Exeter, and give it thus :
Shall I call in the ambassador, my liege ? * Bar us in our claim.-Exclude us. Compare :
• It was thought sufficient not only to exclude them from that
benefit, but, to bar them from their money.'-Clarendon,
Go to the king, and let there be impawn'd