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Besides five hundred prisoners of esteem, -
K. Hen. Is this the lord Talbot, uncle Gloster, That hath so long been resident in France?
Glo. Yes, if it please your majesty, my liege.
[Exeunt King Henry, Gloster, Talbot,
and Nobles. Ver. Now, sir, to you, that were so hot at sea, Disgracing of these colours that I wears In honour of my noble lord of York,Dar'st thou maintain the former words thou spak’st?
Bas. Yes, sir; as well as you dare patronage The envious barking of your saucy tongue
. I do remember how my father said,] The author of this play was not a very correct historian. Henry was but nine months old when his father died, and never saw him.
resolved,] i. e. confirmed in opinion of it. * Or been reguerdon'd-] i. e. rewarded. The word was obsolete even in the time of Shakspeare. Chaucer uses it in the Boke of Boethius.
these colours that I wear-) This was the badge of a rose, and not an officer's scarf
Against my lord, the duke of Somerset.
Ver. Sirrah, thy lord I honour as he is.
[Strikes him. Bas. Villain, thou know'st, the law of arms is
such, That, who so draws a sword, 'tis present death;8 Or else this blow should broach thy dearest blood. But I'll unto his majesty, and crave I may have liberty to venge this wrong; When thou shalt see, I'll meet thee to thy cost.
Ver. Well, miscreant, I'll be there as soon as you; And, after, meet you sooner than
SCENE I. The same.
A Room of State.
Enter King Henry, GLOSTER, EXETER, YORK,
SUFFOLK, SOMERSET, WINCHESTER, WARWICK,
[Governour kneels. That
you elect no other king but him: Esteem none friends, but such as are his friends; And none your foes, but such as shall pretend?
That, who so draws a sword, 'tis present death ;] i. e. with a menace in the court, or in the presence chamber.
7-such as shall pretend-] To pretend is to design, to intend. JOHNSON.
Malicious practices against his state:
[Exeunt Gov, and his Train.
Enter Sir John FASTOLPE. Fast. My gracious sovereign, as I rode from Calais, To haste unto your coronation, A letter was deliver'd to my hands, Writ to your grace from the duke of Burgundy.
Tal. Shame to the duke of Burgundy, and thee! I vow'd, base knight, when I did meet thee next, To tear the garter from thy craven's leg,
[Plucking it off
Glo. To say the truth, this fact was infamous,
Tal. When first this order was ordain'd, my lords,
* To tear the garter from thy craven's leg,] i. e. thy mean, dastardly leg.
haughty courage,] Haughty is here in its original sense
Such as were grown to credit by the wars;
[Exit Fastolfe. And now, my lord protector, view the letter Sent from our uncle duke of Burgundy. Glo. What means his grace, that he hath chang’d
his style? [Viewing the superscription. No more but, plain and bluntly,—To the king? Hath he forgot, he is his sovereign? Or doth this churlish superscription Pretend some alteration in good will? What's here?-I have, upon especial cause,
[Reads. Mov'd with compassion of my country's wreck, Together with the pitiful complaints Of such as your oppression feeds upon,Forsaken your pernicious faction, And join'd with Charles, the rightful king of
France. O monstrous treachery! Can this be so; That in alliance, amity, and oaths, There should be found such false dissembling guile?
in most extremes.] i. e. in greatest extremities. ? Pretend-) To pretend seems to be here used in its Latin sense, i. e. to hold out, to stretch forward. It may mean, however, as in other places, to design.
K. Hen. What! doth my uncle Burgundy revolt? Glo. He doth, my lord; and is become your foe. K. Hen. Is that the worst, this letter doth contain: Glo. It is the worst, and all, my lord, he writes. K. Hen. Why then, lord Talbot there shall talk
with him, And give him chastisement for this abuse:My lord, how say you are you not content? Tal. Content, my liege? Yes; but that I am
prevented, I should have begg'd I might have been employ’d. K. Hen. Then gather strength, and march unto
him straight: Let him perceive, how ill we brook his treason; And what offence it is, to flout his friends. Tal. I go, my lord; in heart desiring still, behold confusion of
Enter VERNON and BASSET. Ver. Grant me the combat, gracious sovereign! Bas. And me, my lord, grant
me the combat too! York. This is my servant; Hear him, noble
prince! Som. And this is mine; Sweet Henry, favour him! K. Hen. Be patient, lords; and give them leave
to speak. Say, gentlemen, What makes you thus exclaim? And wherefore crave you combat? or with whom? Ver. With him, my lord; for he hath done me
wrong Bas. And I with him; for he hath done me
wrong K. Hen. What is that wrong whereof
- I am prevented,] Prevented is here, anticipated; a Latinism. VOL. VI.