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Think, when we talk of horses, that you see Turning the accomplishment of many years them
into an hour-glass : For the which supply, Printing their proud hoofs i’the receiving earth: Admit me chorus to this history; For 'tis your thoughts that now must deck our Who, prologue-like, your humble patience pray, kings,
Gently to hear, kindly to judge, our play. Carry them here and there: jumping o'er times ;
SCENE I.-London. An ante-chamber in the You would desire, the king were made a prelate: King's palace.
Hear him debate of commonwealth affairs,
You would say,—it hath been all-in-all his study: Enter the Archbishop of CANTERBURY, and
List his discourse of war, and you shall hear Bishop of Ely.
A fearful battle render'd you in music : Cant. My lord, I'll tell you,—that self bill is Turn him to any cause of policy, urg'a,
The gordian knot of it he will unloose, Which, in the eleventh year o'the last king's Familiar as his garter ; that, when he speaks, reign
The air, a charter'd libertine, is still, Was like, and had indeed against us pass'd, And the mute wonder lurketh in men's ears, But that the scambling and unquiet time To steal his sweet and honeyed sentences; Did push it out of further question.
So that the art and practick part of life Ely. But how, my lord, shall we resist it now? Must be the mistress to this theorick: Cant. It must be thought on. If it pass against Which is a wonder, how his grace should glean it, us,
Since his addiction was to courses vain ; We lose the better half of our possession : His companies unletter’d, rude, and shallow; For all the temporal lands, which men devout His hours fill’d up with riots, banquets, sports; By testament have given to the church, And never noted in him any study, Would they strip from us; being valued thus,- | Any retirement, any sequestration As much as would maintain, to the king's honour, From open haunts and popularity. Fui titi.'en carls, and fifteen hundred knights; Ely. The strawberry grows underneath the Six thousand and two hundred good esquires;
nettle; And, to relief of lazars, and weak age,
And wholesome berries thrive and ripen best, Of indigent faint souls, past corporal toil, Neighbour'd by fruit of baser quality : A hundred alms-houses, right well supplied ; And so the prince obscur’d his contemplation And to the coffers of the king beside,
Under the veil of wildness ; which, no doubt, A thousand pounds by the year : Thus runs the Grew like the summer..grass, fastest by night, bill.
Unseen, yet crescive in his faculty. Ely. This would drink deep.
Cant. It must be so: for miracles are ceas'd ; Cant. 'Twould drink the cup and all.
And therefore we must needs admit the means, Ely. But what prevention ?
How things are perfected.
Cant. The courses of his youth promis'd it not. Urg'd by the commons ? Doth his majesty
Cant. He seems indifferent ;
Than cherishing the exhibiters against us :And whipp'd the offending Adam out of him; For I have made an offer to his majesty,– Leaving his body as a paradise,
Upon our spiritual convocation ;
As touching France,—to give a greater sum
Did to his predecessors part withal. So soon did lose his seat, and all at once,
Ely. How did this offer seem receiv'd, my As in th's king.
lord ? Ely. We are blessed in the change.
Cant. With good acceptance of his majesty; Cant. Hear him but reason in divinity, Save, that there was not time enough to hear An, all-admiring, with an inward wish (As, I perceiv'd, his grace would fain have done,)
The severals, and unhidden passages,
Under this conjuration, speak, my lord : Of his true titles to some certain dukedoms; And we will hear, note, and believe in heart, And, generally, to the crown and seat of France, That what you speak is in your conscience wash'd Denu'd from Edward, his great grandfather. As pure as sin with baptism. Ely. What was the impediment that broke Cunt. Then hear me, gracious sovereign, this off?
and you peers, Cant. The French ambassador, upon that in- That owe your lives, your faith, and services, stant,
To this imperial throne ;—There is no bar Crar'd audience: and the hour, I think, is come, To make against your highness' claim to France, To give him hearing : Is it four o'clock ? But this, which they produce from Pharamond, Ely. It is.
In terram Salicam mulieres ne succedant, Cunt. Then go we in, to know his embassy; No woman shall succeed in Salique land: Which I could, with a ready guess, declare, Which Salique land the French unjustly gloze, Before the Frenchman speak a word of it. To be the realm of France, and Pharamond Ely. 17] wait upon you; and I long to hear it. The founder of this law and female bar.
[Exeunt. Yet their own authors faithfully affirm,
That the land Salique lies in Germany, SCENE II.-The same. A room of state in the Between the floods of Sala and of Elbe:
Where Charles the great, having subdued the
Saxons, Enter King Henry, Gloster, Bedforn, EXE- There left behind and settled certain French,
TEZ, WARWICK, WESTMORELAND, and At- Who, holding in disdain the German women, tendants.
For some dishonest manners of their life, X. Hen. Where is my gracious lord of Can- Establish'd there this law,--to wit, no female terbury?
Should be inheritrix in Salique land ; Exe. Not here in presence.
Which Salique, as I said, 'twixt Elbe and Sala, K. Hen. Send for him, good uncle.
Is at this day in Germany call’d-Meisen. West. Shall we call in the ambassador, my Thus doth it well appear, the Salique law liege?
Was not devised for the realm of France : K. Hen. Not yet, my cousin ; we would be Nor did the French possess the Salique land resolv'd,
Until four hundred one and twenty years
Who died within the year of our redemption Enter the Archbishop of Canterbury and
Four hundred twenty-six; and Charles the great Bishop of Ely.
Subdued the Saxons, and did seat the French Cant. God, and his angels, guard your sacred 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, X. Hen. 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,
Make claim and title to the crown ot' 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 clain. 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 some show of truth, reading,
(Though, in pure truth, it was corrupt and Or nicely charge your understanding soul
naught, With opening titles miscreate, whose right Convey'd himself as heir to the lady Lingare, Suits not in native colours with the truth; Daughter to Charlemain, who was the son For God doth know, how many, now in health, To Lewis the emperor, and Lewis the son Shall drop their blood in approbation
Of Charles the great. Also king Lewis the tenth, Of what your reverence shall incite us to : Who was sole heir to the usurper Capet, Therefore take heed how you impawn our person, Could not keep quiet in his conscience, H « you awake the sleeping sword of war; Wearing the crown of France, till satisfied We charge you in the naine of God, take heed : That fair queen Isabel, his grandmother, For never two such kingdoms did contend, Was lineal of the lady Ermengare, Without much fall of blood ; whose guiltless Daughter to Charles the foresaid duke of Lorain: drops
By the which marriage, the line of Charles the Are every one a woe, a sore complaint,
great Gainst him, whose wrongs give edge unto the Was re-united to the crown of France. swords
So that, as clear as is the summer's sun, That make such waste in brief mortality. King Pepin's title, and Hugh Capet's claim,
King Lewis his satisfaction, all appear
Shall be a wall sufficient to defend
K. Hen. We do not mean the coursing snatch.
ers only, To bar your highness claiming from the female; But fear the main intendment of the Scot, And rather choose to hide them in a net, Who hath been still a giddy neighbour to us; Than amply to imbare their crooked titles, For you shall read, that my great grandfather Usurp'd from you and your progenitors. Never went with his forces into France, K. Hen. May I, with right and conscience, But that the Scot on his unfurnish'd kingdom make this claim ?
Came pouring, like the tide into a breach,
Galling the gleaned land with hot essays;
Girding with grievous siege, castles and towns ;
harm’d, my liege :
To fill king Edward's fame with prisoner kings;
With sunken wreck and sumless treasuries. Ely. Awake remembrance of these valiant West. But there's a saying, very old and true, dead,
If that you will France win,
Then with Scotland first begin :
Playing the mouse, in absence of the cat,
Since we have locks to safeguard necessaries, West. They know, your grace hath cause, and And pretty traps to catch the petty thieves. mems, and might;
While that the armed hand doth fight abroad,
Congruing in a full and natural close,
Cant. 0, let their bodies follow, my dear liege, Cant. True : therefore doth heaven divide
Setting endeavour in continual motion ;
To which is fixed, as an aim or butt,
Creatures, that, by rule in nature, teach
The act of order to a peopled kingdom.
Where some, like magistrates, correct at home;
Make boot upon the summer's velvet buds; Lunt. They of those marches, gracious sove Which pillage they with merry march bring home reign,
To the tent-royal of their emperor :
Who, busied in his majesty, surveys
In answer of which claim, the prince our master The singing masons building roofs of gold; Says,-that you savour too much of your youth; The civil citizens kneading up the honey ; And bids you be advis'd, there's nought in France The poor mechanic porters crowding in
That can be with a nimble galliard wori; Their heavy burdens at his narrow gate; You cannot revel into dukedoms there : The sad-ey'd justice, with his surly lium, He therefore sends you, meeter for your spirit, Delivering o'er to executors pale
This tun of treasure ; and, in lieu ot' this, The lazy yawning drone. I this infer, Desires you, let the dukedoms that you claim, That many things, having full reference Hear no more of you. This the Dauphin speaks. To one concent, may work contrariously: K. Hen. What treasure, uncle ? As many arrows, loosed several ways,
Exe. Tennis-balls, my liege. Fly to one mark;
K. Hen. We are glad the Dauphin is so pleaAs many several ways meet in one town ;
sant with us; As many fresh streams run in one self sea ; His present, and your pains, we thank
for: As many lines close in the dial's center; When we have match'd our rackets to these balls, So may a thousand actions, once afoot, We will, in France, by God's grace, play a set, . End in one purpose, and be all well borne Shall strike his father's crown into the hazard : Without defeat. Therefore to France, my liege. Tell him, he hath made a match with such a Divide your happy England into four;
wrangler, Whereof take you one quarter into France,
That all the courts of France will be disturh'd And you withal shall make all Gallia shake. With chaces. And we understand him well, If we, with thrice that power left at home, How he comes o'er us with our wildler days, Cannot defend our own door from the dog, Not measuring what use we made of them. Let us be worried ; and our nation lose We never valu'd this poor seat of England ; The name of hardiness, and policy.
And therefore, living hence, did give ourself K. Hen. Call in the messengers sent from the To barbarous licence ; As 'tis ever common, Dauphin.
That men are merriest when they are from home, [Exit an Attendant. The King as- But tell the Dauphin,- I will keep my state; cends his Throne.
Be like a king, and show my sail of greatness, Now are we well resolv’d: and, -by God's help; When I do rouse me in my throne of France : And yours, the noble sinews of our power,
For that I have laid by my majesty, France being ours, we'll bend it to our awe, And plodded like a man for working days ; Or break it all to pieces : Or there we'll sit, But I will rise there with so full a glory, Ruling, in large and ample empery,
That I will dazzle all the eyes of France, O'er France, and all her almost kingly dukedoms; Yea, strike the Dauphin blind to look on us. Or lay these bones in an unworthy urn, And tell the pleasant prince,—this mock of his Tombless, with no remembrance over them : Hath turn'a his balls to gun-stones; and his soul Either our history shall, with full mouth, Shall stand sore charged for the wasteful venSpeak freely of our acts; or else our grave,
geance Like Turkish mute, shall have a tongueless That shall fly with them : for many a thousand mouth,
widows Not worship'd with a waxen epitaph.
Shall this his mock mock out of their dear hus
bands; Enter Ambassudors of France. Mock mothers from their sons, mock castles Now are we well prepar'd to know the pleasure
down; Of our fair cousin Dauphin; for, we hear, And some are yet ungotten, and unborn, Your greeting is from him, not from the king. That shall have cause to curse the Dauphin's Amb. May it please your majesty, to give us leave
But this lies all within the will of God, Freely to render what we have in charge ; To whom I do. appeal ; And in whose name, Or shall we sparingly show you far off
Tell the Dauphin, I am coming on, The Dauphin's meaning, and our embassy ? To venge me as I may, and to put forth K. Hen. We are no tyrant, but a Christian My rightful hand in a well-hallow'd cause. king;
So, get you hence in peace; and tell the Dauphin, Unto whose grace our passion is as subject, His jest will savour but of shallow wit, As are our wretches fetter'd in our prisons : When thousands weer, more than did laugh at Therefore, with frank and with uncurbed plainDess,
Convey them with safe conduct.-Fare you well. Tell us the Dauphin's mind.
[Exeunt Ambassadors. Amb. Thus then, in few.
· Eze. This was a merry message. Your highness, lately sending into France, K. Hen. We hope to make the sender blus! Did elaim some certain dukedoms, in the right
[Descends from his thrive, of your great predecessor, king Edward the third. Therefore, my lords, omit no happy hours
That may give furtherance to our expedition : More feathers to our wings ; for, God before,
[Ereunt. That may, with reasonable swiftness, add
Nym. Good morrow, lieutenant Bardolpi.
Bard. What are ancient Pistol and you friends
sword will : and there's the humour of it.
France; let it be so, good corporal Nym.
Nym. 'Faith, I will live so long as I may,
that's the certain of it; and when I cannot live Shake in their fear; and with pale policy any longer, I will do as I may: that is my rest, Seek to divert the English purposes.
that is the rendezvous of it. O England !-model to thy inward greatness, Bard. It is certain, corporal, that he is marLike little body with a mighty heart,- ried to Nell Quickly: and, certainly, she did you What might'st thou do, that honour would thee wrong; for you were troth-plight to her. do,
Nym. I cannot tell; things must be as they
There must be conclusions. Well, I cannot tell.
Enter Pistol and Mrs Quickly.
eared cur of Iceland !
of a man, and put up thy sword.
Nym. Will you shog off? I would have you Bard. Well met, corporal Nym.
[Sheathing his sword