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KING HENRY THE FIFTH.
DUKE of GLOSTER,
DUKE OF BEDFORD, } Brothers to the King.
DUKE of YORK; } Uncles to the King,
DUKE of EXETER,
EARL of SALISBURY.
EARL of WESTMORELAND.
EARL of WARWICK.
ARCHBISHOP of CANTERBURY, Henry Chichelcy.
BISHOP of ELY, John Fordham.
EARL of CAMBRIDGE,
LORD SCROOP, Conspirators against the King.
SIR THOMAS GREY,
SIR THOMAS ERPINGHAM, GOWER, FLUELLEN,
MACKMORRIS, JAMY, Officers in King Henry's army.
NYM, BARDOLPH, PISTOL, BOY, formerly Servants to
Falstaff, now Soldiers in the King's Army.
BATES, COURT, WILLIAMS, Soldiers.
CHARLES, the Sixth, King of France.
DUKE of BURGUNDY.
CONSTABLE, ORLEANS, RAMBURES, BOURDON,
GRANDPREE, French Lords.
GOVERNOR of HARFLEUR.
MONTJOY, a Herald.
Ambassadors to the King of England.
ISABEL, Queen of France.
KATHARINE, Daughter to the King of France.
ALICE, a Lady attending on the Princess Katharine.
QUICKLY, Pistol's Wife, an Hoftels.
Lords, Messengers, French and English Soldiers, with other
The SCENE, at the Leginning of the Play, lies in England; but after-
O, for a muse of fire, that would ascend
The brightest heaven of invention!
A kingdom for a stage, princes to act,
And monarchs to behold the swelling scene !
Then should the warlike Harry, like himself,
Assume the port of Mars; and, at his heels,
Leafh'd in like hounds, should faminc, sword, and fire,
Crouch for employment. But pardon, gentles all,
The flat unraised fpirit, that hath dar'd,
On this unworthy scaffold, to bring forth
So great an object : Can this cock-pit hold
The vasty field of France ? or may we cram,
Within this wooden O, the very * casques
That did affright the air at Agincourt ?
O, pardon! since a 'crooked figure may
Atteft, in little place, a million ;
And let us, cyphers to this great accompt,
On your imaginary forces work:
Suppose, within the girdle of these walls
Are now confin'd two mighty monarchies,
Whose high-upreared and abutting fronts
The perilous, narrow ocean parts asunder.
Piece out our imperfections with your thoughts ;
* Into a thousand parts divide one man,
bounds," the dogs of war." JULIUS CÆSAR, Act III. S.1. Ant.
> tbis wooden 0,]— this circular theatre- the Globe, where most of
ibakespeare's plays were performed.
* be very cajques]-even the helmets, the helmets alone.
crooked figure may attes,] - the numeral character j may express.
imaginary forces]-powers of imagination.
* Into a thousand parts divide one man, And make imaginary puissance:)
Suppose each man to represent a thousand, thus let your fancy multi-
ply our forces.
And make imaginary puissance :
Think, when we talk of horses, that you see them
Printing their proud hoofs i' the receiving earth;
For 'tis your thoughts that now must 'deck our kings,
Carry them here and there ; jumping o'er times ;
& Turning the accomplishment of many years
Into an hour-glass; For the which supply,
Admit me chorus to this history;
Who, prologue-like, your humble patience pray,
Gently to hear, kindly to judge, our play.
f deck our kings, ]-furnish them with all the ensigns and appendages of royal magnificence.
8 Turning, &c.]-representing, within the space of a few hours, the transactions of many years.
For tbe wbicb jupply, &c.]-Permit me, after apologizing for there defects, humbly to bespeak your patient hearing, and candid judgment of this performance.
Enter the archbishop of Canterbury, and bishop of Ely.
Cant. My lord, I'll tell you,-chat 'self bill is urg'd,
Which, in the eleventh year o'the last king's reign
Was like, and had indeed against us past,
But that the scambling and unquiet time
Did push it 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,
We lose the better half of our poffefsion :
For all the temporal lands, which men devout
By testament have given to the church,
Would they strip from us; being valu'd thus
As much as would maintain, to the king's honour,
Full fifteen earls, and fifteen hundred knights ;
Six thousand and two hundred good esquires ;
And, to relief of lazars, and weak age,
Of indigent faint fouls, paft corporal toil,
felf ]-felfsame, frambling)-turbulent, scrambling--
“ Scambling, out-facing, fashion-mong'ring boys."
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, Vol. I. Pog11.