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Bard. O joyful day !-I would not take a SCENE V.-A public Place near Westminster knighthood for my fortune.

Pist. What, I do bring good news?
Fal. Carry master Silence to bed.-Master

Enter two Grooms, strewing rushes. Shallow, my lord Shallow, be what thou wilt ; i Groom. More rushes, more rushes. I am fortune's steward. Get on thy boots : 2 Groom. The trumpets have sounded twice. we'll ride all night.-0 sweet Pistol ! -Away, I Groom. It will be two o'clock ere they Bardolph !-(Exit Bard.] Come, Pistol, utter come from the coronation : despatclı, despatch. more to me; and, withal, devise something to

(Exeunt Grooms. do thyself good. Boot, boot, Master Shallow : Enter Falstaff, Shallow, Pistol, Bardolph, I know the young king is sick for me.

Let us

and Page. take any man's horses ; the laws of England Fal. Stand here by me, master Robert Shalare at my commandment. Happy are they low ; I will make the king do you grace : 1 which have been my friends; and woe unto will leer upon him, as he comes by; and do my lord chief justice !

but mark the countenance he will give me. Pist. Let vultures vile seize on his lungs Pist. God bless thy lungs, good knight! also !

Fal. Come here, Pistol ; stand behind me. “Where is the life that late I led ?" say they :]-[To Shallow.) O, if I had had time to have Why, here it is ;-Welcome these pleasant made new liveries, I would have bestowed the days!

[Exeunt. thousand pound I borrowed of you. But 'tis SCENE IV.-London. A Street.

no matter; this poor show doth better : this

doth infer the zeal I had to see him. Enter Beadles, dragging in Hostess Quickly Shal. It doth so. and Doll Tear-sheet.

Fal. It shows my earnestness of affection. Host. No, thou arrant knave; I wouid to Shal. It doth so. Fal. My devotion, — God I might die, that I might have thee Shal. It doth, it doth, it doth. hanged ; thou hast drawn my shoulder out of Fal. As it were, to ride day and night; and joint.

not to deliberate, not to remember, not to have i Bead. The constables have delivered her patience to shift me. over to me; and she shall have whipping-cheer Shal. It is most certain. enough, I warrant her : there hath been a man Fal. But to stand stained with travel, and or two lately killed about her.

sweating with desire to see him ; thinking of Dol. Nut-hook, nut-hook, you lie. Come nothing else, putting all affairs else in oblivion, on ; I'll tell thee what, thou damned tripe- as if there were nothing else to be done but to visaged rascal, an the child I now go with do see him.

[est: miscarry, thou hadst better thou hadst struck Pist. 'Tis semper idem, for absque hoc nihil thy mother, thou paper-faced villain.

'Tis all in every part. Host. O the Lord, that Sir John would Shal. 'Tis so, indeed. come ! he would make this a bloody day to Pist. My knight, I will inflame thy noble somebody. But I pray God the fruit of her And make thee rage.

[liver, womb miscarry.

Thy Doll, and Helen of thy noble thoughts, i Bead. If it do, you shall have a dozen of Is in base durance, and contagious prison ; cushions again ; you have but eleven now. Hauld thither Come, I charge you both go with me; for the By most mechanical and dirty hand :man is dead, that you and Pistol beat among Rouse up revenge from ebon den with fell you.

Alecto's snake, Dol. I'll tell thee what, thou thin man in a For Doll is in : Pistol speaks nought but truth. censer, I will have you as soundly swinged for Fal. I will deliver her. this, you blue-bottle rogue ! you filthy fam

[Shouts within and trumpets sound. ished correctioner! if you be not swinged, I'll Pist. There roar'd the sea, and trumpetforswear half-kirtles.

clangor sounds. i Bead. Come, come, you she knight-errant, Enter the King and his train, the Chief

Justice among them. Host. O, that right should thus overcome Fal. God save thy grace, king Hal! my might! Well, of sufferance comes ease.

royal Hal.

(most royal imp of fame! Dol. Come, you rogue, come; bring me to Pist. The heavens thee guard and keep, justice.

Fal. God save thee, my sweet boy! Host. Ay, come, you starved blood-hound !

King. My lord chief justice, speak to that Dol. Goodman death! goodman bones.

vain man.

(what 'tis you speak? Host. Thou atomy, thou !

Ch. Just. Have you your wits ? know you Dol. Come, you thin thing! come, you Fal. My king ! my Jove! I speak to thee, rascal!

my heart !

(prayers : i Bead. Very well.

(Exeunt. king. I know thee not, old man : fall to thy

How ill white hairs become a fool, and jester!


Set on.

Scene 5.

I have long dream'd of such a kind of man, P. John. I like this fair proceeding of the
So surfeit-swell'd, so old, and so profane; He hath intent his wonted followers (king's :
But, being awake, I do despise my dream, Shall all be very well provided for ;
Make less thy body hence, and more thy grace; But all are banish'd, till their conversations
Leave gormandizing; know, the grave doth Appear more wise and modest to the world.

Ch. Just. And so they are. (ment, my lord.
For thee thrice wider than for other men.- P. John. The king hath called his parlia-
Reply not to me with a fool-born jest :

Ch. Just. He hath.
Presume not that I am the thing I was ; P. John. I will lay odds, that, ere this year
For God doth know, so shall the world per. We bear pour civil swords and native fire

That I have turn'd away my former self; As far as France : I heard a bird so sing,
So will I those that kept me company. Whose music, to my thinking, pleas'd the
When thou dost hear I am as I have been,

king. Approach me, and thou shalt be as thou wast, Come, will you hence ?

[Exeunt The tutor and the feeder of my riots ; Till then, I banish thee, on pain of death,As I have done the rest of my misleaders, – EPILOGUE.-Spoken by a Dancer. Not to come near our person by ten mile. For competence of life I will allow you, First, my fear; then, my court'sy; last, my That lack of means enforce you not to evil ; speech. My fear is, your displeasure; my And, as we hear you do reform yourselves, court'sy, my duty; and my speech, to beg your We will, according to your strength and pardons. If you look for a good specch now, qualities, [it your charge, my lord, you undo me:

for what I have to say, is of mine Give you advancement.--{To Ch. Just.] Beown making; and what indeed should say, To see perform'd the tenor of our word. - will, I doubt, prove mine own marring. But

(Exeunt King and his train. to the purpose, and so to the venture.-Be it Fal. Master Shallow, I owe you a thousand known to you, ( as it is very well, ) I was lately pound.

here in the end of a displeasing play, to pray Shal. Ay, marry, sir John; which I be- your patience for it, and to promise you a betseech you to let me have home with me. ter. I did mean, indeed, to pay you with this :

Fal. That can hardly be, master Shallow. which, if, like an ill venture, it come unDo not you grieve at this ; I shall be sent for luckily home, I break, and you, my gentle in private to him : look you, he must seem creditors, lose. Here, I promised you, I would thus to the world : fear not your advancement : be, and here I commit my body to your merI will be the man yet that shall make you cies; bate me some, and I will pay you some ; great.

and, as most debtors do, promise you infinitely. Shal. I cannot perceive how ; unless you If my tongue cannot entreat you to acquit should give me your doublet, and stuff me out me, will you command me to use my lez's ? and with straw. I beseech you, good sir John, let yet that were out light payment, - to dance out me have five hundred of my thousand. of your debt. But a good conscience will make

Fal. Sir, I will be as good as my word : any possible satisfaction, and so will I. All this that you heard was but a colour. the gentlewomen here have forgiven me : if the Shal. A colour, I fear, that you will die in, gentlemen will not, then the gentlemen do not

agree with the gentlewomen, which was never Fal. Féar no colours : go with me to din- seen before in such an assembly. ner :-come, lieutenant Pistol ;-come, Bar- One word more, 1 beseech you. If you be not dolph :-I shall be sent for soon at night. too much cloyed with fat meat, our humble Re-enter Prince John, the Chief Justice, author will continue the story, with sir John Officers, &c.

in it, and make you merry with fair KathaCh. Just. Go, carry sir John Falstaff to the rine of France : where, for anything I know, Take all his company along with him. [Fleet : Falstaff shall die of a sweat, unless already he

Ful. My lord, my lord, - [you soon. be killed with your hard opinions; for Old

Ch. Just. I cannot now speak : will hear castle died a martyr, and this is not the man. Take them away.

My tongue is weary; when my legs are too, I Pist. Si fortuna me tormenta, spero me con- will bid you good night: and so kneel dirun

tenta. Exeunt Fal. Shal. Pist. Bard. before you :- but, indeed, to pray for the and Page, with Officers.


sir John.




King Henry the Fifth.

| Boy, Servant to them. A Herald. Chorus. Duke of Gloster, Brothers to the King.

Charles the Sixth, King of France. Duke of Bedford,

Lewis, the Dauphin. Duke of Exeter, Uncle to the King.

Dukes of Burgundy, Orleans, and Bourbon. Duke of York, Cousin to the King. (wick. The Constable of France. Earls of Salisbury, Westmoreland, and War- Rambures, and Grandpré, French Lords. Archbishop of Canterbury.

Montjoy, a French Herald. Bishop of Ely.

Governor of Harfleur. Earl of Cambridge,

Ambassadors to England. Lord Scroop, Conspiralors. Isabel, Queen of France. Sir Thomas Grey,

Katharine, Daughter of Charles and Isabel. Sir Thomas Erpingham, Gower, Fluellen, Alice, a lady attending on the Princess KathaMacmorris, Jamy, Officers in King Henry's rine.

[Pistol. Army.

Hostess of the Boar's Head Tavern, wife to Bates, Court, Williams, Soldiers in the Lords, Ladies, Officers, Soldiers, Citizens, Pistol, Nym, Bardolph.


Messengers, and Attendants.
SCENE.-In England and in France.


Enter Chorus.

Admit me chorus to this history ; (pray. Chor. O for a muse of fire, that would Who, prologue-like, your humble patience ascend

Gently to hear, kindly to judge, our play.
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,

SCENE I.-London. An Ante-chamber in Leash'd in like hounds, should famine, sword, and fire,

the King's Palace. Crouch for employment. But pardon, gentles Enter the Archbishop of Canterbury and the The flat unraised spirit that hath dar'd, (all,

Bishop of Ely. On this unworthy scaffold, to bring forth Cant. My lord, I'll tell you,—that self bill So great an object : can this cockpit hold

is urg'd,

(reign The vasty fields of France? or may we cram Which in th' eleventh year of the last king's Within this wooden ( the very casques

Was like, and had indeed against us pass'd, That did affright the air at Agincourt? But that the scambling and unquiet time O, pardon! since a crooked figure may Did push it out of further question.

(now? Attest in little place a million ;

Ely. But how, my lord, shall we resist it And let us, ciphers to this great account, Cant. It must be thought on. On your imaginary forces work ;

against us, Suppose, within the girdle of these walls We lose the better half of our possession : Are now confined two mighty monarchies, For all the temporal lands, which men devout Whose high upreared and abutting fronts By testament have given to the church, The perilous narrow ocean parts asunder : Would they strip from us ; being valued thus,Piece-out ourimperfections with your thoughts : As much as would maintain, to the king's Into a thousand parts divide one man,

honour, And make imaginary puissance ; (them Full fifteen earls, and fifteen hundred knights, Think, when we talk of horses, that you see Six thousand and two hundred good esquires ; Printing their proud hoofs i' the receiving earth; And, to relief of lazars, and weak age, For 'tis your thoughts that now must deck our Of indigent faint souls, past corporal toil, kings,

[times, ' A hundred alms-houses, right well supplied ; Carry them here and there ; jumping o'er And to the coffers of the king beside, Turning th' accomplishment of many years A thousand pounds by the year : thus runs Into an hour-glass : for the which supply, Ely. This would drink deep.

(the bill.

If it pass


Cant. 'Twould drink the cup and all. Than ever at one time the clergy yet
Ely. But what prevention? (regard. Did to his predecessors part withal. [lord ?
Cant. The king is full of grace, and fair Ely. How did this offer seem receiv'd, my
Ely. And a true lover of the holy church. Cant. With good acceptance of his majesty ;
Cant. The courses of his youth promis' d it Save, that there was not time enough to hear

(As, I perceiv'd, his grace would fain have done)
The breath no sooner left his father's body, The severals, and unhidden passages,
But that his wildness, mortified in him, Of his true titles to some certain dukedoms,
Seem'd to die too ; yea, at that very moment, And, generally, to the crown and seat of France,
Consideration like an angel came,

Deriv'd from Edward, his great-grandfather. And whipp'd the offending Adam out of him, Ely. What was the impediment that broke Leaving his body as a paradise,

this off?

(instant To envelop and contain celestial spirits. Cant. The French ambassador upon that Never was such a sudden scholar made ; Crav'd audience; and the hour, I think, is Never came reformation in a flood,

come, With such a heady currance scouring faults; To give him hearing : is it four o'clock? Nor never Hydra-headed wilfulness

Ely. It is. So soon did lose his seat, and all at once, Cant. Then go we in, to know his embassy ; As in this king.

Which I could, with a ready guess, declare, Ely.

We are blessed in the change. Before the Frenchman speak a word of it. Cant. Hear him but reason in divinity, Ely. I'll wait upon you; and I long to hear And, all-admiring, with an inward wish [late : it.

(Exeunt. You would desire the king were made a pre-SCENE II.-London. A Room of State in the Hear him debate of commonwealth affairs,

Palace. You would say, it hath been all-in-all his study : List his discourse of war, and you shall hear Enter King Henry, Gloster, Bedford, Exeter, A fearful batile render'd you in music : Warwick, Westmoreland, and Attendants. Turn him to any cause of policy,

K. Hen. Where is my gracious lord of CanThe Gordian knot of it he will unloose,

Exe. Not here in presence. [terbury? Familiar as his garter : that, when he speaks, K. Hen.

Send for him, good uncle. The air, a charter'd libertine, is still,

West. Shall we call in the ambassador, my And the mute wonder lurketh in men's ears, liege?

(resolvid, To steal his sweet and honey'd sentences ; K. Hen. Not yet, my cousin : we would be So that the art and practick part of life Before we hear him, of some things of weight, Must be the mistress to this theorick: [it, That task our thoughts, concerning us and Which is a wonder, how his grace should glean France. Since his addiction was to courses vain : Enter the Archbishop of Canterbury and the His companies unletter'd, rude, and shallow ;

Bishop of Ely. His hours fill'd up with riots, banquets, sports ; Cant. God, and his angels, guard your saAnd never noted in him any study,

And make you long become it! (cred throne, Any retirement, any sequestration

K. Hen.

Sure, we thank you. From open haunts and popularity. [nettle, My learned lord, we pray you to proceed,

Ely. "The strawberry grows underneath the And justly and religiously unfold, [France, And wholesome berries thrive and ripen best, Why the law Salique, that they have in Neighbour'd by fruit of baser quality : Or should, or should not, bar us in our claim : And so the prince obscur'd his contemplation And God forbid, my dear and faithful lord, Under the veil of wildness; which, no doubt, That you should fashion, wrest, or bow your Grew like the summer grass, fastest by night, reading, Unseen, yet crescive in his faculty.

Or nicely charge your understanding soul Cant. It must be so ; for miracles are ceas'd; With opening titles miscreate, whose right And therefore we must needs admit the means, Suits not in native colours with the truth ; How things are perfected.

For God doth know how many, now in health, Ely.

But, my good lord, Shall drop their blood in approbation How now for mitigation of this bill

Of what your reverence shall incite us to : Urg'd by the commons? Doth his majesty Therefore, take heed how you impawn our Incline to it, or no?

person, Cant.

He seems indifferent ; How you awake the sleeping sword of war : Or, rather, swaying more upon our part, We charge you in the name of God, take Than cherishing the exhibiters against us ;

heed ; For I have made an offer to his majesty,- For never two such kingdoms did contend, l'pon our spiritual convocation,

Without much fall of blood ; whose guiltless And in regard of causes now in hand, Are every one a woe, a sore complaint, [drops Which I have open d to his grace at large, 'Gainst him whose wrongs give edge unto the As touching France,-to give a greater sum


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That make such waste in brief mortality. King Pepin's title, and Hugh Capet's claim,
Under this conjuration, speak, my lord ; King Lewis his satisfaction, all appear
And we will hear, note, and believe in heart, To hold in right and title of the female :
That what you speak is in your conscience So do the kings of France unto this day;
As pure as sin with baptism. (wash'd, Howbeit they would hold up this Salique law,
Cant. Then hear me, gracious sov'reign To bar your highness claiming from the female:
and you peers,

And rather choose to hide them in a net,
That owe yourselves, your lives, and services, Than amply to imbar their crooked tities
To this imperial throne.-There is no bar Usurp'd from you and your progenitors.
To make against your highness' claim to K. Hen. May with right and conscience
(mond, - make this claim?

(vereign! But this, which they produce from Phara- Cint. The sin upon my head, dread soIn terram Salicam mulieres ne succedant, For in the Book of Numbers is it writ,

No woman shall succeed in Salique land :" When the son dies, let the inheritance Which Salique land the French unjustly gloze Descend unto the daughter. Gracious lord, To be the realm of France, and Pharamond Stand for your own ; unwind your bloody flag ; The founder of this law, and female bar. Look back into your mighty ancestors : Yet their own authors faithfully affirm, Go, my dread lord, to your great grandsire's That the land Salique is in Germany,


[spirit, Between the floods of Sala and of Elbe ; From whom you claim; invoke his warlike Where Charles the great, having subdu'd the And your great uncle's, Edward the black Saxons,

prince, There left behind and settled certain French ; Who on the French ground play'd a tragedy, Who, holding in disdain the German women Making defeat on the full power of France, For some dishonest manners of their life, Whiles his most mighty father on a hill Establish'd then this law,—to wit, no female Stood smiling to behold his lion's whelp Should be inheritrix in Salique land :

Forage in blood of French nobility. Which Salique, as I said, 'twixt Elbe and Sala, O noble English, that could entertain Is at this day in Germany call'd Meisen. With half their forces the full pride of France, Then doth it well appear, the Salique law And let another half stand laughing by, Was not devised for the realm of France: All out of work, and cold for action! [dead, Nor did the French possess the Salique land Ely. Awake remembrance of these valiant Until four hundred one and twenty years And with your puissant arm renew their feats : After defunction of king Pharamond,

You are their heir ; you sit upon their throne ; Illy suppos'd the founder of this law ; The blood and courage, that renowned them, Who died within the year of our redemption Runs in your veins: and my thrice-puissant Four hundred twenty-six ; and Charles the Is in the very May-morn of his youth, Lliege great

Ripe for exploits and mighty enterprises. Subdued the Saxons, and did seat the French Exe. Your brother kings and monarchs of Beyond the river Sala, in the year

the earth Eight hundred five. Besides, their writers say, Do all expect that you should rouse yourself, King Pepin, which deposed Childerick, As did the foriner lions of your blood. Did, as heir general, being descended (Clothair, West. They know your grace hath cause Of Blithild, which was daughter to king and means and might : Make claim and title to the crown of France. So hath your highness; never king of England Hugh Capet also. --who usurp'd the crown Had nobles richer, and more loyal subjects, Of Charles the duke of Lorain, sole heir male Whose hearts have left their bodies here in Of the true line and stock of Charles the great, England, To find bis title with some show of truth, And lie pavilion d in the fields of France. (Though in pure truth, it was corrupt and Cant. 0, let their bodies follow, my dear naught,)


(right; Conveyd himself as heir to the lady Lingare, With blood, and sword, and fire, to win your Daughter to Charlemain, who was the son In aid whereof, we of the spiritualty To Lewis the emperor, and Lewis the son Will raise your highness such a mighty sum, Of Charles the great. Also king Lewis the As never did the clergy at one time Who was sole heir to the usurper Capet, (tenth, Bring in to any of your ancestors. Could not keep quiet in his conscience,

K. Hen. We must not only arm to invade Wearing the crown of France, till satisfied

the French, The fair queen Isabel, his grandmother, But lay down our proportions to defend Was lineal of the lady Ermengare, [Lorain : Against the Scot, who will make road upon us Daughter to Charles the foresaid duke of With all advantages. By the which marriage, the line of Charles the Cant. They of those marches, gracious soWas re-united to the crown of France. [great Shall be a wall sufficient to defend (vereign, So that, as clear as is the summer's sun, Tour inland from the pilfering borderers.

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