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incarnate. 2uick. 'A could never abide carnation; 'twas a colour he never lik'd. Boy. A said once, the devil would have him about women. 2uick. 'A did in some sort, indeed, handle wo

men; but then he was rheumatic; and talk'd of

the whore of Babylon. Boy, Do you not remember, 'a saw a flea stick upon Bardolph's rose; and 'a said, it was a black soul burning in hell-fire? Bard. Well, the fuel is gone, that naintain'd that fire: that's all the riches I got in his service. Nym. Shall we shog: the king will be gone from Southampton. Pist. Coine, let's away.—My love, give me , thy lips. . I.ook to my chattels, and my moveables: Let senses rule; the word is, Pitch and pay’; Trust none; For oaths are straws, men's faiths are wafer-cakes, And hold-fast is the only dog, my duck; Therefore, caveto be thy counsellor. Go, clear thy crystals'.--Yoke-fellows in arms, Let us to France like hoise-leeches, my boys; To suck, to suck, the very blood to suck. Boy. And that is but unwholesome food, they

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(Though war, nor no known quarrel, were in
But that defences, musters, preparations,
Should be maintain'd, assembled, and collected,
As were a war in expectation.
Therefore, I say, 'tis meet we all go forth,
To view the sick and feeble parts of France:
And let us do it with no shew of fear;
No, with no more, than if we heard that England
Were busied' with a Whitsun morris-dance:
For, my good liege, she is so idly king'd,
Her scepter so fantastically borne
oy a vain, giddy, shallow, humorous youth,
I hat fear attends her not.
Con. Opeace, prince Dauphin'
You are too much mistaken in this king:
Question your grace the late ambassadors,
With what great state he heard their embassy,
How well supply'd with noble counsellors,
How modest in exception", and withal,
How terrible in constant resolution,--
And you shall find, his vanities fore-spent
Were but the out-side of the Roman Brutus,
Covering discretion with a coat of folly;
As gardeners do with ordure hide those roots
That shall first spring, and be most delicate.
Dau. Well, 'tis not so, my lord high constable,
But though we think it so, it is no matter:
In cases of defence, ’tis best to weigh
The enemy more mighty than he seems,
So the proportions of defence are fill'd;
Which, of a weak and niggardly projection,
Doth, like a miser, spoil his coat, with scanting
A little cloth.
Fr. King. Think we king Harry strong;
And princes, look, you strongly aim to meet him.
Time o of hini hath been flesh'd upon us;
And he is bred out of that bloody strain,
That haunted usin our familiar paths:
Witness our too much memorable shame,
When Cressy battle fatally was struck, s
And all our princes captiv'd, by the hand

Wales; standing,

5|Whiles that his mountain sire, on mountain

Up in the air, crown'd with the golden sun, Saw his heroical seed, and smil'd to see him Mangle the work of nature, and deface

Had twenty years been made. This is a stem
Of that victorious stock; and let us fear
The native mightiness and fate of him.
- Enter a Messenger.

Mess. Ambassadors from Henryking of England Do crave admittance to your majesty.

Fr. King. We'll give them present audience.—

- Go, and bring them. You see this chase is hotly follow'd, friends. Dau. Turn head, and stop pursuit: for coward

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was a very proper one to Mrs. Quickly, who had * i.e. dry thine eyes. The 4to to it,08 reads, making objections.

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Of that black name, Edward black !. of .

she patterns that by God and by French fathers

Most spend their mouths”, when what they seem |For husbands, fathers, and betrothed lovers,
to threaten That shall be swallow'd in this controversy.
Runs far before them. Good my sovereign, This is his claim, his threatening, and my message;
Take up the English short; and iow Unless the Dauphin be in presence here,
Of what a monarchy you are the head: 5 To whom expressly I bring greeting too.
Self-love, my liege, is not so vile a sin, Fr. King. For us, we will consider of this
As self-neglecting. - further:
Enter Ereter. To-morrow shall you bear our full intent
Fr. King. From our brother England? [jesty. Back to our brother of England.
, Ere: From him; and thus he greets your ma-|10|. Dau. For the Dauphin,
Ile wills you, in the name of God Almighty, I stand herefor him; What to him from England?
That you divest yourself, and lay apart Ere.'Scorn,and defiance; slight regard,contempt,
The borrow'd glories, that, by gift of heaven, And any thing that may not misbecome
By law of nature, and of nations, 'long The mighty sender, doth he prize you at.
To him and to his heirs; namely, the crown, 15|Thus says my king; and, if your father's highness
And all wide-stretched honours that pertain Do not, in grant of all demands at large,
fly custom, and the ordinance of times, ‘ Sweeten the bitter mock you sent his majesty, -
Unto the crown of France. That you may know, He'll call you to so hot an answer for it,
'Tis no sinister, nor no aukward claim, That caves and wornby vaultages of France
Pick'd from the worm-holes of long-vanish'd days,|20'Shall chide your trespass, and return your mock
Nor from the dust of old oblivion rak'd, In second accent of his ordinance.
IIe sends you this most memorable line', - Dau. Say, if my father render fair reply,
In every branch truly demonstrative; It is against my will: for I desire
[Gives the French King a paper.||Nothing but odds with England; to that end,
Willing you, overlook this pedigree: 25|As matching to his youth and vanity,
And, when you find him evenly deriv'd I did present him with those Paris balls.
From his most fam'd of famous ancestors, Ere. He'll make your Paris Louvreshake for it,
Edward the third, he bids you then resign Were it the mistress court of mighty Europe:
Your crown and kingdom, indirectly held And, be assur’d, you'll find a j
From him the native and true challenger. 30|(As we, his subjects, have in wonder found)
Fr. King. Or else what follows? etween the promise of his greener days,
Ere. Bloody -nstraint; for if you hide the And these he masters' now; now he weighs time,
Crown Even to the utmost grain; which you shall read
Even in your hearts, there will he rake for it: In your own losses, if he stay in France.
And therefore in fierce tempest is he coming, 35. Fr. King. To-morrow you shall know our mind
In thunder, and in earthquake, like a Jove, at full. [Flourish.
That, if requiring fail, he will compel. Ere. Dispatch us with all speed, lest that our
He bids you, in the bowels of the Lord, king
1)eliver up the crown: and to take mercy Come here himself to question our delay;
On the poor souls, for whom this hungry war 40|For he is footed in this land already. [conditions:
Opens his vasty jaws; and on your |...} Fr. King. You shall besoon dispatch'd, with fair
Turns he the widows' tears, the orphans' cries, A night is but small breath, and little pause,
The dead men's blood, the pining maidens'groans, To answer matters of this consequence. [Ereunt.

– soA C T III. Enter Chorus. To sounds confus'd: behold the threaden sales, Chor. THUs with imagin'd wing our swift| Borne with the invisible and creeping wind, scene flies, Draw the huge bottoms through the furrow'd sea, In motion of no less celerity - Breasting the lofty surge: O, do but think,

Than that of thought. Suppose, that you have seen so stand upon the rivage", and behold
The well-appointed king at Hampton pier A city on the inconstant billows dancing;

Embark his royalty; and his brave fleet For so appears this fleet o:
With silken streamers the young Phoebus fanning. |Holding due course to Harfleur. Follow, follow!
Play with your fancies; and in them behold, ‘. your minds to sternage' of this navy;

Upon the hempen tackle, ship-boys climbing: 60 And leave your England, as dead midnight, still Hear the shrill whistle, which doth order give | Guarded with grandsires, babies, and old women,

* i.e. bark. "Meaning, this genealogy; this deduction of his lineage. , ‘To chide is to re. sound, to echo. * The quartos 1600 and ió08, read musters. ‘The bank or shore. * i. e. +

your minds follow close after the navy. 6) r

Or past, or not arriv'd to, pith and puissance:
For who is he, whose chin is but enrich'd
With one appearing hair, that will not follow
These cull'dand choice-drawn cavaliersto France?
Work, work, your thoughts, and therein see a siege,
Behold the ordnance on their carriages,
With fatal mouths gaping on grded Harfleur.
Suppose, the * from the French com
Tells Harry—that the king doth offer him
Katharine his daughter; and with her, to dowry,
Some petty and unprofitable dukedoms.
The offer likes not: and the nimble gunner
With linstock now the devilish cannon touches,
[Alarums; and chambers go off.
And down goes all before him. Still be kind,
And eke out our performance with your mind.
- [Erit.
S C E N E I.
Before Harfleur.
Enter King Henry, Ereter, Bedford, Gloster,
and Soldiers, with Scaling Ladders.

K. Henry. Once more unto the breach, dear|2:

- friends, once more; Or close the wall up with the English dead! In peace, there's nothing so becomes a man, As modest stillness, and humility: But when the blast of war blows in our ears, Then imitate the action of the tyger ; Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood, Disguise fair nature with hard-favoured rage: Then lend the eye a terrible aspect; Let it pry through the portage of the head, .. Like the brass cannon; let the brow o'erwhelm it, As fearfully, as doth a galled rock O'er-hing and jutty his confounded' base, Swill'd with the wild and wasteful ocean. Now set the teeth, and stretch the nostril wide; Hold hard the breath, and bend up every spirit To his full height!—On, on, you noblest English, Whose blood is set from fathers of war-proof! Fathers, that, like so many Alexanders, Have, in these parts, from morn’till even fought, And sheath'd their sword for lack of argument". Dishonour not your mothers; now attest, That those, whom you call'dfathers, did beget you! Be copy now to men of grosser blood, [yeomen, And teach them how to war!—And you, good Whose limbs were made in England, shew ... The mettle of your pasture; let us swear [not; That you are worth your breeding: which I doubt For there is none of you so mean and base, That hath not noble lustre in your eyes.

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Pist. The plain-song is most just: for humours do abound; Knocks go and come; God's vassals drop and die; And sword and shield, In bloody field, Doth win immortal fame. Boy.’ Would I were in an ale-house in London : I would give all my fame for a pot of ale, and safety. Pist. And I: If wishes would prevail with me, My purpose should not fail with me, But thither would I hye. Boy. As duly, but not astruly, as bird doth sing on bough. Enter Fluellen. Flu. 'Splood!—Up to the preaches, you rascals! will you not up to the preaches? Pist. Be merciful, great duke, to men of mould’t Abate thy rage, abate thy manly rage! [chuck! Good bawcock, bate thy rage! use lenity, sweet Nipn. These be good humours!—your honour wins bad humours. [Ereunt. Boy. As young as I am, I have observ'd these three swashers. I am boy to them all three; but all they three, though they would serve me, could not be man to me; for, indeed, three such anticks do not amount to a man. For Bardolph, he is white-liver'd, and red-fac'd; by the means whereof, 'a faces it out, but fights not. For Pistol,— he hath a killing tongue, and a quiet sword; by the means whereof 'a breaks words, and keeps whole weapons. For Nym, -he hath heard, that men of few words are the best” men; and therefore he scorns to say his prayers, lest 'a should be thought a coward: but his few bad words are match'd with as few good deeds; for a never broke any man's head but his own ; and that was against a post, when he was drunk. They will steal any thing, and call it—purchase. Bardolph stole a lute-case; bore it twelve leagues, and sold it for three-halfpence. Nym and Bardolph are sworn brothers in filching; and in Calais they stole a fire-shovel: I knew, by that piece of service,

I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips, Straining upon the start. The game's afoot;

* The staff to which the match is fixed when ordnance is fired.

the men would carry coals.” They would have

* Portage, open space, from port,

a gate. The meaning is, let the eye appear in the head as cannon through the battlements, or em.

brasures, of a fortification. i. e.

read lieutenant.

is worn or wasted base.
* i. e. a set of lives, of which, when one is worn out, another may serve.

“ i. e. matter, or subject.

to men of earth. "That is, bravest. " In Shakspeare's age, to carry coals, implied, to endure affronts.


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me as familiar with men's pockets, as their gloves or their handkerchiefs: which makes much against my manhood, if I should take from another's pocket, to put into mine; for it is plain pocketing up of wrongs. I must leave them, and seek some better service: their villainy goes against my weak stomach, and therefore Imust cast it up.[Erit Boy. Re-cnter Fluellen, Gower following. Gower. Captain Fluellen, you must coune presently to the mines: the duke of Gloster would speak with you. Flu. To the mines! Tell you the duke, it is not so good to come to the mines: for, look you, the mines are not according to the disciplines of the war; the concavities of it is not sufficient; for, look you, th’ athversary (you may discuss into the duke, look you) is digt himselt four yards under the countermines; by Cheshu, I think 'a will plow' up all, it there is not petter directions. Gower.The duke of Gloster, to whom the order of the siege is given, is altogether directed by an Irishman; a very valiant gentleman, i' faith. Flu. It is captain Macmorris, is it not : Gower. I think, it be. Flu. By Cheshu, he is an ass, as in the 'orld: I will verity as much in his peard: he has no more directions in the true disciplines of the wars, look à. of the Roman disciplines, than is a puppyog. 8 Enter Macmorris, and Captain Jamy. Gower. Here a comes; and the Scots captain, captain Jamy, with him. Flu. Captain Jamy is a marvellous falorous gentleman,that is certain; and of great expedition, and knowledge, in the aucient wars, upon my particular knowledge of his directions: by Cheshu, he will maintain his argument as well as any military man in the 'orld, in the disciplines of the pristine wars of the Romans. Jamy. I say, gude-day, captain Fluellen. Fu.God-dentoyourworship,gootcaptain.Jamy. Gower. How now, captain Macm.orris? have you quit the mines? have the pioneers given o'er: Mac. By Chrish la, tish ill done: the work ish ive over, the trumpet sound the retreat. By my hand, I swear, and by my father's soul, the work ish ill done; it ish give over: I would have blowed up the town, so Chrish saveme, la, in an hour. Otisi ill done, tish ill done; by my hand, tish ill done! Flu. Captain Macmorris, I peseech you now, will you youtsafe me, look you, a few dispu. tations with you, as o touching or concerning the disciplines of the war, the Roman wars, in the way of argument, look you, and friendly communication; partly, to satisfy my opinion, and partly, for the satisfaction, look you, of my mind, as touching the direction of the military discipline; that is the point. Jamy. It sall be very gud, gud feith, gud captains bath; and I sall quito you with gud leve, as I may pick occasion; that sall I, marry. Mac. It is no time to discourse, so Chrish save

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o: the day is hot, and the weather, and the wars, and the king, and the dukes; it is no time to discourse. The town is beseech'd, and the trumpet calls us to the breach; and we talk, and by Chrish, do nothing; 'tis shame for us all: so God sa’ me, ’tis shame to stand still; it is shame, by my hand : and there is throats to be cut, and works to be done; and there ish nothing done, so Chrish sa’ me, la. Jamis. By the mess, ere theise eyes of mine take themselvesto slumber, aile do goodservice, oraile ligge i' the grund for it; or go to death; and aile pay it as valorously as I may, that sall surely do, that is the breff and the long: Marry, I wad full fain heard some question 'tween you tway. Flu. Captain Macm.orris, I think, look you, under your correction, there is not many of your nation— Mac. Of my nation? What ish my nation? ish a villain, and a bastard, and a knave, and a rascal? What ish my nation Who talks of my nation: Flu. Look you, if you take the matter otherwise than is meant, captain Macmorris, peradventure, I shall think you do not use me with that atlability as in discretion you ought to use me, look you; being as goot a man as yourself, both in the disciplines of wars, and in the derivation of my birth, and in other particularities. Mac. I do not know you so good a man as myself: so Chrish save me, I will cut off your head. Gower. Gentlemen, both, you will mistake each other. Jamy. Au! that's a foul fault.[4 parley sounded. Gower. The town sounds a parley. Flu. Captain Macmorris, when there is more petter opportunity to be requir’d, look you, I will be so bold as to tell you, I know the disciplines of war; and there's an end. [Ereunt. S C E N E III. Before the Gates of Harfleur. Enter King Henry and his Train. K. Henry. How yet resolves the governor of the town : This is the latest parle we will admit: Therefore, to our best mercy give yourselves: Or, like to men proud of destruction, Desy us to our worst: for, as I am a soldier, (A raine, that, in my thoughts, becomes me best) |f I begin the battery once again, I will not leave the half-atchiev'd Harfleur, *Till in her ashes she lie buried. The gates of mercy shall be all shut up; And thesiesh'd soldier, roughandhar ofheart, In liberty of bloody hand, shall range With conscience wide as hell; mowing like grass Your fresh fair virgins, and your flowering infants. What is it then to me, if inopious war, Array'd in flames, like to the prince of fiends,Do, with his smirch'd complexion, all fell feats Enlink'd to waste and desolation? What is't to me, when you yourselves are cause,

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If your pure maidens fall into the hand
Of hot and forcing violation 2
What rein can hold licentious wickedness,
When down the hill he holds his fierce career?
We may as bootless spend our vain command
Upon the enraged soldiers in their spoil,
As send precepts to the Leviathan
To come ashore. Therefore, you men of Harfleur,
Take pity of your town, and of your people,
Whiles yet my soldiers are in my command ;
Whiles yet the cool and temperate wind of grace
Q'er-blows' the filthy and contagious clouds
Of heady murder, spoil, and villainy.
If not, why, in a moment, look to see
The blind and bloody soldier with foul hand
Defile the locks of yourshrill-shrieking daughters;
Your fathers taken by the silver beards,
And their most reverend heads dash'd to the walls;
Your naked infants spitted upon pikes;
Whiles the mad mothers with their howls confus'd
Do break the clouds, as did the wives of Jew ry
At Herod's bloody-hunting slaughtermen.
What say you? will you yield, and this avoid?
Or, guilty in defence, be thus destroy'd :
Enter Governor, upon the IWalls.
Gov. Our expectation hath this day an end:
The Dauphin, whom of succour we entreated,
Returns us—that his powers are not yet ready
To raise so great a siege. Therefore, dread King,
We yield our town, and lives, to thy soft mercy;
Fnter our gates; dispose of us, and ours;
For we no longer are defensible.
K. Henry. Open yourgates.--Come, uncle Exeter,
Go you and enter Harfleur; there remain,
And fortify it strongly 'gainst the French:
Use mercy to them all. For us, dear uncle,_
The winter coming on, and sickness growing
Upon our soldiers, we'll retire to Calais.
Tö-night in Harfleur will we be your guest;
To-morrow for the march are we addrest”.
[Flourish, and enter the town.
The French Camp.
Etter Katharine and an old Gentlewoman.
Kath. Alice, tu as esté en Angleterre, & tu
parles bien le language.
Alice. Un peu, madame.
Kath. Je te prie, m'enseigner; il faut quo
j'apprenne à parler. Comment appellez vous la
main, en Anglois P
Alice. La main f elle est appel'ée, de hand.
Rath. De hand. Et les doigts.?
Alice. Les doig's P ma foye, je oublie les
dogts ; mais je me souviendray. Les doigts f
je pense, qu'ils sont appellé de lingres; ouy, de
singers; oui de fingers.
Kath. La main, de hand; les doigts, de fingres.
Jepense, que je suis le bon escolier. J'ay gagnée
deur mots d'Anglois vistement. Comment appel-
dez vous les ongles P
Alice. Des ongles o les appellons, de nails.
Kath. De nails. Escoute: ; dites moy, si je

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Alice. C'est hien dit, madame; #1 est fort lon Kath. Dites moyen Anglois, le bras. [Anglois. Alice. De arm, madame. Kath. Et le coude. Alice. De elbow. Kath. De elbow. Je m'enfuitz la repetition de tous le mots, querous m'ave: appris des a present. Alice. Il cit trop difficile, madme, comme je pense. Kath. Excuse? mos, Alice; escoute:: i)e hand, de fingre, de nails, de arm, de bilbow. Alice. De elbow, madame. Kath. O Seigneur Dieu ! je m'en oublie; De elbow. Comment appellez cous le colo Alice. 1)e neck, madame. Kath. De neck: Et le menton f Alice. De chin. Kath. Desin. Le col, de neck: lo menton, desin. Alice. Ouy. Sauf vostre honneur; en rerité, vous prononge: le mots aussi droict que les naitifs d’Angleterre. Kath. Je ne doute point d'apprendre par la grace de Dieu ; 3 en prude temps. Alice. N'avez, rous pas doja oublié ce que je vous ay enseigné. " Kath. Non, je reciteray a cous promptement. De hand, defingre, de mails. Alice. De nails, madame. Kath. De nails, de arm, de ilbow. Alice. Sauf vostre houneour, de elbow. Kath. Ainsi disje; de elbow, de neck, et de sin: Comment app:llez vous les pieds & la robe 2 Alice. Joe foot, madame; & de con. Kath. De foot, & de con O Seigneur Dieu o cessont mots do son mauvais, corruptible, grosse, rt impudique, & mon pour les dumes d'honneur d’user: Je ne voudrois prononcer ces mots decant !es so igneurs de France, pour tout le monde. Il

faut de foot, & de con, meant-moins. Je reciterai une autre fois ma lecon ensemble: De hand, de

fingre, de nails, dearin, de elbow, ne neck, de sin, de foot, de con.

Alice. Eact llent, madume 1 Kath. C'est assez pour unc fois; allons mous à disner. [Ereunt.

S C E N E V. Presence-Chamber in the French Court.

Enter the King of France,the Dauphin, Duke of
Bourbon, the Constable of France, and others.
Fr. King.” Fis certain, he hath pass'd the river
Sonnnne. -
Con. And it he be not fought withal, my lord,
Let us not live in France; let us quit all,
And give our vineyards to a barbarous people.
Dau. O Dieu rivant t shall a few sprays of
us, -
The emptying of our father's luxury",—
Our syons, put in wild and savage" stock,
Sprout up so suddenly into the clouds,
And over-grow their grafters? [bastards:
Bour.Normans, but bastard Normans, Norman
Mort de marie : if thus they march along
Unfought withal, but I will sell my dukedom,

*i.e. prepared. * In this place, as in others, luxury

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