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he would make this a bloody day to somebody. Fal. I will deliver her. But I pray God the fruit of her womb miscarry! [Shouts within, and the Trumpets sound.
1 Bead. If it do, you shall have a dozen of Pist. There roard the sea, and trumpet-clancushions* again ; you have but eleven now.. Come, I charge you both go with me; for the Enter the King and his Train, the CHIEF JUSman is dead, that you and Pistol beat among
TICE among them. you. Dol. I'll tell thee what, thou thin man in a
Fal. God save thy grace, king Hal! my royal censer! I will have you as soundly swinged for Hal. this, you blue-bottle rogue !you filthy famish
Pist. The heavens thee guard and keep, most ed correctioner! if you be not swinged, I'll for. royal imp* of fame! swear half.kirtles. I
Fal. God save thee, my sweet boy! 1 Bead. Come, come, you she knight-errant,
King. My lord chief justice, speak to that vain Come. Host. 0, that right should thus overcome
Ch. Just. Have you your wits? know you what might! Well ; of sufferance comes ease.
'tis you speak?
Fal. My king! my Jove! I speak to thee, my Dol. Come, you rogue, come ; bring me to a
Host. Ay; come, you starved blood-hound. King. I know thee not, old man: Fall to thy Dol. Goodman death! goodman bones!
How ill white hairs become a fool, and jester! Host. Thou atomy, thou ! Dol. Come, yoụ thin thing; come, you rascal! I have long dream'd of such a kind of man, 1 Bead. Very well.
[Excunt. So surfeit-swell'd, so old, and so profane ;
But, being awake, I do despise my dream. SCENE V. -A public Place near Westminster Make less thy body hence, and more thy grace; Abbey.
Leave gormandizing; kaow, the grave doth gape Enter two GROOMS, strewing Rushes. For thee thrice wider than for other men: 1 Groom. More rushes, more rusbes.
Reply not to me with a fool-born jest ; 2 Groom. The trumpets have sounded twice. Presume not, that I am the thing I was :
1 Groom. It will be two o'clock ere they come For heaven doth know, so shall the world perfrom the coronation : Despatch, despatch.
So will I those that kept me company. Enter Falstaff, Shallow, Pistol, BARDOLPH, When thou dost hear I am as I have been, and the Page.
Approach me; and thou shalt be as thou wast, Fal. Stand here by me, master Robert Shal. The tutor and the feeder of my riots : low; I will make the king do you grace: I will Till then, I banish thee, on pain of death, leer upon him, as 'a comes by; and do but mark As I have done the rest of my misleaders, the countenance that he will give me.
Not to come near our person by ten mile. Pist. God bless thy lungs, good knight. For competence of life, I will allow you,
Fal. Come here, Pistol ; stand behind me.-- That lack of means enforce you not to evil: O, if I had had time to have made new liveries, And, as we hear you do reform yourselves, I would have bestowed the thousand pound 1 We will, according to your strength, and qua. borrowed of you. [To Shallow.] But 'tis no lities,
[lord, matter; this poor show doth better: this doth Give you advancement.-Be it your charge, my infer the zeal I had to see him.
To see perform’d the tenor of our word. Shal. It doth so.
[Ereunt King, and his Train. Fal. It shows my earnestness of affection. Fal. Master Shallow, I owe you a thousand Shal. It doth so.
pound. Fal. My devotion.
Shal. Ay, marry, Sir John; which I beseech Shal. It doth, it doth, it doth.
you to let me have home with me. Fal. As it were, to ride day and night; and Fal. That caņ hardly be, master Shallow.-not to deliberate, not to remember, not to bave Do not you grieve at this ; I shall be sent for in patience to shift me.
private to him: look you, he must seem thus to Shal. It is most certain.
the world. Fear not your advancement; I will Fal. But to stand stained with travel, and be the man yet, that shall make you great. sweating with desire to see him : thinking of no- Shal. I cannot perceive how ; unless you give thing else ; putting all affairs else in oblivion; me your doublet, and stuff me out with straw. I as if there were nothing else to be done, but to beseech you, good Sir John, let me have five hunsee him.
dred of my thousand. Pist. 'Tis semper idem, for absque hoc nihil Fal. Sir, I will be as good as my word : this est : 'Tis all in every part.
that you heard, was but a colour. Shal. 'Tis so, indeed.
Shal. A colour, I fear that you will die in, Sir Pist. My knight, I will inflame thy noble liver, John. And make thee rage.
Fal. Fear po colours; go with me to dinner. Thy Doll, and Helen of thy noble thoughts, Come, lieutenant Pistol ;--come, Bardolph:Is in base durance, and contagious prison;
shall be sent for soon at night. Haul'd thither
Re-enter Prince John, the CHIEF JUSTICE, OdiBy most mechanical and dirty hand :Rouse up revenge from ebon den with fell Alecto's snake,
Ch. Just. Go, carry Sir John Falstaff to the For Doll is in; Pistol speaks nought but truth.
Fleet; * To stuff her out to counterfeit pregnancy,
Take all his company along with him. Beadles usually wore a blue livery. Short cloaks.
Fal. My lord, my lord, 'Tis all in all, and all in every part.
* Child, offspring.
Ch. Jusi. I cannot dow speak: I will hear you the end of a displeasing play, to pray your paTake them away.
[soon. tience for it, and to promise you a better. I did Pist. Si fortuna me tormenta, spero me contenta. mean, indeed, to pay you with this: wbich, if, like [Etcunt Fal. SHAL. PIST. BARD. Page, an ill venture, it come unluckily home, I break, and Officers.
and you, my gentle creditors, lose. Here, I proP. John. I like this fair proceeding of the mised you, I would be, and here I commit my king's :
body to your mercies : bate me some, and I will He hath intent, his wonted followers
pay you some, and, as most debtors do, promise Shall all be very well provided for;
you infinitely. But all are banish'd, till their conversations If my tongue cannot entreat you to acquit me, Appear more wise and modest to the world.
will you command me to use my legs? and yet Ch. Just. And so they are.
that were but light payment,—to dance out of P. John. The king hath call'd his parliament, your debt. But a good conscience will make
any possible satisfaction, and so will l. All the Ch. Just. He hath.
gentlewomen here have forgiven me; if the genP. John. I will lay odds,-that, ere this year tlemen will not, then the gentlemen do not agree expire,
with the gentlewomen, which was never seen We bear our civil swords, and native fire, before in such an assembly. As far as France: I heard a bird so sing,
One word more, I beseech you. If you be not Whose music, to my thinking, pleas'd the king.
too much cloyed with fat meat, our humble auCome, will you bence ?
(Exeunt. thor will continue the story, with Sir John in EPILOGUE.
it, and make you merry with fair Katharine of SPOKEN BY A DANCER.
France : where, for any thing I know, Falstaff First, my fear; then, my court'sv ; last, my shall die of a sweat, unless already he be killed speech. My fear is, your displeasure ; my with your hard opinions ; for Oldcastle died a court'sy, my duty; and my speech, to beg your martyr, and this is not the man. My tongue is pardons. If you look for a good speech now, weary; when my legs are too, I will bid you you undo me: for what I have to say, is of wine good night : and so kneel down before you;own making; and what, indeed, I should say, but, indeed, to pray for the queen.* will, I doubt, prove mine own marring. But to the purpose, and so to the venture.-Be it known the King of Queen. Hence, perhaps, the Vivent Rez et Re
* Most of the ancient interludes conclude with a prayer før to you, (as it is very well,) I was lately here in gina, at the bottom of our modern play-bills.
KING HENRY V.
King HENRY THE FIFTH.
CHARLES TAE Sixth, King of France.
LEWIS, the Dauphin.
DUKES OF BURGUNDY, ORLEANS, and BOURBOX. DUKE OF EXETER, Uncle to the King.
The CONSTABLE of France. DUKE OF YORK, Cousin to the King.
RAMPURES, and GRANDPREE, French Lords. EARLS OF SALISBURY, WESTMORELAND, and GOVERNOR HARFLEUR. MONTJOY, a WARWICK.
AMBASSADORS to the King of England.
Isabel, Queen of France.
Conspirators against KATHARINE, Daughter of Charles and Isabei.
the King. SIR THOMAS GREY,
ALICE, a Lady attending on the Princess Ka
tharine, Sir Thomas ERPINGHAM, Gower, FLUELLIN,
MacMorris, Jamy, Officers in King Quickly, Pistoi's Wife, a Hostess.
Lords, Ladies, Officers, French and Englisha
Falstaff, now Soldiers in the same. The SCENE, at the beginning of the Play, lies in Boy, Servant to them.-A HERALD.-CHORUS. England; but afterwards wholly in France.
If it pass
ACT 1. O, for a muse of fire, that would ascend SCENE I.-London.- An Antichamber in tier The brightest heaven of invention !
King's Palace. A kingdom for a stage, princes to act,
Enter the Archbishop of CANTERBURY, and And monarchs to behold the swelling scene !
Bishop of Ely.
Cant. My lord I'll tell you,--that self bill is Leash'd in like hounds, should famine, sword,
[reign and fire,
Which, in the eleventh year o'the last king Crouch for employment. But pardon, gentles all, Was like, and had indeed against us pass’u, The flat unraised spirit, that hath dar'd,
But that the scambling and upquiet time On this unworthy scaffold, to bring forth
Did push it out of further question.* So great an object : Can this cockpit hold
Ely. But how, my loru, shall we resist is The vasty fields of France? or may we cram
now? Within this wooden 0,* the very casques,
Cant. It must be thought on. That did affright the air at Agincourt?
against us, 0, pardon ! since a crooked figure may
We lose the better half of our possession : Attest, in little place, a million;
For all the temporal lands, which men derout And let us, ciphers to this great account,
By testament have given to the church, On your imaginary forcesf work:
Would they strip from us; being valued thus, Suppose, within the girdle of these walls
As much as would maintain, to the kingAre now confined two mighty monarchies,
honour, Whose high upreared and abutting fronts
Full fifteen earls, and fifteen hundred knights , The perilous, narrow ocean parts asunder.
Six thousand and two hundred good esquires : Pierce out our imperfections with your thoughts; And to relief of lazars, and weak age, Into a thousand parts divide ope man,
Of indigent faint souls, past corporal toil, And make imaginary puissance : [them
A hundred alms-houses, right well supplied ; Think, when we talk of horses, that you see And to the coffers of the king beside, (bill. Printing their proud hoofs i'the receiving earth: A thousand pounds by the year: Thus 'runs the For 'tis your thoughts that now must deck our
Ely. This would drink deep. kings,
Cant. 'Twould drink the cup and all. Carry them here and there ; jumping o'er times ;
Ely. But what prevention ? Turning the accomplishment of many years
Cant. The king is full of grace, and fair reInto an hour glass ; For the which supply,
gard. Admit me chorus to this history
Ely. And a true lover of the holy church. Whe, prologue-like, your humble patience
Cant. The courses of, his youth promis'd it Gently to hear, kindly to judge, our play.
The breath no sooner left his father's body, * An allusion to the circular form of the theatre. | Powers of fancy,
* Debate 3 K
But that his wildness, mortified in him,
Ely. What was the impediment that broke Seem'd to die too: yea, at that very moment,
this off? Consideration like an angel came,
Cant. The French ambassador, upon that inAvd whipp'd the offending Adam out of bim;
stant, Leaving his body as a paradise,
Cravd audience : and the hour I think is come, To envelop and contain celestial spirits.
To give him hearing: Is it four o'clock? Never was such a sudden scholar made :
Ely. It is Never came reformation in a flood,
Cant. Then go we in, to know his embassy ; With such a heady current, scouring faults ; Which I could, with a ready guess, declare, Nor never llydra-headed wilfulness
Before the Frenchmen speak a word of it. So soon did lose his seat, and all at once,
Ely. I'll wait upon you; and I long to hear it. As in this king.
[Ereunt. Ely. We are blessed in tho change. Cant. Hear him but reason in divinity,
SCENE II. –The same.-A Room of State in the And, all-admiring, with an inward wish You would desire, the king were made a pre- Enter King HENRY, GLOSTER, BEDFORD, Es. late:
FTER, WARWICK, WESTMORELAND, and Al. Hlear him debate of commonwcalth affairs,
qendants. You would say,-it hath been all-in-all his study; List* his discourse of war, and you shall hear
K. Hen. Where is my gracious lord of CanA fearful battle render'd you in music :
terbury? Turn him to any cause of policy,
Ece. Not here in presence. The Gordian knot of it he will unloose,
K. Hen. Send for him, good uncle [liege? Familiar as his garter ; thal, when he speaks,
West. Shall we call in the ambassador, my The air, a charter'd libertine, is still,
K. Hen. Not yet, my cousin; we would be And the mute wonder lurketh in men's ears,
resolv'd, To steal his sweet and honeyed sentences ;
Before we hear him, of some things of weight, So that the art and practic part of life
That task our thoughts, concerning us and France. Must be the mistress to this theoric :
Enter the Archbishop of CANTERBURY, and Which is a wonder how his grace should
Bishop of Ely. glean it,
Cant. God and his angels guard your sacred Since his addiction was to courses vain :
My learned lord we pray you to proceed ;
And justly and religiously unfold, From open haunts and popularity.
Why the law Salique, that they have in France, Ely. The strawberry grows underneath the Or should, or should not, bar us in our claim. nettle :
And God forbid, my dear and faithful lord, And wholesome berries thrive and ripen best, That you should fashion, wrest, or bow your Neighbour'd by fruit of baser quality:
reading, And so the prince obscur'd his contemplation Or nicely charge your understanding soul Under the veil of wildness; which no doubt, With opening titles miscreate, * whose right Grew like summer grass, fastest by night, Suits not in native colours with the truth; Unseen, yet creşcives in his faculty.
For God doth know, how many, now in health Cant. It must be so : for miracles are ceas'd; Shall drop their blood in approbation And therefore we must needs admit the means, of what your reverence shall incite as to : How things are perfected.
Therefore take heed how you impawn our person, Ely. But, my good lord,
How you awake the sleeping sword of war; How now for mitigation of this bill
We charge you in the name of God take heed: Urg'd by the commons? Doth his majesty For never two such kingdoms did contend, Incline to it, or no?
Without much fall of blood; whose guiltless Cant. He seems indifferent;
drops Or, rather, swaying more upon our part, Are every one a woe, a sore complaint, Than cherishing the exbibiters against us : 'Gainst him, whose wrongs give edge unto the For I have made an offer to his majesty,–
swords Upon our spiritual convocation ;
That make such waste in brief mortality. And in regard of causes now in hand,
Under this conjuration, speak, my lord : Which I have open'd to his grace at large, And we will hear, note, and believe in heart, As touching France,-to give a greater sum That what you speak is in your concience wash'd Than ever at one time the clergy yet
As pure as sin with baptism. Did to his predecessors part withal.
Cant. Then hear me, gracious sovereign,--and Ely. How did this offer seem receiv’d, my you peers, lord ?
That owe your lives, your faith, and services, Cant. With good acceptance of his majesty; To this imperial throne ;-There is no bar Save, that there was not time enough to hear To make against your bighness' claim to France, (As, I perceiv'd, his grace would fain have done,) But this, which they produce from PharaThe severals, and unhidden passages,
mondof his true titles to some certain dukedoms; In terram Salicam mulieres nè succedant, And, generally, to the crown and seat of France, Nowoman shall succeed in Salique land: Deriv'd from Edward, his great grandfather. Which Salique land the French unjustly gloze,
† Theory. Companiong
* Listen to.
To be the realm of France, and Pharamond Making defeat on the full power of France ; The founder of this law and female bar.
Whiles his most mighty father on a hill Yet their own authors faithfully affirm,
Stood smiling; to behold his lion's whelp That the land Salique lies in Germany, Forage in blood of French nobility.* Between the floods of Sala and of Elbe : O doble English, that could entertain Where Charles the great, having subdued the With half their forces the full ptide of France ; Saxons,
And let another half stand laughing by, There left behind and settled certain French; All out of work, and cold for action! Who, holding in disdain the German women, Ely. Awake remembrance of these valiant dead, For some dishonest manners of their life, And with your puissant arm renew their feats: Establish'd there this law,-to wit, no female You are their heir, you sit upon their throne; Should be inberitrix in Salique land ;
The blood and courage, that renowned them, Which Salique, as I said, 'twixt Elbe and Sala, Runs in your veins; and my thrice-puissant liege Is at this day in Germany call'd--Meisen. Is in the very May-morn of his youth, Thus doth it well appear, the Salique law Ripe for exploits and mighty enterprises. Was not devised for the realm of France :
Exe. Your brother kings and monarchs of the Nor did the French possess the Salique land
earth Until four hundred one and twenty years Do all expect that you should rouse yourself, After defunction of king Pharamond,
As did the former lions of your blood. Idly suppos'd the founder of this law;
West. They know, your grace hath cause, and Who died within the year of our redemption
means, and might; Four hundred twenty-six; and Charles the great So hath your highness; never king of England Subdued the Saxons, and did seat the French Had nobles richer, and more loyal subjects; Beyond the river Sala, in the year
Whose hearts have left their bodies here in Eng Eight hundred five. Besides, their writers say, land, King Pepin, which deposed Childerick,
And lie pavilion'd in the fields of France. Did, as heir general, being descended
Cant. 0, let their bodies follow, my dear liege, Of Blithild, which was the daughter to Clothair, With blood, and sword, and fire, to win your Make claim and title to the crown of France.
right: Hugh Capet also,--that usurp'd the crown In aid whereof, we of the spirituality Of Charles the duke of Lorain, sole heir male Will raise your highness such a mighty sum, Of the true line and stock of Charles the great,-- As never did the clergy at one time To fipe* his title with some show of truth, Bring in to any of your ancestors. (Though, in pure truth, it was corrupt and K. Hen. We must not only arm to invade the naught,)
French; Convey'di himself as heir to the lady Lingare, But lay down our proportions to defend Daughter to Charlemain, who was ihe son Against the Scot, who will make road upon us To Lewis the emperor, and Lewis the son With all advantages. or Charles the great. Also king Lewis the tenth, Cant. They of those marches,t gracious soveWho was sole heir to the usurper Capet,
Shall be a wall sufficient to defend [reign, Could not keep quiet in his eonscience,
Our inland from the pelsering borderers. Wearing the crown of France, till satisfied K. Hen. We do not mean the coursing snatchThat fair queen Isabel, his grandmother,
ers only, Was lineal of the lady Ermengare, (Lorain : But fear the main intendments of the Scot Daughter to Charles the aforesaid duke of Who hath been still a giddy neighbour to us ; By the which marriage, the line of Charles the For you shall read, that my great grandfather Was reunited to the crown of France. [great Never went with his forces into France, So that, as clear as is the summer's suo, But that the Scot on his unfurnish'd kingdom King Pepin's title, and Hugh Capet's claim, Came pouring, like the tide unto a breach, King Lewis his satisfaction, all appear
With ample and brim fulness of his force : To hold in right and title of the female : Galling the gleaned land with hot essays; So do the kings of France unto this day; Girding with grievous siege, castles and towns ; Howbeit they would hold up this Salique law, That England, being empty of defence, To bar your highness claiming from the female; Hath shook, and trembled at the ill neighbourAnd rather choose to hide them in a net,
hood. Than amply to imbares their crooked titles Cant. She hath been then more fear'd, than Usurp'd from you and your progenitors.
harm'd, my liege : K. Hen. May I, with right and conscience, For hear her but exampled by herself,-make this claim ?
When all her chivalry hath been in France, Cant. The sin upon my head, dread sove. And she a mourning widow of her nobles, reign!
She hath herself not only well defended, For in the book of Numbers is it writ,
But taken, and impounded as a stray, When the son dies, let the inheritance
The king of Scots; whom she did send to France, Descend unto the daughter. Gracious lord, To fill king Edward's fame with prisoner kings ; Stand for your own; unwind your bloody flag; And make your chronicle as rich with praise, Look back unto your mighty ancestors : A3 is the ooze and bottom of the sea Go, my dread lord, to your great grandsire's tomb, With sunked wreck and sumless treasuries. From whom you claim; invoke his warlike spirit, West. But there's a saying, very old and true, And your great uncle's, Edward the black prince;
If that you will France win, Who on the French ground play'd a tragedy,
Then with Scotland first begin :
* At the battle of Cressy * Make showy or specious.
The borders of England and Seoilund. * Derived his title.