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Where some, like magistrates, correct at home; You cannot revel into dukedoms there :
K. Hen. What treasure, uncle ?
Tennis-balls, my liege. The singing masons building roofs of gold; K. Hen. We are glad, the dauphin is so pleaThe civil citizens kneading up the honey ;
sant with us ; The poor mechanic porters crowding in
His present, and your pains, we thank you for : Their heavy burdens at his narrow gate ;
When we have match'd our rackets to these balls, The sad-ey'd justice, with his surly hum, We will, in France, by God's grace, play a set, Delivering o'er to executors2 pale
Shall strike his father's crown into the hazard;s The lazy yawning drone. I this infer,
Tell him, he hath made a match with such a That many things having full reference
wrangler, To one concent, may work contrariously;
That all the courts of France will be disturb'd As many arrows, loosed several ways,
With chaces. And we understand him well, Fly to one mark;
How he comes o'er us with our wilder days, As many several ways meet in one town; Not measuring what use we made of them. As many fresh streams run in one self sea; We never valu'd this poor seat' of England; As many vines close in the dial's centre;
And therefore, living hence, did give ourself So may a thousand actions, once afoot,
To barbarous license; As 'lis ever common, End in one purpose, and bé all well borne That men are merriest when they are from home. Without defcat. Therefore to France, my liege. But tell the dauphin,-1 will keep my state ; Divide your happy England into four;
Be like a king, and show my sail of greatness, Whereof take you one quarter into France, When I do rouse me in my throne of France : And you withil shall make all Gallia shaké. For that I have laid by my majesty, If we, with thrice that power les at home, And plodded like a man for working days; Cannot defend our own door from the dog, But I will rise there with so full a glory, Let us be worried; and our nation lose
That I will dazzle all the eyes of France, The name of hardiness, and policy.
Yea, strike the dauphin blind to look on us. K. Hen. Call in the messengers sent from the And tell the pleasant prince,—this mock of his dauphin.
Hath turn'd his balls to gun-stones ; and his soul [Exit an attendant. The King ascends his Shall stand sore charged for the wasteful vengeance throne.
That shall fly with them: for many a thousand Now are we well resolv'd: and, -by God's help,
widows And yours, the noble sinews of our power,
Shall this his mock mock out of their dear husbands; France being ours, we'll bend it to our awe, Mock mothers from their sons, mock castles down; Or break it all to pieces: Or there we'll sit, And some are yet ungotten, and unborn, Ruling in large and ample empery,
That shall have cause to curse the dauphin's scorn. O'er France, and all her almost kingly dukedoms : But this lies all within the will of God, Or lay these bones in an unworthy urn,
To whom I do appeal ; And in whose name, Tombless, with no remembrance over them: Tell you the dauphin, I am coming on, Either our history shall, with full mouth, To venge me as I may, and to put forth Speak freely of our acts; or else our grave, My rightful hand in a well-hallow'd cause. Like Turkish mute, shall have a tongueless mouth, So, get you hence in peace; and tell the dauphin, Not worship'd with a waxen epitaph.
His jest will savour but of shallow wit,
When thousands weep, more than did laugh at it.Enter Ambassadors of France.
Convey them with safe conduct.-Fare you well. Now are we well prepard to know the pleasure
[Exeunt Ambassadors. Of our fair cousin dauphin; for, we hear,
Ere. This was a merry message. Your greeting is from him, not from the king.
K. Hen. We hope to make the sender blush at it. Amb. May it please your majesty, to give us leave
[Descends from his throne. Freely to render what we have in charge;
Therefore, my lords, omit no happy hour, Or shall we sparingly show you far off
That may give furtherance to our expedition: The dauphin's meaning, and our embassy ?
For we have now no thought in us but France; K. Hen. We are no tyrant, but a Christian king; Save those to God, that run before our business. Unto whose grace our passion is as subject,
Therefore, let our proportions for these wars As are our wretches fetter'd in our prisons
Be soon collected ; and all things thought upon, Therefore, with frank and with uncurbed plainness, More feathers to our wings; for, God before,
That may, with reasonable swiftness, add
We'll chide this dauphin at his father's door. Your highness, lately sending into France,
Therefore, let every man now task his thought, Did claim some certain dukedoms, in the right
That this fair action may on foot be brought. of your great predecessor, king Edward the third.
TEreunt. In answer of which claim, the prince our master Says,-that you savour too much of your youth; And bids you be advis'd, there's nought in France,
ACT II. That can be with a nimble galliard“ won;
Enter Chorus. (1) Sober, grave. (2) Executioners.
Chor. Now all the youth of England are on fire, (3) Dominion. 14) An ancient dance.
5) A place in the tennis-court into which the (6) A term at tennis. (7) The throne. ball is sometimes struck,
(8) Withdrawing from the court.
And silken dalliance in the wardrobe lies; have edges. It must be as it may: though patience
Enter Pistol and Mrs. Quickly.
Bard. Here comes ancient Pistol, and his wife
-good corporal, be patient here.-How now, mine And hides a sword, from hilts unto the point,
Pist. Base tike,* call'st thou me-host ?
Now, by this hand I swear, I scorn the term ;
Nor shall my Nell keep lodgers. or this most dreadful preparation,
Quick. No, by my troth, not long : for we cannot Shake in their fear; and with pale policy
lodge and board a dozen or fourteen gentlewomen, Seek to divert the English purposes.
that live honestly by the prick of their needles, but O England !-model to thy inward greatness,
it will be thought we keep a bawdy-house straight. Like little body with a mighty heart,
[Nym draws his sword.) O well-a-day, Lady, if he What might'st thou do, that honour'would thee do, be not drawn now! O Lord! here's corporal Were all thy children kind and natural !
Nym's-now we shall have wilful adultery and But see thy fault! France hath in thee found out
murder committed. Good lieutenant Bardolph,A nest of hollow bosoms, which he' fills
good corporal, offer nothing here.
Pist. Pish for thee, Iceland dog! thou prick-ear'd
Quick. Good corporal Nym, show the valour of
a man, and put up thy sword. Have, for the gili? of France, (O guilt, indeed!)
Nym. Will you shog off? I would have you solus, Confirm’d conspiracy with fearful France;
(Sheathing his sword. And by their hands this grace of kings must die
Pist. Solus, egregious dog? O viper vile!
The solus in thy most marvellous face;
The solus in thy teeth, and in thy throat,
And, which is worse, within thy nasty mouth!
I do retort the solus in thy bowels :
For I can take, and Pistol's cock is up,
And flashing fire will follow.
ist you sit:
Nym. I am not Barbason;' you cannot conjure And thence to France shall we convey you safe,
me. I have a humour to knock you indifferently And bring you back, charming the narrow seas
well: If you grow foul with me, Pistol, I will To give you gentle pass; for, if we may,
scour your with my rapier, as I may, in fair terms: We'll not offend one stomach with our play.
If you would walk off, I would prick your guts a But, till the king come furth, and not till then,
little, in good terms, as I may ; and that's the Unto Southampton do we shift our scene.
Pist. O braggard vile, and damned furious wight! SCENE 1.-The same. Eastcheap. Enter Nym The grave doth gape, and doting death is near ; and Bardolph.
[Pistol and Nym draw. Bard. Well met, corporal Nym.
Bard. Hear me, hear me what I say :--he that Nym. Good morrow, lieutenant Bardolph.
strikes the first stroke, I'll run him up to the hilts,
[Draws. Bard. What, are ancient Pistol and you friends as I am a soldier.
Pist. An oath of mickle might; and fury shall
Give me thy fist, thy fore-foot to me give;
Pist. Coup le gorge, that's the word ?-I thee
O hound of Crete, think'st thou my spouse to get ?
Nym. ?Faith, I will live so long as I'may, that's Fetch forth the lazar kite of Cressid's kind, 10 the certain of it; and when I cannot
live any longer, Poll Tear-sheet she by name, and her espouse : I will do as I may: that is my rest," that is the have, and I will hold, the quondam'' Quickly rendezvous of it.
For the only she; and-Pauca, there's enough. Bard. It is certain, corporal, that he is married
Enter the Boy. to Nell Quickly: and, certainly, she did you wrong; Boy. Mine host Pistol, you must come to my for you were troth-plight to her.
master,-and you, hostess ;-he is very sick, and Nym. I cannot tell, things must be as they may: would to bed.--Good Bardolph, put thy nose bemen may sleep, and they may have their throats tween his sheets, and do the office of a warmingabout them ai that time; and, some say, knives pan: 'faith, he's very ill. (1) i.e. The king of France. (2) Golden money. (8) Bloodhound. (9) Hospital. (3) What I am resolved on. (4) Clown.
(10) of Cressida's nature, see the play of Troilius (5) Par Dieu !
(6) Name of a demon. and Cressida. 17) Breathe your last.
(Exit. humour of it.
Bard. Away, you rogue.
My lord of Cambridge,-and my kind lord of Quick. By my troth, he'll yield the crow a pud- Masham,ding one of these days: the king has killed his And you, my gentle knight --give me your heart.-Good husband, come home presently.
thoughts: (Exeunt Mrs. Quickly and Boy. Think you not, that the powers we bear with us, Bard. Come, shall I make you two friends? We Will cut their passage through the force of France ; must to France together; Why, the devil, should Doing the execution, and the act, we keep knives to cut one another's throats ? For which we have in heada assembled them? Pist. Let tloods o'erswell, and fiends for food Scroop. No doubt, my liege, if each man do his howl on!
best. Nym. You'll pay me the eight shillings I won K. Hen. I doubt not that: since we are well of you at betting?
persuaded, Pist, Base is the slave that pays.
We carry not a heart with us from hence, Nym. That now I will have ; that's the humour That grows not in a fair consent with ours; of it.
Nor leave not one behind, that doth not wish Pist. As manhood shall compound; Push home. Success and conquest to attend on us.
Bard. By this sword, he that makes the first Cam. Never was monarch better fear'd, and lov'd, thrust, I'll kill him ; by this sword, I will. Than is your majesty; there's not, I think, a subject, Pist. Sword is an oath, and oaths must have That sits in heart-grief and uneasiness their course.
Under the sweet shade of your government. Bard. Corporal Nym, an thou wilt be friends, Grey. Even those, that were your father's enemies, be friends : an thou wilt' not, why then be enemies Have steep'd their galls in honey; and do serve you with me too. Pry'thee, put up.
With hearts create of duty and of zeal. Nym. I shall have my eight shillings, I won of K. Hen. We therefore have great cause of you at betting ?
thankfulness; Pist. A noble: shalt thou have, and present pay; And shall forget the office of our hand, And liquor likewise will I give to thee,
Sooner than quittance of desert and merit, And friendship shall combine, and brotherhood : According to the weight and worthiness. I'll live by Nym, and Nym shall live by me;- Scroop. So service shall with steeled sinews tod; Is not this just!--for I shall sutler be
And labour shall refresh itself with hope, Unto the camp, and profits will accrue.
To do your grace incessant services. Give me thy hand.
K. Hen. We judge no less.- Uncle of Exeter, Nym. I shall have my noble ?
Enlarge the man committed yesterday, Pist. In cash most justly paid.
That rail'd against our person: we consider, Nym. Well then, that's the humour of it. It was excess of wine that set him on;
And, on his more advice, we pardon him. Re-enler Mrs. Quickly.
Scroop. That's mercy, but too much security: Quick. As ever you came of women, come in Let him be punish'd, sovereign ; lest example quickly to sir John: Ah, poor heart! he is so Breed, by his sufferance, more of such a kind. shaked of a burning quotidian tertian, that it is most K. Hen. 0, let us yet be merciful. lamentable to behold. Sweet men, come to him. Cam. So may your highness, and yet punish too.
Nym. The king hath run bad humours on the Grey. Sir, you show great mercy, if you give him knight, that's the even of it.
life, Pist. Nym, thou hast spoke the right;
After the taste of much correction. His heart is fracted, and corroborate.
K. Hen. Alas, your too much love and care of me Nym. The king is a good king: but it must be Are heavy orisonse 'gainst this poor wretch. as it may; he passes some humours, and careers. It little faults, proceeding on distemper,
Pist. Let us condole the knight; for, lambkins, Shall not be wink'd at, how shall we stretch our eye; we will live.
(Ereunt. When capital crimes, chew'd, swallow'd, and
digested, SCENE II.-Southampton. A council-chamber. Appear before us ?-We'll yet enlarge that man, Enter Exeter, Bedford, and Westmoreland.
Though Cambridge, Scroop, and Grey,–in their Bed. 'Fore God, his grace is bold, to trust these
dear care, traitors.
And tender preservation of our person,Ere. They shall be apprehended by and by: Would have him punish’d. And now to our French West. How smooth and even they do bear causes ; themselves!
Who are the late' commissioners ?
Cam. I one, my lord;
Bed. The king hath note of all that they intend, Scroop. So did you me, my liege.
Grey. And me, my royal sovereign. Exe. Nay, but the man that was his bedfellow, K. Hen. Then, Richard, earl of Cambridge, Whom he hath cloy'd and grac'd with princely
there is yours ; favours,
There yours, lord Scroop of Masham ;-and, sir That he should, for a foreign purse, so sell
knight, His sovereign's life to death and treachery! Grey of Northumberland, this same is yours:
Read them; and know, I know your worthiness.Trumpet sounds. Enter King Henry, Scroop, My lord of Westmoreland, -and uncle Exeter,
Cambridge, Grey, Lords, and Attendants. We will aboard to-night.-Why, how now, gentle K. Hen. Now sits the wind fair, and we will
men ? aboard.
What see you in those papers, that you lose (1) A coin, value six shillings and eight-pence. (5) Better information. (6) Prayers. (2) Force.' (3) Compounded. (4) Recompense.! 17) Lately appointed.
So much complexion ?-Look ye, how they change! For this revolt of thine, methinks, is like Their cheeks are paper.-Why, what read you Another fall of man. Their faults are open, there,
Arrest them to the answer of the law ;That hath so cowarded and chas'd your blood And God acquit them of their practices ! Out of appearance ?
Ere. I arrest thee of high treason, by the name of Cam.
I do confess my fault; Richard earl of Cambridge. And do submit me to your highness' mercy. I arrest thee of high treason, by the name of Henry
Grey. Scroop. To which we all appeal. lord Scroop of Masham.
K. Hen. The mercy, that was quick'in us but late, I arrest thee of high treason, by the name of By your own counsel is suppress'd and kill'd: Thomas Grey, knight of Northumberland. You must not dare, for shame, to talk of mercy ; Scroop. Our purposes God justly hath discover'd; For your own reasons turn into your bosoms, And I repent my fault, more than my death; As dogs upon their masters, worrying them. - Which I beseech your' highness to forgive, See you, my princes, and my noble peers, Although my body pay the price of it. These English monsters! My lord of Cambridge Cam. For me,-the gold of France did not seduce; here,
Although I did admit it as a motive, You know, how apt our love was, to accord The sooner to effect what I intended: To furnish him with all appertinents
But God be thanked for prevention; Belonging to his honour; and this man
Which I in sufferance heartily will rejoice, Hath, for a few light crowns, lightly conspir'd, Beseeching God, and you, to pardon me. And sworn unto the practices of France,
Grey. Never did faithful subject more rejoice To kill us here in Hampton: to the which, At the discovery of most dangerous treason, This knight, no less for bounty bound to us Than I do at this hour joy o'er myself, Than Cambridge is,-hath likewise sworn.—But 0.! Prevented from a damned enterprise : What shall I say to thee, lord Scroop; thou cruel, My fault, but not my body, pardon, sovereign. Ingrateful, savage, and inhuman creature !
k. Hen. God quit you in his mercy! Hear your Thou, that didst bear the key of all my counsels,
sentence. That knew'st the very bottom of my soul, You have conspir'd against our royal person, That almost might'st have coin'd me into gold, Join'd with an enemy proclaim'd, and from his Would'st thou have practis'd on me for thy use ?
coffers May it be possible, that foreign hire
Receiv'd the golden earnest of our death; Could out of thee extract one spark of evil, Wherein you would have sold your king to slaughter, That might annoy my finger ? 'lis so strange, His princes and his peers to servitude, That, though the truth of it stands off as gross His subjects to oppression and contempt, As black from white, my eye will scarcely see it. And his whole kingdom unto desolation. Treason, and murder, ever kept together, Touching our person, seek we no revenge ; As two yoke-devils sworn to either's purpose, But we our kingdom's safety must so tender, Working so grossly in a natural cause,
Whose ruin you three sought, that to her laws That admiration did not whoop at them: We do deliver you. Get you therefore hence, But thou, 'gainst all proportion, didst bring in Poor miserable wretches, to your death : Wonder, to wait on treason, and on murder: The taste whereof, God, of his mercy, give you And whatsoever cunning fiend it was,
Patience to endure, and true repentance That wrought upon thee so preposterously, Of all your dear offences !-Bear them hence. H'ath got the voice in hell for excellence:
[Excunt conspirators guarded. And other devils, that suggest by treasons, Now, lords, for France; the enterprise whereof Do botch and bungle up damnation
Shall be to you, as us, like glorious. With patches, colours, and with forms being fetch'd We doubt not of a fair and lucky war; From glistering semblances of piety;
Since God so graciously hath brought to light But he, that temper’da thee, bade thee stand up, This dangerous treason, lurking in our way, Gavethee noinstance why thou should'st do treason, To hinder our beginnings, we doubt not now, Unless to dub thee with the name of traitor. But every rub is smoothed on our way.. If that same dæmon, that hath gulld thee thus, Then, forth, dear countrymen ; let us deliver Should with his lion gait' walk the whole world, Our puissance into the hand of God, He might return to vasty Tartara back,
Pulling it straight in expedition. And tell the legions-I can never win
Cheerly to sea; the signs of war advance : A soul so easy as that Englishman's.
No king of England, if not king of France. (Ere. 0, how hast thou with jealousy infected The sweetness of affiance! Show men dutiful ?
SCENE III.-London. Mrs. Quickly's house in Why, so didst thou : Seem they grave and learned ?
Eastcheap. Enter Pistol, Mrs. Quickly, Nym, Why, so didst thou: Come they of noble family?
Bardolph, and Boy. Why, so didst thou: Seem they religious ?
Quick. Prythee, honey-sweet husband, let me Why, so didst thou : Or are they spare in diet; bring thee to Staines. Free from gross passion, or of mirth, or anger; Pist. No; for my manly heart doth yearn.'Constant in spirit, not swerving with the blood; Bardolph, be blithe ;-Ným, rouse thy vaunting Garnish'd and deck'd in modest complement ;'
veins; Not working with the eye, without the ear, Boy, bristle thy courage up; for Falstafshe is dead, And, but in purged judgment, trusting neither ? And we must yearn therefore. Such, and so finely bolted, didst thou seem : Bard. 'Would, I were with him, wherсsome'er And thus thy fall hath lent'a kind of blot, he is, either in heaven, or in hell! To mark the full-fraught man, and best indued," Quick. Nay, sure, he's not in hell; he's in ArWith some suspicion. I will weep for thee ; thur's bosom, if ever man went to Arthur's bosom.
(1) Living. (2) Rendered thee pliable. (5) Accomplishment. (6) Sisted. (7) Endowed. (3) Pace, step. (4) Tartarus.
(8) Attend. (9) Grieve.
'A made a finer end, and went away, an it had For England his approaches makes as fierce, been any christom' child ; 'a parted even just be- As waters to the sucking of a gull. tween twelve and one, e'en al turning o'the tide ; It fits us then, to be as provident for after I saw him fumble with the sheets, and As fear may teach us, out of late examples play with flowers, and smile upon his fingers’ends, Left by the fatal and neglected English I knew there was but one way; for his nose was Upon our fields. as sharp as a pen, and 'a babbled of green fields.
My most redoubted father, How now, sir John ? quoth I: what, man! be of It is most meet we arm us 'gainst the foe: good cheer. So 'a cried out-God, God, God! For peace itself should not so dull* a kingdom, three or four times : now I, to comfort him, bid (Though war, nor no known quarrel, were in hiin, 'a should not think of God; I hoped, there question,) was no need to trouble himself with any such But that defences, musters, preparations, thoughts yet: So, 'a bade me lay more clothes on should be maintain'd, assembled, and collected, his feet : I put my hand into the bed, and felt them, As were a war in expectation. and they were as cold as any stone; then I felt to Therefore, I say, 'tis meet we all go forth, his knees, and so upward, and upward, and all To view the sick and feeble parts of France : was as cold as any stone.
And let us do it with no show of (ar; Nym. They say, he cried out for sack.
No, with no more, than if we heard that England Quick. Ay, that'a did.
Were busied with a Whitsun morris-dance : Bard. And of women.
For, my good liege, she is so idly king'd, Quick. Nay, that 'a did not.
Her sceptre so fantastically borne Boy. Yes, that 'a did ; and said, they were devils By a vain, giddy, shallow, humorous youth, incarnate.
That fear attends her not. Quick. 'A could never abide carnation ; 'twas a Con.
O peace, prince dauphin! colour he never liked.
You are too much mistaken in this king: Boy. 'A said once, the devil would have him Question your grace the late ambassadors,about women.
With what great state he heard their embassy. Quick. 'A did in some sort, indeed, handle wo- How well supplied with noble counsellors, men : but then he was rheumatic;? and talked of How modest in exception, and, withal, the whore of Babylon.
How terrible in consiant resolution,Boy. Do you not remember, 'a saw a flea stick And you shall find, his vanities fore-spents upon Bardolph's nose; and 'a said, it was a black Were but the outside of the Roman Brutus, soul burning in hell-fire ?
Covering discretion with a coat of folly ; Bard. Well, the fuel is gone, that maintained As gardeners do with ordure hide those roots that fire: that's all the riches I got in his service. That shali first spring, and be most delicate.
Nym. Shall we shog off the king will be gone Dau. Well, 'tis not so, my lord high constable, from Southampton.
But though we think it so, it is no matter:
The enemy more mighty than he seems,
Doth, like a miser, spoil his coat, with scanting
Fr. king. Think we king Harry strong; Therefore, caveto be thy counsellor.
And, princes, look, you strongly arm to meet him.
Boy. And that is but unwholesome food, they say. Witness our too much memorable shame,
(Kissing her. And all our princes captiv'd, by the hand Nym. I cannot kiss, that is the humour of it; Of that black name, Edward black prince of Wales; but adieu.
Whiles that his mountain sire, -on mountain Pist. Let housewifery appear; keep close, I thee standing, command.
Up in the air, crown'd with the golden sun, Quick. Farewell; adieu.
(Exeunt. Saw his heroical seed, and smil'd to see him
Mangle the work of nature, and deface SCENE IV.-France. A room in the French The patterns that hy God and by French fathers King's palace. Enter the French King attended; Had twenty years been made. This is a stem the Dauphin, the Duke of Burgundy, the Consta- of that victorious stock; and let us fear ble, and others.
The native mightiness and fate of him. Fr. King. Thus come the English with full power
Enter a Messenger. upon us ; And more than carefully it us concerns,
Mess. Ambassadors from Henry king of England To answer royally in our defences.
Do crave admittance to your majesty. Therefore the dukes of Berry, and of Bretagne, Fr. King. We'll give them present audience. Of Brabant, and of Orleans, shall make forth,
Go, and bring them. And you, prince dauphin,- with all swift despatch,
(Exe. Mess, and certain Lords. To line, and new repair, our towns of war, With men of courage, and with means delendant : You see, this chace is hotly follow'd, friends. (1) A child not more than a month old.
(4) Render it callous, insensible. (2) Mrs. Quickly means lunatic.
(5) In making objections. (3) Dry thy eres.
(6) Wasted, exhausted. (7) Lineage.