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Speak freely of our acts; or else nur grave, Save those to God, that run before our business. Like Turkish mute, shall have a tongueless mouth, Therefore, let our proportions for these wars Not worship'd with a waxen epitaph.

Be soon collected ; and all things thought upon,

That may, with reasonable swiftness, add
Enter Ambassadors of France.

More feathers to our wings ; for, God before,
Now are we well prepar'd to know the pleasure

We'll chide this Dauphin at his father's door. Ot our fair cousin Dauphin; for, we hear,

Therefore, let every man now task his thought, Your greeting is from im, not from the king. That this fair action may on foot be brought. Amb. May it please your majesty, to give us leave

(Exeunt. Freely to render what we have in charge ; Or shall we sparingly show you far off The Dauphin's meaning, and our embassy ?

ACT II.
K. Hen. We are no tyrant, but a Christian king;

Enter Chorus.
Unto whose grace our passion is as subject,
As are our wretches fetter'd in our prisons :

Chor. Now all the youth of England are on fire,
Therefore, with frank and with uncurbed plainness And silken dalliance in the wardrobe lies;
Tell us the Dauphin's mind.

Now thrive the armourers, and honour's thought Amb.

Thus then, in few. Reigns solely in the breast of every man :
Your highness, lately sending into France, They sell the pasture now, to buy the horse ;
Did claim some certain dukedoms, in the right Following the mirror of all Christian kings,
of your great predecessor, king Edward the third. With winged heels, as English Mercuries.
In answer of which claim, the prince our master For now sits Expectation in the air;
Says,—that you savour too much of your youth; And hides a sword, from hilts unto the point,
And bids you be advis'd, there's nought in France, With crowns imperial, crowns, and coronets,
That can be with a nimble galliard won ; Promis'd to Harry, and his followers.
You cannot revel into dukedoms there :

The French, advis'd by good intelligence
He therefore sends you, meeter for your spirit, Of this most dreadful preparation,
This tun of treasure ; and, in lieu of this,

Shake in their fear; and with pale policy
Desires you, let the dukedoms, that you claim, Seek to divert the English purposes.
Hear no more of you. This the Dauphin speaks. O England !-model to thy inward greatness,
K. Hen. What treasure, uncle ?

Like little body with a mighty heart,-
Ere.

Tennis-balls, my liege. What might'st thou do, that honour would thee do, K. Hen. We are glad, the Dauphin is so pleasant Were all thy children kind and natural ! with us ;

But see thy fault! France hath in thee found out His present, and your pains, we thank you for : A nest of hollow bosoms, which he fills When we have match'd our rackets to these balls, With treacherous crowns; and three corrupted We will, in France, by God's grace, play a set,

men, Shall strike his father's crown into the hazard : One, Richard earl of Cambridge ; and the second, Tell him, he hath made a match with such a wrang- Henry lord Scroop of Masham; and the third, ler,

Sir Thomas Grey knight of Northumberland, That all the courts of France will be disturb'd

Have, for the guilt of France, (O guilt, indeed!) With chaces. And we understand him well, Confirm'd conspiracy with fearful France ; How he comes o'er us with our wilder days, And by their hands this grace of kings must die, Not measuring what use we made of them. (If hell and treason hold their promises,). We never valu'd this poor seat of England ; Ere he take ship for France, and in Southampton. And therefore, living hence, did give ourself

Linger your patience on ; and well digest To barbarous license; As 'tis ever common, The abuse of distance, while we force a play. That men are merriest when they are from home. The sum is paid ; the traitors are agreed; But tell the Dauphin,,I will keep my state ; The king is set from London ; and the soene Be like a king, and show my sail of greatness, Is now transported, gentles, to Southampton : When I do rouse me in my throne of France : There is the playhouse now, there must you sit : For that I have laid by my majesty,

And thence to France shall we convey you safe, And plodded like a man for working days ; And bring you back, charming the narrow seas But I will rise there with 30 full a glory,

To give you gentle pass ; for, if we may, That I will dazzle all the eyes of France,

We'll not offend one stomach with our play: Yea, strike the Dauphin blind to look on us.

But, till the king come forth, and not till then, And tell the pleasant prince,-this mock of his

Unto Southampton do we shift our scene. (Brit. Hath turn'd his balls to gun-stones ; and his soul Shall stand sore charged for the wasteful vengeance

SCENE I.-The same. Eastcheap. That shall fly with them : for many a thousand

Enter Nym and Bardolph. widows Shall this his mock mock out of their dear hus. Bard. Well met, corporal Nym. bands;

Nym. Good morrow, lieutenant Bardolph. Mock mothers from their sons, mock castles down : Bard. What, are ancient Pistol and you friends And some are yet ungotten, and unborn,

yet ? That shall have cause to curse the Dauphin's scorn. Nym. For my part, I care not : 1 say little ; but But this lies all within the will of God,

when time shall serve, there shall be smiles ;-but To whom I do appeal ; And in whose name,

that shall be as it may. I dare not fight; but I will Tell you the Dauphin, I am coming on,

wink, and hold out mine iron : It is a simple one : To venge me as I may, and to put forth

but what though? It will toast cheese ; and it will My rightful hand in a well-hallow'd cause, endure cold as another man's sword will : and So, get you hence in peace; and tell the Dauphin, there's the humour of it. His jest will savour but of shallow wit,

Bard. I will bestow a breakfast, to make you When thousands weep, more than did laugh at it.- friends; and we'll be all three sworn brothers to Convey them with safe conduct.–Fare you well. France; let it be so, good corporal Nym.

[Exeunt Ambassadors. Nym. 'Faith, I will live so long as I may, that's Ere. This was a merry message.

the certain of it; and when I cannot live any longer, K. Hen. We hope to make the sender blush at it. I will do as I may : that is my rest, that is the ren

[Descends fro his throne. dezvous of it. Therefore, my lords, omit no happy hour,

Bard. It is certain, corporal, that he is married That may give furtherance to our expedition : to Nell Quickly: and, certainly, she did you wrong: For we have now no thought in us but France, for you were troth-plight to her.

Nym. I cannot tell; things must be as they may : Pist. Let floods o'erswell, and fiends for food men may sleep, and they may have their throats howl on! about them at that time ; and, some say, knives Nym. You'll pay me the eight shillings I won of have edges. It must be as it may : though patience you at betting? be a tired mare, yet she will plod. There must be Pist. Base is the slave that pays. conclusions. Well, I cannot tell.

Nym. That now I will have; that's the humour

of it. Enter Pistol and Mrs. Quickly.

Pist. As manhood shall compound; Push home. Bard. Here comes ancient Pistol, and his wife :- Bard. By this sword, he that makes the first good corporal, be patient here.-How now, mine thrust I'll kill him; by this sword, I will. host Pistol ?

Pist. Sword is an oath, and oaths must have Pist. Base tike, call'st thou me-host ?

their course. Now, by this hand I swear, I scorn the term; Bard. Corporal Nym, an thou wilt be friends, be Nor shall my Nell keep lodgers.

friends: an thou wilt not, why then be enemies Quick. No, by my troth, not long : for we can with me too. Pr'ythee, put up. not lodge and board a dozen or fourteen gentle

Nym. I shall have my eight shillings, I won of women, that live honestly by the prick of their you at betting? needles, but it will be thought we keep a bawdy.

Pist. A noble shalt thou have, and present pay; house straight. (Nym draws his sword. 0 well-a-And liquor likewise will I give to thee, day, Lady, if he be not drawn now! O Lord! here's And friendship shall combine, and brotherhood : corporal Nym's—now shall we have wilful adultery I'll live by Nym, and Nym shall live by me;and murder committed. Good lieutenant Bar - Is not this just ?-for I shall sutler be dolph,-good corporal, offer nothing here. Unto the camp, and profits will accrue. Nym. Pish!

Give me thy hand.
Pist. Pish for thee, Iceland dog! thou prick- Nym. I shall have my noble ?
eared cur of Iceland.

Pist. In cash most justly paid.
Quick. Good corporal Nym, show the valour of Nym. Well then, that's the humour of it.
a man, and put up thy sword.
Nym. Will you shog off? I would have you solus.

Re-enter Mrs. Quickly.
(Sheathing his sword.

Quick. As ever you came of women, come in Pist. Solus, egregious dog ? O viper vile! The solus in thy most marvellous face;

quickly to sir John: Ah, poor heart! he is so The solus in thy teeth, and in thy throat,

shaked of a burning quotidian tertian, that it is

most lamentable to behold. Sweet men, come to And in thy hateful lungs, yea, in thy maw, perdy; him. And, which is worse, within thy nasty mouth! I do retort the solus in thy bowels;

Nym. The king hath run bad humours on the For I can take, and Pistol's cock is up,

knight, that's the even of it.

Pist. Nym, thou hast spoke the right; And flashing fire will follow.

His heart is fracted, and corroborate. Nym. I am not Barbason, you cannot conjure me. I have an humour to knock you indifferently as it may; he passes some humours, and careers.

Nym. The king is a good king: but it must be well: If you grow foul with me, Pistol, I will scour you with my rapier, as I may, in fair terms: we will live.

Pist. Let us condole the knight; for, lambkins,

[Exeunt. if you would walk off, I would prick your guts a little, in good terms, as I may; and that's the SCENE II.-Southampton. A Council Chamber. humour of it.

Enter Exeter, Bedford, and Westmoreland. Pist. O braggard vile, and damned furious wight!

Bed. 'Fore God, his grace is bold, to trust these The grave doth gape, and doting death is near;

traitors. Therefore exhale.

[Pistol and Nym draw. Exe. They shall be apprehended by and by. Bard. Hear me, hear me what I say he that West. How smooth and even they do bear themstrikes the first stroke, I'll run him up to the hilts,

selves! as I am a soldier.

[Drans. As if allegiance in their bosoms sat, Pist. An oath of mickle might; and fury shall Crowned with faith, and constant loyalty. abate.

Bed. The king hath note of all that they intend, Give me thy fist, thy fore-foot to me give; By interception which they dream not of. Thy spirits are most tall.

Exe. Nay, but the man that was his bedfellow, Nym. I will cut thy throat, one time or other, in whom he hath cloy'd and grac'd with princely fair terms; that is the humour of it.

favours, Pist. Coupe le gorge, that's the word ?-I thee That he should, for a foreign purse, so sell

His sovereign's life to death and treachery! 0 hound of Crete, think'st thou my spouse to get ? No; to the spital go,

Trumpet sounds. Enter King, Henry, Scroop, And from the powdering tub of infamy

Cambridge, Grey, Lords, and Attendants. Fetch forth the Jazar kite of Cressid's kind,

K. Hen. Now sits the wind fair, and we will Doll Tear-sheet she by name, and her espouse :

aboard. I have, and I will hold, the quondam Quickly, My lord of Cambridge,--and my kind lord of For the only she: and - Pauca, there's enough.

Masham,-
Enter the Boy.

And you, my gentle knight,- -give me your

thoughts : Boy. Mine host Pistol, you must come to my Think you not, that the powers we bear with us, master,-and you, hostess ;- he is very sick, and will cut their passage through the force of France; would to bed. Good Bardolph, put thy nose be- Doing the execution, and the act, tween his sheets, and do the office of a warming-For which we have in head assembled them ? pan: 'faith, he's very ill.

Soroop. No doubt, my liege, if each man do his Bard. Away, you rogue...

best. Quick. By my troth, he'll yield the crow a pud- K. Hen. I doubt not that, since we are well perding one of these days; the king has killed his suaded, heart.- Good husband, come hon presently, We carry not a heart with us from hence,

[Exeunt Mrs. Quickly and Boy. That grows not in a fair consent with ours; Bard. Come, shall I make you two friends? We Nor leave not one behind, that doth not wish must to France together; Why, the devil, should Success and conquest to attend on us. we keep knives to cut one another's throats ?

Can. Never was monarch better fear'd, and lov'de

defy again.

Than is your majesty; there's not, I think, a sub. Than Cambridge is,--hath likewise sworn.-But 0 ject,

What shall I say to thee, lord Scroop; thou cruer, That sits in heart-grief and uneasiness

Ingrateful, savage, and inhuman creature ! Under the sweet shade of your government. Thou, that did'st bear the key of all my counsels, Grey. Even those, that were your father's ene- That knew'st the very bottom of my soul, mies,

That almost might'st have coin'd me into gold, Have steep'd their galls in honey; and do serve Would'st thou have practis'd on me for thy use? you

May it be possible, that foreign hire With hearts create of duty and of zeal.

Could out of thee extract one spark of evil, K. Hen. We therefore have great cause of thank. That might annoy my finger ? 'tis so strange, fulness;

That, though the truth of it stands off as gross And shall forget the office of our hand,

As black from white, my eye will scarcely see it. Sooner than quittanoe of desert and merit, Treason, and murder, ever kept together, According to the weight and worthiness.

As two yoke-devils sworn to either's purpose, Soroop. So service shall with steeled sinews toil ; Working so grossly in a natural cause, And labour shall refresh itself with hope,

That admiration did not whoop at them : To do your grace incessant services.

But thou, 'gainst all proportion, didst bring in K. Hen. We judge no less._Uncle of Exeter, Wonder, to wait on treason, and on murder : Enlarge the man committed yesterday,

And whatsoever cunning fiend it was,
That rail'd against our person : we consider, That wrought upon thee so preposterously,
It was excess of wine that set him on;

Hath got the voice in hell for excellence :
And, on his more advice, we pardon him.

And other devils, that suggest by treasons, Scroop. That's mercy, but too much security : Do botch and bungle up damnation Let him be punish'd, sovereign ; lest example With patches, colours, and with forms being Breed, by his sufferance, more of such a kind.

fetch'd K. Hen. 0, let us yet be merciful.

From glistering semblances of piety; Cam. So may your highness, and yet punish too. But he, that temper'd thee, bade thee stand up, Grey. Sir, you show great mercy, if you give Gave thee no instance why thou should'st do him life,

treason, After the taste of much correction.

Unless to dub thee with the name of traitor. K. Hen. Alas, your too much love and care of me If that same dæmon, that hath gull'd thee thus, Are heavy orisons 'gainst this poor wretch. Should with his lion gait walk the whole world, If little faults, proceeding on distemper,

He might return to vasty Tartar back, Shall not be wink'd at, how shall we stretch our And tell the legions-I can never win eye,

A soul so easy as that Englishman's. When capital crimes, chew'd, swallow'd, and di- o, how hast thou with jealousy infected gested,

The sweetness of affiance ! Show men dutiful? Appear before us ?-We'll yet enlarge that man, Why, so didst thou : Seem they grave and learned? Though Cambridge, Scroop, and Grey,–in their Why, so didst thou : Come they of noble family?

Why, so didst thou: Seem they religious ? And tender preservation of our person,-

Why, so didst thou : Or are they spare in diet: Would have him punish'd. And now to our French Free from gross passion, or of mirth, or anger ; causes;

Constant in spirit, not swerving with the blood : Who are the late commissioners ?

Garnish'd and deck'd in modest complement; Cam. I one, my lord ;

Not working with the eye, without the ear, Your highness bade me ask for it to-day.

And, but in purged judgment, trusting neither? Scroop. So did you me, my liege.

Such, and so finely bolted, didst thou seem : Grey. And me, my royal sovereign.

And thus thy fall hath left a kind of blot, K. Hen. Then, Richard, earl of Cambridge, there To mark the full-fraught man, and best indued, is yours :

With some suspicion. I will weep for thee; There yours, lord Scroop of Masham-and, sir For this revolt of thine, methinks, is like knight,

Another fall of man.-Their faults are open, Grey of Northumberland, this same is yours- Arrest them to the answer of the law ;Read them; and know, I know your worthiness. And God acquit them of their practices ! My lord of Westmoreland, and uncle Exeter, Exe. I arrest thee of high treason, by the name of We will aboard to-night.-Why, how now, gentle Richard earl of Cambridge. men ?

I arrest thee of high treason, by the name of What see you in those papers, that you lose Henry lord Scroop of Masham. So much complexion ?-look ye, how they change! I arrest thee of high treason, by the name of Their cheeks are paper.- Why, what read you Thomas Grey, knight of Northumberland. there,

Scroop. Our purposes God justly hath discoverd; That hath so cowarded and chas'd your blood And I repent my fault, more than my death; Out of appearance?

Which I beseech your highness to forgive, Cam.

I do confess my fault; Although my body pay the price of it. And do submit me to your highness' mercy.

Cam. For me,-the gold of France did not se. Grey. Seroop. To which we all appeal.

duce; K. Hen. The mercy, that was quick in us but Although I did admit it as a motive, late,

The sooner to effect what I intended: By your own counsel is suppress'd and kill'd: But God be thanked for prevention ; You must not dare, for shame, to talk of mercy; Which I in sufferance heartily will rejoice, For your own reasons turn into your bosoms, Beseeching God, and you, to pardon me. As dogs upon their masters, worrying them.- Grey. Never did faithful subject more rejoice See you, my princes, and my noble peers,

At the discovery of most dangerous treason, These English monsters ! My lord of Cambridge Than I do at this hour joy o'er myself, here,

Prevented from a damned enterprize. You know, how apt our love was, to accord My fault, but not my body, pardon, sovereign. To furnish him with all appertinents

K. Hen. God quit you in his mercy! Hear your Belonging to his honour; and this man

sentence. Hath, for a few light crowns, lightly conspir'd, You have conspir'd against our royal person, And sworn unto the practices of France,

Join'd with an enemy proclaim'd, and from his To kill us here in Hampton : to the which,

coffers This knight, no less for bounty bound to us Receiv'd the golden earnest of our death;

dear care,

Wherein you would have sold your king to slaugh- Pist. Come, let's away.-My love, give me thy ter,

lips. His princes and his peers to servitude,

Look to my chattels, and my moveables : His subjects to oppression and contempt,

Let senses rule; the word is, Pitch and pay ; And his whole kingdom unto desolation.

Trust none; Touching our person, seek we no revenge ; For oaths are straws, men's faiths are wafer-cakes, But we our kingdom's safety must so tender, And hold fast is the only dog, my duck; Whose ruin you three sought, that to her laws Therefore, caveto be thy counsellor. We do deliver you. Get you therefore hence, Go, clear thy chrystals.--Yoke fellows in arms, Poor miserable wretches, to your death:

Let us to France ! like horse-leeches, my boys; The taste whereof, God, of his mercy, give you To suck, to suck, the very blood to suck! Patience to endure, and true repentance

Boy. And that is but unwholesome food, they Of all your dear offences !-Bear them hence.

say. (E.reunt Conspirators, guarded. Pist. Touch her soft mouth, and march. Now, Lords, for France; the enterprize whereof Bard. Farewell, hostess.

(Kissing her. Shall be to you, as us, like glorious.

Nym. I cannot kiss, that is the humour of it; We doubt not of a fair and lucky war;

but adieu. Since God so graciously hath brought to light Pist. Let housewifery appear; keep close, I thee This dangerous treason, lurking in our way, command. To hinder our beginnings, we doubt not now, Quick. Farewell; adieu.

[Exeunt. But every rub is smoothed on our way. Then, forth, dear countrymen ; let us deliver SCENE IV. France. A Room in the French Our puissance into the hand of God,

King's Palace. Putting it straight in expedition.

Enter the French King attended; the Dauphin, the Cheerly to sea ; the signs of war advance :

Duke of Burgundy, the Constable, and others. No king of England, if not king of France.

[E.reunt.

Fr. King. Thus come the English with full

power upon us; SCENE III.- London. Mrs. Quickly's House in And more than carefully it us concerns, Eastcheap.

To answer royally in our defences. Enter Pistol, Mrs. Quickly, Nym, Bardolph, and of Brabant, and of Orleans, shall make forth,

Therefore the dukes of Berry, and of Bretagne, Boy.

And you, prince Dauphin,-with all sweet deQuick. Pr'ythee, honey-sweet husband, let me spatch, bring thee to Staines.

To line, and new repair, our towns of war, Pist. No; for my manly heart doth yearn.- With men of courage, and with means defendant Bardolph, be blithe ;-Nym, rouse thy vaunting For England his approaches makes as fierce, veins;

As waters to the sucking of a gulf. Boy, bristle thy courage up; for Falstaff he is It fits us then, to be as provident dead,

As fear may teach us, out of late examples And we must yearn therefore.

Left by the fatal and neglected English Bard. 'Would, I were with him, wheresome'er Upon our fields. ne is, either in heaven, or in hell!

Dau.

My most redoubted father, Quick. Nay, sure, he's not in hell; he's in Ar. It is most meet we arm us 'gainst the foe: thur's bosom, if ever man went to Arthur's bosom. For peace itself should not so dull a kingdom, 'A made a finer end, and went away, an it had (Though war, nor no known quarrel, were in been any christom child; 'a parted even just be.

question,) tween twelve and one, e'en at turning o' the tide : But that defences, musters, preparations, for after I saw him fumble with the sheets, and should be maintain'd, assembled, and collected, play with flowers, and smile upon his fingers' ends, As were a war in expectation. I knew there was but one way; for his nose was Therefore, I say, 'tis meet we all go forth, as sharp as a pen, and 'a babbled of green fields. To view the sick and feeble parts of France; How now, sir John ? quoth I: what, man! be of And let us do it with no show of fear; good cheer. So 'a cried out-God, God, God! No, with no more, than if we heard that England three or four times : now I, to comfort him, bid Were busied with a Whitsun morris-dance. him, 'a should not think of God; I hoped, there For, my good liege, she is so idly king'd, was no need to trouble himself with any such Her scepter so fantastically borne thoughts yet : So, 'a bade me lay more clothes on By a vain, giddy, shallow, humorous youth, his feet: I put my hand into the bed, and felt That fear attends her not. them, and they were as cold as any stone; then I Con.

O peace, prince Dauphin! felt to his knees, and so upward, and upward, and You are too much mistaken in this king : all was as cold as any stone.

Question your grace the late ambassadors, Nym. They say, he cried out of sack.

With what great state he heard their embassy, Quick. Ay, that 'a did.

How well supplied with noble counsellors, Bard. And of women.

How modest in exception, and withal Quick. Nay, that 'a did not.

How terrible in constant resolution, Boy. Yes, that 'a did; and said, they were devils And you shall find, his vanities fore-spent incarnate.

Were but the vutside of the Roman Brutus, Quick. 'A could never abide carnation ; 'twas a Covering discretion with a coat of folly ; colour he never liked.

As gardeners do with ordure bide those roots Boy. 'A said once the devil would have him that shall first spring, and be most delicate. about women.

Dau. Well, 'tis not so, my lord high constable, Quick. 'A did in some sort, indeed, handle wo. But though we think it so, it is no matter : men : but then he was rheumatick; and talked of In cases of defence, 'tis best to weigh the whore of Babylon.

The enemy more mighty than he seems, Boy. Do you not remember, 'a saw a fica stick So the proportions of defence are fill'd; upon Bardolph's nose; and 'a said, it was a black Which, of a weak and niggardly projection, soul burning in hell-fire ?

Doth, like a miser, spoil his coat, with scanting Bard. Well, the fuel is gone, that maintained A little cloth. that fire: that's all the riches I got in his service. Fr. King. Think we king Harry strong;

Nym. Shall we shog off ? the king will be gone And, princes, look, you strongly arm to meet him. from Southampton.

The kindred of him hath been flesh'd upon us;

And he is bred out of that bloods strain,

And any thing that may not misbecome That haunted us in our familiar paths :

The mighty sender, doth he prize you at. Witness our too much memorable shame,

Thus says my king: and, if your father's highness When Cressy battle fatally was struck,

Do not, in grant of all demands at large, And all our princes captiv'd, by the hand

Sweeten the bitter mock you sent his majesty, Of that black name, Edward black prince of Wales; He'll call you to so hot an answer for it, Whiles that his mountain sire,-on mountain That caves and womby vaultages of France standing,

Shall chide your trespass, and return your mock Up in the air, crown'd with the golden sun, In second accent of his ordnauce. Saw his heroical seed, and smil'd to see him Dau. Say, if my father render fair reply, Mangle the work of nature, and deface

It is against my will: for I desire The patterns that by God and by French fathers Nothing but odds with England ; to that end, Had twenty years been made. This is a stem As matching to his youth and vanity, Of that victorious stock ; and let us fear

I did present him with those Paris balls. The native mightiness and fate of him.

Exe. He'll make your Paris Louvre shake for it, Enter a Messenger.

Were it the mistress court of mighty Europe :

And, be assur'd, you'll find a difference,
Mess. Ambassadors from Henry King of England (As we, his subjects, have in wonder found)
Do crave admittance to your majesty.

Between the promise of his greener days,
Fr. King. We'll give them present audience. And these he masters now ; now he weighs time
Go, and bring them.

Even to the utmost grain ; which you shall read (Exeunt Mess, and certain Lords. In your own losses, if he stay in France. You see, this chase is hutly follow'd, friends. Fr. King: To-morrow shall you know our mind Dau. Turn head, and stop pursuit : for coward

at full. dogs

Exe. Despatch us with all speed, lest that our Most spend their mouths, when what they seem to king threaten,

Come here himself to question our delay Runs far before them. Good my sovereign, For he is footed in this land already. Take up the English short ; and let them know Fr. King. You shall be soon despatch'd, with Of what a monarchy you are the head :

fair conditions : Self-love, my liege, is not so vile a sin

A night is but small breath, and little pause, As self-neglecting.

To answer matters of this consequence. (Exeunt. Re-enter Lords, with Exeter and Train. Fr. King From our brother England ?

ACT III. Bxe. From him ; and thus he greets your majesty.

Enter Chorus. He wills you, in the name of God Almighty,

Cho. Thus with imagin'd wing our swift scene That you divest yourself and lay apart

flies, The borrow'd glories, that, by gift of heaven, In motion of no less celerity By law of nature, and of nations, 'long

Than that of thought. Suppose that you have seen To him, and to his heirs ; namely, the crown, The well appointed king at Hampton pier And all wide stretched honours that pertain,

Embark his royalty ; and his brave fleet By custom and the ordinance of times

With silken streamers the young Phoebus fanning. Unto the crown of France. That you may know, Play with your fancies ; and in them behold, "Tis no sinister, nor no aukward claim,

Upon the hempen tackle, ship-boys climbing : Pick'd from the worm-holes of long-vanish'd days, Hear the shrill whistle, which doth order give Nor from the dust of old oblivion rak'd,

To sounds confus'd : behold the threaden sails, He sends you this most memorable line,

Borne with the invisible and creeping wind,

(Gives a paper. Draw the huge bottoms through the furrow'd sea, In every branch truly demonstrative;

Breasting the lofty surge : 0, do but think, Willing you, overlook this pedigree :

You stand upon the rivage, and behold And when you find him evenly deriv'd

A city on the inconstant billows dancing : From his most fam'd of famous ancestors,

For so appears this fleet majestical, Edward the Third, he bids you then resign Holding due course to Harfleur. Follow, follow ! Your crown and kingdom, indirectly held

Grapple your minds to sternage of this navy ; From him the native and true challenger. And leave your England, as dead midnight, stili, Fr. King. Or else what follows?

Guarded with grandsires, babies, and old women, Exe. Bloody constraint ; for if you hide the Either past, or not arrived to, pith and puissance : crown

For who is he, whose chin is but enrich'd Even in your hearts, there will he rake for it :

With one appearing hair, that will not follow And therefore in fierce tempest is he coming, These culld and choice-drawn cavaliers to France ? In thunder, and in earthquake, like a Jove;

Work, work, your thoughts, and therein see a (That, if requiring fail, he will compel ;)

Behold the ordnance on their carriages, (siege : And bids you, in the bowels of the Lord,

With fatal mouths gaping on girded Harfleur. Deliver up the crown; and to take mercy

Suppose, the ambassador from the French comes On the poor souls, for whom this hungry war Tells Harry-that the king doth offer him (back; Opens his vasty jaws : and on your head

Katharine his daughter ; and with her, to dowry, Turns he the widows' tears, the orphans' cries, The dead men's blood, the pining maidens' groans. The offer likes not: and the nimble gunner

Some petty and unprofitable dukedoms. For husbands, fathers, and betrothed lovers,

With linstock now the devilish cannon touches, That shall be swallowed in this controversy.

(Alarum : and chambers go of This is his claim, his threat'ning, and my message; And down goes all before them. Still be kind, Unless the Dauphin be in presence here,

And eke out our performance with your mind. To whom expressly I bring greeting too.

(Erit. Fr. King. For us, we will consider of this further: To-morrow shall you bear our full intent

SCENE I.-The same. Before Harfleur. Back to our brother England.

Alarums.
Dau.
For the Dauphin,

Enter King Henry, Exeter, Bedford,

Gloster, and Soldiers, with scaling ladders. I stand here for him; What to him from England'? Eze, Scorn, and defiance ; slight regard, con- K. Hen. Once more unto the breach, dear friends, tempt,

once more;

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