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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 For now sits Expectation in the air;:
-good corporal, be patient here.-How now, mine And hides a sword, from hilts unto the point,
host Pistol ? With crowns imperial, crowns, and coronets,
Pist. Base tike,* call'st thou me-host ? Promis’d to Harry, and his followers.
Now, by this hand I swear, I scorn the term; The French, advis'd by good intelligence
Nor shall my Nell keep lodgers. of 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.) () well-a-day, Lady, if he What might'st thou do, that honor 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 the found out
murder committed. Good lieutenant Bardolph,A nest of hollow bosoms, which he' fills good corporal, offer nothing here. With treacherous crowns; and three corrupted Nyn. Pish! men,
Pist. Pish for thee, Iceland dog! thou prick-ear'd One, Richard curl of Cambridge; and the second, cur of Iceland ! Henry lord Scroop of Masham; and the thiru,
Quick. Good corporal Nym, show the valour of Sir Thomas Grey, knight of Northumberland, - a man, and put up ihy sword. Have, for the gilta of France, (O guilt, indeed!)
Nym. Will you shog off? I would have you solus. Contirm'd conspiracy with fearful France;
(Sheathing his sword. And by their hands this yrace of kings must die
Pist. Solus, egregious dog? O viper vile! (If hell and treason hold their promise-,)
The solus in ihy most marvellous face; Ere he take ship for France, and in Southampton. The solus in thy teeth, and in thy throat, Linger your patience on; and well divest
And in thy hateful lungs, yea, in thy maw, perdy ;6 The abuse of distance, while we forec a play.
And, which is worse, within thy nasty mouth! The sum is paid ; the traitors are agreed;
I do retort the solus in thy boweis: The king is set from London; and the scene
For I can take, and Pistol's cock is up, Is now transported, geniles, to Southampton:
And Nashing fire will follow. There is the playhouse now, there must you sit:
Nyn. I am not Barbason; you cannot conjure And thence to France shall we convey yeu safe,
me. I have a humour to knock you indifierently 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 mav, 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 forth, and not till then,
little, in good terms, as I may ; and that's the
humour of it. Unto Southampton do we shift our scene. (E.cit.
Pist. O braggard vile, and damned furious wight! SCENE 1.—The same. Eastcheap. En!er Nym The grave doth gape, and doting death is near; and Bardolph.
Therefore exhale." (Pistol und 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
abate. Nym. For my part, I care not: I say little: hut when time shall serve, there shall be smiles ;-b Give me thy fist, thy fore-foot to me give; that shall be as it may. I dare not fight; but I will Thy spirits are most tall. wink, and hold out mine iron : It is a simple one ;
Num. I will cut ihy throat, one time or other, but what though,? it will toast cheese; and it witi in fair terms; that is the humour of it. endure cold as another man's sword will : and
Pist. Coup le gorge, that's the word !-I thee
defy again. there's the humour of it, Bard. I will bestow a breakfast, to make you No; to the spitalo go,
O hound of Crete, think'st thou my spouse to get ? friends; and we'll be all three sworn brothers to and from the powdering tub of infamy, France; let it be so, vood corporal Nym.
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, Doll Tear-sheet she hy name, and her espouse : I will do as I may: that is my rest, that is the I 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, ceriainly, 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 inay have their throats tween his sheets, and do the office of a warmingabout them ai that time; and, some say, knives pan: 'laith, 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) OC Cressida's nature, see the play of Troilius (5) Par Dieu !
(6) Name of a demon. and Cressida. (7) Breathe your last.
Bard. Away, you rogue.
My lord of Cambridge,--and my kind 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 heart.-Good husband, come home presently.
thoughts : (Ereunt Mrs. Quickly and Boy. Think you not, that the powers we bear Bard. Come, shall I make you two friends ? We Will cut their passage through the force of must to France together; Why, the devil, should Doing the execution, and the ach, we keep knives to cut one another's throats ? For which we have in heada assembled th Pist. Let floods o'erswell, and fiends for food Scroop. No doubt, my liege, if each o howl on!
best. Nym. You'll pay me the eight shillings I won K. Hen. I doubt not that: since we of you at betting ?
persuaded, Pist. Base is the slave that pays.
We carry not a heart with us from hence Wym. That now I will have ; that's the humour That grows not in a fair consent with our of it.
Nor leave not one behind, that doth not 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's, thrust, I'll kill him; by this sword, I will. Than is your majesty; there's not, I think, Pist. Sword is an oath, and oaths must have That sits in heart-grief and uneasiness their course.
Under the sweet shade of your governme Bard. Corporal Nym, an thou wilt be friends,,, Grey. Even those, that were your father" be friends : an thou wilt not, why then be enemies Have steep'd their galls in honey; and do with me too. Pry'thee, put up.
With hearts create of duty and of zal. Nym. I shall have my eight shillings, I won of K. Hen. We therefore have great 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 mer 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 sin Is nie his 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 Nym. I shall have my noble ?
Enlarge the man committed yesterday, Pist. In cash most justly paid.
That rail'd against our person: we consi 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 hid Re-enter Mrs. Quickly.
Scroop. That's mercy, but too much se Quick. As ever you came of women, come in Let him be punish'd, sovereign ; lest exa quickly to sir John: Ah, poor heart! he is so Breed, by his sufferance, more of such a 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 p
Nym. The king hath run bad humours on the Grey. Sir, you show great mercy, if yo knight, that's the even of it.
lise, Pist. Nym, thou hast spoke the right;
After the taste of much correction. His heart is fracted, a'id corroborate.
K. Hen. Alas, your too much love and Nym. The king is a good king: but it must be Are heavy orisonge 'gainst this poor wret as it may; he passes some humours, and careers. Is little faults, proceeding on distemper,
Pist. Let us condole the knight; for, lambkins, Shall not be wink'd at, how shall we streld we will live.
[Exeunt. When capttal crimes, chew'd, swallo
digested, SCENE II.-Southampton. A council-chamber. Appear before us ?-We'll yet enlarge th
Enter Exeter, Bedford, and Westmoreland. Though Cambridge, Scroop, and Grey, 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 o West. How smooth and even they do bear causes; themselves !
Who are the late commissioners ? As if allegiance in their bosom sat,
Cam. I one, my lord; Crowned with faith, and constant loyalty. Your highness bade me ask for it to-day.
Bed. The king hath note of all that they intend, Scroop. So did you me, my liege. By interception which they dream not of.
Grey. And me, my royal sovereign. Ere. Nay, but the man that was his bedfellow, K. Hen. Then, Richard, earl of C Whom he hath cloy'd and grac'd with princely
there is yours ;savours,
There yours, lord Scroop of Mashain ;That he should, for a foreign purse, so sell
knight, His sovereign's life to death and treachery!
Grey of Northumberland, this same is yo
Read them; and know, I know your wor Trumpet sounds. Enter King Henry, Scroop, My lord of Westmoreland, -and uncle E
Cambridge, Grey, Lords, and Attendants. We will aboard to-night.-Wby, how no K. Hen. Now sits the wind fair, and we will
men ? aboard.
What see you in those papers, that you ! (1) A coin, value six shillings and eight-pence. (5) Better information. (6) Praye (2) Force.' (3) Compounded. (4) Recompense. (7) Lately appointed.
So much complexion ?-Look ye, how they change! For this revolt of thine, methinks, is like Their checks 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 ?
Exe. I arrest thee of high trenson, 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. Aen. 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 iny 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' hiin 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 conspird, 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 mysell, 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, thai 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 truih 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 ofences !-Bear them hence. H'ath got ihe voice in hell for excellence:
[Exeunt 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 gull'd 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 misht return to vasty Tartar* back,
Putting 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 ihou with jealousy infected The sweetness of ailiance! Show men dutiful?
SCENE III.-London. Mrs. Quickly's house in Why, so didst thou : Seem they grave and lerned?
Easteheap. 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. Pr’ythee, honey-sweet husband, let me Why, so didst thou: Or are they spare in diet; brings thee to Staines. Free from gross passion, or of mirth, or anger; Pisi. No; for my manly heart doth yearn. Constant in spirit, not swerving with the blood; Bardolph, he blithe ;-Nym, 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 Falstaff he is dead, And, but in purged judgment, trusting neither? And we must yearn therefore. Such, and so tmely bolied, didst thou seem: Bard. 'Would, I were with him, wheresomc'er And ihus thy fall hath left 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) Lising. (2) Rendered thee pliable. (5) Accomplishment. (6) Sisted. (7) Endowed. (3) Pace, step. (4) Tartarus.
'A made a finer end, and went away, an it had For England his approaches makes as ferce, 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, Lett 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. Dau,
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 dulli a kingdom, three or four times : now 1, to comfort him, bid (Though war, nor no known quarrel, were in him, '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 fear; 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 constant resolution, Boy. Do you not remember, 'a saw a flea stick And you shall find, his vanities fore-spent 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 dist: etion 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 shall 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, careto 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,
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 smild to see him
Mangle the work of nature, and deface SCENE IV.--France. A room in the French The patterns that by 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 inightiness 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 forih,
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 defendant: You see, this chace is hotly follow'd, friends. (1) A child not more than a month old.
(4) Render it callous, insensible. 12) Mrs. Quickly means lunatic.
(5) In making objections. 73) Dry thy eyes.
(6) Wasted, exhausted.
Dau. Turn head, and stop pursuit : for coward Exe. He'll make your Paris Louvre shake for it, dogs
Were it the mistress court of mighty Europe: Must spend their mouths, when what they seem to And, be assurd, you'll find a difference threaten,
(As we, his subjects, have in wonder found,) Runs far before them. Good my sovereign, Between the promise of his greener days, Take up the English short; and let them know And these he masters now; now he weighs time, Or what a monarchy you are the head :
Even to the utmost grain; which you shall read Self-love, my liege, is not so ile a sin
In your own losses, if he stay in France. As self-neglecting.
Fr. King. To-morrow shall you know our mind
at full. Re-enter Lords, with Exeter and train.
Exe. Despatch us with all speed, lest that our Fr. King.
From our brother England ? king
Fr. King. You shall be soon dispatch'd, with The borrow'd glories, that, by gift of heaven,
fair conditions: By law of nature, and of nations, 'long
A night is but small breath, and little pause, To him, and to his heirs; namely, the crown,
To answer matters of this consequence. And all wide-stretched honours that pertain,
(Exeunt. By custom and the ordinance of times, Into the crown of France. That you may know, 'Tis no sinister, nor no awkward claim,
Cho. Thus with imagin’d wing our swift scene [Gives a paper.
flies, In every branch truly demonstrative;
In motion of no less celerity Willing you, overlook this pedigree:
Than that of thought. Suppose, that you have seen And, when you find him evenly deriv'd
The well-appointed king at Hampton pier From his most fam'd of famous ancestors,
Embark his royalty; and his brave fleet Edward the third, he bids you then resign With silken streamers the young Phæbus fanning. Your crown and kingdom, indirectly held
Play with your fancies; and in them behold, From him the native and true challenger.
Upon the hempen tackle, ship-boys climbing : Fr. King. Or else what follows ?
Hear the shrill whistle, which doth order give Ere. Bloody constraint; for if you hide the crown To sounds confus’d: behold the threaden sails, Even in your hearts, there will he rake for it :
Borne with the invisible and creeping wind, And therefore in fierce tempest is he coming, Draw the huge bottoms through the surrow'd sea, In thunder, and in earthquake, like a Jove;
Breasting the lofty surge: 0, do but think, (That, if requiring fail, he will compel ;)
You stand upon the rivage2 and behold
A city on the inconstant billows dancing ;
For so appears this fleet majestical,
Holding due course to Harleur. Follow, follow ! Opens his vasty jaws: and on your head
Grapple your ininds to sternages of this navy; Turns he the widows' tears, the orphans' cries, The dead men's blood, the pining maidens' groans, Guarded with grandsires, babies, and old women,
And leave your England, as dead midnight, still, For husbands, fathers, and betrothed lovers, That shall be swallow'd in this controversy.
Either past, or not arriv'd to, pith and puissance :
For who is he, whose chin is but enrich'd This is his claim, his threat'ning, and my message; With one appearing hair, that will not follow Unless the dauphin be in presence here,
These culld and choico-drawn cavaliers to France ? To whom expressly I bring greeting too. Fr. King. For us, we will consider of this further: Behold the ordnance on their carriages,
Work, work, your thoughts, and therein see a siege: To-morrow shall you bear our full intent
With fatal mouths gaping on girded Harfleur. Back to our brother England. Dau.
For the dauphin,
Suppose, the ambassador from the French comes
back; I stand here for him; What to him from England ? Tells Harry-ihat the king doth offer him Exe. Scorn, and 'defiance; slight regard, con- Katharine his daughter; and with her, to dowry, tempt,
Some petty and unprofitable dukedoms. And any thing that may not misbecome
The offer likes not: and the nimble gunner The mighty sender, doth he prize you at.
With linstock' now the devilish cannon touches, Thus says my king: and, if your father's highness
(Alarum : and chambers go off. Do not, in grant of all demands at large,
And down goes all before them. Still be kind, Sweeten the bitter mock you sent his majesty,
And eke out our performance with your mind. He'll call you to so hot an answer for it,
(Exit. That caves and womby vaultages of France Shall chide' your trespass, and return your mock SCENE I:- The same. Before Harfleur. AlaIn second accent of his ordnance.
Enter King Henry, Exeter, Bedford, Dau. Say, if my father render fair reply,
Gloster, and soldiers, with scaling-ladders. It is against my will : for I desire
K. Hen. Once more unto the breach, dear friends, Nothing but odds with England; to that end,
once more; As matching to his youth and vanity,
Or close the wall up with our English dead ! I did present him with those Paris balls.
(4) The staff which holds the match used in firing (1) Resound, echo. (2) Bank or shcre.
(5) Small pieces of ordnance.