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KING HENRY V.

PERSONS REPRESENTED.

DUKE OF BEDFORD, } Brothers to the King.

KING HENRY THE Fifti.

A Herald.
GLOSTER,

Chorus.
DUKE OF EXETER, uncle to the King.

CHARLES THE SIXTH, King of France. DUKE OF YORK, cousin to the King.

Lewis, the Dauphin. EARLS OF SALISBURY, WESTMORELAND, and DUKES OF BURGUNDY, ORLEANS, and BOURBON. WARWICK.

The CoNsTABLE of France. ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY.

RAMBURES and ĞRANDPREZ, French lords. BISHOP OF ELY.

Governor of Harfleur. EARL or CAMBRIDGE,

MONTJOY, a French herald. LORD SCROOP, conspirators against the

Ambassadors to the King of England.
Sir THOMAS GREY,

King.
Sir Thomas ERPINGHAM, GOWER, FLUELLEN, ISABEL, Queen of France.
MACMORRIS, Jamy, officers in King KATHARINE, daughter of Charles and Isabel

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Henry's army.

ALICE, a lady attending on the Princess Katharine. BATES, COURT, WILLIAMS, soldiers in the same.

KLY, Pistol's wife, an hostess.
NYM, BARDOLPH, Pistol, formerly servants to
Falstaff, now soldiers in the same.

Lords, Ladies, Officers, French and English Soldierna Boy, servant to them.

Messengers, and Atlendants.
The SCENE, at the beginning of the Play, lies in ENGLAND ; but afterwards wholly in France.

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And let us, ciphers to this great accompt,
Enter Chorus.

On your imaginary forces work :
O, for a muse of fire, that would ascend

Suppose, within the girdle of these walls The brightest heaven of invention !

Are now confin'd two mighty monarchies, A kingdom for a stage, princes to act,

Whose high upreared and abutting fronts And monarchs to behold the swelling scene ! The perilous, narrow ocean parts asunder. Then should the warlike Harry, like himself, Piece out our imperfections with your thoughts ; Assume the port of Mars; and, at his heels, Into a thousand parts divide one man, Leash'd in like hounds, should famine, sword, and And make imaginary puissance : fire,

Think, when we talk of horses, that you see them Crouch for employment. But pardon, gentles all, Printing their proud hoofs i'the receiving earth: The flat unraised spirit, that hath dar'd,

For 'tis your thoughts that now must deck su On this unworthy scaffold, to bring forth

kings, So great an object : Can this cockpit hold Carry them here and there ; jumping o'er times ; The vasty fields of France ? or may we cram Turning the accomplishment of many years Within this wooden O, the very casques,

Into an hour-glass; For the which supply, That did affright the air at Agincourt ?

Admit me chorus to this history; O, pardon ! since a crooked figure may

Who, prologue-like, your humilc patience pres Attest, in little place, a million ;

Gently to hear, kindly to judge, our play. 446

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SCENE I. - London. An Ante-chamber in the | Any retirement, any sequestration
King's Palace.

From open haunts and popularity.

Ely. The strawberry grows underneath the nettle Enter the ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY, and Bishor

And wholesome berries thrive and ripen best,
OF ELY.

Neighbour'd by fruit of baser quality :
Cant. My lord, I'll tell you, - that self bill is And so the prince obscur'd his contemplation
urg'd,

Under the veil of wildness; which, no doubt, Which, in the eleventh year o' the last king's reign Grew like the summer grass, fastest by night, Was like, and had indeed against us pass'd, Unseen, yet crescive in his faculty. But that the scambling and unquiet time

Cant. It must be so; for miracles are ceas'd; Did push it out of further question.

And therefore we must needs admit the means, Bly. But how, my lord, shall we resist it now? How things are perfected. Cant. It must be thought on. If it pass against us, Ely.

But, my good lord, We lose the better half of our possession :

How now for mitigation of this bill
For all the temporal lands, which men devout Urg'd by the cominons? Doth his majesty
By testament have given to the church,

Incline to it, or no?
Would they strip from us; being valued thus, – Cant.

He seems indifferent ;
As much as would maintain, to the king's honour, Or, rather, swaying more upon our part,
Full fifteen earls, and fifteen hundred knights; Than cherishing the exhibiters against us:
Six thousand and two hundred good esquires; For I have made an offer to his majesty, —
And, to relief of lazars, and weak age,

Upon our spiritual convocation;
Of indigent faint souls, past corporal toil,

And in regard of causes now in hand,
A bundred alms-houses, right well supplied ; Which I have open'd to his grace at large,
And to the coffers of the king beside,

As touching France, - to give a greater sum
A thousand pounds by the year: Thus runs the bill. | Than ever at one time the clergy yet
Ely. This would drink deep.

Diu to his predecessors part withal.
Cant.

"Twould drink the cup and all. Ely. How did this offer seem receiv'd, my lord? Ely. But what prevention ?

Cant. With good acceptance of his majesty ; Cent

. The king is full of grace, and fair regard. Save, that there was not time enough to hear Ely. And a true lover of the holy church. (As I perceiv'd, his grace would fain have done,) Cant. The courses of his youth promis'd it not. The severals, and unhidden passages, The breath no sooner left his father's body,

Of his true titles to some certain dukedoms; But that his wildness, mortified in him,

And, generally, to the crown and seat of France, Seem'd to die too; yea, at that very moment, Deriv'd from Edward, his great grandfather. Consideration like an angel came,

Ely. What was the impediment that broke this off? And whipp'd the offending Adam out of him; Cant. The French ambassador, upon that instant, Leaving his body as a paradise,

Cray'd audience : and the hour, I think, is come, To entelop and contain celestial spirits.

To give him hearing : Is it four o'clock ? Never was such a sudden scholar made :

Ely.

It is. Neter 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, Har never Hydra-headed wilfulness

Before the Frenchman speak a word of it. Bu soon did lose his seat, and all at once,

Ely. I'll wait upon you; and I long to hear it.

(Ereunt. We are blessed in the change. Cant. Mear him but reason in divinity,

SCENE II. The same. A Room of State in And, all-admiring, with an inward wish

the same You would desire, the king were made a prelate : Hear him debate of commonwealth affairs,

Enter King HENRY, GLOSTER, BEDFORD, EXETER, You would say, -it hath been all-in-all his study :

WARWICK, WESTMONELAND, and Attendants List his discourse of war, and you shall hear K. Hen. Where is my gracious Lord of CanterA fearful battle render'd you in musick :

bury ? Turn him to any cause of policy,

Ere. Not here in presence. The Gordian knot of it he will unloose,

X. Hen. Send for him, good uncle. Faniliar as his garter ; that, when he speaks, West. Shall we call in the ambassador, my liege? The air, a charter'd libertine, is still,

X. Hen. Not yet, my cousin ; we would be reAnd the mute wonder lurketh in men's ears,

solv'd, To steal his sweet and honeyed sentences ;

Before we hear him, of some things of weight, So that the art and practick part of life

That task our thoughts, concerning us and France. Must be the mistress to this theorick : Which is a wonder, how his grace should glean ito

Enter the ARCHBISHOT or CANTERBURY and BISHOP Since his addiction was to courses vain :

or Ely. His companies unletter'd, rude, and shallow; Cunt. God and his angels, guard your sacred His hours fil'd up with riots, banquets, sports,

throne, And never noted in him any study,

And make you long become it!

As in this king.

X. Hen.

Sure, we thank you. | To Lewis the emperor, and Lewis the son My learned lord, we pray you to proceed !

Of Charles the great. Also king Lewis the tenth, And justly and religiously unfold,

Who was sole heir to the usurper Capet,
Why the law Salique, that they have in France, Could not keep quiet in his conscience,
Or should, or should not, bar us in our claim. Wearing the crown of France, till satisfied
And God forbid, my dear and faithful lord, That fair queen Isabel, his grandmother,
That you should fashion, rest, or bow your reading, Was lineal of the lady Ermengare,
Or nicely charge your understanding soul

Daughter to Charles the foresaid duke of Lorain : With opening titles miscreate, whose right

By the which marriage, the line of Charles the great Suits not in native colours with the truth;

Was re-united to the crown of France. For God doth know, how many, now in health, So that, as clear as is the summer's sun, Shall drop their blood in approbation

King Pepin's title, and Hugh Capet's claim, Of what your reverence shall incite us to :

King Lewis his satisfaction, all appear Therefore take heed how you impawn our person, To hold in right and title of the female : How you awake the sleeping sword of war : So do the kings of France unto this day; We charge you in the name of God, take heed : Howbeit they would hold up this Salique law, For never two such kingdoms did contend,

To bar your highness claiming from the female ; Without much fall of blood ; whose guiltless drops And rather choose to hide them in a net, Are every one a woe, a sore complaint,

Than amply to imbare their crooked titles 'Gainst him whose wrongs give edge unto the Usurp'd from you and your progenitors. swords

K. Hen. May I, with right and conscience, make That make such waste in brief mortality.

this claim ? Under this conjuration, speak, my lord :

Cant. The sin upon my head, dread sovereign! And we will hear, note, and believe in heart, For in the book of Numbers is it writ, That what you speak is in your conscience wash'd When the son dies, let the inheritance As pure as sin with baptism.

Descend unto the daughter. Gracious lord, Cant. Then hear me, gracious sovereign, - and stand for your own; unwind your bloody flag; you peers,

Look back unto your mighty ancestors : That owe your lives, your faith, and services, Go, my dread lord, to your great grandsire's tomb, To this imperial throne; There is no bar

From whom you claim; invoke his warlike spirit, To make against your highness' claim to France, And your great uncle's, Edward the black prince; But this, which they produce from Pharamond, Who on the French ground play'd a tragedy, In terram Salicam mulieres succedant,

Making defeat on the full power of France ; No woman shall succeed in Salique land :

Whiles his most mighty father on a hill Which Salique land the French unjustly gloze, Stood smiling, to behold his lion's whelp To be the realm of France, and Pharamond

Forage in blood of French nobility. The founder of this law and female bar.

O noble English, that could entertain Yet their own authors faithfully affirm,

With half their forces the full pride of France; That the land Salique lies in Germany,

And let another half stand laughing by, Between the floods of Sala and of Elbe :

All out of work, and cold for action ! Where Charles the great, having subdued the Saxons, Ely. Awake remembrance of these valiant dead, There left behind and settled certain French ; And with your puissant arm renew their feats : Who, holding in disdain the German women, You are their heir, you sit upon their throne; For some dishonest manners of their life,

The blood and courage, that renowned them, Establish'd there this law, - to wit, no female Runs in your veins; and my thrice-puissant liege Should be inheritrix in Salique land ;

Is in the very May-morn of his youth, Which Salique, as I said, 'twixt Elbe and Sala, Ripe for exploits and mighty enterprizes. Is at this day in Germany callid - Meisen.

Ere. Your brother kings and monarchs of the earth Thus doth it well appear, the Salique law

Do all expect that you should rouse yourself, Was not devised for the realm of France ;

As did the former lions of your blood. Nor did the French possess the Salique land

West. They know, your grace hath cause, and Until four hundred one and twenty years

means, and might; After defunction of king Pharamond,

So hath your highness ; never king of England Idly suppos'd the founder of this law ;

Had nobles richer, and more loyal subjects; Who died within the year of our redemption Whose hearts have left their bodies here in England, Four hundred twenty-six ; and Charles the great And lie pavilion'd in the fields of France. Subdued the Saxons, and did seat the French Cant. O, let their bodies follow, my dear liege, Beyond the river Sala, in the year

With blood, and sword, and fire, to win your right: Eight hundred five. Besides, their writers say, In aid whereof, we of the spiritualty King Pepin, which deposed Childerick, .

Will raise your highness such a mignty sum, Did, as heir general, being descended

As never did the clergy at one time Of Blithild, which was daughter to king Clothair, Bring in to any of your ancestors. Make claim and title to the crown of France.

K. Hen. We must not only arm to invade the Hugh Capet also, - that usurp'd the crown

French; of Charles the duke of Lorain, sole heir male But lay down our proportions to defend Of the true line and stock of Charles the great, Against the Scot, who will make road upon us To fine his title with some show of truth,

With all advantages. (Though, in pure truth, it was corrupt and naught,) Cant. They of those marches, gracious sovereigar, Convey'd himself as heir to the lady Lingare, Shall be a wall sufficient to defend Daughter to Charlemain, who was the son Our inland from the pilfering borderers.

K. Hen. We do not mean the coursing snatchers | As many fresh streams run in one self ser ; only,

As many lines close in the dial's center; But fear the main intendment of the Scot,

So may a thousand actions, once afoot,
Who hath been still a giddy neighbour to us; End in one purpose, and be all well borne
For you shall read, that my great grandfather Without defeat. Therefore to France, my liege.
Never went with his forces into France,

Divide your happy England into four;
But that the Scot on his unfurnish'd kingdom Whereof take you one quarter into France,
Came pouring, like the tide into a breach,

And you withal shall make all Gallia shake.
With ample and brim fulness of his force ;

If we, with thrice that power left at home, Galling the gleaned land with hot essays :

Cannot defend our own door from the dog, Girding with grievous siege, castles and towns; Let us be worried ; and our nation lose That England, being empty of defence,

The name of hardiness, and policy. Hath shook, and trembled at the ill-neighbourhood. K. Hen. Call in the messengers sent from the Cant. She hath been then inore fear'd than

Dauphin. harm'd, my liege :

(Erit an Attendant. The King ascends Iris For hear her but exampled by herself,

throne. When all her chivalry bath been in France,

Now are we well resolv'd ; and, — by God's help; And she a mourning widow of her nobles, . And yours, the noble sinews of our power, She hath herself not only well defended,

France being ours, we'll bend it to our awe, But taken, and impounded as a stray,

Or break it all to pieces : Or there we'll sit, The king of Scots; whom she did send to France, Ruling, in large and ample empery, To fll king Edward's fame with prisoner kings; O'er France, and all her almost kingly dukedoms : And make

your chronicle as rich with praise, Or lay these bones in an unworthy urn, As is the ooze and bottom of the sea

Tombless, with no remembrance over them: With sunken wreck and sumless treasuries.

Either our history shall, with full mouth, West. But there's a saying, very old and true, Speak freely of our acts; or else our grave, If that you will France win,

Like Turkish mute, shall have a tongueless mouth,
Then with Scotland first begin ;

Not worship'd with a waxen epitaph.
For once the eagle England being in prey,
To ler unguarded nest the weasel Scot

Enter Ambassadors of France.
Comes speaking, and so sucks her princely eggs;

Now are we well prepar'd to know the pleasure Playing the mouse, in absence of the cat,

Of our fair cousin Dauphin; for, we hear, To spoil and havock more than she can eat.

Your greeting is from him, not from the king. Ex. It follows then, the cat must stay at home : Amb. May it please your majesty, to give us leave Yet that is but a curs'd necessity;

Freely to render what we have in charge ; Since we have locks to safeguard necessaries, Or shall we sparingly show you far off And pretty traps. to catch the petty thieves.

The Dauphin's meaning, and our embassy ? While that the arıned hand doth fight abroad,

K. Hen. We are no tyrant, but a Christian king; The advised head defends itself at home :

Unto whose grace our passion is as subject, For government, though high, and low, and lower, As are our wretches fetter'd in our prisons : Put into parts, doth keep in one concent;

Therefore, with frank and with uncurbed plainness Congruing in a full and natural close,

Tell us the Dauphin's mind. Like musick.

Amb.

Thus then, in few. Cant. True : therefore doth heaven divide Your highness, lately sending into France, The state of man in divers functions,

Did claim some certain dukedoms, in the right Setting endeavour in continual motion ;

Of your great predecessor, king Edward the third, To wbich is fixed, as an aim or butt,

In answer of which claim, the prince our master Obedience: for so work the honey bees ;

Says, – that you savour too much of your youth ; Creatures, that, by a rule in nature, teach

And bids you be advis'd, there's nought in France, The art of order to a peopled kingdom.

That can be with a nimble galliard won; They have a king, and officers of sorts :

You cannot revel into dukedoms there . Where some, like magistrates, correct at home; He therefore sends you, meeter for your spirit, Others, like merchants, venture trade abroad; This tun of treasure ; and, in lieu of this, Others, like soldiers, armed in their stings,

Desires you, let the dukedoms, that you claim, Make boot upon the summer's velvet buds; Hear no more of you. This the Dauphin speaks. Which pillage they with merry march bring home K. Hen. What treasure, uncle ? To the tent-royal of their emperor :

Ere.

Tennis-balls, my liege. Who, busied in his majesty, surveys

K. Hon. We are glad, the Dauphin is so pleasant The singing masons building roofs of gold; The civil citizens kneading up the honey ;

His present, and your pains, we thank you for : The poor mechanick porters crouding in

When we have match'd our rackets to these balls, Tueir heavy burdens at his narrow gate;

We will, in France, by God's grace, play a set, The sad-ey'd justice, with his surly hum,

Shall strike his father's crown into the hazard : Diivering o'er to executors pale

Tell him, he hath made a match with such a wrangler, The lazy yawning drone. I this infer,

That all the courts of France will be disturb’d That many things, having full reference

With chaces. And we understand him well, To one concent, may work contrariously;

How he comes o'er us with our wilder days, As many arrows, loosed several ways,

Not measuring what use we made of them. Fly to one mark;

We never valu'd this poor seat of England; As many several ways meet in one town;

And therefore, living hence, did give ourself

with us ;

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Nym. 'Faith, I will live so long as I may, thart

To barbarous license; As 'tis ever common, To venge me as I may, and to put forth
That men are merriest when they are from home. My rightful hand is a well-hallow'd cause,
But tell the Dauphin, - I will keep my state ; So, get you hence in peace ; and tell the Dauphin,
Be like a king, and show my sail of greatness, His jest will savour but of shallow wit,
When I do rouse me in my throne of France : When thousands weep, more than did laugh at it.
For that I have laid by my majesty,

Convey them with safe conduct. -- Fare you well. And plodded like a man for working-days;

Exeunt Ambassadors

. But I will rise there with so full a glory,

Ere. This was a merry message. That I will dazzle all the eyes of France,

K. Hen. We hope to make the sender blush at it. Yea, strike the Dauphin blind to look on us.

(Descends from his throne. And tell the pleasant prince, this mock of his Therefore, my lords, omit no happy hour, Hath turn'd his balls to gun-stones; and his soul That may give furtherance to our expedition : Shall stand sore charged for the wasteful vengeance For we have now no thought in us but France; That shall fly with them: for many å thousand Save those to God, that run before our business, widows

Therefore, let our proportions for these wars Shall this his mock mock out of their dear husbands; | Be soon collected ; and all things thought upon, Mock mothers from their sons, mock castles down : That may, with reasonable swiftness, add And some are yet ungotten, and unborn,

More feathers to our wings; for, God before, That shall have cause to curse the Dauphin's scorn. We'll chide this Dauphin at his father's door. But this lies all within the will of God,

Therefore, let every man now task his thought,
To whom I do appeal ; And in whose name, That this fair action may on foot be brought
Tell you the Da hin, I am coming on,

ACT II.
Enter Chorus.

To give you gentle pass; for, if we may,

We'll not offend one stomach with our play. Chor. Now all the youth of England are on But, till the king come forth, and not till then, fire,

Unto Southampton do we shift our scene. (Britney
And silken dalliance in the wardrobe lies ;
Now thrive the armourers, and honour's thought

SCENE I. The same. Eastebeap.
Reigns solely in the breast of every man:
They sell the pasture now, to buy the horse ;

Enter Nyx and BARDOLPH.
Following the mirror of all Christian kings,

Bard. Well met, corporal Nym. With winged heels, as English Mercuries.

Nynt. Good morrow, lieutenant Bardolph. For now sits Expectation in the air ;

Bard. What are ancient Pistol and you friends yet? And hides a sword, from hilts unto the point, Nym. For my part, I care not : I say little; but With crowns imperial, crowns and coronets, when time shall serve, there shall be smiles ; --- but Promis'd to Harry, and his followers.

that shall be as it may. I dare not fight; but I will The French, advis'd by good intelligence

wink, and hold out mine iron : It is a simple coere Of this most dreadful preparation,

but what though? It will toast cheese ; and it will Shake in their fear; and with pale policy

endure cold as another man's sword will: and he Seek to divert the English purposes.

there's the humour of it. O England ! - model to thy inward greatness, Bard. I will bestow a breakfast, to make you Like little body with a mighty heart, —

friends; and we'll

be all three sworn brothers to What might'st thou do, that honour would thee do, France; let it be so, good corporal Nym. Were all thy children kind and natural ! But see thy fault! France hath in thee found out the certain of it; and when I cannot live any longer A nest of hollow bosoms, which he fills

I will do as I may: that is my rest, that is the rest With treacherous crowns; and three corrupted dezvous of it. men,

Bard. It is certain, corporal, that he is married One, Richard earl of Cambridge ; and the second, to Nell Quickly: and, certainly, she did you wrong! Henry lord Scroop of Masham; and the third, for you were troth-plight to her. Sir Thomas Grey knight of Northumberland, - Nym. I cannot tell; things must be as they may Have, for the gilt of France, (O guilt, indeed!) men may sleep, and they may have their throat Confirm'd conspiracy with fearful France ; about them at that time ; and, some sas, knive And by their hands this grace of kings must die, have edges. It must be as it may : though patience (If hell and treason hold their promises,)

be a tired mare, yet she will plod. There must be Ere he take ship for France, and in Southampton. conclusions. Well, I cannot tell. Linger your patience on ; and well digest The abuse of distance, while we force a play.

Enter Pistol and Mrs. Quickly. The sum is paid ; the traitors are agreed ;

Bard. Here comes ancient Pistol, and his wife : The king is set from London ; and the scene good corporal, be patient here. - How now, mint Is now transported, gentles, to Southampton : host Pistol ? There is the playhouse now, there must you sit : Pist. Base tike, call'st thou me - host? And thence to France shall we convey you safe, Now, by this hand I swear, I scorn the term; And bring you back, charming the narrow seas Nor shall my Nell keep lodgers.

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