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Pist. Si fortuna me tormenta, spero me contenta. ' pray your patience for it, and to promise you (Exeunt Fal. SHAL. Pist. BARD. PAGE, a better. I did mean, indeed, to pay you with and Officers.

this: which, if, like an ill venture, it come unP. John. I like this fair proceeding of the luckily home, I break, and you, my gentle creking's: .

ditors, lose. Here, I promised you, I would He hath intent, his wonted followers

be, and here I cominit my body to your merShall all be very well provided for;

cies: bate me some, and I will pay you some, But all are banish'a, till their conversations and, as most debtors do, promise you inAppear more wise and modest to the world, nitely. Ch. Just. And so they are.

If my tongue cannot entreat you to acquit P. John. The king hath call'd his parliament, me, will you command me to use my legs? and my lord.

yet that were but light payment,-to dance out Ch. Just. He hath.

i of your debt. But a good conscience will make P. John. I will lay odds,--that, ere this year any possible satisfaction, and so will I. All expire,

the gentlewomen here have forgiven me; if the We bear our civil swords, and vative fire, gentlemen will not, then the gentlemen do not As far as France: I heard a bird so sing, agree with the gentlewomen, which was never Whose music, to my thinking, pleas'd the king. seen before in such an assembly. Come, will you hence?

[Exeunt. One word more, I beseech you. If you be EPILOGUE

not too much cloyed with fat neat, our humble

author will continue the story, with Sir John SPOKEN BY A Dancer.

in it, and make you merry with fair Katharine First, my fear; then, my court'sy ; last, my of France : where, for any thing I know, Fal. speech. My fear is, your displeasure; my staff shall die of a sweat, unless already he be court'sy, my duty; and my speech, to beg your killed with your hard opinions; for Oldcastle pardons. If you look for a good speech now,

died a martyr, and this is not the man. My you undo me: for what I have to say, is of tongue is weary; when my legs are too, I will mine own making; and what, indeed, I should bid you good night: and so kneel down before say, will, I doubt, prove mine own'marring. you ;-—but, indeed, to pray for the queen." But to the purpose, and so to the venture.-Be Most of the ancient interludes conclude with a prar it known to you, (as it is very well,) I was for the King or Queen. Hence, perhaps, the Finante lately here in the end of a displeasing play, i. ei Regina, at the bottom of our modern playhills




CHARLES THE SIXTH, King of France. DUKE OF GLOSTER, Brothers to the King. hi Brothers to the King.

Lewis, the Dauphin. DUKE OF BEDFORD,


The CONSTABLE of France. DUKE OF YORK, Cousin to the King.



AMBASSADORS to the King of England.

IŞABEL, Queen of France.
Conspirators against

KATHARINE, Daughter of Charles and Isabel. SIR THOMAS GREY,

the King. Alice, a Lady attending on the Princess KaSIR THOMAS ERPINGHAM, GOWER, Fluellen,

MACMORRIS, JAMY, Officers in King | QUICKLY, Pistol's Wife, a Hostess.
Henry's Army. .

Lords, Ladies, Officers, French and English BATES, COURT, WILLIAMS, Soldiers in the same.

Soldiers, Messengers, and Attendants. Nym, 'BARDOLPH, Pistol, formerly Servants

to Falstaff, now Soldiers in the same. The Scene, at the beginning of the Play, lies in Boy, Servant to them.-A HERALD.-CHORUS. l England; but afterwards wholly in France.



ACT I. O, for a muse of fire, that would ascend | SCENE I.-London.-An Antichamber in the The brightest heaven of invention!

King's Palace. A kingdom for a stage, princes to act,

Enter the Archbishop of CANTERBURY, and And monarchs to behold the swelling scenel

Bishop of Ely.
Then should the warlike Harry, like himself,
Assume the port of Mars; and, at his heels,

Cant. My lord, I'll tell you,—that self bill is Leash'd in like hounds, should famine, sword,


[reign and fire,

| Which, in the eleventh year o'the last king's Crouch for employment. But pardon, gentles

Was like, and had indeed against us pass'd, The flat unraised spirit, that hath dar'd,

But that the scambling and unquiet time On this unworthy scaffold, to bring forth Did push it out of further question.* So great an object: Can this cockpit hold

Ely. But how, my lord, shall we resist it

now? The vasty fields of France? or may we cram Within this wooden 0,* the very casques,

Cant. It must be thought on. If it pass That did affright the air at Agincourt?

against us, 0, pardon! since a crooked figure may

We lose the better half of our possession : Attest, in little place, a million;

For all the temporal lands, which men devout And let us, ciphers to this great accompt,

By testament have given to the church, On your imaginary forces; work:

Would they strip from us; being valued thus, Suppose, within the girdle of these walls

As much as would maintain, to the king's

honour, Are now confin'd two mighty monarchies, Whose high upreared and abutting fronts

Full fifteen earls, and fifteen hundred knights; The perilous, Darrow ocean parts asunder.

Six thousand and two hundred good esquires; Piece outour imperfections with your thoughts;

And to relief of lazars, and weak age, Into a thousand parts divide one man,

for of indigent faint souls, past corporal toil, And make imaginary puissance:



[them A hundred alms-houses, right well supplied; Think, when we talk of horses, that you see

And to the coffers of the king beside,“* [bili. Printing their proud hoofs i'the receiving earth:

A thousand pounds by the year: Thus runs the For 'tis your thoughts that now must deck our

Ely. This would drink deep.

Cant. "Twould drink the cup and all. Carry them here and there; jumping o'er times;

Ely. But wbat prevention ? Turning the accomplishment of many years

Cant. The king is full of grace, and fair reInto an hour glass; For the which supply, Admit me chorus to this history; (pray,

Ely. And a true lover of the holy church. Who, prologue-like, your humble patience

Cant. The courses of his youth promis'd it

not. Gently to hear, kindly to judge, our play. * An allusion to the circular form of the theatre

The breath no sooner left his father's body, + Helinets Powers of fancy,

. Dute.



But that his wildness, mortified in him,

Ely. What was the impediment that broke Seem'a to die too: yea, at that very moment,

this off? Consideration like an angel came,

Cant. The French ambassador, upon that is And whipp'd the offending Adam out of him;

stant, Leaving his body as a paradise,

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

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

Ely. It is. Never came reformation in a flood,

Cant. Then go we in, to know his embassy; With such a heady current, scouring faults;

| Which I could, with a ready guess, declare, Nor never Hydra-headed wilfulness

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

Ely. I'll wait upon you; and I long to hear As in this king.


(Ereunt. Ely. We are blessed in the change.

SCENE II.-The sume.- A Room of State in Cant. Hear him but reason in divinity,

the same. And, all-admiring, with an inward wish You would desire, the king were made a pre- | Enter King HENRY, GLOSTER, BEDFORD, EXElate:

TER, WARWICK, WESTMORELAND, and AttenHear himn debate of commonwealth affairs, dants. You would say,-it hath been all-in-all his

K. Hen. Where is my gracious lord of Canstudy:

terbury? List his discourse of war, and you shall hear

Exe. Not here in presence. A fearful battle render'd you in music:

K. Hen. Send for him, good uncle. Turn him to any cause of policy,

West. Shall we call in the ambassador, my The Gordian knot of it he will unloose,

liege? Familiar as his garter; that, when he speaks,

K. Hen. Not yet, my cousin; we would be The air, a charter'd libertine, is still,

resolv'd, And the mute wonder lurketh in men's ears, Before we hear him, of some things of weight, To steal his sweet and honeyed sentences;

That task our thoughts, concerning us and So that the art and practic part of life

Must be the mistress to this theoric:t
Which is a wonder, how his grace should Enter the Archbishop of CANTERBURY, and
glean it,

Bishop of Ely.
Since his addiction was to courses vain:
His companiest unletter'd, rude, and shallow;

Cant. God, and his angels, guard your His hours fill'd up with riots, banquets, spori, Land make you long become it!

sacred throne, And never noted in him any study, Any retirement, any sequestration

K. Hen. Sure, we thank you. From open haunts and popularity.

| My learned lord, we pray you to proceed; Ely. The strawberry grows underneath the | And justly and religiously unfold, nettle;

Why the law Salique, that they have in France, And wholesome berries thrive and ripen best, Or should, or should not, bar us in our claim. Neighbour'd by fruit of baser quality :

And God forbid, my dear and faithful lord, And so the prince obscur'd his contemplation

That you should fashion, wrest, or bow your Under the veil of wildness; which, no doubt,

reading, Grew like summer grass, fastest by night,

Or nicely charge your understanding soul Unseen, yet crescives in his faculty.

With opening titles miscreatę,* whose right Cant. It must be so: for miracles are ceas'd;

s'd: Suits not in pative colours with the truth; And therefore we must needs admit the means,

For God doth know, how many, now in health How things are perfected.

Shall drop their blood in approbation Ely. But, my good lord,

Of what your reverence shall incite us to: How now for mitigation of this bill

Therefore take heed how you impawn oar Urg'd by the commons? Doth his majesty Incline to it, or no?

How you awake the sleeping sword of war; Cant. He seems indifferent;

We charge you in the name of God, take heed: Or, rather, swaying more upon our part,

For never two such kingdoms did contend, Than cherishing the exhibiters against us:

Without much fall of blood; whose guiltless For I have made an offer to his majesty,

drops Upon our spiritual convocation :

Are every one a woe, a sore complaint, And in regard of causes now in hand,

'Gainst him, whose wrongs give edge unto the Which I have open'd to his grace at large,

swords As touching France,-to give a greater sum

That make such waste in brief mortality, Than ever at one time the clergy yet

| Under this conjuration, speak, my lord: Did to his predecessors part withal.

And we will hear, note, and believe in heart, Ely. How did this offer seem receiv'd, my

That what you speak is in your conscience lord ? As pure as sin with baptism.

[wash'd Cant. With good acceptance of his majesty;

Cant. Then hear me, gracious sovereignSave, that there was not time enough to hear

and you peers, (As, I perceiv’d, his grace would' fain have

That owe your lives, your faith, and services, done,)

To this imperial throne;—There is no bar The severals, and unhidden passages,

To make against your highness' claim to Of his true titles to some certain dukedoms;


[mond,And, generally, to the crown and seat of

Profil But this, which they produce from PharaFrance,

| In terram Salicam mulieres succedant, Deriv'd from Edward, his great grandfather.

| No woman shall succeed in Salique land:

Which Salique land the French unjustly gloze, . * Listen to

+ Theory. Companions. Increasing




To be the realm of France, and Pharamond Making defeat on the full power of Fra
The founder of this law and female bar. Whiles his most mighty father on a hill
Yet their own authors faithfully affirm,

Stood smiling; to behold his lion's whelp
That the land Salique lies in Germany, | Forage in blood of French nobility.*
Between the floods of Sala and of Elbe: O noble English that could entertain
Where Charles the great, having subdued the With half their forces the full pride of France;

And let another half stand laughing by, There left behind and settled certain French; All out of work, and cold for action! Who, holding in disdain the German women, Ely. Awake remembrance of these valiant For some dishonest manners of their life,

dead, Establish'd there this law,-to wit, no female | And with your puissant arm renew their feats: Should be inheritrix in Salique land;

| You are their heir, you sit upon their throne; Which Salique, as I said, 'twixt Elbe and Sala, The blool ad courage, that renowned them, Is at this day in Germany call'd-Meisen. Runs in your veins; and my thrice-puissant Thus doth it well appear, the Salique law Is in the very May-morn of his youth, (liege Was not devised for the realm of France: Ripe for exploits and mighty enterprizes. Nor did the French possess the Salique land Exe. Your brother kings and monarchs of Until four hundred one and twenty years

the earth After defunction of king Pharamond,

Do all expoct that you should rouse yourself, Idly suppos'd the founder of this law;

As did the former lions of your blood. Who died within the year of our redemption West. They know, your grace hath cause, Four hundred twenty-six; and Charles the great

and means, and might; Subdued the Saxons, and did seat the French So hath your highness; never king of England Beyond the river Sala, in the vear

Had nobles richer, and more loyal subjects; Eight hundred fivc. Besides, their writers say, Whose hearts have left their bodies here in King Pepin, which deposed Childerick,

England, Did, as heir general, being descended [thair, | And lie pavilion'd in the fields of France. Of Blithild, which was the daughter to Clo- Cant. 0, let their bodies follow, my dear Make claim and title to the crown of France.


fright: Hugh Capet also,--that usurp'd the crown With blood, and sword, and fire, to win your Of Charles the duke of Lorain, sole heir male In aid whereof, we of the spiritualty Of the true line and stock of Charles the Will raise your highness such a mighty sum,

As never did the clergy at one time To fine* his title with some show of truth, Bring in to any of your ancestors. (Though, in pure truth, it was corrupt and | K. Hen. We must not only arm to invade naught,)

the French; Convey'dt himself as heir to the lady Lingare, But lay down our proportions to defend Daughter to Charlemain, who was the son Against the Scot, who will make road upon us To Lewis the emperor, and Lewis the son With all advantages. of Charles the great. Also king Lewis the Cant. They of those marches,t gracious sotenth,

Shall be a wall sufficient to defend [vereign, Who was sole heir to the usurper Capet, Our inland from the pelfering borderers. Could not keep quiet in his conscience, | K. Hen. We do not mean the coursing snatWearing the crown of France, till satisfied

chers only, That fair queen Isabel, his grandmother, But fear the main intendmentf of the Scot Was lineal of the lady Ermengare, (Lorain : Who hath been still a giddy neighbour to us; Danghter to Charles the foresaid duke of For you shall read, that my great grandfather By the which marriage, the line of Charles the Never went with bis forces into France, Was re-united to the crown of France. [great But that the Scot on his unfurnish'd kingdom So that, as clear as is the summer's sun, Came pouring, like the tide unto a breach, King Pepin's title, and Hugh Capet's claim, With ample and brim fulness of his force; King Lewis bis satisfaction, all appear Galling the gleaned land with hot essays; To hold in right and title of the female: | Girding with grievous siege, castles and towns; So do the kings of France unto this day; That England, being empty of defence, Howbeit they would hold up this Salique law, ! Hath shook, and trembled at the ill' neigh. To bar your highness claiming from the female;

bourhood. And rather choose to hide them in a net,

Cant. She hath been then more fear'ds than Than amply to imbaret their crooked titles

harm’d, my liege : Csurp'd from you and your progenitors. For hear her but exampled by herself, K. Hen. May I, with right and conscience, When all her chivalry hath been in France, make this claim?

And she a mourning widow of her nobles,' Cant. The sin upon my head, dread so She hath herself not only well defended, vereign!

But taken, and impounded as a stray, For in the book of Numbers is it writ,

The king of Scots; whom she did send to When the son dies, let the inheritance


[kings; Descend unto the daughter. Gracious lord, To fill king Edward's fame with prisoner Stand for your own; unwind your bloody flag; And make your chronicle as rich with praise, Look back unto your mighty ancestors : As is the ooze and bottom of the sea Go, my dread lord, to your great grandsire's With sunken wreck and sumless treasuries. tomb,

spirit, West. But there's a saying, very old and From whom you claim; invoke his warliké

true, And your great uncle's, Edward the black If that you will France win, prince;

Then with Scotland first begin : Who on the French ground play'd a tragedy,

* At the battle of Cressy. * Make showy or specious.

+ The borders of England and Scotland. Derived his title.

Lay open.
| General disposition.


For once the eagle England being in prey,

Enter AMBASSADORS of France. To her unguarded nest the weasel Scot

ly Now are we well prepar'd to know the Comes sneaking, and so sucks her princely

sure eggs;

Of our fair cousin Dauphin; for, we hear, Playing the mouse, in absence of the cat, To spoil and havoc more than she can eat.

Your greeting is from him, not from the king. Exe. It follows then, the cat must stay at

Amb. May it please your inajesty, to give us

leave Yet that is but a curs'd necessity; [home :

Freely to render what we have in charge; Since we have locks to safeguard necessaries, And pretty traps to catch the petty thieves. 10.

Or shall we sparingly show you far off

The Dauphin's meaning, and our embassy ? While that the armed hand doth fight abroad, The advised head defends itself at home:

K. Hen. We are no tyrant, but a Christian

king; For government, though high, and low, and

Unto whose grace our passion is as subject, lower, Put into parts, doth keep in one concent;*

As are our wretches fetter'd in our prisons: Congruingt in a full and natural close,

Therefore, with frank and with uncurbed plainLike music.

Tell us the Dauphin's mind.


Amb. Thus then, in few. Cant. True: therefore doth heaven divide

Your highness, lately sending into France, The state of man in divers functions, Setting endeavour in continual motion;

Did claim some certain dukedoms, in the right To which is fixed, as an aim or butt,

Of your great predecessor, king Edward the third.

[ter Obedience: for so work the honey bees;

In answer of which claim, the prince our niasCreatures, that, by a rule in nature, tcach The act of order to a peopled kingdom.

Says,—that you savour too much of your They have a king, and officers of sorts:


[France, Where some, like magistrates, correct at home; Ph.

And bids you be advis'd, there's nought in

:| That can be with a nimble galliard* won; Others, like merchants, venture trade abroad; Others, like soldiers, armed in their stings,

| You cannot revel into dukedoms there : Make boot upon the summer's velvet buds;

He therefore sends you, meeter for your spirit, Which pillage they with merry march bring

This tun of treasure; and, in lieu of this, To the tent-royal of their emperor:

Desires you, let the dukedoms, that you claim,

[home Who, busied in his majesty, surveys

Hear no more of you. This the Dauphin

speaks. The singing masons building roofs of gold;

K. Hen. What treasure, uncle? The civils citizens kneading up the honey;

Exe. Tennis-balls, my liege. The poor mechanic porters crowding in

K. Hen. We are glad, the Dauphin is so Their heavy burdens at his narrow gate; The sad-ey'd justice, with his surly hum,

pleasant with us;

[for: Delivering o'er to executors| pale

His present, and your pains, we thank you

When we have match'd our rackets to these The lazy yawning drone. I this infer,

balls, That many things, having full reference

We will, in France, by God's grace, play a set, To one concent, may work contrariously;

Shall strike his father's crown into the hazard : As many arrows, loosed several ways, Fly to one mark;

Tell him, he hath made a match with such a As many several ways meet in one town;

wrangler, As many fresh streams run in one self sea;

That all the courts of France will be disturbo As many lines close in the dial's centre;

With chaces. And we understand him well, So many a thousand actions, once afoot,

How he comes o'er us with our wilder days, End in one purpose, and be all well borne

Not measuring what use we made of them. Without defeat. Therefore to France, my | And therefore, living hence,ll did give ourself

We never valu'd this poor seats of England; liege. Divide your happy England into four;

To barbarous licence; As 'tis ever common,

That men are merriest when they are from Whereof take you one quarter into France,

home, And you withal shall make all Gallia shake. If we, with thrice that power left at home,

But tell the Dauphin,-I will keep my state;

Be like a king, and show my sail of greatness, Cannot defend our own door from the dog, Let us be worried ; and our nation lose

When I do rouse me in my throne of France : The name of hardiness, and policy.

For that I have laid by my majesty, K. Hen. Call in the messengers sent from

And plodded like a man for working days;

But I will rise there with so full a glory, the Dauphin. (Exit an Attendant. The King ascends his

That I will dazzle all the eyes of France,

Yea, strike the Dauphin blind to look on us. Throne. Now are we well resolr'd: and,-by God's

And tell the pleasant prince,-this mock of his

Hath turp'd his balls to gun-stones; and his help;

soul And yours, the noble sinews of our power,

(geance France being ours, we'll bend it to our awe,

Shall stand sore charged for the wasteful venOr break it all to pieces: Or there we'll sit,

That shall fly with them: for many a thousand Ruling, in large and ample empery, 1. [doms; I Shall this bis mock mock out of their dear hus


[bands; O'er France, and all her almost kingly dukeOr lay these bones in an unworthy urn,

Mock mothers from their sons, mock castles Tombless, with no remembrance over them:

down; Either our history shall, with full mouth,

And some are yet ungotten, and unborn, Speak freely of our acts; or else our grave,

That shall bave cause to curse the Dauphin's Like Turkish mute, shall have a tongueless

scorn. mouth,

* An ancient dance. Not worship’d with a waxen epitaph.

+ A place in the tennis court into which the ball :3

sometimes struck, * Harmony. Agreeing. : Different degrees. A term at tennis. Sober, grave. || Executioners. ( Dominion.

{The throne. Withdrawing from the court,

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