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THE LIFE OF KING HENRY V All the unsigned footnotes in this volume are by the writer of the article to which they are appended. The interpretation of the initials signed to the others is: I. G.
THE LIFE OF
MEASURE FOR MEASURE
By ISRAEL GOLLANCZ, M.A.
The earliest edition of King Henry the Fifth is a quarto published in 1600, with the following title :
“The Chronicle | History of Henry the Fifth with his battell fought at Agin Court in | France. Together with Auntient Pistoll.] As it hath bene sundry times played by the Right honorable | the Lord Chamberlaine his seruants. | LONDON | Printed by Thomas Creede, for Tho. Milling | ton, and Iohn Busby. And are to be sold at his house in Carter Lane, next | the Powle head. 1600. |
This quarto was reprinted in 1602 and 1608.
In the First Folio the title of the play is The Life of Henry the Fift.
The text of the quarto edition differs in many important respects from that of the folio; (i) it omits all the prologues and the epilogue; (ii) some five hundred lines besides are in no wise represented therein; (iii) the speeches of certain characters are transferred to other characters, so that the actors are fewer; 2 confusion in time-indications ; (iv) corruptions, obscurities, and minor discrepancies abound. The Quarto is obviously derived from an edition abridged for acting purposes, evidently an imperfect and
1 Edited by W. G. Stone, New Shak. Soc., 1880.
2 Ely, Westmoreland, Bedford, Britany, Rambures, Erpingham, Grandpré, Macmorris, Jamy, Messenger, II. iv., and IV. ii., and the French Queen, have no speeches assigned to them in the Quarto.
3Cp. Henry V, Parallel Texts, ed. Nicholson, with Introduction, by P. A. Daniel; New Shak. Soc.