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Whereof take you one quarter into France, Tell him, he hath made a match with such a And you withal shall make ali Gallia shake.

wrangler, If we, with thrice that power left at home, That all the courts of France will be disturb’d Cannot defend our own door from the dog, With'chaces. And we understand him well, Let us be worried; and our nation lose

5 How he comes o'er us with our wilder days, The name of hardiness, and policy. [Dauphin. Not measuring what use we made of them.

K. Henry. Call in the inessengers sent from the We never valu'd this poor seat of England; Now are we well resolv'd: and, --- by God's help; And therefore, living 'hence', did give ourself And yours, the noble sinews of our power,

To barbarous licence; as 'tis ever common, France being ours, we'll bend it to our awe, 10 That men are merriest when they are from home. Or break it all to pieces: Or there we'll sit, But tell the Dauphin,-) will keep my state; Ruling, in large and anple empery',

Be like a king, and shew my sail of greatness, O'er France, and all her almost kingly dukedoms; When I do rouse ne in my throne of France: Or lay these bones in an unworthy urn,

For that I have laid by my majesty, Tombless, with no remembrance over them: 15 And plodded like a man for working-days ; Either our history shall, with full inouth, But I will rise there with so full a glory, Speak freely of our acts; or else our grave, That I will dazzle all the eyes of France, Like Turkish mute, shall have a tongueless mouth, strike the Dauphin blind to look on us. Not worshipp'd with a waxen epitaph.

And tell the pleasant prince,—this mock of his Enter Ambassadors of France. 20 Hath turu'd his balls to gun-stones'; and his soul Now we are well prepar'd to know the pleasure Shall stand sore charged for the wasteful vengeance Of our fair cousin Dauphin; for, we hear, That shall fly with them: for many a thousand Your greeting is from him, not from the king.

widows Amb. May't please your majesty, to give us leave Shallthishis mock mockout oftheir dear husbands; Freely to render what we have in charge ; 25 Mock mothers from their sons, mock castles down; Or shall we sparing!y shew you far off

And some are yet ungotten, and unborn,
The Dauphini's meaning, and our embassy? That shall have cause tocurse the Dauphin's storn.

K. Henry. We are notyrant, but a Christianking: But this lies all within the will of God,
Unto whose grace our passion is as subject, To whom I do appeal; and in whose name,
As are our wretches fetter'd in our prisons: 30 Tell you the Dauphin, I am coming on,
Therefore, with frank and with uncurbed plainness, To venge me as I may, and to put forth
Tell us the Dauphin's mind.

My rightful land in a well-hallow'd cause.
Amb. Thus then, in few.

So, get you hence in peace; and tell the Dauphin, Your highness, lately sending into France, His jest will savour hut of shallow wit, Dil claiin soine certain dukedoms, in the right 35 When thousands weep, more than did laugh at Of your great predcressor, king Edward the third. Convey them with safe conduct.-Fare you well. In answer of which claim, the prince our master

[Exeunt Ambiss wurs. Says,—that you savour too much of your vouth; Ere. This was a merry message. And bids you be advis’I, there's nought in France, K. Henry.We hope to make the senderblush at it. Than can be with a nimble-galliard' won; 40 Therefore, my lords, omit no happy hour, You cannot revel into dukedoms there:

That may give furtherance to our expedition : He therefore sends you, ieeter for your spirit, For we have now no thought in us, but France; This tun of treasure; and, in lieu of this,

Save those to God, that run before our business. Desires you, let the dukedoms, that you claim, Therefore, let our proportions for these wars Hear no more of you. This the Dauphin speaks. 45 Be soon collected; and all things thought upon, K. Henry. What treasure, uncle?

That may, with reasonable swiftness, add Ere. Tennis-balls, my liege. (with us; More feathers to our wings: for, God before,

K.Henry. We are glad the Dauphinis so pleasant We'll chide this Dauphin at his father's door. His present, and your pains, we thank you for : Therefore, let every man now task his thought, When we have match'd our rackets to these balls, 50 That this fair action may on foot be brought. We will, in France, by God's grace, play a set,

[Exeunt. Shall strike his father's crown into the hazard:

Empery signifies dominion, but it is now an obsolete word, though formerly in general use. galliard was an ancient dance, low obsolete. Chace is a term at tennis. So is the hazard; a place in the tennis-court into which the ball is sometiines struck, *j. e. not in the court, the place in which he is now speaking.

s When ordnance was first used, they discharged balls, not of iron, but of stone.



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Enter Chorus.

Bard. What, are ancient Pistol and you friends Cho. Now all the youth of England are on yet?

Nym. For my part, I care not: I say little : but And silken dalliance in the wardrobe lies ; when time shall serve, there shall be siniles;-but Now thrive the armourers, and honour's thought 5 that shall be as it may. I dare not tight; but I Reigns solely in the breast of every man : will wink, and hold out mine iron): It is a simple They sell the pasture now, to buy the horse ; oric; but what though? it will loast cheese ; and Following the mirror of all Christian kings, it will endure cold as another man's sword will : With winged heels, as English Mercuries. and there's the humour of it. 'For now sits Expectation in the air ;

10 Bard. I will bestow a breakfast, to make you And hides a sword, from lilts unto the point, friends; and we'll be all three sworn brothers to With crowns, imperial crowns, and coronets, France': let it be so, good corporal Nym. Promis'd to Harry, and his followers.

Nym. Faith, I will live so long as I may, that's The French, advis'd by good intelligence the certain of it; and, when I cannot live any Of this most dreadful preparation,

15 longer, I will do as I may: that is iny rest, that Shake in their fear; and with pale policy

is the rendezvous of it. Seek to divert the English purposes.

Bard. It is certain, corporal, that he is married O England !--model to thy inward greatness, to Nell Quichly: and, certainly, she did you Like little body with a miglity heart,

wrong; for you isere troth-plight to her. What might'st thou do, that honour would thee do, 20 Nym. I cannot tell; things must be as they may: Were all thy children kind and natural !

Men inay sleep, and they may have their throuts But see thy fault! France hath in thee found out about them at that time; and, some say, knives A nest of hollow bosoms, which she tills [men,- have edges. It must be as it may: though patience With treacherous crowns: and three corrupted be a tird mare, yet she will plod. There inust be One, Richard earl of Cambridge; and the secund, 23 conclusions. Well, I cannot tell. Henry lord Scroop of Mashain ; and the third,

Entor Pistol und Quickly. Sir Thomas Grey, knight of Northumberland,- Bard. Here comes ancient Pistol, and his wife: Have for the gilt of France (O guilt, indeed!) good corporal, be patient here.-llow now, Confirm'd conspiracy with fearful France; mine host Pistol? And by their hands this grace of kings must die,30. Pist. Base tyke', call'st thou me-host? (If hell and treason hold their promises)

Now, by this hand I swear, I scoru the term; Ere he take ship for France, and in Southampton. Nor shall my Nell keep lodgers. Linger your patience on; and well digest

Quick. No, by my troth, not long: for we can The abuse of distance, while we force a play. not lodge and board a dozen or fourteen gentle The sum is paid ; the traitors are agreed; 35 women, that live honestly by the prick of their The king is set from London; and the scene needles, but it will be thought we keep a bawdy-Is now transported, gentles, to Southampton : house straight.-0 well-a-day, lady, if he be not There is the play-house now, there must you sit: drawn now! We shall see wilful adultery and And thence to France shall we convey you safe,

murder committed. And bring you back, charining the narrow seas

401 Burd. Good lieutenant', good corporal, offer To give you gentle pass; for, if we may,

nothing here. 5 We'll not otiend one stomach with our play.

Nym. Pish! But 'till the king coine forth, and not 'till then, Pist. Pish for thee, Iceland dog! thou priekUnto Southampton do we shift our scene. [Exit.

car'd cur of Iceland! SCENE I.

451 Quick. Good corporal Nym, shew the valour Before Quickly's house in East-cheap.

of a man, and put up thy sword.

Nym. Will you shoyto off: I would have you Enter Corporal Nym, and Lieutenant Bardolph. solus. Burd. Well met, corporal.

Pist. Solus, egregious dog! O viper vile! Nym. Good morrow", lieutenant Bardolph. 50 The plus in thy most marvellous face; * Mr. Tollet says, that in the horse armoury in the Tower of London, Edward III. is

represented with two crowns on his sword, alluding to the two kingdonis, France and England, of both which he was crowned heir. Perhaps the poet took the thought from this representation. which in our author generally signifies a display of gold, in the present instance means golden money. Pi. e. he who does great honour to the title. By the same kind of phraseology the usurper in Hamlet is called the tice of kings, i. e. the opprobrium of them. • To force a play, is to produce a play by compelling many circumstances into a narrow compass. That is, you shall pass the sea without the qualms of sea-sickness. * At this scene begins the connection of this play with the latter part of King Henry IV., 'Dr. Johnson thinks we should read, We'll all go stvorn brothers to France, or, we'll all be sworn brothers in France. * Tike is a small kind of dog. We should read Good ancient, for it is Pistol to whoin he addresses himself. 10 Meaning, will you march, or go off"?


* Gili,


The solus in thy teeth, and in thy throat,

Pist. Sword is an oath, and oaths must have And in thy hatefullungs, yea, in thy maw, perdy:

their course. And, which is worse, within thy nasty mouth! Bard. Corporal Nyin, an thou wilt be friends, I do retort the solus in thy bowels:

be friends: an thou wilt not, why then be eneFor I can talk ; and Pistol's cock is up, 5 mies with me too. Pry'thee put up. And Hashing fire will follow.

Num. I shall have my eight shillings, I won of Nym. I am not Barbason'; you cannot conjure you at betting? me. I have an humour to knock you indifferent

Pist. A noble shalt thou have, and present pay ; ly well: If you grow foul with me, Pistol, I wil! And liquor likewise will I give to thee, scour you with my rapier, as I may, in fair terms: 10 And friendship shall combine, and brothei hood: If vou would walk off, I would prick your guts I'll live by Nym, and Nym shall live by me; a little, in good terms, as I may; and that's the Is not this just ?-for I shall sutler be humour of it.

Unto the camp, and protits will accrue.
Pist. Obraggard vile, and damned furious wight! Give me thy hand.
The grave doch gape, and doating death is near; 15 Nym. I shall have my noble?
Therefore exhale.

Pist. In cash most justly paid.
Bard. Hear me, hear me what I say:-he that Nym. Well then, that's the humour of it.
strikes the first stroke, I'll run him up to the hilts,

Re-enter Quickly. as I am a soldier.

Quick. ever you came of women, come in Pist. An oath of mickle might; and fury shall 20 quickly to sir John: Ah, poor bieart! he is so abate.

shak'd of a burning quotidian tertian, that it is Give me thy tist, thy fore-foot to me give;

most lainentable to behold. Sweet men, come Thy spirits are most tall.

to him. Nym. I will cut thy throat, one time or other, Nym. The king hath run bad humours on the in fair terms; that is the humour of it.

25 knight, that's the even of it. Pist. Coupe le gorge, that is the word—I defy Pist. Nym, thou hast spoke the right; thee again.

His heart is fracted, and corroborate. O hound of Crele, think'st thou my spouse to get? Nym. The king is a good king: but it must be No; to the spital go,

as it may; he passes some huinours and careers. And from the powdering tub of infamy

30 Pist. Let us condole the knight ; for, lambkins, Fetch forth the lazar kite of Cressid's kind,

we will live.

Excunt. Doll Tear-sheet she by name, and her espouse:

SCENE II. I have, and I will hold, the quondam Quickly [to.

Southampton. For the only she; and—Paucu, there's enough; go Enter Exeter, Bedford, und Westmoreland. Enter the Boy.

35 Bed. 'Fore God, his grace is bold, to trust these Boy. Mine host Pistol, you must come to my

traitors! master,—and you hostess he is very sick, and Ere. They shall be apprehended by and by. would to bed. --Good Bardolph, put thy nose be- West. How smooth and even they do bear tween his sheets, and do the ottice of a warnsing

themselves! pan: faith, he's very ill.

40 As if allegiance in their bosoms sat, Bard. Away, you rogue.

Crowned with faith and constant loyalty. Quick. By my troth, he'll vield the crow a pud. Bed. The king hath note of all that they intend, ding one of these days: the king has killed his By interception which they dream not of. heart.-Good husband, come home presently, Ere. Nay, but the man that was his bedfellow,

[Èrit Quickly. 45 Whom he bath cloy'd and grac'd with princely Bard. Come, shall I make you two friends?

favouis, We must to France together; Why, the devil, That he should, for a foreign purse, so sell should we keep knives to cut one another's His sovereign's life to death and treachery! throats?

[Trumpets sound. Pist. Let ivods o'erswell, and fiends for food 50 Enter the King, Scroop, Cambridge, Grey, und howl on!

Attendants. Nym. You'll pay me the eight shillings I won K. Henry. Now sits the wind fair, and we will of you at betting?

abroad. Pist. Base is the slave that pays.

My lord of Cambridge,-and my kind lord of Nym. That now I will have: that's the hu-55 Masham,

[thoughts: mour of it.

And you, my gentle knight,-give ine your Pist. As manhood shall compound; Push home. Think you not, that the powers we bear with us,

[Druw. Will cut their passage through the force of France; Bard. By this sword, he that makes the first Doing the execution, and the act, thrust, I'll kill him; by this sword, I will. 60{For which we have in head' assembled them?

* Barbason is the name of a dæmon mentioned in the Merry Wives of Windsor. 2 The familiar appellation of bedfellow, which appears strange to us, was common among the ancient nobility. A head means an army, formed.


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Scroor. No doubt, niy liege, if each man do his Read them; and know, I know your

worthiness. best.

My lord of Westmoreland,--and uncle Exeter, K. Henry. I doubt not that: since we are well We will aboard 10-night.—Why, how now, genpersuaded,

tlemen? We carry not a heart with us from hence, 5 What see you in those papers, that you lose That grows not in a tair consent with ours; omucbcomplexion-Lukye, how they change! Nor leave not one behind, that doth not wish Their cheeks are paper.- Why, wliat read you Success and conquest to attend on us. [lor'd,

there, Cam. Never was monarch better fear’d and Chat hath so cowarded and cbas d your blood Than is your majesty; there's not, I think, alioOut of appearance? subject,

Cam. 1 do contess my fault; That sits in heart-grief and uneasiness

Aud do submit me to your highness' mercy. L'nder the sweet shade of your government. Grey. Scroop. To which we all appeal. Grey. Even those, that were your father's ene- Ki Hinry. The mercy, that was quick in us mies,


but late, Navesteep'd their gallsın honey; and doserve you By your own counsel is suppress'd and killd: With hearts criate' of duty and of zeal.

You inust not dare, for shame, to talk of mercy; ki Henry. We therefore have great cause of For your own reasons turn into your bosoms, thankfulness;

As dogs up in their masters, worrying them. – And shall forget the office of our hand,

20 See you, my princes, and my noble peers, Sooner than quittance of desert and inerit, These Engli-simonsters! MylordCambridge here, According to the weight and worthiness.

You know, how apt our love was, to accord
Scroop. So service sha!l with steeled sinews toil; Tofurnish bun with all appertinents
And labour shall refresh itself with hope,

Belonging to his honour; and this man
To do your grace incessant services.

25 Hath, for a few light crowns, lightly conspir’d, K. Henry. We judge no less.-Uncle of Exeter, And sworn unto the practices of France, Enlarge the man committed yesterday,

To kill us here in Hampton: to the which, That rail'd against our person: we consider, This knight,---no less for bounty bound to us It was excess of wine that set hiin on;

Than Cümbridge is, hath likewise sworn.And, on bis more advice?, we pardon him. 130

But O! Scroop. That's mercy, but too much security What shall I say to thee, lord Scroop; thou cruel, Let hiin be punish’d, sovereign ; lest example Ingrateful, savage, and inhuman creature! Breed, by his sufferance, more of such a kind. Thou, that didsi bear the key of all my counsels, X. Henry. O, let us yet be merciful.

That knew'st the very boston of my soul, Cam. So inay your highness, and yet purish too. 25 T'hat almost might'st have coin'd me into gold, Grey. Sir, you shew great mercy, if you give Would'st thou have practis'l'on me for thy use, him life,

May it be possible, that foreign bire After the taste of much correction.

Could out of thee extract one spark of evil, K. Henry. Alas, your too much love and care That might annoy my finger: 'Tis so strange,

40That, though the truth of it stands of as gross Are heavy orisons 'gainst this poor wretch. As black from white, my eye will scarcely see it. If little faults, proceeding on distemper', [eye, Treason, and murder, ever kept together, Shall not be wink”d at, how shall we stretch oui 1s two yoke-clevils sworn to either's purpose, When capital crimes, chew'd, swallow'd, and di Working so grossly' in a natural cause, sested,

45 That admiration did not whoop at them: Appear before us?-We'll yet enlarge that man, But thou, 'gainst all proportion, didst bring in Though Cambridge, Scroop, and Grey, -in their Wonder, to wait on treason, and on murder: dear care

And wbatsoever cun:ing tiend it was, And tender preservation of our person, —

That wrought upon the so preposterously, Would have him punish’d. . And now to our 50 He hath got the voice in bell for excellence: French causes;

And other devils, that suggest hy treasons, Who are the late commissioners?

Do botch and bungle up damnation [fetch'd Cam. I one, my lord;

With patches, colours, and with forms being Your highness bade me ask for it to-day.

From glistering semblances of piety; Scroop. So did you me, my liege.

55 But be, that temper'd thee, bade thee stand up, Grey. And me, my royal sovereign.

Gavethee noinstance wby thoushouldst do treason, K. Blenry. Then, Richard, earl of Cambridge, Unless to dub thee with the name of traitor. there is yours ;

If that same dæmon, that hath gulld thee thus, There vours, lord Scroop of Masliam ;-and, sir Should with his lion gait walk the whole world, knight,

60 He might return to vasty Tartar' back, Grey of Northumberland, this same is yours :- "And tell the legions,—I can never win

'i.e. made up of duty and zeal.On his return to more coolness of mind. ' i. e. from intoxicą. tion. *i. e. liring. • To stand off is étre relevé, to be prominent to the eye, as the strong parts of a picture. Si. e. palpably, i. 8. Turturus, tủe fabled place of future punishment.

A soul

of ine

A soul so easy as that Englishman's,

Poor miserable wretches, to your death: Oh, how hast thou with jealousy infected The taste whereof, God, of his mercy, give you The sweetness of alliance! Shew men dutiful? Patience to endure, and true repentance Why,so didstthou: Seen they grave and learned:

Of all

your dear offences !--Bear them hence. Why, so didst thou: Come they of noble family ? 5

[Ereunt. Why, so didst thou: Seem they religious? Now, lords, for France; the enterprize whereof Why, so didst thou: Orare they spare in diet; Shall be to you, as us, lihe glorious. Free from gross passion, or of mirth, or anger;

We doubt not of a fair and lucky war; Constant in spirii, not swerving with the blood; Since God so graciously hath brought to light Garnish'd and deck'd in modest complement'; 10 This dangerous treason, lurking in our way, Not working with the eye, without the ear, To hinder our beginnings, we doubt not now, And, but in purged judgment, trusting neither : But every rub is smoothed in our way. Such, and so finely boulted', cidst thou seein: Then, forth, dear countrymen; let us deliver And thus thy fall hath left a kind of blot, Our puissance into the hand of God, To mark the full-fraught man, the best endu’d, 15 Putting it straight in expedition. With some suspicion. "I will weep for thee; Chearly to sea, the signs of war advance: For this revolt of thine, methinks, is like No king of Engiand, if not king of France. Another fall of man.-Their faults are open,

[Ereunt. Arrest them to the answer of the law;And God acquit them of their practices! 201

SCENE III. Exe. I arrest thee of high treason, by the name

Quickly's House in Eastcheap. of Richard earl of Cambridge. I arrest thee of high treason, by the name of

Enter Pistol, Nym, Bardolph, Boy, and Quickly. Henry lord Scroop of Masham.

Quickly. Prythee, honey-sweet husband, let me I arrest thee of high treason, by the name of 25 bring thee to Staines. Thomas Grey, knight of Northumberland. Pist. No: for my manly heart doth yearn.

Scroop.Our purposes God justly hath discover'd; Bardolph, be blith;-Nym, rouse thy vaulting And I repent iny fault, more than my death;


[dead, Which I beseech your higlmess to forgive, Boy, bristle thy courage up; for Falstaff" he is Although my body pay the price of it. [duce: 30 And we must yearn therefore.

Cam. For me,-the gold of France did not se- Burd. Would, I were with him, wheresome'er Although I did admit it as a motive,

he is, either in heaven, or in hell! The sooner to effect what I intended:

Quick. Nay, sure, he's not in hell; he's in ArBut God be thanked for prevention;

thur's boson, if ever man went to Arthur's boWhich I in sufferance heartily will rejoice, 35 som. 'A made a finer end, and went away, an it Beseeching God, and you, to pardon me. had been any chrisom' child: 'a parted even just

Grey. Never did faithful subjects more rejoice between twelve and one, e'en at turning o'the tide': At the discovery of most dangerous treason, for after I saw himn fumble with the sheets', and Than I do at this hour joy o'er myself,

play with flowers, and sinile upon his fingers' ends, Prevented from a damneil enterprize :

101 knew there was but one way; for his nose was My fault, but not my body, pardon, sovereign. as sharp as a pen, and 'a babbled of green fields.K. Henry. God quit you in his mercy! Ilear How, now, Sir John? quoth I: what, nan! be your sentence.

of good cheer. So'a cried out-God, God, God! You have conspir'd against our royal person, three or four times: now 1, to comfort him, bid Join'd with an enemy proclaim'd, and from his 45 him 'a should not think of God; I hop'd, there was coilers

no need to trouble bimself with such thoughts Receiv'd the golden earnest of our death ; [ter, yet: So 'a bade me lay inore cloaths on his feet : Wherein you would have sold your king to slaugh. I put my hand into the bed, and felt them, and His princes and his peers to servitude,

they were as cold as any stone; then I felt to his His subjects to oppression and contempt, 50 knees, and so upward, and upward, and all was And his whole kingdom unto desolation.

as cold as any stone. Touching our person, seek we no revenge;

Nyn. They say, he cried out of sack.
But we our kingdom's safety must so tender, Quick. Ay, thai 'a did.
Whose ruin you three sought, that to her laws Bard. And of women.
We do deliver you. Get you therefore hence, 1551 Quick. Nay, that 'a did not.

* Complement has in this instance the same sense as in Love's Labour's Lost, Act I. Complements, in the age of Shakspeare, meant the same as accomplishments in the present one. 2 The king means to say of Scroop, that he was a cautious man, who knew that a specious appearance was deceitful and therefore did not trust the air or look of any man till be had tried him by enquiry and conversation. yi. e. refined or sifted from all faults. *i. e. marked by the blot he speaks of in the preceding line. * The old quarto has it, crisomb'd child. The chrysom was the white cloth put on the new baptised child. The child itself was also sometimes called a chrysom. • It was a common opinion among the women of our author's time, that nubody died but in the time of ebb; though every day's experience must have confuted such a notion. 'This indication of approaching death is enumerated by Celsus, Lommius, Hippocrates, and Galen.


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