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KING HENRY V.
King HENRY THE FIFTH.
Charles The Sixth, King of France.
Lewis, the Dauphin. Earls or SALISBURY, WESTMORELAND, and WAR- Dukes or BURGUNDY, ORLEANS, and BOURBON.
The CONSTABLE of France. ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY.
RAMBURES, and GRANDPREE, French Lords. BISHOP OF ELY.
Governor of Harfleur. Earl of CAMBRIDGE, 1 Conspirators against the
MONTJOY, a French Herald. Lord SCROOP,
Ambassadors to the King of England.
MACMORRIS, JAMY, Officers in King KATHARINE, Daughter of Charles and Isabel.
ALICE, a Lady attending on the Princess Katharina
Lords, Ladies, Officers, French and English Soldiers. Boy, Servant to them.
Messengers, and Attendants.
Attest, in little place, a million ;
And let us, ciphers to this great accompt,
On your imaginary forces s work : The brightest heaven of invention !
Suppose, within the girdle of these wal!s, A kingdom for a stage, princes to act,
Are now contin'd two mighty monarchies, And monarchs to behold the swelling scene! Whose high upreared and abutting fronts Then should the warlike Harry, like himself, The perilous, narrow ocean parts asunder. Assume the port of Mars ; and at his heels, Piece out our imperfections with your thoughts, Leashi'd in like hounds, should famine, sword, and Into a thousand parts divide one man, fire,
And make imaginary puissance : Crouch for employment. But pardon, gentles all, | Think, when we talk of horses, that you see then The flat unraised spirit, that hath dar'd,
Printing their proud hoofs i' the receiving earth : On this unworthy scaffold, to bring forth
For 'tis your thoughts that now must deck our king s, So great an object : Can this cockpit bold
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 the wooden 0', the very casques,
Into an hour-glass; For the which suppli, That did affright the air at Agincourt ?
Admit me Chorus to this history ; 0, pardon! since a crooked figure may
Who, prologue-like, your humble patience pray
Gently to hear, kindly to judge, our play. ! An illusion to the circular form of the theatre. ? Helircis.
3 Puwers of fancy
SCENE I. - London. An Ante-chamber in the His hours fill'd up with riots, banquets, sports ; King's Palace.
And never noted in him any study,
Any retirement, any sequestration Enter the ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY, and Bishop From open haunts and popularity. Op Ely.
Ely. The strawberry grows underneath the nettle; Cant. My lord, I'll tell you, - that self bill is And wholesome berries thrive and ripen best, urg'd,
Neighbour'd by fruit of baser quality : Which, in the eleventh year o' the last king's reign, Under the veil of wildness ; which, no doubt,
And so the prince obscur'd his contemplation Was like, and had indeed against us pass’d, But that the scambling and unquiet time
Grew like the summer grass, fastest by night, Did push it out of further question.
Unseen, yet crescive ? in his faculty. Ely. But how, my lord, shall we resist it now?
Cant. It must be so: for miracles are ceas'd; Cant. It must be thought on. If it pass against And therefore we must needs admit the means,
How things are perfected. We lose the better half of our possession :
But, my good lord, For all the temporal lands, which men devout
How now for mitigation of this bill By testament have given to the church,
Urg'd by the commons ? Doth bis majesty Would they strip from us; being valued thus,
Incline to it, or no ? As much as would maintain, to the king's honour,
He seems indifferent, Full fifteen earls, and fifteen hundred knights ;
Or, rather, swaying more upon our part, Six thousand and two hundred good esquires;
Than cherishing the exhibiters against us : And, to relief of lazars, and weak age,
For I have made an offer to his majesty, Of indigent faint souls, past corporal toil,
Upon our spiritual convocation; A hundred alms-houses, right well supplied ;
And in regard of causes now in hand, And to the coffers of the king beside,
Which I have open'd to his grace at large, A thousand pounds by the year : Thus runs the bill. As touching France, — to give a greater sum Ely. This would drink deep.
Than ever at one time the clergy yet Cant.
'Twould drink the cup and all. Did to his predecessors part withal. Ely. But what prevention ?
Ely. How did this offer seem receiv’d, my lord ? Cant. The king is full of grace and fair regard.
Cant. With good acceptance of his majesty ; Ely. And a true lover of the holy church.
Save, that there was not time enough to hear Cant. The courses of his youth promis'd it not.
(As, I perceiv'd, his grace would fain have done,) The breath no sooner left his father's body,
The severals, and unhidden passages, But that his wildness, mortified in him,
Of his true titles to some certain dukedoms; Seem'd to die too: yea, at that very moment,
And, generally, the crown and seat of France, Consideration like an angel came,
Deriv'd from Edward, his great grandfather. And whipp'd the offending Adam out of him; Ely. What was the impediment that broke this off? Leaving his body as a paradise,
Cant. The French ambassador, upon that instant, To envelop and contain celestial spirits.
Crav'd audience: and the hour, I think, is come, , Never was such a sudden scholar made :
To give him hearing : Is it four o'clock ? Never came reformation in a flood,
It is. With such a heady current, scouring faults;
Cant. Then go we in, to know his embassy ; Nor never hydra-headed wilfulness
Which I could, with a ready guess, declare, So soon did lose his seat, and all at once,
Before the Frenchman speak a word of it. As in this king.
Ely. I'll wait upon you; and I long to hear it. Ely. We are blessed in the change.
[Exeunt. Cant. Hear him but reason in divinity,
SCENE II. – A Room of Slate in the same. And, all-admiring, with an inward wish
Enter King Henry, Gloster, Bedford, EXETER, You would desire, the king were made a prelate :
WARWICK, WESTMORELAND, and Attendants. Hear him debate of commonwealth affairs, You would say, -it hath been all-in-all his study:
K. Hen. Where is my gracious lord of CanterList ' his discourse of war, and you shall hear
E.xe. Not here in presence.
K. Hen. Send for him, good uncle. 'The Gordian knot of it he will unloose,
West. Shall we call in the ambassador, my liege? Familiar as his garter; that, when he speaks,
K. Hen. Not yet, my cousin ; we would be reThe air, a charter'd libertine, is still,
solv’d, And the mute wonder lurketh in men's ears,
Before we hear him, of some things of weight, To steal bis sweet and boneyed sentences;
That task our thoughts, concerning us and France. So that the art and practick part of life
Enter the ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY, and Bishof Must be the mistress to this theorick:
OF Ely. Which is a wonder, how his grace should glean it, Cant. God, and his angels, guard your sacred Since his addiction was to courses vain :
throne, His companies unletter'd, rude, and shallow; And make you long become it!
i Listen to
Sure, we thank you. | Daughter to Charlemain, who was the son My learned lord, we pray you to proceed ; To Lewis the emperor, and Lewis the son And justly and religiously unfold,
Of Charles the great. Also king Lewis the tenth, Why the law Salique, that they have in France, Who was sole heir to the usurper Capet, Or should, or should not, bar us in our claim. Could not keep quiet in his conscience, And heaven forbid, my dear and faithful lord, Wearing the crown of France, till satisfied That you should fashion, wrest, or bow your reading, That fair queen Isabel, his grandmother, Or nicely charge your understanding soul
Was lineal of the lady Ermengare, With opening titles miscreate, whose right
Daughter to Charles the foresaid duke of Lorain : Suits not in native colours with the truth;
By the which marriage, the line of Charles the great For heaven doth know, how many, now in health, Was re-united to the crown of France. Shall drop their blood in approbation
So that, as clear as is the summer's sun, Of what your reverence shall incite us to : King Pepin's title, and Hugh Capet's claim, Therefore take heed how you impawn our person,
King Lewis his satisfaction, all appear How you awake the sleeping sword of war; To hold in right and title of the female: We charge you in the name of God, take heed: So do the kings of France unto this day; For never two such kingdoms did contend, Howbeit they would hold up this Salique law, Without much fall of blood; whose guiltless drops To bar your highness claiming from the female ; Are every one a woe, a sore complaint,
And rather choose to hide them in a net, 'Gainst him, whose wrongs give edge unto the swords Than amply to imbare 6 their crooked titles That make such waste in brief mortality.
Usurp'd from you and your progenitors. Under this conjuration, speak, my lord:
K. Hen. May I, with right and conscience, make And we will hear, note, and believe in heart,
this clairn ? That what you speak is in your conscience wash'd Cant. The sin upon my head, dread sovereign ! As pure as sin with baptism.
For in the book of Numbers is it writ, -Cant. Then hear me, gracious sovereign, — and When the son dies, let the inheritance you peers,
Descend unto the daughter. Gracious lord, That owe your lives, your faith, and services, Stand for your own; unwind your bloody flag; To this imperial throne ; - There is no bar Look back unto your mighty ancestors : To make against your highness' claim to France, Go, my dread lord, to your great grandsire's tomb, But this which they produce from Pharamond, From whom you claim ! invoke his warlike spirit, In terram Salicam mulieres nè succedant,
And your great uncle's, Edward the black prince; No woman shall succeed in Salique land :
Who on the French ground play'd a tragedy, Which Salique land the French unjustly glozes, Making defeat on the full power of France ; To be the realm of France, and Pharamond Whiles his most mighty father on a hill The founder of this law and female bar.
Stood smiling, to behold his lion's whelp Yet their own authors faithfully affirm,
Forage in blood of French nobility. 7 That the land Salique lies in Germany,
O noble English, that could entertain Between the floods of Sala and of Elbe :
With half their forces the full pride of France ; Where Charles the great, having subdued the Saxons, 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 dead, For some dishonest manners of their life,
And with your puissant arm renew their feats ; Establish'd there this law, — to wit, no female You are their heir, you sit upon their throne; Should be inheritrix in Salique land ;
The blood and courage, that renowned them, Which Salique, as I said, 'twixt Elbe and Sala, Runs in your veins; and my thrice-puissant liege Is at this day in Germany callid — Meisen. Is in the very May-morn of his youth, Thus doth it well appear, the Salique law
Ripe for exploits and mighty enterprizes. Was not devised for the realm of France :
Ere. Your brother kings and monarchs of the earth Nor did the French possess the Salique land Do all expect that you should rouse yourself, Until four hundred one and twenty years
As did the former lions of your blood. After defunction of king Pharamond,
West. They know your grace hath cause, and Idly suppos’d the founder of this law :
means, and might; Who died within the year of our redemption So hath your highness ; never king of England Four hundred twenty-six ; and Charles the great Had nobles richer, and more loyal subjects; Subdued the Saxons, and did seat the French Whose hearts have left their bodies here in England, Beyond the river Sala, in the year
And lie pavilion'd in the fields of France. Eight hundred five. Besides, their writers say, Cant. 0, let their bodies follow, my dear liege, King Pepin, which deposed Childerick,
With blood, and sword, and fire to win your right: Did, as heir-general, being descended
In aid whereof, we of the spiritualty Of Blithild, which was daughter to king Clothair, Will raise your highness such a mighty sum, Make claim and title to the crown of France. As never did the clergy at one time Hugh Capet also, - that usurp'd the crown Bring in to any of your ancestors. Of Charles the duke of Lorain, sole heir male K. Hen. We must not only arm to invade the Of the true line and stock of Charles the great,
French ; To fine + his title with some show of truth, But lay down our proportions to defend (Though, in pure truth, it was corrupt and naughty) Against the Scot, who will make road upon us Convey'd himself 5 as heir to the lady Lingare, With all advantages.
+ Make showy or specious. 5 Derived his title.
6 Lay open.
1 At the battle of Cressy.