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Cant. They of those marches , gracious sovereign, | Delivering o'er to éxecutors 4 pale Shall be a wall sufficient to defend
The lazy yawning drone. I this infer, Our inland from the pilfering borderers.
That many things, having full reference K. Hen. We do not mean the coursing snatchers To one concent, may work contrariously ; only,
As many arrows, loosed several ways,
As many lines close in the dial's center;
End in one purpose, and be all well borne With ample and brim fulness of his force ;
Without defeat. Therefore to France, my liege. Galling the gleaned land with hot essays;
Divide your happy England into four; Girding with grievous siege, castles and towns ; Whereof take you one quarter into France, That England, being empty of defence,
And you withal shall make all Gallia shako. Hath shook, and trembled at the ill neighbourhood. If we, with thrice that power left at home, Cant. She hath been then more fear'd' than harm’d, Cannot defend our own door from the dog, my liege :
Let us be worried ; and our nation lose For hear her but exampled by herself,
The name of hardiness, and policy. When all her chivalry hath been in France,
K. Hen. Call in the messengers, sent from the And she a mourning widow of her nobles,
dauphin. She hath herself not only well defended,
(Exit an Attendant. The King ascends his Throne. But taken, and impounded as a stray,
Now are we well resolv'd: and, — by God's help, The king of Scots, whom she did send to France, - | And yours, the noble sinews of our power, To fill king Edward's fame with prisoner kings; France being ours, we'll bend it to our awe, And make your chronicle as rich with praise, Or break it all to pieces : Or there we'll sit, As is the ooze and bottom of the sea
Ruling in large and ample empery",
Tombless, with no remembrance over them :
Either our history shall, with full mouth,
Speak freely of our acts; or else our grave,
Not worshipp'd with a waxen epitaph.
Enter Ambassadors of France.
Now are we well prepar’d to know the pleasure Ere. It follows then, the cat must stay at home :
Of our fair cousin dauphin ; for we hear, Yet that is but a sad necessity;
Your greeting is from him, not from the king. Since we have locks to safeguard necessaries,
Amb. May it please your majesty, to give us leave And pretty traps to catch the petty thieves,
Freely to render what we have in charge; While that the armed hand doth fight abroad,
Or shall we sparingly show you far off The advised head defends itself at home :
The dauphin's meaning, and our embassy ? For government, though high, and low, and lower,
X. Hen. We are no tyrant, but a Christian king; Put into parts, doth keep in one concent;
Under whose grace our passion is a subject, Congruing ? in a full and natural close,
As are our wretches fetter'd in our prisons : Like musick.
Therefore, with frank and with uncurbed plainness, Cant.
True: therefore doth heaven divide Tell us the dauphin's mind. The state of man in divers functions,
Thus, then, in few. Setting endeavour in continual motion;
Your highness, lately sending into France, To which is fixed, as an aim or butt,
Did claim some certain dukedoms, in the right Obedience : for so work the honey bees;
Of your great predecessor, king Edward the third. Creatures, that, by a rule in nature, teach
In answer of which claim, the prince our master The act of order to a peopled kingdom.
Says, – that you savour too much of your youth; They have a king, and officers of sorts 3 :
And bids you be advis'd, there's nought in France, Where some, like magistrates, correct at home;
That can be with a nimble galliard 6 won; Others, like merchants, venture trade abroad;
You cannot revel into dukedoms there : Others, like soldiers, armed in their stings,
He therefore sends you, meeter for your spirit, Make boot upon the summer's velvet buds ;
This tun of treasure; and, in lieu of this, Which pillage they with merry march bring home
Desires you, let the dukedoms, that you claim, To the tent-royal of their emperor :
Hear no more of you. This the dauphin speaks. Who, busied in his majesty, surveys
K. Hen. What treasure, uncle ? The singing masons building roofs of gold;
Tennis-balls, my liege. The civil citizens kneading up the honey;
K. Hen. We are glad, the dauphin is so pleasant The poor mechanick porters crowding in Their heavy burdens at his narrow gate;
His present, and your pains, we thank you for : The sal-ey'd justice, with his surly hum,
When we have match'd our rackets to these balls, * The borders of England and Scotland,
We will, in France, by God's grace, play a set, 9 General disposition.
| Frightened. ? Agreeing. 3 Different degrees.
6 An ancient dance
Shall strike his father's crown into the hazard ? : But this lies all within the will of God,
[ Exeunt Ambassadors. But tell the dauphin, - I will keep my state ;
Exe. This was a merry message. Be like a king, and show my sail of greatness, K. Hen. We hope to make the sender blush at it. When I do rouse me in my throne of France :
(Descends from his Throne. For that I have laid by my majesty,
Therefore, my lords, omit no happy hour, And plodded like a man for working-days; That may give furtherance to our expedition : But I will rise there with so full a glory,
For we have now no thought in us but France; That I will dazzle all the eyes of France,
Save those to heaven, that run before our business. Yea, strike the dauphin blind to look on us. Therefore, let our proportions for these wars And tell the pleasant prince, — this mock of his Be soon collected : and all things thought upon, Hath turn'd his balls to gun-stones ; and his soul That may with reasonable swiftness, add Shall stand sore charged for the wasteful vengeance More feathers to our wings; for, God before, That shall fly with them: for many a thousand widows We'll chide this dauphin at his father's door. Shall this his mock mock out of their dear husbands; | Therefore, let every man now task his thought, Mock mothers from their sons, mock castles down; That this fair action may on foot be brought. And some are yet ungotten, and unborn,
(Exeunt. That shall have cause to curse the dauphin's scorn.
Is now transported, gentles, to Southampton : Chor. Now all the youth of England are on fire, There is the playhouse now, there must you sit : And silken dalliance in the wardrobe lies ;
And thence to France shall we convey you safe, Now thrive the armourers, and honour's thought And bring you back, charming the narrow seas Reigns solely in the breast of every man :
To give you gentle pass; for, if we may, They sell the pasture now, to buy the horse ;
We'll not offend one stomach with our play. Following the mirror of all Christian kings, But, till the king come forth, and not till then, With winged heels, as English Mercuries.
Unto Southampton do we shift our scene. [Exit. For now sits Expectation in the air ; And hides a sword, from hilts unto the point, SCENE I. — London. Before Quickly's House With crowns imperial, crowns, and coronets,
in Eastcheap. Promis’d to Harry, and his followers. The French advis'd by good intelligence
Enter Nym and BARDOLPH. Of this most dreadful preparation,
Bard. Well met, corporal Nym. Shake in their fear; and with pale policy
Nym. Good morrow, lieutenant Bardolph. Seek to divert the English purposes.
Bard. What, are ancient Pistol and you friends yet? O England ! -- model to thy inward greatness, Nym. For my part, I care not ; I say little : but Like little body with a mighty heart, –
when time shall serve, there shall be smiles ; - but What might'st thou do, that honour would thee do, that shall be as it may. I dare not fight; but I will Were all thy children kind and natural !
wink, and hold out mine iron: It is a simple one; But see thy fault! France hath in thee found out but what though ? it will toast cheese ; and it will A nest of hollow bosoms, which he fills
endure cold as another man's sword will: and With treacherous crowns: and three corrupted men, there's the humour of it. One, Richard earl of Cambridge; and the second, Bard. I will bestow a breakfast, to make you Henry lord Scroop of Masham; and the third, friends; and we'll be all three sworn brothers i Sir Thomas Grey knight of Northumberland, France; let it be so, good corporal Nym. Have, for the gilt ? of France, (() guilt, indeed!) Nym. 'Faith, I will live so long as I may, that's Confirm’d conspiracy with fearful France;
the certain of it; and when I cannot live any longer, And by their hands this grace of kings must die, I will do as I may : that is my rest, that is the (If hell and treason hold their promises,)
rendezvous of it. Ere he take ship for France, and in Southampton. Bard. It is certain, corporal, that he is married Linger your patience on; and well digest
to Nell Quickly : and, certainly she did you wrong; The abuse of distance, while we force a play.
you were troth-plight to her. The sum is paid ; the traitors are agreed;
Nym. I cannot tell; things must be as they may : The king is set from London; and the scene men may sleep, and they may have their throats
? A place in the tennis court, into which the ball is some- about them at that time ; and some say, knives have times struck.
A term at tennis. 9 The throne. | Withdrawing from the court.
edges. It must be as it may : though patience be Nym. That now I will have ; that's the humour a tired mare, yet she will plod. There must be of it. conclusions. Well, I cannot tell.
Pist. As manhood shall compound ; Push home.
Bard. By this sword, he that makes the first Enter Pistol and Mrs. Quickly.
thrust, I'll kill him ; by this sword, I will. Bard. Here comes ancient Pistol, and his wife : Pist. Sword is an oath, and oaths must have - good corporal, be patient here.
their course. mine host Pistol ?
Bard. Corporal Nym, an thou wilt be friends, be Pist. Base tike 4, call'st thou me - host? friends : an thou wilt not, why then be enemies Now, by this hand, I swear, I scorn the term ;
with me too. Pr’ythee, put up. Nor shall my Nell keep lodgers.
Nym. I shall have my eight shillings, I won of Quick. No, by my troth, not long: (Nym draws you at betting ? his sword.] O well-a-day, Lady, if he be not drawn
Pist. A noble: shalt thou have, and present pay; now! O Lord! here's corporal Nym's - now shall And liquor likewise will I give to thee, we have wilful murder committed. Good lieute And friendship shall combine, and brotherhood : nant Bardolph, - good corporal, offer nothing here. I'll live by Nym, and Nym shall live by me; Nym. Pish!
Is not this just ? – for I shall sutler be Pist. Pish for thee, Iceland dog! thou cur of Unto the camp, and profits will accrue. Iceland!
Give me thy hand. Quick. Good corporal Nym, show the valour of a Nym. I shall have my noble ? man, and put up thy sword.
Pist. In cash most justly paid.
Re-enter Mrs. QUICKLY.
Quick. As you ever came of women, come in The solus in thy teeth, and in thy throat,
quickly to sir John: Ah, poor heart! he is so shaked And in thy hateful lungs, yea, in thy maw, perdy. 5 of a burning, quotidian tertian, that it is most
Nym. I am not Barbason; you cannot conjure lainentable to behold. Sweet men, come to him. me. I have an humour to knock you indifferently
Nym. The king hath run bad humours on the well: If you grow foul with me, Pistol, I will knight, that's the even of it. scour you with my rapier, as I may, in fair terms :
Pist. Nym, thou hast spoke the right; and that's the humour of it.
His heart is fracted and corroborate. Pist. O braggard vile, and desp'rate furious
Nym. The king is a good king: but it must be as
may ; he passes some humours, and careers. The grave doth gape, and doting death is near;
Pist. Let us condole the knight; for, lambkins, Therefore exhale.7
we will live. [Pistol and Nym draw.
[Exeunt. Bard. Hear me, hear me what I say: - he that strikes the first stroke, I'll run him up to the hilts, SCENE II. – Southampton. A Council. Chamber. as I am a soldier.
Enter EXETER, BEDFORD, and WESTMORELAND. Pist. An oath of mickle might; and fury shall abate.
Bed. By heaven, his grace is bold, to trust these
traitors. Give me thy fist, thy fore-foot to me give; Thy spirits are most tall.
Exe. They shall be apprehended by and by. Nym. I will cut thy throat, one time or other,
West. How smooth and even they do bear themin fair terms ; that is the humour of it.
selves ! Pist. Coupe le gorge, that's the word ?— I thee As if allegiance in their bosoms sat, defy again.
Crowned with faith, and constant loyalty. O hound of Crete ®, think'st thou my spouse to get? By
interception which they dream not of.
Bed. The king hath note of all that they intend, I have, and I will hold, the quondam 9 Quickly For the only she; and — Pauca, there's enough.
Exe. Nay, but the man that was his bedfellow,
Whom he hath cloy'd and grac'd with princely fam Enter the Boy.
vours, Boy. Mine host, Pistol, you must come to my His sovereign's life to death and treachery !
That he should, for a foreign purse, so sell master, — and you, hostess; – he is very sick, and would to bed. — 'Faith, he's very ill.
Trumpet sounds. Enter King Henry, SCROOP, Quick. By my troth, he'll yield the crow a pudding CAMBRIDGE, GREY, Lords and Attendants. one of these days: the king has killed his heart. Good husband, come home presently.
K. Hen. Now sits the wind fair, and we will
aboard. (Exeunt Mrs. Quickly and Boy. Bard. Come, shall I make you two friends ? we My lord of Cambridge, – and my kind lord of must to France together; Why should we keep And you, my gentle knight,
Masham, knives to cut one another's throats?
-give me your Pist. Let floods o’erswell, and fiends for food Think you not, that the powers we bear with us,
thoughts : howl on! Nym. You'll pay me the eight shillings I won of Will cut their passage through the force of France ; vou at betting ?
Doing the execution, and the act, Pist. Base is the slave that pays.
For which we have in head assembled them?
Scroop. No doubt, my liege, if each man do his best. • Par Dieu !
? A coin, value six shillings and eight-per.co. 7 Breathe your last 8 Blood-hound, 9 Formerly.
6 Name of a dæmon.
K. Hen. I doubt not that: since we are well per- | By your own counsel is suppress'd and kill'd : suaded,
You must not dare for shame, to talk of mercy; We carry not a heart with us from hence,
For your own reasons turn into your bosoms, That grows not in a fair consent with ours; As dogs upon their masters, worrying them. — Nor leave not one behind, that doth not wish See you my princes, and my noble peers, Success and conquest to attend on us
These English monsters! My lord of Cambridge Cam. Never was monarch better fear'd, and lov'd,
here, Than is your majesty; there's not, I think, a subject, You know, how apt our love was, to accord That sits in heart-grief and uneasiness
To furnish him with all appertinents Under the sweet shade of your government. Belonging to his bonour; and this man
Grey. Even those, that were your father's enemies, Hath, for a few light crowns, lightly conspir'd Have steep'd their galls in honey; and do serve you And sworn unto the practices of France, With hearts create of duty and of zeal.
To kill us here in Hampton: to the which, K. Hen. We therefore have great cause of thank- This knight, no less for bounty bound to us fulness;
Than Cambridge is, - hath likewise sworn— But O! And shall forget the office of our hand,
What shall I say to thee, lord Scroop; thou cruel, Sooner than quittance 4 of desert and merit, Ingrateful, savage, and inhuman creature ! According to the weight and worthiness.
Thou, that didst bear the key of all my counsels, Scroop. So service shall with steeled sinews toil; | That knew'st the very bottom of ́my soul, And labour shall refresh itself with hope;
That almost mightst have coin'd me into gold, To do your grace incessant services.
Wouldst thou have practis'd on me for thy use ? K. Hen. We judge no less. — Uncle of Exeter, May it be possible, that foreign hire Enlarge the man committed yesterday,
Could out of thee extract one spark of evil, That rail'd against our person: we consider, That might annoy my finger ? 'tis so strange, It was excess of wine that set him on;
That though the truth of it stands off as gross And, on his more advice, we pardon him.
As black from white, my eye will scarcely see it. Scroop. That's mercy, but too much security : Treason, and murder, ever kept together, Let him be punish'd, sovereign; lest example As two yoke-devils sworn to either's purpose, Breed, by his sufferance, more of such a kind. Working so grossly in a natural cause, K. Hen. O, let us yet be merciful.
That admiration did not whoop at them : Cam. So may your highness, and yet punish too. But thou, 'gainst all proportion, didst bring in
Grey. You show great mercy, if you give him life, Wonder, to wait on treason, and on murder : After the taste of much correction.
And whatsoever cunning fiend it was, K. Hen. Alas, your too much love and care of me That wrought upon thee so preposterously, Are heavy orisons 5 'gainst this poor wretch. Gave thee no instance why thou shouldst do treason, If little faults, proceeding on distemper,
Unless to dub thee with the name of traitor. Shall not be wink'd at, how shall we stretch our eye, If that same dæmon, that hath gull’d thee thus, When capital crimes, chew'd, swallow'd, and di- Should with his lion gait', walk the whole world, gested,
He might return to vasty Tartar o back, Appear before us? - We'll yet enlarge that man, And tell the legions - - I can never win Though Cambridge, Scroop, and Grey, - in their A soul so easy as that Englishman’s.
0, how hast thou with jealousy infected And tender preservation of our person,
The sweetness of affiance! Show men dutiful ? Would have him punish'd. And now to our Why, so didst thou : Seem they grave and learned? French causes ;
Why, so didst thou : Come they of noble family? Who are the late 6 commissioners ?
Why, so didst thou: Seem they religious ? Cam. I one, my lord ;
Why, so didst thou: Or are they spare in diet; Your highnesc bade me ask for it to-day.
Free from gross passion, or of mirth, or anger; Scroop. So did you me, my liege.
Constant in spirit, not swerving with the blood; Grey. And me, my royal sovereign.
Garnish'd and deck'd in modest complement'; K. Hen. Then, Richard, earl of Cambridge, there Not working with the eye, without the ear,
And, but in purged judgment, trusting neither? There yours, lord Scroop of Masham ; — and, sir Such, and so finely bolted ?, didst thou seem : knight,
And thus thy fall hath left a kind of blot, Grey of Northumberland, this same is yours : - To mark the full-fraught man, and best indued, Read them; and know, I know your worthiness. With some suspicion. I will weep for thee; My lord of Westmoreland, - and uncle Exeter, For this revolt of thine, methinks, is like We will aboard to-night. — Why, how now, gentle- Another fall of man. Their faults are open, men ?
Arrest them to the answer of the law; What see you in those papers, that you lose
And heaven acquit them of their practices ! So much complexion ?- look ye, how they change! Ere. I arrest thee of high treason, by the name Their cheeks are paper. -Why, what read you there, of Richard earl of Cambridge. That hath so cowarded and chas'd your blood
I arrest thee of high treason, by the name of Out of appearance?
Henry lord Scroop of Masham.
I arrest thee of high treason, by the name of
Scroop. Our purposes God justly hath discover'd; K. Hen. The mercy, that was quick7 in us but late, And repent my fault, more than my death ; 4 Recompense.
9 Tartarus 6 Lately appointed.
Which I beseech your highness to forgive,
God, God! three or four times : now I, to comfort Although my body pay the price of it.
him, bid him, 'a should not think of God; I hoped, Cam. For me, the gold of France did not there was no need to trouble himself with any such seduce;
thoughts yet : So, 'a bade me lay more clothes on Although I did admit it as a motive,
his feet: I put my hand into the bed, and felt them, The sooner to effect what I intended :
and they were as cold as any stone ; then I felt to But heaven be thanked for prevention;
his knees, and all was as cold as any stone. Which I in sufferance heartily will rejoice,
Nym. They say, he cried out of sack. Beseeching God, and you, to pardon me.
Quick. Ay, that 'a did. Grey. Never did faithful subject more rejoice Bard. And of women. At the discovery of most dangerous treason,
Quick. Nay, that 'a did not. Than I do at this hour joy o'er myself,
Boy. Yes, that 'a did; and said, they were devils Prevented from a damned enterprize :
incarnate. My fault, but not my body, pardon, sovereign. Quick. 'A could never abide carnation ; 'twas a K. Hen. God quit you in his mercy! Hear your colour he never liked. sentence.
Bard. Well, he is gone, and all the riches I got You have conspir'd against our royal person, in his service. Join'd with an enemy proclaim'd, and from his coffers Nym. Shall we shog off? the king will be gone Receiv'd the golden earnest of our death ;
from Southampton. Wherein you would have sold your king to slaughter, Pist. Come, let's away. – My love, give me thy His princes and his peers to servitude,
lips. His subjects to oppression and contempt,
Look to my chattels, and my moveables : And his whole kingdom unto desolation.
Let senses rule; the word is, Pitch and pay; Touching our person, seek we no revenge;
Trust none; But we our kingdom's safety must so tender, For oaths are straws, men's faiths are wafer cakes, Whose ruin you three sought, that to her laws And hold-fast is the only dog, my duck; We do deliver you. Get you therefore hence, Therefore, caveto be thy counsellor. Poor miserable wretches, to your death :
Go, clear thy crystals. Yoke-fellows in arms, The taste whereof, God, of his mercy, give you
Let us to France! like horse-leeches, my boys; Patience to endure, and true repentance
To suck, to suck, the very blood to suck! Of all your dear offences ! - Bear them hence. Boy. And that is but unwholesome food, they say.
[Exeunt Conspirators, guarded. Pist. Touch her soft mouth and march. Now, lords, for France ; the enterprize whereof Bard. Farewell, hostess.
[Kissing her. Shall be to you, as us, like glorious.
Nym. I cannot kiss, that is the humour of it; but, We doubt not of a fair and lucky war;
adieu. Since heaven so graciously hath brought to light Pist. Let housewifery appear; keep close, I thee This dangerous treason, lurking in our way,
command. To hinder our beginnings, we doubt not now, Quick. Farewell; adieu.
(Eseunt. But every rub is smoothed on our way. Then forth, dear countrymen ; let us deliver SCENE IV. - France. A Room in the French Our puissance into the hand of God,
King's Palace. Putting it straight in expedition.
Enter the French King attended; the Dauphin, the Cheerly to sea; the signs of war advance :
Duke or BURGUNDY, the CONSTABLE, and others. No king of England, if not king of France.
Fr. King. Thus come the English with full power
upon us ; SCENE III.- Mrs. Quickly's House in Eastcheap. And more than carefully it us concerns,
To answer royally in our defences. Enter Pistol, Mrs. QUICKLY, Nyu, BARDOLPH, Therefore the dukes of Berry, and of Bretagne, and Boy.
Of Brabant, and of Orleans, shall make forth, Quick. Pr’ythee, honey-sweet husband, let me and you, prince dauphin, — with all swift despatch, bring thee to Staines.
To line, and new repair, our towns of war, Pist. No; for my manly heart doth yearn. 3- With men of courage, and with means defendant: Bardolph, be blithe ; – Nym, rouse thy vaunting For England his approaches makes as fierce, veins;
As waters to the sucking of a gulph. Boy, bristle thy courage up; for Falstaff he is dead, It fits us then, to be as provident And we must yearn therefore.
As fear may teach us, out of late examples Bard. 'Would, I were with him, wheresome'er Left by the fatal and neglected English he is.
Upon our fields. Quick. Nay, sure, he's in Arthur's bosom, if ever Dau.
My most redoubted father man went to Arthur's bosom. 'A made a finer end, It is most meet we arm us 'gainst the foe : and went away, an it had been any christom * child; For peace itself should not so dull 5 a kingdom, 'a parted even just between twelve and one, e'en at (Though war, nor no known quarrel, were in questurning o’the tide: for after I saw him fumble with
tion,) the sheets, and play with Aowers, and smile upon But that defences, musters, preparations, his finger's ends, I knew there was but one way; for should be maintain'd, assembled, and collected, his nose was as sharp as a pen, and 'a babbled of As were a war in expectation. green fields. How now, sir John ? quoth I: what, Therefore, I say, 'tis meet we all go forth, man ! be of good cheer. So 'a cried out - - God, To view the sick and feeble parts of France : 3 Grieve. 4 A child not more than a month old.
Render it callous, insensible.