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Make less thy body, (hence!) and more thy grace ;
riots : Till then I banish thee on pain of death, As I have done the rest of my misleaders, Not to come near our person by ten miles. For competence of life, I will allow you, That lack of means inforce you not to evil : And as we hear you do reform yourselves, We will, according to your strengths and qualities, Give you advancement. Be't your charge, my Lord, To see perform'd the tenor of our word.
[Ex. King, &c. S C. E NE: Fat. Master Shallow, I owe you a thousand potind.
Shal. Ay, marry, Sir John, which I beseech you to let me have home with me.
Fal That can hardly be, Mr. Shallow. Do not you grieve at this; I shall be sent for in private to him: look you,
he must seem thus to the world. Fear not your advancement, I will be the man yet that Thall make you great.
Shal. I cannot perceive how, unless you give me your doublet, and Ituff me out with straw. I befeech you, good Sir John, let me have five hundred of my thouiand.
Fal. Sir, I will be as good as my word. This that you heard, was but a colour
Shal. A colour, I fear, that you will die in, Sir John.
Fal. Fear no colours: go with me to dinner. Come, Lieutenant Fiftol; come, Bardolph. I shall be sent for foon at night.
Enter Chief Justice and Prince John.
Fal. My Lord, my Lord
Take them away.
Pift. Si fortuna me tormenta, il sperare me contenta.
Ch. Juft. And so they are.
Lan. I will lay odds, that ere this year expire,
Spoken by a DANCER. Irji, my fear; - then, my courtly; last, my speech. and my speech, to beg your pardons. If you look for a good speech now, you rundo nie ; for what I have to say is of mine own making, and what, indeed, I should juy, will, I doubt, prove mine own marring. But to the pure pose, and go to the venture. Be it known to you, ( as it is very well), I was lately here in the end of a displealing play, to pray your patience for it, and to promise you a better. I did mean, indeed, to pay you with this; which if, like an ill venture, it come unluckily home, I break.. and you, my gentle creditors, life. Here I promised you I would be, and here I commit ny bödy to your mercies :
bate me fome, and I will pay you fome, and, as most debtors do, promise you infinitely.
If my tongue cannot intreat you to acquit me, will you command se to use my legs? and yet that were but light payment, to dance out of your debti but a good confcience will make any possible satisfaction, and so will I. All the gentlewomen here have forgiven me; if, the gentlemen will not, then the gentlemen do not agree with the gentlewomen, which was never seen before in such an af sembly. One word more, I beseech you.
If you be not too much cloy'd with fat meat, our humble author will continue the story with Sir John in it, and make you merry
with fair Catharine of France; where, for any thing I know, Falstaf Jhall die of a sweat, unlefs already he be killid with your hard opinions : for Oldcastle * died a martyr, and this is not the man.
My tongue is weary : when my legs are too, I will bid you good night, and so kneel dorun before you ; but, indeed, to pray for the Queen.
* This alludes to the first play, in which Sir John Oldcastle was fut for Falstaff, Mr. Pope.
KING HENRY V.
uncles 10 Duke of Burgundy.
Orleans, Earl of Weitmorland. Rambares, French Lords Earl of Warwick.
Bourbon, Archbishop of Canterbury. Grandpree, J Bijhop of Ely.
Governor of Harfleur. Earl of Cam- conspira Mountjoy, a herald. · bridge,
tors mballadors to the King of Lord Scroop,
England. Sir Tho. Grey,
Ifabel, Queen of Fras.ce. Sir Tho. Er-)
Catharine, daughter to the pingham, Gower,
officers in K. King of France. Fluellen,
Henry's Alice, a lady attending on the Mackmorris,
Quickly," Pistol's wife, an Jamy,
formerly ferBardolph, (vants to Faljtaff, CHORUS. Pistol,
now soldiers in Lords, Messengers, French,
the King's army. Il and English Soldiers, with Bates, a soldier.
other attendants. The SCENE, at the beginning of the play, lies in Eng
land; but afterwards, wholly in France.
For a mufe of fire, that would afcend
The brightest heaven of invention!
This play was writ (as appears from a passage in the chorus to the fifth act) at the time of the Earl of Esex's commanding the forces in Ireland in the reign of Q. Elisabeth, and not till after Henry VI, had as may be seen by the conclusion of this play. Mr. Pope.
“ And monarchs to behold the swelling scene!
Then should the warlike Harry, like himself,
Arme the port of Mars; and, at his heels, “ (Leafl'd in, like hounds), jould famine, fuord, and “ Grouch for employment. Pardon, gentles áll, [fires The flat unraised spirit, that hath dar'd, On this unworthy scaffold, to bring forth So great an object. Can this cock-pit hold The vasty field of France ? or may we cram, Within this wooden 0, “the very caskes “ That did af right the air, at ngincourt? 0, pardon ; since a crooked figure may Attest in little place a million ; Ind let us, cyphers to this great accompt, On your imaginary forces work. Suppose within the girdle of these walls sire now confind two mighty monarchies ; “ Whose high up-reared, and abutting fronts “ Perilous, the narrow ocean parts afunder. Piece out our imperfections with your thoughts: Into a thousand parts divide one man, And make imaginary puisance : Think, when we talk of horses, that you see them Printing their proud hoofs i° th’ receiving earth, For 'tis your thoughts that now muft deck our Kings, Carry them here, and there; jumping o'er times ; Turning th' accomplishment of many years Into an hour-glafs : for the which supply, Admit me Chorus to this history ; Who, prologue-like, your humble patience pray, Gently to hear, kindly to judge, our play.
A C Τ Ι.
S C Ε Ν Ε Ι.
An antechamber in the English court, at Kenilworth. Enter the Archbishop of Canterbury, and Bishop of Ely. Cant. Y Lord, I'll tell
Il you; that self bill is urged,