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Did push it out of further question,
Ely. But how, my Lord, fhall we resist it now?
Cant. It must be thought on. If it pass against us,
We lose the better half of our poffeflion:
For all the temporal lands, which men devout
By testament have given to the church,
Would they strip from us ; being valu'd thus:
As much as would maintain, to the King's honour,
Full fifteen earls, and fifteen hundred knights,
Six thousand and two hundred good esquires;
And to relief of lazars, and weak age
Of indigent faint fouls, palt corporal toil,
A hundred alms-houses, right well supily'd;
And to the coffers of the King, beside,
A thousand pounds by th' year. Thus runs the bill.
Ely. This would drink deep.
Cant. 'Twould drink the cup and all..
Ely. But what prevention
Cant. he King is full of grace and fair regard.
Ely. And'á true lover of the holy church.
Cant. The courses of his youth promis'd it not;
The breath no sooner left his father's body,
But that his wildness, mortify'd in him,
Seem'd to die too ; yea, at that very moment,
“ Confideration, like an angel came,
" Ind whipp'd th' offending Adam out of him;
Leaving his body as a paradise,
" T'invelope and contain celeitial spirits.
Never was such a sudden scholar made :
Never came reformation in a flood
With such a heady current, fcow'ring faults:
Nor ever Hydra-headed wilfulness
So soon did loie his seat, and all at once,
As in this King
Ely. We're blessed in the change.
Cant. Hear him but reason in divinity,
And, all-admiring, with an inward wilh
You would delire, the King were inade a Prelate,
Hear him debate of commonwealth - iFairs,
You'd say, it hath been all in all his tuiy.
Lilt his discourse of war, and you ih ill hear
A fearful battle render d you in music.
Turn him to any cause of policy,
The Gordian knot of it he will unloofe,
Familiar as his garter. When he speaks,
The air, a charter'd libertine, is still ;
And the mute wonder lurketh in mens' ears,
To steal his sweet and honeyed fentences :
So that the act, and practic part of life,
Muit be the mistress to this theorique.
Which is a wonder how his Grace Thould glean it,
Since his addiction was to courses vain;
His companies unletter'd, rude, and thallow;
His hours fill'd up with riots, banquets, sports;
And never noted in him any study,
Any retirement, any sequestration,
From open haunts and popularity.
Ely. The strawberry grows underneath the nettle,
And wholsome berries thrive, and ripen beit,
Neighbour'd by fruit of bafer quality :
And so the Prince obscur'd his contemplation
Under the veil of wildness; which, no doubt,
Grew like the fummer-grass, faltest by night,
Unseen, yet crescive in his faculty.
Cant. It must be fo; for miracles are ceas'd :
And therefore we must needs admit the means,
How things are perfected.
Ely. But, my gook Lord,
How now for mitigation of this bill,
Urge'd by the Commons? doth his Majesty,
Incline to it, or no?
Cant. He seems indifferent;
Or rather swaying more upon our part,
Than cherishing th' exhibiters against us.
For I have made an offer to his Majesty,
Upon our fpiritual convocation ;
And in regard of causes now in hand,
Which I have open’d to his Grace at large,
As touching France, to give a greater sum,
Than ever at one time the clergy yet
Did to his predecessors part withal.
Ely. How did this offer teem receiv'd, my Lord ?
Cant. With good acceptance of his Majesty : Save that there was not time enough to hear
(As I perceiv'd his Grace would fain have done)
The severals, and unhidden passages
Of his true titles to fome certain dukedoms,
And, generally, to the crown of France,
Deriv'd from Edward his great grandfather.
Ely. What was the impediment that broke this off?
Cant. The French Ambassador upon that instant Cravd audience ; and the hour, I think, is come To give him hearing. Is it four o'clock?
Ely. It is.
Cant. Then go we in to know his embaffy :
Which I could with a ready guess declare,
Before the Frenchman speaks a word of it.
Ely. I'll wait upon you, and I long to hear it.
SCENE II. Opens to the presence. : Enter King Henry, Gloucester, Bedford, Clarence,
Warwick, Westmorland, and Exeter. K. Henry. Where is my gracious Lord of Canterbury? Exe. Not here in presence. K. Henry. Send for him, good uncle. Weft. Shall we call in th' ambaffador, my Liege ??
K. Henry. Not yet, my cousin; we would be resolvid, Before we hear him, of some things of weight, That task * our thoughts, concerning us and France. Enter the Archbishop of Canterbury, and Bishop of Ely.
Cant. God and his angels guard your sacred throne, And make you long become it!
K. Henry. Sure, we thank you. My learned Lord, we pray you to proceed, And justly and religiously unfold, Why the law Salike, that they have in France, Or should, or should not, bar us in our claim. And God forbid, my dear and faithful Lord, That you should fathion, wreit, or bow your reading; Or nicely charge your understanding soul With opening titlcs miscreate, whole right Suits not in native colours with the truth. * Task, for emply fimply.
For God doth know, how many now in health
Shall drop their blood, in approbation
Of what your reverence shall incite us 'to.
Therefore take heed how you impawn our person;
How you awake our sleeping sword of war :
We charge you in the name of God, take heed.
For never two such kingdoms did contend
Without much fall of blood; whose guiltless drops
Are every one a woe, a fore complaint,
'Gainst him whose wrong gives edge unto the swords,
That make such waste in brief mortality.
Under this conjuration, speak, my Lord ;
For we will hear, note, and believe in heart,
That what you speak is in your confcience washid,
As pure as sin with baptism.
Cant. Then hear me, gracious Sovereign, and you
That owe your lives, your faith, and services, [Peers,
To this imperial throne. + There is no bar
To make against your Highness' claim to France,
But this which they produce from Pharamond :
In terram Salicam mulieres ne fuccedant ;
No woman shall succeed in Salike land:
Which Salike land the French unjustly gloze
To be the realm of France, and Pharamond
The founder of this law and female bar.
Yet their own authors faithfully affirm,
That the land Salike lies in Germany,
Between the floods of Sala and of Elve:
Where Charles the Great, having fubdu'd the Saxons,
There left behind and settled certain French:
Who, holding in disdain the German women,
For some dishonest manners of their life,
Establish'd then this law; to wit, no female
should be inheritrix in Salike land :
Which Salike, as I said, 'twixt Elve and Sala,
Is at this day in Germany call’d Meisen.
Thus doth it well appear, that Salike law
Was not devised for the realm of France.
* Infanun for en age (my.
† Thuis wh e peich is copied (in a minner verba:im) from Hallie chronicle, Henry V, year ibe fecund, folio 4. xx, xxx. xl. &c.
Nor did the French possess the Salike land,
Until four hundred one and twenty years
After defunction of King Pharamond,
(Idly suppos'd the founder of this law)
Who died within the year of our redemption
Four hundred twenty-fix ; and Charles the Great
Subdu'd the Saxons, and did seat the French
Beyond the river Sala in the year
Eight hundred five. Besides, their writers say,
King Pepin, which depored Childerick,
Did as heir-general (being descended
Of Blithild, which was daughter to King Clothair)
Make claim and title to the crown of France.
Hugh Capet also, who ulurp'd the crown
Of Charles the Duke of Lorrain, fole heir-male
Of the true line and itock of Charles the Great,
To fine * his title with some thews of truth,
(Though, in pure truth, it was corrupt and naught),
Convey'd himself as heir to th' Lady .ingare,
Daughter to Charlemain, who was the ion
To Lewis th' Emperor, which was the fon
Of Charles the Great Alfo King Lewis the nincht,
Who was sole heir to the usurper Capet,
Could not keep quiet in his conicience,
Wearing the crown of France, till satisfy'd
That fair Queen Ifabel, his grandinother,
Was lineal of the Lady Ermengere,
Daughter to Charles the forefaid wuke of Lorrain :
By the which match the line of Charles the Great
Was re-united to the crown of France.
So that, as clear as is the tummer's iun,
King Pepin's title, and Hugh Capet's ciaim,
King Lewis his poffeflion , all appear
To hold in right and title of the female.
So do the Kings of France until this day.
Howbeit they would hold up this Salike law,
To bar your Highneis claiming from the female ;
And rather chuie to hide them in a net,
Than amply to imbare their crooked titles,
* i. e. refine, purity.
+ Tenth. See Holl. loc. cit. Mr. P.p.
Satisfaction. See Hall, loc. cit. Mr. Pope.