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Usurp'd from you and your progenitors. [claim?
K. Henry. May I with right and conscience make this
Cant. The fin upon my head, dread Sovereign!
Ely. Awake renembrance of these valiant dead,
Exe. Your brother kings and monarchs of the earth
Cant. In aid whereof, we of the fpirituality
Bring in to any of your ancestors.
K. Henry. We must not only arm t'invade the French, But lay down our proportions to defend Againft the Scot, who will make road upon us With all advantages.
Cant. They of those marches, gracious Sovereign, Shall be a wall fufficient to defend Our inland from the pilfering borderers.
K. Henry. We do not mean the coursing snatchers But fear the main intendment of the Scot, [only, Who hath been fill a giddy neighbour to us : For you shall read, that my great-grandfather Ne'er went with his full forces into France, But that the Scot on his unfurnish'd kingdom Came pouring, like a tide into a breach, With ample and brim fulness of his force; Galling the gleaned land with hot assays; Girding with grievous fiege castles and towns; That England, being empty of defence, Hath shook, and trembled, at th’ill neighbourhood.
Cant. She hath been then more fear’d than harm’d, For hear her best exampled by herself; [my Liege: When all her chivalry hath been in France, And she a mourning widow of her Nobles, She hath herself not only well defended, But taken and impounded as a stray The King of Scots; whom she did send to France, To fill King Edward's fame with prisoner-kings; And make his chronicle as rich with prize, As is the ouzy bottom of the fea' With funken wreck and fumless treasuries.
Exe. But there's a faying very old and true, If that you will France win, then with Scotland first begin*. For once the eagle England being in prey, To her unguarded nest the weazel Scot, Comes sneaking, and so fucks her princely eggs; Playing the mouse in absence of the cat, To taint, and havock, more than she can eat.
Ely. It follows then, the cat must stay at home, Yet that is but a 'scus'd t necessity;
* Hall's chronicle. Hen. V. year 2. fol. 7 p. 2. X. Mr. Pope. fine, excufed.
Since we have locks to safeguard necessaries,
Cant. Therefore Heaven doth divide The state of man in divers functions, Setting endeavour in continual motion : To which is fixed, as an aim or butt, Obedience ; for fo work the honey-bees; Creatures, that by a ruling nature teach The art of order to a peopled kingdom. They have a king, and officers of Tort: “ Where some, like magistrates, correct at homé ; .“ Others, like merchant-venturers, trade abroad; “ Others, like soldiers, armed in their stings, “ Make boot upon the summer's velvet-buds; “ Which pillage they with merry march bring home “ To the tent-royal of their emperor : " Who, bufied in his majesty, surveys “ The singing mason building roofs of gold; • The civil citizens heading up the honey; “ The poor mechanic porters crouding in " Their heavy burdens at his narrow gate ; “ The fad-ey'd justice, with his furly hum,
Delivering o'er to executors pale “ The lazy yawning drone. I this infer, That many things, having full reference To one consent, may work contrarioufly: As many arrows, loosed several ways, Come to one mark: as many ways meet in one town, As many fresh streams meet in one falt sea; As many lines close in the dial's centre; So may a thousand actions, 't once a-foot, End in one purpose, and be all well borne Without defeat. Therefore to France, my Liege. Divide your happy England into four; Whereof take you one quarter into France; And you withal shall make all Gailia shake :
If we, with thrice such
left at home,
K. Henry. Call in the messengers fent from the Dau-
SCENE III. Enter Ambasadors of France. Now are we well prepar'd to know the pleasure Of our fair cousin Dauphin ; for we hear; Your greeting is from him, not from the King.
Amb. May't please your Majesty, to give us leave Freely to render what we have in charge : Or shall we fparingly shew you far off The Dauphin's meaning, and our embaffy?
K. Henry. We are no tyrant, but a Christian King, Unto whose grace
our paffion is as subject, As are our wretches fetter'd in our prisons : Therefore, with frank and with uncurbed plainness, Tell us the Dauphin's mind.
Amb. Thus then, in few. Your Highness, lately sending into France, Did claim fome certain dukedoms in the right Of your great predecessor, Edward the Third. In answer of which claim, the Prince our master Says, that you favour too much of your youth; And bids you be advis’d: there's nought in France, That can be with a nimble galliard won; You cannot revel into dukedoms there : He therefore sends you (meeter for your spirit)
the Chriftian grace. Vol. IV. K k
This tun of treasure ; and in lieu of this,
K. Henry. What treasure, uncle ?
K. Henry. We're glad the Dauphin is so pleasant with