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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!
For in the book of Numbers it is writ,
When the son * dies, let the inheritance
Descend unto the daughter. Gracious Lord,
Stand for your own, unwind your bloody flag :
Look back into your mighty ancestors;
Go, my dread Lord, to your great grandfire's tomb,
From whom you claim ; invoke his warlike spirit; ..
And your great uncle Edward the Black Prince;
Who on the French ground play'd a tragedy,
Making defeat on the full pow'r of France;
While his most mighty father, on a hill,
Stood smiling, to behold his lion's whelp
Forage in blood of French Nobility.
O noble English, that could entertain.
With half their forces the full pow'r of France;
And let another half stand laughing by,
All cut of work, and cold for action !

Ely. Awake renembrance of these valiant dead,
And with your puissant arın renew their feats !
You are their heir, you fit upon their throne;
The blood and courage that renowned them,
Runs in your veins; and my thrice-puissant Liege
Is in the very May-morn of his youth,
Ripe for exploits and mighty enterprises.

Exe. Your brother kings and monarchs of the earth
Do all expect that you fhould rouse yourself;
As did the former lions of

your

blood.
West. They know, your race had cause, and means,

and might:
So hath your Highness; never King of England
Had nobles richer, and more loyal subjects;
Whose hearts have left their bodies here in England,
And lie pavilion'd in the field of France.
O let their bodies follow, my dear Liege,
With blood, and fword, and fire, to win your right.

Cant. In aid whereof, we of the spirituality
Will raise your Highness such a mighty fum,
As never did the clergy at one time.
* Man. See Hall, lue, cit. Mr. Pope,

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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 still 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 fo 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,
And pretty traps to catch the petty thieves.
While that the armed hand doth fight abroad,
Th' advised head defends itself at home :
For government, though high, and low, and lower,
Pur into parts, doth keep in one consent;
Congreeing in a full and natural close,
Like music.

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

powers

left at home,
Cannot defend our own-doors from the dog,
Let us be worried; and our nation lose
The name of hårdiness and policy.

K. Henry. Call in the messengers fent from the Dau-
Now are we well resolv'd; and by God's help [phin.
Aad yours, the noble sinews of our power,
France being ours, we'll bend it to our awe,
Or break it all to pieces. There we'll fit,
Ruling in large and ample empery,
O’er France, and all her almost kingly dukedoms;
Or lay these bones in an unworthy urn,
Tombless, with no remembrance over them.
Either our history shall with full mouth
Speak freely of our acts; or else our grave,
Like Turkish mute, shall have a tongueless mouth,
Not worshipp'd with a waxen epitaph.

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 passion 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 predeceffor, 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

This tun of treasure ; and in lieu of this,
Desires you, let the dukedoms that you claim,
Hear no more of you. This the Dauphin speaks.

K. Henry. What treasure, uncle ?
Exe. Tennis-balls, my Liege.

K. Henry. We're glad the Dauphin is so pleasant with
His present, and your pains, we thank you for. [us.
When we have match'd our rackets to these balls,
We will in France, by God's grace, play a set,
Shall strike his father's crown into the hazard.
Tell him, h’ath made a match with such a wrangler,
That all the courts of France will be disturb'd
With chaces. And we understand him well,
How he comes o'er us with our wilder days;
Not measuring what use we made of them.
We never valu'd this poor feat of England;
And therefore, living hence; did give ourself
To barb'rous licence; as 'tis ever common,
That men are merrielt when they are from home.
But tell the Dauphin, I will keep my ftate,
Be like a King, and thew my fail of greatness,
When I do rouse me in my throne of France.
For that I have laid by my majesty,
And plodded like a man for working-days ;
But I will rise there with fo full a glory,
That I will dazzle all the eyes of France;
Yea, strike the Dauphin blind to look on us.
And tell the pleasant Prince, this mock of his
Hath turn'd his balls to gun-stones; and his fouľ
Shall stand fore charged for the wasteful vengeance
That shall fly with them. Many thousand widows
Shall this his mock mock out of their dear husbands;
Mock mothers from their fons, mock castles down :
And some are yet ungotten and unborn,
That shall have cause to curfe tħe Dauphin's fcort.
But this lies all within the will of God,
To whom I do appeal; and in whose name,
Tell you the Dauphin, I am coming on
To venge me as I may; and to put forth
My rightful hand in a well-hallow'd cause.
So get you hence in peace, and tell the Dauphin,
His jest will savour but of shallow wit,

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