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he would make this a bloody day to somebody. But I pray God the fruit of her womb miscarry
1 Bead. If it do, you shall have a dozen of cushions again; you have but eleven now.Come, I charge you both go with me; for the man is dead, that you and Pistol beat among you.
Fal. I will deliver her.
[Shouts within, and the Trumpets sound. Pist. There roar'd the sea, and trumpet-clangour sounds.
Enter the KING and his Train, the CHIEF JUSTICE among them.
Dol. I'll tell thee what, thou thin man in a censer! I will have you as soundly swinged for this, you blue-bottle rogue !t you filthy famish-ed correctioner! if you be not swinged, I'll forswear half-kirtles.‡
1 Bead. Come, come, you she knight-errant,
Host. O, that right should thus overcome might! Well; of sufferance comes ease.
Dol. Come, you rogue, come; bring me to a justice.
Host. Ay; come, you starved blood-bound.
Dol. Come, you thin thing; come, you rascal! 1 Bead. Very well. [Exeunt. SCENE V.-A public Place near Westminster Abbey.
Enter two GROOMS, strewing Rushes. 1 Groom. More rushes, more rushes. 2 Groom. The trumpets have sounded twice. 1 Groom. It will be two o'clock ere they come from the coronation: Despatch, despatch.
[Exeunt Grooms. Enter FALSTAFF, SHALLOW, PISTOL, BARDOLPH, and the PAGE.
Fal. Stand here by me, master Robert Shallow; I will make the king do you grace: I will leer upon him, as 'a comes by; and do but mark the countenance that he will give me.
Pist. God bless thy lungs, good knight. Fal. Come here, Pistol; stand behind me. O, if I had had time to have made new liveries, I would have bestowed the thousand pound I borrowed of you. [To SHALLOW.] But 'tis no matter; this poor show doth better: this doth infer the zeal I had to see him.
Fal. God save thy grace, king Hal! my royal Hal.
Pist. The heavens thee guard and keep, most royal imp* of fame!
Fal. God save thee, my sweet boy!
King. My lord chief justice, speak to that vain
Ch. Just. Have you your wits? know you what 'tis you speak?
Fal. My king! my Jove! I speak to thee, my heart!
King. I know thee not, old man: Fall to thy prayers;
How ill white hairs become a fool, and jester!
That I have turn'd away my former self;
Shal. Ay, marry, Sir John; which I beseech you to let me have home with me.
Fal. That can hardly be, master 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 shall make you great.
Shal. I cannot perceive how; unless you give me your doublet, and stuff me out with straw. I beseech you, good Sir John, let me have five hundred of my thousand.
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 Pistol;-come, Bardolph:-I shall be sent for soon at night.
Ch. Jusi. I cannot dow speak: I will hear you the end of a displeasing play, to pray your paTake them away.
[soon. tience for it, and to promise you a better. I did Pist. Si fortuna me tormenta, spero me contenta. mean, indeed, to pay you with this: wbich, if, like [Etcunt Fal. SHAL. PIST. BARD. Page, an ill venture, it come unluckily home, I break, and Officers.
and you, my gentle creditors, lose. Here, I proP. John. I like this fair proceeding of the mised you, I would be, and here I commit my king's :
body to your mercies : bate me some, and I will He hath intent, his wonted followers
pay you some, and, as most debtors do, promise Shall all be very well provided for;
you infinitely. But all are banish'd, till their conversations If my tongue cannot entreat you to acquit me, Appear more wise and modest to the world.
will you command me to use my legs? and yet Ch. Just. And so they are.
that were but light payment,—to dance out of P. John. The king hath call'd his parliament, your debt. But a good conscience will make
any possible satisfaction, and so will l. All the Ch. Just. He hath.
gentlewomen here have forgiven me; if the genP. John. I will lay odds,-that, ere this year tlemen will not, then the gentlemen do not agree expire,
with the gentlewomen, which was never seen We bear our civil swords, and native fire, before in such an assembly. As far as France: I heard a bird so sing,
One word more, I beseech you. If you be not Whose music, to my thinking, pleas'd the king.
too much cloyed with fat meat, our humble auCome, will you bence ?
(Exeunt. thor will continue the story, with Sir John in EPILOGUE.
it, and make you merry with fair Katharine of SPOKEN BY A DANCER.
France : where, for any thing I know, Falstaff First, my fear; then, my court'sv ; last, my shall die of a sweat, unless already he be killed speech. My fear is, your displeasure ; my with your hard opinions ; for Oldcastle died a court'sy, my duty; and my speech, to beg your martyr, and this is not the man. My tongue is pardons. If you look for a good speech now, weary; when my legs are too, I will bid you you undo me: for what I have to say, is of wine good night : and so kneel down before you;own making; and what, indeed, I should say, but, indeed, to pray for the queen.* will, I doubt, prove mine own marring. But to the purpose, and so to the venture.-Be it known the King of Queen. Hence, perhaps, the Vivent Rez et Re
* Most of the ancient interludes conclude with a prayer før to you, (as it is very well,) I was lately here in gina, at the bottom of our modern play-bills.
AMBASSADORS to the King of England.
ISABEL, Queen of France.
QUICKLY, Pistol's Wife, a Hostess.
Lords, Ladies, Officers, French and Englisia Soldiers, Messengers, and Attendants.
The SCENE, at the beginning of the Play, lies in England; but afterwards wholly in France.
ACT I. SCENE I-London.-An Antichamber in tire King's Palace.
Enter the Archbishop of CANTERBURY, and Bishop of ELY.
Cant. My lord I'll tell you,-that self bill is urg'd, [reign Which, in the eleventh year o'the last king'a Was like, and had indeed against us pass'd, But that the scambling and unquiet time Did push it out of further question.*
Ely. But how, my lord, shall we resist it
Cant. It must be thought on.
We lose the better half of our possession:
Full fifteen earls, and fifteen hundred knights;
KING HENRY V.
3NG HENRY THE FIFTH.
UKE OF GLOSTER, Brothers to the King.
Charles the SIXTH, King of France.
DUKES OF BURGUNDY, ORLEANS, and BOURBON.
RAMEURES, and GRANDPREE, French Lords.
FARLS OF SALISBURY, WESTMORELAND, and GOVERNOR OF HARFLEUR. MONTJOY, a
HUKE OF EXETER, Uncle to the King.
UKE OF YORK, Cousin to the King.
CHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY.
SHOP OF ELY.
ARL OF CAMBRIDGE,
R THOMAS GREY,
ATES, COURT, WILLIAMS, Soldiers in the same.
O, for a muse of fire, that would ascend 'he brightest heaven of invention !
kingdom for a stage, princes to act, nd monarchs to behold the swelling scene! 'hen should the warlike Harry, like himself, ssume the port of Mars; and, at his heels, eash'd in like hounds, should famine, sword, and fire,
rouch for employment. But pardon, gentles all,
An allusion to the circular form of the theatre.
Cant. 'Twould drink the cup and all.
Cant. The king is full of grace, and fair re-
Ely. And a 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, mortified in him,
Ely. What was the impediment that broke Seem'd to die too: yea, at that very moment,
this off? Consideration like an angel came,
Cant. The French ambassador, upon that inAvd whipp'd the offending Adam out of bim;
stant, Leaving his body as a paradise,
Cravd audience : and the hour I think is come, To envelop and contain celestial spirits.
To give him hearing: Is it four o'clock? Never was such a sudden scholar made :
Ely. It is Never came reformation in a flood,
Cant. Then go we in, to know his embassy ; With such a heady current, scouring faults ; Which I could, with a ready guess, declare, Nor never llydra-headed wilfulness
Before the Frenchmen speak a word of it. So soon did lose his seat, and all at once,
Ely. I'll wait upon you; and I long to hear it. As in this king.
[Ereunt. Ely. We are blessed in tho change. Cant. Hear him but reason in divinity,
SCENE II. –The same.-A Room of State in the And, all-admiring, with an inward wish You would desire, the king were made a pre- Enter King HENRY, GLOSTER, BEDFORD, Es. late:
FTER, WARWICK, WESTMORELAND, and Al. Hlear him debate of commonwcalth affairs,
qendants. You would say,-it hath been all-in-all his study; List* his discourse of war, and you shall hear
K. Hen. Where is my gracious lord of CanA fearful battle render'd you in music :
terbury? Turn him to any cause of policy,
Ece. Not here in presence. The Gordian knot of it he will unloose,
K. Hen. Send for him, good uncle [liege? Familiar as his garter ; thal, when he speaks,
West. Shall we call in the ambassador, my The air, a charter'd libertine, is still,
K. Hen. Not yet, my cousin; we would be And the mute wonder lurketh in men's ears,
resolv'd, To steal his sweet and honeyed sentences ;
Before we hear him, of some things of weight, So that the art and practic part of life
That task our thoughts, concerning us and France. Must be the mistress to this theoric :
Enter the Archbishop of CANTERBURY, and Which is a wonder how his grace should
Bishop of Ely. glean it,
Cant. God and his angels guard your sacred Since his addiction was to courses vain :
My learned lord we pray you to proceed ;
And justly and religiously unfold, From open haunts and popularity.
Why the law Salique, that they have in France, Ely. The strawberry grows underneath the Or should, or should not, bar us in our claim. nettle :
And God forbid, my dear and faithful lord, And wholesome berries thrive and ripen best, That you should fashion, wrest, or bow your Neighbour'd by fruit of baser quality:
reading, And so the prince obscur'd his contemplation Or nicely charge your understanding soul Under the veil of wildness; which no doubt, With opening titles miscreate, * whose right Grew like summer grass, fastest by night, Suits not in native colours with the truth; Unseen, yet creşcives in his faculty.
For God doth know, how many, now in health Cant. It must be so : for miracles are ceas'd; Shall drop their blood in approbation And therefore we must needs admit the means, of what your reverence shall incite as to : How things are perfected.
Therefore take heed how you impawn our person, Ely. But, my good lord,
How you awake the sleeping sword of war; How now for mitigation of this bill
We charge you in the name of God take heed: Urg'd by the commons? Doth his majesty For never two such kingdoms did contend, Incline to it, or no?
Without much fall of blood; whose guiltless Cant. He seems indifferent;
drops Or, rather, swaying more upon our part, Are every one a woe, a sore complaint, Than cherishing the exbibiters against us : 'Gainst him, whose wrongs give edge unto the For I have made an offer to his majesty,–
swords Upon our spiritual convocation ;
That make such waste in brief mortality. And in regard of causes now in hand,
Under this conjuration, speak, my lord : Which I have open'd to his grace at large, And we will hear, note, and believe in heart, As touching France,-to give a greater sum That what you speak is in your concience wash'd Than ever at one time the clergy yet
As pure as sin with baptism. Did to his predecessors part withal.
Cant. Then hear me, gracious sovereign,--and Ely. How did this offer seem receiv’d, my you peers, lord ?
That owe your lives, your faith, and services, Cant. With good acceptance of his majesty; To this imperial throne ;-There is no bar Save, that there was not time enough to hear To make against your bighness' claim to France, (As, I perceiv'd, his grace would fain have done,) But this, which they produce from PharaThe severals, and unhidden passages,
mondof his true titles to some certain dukedoms; In terram Salicam mulieres nè succedant, And, generally, to the crown and seat of France, Nowoman shall succeed in Salique land: Deriv'd from Edward, his great grandfather. Which Salique land the French unjustly gloze,
† Theory. Companiong
* Listen to.
To be the realm of France, and Pharamond Making defeat on the full power of France ; The founder of this law and female bar.
Whiles his most mighty father on a hill Yet their own authors faithfully affirm,
Stood smiling; to behold his lion's whelp That the land Salique lies in Germany, Forage in blood of French nobility.* Between the floods of Sala and of Elbe : O doble English, that could entertain Where Charles the great, having subdued the With half their forces the full ptide of France ; Saxons,
And let another half stand laughing by, There left behind and settled certain French; All out of work, and cold for action! Who, holding in disdain the German women, Ely. Awake remembrance of these valiant dead, For some dishonest manners of their life, And with your puissant arm renew their feats: Establish'd there this law,-to wit, no female You are their heir, you sit upon their throne; Should be inberitrix in Salique land ;
The blood and courage, that renowned them, Which Salique, as I said, 'twixt Elbe and Sala, Runs in your veins; and my thrice-puissant liege Is at this day in Germany call'd--Meisen. Is in the very May-morn of his youth, Thus doth it well appear, the Salique law Ripe for exploits and mighty enterprises. Was not devised for the realm of France :
Exe. Your brother kings and monarchs of the Nor did the French possess the Salique land
earth Until four hundred one and twenty years Do all expect that you should rouse yourself, After defunction of king Pharamond,
As did the former lions of your blood. Idly suppos'd the founder of this law;
West. They know, your grace hath cause, and Who died within the year of our redemption
means, and might; Four hundred twenty-six; and Charles the great So hath your highness; never king of England Subdued the Saxons, and did seat the French Had nobles richer, and more loyal subjects; Beyond the river Sala, in the year
Whose hearts have left their bodies here in Eng Eight hundred five. Besides, their writers say, land, King Pepin, which deposed Childerick,
And lie pavilion'd in the fields of France. Did, as heir general, being descended
Cant. 0, let their bodies follow, my dear liege, Of Blithild, which was the daughter to Clothair, With blood, and sword, and fire, to win your Make claim and title to the crown of France.
right: Hugh Capet also,--that usurp'd the crown In aid whereof, we of the spirituality Of Charles the duke of Lorain, sole heir male Will raise your highness such a mighty sum, Of the true line and stock of Charles the great,-- As never did the clergy at one time To fipe* his title with some show of truth, Bring in to any of your ancestors. (Though, in pure truth, it was corrupt and K. Hen. We must not only arm to invade the naught,)
French; Convey'di himself as heir to the lady Lingare, But lay down our proportions to defend Daughter to Charlemain, who was ihe son Against the Scot, who will make road upon us To Lewis the emperor, and Lewis the son With all advantages. or Charles the great. Also king Lewis the tenth, Cant. They of those marches,t gracious soveWho was sole heir to the usurper Capet,
Shall be a wall sufficient to defend [reign, Could not keep quiet in his eonscience,
Our inland from the pelsering borderers. Wearing the crown of France, till satisfied K. Hen. We do not mean the coursing snatchThat fair queen Isabel, his grandmother,
ers only, Was lineal of the lady Ermengare, (Lorain : But fear the main intendments of the Scot Daughter to Charles the aforesaid duke of Who hath been still a giddy neighbour to us ; By the which marriage, the line of Charles the For you shall read, that my great grandfather Was reunited to the crown of France. [great Never went with his forces into France, So that, as clear as is the summer's suo, But that the Scot on his unfurnish'd kingdom King Pepin's title, and Hugh Capet's claim, Came pouring, like the tide unto a breach, King Lewis his satisfaction, all appear
With ample and brim fulness of his force : To hold in right and title of the female : Galling the gleaned land with hot essays; So do the kings of France unto this day; Girding with grievous siege, castles and towns ; Howbeit they would hold up this Salique law, That England, being empty of defence, To bar your highness claiming from the female; Hath shook, and trembled at the ill neighbourAnd rather choose to hide them in a net,
hood. Than amply to imbares their crooked titles Cant. She hath been then more fear'd, than Usurp'd from you and your progenitors.
harm'd, my liege : K. Hen. May I, with right and conscience, For hear her but exampled by herself,-make this claim ?
When all her chivalry hath been in France, Cant. The sin upon my head, dread sove. And she a mourning widow of her nobles, reign!
She hath herself not only well defended, For in the book of Numbers is it writ,
But taken, and impounded as a stray, When the son dies, let the inheritance
The king of Scots; whom she did send to France, Descend unto the daughter. Gracious lord, To fill king Edward's fame with prisoner kings ; Stand for your own; unwind your bloody flag; And make your chronicle as rich with praise, Look back unto your mighty ancestors : A3 is the ooze and bottom of the sea Go, my dread lord, to your great grandsire's tomb, With sunked wreck and sumless treasuries. From whom you claim; invoke his warlike spirit, West. But there's a saying, very old and true, And your great uncle's, Edward the black prince;
If that you will France win, Who on the French ground play'd a tragedy,
Then with Scotland first begin :
* At the battle of Cressy * Make showy or specious.
The borders of England and Seoilund. * Derived his title.