Which, in the eleventh year o'the last king's reign,
Ely. But how, my lord, shall we resist it now?
Of indigent and faint souls, past corporal toil,
JA fearful battle rende Turn him to any caus The Gordian knot of Familiar as his garter 5 The air, a charter'd li And the mute wonder To steal his sweet and
So that the art, and Must be the mistress t 10 Which is a wonder, ho Since his addiction was His companies unlette His hours fill'd up with And never noted in h 15 Any retirement, any s From open haunts and Ely. The strawber nettle;
And wholesome berrie 20 Neighbour'd by fruit o And so the prince obso Under the veil of wild Grew like the summe Unseen, yet crescive in
A thousand pounds by the year: Thus runs the bill. 25
Cant. 'Twould drink the cup and all.
Cant. The king is full of grace, and fair regard.
And whipp'd the offending Adam out of him;
To envelop and contain celestial spirits.
So soon did lose his seat, and all at once,
Ely. We are blessed in the change.
Cant. It must be so And therefore we mus How things are perfec
Ely. But, my good How now for mitigatio 30 Urg'd by the common Incline to it, or no?
Cant. He seems ind Or, rather, swaying m Than cherishing the e 35 For I have made an of Upon our spiritual con And in regard of cause Which I have open'd t As touching France,40 Than ever at one time Did to his predecessor Ely. How did this of Cant. With good ac Save, that there was no 45 (As, I perceiv'd, his gra The severals, and unhi Of his true titles" to so And, generally, to the Deriv'd from Edward, Ely. What was the i off?
You would desire, the king were made a prelate:
Meaning, when every one scambled, i. e..scrambled and shifted for hi Alluding to the method by which Hercules cleansed the Augean stables wher That is, his theory must have been taught by art and practice what terminates in speculation. * i. e. The wild fruit so called, which grow creasing in its proper power. "The passages of his titles are the lines of suc descend. Unhidden is open, clear.
Opens to the presence.
Enter King Henry, Gloster, Bedford, Warwick,
K. Henry. Where is my gracious lord of Can-
Ere. Not here in presence.
K. Henry. Send for him, good uncle'.
Before we hear him, of some things of weight,
Which Salique land the French unjustly gloze
There left behind and settled certain French;
Cant. God, and his angels, guard your sacred 25 throne,
And make you long become it!
K: Henry. Sure, we thank you.
My learned lord, we pray you to proceed;
Why the law Salique, that they have in France,
Or nicely charge your understanding soul
That makes such waste in brief mortality.
Cant. Then hear me, gracious sovereign,-and
Idly suppos'd the founder of this law;
Of Blithild, which was daughter to king Clothair,
45 Daughter to Charles the foresaid duke of Lorain;
That owe your lives, your faith, and services,
Cant. The sin upon my head, dread sovereign!
John Holland, duke of Exeter, was married to Elizabeth the king's aunt.
our mind kneied with scruples and laborious discu tione
2 Meaning, keep
4:10 improving and
Descend unto the daughter. Gracious lord,
Ely. Awake remembrance of these valiant dead,
Exe. Your brother kings and monarchs of the
Do all expect that you should rouse yourself,
West. They know, your grace hath cause, and
So hath your highness; never king of England
Cant. O, let their bodies follow, my dear liege,
K. Henry. We must not only arm to invade the
Cant. They of those marches', gracious soveShall be a wall sufficient to defend
When all her chivalry hath been in France,
The king of Scots; whom she did send to France,
With sunken wreck and sumless treasuries.
Then with Scotland first begin:
For once the eagle England being in prey,
15 Comes sneaking, and so sucks her princely eggs;
To taint and havock more than she can eat.
Ely. It follows then, the cat must stay at home:
20 Since we have locks to safeguard necessaries,
Cant. True: therefore doth heaven divide
The lazy yawning drone. I this infer,-
Our inland from the pilfering borderers. [only, 45
For hear her but exampled by herself,—
As many several ways meet in one town; 55 As many fresh streams run in one self sea; As many lines close in the dial's centre; So may a thousand actions, once afoot, End in one purpose, and be all well borne Without defeat. Therefore to France, my liege. 60 Divide your happy England into four;
The marches are the borders, the limits, the confines. Hence the Lords Marchers, i. e. the lords presidents of the marches, &c. 2 i. e. inconstant, changeable. 3i. e. an unfortunate necessity, or a necessity to be execrated. 4 Consent is unison. 'The sense is, that all endeavour is to terminate in obedience, to be subordinate to the public good and general design of government. Whereof
K. Henry. Indeed, the French may lay twenty
is his beadle, war is his vengeance; so that here
Will. 'Tis certain, that every man that dies ill, 20 the ill is upon his own head, the king is not to answer for it.
Butes. I do not desire he should answer for me; and yet I determine to fight lustily for him. K.Henry. I myself heard the king say, he would 25 not be ransom'd.
Will. Ay, he said so, to make us fight chear fully: but, when our throats are cut, he may be ransom'd, and we ne'er the wiser.
K. Henry. If I live to see it, I will never trust 30 his word after.
Will. You pay him then! that's a perilous shot out of an elder gun', that a poor and private displeasure can do against a monarch! you may as well go about to turn the sun to ice, with fanning 35 in his face with a peacock's feather. You'll never trust his word after! come, 'tis a foolish saying. K.Henry. Your reproof is something too round: I should be angry with you, if the time were con
Will. Let it be a quarrel between us if you live.
Will. How shall I know thee again?
And what art thou, thou idol ceremony?
Art thou aught else but place, degree, and form,
What drink'st thou oft, instead of homage sweet,
Will it give place to flexure and low bending?
K. Henry. Give me any gage of thine, and I will wear it in my bonnet: then, if ever thou45 dar'st acknowledge it, I will make it my quarrel. Will. Here's my glove; give me another of thine.
K. Henry. There.
The throne he sits on, nor the tide of pomp
Can sleep so soundly as the wretched slave;
Will. This will I also wear in my cap: if ever 50 thou come to me and say, after to-morrow, This is my glore, by this hand, I will take thee a box on the ear.
K. Henry. If ever I live to see it, I will challenge it.
Will. Thou dar'st as well be hang'd.
K. Henry. Well, I will do it, though I take thee in the king's company.
Will. Keep thy word: fare thee well.
Bates. Be friends, you English fools, be friends; 60 we have French quarrels enough, if you could tell how to reckon.
And, but for ceremony, such a wretch,
Meaning, it is a great displeasure that an elder gun can do against a cannon. meaning, the tumid puffy titles with which a king's name is always introduced.
Fared is stufet
Possess them not with fear; take from them now
Glo. My liege!
K. Henry. My brother Gloster's voice!-Ay;
Enter the Dauphin, Orleans, Rambures, and
Orl. The sun doth gild our armour; up, my
Con. Tohorse, yougallantprinces! straight to horse!
That our French gallants shall to-day draw out,
The vapour of our valour will o'erturn them.
15 About our squares of battle,-were enough
But that our honours must not.-What's to say?
And all is done. Then let the trumpets sound
Grand. Why do you stay so long, my lords of
Yon island carrions, desperate of their bones,
Lob down their heads, dropping the hide and hips;
45 To demonstrate the life of such a battle
Con. They have said their prayers, and they stay for death.
Dau. Shall we go send them dinners, and fresh
And give their fasting horses provender,
And after fight with them?
Con. I stay but for my guard'; On, to the field:
'Via! is an old hortatory exclamation, as allons! The tucket-sonuance was probably the name of an introductory flourish on the trumpet. 3 Grandpré alludes to the form of the ancient candlesticks, which frequently represented human figures holding the sockets for the lights in their extended hands. * Ginmal is, in the western counties, a ring; a gimmal bit is therefore a bit of which the parts played one within another. It seems, by what follows, that guard in this place means rather something of ornament or of distinction than a body of attendants. The following quotation from Holinshed will best elucidate this passage--"The duke of Brabant, when his standard was not come, caused a banner to be taken from a trumpet and fastered upon a spear, the which he commanded to be borne before him instead of a standard.”