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to see leeks hereafter, I pray you, mock at 'em; that Great kings of France and England! That I have is all.
labour'd, Pist. Good.
With all my wits, my pains, and strong endeavours, Flu. Ay, leeks is goot:-hold you, there is a groat To bring your most imperial majesties to heal your pate.
Unto this bar and royal interview, Pist. Me a groat!
Your mightiness on both parts best can witness. Flu. Yes, verily and in truth, you shall take it; Since, then, my office hath so far prevail'd, or I have another leek in my pocket, which you That, face to face, and royal eye to eye, shall eat.
You have congreeted, let it not disgrace me, Pist. I take thy groat in earnest of revenge. If I demand, before this royal view,
Flu. If I owe you any thing, I will pay you in What rub, or what impediment, there is, cudgels: you shall be a woodmonger, and buy no- Why that the naked, poor, and mangled Peace, thing of me but cudgels. God be wi' you, and keep Dear nurse of arts, plenties, and joyful births, you, and heal your pate.
[Exit. Should not, in this best garden of the world, Pist. All hell shall stir for this.
Our fertile France, put up her lovely visage ? Gow. Go, go; you are a counterfeit cowardly ' Alas, she hath from France too long been chas'd! knave. Will you mock at an ancient tradition,- And all her husbandry doth lie on heaps, begun upon an honourable respect, and worn as a Corrupting in its own fertility. memorable trophy of predeceased valour,--and dare Her vine, the merry cheerer of the heart, not avouch in your deeds any of your words? I have Unpruned dies; her hedges even-pleach'd, seen you gleeking and galling at this gentleman Like prisoners wildly over-grown with hair, twice or thrice. You thought, because he could not Put forth disorder'd twigs; her fallow leas speak English in the native garb, he could not there. The darnel, hemlock, and rank fumitory, fore handle an English cudgel : you find it otherwise; Doth root upon, while that the coulter rusts, and henceforth, let a Welsh correction teach you a That should deracinate such savagery; good English condition. Fare ye well. [Exit. The even mead, that erst brought sweetly forth
Pist. Doth fortune play the huswise with me now? The freckled cowslip, burnet, and green clover, News have I that my Nell is dead i' the spital Wanting the scythe, all uncorrected, rank, Os malady of France:
Conceives by idleness, and nothing teems And there my rendezvous is quite cut off.
But hateful docks, rough thistles, kecksies, burs, Old I do wax; and from my weary limbs
Losing both beauty and utility. Honour is cudgell’d. Vell, bawd will I turn, And as our vineyards, fallows, meads, and hedges, And something lean to cutpurse of quick hand. Defective in their natures, grow to wildness, To England will I steal, and there I'll steal: Even so our houses, and ourselves and children, And patches will I get unto these scars,
Have lost, or do not learn, for want of time, And swear I got them in the Gallia wars. [Exit. The sciences that should become our country;
But grow, like savages, -as soldiers will, SCENE II.---Troyes in Champagne. An Apartment That nothing do but meditate on blood, in the French King's Palace.
To swearing, and stern looks, diffus'd attire,
And every thing that seems unnatural. Enter, from one side, King Henry, BEDFORD, GLOSTER,
Which to reduce into our former favour, Exeter, WARWICK, WESTMORELAND, and other Lords ; from the other side, the French King, Queen Isabel, the
You are assembled : and my speech entreats Princess KATHARINE, Lords, Ladies, &c., the DUKE OF That I may know the let, why gentle Peace BURGUNDY, and his train..
Should not expel these inconveniences, K. Hen. Peace to this meeting, wherefore we are .Ind bless us with her foriner qualities. met!
K. Hen. If, duke of Burgundy, you would the Unto our brother France, and to our sister,
peace, Health and fair time of day ;--joy and good wishes Whose want gives growth to th' imperfections To our most fair and princely cousin Katharine ;-- Which you have cited, you must buy that peace And, (as a branch and member of this royalty, With full accord to all our just demands; By whom this great assembly is contriv’d,)
Whose tenors and particular effects We do salute you, duke of Burgundy ;
You have, enschedul'd briefly, in your hands. And, princes French, and peers, health to you all. Bur. The king hath heard them; to the which as Fr. King. Right joyous are we to behold your
There is no answer made. Most worthy brother England; fairly met:
Well then, the peace, So are you, princes English, every one.
Which you before so urg'd, lies in his answer.
To appoint some of your council presently
Pass our accept, and peremptory answer.
K. Hen. Brother, we shall.-Go, uncle Exeter,– Have lost their quality; and that this day
And brother Clarence,-and you, brother Gloster, Shall change all griefs and quarels into love. Warwick, -and Huntington,-go with the king;
K. Hen. To cry amen to that, thus we appear. And take with you free power to ratify,
Any thing in, or out of, our demands;
to thee that I shall die, is true,-but for thy love, And we'll consign thereto.-Will you, fair sister, by the Lord, no; yet I love thee too. And while Go with the princes, or stay here with us?
thou livest, dear Kate, take a fellow of plain and Q. Isa. Our gracious brother, I will go with uncoined constancy; for he perforce must do thee them :
right, because he hath not the gift to woo in other Haply a woman's voice may do some good,
places: for these fellows of infinite tongue, that can When articles, too nicely urg'd, be stood on.
rhyme themselves into ladies' favours, they do K. Hen. Yet leave our cousin Katharine here always reason themselves out again. What! a
speaker is but a prater; a rhyme is but a ballad. She is our capital demand, compris'd
A good leg will fall; a straight back will stoop; a Within the fore-rank of our articles.
black beard will turn white; a curled pate will Q. Isa. She hath good leave.
grow bald; a fair face will wither; a full eye will [Exeunt all except K. HENRY, KATH., and ALICE. wax hollow; but a good heart, Kate, is the sun and K. Hen.
Fair Katharine, and most fair! | the moon; or, rather, the sun, and not the moon,-Will you vouchsafe to teach a soldier terms
for it shines bright, and never changes, but keeps Such as will enter at a lady's ear,
his course truly. If thou would have such a one, And plead his love-suit to her gentle heart?
take me: and take me, take a soldier; take a soldier, Kath. Your majesty shall mock at me; I cannot take a king: and what sayest thou, then, to my speak your England.
love? speak, my fair, and fairly, I pray thee. K. Hen. O fair Katharine, if you will love me Kath. Is it possible dat I sould love de enemy
of soundly with your French heart, I will be glad to France? hear you confess it brokenly with your English K. Hen. No; it is not possible you should love tongue. Do you like me, Kate?
the enemy of France, Kate: but, in loving me, you Kath. Pardonnez moy, I cannot tell vat is—like should love the friend of France; for I love France
so well, that I will not part with a village of it; I K. Hen. An angel is like you, Kate; and you are will have it all mine : and, Kate, when France is like an angel.
mine and I am yours, then yours is France and you Kath. Quc dit-il? que je suis semblable à les anges ? Alice. Ouy, vrayment, sauf vostre grace, ainsidit il. Kath. I cannot tell vat is dat.
K. Hen. I said so, dear Katharine; and I must K. Hen. No, Kate? I will tell thee in French; not blush to affirm it.
which I am sure will hang upon my tongue like a Kath. O bon Dieu! les langues des hommes sont new-married wife about her husband's neck, hardly pleines de tromperies.
to be shook off.—Quand j'ay la possession de France, K. Hen. What says she, fair one? that the tongues et quand vous avez la possession de moy, (let me see, of men are full of deceits?
what then? Saint Dennis be my speed !)-donc vostre Alice. Ouy, dat de tongues of de mans is be full est France, et vous estes mienne. It is as easy for of deceits : dat is de princess.
me, Kate, to conquer the kingdom, as to speak so K. Hen. The princess is the better Englishwoman. much more French: I shall never move thee in l' faith, Kate, my wooing is fit for thy understand- French, unless it be to laugh at me. ing: I am glad thou canst speak no better English; Kath. Sauf vostre honneur, le François que vous for, if thou couldst, thou wouldst find me such a farles, est meilleur que l'Anglois lequel je parle. plain king, that thou wouldst think I had sold my K. Hen. No, 'faith, is 't not, Kate : but thy speakfarm to buy my crown. I know no ways to mince ing of my tongue, and I thine, most truly falsely, it in love, but directly to say—I love you: then, if must needs be granted to be much at one.
But, you urge me farther than to say-Do you in faith? | Kate, dost thou understand thus much English, I wear out my suit. Give me your answer; i' faith, Canst thou love me? do; and so clap hands and a bargain : how say you,
Kath. I cannot tell. lady?
Ki Hen. Can any of your neighbours tell, Kate? Kath. Sauf vostre honneur, me understand well. I'll ask them. Come, I know thou lovest me: and
K. Hen. Marry, if you would put me to verses, at night, when you come into your closet, you'll or to dance for your sake, Kate, why you undid me: question this gentlewoman about me; and I know, for the one, I have neither words nor measure; and Kate, you will, to her, dispraise those parts in me for the other, I have no strength in measure, yet a that you love with your heart: but, good Kate, reasonable measure in strength. If I could win a mock' me mercifully; the rather, gentle princess, lady at leap-frog, or by vaulting into my saddle because I love thee cruelly. If ever thou best with my armour on my back, under the correction mine, Kate, (as I have a saving faith within me tells of bragging be it spoken, I should quickly leap into me thou shalt,) I get thee with scambling, and thou a wife.
Or if I might buffet for my love, or bound must therefore needs prove a good soldier-breeder: my horse for her favours, I could lay on like a shall not thou and I, between Saint Dennis and butcher, and sit like a jack-an-apes, never off.
Saint George, compound a boy, half French, half before God, Kate, I cannot look greenly, nor gasp English, that shall go to Constantinople, and take out my eloquence, nor I have no cunning in protes- the Turk by the beard? shall we not? what sayest tation; only downright oaths, which I never use thou, my fair flower-de-luce? till urged, nor never break for urging. If thou Kath. I do not know dat. canst love a fellow of this temper, Kate, whose face K. Hen. No; 'tis hereafter to know, but now to is not worth sun-burning, that never looks in his promise: do but now promise, Kate, you will englass for love of anything he sees there,---let thine deavour for your French part of such a boy; and eye be thy cook. I speak to thee plain soldier: if for my English moiety, take the word of a king thou canst love me for this, take me; if not, to say I and a bachelor. How answer you, la plus belle
Katharine du monde, mon très chère et divine deesse?
Kath. Your majesté have fausse French enough to deceive de most sage demoiselle dat is en France.
K. Hen. Now, fie upon my false French! By mine honour, in true English, I love thee, Kate: by which honour I dare not swear, thou lovest me; yet my blood begins to flatter me that thou dost, notwithstanding the poor and untempering effect of my visage. Now, beshrew my father's ambition! he was thinking of civil wars when he got me: therefore was I created with a stubborn outside, with an aspect of iron, that, when I come to woo ladies, I fright them. But, in faith, Kate, the elder I wax, the better I shall appear: my comfort is, that old age, that ill layer-up of beauty, can do no more spoil upon my face: thou hast me, if thou hast me, at the worst; and thou shalt wear me, if thou wear me, better and better:-and therefore tell me, most fair Katharine, will you have me? Put off your maiden blushes; avouch the thoughts of your heart with the looks of an empress; take me by the hand, and say-Harry of England, I am thine which word thou shalt no sooner bless mine ear withal, but I will tell thee aloud-England is thine, Ireland is thine, France is thine, and Henry Plantagenet is thine; who, though I speak it before his face, if he be not fellow with the best king, thou shalt find the best king of good fellows. Come, your answer in broken music,--for thy voice is music, and thy English broken; therefore, queen of all, Katharine, break thy mind to me in broken English,-wilt thou have me?
Kath. Dat is as it shall please de roy mon père. K. Hen. Nay, it will please him well, Kate, -it shall please him, Kate.
Kath. Den it shall also content me.
K. Hen. Upon that I kiss your hand, and I call you my queen.
Kath. Laissez, mon seigneur, laissez, laissez: ma foy, je ne veux point que vous abaissez vostre grandeur, en baisant la main d'une vostre indigne serviteure: excusez moy, je vous supplic, mon très puissant seigneur.
K. Hen. Then I will kiss your lips, Kate. Kath. Les dames, et damoiselles, pour estre baisées devant leur noces, il n'est pas la coûtume de France.
K. Hen. Madam my interpreter, what says she? Alice. Dat it is not be de fashion pour les ladies of France,-I cannot tell what is baiser en English. K. Hen. To kiss.
Alice. Your majesty entendre bettre que moy. K. Hen. It is not a fashion for the maids in France to kiss before they are married, would she say?
Alice. Ouy, vrayment.
K. Hen. O Kate, nice customs court'sy to great kings. Dear Kate, you and I cannot be confined within the weak list of a country's fashion: we are the makers of manners, Kate; and the liberty that follows our places stops the mouths of all find-faults, -as I will do yours, for upholding the nice fashion of your country in denying me a kiss: therefore, patiently, and yielding. [Kissing her.] You have witchcraft in your lips, Kate: there is more eloquence in a sugar touch of them, than in the tongues of the French council; and they should cooner persuade Harry of England, than a general petition of monarchs.-Here comes your father.
Re-enter the French King and Queen, BURGUNdy, Bedford, GLOSTER, EXETER, WARWICK, WESTMORELAND, and other French and English Lords.
Bur. God save your majesty! My royal cousin, Teach you our princess English?
K. Hen. I would have her learn, my fair cousin, how perfectly I love her; and that is good English.
Bur. Is she not apt?
K. Hen. Our tongue is rough, coz, and my condition is not smooth; so that, having neither the voice nor the heart of flattery about me, I cannot so conjure up the spirit of love in her, that he will appear in his true likeness.
Bur. Pardon the frankness of my mirth, if I answer you for that. If you would conjure in her, you must make a circle; if conjure up Love in her in his true likeness, he must appear naked, and blind. Can you blame her, then, being a maid yet rosed over with the virgin crimson of modesty, if she deny the appearance of a naked blind boy in her naked seeing self? It were, my lord, a hard condi tion for a maid to consign to.
K. Hen. Yet they do wink and yield, as love is blind and enforces.
Bur. They are then excused, my lord, when they see not what they do.
K. Hen. Then, good my lord, teach your cousin to consent winking.
Bur. I will wink on her to consent, my lord, if you will teach her to know my meaning: for maids, well summered and warm kept, are like flies at Bartholomew-tide, blind, though they have their eyes; and then they will endure handling, which before would not abide looking on.
K. Hen. This moral ties me over to time, and a hot summer; and so I shall catch the fly, your cousin, in the latter end, and she must be blind too. Bur. As love is, my lord, before it loves.
K. Hen. It is so: and you may, some of you, thank love for my blindness, who cannot see many a fair French city, for one fair French maid that stands in my way.
Fr. King. Yes, my lord, you see them perspectively, the cities turned into a maid; for they are all girdled with maiden walls, that war hath never entered.
K. Hen. Shall Kate be my wife?
K. Hen. I am content; so the maiden cities you talk of may wait on her: so the maid, that stood in the way for my wish, shall show me the way to my will.
Fr. King. We have consented to all terms of
K. Hen. Is't so, my lords of England?
West. The king hath granted every article:His daughter, first; and then, in sequel, all, According to their firm proposed natures.
Exe. Only, he hath not yet subscribed this:Where your majesty demands,-that the king of France, having any occasion to write for matter of grant, shall name your highness in this form, and with this addition, in French,-Notre très cher filz Henry roy d'Angleterre, heretier de France; and thus in Latin,-Præclarissimus filius noster Henricus, rex Angliæ, et hæres Francia.
Fr. King. Nor this I have not, brother, so denied, But your request shall make me let it pass.
K. Hen. I pray you, then, in love and dear alli- That English may as French, French Englishmen, ance,
Receive each other!—God speak thiş Amen! Let that one article rank with the rest;
All. Amen! And, thereupon, give me your daughter.
K. Hen. Prepare we for our marriage :-on which Fr. King Take her, fair son; and from her blood
My lord of Burgundy, we'll take your oath, Issue to me; that the contending kingdoms
And all the peers', for surety of our leagues. Of France and England, whose very shores look pale Then shall I swear to Kate, and you to me; With envy of each other's happiness,
And may our oaths well kept and prosperous be! May cease their hatred; and this dear conjunction
[Excunt. Plant neighbourhood and Christian-like accord
In little room confining mighty men,
Small time, but, in that small, most greatly liv'd That here I kiss her as my sovereign queen.
This star of England: Fortune made his sword;
[Flourish. By which the world's best garden he achiev'd,
Of France and England, did this king succeed;
That they lost France, and made his England
bleed: Thrust in between the paction of these kingdoms, Which oft our stage hath shown; and, for their sake, To make divorce of their incorporate league; In your fair minds let this acceptance take. [Exit.