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ACT у.

80 married in conjunction with the participation SCENE I. Glostershire. A Hall in Shallow's like so many wild geese. If I had a suit to

of society, that they flock together in consent House.

master Shallow, I would humour his men, with Enter Shallow, Falstaff, Bardolph, and Page. the imputation of being near their master if to Shal. By cock and pye, sir, you shall not away his men, I would curry with master Shallow, 1o-night - What, Davy, I say!!

that no man could better command his ser Fal. You must 'excuse me, master Robert vants. It is certain, that either wise bearing, Shallow.

or ignorant carriage, is caught, as men take Shal. I will not excuse you ; you shall not be diseases, one of another : therefore, let men excused : excuses shall not be admitted; there take heed of their company. I will devise is no excuse shall serve; you shall not be ex matter enough out of this 'Shallow, to keep cused. --Why, Davy!

Prince Harry in continual laughter, the wear
Enter Davy.

ing-out of six fashions (which is four terns, or

two actions, and he shall laugh without interDavy. Here, sir.

vallums. 0, it is much, that a lie, with a slight Shal. Davy, Davy, Davy,- let me see, Davy; oath, and a jest, with a sad brow, will do with let me see :-yea, mairy, William cook, bid him a fel uw that never had the ache in his shoulders! come hither. -Sir John, you shall not be ex. 0, you shall see him laugh, till his face be like cused.

a wet cloak ill laid up. Davy. Marry, sir, thus :- those precepts cannot Shal. (Within.) Sir John! be served : and again, sir,-Shall we sow the Fal. I come, master Shallow; I come, master headland with wheat ?

Shallow.

[Exit Falstaff. Shal. With red wheat, Davy. But for William SCENE 11. Westminster. A Room in the Palace. cook :Are there no young pigeons ? Davy. Yes, sir. Here is now the smith's

Enter Warwick, and the Lord Chief Justice. note, for shoeing, and plough-irons,

War. How now, my lord chief justice ? whi Shal. Let it he cast and paid :-Sir John, you ther away shall not be excused.

Ch. Just. How doth the king? Davy. Now, sir, a new link to the bucket War. Exceeding well ; his cares are now all must needs be had ;-And, sir, do you mean to ended. stop any of William's wages, about the sack he Ch. Just. I hope, not dead. lost the other day at Hinckley fair?

War.

He's walk'd the way of nature; Shal. He shall answer it Some pigeons, And, to our purposes, he lives no more. Davy; a couple of short-legged hens; a joint of Ch. Just. I would,'his majesty had call'd me mution; and any pretty little tiny kickshaws, with him : tell William cook.

The service that I truly did his life, Davy. Doth the man of war stay all night, sir? Hath left me open to all injuries.

Shal. Yes, Davy. I will use him well; A War. Indeed, I think, the young king loves friend i'the court is better than a penny in purse. you not.

his men well, Davy; for they are arrant Ch. Just. I know, he doth not; and do arm knaves, and will backbite.

myself, Davy. No worse than they are back-bitten, sir ; To welcome the condition of the time; for they have marvellous fonl linen.

Which cannot look more hideously upon me Shal. Well conceited, Davy. About thy bu- Than I have drawn it in my fantasy. siness, Davy. Davy. I beseech you, sir, to countenance Wil- Enter Prince John, Prince Humphrey, Clarence, liam Visor of Wincot against Clement Perkes

Westmoreland, and others. of the hill.

War. Here come the heavy issue of dead Shal. There are many complaints, Davy, Harry : against that Visor ; that Visor is an arrant , that the living Harry had the temper knave on my knowledge.

of him, the worst of these three gentlemen! Davy. I grant your worship, that he is a knave, How many nobles then should hold their places, sir : but yet, God forbid, sir, but a knave should That must strike sail to spirits of vile sort! have some countenance at his friend's request. Ch. Just. Alas! I fear, all will be overturn'd. An honest man, sir, is able to speak for himself, P. John. Good morrow, cousin Warwick. when a knave is not. I have served your wor: P. Humph. Cla. od morrow, cousin. ship truly, sir, this eight years, and if I cannot P. John. We meet like men that had forgot to once or twice in a quarter bear out a knave speak. against an honest man, I have but a very little War. We do remember; but our argument credit with your worship. The knave is mine Is all too heavy to adinit much talk. honest friend, sir ; therefore, I beseech your wor P. John. Well, peace be with him that hath ship, let him be countenanced.

made ns heavy! Shal. Go to ; I say, he shall have no wrong. Ch. Just. Peace be with us, lest we be heavier ! Look about, Davy. [Erit Davy.) Where are P. Humph. O, good my lord, you have lost & you, Sir John ? Come, oft with your boots.--Give friend, indeed : me your hand, master Bardolph.

And I dare swear, you borrow not that face Bard. I am glad to see your worship.

of seeming sorrow; it is, sure, your own. Shal. I thank thee, with all my heart, kind P. John. Though no man be assur'd what master Bardolph :-- and welcome, my tall fel grace to find, low. (To the Page.] Come, Sir John. You stand in coldest expectation:

[Exit Shallow. I am the sorrier; 'would, 'twere otherwise. Fal. I'll follow you, good master Robert Shal-Cla. Well, you must now speak Sir John Fallow. Bardolph, look to our horses. [Exeunt staff fair ; Bardolph and Page. ] f I were sawed into Which swims against your stream of quality: quantities, I should make four dozen of such Ch. Just. Sweet princes, what I did, I did in bearded hermit's-sta ves as master Shallow. It honour, is a wonderful thing, to see the semblable co-Led by the impartial conduct of my soul ; herence of his men's spirits and his : They, by And never shall you see, that I will beg observing him, do bear themselves like foolish A ragged and forestall'd remission.justices; he, by conversing with them, is turned If truth and upright innocency fail me, into a justice-like serving.man; their spirits are I'll to the king my master that is dead,

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And tell him who hath sent me after him. The unstain'd sword that you have us'd to benr: War. Here comes the prince.

With this remembrance,-That you use the same

With the like bold, just, and impartial spirit, Enter King Henry V.

As you have done 'gainst me. There is my Ch. Just. Good morrow; and heaven save You shall be as a father to my youth: [hand; your majesty!

My voice shall sound as you do prompt mine ear ; King This new and gorgeous garment, ma- And I will stoop and humble my intents jesty,

To your well practis'd, wise directions Sits not so easy on me as you think.

And, princes all, believe me, I beseech you ;Brothers, you mix your sadness with some fear; My father is gone wild into his grave, This is the English, not the Turkish, court;

For in his tomb lie my affections ;
Not Amurath an Amurath succeeds,

And with his spirit sadly I survive,
But Harry, Harry : Yet be sad, good brothers, To mock the expectation of the world;
For, to speak truth, it very well becomes you; To frustrate prophecies; and to raze out
Sorrow so royally in you appears,

Rotten opinion, who hath writ me down
That I will deeply put the fashion on,

After my seeming. The tide of blood in me And wear it in my heart. Why then, be sad: Hath proudly flow'd in vanity, till now : But entertain no more of it, good brothers, Now doth it turn, and ebb back to the sea; Than a joint burden laid upon us all.

Where it shall mingle with the state of floods, For me, by heaven, I bid you assur'd, And flow henceforth in formal majesty. I'll be your father and your brother too ; Now call we our high court of parliament: Let me but bear your love, I'll bear your cares. And let us choose such limbs of noble counsel, Yet weep, that Harry's dead; and so will I : That the great body of our state may go But Harry lives, that shall convert those tears, In equal rank with the best governd nation; By number, into hours of happiness.

That war, or peace, or both at once, may be P. John, &c. We hope no other from your As things acquainted and familiar to its ;majesty.

In which you, father, shall have foremost hand. King. You all look strangely on me ;-and

[ To the Lord Chief Justice. you most;

To the Chief Justice. Our coronation done, we will accite, You are, I think, assur'd I love you not. As I before remember'd, all our state: Ch. Just. I am assur'd, if I be measur'd rightly, And (God consigning to my good intents,) Your majesty hath no just cause to hate me. No prince, nor peer, shall have just cause to King. No!

say,How might a prince of my great hopes forget Heaven shorten Harry's happy life one day. So great indignities you laid upon me?

[Ereunt. What! rate, rebuke, and roughly send to prison The immediate heir of England í Was this easy?

SCENE III.
May this be wash'd in Lethe, and forgotten ?
Ch. Just. I then did use the person of your

Glostershire. The Garden of Shallow's House. father ;

Enter Falstaff, Shallow, Silence, Bardolph, the The image of his power lay then in me:

Page, and Davy. And, in the administration of his law,

Shal. Nay, you shall see mine orchard: where, While I was busy for the commonwealth, in an arbour, we will eat a last year's pippin of Your highness pleased to forget my place, my own grafting, with a dish of carraways, and The majesty and power of law and justice, so forth ;-come, cousin Silence ;-and then to The image of the king whom I presented, bed. And struck me in my very seat of judgment; Fal. 'Fore God, you have here a goodly dwelWhereon, as an oflender to your father, ling, and a rich. I gave bold way to my authority,

Shal. Barren, barren, barren; beggars all, And did commit you. If the deed were ill, beggars all, Sir John :--marry, good air. Be you contented, wearing now the garland, Spread Davy, spread Davy ; well said, Davy: To have a son set your decrees at nought; Fal. This Davy serves you for good uses; he To pluck down justice from your awful bench; is your serving-man, and your husbandman. To irip the course of law, and blunt the sword Shal. A good varlet, a good varlet, a very good That guards the peace and safety of your person; varlet, Sir John-By the mass, I have drunk Nay, more ; to spurn at your mos, royal image, too much sack at supper a good varlet.And mock your workings in a second body. Now sit down, now sit down : Come, cousin. Question your royal thoughts, make the case Sil. Ah, sirrah! quoth-a,--we shall yours;

Do nothing but eat, and make good cheer, Be now the father, and propose a son:

(Singing. Hear your own dignity so much profan'd, And praise heaven for the merry year ; See your most dreadful laws so loosely slighted, When flesh is cheap, and females dear, Behold yourself so by a son disdained;

And lusty lads roam here and there, And then imagine me taking your part,

So merrily, And, in your power, soft silencing your son: And cver among so merrily. After this cold considerance, sentence me; Fal. There's a merry heart !-Good master And, as you are a king, speak in your state, Silence, I'll give you a health for that anon. What I have done that misbecame my place, Shal. Give master Bardolph some wine, Davy. My person, or my liege's sovereignty Davy. Sweet sir, sit; [Seating Bardolph ana King. You are right, justice, and you weigh the Page at another table. I'll be with you this well;

anon :-most sweet sir, sit-Master page, Therefore still bear the balance and the sword : good master page, sit : proface! What you And I do wish your honours may increase, want in meat, we'll have in drink. But you Till you do live to see a son of mine

must bear; The heart's all.

[Erit. Offend you, and obey you, as I did.

Shal. Be merry, master Bardolph ;-and my So shall I live to speak my father's words ; little soldier there, be merry. Happy am I, thai have a man so bold, Sil. Be merry, be merry, my wife has all; That dares do justice on my proper son:

(Singing. Anul not less happy, having such a son,

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Tis merry in hall, when beards wag all. Into the hands of justice.--You did commit me: And welcome merry shrove-tide. For which, I do commit into your hand

Be merry, be merry, &c.

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Fal. I did not think, master Silence had been Then, Pistol, lay thy head in Furies' lap. a man of this mettle.

Shal. Honest gentleman, I knw not your
Sil. Who, 1? I have been merry twice and breeding.
once, ere now.

Pist. Why then, larnent therefore.
Re-enter Davy.

Shal. Give me pardon, sir :- Il, sir, you come

with news from the court, 1 take it, there is but Davy. There is a dish of leather-coats for you. two ways; either to utter them, or to conceal

(Setting them before Bardolph. them. I am, sir, under the king, in some autho Shal. Davy,

rity.
Davy: Your worship ?—I'll be with you Pist. Under which king, Bezonian ? speak,
straight. [ To Bard. )-A cup of wine, sir ?
Sil. A cup of wine, that's brisk and fine, Shal. Under King Harry;
And drink unto the leman mine; (Singing Pist.

Harry the Fourth 7 or Fifth ?
And a merry heart lives long-a. Shal. Harry the Fourth.
Fal. Well said, master Silence.

Pist.

A foutra for thine office ! Sil. And we shall be merry ;-now comes in Sir John, thy tender lambkin now is king; the sweet of the night.

Harry the Fifth's the man. I speak the truth:
Fal. Health and long life to you, master When Pistol lies, do this ; and fig me, like i
Silence.
Sil. Fill the cup, and let it come;

Fal. What? is the old king dead ?
I'll pledge you a mile to the bottom.

Pist. As nail in door: The things I speak are Shal. Honest Bardolph, welcome; if thou just. wantest any thing, and wilt not call, beshrew Fal. Away, Bardolph : saddle my horse. thy heart. ---Welcome my little tiny thief ; [TO Master Robert Shallow, choose what office the Page) and welcome, indeed, too.-I'll drink thou wilt in the land, 'tis thine. ---Pistol, I will to master Bardolph, and to all the cavaleroes double charge thee with dignities. about London.

Bard. O joyful day! I would not take a Davy. I hope to see London once ere I die.

knighthood for my fortune. Bard. An I'might see you there, Davy, - Pist. What? I do bring good news? Shal By the mass, you'll crack a quart toge Fal. Carry master Silence to bed.-Master ther. Ha! will you not, master Bardolph ? Shallow, my Lord Shallow, be what thou wilt, Bard. Yes, sir, in a pottle pot.

I am fortune's steward. Get on thy boots; we'll Shal. I thank thee : The knave will stick hy ride all right:-0, sweet Pistol - Away, Barthee, I can assure thee that; he will not out; dolph. [Erit Bard )--Come, Pistol, utter more be is true bred.

to me; and, withal, devise something to do thyBard. And I'll stick by him, sir.

self good.-Boot, boot, master Shallow; I know, Shal. Why, there spoke a king, Lack noth- the young king is sick for me.

Let ng take any ing: be merry. ( Knocking heard.] Look who's man's horses; the laws of England are at my at door there: Ho! who knocks? [Exit Davy. commandment. Happy are they which have Fal. Why, now you have done me right. To sílence, who drinks a bumper. tice!

been my friends; and wo to my lord chief jus Sil. Do me right,

Pist. Let vultures vile seize on his lungs also !
And dub me knight :

Where is the life that late I led, say they ;
Samingo.

Why, here it is; Welcome these pleasant days.
Is't not so?

(Exeunt. Fal. 'Tis so. Sil. Is't so? Why, then say, an old man can

SCENE IV. London. A Street. do somewhat.

Enter Beadles, dragging in Hostess Quickly,
Re-enter Davy.

and Doll Tear-sheet.
Davy. An it please your worship, there's one Host. No, thou arrant knave; I would I might
Pistol come from the court with news.

dic, that I'might have thee hanged; thou hast Fal. From the court, let him come in.- drawn my shoulder out of joint. Enter Pistol.

1 Bead. The constables have deliver'd her

over to me; and she shall have whipping cheer How now, Pistol ?

enough, I war cant her: There hath been a man Pist. God save you, Sir John!

or two lately killed about her. Fal. What wind blew you hither, Pistol ? Dol. Nut-hook, nut-hook, you lie. Come on; Pist. Not the ill wind which blows no man I'll tell thee what, thou damned tripe-visaged to good. ---Sweet knight, thou art now one of rascal ; an the child I now go with do miscarry, the greatest men in the realm.

thou hadst better thou hadst struck thy mother, Sil. yy'r lady, I think 'a be ; but goodman thou paper-faced villain. Puff of Barson.

Host. O the Lord, that Sir John were come! Pist. Puur?

he would make this a bloody day to somebody. Puff in thy teeth, most recreant coward base ?– But I pray God the fruit of her womb miscarry! Sir John, I am thy Pistol, and thy friend, I Bead. If it do, you shall have a dozen of And helter- kelier have I 'rode to thee;

cushions again; you have but eleven now. And tidings do I bring, and lucky joys, Come, I charge you both go with me; for the And golden times, and happy news of price. man is dead, that you and Pistol beat among

Fal. I prythee now, deliver them like a man you. of this world.

Dol. I'll tell thee what, thou thin man in a Pist. A foutra for the world, and worldlings censer! I will have you as soundly swinged for base!

this, you blue-bottle rogue ! you filthy famished I speak of Africa, and golden joys.

correctioner! if you be not swinged, I'll for. Fal. O base Assyrian knight, what is thy swear half-kirtles. news ?

i Bead, Come, come, you she knight-errant, Let king Coplietua know the truth thereof. Sil. And Robin Hood, Scarlet, and John. Host. O, that right should thus overcome

[Sings. might! Pist. Shall dnnghill curs confront the Heli- Well; of sufferance comes ease. cons ?

Dol Come, you rogue, come; bring mohou And shall good news be baffled ?

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Host. Ay: come, you starved blood-hound. Presume not, that I am the thing I was :
Dol. Goodman death! goodman bones! For heaven doth know, so shall the world per
Host. Thou atomy thou !

ceive,
Dol. Come, you thin thing; come, you rascal! That I have turned away my former self;
1 Bead. Very well.

[Exeunt. So will I those that kept me company.

When thou dost hear I am as I have been, SCENE V.

Approach me; and thou shalt be as thou wast," A public place near Westminster Abbey. The tutor and the feeder of my riots; Enter two Grooms, strewing Rushes.

Till then, I banish thee, on pain of death,

As I have done the rest of my misleaders, 1 Groom. More rushes, more rushes.

Not to come near our person by ten mile. 2 Groom. The trumpets have sounded twice. i Groom. It will be two o'clock ere they come! That lack of means enforce you not to evil:

For competence of life, I will allow you, from the coronation : Despatch, despatch.

[Exeunt Grooms. And, as we hear you do reform yourselves,

We will,--according to your strength, and qua Enter Falstaff, Shallow, Pistol, Bardolph, and the Page.

Give you advancement.-Be it your charge, my Fal. Stand here by me, master Robert Shal.

lord, ow; I will make the king do you grace: I will To see perform'd the tenor of our word. leer upon him, as 'a comes by ; and do but mark Set on. [Exeunt King and his Train. the countenance that he will give me.

Fal Master Shallow, I owe you a thousand Pist. God bless thy lungs, good knight.

pound. Fal. Come here, Pistol ; stand behind me. Shal. Ay, marry, Sir John; which I beseech 0, if I had had time to have made new liveries, you to let me have home with me. I would have bestowed the thousand pound i Fal. That can hardly be, master Shallow. borrowed of you. [To Shallow.) But 'tis no Do not you grieve at this; I shall be sent for in matter; this poor show doth better : this doch private to him: look you, he must seem thus infer the zeal I had to see him.

to the world. Fear not your advancement; I Shal. It doth so.

will be the man yet, that shall make you great. Fal. It shows my earnestness of affection.

Shal. I cannot perceive how ; unless you give Shal. It doth so.

me your doublet, and staff me out with straw. Fal. My devotion.

1 beseech you, good Sir John, let me have five Shal. Ii duth, it doth, it doth.

hundred of my thousand. Pal. As it were, to ride day and night; and Fal. Sir, I will be as good as my word : this not to deliberate, not to remember, not to have that you heard, was but a colour. patience to shift me.

Shal. A colour, I fear, that you will die in, Sir Shal. It is most certain.

John. Fal But to stand stained with travel, and Fal. Fear no colours; go with me to dinner. sweating with desire to see him; thinking of Come, lieutenant Pistol ;--- come, Bardolph :-) nothing else; putting all affairs else in oblivion; shall be sent for soon at night. as if there were nothing else to be done, but to Re-enter Prince John, the Chief Justice, Offisco him. Pist. 'Tis semper idem, for absque hoc nihil

cers, &c. est : 'Tis all in every part.

Ch. Just. Go, carry Sir John Falstaff to the Shal. 'Tis so, indeed.

Fleet :
Pist. My knight, I will inflame thy noble liver, Take all his company along with him.
And make thee rage.

Fal. My lord, my lord, -
Thy Doll, and Helen of thy noble thoughts, Ch. Just. I cannot now speak : I will hear
Is in base durance, and contagious prison;

you soon. Haul'd thither

Take them away. By most mechanical and dirty hand :

Pist. Si fortuna me tormenta, spero me conRouse up revenge from cbon den with fell tenta. [Exeunt Fal. Shal. Píst. Bard, Page, Alecto's snake,

and Officers. For Doll is in; Pistol speaks nought but truth.

P. John. I like this fair proceeding of the king's: Fal. I will deliver her:

He hath intent, his wonted followers [Shouts within, and the Trumpets sound. Shall all be very well provided for; Pist. There roar'd the sea, and trumpet-clangor But all are banish'd, till their conversations sounds.

Appear more wise and modest to the world. Enter the King and his Train, the Chief Justice P. John. The king hath call'd his parliament,

Ch. Just. And so they are.
among them.
Fal. God save thy grace, King Hal! my royal Ch. Just. He hath.
Hall

P. John. I will lay odds,-that ere this year Pist. The heavens thee guard and keep, most expire, royal imp of fame!

We bear our civil swords, and native fire, Fal. God save thee, my sweet boy!

As far as France: I heard a bird so sing, King. My lord chief justice, speak to that vain Whose musick, to my thinking, pleas’d the king. man.

Come, will you hence ?

(Eseunt Ch. Just. Have you your wits? know you what 'tis you speak?

EPILOGUE. Fal. My king, my Jovel I speak to thee, my heart !

Spoken by a Dancer. King. I know thee not, old man: Fall to thy First, my fear; then, my court'sy ; last, my prayers;

speech. My fear is, your displeasure; my How ill white hairs become a fool, and jester! court'sy, my duty; and my speech, to beg your I have long dream'd of such a kind of man, So surfeit-gwell'd, so old, and so profane;

pardons. If you look for a good speech now,

yon undo me; for what I have to say, is of But, being awake, I do despise my dream. mine own making; and what, indeed, I should Make less thy body hence, and more thy grace: say, will, I doubt, prove mine own marring: Leave gormandizing; know, the grave doth gape But to the purpose, and so to the venture. --Bo For thee thrice wider than for other men it known to you, (as it is very well,) I was lately Reply not to me with a fool-born jest ;

here in the end of a displeasing play, to pray 33

my lord.

your patience for it, and to promise you a better. tlemen will not, then the gentlemen do not agree I did inean, indeed, to pay you with this; which, with the gentlewomen, which was never seen if, like an ill venture, it come unluckily home, before in such an assembly. I break, and you, my, gente creditors, lose. One word more, I beseech you. If you be not Here, I promised you, I would be, and here I too much cloyed with fat meat, our humble commit my body to your mercies; bate me some, author will continue the story, with Sir John in and I will pay you some, and, as most debtors it, and make you merry with fair Katharine of do, promise you infinitely.

France: where, for any thing I know, Falstaft It my tongne citnnot entreat you to acquit me, shall die of a sweat, unless already he be killed will you command me to use my legs ? and yet with your hard opinions; for Oldcastle died a that were but light payment,-io dance out of martyr, and this is not the man. My tongue is your debt. But a good conscience will make weary, when my legs are too, I will bid you any possible satisfaction, and so will I. All the good night: and so kneel down before you gentlewomen here have forgiven me; if the gen- but, indeed, to pray for the queen.

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KING HENRY THE FIFTH.

PERSONS REPRESENTED. KING HENRY THE FIFTH.

CHARLES THE SIXTH, King of France. DUKE OF GLOSTER, Brothers to the LEWIS, the Dauphin. DUKE OF BEDFORD, King. DUKES' OF BURGUNDY, ORLEANS, and DUKE OF EXETER, Uncle to the King. BOURBON. EARLS OF SALISBURY, WARWICK, and The Constable of France. WESTMORELAND.

RAMBURES and GRANDPRE, French ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY.

Lords.
BISHOP OF ELY.

Governor of Harfleur.
EARL OF CAMBRIDGE, Conspirators MONTJOY, a French Herald.
LORD SCROOP,

against the Ambassadors to the King of England.
SIR THOMAS GREY,
SIR THOMAS ERPINGHAM, FLUELLEN, ISABEL, Queen of France.
GOWER, MACMORRIS, JAMY, Officers in KATHARINE, Daughter of Charles and Isahel,
King Henry's Army.

ALICE, a Lady attending on the Princess KaBATES, COURT, WILLIAMS, Soldiers in the tharine. sa ne.

QUICKLY, Pistol's Wife, an Hostess. NYM, BARDOLPH, PISTOL, formerly Ser

vants to Falstaff, now Soldiers in the same. Lords, Ladies, Officers, French and English Boy, Servant to them. A Herald. Chorus. Soldiers, Messengers, and Attendants. The SCENE,-at the beginning of the Play, lies in England; but afterwards wholly in France.

King.

Enter Chorus.

Into an hourglass; For the which supply, O, for a muse of fire, that would ascend

Admit me chorus to this history; The brightest heaven of invention!

Who, prologue like, your humble patience pray A kingdom for a stage, princes to act,

Gently to hear kindly to judge, our play.
And inonarchs to behold the swelling scene!
Then should the warlike Harry, like himself,
Assume the port of Mars: And, at his heels,

ACT I. Leash'd in like hounds, should famine, sword, SCENE I. London. An Antichamber in the and fire,

King's Palace.
Crouch for employment. But pardon, gentles all,
The flat muraised spirit, that hath dar'd

Enter the Archbishop of Canterbury, and Bishop On this unworthy scaffold, to bring forth

of Ely. So great an ohject : Can this cockpit hold Cant. My lord, I'll tell you,-that sell bill is The vasty fields of France ? or may we cram

urg'd, Within this wooden O, the very casques, Which in the eleventh year o' the last king's That did affright the air at Agincourt ?

reign 0, pardon! since a crooked figure may Was like, and had indeed against us pass'd, Aitest, in little place, a million;

But that the scambling and unquiet time
And let us, ciphere to this great accompt, Did push it out of further question.
On your imaginary forces work:

Ely. But how, my lord, shall we resist it now? Suppose, within the girdle of these walls

Cant. It must be thought on. If it pass against Are now confiu'd two mighty monarchies,

us, Whose high upreared and abutting fronts We lose the better half of our possession: The perilous, narrow ocean parts asunder. For all the temporal lands, which men devout Piece out our imperfections with your thoughts; By testament have given to the church, Into a thousand parts divide one man,

Would they strip from us: being valued thus, And make imaginary puissance :

As much as would maintain, to the king's hoThink, when we talk of horses, that you see nour, them

Full fifteen earls and fifteen hundred knights : Printing their proud hoofs i'the receiving earth: Six thousand and two hundred good esquires ; For 'tis your thoughts that now must deck our and to relief of lazars, and weak age: kings,

of indigent faint souls, past corporal toil, Carry them here and there; jumping o'er times: A hundred alms-houses, right well supplied ; Turning the accomplishment of many years And to the coffers of the king beside,

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