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But thou, 'gainst all proportion, didst bring in Now, lords, for France; the enterprise whereof
We doubt not of a fair and lucky war:
To hinder our beginnings, we doubt nol now,
But every rub is stnoothed on our way. With patches, colours, and with forms being Then, forth, dear countrymen; let us deliver fetch'd
Our puissance into the hand of God,
Putting it straight in expedition.
(Ereunt Unless to dub thee with the name of traitor.
Quick. Pr’ythee, honey-sweet husband, let me
Bard. 'Would, I were with him, wheresome'er
Arthur's bosom, if ever man went to Arthor's
To mark the full-fraught man, and best indued, o' the tide; for after I saw him fumble with the
his fingers' ends, I knew there was but one way; Another fall of man-Their fanlts are open, for his nose was as sharp as a pen, and a' bab. Arrest them to the answer of the law
bled of green fields. How now, Sir John ? quoth And God acquit them of their practices ! I: what, man! be of good cheer. So a' cried
Ere. I arrest thee of high treason, by the name out-God, God, God! three or four times: now of Richard earl of Cambridge.
I, to comfort hiin, bid him 'a should not think I arrest thee of high treason, by the name of of God; I hoped, there was no need to trouble Henry Lord Scroop of Mashain.
himself with any such thoughts yet: So 'a bade I arrest thee of high treason, by the name of me lay more clothes on his feet: I put my hand Thomas Grey, knight of Northumberland. into the hed, and felt them, and they were as Scroop. Our purposes God justly hath dis- cold as any stone; then I felt to his knees, and cover'd ;
so upward, and upward, and all was as cold as
Quick. Ay, that 'a did. Cam. For me,-the gold of France did not se Bard. And of women. duce :
Quick. Nay, that 'a did not. Although I did admit it as a motive,
Boy. Yes, that 'a did ; and said, they were The sooner to effect what I intended :
devils incarnate. But God be thanked for prevention;
Quick. 'A could never abide carnation : "was
Boy. 'A said once, the devil would have him
of the whore of Babylon.
a black soul burning in hell-fire?
Nym. Shall we shog off? the king will be gone
thy lips. His princes and'his peers to servitude,
Look to my chattels, and my moveables:
(Exeunt Conspirators, guarded. say.
Pist. Touch her soft mouth, and march. Saw nis heroical seed, and smil'd to see him
Had twenty years been made. This is a stem Pist. Let housewifery appear; keep close, I of that victorious stock: and let us fear thee command.
The native mightiness and fate of bim. Quick. Farewell; adieu.
Enter a Messenger.
Mess. Ambassadors from Henry king of En-
Do crave admittance to your majesty. the Duke of Burgundy, the Constable, and others.
Go, and bring them.
[Exeunt Mess, and certain Lords. Fr. King. Thus come the English with full You see, this chase is hotly follow'd, friends. power upon us;
Dau. Turn head, and stop pursuit; for coward and more than carefully it us concerns,
dogs To answer royally in our defences.
Most spend their mouths, when what they seem Therefore the dukes of Berry and of Bretagne,
to threaten, Of Brabant, and of Orleans, shall make forth, - Runs far before them. Good my sovereign, And you, Prince Dauphin,-with all swift de- Take up the English short; and let them know spatch,
of what a monarchy you are the head; To line, and new repair, our towns of war, Self-love, my liege, is not so vile a sin With men of courage, and with means de- As self-neglecting.
fendant : For England his approaches makes as fierce,
Re-enter Lords, with Exeter and Train. As waters to the sucking of a gulf.
Fr. King. From our brother England ? It fits us then, to be as provident
Exe. From him; and thus he greets your maAs fear may teach us, out of late examples
jesty. Left by the fatal and neglected English He wills you, in the name of God Almighty, Upon our fields.
That you divest yourself, and lay apart Dau.
My most redoubted father, The borrow'd glories, that, by gift of heaven, It is most meet we arm us 'gainst the foe: By law of nature, and of nations, 'long For peace itself should not so dull a kingdom, To him, and to his heirs; namely, the crown, (Though war, nor no known quarrel, were in And all wide-stretched honours that pertain, question)
By custom and the ordinance of times, But that defences, musters, preparations, Unto the crown of France. That you may Should be maintain'd, assembled, and collected, know, As were a war in expectation.
'Tis no sinister, nor no awkward claim, Therefore, I say, 'tis meet we all go forth, Pick'd from the worm-holes of long-vanish'd To view the sick and feeble parts of France:
days, And let us do it with no show of fear:
Nor from the dust of old oblivion rak'a, No, with no more, than if we heard that England He sends you this most memorable line, Were busied with a Whitsun morris-dance:
[Gives a paper. For, my good liege, she is so idly king'd, In every branch truly demonstrative; Her sceptre so fantastically borne
Willing you, overlook this pedigree; By a vain, giddy, shallow, humorous youth, And, when you find him evenly-deriv'd That fear attends her not.
From his most fam'd of famous ancestors, Con.
O peace, Prince Dauphin! Edward the Third, he bids you then resign You are too much mistaken in this king: Your crown and kingdom, indirectly held Question your grace the late ambassadors, From him the native and true challenger. With what great state he heard their embassy, Fr. King. Or else what follows? How well supplied with noble counsellors, Exe. Bloody constraint; for if you hide the How modest in exception, and, withal,
crown How terrible in constant resolution,
Even in your hearts, there will he rake for it; And you shall find, his vanities fore-spent And therefore in fierce tempest is he coming, Were but the outside of the Roman Brutus, In thunder, and in earthquake, like a Jove; Covering discretion with a coat of folly ; (That, if requiring fail, he will compel ;) As gardeners do with ordure hide those roots And bids you, in the bowels of the Lord, That shall first spring, and be most delicate. Deliver up the crown ; and to take mercy Dau. Well, 'tis not so, my lord high constable, on the poor souls, for whom this hungry war But though we think it so, it is no matter : Opens his vasty jaws: and on your head In cases of defence, 'tis best to weigh
Turns he the widows' tears, the orphans' cries, The enemy more mighty than he seems, The dead men's blood, the pining maidens' So the proportions of defence are fill'd;
groans, Which, of a weak and niggardly projection, For husbands, fathers, and betrothed lovers, Doth, like a miser, spoil his coat, with scanting That shall be swallow'd in this controversy A little cloth.
This is his claim, his threat'ning, and my Fr. King Think we King Harry strong;
message; And princes, look, you strongly arm to meet Unless the Dauphin be in presence here, him.
To whom expressly I bring greeting too. The kindred of him hath been flesh'd upon us; Ft. King. For us, we will consider of this And he is bred out of that bloody strain,
further ; That haunted us in our familiar paths:
To-morrow shall you bear our full intent
For the Dauphit, And all our princes captiv'd, by the hand I stand here for him : What to him from Eng. Of that black name, Edward Black Prince of land ? Wales;
Exe. Scorn, and defiance; slight regard, com Whiles that his mountain sire,-on mountain tempt, standing,
And any thing that may not misbecome Op in the air, crown'd with the golden sun,-The mighty sender, doth he prize you at.
Thus says my king: and, if your father's high-|And eke out our performance with your mind. ness
[Erit Do not, in grant of all demands at large,
SCENE I. The same. Before Harfleur.
Alarums. Enter King Henry, Exeter, Bed-
ford, Gloster, and Soldiers, with Scaling
K. Hen. Once more unto the breach, dear
friends, once niore; It is against my will : for I desire
Pr close the wall up with our English dead! Nothing but odds with England : to that end, In peitce, there's nothing so becomes a man, As matching to his youth and vanity,
As inodest stillness and humility : I did present him with those Paris balls.
But when the blast of war blows in our ears, Ese. He'll make your Paris Louvre shake Then imitate the action of the tiger ; for it,
Suitten the sinews, summon up the blood,
Then lend the eye a terrible aspect;
Now set the teeth, and stretch the nostril wide;
To his full height On, on, you noble English, Come here himself to question our delay; Whose blood is fet from fathers of war-proof! For he is footed in this land already.
Fathers, that, like so inany Alexanders,
And sheath'd their swords for lack of argument;
Be copy now to men of grosser blood,
And teach them how to war!-And you, good
Whose limbs were made in England, show us
That you are worth your breeding : which I In motion of no less celerity
doubt not ;
That hath not noble lustre in your eyes
Cry-God for Harry! England ! and Sain
Pistol, and Boy. sea,
Bard. On, on, on, on, onl to the breach I to Breasting the lofty surge: 0, do but think,
the breach! You stand upon the rivage, and behold
Nym. 'Pray thee, corporal, stay ; the knocks
a case of lives: the humour of it is too hot, that Grapple your minds to sternage of this navy;
Pist. The plain-song is most just; for hu. And leave your England, as dead midnight,
mours do abound; still,
Knocks go and come ! God's vassals drop and Guarded with grandsires, babies, and old wo
And sword and shield, Either past, or not arriv'd to, pith and puissance :
In bloody field, For who is he, whose chin is but enrich'd
Doth win immortal fame. With one appearing hair, that will not follow
Boy. 'Would, I were in an alehouse in Los These culld and choice-drawn cavaliers to don! I would give all my fame for a pot of ale, France ?
and safety. Work, work, your thoughts, and therein see a
Pist. And I: siege :
If wishes would prevail with me,
My purpose should not fail with me,
But thither would I hie.
As bird doth sing on bough.
Flu, Got's plood Sup to the preaches, you
[Driving them forward. (Alatum; and Chambers go off. Pist. Be merciful, great duke, to men a And down goes all before them. Süll be kind, mould!
Abate thy rage, abate thy manly rage ! the work ish ill done; it ish give over : I would Abate thy rage, great duke!
have blowed up the town, so Chrish save me, Good bawcock, bate thy rage! use lenity, sweet la, in an hour. o, tish ill done, tish ill done; chuck!
by my hand, tish ill done! Nym. These be good humours l_your ho- Flu. Captain Macmorris, I peseech you now, nour wins bad humours.
will you vouchsafe me, look you, a few dispu(Ereunt Nym, Pistol, and Bardolph, tations with you, as partly touching or confollowed by Fluellen.
cerning the disciplines of the war, the Roman Boy. As young as I am, I have observed these wars, in the way of argument, look you, and three swashers. I am boy to them all three; friendly communication, party, 10 satisfy my but all they three, though they would serve me, opinion, and partly for the satisfaction, look could not be man to me : for, indeed, three you, of my mind, as touching the direction of such anticks do not amount to a man. For the military discipline; that is the point. Bardolph,-he is white-liver'd, and red-fac'd ; Jamy. It shall be very gud, gud seith, gud capby the means whereof, 'a faces it out, but fights tains bath: and I shall quit you with gud leve, not. For Pistol,-he hath a killing tongue, and as I may pick occasion; that sall I, marry. a quiet sword; by the means whereof 'a breaks Mac. It is no time to discourse, so Chrish words, and keeps whole weapons. For Nym, save me, the day is hot, and the weather, and -he hath heard, that men of few words are the the wars, and the king, and the dukes; it is no best men; and therefore he scorns to say his time to discourse. The town is beseeched, and prayers, lest 'a should be thought a coward : the trumpet calls us to the breach ; and we talk, but his few bad words are match'd with as few and, by Chrish, do nothing ; 'lis shame for us good deeds; for 'a never broke any man's head all : só God sa' me, 'tis shame to stand still ; it hut his own, and that was against a post, when is shame, by my hand: and there is throats to he was drunk. They will steal any ihing, and be cut, and works to be done : and there ish nocall it,-purchase. "Bardolph stole a lute-case : thing done, so Chrish sa' me, la. bore it twelve leagues, and sold it for three Jamy. By the mess, ere theise eyes of mine hall-pence. Nym and Bardolph are sworn bro- take themselves to slumber, aile do gude service, thers in filching; and in Calais they stole a or aile ligge i the grund for it: ay, or go to fire-shovel : I knew, by that piece of service, death : and aile pay it as valorously as I inay the men wonld carry coals. They would have that sall I surely do, that is the breff and the me as familiar with men's pockets, as their long : Marry, I wad full fain heard some ques gloves or their handkerchiefs ; which makes tion 'tween you 'tway. much against my manhood, if I should take Fu. Captain Macmorris, I think, look you. froin another's pocket, to put into mine : for it under your correction, there is not many of your is plain pocketing up of wrongs. I must leave nationthem, and seek some better service: their vil. Mar. Of my nation? What ish my nation ? ish lany goes against my weak stomach, and there a villain, and a bastard, and a knave, and a fore I must cast it up.
[Erit Boy. rascal ? What ish my nation? Who talks of my
nation ? Re-enter Fluellen, Gower following.
Flu. Look you, if you take the matter otherGow. Captain Fluellen, you must come pre-wise than is meant, Captain Macmorris, peradsently to the mines; the duke of Gloster would venture, I shall think you do not use me with speak with you.
that affability as in discretion you ought to use Flu. To the mines ! tell you the duke, it is me, look you; being as goot i man as yonrself, not so good to come to the inines : For, look both in the disciplines of wars, and in the deriyou, the mines is not according to the disciplines vation of my birth, and in other particularities. of the war; the concavities of it is not suficient; Mac. I do not know you so good a man as for, look yon, th' athversary (you may discuss myself: so Chrish save me, I will cut off your unto the duke, look you,) is dight himself four head. yards under the countermines : by Cheshu, I Gow. Gentlemen both, you will mistake each think, 'a will plow up all, if there is not better other. directions.
Jamy. Au! that's a foul faul:. Gow. The duke of Gloster, to whom the order
TA Parley sounded. of the siege is given, is altogether directed by Gow. The town sounds a parley. an Irishman; a very valiant gentleman, i'faith. Flu. Captain Macmorris, when there is more Flu. It is Captain Macmorris, is it not ? better opportunity to be required, look you, i Gou. I think it be.
will be so bold as to tell you, I know the disFlu. By Cheshu, he is an ass, as in the 'orld : ciplines of war; and there is an end. [Ereuni. I will verify as much in his peard: he has no nore directions in the true disciplines of the
SCENE III. wars, look you, of the Roman disciplines, than is a puppy-dog.
The same. Before the Gctes of arfleur. Enter Macmorris and Jamy, at a distance.
The Governor and some Citizens on the Walls; Gou. Here 'a comes; and the Scots captain,
the English Forces below. Enter King Henry
and his Train. Captain Jamy, with him.
Flu. Captain Jamy is a marvellous falorous K. Hen. How yet resolves the governor of the gentleman, that is certain : and of great expe
town? dition, and knowledge, in the ancient wars, This is the latest parle we will admit: upon my particular knowledge of his directions: Therefore, to our best mercy give yourselves ; by Cheshu, he will maintain his argument as Or, like to men proud of destruction, well as any military man in the 'orld, in the Defy us to our worst; for, as I am a soldier, uisciplines of the pristine wars of the Romans. (A name, thai, in my thoughts, becomes me Jomy. I say, guci-day, Captain Fluellen.
best) Flu. God-den to your worship, guot Captain If I begin the battery once again, Jamy.
I will not leave the half-achieved Harfleur Gow. How now, Captain Macmorris ? have Till in her ashes she lie buried. you quit the mines ? have the pioneers given o'er? The gates of mercy shall be all shut up;
Mac, By Chrish la, tish ill done : the work And the flesh'd soldier,-rongh and hard of ish give over, the trumpet sound the retreat. heart, By my hand, I swear, and by my father's soul, In liberty of bloody land, shall range
With conscience wide as hell ; mowing like Kath. De elbow. Je m'en faitz la repetition grass
de tous les mots, que vous m'avez appris des Your fresh-fair virgins, and your flowering in a present. fants.
Alice. Il est trop difficile, madame, comme jo What is it then to me, if impious war,
pense. Array'd in flames, like to the prince of fiends,
Kath. E.ccusez moy, Alice ; escoutez: De Do, with his
smirch'd complexion, all fell feats hand, de fingre, de nails, de arm, de bilbow. Enlink'd to waste and desolation ?
Alice. De elbow, madame. What is't to me, when you yourselves are cause, Kath. O Seigneur Dieu! je m'en oublie; De If your pure maidens fall into the hand
elbow. Comment appellez vous le col ? Or hot and forcing violation ?
Alice. De neck, madame.
Alice. De chin.
de sin. As send precepts to the Leviathan
Alice. Ouy. Sauf vostre honneur ; en verite, To come ashore. Therefore, you men of Har-vous prononcez les mots aussi droict que les fleur,
natifs d'Angleterre. Take pity of your town, and of your people, Kath. Je ne doute point d'apprendre par la Whiles yet my soldiers are in my command; Whiles yet the cool and temperate wind of grace Alice. N'avez vous pas deja oublie ce que je
grace de Dieu ; et en peu de temps. O'erblows the filthy and contagious clouds
vous ay enseignee? of deadly murder, spoil, and villany.
Kath. Non, je reciteray a tous promptement. If not, why, in a moment, look to see
De hand, de fingre, de nails, The blind and bloody soldier with fond hand
Alice. De nails, madame. Defile the locks of your shrill-shrieking daugh- Kath. De nails, de arme, de ilbow. ters;
Alice. Sauf vostre honneur, de elbow. And their most reverend heads dash'd to the sin ; Comment appellez vous le pied' et la Your fathers taken by the silver beards, Kath. Ainsi dis je ; de elbow, de neck, et de walls;
robe? Your naked infants spitted upon pikes;
Alice. De foot, madame; et de con. Whiles the mad mothers with their howls con
Kath. De foot, et de con? O Seigneur Dien! fus'd Do break the clouds, as did the wives of Jewry grosse, et impudique, es non pour les dames
ces sont mots de son mauvais, corruptible, At Herod's bloody hunting slaughtermen. What say you ? will you yield, and this avoid ? ces mots devant les seigneurs de France, pour
d'honneur d'user : Je ne voudrois prononcer Or, guilty in defence, be thus destroy'd ?
tout le monde. Il faut de foot, et de con, neantGov. Our expectation hath this day an end:
moins. Je reciterai une autre fois ma lecon The Dauphin, whom of succour we entreated, Returns us—that his powers are not yet ready
ensemble : De hand, de fingre, de nails, de arm, To raise so great a siege. Therefore, dread king, Alice. Excellent madame!
de elbow, de neck, de sin, de foot, de con. We yield our town, and lives, to thy soft mercy : Kath. C'est assez pour une fois ; allons nous Enter our gates; dispose of us, and ours ;
(Ereunt. For we no longer are defensible.
a disner. K. Hen. Open your gates.-Come, uncle Ex
SCENE V. eter, Go you and enter Harfleur; there remain,
The same. Another Room in the same And fortify it strongly 'gainst the French Use mercy to them all. For us, dear uncle,
Enter the French King, the Dauphin, Duke of The winter coming on, and sickness growing
Bourbon, the Constable of France, and others. Upon our soldiers, -we'll retire to Calais. Fr. King. "Tis certain, he hath pass'd the river To-night in Harfleur will we be your guest;
Some. To-morrow for the march are we addrest. Con. And if he be not fought withal, my lord,
[Flourish. The King, &c. enter the town. Let us not live in France ; let us quit all, SCENE IV. Rouen. A Room in the Palace. Dau. O Dieu vivant ! shall a few sprays of
And give our vineyards to a barbarous people Enter Katharine and Alice.
The emptying of our father's luxury, Kath. Alice, tu as este en Angleterre, et tu Our scions, put in wild and savage stock, parles bien le langage.
Spirt up so suddenly into the clouds, Alice. Un peu, madame.
And overlook their grafters ? Kath. Je te prie, m'enseignez; il faut que Bour. Normans, but bastard Normans, Nor j'apprenne a parler. Comment appellez vous man hastards! la main, en Anglois ?
Mort de ma vie ! if they march along Alice. La main ? elle est appellee, de hand.
Unfought withal, but I will sell my dukedom, Kath. De hand. Et les doigts ?,
To buy a slobbery and a dirty farm Alice. Les doigts? ma foy, j'oublie les doigts; In that nook-shotten isle of Albion. mais je me souviendray. Les doigts ? je pense, Con. Dieu de battailes ! where have they this qu'ils sont appelle de fingres : ouy, de fingres. mettle?
Kath. La main, de havd; les doigts, de fin- Is not their climate foggy, raw, and dull ? gres. Je pense, que je suis le bon escolier. J'ay On whom, as in despite, the sun looks pale, gagne deux mots d'Anglais vistement. Com- Killing their fruit with frowns? Can sodden ment appellez vous les ongles ?
water, Alice. Les ongles ? les appellons, de nails. A dirench for sur-rein'd jades, their barley broth, Kath. De nails. Escoutez : dites moy, si te Decoct their cold blood to such valiant heat ? parle bien: de hand, de fingres, de nails. And shall our quick blood, spirited with wine,
Alice. C'est bien dit, madame; il est fort bon Seem frosty ? Ó, for honour of our land,
Let us not hang like roping icieles
people Kath. Et le coude.
Sweat drops of gallant youth in our rich fields; Alice. De elbow.
Poor-we may cell them, in their native lords