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THE LIFE OF
KING HENRY THE FIFTH.
KING HENRY the Fifth.
CHARLES the Sixth, King of DUKE OF GLOUCESTER,
France. DUKE OF BEDFORD,
to the LEWIS, the Dauphin.
DUKES OF BURGUNDY, ORLEANS, DUKE OF EXETER, uncle to the and BOURBOX. King
The Constable of France. DUKE OF YORK, cousin to the King. RAMBURES and GRANDPRÉ, French Earls or SALISBURY, WESTMONE. Lords. LAND, and WARWICK.
Governor of Harfleur. - ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY. MONTJOY, a French Herald. BISHOP OF ELY.
Ambassadors to the King of Eng. EARL OF CAMBRIDGE,
land. LORD SCROOP.
ISABEL, Queen of France. SIR THOMAS GREY.
KATHARINE, daughter to Charles Sir Thomas ERPINGHAM, GOWER, and Isabel.
FLUELLEN, MACMORRIS, JAMY, ALICE, a lady attending on her. officers in King Henry's army. Hostess of a tavern in Eastcheap, Bates, Court, WILLIAMS, soldiers formerly Mistress Quickly, and in the same.
now married to Pistol Pistol, Nyu, BARDOLPII.
Lords, Ladies, Officers, Soldiers, Boy.
Citizens, Messengers, and At A Herald
SCENE: England; afterwards France,
So great an object: can this cockpit hold
30 Into an hour-glass: for the which supply, Admit me Chorus to this history; Wlo prologue-like your humble patience pray, Gently to hear, kindly to judge, our play. [Exit.
Ely. But how, my lord, shall we resist it now?
A hundred almshouses right well supplied;
Ely. This would drink deep.
"Twould drink the cup and all. 20
30 To envelop and contain celestial spirits. Never was such a sudden scholar made; Never came reformation in a flood, With such a leady currance, scouring faults; Nor never Hydra-headed wilfulness So soon did lose his seat and all at once As in this king.
Ely. We are blessed in the change.
Cant. Hear him but reason in divinity, And all-admiring with an inward wish You would desire the king were made a prelate: 40 Hear him debate of commonwealth affairs, You would say it hath been all in all his study: List his discourse of war, and you shall hcar A fearful battle render'd you in music: Turn him to any cause of policy, The Gordian knot of it he will unloose, Familiar as his garter: that, when he speaks, The air, a charter'd libertine, is still, And the mute wonder lurketh in men's ears, To steal his sweet and honey'd sentences;
50 So that the art and practic part of life Must be the mistress to this theoric: Which is a wonder how his grace should glean it, Since his addiction was to courses vain, His companies unletter'd, rude and shallow, His hours fill'd up with riots, banquets, sports, And never noted in him any study, Any retirement, any sequestration From open haunts and popularity.
Ely. The strawberry grows underneath the nettle 60 And wholesome berries thrive and ripen best
Neighbour'd by fruit of baser quality:
Cant. It must be so; for miracles are ceased;
But, my good lord,
He seems indifferent,
80 Did to his predecessors part withal.
Ely. How did this offer seem received, my lord?
Cant. With good acceptance of his majesty;
Ely. What was the impediment that broke this off? 90
Cant. The French ambassador upon that instant
Ely. It is.
Ely. I'll wait upon you, and I long to hear it. [Exeunte
SCENE II. The same. The Presence chamber.
WARWICK, WESTMORELAND, and Attendants.
Send for him, good uncle. West. Shall we call in the ambassador, my liege?
K. Hen. Not yet, my cousin: we would be resolved,
Sure, we thank you.
30 That what you speak is in your conscience wash'd As pure as sin with baptism.
Cant. Then hear me, gracious sovereign, and you peers, That owe yourselves, your lives and services To this imperial throne. There is no bar To make against your highness' claim to France But this, which they produce from Pharamond, * In terram Salicam inulieres ne succedant;" “No woman shall succeed in Salique laud:" Which Salique land the French unjustly gloze
40 To be the realm of France and Pharamond The founder of this law and female bar. Yet their own authors faithfully aflirm That the land Saliquc is in Germany,