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And silken dalliance in the wardrobe lies; have edges. It must be as it may: though patience
Enter Pistol and Mrs. Quickly.
Bard. Here comes ancient Pistol, and his wife For now sits Expectation in the air ;
-good corporal, be patient here.-How now, mine And hides a sword, from hilts unto the point,
host Pistol ? With crowns imperial, crowns, and coronets,
Pist. Base tike, call'st thou me-host ? Promis'd to Harry, and his followers.
Now, by this hand I swear, I scorn the term ; The French, advis'd by good intelligence
Nor shall my Nell keep lodgers. of this most dreadful preparation,
Quick. No, by my troth, not long : for we cannot Shake in their fear; and with pale policy
lodge and board a dozen or fourteen gentlewomen, Seek to divert the English purposes.
that live honestly by the prick of their needles, but O England !-model to thy inward greatness,
it will be thought we keep a bawdy-house straight. Like little body with a mighty heart,
[Nym draws his sword. 10 well-a-day, Lady, if he What might'st thou do, that honour'would thee do, be not drawn now! O Lord! here's corporal Were all thy children kind and natural!
Nym's-now we shall have wilful adultery and But see thy fault! France hath in thee found out murder committed. Good lieutenant Bardolph, A nest of hollow bosoms, which he' fills good corporal, offer nothing here. With treacherous crowns; and three corrupted Pist. Pish for thee, Iceland dog! thou prick-ear'd
Nym. Pish! men,One, Richard earl of Cambridge; and the second,
cur of Iceland ! Henry lord Scroop of Masham; and the third,
Quick. Good corporal Nym, show the valour of Sir Thomas Grey, knight of Northumberland,
a man, and put up thy sword. Have, for the gilia of France, (O guilt, indeed!)
Nym. Will you shog off? I would have you solus. Confirm'd conspiracy with fearl'ul France;
(Sheathing his sword, And by their hands this grace of kings must die
Pist. Solus, egregious dog? O viper vile ! (If hell and treason hold their promises,).
The solus in ihy most marvellous face;
The solus in thy teeth, and in thy throat,
And, which is worse, within thy nasty mouth!
I do retort the solus in thy bowels : The king is set from London; and ihe scene
For I can take, and Pistol's cock is up, Is now transported, gentles, to Southampton :
And flashing fire will follow. There is the playhouse now, there must you sit:
Nym. I am not Barbason;' you cannot conjure And thence to France shall'we convey you safe,
I have a humour to knock you indifferently And bring you back, charming the narrow seas
well: If you grow foul with me, Pistol, I will To give you gentle pass; for, if we may,,
scour your with my rapier, as I may, in fair terms: We'll not offend one stomach with our play.
If you would walk off, I would prick your guts a But, till the king come forth, and not till then,
little, in good terms, as I may ; and that's the Unto Southampton do we shift our scene.
humour of it.
Pist. O braggard vile, and damned furious wight ! SCENE 1.—The same. Eastcheap. Enter Nym The grave doth gape, and doting death is near; and Bardolph.
Therefore exhale." [Pistol and Nym draw, Baril. Well met, corporal Nym.
Bard. Hear me, hear me what I say: --he that
strikes the first stroke, I'll run him up to the hilts, Nym. Good morrow, lieutenant Bardolph.
[Draws. Bard. What, are ancient Pistol and you friends as I am a soldier.
Pist. An oath of mickle might; and fury shall ret? Nym. For my part, I care not : I say little : but Give me thy fist, thy fore-foot to me give;
abate. when time shall serve, there shall be smiles ;--but that shall be as it may. I dare not fight; but I will Thy spirits are most tall. wink, and hold out mine iron : It is a simple one; in fair terms; that is the humour of it.
Nyin. I will cut thy throat, one time or other, but what though? it will toast cheese ; and it will endure cold as another man's sword will : and
Pist. Coup le gorge, that's the word ?-I thee
defy again. there's the humour of it, Bard. I will bestow a breakfast, to make you No; to the spital go,
O hound of Crete, think'st thou my spouse to get ? friends; and we'll be all three sworn brothers to And from the powdering tub of infamy, France; let it be so, good corporal Nym. Nyin: Faith, I will live so long as I may, that's Doll Tear-sheet she by name, and her espouse :
Fetch forth the lazar kite of Cressid's kind, 10 the certain of it, and when I cannot live any longer, I will do as I may: that is my rest, that is the have, and I will hold, the quondam! Quickly rendezvous of it.
For the only she; and-Pauca, there's enough. Bard. It is certain, corporal, that he is married
Enter the Boy. to Nell Quickly: and, certainly, she did you wrong; Boy. Mine host Pistol, you must come to my for you were troth-plight to her.
master,--and you, hostess ;-he is very sick, and Nym. I cannot tell; things must be as they may: would 'to bed.-Good Bardolph, put thy nose bemen may sleep, and they may have their throats tween his sheets, and do the office of a warmingabout them at that time; and, some say, knives pan: 'faith, he's very ill. (1) i. e. The king of France. (2) Golden money. (8) Bloodhound. (9) Hospital. (3) What I am resolved on. (4) Clown.
(16) or Cressida's nature, see the play of Troilius (5) Par Dieu !
(6) Name of a demon. and Cressida. 17) Breathe your last
Act II. Bard. Away, you rogue.
My lord of Cambridge,-and my kind lord of Quick. By my troth, he'll yield the crow a pud- Masham, ding one of these days: the king has killed his And you, my gentle knight, give me your heart.-Good husband, come home presently.
thoughts : (Exeunt Mrs. Quickly and Boy. Think you not, that the powers we bear with us, Bard. Come, shall I make you two friends? We Will cut their passage through the force of France ; must to France together; Why, the devil, should Doing the execution, and the act, we keep knives to cut one another's throats ? For which we have in head? assembled them? Pist. Let foods o'erswell, and fiends for food Scroop: No doubt, my liege, if each man do his howl on!
best. Nym. You'll pay me the eight shillings I won
K. Hen. I doubt not that: since we are well of you at betting ?
persuaded, Pist. Base is the slave that pays.
We carry not a heart with us from hence, Nym. That now I will have; that's the humour That grows not in a fair consent with ours; of it.
Nor leave not one behind, that doth not wish
Bard. By this sword, he that makes the first Cam. Never was monarch better fear'd, and lov'd, thrust, I'll kill him; by this sword, I will. Than is your majesty; there's not, I think, a subject, Pist. Sword is an oath, and oaths must have That sits in heart-grief and uncasiness their course.
Under the sweet shade of your government. Bard. Corporal Nym, an thou wilt be friends, Grey. Even those, that were your father's enemies, be friends : an thou wilt not, why then be enemies Have steep'd their galls in honey; and do serve you with me too. Pry'thee, put up.
With hearts create of duty and of zeal.
thankfulness; you at betting?
Pist. A noble' shalt thou have, and present pay; And shall forget the office of our hand, And liquor likewise will I give to thee,
Sooner than quittance of desert and merit, And friendship shall combine, and brotherhood : According to the weight and worthiness. I'll live by Nym, and Nym shall live by me ;- Scroop. So service shall with steeled sinews toil;' Is not this just ?-for I shall sutler be
And labour shall refresh itself with hope, Unto the camp, and profits will accrue.
To do your grace incessant services. Give me thy hand.
K. Hen. We judge no less.-Uncle of Exeter, Nym. I shall have my noble ?
Enlarge the man committed yesterday, Pist. In cash most justly paid.
That rail'd against our person: we consider,
And, on his more advice, we pardon him.
Scroop. That's mercy, but too much security : Quick. As ever you came of women, come in Let him be punish'd, sovereign ; lest example quickly to sir John : Ah, poor heart! he is so Breed,, by his sufferance, more of such a kind. shaked of a burning quotidian tertian, that it is most K. Hen. 0, let us yet be merciful. lamentable to behold. Sweet men, come to him. Cam. So may your highness, and yet punish too.
Nym. The king hath run bad humours on the Grey. Sir, you show great mercy, if you give him knight, that's the even of it.
life, Pist. Nym, thou hast spoke the right;
After the taste of much correction. His heart is fracted, and corroborate.
K. Hen. Alas, your too much love and care of me Nym. The king is a good king : but it must be Are heavy orisons 'gainst this poor wretch. as it may; he passes some humours, and careers. IC little faults, proceeding on distemper,
Pist. Let us condole the knight; for, lambkins, Shall not be wink'd at, how shall we stretch our eye, we will live.
[Exeunt. When capital crimes, chew'd, swallow'd, and SCENE II.-Southampton. A council-chamber. Appear before us ?-We'll yet enlarge that man,
digested, Enter Exeter, Bedford, and Westmoreland. Though Cambridge, Scroop, and Grey,-in their Bed. 'Fore God, his grace is bold, to trust these traitors.
And tender preservation of our person, Ere. They shall be apprehended by and by: Would have him punish'd. And now to our French West. How smooth and even they do bear
causes; themselves !
Who are the late commissioners ?
Cam. I one, my lord;
Bed. The king hath note of all that they intend, Scroop. So did you me, my liege.
me, my royal sovereign. Exe. Nay, but the man that was his bedfellow,
K. Hen. Then, Richard, earl of Cambridge, Whom he hath cloy'd and grac'd with princely
there is yours; favours,
There yours, lord Scroop of Masham ;-and, sir That he should, for a foreign purse, so sell
knight, His sovereign's life to death and treachery ! Grey of Northumberland, this same is yours :
Read them; and know, I know your worthiness, Trumpet sounds. Enter King Henry, Scroop, My lord of Westmoreland, -and uncle Exeter,
Cambridge, Grey, Lords, and Attendants. We will aboard to-night. Why, how now, gentle K. Hen. Now sits the wind fair, and we will
men ? aboard.
What see you in those papers, that you lose (1) A coin, value six shillings and eight-pence. (2) Force.' (3) Compounded. (4) Recompense.!
(5) Better information. (6) Prayers.
So much complexion ?-Look ye, how they change! For this revolt of thine, methinks, is like Their cheeks are paper.-Why, what read you Another fall of man.—Their faults are open, there,
Arrest them to the answer of the law ;That hath so cowarded and chas'd your blood And God acquit them of their practices ! Out of appearance ?
Exe. I arrest thee of high treason, by the name of Cam.
I do confess my fault; Richard earl of Cambridge. And do submit me to your highness' mercy. I arrest thee of high treason, by the name of Henry
Grey. Scroop. To which we all appeal. lord Scroop of Masham.
K. Hen. The mercy, that was quick'in us but late, I arrest thee of high treason, by the name of By your own counsel'is suppress’d and kill'd : Thomas Grey, knight of Northumberland. You must not dare, for shame, to talk of mercy; Scroop. Our purposes God justly hath discoverd; For your own reasons turn into your bosoms, And I repent my fault, more than my death; As dogs upon their masters, worrying them.- Which I beseech your highness to forgive, See you, my princes, and my noble peers, Although my body pay the price of it. These English monsters! My lord of Cambridge Cam. For me,--the gold of France did not seduce ; here,
Although I did admit it as a motive, You know, how apt our love was, to accord The sooner to effect what I intended : To furnish him with all appertinents
But God be thanked for prevention ; Belonging to his honour; and this man
Which I in suflerance heartily will rejoice, Hath, for a few light crowns, lightly conspir'd, Beseeching God, and you, to pardon me. And sworn unto the practices of France,
Grey. Never did faithful subject more rejoice To kill us here in Hampton: to the which, At the discovery of most dangerous treason, This knight, no less for bounty bound to us Than I do at this hour joy o'er myself, Than Cambridge is,-hath likewise sworn.—But 0! Prevented from a damned enterprise : What shall I say to thee, lord Scroop; thou cruel, My fault, but not my body, pardon, sovereign. Ingrateful, savage, and inhuman creature !
K. Hen. God quit you in his mercy! Hear your Thou, that didst bear the key of all my counsels,
sentence. That'knew'st the very bottom of my soul, You have conspir'd against our royal person, That almost might'st have coin'd me into gold, Join'd with an enemy proclaim'd, and from his Would'st thou have practis'd on me for thy use?
coffers May it be possible, that foreign hire
Receiv'd the golden earnest of our death; Could out of thee extract one spark of evil, Wherein you would have sold your king to slaughter, That might annoy my finger ? 'tis so strange, His princes and his peers to servitude, That, though the truth of it stands off as gross His subjects to oppression and contempt, As black from white, my eye will scarcely see it. And his whole kingdom unto desolation. Treason, and murder, ever kept together, Touching our person, seek we no revenge ; As two yoke-devils sworn to either's purpose, But we our kingdom's safety must so tender, Working so grossly in a natural cause,
Whose ruin you three sought, that to her laws That admiration did not whoop at them :
We do deliver you. Get you therefore hence, But thou, 'gainst all proportion, didst bring in Poor miserable wretches, to your death : Wonder, to wait on treason, and on murder : The taste whereof, God, of his mercy, give you And whatsoever cunning fiend it was,
Patience to endure, and true repentance That wrought upon thee so preposterously, Of all your dear offences !-Bear them hence. H’ath got the voice in hell for excellence:
(Exeunt conspirators guarded. And other devils, that suggest by treasons, Now, lords, for France; the enterprise whereof Do botch and bungle up damnation
Shall be to you, as us, like glorious. With patches, colours, and with forms being fetch'd We doubt not of a fair and lucky war; From glistering semblances of piety;
Since God so graciously hath brought to light But he, that temper’da thee, bade thee stand up, This dangerous treason, lurking in our way, Gavethee noinstance why thou should'st do treason, To hinder our beginnings, we doubt not now, Unless to dub thee with the name of traitor. But every rub is smoothed on our way. If that same dæmon, that hath gullid thee thus, Then, forth, dear countrymen ; let us deliver Should with his lion gait' walk the whole world, Our puissance into the hand of God, He might return to vasty Tartar* back,
Putting it straight in expedition. And tell the legions-I can never win
Cheerly to sea; the signs of war advance : A soul so easy as that Englishman's.
No king of England, if not king of France. [Exe. 0, how hast thou with jealousy infected The sweetness of affiance! Show men dutiful ?
SCENE III.-London. Mrs. Quickly's house in Why, so didst thou : Seem they grave and learned ? Eastcheap. Enter Pistol, Mrs. Quíckly, Nym, Why, so didst thou : Come they of noble family ?
Bardolph, and Boy. Why, so didst thou: Seem they religious ? Quick. Pr’yther, honey-sweet husband, let me Why, so didst thou: Or are they spare in diet; bring thee to Staines. Free from gross passion, or of mirth, or anger; Pist. No; for my manly heart doth yearn.'Constant in spirit, not swerving with the blood; Bardolph, be blithe ;-Nym, rouse thy vaunting Garnish'd and deck'd in modest complement ;s
veins; Not working with the eye, without the ear, Boy, bristle thy courage up; for Falstaff' he is dead, And, but in purged judgment, trusting neither? And we must yearn therefore. Such, and so finely bolted, didst thou seem : Bard. 'Would, I were with him, wheresome'er And ihus thy fall hath left a kind of blot,
he is, either in heaven, or in hell! To mark the full-fraught man, and best indued," Quick. Nay, sure, he's not in hell; he's in ArWith some suspicion. I will weep for thee; thur's bosom, if ever man went to Arthur's bosom. (1) Living. (2) Rendered thee pliable. (5) Accomplishment. (6) Sisted. (7) Endowed 3) Pace, step. (4) Tartarus.
(8) Attend. (9) Grieve.
A made a finer end, and went away, an it had For England his approaches makes as fierce, been any christom' child ; 'a parted even just be. As waters to the sucking of a gull. tween twelve and one, e'en at turning o'the tide ; It fits us then, to be as provident for after I saw him fumble with the sheets, and As fear may teach us, out of late examples play with flowers, and smile upon his fingers' ends, Left by the fatal and neglected English I knew there was but one way; for his nose was Upon our fields. as sharp as a pen, and ’a babbled of green fields. Dau.
My most redoubted father, How now, sir John ? quoth I: what, man! be of It is most meet we arm us 'gainst the foe: good cheer. So 'a cried out-God, God, God! For peace itself should not so dull* a kingdom, three or four times : now I, to comfort him, bid (Though war, nor no known quarrel, were in him, 'a should not think of God; I hoped, there question,) was no need to trouble himself with any such But that defences, musters, preparations, thoughts yet: So, 'a bade me lay more clothes on Should be maintain'd, assembled, and collected, his feet: I put my hand into the bed, and felt them, As were a war in expectation. and they were as cold as any stone; then I felt to Therefore, I say, 'tis meet we all go forth, his knees, and so upward, and upward, and all To view the sick and feeble parts of France : was as cold as any stone.
And let us do it with no show of fear; Nym. They say, he cried out for sack. No, with no more, than if we heard that England Quick. Ay, that 'a did.
Were busied with a Whitsun morris-dance : Bard. And of women.
For, my good liege, she is so idly king'd,
Her sceptre so fantastically borne
That fear attends her not. Quick. 'A could never abide carnation ; 'twas a Con.
O peace, prince dauphin! colour he never liked.
You are too much mistaken in this king : Boy. 'A said once, the devil would have him Question your grace the late ambassadors, about women.
With what great state he heard their embassy, Quick. 'A did in some sort, indeed, handle wo- How well supplied with noble counsellors, men: but then he was rheumatic ;2 and talked of How modest in exception, and, withal, the whore of Babylon.
How terrible in constant resolution, Boy. Do you not remember, 'a saw a flea stick And you shall find, his vanities fore-spents upon Bardolph's nose; and ’a said, it was a black Were but the outside of the Roman Brutus, soul burning in hell-fire ?
Covering discretion with a coat of folly; Bard. Well, the fuel is gone, that maintained As gardeners do with ordure hide those roots that fire: that's all the riches I got in his service. That shall first spring, and be most delicate.
Nym. Shall we shog off? the king will be gone Dau. Well, 'tis not so, my lord high constable, from Southampton.
But though we think it so, it is no matter :
The enemy more mighty than he seems,
Doth, like a miser, spoil his coat, with scanting
Fr. King. Think we king Harry strong ; Therefore, caveto be thy counsellor.
And, princes, look, you strongly arm to meet him.
Boy. And that is but unwholesome food, they say. Witness our too much memorable shame,
Nym. I cannot kiss, that is the humour of it; Of that black name, Edward'black prince of Wales; but adieu.
Whiles that his mountain sire,-on mountain Pist. Let housewifery appear; keep close, I thee standing, command.
Up in the air, crown'd with the golden sun,Quick. Farewell; adieu.
[Exeunt. Saw his heroical seed, and smild to see him
Mangle the work of nature, and deface SCENE IV.-France. A room in the French The patterns that by God and by French fathers kiny's palace. Enter the French King attended ; Had twenty years been made. This is a stem the Dauphin, the Duke of Burgundy, the Consta- Of that viciorious stock; and let us fear ble, and others.
The native mightiness and fate of him. Fr. King. Thus come the English with full power
Enter a Messenger. upon us ; and more than carefully it us concerns,
Mess. Ambassadors from Henry king of England To answer royally in our defences.
Do crave admittance to your majesty. Therefore the dukes of Berry, and of Bretagne, Fr. King. We'll give them present audience. Of Brabant, and of Orleans, shall make forth,
Go, and bring them. And you, prince dauphin,- with all swift despatch,
(Exe. Mess, and certain Lords. To line, and new repair, our towns of war, With men of courage, and with means defendant: You see, this chace is hotly follow'd, friends, (1) A child not more than a month old.
(4) Render it callous, insensible. (2) Mrs. Quickly means lunatic.
(5) in making objections. (3) Dry thy eyes.
(6) Wasted, exhausted, (7) Lineage.
Dau. Turn head, and stop pursuit: for coward), Ere. He'll make your Paris Louvre shake for it, dogs
Were it the mistress court of mighty Europe : Must spend their mouths, when what they seem to And, be assurd, you'll find a difference threaten,
(As we, his subjects, have in wonder found,) Runs far before them. Good my sovereign, Between the promise of his greener days, Take up the English short; and let them know And these he masters now; now he weighs time, Of what a monarchy you are the head :
Even to the utmost grain ; which you shall read Self-love, my liege, is not so vile a sin
In your own losses, if he stay in France. As self-neglecting.
Fr. King. To-morrow shall you know our mind
at full. Re-enter Lords, with Exeter and train.
Exe. Despatch us with all speed, lest that our Fr. King. From our brother England ? king
Exe. From him; and thus he grects your majesty. Come here himself to question our delay;
Fr. King. You shall be soon dispatch'd, with The borrow'd glories, that, by gift of heaven,
fair conditions: By law of nature, and of nations, 'long
A night is but small breath, and little pause,
(Exeunt. By custom and the ordinance of times, Unto the crown of France. That you may know, 'Tis no sinister, nor no awkward claim,
Cho. Thus with imagin'd wing our swift scene
(Gives a paper. Rics, In every branch truly demonstrative;
In motion of no Icss celerity Willing you, overlook this pedigree:
Than that of thought. Suppose, that you have seen And, when you find him evenly deriv'd
The well-appointed king at Hampton pier From his most fam'd of famous ancestors,
Embark his royalty; and his brave fleet Edward the third, he bids you then resign With silken streamers the young Phæbus fanning. Your crown and kingdom, indirectly held
Play with your fancies; and in them behold, From him the native and true challenger. Upon the lempen tackle, ship-boys climbing : Fr. King. Or else what follows ?
Hear the shrill whistle, which doth order give Exe. Bloody constraint; for if you hide the crown To sounds consus'd: behold the threaden sails, Even in your hearts, there will he rake for it :
Borne with the invisible and creeping wind, And therefore in fierce tempest is he coming,
Draw the huge bottoms through the furrow'd sea, In thunder, and in earthquake, like a Jove;
Breasting the lofty surge: 0, do but think, (That, if requiring fail, he will compel ;)
You stand upon the rivage? and behold And bids you, in the bowels of the Lord,
A city on the inconstant billows dancing; Deliver up the crown; and to take mercy
For so appears this fleet majestical, On the poor souls, for whom this hungry war
Holding due course to Harileur. Follow, follow ! Opens his vasty jaws: and on your head
Grapple your minds to sternage of this navy; Turns he the widows' tears, the orphans' cries, The dead men's blood, the pining maidens' groans, Guarded with grandsires, babies, and old women,
And leave your England, as dead midnight, still, For husbands, fathers, and betrothed lovers,
Either past, or not arriv'd to, pith and puissance : That shall be swallow'd in this controversy. For who is he, whose chin is but enrich'd This is his claim, his threat'ning, and my message; With one appearing hair, that will not follow Unless the dauphin be in presence here,
These culld and choice-drawn cavaliers to France ? To whom expressly I bring greeting too. Work, work, your thoughts, and therein see a siege :
Fr. King. For us, we will consider of this surther: Behold the ordnance on their carriages, To-morrow shall you bear our full intent With fatal mouths gaping on girded Harfleur. Back to our brother England.
Suppose, the ambassador from the French comes Dau.
For the dauphin,
1 Exe. Scorn, and defiance; slight regard, con- Katharine his daughter; and with her, to dowry, tempt,
Some petty and unprofitable dukedoms. And any thing that may not misbecome
The offer likes not; and the nimble gunner The mighty sender, doth he prize you at. With linstock“ now the devilish cannon touches, Thus says my king: and, if your father's highness
(.Alarum : and chambers go off. Do not, in grant of all demands at large,
And down goes all before them. Still be kind, Sweeten the bitter mock you sent his majesty,
And eke out our performance with your mind. He'll call you to so hot an answer for it,
(Exit. That caves and womby vaultages of France Shall chide' your trespass, and return your mock SCENE I.-The same. Before Harfleur. AlaIn second accent of his ordnance.
Enter King Henry, Exeter, Bedford, Dau. Say, if my father render fair reply,
Gloster, and soldiers, with scaling-ladders. It is against my will: for I desire
K. Hen. Once more unto the breach, dear friends, Nothing but odds with England; to that end, As matching to his youth and vanity,
Or close the wall up with our English dead! I did present him with those Paris balls.
(4) The staff which holds the match used in firing (1) Resound, echo. (2) Bank or shore. cannon. (3) Sterns of the ships.
(5) Small pieces of ordnance.
once more ;