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Freely to render whichew you far off
Whereof take you one quarter into France, Tell him, he hath made a match with such a And you withal shall make ali Gallia shake.
wrangler, If we, with thrice that power left at home,
That all the courts of France will be disturbu Cannot defend our own door from the dog, With'chaces. And we understand him well, Let us be worried; and our nation lose
5 How he comes o'er us with our wilder days, The name of hardiness, and policy. [Dauphin. Not measuring what use we made of them.
K. Henry. Call in the inessengers sent from the We never valu'd this poor seat of England; Now are we well resolv'd: and, -by God's help; And therefore, living 'hence", did give ourself And yours, the noble sinews of our power,
(To barbarous licence; as 'tis ever common, France being ours, we'll bend it to our awe, 10 That men are merriest when they are from home. Or break it all to pieces: Or there we'll sit, But tell the Dauphin,-I will keep my state; Ruling, in large and anyple empery',
Be like a king, and shew my sail of greatness, O’er France, and all her almost kingly dukedoms; When I do rouse mein my throne of France: Or lay these bones is an unworthy urn,
For that I have laid by iny majesty, Tombless, with no remembrance over them: 15 And plodded like a man for working-days; Either our history shall, with full mouth,
But I will rise there with so full a glory, Speak freely of our acts; or else our grave, That I will dazzle all the eyes of France, Like Turkish mute, shall have a tongueless mouth, Yea, strike the Dauphin blind to look on us. Not worshipp'd with a waxen epitaph.
And tell the pleasant prince,-this mock of his Enter Ambassadors of France. 120 Hath turu'd his balls to gun-stones'; and his soul Now we are well prepar'd to know the pleasure Shall stand sore charged for the wasteful vengeance Of our fair cousin Dauphin; for, we hear,
That shall fly with them: for many a thousand Your greeting is from him, not from the king. I
widows Amb. May't please your majesty, togive us leave Shallthishis mockmockout oftheirdear husbands; Freely to render what we have in charge ; 25 Mock mothers from their sons, mock castles down; Or shall we sparingly shew you far off.
And some are yet ungotten, and unborn,
K. Henry. Weare notyrant, but a Christianking: But this lies all within the will of God,
My rightful hand in a well-hallow'd cause.
So, get you hence in peace; and tell the Dauphin, Your higliness, lately sending into France,
His jest will savour but of shallow wit, [it.Dil claiin some certain dukedoms, in the right 35 When thousands weep, more than did laugh at Of your great predecessor, king Edward the third. Convey them with safe conduct.---Fare you well. In answer of which claim, the prince our master
[Exeunt Ambios wurs. Says,—that you savour too much of your vouth; Ere. This was a merry message. And bids von be advis', there's nought in France, K. Henry.We hope to make the senderblush at it. Than can be with a nimble-galliard won; 40 Therefore, my lords, omit no happy hour, You cannot revel into dukedoms there:
That may give furtherance to our expedition : He therefore sends you, ieeter for your spirit, 1 For we have now no thought in us, but France; This tun of treasure; and, in lieu of this,
Save those to God, that run before our business.
That may, with reasonable swiftness, add
K.Henry. Weare glad the Dauphinis so pleasant We'll chide this Dauphin at his father's door. His present, and your pains, we thank you for: 1 liherefore, let every man now task his thought, When we have match'd our rackets to these balls, 50 That this fair action may on foot be brought. We will, in France, by God's grace, play a set,
(Exeunt. Shall strike his father's crown into the hazard:
'Empery signifies dominion, but it is now an obsolete word, though formerly in general use. ?A galliard was an ancient dance, low obsolete. Chace is a term at tennis. So is the hazard; a place in the tennis court into which the ball is sometimes struck. -i. e. not in the court, the place in which he is now speaking. When ordnance was first used, they discharged balls, not of iron, but of stone.
AC Ţ II.
i Bard. What, are ancient Pistol and you friends Cho. NOW all the youth of England are on yet? fire,
| Nym. For my part, I care not: I say little : but And silken dalliance in the wardrobe lies; when time shall serve, there shall be siniles;-but Now thrive the armourers, and honour's thought 5 that shall be as it may. I dare not tight; but I Reigns solely in the breast of every man: will wink, and hold out mine iron: It is a simple They sell the pasture now, to buy the horse ; orie; but what though? it will toast cheese ; and Following the mirror of all Christian kings,
it will endure cold as another man's sword will : With winged heels, as English Mercuries.
and there's the humour of it. 'For now sits Expectation in the air;
101 Bard. I will bestow a breakfast, to make you And hides a sword, from hilts unto the point, friends; and we'll be all three sworn brothers to With crowns, imperial crowns, and coronets, France'; let it be so, good corporal Nym. Promis'd to Harry, and his followers.
| Nym. Faith, I will live so long as I may, that's The French, advis'd by good intelligence
the certain of it; aud, when I cannot live any Of this most dreadful preparation,
115 longer, I will do as I may: tbat is iny rest, that Shake in their fear; and with pale policy
is the rendezvous of it, Seek to divert the English purposes.
Bard. It is certain, corporal, that he is married O England !-model to thy inward greatness, to Nell Quichly: and, certainly, she did you Like little body with a miglity heart,
wrong; for you were troth-plight to her. What might'st thou do, that honour would thee do, 20 Nym. I cannot tell; things must be as they may: Were all thy children kind and natural !
Men inay sleep, and they inay have their throuts But see thy fault! France hath in thee found out about them at that time; and, some say, knives A nest of hollow bosoms, which she fills [men, have edges. It must be as it may: though patience With treacherous crowns: and three corrupted be a tiru mare, yet she will plod. There inust be One, Richard earl of Cambridge; and the second, 23 conclusions. Well, I cannot tell. Henry lord Scroop of Mashain; and the third,
Enter Pistol und Quickly. Sir Thomas Grey, knight of Northumberland,- | Bard. llere comes ancient Pistol, and his wife: Have for the gilt of France (O guilt, indeed!) good corporal, be patient here.-llow now, Confirm'd conspiracy with fearful France; I mine host Pistol? And by their hands this grace of kings must die, 30! Pist. Base tyke, call'st thou me-host? (If hell and treason hold their promises)
1 Now, by this hand I swear, I scoru the term; Ere he take ship for France, and in Southainpton. Nor shall my Nell keep lodgers. Linger your patience on; and well digest
| Quick. No, by my troth, not long: for we can The abuse of distance, while we force a play. | not lodge and board a dozen or fourteen gentle The sum is paid ; the traitors are agreed ; 35 women, that live honestly by the prick of their The king is set from London; and the scene needles, but it will be thought we keep a bawdy.Is now transported, gentles, to Southampton: I Thouse straight.-0) well-a-day, lady, it he be not There is the play-house now, there must you sit: drawn now! We shall see wilful adultery and And thence to France shall we convey you safe, murder committed. And bring you back, charining the narrow seas 1401 Burd. Good lieutenant', good corporal, offer To give you gentle pass; for, if we may,
nothing here. We'll not otiend one stomach with our play. Nym. Pish! But 'till the king coine forth, and not 'till then, I Pist. Pish for thee, Iceland dog! thou prickUnto Southampton do we shift our scene. [Exit.
ear'd cur of Iceland! SCENE I.
Quick. Good corporal Nym, shew the valous
of a man, and put up thy sword. Before Quickly's house in East-cheap.
,,Nym. Will you shoyto of: I would have you
| Enter Corporal Nym, and Lieutenant Bardolph. soluš. Bard. Well met, corporal.
1 Pist. Solus, egregious dog! O viper vile! Nym. Good morrow", lieutenant Bardolph. 50 The plus in thy most marvellous face;
Mr. Tollet says, that in the horse armoury in the Tower of London, Edward Ill. is represented with two crowns on his sword, alluding to the two kingdoms, France and Englaud, of both which he was crowned heir. Perhaps the poet took the thought from this representation. Gili, which in our author generally siguifies a display of gold, in the present instance means golden money. 3 i. e. he who does great honour to the title. By the same kind of phraseology the usurper in Hamlet is called the bice of kings, i. e. the opprobrium of them. To force a play, is to produce a play by compelling many circuinstances into a narrow compass. That is, you shall pass the sea without the qualms of sea-sickness. At this scene begins the connection of this play with the latter part of King Henry IV. Dr. Johnson thinks we should read, we'll all go stvorn brothers to France, or, we'll all be sworn brothers in France. "Tike is a small kind of dog. We should read Good ancient, for it is Pistol to whom he addresses himself. Aleaning, will you march, or go ojf?
The solus in thy teeth, and in thy throat, Il Pist. Sword is an oath, and oaths must have And in thy hateful lungs, vea, in ihy maw, perdy;
their course. And, which is worse, within thy nasty mouth! Bard. Corporal Nyin, an thou wilt be friends, I do retort the solus in thy bowels:
be friends: an thou wilt not, why then be eneFor I can talk ; and Pistol's cock is up,
5 mies with me too. Pry'thee put up And flashing fire will follow.
| Num. I shall have my eight shillings, I won of Nym. I am not Barbason'; you cannot conjure you at betting ? me. I have an humour to knock you indifferent- Pist. A noble shalt thou have, and present pay; ly well: If you grow foul with me, Pistol, I wil!! And liquor likewise will I give to thee, scour you with niv rapier, as I may, in fair terms: 10 And friendship shall combine, and brother hood: If you would walk off, I would prick your guts I'll live by Nym, and Nym shall live by me; a little, in good terms, as I may; and that's the is not this just for I shall sutler be humour of it,
Unto the camp, and profits will accrue.
Pist. In cash most justly paid.
Re-enter Quickly. as I am a soldier.
Quick. As ever you came of women, come in Pist. An oath of mickle might; and fury shall 20 quickly to sir John: Ah, poor heart! he is so abate.
shak'd of a burning quotidian tertian, that it is Give me thy fist, thy fore-foot to me give;
most lainentable to behold. Sweet men, come Thy spirits are most tall.
to him. Nym. I will cut thy throat, one time or other, Nym. The king hath run bad humours on the in fair terms; that is the humour of it.
125 knight, that's the even of it. · Pist. Coupe le gorge, that is the word-I defyl Pist. Nym, thou hast spoke the right; thee again.
His heart is fracted, and corroborate. O hound of Crele, think'st thou my spouse to get | Nym. The king is a good king: but it must be No; to the spital go,
as it may; he passes some huinours and careers. And from the powdering tub of infamy
30 Pist. Let us condole the knight; for, lambkins, Fetch forth the lazar kite of Cressid's kind,
we will live.
[Exeunt. Doll Tear-sheet she by name, and her espouse:
SCENE II. I have, and I will hold, the quondam Quickly [to.
Southampton. For the only she; and— Paucu, there's enough; go Enter Exeter, Bedford, and Westmoreland. Enter the Boy.
Bed. 'Fore God, his grace is bold, to trust these Boy. Mine host "Pistol, you inust come to my
traitors! master,-and you hostess ;-he is very sick, and Ere. They shall be apprehended by and by. would to bed. --Good Bardolph, put thy nose be- West. How smooth and even they do bear tween his sheets, and do the ottice of a warning
themselves! pan: faith, he's very ill.
140 As if allegiance in their bosoms sat, Bard. Away, you rogue.
Crowned with faith and constant lovalty. Quick. By my troth, he'll vield the crow a pud. | Bed. The king hath note of all that they intend, ding one of these days: the king has killed his! By interception which they dream not of. heart.-Good husband, come home presently. Ere. Nay, but the man that was his bedfellow,
sèrit Quickly.145 Whom he bath cloy'd and grac'd with princely Bard. Come, shall I make your two friends
favouis, We must to France together; 'Why, the devil, That he should, for a foreign purse, so sell should we keep knives to cut one another's Nis sovereign's life to death and treachery! throats?
[Trumpets sound. Pist. Let fluods o'erswell, and fiends for food 50 Enter the King, Scroop, Cambridge, Grey, und bowl on!
Attendants. Nym. You'll pay me the eight shillings I won! | K. Henry. Now sits the wind fair, and we will of you at betting?
abroad. Pist. Base is the slave that pays.
| My lord of Cambridge, ---and my kind lord of Nym. That now I will have: that's the hu-'53
(thoughts: mour of it.
and you, my gentle knight,-give ine your Pist. As manhood shall compound; Push home. Think you not, that the powers we bear with us,
Draw. Willcuttheir passage through the force of France; Bard. By this sword, he that makes the first! Doing the execution, and the act, thrust, I'll kill him; by this sword, I will. 60 For which we have in head' assembled them?
* Barbason is the name of a dæmon mentioned in the Merry Wives of Windsor. . The familiar appellation of bedfellow, which appears strange to us, was common among the ancient nobility. A heud means an army formed.
Scroor. No doubt, niy liege, if each man do his Read them; and know, I know your worthiness. best.
My lord of Westmoreland, and uncle Exeter,K'. Henry. I doubt not that: since we are welll We will aboard to-night.-Wby, how now, genpersuaded,
tlemen? We carry not a heart with us from hence, 5 What see you in those papers, that you lose That grows not in a tair consent with ours;
pomuch complexion-Loukye, how they change! Nor leave not one behind, that doth not wish I Their cheeks are paper. Why, what read you Success and conquest to attend on us. slov'd,
there, Cam. Never was movarch better feard and Chat hath so cowarded and cbas d your blood Than is your majesty; there's not, I think, a 10 Out of appearance? subject,
Cum. 1 do contess my fault; That sits in heart-grief and uneasiness
Avd do submit me to your highness' mercy. Under the sweet shade of your government. | Grau Scroop. To which we all appral. Grey. Even those, that were your father's ene k. Hienry. The mercy, that was quick in us mies,
but late, Havesteep'd their galls in honey; and doserve you By your own counsel is suppress'd and kill'd: With hearts criate' of duty and of zeal.
You inust not dare, for shame, to talk of mercy; ki Henry. We therefore have great cause of For your own reasons turn into your bosoms, thankfulness;
las dogs ep:n their masters, worrying them.-
You know, how apt our love was, to accord
Belonging to his honour; and this man
123 Hath, for a few light crowns, lightly conspir'd,. K. Henry. We judgeno less. Uncle of Exeter, And sworn unto the practices of France, Enlarge the man committed yesterday,
To kill us here in Hampton : to the which, That rail'd against our person: we consider, This knight,-10 less for bounty bound to us It was excess of wine that set hiin on;
|Than Cambridge is,-bath likewise sworn.And, on his more advice?, we pardon him.
But O! Scroop. That's mercy, but too much security : What shall I say to thee, lord Scroop; thou cruel, Let hiin be punish'd, sovereign; lest example Ingrateful, savage, and inhuman creature! Breed, by his sufferance, more of such a kind. Thou, that didsi bear the key of all my counsels, K. Henry. (, let us yet be merciful.
That knew'st the very boston of my soul, Carn. So may your highness, and yet punish too. 35 That almost might'st have coin'd me into gold, Grey. Sir, you shew great mercy, if you give Would'st thou have practis'i'on me for thy use, him life,
May it be possible, that foreign hire After the taste of much correction.
Could out of thee extractone spark of evil, K. Henry. Alas, your too much love and carel That might annoy my finger: 'Tis so strange, of me
That, though the truth of it stands of as gross Are heavy orisons 'gainst this poor wretch.
As black from white, my eye will scarcely see it. If little faults, proceeding on distemper', [erc, Treason, and murder, ever kept together, Shall not be wink'd at, how shall we stretch oui 1s two joke-clevils sworn to either's purpose, When capital crimes, chew'd, swallow'd, and di Working so grossly' in a natural cause, sested,
45 That admiration did not whoop at them: Appear before us ?-1'e'll yet enlarge that man,! But thou, 'gain-t all proportion, didst bring in Though Cambridge, Scroop, and Grey, in theil Wonder, to wait on treason, and on murder : dear care
And wbatsoever cum:ing tiend it was, And tender preservation of our person,
That wrought upon ihe• so preposterously, Would have him punish’d. And now to our 50 He hath got the voice in bell for excellence: French causes;
And other devils, that suggest hy treasons, Who are the late commissioners?
Do botch and bungle up damnation [fetch'd Cam. I one, my lord;
With patches, colours, and with forms being Your highness både me ask for it to-day.
From glistering semblances of piety; Scroop. So did you me, my liege.
55 But be, that temper'd thee, bade thee stand up, Grey. And me, my royal sovereign.
Gavetheeno instance wbythou shouldst dotreason, k. Henry. Then, Richard, earl of Cambridge, Unless to dub thee with the name of traitor. there is yours ;
If that same dæmon, that hath gulld thee thus, There vours, lord Scroop of Masliam ;-and, sir Should with his lion gait walk the whole world, knight,
160 He might return to vasty Tartar' back, Grey of Northumberland, this same is yours :-I 'And tell the legions,—I can never win
'i. e. made up of duty and zeal. ? On his return to more coolness of mind. i. e. from intoxica. tion. • i. e. liring.' 'To stand off is étre relevé, to be prominent to the eye, as the strong parts of a picture. Si. e. palpably, i. e. Turtarus, the fabled place of future punishment.
A soul so easy as that Englishman's. . I Poor miserable wretches, to your death;
The taste wliereof, God, of his mercy, give you
[Ereunt. Why, so didst thou: Seem they religious? | Now, lords, for France; the enterprize whereof
Our puissance into the hand of God,
[Exeunt. Arrest them to the answer of the law; And God acquit them of their practices!
. SCENE III. Ere. I arrest thee of high treason, by the name
Quickly's House in Eastcheap. of Richard earl of Cambridge. I arrest thee of high treason, by the name of
e name of Enter Pisivil, Nym, Bardolph, Boy, and Qụickly. Henry lord Scroop of Masham.
Quickly. Pr’ythee, honey-sweet husband, let me I arrest thee of high treason, by the name of 25 bring thee to Staines. Thomas Grey, knight of Northumberland.
Pist. No: for my manly heart doth yearn. Scroop.Ourpurposes God jusuy hath discover'd; Bardolph, be blith ;-Nym, rouse thy vaulting And I repent iny fault, more than my death;
[dead, Which I beseech your highmess to forgive, Boy, bristle thy courage up; for Falstaft" he is Although my body pay the price of it. [duce;|30|And we must yearn therefore.
Cam. For me,-the gold of France did not se- 1 Burd. Would, I were with him, wheresome'er Although I did admit it as a motive,
he is, either in heaven, or in hell! The sooner to effect what I intended:
| Quick. Nay, sure, he's not in hell; he's in ArBut God be thanked for prevention ;
thur's bosoni, if ever man went to Arthur's boWhich I in sufferance heartily will rejoice, 35 som. 'A made a finer end, and went away, an it Beseeching God, and you, tò pardon me. I had been any chrisom' child: 'a parted even just
Grey. Never did faithful subjects more rejoice between twelve and one, e'en at turning o'the tide: At the discovery of most dangerous treason, tor after I saw him fumble with the sheets, and Than I do at this hour joy o'er myself,
(play with tlowers, and sinile upon his tingers' ends, Prevented from a damned enterprize :
Holi knew there was but one way; for his nose was My fault, but not my body, pardon, sovereign. | as sharp as a pen, and 'a babbled of green fields.K. Henry. God quit you in his mercy! Ilear How, now, Sir John? quoth I: what, man! be your sentence.
I lof good cheer. So'a cried out-God, God, God! You have conspir'd against our royal person, I fibree or four times: now 1, to comfort him, bid Join'd with an enemy proclaim'd, and from his 45 him 'a should not think of God; I hop'd, there was coilers
no need to trouble bimself with such thoughts Receiv'd the golden earnest of our death ; [ter, yet: So'a bade me lay more cloaths on his feet : Wherein you would have sold your king to slaugh- I put my hand into the bed, and felt them, and His princes and his peers to servitude,
they were as cold as any stone; then I felt to his His subjects to oppression and contempt, 150knees, and so upward, and upward, and all was And his whole kingdomi unto desolation.
las cold as any stone. Touching our person, seek we no revenge ;
Nym. They say, he cried out of sack.
Quick. Ay, ihai 'a did.
Complement has in this instance the same sense as in Love's Labour's Lost, Act I. Complements, in the age of Shakspeare, meant the same as accomplishments in the present one. ? The king means to say of Scroop, that he was a cautious man, who knew that a specious appearance was deceitful and therefore did not trust the air or look of any man till he had tried him by enquiry and conversation, Yi. e. refined or sifted from all faults. *i. e. marked by the blot he speaks of in the preceding line,
The old quarto has it, crisomb'd child. The chrysom was the white cloth put on the new baptised child. The child itself was also sometimes called a chrysom. It was a common opinion among the women of our author's time, that nobody died but in the time of ebb; though every day's experience must have confuted such a notion. This indication of approaching death is enumerated by Celsus, Lommius, Hippocrates, and Galen.