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Let God for ever keep it from
head! And make me as the poorest vassal is, That doth with awe and terror kneel to it!
K. Hen. O my son! Heaven put it in thy mind, to take it hence, That thou might'st win the more thy father's love, Pleading so wisely in excuse of it. Come hither, Harry, sit thou by my bed; And hear, I think, the very latest counsel That ever I shall breathe. Heaven knows, my son, By what by-paths, and indirect crook'd ways, I met this crown; and I myself know well, How troublesome it sat upon my head: To thee it shall descend with better quiet, Better opinion, better confirmation; For ali the soil* of the achievement goes With me into the earth. It seem'd in me, But as an honour snatch'd with boisterous hand: And I had many living to upbraid My gain of it by their assistances; Which daily grew to quarrel and to bloodshed, Wounding supposed peace: all these bold fearst, Thou see'st, with peril I have answered: For all my reign hath been but as a scene Acting that argument; and now my
death Changes the mode 1: for what in me was purchas’ds, Falls upon
thee in a more fairer sort; So thon the garland wear'st successively. Yet, though thou stand'st more sure than I could do, Thou art not firm enough, since griefs are green; And all thy friends, which thou must make thy
* Spot, dirt. + Frights. State of things. & Purchase, in Shakspeare, frequently means stolen goods.
Have but their stings and teeth newly ta'en out;
me; Then plain and right must my possession be: Which I, with more than with a common pain, 'Gainst all the world will rightfully maintain.
ADDRESS OF THE CHIEF JUSTICE TO KING HENRY V.
WHOM HE HAD IMPRISONED.
If the deed were ill,
you contented, wearing now the garland*, To have a son set your decrees at nought; To pluck down justice from your awful bench; To trip the course of law, and blunt the sword That guards the peace and safety of your person: | Nay, more; to spurn at your most royal image, And mock your workings in a second bodyt.
* Crown. + Treat with contempt your aris executed by a representative.
Question your royal thoughts, make the case yours;
your own dignity so much profan'd,
KING HENRY V.
INVOCATION TO THE MUSE.
O, FOR a muse of fire, that would ascend
PERFECTIONS OF KING HENRY V.
Hear him but reason in divinity, And, all-admiring, with an inward wish You would desire, the king were made a prelate;
Hear him debate of commonwealth affairs,
shall hear A fearful battle render'd
THE COMMONWEALTH OE BEES.
* Listen to.
+ Different degrees.
Now all the youth of England are on fire, And silken dalliance in the wardrobe lies; Now thrive the armourers, and honour's thought Reigns solely in the breast of every man: They sell the pasture now, to buy the horse; Following the mirror of all Christian kings, With winged heels, as English Mercuries. For now sits Expectation in the air; And hides a sword, from hilt unto the point, With crowns imperial, crowns, and coronets, Promis'd to Harry, and his followers.
APOSTROPHE TO ENGLAND. O England !-model to thy inward greatness, Like little body with a mighty heart,What mightst thou do, that honour would thee do, Were all thy children kind and natural! But see thy fault! France hath in thee found out A nest of hollow bosoms, which he* fills With treacherous crowns.
O, how hast thou with jealousy infected The sweetness of affiance! Show men dutiful? Why, so didst thou: Seem they grave and learned? Why, so didst thou: Come they of noble family?
* i. e. The king of France.