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Piet. *Tia semper idem^ for absque hoe nihil eat :
Tib all in every part.

Shal. *Ti8 so, indeed.

Pist. My knivht, I will inflame thy noUe liver,
And make thee rage.

Thy Doll, and Helen of thy noble thoughts.
Is iii base durance, and contagions prison ;
Hanl'd thither

By most mechanical and dirty hand : —
Bonse np revenge from ebon den with fell

Alecto's snake.
For Doll is in ; Pistol speaks nought bnt tmth.

Fal. I will deliver her.

[Shouts within, and the trumpets sound.

Pist. There roar'd the sea, and trumpet-
clangor sounds.

Enter the Kino and his TVatn, the Chief Justice
among them.

Fal. Save thy grace, King Hal ! my royal Hal I

Pist. The heavens thee guard and keep, moki
royal imp of fame I

Fal. Save thee, my sweet boy I

King. My Lord Chief Justice, speak to that
voin man.

Oh. Just. Have you your wits; know you what
'lis you speak 7

Fed. My King I my Jove I I speak to thee, my
heart 1

King. I know thee not, old man: Fall to thy
prayers ;
How ill wmte hairs become a fool and jester!
I have long dreamed of such a kind of man,
So surfeit swell'd, so old, and so profune;
But, being awake, I do despise my dream.
Make less thy body, hence, and more thy graee;
Leave gormandizing; know the grave doth gape
For thee thrice wider than for other men :
Reply not to me with a fool-born jest;
Presume not that I am the thing I was:
For Heaven doth know, so shall the world per-
That I have tum'd away my former self;
So will I those that kept me company.
When thou dost hear I am as I have been,
Approach me ; and thou shalt be as thon wast.
The tutor and the feeder of my riots :
Till then, I banish thee, on pain of death, —
As I have done the rest of my mi^leat'ers, —
Not to come near our person by ten mile.
For competence of life I will allow you.
That lack of means enforce you not to evil :
And, as we hear you do reform yourselves,
We will, according to your strength and qualities,
Give yon advancement. — Be it your charge, my

To see performed the tenor of our word.
Set on. [Exeunt Eino and his Train.

Fal. Master Shallow, I owe yon a Uionsaud

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8hdl. Ay, many, Sir John ; which I beseech I
you to let me have home with me.

Fal, That can hardly be, Master Shallow. Do
not yon grieve at this ; I shaU be sent for in
private to him: look yon, he must seem thus to
the world. Fear not yonr advancement ; I will
be the man yet that shall make yon great.

Bhai. I cannot well perceive how : nnlesa yon
shoald give me your doublet, and stuff me out
with straw. I beseech yon, good Sir John, let
me have five hundred of my thousand.

FaL Sir, I will be as good as my word: this
that yon heard was but a colour.

Sh(d. A eoloor, I fear, that yon will die in,
Sir John.

Fal. Fear no colours; go with me to dinner.
Come, lieutenant Pistol ;— come, Bardolpfa:— I
shall be sent for soon at night.

Re-enter Prince John, tJie Chief Jnstice,
Officers, iibo.

Oh. Just. Ck>, carry Sir John Falstaff to the
Fleet; take all his company along with bim.

Fal. My lord, my lord,—

Ch. Just. I cannot now speak: I will bear you
soon. Take them away.

Piit. " 81 fortnna me tormenta, 8p«ro me eontenta."
[Exeunt Fal., Shal., Pibt., Bard., Page, and


P.John. I like this fair proceeding of theking'a*
He bayi intent, his wonted followers
Shall all be verv well provided for;
But all are baniBh'd, till their conversationa
Appear more wise and modest to the world.

Oh. Just. And so they are.

P. John. The king hath call'd his parliament,
my lord.

Ok, Just. He hath.

P. John. I will lay odds, — thai ere this year
We bear our civil swords, and native fire.
As fa^r as France : I heard a bird so sing.
Whose music, to my thinking, pleas'd the king.
Come, will yon hence f [HxewU,

IV.— PABT n.


iSpoken by a Danoer.]

First, my fear; then my oourfsy; last, my
spe«jh. My fear i8,your displeasure ; m jconrfsy.
my duty; and my speech, to beg your pardons.
II you look for a good speech now, you undo me:
for what I have to say is of mine own making ;
and what, indeed, I should say, will, I doubt
prove mine own marring. But to the purpose*
and so to the venture —Be it known to you (as
it IS very well), I was lately here in the end of a
displeasing play, to pray your patience for it. and
to promise vou a better. I did mean, incfeed, to
pay you with this ; which if, like an ill venture, it
come unluckily home, I break, and you, my gentie
OTeditors, lose. Here, I promised you, I would
be, and here I commit my body to your mercies:
bate me some, and I will pay you some, and, as
most debtors do, promise you infinitely.

If my tongue cannot entreat you to acquit me,
will yon command me to ose my legs ? and yet
that were but light payment,— to dance out of
your debt. But a good conscience will make any
possible satisfaction, and so will I. All the gentle-
women here have forgiven me ; if the gentiemen
wiU not, then the gentiemen do not agree with the
gentlewomen, which was never seen before in
such an assembly.

One word more, I beseech you. If yon be not
too much cloyed with fat meat, our humble
auUior will continue the story, with Sir John in
it, and make you merry with fair Eatherine of
France : where, for anything I know, Fahtaif
shall die of a sweat, unless already he be killed
wilh your hard opinions ; for Oldoastie died a
martyr, and this is not the man. My tongue is
weary ; when my legs are too, I will bid yon
goodnight: and so kneel down before joa;—
but, indeed, to pray for the queen.

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80ENE — In Englaad and in FnuiMi


O for a mnse of fire, that wonid

The brightest heaven of invention t

A kingdom for a stage, princes to act.

And monarchs to beliold the swelling scene !

Then should the warlike Uarrv, like hitnself,

Assame the port of Mars ; ana, at his heels,

Leash*d in like hounds, should famine, sword, and

Croachfoi emplojment But, pardon, gentles aU,
The flat unraised spirit, that hatli dared
On this unworthy scaffold to bring forth
So great an object: Can this cockpit hold
The vas^ fields of France ? or may we onun
Within this wooden O the very casques
That did affi-ight the air at Agincourt?
0, pardon I since a crooked figure may
Attest, in little place, a million ;
And let as, ciphers to this great accompt,

On yovr imaginary fbroes work:

Suppose, within the girdle of these waHs

Are now confined two mighty monarchies.

Whose high npreared and abutting fronts

The perilous, narrow ocean parts asunder.

Piece out our imperfections with your thoughts j

Into a thousand parts divide one man

And make imaginary puissance:

Think, when we talk of horses, that yon see them

Printing their proud hoo& i* the receiving earth :

For 'tis your tnoughts that now must deck our

Carry them here and there ; Jumping o*er times;
Turning the accomplishment of many years
Into an hour-glass ; F4)r the which supply,
Admit me chorus to this history ;
Who. prologue-like, your humble patience pray
Gently to hear, kindly to ^udge, our play.


SCENE L— London. An Anie-tihamber in the
King's Palace.

Enter the Archbishop of Canterbury and Bishop
of Ely.

CanL It mnst oe thought on. If H pass against

us, _

We lose the better half of our possession :
For all the temporal lands, which men devout
Bv testament have given to the church, ^_

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And to the ooSen of fhe king beside
A thousand poonds hy the year: Thus mnt the

Efy. This would drink deep.

Cunt. Twoiild drink the cap and all.

Ely. Bat what prevention ?

CanL The king is full of grace and fieiir regard.

Ely, And a true lover of the holy church.

Cant, The courses of his youth promised it not
The breath no sooner left his fisither's body,
But that \m wildness, mortitied in him,
SeemM to die too: yea, at that very moment,
Consideration like an angel came.
And whipp'd the offending Adam out of him ;
Leaving his' body as a paradise,
To envelop and contain celestial spirits.
Never was such a sudden scholar made :
Never came reformation in a flood,
With such a heady eunrance, scouring faults ;
Nor never Ilydra-headed wilfulness
So soon did lose his seat, and all at onoe,
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
Tou would desire the king were made a prelate :
Hear him debate of commonwealth affairs.
You would say,~it hath been all-in-all hb study:
Li.st his discourse of war, and you shall hear
A fearful battle render 'd vou in music:
Turn him to any cause of policy,
The (iordion knot of it he will unloose.
Familiar as his garter ; that, when he speaka,
The air, a chartered libertine, is still.
And the mute wonder lurketh in men's ears,
To steal hb sweet afid honey'd sentences ;
So that the art and practic part of life
Ma^t be the mistress to tlib tlieorio :
Which b a wonder, how hb grace should glean it.
Since hb addiction was to courses vain :
His companies unlettered, rude, and shallow;
His hours filled Uji with riots, banquets, sports;
And never noted m him any study,
Any retirement, any sequestration
From open haunts and popularity.

Ely. The strawberry grows underneath the
And wholesome berries thrive and ripen best
Neighbour'd by fruit of baser quality :
And so the prince obscur'd hb contemplation
Under the veil of wildness; which, no doubt,
Grew like the summer grass, fastest by night,
Unseen, yet cre^^cive in his faculty.

Cant, It must be so ; for miracles are ceas'd;
And therefore we must needs admit the means
How things are perfected.

Ely. But, my good lord.

How now for mitigation of this bill
Urg'd by the commons? Doth hb majesty
Indine toit,or no?

Cant. He seems indifferent:

Or, rather, swaying more upon our part,
Than cherishing the exhibiters against us:
For I have made an offer to hb majesty, —
Upon oar spiritual convocation ;
And in regard of causes now in hand,
Which I liave open'd to hb grace at large,
As touching France, — to give a greater soffl
Than ever at one time the clergy yet
Did to hb predecessors part withal.

Ely. How did this ofler seem received, my lord?

Cant. With good acceptance of his majesty ;
Ssre, that there was not time enough to hear


(As I perceived hb graoe would fkin hare done)
The severab, and unhidden paasages.
Of hb true titles to some certain dukedoms;
And, generally, to the crown and seat of France
Deriv'd from Edward, hb great-grandfather

Ely, What was the imp^liment that broke this

CanL The French ambassador, npon that instant
Crev'd audience : and the hour, I think, b come
To give him hearing: Is it foar o'clock?

Ely. Itb.

Cant, Then go we in, to know his embassy:
Which I could, with a ready guess, declare
Before the Frenchman speak a word of it.

Ely, 111 wait upon you ; and I long to hear it.


SCENE IL—The aame. A Boom qf State m tht


Enter King Hbnrt, Gloster, Bedford, Exeter
Warwick, WEaraioRBLAND, and Attendants.

JT. Hen, Where b my gracious lord of Canter-

Exe. Not here m presence.

K, Hen, Send for nim, good unole.

WeeL Shall we call in the ambassador, my

iC Hen, Not yet, my cousin; we would be
Before we hear h^m, of some things of weight
That task our thoughts, concerning us and France

Enter the Archbishop of Canterburt and Bishop
of Ely.

CanL Gk>d and hb angels guard year sacred

Asd make you long become it I

K, Hen. Sure, we thank yon

My learned lord, we pray you to proceed :
And justly and religiously untold,
Why the law Salique, thiat they have in France,
Or should, or should not, bar us in our claim.
And God forbid, my dear and faithful lord.
That you should fashion, wrest, or bow yoor

Or nioely charge your understanding soul
With opening titles miscreate, whose right
Suits not in native colours with the truth ;
For God doth know, how many, now in health,
Shall drop their blood in approbation
Of what your reverence shall incite us to:
Therefore take heed how you impawn our person
How you awake the sleeping sword of war:
We charge you, in the name of God, take heed :
For never two such kingdoms did contend
Without much fall of blood ; whose guiltless drop
Are every one a woe, a sore complaint,
'Gainst him whose wrongs give edge tmto the

That make such waste in brief mortality.
Under thb conjuration, speak, my lord :
For we will hear, note, and believe in heart,
That what yon speak b in yoor oonscieiice wash'd
As pure as sin with baptum.

CanL Then hear me, graeions sovereign ; and

you peera.
That owe yourselves, yonr lives, and services,
To'thb imperial throne >— There b no bar
To make against your highness* claim to France,
But thb. which they produce from Fhammondv-
** In terram Salicam mulieres ne succedant,**
^ No woman shall succeed in Salique land:^

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Wliidi Saliqae land the French nnjostlj gloza
To be the realm of Frmnoe, aiid Pharamood
The funnder of thU law and female bar.
Yet their own aathors faithfully affirm
That the land Salique is in Qermany,
Between the floods of Sala and of Elbe :
Where Charles the Great, having sabdued the

There left behind and settled certain French}
Who, holding in disdain the German women,
For some dishonest manners of their life,
Establish'd then tliis law, — to wit, no feoiale
Should be inheritrix in Salique land ;
Which Saliqae, as I said, \wixt Elbe and Sala,
Is at this day in Germany call'd Meisen.
Thus doth it well appear, the Saliaae Utw
Was not devised for the realm of France;
Nor did the French possess the Salique land
Until four hundred one-and-twenty years
After defunction of King Pliaramoud,
Idly suppos'd the founder of this law ;
Who diMQ within the year of our redemption
Four hundred twenty-six ; and Cliarles the Great
Subdued the Saxons, and did seat the French
Beyond the river Sala, in the year
Eight hundred five. Besides, their writers say,
King Pepin, which deposed Cliilderick,
Did, as heir general, b«ing descended
Of Blithild, which was daughter to King Clothair,
Make claim and title to the crown of France.
Hugh Capet also,— who usurped the crown
Of Charles the Duke of Loraine, sole heir male
Of Uie true line and stock of Charles the Great, —
To find his title, with some shows of truth

S hough, in pure truth, it was corrupt and naught),
tnvey a himself as th* heir to th* Lady Lingare,
Daughter to Charlemain, who was the son
To Lewis the Emperor, and Lewis the son
Of Charles the Great: Also King Lewia the

Who was sole heir to the usurper Capet,
Could Doi keep quiet in his conscience,
Wearinji the crown of France, till satisfied
That fair Queen Isabel, his grandmother,
Was lineal of the Lady Ermengare.
Dau^kter to Charles the foresaid Duke of Loraine :
By the which marriage, the line of Charles the

Was re-united to the crown of France.
So that, as dear as it the summer*^ sun.
King Pepin's title, and Hugh Capet's cUina,
King Lewb his satisfaction, all appear
To hold in right and title of the female ;
So do the kings of France unto this day :
Uowbeit they would hold up this Salique law.
To bar vour highness daimmg fVom the female;
And rather choose to hide them in a net,
That amply to imbar their crooked titles
Usurp'd from you and your progenitors.

K, Sen. Mav I, with right and oonsoienoe, make

Oani. The sin upon my head, dread sovereign!
For in the book of NumbiBrs is it writ,—
When the son dies, let the inheritance
Descend unto the daughter. Gracious lord.
Stand for your own ; unwind your bloody flag ;
Look back unto your mighty ancestors :
Go, my dread lord, to jour great-grandsire^*tomb.
Prom whom you claim ; invoke his warlike spirit.
And your great-uncle's, Edward the Black Pnnoe ;
Who on the French gromid play'd a tragedy,
Making defeat on the f^l power of Fmnoe •
Whiles hia iuu«t uii^Iitr father on a hiil


Stood smiling, to behold his lion's whelp
Forage in blood of French nobility.
O noble English, that could entertain
With half their forces the full pride of Franoa*
And let another half stand laugliing by,
All out of work, and cold tor action I

Ely. Awake remembrance of these valiant dead,
And with your puissant arm renew their feats :
You are their heir, you sit upon their throne ;
The blood and courage, that renowned them,
Runs in your veins ; and my thrice-puissant liego
Is in the very May-morn of his youth,
Riro for exploits and mighty enterprises.

£xe. Your brother kings and monarcha of the
Do all expect that you should rouse yourself.
As did the former lions of your blood.

West, They know your grace hath cause, and
means, and might:
So hath your highness ; never king of England
Had nobles richer, and more loyal subjects ;
Whose hearts have left theur bodies here in Elng-

And lie pkvilion'd in the fields of France.

Cant. 0, let their bodies follow, my dear liege,
With blood, and sword, and fire, to win your right:
In aid whereof, we of the spiritualty
Will raise your highness such a mighty sum,
As never did the clergy at one time
Bring in to any of your ancestors. [French,

K. Hen. We must not only arm to invade the
But lay down our proportions to defend
Against the Soot, who will make road upoo na
With all advantages.

Cant. They of those marches, gracious flovoreign,
Shall be a wall sufficient to defend
Our inland from the pilfering borderers.

K. Hen. We do not mean the coursing anatohen
But fear the main intendment of the Scot,
Who hatli been still a giddy neighbour to ua;
For you shall read that my ^^reat grandfather
Never went with his forces into France,
But that the Soot on his unfumish'd kingdom
Came pouring, like the tide into a breach.
With ample and brim fulness of his force;
Galling the gleaned land with hot essays ;
Girding with grievous siege castlee and towns:
That EngUnd, being empty of defence.
Hath shook and trembled at th' ill neighbourhooji.

Oant, She hath been then more fear'd than
harm'd, my liege:
For hear her but exampled by herself, —
When all her chivalry bath been in France,
And she a mourning widow of her nobles,
She hath herself not only well defended.
But taken, and impounded as a stray.
The King of Soots ; whom she did send to France.
To fill Kmg Edward's fame with prisoner king;i :
And make your chronicles as rich with praise
As is the ooze and bottom of the sea
With snniusn wrack and sumless treasuries.

West. But there's a saying, very old and true,—

** If that you will Franoe win,
Tben irlih Sootiuid first begin f

For once the eagle England being in prey,
To her ung^uarded nest the weasel Scot
Comes sneaking, and so sucks her princely aggi {
PUying the mouse, in absence of the cat.
To taint and havoc more than she can eat.

Exe. It follows, then, the cat must stoy at none '
Yet that is but a cirs'd npoe^ty ; ,

Binoa wa have locks to safeguard nee en a;^tyj[^



A^nd pretty traps to catch the petty thieves.

While that the armed hand doth fight abroad,

The advised head deteuds itself At bouie :

For ^vemmeDt, through high, and low, and lower,

Pat into parts, doth keep in one concent ;

Congreeing in a fUl and natural dose,


Cant. Therefore doth Heaven divide

The state of man in divers functions.
Betting endeavour in continual motion ;
To which is fixed as an aim or butt,
Obedience: for so work the honey-bees;
Creatures, that, by a rule in nature, teach
Tlie act of order to a peopled kingdom.
They have a king, and otncers of sorts
Where some, like magistrates, correct at home ;
Others, like merchants, venture trade abroad ;
Others, like soldiers, armed in their 8tinf::s,
Make boot upon the summer's velvet buds;
Which pillage they with merry march bring home
To the tent-royal of their emperor :
Who, busied in his majesty, surveys
The sin^ng masons building roof^ of gold;
The civil citizens kneading up the honey ;
The poor mechanic porters orowduig in
Their heavy burthens at his narrow gate ,
The sad-ey'd justice, with his surly hum,
Delivering o'er to executors pale
The laxy yawning droue. I this infer, —
That many things, having Mi reference
To one concent., may work oontrariously
As many arrows, loosed several ways.
Fly to one mark ; as many ways meet in one town ;
As many fresh streams run in one salt sea ;
As many lines dose in the dial's centre;
So may a thousand actions, once afoot,
£nd<in one purpose, and be all well borne
Without deteat Therefore to France, my^iege.
Divide your happy England into four ;
Whereof take you one quarter into France,
And yoa withal shall make all Gallia shake.
If we, with thrice such powers left at home.
Cannot defend our own door from the dog.
Let us be worried; and our nation lose
The name of hardiness and policy. [dauphin.

K, Hen. Call in the messengers sent from the
[ExU an Attendant. Tf^^ King aaoenda Itis throne.
Now are we well resolv'd ; and, by God's help
And yours, the noble sinews of our power,
France being ours, well bend it to our awe,
Or break it all to pieces: Or there well sit,
Buling, in large and ample empei^.
O'er France and all her almost kingly dukedoms,
Or lay these bones in an unworthy urn,
Tombless, with no remembrance over them:
Either our history shall with full mouth
Speak freely of our acts; or else our grave.
Like Turkish mute, shall have a tongueless month.
Not worshipp'd with a waxen epitaph.

StUer Ambassadors qf France.

Now are we well prepar'd to know the pleasure
Of our &ir cousin dauphin ; for, we hear,
Tour greeting is from him, not from the king.

An£, May't please your m^esty to give us leave
Freely to render what we have in charge ;
Or shall we sparingly show you far off
The dauphin's meanmg, and our embassy?

K. Hen, We are no tyrant, but a Christian king ;
Unto whose grace our passion is as subject,
As are oar wretches fettered in our prisons:
Therefore, with frank and with oneurb'd pUinneii
Toll as the daaphin's luiud.

Awh, Thas, then, in fe«r.

Your highness, lately sending into France,
Did claim some certain dukedoms, in the right
Of your great predecessor, King Edward the

In answer of which claim, the prince oar master
Says, that yon savour too much of yoor vooth ;
And bids you be advis'd, there's nought m fVance
That can be with a nimble galliard won :
Tou cannot revel into dukedoms there.
He therefore sends you, meeter for ^onr spirit,
This tun of treasure ; and, in lieu of this.
Desires you, let the dukedoms that you claim
Hear no more of you. This the dauphin speaks.

K, Hen, What treasure, uncle ?

Exe, Teimis-balls, my liege.

K, Ben, We are glad the dauphin is so pleasant
with us ;
His present, and your pains, we thank yon for:
When we have match d our rackets to these balls.
We will in France, by God's grace, plav a set
Shall strike his father's crown into the hazard:
Tell him, he hath made a match with such a

That all the courts of France will be dJsturb'd
With chaces. And we understand him well,
How he comes o*er us with our wilder days,
Not measuring what use we made of theou
We never valued this poor seat of England ;
And therefore, living hence, did give ourself
To barbarous licence ; as tis ever common,
That men are merriest when they are from home.
Rut tell the dauphin,— I will keep my state;
He like a king, and show my sail of greatness,
When I do rouse me in my throne of France :
For that I have laid by my majesty.
And plodded like a man for working-days j
But i will rise there with so full a glory,
That I will dazzle all the eyes of France,
Tea, strike the dauphin blind to look on us.
And tell the pleasant prince, this mock of his
Hath tam'd his balls to gun-stones ; and his sool
Shall stand sore charged tor the wasteful vengeance
That shall fiy with them : for many a thousand
widows [bands ;

Shall this his mock mock oat of their dear hua-
Mock mothers from their sons, mock castles down :
And some are yet ungotten and unborn, [scorn.
That shall have cause to curse the dauphin^
But this lies all within the will of God,
To whom I do appeal ; and in whose name.
Tell you the dauphin, I am coming on
To venge me as i may, and to put forth
My rightful hand in a well-hallow'd cause.
So, get you hence in peace ; and tdl the danphin.
His jest will savour but of shallow wit,
When thousands weep, more than did laugh at it.

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