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Gow. Alexander the great.

Besides, we'll cut the throats of those wo have ;' Flu. Why, I pray you, is not pig, great? The And not a man of them, that we shall take, pig, or the great, or the mighty, or the huge, or Shall taste our mercy :-Go, and tell them so. the magnanimous, are all one reckonings, save the

Enter Montsor. phrase is a little variations,

Eve. Here comes the herald of the French, my Gow. I think, Alexander the great was born in

liege. Macedon ; his father was called-Philip of Mace

Glo. His eyes are humbler than they us'd to be. don, as I take it. Flu. I think, it is in Macedon, where Alexander

K. Hen. How now, what means this, herald?

know'st thou not,
is porn. I tell you, caplain,–Íf you look in the That I have find these bones of mine for ransom?
maps of the 'orld, I warrant, you shall find, in the Com'st thou again for ransom?
comparisons between Macedon and Monmouth, that

the situations, look you, is both alike. There is a I come to thee for charitable licence,

No, great king:
river in Macedon; and there is also moreover a That we may wander o'er this bloody field,
river at Monmouih: it is called Wye, at Mon-To book our dead, and then to bury them;
mouth : but it is out of my prains, what is the name To sort our nobles from our common nen;
of the other river ; but 'tis all one, 'tis so like as my For many of our princes (woe the while!)
fingers is to my fingers, and there is salmons in Lie drown'd and soak'd in mercenary blood
both. If you mark Ålexander's life well, Harry of (So do our vulgar drench their peasant limbs
Monmouth's life is come after it indifferent well; In blood of princes ;) and their wounded steeds
for there is figures in all things. Alexander (God Fret fetlock deep in gore, and, with wild rage,
knows, and you know,) in his rages, and his furies, Yerk out their armed heels at their dead masters,
and his wraths, and his cholers, and his moods, and Killing them twice. O, give us leave, great king,
his displeasures, and his indignations, and also be- To view the field in safety, and dispose
ing a little intoxicates in his prains, did, in his ales of their dead bodies.
and his

angers, look you, kill his pesi friend, Clytus.
Gow. Our king is not like him in that; he never I know not, if the day be ours, or no ;

K. Hen.

I tell thee truly, herald, killed any of his friends.

For yet a many
Flu. It is not well done, mark
you now, to take And gallop o'er the field.

your horsemen peer,
tales out of my mouth, ere it is made an end and


The day is yours. finished. I speak but in the figures and compari K. Hen. Praised be God, and not our strength, sons of it: As Alexander' is kill his friend Clytus,

for it! being in his ales and his cups; so also Harry Mon- What is this castle call’d, that stands hard by? mouth, being in his right wits and his goot judg

Mont. They call it-Agincourt. ments, is turn away the fat knight with the great

K. Hen. Then call we this—the field of Aginpelly-doublet : he was full of jests, and gipes, and

knaveries, and mocks; I am forgot his name.a

Fought on the day of Crispin Crispianus.
Gow. Sir John Falstaff.

Flu. Your grandfather of famous memory, an't Flu. That is he: I can tell you, there is goot please your majesty, and your great-uncle Edward men porn at Monmouth.

the plack prince of Wales, as I have read in the Gow. Here comes his majesty.

chronicles, fought a most prave pattle here in Alarum., Enter King HENRY, with a Part of the France,

English Forces; WARWICK," GLOSTER, Éxx K. Hen. They did, Fluellen.
TER, and others.

Flu. Your majesty says very true: If your ma-
K. Hen. I was not angry since I came to France jesties is rememberd of it, the Welshmen did goot
Until this instant.—Take a trumpet, herald;

service in a garden where leeks did grow, wearing Ride thou unto the horsemen on yon hill;

leeks in their Monmouth caps ;* which, your majesty If they will fight with us, bid them come down,

knows, to this hour is an honourable padge of the Or void the field; they do offend our sight:

service ; and, I do believe, your majesty takes no If they'll do neither, we will come to them;

scorn to wear the leek upon Saint Tavy's day. And make them skirr“ away, as swift as stones

K. Hen. I wear it for a memorable honour :

For I am Welsh, you know, good countryman. Enforced from the old Assyrian slings :

Flu. All the water in Wye cannot wash your As Alexander,' &c. Steevens thinks that Shaks. peare here ridicules the parallels of Plutarch: he ap. was ended, the Englishmen disposed themselves in or. pears to have been well read in Sir Thomas North's der of battayle, ready to abide a new fielde, and also to Translation.

invade and newly set on their enemies.-Some write, 2 Johnson observes, that this is the last time Falstaff that the king perceiving his enemies in one parte lo as. can make sport. The poet was loath to part with him, semble together, as though they meant to give a new and has continued his memory as long as he could. battle for preservation of the prisoners, sent to them a

3 Richard Beauchamp, earl of Warwick. He did herault, commanding them either to depart out of his not, however, obtain that litle till 1417, two years after sighi,or else to come forward at once and give batiaile; the era of this play.

promising herewith, that, if they did offer to fight 4 i. e. scour away. To run swiftly in various direc. agayne, not only those prisoners which his people al. tions. It has the same meaning in Macbeth, Act. v. Sc. ready had taken, but also so many of them as in this iii. Skirr the country round."

new conflicte, which they thus atiempled, should fall 5 . Besides, we'll cut the throats of those we have.' into his hands, should die the death without redemp. Johnson accuses the poet of having made the king cuttion. The fact is, that notwithstanding the first order the throats of his prisoners twice over. Malone replies conceroing the prisoners, they were not all put to death, that the incongruity, if it be one, is Holinshed's, for as appears from a subsequerit passage, and the concur. thus the matter is stated by him: While the battle was rent testimony of various historians, upon whose autho. yet going on, about six hundred horsemen, who were rity Hume says that Henry, on discovering that his dan. ihe first that fled, hearing that the English tents were a ger was not so great as he at first apprehended from the good way distani from the army, without a sufficient attack on his camp, stopped the slaughter, and was guard, entered and pillaged the king's camp. “When will able to sare a great number. It was policy in che ontcry of the lackits and boys which run away for Henry to intimidate the French by threatening to kill fear of the Frenchmen, thus spoiling the camp, came his prisoners, and occasioneıl them, in fact, to lay down to the king's ears, he doubting lest his enemies should their arms. gather together again and begin a new fielde, and mis. 6 Monmouth, according to Fuller, was celebrated for trusting further that the prisoners would either be an its caps, which were particularly worn by soldiers. The aide in his enemies, or very enemies to their takers in. best caps were formerly made at Monmouth, where the deed, if they were suffered to live, contrary to his ac. capper's chapel still

He adds, If at this customed gentleness, coinmanded by sounde of trumpet day the phrase of wearing a Monmouth cup be taken in that every man upon pain of deaih should incontinent. a bad acception, I hope the inbabitants of that town will ly slea his prisoner. This was the first transaction. endeavour to disprove the occasion. Worthies of Eng Holioshed proceeds, When this lamentable slaughter land, 1660, n. 57.



majesty's Welsh plood out of your pody, I can tell | It is the soldier's;

_1, by bargain, should you thát: Got pless it and preserve it, as long as it Wear it myself. Follow, good cousin, Warwick; pleases his grace, and his majesty too!

If that soldier strike him (as, I judge
K. Hen. Thanks, good my countryman. By his blant bearing, he will keep his word,)

Flu. By Chesu, I am your majesiy's country. Some sudden mischief may arise of it;
man, I care not who know it; I will confess it to all For I do know Fluellen valiant,
the 'orld : I need not to be ashamed of your majes- And, touch'd with choler, hot as gunpowder,
ty, praised be Got, so long as your majesty is an And quickly will return an injury :
honest man.

Follow, and see there be no harm between them. K. Hen. God keep me so!–Our heralds with Go

you with


uncle of Exeter. [Ereunt. Bring me just notice of the numbers dead

SCENE VIII. Before King Henry's Pavilion,

Enter Gower and WILLIAMS. On both our parts.-Call yonder fellow hither.

[Points to Williams. Ereunt MONTJOY Will. I warrant it is to knight you, captain,

and others. Ere. Soldier, you must come to the king.

Enter FlUELLEN. K. Hen. Soldier, why wear'st thou that glove in Flu. Got's will and his pleasure, captain, I per thy cap?

seech you now, come apace to the king : there is Will

. An't please your majesty, 'tis the gage of more goot toward you, peradventure, than is in your one that I should fight withal, if he be alive. knowledge to dream of. K, Hen. An Englishman?

Will. Sir, know you this glove ? Will. An't please your majesty, a rascal, that Flu. Know the glove? I know, the glove is a swagger'd with me last night: who, if 'a live, and glove. ever dare to challenge this glove, I have sworn Will. I know this; and thus I challenge it. to take him a box o' the ear: or, if I can see my

[Strikes him. glove in his cap (which he swore, as he was a sol Flu. 'Sblud, an arrant traitor, as any's in the dier, he would wear, if alive,) I will strike it out universal 'orld, or in France, or in England. soundly.

Gow. How now, sir ? you villain ! K. Hen. What think you, captain Fluellen ? is Will. Do you think I'll be forsworn ? it fit this soldier keep his oath ?

Flu. Stand away, captain Gower; I will give Flu. He is a craven' and a villain else, an't treason his payment into plows,” I warrant you. please your majesty, in my conscience.

Will, I am no traitor. K. Hen. It may be his enemy is a gentleman of Flu. That's a lie in thy throat.-I charge you in great sort, quite from the answer of his degree.? his majesty's name, apprehend him; he's a friend

Flu. Though he be as goot a gentleman as the of the duke Alençon's. tevil is, as Lucifer and Belzebub himself, it is ne

Enter WARWICK and GLOSTER. cessary, look your grace, that he keep his vow and his oath : if he be perjured, see you now, his repu

War. How now, how now! what's the matter? tation is as arrani a villain, and a Jack-sauce, as Flu. My lord of Warwick, here is (praised be ever his plack shoe trod upon Got's ground and his Got for ii !) a most contagious treason come to earth, in my conscience, la.

light, look you, as you shall desire in a summer's K. Hen. Then keep thy vow, sirrah, when thou day. Here is his majesty. meet'st the fellow,

Enter King HENRY and EXETER.
Will. So I will, my licge, as I livo.
K. Hen, Who servest thou under ?

K. Hen. How now! what's the matter?
Will. Under captain Gower, my liege.

Flu. My liege, here is a villain, and a traitor, Flu. Gower is a goot captain'; and is gooi know-that, look your grace, has struck the glove which edge and literature in the wars.

your majesty is take out of the helmet of Alençon. K, Isen. Call him hither to me, soldier.

Will. My liego, this was my glove ; bere is the Will. I will, my liege.

[Exit. fellow of it: and he, that I gave it to in change, K. Hen. Here, Fluellen: wear thou this favour promised to wear it in his cap; I promised to strike for me, and stick it in thy cap: When Alençon and him, if he did : I met this man with my glove in his myself were down together, 4 I plucked this glove cap, and I have been as good as my word. from his helm: if any man challenge this, he is a

Flu. Your majesty hear now (saving your mafriend to Alençon and an enemy to our person ; if jesty's manhood,) what an arrant,.rascally, begthou encounter any such, apprehend him, an thou garly, lowsy knave it is: I hope, your majesty is dost love me.

pear me testimony, and witness, and avouchments, Flu. Your grace does me as great honours, as that this is the glove of Alençon, that your majestý can be desired in the hearts of his subjects: I would is give me, in your conscience now. fain see the man, that has but two legs, that shall

K. Hen. Give me thy glove, soldier; look, find himself aggriefed at this glove, that is all; but here is the fellow of it, Twas I, indeed, thou I would fain see it once; an please Got of his grace, promised'st to strike ; and thou hast given me most that I might see it.

bitter terms. K. Hen. Knowest thou Gower ?

Flu. An please your majesty let his neck answer Plu, He is my dear friend, an please you,

for it, if there is any martial law in the 'orld. K. Hen. Pray thee, go seek him, and bring him

K. Hen. How canst thou make me satisfaction ? to my tent.

Will. All offences, my liege, come from the Flu. I will fetch him.

[Erit. heart: never came any from mine, that might of K. Hen. My lord of Warwick,--and my brother


your majesty. Gloster,

K. Hen. It was ourself thou didst abuse. Follow Fluellen closely at the heels :

Will. Your majesty came not like yourself: you The glove, which I have given him for a favour,

appeared to me but as a common man ; witness May, haply, purchase him a box o'the ear;

the night, your garments, your lowliness; and what your highness suffered under that shape, I

beseech you, take it for your own fault, and not 1 Craven. See Hamlet, Activ. Sc. 4. 2. Of great sort, quite from the answer of his degree.' | guard, contrary to Henry's intention, who wished to Great sort is high rank. A man of such rank is not have saved him. bound to answer to the challenge from one of the sol. 5. Into plows. It has been suggested that we should dier's low degree.

read ' in plows,' but it was not intended that Fluellen 3 Jack-sauce for saucy Jack. 4 Henry was felled to the ground by the duke of Alen. in Scotland.

should speak vory correctly, and into for in is still used çon, but recovered and slew two of the duke's aten 6 l. e. the glove that thou hast now in thy cap; it was dania, Alençon was afterwards killed by the king's the king's glove, which he had given to Williams

for you.

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mine; for had you been as I took you for, I made None else of namo ; and, of all other men,
nu offence; therefore, I beseech your highness, But five and twenty. O God, thy arm was here,
pardon me.

And not to us, but to thy arm alone
K. Hen. Here, uncle Exeter, fill this glove with Ascribe we all.-When, without stratagem,

But in plain shock, and even play of battle,
And give it to this fellow.-Keep it, fellow; Was ever known so great and little loss,
And wear it for an honour in thy cap,

On one part and on ihe other ?—Take it, God,
Till I do challenge it.-Give him the crowns : For it is only thine !
And, captain, you must needs be friends with him. Exe.

'Tis wonderful!
Flu. By this day and this light, the follow has K. Hen. Come, go we in procession to the
mettle enough in his pelly ;--Hold, there is twelve

village : pence


you, and I pray you to serve Got, and And be it death proclaimed through our host, keep you out of prawls, and prabbles, and quarrels, To boast of this, or take that praise from God and dissensions, and, I warrant you, it is the petler Which is his only.

Flu. Is it not lawful, an please your majesty, to Will. I will none of your money.

tell how many is killed? Flu. It is with a goot will; I can tell you, it K. Hen. Yes, captain ; but with this acknowwill serve you to mend your shoes : Come, where

ledgment, fore should you be so pashful? your shoes is not That God fought for us. so goot: 'tis a goot silling, I warrant you, or I will Flu. Yes, my conscience, he did us great goot. change it.

K. Hen. Do we all holy rites ;)

Let there be sung Non nobis, and Te Deum.
Enter an English Herald.

The dead with charity enclos'd in clay,
K. Hen. Now, Herald: are the dead numbered? We'll then to Calais; and to England then ;
Her. Here is the number of the slaughter'd Where ne'er from France arriv'd more happy men.
[Delivers a Paper.

K. Hen. What prisoners of good sort are taken,

Ere. Charles duke of Orleans, nephew to the

John duke of Bourbon, and Lord Bouciqualt : Cho. Vouchsafe to those that have not read the
of other lords, and barons, knights, and 'squires,
Full fifteen hundred, besides common men.


That I
K. Hen. This note doth tell me of ten thousand i humbly pray them to admit the excuse

may prompt them: and of such as have,
That in the held lie slain : of princes, in this number, which cannot in their huge and proper life

Of time, of numbers, and due course of things,
And nobles bearing banners, there lie dead

Be here presented. Now we bear the king
One hundred twenty-six: added to these,

Toward Calais : grant him there; there seen,
of knights, esquires, and gallant gentlemen,
Eight thousand and four hundred; of the which,

Heave him away upon your winged thoughts, Five hundred were but yesterday dubb'd knights :' Pales in the flood with men, with wives, and boys,

Athwart the sea : Behold, the English beach
So that, in these ten thousand they have lost,

Whose shouts and claps outvoice the deep-mouth'd
There are but sixteen hundred mercenaries;
The rest are-princes, barons, lords, knights, Which, like a mighty whifflers 'fore the king,

And gentlemen of blood and quality.

Seems to prepare his way : so let him land;
The names of those their nobles that lie dead, -

And, solemnly, see him sel on to London.

So swift a pace hath thought, that even now
Charles De-la-bret, high constable of France;

You may imagine him upon Blackheath :
Jaques of Chatillon, admiral of France ;

Where that his lords desire him, to have borne
The master of the cross-bows, lord Rambures;
Great-master of France, the brave Sir Guischard Before him, through the city: he forbids it,

His bruised helmet, and his bended sword,
Dauphin ;
John duke of Alençon; Antony duke of Brabant,

Being free from vainness and self-glorious pride;
The brother to the duke of Burgundy;

Giving full trophy, signal, and ostent,

Quite from himself, to God. But now behold, And Edward duke of Bar : of lusty carls,

In the quick forge and workinghouse of thought,
Grandpre, and Roussi, Fauconberg, and Foix,

How London doth pour out her citizens !
Beaumont, and Marle, Vaudemont, and Lestralo.

The mayor, and all his brethren, in hest sort,
Here was a royal fellowship of death! -

Like to the senators of the antique Rome,
Where is the number of our English dead?

With the plebeians swarming at their heels, –
(Herald presents another Paper. Go forth, and fetch their conquering Cæsar in:
Edward the duke of York, the earl of Suffolk,

As, by a lower, but by loving likelihood,"
Sir Richard Ketley, Davy Gam, esquire :2 Were now the general of our gracious empresso

l'Five hundred were hut yesterola y dubb'd knights.' Domine, non nobis sed nomini tuo da gloriam ; which In ncient times the distribution of this honour appears done, he caused Te Deum and certain anthems to be to have been customary on the eve of a battle.

sung, giving laud and praise to God, and not boasting 2. Davy Gam, esquire. This gentleman being sent of his own force or any humaine power. -Holinshed. out by Henry, before the battle, to reconnaitre the ene 4 Toward Calais : grant him there ; there seen.' my, and to find out their strength, made this report : Steevens proposes, in order to complete the metre, that . May it please you, my liege, there are enough to be we should read: killed, enough to be taken prisoners, and enough to run Toward Calais : grant him there; there seen arhile.' away. He gaved the king's life in the field. Had the 5 Which, like a mighty whiffler 'fore the king, poet been apprized of this circumstance, the brave Seems to prepare his way. Welshman would probably have been more particularly Whifflers were persons going before a great personage noticed, and not have been merely a name in a muster or procession, furnished with staves or wands to clear roll.-See Drayton's Bagajle of Agincourt, 1627, p. 50 che way. The junior liverymen of the city companies, and 34 ; and Dunster's Edition of Philips's Cyder, a who walk first in processions, are still called whiflers, poem, p. 74.

from the circumstance of their going before. 3 Do we all holy rites.' "The king, when he saw 6.1. e. transferring all the honours of conquest from no appearance of enemies, caused the retreate to be himself to God.' blowen; and, gathering his army together, gave thanks 7 i. e. similitude. to Almighty God for so happy a victorie, causing his 8 i. e. the earl of Essex. Shakspeare grounded his prelates and chapeloing to sing this psalme-In eritu anticipation of such a reception for Essex on his return Israel de Egypto; and commaunding every man to from Ireland, upon what had already occurred at his kneele down on the grounde at this verse-Non nobis, 1 setting forth, when he was accompanied by an immenee

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(As, in good time, he may,) from Ireland coming, Flu. I say, I will make bim eat some part of my Bringing rebellion broached' on his sword, leek, or I will peat his pate four days :-Pite, I How many would the peaceful city quit,

pray you ; it is goot for your green wound, and To welcome him? much more, and much more your ploody cpxcomb. cause,

Pisi. Must I bite ? Did they this Harry. Now in London place him ; Flu. Yes, certainly; and out of doubt, and out (As yet the lamentation of the French

of questions too, and ambiguities. Invites the king of England's stay at home :) Pist. By this leek, I will most horribly revenge ; The emperor's coming? in behalf of France, I eat, and eke I swear. To order peace between them, we omit,

Flu. Eat, I pray you : Will you have some more And all the occurrences, whatever chanc'd, sauce to your lcek? there is not enough leek to Till Harry's back-return again to France;

swear by. There must we bring him; and myself have play'd Pist. Quiet thy cudgel; thou dost see, I eat. The interim, by remembering you—'tis past. Flu. Much goot do you, scald knave, heartily. Then brook abridgement; and your eyes advance Nay, 'pray you, throw none away; the skin is goot After your thoughts, straight back again to France. for your proken coxcomb. When you take occa

(Erit. sions to see leeks hereafter, I pray you, mock at

them ! that is all. SCENE I. France. An English Court of Guard.

Pist, Good,

Flu. Ay, leeks is goot :-Hold you, there is a Gow. Nay, that's right; but why wear you your groat to heal your pato. leek to-day ? Saint Davy's day is past.

Pist. Me a great ? Flu. There is occasions and causes why and Flu. Yes, verily, and in truth, you shall take it ; wherefore in all things : I will tell you, as my or I have another leek in my pocket, which you friend, Captain Gower; The rascally, scald, beg- shall eat. garly, lowsy, pragging knave, Pistol, - which you Pist. I take thy groat, in earnest of revenge. and yourself, and all the 'orld, know to be no pet Flu. If I owe you any thing, I will pay you in ter than a fellow, look you now, of no merits,--he cudgels; you shall be a woodmonger, and buy nois come to me, and prings me pread and salt yes- thing of me but cudgels. God be wi' you, and terday, look you, and bid me eat my leek : it was keep you, and heal your pate.

(Ezit. in a place where I could not breed no contentions Pirt. All bell shall stir for this. with him; but I will be so pold as to wear it in my Gow. Go, go; you are a counterfeit cowardly cap till I see him once again, and then I will tell knave. Will you mock at an ancient tradition, him a little piece of my desires.

begun upon an honourable respect, and worn as Enter Pistol.

a memorable trophy of predeceased valour,-and

dare not avouch in your deeds any of your words? Gow. Why, here he comes, swelling like a tur- I have seen you gleeking and galling at this genkey-cock.

tleman iwice or thrice. You thought, because he Flu. 'Tis no matter for his swellings, nor his could not speak English in the native garb, he turkey-cocks.-Got pless you, ancient Pistol! you could not therefore handle an English cudgel: you scurvy, lowsy knave, Got pless you !

find it otherwise ; and, henceforth, let a Welsh Pist. Ha! art thou Bedlam? dost thou thirst, correction teach you á good English condition.' base Trojan, Fare you well.

[Erit. To have me fold up Parca's fatal web ?

Pist. Doth fortune play the huswife with me Hence! I am qualmish at the smell of leek.

now? Flu. I peseech you heartily, scurvy lowey knave, News have I, that my Nell is dead i' the spital at my desires, and my requests, and my petitions, of malady of France; to eat, look you, this leek ; because, look you, you And there my rendezvous is quite cut off. do not love it, nor your affections, and your appe: Old I do wax; and from my weary limbs tiles, and your digestions, does not agree with it, I Honour is cudgeld. Well, bawd will I turn, would desire you to eat it.

And something lean to cut-purse of quick hand, Pist. Not for Cadwallader, and all his goats. To England will I steal, and there I'll steal : Flu. There is one goat for you. (Strikes him.) | And patches will I get unto these scars, Will you be so good, scald knave, as eat it? And swear, I got them in the Gallia wars. (Erit.

Pist. Base Trojan, thou shalt die. Flu. You say very true, scald knave, when Got's SCENE II. will is : I will desire you to live in the mean time,

Troyes in Champagne., An Apart

ment in the French King's Palace. Enter, at one and eat your victuals; come, there is sauce for it. Door, King HENRY, BEDFORD, GLOSTER, Ex(Strikes him again.) You called me yesterday ETER, WARWICK, WESTMORELAND, and other mountain-squire ; but I will make you to-day a Lords; at another the French King, QUEEN ISAsquire of low degree. I pray you, fall to; if you BEL, the PRINCESS KATHARINE, Loris, Ladies, can mock a leek, you can eat a leek.

foc. the Duke of BURGUNDY, and his Train. Gow. Enough, captain ; you have astonish'd* him.

K. Hen. Peace to this meeting, wherefore we

are met !10 concourse of all ranks, showering blessings upon his head. The continuator of Stowe's Chronicle gives us 4 Stunned. a long account of it. But how unfortunately different 5 I eat, and eke I swear.' The folio has 'eat I his return was from what the poet predicted, may be swear.' seen in the Sydney Papers, vol. ii. p. 127.

6 Gleeking is scoffing, sneering. . 1 Broached is spitted, transfixed.

7 i. e. disposition. 2'The emperor's coming.' The Emperor Sigismund, 8 Husvife, for jill, or hussy, as we have it still in vul who was married to Henry'e second cousin. This pas gar speech. sage stands in the following embarrassed and obscure 9 (Exit.] “The comic scenes of these plays are now manner in the folio:

at an end, and all the comic personages are now diy. Now in London place him. missed. Falstaff and Mrs. Quickly are dead; Nym As yet the lamentation of the French

and Bardolph are hanged ; Gadshill

was lost immedi. Invites the king of England's stay at home : ately after ihe robbery ; Poins and Peto have vanished The emperor's coming in behalf of France, since, one knows not how; and Pistol is now beaten into To order peace between them : and omit

obscurity. I believe every reader regrets their deparAll the occurrences,' &c.

ture.'-Johnson. The liberty I have taken is to transpose the word and 10 Peace to this meeting, wherefore we are met ! and substitute we in its place.

Peace, for which we are here inet, be to this meeting3. To have me fold up Parca's fatal web. Dost Here, Johnson thought, that the chorus should have thou desire to havo me put thee to death ?"

been prefixed, and the fifth act begin.

wiih us;

Unto our brother France,-and to our sister, Should not expel these inconveniences,
Health and fair timo of day :-joy and good wishes And bless us with her former qualities.
To our most fair and princely cousin Katharine ; K. Hen. If, duke of Burgundy, you would the
And (as a branch and member of this royalty,

By whom this great assembly is contriv'd,) Whose wanı gives growth to the imperfections
We do salute you, Duke of Burgundy;--

Which you have cited, you must buy that peaco
And, princes French, and peers, health to you all! With full accord to all our just demands;
Ft. King. Right joyous are we to behold your Whose tenours and particular effects

You have, enschedul'd briefly, in your hands.
Most worthy brother England ; fairly met : Bur. The king hath heard them; to the which,
So are you, princes English, every one.

as yet,
Q. Isa. So happy be the issue, brother England, There is no answer made.
of this good day, and of this gracious meeting,

K. Hen.

Well then, the peace,
As we are now glad to behold your eyes; Which you before so urg'd, lies in his answer.
Your cyes, which hitherto have borne in them Fr. King. I have but with a cursorary eye
Against the French, that met them in their bent, O'erglanc'd the articles : pleaseth your grace
The fatal balls of murdering basilisks ::

To appoint some of your council presenty
The venom of such looks, we fairly hope,

To sit with us once more, with better heed
Have lost their quality; and that this day, To resurvey them, we will, suddenly,
Shall change all griess, and quarrels, into love. Pass our accept, and peremptory answer."

K. Hen." To cry amen to ihat, thus we appear. K. Hen. Brother, we shall.-Go, uncle Exeter,
Q. Isa. You English princes all, I do salute you. And brother Clarence,-and you, brother Gloster,

But My duty to you both, on equal love, Warwick-and Huntingdon, go with the king:
Great kings of France and England ! That I have And take with you free power, to ratify,

Augment, or alter, as your wisdoms best
With all my wits, my pains, and strong endeavours, Shall sce advantageable for our dignity,
To bring your most imperial majesties

Any thing in, or out of, our dernands;
Unto this bar? and royal interview,

And we'll consign therel0.-Will you, fair sister,
Your mightiness on both parts best can witness, Go with the princes, or stay here with us?
Since then my office hath so far prevail'd,

Q. Isa. Our gracious brother, I will go with them;
That, face to face, and royal eye to eye,

Haply, a woman's voice may do some good,
You have congreeied ; lei it not disgrace me, When articles, too nicely urg'd, be stood on.
If I demand, before this royal view,

K. Hen. Yet leave our cousin Katharine horo
What rub, or what impediment, there is,
Why that the naked, poor, and mangled peace,

She is our capital demand, compris'd
Dear nurse of arts, pienties, and joyful births, Within the fore-rank of our articles.
Should not, in this best garden of the world,

Q. Isa. She hath good leave.
Our fertile France, put up her lovely visage ?

[Ereuni all but HENRY, KATHARINE, Alas! she hath from France too long been chas'd;

and her Gentlewoman. And all her husbandry doth lie on heaps,

K. Hen.

Fair Katharine, and most fair!
Corrupting in its own fertility.

Will you vouchsafe to teach a soldier terms,
Her vine, the merry cheerer of the heart,

Such as will enter at a lady's ear,
Unpruned dies : her hedges even-pleached, - And plead his lovesuit to her geniłe heart ?
Like prisoners wildly overgrown with hair,

Kuth. Your majesty shall mock at me; I cannot
Put forth disorder'd I wigs : her fallow leas speak your England.
The darnel, hemlock, and rank fumitory,

K. Hen. O fair Katharine, if you will love me
Doth root upon; while that the coulter rusts, soundly with your French heart, I will be glad to
That should deracinated such savagery :

hear you confess it brokenly with your English
The even mead, that erst brought sweetly forth tongue. Do you like me, Kate?
The freckled cowslip, burnet, and green clover, Kath. Pardonnez moy, I cannot tell vat is—liko
Wanting the scythe, all uncorrected, rank,
Conceives by idleness; and nothing teems,

K. Hen. An angel is like you, Kate; and you
But hateful docks, rough thistles, kecksies, burs, are like an angel.
Losing both beauty and utility.

Kath. Que dit il ? que je suis semblable à les anges.
And as our vineyards, fallows, meads, and hedges, Alice. Ouy, vrayment, (sauf vostre grace,) ainsi
Defective in their natures, grow to wildness;

dit il.
Even so our houses, and ourselves, and children, K. Hen. I said so, dear Katharine ; and I must
Have lost, or do not learn, for want of time, not blush to affirm it.
The sciences that should become our country ;

Kath. O bon Dieu ! les langues des hommes sont

savages, -as soldiers will,

pleines de tromperies.
That nothing do but meditate on blood,-

K. Hen. What says she, fair one? that the
To swearing and stern looks, diffus’d attire, tongues of men are full of deceits?
And every thing that seems unnatural.

Alice. Ouy; dat de tongues of de mans is be full
Which to reduce into our former favour,

of deceits : dat is de princess. You are assembled : and my speech entreats, K. Hen. The princess is the better Englishwo. That I may know the let, why gentle peace

lo wildness; but they were defective in their proper and 1 The basilisk was a serpent which, it was anciently favourable nature, which was to bring forth food for man. supposed, could destroy the object of his vengeance by 5 Diffused attire. I have observed, in a note on nierely looking at it.

The Merry Wives of Windsor, Activ. Sc. 4, that diffuse 2 This bar;' that is, this barrier, this place of con. was used for obscure, confused. I find, from Florio's gress. The Chronicles represent a former interview in Dictionary, that disused, or defused, were used for conå field near Melun, with a barre or barrier of separation fused. Diffused altire is therefore disordered or dish. between the pavilions of the French and English; but 'erelled altire. the treaty was then broken off. It was now renewed at 6 Favour here means comeliness of appearance. W Troycs, but the scene of conference was St. Peter's still say well or ill favoured for well or ill looking. church in that town, a place inconvenient for Shak. 7. Pass our accept, and peremptory answer.' To speare's action; his editors have therefore laid it in a pase here signifies to finish, end, or agree upon the palace.

acceptance which we shall give them, and return our 3 To deracinate is to force up by the roots.

peremptory answer.' 4.Defective in their natures. It has been proposed 8. Huntingdon.' John Holland, earl of Huntingdon, to read nurtures, i. e. culture, as I think, very plausi- who afterwards married the widow of Edmund Nortj. bly. But Steevens concurs in Upton's opinion, that mer, earl of March. Neither Huntingdon nor Clarenco change is unnecessary: Sua deficiunt natura: They are in the list of Dramatis Personæ, as neither of them were not defective in their crescide nature, for they grew speak a word.


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