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Pist. All hell shall stir for this.

Gow. Go, go; you are a counterfeit cowardly knave. Will you mock at an ancient tradition,begun upon an honourable respect, and worn as a memorable trophy of predeceased valour,—and dare not avouch in your deeds any of your words ? I have seen you gleeking and galling at this gentleman twice or thrice. You thought, because he could not speak English in the native garb, he could not therefore handle an English cudgel : you find it otherwise ; and, henceforth, let a Welsh correction teach you a good English condition.? Fare ye well.

[Exit. Pist. Doth fortune play the huswife with me

now? News have I, that my Nell is dead i'the spital Of malady of France; And there my rendezvous is quite cut off. Old I do wax; and from my weary limbs Honour is cudgelld. Well, bawd will I turn, And something lean to cutpurse of quick hand. To England will I steal, and there I'll steal: And patches will I get unto these scars, And swear, I got them in the Gallia wars. [Exit.'

6 - gleeking -] i. e. scoffing, sneering. Gleek was a game at cards.

- English condition.] Condition is temper, disposition of mind.

* Doth fortune play the huswife-] That is, the jilt. Huswife is here used in an ill sense.

9 The comick scenes of The History of Henry the Fourth and Fifth are now at an end, and all the comick personages are now dismissed. Falstaff and Mrs. Quickly are dead; Nym and Bardolph are hanged; Gadshill was lost immediately after the robbery; Poins and Peto have vanished since, one knows not how; and Pistol is now beaten into obscurity. I believe every reader regrets their departure. Johnson.

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SCENE II.

Troyes in Champagne. An Apartment in the French

King's Palace.

Enter, at one Door, King Henry, BEDFORD,

Gloster, Exeter, WARWICK, WESTMORELAND,
and other Lords; at another, the French King,
Queen Isabel, the Princess KATHARINE, Lords,
Ladies, &c. the Duke of BURGUNDY, and his
Train.

K. Hen. Peace to this meeting, wherefore we are

met! Unto our brother France, and to our sister, Health and fair time of day:-joy and good wishes To our most fair and princely cousin Katharine; And (as a branchand member of this royalty, By whom this great assembly is contriv'd,) We do salute you, duke of Burgundy ;And, princes French, and peers,

health to

you

all! Fr. King. Right joyous are we to behold your face, Most worthy brother England; fairly met: So are you, princes English, every one.

Q. İsa. So happy be the issue, brother England,
Of this good day, and of this gracious meeting,
As we are now glad to behold your eyes;
Your eyes, which hitherto have borne in them
Against the French, that met them in their bent,
The fatal balls of murdering basilisks :
The venom of such looks, we fairly hope,
Have lost their quality; and that this day
Shall change all griefs, and quarrels, into love.

K. Hen. To cry amen to that, thus we appear.
Q. Isa. You English princes all, I do salute you.
Bur. My duty to you both, on equal love,

Great kings of France and England! That I have

labour'd With all my wiis, my pains, and strong endeavours, To bring your most imperial majesties Unto this bar and royal interview, Your mightiness on both parts best can witness. Since then my office hath so far prevaild, That, face to face, and royal eye to eye, You have congreeted; let it not disgrace me, If I demand, before this royal view, What rub, or what impediment, there is, Why that the naked, poor, and mangled peace, Dear nurse of arts, plenties, and joyful births, Should not, in this best garden of the world, Our fertile France, put up her lovely visage? Alas! she hath from France too long been chas'd; And all her husbandry doth lie on heaps, Corrupting in its own fertility. Her vine, the merry cheerer of the heart, Unpruned dies: her hedges even-pleached, Like prisoners wildly over-grown with hair, Put forth disorder'd twigs: her fallow leas The darnel, hemlock, and rank fumitory, Doth root upon; while that the coulter rusts, That should deracinate such savagery: The even mead, that erst brought sweetly forth The freckled cowslip, burnet, and green clover, Wanting the scythe, all uncorrected, rank, Conceives by idleness ; and nothing teems, But hateful docks, rough thistles, kecksies, burs, Losing both beauty and utility. And as our vineyards, fallows, meads, and hedges, Defective in their natures, grow to wildness; Even so our houses, and ourselves, and children, Have lost, or do not learn, for want of time,

· Unto this bar -] To this barrier; to this place of congress.

deracinate —] To deracinate is to force up by the roots. a denial, but his own dignity required more time for deliberation.

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The sciences that should become our country ;
But grow, like savages,-as soldiers will, ,
That nothing do but meditate on blood, -
To swearing, and stern looks, diffus'd attire,
And every thing that seems unnatural.
Which to reduce into our former favour,4
You are assembled : and my speech entreats,
That I may know the let, why gentle peace
Should not expel these inconveniencies,
And bless us with her former qualities.
K. Hen. If, duke of Burgundy, you would the

peace,
Whose want gives growth to the imperfections
Which you have cited, you must buy that peace
With full accord to all our just demands;
Whose tenours and particular effects
You have, enscheduld briefly, in

your

hands. Bur. The king hath heard them; to the which,

as yet, There is no answer made. K. Hen.

Well then, the peace,
Which you before so urg'd, lies in his answer.

Fr. King. I have but with a cursorary eye
O'er-glanc'd the articles: pleaseth your grace
To appoint some of your council presently
To sit with us once more, with better heed
To re-survey them, we will, suddenly,
Pass our accept, and peremptory answer.'

K. Hen. Brother, we shall.-Go, uncle Exeter,

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s-diffus'd attire,) Diffus'd, for extravagant. The military habit of those times was extremely so.

- former favour,] Former appearance.

we will, suddenly, Pass our accept, and peremptory answer. ] i. e. we will pass our acceptance of what we approve, and we will pass a peremptory answer to the rest. Politeness might forbid his saying, we will pass

And brother Clarence,-and you, brother Gloster,-
Warwick,-and Huntington,-go with the king:
And take with you free power, to ratify,
Augment, or alter, as your wisdoms best
Shall see advantageable for our dignity,
Any thing in, or out of, our demands;
And we'll consign thereto.-Will you, fair sister,
Go with the princes, or stay here with us?
Q. Isa. Our gracious brother, I will go with

them;
Haply, a woman's voice may do some good,
When articles, too nicely urg'd, be stood on.

K. Hen. Yet leave our cousin Katharine here

with us;

She is our capital demand, compris’d
Within the fore-rank of our articles.
Q. Isab. She hath good leave.

[Exeunt all but Henry, Katharine,

and her Gentlewoman. K. Hen.

Fair Katharine, and most fair! Will you vouchsafe to teach a soldier terms, Such as will enter at a lady's ear, And plead his love-suit to her gentle heart ?

Kath. Your majesty shall mock at me; I cannot speak your England.

K. Hen. O fair Katharine, if you will love me soundly with your French heart, I will be glad to hear you confess it brokenly with your English tongue. Do you like me, Kate?

Kath. Pardonnez moy, I cannot tell vat is—like K. Hen. An angel is like you,

Kate; and you are Kath. Que dit-il? que je suis semblable à les anges?

Alice. Ouy, vrayment, (sauf vostre grace) ainsi dit il.

K

me.

like an angel.

VOL. VI.

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