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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.
Troyes in Champagne. An Apartment in the French
Enter, at one Door, King Henry, BEDFORD,
Gloster, Exeter, WARWICK, WESTMORELAND,
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,
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,
K. Hen. To cry amen to that, thus we appear.
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.
The sciences that should become our country ;
hands. Bur. The king hath heard them; to the which,
as yet, There is no answer made. K. Hen.
Well then, the peace,
Fr. King. I have but with a cursorary eye
K. Hen. Brother, we shall.-Go, uncle Exeter,
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,-
K. Hen. Yet leave our cousin Katharine here
She is our capital demand, compris’d
[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.
like an angel.