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King HENRY the Fifth.
MACMORRIS, JAMY, officers in king Henry's
army BATES, COURT, WILLIAMS, soldiers in the same. NYM, BARDOLPH, Pistol, formerly servants to
Falstaff, now soldiers in the same.
CHARLES the Sixth, king of France.
ISABEL, queen of France.
Lords, Ladies, Officers, French and English Sol
diers, Messengers, and Attendants.
Scene, - at the beginning of the play, lies in Eng
land; but afterwards, wholly in France.
KING HENRY V.
O, for a muse of fire, that would ascend The brightest heaven of invention! A kingdom for a stage, princes to act, And monarchs to behold the swelling scene ! Then should the warlike Harry, like himself, Assume the port of Mars; and, at his heels, Leash'd in like hounds, should famine, sword, and
fire, Crouch for employment. But pardon, gentles all, The flat upraised spirit, that hath dar'd, On this unworthy scaffold, to bring forth So great an object : Can this cockpit hold The vasty fields of France? or may we cram Within this wooden 0, the very casques, That did affright the air at Agincourt? o, pardon! since a crooked figure may Attest, in little place, a million ; And let us, ciphers to this great accompt,
On your imaginary forces work:
you see them
SCENE I.-London. An ante-chamber in the
King's palace. Enter the Archbishop of Canterbury, and Bishop
of Ely. Cant. My lord, I'll tell you,--that self bill is urg'd, Which, in the eleventh year o'the last king's reign Was like, and had indeed against us pass’d, But that the scambling and unquiet time Did push it out of further question.