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with us ;
He therefore sends you, meeter for your spirit,
K. Hen. What treasure, uncle?
Tennis-balls, my liege.
chaces.] Chace is a term at tennis.
this poor seat of England ;] By the seat of England, the King means the throne.
9 And therefore, living hence,] Living hence means, withdrawing from the court, the place in which he is now speaking.
For that I have laid by —] To qualify myself for this undertaking, I have descended from my station, and studied the arts of life in a lower character. Johnson.
And tell the pleasant prince,—this mock of his Hath turn'd his balls to gun-stones ;2 and his soul Shall stand sore charged for the wasteful vengeance That shall fly with them : for many a thousand
widows Shall this his mock mock out of their dear hus
bands; Mock mothers from their sons, mock castles down; And some are yet ungotten, and unborn, That shall have cause to curse the Dauphin's scorn. 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 tell the Dauphin, His jest will savour but of shallow wit, When thousands weep, more than did laugh at it.Convey them with safe conduct.-Fare
[Exeunt Ambassadors. Exe. This was a merry message. K. Hen. We hope to make the sender blush at it.
[Descends from his Throne.
with reasonable swiftness, add
[Ereunt. his balls to gun-stones ;] When ordnance was first used, they discharged balls, not of iron, but of stone.
Enter CHORUS. Chor. Now all the youth of England are on fire, And silken dalliance in the wardrobe lies; Now thrive the armourers, and honour's thought Reigns solely in the breast of every man: They sell the pasture now, to buy the horse ; Following the mirror of all Christian kings, With winged heels, as English Mercuries. For now sits Expectation in the air ; And hides a sword, from hilts unto the point, With crowns imperial, crowns, and coronets, Promis'd to Harry, and his followers. The French, advis’d by good intelligence Of this most dreadful preparation, Shake in their fear; and with pale policy Seek to divert the English purposes. O England !-model to thy inward greatness, Like little body with a mighty heart,What might'st thou do, that honour would thee du, Were all thy children kind and natural ! But see thy fault! France hath in thee found out A nest of hollow bosoms, which he fills With treacherous crowns; and three corrupted
men, One, Richard earl of Cambridge; and the second, Henry lord Scroop of Masham; and the third, Sir Thomas Grey knight of Northumberland, Have, for the gilt of France, (O guilt, indeed!) Confirm'd conspiracy with fearful France ;
3- the gilt of France,] Gilt, which, in our author, generally signifies a display of gold, in the present instance, means golden money.
And by their hands this grace of kings must die,
The same. Eastcheap.
Enter Nym and BARDOLPH. Bard. Well met, corporal Nym. Nym. Good morrow, lieutenant Bardolph. Bard. What, are ancient Pistol and you friends
Nym. For my part, I care not: I say little ; but when time shall serve, there shall be smiles ;-but that shall be as it may. I dare not fight; but I will wink, and hold out mine iron : It is a simple one; but what though ? it will toast cheese; and it will endure cold as another man's sword will : and there's the humour of it.
Bard. I will bestow a breakfast, to make you
while we force a play.] To force a play, is to produce a play by compelling many circumstances into narrow compass,
friends; and we'll be all three sworn brothers to France ;5 let it be so, good corporal Nym.
Nym. 'Faith, I will live so long as I may, that's the certain of it; and when I cannot live any longer, I will do as I may: that is my rest, that is the rendezvous of it.
Bard. It is certain, corporal, that he is married to Nell Quickly: and, certainly, she did you wrong; for you were troth-plight to her.
Nym. I cannot tell; things must be as they may : men may sleep, and they may have their throats about them at that time; and, some say, knives have edges. It must be as it may: though patience be a tired mare, yet she will plod. There must be conclusions. Well, I cannot tell.
Enter PISTOL and Mrs. QUICKLY. Bard. Here comes ancient Pistol, and his wife: good corporal, be patient here.--How now, mine host Pistol?
Pist. Base tike, call'st thou me-host? Now, by this hand I swear, I scorn the term ; Nor shall my Nell keep lodgers.
Quick. No, by my troth, not long : for we cannot lodge and board a dozen or fourteen gentlewomen, that live honestly by the prick of their needles, but it will be thought we keep a bawdyhouse straight. [Nym draws his sword.) O well-aday, Lady, if he be not drawn now! O Lord !
and we'll be all three sworn brothers to France:] Thehumour of sworn brothers should be opened a little. In the time of adventure, it was usual for two chiefs to bind themselves to share in each other's fortune, and divide their acquisitions between them. So, in the Conqueror's expedition, Robert de Oily, and Roger de Ivery, were fratres jurati ; and Robert gave one of the honours he received to his sworn brother Roger. So these three scourdrets set out for France, as if they were going to make a conquest of the kingdom.