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Therefore, caveto be thy counsellor.
Go, clear thy chrystals.

—Yoke-fellows in arms,
Let us to France ! like horse-leeches, my boys;
To suck, to suck, the very blood to suck !

Boy. And that is but unwholesome food, they say.
Pist. Touch her soft mouth, and march.
Bard. Farewell, hostess.

[Kissing her. Nym. I cannot kiss, that is the humour of it; but adieu.

Pist. Let housewifery appear; keep close, I thee command. Quick. Farewell; adieu.



France. A Room in the French King's Palace. Enter the French King attended; the Dauphin,

the Duke of BURGUNDY, the Constable, and Others. Fr. King. Thus come the English with full

power upon us ; And more than carefully it us concerns, To answer royally in our defences. Therefore the dukes of Berry, and of Bretagne, Of Brabant, and of Orleans, shall make forth,And you, prince Dauphin,—with all swift despatch, To line, and new repair, our towns of war, With men of courage, and with means defendant: For England his approaches makes as fierce, As waters to the sucking of a gulph. It fits us then, to be as provident As fear may teach us, out of late examples Left by the fatal and neglected English Upon our fields.

2 clear thy chrystals.] Dry thine eyes.

go forth,


My most redoubted father, It is most meet we arm us 'gainst the foe: For peace itself should not so dull a kingdom, (Though war, nor ne known quarrel, were in

question,) But that defences, musters, preparations, Should be maintain'd, assembled, and collected, As were a war in expectation. Therefore, I say, 'tis meet we all To view the sick and feeble parts of France ; And let us do it with no show of fear; No, with no more, than if we heard that England Were busied with a Whitsun morris-dance: For, my good liege, she is so idly king'd, Her scepter so fantastically borne By a vain, giddy, shallow, humorous youth, That fear attends her not. Con.

0 peace, prince Dauphin! You are too much mistaken in this king: Question your grace the late ambassadors, With what great state he heard their embassy, How well supplied with noble counsellors, How modest in exception, and, withal, How terrible in constant resolution, And you shall find, his vanities fore-spent Were but the outside of the Roman Brutus, Covering discretion with a coat of folly ; As gardeners do with ordure hide those roots That shall first spring, and be most delicate.

Dau. Well, 'tis not so, my lord high constable, But though we think it so, it is no matter : In cases of defence, 'tis best to weigh The

enemy more mighty than he seems, So the proportions of defence are fillid;


so dull a kingdom,] i.e. render it callous, insensible. 4 How modest in exception,] How diffident and decent in making objections.

Which, of a weak and niggardly projection,
Doth, like a miser, spoil his coat, with scanting
A little cloth.

Fr. King. Think we king Harry strong ;
And, princes, look, you strongly arm to meet him.
The kindred of him hath been flesh'd upon us;
And he is bred out of that bloody strain,
That haunted us in our familiar paths :
Witness our too much memorable shame,
When Cressy battle fatally was struck,
And all our princes captiv'd, by the hand
Of that black name, Edward black prince of Wales ;
Whiles that his mountain sire, on

ire, -on mountain
Up in the air, crown'd with the golden sun,
Saw his heroical seed, and smild to see him
Mangle the work of nature, and deface
The patterns that by God and by French fathers
Had twenty years been made. This is a stem
Of that victorious stock; and let us fear
The native mightiness and fate of him.?

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Enter a Messenger.
Mess. Ambassadors from Henry King of England
Do crave admittance to your majesty.
Fr. King. We'll give them present audience. .
Go, and bring them.

[Exeunt Mess. and certain Lords.
You see this chase is hotly follow'd, friends.
Dau. Turn head, and stop pursuit: for coward


5 - strain,] lineage.

6 That haunted us-) To haunt is a word of the utmost horror, which shows that they dreaded the English as goblins and spirits. 1_fate of him.] His

fate is what is allotted him by destiny, or what he is fated to perform.

Most spend their mouths, when what they seem to

Runs far before them. Good my sovereign,
Take up the English short; and let them know
Of what a monarchy you are the head :
Self-love, my liege, is not so vile a sin
As self-neglecting

Re-enter Lords, with EXETER and Train. Fr. King

From our brother England ? Eve. From him; and thus he greets your ma

He wills you, in the name of God Almighty,
That you divest yourself, and lay apart
The borrow'd glories, that, by gift of heaven,
By law of nature, and of nations, 'long
To him, and to his heirs ; namely, the crown,
And all wide stretched honours that pertain,
By custom and the ordinance of times
Unto the crown of France. That you may know,
'Țis no sinister, nor no aukward claim,
Pick'd from the worm-holes of long-vanish'd days,
Nor from the dust of old oblivion rak’d,
He sends

this most memorable line,

[Gives a paper. In every

branch truly demonstrative;
Willing you, overlook this pedigree:
And, when you find him evenly deriv'd
From his most fam’d of famous ancestors,
Edward the Third, he bids you then resign
Your crown and kingdom, indirectly held
From him the native and true challenger,

8 — spend their mouths,] That is, bark; the sportsman's term.

memorable line,] This genealogy; this deduction of his lineage,

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Fr. King. Or else what follows?

Exe. Bloody constraint; for if you hide the crown Even in your hearts, there will he rake for it: And therefore in fierce tempest is he coming, In thunder, and in earthquake, like a Jove ; (That, if requiring fail, he will compel ;) And bids


in the bowels of the Lord, Deliver up the crown; and to take mercy On the poor souls, for whom this hungry war Opens his vasty jaws : and on your head Turns he the widows' tears, the orphans' cries, The dead men's blood, the pining maidens' groans For husbands, fathers, and betrothed lovers, That shall be swallow'd in this controversy, This is his claim, his threat'ning, and my message; Unless the Dauphin be in presence here, To whom expressly I bring

greeting too. Fr. King. For us, we will consider of this further; To-morrow shall you bear our full intent Back to our brother England. Dau.

For the Dauphin, I stand here for him; What to him from England? Exe. Scorn, and defiance ; slight regard, con

tempt, And any thing that may not misbecome The mighty sender, doth he prize you at. Thus says my king: and, if your father's highness Do not, in grant of all demands at large, Sweeten the bitter mock you sent his majesty, He'll call you to so hot an answer for it, That caves and womby vaultages of France Shall chide your trespass,' and return your mock In second accent of his ordnance.

Dau. Say, if my father render fair reply, It is against my will: for I desire

Shall chide your trespass,] To chide is to resound, to echo,

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