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Exe. Your brother kings and monarchs of the

earth Do all expect that you should rouse yourself, As did the former lions of


blood. West. They know your grace hath cause, and

means, and might : So hath your highness; never king of England Had nobles richer, and more loyal subjects; Whose hearts have left their bodies here in Eng

land, And lie pavilion'd in the fields of France.

Cant. O, let their bodies follow, my dear liege, With blood, and sword, and fire, to win your

right; In aid whereof, we of the spiritualty Will raise your highness such a mighty sum, As never did the clergy at one time Bring in to any of your ancestors. K. Hen. We must not only arm to invade the

French, But lay down our proportions to defend Against the Scot, who will make road upon us With all advantages. Cant. They of those marches, gracious sove

reign, Shall be a wall sufficient to defend Our inland from the pilfering borderers. K. Hen. We do not mean the coursing

snatchers only, But fear the main intendment of the Scot, Who hath been still a giddy neighbour to us; For you shall read, that my great-grandfather Never went with his forces into France, But that the Scot on his unfurnish'd kingdom Came pouring, like the tide into a breach, With ample and brim fulness of his force;

Galling the gleaned land with hot essays;
Girding with grievous siege castles and towns :
That England, being empty of defence,
Hath shook and trembled at the ill neighbour-

Cant. She hath been then more fear'd than

harm’d, my liege : For hear her but exampled by herself,— When all her chivalry hath been in France, And she a mourning widow of her nobles, She hath herself not only well defended, But taken, and impounded as a stray, The king of Scots; whom she did send to France, To fill king Edward's fame with prisoner kings; And make your chronicles as rich with praise As is the ooze and bottom of the sea With sunken wreck and sumless treasuries. West. But there's a saying, very old and true,

If that


will France win, Then with Scotland first begin; For once the eagle England being in prey, To her unguarded nest the weasel Scot Comes sneaking, and so sucks her princely eggs; Playing the mouse, in absence of the cat, To spoil

and havoc more than she can eat. Exe. It follows, then, the cat must stay at

home : Yet that is but a crush'd necessity; Since we have locks to safeguard necessaries, And pretty traps to catch the petty thieves. While that the armed hand doth fight abroad, The advised head defends itself at home : For government, through high, and low, and

lower, Put into parts, doth keep in one concent;

Congreeing in a full and natural close,
Like music.

Cant. Therefore doth Heaven divide
The state of man in divers functions,
Setting endeavour in continual motion ;
To which is fixed, as an aim or butt,
Obedience : for so work the honey-bees;
Creatures, that, by a rule in nature, teach
The act of order to a peopled kingdom.
They have a king, and officers of sorts :
Where some, like magistrates, correct at home;
Others, like merchants, venture trade abroad;
Others, like soldiers, armed in their stings,
Make boot upon the summer's velvet buds;
Which pillage they with merry march bring home
To the tent-royal of their emperor :
Who, busied in his majesties, surveys
The singing masons building roofs of gold;
The civil citizens kneading up the honey;
The poor mechanic porters crowding in
Their heavy burdens at his narrow gate ;
The sad-eyed justice, with his surly hum,
Delivering o'er to executors pale
The lazy yawning drone. I this infer,-
That many things, having full reference
To one concent, may work contrariously;
As many arrows, loosed several ways,
Come to one mark; as many ways meet in one

town; As many

fresh streams meet in one salt sea; As many lines close in the dial's centre ; So may a thousand actions, once afoot, End in one purpose, and be all well borne Without defeat. Therefore to France, my liege. Divide your happy England into four ; Whereof take you one quarter into France,

And you withal shall make all Gallia shake.
If we, with thrice such powers left at home,
Cannot defend our own doors from the dog,
Let us be worried ; and our nation lose
The name of hardiness, and policy.
K. Hen. Call in the messengers sent from the

(Exit an Attendant. The KING ascends

his throne. Now are we well resolved : and, by God's help, And yours, the noble sinews of our power, France being ours, we'll bend it to our awe, Or break it all to pieces : or there we'll sit, Ruling, in large and ample empery, O'er France and all her almost kingly dukedoms, Or lay these bones in an unworthy urn, Tombless, with no remembrance over them : Either our history shall with full mouth Speak freely of our acts; or else our grave, Like Turkish mute, shall have a tongueless mouth, Not worshipp'd with a waxen epitaph.

Enter Ambassadors of France. Now are we well prepared to know the pleasure Of our fair cousin Dauphin ; for, we hear, Your greeting is from him, not from the king.

Amb. May't please your majesty to give us leave Freely to render what we have in charge ; Or shall we sparingly show you far off The Dauphin's meaning, and our embassy ? K. Hen. We are no tyrant, but a Christian

king; Unto whose grace our passion is as subject, As are our wretches fetter'd in our prisons : Therefore, with frank and with uncurbed plainness Tell us the Dauphin's mind.


Thus, then, in few. Your highness, lately sending into France, Did claim some certain dukedoms, in the right Of your great predecessor, king Edward the third. In answer of which claim, the prince our master Says, that you savour too much of your youth; And bids you be advised, there's nought in

That can be with a nimble galliard won :
You cannot revel into dukedoms there.
He therefore sends you, meeter for your spirit,
This tun of treasure; and, in lieu of this,
Desires you, let the dukedoms that you claim
Hear no more of you. This the Dauphin speaks.

K. Hen. What treasure, uncle ?

Tennis-balls, my liege. K. Hen. We are glad the Dauphin is so plea

sant with us ; His present, and your pains, we thank you for : When we have match'd our rackets to these balls, We will in France, by God's grace, play a set Shall strike his father's crown into the hazard : Tell him, he hath made a match with such a

wrangler, That all the courts of France will be disturb'd With chaces. And we understand him well, How he comes o'er us with our wilder days, Not measuring what use we made of them. We never valued this poor seat of England ; And therefore, living hence, did give ourself To barbarous license; as 'tis ever common, That men are merriest when they are from home. But tell the Dauphin,-I will keep my state ; Be like a king, and show my sail of greatness, When I do rouse me in my throne of France : For that I have laid by my majesty,

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