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Therefore, I say, 'tis meet we all go forth,
To view the sick and feeble parts of France;
And let us do it with no shew of fear,
No, with no more, than if we heard that Englan
Were busied with a Whitfon morris-dance,
For, my good Liege, she is so idly king'd,
Her scepter fo fantastically borne,
By a vain, giddy, shallow, humorous youth,
That fear attends her not.

Con. O peace, Prince Dauphin!
+ You are too much mistaken in this King.
Question your Grace the late ambassadors,
With what great ftare he heard their embaffy ;
How well supply'd with noble counsellors,
* How modest in excepcion, and withal
How terrible in constant resolution,
And you shall find, his vanities fore-spent
s Were but the out-side 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 tho' we think it so, is no matter. 4 You are too much mistaken in deep jealousy of his son's aspiring

this King : &c.] This part superior genius. Therefore, to is much enlarged since the first prevent all umbrage, the prince writing

Pope. withdrew from publick affairs, * How modeft in exception--] and amused himself in confortHow diffident and decent in ing with a diffolute crew of robmaking objections.

bers. It seems to me, that Sbakes Were but the out-side of the Jpeare was ignorant of this citRoman Brutus.] Shakespeare not cumstance when he wrote the having given us, in the first or two parts of Henry IV. for it second part of Henry IV, or in might have been so managed as any other place but this, the re: to have given new beauties to motest hint of the circumstance the character of Hal, and great here alluded to, the comparison improvements to the plot. And must needs be a little obscure to with regard to these matters, those who don't know or reflect Shakespeare generally tells us all that some historians have told us, he knew, and as soon as he knew that Henry IV, had entertain'da it.

WARBURTON.

In causes of defence, 'tis best to weigh
The enemy more mighty than he seems;
So the proportions of defence are fill’d,
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 felh'd upon us,
And he is bred out of that bloody strain,
6 That haunted us in our familiar paths.
Witness our too much memorable shame,
When Crelly-battle fatally was ftruck :
And all our Princes captiv'd by the hand
Of that black name, Edward black Prince of Wales ;
7 While that his mounting fire, on mountain standing,
* Up in the air, crown'd with the golden fun,
Saw his heroic seed, and smil'd to lee 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.

Enter a Messenger.
Mel. Ambassadors from Harry, King of England,
Do crave admittance to your Majesty.

6 That HAUNTED us] We fire, on mountain standing;] We Thould assuredly read HUNTED : should read, MOUNTING, ambiThe integrity of the metaphor tious, aspiring. WARBURTON. requires it. So, soon after, the 8 Up in the air, crown'd with king says again,

The golden Jun,] A nonsensiYou see this Chale is hotly fol. cal line of some player. lowed. WARBURTON.

WARBURTON. The emendation weakens the And why of a player ? There passage. To haunt is a word of is yet no proof that the players the utmost horrour, which shews have interpolated a line. tliat they dreaded the English as 9 The fate of him.] His fate goblins and spirits.

s what is allotted him by destiny, 3 While that his MOUNTAIN or what he is fated to perform. Vol. IV,

Dd

Fr.

· Fr. King. We'll give them prefent audience. Go,

and bring them. - You see, this chase is hotly follow'd, friends.

Dau. Turn head, and stop pursuit ; for coward dogs Most * spend their mouths, when, what they seem to

threaten,
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.

SCEN È VI.

Enter Exeter

Fr. King. From our brother England ?

Exe. From him ; and thus he greets your Majesty. 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 the wide-stretch'd honours, that pertain By custom and the ordinance of times, Unto the Crown of France. That you may know, 'Tis no finifter nor no aukward claim, Pick'd from the worm-holes of long. vanilh'd days, Nor from the dust of old oblivion rak'a, He sends you this most memorable Line, In every branch truly demonstrative,

[Gives the French King a Paper. Willing you overlook this pedigree ; And when you find him evenly deriv’d From his most fam'd of famous ancestors,

* Spend their mouth's,] That nealogy ; this deduction of his is bark ; che sportsman's term. lineage.

* Memorable Line.] This ge:

Edward

Edward the Third; he bids you then relign
Your Crown and Kingdom, indirectly held
From him the native and true challenger.

Fr. King. Or else what follows ?

Exe. Bloody constraint ; for if you hide the Crown Ev’n in your hearts, there will he rake for it. And therefore in fierce tempeft is he coming, In thunder, and in earthquake, like a Jove, That, if requiring fail, he may compel. He bids you, in the bowels of the Lord, Deliver up the Crown; and to take mercy On the poor souls for whom this hungry war Opens kis vafty jaws ; upon your head Turning the widows' tears, the orphans'cries, * The dead mens' blood, the pining maidens' groans, For husbands, fathers, and betrothed lovers, That shall be swallow'd in this controversy. This is his claim, his threatning, and my message; Unless the Dauphin be in presence here, To whom expreny 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, night regard, contempt, And any thing that may not mil-become The mighty fender, 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 nock you sent his Majesty; He'll call you to so hot an answer for it, That caves and womby vaultages of France

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2 Shall hide your trespass, and return your mock
In second accent to his ordinance.

Dau. Say, if my father render fair reply
It is against my will, for I desire
Nothing but odds with England; to that end,
As matching to his youth and vanity,
I did present him with those Paris balls.

Exe. He'll make your Paris Louvre · shake for it,
Were it the mistress court of mighty Europe.
And, be assur’d, you'll find a difference,
As we his subjects have in wonder found,
Between the promise of his greener days,
And these he mafters now; now he weighs time
Even to the utrnost grain, which you shall read
In your own losses, if he stay in France.
Fr. King. To-morrow you shall know our mind at
full.

[Flourish. Exe. Dispatch us with all speed, left that our King Come here himself to question our delay; For he is footed in this Jand already. ! Fr. King. You shall be soon dispatch'd with fair

·conditions. A night is but small breath, and little pause, To answer matters of this consequence. [Excunt.

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ACT III. SCENE I.

Enter CHORU S. Chorus. THUS with imagin'd wing our swift scene

flies, In motion of no less celerity Than that of thougát. Suppose, that you have seen

2 Shall hide your trespass, -] the authors of this insult shall Mr. Pope rightly corrected it, fly to caves for refuge. Skall CHIDE

3 - Paris Louvre) This paWARBURTON. lace was, I think, not built in I doubt whether it be rightly those times. corrected. The meaning is, that

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