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Welcome, my little city thief ; [to the Page.) and | land, 'tis thine.- Pistol, I will double-charge thee
welcome, indeed, 109. -I 'Il drink to inaster Bar- with dignities.
dolph, and to all the cavaleroes about London. Burd. O joyful day!- I would not take a knight-

Daru. I hope to see London once ere I die. hood for my fortune.
Baril. An I mighe see you there, Davy, -

Pist. What? I do bring good news?
Shul. By the mass, you 'll crack a quart together. Fal. Carry master Silence to bed. -- Master Shal-
Ha! will you not, master Bardolph?

low, my lord Shallow, be what thou wilt, I am forBard. Yes, sir, in a potile pot.

tune's steward. Get on thy boots : we'll ride all night: Shal. I thank thee:- The krave will stick by thee, --O, sweet Pistol:- Away, Bardolph. [Erie BARD.] I can assure thee that he will not out; he is true bred. -Come, Pistol, utter more to me; and, withal, de. Burd. And I'll stick by him, sir.

vise something, to do thyself good.-Boot, boot, Shal. Why, there spokea king. Lack nothing : beinaster Shallow : I know the young king is sick for merry. [hmcking heurd.f- Look who's at door there: me. Lel us take any man's horses; the laws of EngHo! who knocks!

[Erit Davy. land are at iny commandment. Happy are they which Fal. Why, now you have done me right. have been my friends; and woe to iny lord chief

170 SILENCE, who drinks a bumper. justice ! Sil. Do me right,

(Singing Pist. Let vultures vile seize on his lungs also dud dub me kuright:

Where is the life that late 1 let, say they ;

Why, here it is; Welcome these pleasant days. Is't not so?

[Ereunt. Ful. 'Tis so.

SCENE IV.London. A Street. Sil. Is 't so? Why, then say, an old man can do somewhat.

Enter Beadles, dragging in Hostess Quickly and

Doll TEAR-SUI EET. Re-enter Davy. Davy. An it please your worship, there's one that I might have thee hang'd: thou hast drawn my

Host. No, thou arrant knave; I would I might die, Pistol come from the court with news.

shoulder out of joint. Fal. From the court, let him come in.

i Beud. The constables have delivered her over to Enter PISTOL.

me: and she shall have whipping.cheer enough, I How now, Pistol ?

warrant her ; there hath been a man or two lately Pist. God save you, sir John !

killed about her. Fal. What wind blew you hither, Pistol ?

Doll. Nut-hook, nut-hook, you lie. Come on ; I'll Pist. Not the ill wind which blows no man to tell thee what, thou dained uripe visaged rascal; an good.-Sweet knight, thou art now one of the great the child I now go with, do iniscarry, thou hadst belter est men in the realın.

thou hadst struck thy mother, thou paper.faced villain. Sil. By'r lady, I think 'a be; but goodman Puff Host. O the Lord, that sir John were come ! ho of Barson.

would make this a bloody day to somebody. But I Pist. Puff?

pray Cod the fruit of her womb miscarry! Puff in thy teeth, most recreant coward base ! i Beud. If it do, you shall have a dozen of cushions Sir John, I am thy Pistol, and thy friend,

again ; you have but eleven now. Come, I charge you And helter-skelter have I rode to thee ;

both to go with me ; for the man is dead, that you And tidings do I bring, and lucky joys,

and Pistol beat among you. And golden times, and happy news of price.

Doll. I'll tell thee what, thou thin man in a censer! Ful. I pr'ythee now, deliver them like a man of I will have you as soundly swinged for this, you bluethis world

bottle rogue! you filthy famished correctioner; if Pist. A foutra for the world, and worldings base! you be not swinged, I will forswear half-kirtles. I speak of Africa, and golden joys.

1 Beud. Come, come, you she knight-errani, come. Fal. O base Assyrian kniglit, what is thy news ? Host. 0, that right should thus overcome might! Let king Cophetua know the truth thereof.

Well; of sufferance comes ease. Sil. And Rubin Howl, Scurlet, and John. (Sings. Doll

. Come, you rogue, come ; bring me to a justice. Pist. Shall dunghill curs confront the Helicons ? Host. Ay; come, you starved blood-hound. And shall good news be baffled ?

Doll. Goodman death! goodman bones ! Then, Pistol, lay thy head in f'uries' lap.

Host. Thou atomy thou. Shul. Honest gentleman, I know not your breeding Doll. Coine, you thin thing ; come, you rascal ! Pist. Why then, lainent, therefore.

i Bead. Very well.

(Eseunt. Shal. Give me pardon, sir ;-1f, sir, you come with news from the court, I take it, there is but two ways; SCENE V.- A public Place near Westminster Abbey. either lo utter them, or to conceal them. I am, sir, under the king, in some authority.

Enter two Grooms, strewing rushes.
Pist. Under which king, Bezonian? speak, or die. 1 Groom. More rushes, more rushes.
Shal. Uuder king llarry:

4 Groom. The trumpets have sounded twice Pist.

Harry the fourth? or fifth ? 1 Groom. It will be two o'clock ere they come from Shal. Harry the fourth.

the coronation: Despatch, despatch. [FienntGrooms Pist.

A foutra for thine office !Sir John, thy tender lambkin now is king ;

Enter FalsTAFF, Suallow, Pistoi., BARDOLPH, Harry the fith's the man. I speak the truth :

and the Page. When Pistol lies, do this ; and fig me, like

Fal. Stand here by me, master Robert Shallon , The bragging Spaniard.

I will make the king do you grace : I will leer upon Fal. What! is the old king dead ?

him, as 'a comes by; and do but mark the countePist. As nail in door: the things I speak, are just. nance that he will give me.

Fal. Away, Bardolph; saddle my horse.- Master Pist. God bless thy lungs, good knight. Robert Shallow, choose what office thou wilt in the Fal. Come here, Pistol ; stand behind me.-0, if

among them.

I had had time to have inade new liveries, I would Fal. That can hardly be, master Shallow. Do noi have bestowed the thousand pound I borrowed of you. you grieve at this; I shall be sent for in private to (To SHALLOW! But 'tis no matter; this poor show him: look you, he must seen thus to the world. Fear doth better: this doth infer the zeal I had to see him. not your advancement; I will be the way yet, thal Shal. It doth so.

shall znake you great. Fal. It shews my earnestness of affection.

Shal. I cannot perceive how; unless you give me Shal. It doch so.

your doublet, and stuff ine out with straw. I beserc) Fal. My devotion.

you, good sir John, let me have five hundred of m; Shal. It doth, it doth, it doth.

thousand. Fal. As it were, to ride day and night; and not Fal. Sir, I will be as good as my word : this that to deliberate, not to remember, not to have patience you heard, was but a colour. to shift me.

Shal. A colour, I fear, that you will die in, sir Shul. It is most certain.

John. Fal. But to stand stained with travel, and sweat- Fal. Fear no colours ; go with me to dinner. Come, ing with desire to see him : thinking of nothing else; lieutenant Pistol ; - come, Bardolph ; - 1 shall be putting all affairs else in oblivion ; as if there were sent for soon at night. nothing else to be done, but to see him. Pist. ”Tis semper idem, for absque hoc nihil est : 'Tis

Re-enter PRINCE Jonn, the CHEF JUSTICE, all in every part.

Officers, 8c. Shal. "Tis so, indeed.

Ch. Just. Go, carry sir John Falstaff to the Fleet; Pist. My knight, I will infiame thy noble liver, Take all his con,pany along with him. And make thee rage.

Ful. My lord, my lord, Thy Doll, and Helen of thy noble thoughts,

Ch. Just. I cannot now speak : I will hear you soon. Is in base durance, and contagious prison ;

Take them away. Haul'd thither

Pist. Si fortuna me tormenta, spero me contenta. By most mechanical and dirty hand :

(Ex. Fal. Shal. Pist. Band. Page, & Officers. Rouze up revenge from ebon den with fell Alecto's P. John. I like this fair proceeding of the king's For Doll is in ; Pistol speaks nought but truth. (snake, He hath intent, his wonted followers Fal. I will deliver her.

Shall all be very well provided for; (Shouts within, and the trumpets sound. But all are banish'd, till their conversations Pist. There roard the sea, and trumpet-clangor Appear more wise and modest to the world. sounds.

Ch. Just. And so they are.

P. John. The king háth call’d his parliament, my Enter the King and his Train, the CHIEF JUSTICE

Ch. Just. He hath.


P. John. I will lay odds,-that, ere this year expire, Fal. God save thy grace, king Hal! my royal Hal! We bear our civil swords, and native fire,

Pist. The heavens thee guard and keep, most royal As far as France : I heard a bird so sing, imp of fame!

Whose music, to my thinking, pleas'd the king. Fal. God save thee, my sweet boy!

Come, will you hence ?

(Eseunt. King. My lord chief justice, speak to that vain man. Ch. Just. Have you your wits? know you what 'tis you speak ?

Fal. My king! my Jove! I speak to thee, my heart!
King. I know thee not, old man: Fall to thy prayers;

Spoken by a DANCER.
Hlow ill white hairs become a fool, and jester! First, my fear; then, my court'sy: last, my speech.
I have long dream'd of such a kind of inan, My fear is, your displeasure; my court'sy, my duty;
So surfeit swell’d, so old, and so profane ; and my speech, to beg your pardons. If you look for
But, being awake, 1 do despise my dream.

a good speech now, you undo me : for what I have to Make less thy body, hence, and more thy grace ; say, is of mine own making ; and what, indeed, I Leave gormandizing; know, the grave doth gape should say, will, I doubt, prove mine own marring. For thee thrice wider than for other men :

But to the purpose, and so to the venture. --- Be it Reply not to me with a fool-born jest ;

known to you, as it is very well,) I was lately here Presume not, that I am the thing I was :

in the end of a displeasing play, to pray your patience For heaven doth know, so shall the world perceive, for it, and to promise you a better i did mean, inThat I have turn'd away my former self ;

deed, to pay you with this; which, if, like an ill venSo will I those who kept me company

ture, it come unluckily home. I break, and you, my When thou dost hear I am as I have been,

gentle creditors, lose. Here, I promised you, I would Approach me; and thou shalt be as thou wast, be, and here I commit my body to your mercies : hate The tutor and the feeder of my riots :

me some, and I will pay you some, and, as most Till then, I banish thee, on pain of death, - debtors do, promise you infinitely. As I have done the rest of my misleaders,

If my tongue cannot entreat you to acquit me, will Not to come near our person by ten mile.

you command me to use my legs ? and yet that were For competence of life, I will allow you, but light payment, --- to dance out of your debt. But hat lack of means enforce you not to evil : a good conscience will make any possible satisfaction, And, as we hear you do reform yourselves, and so will l. All the gentlewomen here have for We will,- according to your strength, and qualities, – 'given me ; if the gentlemen will not, then the gen. Give you advancement.—Be it your charge, my lord, tlemen do not agree with the gentlewomen, which was To see perform'd the tenor of our word. —

never seen before in such an assembly. Set on.

[Ereunt King and his Train. One word more, I beseech you. If you be not too Fal. Master Shallow, I owe you a thousand pound. 'much cloyed with fat meat, our humble author will

Shal. Ay, marry, sir John ; 'which I beseech you continue the story, with Sir John in it, and make you. to let me have home with me.

merry with fair katherine of France : where, for any thing I know, Falstaff shall die of a sweat, unless tongue is weary; when my legs are too, I will bid already he be killed with your hard opinions; for you good night: and so kneel down before you but, Oldcastle died a martyr, and this is not the man. My indeed, to pray for the queen.

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I fancy every reader, when he ends this play, cries out with is roused into a hero, and the hero agaiu reposes in the triller
Desdemona, " most lane and impotent couclusion!" Asthis The character is great, original, and just.
Hay was oni, to our knowledge, divided to acis by the author, Prrey is a ruxked soldier, cholerie, ad quarrelsome, and has
I could be couteut conclude with the death of llenry the only the soldier's virtue, generosity and conrace.

Kue Falstaff, 00milated. uniunilable Falstaff, how shall I de"In that Jerusalem shall Ilarry die."

scribe thee! thou compound of sense and vice, of sense which These scenes, whiih now make the filin act of Henry the play be adınired, but not esteemed. of vice, which may be de fourth, mint then be the first or llenry the dijih; but the truth sed, but hardly detested. Falstaff is a characer loaded with is that they do not unite very commodiously to either play. faults, and with those faults which naturally produce contempt. When these plays were represented, i believe they ended as lle is a thief and a glutton, a coward and a boaster, always they are now ended in the books; but Shakspeare seems to have te dy tu cheat the weak, and prey u; on the poor; to terrify the designed that ihe whole series of action, from the beginning of timorous, and insult the delenceless

Al once obsequious and Richard the Second, w the end of lenyihe finih, should be con. malignani, he satirizes in their absence those whom he lives sidered by the reader as one work, upon one plan, only broken by Malterink. Ile is familiar with the prince only as an arent into parts by the necessity of exhibition.

of vice, but of this familiarity he is so proud, as not only to be one of Shakspeare's plays are more read than the first and supereil ous and hanghty with common men, but to think his Second l'arts of Henry the fourth. Perhaps no author has ever, interest of importance to the Duke of Lancaster. let the man in two plays, afforded so much delight. The great events are thus corrupe, thus d spicable, makes himseif necessary to the interesting, for the fate of kingdonis depends upon theni; the prince that despises hin, by the most pleasing of all qualities, slighter occurrences are diveruing, and, except one or two, sus perpetual gaiely, by an unfailing power of exciting laughter, fciently probable: the incidents are multiplied with wonderful which is the more freely indu'ved, as his wit is not of the splen fertility of invention, and the characters diversified with the did or ambuiou: kind, but consists in easy scapes and sallies of atmose nicely of discernment, and the profoundest skill in the levity, which make sport, but raise no en y. ii mase be ob Datnre of man.

served, that he is stained with no enormous or sanguinary The prince, who is the hero both of the comic and tragic part, crimes, so that his licentiousness is not so offensive but that it is a young man of great abilities and violent passions, whose

may be borne for his birth. sentiments are right though his actions are wronx ; whose vir

The moral to be drawn from this representation is, that no toes are obscured by negligence, and whose understanding is man is more dangerous than he ihat, with a will to corrupt, lath dissipated by levity. In his idle hours he is rather loose than the power to please ; and that ntither wit nor honesty ought wicked; and when the occasion forces out his latent qualities, to think themselves safe with such a conspanion, when they see he is great without effort, and brave without lumule. The tritler Henry seduced by Falstaff.-Johnson.

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This play was entered on the Siationers' books, August 11,

1600, and printed in the same year. It was written after the Second Part of king Henry IV., being promised in the epi. logue to that play; and while the earl of Essex was in Ireland, as we learn from the chorus to the fifth act. Lord Essex went to Ireland, April 15, 1599, and returned to London on the 28th of Sepleinber in the same year. So that this

play must have been produced between April and September,

1599. The transactions comprised in this Historical Play commenct

about the latter end of the first, and leru inate in the eighth, year of this king's reign : when he married hatharine princess of France, and closed up the differences betwixt England and that crown.-MALONE and THEOBALD.

PERSONS REPRESENTED. Alice, a lady attending on the Princess Katharine.

QUICKLY, Pistol's wife, an hostess.
Duke of GLOSTER, 1 brothers to the King.

Lords, Ladies, Officers, French and English Soldiers, DUKE OF BEDFORD,

Messengers and Altendants.
DUKE OF EXETER, uncle to the
Duke of York, cousin !o the King.

The SCENE, at the beginning of the Play, lies in Eng EARLS OF SALISBURY, WESTMORELAND, and WARWICK.

LAND; but afterwurds wholly in France. ARCHBISHOT OF CANTERBURY. Bisnor of Evy. EARL OF CAMBRIDGE,

Enter Chorus. Lord SCROOP,

conspirators against the king Sir Thomas GREY,

0, for a muse of tire, that would ascend Sir Thomas ERPINGHAM, Gower, FLUELLEN, Mac. The brightest heaven of invention! MORRIS, JAmy, officers in King Henry's army.

A kingdom for a stage, princes to act, BATES, Court, Williams, soldiers in the sume.

And monarchs to behold the swelling scene! Nym, BARDOLPII, Pistou, formerly servants to Fal. Then should the warlike Harry, like himself, staff, now soldiers in the same.

Assume the port of Mars; and, at his heels, Bory, serrunt to them.

Leash'din like hounds, should famine, sword, and fire A Herale. Chorus.

Crouch for employment. But pardon, gentles all,

The fiat unraised spirit, that haih dar'd, CHARLES TILE Sixti, King of France.

On this unworthy scaffold, to bring forth Lewis, the Dauphin.

So great an object : Can this cockpit hold DUKES OF BURGUNDY, ORLEANS, and BOURBON.

The vasty fields of France ? or may we cram The Constable of France.

Within this wooden 0, the very casques, RAMBUR F3, and GRANDPREE, French lords.

That did affright the air at Ayincourt ? Governor of Harfleur.

0, pardon! since a crooked figure may MONTJOY, a French herald.

Attest, in little place, a million ; Ambassadors to the king of England.

And let us, ciphers to this great accumpt. ISABEL, Queen of France.

On your iinaginary forces work: KATHARINE, daughter of Charles and Isabel. Suppose, within the girdle of these walls

Are now confin'd two mighty monarchies,

Familiar as his garter ; that, when he speaks, Whuse high upreared and abutting fronts

The air, a charter'd libertine, is still, The perilous, narrow ocean parts asunder.

And the mute wonder lurketh in men's ears, Piece out our imperfections with your thoughts ; To steal his sweet and honeyed sentences, Into a thousand parts divide one inan,

So that the art and practic part of lite And make imaginary puissance :

Must be the mistress to this theoric : Think, when we talk of horses, that you see them Which is a wonder, how his grace should glean it. Printing their proud hoofs i'the receiving earth : Since his addiction was to courses vain : For 'tis your thoughts that now must deck our kings, llis companies unletler'd, rude, and shallow ; Carry them here and there ; jumping o'er times ; llis hours fill'd up with riots, banquets, sports ; Turning the accomplishment of many years And never noted in hin any study, Into an hour-glass; For the which supply, Any retirement, any sequestration Admit me chorus to this history :

From open haunts and popularity.
Who, prologue-like, your humble patience pray, Ely. The strawberry grows underneath the nettle
Gently to hear, kindly to judge, our play.

And wholesome berries thrive and ripen best,
Neighbour'd by fruit of baser quality:

And so the prince obscur'd his contemplation

Under the veil of wildness; which, no doubt,

Grew like the suinmer grass, fastest by night,

Unseen, yet crescive in his faculty.
London.-An Ante-chamber in the King's Palace.

Cant. It must be so; for miracles are ceas'd ;

And therefore we must needs admit the means, Enter the ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY, and

How things are perfected.
Bisuiop of Ely.


But, my good lord, Cant. My lord, I'll tell you,- that self bill is urg'd, How now for mitigation of this bill, Which, in the eleventh year o' the last king's reign Urgʻd by the commons ? Doth his majesty Was like, and had indeed against us pass'd, Incline to it, or no ? But that the scambling and unquiet time


He seems indifferent; Did push it out of further question.

Or, rather, swaying more upon our part,
Ely. But how, my lord, shall we resist it now? Than cherishing the exhibiters against us:
Cunt. It must be thought on. If it pass against us, For I have made an offer to his majesty,–
We lose the better half of our possession :

Upon our spiritual convocation ;
For all the temporal lands, which men devout And in regard of causes now in hand,
By testament have given to the church,

Which I have open'd to his grace at large,
Would they strip from us ; being valued thus,- As touching France,-to give a greater sum
As much as would maintain, to the king's honour, Than ever at one time the clergy yet
Full fifteen earls, and fifteen hundred knights ; Did to his predecessors part withal.
Six thousand and two hundred good esquires ; Ely. How did this offer seem receiv'd, my lord!
And, to relief of lazars, and weak age,

Cant. With good acceptance of his majesty ; Of indigent faint souls, past corporal toil,

Save, that there was not tiine enough to hear
A hundred alıns. houses, right well supplied ; (As I perceiv'd his grace would fain have done,
And to the coffers of the king beside,

The severals, and unhidden passages,
A thousand pounds by the year: Thus runs the bill. Of his true titles to some ceriain dukedoms ;
Ely. This would drink deep.

And, generally, to the crown and seat of France, Cant.

'Twould drink the cup and all. Derivd from Edward, his great grandfather. Ely. But what prevention ?

Ely. What was the impediment that broke this off? Cant. The king is full of grace, and fair regard. Cant. The French ambassador, upon that instant, Ely. And a true lover of the holy church. Crav'd audience : and the hour, I think, is come,

Cant. The courses of his youth promis'd it not. To give him hearing : Is it four o'clock ? The breath no sooner left his father's body,


It is. But that his wildness, mortified in him,

Cant. Then go we in, to know his embassy ; Seem'd to die too : yea, at that very moment, Which I could, with a ready guess, declare, Consideration like an angel came,

Before the Frenchman speak a word of it. And whipp'd the offending Adam out of him; Ely. I'll wait upon you ; and I long to hear it. Leaving his body as a paradise,

(Exeunt. To envelop and contain celestial spirits. Never was such a sudden scholar made :

SCENE II.— The same. A Room of State in the same. Never came reformation in a Hood,

Enter King Henry, GLOSTER, BEDFORD, EXETER With such a heady current, scouring faults ;

WARWICK, WESTMORELAND, and Attendants. Nor never Hydra headed wilfulness

K. Hen. Where is my gracious lord of Canterbury? Go soon did lose his seat, and all at once,

Ere. Not here in presence.
As in this king.
We are blessed in the change.

K. Hen. Send for him, good unclc.

West. Shall we call in the ambassador, my liege Cant. Ilear him but reason in divinity,

K. Hen. Not yet, my cousin ; we would be resolvd, And, all-admiring, with an inward wish

Before we hear him, of some things of weight, You would desire, the king were made a prelate:

That task our thoughts, concerning us and France. Hear him debate of coinmonwealth affairs, You would say,—it hath been all-in-ail his study:

Enter the ARCHBISIIOP OF CANTERBURY and List his discourse of war, and you shall hear

Bishop OF ELY. A fearful battle render'd you in music :

Cant. God and his angels, guard your sacred throne, Turn him to any cause of policy,

And make you long become it! The Gordian knot of it he will unloose,

K. Hen.

Sure, we thank you My learned lord, we pray you to proceed !

Tnat fair queen Isabel, his grandmother, And justly and religiously unfold,

Was lineal of the lady Erinengare, Why the law Salique, that they have in France, Daughter to Charles the foresaid Juke of Lorain : Or should, or should not, bar us in our claim. By the which marriage, the line of Charles the greai And God forbid, iny dear and faithful lord,

Was re-united to the crown of France.
That you should fashion, rest, or bow your reading, So that, as clear as is the suminer's sun,
Or nicely charge your understanding soul

King Pepin's title, and llugha Capet's claim,
With opening titles miscreate, whose right King Lewis his satisfaction, all appear
Suits not in native colours with the truth;

To hold in right and title of the female:
For God doth know, how many, now in health, So do the kings of France unto this day;
Shall drop their blood in approbation

Howbeit they would hold up this Salique law, Of what your reverence shall incite us to : To bar your highness claiming from the female ; Therefore take heed how you impawn our person,

And rather choose to hide them in a nel, How you awake the sleeping sword of war: Than amply to imbare their crooked titles We charge you in the name of God, take heed : Usurp'd from you and your progenitors. (this claim! For never two such kingdoms did contend,

h. Her. May 1, with right and conscience, make Without much fall of blood ; whose guiltless drops Cunt. The sin upon my head, dread sovereiga' Are every one a woe, a sore complaini,

For in the book of Numbers is it writ,'Gainst him whose wrongs give edge unto the swords When the son dies, let the inheritance That make such waste in brief mortality.

Descend unto the daughter. Gracious lord, Under this conjuration, speak, my lord:

Stand for your own ; unwind your bloody Alag And we will lear, note, and believe in heart, Look back unto your mighty ancestors. That what you speak is in your conscience wash'd Go, my dread lord, to your great grandsıre s tomb, As pure as sin with baptism.

(peers, From whom you claim; invoke his warlike spirit,
Cant. Then hear me, gracious sovereign; -and you and your great uncle's, Edward the black prince ;
That owe your lives, your faith, and services, Who on the French ground play'd a tragedy,
To this imperial throne ;- There is no ba!

Making defeat on the full power of France :
To make against your highness claim to France, Whiles his most mighty father on a hill
But this, which they produce from Pharamond, - Stood smiling, to behold his lion's whelp
In terram Salicam mulieres succedant,

Forage in blood of French nobility.
No woman shall succeed in Salique land :

O noble English, that could entertain Which Salique land the French unjustly gloze, With half their forces the full pride of France ; To be the realm of France, and Pharamond And let another half stand laughing by, The founder of this law and female bar.

All out of work, and cold for action ! Yet their own authors faithfully affirm,

Ely. Awake reinembrance of these valiant dead, That the land Salique lies in Germany,

And with your puissant arm renew their feats : Between the floods of Sala and of Elbe :

You are their heir, you sit upon their throne ; Where Charles the great, having subdued the Saxons, The blood and courage, that renowned them, There left behind and settled certain French; Runs in your veins ; and my thrice-puissant liege Who, holding in disdain the German women, Is in the very May.morn of iis youth, For some dishonest manners of their life,

Ripe for exploits and mighty enterprizes. Establish'd there this law,-to wit, no female

Ere. Your brother kings and monarchs of the earth, Should be inheritrix in Salique land ;

Do all expect that you should rouse yourself, Which Salique, as I said, 'twixt Elbe and Saia, As did the foriner lions of your blood. (and might; Is at this day in Germany call'd- Meisen.

West. They know, yourgrace hath cause, and means. Thus doth it well appear, the Salique law

So hath your highness; never king of England Was not devised for the realm of France ;

Had nobles richer, and more loyal subjects; Nor did the French possess the Salique land Whose hearts have left their bodies here in England, Until four hundred one and twenty years

And lie pavilion'd in the fields of France. After defunction of king Pharamond,

Cant. "O, let their bodies follow, my dear liege, Idly suppos'd the founder of this law;

With blood, and sword, and fire, to win your right Who died within the year of our redemption

In aid whereof, we of the spiritualty
Four hundred twenty-six ; and Charles the great Will raise your highness such a nighty sum,
Subdued the Saxons, and did seat the French As never did the clergy at one time
Beyond the river Sala, in the year

Bring in to any of your ancestors.
Eight hundred five. Besides, their writers say, 6. Hen. We must not only arm to invade the French.
King Pepin, which deposed Childerick,

But lay down our proportions to defend
Did, as heir general, being descended

Against the Scot, who will make road upon us
Of Biithild, which was daughter to king Clothair, With all advantages.
Make clain and title to the crown of France.

Cant. They of those marches, gracious sovereign, Hugh Capet also,—that usurp'd the crown

Shall be a wall sutticient to defend of Charles the duke of Lorain, sole heir male Vur inland froin the pilfering: borderers. of the true iine and stock of Charles the great, K. Hen. We do not mean the coursing snatchers To fine his title with some show of truth,

But fear the main intendment of the Scot, [only. (Though, in pure truth, it was corrupt and naught) Who hath been still a giddy neighbour to us; Convey'd himself as heir to the lady Lingare, For you shall read, that my great grandfather Daughter to Charlemain, who was the son

Never went with his forces into France, To Lewis the emperor, and Lewis the son

But that the Sco: ou his unfurnish'd kingdom Of Charles the great. Also king Lewis the renth, Came pouring. like the tide into a breach, Who was sole leir to the usurper Capet,

With ainple and briin fulness of his force ; Could not keep quiet in his conscience,

Galling the gleaned land with hot essays . Wearing the crown of France, till satisfied

Girding with grievous siege, cas.les and towns ;

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