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For, you shall read, that my great grandfather
Ne'er went with his full forces into France,
But that the Scot on his unfurnisht kingdom
Came pouring, like a tide into a breach,
With ample and brim fulness of his force ;
Galling the gleaned land with hot assays ;
Girding with grievous siege castles and towns
That England, being empty of defence,
Hath fhook, and trembled, at th' ill neighbourhood.
Cant. She hath been then more fear'd than harm’d,
my Liege ;
For hear her best 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 his chronicle as rich with prize,
As is the ouzy bottom of the Sea
With funken wreck and sumless treafuries.
* Exe. But there's a saying very old and true,
If that you will France win, then with Scotland first begin.
For once the Eagle England being in prey,
To her unguarded nest the Weazel, Scot,
Comes sneaking, and fo.fucks her princely eggs;
Playing the Mouse in absence of the Cat,
To taint, and havock, more than she can eat.
Ely. It follows then, the Cat must stay at home, Yet that is but a 'fcus'd necellity; Since we have locks to safeguard necessaries,
* Ely. But there's a saying &c.] This Speech, which is dissuasive of the War with France, is abfurdly given to one of the Churchmen in Confederacy to push the King upon it, as appears by the first Scene of this Ac. Besides, the Poet had here an eye to Hall, who gives this Observation to the Duke of Exeter. But the Editors have made. Ely and Exeter change Sides, and speak one another's Speeches; for this, which is given to Ely, is Exeter's ; and the following given to Exeter, is Ely's.
And pretty traps to catch the
While that the armed hand doth fight abroad,
Th' advised head defends itself at home :
For Government, though high, and low, and lower,
Put into parts, doth keep in one consent;
Congreeing in a full and natural close,
Cant. Therefore heaven doth 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 ruling nature teach
The art of order to a peopled kingdom.
They have a King, and officers of fort ;
Where some, like magistrates, correct at home :
Others like merchant-venturers, trade abroad;
Others, like foldiers, armed in their stings,
the summer's velvet buds: Which pillage they with merry march bring home To the tent-royal of their Emperor: Who, busied in his majesty, surveys The singing mason building roots of gold; The civil citizens kneading up the honey; The poor mechanic porters crowding in Their heavy burdens at his narrow gate : The sad-ey'd 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 consent, 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 falt sea;
lines close in the dial's center;
So may a thousand actions, 't once a-foot,
End in one purpose, and be all well borne
Without defeat. Therefore to France, my Liege.
Divide our 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. Henry. Call in the messengers, sent from the
Now are we well resolv'd; and by God's help
And yours, the noble finews of our power,
France being ours, we'll bend it to our awe,
Or break it all to pieces. There we'll fit,
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 worship, with a waxen epitaph.
SC Ε Ν Ε III.
Enter Ambasadors of France.
Now are we well prepar'd 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 shew you far off
The Dauphin's meaning, and our embally?
K. Henry. We are no tyrant, but a christian King, Unto whose grace our passion is as subject, As are our wretches setter'd in our prisons : Therefore, with frank and with uncurbed plainness, Tell us the Dauphin's mind. Vol. V. L
Amb. Thus then, in few.
Your Highness, lately sending into France,
Did claim some certain Dukedoms in the right
Of your great predecessor, Edward the third.
In answer of which claim, the Prince our master
Says, that you favour too much of your youth ;
And bids you be advis’d: there's nought in France,
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. Henry. What treasure, uncle?
Exe, Tennis-balls, my Liege.
K. Henry. We're glad, the Dauphin is so pleasant
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 fet,
Shall strike his father's Crown into ihe hazard.
Tell him, h'ath made a match with such a wrangler,
That all the Courts of France will be disturb'd
With chases. 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 valu'd this poor seat of England,
And therefore, living hence, did give ourself
To barb'rous licence; as 'tis ever common,
That men are merriest, when they are from home.
But tell thc Dauphin, I will keep my State,
Be like a king, and shew my fail of Greatness ;
When I do rouse me in my throne of France,
For that I have laid by my Majesty,
And plodded like a man for working days;
But I will rise there with so full a glory,
That I will dazzle all the eyes of France ;
Yea, ftrike the Dauphin blind to look on us.
And tell the pleasant Prince, this mock of his
Hath turn'd his balls to gun-stones ; and his soul
Shall stand sore charged for the wasteful vengeance
That shall fly with them: many thousand widows,
Shall this his Mock mock out of their dear husband;
Mock mothers from their fons, 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 rightsul hand in a well-hallow'd cause.
So get you hence in peace; and tell the Dauphin, : i
His jest will savour but of shallow wit,
When thousands weep, more than did laugh at it,
Convey them with safe conduct. Fare ye well. .
[Exeunt Ambassadors. Exe. This was a merry message.
K. Henry. We hope to make the sender blush at it: Therefore, my lords, omit no happy hour, That may give furth'rance to our expedition ; For we have now no thoughts in us but France, Save those to God, that run before our business, Therefore, let our porportions for these wars Be foon collected, and all things thought upon, That may with reasonable swiftness add More feathers to our wings; for, God before, We'll chide this Dauphin at his father's door. Therefore let every man now talk his thought, That this fair action may on foot be brought. [Exeunt.