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KING HENRY THE FIFTH.
Brothers to the King.
MORRIS, JAMY, Officers in King Henry's Army. BATES, COURT, WILLIAMS, Soldiers in the same. NYM, BARDOLPH, PISTOL, formerly Servants to Falstaff,
now Soldiers in the same. Boy, Servant to them. A Herald. Chorus. CHARLES THE SIXTH, King of France. LEWIS, the Dauphin. Dukes of Burgundy, Orleans, and Bourbon. The Constable of France. RAMBURES and GRANDPREE, French Lords. Governor of Harfleur. MONTJOY, a French Herald. Ambassadors to the King of England. ISABEL, Queen of France. KATHARINE, Daughter of Charles and Isabel. ALICE, a Lady attending on the Princess Katharine. QUICKLY, Pistol's Wife, an Hostess. Lords, Ladies, Officers, French and English Soldiers,
Messengers, and Attendants.
The SCENE, at the beginning of the Play, lies in England;
but afterwards wholly in France.
0, FORľa muse of fire, that would ascend
, That did affright the air at Agincourt ? 0, pardon! since a crooked figure may Attest, in little place, a million; And let us, ciphers to this great accompt, On your imaginary forces work: Suppose, within the girdle of these walls
• Within this wooden 0, the very casques.' O for circle, alluding to the circular form of the theatre. The very casques does not mean the identical casques, but the casques alone, or merely the casques. Thus in The Taming of the Sbrew, Katharine says to Grumio :
Thou false deluding slave, That feedest me with the very name of meat.' i. e. the name only of meat.
2 • Imaginary forces. Imaginary for imaginative, or your powers of fancy. The active and passive are often confounded by old writers.
CHORUS. Are now confin’d two mighty monarchies, Whose high upreared and abutting fronts The perilous, narrow ocean parts asunder. Piece out our imperfections with your thoughts; Into a thousand parts divide one man, And make imaginary puissance : Think, when we talk of horses, that you see them Printing their proud hoofs i' the receiving earth : For ’tis your thoughts that now must deck our kings, Carry them here and there; jumping o'er times; Turning the accomplishment of many years Into an hour glass; For the which supply, Admit me chorus to this history; Who, prologue like, your humble patience pray Gently to hear, kindly to judge, our play.
KING HENRY V.
SCENE I. London. An Antechamber in the
King's Palace. Enter the Archbishop of Canterbury, and Bishop of
Canterbury. My lord, I'll tell you,-that self bill is urg'd, Which in the eleventh year o'the last king's reign Was like, and had indeed against us pass’d, But that the scambling and unquiet time Did push it out of further question“.
Ely. But how, my lord, shall we resist it now?'
Cant. It must be thought on. If it pass against us, We lose the better half of our possession: For all the temporal lands, which men devout By testament have given to the church,
1 This first scene was added in the folio, together with the choruses, and other amplifications. It appears from Hall and Holinshed that the events passed at Leicester, where King Henry V. held a parliament in the second year of his reign. But the chorus at the beginning of the second act shows that the poet intended to make London the place of his first scene.
2 •Canterbury and Ely.' Henry Chicheley, a Carthusian monk, recently promoted to the see of Canterbury. John Fordham, bishop of Ely, consecrated 1388, died 1426.
3 i. e. scrambling. Vide note on Much Ado About Nothing, Act v. Sc. 1, p. 198.
4 Question is debate. VOL. V.
Would they strip from us: being valued thus,-
Ely. This would drink deep.
Cant. The courses of his youth promis'd it not.
We are blessed in the change.
• The breath no sooner left his father's body,
Seem'd to die too.'
My father is gone wild into his grave,