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The oldest sins the newest kind of ways?
Be happy; he will trouble you no more :
England shall double gild his treble guilt;
England shall give him office, honor, might;
For the fifth Harry from curb'd license plucks
The muzzle of restraint, and the wild dog
Shall flesh his tooth in


innocent. O my poor kingdom, sick with civil blows ! When that my care could not withhold thy riots, What wilt thou do, when riot is thy care ? O, thou wilt be a wilderness again, Peopled with wolves, thy old inhabitants ! P. Hen. O, pardon me, my liege! but for my tears,

[kneeling. The moist impediments unto my speech, I had forestall’d this dear and deep rebuke, Ere

you with grief had spoke, and I had heard The course of it so far. There is your crown; And He that wears the crown immortally, Long guard it yours! If I affect it more, Than as your honor, and as your renown, Let me no more from this obedience rise, (Which my most true 1 and inward-duteous spirit Teacheth) this prostrate and exterior bending ! Heaven witness with me, when I here came in, And found no course of breath within your majesty, How cold it struck my heart! if I do feign, 0, let me in my present wildness die;

| Loyal.

And never live to show the incredulous world
The noble change that I have purposed !
Coming to look on you, thinking you dead,
(And dead almost, my liege, to think you were)
I spake unto the crown, as having sense,
And thus upbraided it :- The care on thee de.

Hath fed upon the body of my father ;
Therefore, thou, best of gold, art worst of gold :
Other, less fine in carat,1 is more precious,
Preserving life in medicine potable;
But thou, most fine, most honor'd, most renown's,
Hast eat thy bearer up.' Thus, my most royal

Accusing it, I put it on my head;
To try with it,—as with an enemy,
That had before


face murder'd my father,-
The quarrel of a true inheritor.
But if it did infect my blood with joy,
Or swell my thoughts to any strain of pride;

any rebel or vain spirit of mine
Did, with the least affection of a welcome,
Give entertainment to the might of it,
Let God for ever keep it from my head ;
And make me as the poorest vassal is,
That doth with awe and terror kneel to it!

K. Hen. O my son,
Heaven put it in thy mind to take it hence,

1 Weight, which distinguishes the fineness of gold.

That thou mightst win the more thy father's love,
Pleading so wisely in excuse of it.
Come hither, Harry; sit thou by my bed ;
And hear, I think, the very latest counsel
That ever I shall breathe. Heaven knows, my son,
By what by-paths, and indirect crook'd ways,
I met this crown; and I myself know well,
How troublesome it sat upon my head.
To thee it shall descend with better quiet,
Better opinion, better confirmation;
For all the soil of the achievement goes
With me into the earth. It seem'd in me,
But as an honor snatch'd with boisterous hand;
And I had many living, to upbraid
My gain of it by their assistances ;
Which daily grew to quarrel and to bloodshed,
Wounding supposed ' peace : all these bold fears,
Thou seest, with peril I have answered ;
For all my reign hath been but as a scene
Acting that argument; and now my death
Changes the mode : for what in me was purchased, 2

thee in a more fairer sort:
So thou the garland wear'st successively.
Yet, though thou stand’st more sure than I could do,
Thou art not firm enough, since griefs are green;
And all thy friends, which thou must make thy


Ti. e. not real.

? 'Acquired by unjust methods. Purchase, in Shakspeare's time, frequently meant stolen goods.'--M. Mason.

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