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When your own Percy, when my heart's dear With new lamenting ancient oversights.
But I must go, and meet with danger there ;
0, fly to Scotland, There were two honours lost; yours, and your Till that the nobles, and the armed commons, son's.
Have of their puissance made a little taste. For yours, may heavenly glory brighten it! Lady P. If they get ground and vantage of the For his, it stuck upon him, as the sun
king, In the grey vault of heaven : and, by his light, - Then join you with them, like a rib of steel, Did all the chivalry of England move
To make strength stronger : but, for all our loves, To do brave acts. And him,-0 wondrous, First let them try themselves : So did your son ! O miracle of men !-him did you leave
He was so suffer'd : so came I a widow; (Second to none, unseconded by you),
And never shall have length of life enough, To look upon the hideous god of war
To rain upon remembrance with mine eyes, In disadvantage; to abide a field,
That it may grow and sprout as high as heaven, Where nothing but the sound of Hotspur's name for recordation to my noble husband. Did seem defensible :--so you left him :
North. Come, come, go in with me ; 'tis with Never, O never, do his ghost the wrong,
Till time and vantage crave my company,
[Exeunt. Fair daughter! you do draw my spirits from me,
SCENE.-A Room in the Palace. King HENRY To the wet sea-boy in an hour so rude; on a couch, a Page in attendance.
And, in the calmest and most stillest night, K. Hen, Go, call the Earls of Surrey and of With all appliances and means to boot, Warwick;
Deny it to a king? Then, happy low-lie down! But, ere they come, bid them o'er-read these Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.
letters, And well consider of them : Make good speed.
Enter WARWICK and SURREY. [Exit Page.
War. Many good-morrows to your majesty! How many thousands of my poorest subjects
K. Hen. Is it good morrow, lords : Are at this hour asleep! O sleep, O gentle sleep,
War. 'Tis one o'clock, and past. Nature's soft nurse, how have 1 frighted thee, K. Hen. Why, then, good morrow to you all, That thou no more wilt weigh my eyelids down,
good lords. And steep my senses in forgetfulness ?
Have you read o'er the letters that I sent you ? Why rather, sleep, liest thou in smoky cribs,
War. We have, my liege. Upon uneasy pallets stretching thee,
K. Hen. Then you perceive, the body of our And hush'd with buzzing night-flies to thy slumber,
kingdom Than in the perfum'd chambers of the great, How foul it is; what rank diseases grow, Under the canopies of costly state,
And with what danger, near the heart of it. And lull'd with sounds, of sweetest melody? War. It is but as a body yet distemper'd, O thou dull god, why liest thou with the vile, Which to his former strength may be restor’d, In loathsome beds ; and leav'st the kingly couch, With good advice and little medicine : A watch-case, or a common ’larum-bell?
My Lord Northumberland will soon be cool'd. Wilt thou upon the high and giddy mast
K. Hen. 0 Heaven ! that one might read the Seal up the ship-boy's eyes, and rock his brains
book of fate; In cradle of the rude imperial surge,
And see the revolution of the times; how chances And in the visitation of the winds,
mock, Who take the ruffian billows by the top,
And changes fill the cup of alteration Curling their monstrous heads, and hanging them with divers liquors ! įO, if this were seen, With deafʼning clamours in the slippery clouds, The happiest youth, viewing his progress through, That, with the hurly, * death itself awakes ?
What perils past, what crosses to ensue, Canst thou, O partial sleep! give thy repose Would shut the book, and sit him down and die.] * Hurly means noise.
'Tis not ten years gone
Since Richard and Northumberland, great friends, | And weak beginnings, lie intreasured.
That great Northumberland, then false to him, And laid his love and life under my foot :
Would, of that seed, grow to a greater falseness, Yea, for my sake, even to the eyes of Richard, Which should not find a ground to root upon, Gave him defiance. But which of you was by
Unless on you. (You, cousin Nevil, as I may remember),
K. Hen. Are these things then necessities?
[To WAR. Then let us meet them like necessities : When Richard, - with his eye brimfull of tears, And that same word even now cries out on us : Then check’d and rated by Northumberland, - They say, the bishop and Northumberland Did speak these words, now prov'd a prophecy? Are fifty thousand strong. “ Northumberland, thou ladder, by which
It cannot be, my lord ; My cousin Bolingbroke ascends my throne ;"- Rumour doth double, like the voice and echo, Though then, Heaven knows, I had no such intent, The numbers of the feared; Please it your grace But that necessity so bow'd the state,
To go to bed ; upon my life, my lord, That I and greatness were compeli’d to kiss :-- The powers that you already have sent forth, “ The time shall come,” thus did he follow it, Shall bring this prize in very easily. “ The time will come, that foul sin, gathering To comfort you the more, I have receiv'd head,
A certain instance that Glendower is dead. Shall break into corruption :"- '-so went on, Your majesty hath been this fortnight ill; Foretelling this same time's condition,
And these unseason’d hours, perforce, must add And the division of our amity.
Unto your sickness. War. There is a history in all men's lives, K. Hen. I will take your counsel : Figuring the nature of the times deceas’d: And, were these inward wars once out of hand, The which observ’d, a man may prophesy, We would, dear lords, unto the Holy Land. With a near aim, of the main chance of things
[Exeunt. As yet not come to life ; which in their seeds,
SCENE.–Westminster, a Room in the Palace. That the united vessel of their blood,
Mingled with venom of suggestion,
(As, force perforce, the age will pour it in), Cla. What would my lord and father?
Shall never leak, though it do work as strong K. Hen. Nothing but well to thee, Thomas of As aconitum, or rash gunpowder. Clarence.
Cla. I shall observe him with all care and love. How chance thou art not with the prince thy K. Hen. Why art thou not at Windsor with him, brother?
Thomas ? He loves thee, and thou dost neglect him, Thomas; Cla. He is not there to-day; he dines in London. Thou hast a better place in his affection
K. Hen. And how accompanied canst thou tell Than all thy brothers: cherish it, my boy;
that? And noble offices thou mayst effect
Cla. With Poins, and other, his continual fol. Of mediation, after I am dead,
lowers." Between his greatness and thy other brethren: K. Hen. Most subject is the fattest soil to weeds; Therefore, omit bim not; blunt not liis love: And he, the noble image of my youth, Nor lose the good advantage of his grace, Is overspread with them : Therefore my grief By seeming cold, or careless of his will,
Stretches itself beyond the hour of death ; For he is gracious, if he be observed ;*
The blood weeps from my heart, when I do shape, He hath a tear for pity, and a hand
In forms imaginary, the unguided days,
And rotten times, that you shall look upon,
For when bis headstrong riot hath no curb,
When rage and hot blood are his counsellors, His temper, therefore, must be well observ'd ; When means and lavish manners meet together, Chide him for faults, and do it reverently, 0, with what wings shall his affections ily When you perceive his blood inclin’d to mirth: Towards fronting peril and oppos'd decay ! But, being moody, give him line and scope ;
Enter HARCOURT. Till that his passions, like a whale on ground, Confound themselves with working. Learn this, Har. From enemies Heaven keep your majesty : Thomas,
And, wben they stand against you, may they fall And thou shalt prove a shelter to thy friends ; As those that I am come to tell you of! A boop of gold, to bind thy brothers in ;
The Earl of Northumberland, and the Lord Bar* If he has attention shown him,
With a great power of English and of Scots,
Re-enter the PRINCES. Are by the sheriff of Yorkshire overthrown:
K. Hen. Where is tbe crown ? Who took it The manner and true order of the fight,
from my pillow? This packet, please it you, contains at large.
Glou. When we withdrew, my liege, we left it K. Hen. And wherefore should this good news
here. make me sick ?
K. Hen. The prince must have ta’en it hence ; Will Fortune never come with both hands full,
Go, seek him out, and chide bim bither.
Re-enter the PRINCE,
Depart the chamber, leave us here alone. That bave abundance, and enjoy it not.
[Exeunt Clarence, Prince HUMPHREY, I should rejoice now at this happy news ;
Lords, fic. And now my sight fails, and my brain is giddy :- P. Hen. I never thought to hear you speak again. O me! come near me, now I am much ill.
K. Hen. Thy wish was father, Harry, to that [Swoons.
thought: P. Humph. Comfort, your majesty!
I stay too long for thee, I weary thee. Cla.
O my royal father ! Dost thou so hunger for my empty chair, P. Humph. This apoplexy will, certain, be his That thou wilt needs invest" thee with mine end.
honours : K. Hen. I pray you, take me up, and bear me Before thy hour be ripe? O foolish youth ! hence
Thou seek'st the greatness that will overwhelm Into some other chamber; softly, pray.
Is held from falling with so weak a wind,
That it will quickly drop: my day is dim. Unless some dull and favourable hand
Thou hast stol’n that, which, after some few hours, Will whisper niusic to my weary spirit.
Were thine without offence; and, at my death, War. Call for the music in the other room.
Thon bast seald up my expectation :*
[Exeunt. Thou bid'st a thousan l daggers in thy thoughts;
Which thou bast whetted on thy stony heart, Enter PRINCE HENRY.
To stab at half an hour of my life. P.Hen. Why doth the crown lie there upon his What! canst thou not forbear me half an hour ? pillow,
Then get thee gone; and dig my grave thyself; Being so troublesome a bedfellow?
And bid the merry bells ring to thine ear,
That thou art crowned, not that I am dead.
Let all the tears that should bedew my hearse To many a watchful night !-sleep with it now!
Be drops of balm to sanctify thy head : Yet not so sound, and ball so deeply sweet,
Only compound me with forgotten dust; As he, whose brow, with homely biggin bound,
Give that, which gave thee lite, unto the worms. Snores out the watch of night.
Pluck down my officers, break my decrees;
For now a time is come to mock at form.
Harry the fifth is crown'd :-Up, vanity!
And to the English court assemble now, Did he suspire, that light and weightless down
From every region, apes of idleness ! Perforce must move.
Now, neighbour confines, purge you of your scum. My gracious lord ! my Have you a ruffian that will swear, drink, dance, father! This sleep is sound indeed; this is a sleep,
Revel the night; rob, murder, and commit
The oldest sins the newest kind of ways?
Be happy, he will trouble you no more:
England shall double gild bis treble guilt: Which nature, love, and filial tenderness,
England shall give bim otlice, honour, might: Shall, 0 dear father, pay thee plenteously:
For the fifth Harry from curb'd licence plucks My due, from thee, is this imperial crown;
The muzzle of restraint, and the wild dog Which, as immediate from thy place and blood,
Shall flesh his tooth in every innocent. Derives itself to me. Lo, here it sits,
O my poor kingdom, sick with civil blows ! [Putting it on his head.
When that my care could not withhold thy riots, Which Heaven shall guard : And put the world's
What wilt thou do when riot is thy care ? whole strength
0, thou wilt be a wilderness again, Into one giant arm, it shall not force
Peopled with wolves, thy old inhabitants ! This lineal honour from me: This from thee
P. Hen. O, pardon me, my liege! but for my Will I to mine leave, as 'tis left to me.
(Kneeling. (Exit. K. Hen. Warwick! Gloucester!
The moist impediments unto my speech,
I had forestall'd this dear and deep rebuke, • Ports means gaten.
• Confirmed my opinion.
Ere you with grief had spoke, and I had heard That ever I shall breathe. Heaven knows, my The course of it so far. There is your crown:
son, And He that wears the crown immortally, By what by-paths, and indirect crook'd ways, Long guard it yours! If I affect it more,
I met this crown; and I myself know well Than as your honour, and as your renown, How troublesome it sat upon my head : Let me no more from this obedience rise, To thee it shall descend with better quiet, (Which my most true and inward duteous spirit Better opinion, better confirmation ; Teacheth,)--this prostrate and exterior bending ! For all the soil of the achievement goes Heaven witness with me, when I here came in With me into the earth. It seem'd in me And found no course of breath within your But as an honour snatch'd with boisterous hand; majesty,
And I had many living, to upbraid How cold it struck my heart! If I do feign, My gain of it by their assistances ; 0, let me in my present wildness die ;
Which daily grew to quarrel, and to bloodshed, And never live to show th' incredulous world
Wounding supposed peace : all these bold fears, The noble change that I have purposed !
Thou seest, with peril I have answered : Coming to look on you, thinking you dead For all my reign bath been but as a scene (And dead almost, my liegę, to think you were), Acting that argument; and now my death I spake unto the crown as having sense,
Changes the mood : for wbat in me was purchas'd, * And thus upbraided it :-"The care on thee Falls upon thee in a more fairer sort; depending
So thou the garland wear’st successively. Hath fed upon the body of my father ;
Yet, though thou stand’st more sure than I could do, Therefore, thou, best of gold, art worst of gold. Thou art not firm enough, since griefs are green ; Other, less fine in carat,* is more precious, And all thy friends, which thou must make thy Preserving life in medicine potable ;t
friends, But thou, most fine, most honour'd, most renown'd, Have but their stings and teeth newly ta'en out; Hast eat thy bearer up.”—Thus, my most royal By whose fell working I was first advanc’d, liege,
And by whose power I well might lodge a fear Accusing it, I put it on my head,
To be again displac'd : which to avoid, To try with it, -as with an enemy,
I cut them off; and had a purpose now That had before my face murther'd my father,– To lead out many to the Holy Land; The quarrel of a true inheritor.
Lest rest, and lying still, might make them look But if it did infect my blood with joy,
Too near unto my state. Therefore, my Harry, Or swell my thoughts to any strain of pride; Be it thy course, to busy giddy minds If any rebel or vain spirit of mine
With foreign quarrels ; that action, hence borno Did, with the least affection of a welcome,
out, Give entertainment to the might of it,
May waste the memory of the former days. Let Heaven for ever keep it from my head, More would I, but my lungs are wasted so, And make me as the poorest vassal is,
That strength of speech is utterly denied me. That doth with awe and terror kneel to it. How I came by the crown, O Heaven forgive ! K. Hen. O my son !
And grant it may with thee in true peace live! Heaven put it in thy mind to take it hence,
P. Hen. My gracious liege,
Then plain and right must my possession be: Come hither, Harry, sit thou by my bed; Which I, with more than with a common pain, And hear, I think, the very latest counsel 'Gainst all the world will rightfully maintain.
[Exeunt. Carat means weight.
• Purchased in Shakespeare frequently means stolen | Potable means to be taken,
SCENE.— The Palace. Present the Princes and That I will deeply put the fashion on, others, with the CHIEF JUSTICE.
And wear it in my heart. Why, then, be sad :
But entertain no more of it, good brothers,
Than a joint burthen laid upon us all.
I'll be your father and your brother too; King. This new and gorgeous garment, majesty, Let me but bear your love, I'll bear your cares. Sits not so easy on me as you think.
Yet weep that Harry's dead ; and so will I; Brothers, you mix your sadness with some fear : But Harry lives, that shall convert those tears, This is the English, not the Turkish court : By number, into hours of hapiness. Not Amurath an Amurath succeeds,
P. John, fc. We hope no other from your But Harry, Harry: Yet be sad, good brothers,
majesty. For, to speak truth, it very well becomes you; King. You all look strangely on me:-and you Sorrow so royally in you appears,
(To the Chief Justice.
You are, I think, assur'd I love you not.
And, princes all, believe me, I beseech you ;Ch. Just. I am assur'd, if I be measur'd rightly, My father is gone wild into his grave, Your majesty hath no just cause to hate me. For in his tomb lie my affections ; King. No! How might a prince of my great And with his spirit sadly I survive, hope forget
To mock the expectation of the world; So great indignities you laid upon me!
To frustrate prophecies; and to raze out What! rate, rebuke, and roughly
send to prison Rotten opinion, who hath writ me down Th’immediate heir of England ! Was this easy? After my seeming. The tide of blood in me May this be wash'd in Lethe, and forgotten? Hath proudly flow'd in vanity, till now :
Ch. Just. I then did use the person of your father; Now doth it turn, and ebb back to the sea ; The image of his power lay then in me.
Where it shall mingle with the state of floods, King. You are right, justice, and you weigh And flow henceforth in formal majesty. this well;
Now call we our high court of parliament: Therefore still bear the balance and the sword : And let us choose such limbs of noble counsel, And I do wish your honours may increase, That the great body of our state may go Till you do live to see a son of mine
In equal rank with the best govern'd nation; Offend you, and obey you, as I did.
That war, or peace, or both at once, may be So shall I live to speak my father's words: As things acquainted and fainiliar to us ; Happy am I, that have a man so bold,
In which you, father, shall have foremost hand. That dares do justice to my proper son ;
[To the Lord Chief Justice. And not less happy, having such a son,
Our coronation done, we will accite, That would deliver up his greatness so
As I before remember'd, all our state : Into the hands of justice. There is my hand; And (Heaven consigning to my good intents) You shall be as a father to my youth;
No prince, nor peer, shall have just cause to say, My voice shall sound as you do prompt mine ear, Heaven shorten Harry's happy life one day, And I will stoop and humble my intents
[Exeunt. To your well-practis’d, wise directions.
KING HENRY V.
KING HENRY THE FIFTH.
} his brothers.
SIR THOMAS ERPINGHAM.
SCENE.-The Palace at Westminster. Enter the Cant. Hear him but reason in divinity,
Archbishop of CANTERBURY, and the Bishop of And, all-admiring, with an inward wish
You would desire the king were made a prelate : Cant. The breath no sooner left his father's Hear him debate of commonwealth affairs, body,
You would say,—it hath been all in all his study: But that his wildness, mortified in him,
List his discourse of war, and you shall hear Seem'd to die too: yea, at that very moment, A fearful battle render'd you in music : Consideration like an angel came,
Turn him to any cause of policy,
Familiar as his garter ; that, when he speaks, To envelop and contain celestial spirits.
The air, a charter'd libertine, is still, Never was such a sudden scholar made :
And the mute wonder lurketh in men's ears, Never came reformation in a flood,
To steal his sweet and boney'd sentences ; With such a heady currance, scouring faults ; So that the art and practic part of life Nor never Hydra-headed wilfulness
Must be the mistress to this theoric: So soon did lose his seat, and all at once, Which is a wonder, how his grace should glean it, As in this king.
Since bis addiction was to courses vain : Ely. We are blessed in the change. His companies, unlettered, rude, and shallow;