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Small was his house, and, like a little cage,
For his owne turne; yet inly neat and cleane,
Deckt with greene boughes and flowers gay beseene :
Therein he them full faire did entertaine
Not with such forged showes as fitter beene
For courting fooles that curtesies would faine,
But with entire affection, and appearaunce plaine.
AND is there care in Heaven ? And is there love
In heavenly spirits to these creatures bace,
That may compassion of their evils move ?
There is :-else much more wretched were the cace
Of men than beasts. But O! th' exceeding grace
Of highest God, that loves his creatures so,
And all his workes with mercy doth embrace,
That blessed angels he sends to and fro,
To serve to wicked man, to serve his wicked foe!
How oft do they their silver bowers leave,
To come to succour us that succour want!
How oft do they with golden pinions cleave
The flitting skyes, like flying pursuivant,
Against fowle feendes to ayd us militant !
They for us fight, they watch and dewly ward,
And their bright squadrons round about us plant;
And all for love, and nothing for reward :
O, why should heavenly God to men have such regard !
The English Camp at Agincourt. Enter Chorus. Now entertain conjecture of a time, When creeping murmur, and the poring dark, Fills the wide vessel of the universe. From camp to camp, through the foul womb of night, The hum of either army stilly sounds, That the fix'd sentinels almost receive The secret whispers of each other's watch : Fire answers fire; and through their paly flames Each battle sees the other's umber'd face : Steed threatens steed, in high and boastful neighs, Piercing the night's dull ear: and from the tents, The armourers, accomplishing the knights, With busy hammers closing rivets up, Give dreadful note of preparation. The country cocks do crow; the clocks do toll, And the third hour of drowsy morning name. Proud of their numbers, and secure in soul, The confident and over-lusty French Do the low-rated English playa at dice; And chide the cripple, tardy-gaited night, Who, like a foul and ugly witch, doth limp So tediously away. The poor, condemned English, Like sacrifices, by their watchful fires Sit patiently, and inly ruminate The morning's danger; and their gesture sad, Investing lank-lean cheeks, and war-worn coats, Presented them unto the gazing moon So many horrid ghosts. Who now beholds
• i. e. Play them away, play for them as prisoners.
The royal captain of this ruined band,
Walking from watch to watch, from tent to tent,
Let him cry-Praise and glory on his head !
For forth he goes, and visits all his host;
Bids them good-morrow, with a modest smile,
And calls them-brothers, friends, and countrymen.
Upon his royal face there is no note,
How dread an army hath enrounded him;
Nor doth he dedicate one jot of colour
Unto the weary and all-watched night;
But freshly looks, and over-bears attaint,
With cheerful semblance, and sweet majesty;
That every wretch, pining and pale before,
Beholding him, plucks comfort from his looks :
A largess universal, like the sun,
His liberal eye doth give to every one,
Thawing cold fear.
Westmoreland. O that we now had here
But one ten thousand of those men in England,
That do no work to-day !
K. Henry. What's he, that wishes so?
My cousin Westmoreland !—No, my fair cousin :
If we are marked to die, we are enough
To do our country's loss; and if to live,
The fewer men, the greater share of honour.
I pray thee, wish not one man more.
By Jove! I am not covetous of gold;
Nor care I who doth feed upon my cost;
It yearns me not, if men my garments wear;
Such outward things dwell not in my desires :
But, if it be a sin to covet honour,
I am the most offending soul alive.
No, 'faith, my coz, wish not a man from England;
I would not lose so great an honour,
As one man more, methinks, would share from me,
For the best hope I have. O, do not wish one more:
Rather proclaim it, Westmoreland, through my host,
That he who hath no stomach to this fight,
Let him depart; his passport shall be made,
And crowns for convoy put into his purse :
We would not die in that man's company,
That fears his fellowship to die with us.
This day is called—the feast of Crispian :
He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
Will stand a-tip-toe when this day is named,
And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
He that shall live this day, and see old age,
Will yearly, on the vigil, feast his friends,
And say—To-morrow is saint Crispian:
Then will be strip his sleeve, and shew his scars.
Old men forget : yet all shall be forgot,
But they'll remember, with advantages,
What feats they did that day. Then shall our names,
Familiar in their mouths as household words
Harry the king, Bedford, and Exeter,
Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloster-
Be in their flowing cups freshly remembered :
This story shall the good man teach his son ;
And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered ;
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me,
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition :
in England, now a-bed,
Shall think themselves accursed, they were not here;
And hold their manhoods cheap, while any speaks,
That fought with us upon saint Crispin’s day.
HENRY VIII., ACT III., SCENE 6.
So farewell to the little good ye bear me.
Farewell, a long farewell
, to all my greatness !
This is the state of man ; To-day he puts forth
The tender leaves of hope, to-morrow blossoms,
And bears his blushing honours thick upon
The third day comes a frost, a killing frost;
And, when he thinks, good easy man, full surely
His greatness is a-ripening, nips his root,
And then he falls, as I do. I have ventured,
Like little wanton boys that swim on bladders,
These many summers in a sea of glory;
But far beyond my depth : my high-blown pride
At length broke under me; and now has left me,
Weary and old with service, to the mercy
Of a rude stream, that must for ever hide me.
Vain pomp and glory of this world! I hate ye!
I feel my heart new opened. O, how wretched
Is that poor man, that hangs on princes' favours !
There is, betwixt that smile we would aspire to,
That sweet aspect of princes, and our ruin,
More pangs and fears than wars or women have;
And when he falls, he falls like Lucifer-
Never to hope again.
ACT III., SCENE 6. Rome—the Forum-a throng of citizens—Antony ana
others with Cæsar's body. 2 Pleb. Peace ! let us hear what Antony can say. Ant. You, gentle RomansAll. Peace, oh ! let us hear him.