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The L I FE of
King HENRY V. (2)
A C T I.
SCENE, An Antechamber in the Eng
lish Court, at Kenilworth.
Enter the Arch-Bishop of Canterbury, and Bishop of
Arch-Bishop of CAN T E R BUR Y.
But that the scambling and unquiet time Did push it out of farther question.
Ely. But how, my lord, shall we resist it now?
(2) The Life of K. Henry] The Transactions, compriz'd in this Hiftorical Play, commence about the latter end of the first, and terminate in the 8th Year of this King's Reign; when he married Catharine Princess of France, and closed up the Differences betwixt England and that Crown.
Cant. It must be thought on : if it pass against us,
Ely. This would drink deep.
Cant. The courses of his youth promis'd it not ;
Ely. We're blessed in the change.
Cant. Hear him but reason in divinity,
Turn him to any cause of policy,
Ely. The Strawberry grows underneath the nettle,
Cant. It must be so ; for miracles are ceas'd :
Ely. But, my good lord,
(3) So that the Art and practic part of Life] All the Editions, if I am not deceiv'd, are guilty of a slight corruption in this Passage. The Archbishop has been tewing, what a Mafter the King was in the Theory of Divinity, War, and Policy: fo that it must be expected (as I conceive, he would infer ;) that the King should now wed that Theory to Action, and the putting the several parts of his Knowledge into practice. If this be our Author's Meaning, I think, we can hardly doubt but he wrote,
So that the Act, and practic &c. Thus we have a Consonance in the Terms and Sense. For Theory is the Art, and Study of the Rules of any Science ; and Action, the Exemplification of those Rules by Proof and Experiment.
Cant. He seems indifferent ;
Cant. With good acceptance of his Majesty:
Ely. What was ch’impediment, that broke this off ?
Cant. The French ambassador upon that instant Crav'd audience ; and the hour, I think, is come To give him hearing. Is it four o'clock?
Ely. It is
Cant. Then go we in to know his embassie:
SCENE opens to the Presence.
Enter King Henry, Gloucester, Bedford, Clarence,
Warwick, Westmorland, and Exeter. K. Henry..
HERE is my gracious lord of Canter
K. Henry. Not yet, my cousin; we would be resolv'd, Before we hear him, of some things of weight, That task our thoughts, concerning us and France. Enter the Archbishop of Canterbury, and Bishop of Ely.
Cant. God and his angels guard your facred throne, And make you long become it!
K. Henry. Sure, we thank you. My learned lord, we pray you to proceed; And juftly and religiously unfold, Why the law Salike, that they have in France, Or should, or should not, bar us in our claim. And, God forbid, my dear and faithful lord, That you should fashion, wrest, or bow your reading; Or nicely charge your understanding soul With opening titles miscreate, whose right Sutes not in native colours with the truth. For, God doth know, how many now in health Shall drop their blood, in approbation Of what your reverence shall incite us to. Therefore take heed, how you impawn our person ; How you awake our sleeping sword of war : We charge you in the name of God, take heed. For never two such kingdoms did contend Without much fall of blond; whose guiltless drops Are every one a woe, a sore complaint, 'Gainst him, whose wrong gives edge unto the swords, That make such waste in brief mortality. Under this conjuration, speak, my lord ; For we will hear, note, and believe in heart, That what you speak is in your conscience washt,
, As pure as sin with baptism.
Cant. Then hear me, gracious Soveraign, and you Peers, That owe your lives, your faith, and services, To this imperial throne. There is no bar To make against your Highness' claim to France, But this which they produce froin Pharamond ; In terram Salicam Mulieres nè succedant; No woman shall succeed in Salike land : Whịch Salike land the French unjustly gloze