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The poor mechanic porters crowding in
withal shall make all Gallia shake.
his throne. Now are we well resolved ; and by God's help, And yours, the noble sinews of our power,France being ours, we'll bend it to our awe, Or break it all to pieces. Or there we'll sit, Ruling, in large and ample empery, O’er France, and all her almost kingly dukedoms; Or lay these bones in an unworthy urn, Twelfth Night, Act iii. Sc. 4. Johnson observes, to knead the honey is not physically true. The bees do, in fact, knead the wax more than the honey.
1 i Erecutors,” for executioners. Thus also Burton, in his Anatomy of Melancholy, p. 38, ed. 1632:
“ Tremble at an executor, and yet not feare hell-fire.” 2 « Without defeat." The quartos read, “ Without defect.” 3 “ Empery." This word, which signifies dominion, is now obsolete.
Tombless, with no remembrance over them.
freely of our acts ; or else our grave,
Enter Ambassadors of France.
Amb. May it please your majesty to give us leave
K. Hen. We are no tyrant, but a Christian king; Unto whose grace our passion is as subject, As are our wretches fettered in our prisons : Therefore, with frank and with uncurbed plainness, Tell us the dauphin's mind. Amb.
Thus, then, in few:Your highness, lately sending into France, Did claim some certain dukedoms, in the right Of your great predecessor, king Edward the Third. In answer of which claim, the prince our master Says,—that you savor too much of your youth ; And bids you be advised, there's nought in France, That can be with a nimble galliard? won; You cannot revel into dukedoms there. He therefore sends you, meeter for your spirit, This tun of treasure; and, in lieu of this, Desires you, let the dukedoms that you claim, Hear no more of you. This the dauphin speaks.
i The quartos read, “ - - with a paper epitaph.”. Either a paper or a waren epitaph is an epitaph easily destroyed; one that can confer no lasting honor on the dead. Steevens thinks that the allusion is to waren tablets, as any thing written upon them was easily effaced. Mr. Gifford says, that a waren epitaph was an epitaph affixed to the hearse or grave with wax. But the expression may be merely metaphorical, and not allusive to either. 2 A galliard was an ancient sprightly dance, as its name implies. VOL. IV.
K. Hen. What treasure, uncle ?
Tennis-balls, my liege." K. Hen. We are glad the dauphin is so pleasant
His present, and your pains, we thank you for.
6 Shall stand sore charged for the wasteful vengeance That shall fly with them; for many a thousand widows
i In the old play of King Henry V. this present consists of a gilded tun of tennis-balls, and a carpet.
2 The hazard is a place in the tennis-court, into which the ball is sometimes struck.
3 A chace at tennis is that spot where a ball falls, beyond which the adversary must strike his ball to gain a point or chace. At long tennis it is the spot where the ball leaves off rolling. We see, therefore, why the king has called himself a wrangler.
4 That is, away from this seat or throne.
5 To qualify myself for this undertaking, I have descended from my station, and studied the arts of life in a lower character.
6 “ Hath turned his balls to gun-stones.” When ordnance were first used, they discharged balls of stone.
Shall this his mock mock out of their dear husbands;
the dauphin, I am coming on,
[Exeunt Ambassadors. Exe. This was a merry message. K. Hen. We hope to make the sender blush at it.
[Descends from his throne. Therefore, my lords, omit no happy hour, That may give furtherance to our expedition ; For we have now no thought in us but France, Save those to God, that run before our business. Therefore, let our proportions for these wars Be soon collected, and all things thought upon, That may, with reasonable swiftness, add More feathers to our wings; for, God before, We'll chide this dauphin at his father's door. Therefore, let every man now task his thought, That this fair action may on foot be brought. [Exeunt.
Cho. Now all the youth of England are on fire,
Reigns solely in the breast of every man.
1 In ancient representations of trophies, &c. it is common to see swords encircled with crowns. Shakspeare's image is supposed to be taken from a wood cut in the first edition of Holinshed.
2 " Richard earl of Cambridge” was Richard de Conisbury, younger son of Edmund Langley, duke of York. He was father of Richard duke of York, and gra father of Edward the Fourth.
3."Henry lord Scroop” was a third husband of Joan duchess of York, mother-in-law of Richard earl of Cambridge. 4 The old copy reads :
“ Linger your patience on, and we'll digest
The abuse of distance; force a play." The alteration was made by Pope.