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And, to relief of lazars and weak age,
Ely. This would drink deep.
'Twould drink the cup and all.
Cant. The courses of his youth promis'd it not. 24 The breath no sooner left his father's body But that his wildness, mortified in him, Seem'd to die too; yea, at that very moment, Consideration like an angel came,
We are blessed in the change.
15 lazars: beggars (especially lepers)
26 mortified: subdued 28 Consideration: reflection 34 heady currance: headlong current 35 Hydra-headed: many-headed; cf. n.
36 his: its 43 List: listen to
A fearful battle render'd you in music:
44 Turn him to any cause of policy, The Gordian knot of it he will unloose, Familiar as his garter; that, when he speaks, The air, a charter'd libertine, is still, And the mute wonder lurketh in men's ears, To steal his sweet and honey'd sentences; So that the art and practic part of life Must be the mistress to this theoric:
52 Which is a wonder how his Grace should glean it, Since his addiction was to courses vain; His companies unletter'd, rude, and shallow; His hours fill'd up with riots, banquets, sports; 56 And never noted in him any study, Any retirement, any sequestration From open haunts and popularity.
Ely. The strawberry grows underneath the nettle,
Cant. It must be so; for miracles are ceas’d;
But, my good lord, 69
46 Gordian knot; cf. n. 47 that: so that
48 charter'd: privileged 51 art; cf. n. practic: practical
52 theoric: theory 55 companies: companions 57 never noted: there was never noted 58 sequestration: withdrawal
59 popularity: low company 63 contemplation: thoughtful nature 66 crescive in his faculty: increasing by its own power
76 And in regard of causes now in hand, Which I have open'd to his Grace at large, As touching France, to give a greater sum Than ever at one time the clergy yet Did to his predecessors part withal.
Ely. How did this offer seem receiv'd, my lord?
Cant. With good acceptance of his majesty;
Ely. What was the impediment that broke this off?
Cant. The French ambassador upon that instant Cray'd audience; and the hour I think is come To give him hearing: is it four o'clock?
93 Ely. It is.
Cant. Then go we in to know his embassy;
73 upon our part: to our side
81 withal: with 86 severals: details
passages: lines of succession 89 Edward; cf. n.
95 embassy: message 4, 5 resoly'd of: satisfied about
[The Presence Chamber]
Enter the King, Humphrey [Duke of Gloucester),
Bedford, Clarence, Warwick, Westmoreland, and
Exeter [with Attendants). K. Hen. Where is my gracious lord of Canterbury? Exe. Not here in presence. K. Hen.
Send for him, good uncle. West. Shall we call in the ambassador, my liege? K. Hen. Not yet, my cousin: we would be re
solv'd, Before we hear him, of some things of weight That task our thoughts, concerning us and France.
Enter [the] two Bishops. Cant. God and his angels guard your sacred throne, And make you long become it! K. Hen.
Sure, we thank you. My learned lord, we pray you to proceed,
9 And justly and religiously unfold Why the law Salique that they have in France Or should, or sould 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 Suits not in native colours with the truth; For God doth know how many now in health Shall drop their blood in approbation 4 cousin: title of courtesy, used by the sovereign in addressing, a
11 law Salique: Salic law; cf. n. 12 Or: either 14 wrest: pervert
15 nicely: sophistically charge: burden 16 opening: disclosing miscreate: dishonestly invented 19 approbation: proof
6 task: trouble
nobleman 8 become: grace
Of what your reverence shall incite us to.
20 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 blood; whose guiltless drops Are every one a woe, a sore complaint, Gainst him whose wrongs give edge unto the swords That make such waste in brief mortality.
28 Under this conjuration speak, my lord, For we will hear, note, and believe in heart, That what you speak is in your conscience wash'd As pure as sin with baptism.
32 Cant. Then hear me, gracious sovereign, and you
peers, That owe yourselves, your lives, and services To this imperial throne. There is no bar To make against your highness' claim to France 36 But this, which they produce from Pharamond, In terram Salicam mulieres ne succedant, ‘No woman shall succeed in Salique land': Which Salique land the French unjustly gloze 40 To be the realm of France, and Pharamond The founder of this law and female bar. Yet their own authors faithfully affirm That the land Salique is in Germany, Between the floods of Sala and of Elbe; Where Charles the Great, having subdu'd the Saxons, There left behind and settled certain French; Who, holding in disdain the German women For some dishonest manners of their life,
21 impawn: pledge
28 mortality: human life 37 Pharamond: legendary Frankish king
40 gloze: interpret 45 floods: rivers
46 Charles the Great: Charlemagne 49 dishonest: unchaste