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HENRY V.-First dress: white satin shirt and black velret cloak, trimmed with gold spangles and ermine; white hose ; black velvet hat, with coronet round it, and white feathers ; russet shoes. Second dress: complete suit of armour ; black velvet shirt; and hat as before.

GLOSTER.—Complete suit of armour-a mail, shirt, and helmet. BEDFORD.-Green spangled shape, puffed with yellow silk; white hose ; black hat and feathers ; and rnsset boots.

EXETER.-Black spangled shape, puffed with scarlet silk; white hose ; black hat and feathers ; and russet boots.

WESTMORELAND.-Black velvet spangled shape, puffed with yellow satin; steel-bar breast-plate ; white hose ; red car, with black feathers ; russet boots.

CANTERBURY.-Full clerical dress.

CAMBRIDGE.-Black velvet spangled shape; white hose ; russet boots ; black hat, and white feathers. SCROOP.-Fawn-coloured ditto. GREY.-Black velvet, slashed with yellow satin ditto. ERPINGHAM.-Black velvet shape, bugled ; black hose and black hat and feathers.

GOWER.-Red chape, ornamented with buttons, and puffed with yellow satin ; white hose; russet boots ; red hat, and black feathers.

FLUELLÉN.-Blue tabbed jacket and trunks, puffed and trim. med with red ; hat to match ; red hose ; and russet boots.

WILLIAMS.-Red shape, with blue tabs ; red hose; breast-. plate and helmet.

BATES.-Ibid. NYM.-Chintz-patterned cloth shape and hat, trimmed with black ; red hose ; and russet boots.

BARDOLPH - Black shape, ornamented with black buttons, and puffed with red; hat to match; scarlet hose ; and large russet boots.

PISTOL.-Buff leather shape, ornamented with black buttons and puffed with scarlet ; large scarlet hat, with various-coloured feathers ; scarlet hose ; and large russet boots.

Second dress: Breast-plate and helmet, added to the above.

BOY.-Yellow jacket, red trunks, and cloak; russet boots; and black hat.

CHARLES VI.-Black velvet shirt and robe, trimmed with gold spangles ; ermine tippet; coronet; white hose ; and russet shoes.

DAUPHIN.-Morone-coloured tunic, spangled ; white hose ; rus. set boots; and black hat, with white feathers. Second dress : Breast-plate.

BURGUNDY.-Green shirt and robe, ornamented with spangles and white fur ; white hose; russet shoes ; and bat to match.

CONSTABLE of FRANCE.-Green spangled tunic; criinson silk scarf ; white hose;. russet boots ; black hat, and white feathers.

BOURBON.-Blue spangled shape ditto.

MONTJOY.-Red tunic; tabard; white hose; black hat ; white feathers ; and russet boots.

ISABÉL.-White satin dress; scarlet velvet robe, and drapery, richly ornamented with gold ; plume of white feathers.

KATHARINE.-Pink satin train dress, ornamented with white beads and silver.

DAME QUICKLY-Black gown; blue petticoat; old English bat to match ; and point-lace cap and apron.



SCENE I.- An Antechamber in the English Court. Enter the ARCHBISHOP of CANTERBURY, and the

Bishop of Ely. Can. My lord, I'll tell you.-That self bill is urged, Which, in the eleventh year o' the last king's reign, Was like, and had indeed against us pass’d, But that the scambling and unquiet time Did push it out of further question.

Ely. But how, my lord, shall we resist it now?

Can. It must be thought on : if it pass against us,
We lose the better half of our possession;
For all the temporal lands, which men devout
By testament have given to the church,
Would they strip from us.

Ely. But what prevention ?
Can. The king is full of grace, and fair regard.
Ely. And a true lover of the holy church.

Can. The courses of his youth promised it not.
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
And whipp'd the offending Adam out of him;
Leaving his body as a paradise,
To envelope and contain celestial spirits.
Never was such a sudden scholar made:
Never came reformation in a flood,
With such a heady current, scouring faults ;
Nor never Hydra-headed wilfulness
So soon did lose his seat, and all at once,
As in this king.

Ely. We're blessed in the change.

Can. Hear him but reason in divinity, And, all admiring, with an inward wish You would desire the king were made a prelate : Hear him debate of commonwealth affairs, You would say, --it has been all-in-all his study : List his discourse of war, and you shall hear A fearful battle render'd you in music : 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 honied sentences ; So that the art, and practic part of life, Must be the mistress to this theoric: 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 ; And never noted in him any study, Any retirement, any sequestration From open haunts, and popularity.

Ely. The strawberry grows underneath the nettle,
And wholesome berries thrive, and ripen best,
Neighbour'd by fruit of baser quality :
And so the prince obscured his contemplation
Under the veil of wildness ; which, no doubt,
Grew like the summer grass, fastest by night,
Unseen, yet crescive in his faculty.-
But, my good lord,
How now for mitigation of this bill,
Urged by the commons ? Doth his majesty
Incline to it, or no?

Can. He is rather swaying more upon our part
Than cherishing the exhibitors against us:
For I have made an offer to his majesty, -
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 received, my lord ?

Can. With good acceptance of his majesty ; Save, that there was not time enough to hear (As, I perceived, his grace would fain have done,) The severals, and unhidden passages, Of his true titles to some certain dukedoms,

And, generally, to the crown of France,
Derived from Edward, his great grandfather.

Ely. What was the impediment that broke this off!

Can. The French embassador, upon that instant,
Craved audience : and the hour, I think, is come,
To give him hearing : Is it four o'clock ?

Ely. It is.
Can. Then go we in, to know his embassy.
Ely. I'll wait upon you; and I long to hear it.

[Exeunt, R.

SCENE II. - The Audience Chamber. Flourish of

drums and trumpets. KING HENRY discovered on his throne.

GLOSTER, BEDFORD, Exeter, WESTMORELAND, CAMBRIDGE, SCROOP, GREY, HERALDS, &c. attending, K. Hen. Where is my gracious lord of Canterbury? Bed. Not here in presence. K. Hen. Send for him, good brother.

[Exit a HERALD, R. West. Shall we call in the embassador, my liege?

K. Hen. Not yet, my cousin: we would be resolved, Before we hear him, of some things of weight, That task our thoughts, concerning us and France. Enler HERALD, with the ARCHBISHOP of CanTERBURY

and the BISHOP of ELY, R. Can. Heav'n 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 ; And justly, and religiously unfold, Why the law Salique, that they have in France, Or should, or should not, bar us in our claim. And heav'n forbid, my dear and faithful lord, That you should fashion, rest, 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 Heaven doth know, how many, now in health, Shall drop their blood in approbation Of what your reverence shall incite to us : Therefore take heed how you impawn our person, How you awake the sleeping sword of war;

We charge you, in the name of Heaven, take heed. Under this conjuration, speak, my lord.

Can. Then hear me, gracious sovereign :-
There is no bar
To make against your highness' claim to France,
But this, which they produce from Pharamond;
“No woman shall succeed in Salique land:"
Which Salique land the French unjustly gloze
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 lies in Germany,
Between the floods of Sala and of Elbe :
Nor did the French possess the Salique land
Until four hundred one and twenty years
After defunction of king Pharamond,
Idly supposed the founder of this law :
Besides, their writers say,
King Pepin, who deposed Childerick,
Did hold in right and title of the female :
So do the kings of France unto this day:
Howbeit they would hold up this Salique law,
To bar your highness claiming from the female.
K. Hen. May I, with right and conscience, make

this claim ?
Can. The sin upon my head, dread sovereign!
For in the book of Numbers it is writ,-
When the son dies, let the inheritance
Descend unto the daughter.

Exe. Gracious lord,
Stand for your own; unwind your bloody flag ;
Look back unto your mighty ancestors :
Go, my dread lord, to your great grandsire's tomb,
From whom you claim; invoke his warlike spirit,
And your great uncle's, Edward the Black Prince:
Who on the French ground play'd a tragedy,
Making defeat on the full power of France ;
While his most mighty father on a hill
Stood smiling, to behold his lion whelp
Forage in blood of French nobility.

Glost. (R.) O noble English, that could entertain,
With hali their forces, the full pride of France,
And let another half stand laughing by,
All out of work, and cold for action !

West. (L.) Awake remembrance of these valiant dead, And with vour puissant arm renew their feats,

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