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IMMORTAL SHAKSPEARE ROSE;
HARVARD COLLEGE LIC3ARY
FROM THE LIBRARY OF
JUL 12 1933
T. GILLET, Wild Court, and J. BRETTELL, Marshall Street, Printers.
KING HENRY V.
PERSONS RE PRESENTE D.
Xing Henry the Fifth.
NYM, BARDOLPH,PISTOL,Boy, formerlyServants Duke of Gloster, Brothers to the King.
to Falstaff, now Soldiers in the King's army. Duke of BEDFORD,
BATES, COURT, WILLIAMS, Soldiers. Duke of YORK,
CHARLES, the Sixth, of France. Duke of EXETER, } Uncles to the King.
The Dauphin. Earl of SALISBURY.
Duke of BURGUNDY. Earl of WESTMORELAND.
CONSTABLE, ORLEANS, RAMBURES, BOURBON, Earl of WARWICK.
GRANDPREE, French Lords. Archbishop of CANTERBURY.
Governor of HARFLEUR. Bishop of Ely.
MONTJOY, a Herald.
Ambassadors to the King of England.
the King. Sir THOMAS Grey,
Isabel, Queen of France. Sir THOMAS ERPINGHAM, GOWER, FLUELLIN, KATHARINE, Dúughter to the King of France.
MACKMORRIS, JAMY, Officers in King Hen- Alice, a Lady attending on the Princess Kathaty's army.
QUICKLY, Pistols Wife, an Hostess. [rine.
Chorus, Lords, Messengers, French and English Soldiers, with other Attendants. The SCENE, at the Beginning of the Play, lies in England; but afterwards, wholly in France.
On your imaginary forces' work: ? The brightest heaven of invention! Suppose, within the girdle of these walls A kingdom for a stage, princes to act,
Are now confin'd two mighty monarchies, And monarchs to behold the swelling scene! Whose high upreared and abutting fronts Then should the warlike Harry, like himself, 5 The perilous narrow ocean parts asunder. Assume the port of Mars; and, at his heels, Piece out our imperfections with your thoughts; Leash'd in like hods, should famine, sword, and Into a thousand parts divide one man, fire,
(all, And make imaginary puissance: Crouch for employment. But pardon, gentles Think, when we talk of horses, that you see them The flat unraised spirit, that hath dar'd, 10 Printing their proud hoofs i’ the receiving earth: On this unworthy scatfold, to bring forth
For 'tis your thoughts that now must deck our So great an object : Can this cockpit hold The rasty field of France? or may we cram, Carry them here and there; jumping o'er times; Within this wooden O’, the very casques* Turning the accomplishment of many years That did affright the air at Agincourt! 15 Into an hour-glass; For the which supply, 0, pardon! since a crooked figure may
Admit me chorus to this history; Attest, in little place, a million ;
Who, prologue-like, your humble patience pray, And let us, cyphers to this great accompt,
Gently to hear, kindly to judge, our play. * The transactions comprised in this historical play commence about the latter end of the first, and terminate in the eighth year of this king's reign; when he married Katharine princess of France, and closed up the differences betwixt England and that crown. It was writ (as appears from a passage in the chorus of the fifth act) at the time of the earl of Essex's commanding the forces in Ireland in the reign of queen Elizabeth, and not 'till after Henry the VIth had been played, as may be seen by the conclusion of this play. This goes upon the notion of the Peripatetic system, which imagines several heavens one above another; the last and highest of which was one of fire. 'i. e. this wooden circle. • The helmets. i. e. your powers of fancy. • Perilous narrow, in burlesque and common language, meant no more than cery narrow. In old books this mode of expression occurs perpetually;