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woman. P'faith, Kate, my wooing is fit for thy un- || shall never more thee in French, unless it be to derstanding : I am glad, thou canst speak no bet- laugh at me. ter English ; for, if thou couldst, thou wouldst find Kath. Sauf vostre honneur, le François que vous me such a plain king, that thou wouldst think, 1 parlez, est meilleur, que l'Anglois lequel je parle. had sold my farm to buy my crown.

I know no K. Hen. No, 'faith, 'tis not, Kate; but thy speak. ways to mince it in love, but directly to say—I loveing of my tongue, and I thine, most truly falsely, you : then, if you urge me further than to say- | must needs be granted to be much at one. But, Do

you in faith? I wear out my suit. Give it Kale, dost thou understand thus much English? your answer; i'faith, do; and so clap hands and a Canst thou love me? bargain : How say you, lady?

Kath. I cannot tell. Kath. Sauf vostre honneur, me understand well. K. Hen. Can any of your neighbours tell, Kate?

K. Hen. Marry, if you would put me to verses, || I'll ask them. Come, I know, thou lovest me: and or to dance for your sake, Kate, why you undid me : at night when you come into your closet, you'll for the one, I have neither words nor measure ; and question this gentlewoman about me ; and I know, for the other, I have no strength in measure, yet a Kate, you will, to her, dispraise those parts in me, reasonable measure in strength. If I could win a that you love with your heart : bul, good Kate, mock lady at leap-frog, or by vaulting into my saddleme mercifully ; the rather, gentle princess, because with my armour on my back, under the correction I love thee cruelly. If ever thou be’st mine, Kate, of bragging be it spoken, I should quickly leap into| (as I have a saving faith within me, tells me,-thou a wife. Or, if I might buffet for my love, or bound shall, I get thee with scambling, and thou must my horse for her favours, I could lay on like a therefore needs prove a good soldier-breeder: Shall butcher, and sit like a jack-an-apes, never off: but, not thou and I, between Saint Dennis and Saint before God, I cannot look greenly, nor gasp out George, compound a boy, half French, half English, my eloquence, nor I have no cunning in protesta. Ithat shall go to Constantinople, and take the Turk tion; only downright oaths, which I never use till by the beard? shall we not ?' what sayest thou, urged, nor never break for urging. If thou canst | Rower-de-luce? love a fellow of this temper, Kate, whose face is not Kath. I do not know dat. worth sun-burning, that never looks in his glass for K. Hen. No; 'tis hereafter to know, but now to love of any thing he sees there, let thine eye be thy I promise: do but now promise, Kate, you will endeacook. I speak to thee plain soldier: If thou canstvour for your French part of such a boy; and, for love me for this, take me: if not, to say to thee—hat my English moiety, take the word of a king, and a I shall die, is true; but—for thy love, by the Lord, bachelor. How answer you, la plus belle Kathano; yet I love thee too. And while thou livest, dearrine du monde, mon tres chere et divine decsse ? Kate, take a fellow of plain and uncoined con- Kath. Your majesté 'ase fausse French enough stancy; for he perforce must do thee right, because to deceive the most sage demoiselle dat is en France. he hath not the gift to woo in other places; for these K. Hen. Now, fie upon my false French! By mine fellows of infinite tongue, that can rhyme themselves honour, in true English, I love thee, Kate : by into ladies' favours,—they do always reason them. I which honour I dare not swear, thou lovest me; yet selves out again. What! a speaker is but a prater; my blood begins to flatter me that thou dost, nota rhyme is but a ballad. A good leg will fall ;4 a withstanding the poor and untempering effect of my straight back will stoop; a black beard will turn | visage 5 Now beshrew my father's ambition ! he white; a curled pate will grow bald; a fair face was thinking of civil wars when he got me; therewill wither; a full eye will wax hollow; but a good fore was I created with a stubborn outside, with an heart, Kate, is the sun and moon; or, rather, the aspect of iron, that, when I come to woo ladies, I sun, and not the moon; for it shines bright, and fright them. But, in faith, Kate, the elder I wax, never changes, but keeps his course truly. If thou the better I shall appear: my comfort is, that old would have such a one, take me : And take me, age, that ill-layer up of beauty, can do no more take a soldier; take a so'dier, take a king : And spoil upon my face : thou hast me, if thou hast me, what sayest thou then to my love? speak, my fair, at the worst; and thou shalt wear me, if thou wear and fairly, I pray thee.

me, better and better; And therefore tell me, most Kath. Is it possible dat I should love de enemy || fair Katharine, will you have me? Put off your of France ?

maiden blushes; avouch the thoughts of your heart K. Hen. No; it is not possible, you should love with the looks of an empress ; take me by the hand, the enemy of France, Kate : but, in loving me, you and say-Harry of England, I am thine : which should love the friend of France; for I love France word thou shall no sooner bless mine ear, withal, so well, that I will not part with a village of it; 1 but I will tell thee aloud-England is thine, Irewill have it all mine : and, Kate, when France island is thine, France is thine, and Henry Plantage. mine, and I am yours, then yours is France, and net is thine ; who, though I speak it before his face, you are mine.

if he be not fellow with the best king, thou shalt Kath. I cannot tell vat is dat.

find the best king of good fellows. Come, your K. Hen. No, Kate? I will tell thee in French : answer in broken music; for the voice is music, which, I am sure, will hang upon my tongue like and thy English broken : therefore, queen of all, a new-married wife about her husband's neck. Katharine, break thy mind to me in broken English, hardly to be shook off. Quand j'ay la possession Wilt thou have me? de France, et quand vous avez la possession de Kath. Dat is, as it shall please de roy mon pere moi, (let me see, what then? Saint Dennis be my K Hen. Nav, it will please him well, Kale; it speed !)-donc vostre est France, et vous este: shall please him, Kate. mienne. It is as easy for me, Kate, to conquer the Kath. Den it shall also content me. kingdom, as to speak so much more French: 1 K Hen. Upon that I will kiss your hand, and I

call you--my queen. (1) In dancing (2) i. e. Like a young lover, awkwardly. (4) Fall away. (3) He means, resembling a plain piece of metal, (5) i. e. Though my face has no power to soften which has not yet received any impression

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Kath. Laissez, mon seigneur, laissez, laissez : maja fair French city, for one fair French maid that foy, je ne veux point que vous abbaissez vostre stands in my way. grandeur, en baisant la main d'une vostre indigne Fr. King. Yes, my lord, you see them perspecserviteure'; excusez moy, je vous supplie, mon tres tively, the cities turned into a maid; for they are puissant seigneur.

all girdled with maiden walls, that war hath never K. Hen. Then I will kiss your lips, Kate. entered.

Kath. Les dames, et damoiselles, pour estre K. Hen. Shall Kate be my wife? baisées devant leur nopces, il n'est pas le coûtume Fr. King. So please you. de France.

K. Hen. I am content ; so the maiden cities you K. Hen Madam, my interpreter, what says she? || talk of, may wait on her : so the maid, that stood Alice. Dat it is not be de fashion pour les ladies in the way of my wish, shall show me the way to of France,-I cannot tell what is baiser, en English. || my will. K Hen. To kiss.

Fr. King. We have consented to all terms of Alice. Your majesty entendre bettre que moy.

K. Hen. It is not the fashion for the maids in K. Hen. Is't so, my lords of England? France to kiss before they are married, would she West. The king hath granted every article: say?

His daughter, first; and then, in sequel, all, Alice. Ony, vrayment.

According to their firm proposed tatures. K. Hen. O, Kate, nice customs curt'sy to great Ere. Only, he hath not yet subscribed this :kings. Dear Kate, you and I cannot be confined || Where your majesty demands. — That the king of within the weak list of a country's fashion: we are France, having any occasion to write for matter of the makers of manners, Kate; and the liberty that grant, shall name your highness in this form, and follows our places, stops the mouths of all find with this addition, in French, Notre tres cher faults; as I will do yours, for upholding the nice || filz Henry roy d'Angleterre heretier de France ; fashion of your country, in denying me a kiss and thus in Latin,-Præclarissimus filius noster therefore, patiently, and yielding: (Kissing her.) || Henricus, rer Angliæ et hæres Franciæ. You have witchcraft in your lips, Kate : there is Fr. King. Nor this I have not, brother, so denied: more eloquence in a sugar touch of them, than in But your request sball make me let it pass. the tongues of the French council; and they should K. Hen. I pray you then, in love and dear sooner persuade Harry of England, than a general

alliance, petition of monarchs. Here comes your father. Let that one article rank with the rest : Enter the French King and Queen, Burgundy, || And, thereupon, give me your daughter.

Fr. King Take her, fair son; and from her Bedford, Gloster, Exeter, Westmoreland, and

blood raise up other French and English Lords.

Issue to me: that the contending kingdoms Bur. God save your majesty! my royal cousin, Of France and England, whose very shores look teach you our princess English?

pale K. Hen. I would have her learn, my fair

cousin, | With envy of each other's happiness, how perfectly I love her; and that is good English. May cease their hatred, and this dear conjunction Bür. Is she not apt?

Plant neighbourhood and christian-like accord K. Hen. Our tongue is rough, coz ; and my con- In their sweet bosoms, that never war advance dition is not smooth : so that, having neither the His bleeding sword 'twixt England and fair France. voice nor the heart of Mattery about me, I cannot All. Amen! so conjure up the spirit of love in her, that he will K. Hen. Now welcome, Kate and bear me appear in his true likeness.

witness all, Bur. Pardon the frankness of my mirth, if I an- | That here I kiss her as my sovereign queen. swer you for that. If you would conjure in her,

(Flourish. you must make a circle : if conjure up love in her, Isa. God, the best maker of all marriages, in his true likeness, he must appear naked, and Combine your hearts in one, your realms in one! blind : Can you blame her then, being a maid yet As man and wife, being two, are one in love, rosed over with the virgin crimson of modesty, if || So be there 'twixt your kingdoms such a spousal, she deny the appearance of a naked blind boy in That never may ill office, or fell jealousy, her naked seeing self? It were, my lord, a hard || Which troubles oft the bed

blessed marriage, condition for a maid to consign to.

Thrust in between the paction of these kingdoms, K. Hen. Yet they do wink, and yield; as love to make divorce of their incorporate league; is blind, and enforces.

That English may as French, French Englishmen, Bur. They are then excused, my lord, when they Receive each other!–God speak this Amen! see not what they do.

AU. Amen! K. Hen Then, good my lord, teach your cousin K. Hen. Prepare we for our marriage :-on to consent to winking.

which day, Bur. I will wink on her to consent, my lord, if My lord of Burgundy, we'll take your oath, you will teach her to know my meaning: for maid-, || And all the peers', for surety of our leagues. well summered and warm kept, are like flies at Bar. Then shall I swear to Kate, and you to me; tholomew-tide, blind, though they have their eyes : And may our oaths well kept and prosp'rous be! and then they will endure handling, which before

(Exeunt. would not abide looking on. K. Hen. This moral3 ties the over to time, and a

Enter Chorus. hot summer; and so I will catch the fly, your|| Thus far, with rough, and all unable pen, cousin, in the latter end, and she must be blind too. Our bending4 author hath pursu'd the story;

Bur. As love is, my lord, before it loves. In little room confiping mighty men,

K. Hen. It is so: and you may, some of you, Mangling by starts the full course of their glory. thank love for my blindness; who cannot see many

(3) Application. (1) Slight barrier. (2) Temper. (4) i. e. Unequal to the weight of the subject.

Small time, but, in that small, most greatly liv'd, is well supported, except in his courtship, where

This star of England : fortune made his sword; | he has neither the vivacity of Hal, nor the grandeur By which the world's best garden' he achiev'd, of Henry. The bumour of Pistol is very happily And of it left his son imperial lord.

continued : his character has perhaps been the Henry

the Sixth, in infant bands crown'd king model of all the bullies that have yet appeared on Of France and England, did this king succeed : | the English stage. Whose state so many had the managing,

The lines given to the Choras have many adThat they lost France, and made his England inirers; but the truth is, that in them a little may bleed :

be praised, and much must be forgiven; nor can Which oft our stage hath shown; and, for their sake, it be easily discovered, why the intelligence given In your fair minds let this acceptance take. (Exit.by the Chorus is more necessary in this play, than

in many others where it is omitted. The great defect of this play is, the emptiness and varrow

ness of the last act, which a very little diligence This play has many scenes of high dignity, and might have easily avoided. many of easy merriment. The character of the king

JOHNSON (1) France.

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