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thus in Latin,-Præclarissimus filius noster Henricus, rex Angliæ et håres Franciæ.
Fr. King. Nor this I have not, brother, so denied, But your request shall make me let it pass.
K. Hen. I pray you then, in love and dear alliance Let that one article rank with the rest : And, thereupon, give me your daughter.
Fr. King. Take her, fair son; and from her blood
Issue to me: that the contending kingdoms
(Flourish. Q. Isa. God, the best maker of all marriages, Combine your hearts in one, your realms in one ! As man and wife, being two, are one in love, So be there 'twixt your kingdoms such a spousal, That never may ill office, or fell jealousy, Which troubles oft the bed of blessed marriage, Thrust in between the paction of these kingdoms, To make divorce of their incorporate league ; That English may as French, French Englishmen, Receive each other !-God speak this Amen!
dil. Amen! K. Hen. Prepare we for our marriage :-on which
day, My lord of Burgundy, we'll take your oath, And all the peers', for surety of our leagues.Then shall I swear to Kate, and you to nie; And may our oaths well kept and prosp’rous be!
Our bending * author hath pursu'd the story;
Mangling by starts the full course of their glory. Small time, but, in that small, most greatly liv'd,
This star of England : fortune made his sword; By which the world's best gardent he achiev'd,
And of it left his son imperial lord.
Of France and England, did this king succeed;
bleed : Which oft our stage hath shown; and, for their sake, In your fair minds let this acceptance take. (Exit.
This play has many scenes of high dignity, and many of easy merriinent. The character of the king is well supported, ex. cept in his courtship, where he has neither the vivacity of Hal, nor the grandeur of Henry. The humour of Pistol is very liappily continued: his character has perhaps been the model of all the bullies that have yet appeared on the English stage.
The lines given to the Chorus have many admirers; but the truth is, that in them a little may be praised, and much must be forgiven; nor can it be easily discovered, why the intelligence given 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 narrowness of the last act, which a very little diligence inight have easily avoided.--Johnson. * i. e. Unequal to the weight of the subject.
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