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KING HENRY V.
KING HENRY THE FIFTH.
DUKE OF YORK, Cousin to the
ZARLS OF SALISBURY, WEST-
EARL OF CAMBRIDGE, Conspi-
SIR THOMAS GREY, against
SIR THOMAS ERPINGHAM,
BATES, COURT, WILLIAMS, Sol-
NYM, BARDOLPH, PISTOL, formerly Servants to Falstaff, now Soldiers in the same.
BOY, Servant to them.
CHARLES THE SIXTH, King of
LEWIS, the Dauphin.
LEANS, and BOURBON.
THE CONSTABLE OF FRANCE.
GOVERNOR OF HARFLEUR.
ISABEL, Queen of France.
ALICE, a Lady attending on the
QUICKLY, Pistol's Wife, a Hostess.
LORDS, LADIES, OFFICERS, French
The SCENE, at the beginning of the Play, lies in England; but afterwards wholly in France.
O, for a muse of fire, that would ascend
The brightest heaven of invention !
A kingdom for a stage, princes to act,
And monarchs to behold the swelling scene!
Then should the warlike Harry, like himself,
Assume the port of Mars; and, at his heels,
Leash'd in like hounds, should famine, sword, and fire
The flat unraised spirit, that hath dared,
Think, when we talk of horses, that you see them
Who, prologue-like, your humble patience pray,
SCENE I-London. An Antichamber in the King's Palace.
Enter the Archbishop of CANTERBURY, and Bishop of ELY
Cant. 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?
Cant. 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; being valued thus,-
An allusion to the circular form of the Globe Theatre.