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Henry V

Act I, Scene 1

London. An ante-chamber in the KING'S palace.
 
[Enter the ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY, and the BISHOP OF ELY]
 
CANTERBURY
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      My lord,| I'll tell | you, that / self bill | is urged,
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      Which in the e|leventh | year of the | last king's reign
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      Was like,| and had | indeed | against | us passed,
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      But that | the scamb|ling and | unqui|et time
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      Did push | it out | of far|ther ques|tion.
 
ELY
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      But how | my lord | shall we | resist | it now?
 
CANTERBURY
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      It must | be thought | on. If | it pass | against us,
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      We lose | the bet|ter half | of our | posses||sion:
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      For | all the tem|poral lands | which men | devout
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      By tes|tament | have gi|ven to | the church,
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      Would they | strip from |us; be|ing val|ued thus,
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      As much | as would | maintain,| to the king's | honor,
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      Full* fif|teen^earls | and fif|teen^hun|dred knights,
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      Six^thou|sand and / two hun|dred good^/esquires;
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      And to | relief | of la|zars, and / weak age
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      Of in|digent / faint souls,| past^cor|poral toil.
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      A hun|dred alms|houses right well | supplied:
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      And to | the cof|fers of | the king | beside,
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      A thou|sand pounds | by the year:| thus^runs | the bill.
 
ELY
                     ,     ,
      This would / drink deep.
 
CANTERBURY
                                        ,          ,         ,
                              'Twould drink | the cup | and all.
 
ELY
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      But what | preven|tion?  \\
 
CANTERBURY
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      The king | is full | of grace,| and fair | regard.
 
ELY
                ,   ,      ,        ,       ,
      And a / true lo|ver of | the ho|ly church.
 
CANTERBURY
            ,       ,         ,      ,             ,
      The cour|ses of | his youth | promised | it not.
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      The breath | no soo|ner left | his fa|ther's bo||dy,
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      But | that his wild|ness, mor|tified | in him,
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      Seemed to die too:| yea, at that | very | moment,
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      Consi|dera|tion like | an an|gel came,
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      And whipped | the offen|ding A|dam out | of him;
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      Leaving | his bo|dy as | a pa|radise,
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      To enve|lop and | contain | celes|tial spirits.
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      Never | was such | a sud|den scho|lar made:
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      Never | came re|forma|tion in | a flood,
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      With such | a hea|dy cur|rance scou|ring faults:
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      Nor* ne|ver Hy|dra-hea|ded will|fulness
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      So soon | did lose | his seat | and all | at once
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      As in | this king.
 
ELY
                          ,          ,                ,
                         We are | blessed in | the change.
 
CANTERBURY
        ,             ,       ,      ,    ,
      Hear him | but rea|son in | divi|nity;
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      And all-|admi|ring with | an in|ward wish
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      You would de|sire the | king were | made a | prelate:
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      Hear him | debate | of com|monwealth | affairs;
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      You would | say, it hath | been all in^all | his stu||dy:
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      List | his discourse | of war;| and you | shall hear
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      A fear|ful bat|tle ren|dered you | in mus||ic.
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      Turn | him to a|ny cause | of po|licy,
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      The Gor|dian knot | of it | he will | unloose,
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      Famil|iar as | his gar|ter: that | when he speaks,
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      The air,| a char|tered li|bertine,| is still,
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      And the / mute won|der lur|keth in / men's ears,
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      To steal | his sweet | and ho|neyed sen|tences:
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      So that | the art | and prac|tic part | of life,
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      Must be | the mis|tress to | this the|oric.
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      Which is a | wonder | how his | grace should | glean it,
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      Since his | addic|tion was | to cour|ses vain,
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      His com|panies^|un|lettered,| rude, and | shallow,
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      His hours | filled^up | with ri|ots, ban|quets, sports;
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      And ne|ver no|ted in | him a|ny stu||dy,
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      A|ny retire|ment, a|ny se|questra||tion
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      From o|pen haunts | and pop|ula|rity.
 
ELY
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      The straw|berry grows | under|neath the | nettle,
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      And whole|some ber|ries thrive | and ri|pen best,
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      Neighbored | by fruit | of ba|ser qua|lity:
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      And so | the prince | obscured | his con|templa||tion
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      Un|der the veil | of wild|ness, which |(no doubt)
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      Grew like the sum|mer grass,| fastest | by night,
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      Unseen,| yet cres|cive in | his fac|ulty.
 
CANTERBURY
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      It must | be so;| for mi|racles | are ceased:
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      And there|fore we / must needs | admit | the means,
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      How things / are per|fected.
 
ELY
                                   ,               ,
                                  But my | good* lord:
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      How now | for mi|tiga|tion of | this^bill,
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      Urged by | the com|mons? Doth | his ma|jesty
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      Incline | to it, or | no?
 
CANTERBURY
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                                He | seems in|different,
          ,        ,        ,      ,          ,
      Or ra|ther sway|ing more | upon | our part,
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      Than che|rishing | the exhi|biters | against us:
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      For I | have made | an offer | to his ma|jesty,
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      Upon | our spi|ritual | convo|cation
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      And in | regard | of cau|ses now | in hand,
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      Which I | have o|pened to | his grace | at large,
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      As tou|ching France,| to give | a grea|ter sum,
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      Than e|ver at / one time | the cler|gy yet
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      Did to | his pre|deces|sors part | withal.
 
ELY
       ,              ,       ,         ,          ,
      How did | this of|fer seem | received,| my lord?
 
CANTERBURY
             ,       ,         ,        ,    ,
      With good | accep|tance of | his ma|jesty:
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      Save that | there was / not time | enough | to hear,
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      As I | perceived | his grace | would fain | have done,
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      The se|verals and / unhid|den pas|sages
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      Of his true | titles | to some | certain | dukedoms
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      And gen|erally,| to the crown | and seat | of France,
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      Derived | from Ed|ward, his / great-grand|father.
 
ELY
        ,           2   ,     ,           ,           ,
      What was | the impe|diment | that broke | this off?
 
CANTERBURY
             ,        ,     ,      ,          ,       ->
      The French | ambas|sador | upon | that in||stant
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      Craved | audience;| and the hour | I think | is come,
           ,         ,         ,        ,        ,
      To give | him hea|ring: is | it four | o'clock?
 
ELY
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      It is.  ????
 
CANTERBURY
            ,       ,        ,         ,     ,
      Then go | we in,| to know | his em|bassy;
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      Which I | could with | a rea|dy guess | declare,
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      Before | the French|man speak | a word | of it.
 
ELY
             ,      ,          ,        ,           x
      I'll wait | upon | you, and | I long | to hear it.
 
[Exeunt]

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