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THE

NEW BRITISH DRAMA,

CONTAINING

SHAKSPEARE'S PLAYS.

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HARVARD COLLEGE LIORARY
FROM THE LIBRARY OF
JOHN CHIPMAN GRAY
GIFT OF ROLAND CRAY

JUL 12 1933

T. GILLET, Wild Court, and J. BRETTELL, Marsh:)Street, Printers.

KING HENRY V;

PERSONS REPRESENTED.

King HENRY the Fifth.

NYM,BARDOLPH,Pistol,Boy, formerly Servants Duke of GLOSTER, I

Ito Falstaff, now Soldiers in the King's army. Duke of BEDFORD, 3 • •Brothers to the King.

Bates, COURT, WILLIAMS, Soldiers. Duke of YORK, Uncles to the King.

Charles, the Sixth, of France. Duke of EXETER,

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.
Earl of CAMBRIDGE,) Comeniratore noninst Ambassadors to the King of England.
Lord SCROOP,
Sir THOMAS GREY. I the King.

ISABEL, Queen of France.
Sir Thomas ERPINGHAM, GOWER, FLUELLIN, KATHARINE, Daughter to the King of France.
MACKMORRIS, JAMY, Officers in King Hen- ALICE, a Lady attending on the Princess Katha-
ty's army.

QUICKLY, Pistol's Wife, an Hostess. [rinc.

| 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.

CHORU S

(all,

For a muse of fire', that would ascend On your imaginary forces' work:

, The brightest heaven of invention ! I Suppose, within the girdle of these walls A kingdom for a stage, princes to act,

Are now contin'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 hounds, should famine, sword, and Into a thousand parts divide one man,
fire,

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, 110 Printing their proud hoofs i'the receiving earth:
On this unworthy scaffold, to bring forth

For 'tis your thoughts that now must deck our So great an object: Can this cockpit hold

kings, The vasty field of France? or may we cram, Carry them here and there ; jumping o'er times; Within this wooden (?, 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 Vlth 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 tery narrow. In old books this mode of expression occurs perpetually.

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