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O For a Muse of Fire, that would ascend O for a Muse of fire, that would ascendH5 I.chorus.1
The brightest Heauen of Inuention: The brightest heaven of invention,H5 I.chorus.2
A Kingdome for a Stage, Princes to Act, A kingdom for a stage, princes to act,H5 I.chorus.3
And Monarchs to behold the swelling Scene. And monarchs to behold the swelling scene!H5 I.chorus.4
Then should the Warlike Harry, like himselfe, Then should the warlike Harry, like himself,H5 I.chorus.5
Assume the Port of Mars, and at his heeles Assume the port of Mars, and at his heels,H5 I.chorus.6
(Leasht in, like Hounds) should Famine, Sword, and Fire Leashed in like hounds, should famine, sword, and fireH5 I.chorus.7
Crouch for employment. But pardon, Gentles all: Crouch for employment. But pardon, gentles all,H5 I.chorus.8
The flat vnraysed Spirits, that hath dar'd, The flat unraised spirits that have daredH5 I.chorus.9
On this vnworthy Scaffold, to bring forth On this unworthy scaffold to bring forthH5 I.chorus.10
So great an Obiect. Can this Cock-Pit hold So great an object. Can this cockpit holdH5 I.chorus.11
The vastie fields of France? Or may we cramme The vasty fields of France? Or may we cramH5 I.chorus.12
Within this Woodden O, the very Caskes Within this wooden O the very casquesH5 I.chorus.13
That did affright the Ayre at Agincourt? That did affright the air at Agincourt?H5 I.chorus.14
O pardon: since a crooked Figure may O, pardon! since a crooked figure mayH5 I.chorus.15
Attest in little place a Million, Attest in little place a million,H5 I.chorus.16
And let vs, Cyphers to this great Accompt, And let us, ciphers to this great account,H5 I.chorus.17
On your imaginarie Forces worke. On your imaginary forces work.H5 I.chorus.18
Suppose within the Girdle of these Walls Suppose within the girdle of these wallsH5 I.chorus.19
Are now confin'd two mightie Monarchies, Are now confined two mighty monarchies,H5 I.chorus.20
Whose high, vp-reared, and abutting Fronts, Whose high upreared and abutting frontsH5 I.chorus.21
The perillous narrow Ocean parts asunder. The perilous narrow ocean parts asunder.H5 I.chorus.22
Peece out our imperfections with your thoughts: Piece out our imperfections with your thoughts:H5 I.chorus.23
Into a thousand parts diuide one Man, Into a thousand parts divide one man,H5 I.chorus.24
And make imaginarie Puissance. And make imaginary puissance.H5 I.chorus.25
Thinke when we talke of Horses, that you see them Think, when we talk of horses, that you see themH5 I.chorus.26
Printing their prowd Hoofes i'th' receiuing Earth: Printing their proud hoofs i'th' receiving earth;H5 I.chorus.27
For 'tis your thoughts that now must deck our Kings, For 'tis your thoughts that now must deck our kings,H5 I.chorus.28
Carry them here and there: Iumping o're Times; Carry them here and there, jumping o'er times,H5 I.chorus.29
Turning th' accomplishment of many yeeres Turning th' accomplishment of many yearsH5 I.chorus.30
Into an Howre-glasse: for the which supplie, Into an hour-glass: for the which supply,H5 I.chorus.31
Admit me Chorus to this Historie; Admit me Chorus to this history,H5 I.chorus.32
Who Prologue-like, your humble patience pray, Who Prologue-like your humble patience pray,H5 I.chorus.33
Gently to heare, kindly to iudge our Play.Gently to hear, kindly to judge, our play.H5 I.chorus.34
Now all the Youth of England are on fire,Now all the youth of England are on fire,H5 II.chorus.1
And silken Dalliance in the Wardrobe lyes:And silken dalliance in the wardrobe lies.H5 II.chorus.2
Now thriue the Armorers, and Honors thoughtNow thrive the armourers, and honour's thoughtH5 II.chorus.3
Reignes solely in the breast of euery man.Reigns solely in the breast of every man.H5 II.chorus.4
They sell the Pasture now, to buy the Horse;They sell the pasture now to buy the horse,H5 II.chorus.5
Following the Mirror of all Christian Kings,Following the mirror of all Christian kingsH5 II.chorus.6
With winged heeles, as English Mercuries.With winged heels, as English Mercuries.H5 II.chorus.7
For now sits Expectation in the Ayre,For now sits expectation in the air,H5 II.chorus.8
And hides a Sword, from Hilts vnto the Point,And hides a sword from hilts unto the pointH5 II.chorus.9
With Crownes Imperiall, Crownes and Coronets,With crowns imperial, crowns and coronets,H5 II.chorus.10
Promis'd to Harry, and his followers.Promised to Harry and his followers.H5 II.chorus.11
The French aduis'd by good intelligenceThe French, advised by good intelligenceH5 II.chorus.12
Of this most dreadfull preparation,Of this most dreadful preparation,H5 II.chorus.13
Shake in their feare, and with pale PollicyShake in their fear, and with pale policyH5 II.chorus.14
Seeke to diuert the English purposes.Seek to divert the English purposes.H5 II.chorus.15
O England: Modell to thy inward Greatnesse,O England! model to thy inward greatness,H5 II.chorus.16
Like little Body with a mightie Heart:Like little body with a mighty heart,H5 II.chorus.17
What mightst thou do, that honour would thee do,What mightst thou do, that honour would thee do,H5 II.chorus.18
Were all thy children kinde and naturall:Were all thy children kind and natural!H5 II.chorus.19
But see, thy fault France hath in thee found out,But see, thy fault France hath in thee found out,H5 II.chorus.20
A nest of hollow bosomes, which he fillesA nest of hollow bosoms, which he fillsH5 II.chorus.21
With treacherous Crownes, and three corrupted men:With treacherous crowns; and three corrupted men – H5 II.chorus.22
One, Richard Earle of Cambridge, and the secondOne, Richard Earl of Cambridge, and the second,H5 II.chorus.23
Henry Lord Scroope of Masham, and the thirdHenry Lord Scroop of Masham, and the third,H5 II.chorus.24
Sir Thomas Grey Knight of Northumberland,Sir Thomas Grey, knight, of Northumberland – H5 II.chorus.25
Haue for the Gilt of France (O guilt indeed)Have, for the gilt of France – O guilt indeed! – H5 II.chorus.26
Confirm'd Conspiracy with fearefull France,Confirmed conspiracy with fearful France;H5 II.chorus.27
And by their hands, this grace of Kings must dye.And by their hands this grace of kings must die,H5 II.chorus.28
If Hell and Treason hold their promises,If hell and treason hold their promises,H5 II.chorus.29
Ere he take ship for France; and in Southampton.Ere he take ship for France, and in Southampton.H5 II.chorus.30
Linger your patience on, and wee'l digestLinger your patience on, and we'll digestH5 II.chorus.31
Th' abuse of distance; force a play:Th' abuse of distance, force a play.H5 II.chorus.32
The summe is payde, the Traitors are agreed,The sum is paid; the traitors are agreed;H5 II.chorus.33
The King is set from London, and the SceneThe King is set from London; and the sceneH5 II.chorus.34
Is now transported (Gentles) to Southampton,Is now transported, gentles, to Southampton.H5 II.chorus.35
There is the Play-house now, there must you sit,There is the playhouse now, there must you sit,H5 II.chorus.36
And thence to France shall we conuey you safe,And thence to France shall we convey you safeH5 II.chorus.37
And bring you backe: Charming the narrow seasAnd bring you back, charming the narrow seasH5 II.chorus.38
To giue you gentle Passe: for if we may,To give you gentle pass; for, if we may,H5 II.chorus.39
Wee'l not offend one stomacke with our Play.We'll not offend one stomach with our play.H5 II.chorus.40
But till the King come forth, and not till then,But till the King come forth, and not till then,H5 II.chorus.41
Vnto Southampton do we shift our Scene.Unto Southampton do we shift our scene.H5 II.chorus.42
Thus with imagin'd wing our swift Scene flyes,Thus with imagined wing our swift scene fliesH5 III.chorus.1
In motion of no lesse celeritieIn motion of no less celerityH5 III.chorus.2
then that of Thought. / Suppose, that you haue seeneThan that of thought. Suppose that you have seenH5 III.chorus.3
The well-appointed King at Douer Peer,The well-appointed King at Hampton pierH5 III.chorus.4
Embarke his Royaltie: and his braue Fleet,Embark his royalty, and his brave fleetH5 III.chorus.5
With silken Streamers, the young Phebus fayning;With silken streamers the young Phoebus fanning.H5 III.chorus.6
Play with your Fancies: and in them behold,Play with your fancies, and in them beholdH5 III.chorus.7
Vpon the Hempen Tackle, Ship-boyes climbing;Upon the hempen tackle ship-boys climbing;H5 III.chorus.8
Heare the shrill Whistle, which doth order giueHear the shrill whistle which doth order giveH5 III.chorus.9
To sounds confus'd: behold the threaden Sayles,To sounds confused; behold the threaden sails,H5 III.chorus.10
Borne with th'inuisible and creeping Wind,Borne with th' invisible and creeping wind,H5 III.chorus.11
Draw the huge Bottomes through the furrowed Sea,Draw the huge bottoms through the furrowed sea,H5 III.chorus.12
Bresting the loftie Surge. O, doe but thinkeBreasting the lofty surge. O, do but thinkH5 III.chorus.13
You stand vpon the Riuage, and beholdYou stand upon the rivage and beholdH5 III.chorus.14
A Citie on th'inconstant Billowes dauncing:A city on th' inconstant billows dancing;H5 III.chorus.15
For so appeares this Fleet Maiesticall,For so appears this fleet majestical,H5 III.chorus.16
Holding due course to Harflew. Follow, follow:Holding due course to Harfleur. Follow, follow!H5 III.chorus.17
Grapple your minds to sternage of this Nauie,Grapple your minds to sternage of this navy,H5 III.chorus.18
And leaue your England as dead Mid-night, still,And leave your England, as dead midnight still,H5 III.chorus.19
Guarded with Grandsires, Babyes, and old Women,Guarded with grandsires, babies, and old women,H5 III.chorus.20
Eyther past, or not arriu'd to pyth and puissance:Either past or not arrived to pith and puissance.H5 III.chorus.21
For who is he, whose Chin is but enrichtFor who is he whose chin is but enrichedH5 III.chorus.22
With one appearing Hayre, that will not followWith one appearing hair that will not followH5 III.chorus.23
These cull'd and choyse-drawne Caualiers to France?These culled and choice-drawn cavaliers to France?H5 III.chorus.24
Worke, worke your Thoughts, and therein see a Siege:Work, work your thoughts, and therein see a siege:H5 III.chorus.25
Behold the Ordenance on their Carriages,Behold the ordnance on their carriages,H5 III.chorus.26
With fatall mouthes gaping on girded Harflew.With fatal mouths gaping on girded Harfleur.H5 III.chorus.27
Suppose th' Embassador from the French comes back:Suppose th' ambassador from the French comes back;H5 III.chorus.28
Tells Harry, That the King doth offer himTells Harry that the King doth offer himH5 III.chorus.29
Katherine his Daughter, and with her to Dowrie,Katherine his daughter, and with her, to dowry,H5 III.chorus.30
Some petty and vnprofitable Dukedomes.Some petty and unprofitable dukedoms.H5 III.chorus.31
The offer likes not: and the nimble GunnerThe offer likes not; and the nimble gunnerH5 III.chorus.32
With Lynstock now the diuellish Cannon touches,With linstock now the devilish cannon touches,H5 III.chorus.33
And downe goes all before them. Still be kind,And down goes all before them. Still be kind,H5 III.chorus.34
And eech out our performance with your mind.And eke out our performance with your mind.H5 III.chorus.35
Now entertaine coniecture of a time,Now entertain conjecture of a timeH5 IV.chorus.1
When creeping Murmure and the poring DarkeWhen creeping murmur and the poring darkH5 IV.chorus.2
Fills the wide Vessell of the Vniuerse.Fills the wide vessel of the universe.H5 IV.chorus.3
From Camp to Camp, through the foule Womb of NightFrom camp to camp, through the foul womb of night,H5 IV.chorus.4
The Humme of eyther Army stilly sounds;The hum of either army stilly sounds,H5 IV.chorus.5
That the fixt Centinels almost receiueThat the fixed sentinels almost receiveH5 IV.chorus.6
The secret Whispers of each others Watch.The secret whispers of each other's watch.H5 IV.chorus.7
Fire answers fire, and through their paly flamesFire answers fire, and through their paly flamesH5 IV.chorus.8
Each Battaile sees the others vmber'd face.Each battle sees the other's umbered face.H5 IV.chorus.9
Steed threatens Steed, in high and boastfull NeighsSteed threatens steed, in high and boastful neighs,H5 IV.chorus.10
Piercing the Nights dull Eare: and from the Tents,Piercing the night's dull ear; and from the tentsH5 IV.chorus.11
The Armourers accomplishing the Knights,The armourers, accomplishing the knights,H5 IV.chorus.12
With busie Hammers closing Riuets vp,With busy hammers closing rivets up,H5 IV.chorus.13
Giue dreadfull note of preparation.Give dreadful note of preparation.H5 IV.chorus.14
The Countrey Cocks doe crow, the Clocks doe towle:The country cocks do crow, the clocks do toll,H5 IV.chorus.15
And the third howre of drowsie Morning nam'd,And the third hour of drowsy morning name.H5 IV.chorus.16
Prowd of their Numbers, and secure in Soule,Proud of their numbers, and secure in soul,H5 IV.chorus.17
The confident and ouer-lustie French,The confident and over-lusty FrenchH5 IV.chorus.18
Doe the low-rated English play at Dice;Do the low-rated English play at dice,H5 IV.chorus.19
And chide the creeple-tardy-gated Night,And chide the cripple tardy-gaited nightH5 IV.chorus.20
Who like a foule and ougly Witch doth limpeWho like a foul and ugly witch doth limpH5 IV.chorus.21
So tediously away. The poore condemned English,So tediously away. The poor condemned English,H5 IV.chorus.22
Like Sacrifices, by their watchfull FiresLike sacrifices, by their watchful firesH5 IV.chorus.23
Sit patiently, and inly ruminateSit patiently, and inly ruminateH5 IV.chorus.24
The Mornings danger: and their gesture sad,The morning's danger; and their gesture sad,H5 IV.chorus.25
Inuesting lanke-leane Cheekes, and Warre-worne Coats,Investing lank-lean cheeks and war-worn coats,H5 IV.chorus.26
Presented them vnto the gazing MoonePresenteth them unto the gazing moonH5 IV.chorus.27
So many horride Ghosts. O now, who will beholdSo many horrid ghosts. O now, who will beholdH5 IV.chorus.28
The Royall Captaine of this ruin'd BandThe royal Captain of this ruined bandH5 IV.chorus.29
Walking from Watch to Watch, from Tent to Tent;Walking from watch to watch, from tent to tent,H5 IV.chorus.30
Let him cry, Prayse and Glory on his head:Let him cry, ‘ Praise and glory on his head!’H5 IV.chorus.31
For forth he goes, and visits all his Hoast,For forth he goes and visits all his host,H5 IV.chorus.32
Bids them good morrow with a modest Smyle,Bids them good morrow with a modest smile,H5 IV.chorus.33
And calls them Brothers, Friends, and Countreymen.And calls them brothers, friends, and countrymen.H5 IV.chorus.34
Vpon his Royall Face there is no note,Upon his royal face there is no noteH5 IV.chorus.35
How dread an Army hath enrounded him;How dread an army hath enrounded him,H5 IV.chorus.36
Nor doth he dedicate one iot of ColourNor doth he dedicate one jot of colourH5 IV.chorus.37
Vnto the wearie and all-watched Night:Unto the weary and all-watched night,H5 IV.chorus.38
But freshly lookes, and ouer-beares Attaint,But freshly looks, and overbears attaintH5 IV.chorus.39
With chearefull semblance, and sweet Maiestie:With cheerful semblance and sweet majesty;H5 IV.chorus.40
That euery Wretch, pining and pale before,That every wretch, pining and pale before,H5 IV.chorus.41
Beholding him, plucks comfort from his Lookes.Beholding him, plucks comfort from his looks.H5 IV.chorus.42
A Largesse vniuersall, like the Sunne,A largess universal, like the sun,H5 IV.chorus.43
His liberall Eye doth giue to euery one,His liberal eye doth give to every one,H5 IV.chorus.44
Thawing cold feare, that meane and gentle allThawing cold fear, that mean and gentle allH5 IV.chorus.45
Behold, as may vnworthinesse define.Behold, as may unworthiness define,H5 IV.chorus.46
A little touch of Harry in the Night,A little touch of Harry in the night.H5 IV.chorus.47
And so our Scene must to the Battaile flye:And so our scene must to the battle fly;H5 IV.chorus.48
Where, O for pitty, we shall much disgrace,Where – O for pity! – we shall much disgrace,H5 IV.chorus.49
With foure or fiue most vile and ragged foyles,With four or five most vile and ragged foils,H5 IV.chorus.50
(Right ill dispos'd, in brawle ridiculous) Right ill-disposed in brawl ridiculous,H5 IV.chorus.51
The Name of Agincourt: Yet sit and see,The name of Agincourt. Yet sit and see,H5 IV.chorus.52
Minding true things, by what their Mock'ries bee.Minding true things by what their mockeries be.H5 IV.chorus.53
Vouchsafe to those that haue not read the Story,Vouchsafe to those that have not read the storyH5 V.chorus.1
That I may prompt them: and of such as haue,That I may prompt them; and of such as have,H5 V.chorus.2
I humbly pray them to admit th'excuseI humbly pray them to admit th' excuseH5 V.chorus.3
Of time, of numbers, and due course of things,Of time, of numbers, and due course of things,H5 V.chorus.4
Which cannot in their huge and proper life,Which cannot in their huge and proper lifeH5 V.chorus.5
Be here presented. Now we beare the KingBe here presented. Now we bear the KingH5 V.chorus.6
Toward Callice: Graunt him there; there seene,Toward Calais. Grant him there: there seen,H5 V.chorus.7
Heaue him away vpon your winged thoughts,Heave him away upon your winged thoughtsH5 V.chorus.8
Athwart the Sea: Behold the English beachAthwart the sea. Behold, the English beachH5 V.chorus.9
Pales in the flood; with Men, Wiues, and Boyes,Pales in the flood with men, with wives, and boys,H5 V.chorus.10
Whose shouts & claps out-voyce the deep-mouth'd Sea,Whose shouts and claps outvoice the deep-mouthed sea,H5 V.chorus.11
Which like a mightie Whiffler 'fore the King,Which like a mighty whiffler fore the KingH5 V.chorus.12
Seemes to prepare his way: So let him land,Seems to prepare his way. So let him land,H5 V.chorus.13
And solemnly see him set on to London.And solemnly see him set on to London.H5 V.chorus.14
So swift a pace hath Thought, that euen nowSo swift a pace hath thought that even nowH5 V.chorus.15
You may imagine him vpon Black-Heath:You may imagine him upon Blackheath,H5 V.chorus.16
Where, that his Lords desire him, to haue borneWhere that his lords desire him to have borneH5 V.chorus.17
His bruised Helmet, and his bended SwordHis bruised helmet and his bended swordH5 V.chorus.18
Before him, through the Citie: he forbids it,Before him through the city. He forbids it,H5 V.chorus.19
Being free from vain-nesse, and selfe-glorious pride;Being free from vainness and self-glorious pride,H5 V.chorus.20
Giuing full Trophee, Signall, and Ostent,Giving full trophy, signal, and ostentH5 V.chorus.21
Quite from himselfe, to God. But now behold,Quite from himself to God. But now behold,H5 V.chorus.22
In the quick Forge and working-house of Thought,In the quick forge and working-house of thought,H5 V.chorus.23
How London doth powre out her Citizens,How London doth pour out her citizens:H5 V.chorus.24
The Maior and all his Brethren in best sort,The Mayor and all his brethren in best sort,H5 V.chorus.25
Like to the Senatours of th'antique Rome,Like to the senators of th' antique Rome,H5 V.chorus.26
With the Plebeians swarming at their heeles,With the plebeians swarming at their heels,H5 V.chorus.27
Goe forth and fetch their Conqu'ring Casar in:Go forth and fetch their conquering Caesar in:H5 V.chorus.28
As by a lower, but by louing likelyhood,As, by a lower but loving likelihood,H5 V.chorus.29
Were now the Generall of our gracious Empresse,Were now the General of our gracious Empress – H5 V.chorus.30
As in good time he may, from Ireland comming,As in good time he may – from Ireland coming,H5 V.chorus.31
Bringing Rebellion broached on his Sword;Bringing rebellion broached on his sword,H5 V.chorus.32
How many would the peacefull Citie quit,How many would the peaceful city quitH5 V.chorus.33
To welcome him? much more, and much more cause,To welcome him! Much more, and much more cause,H5 V.chorus.34
Did they this Harry. Now in London place him.Did they this Harry. Now in London place him – H5 V.chorus.35
As yet the lamentation of the FrenchAs yet the lamentation of the FrenchH5 V.chorus.36
Inuites the King of Englands stay at home:Invites the King of England's stay at home.H5 V.chorus.37
The Emperour's comming in behalfe of France,The Emperor's coming in behalf of FranceH5 V.chorus.38
To order peace betweene them: and omitTo order peace between them; and omitH5 V.chorus.39
All the occurrences, what euer chanc't,All the occurrences, whatever chanced,H5 V.chorus.40
Till Harryes backe returne againe to France:Till Harry's back-return again to France.H5 V.chorus.41
There must we bring him; and my selfe haue play'dThere must we bring him; and myself have playedH5 V.chorus.42
The interim, by remembring you 'tis past.The interim, by remembering you 'tis past.H5 V.chorus.43
Then brooke abridgement, and your eyes aduance,Then brook abridgement, and your eyes advance,H5 V.chorus.44
After your thoughts, straight backe againe to France.After your thoughts, straight back again to France.H5 V.chorus.45
Thus farre with rough, and all-vnable Pen,Thus far, with rough and all-unable pen,H5 Epil.chorus.1
Our bending Author hath pursu'd the Story,Our bending author hath pursued the story,H5 Epil.chorus.2
In little roome confining mightie men,In little room confining mighty men,H5 Epil.chorus.3
Mangling by starts the full course of their glory.Mangling by starts the full course of their glory.H5 Epil.chorus.4
Small time: but in that small, most greatly liuedSmall time, but in that small most greatly livedH5 Epil.chorus.5
This Starre of England. Fortune made his Sword;This star of England. Fortune made his sword,H5 Epil.chorus.6
By which, the Worlds best Garden he atchieued:By which the world's best garden he achieved,H5 Epil.chorus.7
And of it left his Sonne Imperiall Lord.And of it left his son imperial lord.H5 Epil.chorus.8
Henry the Sixt, in Infant Bands crown'd KingHenry the Sixth, in infant bands crowned KingH5 Epil.chorus.9
Of France and England, did this King succeed:Of France and England, did this King succeed,H5 Epil.chorus.10
Whose State so many had the managing,Whose state so many had the managingH5 Epil.chorus.11
That they lost France, and made his England bleed:That they lost France, and made his England bleed:H5 Epil.chorus.12
Which oft our Stage hath showne; and for their sake,Which oft our stage hath shown; and, for their sake,H5 Epil.chorus.13
In your faire minds let this acceptance take.In your fair minds let this acceptance take.H5 Epil.chorus.14
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