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That the land Salique lies in Germany,
Where Charles the great, having subdued the Sax
There left behind and settled certain French;
Eight hundred five. Besides, their writers say,
3 To fine his title, &c.] To fine his title, is to make it showy or specious by some appearance of justice. STEEVENS.
Convey'd himself-] Derived his title.
Of Charles the great. Also king Lewis the tenth,
Was re-united to the crown of France.
K. Hen. May I, with right and conscience, make this claim?
Cant. The sin upon my head, dread sovereign! For in the book of Numbers is it writ,When the son dies, let the inheritance Descend unto the daughter. Gracious lord, Stand for your own; unwind your bloody flag; Look back unto your mighty ancestors:
Go, my dread lord, to your great grandsire's tomb, From whom you claim; invoke his warlike spirit, And your great uncle's, Edward the black prince; Who on the French ground play'd a tragedy, Making defeat on the full power of France; Whiles his most mighty father on a hill
imbare their crooked titles-] i. e. to lay open, to dis
play to view.
Stood smiling, to behold his lion's whelp
Ely. Awake remembrance of these valiant dead, And with your puissant arm renew their feats: You are their heir, you sit upon their throne; The blood and courage, that renowned them, Runs in your veins; and my thrice-puissant liege Is in the very May-morn of his youth, Ripe for exploits and mighty enterprizes.
Exe. Your brother kings and monarchs of the earth Do all expect that you should rouse yourself, As did the former lions of your blood.
West. They know, your grace hath cause, and means, and might;
So hath your highness; never king of England
Cant. O, let their bodies follow, my dear liege, With blood, and sword, and fire, to win your right: In aid whereof, we of the spiritualty
Will raise your highness such a mighty sum,
Bring in to any of your ancestors.
K. Hen. We must not only arm to invade the
But lay down our proportions to defend
Cant. They of those marches, gracious sovereign,
They of those marches,] The marches are the borders, the limits, the confines. Hence the Lords Marchers, i. e. the lords presidents of the marches, &c.
Shall be a wall sufficient to defend
Our inland from the pilfering borderers.
K. Hen. We do not mean the coursing snatchers only,
But fear the main intendment' of the Scot,
For hear her but exampled by herself,-
The king of Scots; whom she did send to France,
West. But there's a saying, very old and true,— If that you will France win,
Then with Scotland first begin:
For once the eagle England being in prey,
7 the main intendment-] Intendment is here perhaps used for intention, which, in our author's time, signified extreme exertion. The main intendment may, however, mean, the general disposition.
fear'd-] i. e. frightened.
Comes sneaking, and so sucks her princely eggs;
Exe. It follows then, the cat must stay at home:
True: therefore doth heaven divide The state of man in divers functions, Setting endeavour in continual motion; To which is fixed, as an aim or butt, Obedience:1 for so work the honey bees; Creatures, that, by a rule in nature, teach The act of order to a peopled kingdom. They have a king, and officers of sorts:2 Where some, like magistrates, correct at home; Others, like merchants, venture trade abroad; Others, like soldiers, armed in their stings,
in one concent;] I learn from Dr. Burney, that consent is connected harmony, in general, and not confined to any specific consonance. Thus, (says the same elegant and well-informed writer,) concentio and concentus are both used by Cicero for the union of voices or instruments in what we should now call a chorus, or concert. STEEVENS.
1 Setting endeavour in continual motion;
To which is fixed, as an aim or butt,
Obedience:] Neither the sense nor the construction of this passage is very obvious. The construction is, endeavour,—as an aim or butt to which endeavour, obedience is fixed. The sense is, that all endeavour is to terminate in obedience, to be subordinate to the publick good and general design of government.
and officers of sorts:] Officers of sorts means officers of different degrees.