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294 pages, Paperback
First published January 1, 1599
Men of few words are the best men.
So, if a son that is by his father sent about merchandise do sinfully miscarry upon the sea, the imputation of his wickedness, by your rule, should be imposed upon the father that sent him. Or if a servant, under his master’s command transporting a sum of money, by assailed by robbers and die in many irreconciled iniquities, you may call the business of the master the author of the servant’s damnation.
Not long since the trite and frivolous question was debated in a very polite and learned company, viz., Who was the greatest man, Caesar, Alexander, Tamerlane, Cromwell, etc.? Somebody answered that Sir Isaac Newton excelled them all. The gentleman’s assertion was very just; … those politicians and conquerors (and all ages produce some) were generally so many illustrious wicked men. That man claims respect who commands over the minds of the rest of the world by force of truth, not those who enslave their fellow-creatures: he who is acquainted with the universe, not they who deface it.
And let us, ciphers to this great account,The first Act opens up with Henry's lords advising him to invade France. They welcome the herald from France who brings them a box of treasure for the new king, however, the treasure is nothing but a box of tennis balls that Dauphin, the Prince of France, sent them as a joke about Henry's wild days as a prince, taunting Henry that he is unfit to rule even England, let alone France.
On your imaginary forces work.
Piece out our imperfections with your thoughts:
Into a thousand parts divide one man,
And make imaginary puissance.
Turning th'accomplishments of many years
Into an hour-glass: for the which supply,
Admit me Chorus to this history,
Who Prologue-like you humble patience pray,
Gently to hear, kindly to judge, our play.