Hear him but reason in divinity,
And all-admiring with an inward wish
You would desire the king were made
Hear him debate of commonwealth affairs,
You would say it hath been all in all his study:
his discourse of war, and you shall hear
A fearful battle render'd you in music:
Turn him to any cause
The Gordian knot of it he will unloose,
Familiar as his garter: that, when he speaks,
The air, a
charter'd libertine, is still,
And the mute wonder lurketh in men's ears,
To steal his sweet and honey'd
So that the art and practic part of life
Must be the mistress to this theoric:
Which is a wonder
how his grace should glean it,
Since his addiction was to courses vain,
His companies unletter'd, rude
His hours fill'd up with riots, banquets, sports,
And never noted in him any study,
From open haunts and popularity.
The strawberry grows underneath the nettle
And wholesome berries thrive and ripen best
fruit of baser quality:
And so the prince obscured his contemplation
Under the veil of wildness; which, no
Grew like the summer grass, fastest by night,
Unseen, yet crescive in his faculty.
It must be so; for miracles are ceased;
And therefore we must needs admit the means
How things are
But, my good lord,
How now for mitigation of this bill
Urged by the commons? Doth his majesty
it, or no?
He seems indifferent,
Or rather swaying more upon our part
Than cherishing the exhibiters against us;
I have made an offer to his majesty,
Upon our spiritual convocation
And in regard of causes now in hand,
I have open'd to his grace at large,
As touching France, to give a greater sum
Than ever at one time the
Did to his predecessors part withal.
How did this offer seem received, my lord?
With good acceptance of his majesty;
Save that there was not time enough to hear,
As I perceived his
grace would fain have done,
The severals and unhidden passages
Of his true titles to some certain dukedoms
generally to the crown and seat of France
Derived from Edward, his great-grandfather.
What was the impediment that broke this off?
The French ambassador upon that instant
Craved audience; and the hour, I think, is come
To give him
hearing: is it four o'clock?
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