• Enter KING HENRY, GLOUCESTER, BEDFORD, EXETER, WARWICK, WESTMORELAND, and attendants

    KING HENRY

    Where is my gracious lord of Canterbury?

    EXETER

    Not here in presence.

    KING HENRY

    Send for him, good uncle.

    WESTMORELAND

    Shall we call in th' ambassador, my liege?

    KING HENRY

    5Not yet, my cousin. We would be resolved,
    Before we hear him, of some things of weight
    That task our thoughts concerning us and France.
    Enter the Archbishop of CANTERBURY and the Bishop of ELY

    CANTERBURY

    God and his angels guard your sacred throne
    And make you long become it.

    KING HENRY

    10Sure we thank you.
    My learnèd lord, we pray you to proceed
    And justly and religiously unfold
    Why the law Salic that they have in France
    Or should or should not bar us in our claim.
    15And God forbid, my dear and faithful lord,
    That you should fashion, wrest, or bow your reading,
    Or nicely charge your understanding soul
    With opening titles miscreate, whose right
    Suits not in native colors with the truth;
    20For God doth know how many now in health
    Shall drop their blood in approbation
  • KING HENRY, GLOUCESTER, BEDFORD, EXETER, WARWICK, and WESTMORELAND enter, with attendants.

    KING HENRY

    Where is my gracious lord of Canterbury?

    EXETER

    He’s not here.

    KING HENRY

    Send for him, dear uncle.

    WESTMORELAND

    Shall we call in the ambassador, my liege?

    KING HENRY

    Not yet, cousin. Before I hear him, I want to decide some important issues that are on my mind concerning my throne and France.
    The archbishop of CANTERBURY and the bishop of ELY enter.

    CANTERBURY

    May God and his angels guard your sacred throne and grant that you dignify it for a long time.

    KING HENRY

    Thank you, I’m sure. My learned lord, kindly explain to us the legal and religious grounds for why this French Salic law either should or shouldn’t bar me in my claim. And God forbid, my dear and faithful lord, that you should invent, twist, or distort your interpretation, or burden your conscience by subtly arguing for false claims. For God knows how many healthy men will shed their blood in support of whatever you persuade me to do. So think carefully before you incite me