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The Life of
 

Losing both beauty and utility; 53
And all our vineyards, fallows, meads, and hedges,
Defective in their natures, grow to wildness.
Even so our houses and ourselves and children
Have lost, or do not learn for want of time, 57
The sciences that should become our country,
But grow like savages,—as soldiers will,
That nothing do but meditate on blood,— 60
To swearing and stern looks, diffus'd attire,
And everything that seems unnatural.
Which to reduce into our former favour
You are assembled; and my speech entreats 64
That I may know the let why gentle Peace
Should not expel these inconveniences,
And bless us with her former qualities.

K. Hen. If, Duke of Burgundy, you would the peace, 68
Whose want gives growth to the imperfections
Which you have cited, you must buy that peace
With full accord to all our just demands;
Whose tenours and particular effects 72
You have, enschedul'd briefly, in your hands.

Bur. The king hath heard them; to the which as yet,
There is no answer made.

K. Hen.Well then the peace,
Which you before so urg'd, lies in his answer. 76

Fr. King. I have but with a cursorary eye
O'erglanc'd the articles: pleaseth your Grace
To appoint some of your council presently
To sit with us once more, with better heed 80

61 diffus'd: disordered
63 reduce: bring back
favour: aspect
65 let: impediment
72 tenours: purport
73 enschedul'd: drawn up in writing
77 cursorary: cursory