Enter three soldiers: John Bates, Alexander Court, and Michael Williams.
Court. Brother John Bates, is not that the
morning which breaks yonder? 89
Bates. I think it be; but we have no great
cause to desire the approach of day.
Will. We see yonder the beginning of the
day, but I think we shall never see the end of
it. Who goes there?
K. Hen. A friend.
Will. Under what captain serve you? 96
K. Hen. Under Sir Thomas Erpingham.
Will. A good old commander and a most
kind gentleman: I pray you, what thinks he of
our ? 100
K. Hen. Even as men wrecked upon a
that look to be washed off the next tide.
Bates. He hath not told his thought to the
K. Hen. No; nor it is not meet he should.
For, though I speak it to you, I think the king
is but a man, as I am: the violet smells to him
as it doth to me; the to him as
it doth to me; all his senses have but human
conditions: his laid by, in his naked-
ness he appears but a man; and though his ill
affections are higher mounted than ours, yet
when they , they stoop with the like wing.
Therefore when he sees reason of fears, as we do,
his fears, out of doubt, be of the same as
100 estate: position
101 sand: sand-bank
108 element: sky
110 ceremonies: marks of office
113 stoop: term of falconry, used of the hawk descending on its prey
115 relish: flavor