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Vine, darnel, cowslip, hemlock, fumitory, burnet, clover, dock, thistle, kecksy

January 18, 2007

Henry the Fifth, [5.2.33-59]. Burgundy. “…Why that the naked, poor, and mangled Peace,/ Should not, in this best garden of the world,/ our fertile France, put up her lovely visage?/ Alas, she hath from France too long been chased!/ And all her husbandry doth lie on heaps,/ Corrupting in it own fertitlity./ Her vine, the merry cheerer of the heart/ Unpruned dies; her hedges even-pleached, like prisoners wildly overgown with hair,/ Put forth disordered twigs; her fallow leas/ The darnel, hemlock and rank fumitory/ Doth root upon, while that the coulter rusts/ That should deracinate such savagery;/ The even mead, that erst brough sweetly forth/ The freckled cowslip, burnet, and green clover,/ Wanting the scythe, all uncorrected, rank,/ Conceives by idleness and nothing teems/ but hateful docks, rough thistles, kecksies, burrs,/ Losing both beauty and utility./ 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,/ The sciences that should become our country; But grow like savages…”

France is again referred to as “the world’s best garden” in the epilogue, line seven.


Climate of England

January 18, 2007

Henry The Fifth [3.5.14-26]. “Where have they this mettle?/ Is not their climate foggy, raw, and dull,/ On whom, as in despite, the sun looks pale,/ killing their fruit with frowns? Can sodden water,/ A drench for sur-reined jades, their barley broth,/ decoct their cold blood to such valiant heat?”