Henry IV Part II, 1597.
| Original Meaning
king, with his great responsibilities, is always burdened with worries
|When the crony-appointed chief executive of
a nation is in the pocket of a parasitic foreign power. The nation in
question acts as a front man (at times, a hitman) and vehicle, at the
behest of its puppet master. Hence, the "crown" is reduced
to but a
clown. The leader's aura
tantamounts to the people's
horror, by way of
deceptions, manufactured consents, and most brilliantly: gated and
guided mal-framed "dissent treadmill." Enjoy the show, while it lasts!
TL:2008.6.4~6 * Bin What?! * Worst than Thief? * 7 Bridges * Tell it slant
KING HENRY IV:
How many thousand of my
Are at this hour asleep! O sleep, O gentle sleep,
Nature's soft nurse, how have I frighted thee,
That thou no more wilt weigh my eyelids down
And steep my senses in forgetfulness?
Why rather, sleep, liest thou in smoky cribs,
Upon uneasy pallets stretching thee
And hush'd with buzzing night-flies to thy slumber,
Than in the perfumed chambers of the great,
Under the canopies of costly state,
And lull'd with sound of sweetest melody?
O thou dull god, why liest thou with the vile
In loathsome beds, and leavest the kingly couch
A watch-case or a common 'larum-bell?
Wilt thou upon the high and giddy mast
Seal up the ship-boy's eyes, and rock his brains
In cradle of the rude imperious surge
And in the visitation of the winds,
Who take the ruffian billows by the top,
Curling their monstrous heads and hanging them
With deafening clamour in the slippery clouds,
That, with the hurly, death itself awakes?
Canst thou, O partial sleep, give thy repose
To the wet sea-boy in an hour so rude,
And in the calmest and most stillest night,
With all appliances and means to boot,
Deny it to a king? Then happy low, lie down!
lies the head that wears a crown.
Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.