Title

A Prayer Book Allusion in 2 Henry IV

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-1-1996

Publication Title

Notes and Queries

ISSN

0029-3970

Abstract

Shakespeare likely referred to the Holy Communion Service of the Prayer Book from the Geneva Bible in his play Henry IV. A passage in Act III, scene i, lines 51-52 of the play appears to be an adaptation of a religious invocation from the first collect after Holy Communion found in the Prayer Book. The passage in Henry IV is clearly a prayer which seeks assistance for the vicissitudes and changes of fortune the King must endure.

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