A Prayer Book Allusion in 2 Henry IV
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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.
Baker, Christopher P..
"A Prayer Book Allusion in 2 Henry IV."
Notes and Queries, 43 (2): 156-157.