By Frankie Rubinstein
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Sacrificed to the maid of war and the mailed Mars, bloody sacrifices to the altars of both (for the loss of 'I', see K, p. 312: childe/ chide; wilde/wide). No longer is Harry the 'feather'd Mercury' who rose and vaulted; gone is the metaphor of potency, of the FEATHER (penis). Each element of the conceit is debased: no longer fleet Mercury, but the mailed Mars who sits, and no longer at ease in his seat, but on his altar (arse) up to his EARS/ arse in blood (Mars was the heraldic name for the tincture gules or red, 1572).
Venus hath her chiefest mantion'. 7. Henry says once he begins his 'battery' on Harfleur, he won't leave till the 'f1esh'd soldier' has mowed down like grass their 'virgins'. Flesh: achieve coitus (C; P). See ALTAR, VA; FRANCE, 1H6. Beast(ly), bestial A eunuch; one given to bestiality (unnatural connection with an animal; buggery). iv: women ask the 'eunuch', 'tell me, beast, when you were a man', why he preferred whores. 'As rancke bougers with mankind, and with beasts, as the Saracens are' (1555): in law, sodomy sometimes included bestiality.
And then another fault in the semblance of a fowl [wooing Leda in the form of a SWAN] ... a foul fault! ' (FAULT, buttocks). 81: 'hateful luxury,/ And bestial appetite in change of lust'. Edward's luxury (lechery) was HATEFUL (Frhaineux / ofthe anus); a bestial appetite in lust (the 'beastly lust' of a bugger, above). See SERVANT. 22. The Dauphin calls his horse 'Ie cheval volant, the Pegasus' (see PEGASUS for this pun on Fr volant, a capon), 'a beast for Perseus', whose 'dull elements ... appear [(AP)PEAR/a pair, mate] ...