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Henry V


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William Shakespeare

This is the Bookwise complete ebook of Henry V by William Shakespeare, available to read online as an alternative to epub, mobi, kindle, pdf or text only versions. For information about the status of this work, see Copyright Notice.


Henry V Henry V is a history play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written near 1599. It tells the story of King Henry V of England, focusing on events immediately before and after the Battle of Agincourt (1415) during the Hundred Years' War. In the First Quarto text, it was titled The Cronicle History of Henry the fift, and The Life of Henry the Fifth in the First Folio text.

The play is the final part of a tetralogy, preceded by Richard II, Henry IV, Part 1, and Henry IV, Part 2. The original audiences would thus have already been familiar with the title character, who was depicted in the Henry IV plays as a wild, undisciplined young man. In Henry V, the young prince has matured. He embarks on an expedition to France and, his army badly outnumbered, defeats the French at Agincourt.

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Dramatis Personæ

Dramatis Personæ


Henry V, King of England

Thomas, Duke of Exeter, uncle to the King

Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester

John, Duke of Bedford

Thomas, Duke of Clarence

brothers to the King

Duke of York

Earl of Westmoreland

Earl of Cambridge

cousins to the King

Earl of Warwick

Earl of Salisbury

Earl of Huntington

Lord Scroop of Masham

English nobles

Sir Thomas Grey

Hostess Quickly




former companions of Henry, now in his army

Boy, their servant

Sir Thomas Erpingham

Captain Fluellen

Captain Gower

Captain MacMorris

Captain Jamy

officers in Henry’s army

English heralds

John Bates

Alexander Court

Michael Williams

soldiers in Henry’s army

Bishop of Canterbury

Bishop of Ely

King of France

Queen Isabel of France

Katherine, Princess of France

Alice, a gentlewoman attending on Katherine

Dauphin (i.e., Prince) of France

Duke of Berri

Duke of Brittany

Duke of Orléans

Duke of Bourbon

Duke of Burgundy

Constable of France

Lord Grandpré

Lord Rambures

Lord Beaumont

French nobles

Montjoy, French herald

French ambassadors to England

Monsieur Le Fer, a French soldier

Governor of Harfleur

Lords, Attendants, Soldiers, French Prisoners, Messengers


Enter Chorus as Prologue.

line 0001O, for a muse of fire that would ascend
line 0002The brightest heaven of invention!
line 0003A kingdom for a stage, princes to act,
line 0004And monarchs to behold the swelling scene!
5line 0005Then should the warlike Harry, like himself,
line 0006Assume the port of Mars, and at his heels,
line 0007Leashed in like hounds, should famine, sword, and
line 0008fire
line 0009Crouch for employment. But pardon, gentles all,
10line 0010The flat unraisèd spirits that hath dared
line 0011On this unworthy scaffold to bring forth
line 0012So great an object. Can this cockpit hold
line 0013The vasty fields of France? Or may we cram
line 0014Within this wooden O the very casques
15line 0015That did affright the air at Agincourt?
line 0016O pardon, since a crookèd figure may
line 0017Attest in little place a million,
line 0018And let us, ciphers to this great account,
line 0019On your imaginary forces work.
20line 0020Suppose within the girdle of these walls
line 0021Are now confined two mighty monarchies,
line 0022Whose high uprearèd and abutting fronts
Page 9 - Henry V - PROLOGUE line 0023The perilous narrow ocean parts asunder.
line 0024Piece out our imperfections with your thoughts.
25line 0025Into a thousand parts divide one man,
line 0026And make imaginary puissance.
line 0027Think, when we talk of horses, that you see them
line 0028Printing their proud hoofs i’ th’ receiving earth,
line 0029For ’tis your thoughts that now must deck our
30line 0030kings,
line 0031Carry them here and there, jumping o’er times,
line 0032Turning th’ accomplishment of many years
line 0033Into an hourglass; for the which supply,
line 0034Admit me chorus to this history,
35line 0035Who, prologue-like, your humble patience pray
line 0036Gently to hear, kindly to judge our play.

He exits.


Scene 1

Enter the two Bishops of Canterbury and Ely.

line 0037My lord, I’ll tell you that self bill is urged
line 0038Which in th’ eleventh year of the last king’s reign
line 0039Was like, and had indeed against us passed
line 0040But that the scambling and unquiet time
5line 0041Did push it out of farther question.
line 0042But how, my lord, shall we resist it now?
line 0043It must be thought on. If it pass against us,
line 0044We lose the better half of our possession,
line 0045For all the temporal lands which men devout
10line 0046By testament have given to the Church
line 0047Would they strip from us, being valued thus:
line 0048“As much as would maintain, to the King’s honor,
line 0049Full fifteen earls and fifteen hundred knights,
line 0050Six thousand and two hundred good esquires;
15line 0051And, to relief of lazars and weak age
line 0052Of indigent faint souls past corporal toil,
line 0053A hundred almshouses right well supplied;
line 0054And to the coffers of the King besides,
line 0055A thousand pounds by th’ year.” Thus runs the bill.
Act 1 Scene 1 - Pg 13 BISHOP OF ELY
20line 0056This would drink deep.
line 0057BISHOP OF CANTERBURY’Twould drink the cup and
line 0058all.
line 0059BISHOP OF ELYBut what prevention?
line 0060The King is full of grace and fair regard.
25line 0061And a true lover of the holy Church.
line 0062The courses of his youth promised it not.
line 0063The breath no sooner left his father’s body
line 0064But that his wildness, mortified in him,
line 0065Seemed to die too. Yea, at that very moment
30line 0066Consideration like an angel came
line 0067And whipped th’ offending Adam out of him,
line 0068Leaving his body as a paradise
line 0069T’ envelop and contain celestial spirits.
line 0070Never was such a sudden scholar made,
35line 0071Never came reformation in a flood
line 0072With such a heady currance scouring faults,
line 0073Nor never Hydra-headed willfulness
line 0074So soon did lose his seat, and all at once,
line 0075As in this king.
40line 0076BISHOP OF ELYWe are blessèd in the change.
line 0077Hear him but reason in divinity
line 0078And, all-admiring, with an inward wish
line 0079You would desire the King were made a prelate;
line 0080Hear him debate of commonwealth affairs,
45line 0081You would say it hath been all in all his study;
line 0082List his discourse of war, and you shall hear
line 0083A fearful battle rendered you in music;
line 0084Turn him to any cause of policy,
line 0085The Gordian knot of it he will unloose
50line 0086Familiar as his garter; that, when he speaks,
Act 1 Scene 1 - Pg 15 line 0087The air, a chartered libertine, is still,
line 0088And the mute wonder lurketh in men’s ears
line 0089To steal his sweet and honeyed sentences;
line 0090So that the art and practic part of life
55line 0091Must be the mistress to this theoric;
line 0092Which is a wonder how his Grace should glean it,
line 0093Since his addiction was to courses vain,
line 0094His companies unlettered, rude, and shallow,
line 0095His hours filled up with riots, banquets, sports,
60line 0096And never noted in him any study,
line 0097Any retirement, any sequestration
line 0098From open haunts and popularity.
line 0099The strawberry grows underneath the nettle,
line 0100And wholesome berries thrive and ripen best
65line 0101Neighbored by fruit of baser quality;
line 0102And so the Prince obscured his contemplation
line 0103Under the veil of wildness, which, no doubt,
line 0104Grew like the summer grass, fastest by night,
line 0105Unseen yet crescive in his faculty.
70line 0106It must be so, for miracles are ceased,
line 0107And therefore we must needs admit the means
line 0108How things are perfected.
line 0109BISHOP OF ELYBut, my good lord,
line 0110How now for mitigation of this bill
75line 0111Urged by the Commons? Doth his Majesty
line 0112Incline to it or no?
line 0113BISHOP OF CANTERBURYHe seems indifferent,
line 0114Or rather swaying more upon our part
line 0115Than cherishing th’ exhibitors against us;
80line 0116For I have made an offer to his Majesty—
line 0117Upon our spiritual convocation
line 0118And in regard of causes now in hand,
line 0119Which I have opened to his Grace at large,
line 0120As touching France—to give a greater sum
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 17 85line 0121Than ever at one time the clergy yet
line 0122Did to his predecessors part withal.
line 0123How did this offer seem received, my lord?
line 0124With good acceptance of his Majesty—
line 0125Save that there was not time enough to hear,
90line 0126As I perceived his Grace would fain have done,
line 0127The severals and unhidden passages
line 0128Of his true titles to some certain dukedoms,
line 0129And generally to the crown and seat of France,
line 0130Derived from Edward, his great-grandfather.
95line 0131What was th’ impediment that broke this off?
line 0132The French ambassador upon that instant
line 0133Craved audience. And the hour, I think, is come
line 0134To give him hearing. Is it four o’clock?
line 0135BISHOP OF ELYIt is.
100line 0136Then go we in to know his embassy,
line 0137Which I could with a ready guess declare
line 0138Before the Frenchman speak a word of it.
line 0139I’ll wait upon you, and I long to hear it.

They exit.

Scene 2

Enter the King of England, Humphrey Duke of Gloucester, Bedford, Clarence, Warwick, Westmoreland, and Exeter, with other Attendants.

line 0140Where is my gracious Lord of Canterbury?
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 19 EXETER
line 0141Not here in presence.
line 0142KING HENRYSend for him, good uncle.
line 0143Shall we call in th’ Ambassador, my liege?
5line 0144Not yet, my cousin. We would be resolved,
line 0145Before we hear him, of some things of weight
line 0146That task our thoughts concerning us and France.

Enter the two Bishops of Canterbury and Ely.

line 0147God and his angels guard your sacred throne
line 0148And make you long become it.
10line 0149KING HENRYSure we thank you.
line 0150My learnèd lord, we pray you to proceed
line 0151And justly and religiously unfold
line 0152Why the law Salic that they have in France
line 0153Or should or should not bar us in our claim.
15line 0154And God forbid, my dear and faithful lord,
line 0155That you should fashion, wrest, or bow your
line 0156reading,
line 0157Or nicely charge your understanding soul
line 0158With opening titles miscreate, whose right
20line 0159Suits not in native colors with the truth;
line 0160For God doth know how many now in health
line 0161Shall drop their blood in approbation
line 0162Of what your reverence shall incite us to.
line 0163Therefore take heed how you impawn our person,
25line 0164How you awake our sleeping sword of war.
line 0165We charge you in the name of God, take heed,
line 0166For never two such kingdoms did contend
line 0167Without much fall of blood, whose guiltless drops
line 0168Are every one a woe, a sore complaint
30line 0169’Gainst him whose wrongs gives edge unto the
line 0170swords
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 21 line 0171That makes such waste in brief mortality.
line 0172Under this conjuration, speak, my lord,
line 0173For we will hear, note, and believe in heart
35line 0174That what you speak is in your conscience washed
line 0175As pure as sin with baptism.
line 0176Then hear me, gracious sovereign, and you peers
line 0177That owe yourselves, your lives, and services
line 0178To this imperial throne. There is no bar
40line 0179To make against your Highness’ claim to France
line 0180But this, which they produce from Pharamond:
line 0181“In terram Salicam mulieres ne succedant”
line 0182(No woman shall succeed in Salic land),
line 0183Which Salic land the French unjustly gloze
45line 0184To be the realm of France, and Pharamond
line 0185The founder of this law and female bar.
line 0186Yet their own authors faithfully affirm
line 0187That the land Salic is in Germany,
line 0188Between the floods of Sala and of Elbe,
50line 0189Where Charles the Great, having subdued the
line 0190Saxons,
line 0191There left behind and settled certain French,
line 0192Who, holding in disdain the German women
line 0193For some dishonest manners of their life,
55line 0194Established then this law: to wit, no female
line 0195Should be inheritrix in Salic land,
line 0196Which “Salic,” as I said, ’twixt Elbe and Sala
line 0197Is at this day in Germany called Meissen.
line 0198Then doth it well appear the Salic law
60line 0199Was not devisèd for the realm of France,
line 0200Nor did the French possess the Salic land
line 0201Until four hundred one and twenty years
line 0202After defunction of King Pharamond,
line 0203Idly supposed the founder of this law,
65line 0204Who died within the year of our redemption
line 0205Four hundred twenty-six; and Charles the Great
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 23 line 0206Subdued the Saxons and did seat the French
line 0207Beyond the river Sala in the year
line 0208Eight hundred five. Besides, their writers say,
70line 0209King Pepin, which deposèd Childeric,
line 0210Did, as heir general, being descended
line 0211Of Blithild, which was daughter to King Clothair,
line 0212Make claim and title to the crown of France.
line 0213Hugh Capet also, who usurped the crown
75line 0214Of Charles the Duke of Lorraine, sole heir male
line 0215Of the true line and stock of Charles the Great,
line 0216To find his title with some shows of truth,
line 0217Though in pure truth it was corrupt and naught,
line 0218Conveyed himself as th’ heir to th’ Lady Lingare,
80line 0219Daughter to Charlemagne, who was the son
line 0220To Lewis the Emperor, and Lewis the son
line 0221Of Charles the Great. Also King Lewis the Tenth,
line 0222Who was sole heir to the usurper Capet,
line 0223Could not keep quiet in his conscience,
85line 0224Wearing the crown of France, till satisfied
line 0225That fair Queen Isabel, his grandmother,
line 0226Was lineal of the Lady Ermengare,
line 0227Daughter to Charles the foresaid Duke of Lorraine:
line 0228By the which marriage the line of Charles the Great
90line 0229Was reunited to the crown of France.
line 0230So that, as clear as is the summer’s sun,
line 0231King Pepin’s title and Hugh Capet’s claim,
line 0232King Lewis his satisfaction, all appear
line 0233To hold in right and title of the female.
95line 0234So do the kings of France unto this day,
line 0235Howbeit they would hold up this Salic law
line 0236To bar your Highness claiming from the female,
line 0237And rather choose to hide them in a net
line 0238Than amply to imbar their crooked titles
100line 0239Usurped from you and your progenitors.
line 0240May I with right and conscience make this claim?
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 25 BISHOP OF CANTERBURY
line 0241The sin upon my head, dread sovereign,
line 0242For in the Book of Numbers is it writ:
line 0243“When the man dies, let the inheritance
105line 0244Descend unto the daughter.” Gracious lord,
line 0245Stand for your own, unwind your bloody flag,
line 0246Look back into your mighty ancestors.
line 0247Go, my dread lord, to your great-grandsire’s tomb,
line 0248From whom you claim; invoke his warlike spirit
110line 0249And your great-uncle’s, Edward the Black Prince,
line 0250Who on the French ground played a tragedy,
line 0251Making defeat on the full power of France
line 0252Whiles his most mighty father on a hill
line 0253Stood smiling to behold his lion’s whelp
115line 0254Forage in blood of French nobility.
line 0255O noble English, that could entertain
line 0256With half their forces the full pride of France
line 0257And let another half stand laughing by,
line 0258All out of work and cold for action!
120line 0259Awake remembrance of these valiant dead
line 0260And with your puissant arm renew their feats.
line 0261You are their heir, you sit upon their throne,
line 0262The blood and courage that renownèd them
line 0263Runs in your veins; and my thrice-puissant liege
125line 0264Is in the very May-morn of his youth,
line 0265Ripe for exploits and mighty enterprises.
line 0266Your brother kings and monarchs of the Earth
line 0267Do all expect that you should rouse yourself
line 0268As did the former lions of your blood.
130line 0269They know your Grace hath cause and means and
line 0270might;
line 0271So hath your Highness. Never king of England
line 0272Had nobles richer, and more loyal subjects,
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 27 line 0273Whose hearts have left their bodies here in England
135line 0274And lie pavilioned in the fields of France.
line 0275O, let their bodies follow, my dear liege,
line 0276With blood and sword and fire to win your right,
line 0277In aid whereof we of the spiritualty
line 0278Will raise your Highness such a mighty sum
140line 0279As never did the clergy at one time
line 0280Bring in to any of your ancestors.
line 0281We must not only arm t’ invade the French,
line 0282But lay down our proportions to defend
line 0283Against the Scot, who will make road upon us
145line 0284With all advantages.
line 0285They of those marches, gracious sovereign,
line 0286Shall be a wall sufficient to defend
line 0287Our inland from the pilfering borderers.
line 0288We do not mean the coursing snatchers only,
150line 0289But fear the main intendment of the Scot,
line 0290Who hath been still a giddy neighbor to us.
line 0291For you shall read that my great-grandfather
line 0292Never went with his forces into France
line 0293But that the Scot on his unfurnished kingdom
155line 0294Came pouring like the tide into a breach
line 0295With ample and brim fullness of his force,
line 0296Galling the gleanèd land with hot assays,
line 0297Girding with grievous siege castles and towns,
line 0298That England, being empty of defense,
160line 0299Hath shook and trembled at th’ ill neighborhood.
line 0300She hath been then more feared than harmed, my
line 0301liege,
line 0302For hear her but exampled by herself:
line 0303When all her chivalry hath been in France
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 29 165line 0304And she a mourning widow of her nobles,
line 0305She hath herself not only well defended
line 0306But taken and impounded as a stray
line 0307The King of Scots, whom she did send to France
line 0308To fill King Edward’s fame with prisoner kings
170line 0309And make her chronicle as rich with praise
line 0310As is the ooze and bottom of the sea
line 0311With sunken wrack and sumless treasuries.
line 0312But there’s a saying very old and true:
line 0313“If that you will France win,
175line 0314Then with Scotland first begin.”
line 0315For once the eagle England being in prey,
line 0316To her unguarded nest the weasel Scot
line 0317Comes sneaking and so sucks her princely eggs,
line 0318Playing the mouse in absence of the cat,
180line 0319To ’tame and havoc more than she can eat.
line 0320It follows, then, the cat must stay at home.
line 0321Yet that is but a crushed necessity,
line 0322Since we have locks to safeguard necessaries
line 0323And pretty traps to catch the petty thieves.
185line 0324While that the armèd hand doth fight abroad,
line 0325Th’ advisèd head defends itself at home.
line 0326For government, though high and low and lower,
line 0327Put into parts, doth keep in one consent,
line 0328Congreeing in a full and natural close,
190line 0329Like music.
line 0330BISHOP OF CANTERBURYTherefore doth heaven divide
line 0331The state of man in divers functions,
line 0332Setting endeavor in continual motion,
line 0333To which is fixèd as an aim or butt
195line 0334Obedience; for so work the honeybees,
line 0335Creatures that by a rule in nature teach
line 0336The act of order to a peopled kingdom.
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 31 line 0337They have a king and officers of sorts,
line 0338Where some like magistrates correct at home,
200line 0339Others like merchants venture trade abroad,
line 0340Others like soldiers armèd in their stings
line 0341Make boot upon the summer’s velvet buds,
line 0342Which pillage they with merry march bring home
line 0343To the tent royal of their emperor,
205line 0344Who, busied in his majesty, surveys
line 0345The singing masons building roofs of gold,
line 0346The civil citizens kneading up the honey,
line 0347The poor mechanic porters crowding in
line 0348Their heavy burdens at his narrow gate,
210line 0349The sad-eyed justice with his surly hum
line 0350Delivering o’er to executors pale
line 0351The lazy yawning drone. I this infer:
line 0352That many things, having full reference
line 0353To one consent, may work contrariously,
215line 0354As many arrows loosèd several ways
line 0355Come to one mark, as many ways meet in one town,
line 0356As many fresh streams meet in one salt sea,
line 0357As many lines close in the dial’s center,
line 0358So may a thousand actions, once afoot,
220line 0359End in one purpose and be all well borne
line 0360Without defeat. Therefore to France, my liege!
line 0361Divide your happy England into four,
line 0362Whereof take you one quarter into France,
line 0363And you withal shall make all Gallia shake.
225line 0364If we, with thrice such powers left at home,
line 0365Cannot defend our own doors from the dog,
line 0366Let us be worried, and our nation lose
line 0367The name of hardiness and policy.
line 0368Call in the messengers sent from the Dauphin.

Attendants exit.

230line 0369Now are we well resolved, and by God’s help
line 0370And yours, the noble sinews of our power,
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 33 line 0371France being ours, we’ll bend it to our awe
line 0372Or break it all to pieces. Or there we’ll sit,
line 0373Ruling in large and ample empery
235line 0374O’er France and all her almost kingly dukedoms,
line 0375Or lay these bones in an unworthy urn,
line 0376Tombless, with no remembrance over them.
line 0377Either our history shall with full mouth
line 0378Speak freely of our acts, or else our grave,
240line 0379Like Turkish mute, shall have a tongueless mouth,
line 0380Not worshiped with a waxen epitaph.

Enter Ambassadors of France, with Attendants.

line 0381Now are we well prepared to know the pleasure
line 0382Of our fair cousin Dauphin, for we hear
line 0383Your greeting is from him, not from the King.
245line 0384May ’t please your Majesty to give us leave
line 0385Freely to render what we have in charge,
line 0386Or shall we sparingly show you far off
line 0387The Dauphin’s meaning and our embassy?
line 0388We are no tyrant, but a Christian king,
250line 0389Unto whose grace our passion is as subject
line 0390As is our wretches fettered in our prisons.
line 0391Therefore with frank and with uncurbèd plainness
line 0392Tell us the Dauphin’s mind.
line 0393AMBASSADORThus, then, in few:
255line 0394Your Highness, lately sending into France,
line 0395Did claim some certain dukedoms in the right
line 0396Of your great predecessor, King Edward the Third;
line 0397In answer of which claim, the Prince our master
line 0398Says that you savor too much of your youth
260line 0399And bids you be advised there’s naught in France
line 0400That can be with a nimble galliard won;
line 0401You cannot revel into dukedoms there.
line 0402He therefore sends you, meeter for your spirit,
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 35 line 0403This tun of treasure and, in lieu of this,
265line 0404Desires you let the dukedoms that you claim
line 0405Hear no more of you. This the Dauphin speaks.
line 0406What treasure, uncle?
line 0407EXETERTennis balls,
line 0408my liege.
270line 0409We are glad the Dauphin is so pleasant with us.
line 0410His present and your pains we thank you for.
line 0411When we have matched our rackets to these balls,
line 0412We will in France, by God’s grace, play a set
line 0413Shall strike his father’s crown into the hazard.
275line 0414Tell him he hath made a match with such a
line 0415wrangler
line 0416That all the courts of France will be disturbed
line 0417With chases. And we understand him well,
line 0418How he comes o’er us with our wilder days,
280line 0419Not measuring what use we made of them.
line 0420We never valued this poor seat of England,
line 0421And therefore, living hence, did give ourself
line 0422To barbarous license, as ’tis ever common
line 0423That men are merriest when they are from home.
285line 0424But tell the Dauphin I will keep my state,
line 0425Be like a king, and show my sail of greatness
line 0426When I do rouse me in my throne of France,
line 0427For that I have laid by my majesty
line 0428And plodded like a man for working days;
290line 0429But I will rise there with so full a glory
line 0430That I will dazzle all the eyes of France,
line 0431Yea, strike the Dauphin blind to look on us.
line 0432And tell the pleasant prince this mock of his
line 0433Hath turned his balls to gun-stones, and his soul
295line 0434Shall stand sore chargèd for the wasteful vengeance
line 0435That shall fly with them; for many a thousand
line 0436widows
line 0437Shall this his mock mock out of their dear husbands,
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 37 line 0438Mock mothers from their sons, mock castles down;
300line 0439And some are yet ungotten and unborn
line 0440That shall have cause to curse the Dauphin’s scorn.
line 0441But this lies all within the will of God,
line 0442To whom I do appeal, and in whose name
line 0443Tell you the Dauphin I am coming on,
305line 0444To venge me as I may and to put forth
line 0445My rightful hand in a well-hallowed cause.
line 0446So get you hence in peace. And tell the Dauphin
line 0447His jest will savor but of shallow wit
line 0448When thousands weep more than did laugh at it.—
310line 0449Convey them with safe conduct.—Fare you well.

Ambassadors exit, with Attendants.

line 0450EXETERThis was a merry message.
line 0451We hope to make the sender blush at it.
line 0452Therefore, my lords, omit no happy hour
line 0453That may give furth’rance to our expedition;
315line 0454For we have now no thought in us but France,
line 0455Save those to God, that run before our business.
line 0456Therefore let our proportions for these wars
line 0457Be soon collected, and all things thought upon
line 0458That may with reasonable swiftness add
320line 0459More feathers to our wings. For, God before,
line 0460We’ll chide this Dauphin at his father’s door.
line 0461Therefore let every man now task his thought,
line 0462That this fair action may on foot be brought.

Flourish. They exit.


Enter Chorus.

line 0463Now all the youth of England are on fire,
line 0464And silken dalliance in the wardrobe lies;
line 0465Now thrive the armorers, and honor’s thought
line 0466Reigns solely in the breast of every man.
5line 0467They sell the pasture now to buy the horse,
line 0468Following the mirror of all Christian kings
line 0469With wingèd heels, as English Mercurys.
line 0470For now sits Expectation in the air
line 0471And hides a sword, from hilts unto the point,
10line 0472With crowns imperial, crowns, and coronets
line 0473Promised to Harry and his followers.
line 0474The French, advised by good intelligence
line 0475Of this most dreadful preparation,
line 0476Shake in their fear, and with pale policy
15line 0477Seek to divert the English purposes.
line 0478O England, model to thy inward greatness,
line 0479Like little body with a mighty heart,
line 0480What might’st thou do, that honor would thee do,
line 0481Were all thy children kind and natural!
20line 0482But see, thy fault France hath in thee found out,
line 0483A nest of hollow bosoms, which he fills
line 0484With treacherous crowns, and three corrupted men—
line 0485One, Richard, Earl of Cambridge, and the second,
Act 2 Scene 1 - Pg 43 line 0486Henry, Lord Scroop of Masham, and the third,
25line 0487Sir Thomas Grey, knight, of Northumberland—
line 0488Have, for the gilt of France (O guilt indeed!),
line 0489Confirmed conspiracy with fearful France,
line 0490And by their hands this grace of kings must die,
line 0491If hell and treason hold their promises,
30line 0492Ere he take ship for France, and in Southampton.
line 0493Linger your patience on, and we’ll digest
line 0494Th’ abuse of distance, force a play.
line 0495The sum is paid, the traitors are agreed,
line 0496The King is set from London, and the scene
35line 0497Is now transported, gentles, to Southampton.
line 0498There is the playhouse now, there must you sit,
line 0499And thence to France shall we convey you safe
line 0500And bring you back, charming the narrow seas
line 0501To give you gentle pass; for, if we may,
40line 0502We’ll not offend one stomach with our play.
line 0503But, till the King come forth, and not till then,
line 0504Unto Southampton do we shift our scene.

He exits.

Scene 1

Enter Corporal Nym and Lieutenant Bardolph.

line 0505BARDOLPHWell met, Corporal Nym.
line 0506NYMGood morrow, Lieutenant Bardolph.
line 0507BARDOLPHWhat, are Ancient Pistol and you friends
line 0508yet?
5line 0509NYMFor my part, I care not. I say little, but when time
line 0510shall serve, there shall be smiles; but that shall be as
line 0511it may. I dare not fight, but I will wink and hold out
line 0512mine iron. It is a simple one, but what though? It
line 0513will toast cheese, and it will endure cold as another
10line 0514man’s sword will, and there’s an end.
line 0515BARDOLPHI will bestow a breakfast to make you
Act 2 Scene 1 - Pg 45 line 0516friends, and we’ll be all three sworn brothers to
line 0517France. Let ’t be so, good Corporal Nym.
line 0518NYMFaith, I will live so long as I may, that’s the
15line 0519certain of it; and when I cannot live any longer, I
line 0520will do as I may. That is my rest, that is the
line 0521rendezvous of it.
line 0522BARDOLPHIt is certain, corporal, that he is married to
line 0523Nell Quickly, and certainly she did you wrong, for
20line 0524you were troth-plight to her.
line 0525NYMI cannot tell. Things must be as they may. Men
line 0526may sleep, and they may have their throats about
line 0527them at that time, and some say knives have edges.
line 0528It must be as it may. Though patience be a tired
25line 0529mare, yet she will plod. There must be conclusions.
line 0530Well, I cannot tell.

Enter Pistol and Hostess Quickly.

line 0531BARDOLPHHere comes Ancient Pistol and his wife.
line 0532Good corporal, be patient here.—How now, mine
line 0533host Pistol?
30line 0534PISTOLBase tyke, call’st thou me host? Now, by this
line 0535hand, I swear I scorn the term, nor shall my Nell
line 0536keep lodgers.
line 0537HOSTESSNo, by my troth, not long; for we cannot
line 0538lodge and board a dozen or fourteen gentlewomen
35line 0539that live honestly by the prick of their needles but it
line 0540will be thought we keep a bawdy house straight.

Nym and Pistol draw their swords.

line 0541O well-a-day, Lady! If he be not hewn now, we shall
line 0542see willful adultery and murder committed.
line 0543BARDOLPHGood lieutenant, good corporal, offer nothing
40line 0544here.
line 0545NYMPish!
line 0546PISTOLPish for thee, Iceland dog, thou prick-eared
line 0547cur of Iceland!
Act 2 Scene 1 - Pg 47 line 0548HOSTESSGood Corporal Nym, show thy valor, and put
45line 0549up your sword.
line 0550NYMWill you shog off? To Pistol. I would have you
line 0551solus.
line 0552PISTOL“Solus,” egregious dog? O viper vile, the solus
line 0553in thy most marvelous face, the solus in thy teeth
50line 0554and in thy throat and in thy hateful lungs, yea, in thy
line 0555maw, perdy, and, which is worse, within thy nasty
line 0556mouth! I do retort the solus in thy bowels, for I can
line 0557take, and Pistol’s cock is up, and flashing fire will
line 0558follow.
55line 0559NYMI am not Barbason, you cannot conjure me. I
line 0560have an humor to knock you indifferently well. If
line 0561you grow foul with me, Pistol, I will scour you with
line 0562my rapier, as I may, in fair terms. If you would walk
line 0563off, I would prick your guts a little in good terms, as
60line 0564I may, and that’s the humor of it.
line 0565O braggart vile and damnèd furious wight,
line 0566The grave doth gape, and doting death is near.
line 0567Therefore exhale.
line 0568BARDOLPHHear me, hear me what I say: he that strikes
65line 0569the first stroke, I’ll run him up to the hilts, as I am a
line 0570soldier.He draws.
line 0571PISTOLAn oath of mickle might, and fury shall abate.

Pistol and Nym and then Bardolph sheathe their swords.

line 0572Give me thy fist, thy forefoot to me give. Thy spirits
line 0573are most tall.
70line 0574NYMto Pistol I will cut thy throat one time or other
line 0575in fair terms, that is the humor of it.
line 0576PISTOLCouple à gorge, that is the word. I defy thee
line 0577again. O hound of Crete, think’st thou my spouse to
line 0578get? No, to the spital go, and from the powd’ring tub
75line 0579of infamy fetch forth the lazar kite of Cressid’s kind,
line 0580Doll Tearsheet she by name, and her espouse. I
Act 2 Scene 1 - Pg 49 line 0581have, and I will hold, the quondam Quickly for the
line 0582only she: and pauca, there’s enough too! Go to.

Enter the Boy.

line 0583BOYMine host Pistol, you must come to my master,
80line 0584and your hostess. He is very sick and would to
line 0585bed.—Good Bardolph, put thy face between his
line 0586sheets, and do the office of a warming-pan. Faith,
line 0587he’s very ill.
line 0588BARDOLPHAway, you rogue!
85line 0589HOSTESSBy my troth, he’ll yield the crow a pudding
line 0590one of these days. The King has killed his heart.
line 0591Good husband, come home presently.

She exits with the Boy.

line 0592BARDOLPHCome, shall I make you two friends? We
line 0593must to France together. Why the devil should we
90line 0594keep knives to cut one another’s throats?
line 0595Let floods o’erswell and fiends for food howl on!
line 0596NYMYou’ll pay me the eight shillings I won of you at
line 0597betting?
line 0598PISTOLBase is the slave that pays.
95line 0599NYMThat now I will have, that’s the humor of it.
line 0600PISTOLAs manhood shall compound. Push home.

They draw.

line 0601BARDOLPHdrawing his sword By this sword, he that
line 0602makes the first thrust, I’ll kill him. By this sword, I
line 0603will.
100line 0604PISTOLsheathing his sword “Sword” is an oath, and
line 0605oaths must have their course.
line 0606BARDOLPHCorporal Nym, an thou wilt be friends, be
line 0607friends; an thou wilt not, why then be enemies with
line 0608me too. Prithee, put up.
105line 0609PISTOLto Nym A noble shalt thou have, and present
line 0610pay, and liquor likewise will I give to thee, and
Act 2 Scene 2 - Pg 51 line 0611friendship shall combine, and brotherhood. I’ll live
line 0612by Nym, and Nym shall live by me. Is not this just?
line 0613For I shall sutler be unto the camp, and profits will
110line 0614accrue. Give me thy hand.
line 0615NYMI shall have my noble?
line 0616PISTOLIn cash, most justly paid.
line 0617NYMWell, then, that’s the humor of ’t.

Nym and Bardolph sheathe their swords.

Enter Hostess.

line 0618HOSTESSAs ever you come of women, come in quickly
115line 0619to Sir John. Ah, poor heart, he is so shaked of a
line 0620burning quotidian-tertian that it is most lamentable
line 0621to behold. Sweet men, come to him.
line 0622NYMThe King hath run bad humors on the knight,
line 0623that’s the even of it.
120line 0624PISTOLNym, thou hast spoke the right. His heart is
line 0625fracted and corroborate.
line 0626NYMThe King is a good king, but it must be as it may;
line 0627he passes some humors and careers.
line 0628PISTOLLet us condole the knight, for, lambkins, we
125line 0629will live.

They exit.

Scene 2

Enter Exeter, Bedford, and Westmoreland.

line 0630’Fore God, his Grace is bold to trust these traitors.
line 0631They shall be apprehended by and by.
line 0632How smooth and even they do bear themselves,
line 0633As if allegiance in their bosoms sat
5line 0634Crownèd with faith and constant loyalty.
Act 2 Scene 2 - Pg 53 BEDFORD
line 0635The King hath note of all that they intend,
line 0636By interception which they dream not of.
line 0637Nay, but the man that was his bedfellow,
line 0638Whom he hath dulled and cloyed with gracious
10line 0639favors—
line 0640That he should, for a foreign purse, so sell
line 0641His sovereign’s life to death and treachery!

Sound Trumpets. Enter the King of England, Scroop, Cambridge, and Grey, with Attendants.

line 0642Now sits the wind fair, and we will aboard.—
line 0643My Lord of Cambridge, and my kind Lord of
15line 0644Masham,
line 0645And you, my gentle knight, give me your thoughts.
line 0646Think you not that the powers we bear with us
line 0647Will cut their passage through the force of France,
line 0648Doing the execution and the act
20line 0649For which we have in head assembled them?
line 0650No doubt, my liege, if each man do his best.
line 0651I doubt not that, since we are well persuaded
line 0652We carry not a heart with us from hence
line 0653That grows not in a fair consent with ours,
25line 0654Nor leave not one behind that doth not wish
line 0655Success and conquest to attend on us.
line 0656Never was monarch better feared and loved
line 0657Than is your Majesty. There’s not, I think, a subject
line 0658That sits in heart-grief and uneasiness
30line 0659Under the sweet shade of your government.
line 0660True. Those that were your father’s enemies
Act 2 Scene 2 - Pg 55 line 0661Have steeped their galls in honey, and do serve you
line 0662With hearts create of duty and of zeal.
line 0663We therefore have great cause of thankfulness,
35line 0664And shall forget the office of our hand
line 0665Sooner than quittance of desert and merit
line 0666According to the weight and worthiness.
line 0667So service shall with steelèd sinews toil,
line 0668And labor shall refresh itself with hope
40line 0669To do your Grace incessant services.
line 0670We judge no less.—Uncle of Exeter,
line 0671Enlarge the man committed yesterday
line 0672That railed against our person. We consider
line 0673It was excess of wine that set him on,
45line 0674And on his more advice we pardon him.
line 0675That’s mercy, but too much security.
line 0676Let him be punished, sovereign, lest example
line 0677Breed, by his sufferance, more of such a kind.
line 0678KING HENRYO, let us yet be merciful.
50line 0679So may your Highness, and yet punish too.
line 0680Sir, you show great mercy if you give him life
line 0681After the taste of much correction.
line 0682Alas, your too much love and care of me
line 0683Are heavy orisons ’gainst this poor wretch.
55line 0684If little faults proceeding on distemper
line 0685Shall not be winked at, how shall we stretch our eye
line 0686When capital crimes, chewed, swallowed, and
line 0687digested,
line 0688Appear before us? We’ll yet enlarge that man,
Act 2 Scene 2 - Pg 57 60line 0689Though Cambridge, Scroop, and Grey, in their dear
line 0690care
line 0691And tender preservation of our person,
line 0692Would have him punished. And now to our French
line 0693causes.
65line 0694Who are the late commissioners?
line 0695CAMBRIDGEI one, my lord.
line 0696Your Highness bade me ask for it today.
line 0697SCROOPSo did you me, my liege.
line 0698GREYAnd I, my royal sovereign.
KING HENRYgiving them papers
70line 0699Then Richard, Earl of Cambridge, there is yours—
line 0700There yours, Lord Scroop of Masham.—And, sir
line 0701knight,
line 0702Grey of Northumberland, this same is yours.—
line 0703Read them, and know I know your worthiness.—
75line 0704My Lord of Westmoreland and uncle Exeter,
line 0705We will aboard tonight.—Why how now, gentlemen?
line 0706What see you in those papers, that you lose
line 0707So much complexion?—Look you, how they change.
line 0708Their cheeks are paper.—Why, what read you there
80line 0709That have so cowarded and chased your blood
line 0710Out of appearance?
line 0711CAMBRIDGEI do confess my fault,
line 0712And do submit me to your Highness’ mercy.
line 0713GREY/SCROOPTo which we all appeal.
85line 0714The mercy that was quick in us but late
line 0715By your own counsel is suppressed and killed.
line 0716You must not dare, for shame, to talk of mercy,
line 0717For your own reasons turn into your bosoms
line 0718As dogs upon their masters, worrying you.—
90line 0719See you, my princes and my noble peers,
line 0720These English monsters. My Lord of Cambridge
line 0721here,
line 0722You know how apt our love was to accord
Act 2 Scene 2 - Pg 59 line 0723To furnish him with all appurtenants
95line 0724Belonging to his honor, and this man
line 0725Hath, for a few light crowns, lightly conspired
line 0726And sworn unto the practices of France
line 0727To kill us here in Hampton; to the which
line 0728This knight, no less for bounty bound to us
100line 0729Than Cambridge is, hath likewise sworn.—But O,
line 0730What shall I say to thee, Lord Scroop, thou cruel,
line 0731Ingrateful, savage, and inhuman creature?
line 0732Thou that didst bear the key of all my counsels,
line 0733That knew’st the very bottom of my soul,
105line 0734That almost mightst have coined me into gold,
line 0735Wouldst thou have practiced on me for thy use—
line 0736May it be possible that foreign hire
line 0737Could out of thee extract one spark of evil
line 0738That might annoy my finger? ’Tis so strange
110line 0739That, though the truth of it stands off as gross
line 0740As black and white, my eye will scarcely see it.
line 0741Treason and murder ever kept together,
line 0742As two yoke-devils sworn to either’s purpose,
line 0743Working so grossly in a natural cause
115line 0744That admiration did not whoop at them.
line 0745But thou, ’gainst all proportion, didst bring in
line 0746Wonder to wait on treason and on murder,
line 0747And whatsoever cunning fiend it was
line 0748That wrought upon thee so preposterously
120line 0749Hath got the voice in hell for excellence.
line 0750All other devils that suggest by treasons
line 0751Do botch and bungle up damnation
line 0752With patches, colors, and with forms being fetched
line 0753From glist’ring semblances of piety;
125line 0754But he that tempered thee bade thee stand up,
line 0755Gave thee no instance why thou shouldst do treason,
line 0756Unless to dub thee with the name of traitor.
line 0757If that same demon that hath gulled thee thus
line 0758Should with his lion gait walk the whole world,
Act 2 Scene 2 - Pg 61 130line 0759He might return to vasty Tartar back
line 0760And tell the legions “I can never win
line 0761A soul so easy as that Englishman’s.”
line 0762O, how hast thou with jealousy infected
line 0763The sweetness of affiance! Show men dutiful?
135line 0764Why, so didst thou. Seem they grave and learnèd?
line 0765Why, so didst thou. Come they of noble family?
line 0766Why, so didst thou. Seem they religious?
line 0767Why, so didst thou. Or are they spare in diet,
line 0768Free from gross passion or of mirth or anger,
140line 0769Constant in spirit, not swerving with the blood,
line 0770Garnished and decked in modest complement,
line 0771Not working with the eye without the ear,
line 0772And but in purgèd judgment trusting neither?
line 0773Such and so finely bolted didst thou seem.
145line 0774And thus thy fall hath left a kind of blot
line 0775To mark the full-fraught man and best endued
line 0776With some suspicion. I will weep for thee,
line 0777For this revolt of thine methinks is like
line 0778Another fall of man.—Their faults are open.
150line 0779Arrest them to the answer of the law,
line 0780And God acquit them of their practices.
line 0781EXETERI arrest thee of high treason, by the name of
line 0782Richard, Earl of Cambridge.—
line 0783I arrest thee of high treason, by the name of
155line 0784Henry, Lord Scroop of Masham.—
line 0785I arrest thee of high treason, by the name of
line 0786Thomas Grey, knight, of Northumberland.
line 0787Our purposes God justly hath discovered,
line 0788And I repent my fault more than my death,
160line 0789Which I beseech your Highness to forgive,
line 0790Although my body pay the price of it.
line 0791For me, the gold of France did not seduce,
line 0792Although I did admit it as a motive
line 0793The sooner to effect what I intended;
Act 2 Scene 2 - Pg 63 165line 0794But God be thankèd for prevention,
line 0795Which I in sufferance heartily will rejoice,
line 0796Beseeching God and you to pardon me.
line 0797Never did faithful subject more rejoice
line 0798At the discovery of most dangerous treason
170line 0799Than I do at this hour joy o’er myself,
line 0800Prevented from a damnèd enterprise.
line 0801My fault, but not my body, pardon, sovereign.
line 0802God quit you in His mercy. Hear your sentence:
line 0803You have conspired against our royal person,
175line 0804Joined with an enemy proclaimed, and from his
line 0805coffers
line 0806Received the golden earnest of our death,
line 0807Wherein you would have sold your king to
line 0808slaughter,
180line 0809His princes and his peers to servitude,
line 0810His subjects to oppression and contempt,
line 0811And his whole kingdom into desolation.
line 0812Touching our person, seek we no revenge,
line 0813But we our kingdom’s safety must so tender,
185line 0814Whose ruin you have sought, that to her laws
line 0815We do deliver you. Get you therefore hence,
line 0816Poor miserable wretches, to your death,
line 0817The taste whereof God of His mercy give
line 0818You patience to endure, and true repentance
190line 0819Of all your dear offenses.—Bear them hence.

They exit under guard.

line 0820Now, lords, for France, the enterprise whereof
line 0821Shall be to you as us, like glorious.
line 0822We doubt not of a fair and lucky war,
line 0823Since God so graciously hath brought to light
195line 0824This dangerous treason lurking in our way
line 0825To hinder our beginnings. We doubt not now
Act 2 Scene 3 - Pg 65 line 0826But every rub is smoothèd on our way.
line 0827Then forth, dear countrymen. Let us deliver
line 0828Our puissance into the hand of God,
200line 0829Putting it straight in expedition.
line 0830Cheerly to sea. The signs of war advance.
line 0831No king of England if not king of France.

Flourish. They exit.

Scene 3

Enter Pistol, Nym, Bardolph, Boy, and Hostess.

line 0832HOSTESSPrithee, honey-sweet husband, let me bring
line 0833thee to Staines.
line 0834PISTOLNo; for my manly heart doth earn.—Bardolph,
line 0835be blithe.—Nym, rouse thy vaunting veins.— Boy,
5line 0836bristle thy courage up. For Falstaff, he is dead, and
line 0837we must earn therefore.
line 0838BARDOLPHWould I were with him, wheresome’er he
line 0839is, either in heaven or in hell.
line 0840HOSTESSNay, sure, he’s not in hell! He’s in Arthur’s
10line 0841bosom, if ever man went to Arthur’s bosom. He
line 0842made a finer end, and went away an it had been any
line 0843christom child. He parted ev’n just between twelve
line 0844and one, ev’n at the turning o’ th’ tide; for after I saw
line 0845him fumble with the sheets and play with flowers
15line 0846and smile upon his finger’s end, I knew there was
line 0847but one way, for his nose was as sharp as a pen and
line 0848he talked of green fields. “How now, Sir John?”
line 0849quoth I. “What, man, be o’ good cheer!” So he cried
line 0850out “God, God, God!” three or four times. Now I, to
20line 0851comfort him, bid him he should not think of God; I
line 0852hoped there was no need to trouble himself with
line 0853any such thoughts yet. So he bade me lay more
line 0854clothes on his feet. I put my hand into the bed and
line 0855felt them, and they were as cold as any stone. Then I
Act 2 Scene 3 - Pg 67 25line 0856felt to his knees, and so upward and upward, and
line 0857all was as cold as any stone.
line 0858NYMThey say he cried out of sack.
line 0859HOSTESSAy, that he did.
line 0860BARDOLPHAnd of women.
30line 0861HOSTESSNay, that he did not.
line 0862BOYYes, that he did, and said they were devils
line 0863incarnate.
line 0864HOSTESSHe could never abide carnation. ’Twas a
line 0865color he never liked.
35line 0866BOYHe said once, the devil would have him about
line 0867women.
line 0868HOSTESSHe did in some sort, indeed, handle women,
line 0869but then he was rheumatic and talked of the Whore
line 0870of Babylon.
40line 0871BOYDo you not remember he saw a flea stick upon
line 0872Bardolph’s nose, and he said it was a black soul
line 0873burning in hell?
line 0874BARDOLPHWell, the fuel is gone that maintained that
line 0875fire. That’s all the riches I got in his service.
45line 0876NYMShall we shog? The King will be gone from
line 0877Southampton.
line 0878PISTOLCome, let’s away.—My love, give me thy lips.
line 0879They kiss. Look to my chattels and my movables.
line 0880Let senses rule. The word is “Pitch and pay.” Trust
50line 0881none, for oaths are straws, men’s faiths are wafer-cakes,
line 0882and Holdfast is the only dog, my duck.
line 0883Therefore, Caveto be thy counselor. Go, clear thy
line 0884crystals.—Yoke-fellows in arms, let us to France,
line 0885like horse-leeches, my boys, to suck, to suck, the
55line 0886very blood to suck.
line 0887BOYAnd that’s but unwholesome food, they say.
line 0888PISTOLTouch her soft mouth, and march.
line 0889BARDOLPHkissing the Hostess Farewell, hostess.
line 0890NYMI cannot kiss, that is the humor of it. But adieu.
Act 2 Scene 4 - Pg 69 60line 0891PISTOLto the Hostess Let huswifery appear. Keep
line 0892close, I thee command.
line 0893HOSTESSFarewell. Adieu.

They exit.

Scene 4

Flourish. Enter the French King, the Dauphin, the Dukes of Berri and Brittany, the Constable, and others.

line 0894Thus comes the English with full power upon us,
line 0895And more than carefully it us concerns
line 0896To answer royally in our defenses.
line 0897Therefore the Dukes of Berri and of Brittany,
5line 0898Of Brabant and of Orléans, shall make forth,
line 0899And you, Prince Dauphin, with all swift dispatch,
line 0900To line and new-repair our towns of war
line 0901With men of courage and with means defendant.
line 0902For England his approaches makes as fierce
10line 0903As waters to the sucking of a gulf.
line 0904It fits us then to be as provident
line 0905As fear may teach us out of late examples
line 0906Left by the fatal and neglected English
line 0907Upon our fields.
15line 0908DAUPHINMy most redoubted father,
line 0909It is most meet we arm us ’gainst the foe,
line 0910For peace itself should not so dull a kingdom,
line 0911Though war nor no known quarrel were in question
line 0912But that defenses, musters, preparations
20line 0913Should be maintained, assembled, and collected
line 0914As were a war in expectation.
line 0915Therefore I say ’tis meet we all go forth
line 0916To view the sick and feeble parts of France.
line 0917And let us do it with no show of fear,
25line 0918No, with no more than if we heard that England
Act 2 Scene 4 - Pg 71 line 0919Were busied with a Whitsun morris-dance.
line 0920For, my good liege, she is so idly kinged,
line 0921Her scepter so fantastically borne
line 0922By a vain, giddy, shallow, humorous youth,
30line 0923That fear attends her not.
line 0924CONSTABLEO peace, Prince Dauphin!
line 0925You are too much mistaken in this king.
line 0926Question your Grace the late ambassadors
line 0927With what great state he heard their embassy,
35line 0928How well supplied with noble councillors,
line 0929How modest in exception, and withal
line 0930How terrible in constant resolution,
line 0931And you shall find his vanities forespent
line 0932Were but the outside of the Roman Brutus,
40line 0933Covering discretion with a coat of folly,
line 0934As gardeners do with ordure hide those roots
line 0935That shall first spring and be most delicate.
line 0936Well, ’tis not so, my Lord High Constable.
line 0937But though we think it so, it is no matter.
45line 0938In cases of defense, ’tis best to weigh
line 0939The enemy more mighty than he seems.
line 0940So the proportions of defense are filled,
line 0941Which of a weak and niggardly projection
line 0942Doth, like a miser, spoil his coat with scanting
50line 0943A little cloth.
line 0944KING OF FRANCEThink we King Harry strong,
line 0945And, princes, look you strongly arm to meet him.
line 0946The kindred of him hath been fleshed upon us,
line 0947And he is bred out of that bloody strain
55line 0948That haunted us in our familiar paths.
line 0949Witness our too-much-memorable shame
line 0950When Cressy battle fatally was struck
line 0951And all our princes captived by the hand
line 0952Of that black name, Edward, Black Prince of
60line 0953Wales,
Act 2 Scene 4 - Pg 73 line 0954Whiles that his mountain sire, on mountain standing
line 0955Up in the air, crowned with the golden sun,
line 0956Saw his heroical seed and smiled to see him
line 0957Mangle the work of nature and deface
65line 0958The patterns that by God and by French fathers
line 0959Had twenty years been made. This is a stem
line 0960Of that victorious stock, and let us fear
line 0961The native mightiness and fate of him.

Enter a Messenger.

line 0962Ambassadors from Harry King of England
70line 0963Do crave admittance to your Majesty.
line 0964We’ll give them present audience. Go, and bring
line 0965them.Messenger exits.
line 0966You see this chase is hotly followed, friends.
line 0967Turn head and stop pursuit, for coward dogs
75line 0968Most spend their mouths when what they seem to
line 0969threaten
line 0970Runs far before them. Good my sovereign,
line 0971Take up the English short, and let them know
line 0972Of what a monarchy you are the head.
80line 0973Self-love, my liege, is not so vile a sin
line 0974As self-neglecting.

Enter Exeter, with Lords and Attendants.

line 0975KING OF FRANCEFrom our brother of England?
line 0976From him, and thus he greets your Majesty:
line 0977He wills you, in the name of God almighty,
85line 0978That you divest yourself and lay apart
line 0979The borrowed glories that, by gift of heaven,
line 0980By law of nature and of nations, ’longs
line 0981To him and to his heirs—namely, the crown
Act 2 Scene 4 - Pg 75 line 0982And all wide-stretchèd honors that pertain
90line 0983By custom and the ordinance of times
line 0984Unto the crown of France. That you may know
line 0985’Tis no sinister nor no awkward claim
line 0986Picked from the wormholes of long-vanished days
line 0987Nor from the dust of old oblivion raked,
95line 0988He sends you this most memorable line,

He offers a paper.

line 0989In every branch truly demonstrative,
line 0990Willing you overlook this pedigree,
line 0991And when you find him evenly derived
line 0992From his most famed of famous ancestors,
100line 0993Edward the Third, he bids you then resign
line 0994Your crown and kingdom, indirectly held
line 0995From him, the native and true challenger.
line 0996KING OF FRANCEOr else what follows?
line 0997Bloody constraint, for if you hide the crown
105line 0998Even in your hearts, there will he rake for it.
line 0999Therefore in fierce tempest is he coming,
line 1000In thunder and in earthquake like a Jove,
line 1001That, if requiring fail, he will compel,
line 1002And bids you, in the bowels of the Lord,
110line 1003Deliver up the crown and to take mercy
line 1004On the poor souls for whom this hungry war
line 1005Opens his vasty jaws, and on your head
line 1006Turning the widows’ tears, the orphans’ cries,
line 1007The dead men’s blood, the privèd maidens’
115line 1008groans,
line 1009For husbands, fathers, and betrothèd lovers
line 1010That shall be swallowed in this controversy.
line 1011This is his claim, his threat’ning, and my message—
line 1012Unless the Dauphin be in presence here,
120line 1013To whom expressly I bring greeting too.
line 1014For us, we will consider of this further.
Act 2 Scene 4 - Pg 77 line 1015Tomorrow shall you bear our full intent
line 1016Back to our brother of England.
line 1017DAUPHINto Exeter For the Dauphin,
125line 1018I stand here for him. What to him from England?
line 1019Scorn and defiance, slight regard, contempt,
line 1020And anything that may not misbecome
line 1021The mighty sender, doth he prize you at.
line 1022Thus says my king: an if your father’s Highness
130line 1023Do not, in grant of all demands at large,
line 1024Sweeten the bitter mock you sent his Majesty,
line 1025He’ll call you to so hot an answer of it
line 1026That caves and womby vaultages of France
line 1027Shall chide your trespass and return your mock
135line 1028In second accent of his ordinance.
line 1029Say, if my father render fair return,
line 1030It is against my will, for I desire
line 1031Nothing but odds with England. To that end,
line 1032As matching to his youth and vanity,
140line 1033I did present him with the Paris balls.
line 1034He’ll make your Paris Louvre shake for it,
line 1035Were it the mistress court of mighty Europe.
line 1036And be assured you’ll find a difference,
line 1037As we his subjects have in wonder found,
145line 1038Between the promise of his greener days
line 1039And these he masters now. Now he weighs time
line 1040Even to the utmost grain. That you shall read
line 1041In your own losses, if he stay in France.
line 1042Tomorrow shall you know our mind at full.


150line 1043Dispatch us with all speed, lest that our king
Act 2 Scene 4 - Pg 79 line 1044Come here himself to question our delay,
line 1045For he is footed in this land already.
line 1046You shall be soon dispatched with fair conditions.
line 1047A night is but small breath and little pause
155line 1048To answer matters of this consequence.

Flourish. They exit.


Enter Chorus.

line 1049Thus with imagined wing our swift scene flies
line 1050In motion of no less celerity
line 1051Than that of thought. Suppose that you have seen
line 1052The well-appointed king at Dover pier
5line 1053Embark his royalty, and his brave fleet
line 1054With silken streamers the young Phoebus
line 1055fanning.
line 1056Play with your fancies and in them behold,
line 1057Upon the hempen tackle, shipboys climbing.
10line 1058Hear the shrill whistle, which doth order give
line 1059To sounds confused. Behold the threaden sails,
line 1060Borne with th’ invisible and creeping wind,
line 1061Draw the huge bottoms through the furrowed sea,
line 1062Breasting the lofty surge. O, do but think
15line 1063You stand upon the rivage and behold
line 1064A city on th’ inconstant billows dancing,
line 1065For so appears this fleet majestical,
line 1066Holding due course to Harfleur. Follow, follow!
line 1067Grapple your minds to sternage of this navy,
20line 1068And leave your England, as dead midnight still,
line 1069Guarded with grandsires, babies, and old women,
line 1070Either past or not arrived to pith and puissance,
line 1071For who is he whose chin is but enriched
line 1072With one appearing hair that will not follow
Act 3 Scene 1 - Pg 85 25line 1073These culled and choice-drawn cavaliers to France?
line 1074Work, work your thoughts, and therein see a siege;
line 1075Behold the ordnance on their carriages,
line 1076With fatal mouths gaping on girded Harfleur.
line 1077Suppose th’ Ambassador from the French comes
30line 1078back,
line 1079Tells Harry that the King doth offer him
line 1080Katherine his daughter and with her, to dowry,
line 1081Some petty and unprofitable dukedoms.
line 1082The offer likes not, and the nimble gunner
35line 1083With linstock now the devilish cannon touches,

Alarum, and chambers go off.

line 1084And down goes all before them. Still be kind,
line 1085And eke out our performance with your mind.

He exits.

Scene 1

Enter the King of England, Exeter, Bedford, and Gloucester. Alarum. Enter Soldiers with scaling ladders at Harfleur.

line 1086Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once
line 1087more,
line 1088Or close the wall up with our English dead!
line 1089In peace there’s nothing so becomes a man
5line 1090As modest stillness and humility,
line 1091But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
line 1092Then imitate the action of the tiger:
line 1093Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood,
line 1094Disguise fair nature with hard-favored rage,
10line 1095Then lend the eye a terrible aspect,
line 1096Let it pry through the portage of the head
line 1097Like the brass cannon, let the brow o’erwhelm it
line 1098As fearfully as doth a gallèd rock
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 87 line 1099O’erhang and jutty his confounded base
15line 1100Swilled with the wild and wasteful ocean.
line 1101Now set the teeth, and stretch the nostril wide,
line 1102Hold hard the breath, and bend up every spirit
line 1103To his full height. On, on, you noblest English,
line 1104Whose blood is fet from fathers of war-proof,
20line 1105Fathers that, like so many Alexanders,
line 1106Have in these parts from morn till even fought,
line 1107And sheathed their swords for lack of argument.
line 1108Dishonor not your mothers. Now attest
line 1109That those whom you called fathers did beget you.
25line 1110Be copy now to men of grosser blood
line 1111And teach them how to war. And you, good
line 1112yeomen,
line 1113Whose limbs were made in England, show us here
line 1114The mettle of your pasture. Let us swear
30line 1115That you are worth your breeding, which I doubt
line 1116not,
line 1117For there is none of you so mean and base
line 1118That hath not noble luster in your eyes.
line 1119I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips,
35line 1120Straining upon the start. The game’s afoot.
line 1121Follow your spirit, and upon this charge
line 1122Cry “God for Harry, England, and Saint George!”

Alarum, and chambers go off.

They exit.

Scene 2

Enter Nym, Bardolph, Pistol, and Boy.

line 1123BARDOLPHOn, on, on, on, on! To the breach, to the
line 1124breach!
line 1125NYMPray thee, corporal, stay. The knocks are too hot,
line 1126and, for mine own part, I have not a case of lives.
5line 1127The humor of it is too hot; that is the very plainsong
line 1128of it.
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 89 line 1129PISTOL“The plainsong” is most just, for humors do
line 1130abound.
line 1131Knocks go and come. God’s vassals drop and die,
10line 1132Sings And sword and shield,
line 1133In bloody field,
line 1134Doth win immortal fame.
line 1135BOYWould I were in an alehouse in London! I would
line 1136give all my fame for a pot of ale, and safety.
15line 1137PISTOLAnd I.
line 1138Sings If wishes would prevail with me,
line 1139My purpose should not fail with me,
line 1140But thither would I hie.
line 1141BOYsings As duly,
20line 1142But not as truly,
line 1143As bird doth sing on bough.

Enter Fluellen.

line 1144Up to the breach, you dogs! Avaunt, you cullions!
line 1145PISTOLBe merciful, great duke, to men of mold. Abate
line 1146thy rage, abate thy manly rage, abate thy rage, great
25line 1147duke. Good bawcock, ’bate thy rage. Use lenity,
line 1148sweet chuck.
line 1149NYMto Fluellen These be good humors. Your Honor
line 1150wins bad humors.

All but the Boy exit.

line 1151BOYAs young as I am, I have observed these three
30line 1152swashers. I am boy to them all three, but all they
line 1153three, though they would serve me, could not be
line 1154man to me. For indeed three such antics do not
line 1155amount to a man: for Bardolph, he is white-livered
line 1156and red-faced, by the means whereof he faces it out
35line 1157but fights not; for Pistol, he hath a killing tongue
line 1158and a quiet sword, by the means whereof he breaks
line 1159words and keeps whole weapons; for Nym, he hath
line 1160heard that men of few words are the best men, and
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 91 line 1161therefore he scorns to say his prayers, lest he should
40line 1162be thought a coward, but his few bad words are
line 1163matched with as few good deeds, for he never broke
line 1164any man’s head but his own, and that was against a
line 1165post when he was drunk. They will steal anything
line 1166and call it purchase. Bardolph stole a lute case, bore
45line 1167it twelve leagues, and sold it for three halfpence.
line 1168Nym and Bardolph are sworn brothers in filching,
line 1169and in Calais they stole a fire shovel. I knew by that
line 1170piece of service the men would carry coals. They
line 1171would have me as familiar with men’s pockets as
50line 1172their gloves or their handkerchers, which makes
line 1173much against my manhood, if I should take from
line 1174another’s pocket to put into mine, for it is plain
line 1175pocketing up of wrongs. I must leave them and seek
line 1176some better service. Their villainy goes against my
55line 1177weak stomach, and therefore I must cast it up.

He exits.

Enter Fluellen and Gower.

line 1178GOWERCaptain Fluellen, you must come presently to
line 1179the mines; the Duke of Gloucester would speak
line 1180with you.
line 1181FLUELLENTo the mines? Tell you the Duke it is not so
60line 1182good to come to the mines, for, look you, the mines
line 1183is not according to the disciplines of the war. The
line 1184concavities of it is not sufficient, for, look you, th’
line 1185athversary, you may discuss unto the Duke, look
line 1186you, is digt himself four yard under the countermines.
65line 1187By Cheshu, I think he will plow up all if
line 1188there is not better directions.
line 1189GOWERThe Duke of Gloucester, to whom the order of
line 1190the siege is given, is altogether directed by an
line 1191Irishman, a very valiant gentleman, i’ faith.
70line 1192FLUELLENIt is Captain Macmorris, is it not?
line 1193GOWERI think it be.
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 93 line 1194FLUELLENBy Cheshu, he is an ass, as in the world. I
line 1195will verify as much in his beard. He has no more
line 1196directions in the true disciplines of the wars, look
75line 1197you, of the Roman disciplines, than is a puppy dog.

Enter Captain Macmorris, and Captain Jamy.

line 1198GOWERHere he comes, and the Scots captain, Captain
line 1199Jamy, with him.
line 1200FLUELLENCaptain Jamy is a marvelous falorous gentleman,
line 1201that is certain, and of great expedition and
80line 1202knowledge in th’ aunchient wars, upon my particular
line 1203knowledge of his directions. By Cheshu, he will
line 1204maintain his argument as well as any military man
line 1205in the world in the disciplines of the pristine wars
line 1206of the Romans.
85line 1207JAMYI say gudday, Captain Fluellen.
line 1208FLUELLENGodden to your Worship, good Captain
line 1209James.
line 1210GOWERHow now, Captain Macmorris, have you quit
line 1211the mines? Have the pioners given o’er?
90line 1212MACMORRISBy Chrish, la, ’tish ill done. The work ish
line 1213give over. The trompet sound the retreat. By my
line 1214hand I swear, and my father’s soul, the work ish ill
line 1215done. It ish give over. I would have blowed up the
line 1216town, so Chrish save me, la, in an hour. O, ’tish ill
95line 1217done, ’tish ill done, by my hand, ’tish ill done.
line 1218FLUELLENCaptain Macmorris, I beseech you now,
line 1219will you voutsafe me, look you, a few disputations
line 1220with you as partly touching or concerning the
line 1221disciplines of the war, the Roman wars? In the way
100line 1222of argument, look you, and friendly communication,
line 1223partly to satisfy my opinion, and partly for the
line 1224satisfaction, look you, of my mind, as touching the
line 1225direction of the military discipline, that is the point.
line 1226JAMYIt sall be vary gud, gud feith, gud captens bath,
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 95 105line 1227and I sall quit you with gud leve, as I may pick
line 1228occasion, that sall I, marry.
line 1229MACMORRISIt is no time to discourse, so Chrish save
line 1230me. The day is hot, and the weather, and the wars,
line 1231and the King, and the dukes. It is no time to
110line 1232discourse. The town is beseeched. An the trumpet
line 1233call us to the breach and we talk and, be Chrish, do
line 1234nothing, ’tis shame for us all. So God sa’ me, ’tis
line 1235shame to stand still. It is shame, by my hand. And
line 1236there is throats to be cut, and works to be done,
115line 1237and there ish nothing done, so Christ sa’ me, la.
line 1238JAMYBy the Mess, ere theise eyes of mine take themselves
line 1239to slomber, ay’ll de gud service, or I’ll lig i’
line 1240th’ grund for it, ay, or go to death. And I’ll pay ’t as
line 1241valorously as I may, that sall I suerly do, that is the
120line 1242breff and the long. Marry, I wad full fain heard
line 1243some question ’tween you tway.
line 1244FLUELLENCaptain Macmorris, I think, look you, under
line 1245your correction, there is not many of your
line 1246nation—
125line 1247MACMORRISOf my nation? What ish my nation? Ish a
line 1248villain and a basterd and a knave and a rascal. What
line 1249ish my nation? Who talks of my nation?
line 1250FLUELLENLook you, if you take the matter otherwise
line 1251than is meant, Captain Macmorris, peradventure I
130line 1252shall think you do not use me with that affability as,
line 1253in discretion, you ought to use me, look you, being
line 1254as good a man as yourself, both in the disciplines of
line 1255war and in the derivation of my birth, and in other
line 1256particularities.
135line 1257MACMORRISI do not know you so good a man as
line 1258myself. So Chrish save me, I will cut off your head.
line 1259GOWERGentlemen both, you will mistake each other.
line 1260JAMYAh, that’s a foul fault.

A parley sounds.

line 1261GOWERThe town sounds a parley.
Act 3 Scene 3 - Pg 97 140line 1262FLUELLENCaptain Macmorris, when there is more
line 1263better opportunity to be required, look you, I will
line 1264be so bold as to tell you I know the disciplines of
line 1265war, and there is an end.

They exit.

Scene 3

Enter the King of England and all his train before the gates.

KING HENRYto the men of Harfleur
line 1266How yet resolves the Governor of the town?
line 1267This is the latest parle we will admit.
line 1268Therefore to our best mercy give yourselves
line 1269Or, like to men proud of destruction,
5line 1270Defy us to our worst. For, as I am a soldier,
line 1271A name that in my thoughts becomes me best,
line 1272If I begin the batt’ry once again,
line 1273I will not leave the half-achieved Harfleur
line 1274Till in her ashes she lie burièd.
10line 1275The gates of mercy shall be all shut up,
line 1276And the fleshed soldier, rough and hard of heart,
line 1277In liberty of bloody hand, shall range
line 1278With conscience wide as hell, mowing like grass
line 1279Your fresh fair virgins and your flow’ring infants.
15line 1280What is it then to me if impious war,
line 1281Arrayed in flames like to the prince of fiends,
line 1282Do with his smirched complexion all fell feats
line 1283Enlinked to waste and desolation?
line 1284What is ’t to me, when you yourselves are cause,
20line 1285If your pure maidens fall into the hand
line 1286Of hot and forcing violation?
line 1287What rein can hold licentious wickedness
line 1288When down the hill he holds his fierce career?
line 1289We may as bootless spend our vain command
Act 3 Scene 3 - Pg 99 25line 1290Upon th’ enragèd soldiers in their spoil
line 1291As send precepts to the Leviathan
line 1292To come ashore. Therefore, you men of Harfleur,
line 1293Take pity of your town and of your people
line 1294Whiles yet my soldiers are in my command,
30line 1295Whiles yet the cool and temperate wind of grace
line 1296O’erblows the filthy and contagious clouds
line 1297Of heady murder, spoil, and villainy.
line 1298If not, why, in a moment look to see
line 1299The blind and bloody soldier with foul hand
35line 1300Desire the locks of your shrill-shrieking daughters,
line 1301Your fathers taken by the silver beards
line 1302And their most reverend heads dashed to the walls,
line 1303Your naked infants spitted upon pikes
line 1304Whiles the mad mothers with their howls confused
40line 1305Do break the clouds, as did the wives of Jewry
line 1306At Herod’s bloody-hunting slaughtermen.
line 1307What say you? Will you yield and this avoid
line 1308Or, guilty in defense, be thus destroyed?

Enter Governor.

line 1309Our expectation hath this day an end.
45line 1310The Dauphin, whom of succors we entreated,
line 1311Returns us that his powers are yet not ready
line 1312To raise so great a siege. Therefore, great king,
line 1313We yield our town and lives to thy soft mercy.
line 1314Enter our gates, dispose of us and ours,
50line 1315For we no longer are defensible.
line 1316Open your gates.Governor exits.
line 1317Come, uncle Exeter,
line 1318Go you and enter Harfleur. There remain,
line 1319And fortify it strongly ’gainst the French.
55line 1320Use mercy to them all for us, dear uncle.
Act 3 Scene 4 - Pg 101 line 1321The winter coming on and sickness growing
line 1322Upon our soldiers, we will retire to Calais.
line 1323Tonight in Harfleur will we be your guest.
line 1324Tomorrow for the march are we addressed.

Flourish, and enter the town.

Scene 4

Enter Katherine and Alice, an old Gentlewoman.

line 1325KATHERINEAlice, tu as été en Angleterre, et tu parles
line 1326bien le langage.
line 1327ALICEUn peu, madame.
line 1328KATHERINEJe te prie, m’enseignez. Il faut que j’apprenne
5line 1329à parler. Comment appelez-vous “la main” en
line 1330anglais?
line 1331ALICELa main? Elle est appelée “de hand.”
line 1332KATHERINEDe hand. Et “les doigts”?
line 1333ALICELes doigts? Ma foi, j’oublie les doigts; mais je
10line 1334me souviendrai. Les doigts? Je pense qu’ils sont
line 1335appelés “de fingres”; oui, de fingres.
line 1336KATHERINELa main, de hand. Les doigts, le fingres.
line 1337Je pense que je suis le bon écolier. J’ai gagné deux
line 1338mots d’anglais vitement. Comment appelez-vous “les
15line 1339ongles”?
line 1340ALICELes ongles? Nous les appelons “de nailes.”
line 1341KATHERINEDe nailes. Écoutez. Dites-moi si je parle
line 1342bien: de hand, de fingres, et de nailes.
line 1343ALICEC’est bien dit, madame. Il est fort bon anglais.
20line 1344KATHERINEDites-moi l’anglais pour “le bras.”
line 1345ALICE“De arme,” madame.
line 1346KATHERINEEt “le coude”?
line 1347ALICE“D’ elbow.”
line 1348KATHERINED’ elbow. Je m’en fais la répétition de tous
25line 1349les mots que vous m’avez appris dès à présent.
line 1350ALICEIl est trop difficile, madame, comme je pense.
Act 3 Scene 4 - Pg 103 line 1351KATHERINEExcusez-moi, Alice. Écoutez: d’ hand, de
line 1352fingre, de nailes, d’ arma, de bilbow.
line 1353ALICED’ elbow, madame.
30line 1354KATHERINEÔ Seigneur Dieu! Je m’en oublie; d’ elbow.
line 1355Comment appelez-vous “le col”?
line 1356ALICE“De nick,” madame.
line 1357KATHERINEDe nick. Et “le menton”?
line 1358ALICE“De chin.”
35line 1359KATHERINEDe sin. Le col, de nick; le menton, de sin.
line 1360ALICEOui. Sauf votre honneur, en vérité vous prononcez
line 1361les mots aussi droit que les natifs d’Angleterre.
line 1362KATHERINEJe ne doute point d’apprendre, par le grâce
line 1363de Dieu, et en peu de temps.
40line 1364ALICEN’avez-vous pas déjà oublié ce que je vous ai
line 1365enseigné?
line 1366KATHERINENon. Je réciterai à vous promptement: d’
line 1367hand, de fingre, de mailes—
line 1368ALICEDe nailes, madame.
45line 1369KATHERINEDe nailes, de arme, de ilbow—
line 1370ALICESauf votre honneur, d’ elbow.
line 1371KATHERINEAinsi dis-je: d’ elbow, de nick, et de sin.
line 1372Comment appelez-vous “le pied” et “la robe”?
line 1373ALICE“Le foot,” madame, et “le count.”
50line 1374KATHERINELe foot, et le count. Le foot,
line 1375sont les mots de son mauvais, corruptible, gros, et
line 1376impudique, et non pour les dames d’honneur d’user.
line 1377Je ne voudrais prononcer ces mots devant les seigneurs
line 1378de France, pour tout le monde. Foh! Le foot et le
55line 1379count! Néanmoins, je réciterai une autre fois ma
line 1380leçon ensemble: d’ hand, de fingre, de nailes, d’
line 1381arme, d’ elbow, de nick, de sin, de foot, le count.
line 1382ALICEExcellent, madame.
line 1383KATHERINEC’est assez pour une fois. Allons-nous à
60line 1384dîner.

They exit.

Act 3 Scene 5 - Pg 105

Scene 5

Enter the King of France, the Dauphin, the Duke of Brittany, the Constable of France, and others.

line 1385’Tis certain he hath passed the river Somme.
line 1386An if he be not fought withal, my lord,
line 1387Let us not live in France. Let us quit all,
line 1388And give our vineyards to a barbarous people.
5line 1389Ô Dieu vivant, shall a few sprays of us,
line 1390The emptying of our fathers’ luxury,
line 1391Our scions, put in wild and savage stock,
line 1392Spurt up so suddenly into the clouds
line 1393And overlook their grafters?
10line 1394Normans, but bastard Normans, Norman bastards!
line 1395Mort de ma vie, if they march along
line 1396Unfought withal, but I will sell my dukedom
line 1397To buy a slobb’ry and a dirty farm
line 1398In that nook-shotten isle of Albion.
15line 1399Dieu de batailles, where have they this mettle?
line 1400Is not their climate foggy, raw, and dull,
line 1401On whom, as in despite, the sun looks pale,
line 1402Killing their fruit with frowns? Can sodden water,
line 1403A drench for sur-reined jades, their barley broth,
20line 1404Decoct their cold blood to such valiant heat?
line 1405And shall our quick blood, spirited with wine,
line 1406Seem frosty? O, for honor of our land,
line 1407Let us not hang like roping icicles
line 1408Upon our houses’ thatch, whiles a more frosty
25line 1409people
line 1410Sweat drops of gallant youth in our rich fields!
line 1411“Poor” we may call them in their native lords.
Act 3 Scene 5 - Pg 107 line 1412DAUPHINBy faith and honor,
line 1413Our madams mock at us and plainly say
30line 1414Our mettle is bred out, and they will give
line 1415Their bodies to the lust of English youth
line 1416To new-store France with bastard warriors.
line 1417They bid us to the English dancing-schools,
line 1418And teach lavoltas high, and swift corantos,
35line 1419Saying our grace is only in our heels
line 1420And that we are most lofty runaways.
line 1421Where is Montjoy the herald? Speed him hence.
line 1422Let him greet England with our sharp defiance.
line 1423Up, princes, and, with spirit of honor edged
40line 1424More sharper than your swords, hie to the field:
line 1425Charles Delabreth, High Constable of France;
line 1426You Dukes of Orléans, Bourbon, and of Berri,
line 1427Alençon, Brabant, Bar, and Burgundy;
line 1428Jacques Chatillon, Rambures, Vaudemont,
45line 1429Beaumont, Grandpré, Roussi, and Faulconbridge,
line 1430Foix, Lestrale, Bouciquault, and Charolois;
line 1431High dukes, great princes, barons, lords, and
line 1432knights,
line 1433For your great seats now quit you of great shames.
50line 1434Bar Harry England, that sweeps through our land
line 1435With pennons painted in the blood of Harfleur.
line 1436Rush on his host, as doth the melted snow
line 1437Upon the valleys, whose low vassal seat
line 1438The Alps doth spit and void his rheum upon.
55line 1439Go down upon him—you have power enough—
line 1440And in a captive chariot into Rouen
line 1441Bring him our prisoner.
line 1442CONSTABLEThis becomes the great!
line 1443Sorry am I his numbers are so few,
60line 1444His soldiers sick and famished in their march,
line 1445For, I am sure, when he shall see our army,
Act 3 Scene 6 - Pg 109 line 1446He’ll drop his heart into the sink of fear
line 1447And for achievement offer us his ransom.
line 1448Therefore, Lord Constable, haste on Montjoy,
65line 1449And let him say to England that we send
line 1450To know what willing ransom he will give.—
line 1451Prince Dauphin, you shall stay with us in Rouen.
line 1452Not so, I do beseech your Majesty.
line 1453Be patient, for you shall remain with us.—
70line 1454Now forth, Lord Constable and princes all,
line 1455And quickly bring us word of England’s fall.

They exit.

Scene 6

Enter Captains, English and Welsh, Gower and Fluellen.

line 1456GOWERHow now, Captain Fluellen? Come you from
line 1457the bridge?
line 1458FLUELLENI assure you there is very excellent services
line 1459committed at the bridge.
5line 1460GOWERIs the Duke of Exeter safe?
line 1461FLUELLENThe Duke of Exeter is as magnanimous as
line 1462Agamemnon, and a man that I love and honor with
line 1463my soul and my heart and my duty and my life and
line 1464my living and my uttermost power. He is not, God
10line 1465be praised and blessed, any hurt in the world, but
line 1466keeps the bridge most valiantly, with excellent
line 1467discipline. There is an aunchient lieutenant there at
line 1468the pridge; I think in my very conscience he is as
line 1469valiant a man as Mark Antony, and he is a man of no
15line 1470estimation in the world, but I did see him do as
line 1471gallant service.
line 1472GOWERWhat do you call him?
Act 3 Scene 6 - Pg 111 line 1473FLUELLENHe is called Aunchient Pistol.
line 1474GOWERI know him not.

Enter Pistol.

20line 1475FLUELLENHere is the man.
line 1476PISTOLCaptain, I thee beseech to do me favors. The
line 1477Duke of Exeter doth love thee well.
line 1478FLUELLENAy, I praise God, and I have merited some
line 1479love at his hands.
25line 1480PISTOLBardolph, a soldier firm and sound of heart and
line 1481of buxom valor, hath, by cruel Fate and giddy
line 1482Fortune’s furious fickle wheel, that goddess blind,
line 1483that stands upon the rolling restless stone—
line 1484FLUELLENBy your patience, Aunchient Pistol, Fortune
30line 1485is painted blind, with a muffler afore her eyes, to
line 1486signify to you that Fortune is blind; and she is
line 1487painted also with a wheel to signify to you, which is
line 1488the moral of it, that she is turning and inconstant,
line 1489and mutability and variation; and her foot, look you,
35line 1490is fixed upon a spherical stone, which rolls and rolls
line 1491and rolls. In good truth, the poet makes a most
line 1492excellent description of it. Fortune is an excellent
line 1493moral.
line 1494PISTOLFortune is Bardolph’s foe and frowns on him,
40line 1495for he hath stolen a pax and hangèd must he be. A
line 1496damnèd death! Let gallows gape for dog, let man go
line 1497free, and let not hemp his windpipe suffocate. But
line 1498Exeter hath given the doom of death for pax of little
line 1499price. Therefore go speak; the Duke will hear thy
45line 1500voice, and let not Bardolph’s vital thread be cut
line 1501with edge of penny cord and vile reproach. Speak,
line 1502captain, for his life, and I will thee requite.
line 1503FLUELLENAunchient Pistol, I do partly understand
line 1504your meaning.
50line 1505PISTOLWhy then, rejoice therefore.
line 1506FLUELLENCertainly, aunchient, it is not a thing to
Act 3 Scene 6 - Pg 113 line 1507rejoice at, for if, look you, he were my brother, I
line 1508would desire the Duke to use his good pleasure and
line 1509put him to execution, for discipline ought to be
55line 1510used.
line 1511PISTOLDie and be damned, and figo for thy friendship!
line 1512FLUELLENIt is well.
line 1513PISTOLThe fig of Spain!He exits.
line 1514FLUELLENVery good.
60line 1515GOWERWhy, this is an arrant counterfeit rascal. I
line 1516remember him now, a bawd, a cutpurse.
line 1517FLUELLENI’ll assure you he uttered as prave words at
line 1518the pridge as you shall see in a summer’s day. But it
line 1519is very well; what he has spoke to me, that is well, I
65line 1520warrant you, when time is serve.
line 1521GOWERWhy, ’tis a gull, a fool, a rogue, that now and
line 1522then goes to the wars to grace himself at his return
line 1523into London under the form of a soldier; and such
line 1524fellows are perfect in the great commanders’
70line 1525names, and they will learn you by rote where
line 1526services were done—at such and such a sconce, at
line 1527such a breach, at such a convoy; who came off
line 1528bravely, who was shot, who disgraced, what terms
line 1529the enemy stood on; and this they con perfectly in
75line 1530the phrase of war, which they trick up with new-tuned
line 1531oaths; and what a beard of the general’s cut
line 1532and a horrid suit of the camp will do among
line 1533foaming bottles and ale-washed wits is wonderful to
line 1534be thought on. But you must learn to know such
80line 1535slanders of the age, or else you may be marvelously
line 1536mistook.
line 1537FLUELLENI tell you what, Captain Gower. I do perceive
line 1538he is not the man that he would gladly make
line 1539show to the world he is. If I find a hole in his coat, I
85line 1540will tell him my mind.
Act 3 Scene 6 - Pg 115

Drum and Colors. Enter the King of England and his poor Soldiers, and Gloucester.

line 1541Hark you, the King is coming, and I must speak
line 1542with him from the pridge.—God pless your
line 1543Majesty.
line 1544KING HENRYHow now, Fluellen, cam’st thou from the
90line 1545bridge?
line 1546FLUELLENAy, so please your Majesty. The Duke of
line 1547Exeter has very gallantly maintained the pridge.
line 1548The French is gone off, look you, and there is gallant
line 1549and most prave passages. Marry, th’ athversary was
95line 1550have possession of the pridge, but he is enforced
line 1551to retire, and the Duke of Exeter is master of the
line 1552pridge. I can tell your Majesty, the Duke is a prave
line 1553man.
line 1554KING HENRYWhat men have you lost, Fluellen?
100line 1555FLUELLENThe perdition of th’ athversary hath been
line 1556very great, reasonable great. Marry, for my part, I
line 1557think the Duke hath lost never a man but one that is
line 1558like to be executed for robbing a church, one
line 1559Bardolph, if your Majesty know the man. His face is
105line 1560all bubukles and whelks and knobs and flames o’
line 1561fire; and his lips blows at his nose, and it is like a
line 1562coal of fire, sometimes plue and sometimes red, but
line 1563his nose is executed, and his fire’s out.
line 1564KING HENRYWe would have all such offenders so cut
110line 1565off; and we give express charge that in our marches
line 1566through the country there be nothing compelled
line 1567from the villages, nothing taken but paid for,
line 1568none of the French upbraided or abused in disdainful
line 1569language; for when lenity and cruelty play
115line 1570for a kingdom, the gentler gamester is the soonest
line 1571winner.

Tucket. Enter Montjoy.

Act 3 Scene 6 - Pg 117 line 1572MONTJOYYou know me by my habit.
line 1573KING HENRYWell then, I know thee. What shall I know
line 1574of thee?
120line 1575MONTJOYMy master’s mind.
line 1576KING HENRYUnfold it.
line 1577MONTJOYThus says my king: “Say thou to Harry of
line 1578England, though we seemed dead, we did but sleep.
line 1579Advantage is a better soldier than rashness. Tell him
125line 1580we could have rebuked him at Harfleur, but that we
line 1581thought not good to bruise an injury till it were full
line 1582ripe. Now we speak upon our cue, and our voice is
line 1583imperial. England shall repent his folly, see his
line 1584weakness, and admire our sufferance. Bid him
130line 1585therefore consider of his ransom, which must proportion
line 1586the losses we have borne, the subjects we
line 1587have lost, the disgrace we have digested, which, in
line 1588weight to reanswer, his pettiness would bow under.
line 1589For our losses, his exchequer is too poor; for th’
135line 1590effusion of our blood, the muster of his kingdom
line 1591too faint a number; and for our disgrace, his own
line 1592person kneeling at our feet but a weak and worthless
line 1593satisfaction. To this, add defiance, and tell him,
line 1594for conclusion, he hath betrayed his followers,
140line 1595whose condemnation is pronounced.” So far my
line 1596king and master; so much my office.
line 1597What is thy name? I know thy quality.
line 1598MONTJOYMontjoy.
line 1599Thou dost thy office fairly. Turn thee back,
145line 1600And tell thy king I do not seek him now
line 1601But could be willing to march on to Calais
line 1602Without impeachment, for, to say the sooth,
line 1603Though ’tis no wisdom to confess so much
line 1604Unto an enemy of craft and vantage,
150line 1605My people are with sickness much enfeebled,
Act 3 Scene 6 - Pg 119 line 1606My numbers lessened, and those few I have
line 1607Almost no better than so many French,
line 1608Who when they were in health, I tell thee, herald,
line 1609I thought upon one pair of English legs
155line 1610Did march three Frenchmen. Yet forgive me, God,
line 1611That I do brag thus. This your air of France
line 1612Hath blown that vice in me. I must repent.
line 1613Go therefore, tell thy master: here I am.
line 1614My ransom is this frail and worthless trunk,
160line 1615My army but a weak and sickly guard,
line 1616Yet, God before, tell him we will come on
line 1617Though France himself and such another neighbor
line 1618Stand in our way. There’s for thy labor, Montjoy.

Gives money.

line 1619Go bid thy master well advise himself:
165line 1620If we may pass, we will; if we be hindered,
line 1621We shall your tawny ground with your red blood
line 1622Discolor. And so, Montjoy, fare you well.
line 1623The sum of all our answer is but this:
line 1624We would not seek a battle as we are,
170line 1625Nor, as we are, we say we will not shun it.
line 1626So tell your master.
line 1627I shall deliver so. Thanks to your Highness.

He exits.

line 1628I hope they will not come upon us now.
line 1629We are in God’s hand, brother, not in theirs.
175line 1630March to the bridge. It now draws toward night.
line 1631Beyond the river we’ll encamp ourselves,
line 1632And on tomorrow bid them march away.

They exit.

Act 3 Scene 7 - Pg 121

Scene 7

Enter the Constable of France, the Lord Rambures, Orléans, Dauphin, with others.

line 1633CONSTABLETut, I have the best armor of the world.
line 1634Would it were day!
line 1635ORLÉANSYou have an excellent armor, but let my
line 1636horse have his due.
5line 1637CONSTABLEIt is the best horse of Europe.
line 1638ORLÉANSWill it never be morning?
line 1639DAUPHINMy Lord of Orléans and my Lord High Constable,
line 1640you talk of horse and armor?
line 1641ORLÉANSYou are as well provided of both as any
10line 1642prince in the world.
line 1643DAUPHINWhat a long night is this! I will not change
line 1644my horse with any that treads but on four pasterns.
line 1645Çà, ha! He bounds from the earth, as if his
line 1646entrails were hairs, le cheval volant, the Pegasus, qui
15line 1647a les narines de feu. When I bestride him, I soar; I
line 1648am a hawk; he trots the air. The earth sings when he
line 1649touches it. The basest horn of his hoof is more
line 1650musical than the pipe of Hermes.
line 1651ORLÉANSHe’s of the color of the nutmeg.
20line 1652DAUPHINAnd of the heat of the ginger. It is a beast for
line 1653Perseus. He is pure air and fire, and the dull
line 1654elements of earth and water never appear in him,
line 1655but only in patient stillness while his rider mounts
line 1656him. He is indeed a horse, and all other jades you
25line 1657may call beasts.
line 1658CONSTABLEIndeed, my lord, it is a most absolute and
line 1659excellent horse.
line 1660DAUPHINIt is the prince of palfreys; his neigh is like
line 1661the bidding of a monarch, and his countenance
30line 1662enforces homage.
line 1663ORLÉANSNo more, cousin.
line 1664DAUPHINNay, the man hath no wit that cannot, from
Act 3 Scene 7 - Pg 123 line 1665the rising of the lark to the lodging of the lamb,
line 1666vary deserved praise on my palfrey. It is a theme as
35line 1667fluent as the sea. Turn the sands into eloquent
line 1668tongues, and my horse is argument for them all. ’Tis
line 1669a subject for a sovereign to reason on, and for a
line 1670sovereign’s sovereign to ride on, and for the world,
line 1671familiar to us and unknown, to lay apart their
40line 1672particular functions and wonder at him. I once writ
line 1673a sonnet in his praise and began thus: “Wonder of
line 1674nature—”
line 1675ORLÉANSI have heard a sonnet begin so to one’s
line 1676mistress.
45line 1677DAUPHINThen did they imitate that which I composed
line 1678to my courser, for my horse is my mistress.
line 1679ORLÉANSYour mistress bears well.
line 1680DAUPHINMe well—which is the prescript praise and
line 1681perfection of a good and particular mistress.
50line 1682CONSTABLENay, for methought yesterday your mistress
line 1683shrewdly shook your back.
line 1684DAUPHINSo perhaps did yours.
line 1685CONSTABLEMine was not bridled.
line 1686DAUPHINO, then belike she was old and gentle, and
55line 1687you rode like a kern of Ireland, your French hose
line 1688off, and in your strait strossers.
line 1689CONSTABLEYou have good judgment in horsemanship.
line 1690DAUPHINBe warned by me, then: they that ride so, and
line 1691ride not warily, fall into foul bogs. I had rather have
60line 1692my horse to my mistress.
line 1693CONSTABLEI had as lief have my mistress a jade.
line 1694DAUPHINI tell thee, constable, my mistress wears his
line 1695own hair.
line 1696CONSTABLEI could make as true a boast as that if I had
65line 1697a sow to my mistress.
line 1698DAUPHIN“Le chien est retourné à son propre vomissement,
line 1699et la truie lavée au bourbier.” Thou mak’st use
line 1700of anything.
Act 3 Scene 7 - Pg 125 line 1701CONSTABLEYet do I not use my horse for my mistress,
70line 1702or any such proverb so little kin to the purpose.
line 1703RAMBURESMy Lord Constable, the armor that I saw in
line 1704your tent tonight, are those stars or suns upon it?
line 1705CONSTABLEStars, my lord.
line 1706DAUPHINSome of them will fall tomorrow, I hope.
75line 1707CONSTABLEAnd yet my sky shall not want.
line 1708DAUPHINThat may be, for you bear a many superfluously,
line 1709and ’twere more honor some were away.
line 1710CONSTABLEEv’n as your horse bears your praises—
line 1711who would trot as well were some of your brags
80line 1712dismounted.
line 1713DAUPHINWould I were able to load him with his
line 1714desert! Will it never be day? I will trot tomorrow a
line 1715mile, and my way shall be paved with English faces.
line 1716CONSTABLEI will not say so for fear I should be faced
85line 1717out of my way. But I would it were morning, for I
line 1718would fain be about the ears of the English.
line 1719RAMBURESWho will go to hazard with me for twenty
line 1720prisoners?
line 1721CONSTABLEYou must first go yourself to hazard ere you
90line 1722have them.
line 1723DAUPHIN’Tis midnight. I’ll go arm myself.He exits.
line 1724ORLÉANSThe Dauphin longs for morning.
line 1725RAMBURESHe longs to eat the English.
line 1726CONSTABLEI think he will eat all he kills.
95line 1727ORLÉANSBy the white hand of my lady, he’s a gallant
line 1728prince.
line 1729CONSTABLESwear by her foot, that she may tread out
line 1730the oath.
line 1731ORLÉANSHe is simply the most active gentleman of
100line 1732France.
line 1733CONSTABLEDoing is activity, and he will still be doing.
line 1734ORLÉANSHe never did harm, that I heard of.
line 1735CONSTABLENor will do none tomorrow. He will keep
line 1736that good name still.
Act 3 Scene 7 - Pg 127 105line 1737ORLÉANSI know him to be valiant.
line 1738CONSTABLEI was told that by one that knows him
line 1739better than you.
line 1740ORLÉANSWhat’s he?
line 1741CONSTABLEMarry, he told me so himself, and he said
110line 1742he cared not who knew it.
line 1743ORLÉANSHe needs not. It is no hidden virtue in him.
line 1744CONSTABLEBy my faith, sir, but it is; never anybody
line 1745saw it but his lackey. ’Tis a hooded valor, and when
line 1746it appears, it will bate.
115line 1747ORLÉANSIll will never said well.
line 1748CONSTABLEI will cap that proverb with “There is
line 1749flattery in friendship.”
line 1750ORLÉANSAnd I will take up that with “Give the devil
line 1751his due.”
120line 1752CONSTABLEWell placed; there stands your friend for
line 1753the devil. Have at the very eye of that proverb with
line 1754“A pox of the devil.”
line 1755ORLÉANSYou are the better at proverbs, by how much
line 1756“A fool’s bolt is soon shot.”
125line 1757CONSTABLEYou have shot over.
line 1758ORLÉANS’Tis not the first time you were overshot.

Enter a Messenger.

line 1759MESSENGERMy Lord High Constable, the English lie
line 1760within fifteen hundred paces of your tents.
line 1761CONSTABLEWho hath measured the ground?
130line 1762MESSENGERThe Lord Grandpré.
line 1763CONSTABLEA valiant and most expert gentleman.—
line 1764Would it were day! Alas, poor Harry of England! He
line 1765longs not for the dawning as we do.
line 1766ORLÉANSWhat a wretched and peevish fellow is this
135line 1767King of England to mope with his fat-brained
line 1768followers so far out of his knowledge.
line 1769CONSTABLEIf the English had any apprehension, they
line 1770would run away.
Act 3 Scene 7 - Pg 129 line 1771ORLÉANSThat they lack; for if their heads had any
140line 1772intellectual armor, they could never wear such
line 1773heavy headpieces.
line 1774RAMBURESThat island of England breeds very valiant
line 1775creatures. Their mastiffs are of unmatchable
line 1776courage.
145line 1777ORLÉANSFoolish curs, that run winking into the
line 1778mouth of a Russian bear and have their heads
line 1779crushed like rotten apples. You may as well say
line 1780that’s a valiant flea that dare eat his breakfast on the
line 1781lip of a lion.
150line 1782CONSTABLEJust, just; and the men do sympathize with
line 1783the mastiffs in robustious and rough coming on,
line 1784leaving their wits with their wives. And then give
line 1785them great meals of beef and iron and steel, they
line 1786will eat like wolves and fight like devils.
155line 1787ORLÉANSAy, but these English are shrewdly out of
line 1788beef.
line 1789CONSTABLEThen shall we find tomorrow they have
line 1790only stomachs to eat and none to fight. Now is it
line 1791time to arm. Come, shall we about it?
160line 1792It is now two o’clock. But, let me see, by ten
line 1793We shall have each a hundred Englishmen.

They exit.


Enter Chorus.

line 1794Now entertain conjecture of a time
line 1795When creeping murmur and the poring dark
line 1796Fills the wide vessel of the universe.
line 1797From camp to camp, through the foul womb of
5line 1798night,
line 1799The hum of either army stilly sounds,
line 1800That the fixed sentinels almost receive
line 1801The secret whispers of each other’s watch.
line 1802Fire answers fire, and through their paly flames
10line 1803Each battle sees the other’s umbered face;
line 1804Steed threatens steed in high and boastful neighs
line 1805Piercing the night’s dull ear; and from the tents
line 1806The armorers, accomplishing the knights,
line 1807With busy hammers closing rivets up,
15line 1808Give dreadful note of preparation.
line 1809The country cocks do crow, the clocks do toll,
line 1810And, the third hour of drowsy morning named,
line 1811Proud of their numbers and secure in soul,
line 1812The confident and overlusty French
20line 1813Do the low-rated English play at dice
line 1814And chide the cripple, tardy-gaited night,
line 1815Who like a foul and ugly witch doth limp
line 1816So tediously away. The poor condemnèd English,
Page 135 - Henry V - ACT 4. CHORUS line 1817Like sacrifices, by their watchful fires
25line 1818Sit patiently and inly ruminate
line 1819The morning’s danger; and their gesture sad,
line 1820Investing lank-lean cheeks and war-worn coats,
line 1821Presenteth them unto the gazing moon
line 1822So many horrid ghosts. O now, who will behold
30line 1823The royal captain of this ruined band
line 1824Walking from watch to watch, from tent to tent,
line 1825Let him cry, “Praise and glory on his head!”
line 1826For forth he goes and visits all his host,
line 1827Bids them good morrow with a modest smile,
35line 1828And calls them brothers, friends, and countrymen.
line 1829Upon his royal face there is no note
line 1830How dread an army hath enrounded him,
line 1831Nor doth he dedicate one jot of color
line 1832Unto the weary and all-watchèd night,
40line 1833But freshly looks and overbears attaint
line 1834With cheerful semblance and sweet majesty,
line 1835That every wretch, pining and pale before,
line 1836Beholding him, plucks comfort from his looks.
line 1837A largesse universal, like the sun,
45line 1838His liberal eye doth give to everyone,
line 1839Thawing cold fear, that mean and gentle all
line 1840Behold, as may unworthiness define,
line 1841A little touch of Harry in the night.
line 1842And so our scene must to the battle fly,
50line 1843Where, O for pity, we shall much disgrace,
line 1844With four or five most vile and ragged foils
line 1845Right ill-disposed in brawl ridiculous,
line 1846The name of Agincourt. Yet sit and see,
line 1847Minding true things by what their mock’ries be.

He exits.

Act 4 Scene 1 - Pg 137

Scene 1

Enter the King of England, Bedford, and Gloucester.

line 1848Gloucester, ’tis true that we are in great danger.
line 1849The greater therefore should our courage be.—
line 1850Good morrow, brother Bedford. God almighty,
line 1851There is some soul of goodness in things evil,
5line 1852Would men observingly distill it out.
line 1853For our bad neighbor makes us early stirrers,
line 1854Which is both healthful and good husbandry.
line 1855Besides, they are our outward consciences
line 1856And preachers to us all, admonishing
10line 1857That we should dress us fairly for our end.
line 1858Thus may we gather honey from the weed
line 1859And make a moral of the devil himself.

Enter Erpingham.

line 1860Good morrow, old Sir Thomas Erpingham.
line 1861A good soft pillow for that good white head
15line 1862Were better than a churlish turf of France.
line 1863Not so, my liege, this lodging likes me better,
line 1864Since I may say “Now lie I like a king.”
line 1865’Tis good for men to love their present pains
line 1866Upon example. So the spirit is eased;
20line 1867And when the mind is quickened, out of doubt,
line 1868The organs, though defunct and dead before,
line 1869Break up their drowsy grave and newly move
line 1870With casted slough and fresh legerity.
line 1871Lend me thy cloak, Sir Thomas.

He puts on Erpingham’s cloak.

25line 1872Brothers both,
line 1873Commend me to the princes in our camp,
Act 4 Scene 1 - Pg 139 line 1874Do my good morrow to them, and anon
line 1875Desire them all to my pavilion.
line 1876GLOUCESTERWe shall, my liege.
30line 1877ERPINGHAMShall I attend your Grace?
line 1878KING HENRYNo, my good knight.
line 1879Go with my brothers to my lords of England.
line 1880I and my bosom must debate awhile,
line 1881And then I would no other company.
35line 1882The Lord in heaven bless thee, noble Harry.

All but the King exit.

line 1883God-a-mercy, old heart, thou speak’st cheerfully.

Enter Pistol.

line 1884PISTOLQui vous là?
line 1885KING HENRYA friend.
line 1886PISTOLDiscuss unto me: art thou officer or art thou
40line 1887base, common, and popular?
line 1888KING HENRYI am a gentleman of a company.
line 1889PISTOLTrail’st thou the puissant pike?
line 1890KING HENRYEven so. What are you?
line 1891PISTOLAs good a gentleman as the Emperor.
45line 1892KING HENRYThen you are a better than the King.
line 1893PISTOLThe King’s a bawcock and a heart of gold, a lad
line 1894of life, an imp of fame, of parents good, of fist most
line 1895valiant. I kiss his dirty shoe, and from heartstring I
line 1896love the lovely bully. What is thy name?
50line 1897KING HENRYHarry le Roy.
line 1898PISTOLLe Roy? A Cornish name. Art thou of Cornish
line 1899crew?
line 1900KING HENRYNo, I am a Welshman.
line 1901PISTOLKnow’st thou Fluellen?
55line 1902KING HENRYYes.
line 1903PISTOLTell him I’ll knock his leek about his pate upon
line 1904Saint Davy’s day.
Act 4 Scene 1 - Pg 141 line 1905KING HENRYDo not you wear your dagger in your cap
line 1906that day, lest he knock that about yours.
60line 1907PISTOLArt thou his friend?
line 1908KING HENRYAnd his kinsman too.
line 1909PISTOLThe figo for thee then!
line 1910KING HENRYI thank you. God be with you.
line 1911PISTOLMy name is Pistol called.He exits.
65line 1912KING HENRYIt sorts well with your fierceness.

He steps aside.

Enter Fluellen and Gower.

line 1913GOWERCaptain Fluellen.
line 1914FLUELLEN’So. In the name of Jesu Christ, speak fewer.
line 1915It is the greatest admiration in the universal world
line 1916when the true and aunchient prerogatifes and
70line 1917laws of the wars is not kept. If you would take the
line 1918pains but to examine the wars of Pompey the
line 1919Great, you shall find, I warrant you, that there is
line 1920no tiddle taddle nor pibble babble in Pompey’s
line 1921camp. I warrant you, you shall find the ceremonies
75line 1922of the wars and the cares of it and the forms
line 1923of it and the sobriety of it and the modesty of it to
line 1924be otherwise.
line 1925GOWERWhy, the enemy is loud. You hear him all
line 1926night.
80line 1927FLUELLENIf the enemy is an ass and a fool and a prating
line 1928coxcomb, is it meet, think you, that we should also,
line 1929look you, be an ass and a fool and a prating
line 1930coxcomb, in your own conscience now?
line 1931GOWERI will speak lower.
85line 1932FLUELLENI pray you and beseech you that you will.

Gower and Fluellen exit.

line 1933Though it appear a little out of fashion,
line 1934There is much care and valor in this Welshman.
Act 4 Scene 1 - Pg 143

Enter three Soldiers, John Bates, Alexander Court, and Michael Williams.

line 1935COURTBrother John Bates, is not that the morning
line 1936which breaks yonder?
90line 1937BATESI think it be, but we have no great cause to desire
line 1938the approach of day.
line 1939WILLIAMSWe see yonder the beginning of the day, but
line 1940I think we shall never see the end of it.—Who goes
line 1941there?
95line 1942KING HENRYA friend.
line 1943WILLIAMSUnder what captain serve you?
line 1944KING HENRYUnder Sir Thomas Erpingham.
line 1945WILLIAMSA good old commander and a most kind
line 1946gentleman. I pray you, what thinks he of our
100line 1947estate?
line 1948KING HENRYEven as men wracked upon a sand, that
line 1949look to be washed off the next tide.
line 1950BATESHe hath not told his thought to the King?
line 1951KING HENRYNo. Nor it is not meet he should, for,
105line 1952though I speak it to you, I think the King is but a
line 1953man as I am. The violet smells to him as it doth to
line 1954me. The element shows to him as it doth to me. All
line 1955his senses have but human conditions. His ceremonies
line 1956laid by, in his nakedness he appears but a man,
110line 1957and though his affections are higher mounted than
line 1958ours, yet when they stoop, they stoop with the like
line 1959wing. Therefore, when he sees reason of fears as we
line 1960do, his fears, out of doubt, be of the same relish as
line 1961ours are. Yet, in reason, no man should possess him
115line 1962with any appearance of fear, lest he, by showing it,
line 1963should dishearten his army.
line 1964BATESHe may show what outward courage he will,
line 1965but I believe, as cold a night as ’tis, he could wish
line 1966himself in Thames up to the neck; and so I would
Act 4 Scene 1 - Pg 145 120line 1967he were, and I by him, at all adventures, so we were
line 1968quit here.
line 1969KING HENRYBy my troth, I will speak my conscience
line 1970of the King. I think he would not wish himself
line 1971anywhere but where he is.
125line 1972BATESThen I would he were here alone; so should he
line 1973be sure to be ransomed, and a many poor men’s
line 1974lives saved.
line 1975KING HENRYI dare say you love him not so ill to wish
line 1976him here alone, howsoever you speak this to feel
130line 1977other men’s minds. Methinks I could not die anywhere
line 1978so contented as in the King’s company, his
line 1979cause being just and his quarrel honorable.
line 1980WILLIAMSThat’s more than we know.
line 1981BATESAy, or more than we should seek after, for we
135line 1982know enough if we know we are the King’s subjects.
line 1983If his cause be wrong, our obedience to the
line 1984King wipes the crime of it out of us.
line 1985WILLIAMSBut if the cause be not good, the King
line 1986himself hath a heavy reckoning to make, when all
140line 1987those legs and arms and heads, chopped off in a
line 1988battle, shall join together at the latter day, and cry
line 1989all “We died at such a place,” some swearing, some
line 1990crying for a surgeon, some upon their wives left
line 1991poor behind them, some upon the debts they owe,
145line 1992some upon their children rawly left. I am afeard
line 1993there are few die well that die in a battle, for how
line 1994can they charitably dispose of anything when blood
line 1995is their argument? Now, if these men do not die
line 1996well, it will be a black matter for the king that led
150line 1997them to it, who to disobey were against all proportion
line 1998of subjection.
line 1999KING HENRYSo, if a son that is by his father sent about
line 2000merchandise do sinfully miscarry upon the sea,
line 2001the imputation of his wickedness, by your rule,
155line 2002should be imposed upon his father that sent him.
Act 4 Scene 1 - Pg 147 line 2003Or if a servant, under his master’s command transporting
line 2004a sum of money, be assailed by robbers and
line 2005die in many irreconciled iniquities, you may call the
line 2006business of the master the author of the servant’s
160line 2007damnation. But this is not so. The King is not bound
line 2008to answer the particular endings of his soldiers, the
line 2009father of his son, nor the master of his servant, for
line 2010they purpose not their death when they purpose
line 2011their services. Besides, there is no king, be his cause
165line 2012never so spotless, if it come to the arbitrament of
line 2013swords, can try it out with all unspotted soldiers.
line 2014Some, peradventure, have on them the guilt of
line 2015premeditated and contrived murder; some, of beguiling
line 2016virgins with the broken seals of perjury;
170line 2017some, making the wars their bulwark, that have
line 2018before gored the gentle bosom of peace with pillage
line 2019and robbery. Now, if these men have defeated the
line 2020law and outrun native punishment, though they can
line 2021outstrip men, they have no wings to fly from God.
175line 2022War is His beadle, war is His vengeance, so that here
line 2023men are punished for before-breach of the King’s
line 2024laws in now the King’s quarrel. Where they feared
line 2025the death, they have borne life away; and where they
line 2026would be safe, they perish. Then, if they die unprovided,
180line 2027no more is the King guilty of their damnation
line 2028than he was before guilty of those impieties for the
line 2029which they are now visited. Every subject’s duty is
line 2030the King’s, but every subject’s soul is his own.
line 2031Therefore should every soldier in the wars do as
185line 2032every sick man in his bed: wash every mote out of
line 2033his conscience. And, dying so, death is to him
line 2034advantage; or not dying, the time was blessedly lost
line 2035wherein such preparation was gained. And in him
line 2036that escapes, it were not sin to think that, making
190line 2037God so free an offer, He let him outlive that day to
Act 4 Scene 1 - Pg 149 line 2038see His greatness and to teach others how they
line 2039should prepare.
line 2040WILLIAMS’Tis certain, every man that dies ill, the ill
line 2041upon his own head; the King is not to answer it.
195line 2042BATESI do not desire he should answer for me, and yet
line 2043I determine to fight lustily for him.
line 2044KING HENRYI myself heard the King say he would not
line 2045be ransomed.
line 2046WILLIAMSAy, he said so to make us fight cheerfully,
200line 2047but when our throats are cut, he may be ransomed
line 2048and we ne’er the wiser.
line 2049KING HENRYIf I live to see it, I will never trust his
line 2050word after.
line 2051WILLIAMSYou pay him then. That’s a perilous shot out
205line 2052of an elder gun, that a poor and a private displeasure
line 2053can do against a monarch. You may as well go
line 2054about to turn the sun to ice with fanning in his face
line 2055with a peacock’s feather. You’ll “never trust his
line 2056word after.” Come, ’tis a foolish saying.
210line 2057KING HENRYYour reproof is something too round. I
line 2058should be angry with you if the time were
line 2059convenient.
line 2060WILLIAMSLet it be a quarrel between us, if you live.
line 2061KING HENRYI embrace it.
215line 2062WILLIAMSHow shall I know thee again?
line 2063KING HENRYGive me any gage of thine, and I will wear
line 2064it in my bonnet. Then, if ever thou dar’st acknowledge
line 2065it, I will make it my quarrel.
line 2066WILLIAMSHere’s my glove. Give me another of thine.
220line 2067KING HENRYThere.They exchange gloves.
line 2068WILLIAMSThis will I also wear in my cap. If ever thou
line 2069come to me and say, after tomorrow, “This is my
line 2070glove,” by this hand I will take thee a box on the
line 2071ear.
225line 2072KING HENRYIf ever I live to see it, I will challenge it.
line 2073WILLIAMSThou dar’st as well be hanged.
Act 4 Scene 1 - Pg 151 line 2074KING HENRYWell, I will do it, though I take thee in the
line 2075King’s company.
line 2076WILLIAMSKeep thy word. Fare thee well.
230line 2077BATESBe friends, you English fools, be friends. We
line 2078have French quarrels enough, if you could tell how
line 2079to reckon.
line 2080KING HENRYIndeed, the French may lay twenty
line 2081French crowns to one they will beat us, for they
235line 2082bear them on their shoulders. But it is no English
line 2083treason to cut French crowns, and tomorrow the
line 2084King himself will be a clipper.

Soldiers exit.

line 2085Upon the King! Let us our lives, our souls, our
line 2086debts, our careful wives, our children, and our sins,
240line 2087lay on the King!
line 2088We must bear all. O hard condition,
line 2089Twin-born with greatness, subject to the breath
line 2090Of every fool whose sense no more can feel
line 2091But his own wringing. What infinite heart’s ease
245line 2092Must kings neglect that private men enjoy?
line 2093And what have kings that privates have not too,
line 2094Save ceremony, save general ceremony?
line 2095And what art thou, thou idol ceremony?
line 2096What kind of god art thou that suffer’st more
250line 2097Of mortal griefs than do thy worshipers?
line 2098What are thy rents? What are thy comings-in?
line 2099O ceremony, show me but thy worth!
line 2100What is thy soul of adoration?
line 2101Art thou aught else but place, degree, and form,
255line 2102Creating awe and fear in other men,
line 2103Wherein thou art less happy, being feared,
line 2104Than they in fearing?
line 2105What drink’st thou oft, instead of homage sweet,
line 2106But poisoned flattery? O, be sick, great greatness,
260line 2107And bid thy ceremony give thee cure!
line 2108Think’st thou the fiery fever will go out
Act 4 Scene 1 - Pg 153 line 2109With titles blown from adulation?
line 2110Will it give place to flexure and low bending?
line 2111Canst thou, when thou command’st the beggar’s
265line 2112knee,
line 2113Command the health of it? No, thou proud dream,
line 2114That play’st so subtly with a king’s repose.
line 2115I am a king that find thee, and I know
line 2116’Tis not the balm, the scepter, and the ball,
270line 2117The sword, the mace, the crown imperial,
line 2118The intertissued robe of gold and pearl,
line 2119The farcèd title running ’fore the King,
line 2120The throne he sits on, nor the tide of pomp
line 2121That beats upon the high shore of this world;
275line 2122No, not all these, thrice-gorgeous ceremony,
line 2123Not all these, laid in bed majestical,
line 2124Can sleep so soundly as the wretched slave
line 2125Who, with a body filled and vacant mind,
line 2126Gets him to rest, crammed with distressful bread;
280line 2127Never sees horrid night, the child of hell,
line 2128But, like a lackey, from the rise to set
line 2129Sweats in the eye of Phoebus, and all night
line 2130Sleeps in Elysium; next day after dawn
line 2131Doth rise and help Hyperion to his horse,
285line 2132And follows so the ever-running year
line 2133With profitable labor to his grave.
line 2134And, but for ceremony, such a wretch,
line 2135Winding up days with toil and nights with sleep,
line 2136Had the forehand and vantage of a king.
290line 2137The slave, a member of the country’s peace,
line 2138Enjoys it, but in gross brain little wots
line 2139What watch the King keeps to maintain the peace,
line 2140Whose hours the peasant best advantages.

Enter Erpingham.

line 2141My lord, your nobles, jealous of your absence,
Act 4 Scene 1 - Pg 155 295line 2142Seek through your camp to find you.
line 2143KING HENRYGood old knight,
line 2144Collect them all together at my tent.
line 2145I’ll be before thee.
line 2146ERPINGHAMI shall do ’t, my lord.He exits.
300line 2147O God of battles, steel my soldiers’ hearts.
line 2148Possess them not with fear. Take from them now
line 2149The sense of reck’ning or th’ opposèd numbers
line 2150Pluck their hearts from them. Not today, O Lord,
line 2151O, not today, think not upon the fault
305line 2152My father made in compassing the crown.
line 2153I Richard’s body have interrèd new
line 2154And on it have bestowed more contrite tears
line 2155Than from it issued forcèd drops of blood.
line 2156Five hundred poor I have in yearly pay
310line 2157Who twice a day their withered hands hold up
line 2158Toward heaven to pardon blood. And I have built
line 2159Two chantries where the sad and solemn priests
line 2160Sing still for Richard’s soul. More will I do—
line 2161Though all that I can do is nothing worth,
315line 2162Since that my penitence comes after all,
line 2163Imploring pardon.

Enter Gloucester.

line 2164GLOUCESTERMy liege.
line 2165KING HENRYMy brother Gloucester’s voice.—Ay,
line 2166I know thy errand. I will go with thee.
320line 2167The day, my friends, and all things stay for me.

They exit.

Act 4 Scene 2 - Pg 157

Scene 2

Enter the Dauphin, Orléans, Rambures, and Beaumont.

line 2168The sun doth gild our armor. Up, my lords.
line 2169Montez à cheval! My horse, varlet! Lackey! Ha!
line 2170ORLÉANSO brave spirit!
line 2171DAUPHINVia les eaux et terre.
5line 2172ORLÉANSRien puis? L’air et feu?
line 2173DAUPHINCieux, cousin Orléans.

Enter Constable.

line 2174Now, my Lord Constable?
line 2175Hark how our steeds for present service neigh.
line 2176Mount them, and make incision in their hides,
10line 2177That their hot blood may spin in English eyes
line 2178And dout them with superfluous courage. Ha!
line 2179What, will you have them weep our horses’ blood?
line 2180How shall we then behold their natural tears?

Enter Messenger.

line 2181The English are embattled, you French peers.
15line 2182To horse, you gallant princes, straight to horse.
line 2183Do but behold yond poor and starvèd band,
line 2184And your fair show shall suck away their souls,
line 2185Leaving them but the shales and husks of men.
line 2186There is not work enough for all our hands,
20line 2187Scarce blood enough in all their sickly veins
line 2188To give each naked curtal ax a stain,
line 2189That our French gallants shall today draw out
Act 4 Scene 2 - Pg 159 line 2190And sheathe for lack of sport. Let us but blow on
line 2191them,
25line 2192The vapor of our valor will o’erturn them.
line 2193’Tis positive against all exceptions, lords,
line 2194That our superfluous lackeys and our peasants,
line 2195Who in unnecessary action swarm
line 2196About our squares of battle, were enough
30line 2197To purge this field of such a hilding foe,
line 2198Though we upon this mountain’s basis by
line 2199Took stand for idle speculation,
line 2200But that our honors must not. What’s to say?
line 2201A very little little let us do,
35line 2202And all is done. Then let the trumpets sound
line 2203The tucket sonance and the note to mount,
line 2204For our approach shall so much dare the field
line 2205That England shall couch down in fear and yield.

Enter Grandpré.

line 2206Why do you stay so long, my lords of France?
40line 2207Yond island carrions, desperate of their bones,
line 2208Ill-favoredly become the morning field.
line 2209Their ragged curtains poorly are let loose,
line 2210And our air shakes them passing scornfully.
line 2211Big Mars seems bankrupt in their beggared host
45line 2212And faintly through a rusty beaver peeps.
line 2213The horsemen sit like fixèd candlesticks
line 2214With torch staves in their hand, and their poor jades
line 2215Lob down their heads, drooping the hides and hips,
line 2216The gum down-roping from their pale dead eyes,
50line 2217And in their pale dull mouths the gemeled bit
line 2218Lies foul with chawed grass, still and motionless.
line 2219And their executors, the knavish crows,
line 2220Fly o’er them all, impatient for their hour.
line 2221Description cannot suit itself in words
55line 2222To demonstrate the life of such a battle
line 2223In life so lifeless, as it shows itself.
Act 4 Scene 3 - Pg 161 CONSTABLE
line 2224They have said their prayers, and they stay for death.
line 2225Shall we go send them dinners and fresh suits,
line 2226And give their fasting horses provender,
60line 2227And after fight with them?
line 2228I stay but for my guard. On, to the field!
line 2229I will the banner from a trumpet take
line 2230And use it for my haste. Come, come away.
line 2231The sun is high, and we outwear the day.

They exit.

Scene 3

Enter Gloucester, Bedford, Exeter, Erpingham with all his host, Salisbury, and Westmoreland.

line 2232GLOUCESTERWhere is the King?
line 2233The King himself is rode to view their battle.
line 2234Of fighting men they have full threescore thousand.
line 2235There’s five to one. Besides, they all are fresh.
5line 2236God’s arm strike with us! ’Tis a fearful odds.
line 2237God be wi’ you, princes all. I’ll to my charge.
line 2238If we no more meet till we meet in heaven,
line 2239Then joyfully, my noble Lord of Bedford,
line 2240My dear Lord Gloucester, and my good Lord Exeter,
10line 2241And my kind kinsman, warriors all, adieu.
line 2242Farewell, good Salisbury, and good luck go with
line 2243thee.
Act 4 Scene 3 - Pg 163 line 2244And yet I do thee wrong to mind thee of it,
line 2245For thou art framed of the firm truth of valor.
15line 2246Farewell, kind lord. Fight valiantly today.

Salisbury exits.

line 2247He is as full of valor as of kindness,
line 2248Princely in both.

Enter the King of England.

line 2249WESTMORELANDO, that we now had here
line 2250But one ten thousand of those men in England
20line 2251That do no work today.
line 2252KING HENRYWhat’s he that wishes so?
line 2253My cousin Westmoreland? No, my fair cousin.
line 2254If we are marked to die, we are enough
line 2255To do our country loss; and if to live,
25line 2256The fewer men, the greater share of honor.
line 2257God’s will, I pray thee wish not one man more.
line 2258By Jove, I am not covetous for gold,
line 2259Nor care I who doth feed upon my cost;
line 2260It yearns me not if men my garments wear;
30line 2261Such outward things dwell not in my desires.
line 2262But if it be a sin to covet honor,
line 2263I am the most offending soul alive.
line 2264No, ’faith, my coz, wish not a man from England.
line 2265God’s peace, I would not lose so great an honor
35line 2266As one man more, methinks, would share from me,
line 2267For the best hope I have. O, do not wish one more!
line 2268Rather proclaim it, Westmoreland, through my host,
line 2269That he which hath no stomach to this fight,
line 2270Let him depart. His passport shall be made,
40line 2271And crowns for convoy put into his purse.
line 2272We would not die in that man’s company
line 2273That fears his fellowship to die with us.
line 2274This day is called the feast of Crispian.
Act 4 Scene 3 - Pg 165 line 2275He that outlives this day and comes safe home
45line 2276Will stand o’ tiptoe when this day is named
line 2277And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
line 2278He that shall see this day, and live old age,
line 2279Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbors
line 2280And say “Tomorrow is Saint Crispian.”
50line 2281Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars.
line 2282Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
line 2283But he’ll remember with advantages
line 2284What feats he did that day. Then shall our names,
line 2285Familiar in his mouth as household words,
55line 2286Harry the King, Bedford and Exeter,
line 2287Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester,
line 2288Be in their flowing cups freshly remembered.
line 2289This story shall the good man teach his son,
line 2290And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by,
60line 2291From this day to the ending of the world,
line 2292But we in it shall be rememberèd—
line 2293We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
line 2294For he today that sheds his blood with me
line 2295Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
65line 2296This day shall gentle his condition;
line 2297And gentlemen in England now abed
line 2298Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
line 2299And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
line 2300That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.

Enter Salisbury.

70line 2301My sovereign lord, bestow yourself with speed.
line 2302The French are bravely in their battles set,
line 2303And will with all expedience charge on us.
line 2304All things are ready if our minds be so.
line 2305Perish the man whose mind is backward now!
Act 4 Scene 3 - Pg 167 KING HENRY
75line 2306Thou dost not wish more help from England, coz?
line 2307God’s will, my liege, would you and I alone,
line 2308Without more help, could fight this royal battle!
line 2309Why, now thou hast unwished five thousand men,
line 2310Which likes me better than to wish us one.—
80line 2311You know your places. God be with you all.

Tucket. Enter Montjoy.

line 2312Once more I come to know of thee, King Harry,
line 2313If for thy ransom thou wilt now compound,
line 2314Before thy most assurèd overthrow.
line 2315For certainly thou art so near the gulf
85line 2316Thou needs must be englutted. Besides, in mercy,
line 2317The Constable desires thee thou wilt mind
line 2318Thy followers of repentance, that their souls
line 2319May make a peaceful and a sweet retire
line 2320From off these fields where, wretches, their poor
90line 2321bodies
line 2322Must lie and fester.
line 2323KING HENRYWho hath sent thee now?
line 2324MONTJOYThe Constable of France.
line 2325I pray thee bear my former answer back.
95line 2326Bid them achieve me and then sell my bones.
line 2327Good God, why should they mock poor fellows
line 2328thus?
line 2329The man that once did sell the lion’s skin
line 2330While the beast lived was killed with hunting him.
100line 2331A many of our bodies shall no doubt
line 2332Find native graves, upon the which, I trust,
line 2333Shall witness live in brass of this day’s work.
Act 4 Scene 3 - Pg 169 line 2334And those that leave their valiant bones in France,
line 2335Dying like men, though buried in your dunghills,
105line 2336They shall be famed; for there the sun shall greet
line 2337them
line 2338And draw their honors reeking up to heaven,
line 2339Leaving their earthly parts to choke your clime,
line 2340The smell whereof shall breed a plague in France.
110line 2341Mark, then, abounding valor in our English,
line 2342That being dead, like to the bullet’s crazing,
line 2343Break out into a second course of mischief,
line 2344Killing in relapse of mortality.
line 2345Let me speak proudly: tell the Constable
115line 2346We are but warriors for the working day;
line 2347Our gayness and our gilt are all besmirched
line 2348With rainy marching in the painful field.
line 2349There’s not a piece of feather in our host—
line 2350Good argument, I hope, we will not fly—
120line 2351And time hath worn us into slovenry.
line 2352But, by the Mass, our hearts are in the trim,
line 2353And my poor soldiers tell me, yet ere night
line 2354They’ll be in fresher robes, or they will pluck
line 2355The gay new coats o’er the French soldiers’ heads
125line 2356And turn them out of service. If they do this,
line 2357As, if God please, they shall, my ransom then
line 2358Will soon be levied. Herald, save thou thy labor.
line 2359Come thou no more for ransom, gentle herald.
line 2360They shall have none, I swear, but these my joints,
130line 2361Which, if they have, as I will leave ’em them,
line 2362Shall yield them little, tell the Constable.
line 2363I shall, King Harry. And so fare thee well.
line 2364Thou never shalt hear herald anymore.
line 2365KING HENRYI fear thou wilt once more come again
135line 2366for a ransom.Montjoy exits.

Enter York.

Act 4 Scene 4 - Pg 171 YORKkneeling
line 2367My lord, most humbly on my knee I beg
line 2368The leading of the vaward.
line 2369Take it, brave York.York rises.
line 2370Now, soldiers, march away,
140line 2371And how Thou pleasest, God, dispose the day.

They exit.

Scene 4

Alarum. Excursions. Enter Pistol, French Soldier,and Boy.

line 2372PISTOLYield, cur.
line 2373FRENCH SOLDIERJe pense que vous êtes le gentilhomme
line 2374de bonne qualité.
line 2375PISTOLQualtitie calmie custure me. Art thou a gentleman?
5line 2376What is thy name? Discuss.
line 2377FRENCH SOLDIERÔ Seigneur Dieu!
line 2378PISTOLO, Seigneur Dew should be a gentleman. Perpend
line 2379my words, O Seigneur Dew, and mark: O
line 2380Seigneur Dew, thou diest on point of fox, except, O
10line 2381Seigneur, thou do give to me egregious ransom.
line 2382FRENCH SOLDIERÔ, prenez miséricorde! Ayez pitié de
line 2383moi!
line 2384PISTOLMoy shall not serve. I will have forty moys, or
line 2385I will fetch thy rim out at thy throat in drops of
15line 2386crimson blood.
line 2387FRENCH SOLDIEREst-il impossible d’échapper la force
line 2388de ton bras?
line 2389PISTOLBrass, cur? Thou damned and luxurious
line 2390mountain goat, offer’st me brass?
20line 2391FRENCH SOLDIERÔ, pardonnez-moi!
line 2392PISTOLSay’st thou me so? Is that a ton of moys?—
Act 4 Scene 4 - Pg 173 line 2393Come hither, boy. Ask me this slave in French what
line 2394is his name.
line 2395BOYÉcoutez. Comment êtes-vous appelé?
25line 2396FRENCH SOLDIERMonsieur le Fer.
line 2397BOYHe says his name is Master Fer.
line 2398PISTOLMaster Fer. I’ll fer him, and firk him, and ferret
line 2399him. Discuss the same in French unto him.
line 2400BOYI do not know the French for “fer,” and “ferret,”
30line 2401and “firk.”
line 2402PISTOLBid him prepare, for I will cut his throat.
line 2403FRENCH SOLDIERto the Boy Que dit-il, monsieur?
line 2404BOYIl me commande à vous dire que vous faites vous
line 2405prêt, car ce soldat ici est disposé tout à cette heure de
35line 2406couper votre gorge.
line 2407PISTOLOwy, cuppele gorge, permafoy, peasant, unless
line 2408thou give me crowns, brave crowns, or mangled
line 2409shalt thou be by this my sword.
line 2410FRENCH SOLDIERÔ, je vous supplie, pour l’amour de
40line 2411Dieu, me pardonner. Je suis le gentilhomme de bonne
line 2412maison. Gardez ma vie, et je vous donnerai deux
line 2413cents écus.
line 2414PISTOLWhat are his words?
line 2415BOYHe prays you to save his life. He is a gentleman of a
45line 2416good house, and for his ransom he will give you two
line 2417hundred crowns.
line 2418PISTOLTell him my fury shall abate, and I the crowns
line 2419will take.
line 2420FRENCH SOLDIERto the Boy Petit monsieur, que dit-il?
50line 2421BOYEncore qu’il est contre son jurement de pardonner
line 2422aucun prisonnier; néanmoins, pour les écus que vous
line 2423lui avez promis, il est content à vous donner la liberté,
line 2424le franchisement.

French soldier kneels.

line 2425FRENCH SOLDIER Sur mes genoux je vous donne mille
55line 2426remercîments, et je m’estime heureux que j’ai tombé
Act 4 Scene 5 - Pg 175 line 2427entre les mains d’un chevalier, je pense, le plus brave,
line 2428vaillant, et très distingué seigneur d’Angleterre.
line 2429PISTOLExpound unto me, boy.
line 2430BOYHe gives you upon his knees a thousand thanks,
60line 2431and he esteems himself happy that he hath fall’n
line 2432into the hands of one, as he thinks, the most
line 2433brave, valorous, and thrice-worthy seigneur of
line 2434England.
line 2435PISTOLAs I suck blood, I will some mercy show.
65line 2436Follow me.
line 2437BOYSuivez-vous le grand capitaine.

The French Soldier stands up. He and Pistol exit.

line 2438I did never know so full a voice issue from so empty
line 2439a heart. But the saying is true: “The empty vessel
line 2440makes the greatest sound.” Bardolph and Nym had
70line 2441ten times more valor than this roaring devil i’ th’ old
line 2442play, that everyone may pare his nails with a wooden
line 2443dagger, and they are both hanged, and so would
line 2444this be if he durst steal anything adventurously. I
line 2445must stay with the lackeys with the luggage of our
75line 2446camp. The French might have a good prey of us if he
line 2447knew of it, for there is none to guard it but boys.

He exits.

Scene 5

Enter Constable, Orléans, Bourbon, Dauphin, and Rambures.

line 2448CONSTABLEÔ diable!
line 2449Ô Seigneur! Le jour est perdu, tout est perdu!
line 2450Mort de ma vie, all is confounded, all!
line 2451Reproach and everlasting shame
5line 2452Sits mocking in our plumes.A short Alarum.
Act 4 Scene 6 - Pg 177 line 2453Ô méchante Fortune!
line 2454Do not run away.
line 2455CONSTABLEWhy, all our ranks are broke.
line 2456O perdurable shame! Let’s stab ourselves.
10line 2457Be these the wretches that we played at dice for?
line 2458Is this the king we sent to for his ransom?
line 2459Shame, and eternal shame, nothing but shame!
line 2460Let us die. In once more! Back again!
line 2461And he that will not follow Bourbon now,
15line 2462Let him go hence, and with his cap in hand
line 2463Like a base pander hold the chamber door,
line 2464Whilst by a slave, no gentler than my dog,
line 2465His fairest daughter is contaminate.
line 2466Disorder, that hath spoiled us, friend us now.
20line 2467Let us on heaps go offer up our lives.
line 2468We are enough yet living in the field
line 2469To smother up the English in our throngs,
line 2470If any order might be thought upon.
line 2471The devil take order now! I’ll to the throng.
25line 2472Let life be short, else shame will be too long.

They exit.

Scene 6

Alarum. Enter the King of England and his train, with prisoners.

line 2473Well have we done, thrice-valiant countrymen,
line 2474But all’s not done. Yet keep the French the field.
Act 4 Scene 6 - Pg 179

Enter Exeter.

line 2475The Duke of York commends him to your Majesty.
line 2476Lives he, good uncle? Thrice within this hour
5line 2477I saw him down, thrice up again and fighting.
line 2478From helmet to the spur, all blood he was.
line 2479In which array, brave soldier, doth he lie,
line 2480Larding the plain, and by his bloody side,
line 2481Yoke-fellow to his honor-owing wounds,
10line 2482The noble Earl of Suffolk also lies.
line 2483Suffolk first died, and York, all haggled over,
line 2484Comes to him where in gore he lay insteeped,
line 2485And takes him by the beard, kisses the gashes
line 2486That bloodily did yawn upon his face.
15line 2487He cries aloud “Tarry, my cousin Suffolk.
line 2488My soul shall thine keep company to heaven.
line 2489Tarry, sweet soul, for mine; then fly abreast,
line 2490As in this glorious and well-foughten field
line 2491We kept together in our chivalry.”
20line 2492Upon these words I came and cheered him up.
line 2493He smiled me in the face, raught me his hand,
line 2494And with a feeble grip, says “Dear my lord,
line 2495Commend my service to my sovereign.”
line 2496So did he turn, and over Suffolk’s neck
25line 2497He threw his wounded arm and kissed his lips,
line 2498And so, espoused to death, with blood he sealed
line 2499A testament of noble-ending love.
line 2500The pretty and sweet manner of it forced
line 2501Those waters from me which I would have stopped,
30line 2502But I had not so much of man in me,
line 2503And all my mother came into mine eyes
line 2504And gave me up to tears.
line 2505KING HENRYI blame you not,
Act 4 Scene 7 - Pg 181 line 2506For, hearing this, I must perforce compound
35line 2507With my full eyes, or they will issue too.Alarum.
line 2508But hark, what new alarum is this same?
line 2509The French have reinforced their scattered men.
line 2510Then every soldier kill his prisoners.
line 2511Give the word through.

They exit.

Scene 7

Enter Fluellen and Gower.

line 2512FLUELLENKill the poys and the luggage! ’Tis expressly
line 2513against the law of arms. ’Tis as arrant a piece of
line 2514knavery, mark you now, as can be offert, in your
line 2515conscience now, is it not?
5line 2516GOWER’Tis certain there’s not a boy left alive, and
line 2517the cowardly rascals that ran from the battle ha’
line 2518done this slaughter. Besides, they have burned
line 2519and carried away all that was in the King’s tent,
line 2520wherefore the King, most worthily, hath caused
10line 2521every soldier to cut his prisoner’s throat. O, ’tis a
line 2522gallant king!
line 2523FLUELLENAy, he was porn at Monmouth, Captain
line 2524Gower. What call you the town’s name where
line 2525Alexander the Pig was born?
15line 2526GOWERAlexander the Great.
line 2527FLUELLENWhy, I pray you, is not “pig” great? The pig,
line 2528or the great, or the mighty, or the huge, or the
line 2529magnanimous, are all one reckonings, save the
line 2530phrase is a little variations.
20line 2531GOWERI think Alexander the Great was born in Macedon.
line 2532His father was called Philip of Macedon, as I
line 2533take it.
line 2534FLUELLENI think it is in Macedon where Alexander is
line 2535porn. I tell you, captain, if you look in the maps of
Act 4 Scene 7 - Pg 183 25line 2536the ’orld, I warrant you sall find, in the comparisons
line 2537between Macedon and Monmouth, that the
line 2538situations, look you, is both alike. There is a river in
line 2539Macedon, and there is also, moreover, a river at
line 2540Monmouth. It is called Wye at Monmouth, but it is
30line 2541out of my prains what is the name of the other river.
line 2542But ’tis all one; ’tis alike as my fingers is to my
line 2543fingers, and there is salmons in both. If you mark
line 2544Alexander’s life well, Harry of Monmouth’s life is
line 2545come after it indifferent well, for there is figures in
35line 2546all things. Alexander, God knows and you know, in
line 2547his rages and his furies and his wraths and his
line 2548cholers and his moods and his displeasures and his
line 2549indignations, and also being a little intoxicates in
line 2550his prains, did, in his ales and his angers, look you,
40line 2551kill his best friend, Cleitus.
line 2552GOWEROur king is not like him in that. He never
line 2553killed any of his friends.
line 2554FLUELLENIt is not well done, mark you now, to take
line 2555the tales out of my mouth ere it is made and
45line 2556finished. I speak but in the figures and comparisons
line 2557of it. As Alexander killed his friend Cleitus, being in
line 2558his ales and his cups, so also Harry Monmouth,
line 2559being in his right wits and his good judgments,
line 2560turned away the fat knight with the great-belly
50line 2561doublet; he was full of jests and gipes and knaveries
line 2562and mocks—I have forgot his name.
line 2563GOWERSir John Falstaff.
line 2564FLUELLENThat is he. I’ll tell you, there is good men
line 2565porn at Monmouth.
55line 2566GOWERHere comes his Majesty.

Alarum. Enter King Harry, Exeter, Warwick, Gloucester, Heralds and Bourbon with other prisoners. Flourish.

line 2567I was not angry since I came to France
Act 4 Scene 7 - Pg 185 line 2568Until this instant. Take a trumpet, herald.
line 2569Ride thou unto the horsemen on yond hill.
line 2570If they will fight with us, bid them come down,
60line 2571Or void the field. They do offend our sight.
line 2572If they’ll do neither, we will come to them
line 2573And make them skirr away as swift as stones
line 2574Enforcèd from the old Assyrian slings.
line 2575Besides, we’ll cut the throats of those we have,
65line 2576And not a man of them that we shall take
line 2577Shall taste our mercy. Go and tell them so.

Enter Montjoy.

line 2578Here comes the herald of the French, my liege.
line 2579His eyes are humbler than they used to be.
line 2580How now, what means this, herald? Know’st thou
70line 2581not
line 2582That I have fined these bones of mine for ransom?
line 2583Com’st thou again for ransom?
line 2584MONTJOYNo, great king.
line 2585I come to thee for charitable license,
75line 2586That we may wander o’er this bloody field
line 2587To book our dead and then to bury them,
line 2588To sort our nobles from our common men,
line 2589For many of our princes—woe the while!—
line 2590Lie drowned and soaked in mercenary blood.
80line 2591So do our vulgar drench their peasant limbs
line 2592In blood of princes, and the wounded steeds
line 2593Fret fetlock deep in gore, and with wild rage
line 2594Yerk out their armèd heels at their dead masters,
line 2595Killing them twice. O, give us leave, great king,
85line 2596To view the field in safety and dispose
line 2597Of their dead bodies.
line 2598KING HENRYI tell thee truly, herald,
Act 4 Scene 7 - Pg 187 line 2599I know not if the day be ours or no,
line 2600For yet a many of your horsemen peer
90line 2601And gallop o’er the field.
line 2602MONTJOYThe day is yours.
line 2603Praised be God, and not our strength, for it!
line 2604What is this castle called that stands hard by?
line 2605MONTJOYThey call it Agincourt.
95line 2606Then call we this the field of Agincourt,
line 2607Fought on the day of Crispin Crispianus.
line 2608FLUELLENYour grandfather of famous memory, an ’t
line 2609please your Majesty, and your great-uncle Edward
line 2610the Plack Prince of Wales, as I have read in the
100line 2611chronicles, fought a most prave pattle here in
line 2612France.
line 2613KING HENRYThey did, Fluellen.
line 2614FLUELLENYour Majesty says very true. If your Majesties
line 2615is remembered of it, the Welshmen did good
105line 2616service in a garden where leeks did grow, wearing
line 2617leeks in their Monmouth caps, which, your Majesty
line 2618know, to this hour is an honorable badge of the
line 2619service. And I do believe your Majesty takes no
line 2620scorn to wear the leek upon Saint Tavy’s day.
110line 2621I wear it for a memorable honor,
line 2622For I am Welsh, you know, good countryman.
line 2623FLUELLENAll the water in Wye cannot wash your
line 2624Majesty’s Welsh plood out of your pody, I can tell
line 2625you that. God pless it and preserve it as long as it
115line 2626pleases his Grace and his Majesty too.
line 2627KING HENRYThanks, good my countryman.
line 2628FLUELLENBy Jeshu, I am your Majesty’s countryman,
line 2629I care not who know it. I will confess it to all the
line 2630’orld. I need not to be ashamed of your Majesty,
Act 4 Scene 7 - Pg 189 120line 2631praised be God, so long as your Majesty is an
line 2632honest man.
line 2633God keep me so.—Our heralds, go with him.
line 2634Bring me just notice of the numbers dead
line 2635On both our parts.

Montjoy, English Heralds, and Gower exit.

Enter Williams.

125line 2636Call yonder fellow hither.
line 2637EXETERSoldier, you must come to the King.
line 2638KING HENRYSoldier, why wear’st thou that glove in thy
line 2639cap?
line 2640WILLIAMSAn ’t please your Majesty, ’tis the gage of
130line 2641one that I should fight withal, if he be alive.
line 2642KING HENRYAn Englishman?
line 2643WILLIAMSAn ’t please your Majesty, a rascal that
line 2644swaggered with me last night, who, if alive and ever
line 2645dare to challenge this glove, I have sworn to take
135line 2646him a box o’ th’ ear, or if I can see my glove in his
line 2647cap, which he swore, as he was a soldier, he would
line 2648wear if alive, I will strike it out soundly.
line 2649KING HENRYWhat think you, Captain Fluellen, is it fit
line 2650this soldier keep his oath?
140line 2651FLUELLENHe is a craven and a villain else, an ’t
line 2652please your Majesty, in my conscience.
line 2653KING HENRYIt may be his enemy is a gentleman of
line 2654great sort, quite from the answer of his degree.
line 2655FLUELLENThough he be as good a gentleman as the
145line 2656devil is, as Lucifer and Beelzebub himself, it is
line 2657necessary, look your Grace, that he keep his vow
line 2658and his oath. If he be perjured, see you now, his
line 2659reputation is as arrant a villain and a Jack Sauce as
line 2660ever his black shoe trod upon God’s ground and His
150line 2661earth, in my conscience, la.
Act 4 Scene 7 - Pg 191 line 2662KING HENRYThen keep thy vow, sirrah, when thou
line 2663meet’st the fellow.
line 2664WILLIAMSSo I will, my liege, as I live.
line 2665KING HENRYWho serv’st thou under?
155line 2666WILLIAMSUnder Captain Gower, my liege.
line 2667FLUELLENGower is a good captain, and is good knowledge
line 2668and literatured in the wars.
line 2669KING HENRYCall him hither to me, soldier.
line 2670WILLIAMSI will, my liege.He exits.
160line 2671KING HENRYgiving Fluellen Williams’s glove Here,
line 2672Fluellen, wear thou this favor for me, and stick it in
line 2673thy cap. When Alençon and myself were down
line 2674together, I plucked this glove from his helm. If any
line 2675man challenge this, he is a friend to Alençon and an
165line 2676enemy to our person. If thou encounter any such,
line 2677apprehend him, an thou dost me love.
line 2678FLUELLENputting the glove in his cap Your Grace
line 2679does me as great honors as can be desired in the
line 2680hearts of his subjects. I would fain see the man that
170line 2681has but two legs that shall find himself aggriefed at
line 2682this glove, that is all; but I would fain see it once, an
line 2683please God of His grace that I might see.
line 2684KING HENRYKnow’st thou Gower?
line 2685FLUELLENHe is my dear friend, an please you.
175line 2686KING HENRYPray thee, go seek him, and bring him to
line 2687my tent.
line 2688FLUELLENI will fetch him.He exits.
line 2689My Lord of Warwick and my brother Gloucester,
line 2690Follow Fluellen closely at the heels.
180line 2691The glove which I have given him for a favor
line 2692May haply purchase him a box o’ th’ ear.
line 2693It is the soldier’s. I by bargain should
line 2694Wear it myself. Follow, good cousin Warwick.
line 2695If that the soldier strike him, as I judge
185line 2696By his blunt bearing he will keep his word,
Act 4 Scene 8 - Pg 193 line 2697Some sudden mischief may arise of it,
line 2698For I do know Fluellen valiant
line 2699And, touched with choler, hot as gunpowder,
line 2700And quickly will return an injury.
190line 2701Follow, and see there be no harm between them.—
line 2702Go you with me, uncle of Exeter.

They exit.

Scene 8

Enter Gower and Williams.

line 2703WILLIAMSI warrant it is to knight you, captain.

Enter Fluellen, wearing Williams’s glove.

line 2704FLUELLENto Gower God’s will and His pleasure,
line 2705captain, I beseech you now, come apace to the
line 2706King. There is more good toward you peradventure
5line 2707than is in your knowledge to dream of.
WILLIAMSto Fluellen, pointing to the glove in his own hat
line 2708Sir, know you this glove?
line 2709FLUELLENKnow the glove? I know the glove is a glove.
line 2710WILLIAMSI know this, and thus I challenge it.

Strikes him.

line 2711FLUELLEN’Sblood, an arrant traitor as any ’s in the
10line 2712universal world, or in France, or in England!
line 2713GOWERto Williams How now, sir? You villain!
line 2714WILLIAMSDo you think I’ll be forsworn?
line 2715FLUELLENStand away, Captain Gower. I will give treason
line 2716his payment into plows, I warrant you.
15line 2717WILLIAMSI am no traitor.
line 2718FLUELLENThat’s a lie in thy throat.—I charge you in
line 2719his Majesty’s name, apprehend him. He’s a friend
line 2720of the Duke Alençon’s.

Enter Warwick and Gloucester.

Act 4 Scene 8 - Pg 195 line 2721WARWICKHow now, how now, what’s the matter?
20line 2722FLUELLENMy Lord of Warwick, here is, praised be
line 2723God for it, a most contagious treason come to
line 2724light, look you, as you shall desire in a summer’s
line 2725day.

Enter King of England and Exeter.

line 2726Here is his Majesty.
25line 2727KING HENRYHow now, what’s the matter?
line 2728FLUELLENMy liege, here is a villain and a traitor, that,
line 2729look your Grace, has struck the glove which your
line 2730Majesty is take out of the helmet of Alençon.
line 2731WILLIAMSMy liege, this was my glove; here is the fellow
30line 2732of it. And he that I gave it to in change promised to
line 2733wear it in his cap. I promised to strike him if he did.
line 2734I met this man with my glove in his cap, and I have
line 2735been as good as my word.
line 2736FLUELLENYour Majesty, hear now, saving your Majesty’s
35line 2737manhood, what an arrant, rascally, beggarly,
line 2738lousy knave it is. I hope your Majesty is pear me
line 2739testimony and witness and will avouchment that
line 2740this is the glove of Alençon that your Majesty is give
line 2741me, in your conscience now.
40line 2742KING HENRYto Williams Give me thy glove, soldier.
line 2743Look, here is the fellow of it.
line 2744’Twas I indeed thou promised’st to strike,
line 2745And thou hast given me most bitter terms.
line 2746FLUELLENAn please your Majesty, let his neck answer
45line 2747for it, if there is any martial law in the world.
line 2748KING HENRYto Williams How canst thou make me
line 2749satisfaction?
line 2750WILLIAMSAll offenses, my lord, come from the heart.
line 2751Never came any from mine that might offend your
50line 2752Majesty.
line 2753KING HENRYIt was ourself thou didst abuse.
line 2754WILLIAMSYour Majesty came not like yourself. You
Act 4 Scene 8 - Pg 197 line 2755appeared to me but as a common man; witness the
line 2756night, your garments, your lowliness. And what
55line 2757your Highness suffered under that shape, I beseech
line 2758you take it for your own fault and not mine, for, had
line 2759you been as I took you for, I made no offense.
line 2760Therefore, I beseech your Highness pardon me.
line 2761Here, uncle Exeter, fill this glove with crowns
60line 2762And give it to this fellow.—Keep it, fellow,
line 2763And wear it for an honor in thy cap
line 2764Till I do challenge it.—Give him the crowns.—
line 2765And, captain, you must needs be friends with him.
line 2766FLUELLENBy this day and this light, the fellow has
65line 2767mettle enough in his belly.—Hold, there is twelvepence
line 2768for you, and I pray you to serve God and keep
line 2769you out of prawls and prabbles and quarrels and
line 2770dissensions, and I warrant you it is the better for
line 2771you.
70line 2772WILLIAMSI will none of your money.
line 2773FLUELLENIt is with a good will. I can tell you it will
line 2774serve you to mend your shoes. Come, wherefore
line 2775should you be so pashful? Your shoes is not so
line 2776good. ’Tis a good silling, I warrant you, or I will
75line 2777change it.

Enter an English Herald.

line 2778KING HENRYNow, herald, are the dead numbered?
HERALDgiving the King a paper
line 2779Here is the number of the slaughtered French.
line 2780What prisoners of good sort are taken, uncle?
line 2781Charles, Duke of Orléans, nephew to the King;
80line 2782John, Duke of Bourbon, and Lord Bouciqualt.
line 2783Of other lords and barons, knights and squires,
line 2784Full fifteen hundred, besides common men.
Act 4 Scene 8 - Pg 199 KING HENRY
line 2785This note doth tell me of ten thousand French
line 2786That in the field lie slain. Of princes in this number
85line 2787And nobles bearing banners, there lie dead
line 2788One hundred twenty-six. Added to these,
line 2789Of knights, esquires, and gallant gentlemen,
line 2790Eight thousand and four hundred, of the which
line 2791Five hundred were but yesterday dubbed knights.
90line 2792So that in these ten thousand they have lost,
line 2793There are but sixteen hundred mercenaries.
line 2794The rest are princes, barons, lords, knights, squires,
line 2795And gentlemen of blood and quality.
line 2796The names of those their nobles that lie dead:
95line 2797Charles Delabreth, High Constable of France;
line 2798Jacques of Chatillon, Admiral of France;
line 2799The Master of the Crossbows, Lord Rambures;
line 2800Great Master of France, the brave Sir Guichard
line 2801Dauphin;
100line 2802John, Duke of Alençon; Anthony, Duke of Brabant,
line 2803The brother to the Duke of Burgundy;
line 2804And Edward, Duke of Bar. Of lusty earls:
line 2805Grandpré and Roussi, Faulconbridge and Foix,
line 2806Beaumont and Marle, Vaudemont and Lestrale.
105line 2807Here was a royal fellowship of death.
line 2808Where is the number of our English dead?

Herald gives him another paper.

line 2809Edward the Duke of York, the Earl of Suffolk,
line 2810Sir Richard Ketly, Davy Gam, esquire;
line 2811None else of name, and of all other men
110line 2812But five and twenty. O God, thy arm was here,
line 2813And not to us, but to thy arm alone
line 2814Ascribe we all! When, without stratagem,
line 2815But in plain shock and even play of battle,
line 2816Was ever known so great and little loss
115line 2817On one part and on th’ other? Take it, God,
line 2818For it is none but thine.
Act 4 Scene 8 - Pg 201 line 2819EXETER’Tis wonderful.
line 2820Come, go we in procession to the village,
line 2821And be it death proclaimèd through our host
120line 2822To boast of this or take that praise from God
line 2823Which is His only.
line 2824FLUELLENIs it not lawful, an please your Majesty, to
line 2825tell how many is killed?
line 2826Yes, captain, but with this acknowledgment:
125line 2827That God fought for us.
line 2828FLUELLENYes, my conscience, He did us great good.
line 2829KING HENRYDo we all holy rites.
line 2830Let there be sung Non nobis, and Te Deum,
line 2831The dead with charity enclosed in clay,
130line 2832And then to Calais, and to England then,
line 2833Where ne’er from France arrived more happy men.

They exit.


Enter Chorus.

line 2834Vouchsafe to those that have not read the story
line 2835That I may prompt them; and of such as have,
line 2836I humbly pray them to admit th’ excuse
line 2837Of time, of numbers, and due course of things,
5line 2838Which cannot in their huge and proper life
line 2839Be here presented. Now we bear the King
line 2840Toward Calais. Grant him there. There seen,
line 2841Heave him away upon your wingèd thoughts
line 2842Athwart the sea. Behold, the English beach
10line 2843Pales in the flood with men, wives, and boys,
line 2844Whose shouts and claps outvoice the deep-mouthed
line 2845sea,
line 2846Which, like a mighty whiffler ’fore the King
line 2847Seems to prepare his way. So let him land,
15line 2848And solemnly see him set on to London.
line 2849So swift a pace hath thought that even now
line 2850You may imagine him upon Blackheath,
line 2851Where that his lords desire him to have borne
line 2852His bruisèd helmet and his bended sword
20line 2853Before him through the city. He forbids it,
line 2854Being free from vainness and self-glorious pride,
line 2855Giving full trophy, signal, and ostent
line 2856Quite from himself, to God. But now behold,
Act 5 Scene 1 - Pg 207 line 2857In the quick forge and workinghouse of thought,
25line 2858How London doth pour out her citizens.
line 2859The Mayor and all his brethren in best sort,
line 2860Like to the senators of th’ antique Rome,
line 2861With the plebeians swarming at their heels,
line 2862Go forth and fetch their conqu’ring Caesar in—
30line 2863As, by a lower but by loving likelihood
line 2864Were now the general of our gracious empress,
line 2865As in good time he may, from Ireland coming,
line 2866Bringing rebellion broachèd on his sword,
line 2867How many would the peaceful city quit
35line 2868To welcome him! Much more, and much more
line 2869cause,
line 2870Did they this Harry. Now in London place him
line 2871(As yet the lamentation of the French
line 2872Invites the King of England’s stay at home;
40line 2873The Emperor’s coming in behalf of France
line 2874To order peace between them) and omit
line 2875All the occurrences, whatever chanced,
line 2876Till Harry’s back return again to France.
line 2877There must we bring him, and myself have played
45line 2878The interim, by remembering you ’tis past.
line 2879Then brook abridgment, and your eyes advance
line 2880After your thoughts, straight back again to France.

He exits.

Scene 1

Enter Fluellen and Gower.

line 2881GOWERNay, that’s right. But why wear you your leek
line 2882today? Saint Davy’s day is past.
line 2883FLUELLENThere is occasions and causes why and
line 2884wherefore in all things. I will tell you ass my
5line 2885friend, Captain Gower. The rascally, scald, beggarly,
line 2886lousy, pragging knave Pistol, which you and
Act 5 Scene 1 - Pg 209 line 2887yourself and all the world know to be no petter than
line 2888a fellow, look you now, of no merits, he is come to
line 2889me and prings me pread and salt yesterday, look
10line 2890you, and bid me eat my leek. It was in a place where
line 2891I could not breed no contention with him, but I will
line 2892be so bold as to wear it in my cap till I see him once
line 2893again, and then I will tell him a little piece of my
line 2894desires.

Enter Pistol.

15line 2895GOWERWhy here he comes, swelling like a
line 2896turkey-cock.
line 2897FLUELLEN’Tis no matter for his swellings, nor his
line 2898turkey-cocks.—God pless you, Aunchient Pistol,
line 2899you scurvy, lousy knave, God pless you.
20line 2900PISTOLHa, art thou bedlam? Dost thou thirst, base
line 2901Trojan, to have me fold up Parca’s fatal web? Hence.
line 2902I am qualmish at the smell of leek.
line 2903FLUELLENI peseech you heartily, scurvy, lousy knave,
line 2904at my desires and my requests and my petitions, to
25line 2905eat, look you, this leek. Because, look you, you do
line 2906not love it, nor your affections and your appetites
line 2907and your disgestions does not agree with it, I would
line 2908desire you to eat it.
line 2909PISTOLNot for Cadwallader and all his goats.
30line 2910FLUELLENThere is one goat for you. Strikes him with a cudgel.
line 2911Will you be so good, scald knave,
line 2912as eat it?
line 2913PISTOLBase Trojan, thou shalt die.
line 2914FLUELLENYou say very true, scald knave, when God’s
35line 2915will is. I will desire you to live in the meantime and
line 2916eat your victuals. Come, there is sauce for it. Strikes him.
line 2917You called me yesterday “mountain squire,”
line 2918but I will make you today a squire of low degree. I
line 2919pray you, fall to. If you can mock a leek, you can eat
40line 2920a leek.
Act 5 Scene 1 - Pg 211 line 2921GOWEREnough, captain. You have astonished him.
line 2922FLUELLENI say I will make him eat some part of my
line 2923leek, or I will peat his pate four days.—Bite, I pray
line 2924you. It is good for your green wound and your
45line 2925ploody coxcomb.
line 2926PISTOLMust I bite?
line 2927FLUELLENYes, certainly, and out of doubt and out of
line 2928question, too, and ambiguities.
line 2929PISTOLBy this leek, I will most horribly revenge.
50line 2930Fluellen threatens him. I eat and eat, I swear—
line 2931FLUELLENEat, I pray you. Will you have some more
line 2932sauce to your leek? There is not enough leek to
line 2933swear by.
line 2934PISTOLQuiet thy cudgel. Thou dost see I eat.
55line 2935FLUELLENMuch good do you, scald knave, heartily.
line 2936Nay, pray you throw none away. The skin is good for
line 2937your broken coxcomb. When you take occasions to
line 2938see leeks hereafter, I pray you mock at ’em, that is
line 2939all.
60line 2940PISTOLGood.
line 2941FLUELLENAy, leeks is good. Hold you, there is a groat
line 2942to heal your pate.
line 2943PISTOLMe, a groat?
line 2944FLUELLENYes, verily, and in truth you shall take it, or I
65line 2945have another leek in my pocket, which you shall
line 2946eat.
line 2947PISTOLI take thy groat in earnest of revenge.
line 2948FLUELLENIf I owe you anything, I will pay you in
line 2949cudgels. You shall be a woodmonger and buy
70line 2950nothing of me but cudgels. God be wi’ you and
line 2951keep you and heal your pate.He exits.
line 2952PISTOLAll hell shall stir for this.
line 2953GOWERGo, go. You are a counterfeit cowardly knave.
line 2954Will you mock at an ancient tradition begun upon
75line 2955an honorable respect and worn as a memorable
line 2956trophy of predeceased valor, and dare not avouch in
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 213 line 2957your deeds any of your words? I have seen you
line 2958gleeking and galling at this gentleman twice or
line 2959thrice. You thought because he could not speak
80line 2960English in the native garb, he could not therefore
line 2961handle an English cudgel. You find it otherwise, and
line 2962henceforth let a Welsh correction teach you a good
line 2963English condition. Fare you well.He exits.
line 2964PISTOLDoth Fortune play the huswife with me now?
85line 2965News have I that my Doll is dead i’ th’ spital of a
line 2966malady of France, and there my rendezvous is quite
line 2967cut off. Old I do wax, and from my weary limbs
line 2968honor is cudgeled. Well, bawd I’ll turn, and something
line 2969lean to cutpurse of quick hand. To England
90line 2970will I steal, and there I’ll steal.
line 2971And patches will I get unto these cudgeled scars,
line 2972And swear I got them in the Gallia wars.

He exits.

Scene 2

Enter at one door, King Henry, Exeter, Bedford, Warwick, Westmoreland, and other Lords. At another, Queen Isabel of France, the King of France, the Princess Katherine and Alice, the Duke of Burgundy, and other French.

line 2973Peace to this meeting wherefor we are met.
line 2974Unto our brother France and to our sister,
line 2975Health and fair time of day.—Joy and good wishes
line 2976To our most fair and princely cousin Katherine.—
5line 2977And, as a branch and member of this royalty,
line 2978By whom this great assembly is contrived,
line 2979We do salute you, Duke of Burgundy.—
line 2980And princes French, and peers, health to you all.
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 215 KING OF FRANCE
line 2981Right joyous are we to behold your face,
10line 2982Most worthy brother England. Fairly met.—
line 2983So are you, princes English, every one.
line 2984So happy be the issue, brother Ireland,
line 2985Of this good day and of this gracious meeting,
line 2986As we are now glad to behold your eyes—
15line 2987Your eyes which hitherto have borne in them
line 2988Against the French that met them in their bent
line 2989The fatal balls of murdering basilisks.
line 2990The venom of such looks, we fairly hope,
line 2991Have lost their quality, and that this day
20line 2992Shall change all griefs and quarrels into love.
line 2993To cry “Amen” to that, thus we appear.
line 2994You English princes all, I do salute you.
line 2995My duty to you both, on equal love,
line 2996Great kings of France and England. That I have
25line 2997labored
line 2998With all my wits, my pains, and strong endeavors
line 2999To bring your most imperial Majesties
line 3000Unto this bar and royal interview,
line 3001Your Mightiness on both parts best can witness.
30line 3002Since, then, my office hath so far prevailed
line 3003That face to face and royal eye to eye
line 3004You have congreeted, let it not disgrace me
line 3005If I demand before this royal view
line 3006What rub or what impediment there is
35line 3007Why that the naked, poor, and mangled peace,
line 3008Dear nurse of arts, plenties, and joyful births,
line 3009Should not in this best garden of the world,
line 3010Our fertile France, put up her lovely visage?
line 3011Alas, she hath from France too long been chased,
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 217 40line 3012And all her husbandry doth lie on heaps,
line 3013Corrupting in its own fertility.
line 3014Her vine, the merry cheerer of the heart,
line 3015Unprunèd, dies. Her hedges, even-pleached,
line 3016Like prisoners wildly overgrown with hair,
45line 3017Put forth disordered twigs. Her fallow leas
line 3018The darnel, hemlock, and rank fumitory
line 3019Doth root upon, while that the coulter rusts
line 3020That should deracinate such savagery.
line 3021The even mead, that erst brought sweetly forth
50line 3022The freckled cowslip, burnet, and green clover,
line 3023Wanting the scythe, withal uncorrected, rank,
line 3024Conceives by idleness, and nothing teems
line 3025But hateful docks, rough thistles, kecksies, burrs,
line 3026Losing both beauty and utility.
55line 3027And all our vineyards, fallows, meads, and hedges,
line 3028Defective in their natures, grow to wildness.
line 3029Even so our houses and ourselves and children
line 3030Have lost, or do not learn for want of time,
line 3031The sciences that should become our country,
60line 3032But grow like savages, as soldiers will
line 3033That nothing do but meditate on blood,
line 3034To swearing and stern looks, diffused attire,
line 3035And everything that seems unnatural.
line 3036Which to reduce into our former favor
65line 3037You are assembled, and my speech entreats
line 3038That I may know the let why gentle peace
line 3039Should not expel these inconveniences
line 3040And bless us with her former qualities.
line 3041If, Duke of Burgundy, you would the peace,
70line 3042Whose want gives growth to th’ imperfections
line 3043Which you have cited, you must buy that peace
line 3044With full accord to all our just demands,
line 3045Whose tenors and particular effects
line 3046You have, enscheduled briefly, in your hands.
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 219 BURGUNDY
75line 3047The King hath heard them, to the which as yet
line 3048There is no answer made.
line 3049Well then, the peace which you before so urged
line 3050Lies in his answer.
line 3051I have but with a cursitory eye
80line 3052O’erglanced the articles. Pleaseth your Grace
line 3053To appoint some of your council presently
line 3054To sit with us once more with better heed
line 3055To resurvey them, we will suddenly
line 3056Pass our accept and peremptory answer.
85line 3057Brother, we shall.—Go, uncle Exeter,
line 3058And brother Clarence, and you, brother Gloucester,
line 3059Warwick, and Huntington, go with the King,
line 3060And take with you free power to ratify,
line 3061Augment, or alter, as your wisdoms best
90line 3062Shall see advantageable for our dignity,
line 3063Anything in or out of our demands,
line 3064And we’ll consign thereto.—Will you, fair sister,
line 3065Go with the princes or stay here with us?
line 3066Our gracious brother, I will go with them.
95line 3067Haply a woman’s voice may do some good
line 3068When articles too nicely urged be stood on.
line 3069Yet leave our cousin Katherine here with us.
line 3070She is our capital demand, comprised
line 3071Within the forerank of our articles.
100line 3072She hath good leave.

All but Katherine, and the King of England, and Alice exit.

line 3073KING HENRYFair Katherine, and most fair,
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 221 line 3074Will you vouchsafe to teach a soldier terms
line 3075Such as will enter at a lady’s ear
line 3076And plead his love-suit to her gentle heart?
105line 3077KATHERINEYour Majesty shall mock at me. I cannot
line 3078speak your England.
line 3079KING HENRYO fair Katherine, if you will love me
line 3080soundly with your French heart, I will be glad to
line 3081hear you confess it brokenly with your English
110line 3082tongue. Do you like me, Kate?
line 3083KATHERINEPardonnez-moi, I cannot tell wat is “like
line 3084me.”
line 3085KING HENRYAn angel is like you, Kate, and you are
line 3086like an angel.
115line 3087KATHERINEto Alice Que dit-il? Que je suis semblable à
line 3088les anges?
line 3089ALICEOui, vraiment, sauf votre Grâce, ainsi dit-il.
line 3090KING HENRYI said so, dear Katherine, and I must not
line 3091blush to affirm it.
120line 3092KATHERINEÔ bon Dieu, les langues des hommes sont
line 3093pleines de tromperies.
line 3094KING HENRYto Alice What says she, fair one? That the
line 3095tongues of men are full of deceits?
line 3096ALICEOui, dat de tongues of de mans is be full of
125line 3097deceits; dat is de Princess.
line 3098KING HENRYThe Princess is the better Englishwoman.—
line 3099I’ faith, Kate, my wooing is fit for thy
line 3100understanding. I am glad thou canst speak no
line 3101better English, for if thou couldst, thou wouldst
130line 3102find me such a plain king that thou wouldst think I
line 3103had sold my farm to buy my crown. I know no ways
line 3104to mince it in love, but directly to say “I love you.”
line 3105Then if you urge me farther than to say “Do you, in
line 3106faith?” I wear out my suit. Give me your answer, i’
135line 3107faith, do; and so clap hands and a bargain. How say
line 3108you, lady?
line 3109KATHERINESauf votre honneur, me understand well.
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 223 line 3110KING HENRYMarry, if you would put me to verses or
line 3111to dance for your sake, Kate, why you undid me.
140line 3112For the one, I have neither words nor measure; and
line 3113for the other, I have no strength in measure, yet a
line 3114reasonable measure in strength. If I could win a
line 3115lady at leapfrog or by vaulting into my saddle with
line 3116my armor on my back, under the correction of
145line 3117bragging be it spoken, I should quickly leap into a
line 3118wife. Or if I might buffet for my love, or bound my
line 3119horse for her favors, I could lay on like a butcher
line 3120and sit like a jackanapes, never off. But, before God,
line 3121Kate, I cannot look greenly nor gasp out my eloquence,
150line 3122nor I have no cunning in protestation, only
line 3123downright oaths, which I never use till urged, nor
line 3124never break for urging. If thou canst love a fellow of
line 3125this temper, Kate, whose face is not worth sun-burning,
line 3126that never looks in his glass for love of
155line 3127anything he sees there, let thine eye be thy cook. I
line 3128speak to thee plain soldier. If thou canst love me for
line 3129this, take me. If not, to say to thee that I shall die is
line 3130true, but for thy love, by the Lord, no. Yet I love thee
line 3131too. And while thou liv’st, dear Kate, take a fellow of
160line 3132plain and uncoined constancy, for he perforce must
line 3133do thee right because he hath not the gift to woo in
line 3134other places. For these fellows of infinite tongue,
line 3135that can rhyme themselves into ladies’ favors, they
line 3136do always reason themselves out again. What? A
165line 3137speaker is but a prater, a rhyme is but a ballad, a
line 3138good leg will fall, a straight back will stoop, a black
line 3139beard will turn white, a curled pate will grow bald,
line 3140a fair face will wither, a full eye will wax hollow, but
line 3141a good heart, Kate, is the sun and the moon, or
170line 3142rather the sun and not the moon, for it shines bright
line 3143and never changes but keeps his course truly. If
line 3144thou would have such a one, take me. And take me,
line 3145take a soldier. Take a soldier, take a king. And what
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 225 line 3146say’st thou then to my love? Speak, my fair, and
175line 3147fairly, I pray thee.
line 3148KATHERINEIs it possible dat I sould love de enemy of
line 3149France?
line 3150KING HENRYNo, it is not possible you should love the
line 3151enemy of France, Kate. But, in loving me, you
180line 3152should love the friend of France, for I love France
line 3153so well that I will not part with a village of it. I will
line 3154have it all mine. And, Kate, when France is mine
line 3155and I am yours, then yours is France and you are
line 3156mine.
185line 3157KATHERINEI cannot tell wat is dat.
line 3158KING HENRYNo, Kate? I will tell thee in French,
line 3159which I am sure will hang upon my tongue like a
line 3160new-married wife about her husband’s neck, hardly
line 3161to be shook off. Je quand sur le possession de
190line 3162France, et quand vous avez le possession de moi—let
line 3163me see, what then? Saint Denis be my speed!—donc
line 3164vôtre est France, et vous êtes mienne. It is as easy for
line 3165me, Kate, to conquer the kingdom as to speak so
line 3166much more French. I shall never move thee in
195line 3167French, unless it be to laugh at me.
line 3168KATHERINESauf votre honneur, le français que vous
line 3169parlez, il est meilleur que l’anglais lequel je parle.
line 3170KING HENRYNo, faith, is ’t not, Kate, but thy speaking
line 3171of my tongue, and I thine, most truly-falsely must
200line 3172needs be granted to be much at one. But, Kate, dost
line 3173thou understand thus much English? Canst thou
line 3174love me?
line 3175KATHERINEI cannot tell.
line 3176KING HENRYCan any of your neighbors tell, Kate? I’ll
205line 3177ask them. Come, I know thou lovest me; and at
line 3178night, when you come into your closet, you’ll question
line 3179this gentlewoman about me, and, I know, Kate,
line 3180you will, to her, dispraise those parts in me that you
line 3181love with your heart. But, good Kate, mock me
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 227 210line 3182mercifully, the rather, gentle princess, because I
line 3183love thee cruelly. If ever thou beest mine, Kate, as I
line 3184have a saving faith within me tells me thou shalt, I
line 3185get thee with scambling, and thou must therefore
line 3186needs prove a good soldier-breeder. Shall not thou
215line 3187and I, between Saint Denis and Saint George, compound
line 3188a boy, half French, half English, that shall go
line 3189to Constantinople and take the Turk by the beard?
line 3190Shall we not? What say’st thou, my fair flower de
line 3191luce?
220line 3192KATHERINEI do not know dat.
line 3193KING HENRYNo, ’tis hereafter to know, but now to
line 3194promise. Do but now promise, Kate, you will
line 3195endeavor for your French part of such a boy; and
line 3196for my English moiety, take the word of a king and
225line 3197a bachelor. How answer you, la plus belle Katherine
line 3198du monde, mon très cher et divin déesse?
line 3199KATHERINEYour Majesté ’ave fausse French enough to
line 3200deceive de most sage demoiselle dat is en France.
line 3201KING HENRYNow fie upon my false French. By mine
230line 3202honor, in true English, I love thee, Kate. By which
line 3203honor I dare not swear thou lovest me, yet my blood
line 3204begins to flatter me that thou dost, notwithstanding
line 3205the poor and untempering effect of my visage. Now
line 3206beshrew my father’s ambition! He was thinking of
235line 3207civil wars when he got me; therefore was I created
line 3208with a stubborn outside, with an aspect of iron, that
line 3209when I come to woo ladies, I fright them. But, in
line 3210faith, Kate, the elder I wax, the better I shall appear.
line 3211My comfort is that old age, that ill layer-up of
240line 3212beauty, can do no more spoil upon my face. Thou
line 3213hast me, if thou hast me, at the worst, and thou shalt
line 3214wear me, if thou wear me, better and better. And
line 3215therefore tell me, most fair Katherine, will you have
line 3216me? Put off your maiden blushes, avouch the
245line 3217thoughts of your heart with the looks of an empress,
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 229 line 3218take me by the hand, and say “Harry of England, I
line 3219am thine,” which word thou shalt no sooner bless
line 3220mine ear withal, but I will tell thee aloud “England
line 3221is thine, Ireland is thine, France is thine, and Henry
250line 3222Plantagenet is thine,” who, though I speak it before
line 3223his face, if he be not fellow with the best king, thou
line 3224shalt find the best king of good fellows. Come, your
line 3225answer in broken music, for thy voice is music, and
line 3226thy English broken. Therefore, queen of all, Katherine,
255line 3227break thy mind to me in broken English. Wilt
line 3228thou have me?
line 3229KATHERINEDat is as it shall please de roi mon père.
line 3230KING HENRYNay, it will please him well, Kate; it shall
line 3231please him, Kate.
260line 3232KATHERINEDen it sall also content me.
line 3233KING HENRYUpon that I kiss your hand, and I call you
line 3234my queen.
line 3235KATHERINELaissez, mon seigneur, laissez, laissez! Ma
line 3236foi, je ne veux point que vous abaissiez votre grandeur,
265line 3237en baisant la main d’ une—Notre Seigneur!—
line 3238indigne serviteur. Excusez-moi, je vous supplie, mon
line 3239très puissant seigneur.
line 3240KING HENRYThen I will kiss your lips, Kate.
line 3241KATHERINELes dames et demoiselles, pour être baisées
270line 3242devant leurs noces, il n’est pas la coutume de France.
line 3243KING HENRYMadam my interpreter, what says she?
line 3244ALICEDat it is not be de fashion pour les ladies of
line 3245France—I cannot tell wat is baiser en Anglish.
line 3246KING HENRYTo kiss.
275line 3247ALICEYour Majesté entendre bettre que moi.
line 3248KING HENRYIt is not a fashion for the maids in France
line 3249to kiss before they are married, would she say?
line 3250ALICEOui, vraiment.
line 3251KING HENRYO Kate, nice customs curtsy to great
280line 3252kings. Dear Kate, you and I cannot be confined
line 3253within the weak list of a country’s fashion. We are
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 231 line 3254the makers of manners, Kate, and the liberty that
line 3255follows our places stops the mouth of all find-faults,
line 3256as I will do yours for upholding the nice fashion of
285line 3257your country in denying me a kiss. Therefore,
line 3258patiently and yielding. He kisses her. You have
line 3259witchcraft in your lips, Kate. There is more eloquence
line 3260in a sugar touch of them than in the tongues
line 3261of the French council, and they should sooner
290line 3262persuade Harry of England than a general petition
line 3263of monarchs.

Enter the French power, the French King and Queen and Burgundy, and the English Lords Westmoreland and Exeter.

line 3264Here comes your father.
line 3265BURGUNDYGod save your Majesty. My royal cousin,
line 3266teach you our princess English?
295line 3267KING HENRYI would have her learn, my fair cousin,
line 3268how perfectly I love her, and that is good English.
line 3269BURGUNDYIs she not apt?
line 3270KING HENRYOur tongue is rough, coz, and my condition
line 3271is not smooth, so that, having neither the voice
300line 3272nor the heart of flattery about me, I cannot so
line 3273conjure up the spirit of love in her that he will
line 3274appear in his true likeness.
line 3275BURGUNDYPardon the frankness of my mirth if I
line 3276answer you for that. If you would conjure in her,
305line 3277you must make a circle; if conjure up Love in her in
line 3278his true likeness, he must appear naked and blind.
line 3279Can you blame her, then, being a maid yet rosed
line 3280over with the virgin crimson of modesty, if she deny
line 3281the appearance of a naked blind boy in her naked
310line 3282seeing self? It were, my lord, a hard condition for a
line 3283maid to consign to.
line 3284KING HENRYYet they do wink and yield, as love is
line 3285blind and enforces.
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 233 line 3286BURGUNDYThey are then excused, my lord, when they
315line 3287see not what they do.
line 3288KING HENRYThen, good my lord, teach your cousin to
line 3289consent winking.
line 3290BURGUNDYI will wink on her to consent, my lord, if
line 3291you will teach her to know my meaning, for maids
320line 3292well summered and warm kept are like flies at
line 3293Bartholomew-tide: blind, though they have their
line 3294eyes; and then they will endure handling, which
line 3295before would not abide looking on.
line 3296KING HENRYThis moral ties me over to time and a hot
325line 3297summer. And so I shall catch the fly, your cousin,
line 3298in the latter end, and she must be blind too.
line 3299BURGUNDYAs love is, my lord, before it loves.
line 3300KING HENRYIt is so. And you may, some of you, thank
line 3301love for my blindness, who cannot see many a fair
330line 3302French city for one fair French maid that stands in
line 3303my way.
line 3304KING OF FRANCEYes, my lord, you see them perspectively,
line 3305the cities turned into a maid, for they are all
line 3306girdled with maiden walls that war hath never
335line 3307entered.
line 3308KING HENRYShall Kate be my wife?
line 3309KING OF FRANCESo please you.
line 3310KING HENRYI am content, so the maiden cities you
line 3311talk of may wait on her. So the maid that stood in
340line 3312the way for my wish shall show me the way to my
line 3313will.
line 3314We have consented to all terms of reason.
line 3315KING HENRYIs ’t so, my lords of England?
line 3316The King hath granted every article,
345line 3317His daughter first, and, in sequel, all,
line 3318According to their firm proposèd natures.
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 235 EXETER
line 3319Only he hath not yet subscribèd this:
line 3320Where your Majesty demands that the King of
line 3321France, having any occasion to write for matter of
350line 3322grant, shall name your Highness in this form and
line 3323with this addition, in French: Notre très cher fils
line 3324Henri, roi d’ Angleterre, héritier de France; and thus
line 3325in Latin: Praeclarissimus filius noster Henricus, rex
line 3326Angliae et hœres Franciae.
355line 3327Nor this I have not, brother, so denied
line 3328But your request shall make me let it pass.
line 3329I pray you, then, in love and dear alliance,
line 3330Let that one article rank with the rest,
line 3331And thereupon give me your daughter.
360line 3332Take her, fair son, and from her blood raise up
line 3333Issue to me, that the contending kingdoms
line 3334Of France and England, whose very shores look pale
line 3335With envy of each other’s happiness,
line 3336May cease their hatred, and this dear conjunction
365line 3337Plant neighborhood and Christian-like accord
line 3338In their sweet bosoms, that never war advance
line 3339His bleeding sword ’twixt England and fair France.
line 3340LORDSAmen.
line 3341Now welcome, Kate, and bear me witness all
370line 3342That here I kiss her as my sovereign queen.

He kisses her. Flourish.

line 3343God, the best maker of all marriages,
line 3344Combine your hearts in one, your realms in one.
line 3345As man and wife, being two, are one in love,
line 3346So be there ’twixt your kingdoms such a spousal
375line 3347That never may ill office or fell jealousy,
Page 237 - Henry V - ACT 5. EPILOGUE line 3348Which troubles oft the bed of blessèd marriage,
line 3349Thrust in between the paction of these kingdoms
line 3350To make divorce of their incorporate league,
line 3351That English may as French, French Englishmen,
380line 3352Receive each other. God speak this Amen!
line 3353ALLAmen.
line 3354Prepare we for our marriage; on which day,
line 3355My Lord of Burgundy, we’ll take your oath,
line 3356And all the peers’, for surety of our leagues.
385line 3357Then shall I swear to Kate, and you to me,
line 3358And may our oaths well kept and prosp’rous be.

Sennet. They exit.

Enter Chorus as Epilogue.

line 3359Thus far with rough and all-unable pen
line 3360Our bending author hath pursued the story,
line 3361In little room confining mighty men,
line 3362Mangling by starts the full course of their glory.
5line 3363Small time, but in that small most greatly lived
line 3364This star of England. Fortune made his sword,
line 3365By which the world’s best garden he achieved
line 3366And of it left his son imperial lord.
line 3367Henry the Sixth, in infant bands crowned King
10line 3368Of France and England, did this king succeed,
line 3369Whose state so many had the managing
line 3370That they lost France and made his England bleed,
line 3371Which oft our stage hath shown. And for their sake,
line 3372In your fair minds let this acceptance take.

He exits.

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