The Life of Henry the V

A historical play written in 1598 by William Shakespeare

1(stage directions)01[Enter Chorus]
201CHORUSO for a Muse of fire, that would ascend The brightest heaven of invention, A kingdom for a stage, princes to act And monarchs to behold the swelling scene! Then should the warlike Harry, like himself, Assume the port of Mars; and at his heels, Leash'd in like hounds, should famine, sword and fire Crouch for employment. But pardon, and gentles all, The flat unraised spirits that have dared On this unworthy scaffold to bring forth So great an object: can this cockpit hold The vasty fields of France? or may we cram Within this wooden O the very casques That did affright the air at Agincourt? O, pardon! since a crooked figure may Attest in little place a million; And let us, ciphers to this great accompt, On your imaginary forces work. Suppose within the girdle of these walls Are now confined two mighty monarchies, Whose high upreared and abutting fronts The perilous narrow ocean parts asunder: Piece out our imperfections with your thoughts; Into a thousand parts divide on man, And make imaginary puissance; Think when we talk of horses, that you see them Printing their proud hoofs i' the receiving earth; For 'tis your thoughts that now must deck our kings, Carry them here and there; jumping o'er times, Turning the accomplishment of many years Into an hour-glass: for the which supply, Admit me Chorus to this history; Who prologue-like your humble patience pray, Gently to hear, kindly to judge, our play.
3(stage directions)01[Exit]
4(stage directions)11[Enter the ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY, and the BISHOP OF ELY]
511CANTERBURYMy lord, I'll tell you; that self bill is urged, Which in the eleventh year of the last king's reign Was like, and had indeed against us pass'd, But that the scambling and unquiet time Did push it out of farther question.
611ELYBut how, my lord, shall we resist it now?
711CANTERBURYIt must be thought on. If it pass against us, We lose the better half of our possession: For all the temporal lands which men devout By testament have given to the church Would they strip from us; being valued thus: As much as would maintain, to the king's honour, Full fifteen earls and fifteen hundred knights, Six thousand and two hundred good esquires; And, to relief of lazars and weak age, Of indigent faint souls past corporal toil. A hundred almshouses right well supplied; And to the coffers of the king beside, A thousand pounds by the year: thus runs the bill.
811ELYThis would drink deep.
911CANTERBURY'Twould drink the cup and all.
1011ELYBut what prevention?
1111CANTERBURYThe king is full of grace and fair regard.
1211ELYAnd a true lover of the holy church.
1311CANTERBURYThe courses of his youth promised it not. The breath no sooner left his father's body, But that his wildness, mortified in him, Seem'd to die too; yea, at that very moment Consideration, like an angel, came And whipp'd the offending Adam out of him, Leaving his body as a paradise, To envelop and contain celestial spirits. Never was such a sudden scholar made; Never came reformation in a flood, With such a heady currance, scouring faults Nor never Hydra-headed wilfulness So soon did lose his seat and all at once As in this king.
1411ELYWe are blessed in the change.
1511CANTERBURYHear him but reason in divinity, And all-admiring with an inward wish You would desire the king were made a prelate: Hear him debate of commonwealth affairs, You would say it hath been all in all his study: List his discourse of war, and you shall hear A fearful battle render'd you in music: Turn him to any cause of policy, The Gordian knot of it he will unloose, Familiar as his garter: that, when he speaks, The air, a charter'd libertine, is still, And the mute wonder lurketh in men's ears, To steal his sweet and honey'd sentences; So that the art and practic part of life Must be the mistress to this theoric: Which is a wonder how his grace should glean it, Since his addiction was to courses vain, His companies unletter'd, rude and shallow, His hours fill'd up with riots, banquets, sports, And never noted in him any study, Any retirement, any sequestration From open haunts and popularity.
1611ELYThe strawberry grows underneath the nettle And wholesome berries thrive and ripen best Neighbour'd by fruit of baser quality: And so the prince obscured his contemplation Under the veil of wildness; which, no doubt, Grew like the summer grass, fastest by night, Unseen, yet crescive in his faculty.
1711CANTERBURYIt must be so; for miracles are ceased; And therefore we must needs admit the means How things are perfected.
1811ELYBut, my good lord, How now for mitigation of this bill Urged by the commons? Doth his majesty Incline to it, or no?
1911CANTERBURYHe seems indifferent, Or rather swaying more upon our part Than cherishing the exhibiters against us; For I have made an offer to his majesty, Upon our spiritual convocation And in regard of causes now in hand, Which I have open'd to his grace at large, As touching France, to give a greater sum Than ever at one time the clergy yet Did to his predecessors part withal.
2011ELYHow did this offer seem received, my lord?
2111CANTERBURYWith good acceptance of his majesty; Save that there was not time enough to hear, As I perceived his grace would fain have done, The severals and unhidden passages Of his true titles to some certain dukedoms And generally to the crown and seat of France Derived from Edward, his great-grandfather.
2211ELYWhat was the impediment that broke this off?
2311CANTERBURYThe French ambassador upon that instant Craved audience; and the hour, I think, is come To give him hearing: is it four o'clock?
2411ELYIt is.
2511CANTERBURYThen go we in, to know his embassy; Which I could with a ready guess declare, Before the Frenchman speak a word of it.
2611ELYI'll wait upon you, and I long to hear it.
27(stage directions)11[Exeunt] [Enter KING HENRY V, GLOUCESTER, BEDFORD, EXETER,] WARWICK, WESTMORELAND, and Attendants]
2812HENRY5Where is my gracious Lord of Canterbury?
2912EXETERNot here in presence.
3012HENRY5Send for him, good uncle.
3112WESTMORELANDShall we call in the ambassador, my liege?
3212HENRY5Not yet, my cousin: we would be resolved, Before we hear him, of some things of weight That task our thoughts, concerning us and France.
33(stage directions)12[Enter the ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY, and the BISHOP of ELY]
3412CANTERBURYGod and his angels guard your sacred throne And make you long become it!
3512HENRY5Sure, we thank you. My learned lord, we pray you to proceed And justly and religiously unfold Why the law Salique that they have in France Or should, or should not, bar us in our claim: And God forbid, my dear and faithful lord, That you should fashion, wrest, or bow your reading, Or nicely charge your understanding soul With opening titles miscreate, whose right Suits not in native colours with the truth; For God doth know how many now in health Shall drop their blood in approbation Of what your reverence shall incite us to. Therefore take heed how you impawn our person, How you awake our sleeping sword of war: We charge you, in the name of God, take heed; For never two such kingdoms did contend Without much fall of blood; whose guiltless drops Are every one a woe, a sore complaint 'Gainst him whose wrong gives edge unto the swords That make such waste in brief mortality. Under this conjuration, speak, my lord; For we will hear, note and believe in heart That what you speak is in your conscience wash'd As pure as sin with baptism.
3612CANTERBURYThen hear me, gracious sovereign, and you peers, That owe yourselves, your lives and services To this imperial throne. There is no bar To make against your highness' claim to France But this, which they produce from Pharamond, 'In terram Salicam mulieres ne succedant:' 'No woman shall succeed in Salique land:' Which Salique land the French unjustly gloze To be the realm of France, and Pharamond The founder of this law and female bar. Yet their own authors faithfully affirm That the land Salique is in Germany, Between the floods of Sala and of Elbe; Where Charles the Great, having subdued the Saxons, There left behind and settled certain French; Who, holding in disdain the German women For some dishonest manners of their life, Establish'd then this law; to wit, no female Should be inheritrix in Salique land: Which Salique, as I said, 'twixt Elbe and Sala, Is at this day in Germany call'd Meisen. Then doth it well appear that Salique law Was not devised for the realm of France: Nor did the French possess the Salique land Until four hundred one and twenty years After defunction of King Pharamond, Idly supposed the founder of this law; Who died within the year of our redemption Four hundred twenty-six; and Charles the Great Subdued the Saxons, and did seat the French Beyond the river Sala, in the year Eight hundred five. Besides, their writers say, King Pepin, which deposed Childeric, Did, as heir general, being descended Of Blithild, which was daughter to King Clothair, Make claim and title to the crown of France. Hugh Capet also, who usurped the crown Of Charles the duke of Lorraine, sole heir male Of the true line and stock of Charles the Great, To find his title with some shows of truth, 'Through, in pure truth, it was corrupt and naught, Convey'd himself as heir to the Lady Lingare, Daughter to Charlemain, who was the son To Lewis the emperor, and Lewis the son Of Charles the Great. Also King Lewis the Tenth, Who was sole heir to the usurper Capet, Could not keep quiet in his conscience, Wearing the crown of France, till satisfied That fair Queen Isabel, his grandmother, Was lineal of the Lady Ermengare, Daughter to Charles the foresaid duke of Lorraine: By the which marriage the line of Charles the Great Was re-united to the crown of France. So that, as clear as is the summer's sun. King Pepin's title and Hugh Capet's claim, King Lewis his satisfaction, all appear To hold in right and title of the female: So do the kings of France unto this day; Howbeit they would hold up this Salique law To bar your highness claiming from the female, And rather choose to hide them in a net Than amply to imbar their crooked titles Usurp'd from you and your progenitors.
3712HENRY5May I with right and conscience make this claim?
3812CANTERBURYThe sin upon my head, dread sovereign! For in the book of Numbers is it writ, When the man dies, let the inheritance Descend unto the daughter. Gracious lord, Stand for your own; unwind your bloody flag; Look back into your mighty ancestors: Go, my dread lord, to your great-grandsire's tomb, From whom you claim; invoke his warlike spirit, And your great-uncle's, Edward the Black Prince, Who on the French ground play'd a tragedy, Making defeat on the full power of France, Whiles his most mighty father on a hill Stood smiling to behold his lion's whelp Forage in blood of French nobility. O noble English. that could entertain With half their forces the full Pride of France And let another half stand laughing by, All out of work and cold for action!
3912ELYAwake remembrance of these valiant dead And with your puissant arm renew their feats: You are their heir; you sit upon their throne; The blood and courage that renowned them Runs in your veins; and my thrice-puissant liege Is in the very May-morn of his youth, Ripe for exploits and mighty enterprises.
4012EXETERYour brother kings and monarchs of the earth Do all expect that you should rouse yourself, As did the former lions of your blood.
4112WESTMORELANDThey know your grace hath cause and means and might; So hath your highness; never king of England Had nobles richer and more loyal subjects, Whose hearts have left their bodies here in England And lie pavilion'd in the fields of France.
4212CANTERBURYO, let their bodies follow, my dear liege, With blood and sword and fire to win your right; In aid whereof we of the spiritualty Will raise your highness such a mighty sum As never did the clergy at one time Bring in to any of your ancestors.
4312HENRY5We must not only arm to invade the French, But lay down our proportions to defend Against the Scot, who will make road upon us With all advantages.
4412CANTERBURYThey of those marches, gracious sovereign, Shall be a wall sufficient to defend Our inland from the pilfering borderers.
4512HENRY5We do not mean the coursing snatchers only, But fear the main intendment of the Scot, Who hath been still a giddy neighbour to us; For you shall read that my great-grandfather Never went with his forces into France But that the Scot on his unfurnish'd kingdom Came pouring, like the tide into a breach, With ample and brim fulness of his force, Galling the gleaned land with hot assays, Girding with grievous siege castles and towns; That England, being empty of defence, Hath shook and trembled at the ill neighbourhood.
4612CANTERBURYShe hath been then more fear'd than harm'd, my liege; For hear her but exampled by herself: When all her chivalry hath been in France And she a mourning widow of her nobles, She hath herself not only well defended But taken and impounded as a stray The King of Scots; whom she did send to France, To fill King Edward's fame with prisoner kings And make her chronicle as rich with praise As is the ooze and bottom of the sea With sunken wreck and sunless treasuries.
4712WESTMORELANDBut there's a saying very old and true, 'If that you will France win, Then with Scotland first begin:' For once the eagle England being in prey, To her unguarded nest the weasel Scot Comes sneaking and so sucks her princely eggs, Playing the mouse in absence of the cat, To tear and havoc more than she can eat.
4812EXETERIt follows then the cat must stay at home: Yet that is but a crush'd necessity, Since we have locks to safeguard necessaries, And pretty traps to catch the petty thieves. While that the armed hand doth fight abroad, The advised head defends itself at home; For government, though high and low and lower, Put into parts, doth keep in one consent, Congreeing in a full and natural close, Like music.
4912CANTERBURYTherefore doth heaven divide The state of man in divers functions, Setting endeavour in continual motion; To which is fixed, as an aim or butt, Obedience: for so work the honey-bees, Creatures that by a rule in nature teach The act of order to a peopled kingdom. They have a king and officers of sorts; Where some, like magistrates, correct at home, Others, like merchants, venture trade abroad, Others, like soldiers, armed in their stings, Make boot upon the summer's velvet buds, Which pillage they with merry march bring home To the tent-royal of their emperor; Who, busied in his majesty, surveys The singing masons building roofs of gold, The civil citizens kneading up the honey, The poor mechanic porters crowding in Their heavy burdens at his narrow gate, The sad-eyed justice, with his surly hum, Delivering o'er to executors pale The lazy yawning drone. I this infer, That many things, having full reference To one consent, may work contrariously: As many arrows, loosed several ways, Come to one mark; as many ways meet in one town; As many fresh streams meet in one salt sea; As many lines close in the dial's centre; So may a thousand actions, once afoot. End in one purpose, and be all well borne Without defeat. Therefore to France, my liege. Divide your happy England into four; Whereof take you one quarter into France, And you withal shall make all Gallia shake. If we, with thrice such powers left at home, Cannot defend our own doors from the dog, Let us be worried and our nation lose The name of hardiness and policy.
5012HENRY5Call in the messengers sent from the Dauphin. [Exeunt some Attendants] Now are we well resolved; and, by God's help, And yours, the noble sinews of our power, France being ours, we'll bend it to our awe, Or break it all to pieces: or there we'll sit, Ruling in large and ample empery O'er France and all her almost kingly dukedoms, Or lay these bones in an unworthy urn, Tombless, with no remembrance over them: Either our history shall with full mouth Speak freely of our acts, or else our grave, Like Turkish mute, shall have a tongueless mouth, Not worshipp'd with a waxen epitaph. [Enter Ambassadors of France] Now are we well prepared to know the pleasure Of our fair cousin Dauphin; for we hear Your greeting is from him, not from the king.
5112FIRST AMBASSADORMay't please your majesty to give us leave Freely to render what we have in charge; Or shall we sparingly show you far off The Dauphin's meaning and our embassy?
5212HENRY5We are no tyrant, but a Christian king; Unto whose grace our passion is as subject As are our wretches fetter'd in our prisons: Therefore with frank and with uncurbed plainness Tell us the Dauphin's mind.
5312FIRST AMBASSADORThus, then, in few. Your highness, lately sending into France, Did claim some certain dukedoms, in the right Of your great predecessor, King Edward the Third. In answer of which claim, the prince our master Says that you savour too much of your youth, And bids you be advised there's nought in France That can be with a nimble galliard won; You cannot revel into dukedoms there. He therefore sends you, meeter for your spirit, This tun of treasure; and, in lieu of this, Desires you let the dukedoms that you claim Hear no more of you. This the Dauphin speaks.
5412HENRY5What treasure, uncle?
5512EXETERTennis-balls, my liege.
5612HENRY5We are glad the Dauphin is so pleasant with us; His present and your pains we thank you for: When we have march'd our rackets to these balls, We will, in France, by God's grace, play a set Shall strike his father's crown into the hazard. Tell him he hath made a match with such a wrangler That all the courts of France will be disturb'd With chaces. And we understand him well, How he comes o'er us with our wilder days, Not measuring what use we made of them. We never valued this poor seat of England; And therefore, living hence, did give ourself To barbarous licence; as 'tis ever common That men are merriest when they are from home. But tell the Dauphin I will keep my state, Be like a king and show my sail of greatness When I do rouse me in my throne of France: For that I have laid by my majesty And plodded like a man for working-days, But I will rise there with so full a glory That I will dazzle all the eyes of France, Yea, strike the Dauphin blind to look on us. And tell the pleasant prince this mock of his Hath turn'd his balls to gun-stones; and his soul Shall stand sore charged for the wasteful vengeance That shall fly with them: for many a thousand widows Shall this his mock mock out of their dear husbands; Mock mothers from their sons, mock castles down; And some are yet ungotten and unborn That shall have cause to curse the Dauphin's scorn. But this lies all within the will of God, To whom I do appeal; and in whose name Tell you the Dauphin I am coming on, To venge me as I may and to put forth My rightful hand in a well-hallow'd cause. So get you hence in peace; and tell the Dauphin His jest will savour but of shallow wit, When thousands weep more than did laugh at it. Convey them with safe conduct. Fare you well.
57(stage directions)12[Exeunt Ambassadors]
5812EXETERThis was a merry message.
5912HENRY5We hope to make the sender blush at it. Therefore, my lords, omit no happy hour That may give furtherance to our expedition; For we have now no thought in us but France, Save those to God, that run before our business. Therefore let our proportions for these wars Be soon collected and all things thought upon That may with reasonable swiftness add More feathers to our wings; for, God before, We'll chide this Dauphin at his father's door. Therefore let every man now task his thought, That this fair action may on foot be brought.
60(stage directions)12[Exeunt. Flourish]
61(stage directions)20[Enter Chorus]
6220CHORUSNow all the youth of England are on fire, And silken dalliance in the wardrobe lies: Now thrive the armourers, and honour's thought Reigns solely in the breast of every man: They sell the pasture now to buy the horse, Following the mirror of all Christian kings, With winged heels, as English Mercuries. For now sits Expectation in the air, And hides a sword from hilts unto the point With crowns imperial, crowns and coronets, Promised to Harry and his followers. The French, advised by good intelligence Of this most dreadful preparation, Shake in their fear and with pale policy Seek to divert the English purposes. O England! model to thy inward greatness, Like little body with a mighty heart, What mightst thou do, that honour would thee do, Were all thy children kind and natural! But see thy fault! France hath in thee found out A nest of hollow bosoms, which he fills With treacherous crowns; and three corrupted men, One, Richard Earl of Cambridge, and the second, Henry Lord Scroop of Masham, and the third, Sir Thomas Grey, knight, of Northumberland, Have, for the gilt of France,--O guilt indeed! Confirm'd conspiracy with fearful France; And by their hands this grace of kings must die, If hell and treason hold their promises, Ere he take ship for France, and in Southampton. Linger your patience on; and we'll digest The abuse of distance; force a play: The sum is paid; the traitors are agreed; The king is set from London; and the scene Is now transported, gentles, to Southampton; There is the playhouse now, there must you sit: And thence to France shall we convey you safe, And bring you back, charming the narrow seas To give you gentle pass; for, if we may, We'll not offend one stomach with our play. But, till the king come forth, and not till then, Unto Southampton do we shift our scene.
63(stage directions)20[Exit]
64(stage directions)21[Enter Corporal NYM and Lieutenant BARDOLPH]
6521BARDOLPHWell met, Corporal Nym.
6621NYMGood morrow, Lieutenant Bardolph.
6721BARDOLPHWhat, are Ancient Pistol and you friends yet?
6821NYMFor my part, I care not: I say little; but when time shall serve, there shall be smiles; but that shall be as it may. I dare not fight; but I will wink and hold out mine iron: it is a simple one; but what though? it will toast cheese, and it will endure cold as another man's sword will: and there's an end.
6921BARDOLPHI will bestow a breakfast to make you friends; and we'll be all three sworn brothers to France: let it be so, good Corporal Nym.
7021NYMFaith, I will live so long as I may, that's the certain of it; and when I cannot live any longer, I will do as I may: that is my rest, that is the rendezvous of it.
7121BARDOLPHIt is certain, corporal, that he is married to Nell Quickly: and certainly she did you wrong; for you were troth-plight to her.
7221NYMI cannot tell: things must be as they may: men may sleep, and they may have their throats about them at that time; and some say knives have edges. It must be as it may: though patience be a tired mare, yet she will plod. There must be conclusions. Well, I cannot tell.
73(stage directions)21[Enter PISTOL and Hostess]
7421BARDOLPHHere comes Ancient Pistol and his wife: good corporal, be patient here. How now, mine host Pistol!
7521PISTOLBase tike, call'st thou me host? Now, by this hand, I swear, I scorn the term; Nor shall my Nell keep lodgers.
7621HOSTESSNo, by my troth, not long; for we cannot lodge and board a dozen or fourteen gentlewomen that live honestly by the prick of their needles, but it will be thought we keep a bawdy house straight. [NYM and PISTOL draw] O well a day, Lady, if he be not drawn now! we shall see wilful adultery and murder committed.
7721BARDOLPHGood lieutenant! good corporal! offer nothing here.
7921PISTOLPish for thee, Iceland dog! thou prick-ear'd cur of Iceland!
8021HOSTESSGood Corporal Nym, show thy valour, and put up your sword.
8121NYMWill you shog off? I would have you solus.
8221PISTOL'Solus,' egregious dog? O viper vile! The 'solus' in thy most mervailous face; The 'solus' in thy teeth, and in thy throat, And in thy hateful lungs, yea, in thy maw, perdy, And, which is worse, within thy nasty mouth! I do retort the 'solus' in thy bowels; For I can take, and Pistol's cock is up, And flashing fire will follow.
8321NYMI am not Barbason; you cannot conjure me. I have an humour to knock you indifferently well. If you grow foul with me, Pistol, I will scour you with my rapier, as I may, in fair terms: if you would walk off, I would prick your guts a little, in good terms, as I may: and that's the humour of it.
8421PISTOLO braggart vile and damned furious wight! The grave doth gape, and doting death is near; Therefore exhale.
8521BARDOLPHHear me, hear me what I say: he that strikes the first stroke, I'll run him up to the hilts, as I am a soldier.
86(stage directions)21[Draws]
8721PISTOLAn oath of mickle might; and fury shall abate. Give me thy fist, thy fore-foot to me give: Thy spirits are most tall.
8821NYMI will cut thy throat, one time or other, in fair terms: that is the humour of it.
8921PISTOL'Couple a gorge!' That is the word. I thee defy again. O hound of Crete, think'st thou my spouse to get? No; to the spital go, And from the powdering tub of infamy Fetch forth the lazar kite of Cressid's kind, Doll Tearsheet she by name, and her espouse: I have, and I will hold, the quondam Quickly For the only she; and--pauca, there's enough. Go to.
90(stage directions)21[Enter the Boy]
9121BOYMine host Pistol, you must come to my master, and you, hostess: he is very sick, and would to bed. Good Bardolph, put thy face between his sheets, and do the office of a warming-pan. Faith, he's very ill.
9221BARDOLPHAway, you rogue!
9321HOSTESSBy my troth, he'll yield the crow a pudding one of these days. The king has killed his heart. Good husband, come home presently.
94(stage directions)21[Exeunt Hostess and Boy]
9521BARDOLPHCome, shall I make you two friends? We must to France together: why the devil should we keep knives to cut one another's throats?
9621PISTOLLet floods o'erswell, and fiends for food howl on!
9721NYMYou'll pay me the eight shillings I won of you at betting?
9821PISTOLBase is the slave that pays.
9921NYMThat now I will have: that's the humour of it.
10021PISTOLAs manhood shall compound: push home.
101(stage directions)21[They draw]
10221BARDOLPHBy this sword, he that makes the first thrust, I'll kill him; by this sword, I will.
10321PISTOLSword is an oath, and oaths must have their course.
10421BARDOLPHCorporal Nym, an thou wilt be friends, be friends: an thou wilt not, why, then, be enemies with me too. Prithee, put up.
10521NYMI shall have my eight shillings I won of you at betting?
10621PISTOLA noble shalt thou have, and present pay; And liquor likewise will I give to thee, And friendship shall combine, and brotherhood: I'll live by Nym, and Nym shall live by me; Is not this just? for I shall sutler be Unto the camp, and profits will accrue. Give me thy hand.
10721NYMI shall have my noble?
10821PISTOLIn cash most justly paid.
10921NYMWell, then, that's the humour of't.
110(stage directions)21[Re-enter Hostess]
11121HOSTESSAs ever you came of women, come in quickly to Sir John. Ah, poor heart! he is so shaked of a burning quotidian tertian, that it is most lamentable to behold. Sweet men, come to him.
11221NYMThe king hath run bad humours on the knight; that's the even of it.
11321PISTOLNym, thou hast spoke the right; His heart is fracted and corroborate.
11421NYMThe king is a good king: but it must be as it may; he passes some humours and careers.
11521PISTOLLet us condole the knight; for, lambkins we will live.
116(stage directions)22[Enter EXETER, BEDFORD, and WESTMORELAND]
11722BEDFORD'Fore God, his grace is bold, to trust these traitors.
11822EXETERThey shall be apprehended by and by.
11922WESTMORELANDHow smooth and even they do bear themselves! As if allegiance in their bosoms sat, Crowned with faith and constant loyalty.
12022BEDFORDThe king hath note of all that they intend, By interception which they dream not of.
12122EXETERNay, but the man that was his bedfellow, Whom he hath dull'd and cloy'd with gracious favours, That he should, for a foreign purse, so sell His sovereign's life to death and treachery. [Trumpets sound. Enter KING HENRY V, SCROOP,] CAMBRIDGE, GREY, and Attendants]
12222HENRY5Now sits the wind fair, and we will aboard. My Lord of Cambridge, and my kind Lord of Masham, And you, my gentle knight, give me your thoughts: Think you not that the powers we bear with us Will cut their passage through the force of France, Doing the execution and the act For which we have in head assembled them?
12322SCROOPNo doubt, my liege, if each man do his best.
12422HENRY5I doubt not that; since we are well persuaded We carry not a heart with us from hence That grows not in a fair consent with ours, Nor leave not one behind that doth not wish Success and conquest to attend on us.
12522CAMBRIDGENever was monarch better fear'd and loved Than is your majesty: there's not, I think, a subject That sits in heart-grief and uneasiness Under the sweet shade of your government.
12622GREYTrue: those that were your father's enemies Have steep'd their galls in honey and do serve you With hearts create of duty and of zeal.
12722HENRY5We therefore have great cause of thankfulness; And shall forget the office of our hand, Sooner than quittance of desert and merit According to the weight and worthiness.
12822SCROOPSo service shall with steeled sinews toil, And labour shall refresh itself with hope, To do your grace incessant services.
12922HENRY5We judge no less. Uncle of Exeter, Enlarge the man committed yesterday, That rail'd against our person: we consider it was excess of wine that set him on; And on his more advice we pardon him.
13022SCROOPThat's mercy, but too much security: Let him be punish'd, sovereign, lest example Breed, by his sufferance, more of such a kind.
13122HENRY5O, let us yet be merciful.
13222CAMBRIDGESo may your highness, and yet punish too.
13322GREYSir, You show great mercy, if you give him life, After the taste of much correction.
13422HENRY5Alas, your too much love and care of me Are heavy orisons 'gainst this poor wretch! If little faults, proceeding on distemper, Shall not be wink'd at, how shall we stretch our eye When capital crimes, chew'd, swallow'd and digested, Appear before us? We'll yet enlarge that man, Though Cambridge, Scroop and Grey, in their dear care And tender preservation of our person, Would have him punished. And now to our French causes: Who are the late commissioners?
13522CAMBRIDGEI one, my lord: Your highness bade me ask for it to-day.
13622SCROOPSo did you me, my liege.
13722GREYAnd I, my royal sovereign.
13822HENRY5Then, Richard Earl of Cambridge, there is yours; There yours, Lord Scroop of Masham; and, sir knight, Grey of Northumberland, this same is yours: Read them; and know, I know your worthiness. My Lord of Westmoreland, and uncle Exeter, We will aboard to night. Why, how now, gentlemen! What see you in those papers that you lose So much complexion? Look ye, how they change! Their cheeks are paper. Why, what read you there That hath so cowarded and chased your blood Out of appearance?
13922CAMBRIDGEI do confess my fault; And do submit me to your highness' mercy.
14022GREY[with Scroop] To which we all appeal.
14122HENRY5The mercy that was quick in us but late, By your own counsel is suppress'd and kill'd: You must not dare, for shame, to talk of mercy; For your own reasons turn into your bosoms, As dogs upon their masters, worrying you. See you, my princes, and my noble peers, These English monsters! My Lord of Cambridge here, You know how apt our love was to accord To furnish him with all appertinents Belonging to his honour; and this man Hath, for a few light crowns, lightly conspired, And sworn unto the practises of France, To kill us here in Hampton: to the which This knight, no less for bounty bound to us Than Cambridge is, hath likewise sworn. But, O, What shall I say to thee, Lord Scroop? thou cruel, Ingrateful, savage and inhuman creature! Thou that didst bear the key of all my counsels, That knew'st the very bottom of my soul, That almost mightst have coin'd me into gold, Wouldst thou have practised on me for thy use, May it be possible, that foreign hire Could out of thee extract one spark of evil That might annoy my finger? 'tis so strange, That, though the truth of it stands off as gross As black and white, my eye will scarcely see it. Treason and murder ever kept together, As two yoke-devils sworn to either's purpose, Working so grossly in a natural cause, That admiration did not whoop at them: But thou, 'gainst all proportion, didst bring in Wonder to wait on treason and on murder: And whatsoever cunning fiend it was That wrought upon thee so preposterously Hath got the voice in hell for excellence: All other devils that suggest by treasons Do botch and bungle up damnation With patches, colours, and with forms being fetch'd From glistering semblances of piety; But he that temper'd thee bade thee stand up, Gave thee no instance why thou shouldst do treason, Unless to dub thee with the name of traitor. If that same demon that hath gull'd thee thus Should with his lion gait walk the whole world, He might return to vasty Tartar back, And tell the legions 'I can never win A soul so easy as that Englishman's.' O, how hast thou with 'jealousy infected The sweetness of affiance! Show men dutiful? Why, so didst thou: seem they grave and learned? Why, so didst thou: come they of noble family? Why, so didst thou: seem they religious? Why, so didst thou: or are they spare in diet, Free from gross passion or of mirth or anger, Constant in spirit, not swerving with the blood, Garnish'd and deck'd in modest complement, Not working with the eye without the ear, And but in purged judgment trusting neither? Such and so finely bolted didst thou seem: And thus thy fall hath left a kind of blot, To mark the full-fraught man and best indued With some suspicion. I will weep for thee; For this revolt of thine, methinks, is like Another fall of man. Their faults are open: Arrest them to the answer of the law; And God acquit them of their practises!
14222EXETERI arrest thee of high treason, by the name of Richard Earl of Cambridge. I arrest thee of high treason, by the name of Henry Lord Scroop of Masham. I arrest thee of high treason, by the name of Thomas Grey, knight, of Northumberland.
14322SCROOPOur purposes God justly hath discover'd; And I repent my fault more than my death; Which I beseech your highness to forgive, Although my body pay the price of it.
14422CAMBRIDGEFor me, the gold of France did not seduce; Although I did admit it as a motive The sooner to effect what I intended: But God be thanked for prevention; Which I in sufferance heartily will rejoice, Beseeching God and you to pardon me.
14522GREYNever did faithful subject more rejoice At the discovery of most dangerous treason Than I do at this hour joy o'er myself. Prevented from a damned enterprise: My fault, but not my body, pardon, sovereign.
14622HENRY5God quit you in his mercy! Hear your sentence. You have conspired against our royal person, Join'd with an enemy proclaim'd and from his coffers Received the golden earnest of our death; Wherein you would have sold your king to slaughter, His princes and his peers to servitude, His subjects to oppression and contempt And his whole kingdom into desolation. Touching our person seek we no revenge; But we our kingdom's safety must so tender, Whose ruin you have sought, that to her laws We do deliver you. Get you therefore hence, Poor miserable wretches, to your death: The taste whereof, God of his mercy give You patience to endure, and true repentance Of all your dear offences! Bear them hence. [Exeunt CAMBRIDGE, SCROOP and GREY, guarded] Now, lords, for France; the enterprise whereof Shall be to you, as us, like glorious. We doubt not of a fair and lucky war, Since God so graciously hath brought to light This dangerous treason lurking in our way To hinder our beginnings. We doubt not now But every rub is smoothed on our way. Then forth, dear countrymen: let us deliver Our puissance into the hand of God, Putting it straight in expedition. Cheerly to sea; the signs of war advance: No king of England, if not king of France.
147(stage directions)22[Exeunt]
148(stage directions)23[Enter PISTOL, Hostess, NYM, BARDOLPH, and Boy]
14923HOSTESSPrithee, honey-sweet husband, let me bring thee to Staines.
15023PISTOLNo; for my manly heart doth yearn. Bardolph, be blithe: Nym, rouse thy vaunting veins: Boy, bristle thy courage up; for Falstaff he is dead, And we must yearn therefore.
15123BARDOLPHWould I were with him, wheresome'er he is, either in heaven or in hell!
15223HOSTESSNay, sure, he's not in hell: he's in Arthur's bosom, if ever man went to Arthur's bosom. A' made a finer end and went away an it had been any christom child; a' parted even just between twelve and one, even at the turning o' the tide: for after I saw him fumble with the sheets and play with flowers and smile upon his fingers' ends, I knew there was but one way; for his nose was as sharp as a pen, and a' babbled of green fields. 'How now, sir John!' quoth I. 'what, man! be o' good cheer.' So a' cried out 'God, God, God!' three or four times. Now I, to comfort him, bid him a' should not think of God; I hoped there was no need to trouble himself with any such thoughts yet. So a' bade me lay more clothes on his feet: I put my hand into the bed and felt them, and they were as cold as any stone; then I felt to his knees, and they were as cold as any stone, and so upward and upward, and all was as cold as any stone.
15323NYMThey say he cried out of sack.
15423HOSTESSAy, that a' did.
15523BARDOLPHAnd of women.
15623HOSTESSNay, that a' did not.
15723BOYYes, that a' did; and said they were devils incarnate.
15823HOSTESSA' could never abide carnation; 'twas a colour he never liked.
15923BOYA' said once, the devil would have him about women.
16023HOSTESSA' did in some sort, indeed, handle women; but then he was rheumatic, and talked of the whore of Babylon.
16123BOYDo you not remember, a' saw a flea stick upon Bardolph's nose, and a' said it was a black soul burning in hell-fire?
16223BARDOLPHWell, the fuel is gone that maintained that fire: that's all the riches I got in his service.
16323NYMShall we shog? the king will be gone from Southampton.
16423PISTOLCome, let's away. My love, give me thy lips. Look to my chattels and my movables: Let senses rule; the word is 'Pitch and Pay:' Trust none; For oaths are straws, men's faiths are wafer-cakes, And hold-fast is the only dog, my duck: Therefore, Caveto be thy counsellor. Go, clear thy crystals. Yoke-fellows in arms, Let us to France; like horse-leeches, my boys, To suck, to suck, the very blood to suck!
16523BOYAnd that's but unwholesome food they say.
16623PISTOLTouch her soft mouth, and march.
16723BARDOLPHFarewell, hostess.
168(stage directions)23[Kissing her]
16923NYMI cannot kiss, that is the humour of it; but, adieu.
17023PISTOLLet housewifery appear: keep close, I thee command.
17123HOSTESSFarewell; adieu.
172(stage directions)23[Exeunt] [Flourish. Enter the FRENCH KING, the DAUPHIN, the] DUKES of BERRI and BRETAGNE, the Constable, and others]
17324FRENCH KINGThus comes the English with full power upon us; And more than carefully it us concerns To answer royally in our defences. Therefore the Dukes of Berri and of Bretagne, Of Brabant and of Orleans, shall make forth, And you, Prince Dauphin, with all swift dispatch, To line and new repair our towns of war With men of courage and with means defendant; For England his approaches makes as fierce As waters to the sucking of a gulf. It fits us then to be as provident As fear may teach us out of late examples Left by the fatal and neglected English Upon our fields.
17424DAUPHINMy most redoubted father, It is most meet we arm us 'gainst the foe; For peace itself should not so dull a kingdom, Though war nor no known quarrel were in question, But that defences, musters, preparations, Should be maintain'd, assembled and collected, As were a war in expectation. Therefore, I say 'tis meet we all go forth To view the sick and feeble parts of France: And let us do it with no show of fear; No, with no more than if we heard that England Were busied with a Whitsun morris-dance: For, my good liege, she is so idly king'd, Her sceptre so fantastically borne By a vain, giddy, shallow, humorous youth, That fear attends her not.
17524CONSTABLEO peace, Prince Dauphin! You are too much mistaken in this king: Question your grace the late ambassadors, With what great state he heard their embassy, How well supplied with noble counsellors, How modest in exception, and withal How terrible in constant resolution, And you shall find his vanities forespent Were but the outside of the Roman Brutus, Covering discretion with a coat of folly; As gardeners do with ordure hide those roots That shall first spring and be most delicate.
17624DAUPHINWell, 'tis not so, my lord high constable; But though we think it so, it is no matter: In cases of defence 'tis best to weigh The enemy more mighty than he seems: So the proportions of defence are fill'd; Which of a weak or niggardly projection Doth, like a miser, spoil his coat with scanting A little cloth.
17724FRENCH KINGThink we King Harry strong; And, princes, look you strongly arm to meet him. The kindred of him hath been flesh'd upon us; And he is bred out of that bloody strain That haunted us in our familiar paths: Witness our too much memorable shame When Cressy battle fatally was struck, And all our princes captiv'd by the hand Of that black name, Edward, Black Prince of Wales; Whiles that his mountain sire, on mountain standing, Up in the air, crown'd with the golden sun, Saw his heroical seed, and smiled to see him, Mangle the work of nature and deface The patterns that by God and by French fathers Had twenty years been made. This is a stem Of that victorious stock; and let us fear The native mightiness and fate of him.
178(stage directions)24[Enter a Messenger]
17924MESSENGERAmbassadors from Harry King of England Do crave admittance to your majesty.
18024FRENCH KINGWe'll give them present audience. Go, and bring them. [Exeunt Messenger and certain Lords] You see this chase is hotly follow'd, friends.
18124DAUPHINTurn head, and stop pursuit; for coward dogs Most spend their mouths when what they seem to threaten Runs far before them. Good my sovereign, Take up the English short, and let them know Of what a monarchy you are the head: Self-love, my liege, is not so vile a sin As self-neglecting.
182(stage directions)24[Re-enter Lords, with EXETER and train]
18324FRENCH KINGFrom our brother England?
18424EXETERFrom him; and thus he greets your majesty. He wills you, in the name of God Almighty, That you divest yourself, and lay apart The borrow'd glories that by gift of heaven, By law of nature and of nations, 'long To him and to his heirs; namely, the crown And all wide-stretched honours that pertain By custom and the ordinance of times Unto the crown of France. That you may know 'Tis no sinister nor no awkward claim, Pick'd from the worm-holes of long-vanish'd days, Nor from the dust of old oblivion raked, He sends you this most memorable line, In every branch truly demonstrative; Willing to overlook this pedigree: And when you find him evenly derived From his most famed of famous ancestors, Edward the Third, he bids you then resign Your crown and kingdom, indirectly held From him the native and true challenger.
18524FRENCH KINGOr else what follows?
18624EXETERBloody constraint; for if you hide the crown Even in your hearts, there will he rake for it: Therefore in fierce tempest is he coming, In thunder and in earthquake, like a Jove, That, if requiring fail, he will compel; And bids you, in the bowels of the Lord, Deliver up the crown, and to take mercy On the poor souls for whom this hungry war Opens his vasty jaws; and on your head Turning the widows' tears, the orphans' cries The dead men's blood, the pining maidens groans, For husbands, fathers and betrothed lovers, That shall be swallow'd in this controversy. This is his claim, his threatening and my message; Unless the Dauphin be in presence here, To whom expressly I bring greeting too.
18724FRENCH KINGFor us, we will consider of this further: To-morrow shall you bear our full intent Back to our brother England.
18824DAUPHINFor the Dauphin, I stand here for him: what to him from England?
18924EXETERScorn and defiance; slight regard, contempt, And any thing that may not misbecome The mighty sender, doth he prize you at. Thus says my king; an' if your father's highness Do not, in grant of all demands at large, Sweeten the bitter mock you sent his majesty, He'll call you to so hot an answer of it, That caves and womby vaultages of France Shall chide your trespass and return your mock In second accent of his ordnance.
19024DAUPHINSay, if my father render fair return, It is against my will; for I desire Nothing but odds with England: to that end, As matching to his youth and vanity, I did present him with the Paris balls.
19124EXETERHe'll make your Paris Louvre shake for it, Were it the mistress-court of mighty Europe: And, be assured, you'll find a difference, As we his subjects have in wonder found, Between the promise of his greener days And these he masters now: now he weighs time Even to the utmost grain: that you shall read In your own losses, if he stay in France.
19224FRENCH KINGTo-morrow shall you know our mind at full.
19324EXETERDispatch us with all speed, lest that our king Come here himself to question our delay; For he is footed in this land already.
19424FRENCH KINGYou shall be soon dispatch's with fair conditions: A night is but small breath and little pause To answer matters of this consequence.
195(stage directions)24[Flourish. Exeunt]
196(stage directions)30[Enter Chorus]
19730CHORUSThus with imagined wing our swift scene flies In motion of no less celerity Than that of thought. Suppose that you have seen The well-appointed king at Hampton pier Embark his royalty; and his brave fleet With silken streamers the young Phoebus fanning: Play with your fancies, and in them behold Upon the hempen tackle ship-boys climbing; Hear the shrill whistle which doth order give To sounds confused; behold the threaden sails, Borne with the invisible and creeping wind, Draw the huge bottoms through the furrow'd sea, Breasting the lofty surge: O, do but think You stand upon the ravage and behold A city on the inconstant billows dancing; For so appears this fleet majestical, Holding due course to Harfleur. Follow, follow: Grapple your minds to sternage of this navy, And leave your England, as dead midnight still, Guarded with grandsires, babies and old women, Either past or not arrived to pith and puissance; For who is he, whose chin is but enrich'd With one appearing hair, that will not follow These cull'd and choice-drawn cavaliers to France? Work, work your thoughts, and therein see a siege; Behold the ordnance on their carriages, With fatal mouths gaping on girded Harfleur. Suppose the ambassador from the French comes back; Tells Harry that the king doth offer him Katharine his daughter, and with her, to dowry, Some petty and unprofitable dukedoms. The offer likes not: and the nimble gunner With linstock now the devilish cannon touches, [Alarum, and chambers go off] And down goes all before them. Still be kind, And eke out our performance with your mind.
198(stage directions)30[Exit] [Alarum. Enter KING HENRY, EXETER, BEDFORD,] GLOUCESTER, and Soldiers, with scaling-ladders]
19931HENRY5Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more; Or close the wall up with our English dead. In peace there's nothing so becomes a man As modest stillness and humility: But when the blast of war blows in our ears, Then imitate the action of the tiger; Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood, Disguise fair nature with hard-favour'd rage; Then lend the eye a terrible aspect; Let pry through the portage of the head Like the brass cannon; let the brow o'erwhelm it As fearfully as doth a galled rock O'erhang and jutty his confounded base, Swill'd with the wild and wasteful ocean. Now set the teeth and stretch the nostril wide, Hold hard the breath and bend up every spirit To his full height. On, on, you noblest English. Whose blood is fet from fathers of war-proof! Fathers that, like so many Alexanders, Have in these parts from morn till even fought And sheathed their swords for lack of argument: Dishonour not your mothers; now attest That those whom you call'd fathers did beget you. Be copy now to men of grosser blood, And teach them how to war. And you, good yeoman, Whose limbs were made in England, show us here The mettle of your pasture; let us swear That you are worth your breeding; which I doubt not; For there is none of you so mean and base, That hath not noble lustre in your eyes. I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips, Straining upon the start. The game's afoot: Follow your spirit, and upon this charge Cry 'God for Harry, England, and Saint George!'
200(stage directions)31[Exeunt. Alarum, and chambers go off]
201(stage directions)32[Enter NYM, BARDOLPH, PISTOL, and Boy]
20232BARDOLPHOn, on, on, on, on! to the breach, to the breach!
20332NYMPray thee, corporal, stay: the knocks are too hot; and, for mine own part, I have not a case of lives: the humour of it is too hot, that is the very plain-song of it.
20432PISTOLThe plain-song is most just: for humours do abound: Knocks go and come; God's vassals drop and die; And sword and shield, In bloody field, Doth win immortal fame.
20532BOYWould I were in an alehouse in London! I would give all my fame for a pot of ale and safety.
20632PISTOLAnd I: If wishes would prevail with me, My purpose should not fail with me, But thither would I hie.
20732BOYAs duly, but not as truly, As bird doth sing on bough.
208(stage directions)32[Enter FLUELLEN]
20932FLUELLENUp to the breach, you dogs! avaunt, you cullions!
210(stage directions)32[Driving them forward]
21132PISTOLBe merciful, great duke, to men of mould. Abate thy rage, abate thy manly rage, Abate thy rage, great duke! Good bawcock, bate thy rage; use lenity, sweet chuck!
21232NYMThese be good humours! your honour wins bad humours.
213(stage directions)32[Exeunt all but Boy]
21432BOYAs young as I am, I have observed these three swashers. I am boy to them all three: but all they three, though they would serve me, could not be man to me; for indeed three such antics do not amount to a man. For Bardolph, he is white-livered and red-faced; by the means whereof a' faces it out, but fights not. For Pistol, he hath a killing tongue and a quiet sword; by the means whereof a' breaks words, and keeps whole weapons. For Nym, he hath heard that men of few words are the best men; and therefore he scorns to say his prayers, lest a' should be thought a coward: but his few bad words are matched with as few good deeds; for a' never broke any man's head but his own, and that was against a post when he was drunk. They will steal any thing, and call it purchase. Bardolph stole a lute-case, bore it twelve leagues, and sold it for three half pence. Nym and Bardolph are sworn brothers in filching, and in Calais they stole a fire-shovel: I knew by that piece of service the men would carry coals. They would have me as familiar with men's pockets as their gloves or their handkerchers: which makes much against my manhood, if I should take from another's pocket to put into mine; for it is plain pocketing up of wrongs. I must leave them, and seek some better service: their villany goes against my weak stomach, and therefore I must cast it up.
215(stage directions)32[Exit]
216(stage directions)32[Re-enter FLUELLEN, GOWER following]
21732GOWERCaptain Fluellen, you must come presently to the mines; the Duke of Gloucester would speak with you.
21832FLUELLENTo the mines! tell you the duke, it is not so good to come to the mines; for, look you, the mines is not according to the disciplines of the war: the concavities of it is not sufficient; for, look you, the athversary, you may discuss unto the duke, look you, is digt himself four yard under the countermines: by Cheshu, I think a' will plough up all, if there is not better directions.
21932GOWERThe Duke of Gloucester, to whom the order of the siege is given, is altogether directed by an Irishman, a very valiant gentleman, i' faith.
22032FLUELLENIt is Captain Macmorris, is it not?
22132GOWERI think it be.
22232FLUELLENBy Cheshu, he is an ass, as in the world: I will verify as much in his beard: be has no more directions in the true disciplines of the wars, look you, of the Roman disciplines, than is a puppy-dog.
223(stage directions)32[Enter MACMORRIS and Captain JAMY]
22432GOWERHere a' comes; and the Scots captain, Captain Jamy, with him.
22532FLUELLENCaptain Jamy is a marvellous falourous gentleman, that is certain; and of great expedition and knowledge in th' aunchient wars, upon my particular knowledge of his directions: by Cheshu, he will maintain his argument as well as any military man in the world, in the disciplines of the pristine wars of the Romans.
22632JAMYI say gud-day, Captain Fluellen.
22732FLUELLENGod-den to your worship, good Captain James.
22832GOWERHow now, Captain Macmorris! have you quit the mines? have the pioneers given o'er?
22932MACMORRISBy Chrish, la! tish ill done: the work ish give over, the trompet sound the retreat. By my hand, I swear, and my father's soul, the work ish ill done; it ish give over: I would have blowed up the town, so Chrish save me, la! in an hour: O, tish ill done, tish ill done; by my hand, tish ill done!
23032FLUELLENCaptain Macmorris, I beseech you now, will you voutsafe me, look you, a few disputations with you, as partly touching or concerning the disciplines of the war, the Roman wars, in the way of argument, look you, and friendly communication; partly to satisfy my opinion, and partly for the satisfaction, look you, of my mind, as touching the direction of the military discipline; that is the point.
23132JAMYIt sall be vary gud, gud feith, gud captains bath: and I sall quit you with gud leve, as I may pick occasion; that sall I, marry.
23232MACMORRISIt is no time to discourse, so Chrish save me: the day is hot, and the weather, and the wars, and the king, and the dukes: it is no time to discourse. The town is beseeched, and the trumpet call us to the breach; and we talk, and, be Chrish, do nothing: 'tis shame for us all: so God sa' me, 'tis shame to stand still; it is shame, by my hand: and there is throats to be cut, and works to be done; and there ish nothing done, so Chrish sa' me, la!
23332JAMYBy the mess, ere theise eyes of mine take themselves to slomber, ay'll de gud service, or ay'll lig i' the grund for it; ay, or go to death; and ay'll pay 't as valourously as I may, that sall I suerly do, that is the breff and the long. Marry, I wad full fain hear some question 'tween you tway.
23432FLUELLENCaptain Macmorris, I think, look you, under your correction, there is not many of your nation--
23532MACMORRISOf my nation! What ish my nation? Ish a villain, and a bastard, and a knave, and a rascal. What ish my nation? Who talks of my nation?
23632FLUELLENLook you, if you take the matter otherwise than is meant, Captain Macmorris, peradventure I shall think you do not use me with that affability as in discretion you ought to use me, look you: being as good a man as yourself, both in the disciplines of war, and in the derivation of my birth, and in other particularities.
23732MACMORRISI do not know you so good a man as myself: so Chrish save me, I will cut off your head.
23832GOWERGentlemen both, you will mistake each other.
23932JAMYA! that's a foul fault.
240(stage directions)32[A parley sounded]
24132GOWERThe town sounds a parley.
24232FLUELLENCaptain Macmorris, when there is more better opportunity to be required, look you, I will be so bold as to tell you I know the disciplines of war; and there is an end.
243(stage directions)32[Exeunt]
244(stage directions)33[The Governor and some Citizens on the walls; the English forces below. Enter KING HENRY and his train]
24533HENRY5How yet resolves the governor of the town? This is the latest parle we will admit; Therefore to our best mercy give yourselves; Or like to men proud of destruction Defy us to our worst: for, as I am a soldier, A name that in my thoughts becomes me best, If I begin the battery once again, I will not leave the half-achieved Harfleur Till in her ashes she lie buried. The gates of mercy shall be all shut up, And the flesh'd soldier, rough and hard of heart, In liberty of bloody hand shall range With conscience wide as hell, mowing like grass Your fresh-fair virgins and your flowering infants. What is it then to me, if impious war, Array'd in flames like to the prince of fiends, Do, with his smirch'd complexion, all fell feats Enlink'd to waste and desolation? What is't to me, when you yourselves are cause, If your pure maidens fall into the hand Of hot and forcing violation? What rein can hold licentious wickedness When down the hill he holds his fierce career? We may as bootless spend our vain command Upon the enraged soldiers in their spoil As send precepts to the leviathan To come ashore. Therefore, you men of Harfleur, Take pity of your town and of your people, Whiles yet my soldiers are in my command; Whiles yet the cool and temperate wind of grace O'erblows the filthy and contagious clouds Of heady murder, spoil and villany. If not, why, in a moment look to see The blind and bloody soldier with foul hand Defile the locks of your shrill-shrieking daughters; Your fathers taken by the silver beards, And their most reverend heads dash'd to the walls, Your naked infants spitted upon pikes, Whiles the mad mothers with their howls confused Do break the clouds, as did the wives of Jewry At Herod's bloody-hunting slaughtermen. What say you? will you yield, and this avoid, Or, guilty in defence, be thus destroy'd?
24633GOVERNOROur expectation hath this day an end: The Dauphin, whom of succors we entreated, Returns us that his powers are yet not ready To raise so great a siege. Therefore, great king, We yield our town and lives to thy soft mercy. Enter our gates; dispose of us and ours; For we no longer are defensible.
24733HENRY5Open your gates. Come, uncle Exeter, Go you and enter Harfleur; there remain, And fortify it strongly 'gainst the French: Use mercy to them all. For us, dear uncle, The winter coming on and sickness growing Upon our soldiers, we will retire to Calais. To-night in Harfleur we will be your guest; To-morrow for the march are we addrest.
248(stage directions)33[Flourish. The King and his train enter the town]
249(stage directions)34[Enter KATHARINE and ALICE]
25034KATHARINEAlice, tu as ete en Angleterre, et tu parles bien le langage.
25134ALICEUn peu, madame.
25234KATHARINEJe te prie, m'enseignez: il faut que j'apprenne a parler. Comment appelez-vous la main en Anglois?
25334ALICELa main? elle est appelee de hand.
25434KATHARINEDe hand. Et les doigts?
25534ALICELes doigts? ma foi, j'oublie les doigts; mais je me souviendrai. Les doigts? je pense qu'ils sont appeles de fingres; oui, de fingres.
25634KATHARINELa main, de hand; les doigts, de fingres. Je pense que je suis le bon ecolier; j'ai gagne deux mots d'Anglois vitement. Comment appelez-vous les ongles?
25734ALICELes ongles? nous les appelons de nails.
25834KATHARINEDe nails. Ecoutez; dites-moi, si je parle bien: de hand, de fingres, et de nails.
25934ALICEC'est bien dit, madame; il est fort bon Anglois.
26034KATHARINEDites-moi l'Anglois pour le bras.
26134ALICEDe arm, madame.
26234KATHARINEEt le coude?
26334ALICEDe elbow.
26434KATHARINEDe elbow. Je m'en fais la repetition de tous les mots que vous m'avez appris des a present.
26534ALICEIl est trop difficile, madame, comme je pense.
26634KATHARINEExcusez-moi, Alice; ecoutez: de hand, de fingres, de nails, de arma, de bilbow.
26734ALICEDe elbow, madame.
26834KATHARINEO Seigneur Dieu, je m'en oublie! de elbow. Comment appelez-vous le col?
26934ALICEDe neck, madame.
27034KATHARINEDe nick. Et le menton?
27134ALICEDe chin.
27234KATHARINEDe sin. Le col, de nick; de menton, de sin.
27334ALICEOui. Sauf votre honneur, en verite, vous prononcez les mots aussi droit que les natifs d'Angleterre.
27434KATHARINEJe ne doute point d'apprendre, par la grace de Dieu, et en peu de temps.
27534ALICEN'avez vous pas deja oublie ce que je vous ai enseigne?
27634KATHARINENon, je reciterai a vous promptement: de hand, de fingres, de mails--
27734ALICEDe nails, madame.
27834KATHARINEDe nails, de arm, de ilbow.
27934ALICESauf votre honneur, de elbow.
28034KATHARINEAinsi dis-je; de elbow, de nick, et de sin. Comment appelez-vous le pied et la robe?
28134ALICEDe foot, madame; et de coun.
28234KATHARINEDe foot et de coun! O Seigneur Dieu! ce sont mots de son mauvais, corruptible, gros, et impudique, et non pour les dames d'honneur d'user: je ne voudrais prononcer ces mots devant les seigneurs de France pour tout le monde. Foh! le foot et le coun! Neanmoins, je reciterai une autre fois ma lecon ensemble: de hand, de fingres, de nails, de arm, de elbow, de nick, de sin, de foot, de coun.
28334ALICEExcellent, madame!
28434KATHARINEC'est assez pour une fois: allons-nous a diner.
285(stage directions)34[Exeunt] [Enter the KING OF FRANCE, the DAUPHIN, the DUKE oF] BOURBON, the Constable Of France, and others]
28635FRENCH KING'Tis certain he hath pass'd the river Somme.
28735CONSTABLEAnd if he be not fought withal, my lord, Let us not live in France; let us quit all And give our vineyards to a barbarous people.
28835DAUPHINO Dieu vivant! shall a few sprays of us, The emptying of our fathers' luxury, Our scions, put in wild and savage stock, Spirt up so suddenly into the clouds, And overlook their grafters?
28935BOURBONNormans, but bastard Normans, Norman bastards! Mort de ma vie! if they march along Unfought withal, but I will sell my dukedom, To buy a slobbery and a dirty farm In that nook-shotten isle of Albion.
29035CONSTABLEDieu de batailles! where have they this mettle? Is not their climate foggy, raw and dull, On whom, as in despite, the sun looks pale, Killing their fruit with frowns? Can sodden water, A drench for sur-rein'd jades, their barley-broth, Decoct their cold blood to such valiant heat? And shall our quick blood, spirited with wine, Seem frosty? O, for honour of our land, Let us not hang like roping icicles Upon our houses' thatch, whiles a more frosty people Sweat drops of gallant youth in our rich fields! Poor we may call them in their native lords.
29135DAUPHINBy faith and honour, Our madams mock at us, and plainly say Our mettle is bred out and they will give Their bodies to the lust of English youth To new-store France with bastard warriors.
29235BOURBONThey bid us to the English dancing-schools, And teach lavoltas high and swift corantos; Saying our grace is only in our heels, And that we are most lofty runaways.
29335FRENCH KINGWhere is Montjoy the herald? speed him hence: Let him greet England with our sharp defiance. Up, princes! and, with spirit of honour edged More sharper than your swords, hie to the field: Charles Delabreth, high constable of France; You Dukes of Orleans, Bourbon, and of Berri, Alencon, Brabant, Bar, and Burgundy; Jaques Chatillon, Rambures, Vaudemont, Beaumont, Grandpre, Roussi, and Fauconberg, Foix, Lestrale, Bouciqualt, and Charolois; High dukes, great princes, barons, lords and knights, For your great seats now quit you of great shames. Bar Harry England, that sweeps through our land With pennons painted in the blood of Harfleur: Rush on his host, as doth the melted snow Upon the valleys, whose low vassal seat The Alps doth spit and void his rheum upon: Go down upon him, you have power enough, And in a captive chariot into Rouen Bring him our prisoner.
29435CONSTABLEThis becomes the great. Sorry am I his numbers are so few, His soldiers sick and famish'd in their march, For I am sure, when he shall see our army, He'll drop his heart into the sink of fear And for achievement offer us his ransom.
29535FRENCH KINGTherefore, lord constable, haste on Montjoy. And let him say to England that we send To know what willing ransom he will give. Prince Dauphin, you shall stay with us in Rouen.
29635DAUPHINNot so, I do beseech your majesty.
29735FRENCH KINGBe patient, for you shall remain with us. Now forth, lord constable and princes all, And quickly bring us word of England's fall.
298(stage directions)35[Exeunt]
299(stage directions)36[Enter GOWER and FLUELLEN, meeting]
30036GOWERHow now, Captain Fluellen! come you from the bridge?
30136FLUELLENI assure you, there is very excellent services committed at the bridge.
30236GOWERIs the Duke of Exeter safe?
30336FLUELLENThe Duke of Exeter is as magnanimous as Agamemnon; and a man that I love and honour with my soul, and my heart, and my duty, and my life, and my living, and my uttermost power: he is not-God be praised and blessed!--any hurt in the world; but keeps the bridge most valiantly, with excellent discipline. There is an aunchient lieutenant there at the pridge, I think in my very conscience he is as valiant a man as Mark Antony; and he is a man of no estimation in the world; but did see him do as gallant service.
30436GOWERWhat do you call him?
30536FLUELLENHe is called Aunchient Pistol.
30636GOWERI know him not.
307(stage directions)36[Enter PISTOL]
30836FLUELLENHere is the man.
30936PISTOLCaptain, I thee beseech to do me favours: The Duke of Exeter doth love thee well.
31036FLUELLENAy, I praise God; and I have merited some love at his hands.
31136PISTOLBardolph, a soldier, firm and sound of heart, And of buxom valour, hath, by cruel fate, And giddy Fortune's furious fickle wheel, That goddess blind, That stands upon the rolling restless stone--
31236FLUELLENBy your patience, Aunchient Pistol. Fortune is painted blind, with a muffler afore her eyes, to signify to you that Fortune is blind; and she is painted also with a wheel, to signify to you, which is the moral of it, that she is turning, and inconstant, and mutability, and variation: and her foot, look you, is fixed upon a spherical stone, which rolls, and rolls, and rolls: in good truth, the poet makes a most excellent description of it: Fortune is an excellent moral.
31336PISTOLFortune is Bardolph's foe, and frowns on him; For he hath stolen a pax, and hanged must a' be: A damned death! Let gallows gape for dog; let man go free And let not hemp his wind-pipe suffocate: But Exeter hath given the doom of death For pax of little price. Therefore, go speak: the duke will hear thy voice: And let not Bardolph's vital thread be cut With edge of penny cord and vile reproach: Speak, captain, for his life, and I will thee requite.
31436FLUELLENAunchient Pistol, I do partly understand your meaning.
31536PISTOLWhy then, rejoice therefore.
31636FLUELLENCertainly, aunchient, it is not a thing to rejoice at: for if, look you, he were my brother, I would desire the duke to use his good pleasure, and put him to execution; for discipline ought to be used.
31736PISTOLDie and be damn'd! and figo for thy friendship!
31836FLUELLENIt is well.
31936PISTOLThe fig of Spain!
320(stage directions)36[Exit]
32136FLUELLENVery good.
32236GOWERWhy, this is an arrant counterfeit rascal; I remember him now; a bawd, a cutpurse.
32336FLUELLENI'll assure you, a' uttered as brave words at the bridge as you shall see in a summer's day. But it is very well; what he has spoke to me, that is well, I warrant you, when time is serve.
32436GOWERWhy, 'tis a gull, a fool, a rogue, that now and then goes to the wars, to grace himself at his return into London under the form of a soldier. And such fellows are perfect in the great commanders' names: and they will learn you by rote where services were done; at such and such a sconce, at such a breach, at such a convoy; who came off bravely, who was shot, who disgraced, what terms the enemy stood on; and this they con perfectly in the phrase of war, which they trick up with new-tuned oaths: and what a beard of the general's cut and a horrid suit of the camp will do among foaming bottles and ale-washed wits, is wonderful to be thought on. But you must learn to know such slanders of the age, or else you may be marvellously mistook.
32536FLUELLENI tell you what, Captain Gower; I do perceive he is not the man that he would gladly make show to the world he is: if I find a hole in his coat, I will tell him my mind. [Drum heard] Hark you, the king is coming, and I must speak with him from the pridge. [Drum and colours. Enter KING HENRY, GLOUCESTER, and Soldiers] God pless your majesty!
32636HENRY5How now, Fluellen! camest thou from the bridge?
32736FLUELLENAy, so please your majesty. The Duke of Exeter has very gallantly maintained the pridge: the French is gone off, look you; and there is gallant and most prave passages; marry, th' athversary was have possession of the pridge; but he is enforced to retire, and the Duke of Exeter is master of the pridge: I can tell your majesty, the duke is a prave man.
32836HENRY5What men have you lost, Fluellen?
32936FLUELLENThe perdition of th' athversary hath been very great, reasonable great: marry, for my part, I think the duke hath lost never a man, but one that is like to be executed for robbing a church, one Bardolph, if your majesty know the man: his face is all bubukles, and whelks, and knobs, and flames o' fire: and his lips blows at his nose, and it is like a coal of fire, sometimes plue and sometimes red; but his nose is executed and his fire's out.
33036HENRY5We would have all such offenders so cut off: and we give express charge, that in our marches through the country, there be nothing compelled from the villages, nothing taken but paid for, none of the French upbraided or abused in disdainful language; for when lenity and cruelty play for a kingdom, the gentler gamester is the soonest winner.
331(stage directions)36[Tucket. Enter MONTJOY]
33236MONTJOYYou know me by my habit.
33336HENRY5Well then I know thee: what shall I know of thee?
33436MONTJOYMy master's mind.
33536HENRY5Unfold it.
33636MONTJOYThus says my king: Say thou to Harry of England: Though we seemed dead, we did but sleep: advantage is a better soldier than rashness. Tell him we could have rebuked him at Harfleur, but that we thought not good to bruise an injury till it were full ripe: now we speak upon our cue, and our voice is imperial: England shall repent his folly, see his weakness, and admire our sufferance. Bid him therefore consider of his ransom; which must proportion the losses we have borne, the subjects we have lost, the disgrace we have digested; which in weight to re-answer, his pettiness would bow under. For our losses, his exchequer is too poor; for the effusion of our blood, the muster of his kingdom too faint a number; and for our disgrace, his own person, kneeling at our feet, but a weak and worthless satisfaction. To this add defiance: and tell him, for conclusion, he hath betrayed his followers, whose condemnation is pronounced. So far my king and master; so much my office.
33736HENRY5What is thy name? I know thy quality.
33936HENRY5Thou dost thy office fairly. Turn thee back. And tell thy king I do not seek him now; But could be willing to march on to Calais Without impeachment: for, to say the sooth, Though 'tis no wisdom to confess so much Unto an enemy of craft and vantage, My people are with sickness much enfeebled, My numbers lessened, and those few I have Almost no better than so many French; Who when they were in health, I tell thee, herald, I thought upon one pair of English legs Did march three Frenchmen. Yet, forgive me, God, That I do brag thus! This your air of France Hath blown that vice in me: I must repent. Go therefore, tell thy master here I am; My ransom is this frail and worthless trunk, My army but a weak and sickly guard; Yet, God before, tell him we will come on, Though France himself and such another neighbour Stand in our way. There's for thy labour, Montjoy. Go bid thy master well advise himself: If we may pass, we will; if we be hinder'd, We shall your tawny ground with your red blood Discolour: and so Montjoy, fare you well. The sum of all our answer is but this: We would not seek a battle, as we are; Nor, as we are, we say we will not shun it: So tell your master.
34036MONTJOYI shall deliver so. Thanks to your highness.
341(stage directions)36[Exit]
34236GLOUCESTERI hope they will not come upon us now.
34336HENRY5We are in God's hand, brother, not in theirs. March to the bridge; it now draws toward night: Beyond the river we'll encamp ourselves, And on to-morrow, bid them march away.
344(stage directions)36[Exeunt] [Enter the Constable of France, the LORD RAMBURES,] ORLEANS, DAUPHIN, with others]
34537CONSTABLETut! I have the best armour of the world. Would it were day!
34637ORLEANSYou have an excellent armour; but let my horse have his due.
34737CONSTABLEIt is the best horse of Europe.
34837ORLEANSWill it never be morning?
34937DAUPHINMy lord of Orleans, and my lord high constable, you talk of horse and armour?
35037ORLEANSYou are as well provided of both as any prince in the world.
35137DAUPHINWhat a long night is this! I will not change my horse with any that treads but on four pasterns. Ca, ha! he bounds from the earth, as if his entrails were hairs; le cheval volant, the Pegasus, chez les narines de feu! When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes.
35237ORLEANSHe's of the colour of the nutmeg.
35337DAUPHINAnd of the heat of the ginger. It is a beast for Perseus: he is pure air and fire; and the dull elements of earth and water never appear in him, but only in Patient stillness while his rider mounts him: he is indeed a horse; and all other jades you may call beasts.
35437CONSTABLEIndeed, my lord, it is a most absolute and excellent horse.
35537DAUPHINIt is the prince of palfreys; his neigh is like the bidding of a monarch and his countenance enforces homage.
35637ORLEANSNo more, cousin.
35737DAUPHINNay, the man hath no wit that cannot, from the rising of the lark to the lodging of the lamb, vary deserved praise on my palfrey: it is a theme as fluent as the sea: turn the sands into eloquent tongues, and my horse is argument for them all: 'tis a subject for a sovereign to reason on, and for a sovereign's sovereign to ride on; and for the world, familiar to us and unknown to lay apart their particular functions and wonder at him. I once writ a sonnet in his praise and began thus: 'Wonder of nature,'--
35837ORLEANSI have heard a sonnet begin so to one's mistress.
35937DAUPHINThen did they imitate that which I composed to my courser, for my horse is my mistress.
36037ORLEANSYour mistress bears well.
36137DAUPHINMe well; which is the prescript praise and perfection of a good and particular mistress.
36237CONSTABLENay, for methought yesterday your mistress shrewdly shook your back.
36337DAUPHINSo perhaps did yours.
36437CONSTABLEMine was not bridled.
36537DAUPHINO then belike she was old and gentle; and you rode, like a kern of Ireland, your French hose off, and in your straight strossers.
36637CONSTABLEYou have good judgment in horsemanship.
36737DAUPHINBe warned by me, then: they that ride so and ride not warily, fall into foul bogs. I had rather have my horse to my mistress.
36837CONSTABLEI had as lief have my mistress a jade.
36937DAUPHINI tell thee, constable, my mistress wears his own hair.
37037CONSTABLEI could make as true a boast as that, if I had a sow to my mistress.
37137DAUPHIN'Le chien est retourne a son propre vomissement, et la truie lavee au bourbier;' thou makest use of any thing.
37237CONSTABLEYet do I not use my horse for my mistress, or any such proverb so little kin to the purpose.
37337RAMBURESMy lord constable, the armour that I saw in your tent to-night, are those stars or suns upon it?
37437CONSTABLEStars, my lord.
37537DAUPHINSome of them will fall to-morrow, I hope.
37637CONSTABLEAnd yet my sky shall not want.
37737DAUPHINThat may be, for you bear a many superfluously, and 'twere more honour some were away.
37837CONSTABLEEven as your horse bears your praises; who would trot as well, were some of your brags dismounted.
37937DAUPHINWould I were able to load him with his desert! Will it never be day? I will trot to-morrow a mile, and my way shall be paved with English faces.
38037CONSTABLEI will not say so, for fear I should be faced out of my way: but I would it were morning; for I would fain be about the ears of the English.
38137RAMBURESWho will go to hazard with me for twenty prisoners?
38237CONSTABLEYou must first go yourself to hazard, ere you have them.
38337DAUPHIN'Tis midnight; I'll go arm myself.
384(stage directions)37[Exit]
38537ORLEANSThe Dauphin longs for morning.
38637RAMBURESHe longs to eat the English.
38737CONSTABLEI think he will eat all he kills.
38837ORLEANSBy the white hand of my lady, he's a gallant prince.
38937CONSTABLESwear by her foot, that she may tread out the oath.
39037ORLEANSHe is simply the most active gentleman of France.
39137CONSTABLEDoing is activity; and he will still be doing.
39237ORLEANSHe never did harm, that I heard of.
39337CONSTABLENor will do none to-morrow: he will keep that good name still.
39437ORLEANSI know him to be valiant.
39537CONSTABLEI was told that by one that knows him better than you.
39637ORLEANSWhat's he?
39737CONSTABLEMarry, he told me so himself; and he said he cared not who knew it
39837ORLEANSHe needs not; it is no hidden virtue in him.
39937CONSTABLEBy my faith, sir, but it is; never any body saw it but his lackey: 'tis a hooded valour; and when it appears, it will bate.
40037ORLEANSIll will never said well.
40137CONSTABLEI will cap that proverb with 'There is flattery in friendship.'
40237ORLEANSAnd I will take up that with 'Give the devil his due.'
40337CONSTABLEWell placed: there stands your friend for the devil: have at the very eye of that proverb with 'A pox of the devil.'
40437ORLEANSYou are the better at proverbs, by how much 'A fool's bolt is soon shot.'
40537CONSTABLEYou have shot over.
40637ORLEANS'Tis not the first time you were overshot.
407(stage directions)37[Enter a Messenger]
40837MESSENGERMy lord high constable, the English lie within fifteen hundred paces of your tents.
40937CONSTABLEWho hath measured the ground?
41037MESSENGERThe Lord Grandpre.
41137CONSTABLEA valiant and most expert gentleman. Would it were day! Alas, poor Harry of England! he longs not for the dawning as we do.
41237ORLEANSWhat a wretched and peevish fellow is this king of England, to mope with his fat-brained followers so far out of his knowledge!
41337CONSTABLEIf the English had any apprehension, they would run away.
41437ORLEANSThat they lack; for if their heads had any intellectual armour, they could never wear such heavy head-pieces.
41537RAMBURESThat island of England breeds very valiant creatures; their mastiffs are of unmatchable courage.
41637ORLEANSFoolish curs, that run winking into the mouth of a Russian bear and have their heads crushed like rotten apples! You may as well say, that's a valiant flea that dare eat his breakfast on the lip of a lion.
41737CONSTABLEJust, just; and the men do sympathize with the mastiffs in robustious and rough coming on, leaving their wits with their wives: and then give them great meals of beef and iron and steel, they will eat like wolves and fight like devils.
41837ORLEANSAy, but these English are shrewdly out of beef.
41937CONSTABLEThen shall we find to-morrow they have only stomachs to eat and none to fight. Now is it time to arm: come, shall we about it?
42037ORLEANSIt is now two o'clock: but, let me see, by ten We shall have each a hundred Englishmen.
421(stage directions)37[Exeunt]
422(stage directions)40[Enter Chorus]
42340CHORUSNow entertain conjecture of a time When creeping murmur and the poring dark Fills the wide vessel of the universe. From camp to camp through the foul womb of night The hum of either army stilly sounds, That the fixed sentinels almost receive The secret whispers of each other's watch: Fire answers fire, and through their paly flames Each battle sees the other's umber'd face; Steed threatens steed, in high and boastful neighs Piercing the night's dull ear, and from the tents The armourers, accomplishing the knights, With busy hammers closing rivets up, Give dreadful note of preparation: The country cocks do crow, the clocks do toll, And the third hour of drowsy morning name. Proud of their numbers and secure in soul, The confident and over-lusty French Do the low-rated English play at dice; And chide the cripple tardy-gaited night Who, like a foul and ugly witch, doth limp So tediously away. The poor condemned English, Like sacrifices, by their watchful fires Sit patiently and inly ruminate The morning's danger, and their gesture sad Investing lank-lean; cheeks and war-worn coats Presenteth them unto the gazing moon So many horrid ghosts. O now, who will behold The royal captain of this ruin'd band Walking from watch to watch, from tent to tent, Let him cry 'Praise and glory on his head!' For forth he goes and visits all his host. Bids them good morrow with a modest smile And calls them brothers, friends and countrymen. Upon his royal face there is no note How dread an army hath enrounded him; Nor doth he dedicate one jot of colour Unto the weary and all-watched night, But freshly looks and over-bears attaint With cheerful semblance and sweet majesty; That every wretch, pining and pale before, Beholding him, plucks comfort from his looks: A largess universal like the sun His liberal eye doth give to every one, Thawing cold fear, that mean and gentle all, Behold, as may unworthiness define, A little touch of Harry in the night. And so our scene must to the battle fly; Where--O for pity!--we shall much disgrace With four or five most vile and ragged foils, Right ill-disposed in brawl ridiculous, The name of Agincourt. Yet sit and see, Minding true things by what their mockeries be.
424(stage directions)40[Exit]
425(stage directions)41[Enter KING HENRY, BEDFORD, and GLOUCESTER]
42641HENRY5Gloucester, 'tis true that we are in great danger; The greater therefore should our courage be. Good morrow, brother Bedford. God Almighty! There is some soul of goodness in things evil, Would men observingly distil it out. For our bad neighbour makes us early stirrers, Which is both healthful and good husbandry: Besides, they are our outward consciences, And preachers to us all, admonishing That we should dress us fairly for our end. Thus may we gather honey from the weed, And make a moral of the devil himself. [Enter ERPINGHAM] Good morrow, old Sir Thomas Erpingham: A good soft pillow for that good white head Were better than a churlish turf of France.
42741ERPINGHAMNot so, my liege: this lodging likes me better, Since I may say 'Now lie I like a king.'
42841HENRY5'Tis good for men to love their present pains Upon example; so the spirit is eased: And when the mind is quicken'd, out of doubt, The organs, though defunct and dead before, Break up their drowsy grave and newly move, With casted slough and fresh legerity. Lend me thy cloak, Sir Thomas. Brothers both, Commend me to the princes in our camp; Do my good morrow to them, and anon Desire them an to my pavilion.
42941GLOUCESTERWe shall, my liege.
43041ERPINGHAMShall I attend your grace?
43141HENRY5No, my good knight; Go with my brothers to my lords of England: I and my bosom must debate awhile, And then I would no other company.
43241ERPINGHAMThe Lord in heaven bless thee, noble Harry!
433(stage directions)41[Exeunt all but KING HENRY]
43441HENRY5God-a-mercy, old heart! thou speak'st cheerfully.
435(stage directions)41[Enter PISTOL]
43641PISTOLQui va la?
43741HENRY5A friend.
43841PISTOLDiscuss unto me; art thou officer? Or art thou base, common and popular?
43941HENRY5I am a gentleman of a company.
44041PISTOLTrail'st thou the puissant pike?
44141HENRY5Even so. What are you?
44241PISTOLAs good a gentleman as the emperor.
44341HENRY5Then you are a better than the king.
44441PISTOLThe king's a bawcock, and a heart of gold, A lad of life, an imp of fame; Of parents good, of fist most valiant. I kiss his dirty shoe, and from heart-string I love the lovely bully. What is thy name?
44541HENRY5Harry le Roy.
44641PISTOLLe Roy! a Cornish name: art thou of Cornish crew?
44741HENRY5No, I am a Welshman.
44841PISTOLKnow'st thou Fluellen?
45041PISTOLTell him, I'll knock his leek about his pate Upon Saint Davy's day.
45141HENRY5Do not you wear your dagger in your cap that day, lest he knock that about yours.
45241PISTOLArt thou his friend?
45341HENRY5And his kinsman too.
45441PISTOLThe figo for thee, then!
45541HENRY5I thank you: God be with you!
45641PISTOLMy name is Pistol call'd.
457(stage directions)41[Exit]
45841HENRY5It sorts well with your fierceness.
459(stage directions)41[Enter FLUELLEN and GOWER]
46041GOWERCaptain Fluellen!
46141FLUELLENSo! in the name of Jesu Christ, speak lower. It is the greatest admiration of the universal world, when the true and aunchient prerogatifes and laws of the wars is not kept: if you would take the pains but to examine the wars of Pompey the Great, you shall find, I warrant you, that there is no tiddle toddle nor pibble pabble in Pompey's camp; I warrant you, you shall find the ceremonies of the wars, and the cares of it, and the forms of it, and the sobriety of it, and the modesty of it, to be otherwise.
46241GOWERWhy, the enemy is loud; you hear him all night.
46341FLUELLENIf the enemy is an ass and a fool and a prating coxcomb, is it meet, think you, that we should also, look you, be an ass and a fool and a prating coxcomb? in your own conscience, now?
46441GOWERI will speak lower.
46541FLUELLENI pray you and beseech you that you will.
466(stage directions)41[Exeunt GOWER and FLUELLEN]
46741HENRY5Though it appear a little out of fashion, There is much care and valour in this Welshman.
468(stage directions)41[Enter three soldiers, JOHN BATES, ALEXANDER COURT, and MICHAEL WILLIAMS]
46941COURTBrother John Bates, is not that the morning which breaks yonder?
47041BATESI think it be: but we have no great cause to desire the approach of day.
47141WILLIAMSWe see yonder the beginning of the day, but I think we shall never see the end of it. Who goes there?
47241HENRY5A friend.
47341WILLIAMSUnder what captain serve you?
47441HENRY5Under Sir Thomas Erpingham.
47541WILLIAMSA good old commander and a most kind gentleman: I pray you, what thinks he of our estate?
47641HENRY5Even as men wrecked upon a sand, that look to be washed off the next tide.
47741BATESHe hath not told his thought to the king?
47841HENRY5No; nor it is not meet he should. For, though I speak it to you, I think the king is but a man, as I am: the violet smells to him as it doth to me: the element shows to him as it doth to me; all his senses have but human conditions: his ceremonies laid by, in his nakedness he appears but a man; and though his affections are higher mounted than ours, yet, when they stoop, they stoop with the like wing. Therefore when he sees reason of fears, as we do, his fears, out of doubt, be of the same relish as ours are: yet, in reason, no man should possess him with any appearance of fear, lest he, by showing it, should dishearten his army.
47941BATESHe may show what outward courage he will; but I believe, as cold a night as 'tis, he could wish himself in Thames up to the neck; and so I would he were, and I by him, at all adventures, so we were quit here.
48041HENRY5By my troth, I will speak my conscience of the king: I think he would not wish himself any where but where he is.
48141BATESThen I would he were here alone; so should he be sure to be ransomed, and a many poor men's lives saved.
48241HENRY5I dare say you love him not so ill, to wish him here alone, howsoever you speak this to feel other men's minds: methinks I could not die any where so contented as in the king's company; his cause being just and his quarrel honourable.
48341WILLIAMSThat's more than we know.
48441BATESAy, or more than we should seek after; for we know enough, if we know we are the kings subjects: if his cause be wrong, our obedience to the king wipes the crime of it out of us.
48541WILLIAMSBut if the cause be not good, the king himself hath a heavy reckoning to make, when all those legs and arms and heads, chopped off in battle, shall join together at the latter day and cry all 'We died at such a place;' some swearing, some crying for a surgeon, some upon their wives left poor behind them, some upon the debts they owe, some upon their children rawly left. I am afeard there are few die well that die in a battle; for how can they charitably dispose of any thing, when blood is their argument? Now, if these men do not die well, it will be a black matter for the king that led them to it; whom to disobey were against all proportion of subjection.
48641HENRY5So, if a son that is by his father sent about merchandise do sinfully miscarry upon the sea, the imputation of his wickedness by your rule, should be imposed upon his father that sent him: or if a servant, under his master's command transporting a sum of money, be assailed by robbers and die in many irreconciled iniquities, you may call the business of the master the author of the servant's damnation: but this is not so: the king is not bound to answer the particular endings of his soldiers, the father of his son, nor the master of his servant; for they purpose not their death, when they purpose their services. Besides, there is no king, be his cause never so spotless, if it come to the arbitrement of swords, can try it out with all unspotted soldiers: some peradventure have on them the guilt of premeditated and contrived murder; some, of beguiling virgins with the broken seals of perjury; some, making the wars their bulwark, that have before gored the gentle bosom of peace with pillage and robbery. Now, if these men have defeated the law and outrun native punishment, though they can outstrip men, they have no wings to fly from God: war is his beadle, war is vengeance; so that here men are punished for before-breach of the king's laws in now the king's quarrel: where they feared the death, they have borne life away; and where they would be safe, they perish: then if they die unprovided, no more is the king guilty of their damnation than he was before guilty of those impieties for the which they are now visited. Every subject's duty is the king's; but every subject's soul is his own. Therefore should every soldier in the wars do as every sick man in his bed, wash every mote out of his conscience: and dying so, death is to him advantage; or not dying, the time was blessedly lost wherein such preparation was gained: and in him that escapes, it were not sin to think that, making God so free an offer, He let him outlive that day to see His greatness and to teach others how they should prepare.
48741WILLIAMS'Tis certain, every man that dies ill, the ill upon his own head, the king is not to answer it.
48841BATESBut I do not desire he should answer for me; and yet I determine to fight lustily for him.
48941HENRY5I myself heard the king say he would not be ransomed.
49041WILLIAMSAy, he said so, to make us fight cheerfully: but when our throats are cut, he may be ransomed, and we ne'er the wiser.
49141HENRY5If I live to see it, I will never trust his word after.
49241WILLIAMSYou pay him then. That's a perilous shot out of an elder-gun, that a poor and private displeasure can do against a monarch! you may as well go about to turn the sun to ice with fanning in his face with a peacock's feather. You'll never trust his word after! come, 'tis a foolish saying.
49341HENRY5Your reproof is something too round: I should be angry with you, if the time were convenient.
49441WILLIAMSLet it be a quarrel between us, if you live.
49541HENRY5I embrace it.
49641WILLIAMSHow shall I know thee again?
49741HENRY5Give me any gage of thine, and I will wear it in my bonnet: then, if ever thou darest acknowledge it, I will make it my quarrel.
49841WILLIAMSHere's my glove: give me another of thine.
50041WILLIAMSThis will I also wear in my cap: if ever thou come to me and say, after to-morrow, 'This is my glove,' by this hand, I will take thee a box on the ear.
50141HENRY5If ever I live to see it, I will challenge it.
50241WILLIAMSThou darest as well be hanged.
50341HENRY5Well. I will do it, though I take thee in the king's company.
50441WILLIAMSKeep thy word: fare thee well.
50541BATESBe friends, you English fools, be friends: we have French quarrels enow, if you could tell how to reckon.
50641HENRY5Indeed, the French may lay twenty French crowns to one, they will beat us; for they bear them on their shoulders: but it is no English treason to cut French crowns, and to-morrow the king himself will be a clipper. [Exeunt soldiers] Upon the king! let us our lives, our souls, Our debts, our careful wives, Our children and our sins lay on the king! We must bear all. O hard condition, Twin-born with greatness, subject to the breath Of every fool, whose sense no more can feel But his own wringing! What infinite heart's-ease Must kings neglect, that private men enjoy! And what have kings, that privates have not too, Save ceremony, save general ceremony? And what art thou, thou idle ceremony? What kind of god art thou, that suffer'st more Of mortal griefs than do thy worshippers? What are thy rents? what are thy comings in? O ceremony, show me but thy worth! What is thy soul of adoration? Art thou aught else but place, degree and form, Creating awe and fear in other men? Wherein thou art less happy being fear'd Than they in fearing. What drink'st thou oft, instead of homage sweet, But poison'd flattery? O, be sick, great greatness, And bid thy ceremony give thee cure! Think'st thou the fiery fever will go out With titles blown from adulation? Will it give place to flexure and low bending? Canst thou, when thou command'st the beggar's knee, Command the health of it? No, thou proud dream, That play'st so subtly with a king's repose; I am a king that find thee, and I know 'Tis not the balm, the sceptre and the ball, The sword, the mace, the crown imperial, The intertissued robe of gold and pearl, The farced title running 'fore the king, The throne he sits on, nor the tide of pomp That beats upon the high shore of this world, No, not all these, thrice-gorgeous ceremony, Not all these, laid in bed majestical, Can sleep so soundly as the wretched slave, Who with a body fill'd and vacant mind Gets him to rest, cramm'd with distressful bread; Never sees horrid night, the child of hell, But, like a lackey, from the rise to set Sweats in the eye of Phoebus and all night Sleeps in Elysium; next day after dawn, Doth rise and help Hyperion to his horse, And follows so the ever-running year, With profitable labour, to his grave: And, but for ceremony, such a wretch, Winding up days with toil and nights with sleep, Had the fore-hand and vantage of a king. The slave, a member of the country's peace, Enjoys it; but in gross brain little wots What watch the king keeps to maintain the peace, Whose hours the peasant best advantages.
507(stage directions)41[Enter ERPINGHAM]
50841ERPINGHAMMy lord, your nobles, jealous of your absence, Seek through your camp to find you.
50941HENRY5Good old knight, Collect them all together at my tent: I'll be before thee.
51041ERPINGHAMI shall do't, my lord.
511(stage directions)41[Exit]
51241HENRY5O God of battles! steel my soldiers' hearts; Possess them not with fear; take from them now The sense of reckoning, if the opposed numbers Pluck their hearts from them. Not to-day, O Lord, O, not to-day, think not upon the fault My father made in compassing the crown! I Richard's body have interred anew; And on it have bestow'd more contrite tears Than from it issued forced drops of blood: Five hundred poor I have in yearly pay, Who twice a-day their wither'd hands hold up Toward heaven, to pardon blood; and I have built Two chantries, where the sad and solemn priests Sing still for Richard's soul. More will I do; Though all that I can do is nothing worth, Since that my penitence comes after all, Imploring pardon.
513(stage directions)41[Enter GLOUCESTER]
51441GLOUCESTERMy liege!
51541HENRY5My brother Gloucester's voice? Ay; I know thy errand, I will go with thee: The day, my friends and all things stay for me.
516(stage directions)41[Exeunt]
517(stage directions)42[Enter the DAUPHIN, ORLEANS, RAMBURES, and others]
51842ORLEANSThe sun doth gild our armour; up, my lords!
51942DAUPHINMontez A cheval! My horse! varlet! laquais! ha!
52042ORLEANSO brave spirit!
52142DAUPHINVia! les eaux et la terre.
52242ORLEANSRien puis? L'air et la feu.
52342DAUPHINCiel, cousin Orleans. [Enter Constable] Now, my lord constable!
52442CONSTABLEHark, how our steeds for present service neigh!
52542DAUPHINMount them, and make incision in their hides, That their hot blood may spin in English eyes, And dout them with superfluous courage, ha!
52642RAMBURESWhat, will you have them weep our horses' blood? How shall we, then, behold their natural tears?
527(stage directions)42[Enter Messenger]
52842MESSENGERThe English are embattled, you French peers.
52942CONSTABLETo horse, you gallant princes! straight to horse! Do but behold yon poor and starved band, And your fair show shall suck away their souls, Leaving them but the shales and husks of men. There is not work enough for all our hands; Scarce blood enough in all their sickly veins To give each naked curtle-axe a stain, That our French gallants shall to-day draw out, And sheathe for lack of sport: let us but blow on them, The vapour of our valour will o'erturn them. 'Tis positive 'gainst all exceptions, lords, That our superfluous lackeys and our peasants, Who in unnecessary action swarm About our squares of battle, were enow To purge this field of such a hilding foe, Though we upon this mountain's basis by Took stand for idle speculation: But that our honours must not. What's to say? A very little little let us do. And all is done. Then let the trumpets sound The tucket sonance and the note to mount; For our approach shall so much dare the field That England shall couch down in fear and yield.
530(stage directions)42[Enter GRANDPRE]
53142GRANDPREWhy do you stay so long, my lords of France? Yon island carrions, desperate of their bones, Ill-favouredly become the morning field: Their ragged curtains poorly are let loose, And our air shakes them passing scornfully: Big Mars seems bankrupt in their beggar'd host And faintly through a rusty beaver peeps: The horsemen sit like fixed candlesticks, With torch-staves in their hand; and their poor jades Lob down their heads, dropping the hides and hips, The gum down-roping from their pale-dead eyes And in their pale dull mouths the gimmal bit Lies foul with chew'd grass, still and motionless; And their executors, the knavish crows, Fly o'er them, all impatient for their hour. Description cannot suit itself in words To demonstrate the life of such a battle In life so lifeless as it shows itself.
53242CONSTABLEThey have said their prayers, and they stay for death.
53342DAUPHINShall we go send them dinners and fresh suits And give their fasting horses provender, And after fight with them?
53442CONSTABLEI stay but for my guidon: to the field! I will the banner from a trumpet take, And use it for my haste. Come, come, away! The sun is high, and we outwear the day.
535(stage directions)42[Exeunt] [Enter GLOUCESTER, BEDFORD, EXETER, ERPINGHAM, with] all his host: SALISBURY and WESTMORELAND]
53643GLOUCESTERWhere is the king?
53743BEDFORDThe king himself is rode to view their battle.
53843WESTMORELANDOf fighting men they have full three score thousand.
53943EXETERThere's five to one; besides, they all are fresh.
54043SALISBURYGod's arm strike with us! 'tis a fearful odds. God be wi' you, princes all; I'll to my charge: If we no more meet till we meet in heaven, Then, joyfully, my noble Lord of Bedford, My dear Lord Gloucester, and my good Lord Exeter, And my kind kinsman, warriors all, adieu!
54143BEDFORDFarewell, good Salisbury; and good luck go with thee!
54243EXETERFarewell, kind lord; fight valiantly to-day: And yet I do thee wrong to mind thee of it, For thou art framed of the firm truth of valour.
543(stage directions)43[Exit SALISBURY]
54443BEDFORDHe is full of valour as of kindness; Princely in both.
545(stage directions)43[Enter the KING]
54643WESTMORELANDO that we now had here But one ten thousand of those men in England That do no work to-day!
54743HENRY5What's he that wishes so? My cousin Westmoreland? No, my fair cousin: If we are mark'd to die, we are enow To do our country loss; and if to live, The fewer men, the greater share of honour. God's will! I pray thee, wish not one man more. By Jove, I am not covetous for gold, Nor care I who doth feed upon my cost; It yearns me not if men my garments wear; Such outward things dwell not in my desires: But if it be a sin to covet honour, I am the most offending soul alive. No, faith, my coz, wish not a man from England: God's peace! I would not lose so great an honour As one man more, methinks, would share from me For the best hope I have. O, do not wish one more! Rather proclaim it, Westmoreland, through my host, That he which hath no stomach to this fight, Let him depart; his passport shall be made And crowns for convoy put into his purse: We would not die in that man's company That fears his fellowship to die with us. This day is called the feast of Crispian: He that outlives this day, and comes safe home, Will stand a tip-toe when the day is named, And rouse him at the name of Crispian. He that shall live this day, and see old age, Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours, And say 'To-morrow is Saint Crispian:' Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars. And say 'These wounds I had on Crispin's day.' Old men forget: yet all shall be forgot, But he'll remember with advantages What feats he did that day: then shall our names. Familiar in his mouth as household words Harry the king, Bedford and Exeter, Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester, Be in their flowing cups freshly remember'd. This story shall the good man teach his son; And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by, From this day to the ending of the world, But we in it shall be remember'd; We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; For he to-day that sheds his blood with me Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile, This day shall gentle his condition: And gentlemen in England now a-bed Shall think themselves accursed they were not here, And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.
548(stage directions)43[Re-enter SALISBURY]
54943SALISBURYMy sovereign lord, bestow yourself with speed: The French are bravely in their battles set, And will with all expedience charge on us.
55043HENRY5All things are ready, if our minds be so.
55143WESTMORELANDPerish the man whose mind is backward now!
55243HENRY5Thou dost not wish more help from England, coz?
55343WESTMORELANDGod's will! my liege, would you and I alone, Without more help, could fight this royal battle!
55443HENRY5Why, now thou hast unwish'd five thousand men; Which likes me better than to wish us one. You know your places: God be with you all!
555(stage directions)43[Tucket. Enter MONTJOY]
55643MONTJOYOnce more I come to know of thee, King Harry, If for thy ransom thou wilt now compound, Before thy most assured overthrow: For certainly thou art so near the gulf, Thou needs must be englutted. Besides, in mercy, The constable desires thee thou wilt mind Thy followers of repentance; that their souls May make a peaceful and a sweet retire From off these fields, where, wretches, their poor bodies Must lie and fester.
55743HENRY5Who hath sent thee now?
55843MONTJOYThe Constable of France.
55943HENRY5I pray thee, bear my former answer back: Bid them achieve me and then sell my bones. Good God! why should they mock poor fellows thus? The man that once did sell the lion's skin While the beast lived, was killed with hunting him. A many of our bodies shall no doubt Find native graves; upon the which, I trust, Shall witness live in brass of this day's work: And those that leave their valiant bones in France, Dying like men, though buried in your dunghills, They shall be famed; for there the sun shall greet them, And draw their honours reeking up to heaven; Leaving their earthly parts to choke your clime, The smell whereof shall breed a plague in France. Mark then abounding valour in our English, That being dead, like to the bullet's grazing, Break out into a second course of mischief, Killing in relapse of mortality. Let me speak proudly: tell the constable We are but warriors for the working-day; Our gayness and our gilt are all besmirch'd With rainy marching in the painful field; There's not a piece of feather in our host-- Good argument, I hope, we will not fly-- And time hath worn us into slovenry: But, by the mass, our hearts are in the trim; And my poor soldiers tell me, yet ere night They'll be in fresher robes, or they will pluck The gay new coats o'er the French soldiers' heads And turn them out of service. If they do this,-- As, if God please, they shall,--my ransom then Will soon be levied. Herald, save thou thy labour; Come thou no more for ransom, gentle herald: They shall have none, I swear, but these my joints; Which if they have as I will leave 'em them, Shall yield them little, tell the constable.
56043MONTJOYI shall, King Harry. And so fare thee well: Thou never shalt hear herald any more.
561(stage directions)43[Exit]
56243HENRY5I fear thou'lt once more come again for ransom.
563(stage directions)43[Enter YORK]
56443YORKMy lord, most humbly on my knee I beg The leading of the vaward.
56543HENRY5Take it, brave York. Now, soldiers, march away: And how thou pleasest, God, dispose the day!
566(stage directions)43[Exeunt]
567(stage directions)44[Alarum. Excursions. Enter PISTOL, French Soldier, and Boy]
56844PISTOLYield, cur!
56944FRENCH SOLDIERJe pense que vous etes gentilhomme de bonne qualite.
57044PISTOLQualtitie calmie custure me! Art thou a gentleman? what is thy name? discuss.
57144FRENCH SOLDIERO Seigneur Dieu!
57244PISTOLO, Signieur Dew should be a gentleman: Perpend my words, O Signieur Dew, and mark; O Signieur Dew, thou diest on point of fox, Except, O signieur, thou do give to me Egregious ransom.
57344FRENCH SOLDIERO, prenez misericorde! ayez pitie de moi!
57444PISTOLMoy shall not serve; I will have forty moys; Or I will fetch thy rim out at thy throat In drops of crimson blood.
57544FRENCH SOLDIEREst-il impossible d'echapper la force de ton bras?
57644PISTOLBrass, cur! Thou damned and luxurious mountain goat, Offer'st me brass?
57744FRENCH SOLDIERO pardonnez moi!
57844PISTOLSay'st thou me so? is that a ton of moys? Come hither, boy: ask me this slave in French What is his name.
57944BOYEcoutez: comment etes-vous appele?
58044FRENCH SOLDIERMonsieur le Fer.
58144BOYHe says his name is Master Fer.
58244PISTOLMaster Fer! I'll fer him, and firk him, and ferret him: discuss the same in French unto him.
58344BOYI do not know the French for fer, and ferret, and firk.
58444PISTOLBid him prepare; for I will cut his throat.
58544FRENCH SOLDIERQue dit-il, monsieur?
58644BOYIl me commande de vous dire que vous faites vous pret; car ce soldat ici est dispose tout a cette heure de couper votre gorge.
58744PISTOLOwy, cuppele gorge, permafoy, Peasant, unless thou give me crowns, brave crowns; Or mangled shalt thou be by this my sword.
58844FRENCH SOLDIERO, je vous supplie, pour l'amour de Dieu, me pardonner! Je suis gentilhomme de bonne maison: gardez ma vie, et je vous donnerai deux cents ecus.
58944PISTOLWhat are his words?
59044BOYHe prays you to save his life: he is a gentleman of a good house; and for his ransom he will give you two hundred crowns.
59144PISTOLTell him my fury shall abate, and I the crowns will take.
59244FRENCH SOLDIERPetit monsieur, que dit-il?
59344BOYEncore qu'il est contre son jurement de pardonner aucun prisonnier, neanmoins, pour les ecus que vous l'avez promis, il est content de vous donner la liberte, le franchisement.
59444FRENCH SOLDIERSur mes genoux je vous donne mille remercimens; et je m'estime heureux que je suis tombe entre les mains d'un chevalier, je pense, le plus brave, vaillant, et tres distingue seigneur d'Angleterre.
59544PISTOLExpound unto me, boy.
59644BOYHe gives you, upon his knees, a thousand thanks; and he esteems himself happy that he hath fallen into the hands of one, as he thinks, the most brave, valorous, and thrice-worthy signieur of England.
59744PISTOLAs I suck blood, I will some mercy show. Follow me!
59844BOYSuivez-vous le grand capitaine. [Exeunt PISTOL, and French Soldier] I did never know so full a voice issue from so empty a heart: but the saying is true 'The empty vessel makes the greatest sound.' Bardolph and Nym had ten times more valour than this roaring devil i' the old play, that every one may pare his nails with a wooden dagger; and they are both hanged; and so would this be, if he durst steal any thing adventurously. I must stay with the lackeys, with the luggage of our camp: the French might have a good prey of us, if he knew of it; for there is none to guard it but boys.
599(stage directions)44[Exit]
600(stage directions)45[Enter Constable, ORLEANS, BOURBON, DAUPHIN, and RAMBURES]
60145CONSTABLEO diable!
60245ORLEANSO seigneur! le jour est perdu, tout est perdu!
60345DAUPHINMort de ma vie! all is confounded, all! Reproach and everlasting shame Sits mocking in our plumes. O merchante fortune! Do not run away.
604(stage directions)45[A short alarum]
60545CONSTABLEWhy, all our ranks are broke.
60645DAUPHINO perdurable shame! let's stab ourselves. Be these the wretches that we play'd at dice for?
60745ORLEANSIs this the king we sent to for his ransom?
60845BOURBONShame and eternal shame, nothing but shame! Let us die in honour: once more back again; And he that will not follow Bourbon now, Let him go hence, and with his cap in hand, Like a base pander, hold the chamber-door Whilst by a slave, no gentler than my dog, His fairest daughter is contaminated.
60945CONSTABLEDisorder, that hath spoil'd us, friend us now! Let us on heaps go offer up our lives.
61045ORLEANSWe are enow yet living in the field To smother up the English in our throngs, If any order might be thought upon.
61145BOURBONThe devil take order now! I'll to the throng: Let life be short; else shame will be too long.
612(stage directions)45[Exeunt]
613(stage directions)46[Alarums. Enter KING HENRY and forces, EXETER, and others]
61446HENRY5Well have we done, thrice valiant countrymen: But all's not done; yet keep the French the field.
61546EXETERThe Duke of York commends him to your majesty.
61646HENRY5Lives he, good uncle? thrice within this hour I saw him down; thrice up again and fighting; From helmet to the spur all blood he was.
61746EXETERIn which array, brave soldier, doth he lie, Larding the plain; and by his bloody side, Yoke-fellow to his honour-owing wounds, The noble Earl of Suffolk also lies. Suffolk first died: and York, all haggled over, Comes to him, where in gore he lay insteep'd, And takes him by the beard; kisses the gashes That bloodily did spawn upon his face; And cries aloud 'Tarry, dear cousin Suffolk! My soul shall thine keep company to heaven; Tarry, sweet soul, for mine, then fly abreast, As in this glorious and well-foughten field We kept together in our chivalry!' Upon these words I came and cheer'd him up: He smiled me in the face, raught me his hand, And, with a feeble gripe, says 'Dear my lord, Commend my service to me sovereign.' So did he turn and over Suffolk's neck He threw his wounded arm and kiss'd his lips; And so espoused to death, with blood he seal'd A testament of noble-ending love. The pretty and sweet manner of it forced Those waters from me which I would have stopp'd; But I had not so much of man in me, And all my mother came into mine eyes And gave me up to tears.
61846HENRY5I blame you not; For, hearing this, I must perforce compound With mistful eyes, or they will issue too. [Alarum] But, hark! what new alarum is this same? The French have reinforced their scatter'd men: Then every soldier kill his prisoners: Give the word through.
619(stage directions)46[Exeunt]
620(stage directions)47[Enter FLUELLEN and GOWER]
62147FLUELLENKill the poys and the luggage! 'tis expressly against the law of arms: 'tis as arrant a piece of knavery, mark you now, as can be offer't; in your conscience, now, is it not?
62247GOWER'Tis certain there's not a boy left alive; and the cowardly rascals that ran from the battle ha' done this slaughter: besides, they have burned and carried away all that was in the king's tent; wherefore the king, most worthily, hath caused every soldier to cut his prisoner's throat. O, 'tis a gallant king!
62347FLUELLENAy, he was porn at Monmouth, Captain Gower. What call you the town's name where Alexander the Pig was born!
62447GOWERAlexander the Great.
62547FLUELLENWhy, I pray you, is not pig great? the pig, or the great, or the mighty, or the huge, or the magnanimous, are all one reckonings, save the phrase is a little variations.
62647GOWERI think Alexander the Great was born in Macedon; his father was called Philip of Macedon, as I take it.
62747FLUELLENI think it is in Macedon where Alexander is porn. I tell you, captain, if you look in the maps of the 'orld, I warrant you sall find, in the comparisons between Macedon and Monmouth, that the situations, look you, is both alike. There is a river in Macedon; and there is also moreover a river at Monmouth: it is called Wye at Monmouth; but it is out of my prains what is the name of the other river; but 'tis all one, 'tis alike as my fingers is to my fingers, and there is salmons in both. If you mark Alexander's life well, Harry of Monmouth's life is come after it indifferent well; for there is figures in all things. Alexander, God knows, and you know, in his rages, and his furies, and his wraths, and his cholers, and his moods, and his displeasures, and his indignations, and also being a little intoxicates in his prains, did, in his ales and his angers, look you, kill his best friend, Cleitus.
62847GOWEROur king is not like him in that: he never killed any of his friends.
62947FLUELLENIt is not well done, mark you now take the tales out of my mouth, ere it is made and finished. I speak but in the figures and comparisons of it: as Alexander killed his friend Cleitus, being in his ales and his cups; so also Harry Monmouth, being in his right wits and his good judgments, turned away the fat knight with the great belly-doublet: he was full of jests, and gipes, and knaveries, and mocks; I have forgot his name.
63047GOWERSir John Falstaff.
63147FLUELLENThat is he: I'll tell you there is good men porn at Monmouth.
63247GOWERHere comes his majesty. [Alarum. Enter KING HENRY, and forces; WARWICK,] GLOUCESTER, EXETER, and others]
63347HENRY5I was not angry since I came to France Until this instant. Take a trumpet, herald; Ride thou unto the horsemen on yon hill: If they will fight with us, bid them come down, Or void the field; they do offend our sight: If they'll do neither, we will come to them, And make them skirr away, as swift as stones Enforced from the old Assyrian slings: Besides, we'll cut the throats of those we have, And not a man of them that we shall take Shall taste our mercy. Go and tell them so.
634(stage directions)47[Enter MONTJOY]
63547EXETERHere comes the herald of the French, my liege.
63647GLOUCESTERHis eyes are humbler than they used to be.
63747HENRY5How now! what means this, herald? know'st thou not That I have fined these bones of mine for ransom? Comest thou again for ransom?
63847MONTJOYNo, great king: I come to thee for charitable licence, That we may wander o'er this bloody field To look our dead, and then to bury them; To sort our nobles from our common men. For many of our princes--woe the while!-- Lie drown'd and soak'd in mercenary blood; So do our vulgar drench their peasant limbs In blood of princes; and their wounded steeds Fret fetlock deep in gore and with wild rage Yerk out their armed heels at their dead masters, Killing them twice. O, give us leave, great king, To view the field in safety and dispose Of their dead bodies!
63947HENRY5I tell thee truly, herald, I know not if the day be ours or no; For yet a many of your horsemen peer And gallop o'er the field.
64047MONTJOYThe day is yours.
64147HENRY5Praised be God, and not our strength, for it! What is this castle call'd that stands hard by?
64247MONTJOYThey call it Agincourt.
64347HENRY5Then call we this the field of Agincourt, Fought on the day of Crispin Crispianus.
64447FLUELLENYour grandfather of famous memory, an't please your majesty, and your great-uncle Edward the Plack Prince of Wales, as I have read in the chronicles, fought a most prave pattle here in France.
64547HENRY5They did, Fluellen.
64647FLUELLENYour majesty says very true: if your majesties is remembered of it, the Welshmen did good service in a garden where leeks did grow, wearing leeks in their Monmouth caps; which, your majesty know, to this hour is an honourable badge of the service; and I do believe your majesty takes no scorn to wear the leek upon Saint Tavy's day.
64747HENRY5I wear it for a memorable honour; For I am Welsh, you know, good countryman.
64847FLUELLENAll the water in Wye cannot wash your majesty's Welsh plood out of your pody, I can tell you that: God pless it and preserve it, as long as it pleases his grace, and his majesty too!
64947HENRY5Thanks, good my countryman.
65047FLUELLENBy Jeshu, I am your majesty's countryman, I care not who know it; I will confess it to all the 'orld: I need not to be ashamed of your majesty, praised be God, so long as your majesty is an honest man.
65147HENRY5God keep me so! Our heralds go with him: Bring me just notice of the numbers dead On both our parts. Call yonder fellow hither.
652(stage directions)47[Points to WILLIAMS. Exeunt Heralds with Montjoy]
65347EXETERSoldier, you must come to the king.
65447HENRY5Soldier, why wearest thou that glove in thy cap?
65547WILLIAMSAn't please your majesty, 'tis the gage of one that I should fight withal, if he be alive.
65647HENRY5An Englishman?
65747WILLIAMSAn't please your majesty, a rascal that swaggered with me last night; who, if alive and ever dare to challenge this glove, I have sworn to take him a box o' th' ear: or if I can see my glove in his cap, which he swore, as he was a soldier, he would wear if alive, I will strike it out soundly.
65847HENRY5What think you, Captain Fluellen? is it fit this soldier keep his oath?
65947FLUELLENHe is a craven and a villain else, an't please your majesty, in my conscience.
66047HENRY5It may be his enemy is a gentleman of great sort, quite from the answer of his degree.
66147FLUELLENThough he be as good a gentleman as the devil is, as Lucifer and Belzebub himself, it is necessary, look your grace, that he keep his vow and his oath: if he be perjured, see you now, his reputation is as arrant a villain and a Jacksauce, as ever his black shoe trod upon God's ground and his earth, in my conscience, la!
66247HENRY5Then keep thy vow, sirrah, when thou meetest the fellow.
66347WILLIAMSSo I will, my liege, as I live.
66447HENRY5Who servest thou under?
66547WILLIAMSUnder Captain Gower, my liege.
66647FLUELLENGower is a good captain, and is good knowledge and literatured in the wars.
66747HENRY5Call him hither to me, soldier.
66847WILLIAMSI will, my liege.
669(stage directions)47[Exit]
67047HENRY5Here, Fluellen; wear thou this favour for me and stick it in thy cap: when Alencon and myself were down together, I plucked this glove from his helm: if any man challenge this, he is a friend to Alencon, and an enemy to our person; if thou encounter any such, apprehend him, an thou dost me love.
67147FLUELLENYour grace doo's me as great honours as can be desired in the hearts of his subjects: I would fain see the man, that has but two legs, that shall find himself aggrieved at this glove; that is all; but I would fain see it once, an please God of his grace that I might see.
67247HENRY5Knowest thou Gower?
67347FLUELLENHe is my dear friend, an please you.
67447HENRY5Pray thee, go seek him, and bring him to my tent.
67547FLUELLENI will fetch him.
676(stage directions)47[Exit]
67747HENRY5My Lord of Warwick, and my brother Gloucester, Follow Fluellen closely at the heels: The glove which I have given him for a favour May haply purchase him a box o' th' ear; It is the soldier's; I by bargain should Wear it myself. Follow, good cousin Warwick: If that the soldier strike him, as I judge By his blunt bearing he will keep his word, Some sudden mischief may arise of it; For I do know Fluellen valiant And, touched with choler, hot as gunpowder, And quickly will return an injury: Follow and see there be no harm between them. Go you with me, uncle of Exeter.
678(stage directions)47[Exeunt]
679(stage directions)48[Enter GOWER and WILLIAMS]
68048WILLIAMSI warrant it is to knight you, captain.
681(stage directions)48[Enter FLUELLEN]
68248FLUELLENGod's will and his pleasure, captain, I beseech you now, come apace to the king: there is more good toward you peradventure than is in your knowledge to dream of.
68348WILLIAMSSir, know you this glove?
68448FLUELLENKnow the glove! I know the glove is glove.
68548WILLIAMSI know this; and thus I challenge it.
686(stage directions)48[Strikes him]
68748FLUELLEN'Sblood! an arrant traitor as any is in the universal world, or in France, or in England!
68848GOWERHow now, sir! you villain!
68948WILLIAMSDo you think I'll be forsworn?
69048FLUELLENStand away, Captain Gower; I will give treason his payment into ploughs, I warrant you.
69148WILLIAMSI am no traitor.
69248FLUELLENThat's a lie in thy throat. I charge you in his majesty's name, apprehend him: he's a friend of the Duke Alencon's.
693(stage directions)48[Enter WARWICK and GLOUCESTER]
69448WARWICKHow now, how now! what's the matter?
69548FLUELLENMy Lord of Warwick, here is--praised be God for it! --a most contagious treason come to light, look you, as you shall desire in a summer's day. Here is his majesty.
696(stage directions)48[Enter KING HENRY and EXETER]
69748HENRY5How now! what's the matter?
69848FLUELLENMy liege, here is a villain and a traitor, that, look your grace, has struck the glove which your majesty is take out of the helmet of Alencon.
69948WILLIAMSMy liege, this was my glove; here is the fellow of it; and he that I gave it to in change promised to wear it in his cap: I promised to strike him, if he did: I met this man with my glove in his cap, and I have been as good as my word.
70048FLUELLENYour majesty hear now, saving your majesty's manhood, what an arrant, rascally, beggarly, lousy knave it is: I hope your majesty is pear me testimony and witness, and will avouchment, that this is the glove of Alencon, that your majesty is give me; in your conscience, now?
70148HENRY5Give me thy glove, soldier: look, here is the fellow of it. 'Twas I, indeed, thou promised'st to strike; And thou hast given me most bitter terms.
70248FLUELLENAn please your majesty, let his neck answer for it, if there is any martial law in the world.
70348HENRY5How canst thou make me satisfaction?
70448WILLIAMSAll offences, my lord, come from the heart: never came any from mine that might offend your majesty.
70548HENRY5It was ourself thou didst abuse.
70648WILLIAMSYour majesty came not like yourself: you appeared to me but as a common man; witness the night, your garments, your lowliness; and what your highness suffered under that shape, I beseech you take it for your own fault and not mine: for had you been as I took you for, I made no offence; therefore, I beseech your highness, pardon me.
70748HENRY5Here, uncle Exeter, fill this glove with crowns, And give it to this fellow. Keep it, fellow; And wear it for an honour in thy cap Till I do challenge it. Give him the crowns: And, captain, you must needs be friends with him.
70848FLUELLENBy this day and this light, the fellow has mettle enough in his belly. Hold, there is twelve pence for you; and I pray you to serve Got, and keep you out of prawls, and prabbles' and quarrels, and dissensions, and, I warrant you, it is the better for you.
70948WILLIAMSI will none of your money.
71048FLUELLENIt is with a good will; I can tell you, it will serve you to mend your shoes: come, wherefore should you be so pashful? your shoes is not so good: 'tis a good silling, I warrant you, or I will change it.
711(stage directions)48[Enter an English Herald]
71248HENRY5Now, herald, are the dead number'd?
71348HERALDHere is the number of the slaughter'd French.
71448HENRY5What prisoners of good sort are taken, uncle?
71548EXETERCharles Duke of Orleans, nephew to the king; John Duke of Bourbon, and Lord Bouciqualt: Of other lords and barons, knights and squires, Full fifteen hundred, besides common men.
71648HENRY5This note doth tell me of ten thousand French That in the field lie slain: of princes, in this number, And nobles bearing banners, there lie dead One hundred twenty six: added to these, Of knights, esquires, and gallant gentlemen, Eight thousand and four hundred; of the which, Five hundred were but yesterday dubb'd knights: So that, in these ten thousand they have lost, There are but sixteen hundred mercenaries; The rest are princes, barons, lords, knights, squires, And gentlemen of blood and quality. The names of those their nobles that lie dead: Charles Delabreth, high constable of France; Jaques of Chatillon, admiral of France; The master of the cross-bows, Lord Rambures; Great Master of France, the brave Sir Guichard Dolphin, John Duke of Alencon, Anthony Duke of Brabant, The brother of the Duke of Burgundy, And Edward Duke of Bar: of lusty earls, Grandpre and Roussi, Fauconberg and Foix, Beaumont and Marle, Vaudemont and Lestrale. Here was a royal fellowship of death! Where is the number of our English dead? [Herald shews him another paper] Edward the Duke of York, the Earl of Suffolk, Sir Richard Ketly, Davy Gam, esquire: None else of name; and of all other men But five and twenty. O God, thy arm was here; And not to us, but to thy arm alone, Ascribe we all! When, without stratagem, But in plain shock and even play of battle, Was ever known so great and little loss On one part and on the other? Take it, God, For it is none but thine!
71748EXETER'Tis wonderful!
71848HENRY5Come, go we in procession to the village. And be it death proclaimed through our host To boast of this or take the praise from God Which is his only.
71948FLUELLENIs it not lawful, an please your majesty, to tell how many is killed?
72048HENRY5Yes, captain; but with this acknowledgement, That God fought for us.
72148FLUELLENYes, my conscience, he did us great good.
72248HENRY5Do we all holy rites; Let there be sung 'Non nobis' and 'Te Deum;' The dead with charity enclosed in clay: And then to Calais; and to England then: Where ne'er from France arrived more happy men.
723(stage directions)48[Exeunt]
724(stage directions)50[Enter Chorus]
72550CHORUSVouchsafe to those that have not read the story, That I may prompt them: and of such as have, I humbly pray them to admit the excuse Of time, of numbers and due course of things, Which cannot in their huge and proper life Be here presented. Now we bear the king Toward Calais: grant him there; there seen, Heave him away upon your winged thoughts Athwart the sea. Behold, the English beach Pales in the flood with men, with wives and boys, Whose shouts and claps out-voice the deep mouth'd sea, Which like a mighty whiffler 'fore the king Seems to prepare his way: so let him land, And solemnly see him set on to London. So swift a pace hath thought that even now You may imagine him upon Blackheath; Where that his lords desire him to have borne His bruised helmet and his bended sword Before him through the city: he forbids it, Being free from vainness and self-glorious pride; Giving full trophy, signal and ostent Quite from himself to God. But now behold, In the quick forge and working-house of thought, How London doth pour out her citizens! The mayor and all his brethren in best sort, Like to the senators of the antique Rome, With the plebeians swarming at their heels, Go forth and fetch their conquering Caesar in: As, by a lower but loving likelihood, Were now the general of our gracious empress, As in good time he may, from Ireland coming, Bringing rebellion broached on his sword, How many would the peaceful city quit, To welcome him! much more, and much more cause, Did they this Harry. Now in London place him; As yet the lamentation of the French Invites the King of England's stay at home; The emperor's coming in behalf of France, To order peace between them; and omit All the occurrences, whatever chanced, Till Harry's back-return again to France: There must we bring him; and myself have play'd The interim, by remembering you 'tis past. Then brook abridgment, and your eyes advance, After your thoughts, straight back again to France.
726(stage directions)50[Exit]
727(stage directions)51[Enter FLUELLEN and GOWER]
72851GOWERNay, that's right; but why wear you your leek today? Saint Davy's day is past.
72951FLUELLENThere is occasions and causes why and wherefore in all things: I will tell you, asse my friend, Captain Gower: the rascally, scald, beggarly, lousy, pragging knave, Pistol, which you and yourself and all the world know to be no petter than a fellow, look you now, of no merits, he is come to me and prings me pread and salt yesterday, look you, and bid me eat my leek: it was in place where I could not breed no contention with him; but I will be so bold as to wear it in my cap till I see him once again, and then I will tell him a little piece of my desires.
730(stage directions)51[Enter PISTOL]
73151GOWERWhy, here he comes, swelling like a turkey-cock.
73251FLUELLEN'Tis no matter for his swellings nor his turkey-cocks. God pless you, Aunchient Pistol! you scurvy, lousy knave, God pless you!
73351PISTOLHa! art thou bedlam? dost thou thirst, base Trojan, To have me fold up Parca's fatal web? Hence! I am qualmish at the smell of leek.
73451FLUELLENI peseech you heartily, scurvy, lousy knave, at my desires, and my requests, and my petitions, to eat, look you, this leek: because, look you, you do not love it, nor your affections and your appetites and your digestions doo's not agree with it, I would desire you to eat it.
73551PISTOLNot for Cadwallader and all his goats.
73651FLUELLENThere is one goat for you. [Strikes him] Will you be so good, scauld knave, as eat it?
73751PISTOLBase Trojan, thou shalt die.
73851FLUELLENYou say very true, scauld knave, when God's will is: I will desire you to live in the mean time, and eat your victuals: come, there is sauce for it. [Strikes him] You called me yesterday mountain-squire; but I will make you to-day a squire of low degree. I pray you, fall to: if you can mock a leek, you can eat a leek.
73951GOWEREnough, captain: you have astonished him.
74051FLUELLENI say, I will make him eat some part of my leek, or I will peat his pate four days. Bite, I pray you; it is good for your green wound and your ploody coxcomb.
74151PISTOLMust I bite?
74251FLUELLENYes, certainly, and out of doubt and out of question too, and ambiguities.
74351PISTOLBy this leek, I will most horribly revenge: I eat and eat, I swear--
74451FLUELLENEat, I pray you: will you have some more sauce to your leek? there is not enough leek to swear by.
74551PISTOLQuiet thy cudgel; thou dost see I eat.
74651FLUELLENMuch good do you, scauld knave, heartily. Nay, pray you, throw none away; the skin is good for your broken coxcomb. When you take occasions to see leeks hereafter, I pray you, mock at 'em; that is all.
74851FLUELLENAy, leeks is good: hold you, there is a groat to heal your pate.
74951PISTOLMe a groat!
75051FLUELLENYes, verily and in truth, you shall take it; or I have another leek in my pocket, which you shall eat.
75151PISTOLI take thy groat in earnest of revenge.
75251FLUELLENIf I owe you any thing, I will pay you in cudgels: you shall be a woodmonger, and buy nothing of me but cudgels. God b' wi' you, and keep you, and heal your pate.
753(stage directions)51[Exit]
75451PISTOLAll hell shall stir for this.
75551GOWERGo, go; you are a counterfeit cowardly knave. Will you mock at an ancient tradition, begun upon an honourable respect, and worn as a memorable trophy of predeceased valour and dare not avouch in your deeds any of your words? I have seen you gleeking and galling at this gentleman twice or thrice. You thought, because he could not speak English in the native garb, he could not therefore handle an English cudgel: you find it otherwise; and henceforth let a Welsh correction teach you a good English condition. Fare ye well.
756(stage directions)51[Exit]
75751PISTOLDoth Fortune play the huswife with me now? News have I, that my Nell is dead i' the spital Of malady of France; And there my rendezvous is quite cut off. Old I do wax; and from my weary limbs Honour is cudgelled. Well, bawd I'll turn, And something lean to cutpurse of quick hand. To England will I steal, and there I'll steal: And patches will I get unto these cudgell'd scars, And swear I got them in the Gallia wars.
758(stage directions)51[Exit] [Enter, at one door KING HENRY, EXETER, BEDFORD,] GLOUCESTER, WARWICK, WESTMORELAND, and other Lords; at another, the FRENCH KING, QUEEN ISABEL, the PRINCESS KATHARINE, ALICE and other Ladies; the DUKE of BURGUNDY, and his train]
75952HENRY5Peace to this meeting, wherefore we are met! Unto our brother France, and to our sister, Health and fair time of day; joy and good wishes To our most fair and princely cousin Katharine; And, as a branch and member of this royalty, By whom this great assembly is contrived, We do salute you, Duke of Burgundy; And, princes French, and peers, health to you all!
76052FRENCH KINGRight joyous are we to behold your face, Most worthy brother England; fairly met: So are you, princes English, every one.
76152QUEEN ISABELSo happy be the issue, brother England, Of this good day and of this gracious meeting, As we are now glad to behold your eyes; Your eyes, which hitherto have borne in them Against the French, that met them in their bent, The fatal balls of murdering basilisks: The venom of such looks, we fairly hope, Have lost their quality, and that this day Shall change all griefs and quarrels into love.
76252HENRY5To cry amen to that, thus we appear.
76352QUEEN ISABELYou English princes all, I do salute you.
76452BURGUNDYMy duty to you both, on equal love, Great Kings of France and England! That I have labour'd, With all my wits, my pains and strong endeavours, To bring your most imperial majesties Unto this bar and royal interview, Your mightiness on both parts best can witness. Since then my office hath so far prevail'd That, face to face and royal eye to eye, You have congreeted, let it not disgrace me, If I demand, before this royal view, What rub or what impediment there is, Why that the naked, poor and mangled Peace, Dear nurse of arts and joyful births, Should not in this best garden of the world Our fertile France, put up her lovely visage? Alas, she hath from France too long been chased, And all her husbandry doth lie on heaps, Corrupting in its own fertility. Her vine, the merry cheerer of the heart, Unpruned dies; her hedges even-pleach'd, Like prisoners wildly overgrown with hair, Put forth disorder'd twigs; her fallow leas The darnel, hemlock and rank fumitory Doth root upon, while that the coulter rusts That should deracinate such savagery; The even mead, that erst brought sweetly forth The freckled cowslip, burnet and green clover, Wanting the scythe, all uncorrected, rank, Conceives by idleness and nothing teems But hateful docks, rough thistles, kecksies, burs, Losing both beauty and utility. And as our vineyards, fallows, meads and hedges, Defective in their natures, grow to wildness, Even so our houses and ourselves and children Have lost, or do not learn for want of time, The sciences that should become our country; But grow like savages,--as soldiers will That nothing do but meditate on blood,-- To swearing and stern looks, diffused attire And every thing that seems unnatural. Which to reduce into our former favour You are assembled: and my speech entreats That I may know the let, why gentle Peace Should not expel these inconveniences And bless us with her former qualities.
76552HENRY5If, Duke of Burgundy, you would the peace, Whose want gives growth to the imperfections Which you have cited, you must buy that peace With full accord to all our just demands; Whose tenors and particular effects You have enscheduled briefly in your hands.
76652BURGUNDYThe king hath heard them; to the which as yet There is no answer made.
76752HENRY5Well then the peace, Which you before so urged, lies in his answer.
76852FRENCH KINGI have but with a cursorary eye O'erglanced the articles: pleaseth your grace To appoint some of your council presently To sit with us once more, with better heed To re-survey them, we will suddenly Pass our accept and peremptory answer.
76952HENRY5Brother, we shall. Go, uncle Exeter, And brother Clarence, and you, brother Gloucester, Warwick and Huntingdon, go with the king; And take with you free power to ratify, Augment, or alter, as your wisdoms best Shall see advantageable for our dignity, Any thing in or out of our demands, And we'll consign thereto. Will you, fair sister, Go with the princes, or stay here with us?
77052QUEEN ISABELOur gracious brother, I will go with them: Haply a woman's voice may do some good, When articles too nicely urged be stood on.
77152HENRY5Yet leave our cousin Katharine here with us: She is our capital demand, comprised Within the fore-rank of our articles.
77252QUEEN ISABELShe hath good leave.
773(stage directions)52[Exeunt all except HENRY, KATHARINE, and ALICE]
77452HENRY5Fair Katharine, and most fair, Will you vouchsafe to teach a soldier terms Such as will enter at a lady's ear And plead his love-suit to her gentle heart?
77552KATHARINEYour majesty shall mock at me; I cannot speak your England.
77652HENRY5O fair Katharine, if you will love me soundly with your French heart, I will be glad to hear you confess it brokenly with your English tongue. Do you like me, Kate?
77752KATHARINEPardonnez-moi, I cannot tell vat is 'like me.'
77852HENRY5An angel is like you, Kate, and you are like an angel.
77952KATHARINEQue dit-il? que je suis semblable a les anges?
78052ALICEOui, vraiment, sauf votre grace, ainsi dit-il.
78152HENRY5I said so, dear Katharine; and I must not blush to affirm it.
78252KATHARINEO bon Dieu! les langues des hommes sont pleines de tromperies.
78352HENRY5What says she, fair one? that the tongues of men are full of deceits?
78452ALICEOui, dat de tongues of de mans is be full of deceits: dat is de princess.
78552HENRY5The princess is the better Englishwoman. I' faith, Kate, my wooing is fit for thy understanding: I am glad thou canst speak no better English; for, if thou couldst, thou wouldst find me such a plain king that thou wouldst think I had sold my farm to buy my crown. I know no ways to mince it in love, but directly to say 'I love you:' then if you urge me farther than to say 'do you in faith?' I wear out my suit. Give me your answer; i' faith, do: and so clap hands and a bargain: how say you, lady?
78652KATHARINESauf votre honneur, me understand vell.
78752HENRY5Marry, if you would put me to verses or to dance for your sake, Kate, why you undid me: for the one, I have neither words nor measure, and for the other, I have no strength in measure, yet a reasonable measure in strength. If I could win a lady at leap-frog, or by vaulting into my saddle with my armour on my back, under the correction of bragging be it spoken. I should quickly leap into a wife. Or if I might buffet for my love, or bound my horse for her favours, I could lay on like a butcher and sit like a jack-an-apes, never off. But, before God, Kate, I cannot look greenly nor gasp out my eloquence, nor I have no cunning in protestation; only downright oaths, which I never use till urged, nor never break for urging. If thou canst love a fellow of this temper, Kate, whose face is not worth sun-burning, that never looks in his glass for love of any thing he sees there, let thine eye be thy cook. I speak to thee plain soldier: If thou canst love me for this, take me: if not, to say to thee that I shall die, is true; but for thy love, by the Lord, no; yet I love thee too. And while thou livest, dear Kate, take a fellow of plain and uncoined constancy; for he perforce must do thee right, because he hath not the gift to woo in other places: for these fellows of infinite tongue, that can rhyme themselves into ladies' favours, they do always reason themselves out again. What! a speaker is but a prater; a rhyme is but a ballad. A good leg will fall; a straight back will stoop; a black beard will turn white; a curled pate will grow bald; a fair face will wither; a full eye will wax hollow: but a good heart, Kate, is the sun and the moon; or, rather, the sun, and not the moon; for it shines bright and never changes, but keeps his course truly. If thou would have such a one, take me; and take me, take a soldier; take a soldier, take a king. And what sayest thou then to my love? speak, my fair, and fairly, I pray thee.
78852KATHARINEIs it possible dat I sould love de enemy of France?
78952HENRY5No; it is not possible you should love the enemy of France, Kate: but, in loving me, you should love the friend of France; for I love France so well that I will not part with a village of it; I will have it all mine: and, Kate, when France is mine and I am yours, then yours is France and you are mine.
79052KATHARINEI cannot tell vat is dat.
79152HENRY5No, Kate? I will tell thee in French; which I am sure will hang upon my tongue like a new-married wife about her husband's neck, hardly to be shook off. Je quand sur le possession de France, et quand vous avez le possession de moi,--let me see, what then? Saint Denis be my speed!--donc votre est France et vous etes mienne. It is as easy for me, Kate, to conquer the kingdom as to speak so much more French: I shall never move thee in French, unless it be to laugh at me.
79252KATHARINESauf votre honneur, le Francois que vous parlez, il est meilleur que l'Anglois lequel je parle.
79352HENRY5No, faith, is't not, Kate: but thy speaking of my tongue, and I thine, most truly-falsely, must needs be granted to be much at one. But, Kate, dost thou understand thus much English, canst thou love me?
79452KATHARINEI cannot tell.
79552HENRY5Can any of your neighbours tell, Kate? I'll ask them. Come, I know thou lovest me: and at night, when you come into your closet, you'll question this gentlewoman about me; and I know, Kate, you will to her dispraise those parts in me that you love with your heart: but, good Kate, mock me mercifully; the rather, gentle princess, because I love thee cruelly. If ever thou beest mine, Kate, as I have a saving faith within me tells me thou shalt, I get thee with scambling, and thou must therefore needs prove a good soldier-breeder: shall not thou and I, between Saint Denis and Saint George, compound a boy, half French, half English, that shall go to Constantinople and take the Turk by the beard? shall we not? what sayest thou, my fair flower-de-luce?
79652KATHARINEI do not know dat
79752HENRY5No; 'tis hereafter to know, but now to promise: do but now promise, Kate, you will endeavour for your French part of such a boy; and for my English moiety take the word of a king and a bachelor. How answer you, la plus belle Katharine du monde, mon tres cher et devin deesse?
79852KATHARINEYour majestee ave fausse French enough to deceive de most sage demoiselle dat is en France.
79952HENRY5Now, fie upon my false French! By mine honour, in true English, I love thee, Kate: by which honour I dare not swear thou lovest me; yet my blood begins to flatter me that thou dost, notwithstanding the poor and untempering effect of my visage. Now, beshrew my father's ambition! he was thinking of civil wars when he got me: therefore was I created with a stubborn outside, with an aspect of iron, that, when I come to woo ladies, I fright them. But, in faith, Kate, the elder I wax, the better I shall appear: my comfort is, that old age, that ill layer up of beauty, can do no more, spoil upon my face: thou hast me, if thou hast me, at the worst; and thou shalt wear me, if thou wear me, better and better: and therefore tell me, most fair Katharine, will you have me? Put off your maiden blushes; avouch the thoughts of your heart with the looks of an empress; take me by the hand, and say 'Harry of England I am thine:' which word thou shalt no sooner bless mine ear withal, but I will tell thee aloud 'England is thine, Ireland is thine, France is thine, and Harry Plantagenet is thine;' who though I speak it before his face, if he be not fellow with the best king, thou shalt find the best king of good fellows. Come, your answer in broken music; for thy voice is music and thy English broken; therefore, queen of all, Katharine, break thy mind to me in broken English; wilt thou have me?
80052KATHARINEDat is as it sall please de roi mon pere.
80152HENRY5Nay, it will please him well, Kate it shall please him, Kate.
80252KATHARINEDen it sall also content me.
80352HENRY5Upon that I kiss your hand, and I call you my queen.
80452KATHARINELaissez, mon seigneur, laissez, laissez: ma foi, je ne veux point que vous abaissiez votre grandeur en baisant la main d'une de votre seigeurie indigne serviteur; excusez-moi, je vous supplie, mon tres-puissant seigneur.
80552HENRY5Then I will kiss your lips, Kate.
80652KATHARINELes dames et demoiselles pour etre baisees devant leur noces, il n'est pas la coutume de France.
80752HENRY5Madam my interpreter, what says she?
80852ALICEDat it is not be de fashion pour les ladies of France,--I cannot tell vat is baiser en Anglish.
80952HENRY5To kiss.
81052ALICEYour majesty entendre bettre que moi.
81152HENRY5It is not a fashion for the maids in France to kiss before they are married, would she say?
81252ALICEOui, vraiment.
81352HENRY5O Kate, nice customs curtsy to great kings. Dear Kate, you and I cannot be confined within the weak list of a country's fashion: we are the makers of manners, Kate; and the liberty that follows our places stops the mouth of all find-faults; as I will do yours, for upholding the nice fashion of your country in denying me a kiss: therefore, patiently and yielding. [Kissing her] You have witchcraft in your lips, Kate: there is more eloquence in a sugar touch of them than in the tongues of the French council; and they should sooner persuade Harry of England than a general petition of monarchs. Here comes your father.
814(stage directions)52[Re-enter the FRENCH KING and his QUEEN, BURGUNDY, and other Lords]
81552BURGUNDYGod save your majesty! my royal cousin, teach you our princess English?
81652HENRY5I would have her learn, my fair cousin, how perfectly I love her; and that is good English.
81752BURGUNDYIs she not apt?
81852HENRY5Our tongue is rough, coz, and my condition is not smooth; so that, having neither the voice nor the heart of flattery about me, I cannot so conjure up the spirit of love in her, that he will appear in his true likeness.
81952BURGUNDYPardon the frankness of my mirth, if I answer you for that. If you would conjure in her, you must make a circle; if conjure up love in her in his true likeness, he must appear naked and blind. Can you blame her then, being a maid yet rosed over with the virgin crimson of modesty, if she deny the appearance of a naked blind boy in her naked seeing self? It were, my lord, a hard condition for a maid to consign to.
82052HENRY5Yet they do wink and yield, as love is blind and enforces.
82152BURGUNDYThey are then excused, my lord, when they see not what they do.
82252HENRY5Then, good my lord, teach your cousin to consent winking.
82352BURGUNDYI will wink on her to consent, my lord, if you will teach her to know my meaning: for maids, well summered and warm kept, are like flies at Bartholomew-tide, blind, though they have their eyes; and then they will endure handling, which before would not abide looking on.
82452HENRY5This moral ties me over to time and a hot summer; and so I shall catch the fly, your cousin, in the latter end and she must be blind too.
82552BURGUNDYAs love is, my lord, before it loves.
82652HENRY5It is so: and you may, some of you, thank love for my blindness, who cannot see many a fair French city for one fair French maid that stands in my way.
82752FRENCH KINGYes, my lord, you see them perspectively, the cities turned into a maid; for they are all girdled with maiden walls that war hath never entered.
82852HENRY5Shall Kate be my wife?
82952FRENCH KINGSo please you.
83052HENRY5I am content; so the maiden cities you talk of may wait on her: so the maid that stood in the way for my wish shall show me the way to my will.
83152FRENCH KINGWe have consented to all terms of reason.
83252HENRY5Is't so, my lords of England?
83352WESTMORELANDThe king hath granted every article: His daughter first, and then in sequel all, According to their firm proposed natures.
83452EXETEROnly he hath not yet subscribed this: Where your majesty demands, that the King of France, having any occasion to write for matter of grant, shall name your highness in this form and with this addition in French, Notre trescher fils Henri, Roi d'Angleterre, Heritier de France; and thus in Latin, Praeclarissimus filius noster Henricus, Rex Angliae, et Haeres Franciae.
83552FRENCH KINGNor this I have not, brother, so denied, But your request shall make me let it pass.
83652HENRY5I pray you then, in love and dear alliance, Let that one article rank with the rest; And thereupon give me your daughter.
83752FRENCH KINGTake her, fair son, and from her blood raise up Issue to me; that the contending kingdoms Of France and England, whose very shores look pale With envy of each other's happiness, May cease their hatred, and this dear conjunction Plant neighbourhood and Christian-like accord In their sweet bosoms, that never war advance His bleeding sword 'twixt England and fair France.
83952HENRY5Now, welcome, Kate: and bear me witness all, That here I kiss her as my sovereign queen.
840(stage directions)52[Flourish]
84152QUEEN ISABELGod, the best maker of all marriages, Combine your hearts in one, your realms in one! As man and wife, being two, are one in love, So be there 'twixt your kingdoms such a spousal, That never may ill office, or fell jealousy, Which troubles oft the bed of blessed marriage, Thrust in between the paction of these kingdoms, To make divorce of their incorporate league; That English may as French, French Englishmen, Receive each other. God speak this Amen!
84352HENRY5Prepare we for our marriage--on which day, My Lord of Burgundy, we'll take your oath, And all the peers', for surety of our leagues. Then shall I swear to Kate, and you to me; And may our oaths well kept and prosperous be! [Sennet. Exeunt] EPILOGUE
844(stage directions)52[Enter Chorus]
84552CHORUSThus far, with rough and all-unable pen, Our bending author hath pursued the story, In little room confining mighty men, Mangling by starts the full course of their glory. Small time, but in that small most greatly lived This star of England: Fortune made his sword; By which the world's best garden be achieved, And of it left his son imperial lord. Henry the Sixth, in infant bands crown'd King Of France and England, did this king succeed; Whose state so many had the managing, That they lost France and made his England bleed: Which oft our stage hath shown; and, for their sake, In your fair minds let this acceptance take.
846(stage directions)52[Exit]

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