Henry V

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Act V

Enter Exeter, Bedford, and Westmorland


Fore God, his grace is bold to trust these traitors.


They shall be apprehended by and by.
apprehend (v.) 1 seize, arrest, lay hold of
by and by (adv.) 2 shortly, soon, before long


How smooth and even they do bear themselves!

As if allegiance in their bosoms sat,

Crowned with faith and constant loyalty.


The King hath note of all that they intend,

By interception which they dream not of.


Nay, but the man that was his bedfellow,

Whom he hath dulled and cloyed with gracious favours –
cloy (v.) 1 satiate, gorge, satisfy
dull (v.) 3 stupefy, satisfy to the point of slothfulness

That he should, for a foreign purse, so sell

His sovereign's life to death and treachery!

Sound trumpets. Enter the King, Scroop, Cambridge,

Grey, and attendants


Now 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.
gentle (adj.) 1 well-born, honourable, noble See Topics: Frequency count

Think you not that the powers we bear with us
power (n.) 1 armed force, troops, host, army See Topics: Frequency count

Will cut their passage through the force of France,

Doing the execution and the act

For which we have in head assembled them?
head (n.) 1 fighting force, army, body of troops


No doubt, my liege, if each man do his best.


I 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,
consent (n.) 1 agreement, accord, unanimity, compact

Nor leave not one behind that doth not wish

Success and conquest to attend on us.
attend (v.) 2 serve, follow, wait [on/upon]


Never was monarch better feared 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.


True: those that were your father's enemies

Have steeped their galls in honey, and do serve you
gall (n.) 2 bitterness, spitefulness, vindictiveness

With hearts create of duty and of zeal.


We therefore have great cause of thankfulness,

And shall forget the office of our hand
office (n.) 1 task, service, duty, responsibility See Topics: Frequency count

Sooner than quittance of desert and merit
quittance (n.) 1 due recompense, repayment, requital

According to the weight and worthiness.


So service shall with steeled sinews toil,
sinew (n.) 1 muscle
steeled (adj.) 1 hardened like steel, toughened

And labour shall refresh itself with hope

To do your grace incessant services.


We judge no less. Uncle of Exeter,

Enlarge the man committed yesterday
enlarge (v.) 1 release, set at large, discharge

That railed against our person. We consider
rail (v.) rant, rave, be abusive [about] See Topics: Frequency count

it was excess of wine that set him on,

And on his more advice we pardon him.
advice (n.) 1 consideration, reflection, deliberation


That's mercy, but too much security.
security (n.) over-confidence, carelessness

Let him be punished, sovereign, lest example

Breed, by his sufferance, more of such a kind.
sufferance (n.) 4 reprieve, pardoning, respite


O, let us yet be merciful.


So may your highness, and yet punish too.



You show great mercy if you give him life

After the taste of much correction.


Alas, your too much love and care of me

Are heavy orisons 'gainst this poor wretch!
heavy (adj.) 3 pressing, weighty, overpowering
orison (n.) prayer, plea

If little faults, proceeding on distemper,
distemper (n.) 4 intoxication, state of drunkenness

Shall not be winked at, how shall we stretch our eye
stretch (v.) 3 open wide, extend
wink at (v.) ignore, disregard, overlook

When capital crimes, chewed, swallowed, and digested,
chew (v.) 1 plan, devise, conceive

Appear before us? We'll yet enlarge that man,
enlarge (v.) 1 release, set at large, discharge

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?
commissioner (n.) official acting for the king in his absence
late (adj.) 2 recently appointed


I one, my lord.

Your highness bade me ask for it today.


So did you me, my liege.


And I, my royal sovereign.


Then, 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 Westmorland, and uncle Exeter,

We will aboard tonight. – Why, how now, gentlemen?

What see you in those papers, that you lose

So much complexion? Look ye, how they change!
change (v.) 4 change countenance, turn pale
complexion (n.) 1 appearance, look, colouring

Their cheeks are paper. – Why, what read you there

That have so cowarded and chased your blood
coward (v.) make cowardly, make fearful

Out of appearance?
fault (n.) 1 sin, offence, crime


                         I do confess my fault,

And do submit me to your highness' mercy.


To which we all appeal.


The mercy that was quick in us but late
quick (adj.) 1 living, vital, full of life

By your own counsel is suppressed and killed.

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 –
monster (n.) 1 marvel, monstrosity, prodigy

You know how apt our love was to accord
accord (v.) agree, assent, consent
apt (adj.) 1 fit, ready, prepared

To furnish him with all appertinents
appertinent (n.) appurtenance, accompaniment
furnish (v.) 1 provide, supply, possess

Belonging to his honour; and this man

Hath, for a few light crowns, lightly conspired,
light (adj.) 4 minor, slight, of little value
lightly (adv.) 1 readily, easily

And sworn unto the practices of France,
practice (n.) 1 scheme, plot, stratagem, intrigue

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?
ingrateful (adj.) 1 ungrateful, unappreciative

Thou that didst bear the key of all my counsels,

That knew'st the very bottom of my soul,

That almost mightst have coined 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
annoy (v.) harm, molest, hurt, injure

That, though the truth of it stands off as gross
gross (adj.) 1 plain, striking, evident, obvious
stand off (v.) 2 stand out, be plain

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,
purpose (n.) 1 intention, aim, plan See Topics: Frequency count
yoke-devil (n.) companion-devil, asssociate in evil

Working so grossly in a natural cause
grossly (adv.) 1 openly, blatantly, brazenly

That admiration did not whoop at them.
admiration (n.) 1 amazement, astonishment, wonder
whoop, hoop (v.) 1 shout with astonishment, make an outcry

But thou, 'gainst all proportion, didst bring in
proportion (n.) 4 natural order, proper relationship

Wonder to wait on treason and on murder:
wait on / upon (v.) 1 accompany, attend
wonder (n.) 1 feeling of wonder, astonishment, marvelling

And whatsoever cunning fiend it was

That wrought upon thee so preposterously
preposterously (adv.) out of the normal course of events, unnaturally, perversely

Hath got the voice in hell for excellence.

All other devils that suggest by treasons
suggest (v.) 1 tempt, prompt, incite

Do botch and bungle up damnation
botch (v.) clumsily patch together, fumble with

With patches, colours, and with forms, being fetched
colour (n.) 1 pretext, pretence
fetch (v.) 4 derive, stem
form (n.) 9 physical expression, outward behaviour

From glistering semblances of piety;
glistering (adj.) glittering, shining, sparkling
semblance (n.) 1 appearance, outward show

But he that tempered thee bade thee stand up,
bid (v.), past form bade 1 command, order, enjoin, tell
temper (v.) 2 mould, shape, work, bring [to a particular character]

Gave thee no instance why thou shouldst do treason,
instance (n.) 3 reason, motive, cause

Unless to dub thee with the name of traitor.
dub (v.) invest with the status of, style

If that same demon that hath gulled thee thus
gull (v.) deceive, dupe, trick

Should with his lion gait walk the whole world,

He might return to vasty Tartar back,
vasty (adj.) vast, immense, spacious

And tell the legions, ‘ I can never win

A soul so easy as that Englishman's.’
easy (adv.) easily

O, how hast thou with jealousy infected
jealousy (n.) 1 suspicion, mistrust, apprehension

The sweetness of affiance! Show men dutiful?
affiance (n.) 1 confidence, trust, faith

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,
spare (adj.) 1 frugal, spartan, abstemious

Free from gross passion or of mirth or anger,
gross (adj.) 7 coarse, vulgar, unrefined
passion (n.) 1 powerful feeling, overpowering emotion [often opposed to ‘reason’]

Constant in spirit, not swerving with the blood,

Garnished and decked in modest complement,
compliment, complement (n.) 4 accomplishment, finished quality
deck (v.) cover, adorn, decorate

Not working with the eye without the ear,

And but in purged judgement trusting neither?
purged (adj.) purified, refined, clarified

Such and so finely bolted didst thou seem:
bolted (adj.) refined, carefully sifted, polished

And thus thy fall hath left a kind of blot

To mark the full-fraught man and best endued
fall (n.) 2 mistake, fault, lapse
full-fraught (adj.) filled to the brim, jam-packed
indued, endued (adj.) endowed, supplied [with appropriate qualities]

With some suspicion. I will weep for thee;

For this revolt of thine, methinks, is like
methinks(t), methought(s) (v.) it seems /seemed to me See Topics: Frequency count

Another fall of man. Their faults are open.

Arrest them to the answer of the law;
answer (n.) 6 accountability, responsibility, liability, penalty

And God acquit them of their practices!
acquit (v.) 2 pay back, requite, settle the score with


I 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.


Our purposes God justly hath discovered,
discover (v.) 1 reveal, show, make known See Topics: Frequency count
purpose (n.) 1 intention, aim, plan See Topics: Frequency count

And I repent my fault more than my death,

Which I beseech your highness to forgive,

Although my body pay the price of it.


For 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,
sufferance (n.) 1 distress, suffering, hardship

Beseeching God and you to pardon me.


Never did faithful subject more rejoice

At the discovery of most dangerous treason
discovery (n.) 1 disclosure, admission, revelation

Than I do at this hour joy o'er myself,

Prevented from a damned enterprise.

My fault, but not my body, pardon, sovereign.


God quit you in His mercy! Hear your sentence.
quit (v.) 3 acquit, absolve, clear

You have conspired against our royal person,

Joined with an enemy proclaimed, and from his coffers

Received the golden earnest of our death;
earnest (n.) pledge, instalment, deposit, payment in advance

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,
touch (v.) 1 affect, concern, regard, relate to

But we our kingdom's safety must so tender,
tender (v.) 2 feel concern for, hold dear, care for

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.
dear (adj.) 1 dire, grievous, hard

Exeunt Cambridge, Scroop, and Grey, guarded

Now, lords, for France; the enterprise whereof

Shall be to you, as us, like glorious.
like (adj.) 1 same, similar, alike, equal See Topics: Frequency count

We doubt not of a fair and lucky war,
lucky (adj.) fortunate, successful, prosperous

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.
rub (n.) 1 [bowls] obstacle, impediment, hindrance

Then forth, dear countrymen! Let us deliver

Our puissance into the hand of God,
puissance (n.) power, might, force

Putting it straight in expedition.
expedition (n.) 1 haste, speedy action, prompt dispatch
straight (adv.) straightaway, immediately, at once See Topics: Frequency count

Cheerly to sea! The signs of war advance!
advance (v.) 1 raise, lift up, upraise
cheerly (adv.) 1 cheerfully, brightly, animatedly
sign (n.) 4 banner, standard, ensign

No King of England if not King of France!

Flourish. Exeunt

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