Henry V


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V

Enter the King of France, the Dauphin, the Duke of

Britaine, the Constable of France, and others


FRENCH KING

'Tis certain he hath passed the River Somme.


CONSTABLE

And 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.


DAUPHIN

O Dieu vivant! Shall a few sprays of us,
spray (n.) branch, limb, offshoot

The emptying of our fathers' luxury,
luxury (n.) lust, lechery, lasciviousness

Our scions, put in wild and savage stock,
savage (adj.) 3 uncultivated, wild, rough
scion (n.) shoot, graft, limb

Spirt up so suddenly into the clouds,
spirt up (v.) sprout, shoot up, germinate

And overlook their grafters?
grafter (n.) tree from which a graft has been taken
overlook (v.) 2 rise above, look down on


BRITAINE

Normans, but bastard Normans, Norman bastards!

Mort Dieu! Ma vie! If they march along

Unfought withal, but I will sell my dukedom

To buy a slobbery and a dirty farm
slobbery (adj.) slimy, muddy, sloppy

In that nook-shotten isle of Albion.
nook-shotten (adj.) crookedly shaped, corner-ridden


CONSTABLE

Dieu de batailles! Where have they this mettle?

Is not their climate foggy, raw, and dull,

On whom, as in despite, the sun looks pale,
despite (n.) 1 contempt, scorn, disdain

Killing their fruit with frowns? Can sodden water,
sodden (adj.) 1 boiled, stewed up

A drench for sur-reined jades, their barley broth,
barley broth (n.) ale [as given to horses]
drench (n.) drink, draught
jade (n.) 1 worn-out horse, hack, worthless nag
sur-reined (adj.) over-ridden, overworked, worn out

Decoct their cold blood to such valiant heat?
decoct (v.) warm up, heat up, inflame

And shall our quick blood, spirited with wine,
quick (adj.) 2 lively, animated, vivacious

Seem frosty? O, for honour of our land,

Let us not hang like roping icicles
roping (adj.) forming rope-like threads, drooping

Upon our houses' thatch, whiles a more frosty people

Sweat drops of gallant youth in our rich fields! –

Lest poor we call them in their native lords.


DAUPHIN

By faith and honour,

Our madams mock at us, and plainly say
madam (n.) high-ranking lady

Our mettle is bred out, and they will give
breed out (v.) exhaust through breeding, become degenerate

Their bodies to the lust of English youth,

To new-store France with bastard warriors.
new-store (v.) freshly populate, supply with new children


BRITAINE

They bid us to the English dancing-schools,

And teach lavoltas high and swift corantos,
coranto (n.) lively dance with quick running steps
lavolt, lavolta (n.) lively, high-leaping dance

Saying our grace is only in our heels,

And that we are most lofty runaways.


FRENCH KING

Where is Montjoy the Herald? Speed him hence,

Let him greet England with our sharp defiance.

Up, Princes, and with spirit of honour edged,
edged (adj.) sharp, sharpened, cutting

More sharper than your swords, hie to the field!
field (n.) 1 field of battle, battleground, field of combat See Topics: Frequency count
hie (v.) hasten, hurry, speed See Topics: Frequency count

Charles Delabreth, High Constable of France,

You Dukes of Orleans, Bourbon, and of Berri,

Alençon, Brabant, Bar, and Burgundy,

Jaques Chatillon, Rambures, Vaudemont,

Beaumont, Grandpré, Roussi, and Faulconbridge,

Foix, Lestrake, Bouciqualt, and Charolois,

High Dukes, great Princes, Barons, Lords and Knights,

For your great seats, now quit you of great shames.
quit (v.) 1 rid, free, relieve
seat (n.) 2 estate

Bar Harry England, that sweeps through our land

With pennons painted in the blood of Harfleur!
pennon (n.) streamer, banner, flag

Rush on his host, as doth the melted snow
host (n.) 1 army, armed multitude

Upon the valleys, whose low vassal seat
vassal (adj.) 1 subject, servile, subordinate

The Alps doth spit and void his rheum upon!
rheum (n.) 4 spit, spittle, saliva
void (v.) 1 empty, clear out, discharge

Go down upon him, you have power enough,
power (n.) 1 armed force, troops, host, army See Topics: Frequency count

And in a captive chariot into Rouen

Bring him our prisoner.
become (v.) 1 be fitting, befit, be appropriate to See Topics: Frequency count


CONSTABLE

                         This becomes the great.

Sorry am I his numbers are so few,

His soldiers sick, and famished in their march;

For I am sure, when he shall see our army,

He'll drop his heart into the sink of fear,
sink (n.) cesspool, waste pit, sewer

And for achievement offer us his ransom.


FRENCH KING

Therefore, 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.


DAUPHIN

Not so, I do beseech your majesty.


FRENCH KING

Be patient, for you shall remain with us.

Now forth, Lord Constable, and Princes all,

And quickly bring us word of England's fall.

Exeunt

 
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