Henry V


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V

Enter the Dauphin, Orleans, Rambures, and others


ORLEANS

The sun doth gild our armour: up, my lords!


DAUPHIN

Montez à cheval! My horse! Varlet! Lacquais!

Ha!
brave (adj.) 2 noble, worthy, excellent


ORLEANS

                         O brave spirit!


DAUPHIN

                                                         Via! Les eaux et la terre!


ORLEANS

Rien puis? L'air et le feu?


DAUPHIN

                         Ciel, cousin Orleans!

Enter the Constable

Now, my Lord Constable!


CONSTABLE

Hark how our steeds for present service neigh!


DAUPHIN

Mount them and make incision in their hides,

That their hot blood may spin in English eyes
hot (adj.) 1 hot-tempered, angry, passionate
spin (v.) gush, spurt, spray

And dout them with superfluous courage, ha!
dout (v.) put out, extinguish


RAMBURES

What, will you have them weep our horses' blood?

How shall we then behold their natural tears?

Enter a Messenger
embattle (v.) deploy, draw up, marshal


MESSENGER

The English are embattled, you French peers.


CONSTABLE

To horse, you gallant Princes, straight to horse!
straight (adv.) straightaway, immediately, at once See Topics: Frequency count

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.
shale (n.) shell, husk, outer case

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
curtle-axe (n.) cutlass, cutting sword See Topics: Weapons

That our French gallants shall today draw out,

And sheathe for lack of sport. Let us but blow on them,
sport (n.) 2 exercise, athletic pastime

The vapour of our valour will o'erturn them.

'Tis positive 'gainst all exceptions, lords,
exception (n.) 1 (often plural) objection, dislike, disapproval

That our superfluous lackeys, and our peasants,
lackey (n.) 2 hanger-on, camp follower

Who in unnecessary action swarm

About our squares of battle, were enow
enow (adv.) enough
square (n.) 4 formation, squadron, body of troops

To purge this field of such a hilding foe,
field (n.) 1 field of battle, battleground, field of combat See Topics: Frequency count
hilding (adj.) good-for-nothing, worthless
purge (v.) 1 cleanse, purify, get rid of impurities [in]

Though we upon this mountain's basis by
basis (n.) 1 base, foot, foundation
by (adv.) 1 near by, close at hand

Took stand for idle speculation:
speculation (n.) 3 looking on, spectating, observation

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;
sonance (n.) sound, note
tucket (n.) personal trumpet call See Topics: Stage directions

For our approach shall so much dare the field
dare (v.) 3 daze, paralyse with fear, terrify
field (n.) 1 field of battle, battleground, field of combat See Topics: Frequency count

That England shall couch down in fear and yield.
couch down (v.) crouch, cower, lie down

Enter Grandpré


GRANDPRÉ

Why do you stay so long, my lords of France?

Yon island carrions, desperate of their bones,
carrion (n.) 1 carcass, wretch, worthless beast
desperate (adj.) 1 despairing, hopeless, without hope

Ill-favouredly become the morning field.
become (v.) 2 grace, honour, dignify See Topics: Frequency count
field (n.) 1 field of battle, battleground, field of combat See Topics: Frequency count
ill-favouredly (adv.) 1 badly, unpleasingly, offensively

Their ragged curtains poorly are let loose,
curtain (n.) banner, ensign

And our air shakes them passing scornfully.
passing (adv.) very, exceedingly, extremely

Big Mars seems bankrupt in their beggared host,
beggared (adj.) impoverished, destitute, depleted

And faintly through a rusty beaver peeps.
beaver (n.) visor of a helmet, face-guard See Topics: Body-armour

The horsemen sit like fixed candlesticks,

With torch-staves in their hand; and their poor jades
jade (n.) 1 worn-out horse, hack, worthless nag
torch-staff (n.) staff holding a torch

Lob down their heads, dropping the hides and hips,
lob down (v.) hang, droop, sag

The gum down-roping from their pale-dead eyes,
down-rope (v.) trickle down, seep
gum (n.) 2 sticky secretion, mucus

And in their pale dull mouths the gimmaled bit
gimmaled (adj.) jointed, hinged, linked

Lies foul with chawed grass, still and motionless;

And their executors, the knavish crows,
executor (n.) 3 disposer of remains

Fly o'er them all, impatient for their hour.

Description cannot suit itself in words
suit (v.) 1 dress, clothe, equip

To demonstrate the life of such a battle
battle (n.) 1 army, fighting force, battalion
demonstrate (v.) manifest, show, display

In life so lifeless as it shows itself.


CONSTABLE

They have said their prayers, and they stay for death.


DAUPHIN

Shall we go send them dinners, and fresh suits,

And give their fasting horses provender,

And after fight with them?


CONSTABLE

I stay but for my guidon. To the field!
field (n.) 1 field of battle, battleground, field of combat See Topics: Frequency count
guidon (n.) pennant, flag

I will the banner from a trumpet take,
trumpet (n.) 1 trumpeter; herald, announcer See Topics: Stage directions

And use it for my haste. Come, come, away!

The sun is high, and we outwear the day.
outwear (v.) 2 use up, waste the time of

Exeunt

 
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