Henry V

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V

Enter Gloucester, Bedford, Exeter, Erpingham with

all his host; Salisbury and Westmorland


Where is the King?


The King himself is rode to view their battle.
battle (n.) 2 battle array, war formation, ranks of soldiers


Of fighting men they have full three-score thousand.


There's five to one: besides, they all are fresh.


God's arm strike with us! 'Tis a fearful odds.

God bye you, Princes all: I'll to my charge.
charge (n.) 2 company, command

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!


Farewell, good Salisbury, and good luck go with thee!


Farewell, kind lord: fight valiantly today –

And yet I do thee wrong to mind thee of it,
mind (v.) 2 put in mind, remind

For thou art framed of the firm truth of valour.
frame (v.) 1 fashion, make, form, create

Exit Salisbury


He is as full of valour as of kindness,

Princely in both.

Enter the King


                         O that we now had here

But one ten thousand of those men in England

That do no work today!


                         What's he that wishes so?

My cousin Westmorland? No, my fair cousin.

If we are marked to die, we are enow
enow (adv.) enough

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;
cost (n.) 1 outlay, expense, expenditure

It yearns me not if men my garments wear;
yearn (v.) grieve, make mourn, move with pity

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
methinks(t), methought(s) (v.) it seems /seemed to me See Topics: Frequency count
share from (v.) receive at the expense of

For the best hope I have. O, do not wish one more!

Rather proclaim it, Westmorland, through my host,
host (n.) 1 army, armed multitude

That he which hath no stomach to this fight,
stomach (n.) 2 wish, inclination, desire

Let him depart: his passport shall be made,

And crowns for convoy put into his purse.
convoy (n.) means of transport, method of conveyance
crown (n.) 1 type of coin [usually bearing the imprint of a monarch's crown] See Topics: Money

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-tiptoe when this day is named,

And rouse him at the name of Crispian.

He that shall see this day, and live old age,

Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,

And say, ‘ Tomorrow 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,
advantage (n.) 5 addition, enhancement, exaggeration

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 remembered.

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 remembered –

We few, we happy few, we band of brothers:

For he today that sheds his blood with me

Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
vile, vild (adj.) 4 lowly, of humble birth

This day shall gentle his condition;
condition (n.) 4 position, social rank, station
gentle (v.) elevate, ennoble, dignify

And gentlemen in England now abed

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.

Enter Salisbury
bestow (v.) 8 carry, bear, acquit, conduct


My sovereign lord, bestow yourself with speed.

The French are bravely in their battles set,
battle (n.) 2 battle array, war formation, ranks of soldiers
bravely (adv.) 2 showily, with great display, with a fine flourish

And will with all expedience charge on us.
expedience (n.) 1 speed, haste, dispatch


All things are ready, if our minds be so.


Perish the man whose mind is backward now!


Thou dost not wish more help from England, coz?


God's will, my liege, would you and I alone,

Without more help, could fight this royal battle!


Why, now thou hast unwished five thousand men,

Which likes me better than to wish us one.

You know your places. God be with you all!

Tucket. Enter Montjoy


Once more I come to know of thee, King Harry,

If for thy ransom thou wilt now compound,
compound (v.) 2 come to terms, reach an agreement

Before thy most assured overthrow:

For certainly thou art so near the gulf
gulf (n.) 1 whirlpool

Thou needs must be englutted. Besides, in mercy,
englut (v.) swallow up, gulp down, devour

The Constable desires thee thou wilt mind
mind (v.) 2 put in mind, remind

Thy followers of repentance, that their souls

May make a peaceful and a sweet retire
retire (n.) retreat, withdrawal

From off these fields, where, wretches, their poor bodies

Must lie and fester.
fester (v.) corrupt, putrify, rot


                         Who hath sent thee now?


The Constable of France.


I pray thee bear my former answer back:

Bid them achieve me, and then sell my bones.
achieve (v.) 3 finish off, bring to an end, kill

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,
reek (v.) 1 steam, smoke, give off vapour

Leaving their earthly parts to choke your clime,
clime (n.) land, region, realm

The smell whereof shall breed a plague in France.

Mark then abounding valour in our English,
mark (v.) 1 note, pay attention [to], take notice [of] See Topics: Frequency count

That being dead, like to the bullet's crasing,
crasing, crazing (n.) grazing, ricochet, rebound

Break out into a second course of mischief,
course (n.) 3 bout, engagement, encounter
like to / unto (conj./prep.) similar to, comparable with

Killing in relapse of mortality.
mortality (n.) 1 mortal nature, human life
relapse (n.) [unclear meaning] falling back, return; rebound

Let me speak proudly: tell the Constable

We are but warriors for the working-day;

Our gayness and our gilt are all besmirched
besmirch (v.) discolour, sully, stain
gilt (n.) 2 gold-gilded state, gold-coated effects

With rainy marching in the painful field.
field (n.) 1 field of battle, battleground, field of combat See Topics: Frequency count
painful (adj.) 4 arduous, gruelling, taxing

There's not a piece of feather in our host –
host (n.) 1 army, armed multitude

Good argument, I hope, we will not fly –
argument (n.) 6 proof, evidence, demonstration

And time hath worn us into slovenry.
slovenry (n.) slovenliness, negligence, neglect

But, by the mass, our hearts are in the trim;
trim, in the in fine condition, in good order

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 –
service (n.) 3 military service, affairs of war

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

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.


I shall, King Harry. And so fare thee well:

Thou never shalt hear herald any more.



I fear thou wilt once more come again for a ransom.

Enter York


My lord, most humbly on my knee I beg

The leading of the vaward.


Take it, brave York. Now, soldiers, march away:
vaward (n.) 1 [military] vanguard, foremost division

And how Thou pleasest, God, dispose the day!
dispose (v.) 3 control, direct, govern


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