Henry V


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V

Enter Fluellen and Gower


FLUELLEN

Kill 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 offert – in your conscience now,
arrant (adj.) downright, absolute, unmitigated See Topics: Frequency count
mark (v.) 1 note, pay attention [to], take notice [of] See Topics: Frequency count

is it not?


GOWER

'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 burnt 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!


FLUELLEN

Ay, he was porn at Monmouth, Captain

Gower. What call you the town's name where Alexander

the Pig was born!


GOWER

Alexander the Great.


FLUELLEN

Why, 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.


GOWER

I think Alexander the Great was born in Macedon;

his father was called Philip of Macedon, as I take it.


FLUELLEN

I 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
warrant (v.) 1 assure, promise, guarantee, confirm See Topics: Frequency count

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
mark (v.) 1 note, pay attention [to], take notice [of] See Topics: Frequency count

life is come after it indifferent well; for there is figures in
figure (n.) 7 parallel, comparison, analogy
indifferent (adv.) 1 moderately, tolerably, reasonably

all things. Alexander, God knows and you know, in his

rages, and his furies, and his wraths, and his cholers,
choler (n.) anger, rage, wrath

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.


GOWER

Our King is not like him in that: he never killed

any of his friends.


FLUELLEN

It is not well done, mark you now, to take the

tales out of my mouth, ere it is made and finished. I

speak but in the figures and comparisons of it. As
figure (n.) 7 parallel, comparison, analogy

Alexander killed his friend Cleitus, being in his ales

and his cups, so also Harry Monmouth, being in his

right wits and his good judgements, turned away the
wit (n.) 1 intelligence, wisdom, good sense, mental ability See Topics: Frequency count

fat knight with the great-belly doublet – he was full of
great-belly (adj.) with lower part padded

jests, and gipes, and knaveries, and mocks: I have forgot
gipe (n.) jibe, scoff, jest
mock (n.) 1 act of mockery, mocking remark, derisive action, scornful irony

his name.


GOWER

Sir John Falstaff.


FLUELLEN

That is he. I'll tell you, there is good men porn

at Monmouth.


GOWER

Here comes his majesty.

Alarum. Enter King Henry and Bourbon, with

prisoners; also Warwick, Gloucester, Exeter, and

others. Flourish


KING HENRY

I was not angry since I came to France

Until this instant. Take a trumpet, Herald;
trumpet (n.) 1 trumpeter; herald, announcer See Topics: Stage directions

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.
field (n.) 1 field of battle, battleground, field of combat See Topics: Frequency count
void (v.) 2 leave, withdraw, quit

If they'll do neither, we will come to them,

And make them skirr away as swift as stones
skirr (v.) 2 scurry, flee, hasten

Enforced from the old Assyrian slings.
enforce (v.) 3 act upon by force

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.

Enter Montjoy


EXETER

Here comes the Herald of the French, my liege.


GLOUCESTER

His eyes are humbler than they used to be.


KING HENRY

How now, what means this, Herald? Know'st thou not

That I have fined these bones of mine for ransom?
fine (v.) 1 pledge, stake, wager

Com'st thou again for ransom?


MONTJOY

                         No, great King;

I come to thee for charitable licence,

That we may wander o'er this bloody field
field (n.) 1 field of battle, battleground, field of combat See Topics: Frequency count

To book our dead, and then to bury them,
book (v.) record, list, register

To sort our nobles from our common men.

For many of our princes – woe the while! –

Lie drowned and soaked in mercenary blood;

So do our vulgar drench their peasant limbs
vulgar (n.) 1 common people, ordinary folk

In blood of princes, and their wounded steeds

Fret fetlock-deep in gore, and with wild rage
fret (v.) 5 struggle, chafe, move in turmoil

Yerk out their armed heels at their dead masters,
yerk (v.) thrust, strike, beat

Killing them twice. O, give us leave, great King,

To view the field in safety, and dispose

Of their dead bodies!


KING HENRY

                         I tell thee truly, Herald,

I know not if the day be ours or no;

For yet a many of your horsemen peer
peer (v.) 1 appear, come into sight

And gallop o'er the field.


MONTJOY

                         The day is yours.


KING HENRY

Praised be God, and not our strength, for it!

What is this castle called that stands hard by?


MONTJOY

They call it Agincourt.


KING HENRY

Then call we this the field of Agincourt,
field (n.) 1 field of battle, battleground, field of combat See Topics: Frequency count

Fought on the day of Crispin Crispianus.


FLUELLEN

Your 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.


KING HENRY

They did, Fluellen.


FLUELLEN

Your 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.


KING HENRY

I wear it for a memorable honour;

For I am Welsh, you know, good countryman.


FLUELLEN

All 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!


KING HENRY

Thanks, good my countryman.


FLUELLEN

By 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.


KING HENRY

God keep me so!

Enter Williams

                         Our heralds go with him.

Bring me just notice of the numbers dead
just (adj.) 1 accurate, exact, precise
notice (n.) 1 information, intelligence, notification

On both our parts.

Exeunt Heralds with Montjoy
part (n.) 2 side, camp, party

                         Call yonder fellow hither.


EXETER

Soldier, you must come to the King.


KING HENRY

Soldier, why wear'st thou that glove in thy

cap?


WILLIAMS

An't please your majesty, 'tis the gage of one
gage (n.) pledge, challenge [usually, a glove or gauntlet thrown down] See Topics: Frequency count

that I should fight withal, if he be alive.


KING HENRY

An Englishman?


WILLIAMS

An't please your majesty, a rascal that

swaggered with me last night: who, if 'a live and ever
swagger (v.) 2 quarrel, squabble, behave in an insolent way

dare to challenge this glove, I have sworn to take him a
take (v.) 1 strike, hit, catch

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.


KING HENRY

What think you, Captain Fluellen, is it

fit this soldier keep his oath?


FLUELLEN

He is a craven and a villain else, an't please
craven (n.) 2 coward

your majesty, in my conscience.


KING HENRY

It may be his enemy is a gentleman of

great sort, quite from the answer of his degree.
answer (n.) 1 favourable reply, acceptance
answer (n.) 3 recompense, requital, response
degree (n.) 1 rank, station, standing
sort (n.) 1 class, level, social rank


FLUELLEN

Though 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 Jack-sauce as ever his black shoe trod
arrant (adj.) downright, absolute, unmitigated See Topics: Frequency count
Jack-sauce (n.) saucy knave, impudent fellow

upon God's ground and His earth, in my conscience, la!


KING HENRY

Then keep thy vow, sirrah, when thou

meet'st the fellow.


WILLIAMS

So I will, my liege, as I live.


KING HENRY

Who serv'st thou under?


WILLIAMS

Under Captain Gower, my liege.


FLUELLEN

Gower is a good captain, and is good knowledge

and literatured in the wars.


KING HENRY

Call him hither to me, soldier.


WILLIAMS

I will, my liege.

Exit


KING HENRY

Here, Fluellen, wear thou this favour for
favour (n.) 6 token worn as a mark of identity or friendship

me, and stick it in thy cap. When Alençon and myself were

were down together, I plucked this glove from his

helm. If any man challenge this, he is a friend to Alençon,

and an enemy to our person: if thou encounter any such,

apprehend him, an thou dost me love.


FLUELLEN

Your grace doo's me as great honours as can

be desired in the hearts of his subjects. I would fain see
fain (adv.) gladly, willingly See Topics: Frequency count

the man that has but two legs that shall find himself

aggriefed at this glove, that is all: but I would fain see it

once, an please God of His grace that I might see.


KING HENRY

Know'st thou Gower?


FLUELLEN

He is my dear friend, an please you.


KING HENRY

Pray thee go seek him, and bring him to

my tent.


FLUELLEN

I will fetch him.

Exit


KING HENRY

My 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.
haply (adv.) perhaps, maybe, by chance, with luck See Topics: Frequency count

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,
choler (n.) anger, rage, wrath
hot (adj.) 1 hot-tempered, angry, passionate
touch (v.) 11 touch off, fire off

And quickly will return an injury.

Follow, and see there be no harm between them.

Go you with me, uncle of Exeter.

Exeunt

 
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