Henry V


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V

Enter Gower and Williams


WILLIAMS

I warrant it is to knight you, Captain.

Enter Fluellen


FLUELLEN

God's will and His pleasure, Captain, I

beseech you now, come apace to the King. There is
apace (adv.) quickly, speedily, at a great rate See Topics: Frequency count

more good toward you, peradventure, than is in your
peradventure (adv.) perhaps, maybe, very likely See Topics: Frequency count

knowledge to dream of.


WILLIAMS

Sir, know you this glove?


FLUELLEN

Know the glove? I know the glove is a glove.


WILLIAMS

I know this; and thus I challenge it.

He strikes him
arrant (adj.) downright, absolute, unmitigated See Topics: Frequency count


FLUELLEN

'Sblood! an arrant traitor as any's in the

universal world, or in France, or in England!


GOWER

How now, sir? You villain!


WILLIAMS

Do you think I'll be forsworn?
forswear (v), past forms forsworn, forswore 1 swear falsely, perjure [oneself], break one's word See Topics: Frequency count


FLUELLEN

Stand away, Captain Gower: I will give treason

his payment into plows, I warrant you.
warrant (v.) 1 assure, promise, guarantee, confirm See Topics: Frequency count


WILLIAMS

I am no traitor.


FLUELLEN

That's a lie in thy throat. I charge you in his

majesty's name, apprehend him: he's a friend of the

Duke Alençon's.

Enter Warwick and Gloucester


WARWICK

How now, how now, what's the matter?


FLUELLEN

My Lord of Warwick, here is – praised be

God for it! – a most contagious treason come to light,

look you, as you shall desire in a summer's day. Here is

his majesty.

Enter the King and Exeter


KING HENRY

How now, what's the matter?


FLUELLEN

My liege, here is a villain and a traitor, that,

look your grace, has struck the glove which your majesty

is take out of the helmet of Alençon.


WILLIAMS

My liege, this was my glove, here is the fellow

of it; and he that I gave it to in change promised to wear
change (n.) 6 exchange, replacement [for]

it in his cap. I promised to strike him if he did. I met

this man with my glove in his cap, and I have been as

good as my word.


FLUELLEN

Your majesty hear now, saving your majesty's

manhood, what an arrant, rascally, beggarly, lousy knave
arrant (adj.) downright, absolute, unmitigated See Topics: Frequency count

it is. I hope your majesty is pear me testimony and
knave (n.) 1 scoundrel, rascal, rogue See Topics: Frequency count

witness, and will avouchment, that this is the glove of
avouchment (n.) [affirmation] misuse of ‘avouch’ [sense 1]

Alençon that your majesty is give me, in your conscience,

now.


KING HENRY

Give me thy glove, soldier. Look, here is the

fellow of it.

'Twas I indeed thou promised'st to strike,

And thou hast given me most bitter terms.


FLUELLEN

An please your majesty, let his neck answer for

it, if there is any martial law in the world.


KING HENRY

How canst thou make me satisfaction?


WILLIAMS

All offences, my lord, come from the heart:

never came any from mine that might offend your

majesty.


KING HENRY

It was ourself thou didst abuse.


WILLIAMS

Your majesty came not like yourself: you

appeared to me but as a common man – witness the

night, your garments, your lowliness; and what your

highness suffered under that shape, I beseech you take

it for your own fault, and not mine; for had you been

as I took you for, I made no offence: therefore, I

beseech your highness, pardon me.


KING HENRY

Here, uncle Exeter, fill this glove with crowns,

And give it to this fellow. Keep it, fellow,

And wear it for an honour in thy cap

Till I do challenge it. Give him the crowns;

And, Captain, you must needs be friends with him.


FLUELLEN

By this day and this light, the fellow has

mettle enough in his belly. Hold, there is twelve pence

for you, and I pray you to serve God, and keep you out

of prawls, and prabbles, and quarrels, and dissensions,
brabble (n.) 2 quibbling, nit-picking, noisy disputing See Topics: Welsh

and I warrant you it is the better for you.
warrant (v.) 1 assure, promise, guarantee, confirm See Topics: Frequency count


WILLIAMS

I will none of your money.


FLUELLEN

It is with a good will: I can tell you it will serve

you to mend your shoes. Come, wherefore should you

be so pashful? – your shoes is not so good; 'tis a good

silling, I warrant you, or I will change it.

Enter an English Herald


KING HENRY

Now, Herald, are the dead numbered?


HERALD

Here is the number of the slaughtered French.

He gives him a paper


KING HENRY

What prisoners of good sort are taken, uncle?
sort (n.) 1 class, level, social rank


EXETER

Charles Duke of Orleans, nephew to the King;

John Duke of Bourbon, and Lord Bouciqualt;

Of other lords and barons, knights and squires,
squire (n.) 1 gentleman below a knight in rank, attendant on a knight or nobleman

Full fifteen hundred, besides common men.


KING HENRY

This note doth tell me of ten thousand French

That in the field lie slain. Of princes, in this number,
field (n.) 1 field of battle, battleground, field of combat See Topics: Frequency count

And nobles bearing banners, there lie dead

One hundred twenty-six: added to these,

Of knights, esquires, and gallant gentlemen,
esquire (n.) 1 candidate for knighthood, attendant on a knight

Eight thousand and four hundred; of the which,

Five hundred were but yesterday dubbed knights.

So that, in these ten thousand they have lost,

There are but sixteen hundred mercenaries;

The rest are princes, barons, lords, knights, squires,

And gentlemen of blood and quality.
blood (n.) 7 nobility, breeding, gentility, good parentage
quality (n.) 3 rank, standing, position

The names of those their nobles that lie dead:

Charles Delabreth, High Constable of France,

Jaques of Chatillon, Admiral of France,

The Master of the Cross-bows, Lord Rambures,

Great Master of France, the brave Sir Guichard Dauphin,
brave (adj.) 2 noble, worthy, excellent

John Duke of Alençon, Antony Duke of Brabant,

The brother to the Duke of Burgundy,

And Edward Duke of Bar: of lusty earls,
lusty (adj.) 1 vigorous, strong, robust, eager

Grandpré and Roussi, Faulconbridge and Foix,

Beaumont and Marle, Vaudemont and Lestrake.

Here was a royal fellowship of death!
royal (adj.) 1 like a king, majestic

Where is the number of our English dead?

The Herald gives him another paper

Edward the Duke of York, the Earl of Suffolk,

Sir Richard Kikely, Davy Gam, esquire;

None else of name; and of all other men

But five-and-twenty. O God, Thy arm was here!

And not to us, but to Thy arm alone,

Ascribe we all! When, without stratagem,
stratagem (n.) 1 scheme, device, cunning plan

But in plain shock and even play of battle,
even (adj.) 1 straightforward, forthright, direct

Was ever known so great and little loss

On one part and on th' other? Take it, God,

For it is none but Thine!


EXETER

                         'Tis wonderful!


KING HENRY

Come, go we in procession to the village:

And be it death proclaimed through our host
host (n.) 1 army, armed multitude

To boast of this, or take the praise from God

Which is His only.


FLUELLEN

Is it not lawful, an please your majesty, to tell

how many is killed?


KING HENRY

Yes, Captain, but with this acknowledgement,

That God fought for us.


FLUELLEN

Yes, my conscience, He did us great good.


KING HENRY

Do we all holy rites:

Let there be sung Non nobis and Te Deum,
Non nobis Not to us
Te Deum Thee God [opening words of hymns of praise] See Topics: Latin

The dead with charity enclosed in clay;

And then to Calais, and to England then,

Where ne'er from France arrived more happy men.

Exeunt

 
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