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[Scene 16]
Enters King of England and his lords.
HENRY V
Come, my lords, come. By this time our
Swords are almost drunk with French blood,
But my lords, which of you can tell me how many of our
1440Army be slain in the battle?
OXFORD
An it please your majesty,
There are of the French army slain
Above ten thousand, twenty-six hundred
1445Whereof are princes and nobles bearing banners;
Besides, all the nobility of France are taken prisoners.
Of your majesty's army are slain none but the good
Duke of York, and not above five- or six-and-twenty
Common soldiers.
1450HENRY V
For the good Duke of York my uncle
I am heartily sorry and greatly lament his misfortune,
Yet the honorable victory which the Lord hath given us
Doth make me much rejoice. But stay,
1455Here comes another French message.
Sound Trumpet.
Enters a herald and kneeleth.
HERALD
God save the life of the most mighty conqueror,
The honorable King of England.
HENRY V
1460Now, herald, methinks the world is changed
With you now. What! I am sure it is a great disgrace for a
Herald to kneel to the king of England.
What is thy message?
HERALD
1465My lord and master, the conquered King of France,
Sends thee long health, with hearty greeting.
HENRY V
Herald, his greetings are welcome,
But I thank God for my health.
1470Well, herald, say on.
HERALD
He hath sent me to desire your majesty
To give him leave to go into the field to view his poor
Countrymen, that they may all be honorably buried.
1475HENRY V
Why herald, doth thy lord and master
Send to me to bury the dead?
Let him bury them, a God's name.
But I pray thee, herald, where is my Lord High Constable,
1480And those that would have had my ransom?
HERALD
An it please your majesty,
He was slain in the battle.
HENRY V
1485Why, you may see: you will make yourselves
Sure before the victory be won. But herald,
What castle is this so near adjoining to our camp?
HERALD
An it please your majesty,
1490'Tis called the castle of Agincourt.
HENRY V
Well then, my lords of England,
For the more honor of our Englishmen
I will that this be forever called the battle of Agincourt.
1495HERALD
An it please your majesty,
I have a further message to deliver to your majesty.
HENRY V
What is that, herald? Say on.
1500HERALD
An it please your majesty, my lord and master
Craves to parley with your majesty.
HENRY V
With a good will, so some of my nobles
1505View the place for fear of treachery and treason.
HERALD
Your grace needs not to doubt that.
HENRY V
Well, tell him then: I will come. [Exit Herald.]
1510Now my lords, I will go into the field myself
To view my countrymen, and to have them honorably
Buried, for the French king shall never surpass me in
Courtesy whiles I am Harry, King of England.
Come on, my lords.
Exeunt omnes.