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[Scene 19]
Enters King of France, King of England, and attendants.
HENRY V
1575Now, my good brother of France,
My coming into this land was not to shed blood,
But for the right of my country, which if you can deny,
I am content peaceably to leave my siege,
And to depart out of your land.
1580FRENCH KING
What is it you demand,
My loving brother of England?
HENRY V
My secretary hath it written. -- Read it.
1585SECRETARY
[Reading] Item, that immediately Henry of England
Be crowned King of France.
CHARLES
A very hard sentence,
1590My good brother of England.
HENRY V
No more but right, my good brother of France.
FRENCH KING
Well, read on.
1595SECRETARY
[Reading] Item, that after the death of the said Henry,
The crown remain to him and his heirs forever.
FRENCH KING
Why then you do not only mean to
1600Dispossess me, but also my son.
HENRY V
Why my good brother of France,
You have had it long enough:
And as for Prince Dauphin,
1605It skills not though he sit beside the saddle;
Thus I have set it down, and thus it shall be.
FRENCH KING
You are very peremptory,
My good brother of England.
1610HENRY V
And you as perverse, my good brother of France.
FRENCH KING
Why then belike all that I have here is yours.
HENRY V
1615Aye, even as far as the kingdom of France reaches.
CHARLES
Aye, for by this hot beginning,
We shall scarce bring it to a calm ending.
HENRY V
1620It is as you please. Here is my resolution.
CHARLES
Well, my brother of England,
If you will give me a copy,
We will meet you again tomorrow.
Exit King of France, and all their attendants.
1625HENRY V
With a good will, my good brother of France. --
Secretary, deliver him a copy. --
My lords of England, go before,
And I will follow you.
Exeunt Lords.
Speaks to himself.
1630HENRY V
Ah Harry, thrice unhappy Harry!
Hast thou now conquered the French king,
And begins a fresh supply with his daughter?
But with what face canst thou seek to gain her love,
1635Which hath sought to win her father's crown?
"Her father's crown," said I? No, it is mine own.
Aye, but I love her, and must crave her --
Nay, I love her and will have her.
Enters Lady Catherine and her ladies.
But here she comes:
1640How now, fair lady, Catherine of France,
What news?
CATHERINE
An it please your majesty,
My father sent me to know if you will debate any of these
1645Unreasonable demands which you require.
HENRY V
Now trust me, Kate,
I commend thy father's wit greatly in this,
For none in the world could sooner have made me debate it
1650If it were possible.
But tell me, sweet Kate, canst thou tell how to love?
CATHERINE
I cannot hate, my good lord;
Therefore far unfit were it for me to love.
1655HENRY V
Tush, Kate! But tell me in plain terms,
Canst thou love the King of England?
I cannot do as these countries do
That spend half their time in wooing;
1660Tush, wench, I am none such.
But wilt thou go over to England?
CATEHRINE
I would to God that I had your majesty
As fast in love as you have my father in wars;
1665I would not vouchsafe so much as one look
Until you had rebated all these unreasonable demands.
HENRY V
Tush, Kate! I know thou wouldst not use me so
Hardly. But tell me, canst thou love the King of England?
1670CATHERINE
How should I love him that hath dealt so hardly
With my father?
HENRY V
But I'll deal as easily with thee
1675As thy heart can imagine or tongue can require.
How sayst thou, what will it be?
CATHERINE
If I were of my own direction,
I could give you answer,
1680But seeing I stand at my father's direction,
I must first know his will.
HENRY V
But shall I have thy good will in the mean season?
CATHERINE
1685Whereas I can put your grace in no assurance,
I would be loath to put you in any despair.
HENRY V
Now before God, it is a sweet wench!
She goes aside, and speaks as followeth.
CATHERINE
1690I may think myself the happiest in the world,
That is beloved of the mighty King of England.
HENRY V
Well Kate, are you at host with me?
Sweet Kate, tell thy father from me
1695That none in the world could sooner have persuaded me to
It than thou, and so tell thy father from me.
CATHERINE
God keep your Majesty in good health.
Exit Catherine.
HENRY V
1700Farewell, sweet Kate. In faith, it is a sweet wench,
But if I knew I could not have her father's good will,
I would so rouse the towers over his ears
That I would make him be glad to bring her me
Upon his hands and knees.
Exit king.