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[Scene 21]
Enters King of England, Lord of Oxford and Exeter, then the King of France, Prince Dauphin, and the Duke of Burgundy, and attendants.
HENRY V
Now, my good brother of France,
I hope by this time you have deliberated of your answer?
FRENCH KING
1810Aye, my well-beloved brother of England,
We have viewed it over with our learned council,
But cannot find that you should be crowned
King of France.
HENRY V
1815What, not King of France? Then nothing
I must be king. But my loving brother of France,
I can hardly forget the late injuries offered me
When I came last to parley:
The Frenchmen had better 'a raked
1820The bowels out of their fathers' carcasses
Than to have fired my tents.
An if I knew thy son Prince Dauphin for one,
I would so rouse him as he was never so roused.
FRENCH KING
1825I dare swear for my son's innocency
In this matter.
But if this please you: that immediately you be
Proclaimed and crowned heir and Regent of France,
Not king, because I myself was once crowned king --
1830HENRY V
Heir and Regent of France? That is well,
But that is not all that I must have.
FRENCH KING
The rest my secretary hath in writing.
1835SECRETARY
[Reading] Item, that Henry, King of England,
Be crowned heir and Regent of France
During the life of King Charles, and after his death
The crown, with all rights, to remain to King Henry
1840Of England and to his heirs forever.
HENRY V
Well, my good brother of France,
There is one thing I must needs desire.
FRENCH KING
1845What is that, my good brother of England?
HENRY V
That all your nobles must be sworn to be true to me.
FRENCH KING
Whereas they have not stuck with greater
1850Matters, I know they will not stick with such a trifle. --
Begin you, my lord Duke of Burgundy.
HENRY V
Come, my lord of Burgundy,
Take your oath upon my sword.
1855BURGUNDY
I, Philip, Duke of Burgundy,
Swear to Henry King of England
To be true to him, and to become his liegeman,
And that if I, Philip, hear of any foreign power
1860Coming to invade the said Henry or his heirs,
Then I, the said Philip, to send him word
And aid him with all the power I can make;
And thereunto I take my oath.
He kisseth the sword.
HENRY V
1865Come Prince Dauphin, you must swear too.
[The dauphin] kisseth the sword.
HENRY V
Well, my brother of France,
There is one thing more I must needs require of you.
FRENCH KING
1870Wherein is it that we may satisfy your majesty?
HENRY V
A trifle, my good brother of France.
I mean to make your daughter Queen of England,
If she be willing, and you therewith content. --
1875How sayst thou, Kate, canst thou love the King of England?
CATHERINE
How should I love thee, which is my father's enemy?
HENRY V
Tut! Stand not upon these points;
1880'Tis you must make us friends.
I know, Kate, thou art not a little proud that I love thee.
What, wench, the King of England?
FRENCH KING
Daughter, let nothing stand betwixt the
1885King of England and thee; agree to it.
CATHERINE
I had best whilst he is willing,
Lest when I would, he will not.
I rest at your majesty's command.
1890HENRY V
Welcome, sweet Kate. But my brother of France,
What say you to it?
FRENCH KING
With all my heart I like it.
1895But when shall be your wedding day?
HENRY V
The first Sunday of the next month,
God willing.
Sound trumpets.
Exeunt omnes.