Internet Shakespeare Editions


[Scene 9]
[Enter the King with the Archbishop and the Lord of Oxford.]
HENRY V Now my good Lord Archbishop of Canterbury,
What say you to our embassage into France?
CANTERBURY Your right to the French crown of France
860Came by your great-grandmother Isabelle,
Wife to King Edward the Third
And sister to Charles, the French king.
Now if the French king deny it, as likely enough he will,
Then must you take your sword in hand
865And conquer the right.
Let the usurped Frenchman know,
Although your predecessors have let it pass, you will not:
For your countrymen are willing with purse and men
To aid you.
870Then my good lord, as it hath been always known
That Scotland hath been in league with France
By a sort of pensions which yearly come from thence,
I think it therefore best to conquer Scotland,
And then I think that you may go more easily into France.
875And this is all that I can say, my good lord.
HENRY V
I thank you, my good lord Archbishop of Canterbury.
What say you, my good lord of Oxford?
OXFORD
880An't please your majesty,
I agree to my lord archbishop, saving in this:
"He that will Scotland win must first with France begin,"
According to the old saying.
Therefore my good lord, I think it best first to invade France,
885For in conquering Scotland you conquer but one;
An conquer France, and conquer both.
Enter Lord of Exeter.
EXETER
An't please your majesty,
My lord ambassador is come out of France.
890HENRY V
Now trust me, my lord,
He was the last man that we talked of.
I am glad that he is come to resolve us of our answer.
Commit him to our presence.
Enter Duke of York.
895YORK
God save the life of my sovereign lord the king.
HENRY V
Now, my good lord the Duke of York,
What news from our brother the French king?
900YORK
An't please your majesty,
I delivered him my embassage,
Whereof I took some deliberation,
But for the answer he hath sent
905My lord ambassador of Bourges, the Duke of Burgundy,
Monsieur le Colle, with two hundred and fifty horsemen,
To bring the embassage.
HENRY V
Commit my lord Archbishop of Bourges
910Into our presence.
Enter Archbishop of Bourges.
Now, my lord Archbishop of Bourges,
We do learn by our lord ambassador
That you have our message to do
From our brother the French king.
915Here, my good lord, according to our accustomed order,
We give you free liberty and license to speak,
With good audience.
BOURGES
God save the mighty King of England.
920My lord and master, the most Christian King
Charles the Seventh, the great and mighty King of France,
As a most noble and Christian king
Not minding to shed innocent blood, is rather content
To yield somewhat to your unreasonable demands,
925That if fifty thousand crowns a year, with his daughter
The said Lady Catherine in marriage
And some crowns which he may well spare,
Not hurting of his kingdom,
He is content to yield so far to your unreasonable desire.
930HENRY V
Why then belike your lord and master
Thinks to puff me up with fifty thousand crowns a year.
No, tell thy lord and master
That all the crowns in France shall not serve me
935Except the crown and kingdom itself.
And perchance hereafter I will have his daughter.
BOURGES
An it please your majesty,
My lord Prince Dauphin greets you well
940With this present.
He delivereth a tun of tennis balls.
HENRY V
What, a gilded tun?
I pray you my Lord of York, look what is in it.
YORK
945An't please your grace,
Here is a carpet and a tun of tennis balls.
HENRY V
A tun of tennis balls?
I pray you good my lord archbishop,
950What might the meaning thereof be?
BOURGES
An it please you, my lord,
A messenger, you know, ought to keep close his message,
And specially an ambassador.
955HENRY V
But I know that you may declare your message
To a king; the law of arms allows no less.
BOURGES
My lord, hearing of your wildness before your
960Father's death, sent you this, my good lord,
Meaning that you are more fitter for a tennis court
Than a field, and more fitter for a carpet than the camp.
HENRY V
My lord Prince Dauphin is very pleasant with me.
965But tell him that instead of balls of leather
We will toss him balls of brass and iron,
Yea, such balls as never were tossed in France.
The proudest tennis court shall rue it.
Aye, and thou, Prince of Bourges, shall rue it.
970Therefore get thee hence, and tell him thy message quickly,
Lest I be there before thee. Away, priest, begone.
BOURGES
I beseech your grace to deliver me your safe conduct
Under your broad seal Emanuel.
975HENRY V
Priest of Bourges, know
That the hand and seal of a king and his word is all one,
And instead of my hand and seal
I will bring him my hand and sword.
980And tell thy lord and master that I, Harry of England, said it,
And I, Harry of England, will perform it.
My lord of York, deliver him our safe conduct,
Under our broad seal Emanuel.
Exeunt archbishop, and the Duke of York.
Now my lords, to arms, to arms,
985For I vow by heaven and earth that the proudest
French man in all France shall rue the time that ever
These tennis balls were sent into England.
My lord, I will that there be provided a great navy of ships,
With all speed, at Southhampton,
990For there I mean to ship my men,
For I would be there before him if it were possible,
Therefore come. -- But stay,
I had almost forgot the chiefest thing of all, with chafing
With this French ambassador. --
995Call in my Lord Chief Justice of England.
Enters Lord Chief Justice of England.
EXETER
Here is the king, my lord.
JUSTICE
God preserve your majesty.
1000HENRY V
Why how now, my lord, what is the matter?
JUSTICE
I would it were unknown to your majesty.
HENRY V
1005Why what ails you?
JUSTICE
Your majesty knoweth my grief well.
HENRY V
Oh, my lord, you remember you sent me to the
1010Fleet, did you not?
JUSTICE
I trust your grace have forgotten that.
HENRY V
Aye, truly, my lord, and for revengement
1015I have chosen you to be my protector over my realm
Until it shall please God to give me speedy return
Out of France.
JUSTICE
An if it please your majesty, I am far unworthy
1020Of so high a dignity.
HENRY V
Tut, my Lord, you are not unworthy,
Because I think you worthy.
For you that would not spare me,
1025I think will not spare another.
It must needs be so, and therefore come,
Let us be gone, and get our men in a readiness.
Exeunt omnes.