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Author: William Shakespeare
Editor: James D. Mardock
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Henry V (Modern, Quarto)


2456.1
[Scene 15]
Enter the King and his nobles, Pistol.
2483.1King Henry What, the French retire?
Yet all is not done; yet keep the French the field.
[Enter Exeter.]
Exeter The Duke of York commends him to your grace.
King Henry Lives he, good uncle? Twice I saw him down,
Twice up again,
2490From helmet to the spur all bleeding o'er.
Exeter In which array, brave soldier, doth he lie,
Larding the plains. And by his bloody side,
Yoke-fellow to his honor-dyeing wounds,
The noble Earl of Suffolk also lies.
2495Suffolk first died, and York, all hasted o'er,
Comes to him where in blood he lay steeped,
And takes him by the beard, kisses the gashes
That bloodily did yawn upon his face,
And cried aloud, "Tarry, dear cousin Suffolk.
2500My soul shall thine keep company in heaven.
Tarry, dear soul, awhile, then fly to rest,
And in this glorious and well-foughten field,
We kept together in our chivalry."
Upon these words I came and cheered them up.
2505He took me by the hand, said, "Dear my lord,
Commend my service to my sovereign."
So did he turn, and over Suffolk's neck
He threw his wounded arm, 2510and so espoused
To death, with blood he sealed: an argument
Of never-ending love.
The pretty and sweet manner of it forced
Those waters from me which I would have stopped,
But I not so much of man in me,
2515But all my mother came into my eyes,
And gave me up to tears.
King Henry
I blame you not,
For hearing you, I must convert to tears.
Alarum sounds.
2520What new alarum is this?
Bid every soldier kill his prisoner.
2522.1Pistol Couple gorge.
Exeunt omnes.