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  • Title: Henry V (Folio 1, 1623)
  • Editor: James Mardock
  • ISBN: 978-1-55058-409-7

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    Author: William Shakespeare
    Editor: James Mardock
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    Henry V (Folio 1, 1623)

    The Life of Henry the Fift.
    Exet. Onely he hath not yet subscribed this:
    Where your Maiestie demands, That the King of France
    hauing any occasion to write for matter of Graunt, shall
    name your Highnesse in this forme, and with this additi-
    3330on, in French: Nostre trescher filz Henry Roy d'Angleterre
    Heretere de Fraunce:
    and thus in Latine; Præclarissimus
    Filius noster Henricus Rex Angliæ & Heres Franciæ
    France. Nor this I haue not Brother so deny'd,
    But your request shall make me let it passe.
    3335England. I pray you then, in loue and deare allyance,
    Let that one Article ranke with the rest,
    And thereupon giue me your Daughter.
    France. Take her faire Sonne, and from her blood rayse vp
    Issue to me, that the contending Kingdomes
    3340Of France and England, whose very shoares looke pale,
    With enuy of each others happinesse,
    May cease their hatred; and this deare Coniunction
    Plant Neighbour-hood and Christian-like accord
    In their sweet Bosomes: that neuer Warre aduance
    3345His bleeding Sword 'twixt England and faire France.
    Lords. Amen.
    King. Now welcome Kate: and beare me witnesse all,
    That here I kisse her as my Soueraigne Queene.
    3350Quee. God, the best maker of all Marriages,
    Combine your hearts in one, your Realmes in one:
    As Man and Wife being two, are one in loue,
    So be there 'twixt your Kingdomes such a Spousall,
    That neuer may ill Office, or fell Iealousie,

    3355Which troubles oft the Bed of blessed Marriage,
    Thrust in betweene the Pation of these Kingdomes,
    To make diuorce of their incorporate League:
    That English may as French, French Englishmen,
    Receiue each other. God speake this Amen.
    3360All. Amen.
    King. Prepare we for our Marriage: on which day,
    My Lord of Burgundy wee'le take your Oath
    And all the Peeres, for suretie of our Leagues.
    Then shall I sweare to Kate, and you to me,
    3365And may our Oathes well kept and prosp'rous be.

    Enter Chorus.

    Thus farre with rough, and all-vnable Pen,
    Our bending Author hath pursu'd the Story,
    3370In little roome confining mightie men,
    Mangling by starts the full course of their glory.
    Small time: but in that small, most greatly liued
    This Starre of England. Fortune made his Sword;
    By which, the Worlds best Garden he atchieued:
    3375And of it left his Sonne Imperiall Lord.
    Henry the Sixt, in Infant Bands crown'd King
    Of France and England, did this King succeed:
    Whose State so many had the managing,
    That they lost France, and made his England bleed:
    3380Which oft our Stage hath showne; and for their sake,
    In your faire minds let this acceptance take.


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