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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
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    Henry V (Folio 1, 1623)

    Enter at one doore, King Henry, Exeter, Bedford, Warwicke,
    and other Lords. At another, Queene Isabel,
    the King, the Duke of Bourgongne, and
    other French.
    King. Peace to this meeting, wherefore we are met;
    Vnto our brother France, and to our Sister
    2990Health and faire time of day: Ioy and good wishes
    To our most faire and Princely Cosine Katherine:
    And as a branch and member of this Royalty,
    By whom this great assembly is contriu'd,
    We do salute you Duke of Burgogne,
    2995And Princes French and Peeres health to you all.
    Fra. Right ioyous are we to behold your face,
    Most worthy brother England, fairely met,
    So are you Princes (English) euery one.
    Quee. So happy be the Issue brother Ireland
    3000Of this good day, and of this gracious meeting,
    As we are now glad to behold your eyes,
    Your eyes which hitherto haue borne
    In them against the French that met them in their bent,
    The fatall Balls of murthering Basiliskes:
    3005The venome of such Lookes we fairely hope
    Haue lost their qualitie, and that this day
    Shall change all griefes and quarrels into loue.
    Eng. To cry Amen to that, thus we appeare.
    Quee. You English Princes all, I doe salute you.
    3010Burg. My dutie to you both, on equall loue.
    Great Kings of France and England: that I haue labour'd
    With all my wits, my paines, and strong endeuors,
    To bring your most Imperiall Maiesties
    Vnto this Barre, and Royall enterview;
    3015Your Mightinesse on both parts best can witnesse.
    Since then my Office hath so farre preuayl'd,
    That Face to Face, and Royall Eye to Eye,
    You haue congreeted: let it not disgrace me,
    If I demand before this Royall view,
    3020What Rub, or what Impediment there is,
    Why that the naked, poore, and mangled Peace,
    Deare Nourse of Arts, Plentyes, and ioyfull Births,
    Should not in this best Garden of the World,
    Our fertile France, put vp her louely Visage?
    3025Alas, shee hath from France too long been chas'd,
    And all her Husbandry doth lye on heapes,
    Corrupting in it owne fertilitie.
    Her Vine, the merry chearer of the heart,
    Vnpruned, dyes: her Hedges euen pleach'd,
    3030Like Prisoners wildly ouer-growne with hayre,
    Put forth disorder'd Twigs: her fallow Leas,
    The Darnell, Hemlock, and ranke Femetary,
    Doth root vpon; while that the Culter rusts,
    That should deracinate such Sauagery:
    3035The euen Meade, that erst brought sweetly forth
    The freckled Cowslip, Burnet, and greene Clouer,
    Wanting the Sythe, withall vncorrected, ranke;
    Conceiues by idlenesse, and nothing teemes,
    But hatefull Docks, rough Thistles, Keksyes, Burres,
    3040Loosing both beautie and vtilitie;
    And all our Vineyards, Fallowes, Meades, and Hedges,
    Defectiue in their natures, grow to wildnesse.
    Euen so our Houses, and our selues, and Children,
    Haue lost, or doe not learne, for want of time,
    3045The Sciences that should become our Countrey;
    But grow like Sauages, as Souldiers will,
    That nothing doe, but meditate on Blood,
    To Swearing, and sterne Lookes, defus'd Attyre,
    And euery thing that seemes vnnaturall.
    3050Which to reduce into our former fauour,
    You are assembled: and my speech entreats,
    That I may know the Let, why gentle Peace
    Should not expell these inconueniences,
    And blesse vs with her former qualities.
    3055Eng. If Duke of Burgonie, you would the Peace,
    Whose want giues growth to th'imperfections
    Which you haue cited; you must buy that Peace
    With full accord to all our iust demands,
    Whose Tenures and particular effects
    3060You haue enschedul'd briefely in your hands.
    Burg. The King hath heard them: to the which, as yet
    There is no Answer made.
    Eng. Well then: the Peace which you before so vrg'd,
    Lyes in his Answer.
    3065France. I haue but with a curselarie eye
    O're-glanc't the Articles: Pleaseth your Grace
    To appoint some of your Councell presently
    To sit with vs once more, with better heed
    To re-suruey them; we will suddenly
    3070Passe our accept and peremptorie Answer.
    England. Brother we shall. Goe Vnckle Exeter,
    And Brother Clarence, and you Brother Gloucester,
    Warwick, and Huntington, goe with the King,
    And take with you free power, to ratifie,
    3075Augment, or alter, as your Wisdomes best
    Shall see aduantageable for our Dignitie,
    Any thing in or out of our Demands,
    And wee'le consigne thereto. Will you, faire Sister,
    Goe with the Princes, or stay here with vs?
    3080Quee. Our gracious Brother, I will goe with them:
    Happily a Womans Voyce may doe some good,
    When Articles too nicely vrg'd, be stood on.
    England. Yet leaue our Cousin Katherine here with vs,
    She is our capitall Demand, compris'd
    3085Within the fore-ranke of our Articles.
    Quee. She hath good leaue.
    Exeunt omnes.
    Manet King and Katherine.
    King. Faire Katherine, and most faire,
    Will you vouchsafe to teach a Souldier tearmes,
    3090Such as will enter at a Ladyes eare,
    And pleade his Loue-suit to her gentle heart.
    Kath. Your Maiestie shall mock at me, I cannot speake
    your England.
    King. O faire Katherine, if you will loue me soundly
    3095with your French heart, I will be glad to heare you con-
    fesse it brokenly with your English Tongue. Doe you
    like me, Kate?
    Kath. Pardonne moy, I cannot tell wat is like me.
    King. An Angell is like you Kate, and you are like an
    Kath. Que dit il que Ie suis semblable a les Anges?
    Lady. Ouy verayment (sauf vostre Grace) ainsi dit il.
    King. I said so, deare Katherine, and I must not blush
    to affirme it.
    3105Kath. O bon Dieu, les langues des hommes sont plein de
    King. What sayes she, faire one? that the tongues of
    men are full of deceits?
    Lady. Ouy, dat de tongeus of de mans is be full of de-
    3110ceits: dat is de Princesse.
    King. The Princesse is the better English-woman:
    yfaith Kate, my wooing is fit for thy vnderstanding, I am
    glad thou canst speake no better English, for if thou
    could'st, thou would'st finde me such a plaine King, that
    3115thou wouldst thinke, I had sold my Farme to buy my
    Crowne. I know no wayes to mince it in loue, but di-
    rectly to say, I loue you; then if you vrge me farther,
    then to say, Doe you in faith? I weare out my suite: Giue
    me your answer, yfaith doe, and so clap hands, and a bar-
    3120gaine: how say you, Lady?
    Kath. Sauf vostre honeur, me vnderstand well.
    King. Marry, if you would put me to Verses, or to
    Dance for your sake, Kate, why you vndid me: for the one
    I haue neither words nor measure; and for the other, I
    3125haue no strength in measure, yet a reasonable measure in
    strength. If I could winne a Lady at Leape-frogge, or by
    vawting into my Saddle, with my Armour on my backe;
    vnder the correction of bragging be it spoken. I should
    quickly leape into a Wife: Or if I might buffet for my
    3130Loue, or bound my Horse for her fauours, I could lay on
    like a Butcher, and sit like a Iack an Apes, neuer off. But
    before God Kate, I cannot looke greenely, nor gaspe out
    my eloquence, nor I haue no cunning in protestation;
    onely downe-right Oathes, which I neuer vse till vrg'd,
    3135nor neuer breake for vrging. If thou canst loue a fellow
    of this temper, Kate, whose face is not worth Sunne-bur-
    ning? that neuer lookes in his Glasse, for loue of any
    thing he sees there? let thine Eye be thy Cooke. I speake
    to thee plaine Souldier: If thou canst loue me for this,
    3140take me? if not? to say to thee that I shall dye, is true; but
    for thy loue, by the L. No: yet I loue thee too. And
    while thou liu'st, deare Kate, take a fellow of plaine and
    vncoyned Constancie, for he perforce must do thee right,
    because he hath not the gift to wooe in other places: for
    3145these fellowes of infinit tongue, that can ryme themselues
    into Ladyes fauours, they doe alwayes reason themselues
    out againe. What? a speaker is but a prater, a Ryme is
    but a Ballad; a good Legge will fall, a strait Backe will
    stoope, a blacke Beard will turne white, a curl'd Pate will
    3150grow bald, a faire Face will wither, a full Eye will wax
    hollow: but a good Heart, Kate, is the Sunne and the
    Moone, or rather the Sunne, and not the Moone; for it
    shines bright, and neuer changes, but keepes his course
    truly. If thou would haue such a one, take me? and
    3155take me; take a Souldier: take a Souldier; take a King.
    And what say'st thou then to my Loue? speake my faire,
    and fairely, I pray thee.
    Kath. Is it possible dat I sould loue de ennemie of
    3160King. No, it is not possible you should loue the Ene-
    mie of France, Kate; but in louing me, you should loue
    the Friend of France: for I loue France so well, that I
    will not part with a Village of it; I will haue it all mine:
    and Kate, when France is mine, and I am yours; then yours
    3165is France, and you are mine.
    Kath. I cannot tell wat is dat.
    King. No, Kate? I will tell thee in French, which I am
    sure will hang vpon my tongue, like a new-married Wife
    about her Husbands Necke, hardly to be shooke off; Ie
    3170quand sur le possession de Fraunce, & quand vous aues le pos-
    session de moy
    . (Let mee see, what then? Saint Dennis bee
    my speede) Donc vostre est Fraunce, & vous estes mienne.
    It is as easie for me, Kate, to conquer the Kingdome, as to
    speake so much more French: I shall neuer moue thee in
    3175French, vnlesse it be to laugh at me.
    Kath. Sauf vostre honeur, le Francois ques vous parleis, il
    & melieus que l'Anglois le quel Ie parle
    King. No faith is't not, Kate: but thy speaking of
    my Tongue, and I thine, most truely falsely, must
    3180needes be graunted to be much at one. But Kate, doo'st
    thou vnderstand thus much English? Canst thou loue
    Kath. I cannot tell.
    King. Can any of your Neighbours tell, Kate? Ile
    3185aske them. Come, I know thou louest me: and at night,
    when you come into your Closet, you'le question this
    Gentlewoman about me; and I know, Kate, you will to
    her disprayse those parts in me, that you loue with your
    heart: but good Kate, mocke me mercifully, the rather
    3190gentle Princesse, because I loue thee cruelly. If euer thou
    beest mine, Kate, as I haue a sauing Faith within me tells
    me thou shalt; I get thee with skambling, and thou
    must therefore needes proue a good Souldier-breeder:
    Shall not thou and I, betweene Saint Dennis and Saint
    3195George, compound a Boy, halfe French halfe English,
    that shall goe to Constantinople, and take the Turke by
    the Beard. Shall wee not? what say'st thou, my faire
    Kate. I doe not know dat.
    3200King. No: 'tis hereafter to know, but now to promise:
    doe but now promise Kate, you will endeauour for your
    French part of such a Boy; and for my English moytie,
    take the Word of a King, and a Batcheler. How answer
    you, La plus belle Katherine du monde mon trescher & deuin
    Kath. Your Maiestee aue fause Frenche enough to
    deceiue de most sage Damoiseil dat is en Fraunce.
    King. Now fye vpon my false French: by mine Honor
    in true English, I loue thee Kate; by which Honor, I dare
    3210not sweare thou louest me, yet my blood begins to flat-
    ter me, that thou doo'st; notwithstanding the poore and
    vntempering effect of my Visage. Now beshrew my
    Fathers Ambition, hee was thinking of Ciuill Warres
    when hee got me, therefore was I created with a stub-
    3215borne out-side, with an aspect of Iron, that when I come
    to wooe Ladyes, I fright them: but in faith Kate, the el-
    der I wax, the better I shall appeare. My comfort is, that
    Old Age, that ill layer vp of Beautie, can doe no more
    spoyle vpon my Face. Thou hast me, if thou hast me, at
    3220the worst; and thou shalt weare me, if thou weare me,
    better and better: and therefore tell me, most faire Ka-
    therine, will you haue me? Put off your Maiden Blushes,
    auouch the Thoughts of your Heart with the Lookes of
    an Empresse, take me by the Hand, and say, Harry of
    3225England, I am thine: which Word thou shalt no sooner
    blesse mine Eare withall, but I will tell thee alowd, Eng-
    land is thine, Ireland is thine, France is thine, and Henry
    Plantaginet is thine; who, though I speake it before his
    Face, if he be not Fellow with the best King, thou shalt
    3230finde the best King of Good-fellowes. Come your An-
    swer in broken Musick; for thy Voyce is Musick, and
    thy English broken: Therefore Queene of all, Katherine,
    breake thy minde to me in broken English; wilt thou
    haue me?
    3235Kath. Dat is as it shall please de Roy mon pere.
    King. Nay, it will please him well, Kate; it shall please
    him, Kate.
    Kath. Den it sall also content me.
    King. Vpon that I kisse your Hand, and I call you my
    Kath. Laisse mon Seigneur, laisse, laisse, may foy: Ie ne
    veus point que vous abbaisse vostre grandeus, en baisant le
    main d'une nostre Seigneur indignie seruiteur excuse moy. Ie
    vous supplie mon tres-puissant Seigneur
    3245King. Then I will kisse your Lippes, Kate.
    Kath. Les Dames & Damoisels pour estre baisee deuant
    leur nopcese il net pas le costume de Fraunce
    King. Madame, my Interpreter, what sayes shee?
    Lady. Dat it is not be de fashon pour le Ladies of
    3250Fraunce; I cannot tell wat is buisse en Anglish.
    King. To kisse.
    Lady. Your Maiestee entendre bettre que moy.
    King. It is not a fashion for the Maids in Fraunce to
    kisse before they are marryed, would she say?
    3255Lady. Ouy verayment.
    King. O Kate, nice Customes cursie to great Kings.
    Deare Kate, you and I cannot bee confin'd within the
    weake Lyst of a Countreyes fashion: wee are the ma-
    kers of Manners, Kate; and the libertie that followes
    3260our Places, stoppes the mouth of all finde-faults, as I
    will doe yours, for vpholding the nice fashion of your
    Countrey, in denying me a Kisse: therefore patiently,
    and yeelding. You haue Witch-craft in your Lippes,
    Kate: there is more eloquence in a Sugar touch of
    3265them, then in the Tongues of the French Councell; and
    they should sooner perswade Harry of England, then a
    generall Petition of Monarchs. Heere comes your
    Enter the French Power, and the English
    Burg. God saue your Maiestie, my Royall Cousin,
    teach you our Princesse English?
    King. I would haue her learne, my faire Cousin, how
    perfectly I loue her, and that is good English.
    3275Burg. Is shee not apt?
    King. Our Tongue is rough, Coze, and my Conditi-
    on is not smooth: so that hauing neyther the Voyce nor
    the Heart of Flatterie about me, I cannot so coniure vp
    the Spirit of Loue in her, that hee will appeare in his true
    Burg. Pardon the franknesse of my mirth, if I answer
    you for that. If you would coniure in her, you must
    make a Circle: if coniure vp Loue in her in his true
    likenesse, hee must appeare naked, and blinde. Can you
    3285blame her then, being a Maid, yet ros'd ouer with the
    Virgin Crimson of Modestie, if shee deny the apparance
    of a naked blinde Boy in her naked seeing selfe? It were
    (my Lord) a hard Condition for a Maid to consigne
    3290King. Yet they doe winke and yeeld, as Loue is blind
    and enforces.
    Burg. They are then excus'd, my Lord, when they see
    not what they doe.
    King. Then good my Lord, teach your Cousin to
    3295consent winking.
    Burg. I will winke on her to consent, my Lord, if you
    will teach her to know my meaning: for Maides well
    Summer'd, and warme kept, are like Flyes at Bartholo-
    mew-tyde, blinde, though they haue their eyes, and then
    3300they will endure handling, which before would not abide
    looking on.
    King. This Morall tyes me ouer to Time, and a hot
    Summer; and so I shall catch the Flye, your Cousin, in
    the latter end, and she must be blinde to.
    3305Burg. As Loue is my Lord, before it loues.
    King. It is so: and you may, some of you, thanke
    Loue for my blindnesse, who cannot see many a faire
    French Citie for one faire French Maid that stands in my
    3310French King. Yes my Lord, you see them perspec-
    tiuely: the Cities turn'd into a Maid; for they are
    all gyrdled with Maiden Walls, that Warre hath en-
    England. Shall Kate be my Wife?
    3315France. So please you.
    England. I am content, so the Maiden Cities you
    talke of, may wait on her: so the Maid that stood in
    the way for my Wish, shall shew me the way to my
    3320France. Wee haue consented to all tearmes of rea-
    England. Is't so, my Lords of England?
    West. The King hath graunted euery Article:
    His Daughter first; and in sequele, all,
    3325According to their firme proposed natures.
    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.