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

    Copyright James Mardock. This text may be freely used for educational, non-profit purposes; for all other uses contact the Editor.
    Author: William Shakespeare
    Editor: James Mardock
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    Henry V (Folio 1, 1623)

    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.