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

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

    The Life of Henry Fift. 83
    Orleance. I, but these English are shrowdly out of
    Const. Then shall we finde to morrow, they haue only
    stomackes to eate, and none to fight. Now is it time to
    1785arme: come, shall we about it?
    Orleance. It is now two a Clock: but let me see, by ten
    Wee shall haue each a hundred English men. Exeunt.

    Actus Tertius.

    1790Now entertaine coniecture of a time,
    When creeping Murmure and the poring Darke
    Fills the wide Vessell of the Vniuerse.
    From Camp to Camp, through the foule Womb of Night
    The Humme of eyther Army stilly sounds;
    1795That the fixt Centinels almost receiue
    The secret Whispers of each others Watch.
    Fire answers fire, and through their paly flames
    Each Battaile sees the others vmber'd face.
    Steed threatens Steed, in high and boastfull Neighs
    1800Piercing the Nights dull Eare: and from the Tents,
    The Armourers accomplishing the Knights,
    With busie Hammers closing Riuets vp,
    Giue dreadfull note of preparation.
    The Countrey Cocks doe crow, the Clocks doe towle:
    1805And the third howre of drowsie Morning nam'd,
    Prowd of their Numbers, and secure in Soule,
    The confident and ouer-lustie French,
    Doe the low-rated English play at Dice;
    And chide the creeple-tardy-gated Night,
    1810Who like a foule and ougly Witch doth limpe
    So tediously away. The poore condemned English,
    Like Sacrifices, by their watchfull Fires
    Sit patiently, and inly ruminate
    The Mornings danger: and their gesture sad,
    1815Inuesting lanke-leane Cheekes, and Warre-worne Coats,
    Presented them vnto the gazing Moone
    So many horride Ghosts. O now, who will behold
    The Royall Captaine of this ruin'd Band
    Walking from Watch to Watch, from Tent to Tent;
    1820Let him cry, Prayse and Glory on his head:
    For forth he goes, and visits all his Hoast,
    Bids them good morrow with a modest Smyle,
    And calls them Brothers, Friends, and Countreymen.
    Vpon his Royall Face there is no note,
    1825How dread an Army hath enrounded him;
    Nor doth he dedicate one iot of Colour
    Vnto the wearie and all-watched Night:
    But freshly lookes, and ouer-beares Attaint,
    With chearefull semblance, and sweet Maiestie:
    1830That euery Wretch, pining and pale before,
    Beholding him, plucks comfort from his Lookes.
    A Largesse vniuersall, like the Sunne,
    His liberall Eye doth giue to euery one,
    Thawing cold feare, that meane and gentle all
    1835Behold, as may vnworthinesse define.
    A little touch of Harry in the Night,
    And so our Scene must to the Battaile flye:
    Where, O for pitty, we shall much disgrace,
    With foure or fiue most vile and ragged foyles,
    1840(Right ill dispos'd, in brawle ridiculous)

    The Name of Agincourt: Yet sit and see,
    Minding true things, by what their Mock'ries bee.

    Enter the King, Bedford, and Gloucester.

    1845King. Gloster, 'tis true that we are in great danger,
    The greater therefore should our Courage be.
    God morrow Brother Bedford: God Almightie,
    There is some soule of goodnesse in things euill,
    Would men obseruingly distill it out.
    1850For our bad Neighbour makes vs early stirrers,
    Which is both healthfull, and good husbandry.
    Besides, they are our outward Consciences,
    And Preachers to vs all; admonishing,
    That we should dresse vs fairely for our end.
    1855Thus may we gather Honey from the Weed,
    And make a Morall of the Diuell himselfe.
    Enter Erpingham.
    Good morrow old Sir Thomas Erpingham:
    A good soft Pillow for that good white Head,
    1860Were better then a churlish turfe of France.
    Erping. Not so my Liege, this Lodging likes me better,
    Since I may say, now lye I like a King.
    King. 'Tis good for men to loue their present paines,
    Vpon example, so the Spirit is eased:
    1865And when the Mind is quickned, out of doubt
    The Organs, though defunct and dead before,
    Breake vp their drowsie Graue, and newly moue
    With casted slough, and fresh legeritie.
    Lend me thy Cloake Sir Thomas: Brothers both,
    1870Commend me to the Princes in our Campe;
    Doe my good morrow to them, and anon
    Desire them all to my Pauillion.
    Gloster. We shall, my Liege.
    Erping. Shall I attend your Grace?
    1875King. No, my good Knight:
    Goe with my Brothers to my Lords of England:
    I and my Bosome must debate a while,
    And then I would no other company.
    Erping. The Lord in Heauen blesse thee, Noble
    1880Harry. Exeunt.
    King. God a mercy old Heart, thou speak'st cheare-
    fully. Enter Pistoll.
    Pist. Che vous la?
    King. A friend.
    1885Pist. Discusse vnto me, art thou Officer, or art thou
    base, common, and popular?
    King. I am a Gentleman of a Company.
    Pist. Trayl'st thou the puissant Pyke?
    King. Euen so: what are you?
    1890Pist. As good a Gentleman as the Emperor.
    King. Then you are a better then the King.
    Pist. The King's a Bawcock, and a Heart of Gold, a
    Lad of Life, an Impe of Fame, of Parents good, of Fist
    most valiant: I kisse his durtie shooe, and from heart-
    1895string I loue the louely Bully. What is thy Name?
    King. Harry le Roy.
    Pist. Le Roy? a Cornish Name: art thou of Cornish Crew?
    King. No, I am a Welchman.
    Pist. Know'st thou Fluellen?
    1900King. Yes.
    Pist. Tell him Ile knock his Leeke about his Pate vpon
    S. Dauies day.
    King. Doe not you weare your Dagger in your Cappe
    that day, least he knock that about yours.
    i 2 Pist. Art