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Henry V

Henry V Translation Act 2, Scene 3

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Enter PISTOL, HOSTESS, NYM, BARDOLPH, and BOY

HOSTESS

Prithee, honey-sweet husband, let me bring thee to Staines.

HOSTESS

Please, sweet husband, let me accompany you to Staines.

PISTOL

No; for my manly heart doth earn.—Bardolph, be blithe.— Nym, rouse thy vaunting veins.—Boy, bristle thy courageup . For Falstaff, he is dead, and we must earn therefore.

PISTOL

No, because my manly heart is sad. Bardolph, cheer up. Nym, get your bragging blood flowing. Boy, get up your courage. Falstaff is dead, so we must be sad.

BARDOLPH

Would I were with him, wheresome'er he is, either in heaven or in hell.

BARDOLPH

 I wish I were with him, wherever he is, either in heaven or in hell.

HOSTESS

Nay, sure, he’s not in hell! He’s in Arthur’s bosom, ifever man went to Arthur’s bosom. He made a finer end, and went away an it had been any christom child. He parted ev'n just between twelve and one, ev'n at the turning o' th' tide; for after I saw him fumble with thesheets and play with flowers and smile upon his finger’s end, I knew there was but one way, for his nosewas as sharp as a pen, and he told of green fields. “How now, Sir John?” quoth I. “What, man, be o' good cheer!” So he cried out “God, God, God!” three or four times. Now I, to comfort him, bid him he should not think of God. I hoped there was no need to trouble himself with any such thoughts yet. So he bade me lay more clothes on his feet. I put my hand into the bed andfelt them, and they were as cold as any stone. Then I felt to his knees, and so upward and upward, and all wasas cold as any stone.

HOSTESS

No, he's surely not in hell! He's in Arthur's bosom, if any man ever went to Arthur's bosom. He had as good a death as any Christian child. He died between twelve and one, just as the tide was turning. I saw him fumble with the sheets as though he was playing with flowers, and smile at his fingers. I knew how it would go, because his nose was as sharp as the tip of a pen, and was talking about green fields. "What's wrong, Sir John?", I said. "Come on, man, cheer up!" So he called out "God, God, God!" three or four times. To comfort him, I told him not to think about God. I hoped there was need for him to worry about such things yet. So he asked me to put more blankets on his feet. I put my hand in the bed and felt them, and they were as cold as a stone. Then I felt up to his knees, and higher and higher, and it was all as cold as stone.

NYM

They say he cried out of sack.

NYM

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HOSTESS

Ay, that he did.

HOSTESS

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BARDOLPH

And of women.

BARDOLPH

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HOSTESS

Nay, that he did not.

HOSTESS

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BOY

Yes, that he did, and said they were devils incarnate.

BOY

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HOSTESS

'A could never abide carnation. 'Twas a color he never liked.

HOSTESS

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BOY

He said once the devil would have him about women.

BOY

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HOSTESS

He did in some sort, indeed, handle women, but then he was rheumatic, and talked of the Whore of Babylon.

HOSTESS

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BOY

Do you not remember he saw a flea stick upon Bardolph’snose, and he said it was a black soul burning in hell?

BOY

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BARDOLPH

Well, the fuel is gone that maintained that fire. That’s all the riches I got in his service.

BARDOLPH

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NYM

Shall we shog? The King will be gone from Southampton.

NYM

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PISTOL

Come, let’s away. —My love, give me thy lips. Look to my chattels and my movables. Let senses rule. The word is “Pitch and pay.” Trust none, for oaths are straws, men’s faiths are wafer-cakes, And Holdfast is the only dog, my duck. Therefore, caveto be thy counselor. Go, clear thy crystals .—Yoke-fellows in arms, Let us to France, like horse-leeches, my boys, To suck, to suck, the very blood to suck.

PISTOL

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BOY

And that’s but unwholesome food, they say.

BOY

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PISTOL

Touch her soft mouth, and march.

PISTOL

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BARDOLPH

Farewell, hostess. [kissing her]

Bardolph

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NYM

I cannot kiss, that is the humor of it. But adieu.

NYM

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PISTOL

Let housewifery appear. Keep close, I thee command.

PISTOL

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HOSTESS

Farewell. Adieu.

HOSTESS

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Flourish. Enter the KING OF FRANCE, the DAUPHIN, the Dukes of Berri and Brittany, the CONSTABLE, and others

KING OF FRANCE

Thus comes the English with full power upon us, And more than carefully it us concerns To answer royally in our defenses. Therefore the Dukes of Berri and of Brittany, Of Brabant and of Orléans, shall make forth, And you, Prince Dauphin, with all swift dispatch, To line and new-repair our towns of war With men of courage and with means defendant. For England his approaches makes as fierce As waters to the sucking of a gulf. It fits us then to be as provident As fear may teach us out of late examples Left by the fatal and neglected English Upon our fields.

KING OF FRANCE

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DAUPHIN

To view the sick and feeble parts of France. And let us do it with no show of fear, No, with no more than if we heard that England Were busied with a Whitsun morris-dance. For, my good liege, she is so idly kinged, Her scepter so fantastically borne By a vain, giddy, shallow, humorous youth, That fear attends her not. My most redoubted father, It is most meet we arm us 'gainst the foe, For peace itself should not so dull a kingdom, Though war nor no known quarrel were in question, But that defenses, musters, preparations, Should be maintained, assembled, and collected, As were a war in expectation. Therefore I say ’tis meet we all go forth.

DAUPHIN

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CONSTABLE

Oh peace, Prince Dauphin! You are too much mistaken in this king. Question your Grace the late ambassadors With what great state he heard their embassy, How well supplied with noble counselors, How modest in exception, and withal How terrible in constant resolution, And you shall find his vanities forespent Were but the outside of the Roman Brutus, Covering discretion with a coat of folly, As gardeners do with ordure hide those roots That shall first spring and be most delicate.

CONSTABLE

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DAUPHIN

Well, ’tis not so, my Lord High Constable. But though we think it so, it is no matter. In cases of defense ’tis best to weigh The enemy more mighty than he seems. So the proportions of defense are filled, Which of a weak or niggardly projection Doth, like a miser, spoil his coat with scanting A little cloth.

DAUPHIN

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KING OF FRANCE

Think we King Harry strong, And, princes, look you strongly arm to meet him. The kindred of him hath been fleshed upon us, And he is bred out of that bloody strain That haunted us in our familiar paths. Witness our too-much-memorable shame When Cressy battle fatally was struck And all our princes captived by the hand Of that black name, Edward, Black Prince of Wales, Whiles that his mountain sire, on mountain standing Up in the air, crowned with the golden sun, Saw his heroical seed and smiled to see him Mangle the work of nature and deface The patterns that by God and by French fathers Had twenty years been made. This is a stem Of that victorious stock, and let us fear The native mightiness and fate of him.

KING OF FRANCE

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Enter a MESSENGER

MESSENGER

Ambassadors from Harry King of EnglandDo crave admittance to your Majesty.

MESSENGER

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KING OF FRANCE

We’ll give them present audience. Go, and bring them.

KING OF FRANCE

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You see this chase is hotly followed, friends.

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DAUPHIN

Turn head and stop pursuit, for coward dogs Most spend their mouths when what they seem to threaten Runs far before them. Good my sovereign, Take up the English short, and let them know Of what a monarchy you are the head. Self-love, my liege, is not so vile a sin As self-neglecting.

DAUPHIN

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Enter EXETER and train, and lords

KING OF FRANCE

From our brother England?

KING OF FRANCE

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EXETER

From him, and thus he greets your Majesty: He wills you, in the name of God Almighty, That you divest yourself and lay apart The borrowed glories that, by gift of heaven, By law of nature and of nations, 'longs To him and to his heirs —namely, the crown And all wide-stretchèd honors that pertain By custom and the ordinance of times Unto the crown of France. That you may know 'Tis no sinister nor no awkward claim Picked from the wormholes of long-vanished days, Nor from the dust of old oblivion raked, He sends you this most memorable line, In every branch truly demonstrative, Willing you overlook this pedigree, And when you find him evenly derived From his most famed of famous ancestors, Edward the Third, he bids you then resign Your crown and kingdom, indirectly held From him, the native and true challenger.

EXETER

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KING OF FRANCE

Or else what follows?

KING OF FRANCE

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EXETER

Bloody constraint, for if you hide the crown Even in your hearts, there will he rake for it. Therefore in fierce tempest is he coming, In thunder and in earthquake like a Jove, That, if requiring fail, he will compel, And bids you, in the bowels of the Lord, Deliver up the crown and to take mercy On the poor souls for whom this hungry war Opens his vasty jaws, and on your head Turning the widows' tears, the orphans' cries, The dead men’s blood, the pining maidens' groans, For husbands, fathers, and betrothèd lovers, That shall be swallowed in this controversy. This is his claim, his threat'ning, and my message— Unless the Dauphin be in presence here, To whom expressly I bring greeting too.

EXETER

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KING OF FRANCE

For us, we will consider of this further.Tomorrow shall you bear our full intentBack to our brother England.

KING OF FRANCE

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DAUPHIN

For the Dauphin,I stand here for him. What to him from England?

DAUPHIN

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EXETER

Scorn and defiance, slight regard, contempt, And anything that may not misbecome The mighty sender, doth he prize you at. Thus says my king: an if your father’s Highness Do not, in grant of all demands at large, Sweeten the bitter mock you sent his Majesty, He’ll call you to so hot an answer of it That caves and womby vaultages of France Shall chide your trespass and return your mock In second accent of his ordinance.

EXETER

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DAUPHIN

Say, if my father render fair return, It is against my will, for I desire Nothing but odds with England. To that end, As matching to his youth and vanity, I did present him with the Paris balls.

DAUPHIN

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EXETER

He’ll make your Paris Louvre shake for it, Were it the mistress court of mighty Europe. And be assured you’ll find a difference, As we his subjects have in wonder found, Between the promise of his greener days And these he masters now. Now he weighs time Even to the utmost grain. That you shall read In your own losses, if he stay in France.

EXETER

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KING OF FRANCE

Tomorrow shall you know our mind at full.

KING OF FRANCE

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Flourish

EXETER

Dispatch us with all speed, lest that our king Come here himself to question our delay, For he is footed in this land already.

EXETER

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KING OF FRANCE

You shall be soon dispatched with fair conditions. A night is but small breath and little pauseTo answer matters of this consequence.

KING OF FRANCE

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