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Henry V

Henry V Translation Act 4, Scene 7

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Enter FLUELLEN and GOWER

FLUELLEN

Kill the poys and the luggage! 'Tis expressly against the law of arms. 'Tis as arrant a piece of knavery, markyou now, as can be offert, in your conscience now, is it not?

FLUELLEN

Kill the boys and the luggage! That's explicitly against the laws of war. It's as horrible a crime as can be done, don't you think?

GOWER

'Tis certain there’s not a boy left alive, and the cowardly rascals that ran from the battle ha' done this slaughter. Besides, they have burned and carried away all that was in the king’s tent, wherefore the king, most worthily, hath caused every soldier to cut his prisoner’s throat. Oh, ’tis a gallant king!

GOWER

It's certain that there's not a single boy left alive, and the cowardly good-for-nothings who ran from the battle did this. They have also burned or carried away everything that was in the king's tent, which is the reason the king, quite rightly, made every soldier cut his prisoner's throat. Oh, he's a great king!

FLUELLEN

Ay, he was porn at Monmouth, Captain Gower. What call you the town’s name where Alexander the Pig was born?

FLUELLEN

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GOWER

Alexander the Great.

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FLUELLEN

Why, I pray you, is not “pig” great? The pig, or the great, or the mighty, or the huge, or the magnanimous are all one reckonings, save the phrase is a little variations.

FLUELLEN

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GOWER

I think Alexander the Great was born in Macedon. His father was called Philip of Macedon, as I take it.

GOWER

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FLUELLEN

I think it is in Macedon where Alexander is porn. I tell you, Captain, if you look in the maps of the 'orld,I warrant you shall find, in the comparisons between Macedon and Monmouth, that the situations, look you, is both alike. There is a river in Macedon, and there is also, moreover, a river at Monmouth. It is called Wye atMonmouth, but it is out of my prains what is the name of the other river. But ’tis all one; ’tis alike as my fingers is to my fingers, and there is salmons in both. If you mark Alexander’s life well, Harry of Monmouth’s life is come after it indifferent well, for there is figures in all things. Alexander, God knows and you know, in his rages and his furies and his wraths and hischolers and his moods and his displeasures and his indignations, and also being a little intoxicates in hisprains, did, in his ales and his angers, look you, killhis best friend, Cleitus.

FLUELLEN

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GOWER

Our king is not like him in that. He never killed any of his friends.

GOWER

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FLUELLEN

It is not well done, mark you now, to take the tales out of my mouth ere it is made and finished. I speak butin the figures and comparisons of it. As Alexander killed his friend Cleitus, being in his ales and his cups, so also Harry Monmouth, being in his right wits and his good judgments, turned away the fat knight with the great-belly doublet; he was full of jests, and gipesand knaveries, and mocks—I have forgot his name.

FLUELLEN

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GOWER

Sir John Falstaff.

GOWER

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FLUELLEN

That is he. I’ll tell you, there is good men porn atMonmouth.

FLUELLEN

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GOWER

Here comes his Majesty.

GOWER

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Alarum. Enter KING HENRY, WARWICK, GLOUCESTER, EXETER, and others

KING HENRY

I was not angry since I came to France Until this instant. Take a trumpet, herald. Ride thou unto the horsemen on yond hill. If they will fight with us, bid them come down, Or void the field. They do offend our sight. If they’ll do neither, we will come to them And make them skirr away as swift as stones Enforcèd from the old Assyrian slings. Besides, we’ll cut the throats of those we have, And not a man of them that we shall take Shall taste our mercy. Go and tell them so.

KING HENRY

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Enter MONTJOY

EXETER

Here comes the herald of the French, my liege.

EXETER

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GLOUCESTER

His eyes are humbler than they used to be.

GLOUCESTER

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KING HENRY

How now, what means this, herald? Know’st thou not That I have fined these bones of mine for ransom? Com’st thou again for ransom?

KING HENRY

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MONTJOY

No, great king. I come to thee for charitable license, That we may wander o'er this bloody field To book our dead and then to bury them; To sort our nobles from our common men, For many of our princes—woe the while!— Lie drowned and soaked in mercenary blood. So do our vulgar drench their peasant limbs In blood of princes, and the wounded steeds Fret fetlock deep in gore, and with wild rage Yerk out their armèd heels at their dead masters, Killing them twice. Oh, give us leave, great king, To view the field in safety and dispose Of their dead bodies.

MONTJOY

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KING HENRY

I tell thee truly, herald, I know not if the day be ours or no, For yet a many of your horsemen peer And gallop o'er the field.

KING HENRY

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MONTJOY

The day is yours.

MONTJOY

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KING HENRY

Praised be God, and not our strength, for it!What is this castle called that stands hard by?

KING HENRY

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MONTJOY

They call it Agincourt.

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KING HENRY

Then call we this the field of Agincourt,Fought on the day of Crispin Crispianus.

KING HENRY

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FLUELLEN

Your grandfather of famous memory, an’t please your Majesty, and your great-uncle Edward the Plack Prince ofWales, as I have read in the chronicles, fought a most prave pattle here in France.

FLUELLEN

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KING HENRY

They did, Fluellen.

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FLUELLEN

Your Majesty says very true. If your Majesties is remembered of it, the Welshmen did good service in a garden where leeks did grow, wearing leeks in their Monmouth caps, which, your Majesty know, to this hour isan honorable badge of the service. And I do believe your Majesty takes no scorn to wear the leek upon Saint Tavy’s day.

FLUELLEN

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KING HENRY

I wear it for a memorable honor,For I am Welsh, you know, good countryman.

KING HENRY

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FLUELLEN

All the water in Wye cannot wash your Majesty’s Welsh plood out of your pody, I can tell you that: God pless it and preserve it as long as it pleases his Grace and his Majesty too.

FLUELLEN

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KING HENRY

Thanks, good my countryman.

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FLUELLEN

By Jeshu, I am your Majesty’s countryman, I care not who know it. I will confess it to all the 'orld. I need not to be ashamed of your Majesty, praised be God, so long as your Majesty is an honest man.

FLUELLEN

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KING HENRY

God keep me so.—Our heralds go with him.Bring me just notice of the numbers deadOn both our parts. [points to WILLIAMS] Call yonder fellow hither.

KING HENRY

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EXETER

Soldier, you must come to the king.

EXETER

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KING HENRY

Soldier, why wear’st thou that glove in thy cap?

KING HENRY

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WILLIAMS

An’t please your Majesty, ’tis the gage of one that I should fight withal, if he be alive.

WILLIAMS

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KING HENRY

An Englishman?

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WILLIAMS

An ’t please your Majesty, a rascal that swaggered withme last night, who, if alive and ever dare to challengethis glove, I have sworn to take him a box o' th' ear, or if I can see my glove in his cap, which he swore, as he was a soldier, he would wear if alive, I will strike it out soundly.

WILLIAMS

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KING HENRY

What think you, Captain Fluellen, is it fit this soldier keep his oath?

KING HENRY

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FLUELLEN

He is a craven and a villain else, an ’t please your Majesty, in my conscience.

FLUELLEN

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KING HENRY

It may be his enemy is a gentleman of great sort, quitefrom the answer of his degree.

KING HENRY

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FLUELLEN

Though he be as good a gentleman as the devil is, as Lucifer and Beelzebub himself, it is necessary, look your Grace, that he keep his vow and his oath. If he be perjured, see you now, his reputation is as arrant a villain and a Jack Sauce as ever his black shoe trod upon God’s ground and His earth, in my conscience, la.

FLUELLEN

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KING HENRY

Then keep thy vow, sirrah, when thou meet’st the fellow.

KING HENRY

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WILLIAMS

So I will, my liege, as I live.

WILLIAMS

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KING HENRY

Who serv’st thou under?

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WILLIAMS

Under Captain Gower, my liege.

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FLUELLEN

Gower is a good captain, and is good knowledge and literatured in the wars.

FLUELLEN

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KING HENRY

Call him hither to me, soldier.

KING HENRY

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WILLIAMS

I will, my liege.

WILLIAMS

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Exit

KING HENRY

Here, Fluellen, wear thou this favor for me and stick it in thy cap. (gives WILLIAMS' s glove to FLUELLEN ) WhenAlençon and myself were down together, I plucked this glove from his helm. If any man challenge this, he is a friend to Alençon and an enemy to our person. If thou encounter any such, apprehend him, an thou dost me love.

KING HENRY

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FLUELLEN

Your Grace does me as great honors as can be desired inthe hearts of his subjects. I would fain see the man that has but two legs that shall find himself aggrieved at this glove, that is all; but I would fain see it once, an please God of his Grace that I might see.

FLUELLEN

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KING HENRY

Know’st thou Gower?

KING HENRY

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FLUELLEN

He is my dear friend, an please you.

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KING HENRY

Pray thee, go seek him, and bring him to my tent.

KING HENRY

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FLUELLEN

I will fetch him.

FLUELLEN

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Exit

KING HENRY

My Lord of Warwick and my brother Gloucester, Follow Fluellen closely at the heels. The glove which I have given him for a favor May haply purchase him a box o' th' ear. It is the soldier’s. I by bargain should Wear it myself. Follow, good cousin Warwick. If that the soldier strike him, as I judge By his blunt bearing he will keep his word, Some sudden mischief may arise of it, For I do know Fluellen valiant And, touched with choler, hot as gunpowder, And quickly will return an injury. Follow, and see there be no harm between them. —Go you with me, uncle of Exeter.

KING HENRY

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