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Henry V: Act 4, Scene 8

Henry V
Act 4, Scene 8

Before King Henry’s pavilion.

  1. Enter Gower and Williams.

Williams

2
  1. I warrant it is to knight you, captain.
  1. Enter Fluellen.

Fluellen

4 - 6
  1. God’s will, and his pleasure, captain, I beseech you now,
  2. come apace to the King. There is more good toward you
  3. peradventure than is in your knowledge to dream of.

Williams

7
  1. Sir, know you this glove?

Fluellen

8
  1. Know the glove? I know the glove is a glove.

Williams

9
  1. I know this, and thus I challenge it.
  1. Strikes him.

Fluellen

11 - 12
  1. ’Sblud, an arrant traitor as any’s in the universal world,
  2. or in France, or in England!

Gower

13
  1. How now, sir? You villain!

Williams

14
  1. Do you think I’ll be forsworn?

Fluellen

15 - 16
  1. Stand away, Captain Gower, I will give treason his payment
  2. into plows, I warrant you.

Williams

17
  1. I am no traitor.

Fluellen

18 - 19
  1. That’s a lie in thy throat. I charge you in his Majesty’s
  2. name, apprehend him, he’s a friend of the Duke Alanson’s.
  1. Enter Warwick and Gloucester.

Earl of Warwick

21
  1. How now, how now, what’s the matter?

Fluellen

22 - 24
  1. My Lord of Warwick, here ispraised be God for it!—a most
  2. contagious treason come to light, look you, as you shall
  3. desire in a summer’s day. Here is his Majesty.
  1. Enter King and Exeter.

King Henry the Fifth

26
  1. How now, what’s the matter?

Fluellen

27 - 29
  1. My liege, here is a villain and a traitor, that, look your
  2. Grace, has struck the glove which your Majesty is take out
  3. of the helmet of Alanson.

Williams

30 - 34
  1. My liege, this was my glove, here is the fellow of it; and
  2. he that I gave it to in change promis’d to wear it in his
  3. cap. I promis’d to strike him, if he did. I met this man
  4. with my glove in his cap, and I have been as good as my
  5. word.

Fluellen

35 - 39
  1. Your Majesty hear now, saving your Majesty’s manhood, what
  2. an arrant, rascally, beggarly, lousy knave it is. I hope
  3. your Majesty is pear me testimony and witness, and will
  4. avouchment, that this is the glove of Alanson that your
  5. Majesty is give me, in your conscience now.

King Henry the Fifth

40 - 42
  1. Give me thy glove, soldier. Look, here is the fellow of it.
  2. ’Twas I indeed thou promisedst to strike,
  3. And thou hast given me most bitter terms.

Fluellen

43 - 44
  1. And please your Majesty, let his neck answer for it, if
  2. there is any martial law in the world.

King Henry the Fifth

45
  1. How canst thou make me satisfaction?

Williams

46 - 47
  1. All offenses, my lord, come from the heart. Never came any
  2. from mine that might offend your Majesty.

King Henry the Fifth

48
  1. It was ourself thou didst abuse.

Williams

49 - 54
  1. Your Majesty came not like yourself. You appear’d to me but
  2. as a common man; witness the night, your garments, your
  3. lowliness; and what your Highness suffer’d under that shape,
  4. I beseech you take it for your own fault and not mine; for
  5. had you been as I took you for, I made no offense; therefore
  6. I beseech your Highness pardon me.

King Henry the Fifth

55 - 59
  1. Here, uncle Exeter, fill this glove with crowns,
  2. And give it to this fellow. Keep it, fellow,
  3. And wear it for an honor in thy cap
  4. Till I do challenge it. Give him the crowns;
  5. And, captain, you must needs be friends with him.

Fluellen

60 - 64
  1. By this day and this light, the fellow has mettle enough in
  2. his belly. Hold, there is twelvepence for you, and I pray
  3. you to serve God, and keep you out of prawls and prabbles,
  4. and quarrels and dissensions, and I warrant you it is the
  5. better for you.

Williams

65
  1. I will none of your money.

Fluellen

66 - 69
  1. It is with a good will; I can tell you it will serve you to
  2. mend your shoes. Come, wherefore should you be so pashful?
  3. Your shoes is not so good. ’Tis a good silling, I warrant
  4. you, or I will change it.
  1. Enter an English Herald.

King Henry the Fifth

71
  1. Now, herald, are the dead numb’red?

English Herald

72
  1. Here is the number of the slaught’red French.
  1. Gives a paper.

King Henry the Fifth

74
  1. What prisoners of good sort are taken, uncle?

Duke of Exeter

75 - 78
  1. Charles Duke of Orléans, nephew to the King,
  2. John Duke of Bourbon, and Lord Bouciqualt:
  3. Of other lords and barons, knights and squires,
  4. Full fifteen hundred, besides common men.

King Henry the Fifth

79 - 112
  1. This note doth tell me of ten thousand French
  2. That in the field lie slain; of princes, in this number,
  3. And nobles bearing banners, there lie dead
  4. One hundred twenty-six; added to these,
  5. Of knights, esquires, and gallant gentlemen,
  6. Eight thousand and four hundred; of the which,
  7. Five hundred were but yesterday dubb’d knights.
  8. So that, in these ten thousand they have lost,
  9. There are but sixteen hundred mercenaries;
  10. The rest are princes, barons, lords, knights, squires,
  11. And gentlemen of blood and quality.
  12. The names of those their nobles that lie dead:
  13. Charles Delabreth, High Constable of France,
  14. Jacques of Chatillion, Admiral of France,
  15. The master of the cross-bows, Lord Rambures,
  16. Great Master of France, the brave Sir Guichard Dauphin,
  17. John Duke of Alanson, Anthony Duke of Brabant,
  18. The brother to the Duke of Burgundy,
  19. And Edward Duke of Bar; of lusty earls,
  20. Grandpré and Roussi, Faulconbridge and Foix,
  21. Beaumont and Marle, Vaudemont and Lestrake.
  22. Here was a royal fellowship of death!
  23. Where is the number of our English dead?
  24. Herald shows him another paper.
  25. Edward the Duke of York, the Earl of Suffolk,
  26. Sir Richard Ketly, Davy Gam, esquire;
  27. None else of name; and of all other men
  28. But five and twenty. O God, thy arm was here;
  29. And not to us, but to thy arm alone,
  30. Ascribe we all! When, without stratagem,
  31. But in plain shock and even play of battle,
  32. Was ever known so great and little loss,
  33. On one part and on th’ other? Take it, God,
  34. For it is none but thine!

Duke of Exeter

113
  1.                           ’Tis wonderful!

King Henry the Fifth

114 - 117
  1. Come, go we in procession to the village;
  2. And be it death proclaimed through our host
  3. To boast of this, or take that praise from God
  4. Which is his only.

Fluellen

118 - 119
  1. Is it not lawful, and please your Majesty, to tell how many
  2. is kill’d?

King Henry the Fifth

120 - 121
  1. Yes, captain; but with this acknowledgment,
  2. That God fought for us.

Fluellen

122
  1. Yes, my conscience, he did us great good.

King Henry the Fifth

123 - 127
  1. Do we all holy rites:
  2. Let there be sung Non nobis and Te Deum,
  3. The dead with charity enclos’d in clay;
  4. And then to Callice, and to England then,
  5. Where ne’er from France arriv’d more happy men.
  1. Exeunt.
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