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Henry V
Act 3, scene 5

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Henry V begins at the English court, where the young king is persuaded that he has a claim to the throne…

Prologue

The Chorus wishes for a far greater stage, actors, and audience. He apologizes for the scanty resources that are available…

Act 1, scene 1

The Bishop of Canterbury informs the Bishop of Ely of a bill threatening Church revenues and of a plan to…

Act 1, scene 2

At the King’s request, Canterbury provides an extensive interpretation of French law to support Henry’s claim to the French throne….

Act 2, chorus

The Chorus announces the enthusiastic support of English youth for Henry’s French campaign, but also advises that the French have…

Act 2, scene 1

King Henry’s former tavern companion Bardolph prevents Pistol and Nym from fighting over Hostess Quickly, Pistol’s wife. They are interrupted…

Act 2, scene 2

Henry, informed of the treachery of three of his friends, confronts them with their crimes. They throw themselves on his…

Act 2, scene 3

The tavern crew—Bardolph, Pistol, Nym, and the Boy—join the Hostess in mourning the dead Falstaff and, saying good-bye to the…

Act 2, scene 4

The King of France and his court plan their defense against Henry’s invasion. Exeter arrives to present the King with…

Act 3, chorus

The Chorus describes the embarkation of Henry’s fleet for France, Henry’s preparations to besiege the town of Harfleur, and the…

Act 3, scene 1

Henry delivers an oration to inspire his troops to take Harfleur.

Act 3, scene 2

Bardolph, Pistol, Nym, and the Boy withdraw from the assault on Harfleur. They are driven back to it by Captain…

Act 3, scene 3

Henry threatens the men of Harfleur with the destruction of the town and its population if they do not yield…

Act 3, scene 4

An old gentlewoman, Alice, begins to teach English to Katherine, Princess of France.

Act 3, scene 5

The French nobles speak of their shame at the success of Henry’s invasion. The French King plans to block Henry’s…

Act 3, scene 6

Captains Fluellen and Gower meet Pistol, who pleads for Bardolph, sentenced to die for robbery. Fluellen refuses to intervene and…

Act 3, scene 7

On the eve of battle, the French nobles, confident of their army’s superiority, engage in verbal competition.

Act 4, chorus

The Chorus describes the confident French and anxious English armies on the night before the battle of Agincourt, and portrays…

Act 4, scene 1

Henry borrows Erpingham’s cloak and, in this disguise, passes through his camp, meeting Pistol, overhearing a conversation between Fluellen and…

Act 4, scene 2

The French nobles, about to fight, lament that the English are so few and so weak.

Act 4, scene 3

Henry delivers an oration to his troops urging them on to win glory in the battle. Montjoy again comes to…

Act 4, scene 4

A French soldier surrenders to Pistol, who threatens him with death until the soldier promises to pay a ransom of…

Act 4, scene 5

The French nobles, shamed in their defeat, decide to die fighting.

Act 4, scene 6

Henry, in doubt about the outcome of the battle, hears of York’s and Suffolk’s deaths, and then, when a French…

Act 4, scene 7

Fluellen, in conversation with Gower, compares Henry to the classical world-conqueror Alexander the Great. Montjoy arrives to concede the French…

Act 4, scene 8

Williams and Fluellen are prevented from fighting by Warwick and Gloucester. Henry arrives and accuses Williams of promising to strike…

Act 5, chorus

The Chorus describes the great welcome accorded the English army when it returns home, the visit by the Holy Roman…

Act 5, scene 1

Fluellen avenges Pistol’s insults by making Pistol eat a leek. Pistol, humiliated, plans to return to England in the guise…

Act 5, scene 2

The Duke of Burgundy has brought about a meeting between French and English to sign a peace treaty. Henry delegates…

Act 5, epilogue

The Chorus reminds the audience that Henry died very young, leaving the kingdom to his infant son, during whose reign…

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Scene 5
Enter the King of France, the Dauphin, the Duke of
Brittany, the Constable of France, and others.


KING OF FRANCE 
 ’Tis certain he hath passed the river Somme.
CONSTABLE 
 An if he be not fought withal, my lord,
 Let us not live in France. Let us quit all,
 And give our vineyards to a barbarous people.
DAUPHIN 
5 Ô Dieu vivant, shall a few sprays of us,
 The emptying of our fathers’ luxury,
 Our scions, put in wild and savage stock,
 Spurt up so suddenly into the clouds
 And overlook their grafters?
BRITTANY 
10 Normans, but bastard Normans, Norman bastards!
 Mort de ma vie, if they march along
 Unfought withal, but I will sell my dukedom
 To buy a slobb’ry and a dirty farm
 In that nook-shotten isle of Albion.
CONSTABLE 
15 Dieu de batailles, where have they this mettle?
 Is not their climate foggy, raw, and dull,
 On whom, as in despite, the sun looks pale,
 Killing their fruit with frowns? Can sodden water,
 A drench for sur-reined jades, their barley broth,
20 Decoct their cold blood to such valiant heat?
 And shall our quick blood, spirited with wine,
 Seem frosty? O, for honor of our land,
 Let us not hang like roping icicles
 Upon our houses’ thatch, whiles a more frosty
25 people
 Sweat drops of gallant youth in our rich fields!
 “Poor” we may call them in their native lords.

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ACT 3. SC. 5

DAUPHIN By faith and honor,
 Our madams mock at us and plainly say
30 Our mettle is bred out, and they will give
 Their bodies to the lust of English youth
 To new-store France with bastard warriors.
BRITTANY 
 They bid us to the English dancing-schools,
 And teach lavoltas high, and swift corantos,
35 Saying our grace is only in our heels
 And that we are most lofty runaways.
KING OF FRANCE 
 Where is Montjoy the herald? Speed him hence.
 Let him greet England with our sharp defiance.
 Up, princes, and, with spirit of honor edged
40 More sharper than your swords, hie to the field:
 Charles Delabreth, High Constable of France;
 You Dukes of Orléans, Bourbon, and of Berri,
 Alençon, Brabant, Bar, and Burgundy;
 Jacques Chatillon, Rambures, Vaudemont,
45 Beaumont, Grandpré, Roussi, and Faulconbridge,
 Foix, Lestrale, Bouciquault, and Charolois;
 High dukes, great princes, barons, lords, and
 knights,
 For your great seats now quit you of great shames.
50 Bar Harry England, that sweeps through our land
 With pennons painted in the blood of Harfleur.
 Rush on his host, as doth the melted snow
 Upon the valleys, whose low vassal seat
 The Alps doth spit and void his rheum upon.
55 Go down upon him—you have power enough—
 And in a captive chariot into Rouen
 Bring him our prisoner.
CONSTABLE  This becomes the great!
 Sorry am I his numbers are so few,
60 His soldiers sick and famished in their march,
 For, I am sure, when he shall see our army,

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ACT 3. SC. 6

 He’ll drop his heart into the sink of fear
 And for achievement offer us his ransom.
KING OF FRANCE 
 Therefore, Lord Constable, haste on Montjoy,
65 And let him say to England that we send
 To know what willing ransom he will give.—
 Prince Dauphin, you shall stay with us in Rouen.
DAUPHIN 
 Not so, I do beseech your Majesty.
KING 
 Be patient, for you shall remain with us.—
70 Now forth, Lord Constable and princes all,
 And quickly bring us word of England’s fall.
They exit.