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Henry V
Act 4, scene 6

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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 6
Alarum. Enter the King of England and his train,
with prisoners.


KING HENRY 
 Well have we done, thrice-valiant countrymen,
 But all’s not done. Yet keep the French the field.

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Enter Exeter.

EXETER 
 The Duke of York commends him to your Majesty.
KING HENRY 
 Lives he, good uncle? Thrice within this hour
5 I saw him down, thrice up again and fighting.
 From helmet to the spur, all blood he was.
EXETER 
 In which array, brave soldier, doth he lie,
 Larding the plain, and by his bloody side,
 Yoke-fellow to his honor-owing wounds,
10 The noble Earl of Suffolk also lies.
 Suffolk first died, and York, all haggled over,
 Comes to him where in gore he lay insteeped,
 And takes him by the beard, kisses the gashes
 That bloodily did yawn upon his face.
15 He cries aloud “Tarry, my cousin Suffolk.
 My soul shall thine keep company to heaven.
 Tarry, sweet soul, for mine; then fly abreast,
 As in this glorious and well-foughten field
 We kept together in our chivalry.”
20 Upon these words I came and cheered him up.
 He smiled me in the face, raught me his hand,
 And with a feeble grip, says “Dear my lord,
 Commend my service to my sovereign.”
 So did he turn, and over Suffolk’s neck
25 He threw his wounded arm and kissed his lips,
 And so, espoused to death, with blood he sealed
 A testament of noble-ending love.
 The pretty and sweet manner of it forced
 Those waters from me which I would have stopped,
30 But I had not so much of man in me,
 And all my mother came into mine eyes
 And gave me up to tears.
KING HENRY  I blame you not,

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 For, hearing this, I must perforce compound
35 With my full eyes, or they will issue too.Alarum.
 But hark, what new alarum is this same?
 The French have reinforced their scattered men.
 Then every soldier kill his prisoners.
 Give the word through.
They exit.