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Act 4, scene 7
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Henry V
Act 4, scene 7



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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…


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 7
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, mark you now, as can be offert, in your
 conscience now, is it not?
GOWER 5’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
10 every soldier to cut his prisoner’s throat. O, ’tis a
 gallant king!
FLUELLEN Ay, he was porn at Monmouth, Captain
 Gower. What call you the town’s name where
 Alexander the Pig was born?
GOWER 15Alexander the Great.
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.
GOWER 20I think Alexander the Great was born in Macedon.
 His father was called Philip of Macedon, as I
 take it.
FLUELLEN I think it is in Macedon where Alexander is
 porn. I tell you, captain, if you look in the maps of

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25 the ’orld, I warrant you sall 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 at Monmouth, but it is
30 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
35 all things. Alexander, God knows and you know, in
 his rages and his furies and his wraths and his
 cholers and his moods and his displeasures and his
 indignations, and also being a little intoxicates in
 his prains, did, in his ales and his angers, look you,
40 kill his best friend, Cleitus.
GOWER Our king is not like him in that. He never
 killed any of his friends.
FLUELLEN It is not well done, mark you now, to take
 the tales out of my mouth ere it is made and
45 finished. I speak but in 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
50 doublet; he was full of jests and gipes and knaveries
 and mocks—I have forgot his name.
GOWER Sir John Falstaff.
FLUELLEN That is he. I’ll tell you, there is good men
 porn at Monmouth.
GOWER 55Here comes his Majesty.

Alarum. Enter King Harry, Exeter, Warwick, Gloucester,
Heralds and Bourbon with other prisoners. Flourish.

 I was not angry since I came to France

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 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,
60 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,
65 And not a man of them that we shall take
 Shall taste our mercy. Go and tell them so.

Enter Montjoy.

 Here comes the herald of the French, my liege.
 His eyes are humbler than they used to be.
 How now, what means this, herald? Know’st thou
70 not
 That I have fined these bones of mine for ransom?
 Com’st thou again for ransom?
MONTJOY  No, great king.
 I come to thee for charitable license,
75 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.
80 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. O, give us leave, great king,
85 To view the field in safety and dispose
 Of their dead bodies.
KING HENRY  I tell thee truly, herald,

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 I know not if the day be ours or no,
 For yet a many of your horsemen peer
90 And gallop o’er the field.
MONTJOY  The day is yours.
 Praised be God, and not our strength, for it!
 What is this castle called that stands hard by?
MONTJOY They call it Agincourt.
95 Then call we this the field of Agincourt,
 Fought on the day of Crispin Crispianus.
FLUELLEN Your grandfather of famous memory, an ’t
 please your Majesty, and your great-uncle Edward
 the Plack Prince of Wales, as I have read in the
100 chronicles, fought a most prave pattle here in
KING HENRY They did, Fluellen.
FLUELLEN Your Majesty says very true. If your Majesties
 is remembered of it, the Welshmen did good
105 service in a garden where leeks did grow, wearing
 leeks in their Monmouth caps, which, your Majesty
 know, to this hour is an honorable badge of the
 service. And I do believe your Majesty takes no
 scorn to wear the leek upon Saint Tavy’s day.
110 I wear it for a memorable honor,
 For I am Welsh, you know, good countryman.
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
115 pleases his Grace and his Majesty too.
KING HENRY Thanks, good my countryman.
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,

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120 praised be God, so long as your Majesty is an
 honest man.
 God keep me so.—Our heralds, go with him.
 Bring me just notice of the numbers dead
 On both our parts.
Montjoy, English Heralds, and Gower exit.

Enter Williams.

125 Call yonder fellow hither.
EXETER Soldier, you must come to the King.
KING HENRY Soldier, why wear’st thou that glove in thy
WILLIAMS An ’t please your Majesty, ’tis the gage of
130 one that I should fight withal, if he be alive.
KING HENRY An Englishman?
WILLIAMS An ’t please your Majesty, a rascal that
 swaggered with me last night, who, if alive and ever
 dare to challenge this glove, I have sworn to take
135 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.
KING HENRY What think you, Captain Fluellen, is it fit
 this soldier keep his oath?
FLUELLEN 140He is a craven and a villain else, an ’t
 please your Majesty, in my conscience.
KING HENRY It may be his enemy is a gentleman of
 great sort, quite from the answer of his degree.
FLUELLEN Though he be as good a gentleman as the
145 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
150 earth, in my conscience, la.

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KING HENRY Then keep thy vow, sirrah, when thou
 meet’st the fellow.
WILLIAMS So I will, my liege, as I live.
KING HENRY Who serv’st thou under?
WILLIAMS 155Under Captain Gower, my liege.
FLUELLEN Gower is a good captain, and is good knowledge
 and literatured in the wars.
KING HENRY Call him hither to me, soldier.
WILLIAMS I will, my liege.He exits.
KING HENRY, giving Fluellen Williams’s glove 160Here,
 Fluellen, wear thou this favor for me, and stick it in
 thy cap. When Alençon 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
165 enemy to our person. If thou encounter any such,
 apprehend him, an thou dost me love.
FLUELLEN, putting the glove in his cap Your Grace
 does me as great honors as can be desired in the
 hearts of his subjects. I would fain see the man that
170 has but two legs that shall find himself aggriefed at
 this glove, that is all; but I would fain see it once, an
 please God of His grace that I might see.
KING HENRY Know’st thou Gower?
FLUELLEN He is my dear friend, an please you.
KING HENRY 175Pray thee, go seek him, and bring him to
 my tent.
FLUELLEN I will fetch him.He exits.
 My Lord of Warwick and my brother Gloucester,
 Follow Fluellen closely at the heels.
180 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
185 By his blunt bearing he will keep his word,

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 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.
190 Follow, and see there be no harm between them.—
 Go you with me, uncle of Exeter.
They exit.