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Act 5, chorus
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Henry V
Act 5, chorus



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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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Enter Chorus.

 Vouchsafe to those that have not read the story
 That I may prompt them; and of such as have,
 I humbly pray them to admit th’ excuse
 Of time, of numbers, and due course of things,
5 Which cannot in their huge and proper life
 Be here presented. Now we bear the King
 Toward Calais. Grant him there. There seen,
 Heave him away upon your wingèd thoughts
 Athwart the sea. Behold, the English beach
10 Pales in the flood with men, wives, and boys,
 Whose shouts and claps outvoice the deep-mouthed
 Which, like a mighty whiffler ’fore the King
 Seems to prepare his way. So let him land,
15 And solemnly see him set on to London.
 So swift a pace hath thought that even now
 You may imagine him upon Blackheath,
 Where that his lords desire him to have borne
 His bruisèd helmet and his bended sword
20 Before him through the city. He forbids it,
 Being free from vainness and self-glorious pride,
 Giving full trophy, signal, and ostent
 Quite from himself, to God. But now behold,

Henry V
ACT 5. SC. 1

 In the quick forge and workinghouse of thought,
25 How London doth pour out her citizens.
 The Mayor and all his brethren in best sort,
 Like to the senators of th’ antique Rome,
 With the plebeians swarming at their heels,
 Go forth and fetch their conqu’ring Caesar in—
30 As, by a lower but by loving likelihood
 Were now the general of our gracious empress,
 As in good time he may, from Ireland coming,
 Bringing rebellion broachèd on his sword,
 How many would the peaceful city quit
35 To welcome him! Much more, and much more
 Did they this Harry. Now in London place him
 (As yet the lamentation of the French
 Invites the King of England’s stay at home;
40 The Emperor’s coming in behalf of France
 To order peace between them) and omit
 All the occurrences, whatever chanced,
 Till Harry’s back return again to France.
 There must we bring him, and myself have played
45 The interim, by remembering you ’tis past.
 Then brook abridgment, and your eyes advance
 After your thoughts, straight back again to France.
He exits.