|The Life of King Henry the Fifth|
| Henry V
| Act 4, Scene 8
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Enter GOWER and WILLIAMSWILLIAMS
I warrant it is to knight you, captain.FLUELLEN
God's will and his pleasure, captain, I beseech youWILLIAMS
now, come apace to the king: there is more good
toward you peradventure than is in your knowledge to dream of.
Sir, know you this glove?FLUELLEN
Know the glove! I know the glove is glove.WILLIAMS
I know this; and thus I challenge it.FLUELLEN
'Sblood! an arrant traitor as any is in theGOWER
universal world, or in France, or in England!
How now, sir! you villain!WILLIAMS
Do you think I'll be forsworn?FLUELLEN
Stand away, Captain Gower; I will give treason hisWILLIAMS
payment into ploughs, I warrant you.
I am no traitor.FLUELLEN
That's a lie in thy throat. I charge you in hisWARWICK
majesty's name, apprehend him: he's a friend of the
Enter WARWICK and GLOUCESTER
How now, how now! what's the matter?FLUELLEN
My Lord of Warwick, here is--praised be God for it!KING HENRY V
--a most contagious treason come to light, look
you, as you shall desire in a summer's day. Here is
Enter KING HENRY and EXETER
How now! what's the matter?FLUELLEN
My liege, here is a villain and a traitor, that,WILLIAMS
look your grace, has struck the glove which your
majesty is take out of the helmet of Alencon.
My liege, this was my glove; here is the fellow ofFLUELLEN
it; and he that I gave it to in change promised to
wear it in his cap: I promised to strike him, if he
did: I met this man with my glove in his cap, and I
have been as good as my word.
Your majesty hear now, saving your majesty'sKING HENRY V
manhood, what an arrant, rascally, beggarly, lousy
knave it is: I hope your majesty is pear me
testimony and witness, and will avouchment, that
this is the glove of Alencon, that your majesty is
give me; in your conscience, now?
Give me thy glove, soldier: look, here is theFLUELLEN
fellow of it.
'Twas I, indeed, thou promised'st to strike;
And thou hast given me most bitter terms.
An please your majesty, let his neck answer for it,KING HENRY V
if there is any martial law in the world.
How canst thou make me satisfaction?WILLIAMS
All offences, my lord, come from the heart: neverKING HENRY V
came any from mine that might offend your majesty.
It was ourself thou didst abuse.WILLIAMS
Your majesty came not like yourself: you appeared toKING HENRY V
me but as a common man; witness the night, your
garments, your lowliness; and what your highness
suffered under that shape, I beseech you take it for
your own fault and not mine: for had you been as I
took you for, I made no offence; therefore, I
beseech your highness, pardon me.
Here, uncle Exeter, fill this glove with crowns,FLUELLEN
And give it to this fellow. Keep it, fellow;
And wear it for an honour in thy cap
Till I do challenge it. Give him the crowns:
And, captain, you must needs be friends with him.
By this day and this light, the fellow has mettleWILLIAMS
enough in his belly. Hold, there is twelve pence
for you; and I pray you to serve Got, and keep you
out of prawls, and prabbles' and quarrels, and
dissensions, and, I warrant you, it is the better for you.
I will none of your money.FLUELLEN
It is with a good will; I can tell you, it willKING HENRY V
serve you to mend your shoes: come, wherefore should
you be so pashful? your shoes is not so good: 'tis
a good silling, I warrant you, or I will change it.
Enter an English Herald
Now, herald, are the dead number'd?Herald
Here is the number of the slaughter'd French.KING HENRY V
What prisoners of good sort are taken, uncle?EXETER
Charles Duke of Orleans, nephew to the king;KING HENRY V
John Duke of Bourbon, and Lord Bouciqualt:
Of other lords and barons, knights and squires,
Full fifteen hundred, besides common men.
This note doth tell me of ten thousand FrenchEXETER
That in the field lie slain: of princes, in this number,
And nobles bearing banners, there lie dead
One hundred twenty six: added to these,
Of knights, esquires, and gallant gentlemen,
Eight thousand and four hundred; of the which,
Five hundred were but yesterday dubb'd knights:
So that, in these ten thousand they have lost,
There are but sixteen hundred mercenaries;
The rest are princes, barons, lords, knights, squires,
And gentlemen of blood and quality.
The names of those their nobles that lie dead:
Charles Delabreth, high constable of France;
Jaques of Chatillon, admiral of France;
The master of the cross-bows, Lord Rambures;
Great Master of France, the brave Sir Guichard Dolphin,
John Duke of Alencon, Anthony Duke of Brabant,
The brother of the Duke of Burgundy,
And Edward Duke of Bar: of lusty earls,
Grandpre and Roussi, Fauconberg and Foix,
Beaumont and Marle, Vaudemont and Lestrale.
Here was a royal fellowship of death!
Where is the number of our English dead?
Herald shews him another paperEdward the Duke of York, the Earl of Suffolk,
Sir Richard Ketly, Davy Gam, esquire:
None else of name; and of all other men
But five and twenty. O God, thy arm was here;
And not to us, but to thy arm alone,
Ascribe we all! When, without stratagem,
But in plain shock and even play of battle,
Was ever known so great and little loss
On one part and on the other? Take it, God,
For it is none but thine!
'Tis wonderful!KING HENRY V
Come, go we in procession to the village.FLUELLEN
And be it death proclaimed through our host
To boast of this or take the praise from God
Which is his only.
Is it not lawful, an please your majesty, to tellKING HENRY V
how many is killed?
Yes, captain; but with this acknowledgement,FLUELLEN
That God fought for us.
Yes, my conscience, he did us great good.KING HENRY V
Do we all holy rites;
Let there be sung 'Non nobis' and 'Te Deum;'
The dead with charity enclosed in clay:
And then to Calais; and to England then:
Where ne'er from France arrived more happy men.
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