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Henry V

Act I, Prologue

CHORUS
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      O for | a Muse | of fire,| that would | ascend
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      The bright|est hea|ven of | inven|tion:
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      A king|dom for | a stage,| princes | to act,
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      And mon|archs to | behold | the swel|ling scene.
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      Then should | the war|like^Har|ry, like | himself,
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      Assume | the part | of Mars,| and at | his heels
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      (Leashed^in,| like^hounds)| should fa|mine, sword,| and fire
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      Crouch for em|ployment.| But par|don, gen|tles all:
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      The flat | unrai|sed spi|rits, that | have dared,
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      On this | unwor|thy scaf|fold, to / bring forth
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      So great | an ob|ject*. Can | this cock|pit^hold
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      The vas|ty fields | of France?| Or may | we cram
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      Within | this woo|den O,| the ve|ry casks
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      That did | affright | the air | at A|gincourt?
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      O par|don: since | a croo|ked fi|gure may
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      Attest | in lit|tle place | a mil|lion,
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      And let | us, ci|phers to | this great | accompt,
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      On your | ima|gina|ry for|ces work.
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      Suppose | within | the gir|dle of / these walls
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      Are now | confined | two* migh|ty mo|narchies,
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      Whose high,| upreared, and | abut|ting fronts,
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      The pe|rilous nar|row o|cean parts | asun||der:
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      Piece | out our im|perfec|tions with | your thoughts:
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      Into | a thou|sand parts | divide | on man,
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      And make | ima|gina|ry pu|issance;
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      Think when | we talk | of hor|ses, that | you see || them,
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      Prin|ting their proud | hoofs in the | recei|ving earth:
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      For 'tis | your thoughts | that now | must deck | our kings,
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      Carry | them here | and there:| jumping | ore times;
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      Turning | the accom|plishment | of ma|ny years
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      Into | an hour|glass: for | the which | supply,
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      Admit | me Cho|rus to | this his|tory;
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      Who pro|logue-like | your hum|ble pa|tience pray,
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      Gently | to hear,| kindly | to judge | our play.
 
[Exit]

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