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Henry V

Act IV, Scene 2

The French camp.
 
[Enter the DAUPHIN, ORLEANS, RAMBURES, and others]
 
ORLEANS
The sun doth gild our armor; up, my lords!
 
DAUPHIN
Monte cheval: My horse, varlet laquais: ha.
 
ORLEANS
O brave spirit.
 
DAUPHIN
Via les eaux et la terre.
 
ORLEANS
Rien puis? L'air et la feu.
 
DAUPHIN
Ciel, cousin Orleans. Now my lord constable?
 
[Enter Constable]
 
CONSTABLE
        ,               ,          ,        ,         ,
      Hark how | our steeds,| for pre|sent ser|vice neigh.
 
DAUPHIN
        ,                ,       ,       ,           ,
      Mount them,| and make | inci|sion in | their hides,
                    ,    ,           ,        ,         ,
      That their / hot blood | may spin | in Eng|lish eyes,
            ,            ,       ,     2    ,         ,
      And doubt | them with | super|fluous cou|rage: ha.
 
RAMBURES
        ,                ,           ,         ,         ,
      What, will | you have | them weep | our hor|ses' blood?
       ,               ,        ,           ,   2     ,
      How shall | we then | behold | their na|tural tears?
 
[Enter Messenger]
 
MESSENGER
           ,        ,       ,                 ,     ,
      The Eng|lish are | embat|tled, you / French peers.
 
CONSTABLE
           ,          ,         ,           ,           ,
      To horse | you gal|lant prin|ces, straight | to horse.
       ,           ,          ,          ,        ,
      Do but | behold | yon poor | and star|ved band,
                   ,    ,            ,      ,            ,
      And your / fair show | shall suck | away | their souls,
       ,              ,           ,           ,         ,
      Leaving | them but | the shales | and husks | of men.
             ,         ,       ,          ,          ,
      There is | not work | enough | for all | our hands,
         T     T   .  T         ,            ,       ,
      Scarce blood enough | in all | their sick|ly veins,
           ,          ,      ,       ,        ,
      To give | each^na|ked cur|tle-axe | a stain.
                    ,    ,          ,        ,          ,
      That our / French gal|lants shall | today | draw^out,
             ,            ,         ,      ,    2        ,    2
      And sheathe | for lack | of sport.| Let us but | blow on them,
           ,      ,        ,    2      ,    ,
      The va|por of | our va|lor will ore|turn them.
            ,     ,     2       ,       ,           ,
      'Tis po|sitive | against^all | excep|tions, lords,
            ,       ,     2     ,        ,         ,        ->
      That our | super|fluous lack|eys, and | our pea||sants,
       ,      2   ,     ,     ,        ,
      Who | in unne|cessa|ry ac|tion swarm
         ,           ,          ,         ,      ,
      About | our squares | of bat|tle, were | enow
           ,            ,          ,       ,        ,
      To purge | this field | of such | a hil|ding foe;
              ,     ,           ,          ,      ,
      Though we | upon | this moun|tain's ba|sis by,
             ,         ,      ,     ,
      Took^stand | for i|dle spe|cula|tion:
      <- ,       ,         ,         T   T      T         ,
        But || that our | honors | must not. What's | to say?
        ,      ,       ,       ,        ,
      A ve|ry lit|tle lit|tle let | us do,
           ,         ,          ,          ,         ,
      And all | is done:| then let | the trum|pets sound
            ,      ,         ,          ,         ,
      The tuck|et so|nance, and | the note | to mount:
           ,         ,            ,          ,          ,
      For our | approach | shall so | much^dare | the field,
            ,                 ,     ,         ,          ,
      That Eng|land shall / couch down | in fear,| and yield.
 
[Enter GRANDPRE]
 
GRANDPRE
       ,             ,         ,         ,           ,
      Why do | you stay | so long,| my lords | of France?
            ,       ,    2     ,          ,           ,
      Yond^is|land car|rions, des|perate of | their bones,
       ,   ,               ,         ,         ,
      Ill-fa/voredly | become | the mor|ning field:
             ,       ,          ,            ,    ,
      Their rag|ged cur|tains poor|ly are / let loose,
                 ,     ,            ,        ,       ,
      And our / air shakes | them pass|ing scorn|fully,
            ,      T     T  T       2       ,          ,
      Big^Mars | seems bankrupt | in their beg|gared host
            ,         ,         ,      ,        ,
      And faint|ly through | a rus|ty bea|ver peeps.
            ,        ,          ,      ,        ,
      The horse|men sit | like fix|ed can|dlesticks,
             ,       ,                ,                  ,    ,
      With torch-|staves in | their hand:| and their / poor jades
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      Lob^down | their heads,| dropping | the hides | and hips:
       .   T    T   T                     ,    ,    ,
      The gum down-ro|ping from their / pale-dead eyes,
       ,    2          T    T     T          ,       ,
      And in their | pale dull mouths | the gim|mal bit
        T    T    .     T       T      T    .   T       ,
      Lies foul with chewed | grass, still and mo|tionless.
            ,       ,     ,         ,         ,
      And their | exe|cutors,| the kna|vish crows,
           ,          ,       ,        ,            ,
      Fly ore | them all,| impa|tient for | their hour.
          ,         ,        ,        ,         ,
      Descrip|tion can|not suit | itself | in words,
          ,       ,           ,         ,         x
      To de|monstrate | the life | of such | a battle,
           ,         ,    ,            ,         ,
      In life | so life|less as | it shows | itself.
 
CONSTABLE
        ,           ,            ___
      They have | said their | prayers,
       ,           ,         ___
      And they | stay for | death.  (tri with prev)
 
DAUPHIN
        ,             ,          ,                ,     ,
      Shall we | go send | them din|ners, and / fresh suits,
            ,           ,        ,       ,      ,
      And give | their fas|ting hor|ses pro|vender,
           ,       ,            ,
      And af|ter fight | with them?
 
CONSTABLE
          ,     ,     2       ,      
      I stay | but for my | guard: on  (tri with prev)
        2      ,         ,         ,     3    3    ,        ,
      To the field,| I will | the ban|ner from a trum|pet take,
           ,        ,         ,       T     T  . T
      And use | it for | my haste.| Come, come away,
           ,         ,         ,        ,         ,
      The sun | is high,| and we | outwear | the day.
 
[Exeunt]

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