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Henry V

Act V, Prologue

CHORUS
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      Vouchsafe | to those | that have not | read the | story,
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      That I | may prompt | them: and | of such | as have,
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      I hum|bly pray | them to | admit | the excuse
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      Of time,| of num|bers, and / due course | of things,
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      Which can|not in | their huge | and pro|per life,
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      Be here | presen|ted. Now | we bear | the king
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      Toward Ca|lais: grant | him there;| there | seen,
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      Heave him | away | upon | your wing|ed thoughts,
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      Athwart | the sea:| Behold | the Eng|lish beach
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      Pales in | the flood;| with men,| wives, and | boys,
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        Whose || shouts and | claps out^|voice the | deep-mouthed sea,
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      Which like^|a migh|ty whif|fler 'fore | the king,
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      Seems to | prepare | his way:| so let | him land,
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      And so|lemnly see | him set | on to | London.
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      So swift | a pace | hath thought,| that e|ven now
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      You may i|magine | him u|pon Blackheath:
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      Where that | his lords | desire | him to | have borne
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      His bru|ised hel|met, and | his ben|ded sword
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      Before | him through | the ci|ty: he | forbids it,
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      Being free | from vain|ness, and / self-glo|rious pride;
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      Giving | full* tro|phy, sig|nal, and / ostent,
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      Quite from | himself | to God.| But now | behold,
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      In the / quick forge | and wor|king-house | of thought,
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      How Lon|don doth | pour^out | her ci|tizens,
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      The may|or and all | his bre|thren in / best sort,
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      Like to the | sena|tors of the | antique Rome,
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      With the | plebei|ans swar|ming at | their heels,
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      Go forth | and fetch | their con|quering Cae|sar in:
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      As by a | lower,| but by lo|ving like|lihood,
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      Were now | the ge|neral of | our gra|cious em||press,
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      As | in good time | he may,| from Ire|land co||ming,
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      Bring|ing rebel|lion broa|ched on | his sword,
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      How ma|ny would | the peace|ful ci|ty quit,
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      To wel|come him?| Much^more,| and much more cause,
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      Did they | this Har|ry. Now | in Lon|don place || him.
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      As | yet the la|menta|tion of | the French
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      Invites | the King | of Eng|land's stay | at home:
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      The em|peror's co|ming in | behalf | of France,
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      To or|der peace | between | them: and | omit
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      All the | occur|rences,| whate|ver chanced,
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      Till Har|ry's back | return | again | to France:
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      There must | we bring | him; and | myself | have played
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      The in|terim,| by remem|bering you |'tis past.
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      Then brook | abridg|ment, and | your eyes | advance,
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      After your | thoughts, straight back | again | to France.
 
[Exit]

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