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Henry V

Act V, Scene 2

France. A royal palace.
 
[Enter, at one door KING HENRY, EXETER, BEDFORD, GLOUCESTER, WARWICK, WESTMORELAND, and other Lords; at another, the FRENCH KING, QUEEN ISABEL, the PRINCESS KATHARINE, ALICE and other Ladies; the DUKE of BURGUNDY, and his train]
 
KING HENRY V
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      Peace to | this mee|ting, where|fore we | are met;
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      Unto | our bro|ther France,| and to our | sister
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      Health and | fair time of day;| joy and good | wishes
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      To our most | fair and | princely | cousin | Katharine:
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      And as a | branch and | member | of this roy|alty,
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      By whom | this great | assem|bly is | contrived,
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      We do | salute | you Duke | of Bur|gundy,
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      And prin|ces French | and peers | health to | you all.
 
KING OF FRANCE
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      Right^joy|ous are | we to | behold | your face,
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      Most^wor|thy bro|ther Eng|land, fair|ly met.
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      So are you prin|ces (Eng|lish) ev|ery one.
 
QUEEN ISABEL
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      So hap|py be | the is|sue bro|ther Eng||land
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      Of this / good day,| and of this | gracious | meeting,
          ,        ,      ,           ,           ,
      As we | are now | glad to | behold | your eyes,
             ,           ,      ,          ,          ,
      Your eyes | which hi|therto | have borne | in them
          ,            ,           ,          ,           ,
      Against | the French | that met | them in | their bent,
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      The fa|tal balls | of mur|dering ba|silisks:
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      The ve|nom of / such looks | we fair|ly hope
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      Have lost | their qua|lity,| and that | this day
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      Shall change | all griefs and quar|rels in|to love.
 
KING HENRY V
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      To cry | amen | to that,| thus we | appear.
 
QUEEN ISABEL
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      You Eng|lish prin|ces all,| I do sa|lute you.
 
BURGUNDY
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      My du|ty to | you both,| on e|qual love.
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      Great Kings of France | and Eng|land: that | I have la||bored
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      With all | my wits,| my pains,| and strong | endea||vors,
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      To bring | your most | impe|rial ma|jesties
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      Unto | this bar,| and roy|al in|terview;
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      Your might|iness on / both parts | best can | witness.
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      Since then my^of|fice hath | so far | prevailed,
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      That face | to face,| and roy|al eye | to eye,
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      You have con|greeted,| let it | not dis|grace me,
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      If I | demand,| before | this roy|al view,
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      What rub,| or what | impe|diment | there is,
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      Why that | the na|ked, poor,| and man|gled Peace,
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      Dear nurse of arts | and joy|ful births,
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      Should not | in this / best gar|den of | the world,
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      Our fer|tile France,| put up her | lovely | visage?
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      Alas,| she hath | from France | too long | been chased,
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      And all | her hus|bandry | doth lie | on heaps,
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      Corrup|ting in | its own | ferti|lity.
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      Her vine,| the mer|ry chee|rer of | the heart,
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      Unpruned, dies:| her hed|ges e|ven-pleached,
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      Like pri/soners | wildly | overgrown | with hair,
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      Put forth | disor|dered twigs:| her fal|low leas,
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      The dar|nel, hem|lock, and | rank fumitory
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      Doth root | upon;| while that | the coul|ter rusts,
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      That should | dera|cinate | such sa|vagery:
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      The e|ven mead,| that^erst brought sweet|ly forth
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      The freck|led cow|slip*, bur|net and green | clover,
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      Wanting | the scythe,| all^un|correc|ted, rank;
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      Conceives | by i|dleness,| and no|thing teems,
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      But hate|ful docks, rough this|tles, keck|sies, burs,
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      Losing | both beau/ty and | uti|lity;
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      And all our | vineyards,| fallows,| meads, and | hedges,
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      Defec|tive in | their na|tures, grow | to wild|ness,
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      Even so | our hou|ses, and | ourselves,| and chil|dren,   (hex with prev)
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      Have lost,| or do | not learn,| for want | of time,
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      The sci|ences | that should be|come our | country;
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      But grow | like sa|vages,| as sol|diers will,
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      That no|thing do,| but me|ditate | on blood,
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      To swea|ring and / stern looks,| diffused | attire,
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      And ev|erything | that seems | unna/tural.
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      Which to re|duce in/to our | former | favor,
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      You are | assem|bled: and | my speech | entreats,
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      That I | may know | the let,| why gen|tle Peace
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      Should not | expel | these in|conven|iences,
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      And bless | us with | her for|mer qua|lities.
 
KING HENRY V
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      If Duke | of Bur|gundy,| you would | the peace,
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      Whose want | gives growth / to the | imper|fections
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      Which you | have ci|ted; you | must buy | that peace
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      With full | accord | to all | our just | demands,
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      Whose te|nors and | parti|cular | effects
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      You have | ensched|uled brief|ly in | your hands.
 
BURGUNDY
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      The king | hath heard | them: to | the which,| as yet
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      There is | no an|swer made.  (pickup)
 
KING HENRY V
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      Well then:| the peace | which you | before | so urged,
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      Lies in his | answer.  (picked up)
 
KING OF FRANCE
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      I have | but with | a cur|sora|ry eye
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      Oreglanced | the ar|ticles:| pleaseth | your grace
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      To appoint | some of | your coun|cil pre|sently
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      To sit | with us | once^more,| with bet|ter heed
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      To re-|survey | them; we | will sud|denly
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      Pass our | accept | and pe|remptory | answer.
 
KING HENRY V
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      Brother | we shall.| Go un|cle Ex|eter,
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      And bro|ther Cla|rence, and / you bro|ther Glouce||ster,
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      War|wick, and | Hunting|don, go | with the king,
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      And take | with you / free power,| to ra|tify,
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      Augment,| or al|ter, as | your wis|doms best
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      Shall see | advan|tageable | for our dig|nity,
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      Any|thing in | or out | of our | demands,
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      And we'll con|sign there|to. Will | you, fair*| sister,
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      Go with | the prin|ces, or / stay here | with us?
 
QUEEN ISABEL
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      Our gra|cious bro|ther, I | will go | with them:
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      Haply a | woman's | voice may | do some | good,
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        When || arti|cles too | nicely | urged be | stood on.
 
KING HENRY V
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      Yet leave | our cou|sin Ka|tharine here | with us:
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      She is | our ca|pital | demand,| comprised
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      Within | the fore-|rank of | our ar|ticles.
 
QUEEN ISABEL
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      She hath | good | leave.  \\
 
[Exeunt all except HENRY, KATHARINE, and ALICE]
 
KING HENRY V
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      Fair Ka/tharine,| and most fair,|
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      Will you | vouchsafe | to teach | a sol|dier terms
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      Such as | will en|ter at | a la|dy's ear
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      And plead | his love-|suit to | her gen|tle heart?
 
KATHARINE
Your majesty shall mock at me; I cannot speak your England.
 
KING HENRY V
O fair Katharine, if you will love me soundly with your French heart, I will be glad to hear you confess it brokenly with your English tongue. Do you like me, Kate?
 
KATHARINE
Pardonnez-moi, I cannot tell vat is 'like me.'
 
KING HENRY V
An angel is like you, Kate, and you are like an angel.
 
KATHARINE
Que dit-il? que je suis semblable a les anges?
 
ALICE
Oui, vraiment, sauf votre grace, ainsi dit-il.
 
KING HENRY V
I said so, dear Katharine; and I must not blush to affirm it.
 
KATHARINE
O bon Dieu! les langues des hommes sont pleines de tromperies.
 
KING HENRY V
What says she, fair one? that the tongues of men are full of deceits?
 
ALICE
Oui, dat de tongues of de mans is be full of deceits: dat is de princess.
 
KING HENRY V
The princess is the better Englishwoman. IN faith, Kate, my wooing is fit for thy understanding: I am glad thou canst speak no better English; for, if thou couldst, thou wouldst find me such a plain king that thou wouldst think I had sold my farm to buy my crown. I know no ways to mince it in love, but directly to say 'I love you:' then if you urge me farther than to say edo you in faith?' I wear out my suit. Give me your answer; in faith, do: and so clap hands and a bargain: how say you, lady?
 
KATHARINE
Sauf votre honneur, me understand vell.
 
KING HENRY V
Marry, if you would put me to verses or to dance for your sake, Kate, why you undid me: for the one, I have neither words nor measure, and for the other, I have no strength in measure, yet a reasonable measure in strength. If I could win a lady at leap-frog, or by vaulting into my saddle with my armor on my back, under the correction of bragging be it spoken. I should quickly leap into a wife. Or if I might buffet for my love, or bound my horse for her favors, I could lay on like a butcher and sit like a jack-an-apes, never off. But, before God, Kate, I cannot look greenly nor gasp out my eloquence, nor I have no cunning in protestation; only downright oaths, which I never use till urged, nor never break for urging. If thou canst love a fellow of this temper, Kate, whose face is not worth sun-burning, that never looks in his glass for love of any thing he sees there, let thine eye be thy cook. I speak to thee plain soldier: If thou canst love me for this, take me: if not, to say to thee that I shall die, is true; but for thy love, by the Lord, no; yet I love thee too. And while thou livest, dear Kate, take a fellow of plain and uncoined constancy; for he perforce must do thee right, because he hath not the gift to woo in other places: for these fellows of infinite tongue, that can rhyme themselves into ladies' favors, they do always reason themselves out again. What! a speaker is but a prater; a rhyme is but a ballad. A good leg will fall; a straight back will stoop; a black beard will turn white; a curled pate will grow bald; a fair face will wither; a full eye will wax hollow: but a good heart, Kate, is the sun and the moon; or, rather, the sun, and not the moon; for it shines bright and never changes, but keeps his course truly. If thou would have such a one, take me; and take me, take a soldier; take a soldier, take a king. And what sayest thou then to my love? speak, my fair, and fairly, I pray thee.
 
KATHARINE
Is it possible dat I sould love de enemy of France?
 
KING HENRY V
No; it is not possible you should love the enemy of France, Kate: but, in loving me, you should love the friend of France; for I love France so well that I will not part with a village of it; I will have it all mine: and, Kate, when France is mine and I am yours, then yours is France and you are mine.
 
KATHARINE
I cannot tell vat is dat.
 
KING HENRY V
No, Kate? I will tell thee in French; which I am sure will hang upon my tongue like a new-married wife about her husband's neck, hardly to be shook off. Je quand sur le possession de France, et quand vous avez le possession de moi,--let me see, what then? Saint Denis be my speed!--donc votre est France et vous etes mienne. It is as easy for me, Kate, to conquer the kingdom as to speak so much more French: I shall never move thee in French, unless it be to laugh at me.
 
KATHARINE
Sauf votre honneur, le Francois que vous parlez, il est meilleur que l'Anglois lequel je parle.
 
KING HENRY V
No, faith, is it not, Kate: but thy speaking of my tongue, and I thine, most truly-falsely, must needs be granted to be much at one. But, Kate, dost thou understand thus much English, canst thou love me?
 
KATHARINE
I cannot tell.
 
KING HENRY V
Can any of your neighbors tell, Kate? I'll ask them. Come, I know thou lovest me: and at night, when you come into your closet, you'll question this gentlewoman about me; and I know, Kate, you will to her dispraise those parts in me that you love with your heart: but, good Kate, mock me mercifully; the rather, gentle princess, because I love thee cruelly. If ever thou beest mine, Kate, as I have a saving faith within me tells me thou shalt, I get thee with scambling, and thou must therefore needs prove a good soldier-breeder: shall not thou and I, between Saint Denis and Saint George, compound a boy, half French, half English, that shall go to Constantinople and take the Turk by the beard? shall we not? what sayest thou, my fair flower-de-luce?
 
KATHARINE
I do not know dat.
 
KING HENRY V
No; 'tis hereafter to know, but now to promise: do but now promise, Kate, you will endeavor for your French part of such a boy; and for my English moiety take the word of a king and a bachelor. How answer you, la plus belle Katharine du monde, mon tres cher et devin deesse?
 
KATHARINE
Your majestee ave fausse French enough to deceive de most sage demoiselle dat is en France.
 
KING HENRY V
Now, fie upon my false French! By mine honor, in true English, I love thee, Kate: by which honor I dare not swear thou lovest me; yet my blood begins to flatter me that thou dost, notwithstanding the poor and untempering effect of my visage. Now, beshrew my father's ambition! he was thinking of civil wars when he got me: therefore was I created with a stubborn outside, with an aspect of iron, that, when I come to woo ladies, I fright them. But, in faith, Kate, the elder I wax, the better I shall appear: my comfort is, that old age, that ill layer up of beauty, can do no more, spoil upon my face: thou hast me, if thou hast me, at the worst; and thou shalt wear me, if thou wear me, better and better: and therefore tell me, most fair Katharine, will you have me? Put off your maiden blushes; avouch the thoughts of your heart with the looks of an empress; take me by the hand, and say 'Harry of England I am thine:' which word thou shalt no sooner bless mine ear withal, but I will tell thee aloud 'England is thine, Ireland is thine, France is thine, and Harry Plantagenet is thine;' who though I speak it before his face, if he be not fellow with the best king, thou shalt find the best king of good fellows. Come, your answer in broken music; for thy voice is music and thy English broken; therefore, queen of all, Katharine, break thy mind to me in broken English; wilt thou have me?
 
KATHARINE
Dat is as it sall please de roi mon pere.
 
KING HENRY V
Nay, it will please him well, Kate it shall please him, Kate.
 
KATHARINE
Den it sall also content me.
 
KING HENRY V
Upon that I kiss your hand, and I call you my queen.
 
KATHARINE
Laissez, mon seigneur, laissez, laissez: ma foi, je ne veux point que vous abaissiez votre grandeur en baisant la main d'une de votre seigeurie indigne serviteur; excusez-moi, je vous supplie, mon tres-puissant seigneur.
 
KING HENRY V
Then I will kiss your lips, Kate.
 
KATHARINE
Les dames et demoiselles pour etre baisees devant leur noces, il n'est pas la coutume de France.
 
KING HENRY V
Madam my interpreter, what says she?
 
ALICE
Dat it is not be de fashion pour les ladies of France,--I cannot tell vat is baiser en Anglish.
 
KING HENRY V
To kiss.
 
ALICE
Your majesty entendre bettre que moi.
 
KING HENRY V
It is not a fashion for the maids in France to kiss before they are married, would she say?
 
ALICE
Oui, vraiment.
 
KING HENRY V
O Kate, nice customs curtsy to great kings. Dear Kate, you and I cannot be confined within the weak list of a country's fashion: we are the makers of manners, Kate; and the liberty that follows our places stops the mouth of all find-faults; as I will do yours, for upholding the nice fashion of your country in denying me a kiss: therefore, patiently and yielding.
 
[Kissing her]
You have witchcraft in your lips, Kate: there is more eloquence in a sugar touch of them than in the tongues of the French council; and they should sooner persuade Harry of England than a general petition of monarchs. Here comes your father.
 
[Re-enter the FRENCH KING and his QUEEN, BURGUNDY, and other Lords]
 
BURGUNDY
God save your majesty! my royal cousin, teach you our princess English?
 
KING HENRY V
I would have her learn, my fair cousin, how perfectly I love her; and that is good English.
 
BURGUNDY
Is she not apt?
 
KING HENRY V
Our tongue is rough, coz, and my condition is not smooth; so that, having neither the voice nor the heart of flattery about me, I cannot so conjure up the spirit of love in her, that he will appear in his true likeness.
 
BURGUNDY
Pardon the frankness of my mirth, if I answer you for that. If you would conjure in her, you must make a circle; if conjure up love in her in his true likeness, he must appear naked and blind. Can you blame her then, being a maid yet rosed over with the virgin crimson of modesty, if she deny the appearance of a naked blind boy in her naked seeing self? It were, my lord, a hard condition for a maid to consign to.
 
KING HENRY V
Yet they do wink and yield, as love is blind and enforces.
 
BURGUNDY
They are then excused, my lord, when they see not what they do.
 
KING HENRY V
Then, good my lord, teach your cousin to consent winking.
 
BURGUNDY
I will wink on her to consent, my lord, if you will teach her to know my meaning: for maids, well summered and warm kept, are like flies at Bartholomew-tide, blind, though they have their eyes; and then they will endure handling, which before would not abide looking on.
 
KING HENRY V
This moral ties me over to time and a hot summer; and so I shall catch the fly, your cousin, in the latter end and she must be blind too.
 
BURGUNDY
As love is, my lord, before it loves.
 
KING HENRY V
It is so: and you may, some of you, thank love for my blindness, who cannot see many a fair French city for one fair French maid that stands in my way.
 
FRENCH KING
Yes, my lord, you see them perspectively, the cities turned into a maid; for they are all girdled with maiden walls that war hath never entered.
 
KING HENRY V
Shall Kate be my wife?
 
FRENCH KING
So please you.
 
KING HENRY V
I am content; so the maiden cities you talk of may wait on her: so the maid that stood in the way for my wish shall show me the way to my will.
 
FRENCH KING
We have consented to all terms of reason.
 
KING HENRY V
Is it so, my lords of England?
 
WESTMORELAND
The king hath granted every article: His daughter first, and then in sequel all, According to their firm proposed natures.
 
EXETER
Only he hath not yet subscribed this: Where your majesty demands, that the King of France, having any occasion to write for matter of grant, shall name your highness in this form and with this addition in French, Notre trescher fils Henri, Roi d'Angleterre, Heritier de France; and thus in Latin, Praeclarissimus filius noster Henricus, Rex Angliae, et Haeres Franciae.
 
FRENCH KING
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      Nor this | I have | not bro|ther so | denied,
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      But your | request | shall make | me let | it pass.
 
KING HENRY V
          ,          ,         ,          ,       ,      ->
      I pray | you then,| in love | and dear | alli||ance,
       ,          ,     ,         ,        2      ,
      Let | that one | arti|cle rank | with the rest,
            ,     ,      ,              ,
      And there|upon | give me | your daugh|ter.
 
FRENCH KING
      <-  ,           ,     ,           ,          T     T    T
        Take || her fair | son, and | from her | blood raise up
       ,          ,     ,     2     ,          ,
      Issue | to me,| that the con|tending | kingdoms
            ,          ,                2        ,     ,    ,
      Of France | and Eng|land, whose very // shores look pale  ??
            ,  ,           ,         ,      ,
      With en|vy of | each^o|ther's hap|piness,
            ,            ,        ,           ,         ,       ->
      May cease | their ha|tred, and | this dear | conjunc||tion
        ,       ,     2            ,          ,        ,
      Plant | neighborhood*| and Chris|tian-like | accord
        2        ,      ,             ,      ,        ,
      In their sweet | bosoms,| that ne|ver war | advance
            ,         ,             ,               ,     ,
      His blee|ding sword | 'twixt Eng|land and / fair France.
 
ALL
Amen.
 
KING HENRY V
           ,         ,          ,        ,        ,
      Now wel|come Kate:| and bear | me wit|ness all,
             ,        ,         ,       ,   2       ,
      That here | I kiss | her as | my so|vereign queen.
 
[Flourish]
 
QUEEN ISABEL
       ,           ,   ,           ,   ,
      God, the | best ma/ker of | all mar/riages,
           ,            ,         ,            ,         ,
      Combine | your hearts | in one,| your realms | in one:
          ,          ,      2    ,         ,         ,
      As man | and wife | being two,| are one | in love,
       ,   2          ,            ,          ,        ,
      So be there |'twixt your | kingdoms | such a | spousal,
            ,            ,   ,              ,   ,      ,
      That ne|ver may / ill of|fice, or / fell jea|lousy,
              ,        ,         ,         ,       ,        o
      Which trou|bles oft | the bed | of bles|sed mar|riage,  (hex with prev)
        ,      2     ,          ,             ,       ,
      Thrust in be|tween the | paction | of these | kingdoms,
           ,        ,          ,        ,    2       ,
      To make | divorce | of their | incor|porate league:
            ,        ,          ,        ,    ,
      That Eng|lish may | as French,| French Eng/lishmen,
          ,          ,        ,      ,            ,
      Receive | each^o|ther. God | speak this | Amen.
 
ALL
Amen.
 
KING HENRY V
           ,        ,         ,          ,          ,
      Prepare | we for | our mar|riage: on | which day,
           ,        ,      ,           ,           ,
      My Lord | of Bur|gundy,| we'll take | your oath
           ,          ,            ,      ,           ,
      And all | the peers',| for sure|ty of | our leagues.
        ,              ,          ,         ,        ,
      Then shall | I swear | to Kate,| and you | to me,
           ,          ,       T    T   .   T     2     ,
      And may | our oaths | well kept and pro|sperous be.
 
[Sennet. Exeunt]

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