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ACT IV SCENE VII Another part of the field. 
FLUELLEN Kill the poys and the luggage! 'tis expressly 
 against the law of arms: 'tis as arrant a piece of 
 knavery, mark you now, as can be offer't; in your 
 conscience, now, is it not? 5
GOWER 'Tis certain there's not a boy left alive; and the 
 cowardly rascals that ran from the battle ha' done 
 this slaughter: besides, they have burned and 
 carried away all that was in the king's tent; 
 wherefore the king, most worthily, hath caused every 10
 soldier to cut his prisoner's throat. O, 'tis a 
 gallant king! 
FLUELLEN Ay, he was porn at Monmouth, Captain Gower. What 
 call you the town's name where Alexander the Pig was born! 
GOWER Alexander the Great. 15
FLUELLEN Why, I pray you, is not pig great? the pig, or the 
 great, or the mighty, or the huge, or the 
 magnanimous, are all one reckonings, save the phrase 
 is a little variations. 
GOWER I think Alexander the Great was born in Macedon; his 20
 father was called Philip of Macedon, as I take it. 
FLUELLEN I think it is in Macedon where Alexander is porn. I 
 tell you, captain, if you look in the maps of the 
 'orld, I warrant you sall find, in the comparisons 
 between Macedon and Monmouth, that the situations, 25
 look you, is both alike. There is a river in 
 Macedon; and there is also moreover a river at 
 Monmouth: it is called Wye at Monmouth; but it is 
 out of my prains what is the name of the other 
 river; but 'tis all one, 'tis alike as my fingers is 30
 to my fingers, and there is salmons in both. If you 
 mark Alexander's life well, Harry of Monmouth's life 
 is come after it indifferent well; for there is 
 figures in all things. Alexander, God knows, and 
 you know, in his rages, and his furies, and his 35
 wraths, and his cholers, and his moods, and his 
 displeasures, and his indignations, and also being a 
 little intoxicates in his prains, did, in his ales and 
 his angers, look you, kill his best friend, Cleitus. 
GOWER Our king is not like him in that: he never killed 40
 any of his friends. 
FLUELLEN It is not well done, mark you now take the tales out 
 of my mouth, ere it is made and finished. I speak 
 but in the figures and comparisons of it: as 
 Alexander killed his friend Cleitus, being in his 45
 ales and his cups; so also Harry Monmouth, being in 
 his right wits and his good judgments, turned away 
 the fat knight with the great belly-doublet: he 
 was full of jests, and gipes, and knaveries, and 
 mocks; I have forgot his name. 50
GOWER Sir John Falstaff. 
FLUELLEN That is he: I'll tell you there is good men porn at Monmouth. 
GOWER Here comes his majesty. 
 Alarum. Enter KING HENRY, and forces; WARWICK, GLOUCESTER, EXETER, and others. 
KING HENRY V I was not angry since I came to France 
 Until this instant. Take a trumpet, herald; 55
 Ride thou unto the horsemen on yon hill: 
 If they will fight with us, bid them come down, 
 Or void the field; they do offend our sight: 
 If they'll do neither, we will come to them, 
 And make them skirr away, as swift as stones 60
 Enforced from the old Assyrian slings: 
 Besides, we'll cut the throats of those we have, 
 And not a man of them that we shall take 
 Shall taste our mercy. Go and tell them so. 
EXETER Here comes the herald of the French, my liege. 65
GLOUCESTER His eyes are humbler than they used to be. 
KING HENRY V How now! what means this, herald? know'st thou not 
 That I have fined these bones of mine for ransom? 
 Comest thou again for ransom? 
MONTJOY No, great king: 70
 I come to thee for charitable licence, 
 That we may wander o'er this bloody field 
 To look our dead, and then to bury them; 
 To sort our nobles from our common men. 
 For many of our princes--woe the while!-- 75
 Lie drown'd and soak'd in mercenary blood; 
 So do our vulgar drench their peasant limbs 
 In blood of princes; and their wounded steeds 
 Fret fetlock deep in gore and with wild rage 
 Yerk out their armed heels at their dead masters, 80
 Killing them twice. O, give us leave, great king, 
 To view the field in safety and dispose 

Of their dead bodies!
KING HENRY V I tell thee truly, herald, 
 I know not if the day be ours or no; 85
 For yet a many of your horsemen peer 
 And gallop o'er the field. 
MONTJOY The day is yours. 
KING HENRY V Praised be God, and not our strength, for it! 
 What is this castle call'd that stands hard by? 90
MONTJOY They call it Agincourt. 
KING HENRY V Then call we this the field of Agincourt, 
 Fought on the day of Crispin Crispianus. 
FLUELLEN Your grandfather of famous memory, an't please your 
 majesty, and your great-uncle Edward the Plack 95
 Prince of Wales, as I have read in the chronicles, 
 fought a most prave pattle here in France. 
KING HENRY V They did, Fluellen. 
FLUELLEN Your majesty says very true: if your majesties is 
 remembered of it, the Welshmen did good service in a 100
 garden where leeks did grow, wearing leeks in their 
 Monmouth caps; which, your majesty know, to this 
 hour is an honourable badge of the service; and I do 
 believe your majesty takes no scorn to wear the leek 
 upon Saint Tavy's day. 105
KING HENRY V I wear it for a memorable honour; 
 For I am Welsh, you know, good countryman. 
FLUELLEN All the water in Wye cannot wash your majesty's 
 Welsh plood out of your pody, I can tell you that: 
 God pless it and preserve it, as long as it pleases 110
 his grace, and his majesty too! 
KING HENRY V Thanks, good my countryman. 
FLUELLEN By Jeshu, I am your majesty's countryman, I care not 
 who know it; I will confess it to all the 'orld: I 
 need not to be ashamed of your majesty, praised be 115
 God, so long as your majesty is an honest man. 
KING HENRY V God keep me so! Our heralds go with him: 
 Bring me just notice of the numbers dead 
 On both our parts. Call yonder fellow hither. 
 Points to WILLIAMS. Exeunt Heralds with Montjoy. 
EXETER Soldier, you must come to the king. 120
KING HENRY V Soldier, why wearest thou that glove in thy cap? 
WILLIAMS An't please your majesty, 'tis the gage of one that 
 I should fight withal, if he be alive. 
KING HENRY V An Englishman? 
WILLIAMS An't please your majesty, a rascal that swaggered 125
 with me last night; who, if alive and ever dare to 
 challenge this glove, I have sworn to take him a box 
 o' th' ear: or if I can see my glove in his cap, 
 which he swore, as he was a soldier, he would wear 
 if alive, I will strike it out soundly. 130
KING HENRY V What think you, Captain Fluellen? is it fit this 
 soldier keep his oath? 
FLUELLEN He is a craven and a villain else, an't please your 
 majesty, in my conscience. 
KING HENRY V It may be his enemy is a gentleman of great sort, 135
 quite from the answer of his degree. 
FLUELLEN Though he be as good a gentleman as the devil is, as 
 Lucifer and Belzebub himself, it is necessary, look 
 your grace, that he keep his vow and his oath: if 
 he be perjured, see you now, his reputation is as 140
 arrant a villain and a Jacksauce, as ever his black 
 shoe trod upon God's ground and his earth, in my 
 conscience, la! 
KING HENRY V Then keep thy vow, sirrah, when thou meetest the fellow. 
WILLIAMS So I will, my liege, as I live. 145
KING HENRY V Who servest thou under? 
WILLIAMS Under Captain Gower, my liege. 
FLUELLEN Gower is a good captain, and is good knowledge and 
 literatured in the wars. 
KING HENRY V Call him hither to me, soldier. 150
WILLIAMS I will, my liege. 
KING HENRY V Here, Fluellen; wear thou this favour for me and 
 stick it in thy cap: when Alencon and myself were 
 down together, I plucked this glove from his helm: 
 if any man challenge this, he is a friend to 155
 Alencon, and an enemy to our person; if thou 
 encounter any such, apprehend him, an thou dost me love. 
FLUELLEN Your grace doo's me as great honours as can be 
 desired in the hearts of his subjects: I would fain 
 see the man, that has but two legs, that shall find 160
 himself aggrieved at this glove; that is all; but I 
 would fain see it once, an please God of his grace 
 that I might see. 
KING HENRY V Knowest thou Gower? 
FLUELLEN He is my dear friend, an please you. 165
KING HENRY V Pray thee, go seek him, and bring him to my tent. 
FLUELLEN I will fetch him. 
KING HENRY V My Lord of Warwick, and my brother Gloucester, 
 Follow Fluellen closely at the heels: 
 The glove which I have given him for a favour 170
 May haply purchase him a box o' th' ear; 
 It is the soldier's; I by bargain should 
 Wear it myself. Follow, good cousin Warwick: 
 If that the soldier strike him, as I judge 
 By his blunt bearing he will keep his word, 175
 Some sudden mischief may arise of it; 
 For I do know Fluellen valiant 
 And, touched with choler, hot as gunpowder, 
 And quickly will return an injury: 
 Follow and see there be no harm between them. 180
 Go you with me, uncle of Exeter. 

Henry V, Act 4, Scene 8


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