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If they will fight with us, bid them come down,
Or void the field; they do offend our fight.
If they'll do neither, we will come to them;
And make them Iker away, as swift as stones
Inforced from the old Affyrian flings:
Besides, e'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 fo.

Enter Mountjoy.
Exe. Here comes the herald of the French, my Liege.
Glou. His eyes are humbler than they us’d to be.
K. Henry. How now, what means their herald?

know'st thou not, That I have fin’d these bones of mine for ransom? Com'st thou again for ransom?

Mount. No, great King : I come to thee for charitable licence, That we may wander o'er this bloody field, To book our dead, and then to bury them: To sort our nobles from our common men ; For many of our princes (woe, the while !) Lie drown'd, and foak’d in mercenary blood: So do our vulgar drench their peasant-limbs In blood of princes; while their wounded steeds Freț ferlock deep in gore, and with wild rage Yerk out their armed heels at their dead masters, Killing them twice. O, give us leave, great King, To view the field in safety, and dispose Of their dead bodies.

K. Henry. I tell thee truly, herald,
I know not if the day be ours or no;
For yet a many


horsemen peer, And gallop o'er the field.

Mount. The day is your's.

K. Henry. Praised be God, and not our strength, for What is this castle caļld, that stands hard by? [it! :Mount. They call it Agincourt.

K. Henry. Then call we this the field of Agincourt, Fought on the day of Crispin Crispianus.

Flu. Your grandfather of famous memory, an't please your Majesty, and your great uncle Edward the Plack

Prince of Wales, as I have read in the chronicles, fought a most prave battle here in France.

K. Henry. They did, Fluellen.

Flu. Your Majesty says very true : if your Majesties is remember'd of it, the Welchmen did good service in a garden where leeks did grow, wearing leeks in their Monmouth caps, which your Majesty knows to this hour is an honourable padge of the fervice; and I do believe your Majesty takes no fcorn to wear the leek upon St. Tavie's day.

K. Henry. I wear it for a memorable honour; For I am Welch, you know, good countryman.

Flu. All the water in Wye cannot wash your Majesty's Welch plood out of your pody, I can tell you that; God pless and preserve it, as long as it pleafes his Grace and his Majesty too.

K. Henry. Thanks, good my countryman.

Flu. By Cheshu, 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 God, so long as your Majesty is an honest man. K. Henry. God keep me so !

Enter Williams. Our heralds go with him :

[Exeunt Heralds with Mountjoy. Bring me just notice of the numbers dead On both our parts. Call yonder fellow hither.

S CE N E XV. Exe. Soldier, you must come to the King. K. Henry. Soldier, why wearest thou that glove in

thy čap ? Will. An't please your Majesty, 'tis the gage of one that I should fight withal, if he be alive.

K. Henry. An Englishman?

Will. An't please your Majesty, a rafcal that fwagger'd with me last night; who, if alive, and if ever he dare to challenge this glove, I have fworn to take him a box o'th' ear; or if I can fee my glove in his cap, which he swore as he was a soldier he would wear, (if alive) I will strike it out foundly.

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ki Henry.

K. Henry. What think you, Captain Fluellen, is it fit this soldier keep his oath?

Flu. He is a craven and a villain else, an't please your Majesty, in my confcience.

K. Henry. It may be, his enemy is a gentleman of great fort, quite from the answer of his degree.

Flu. Though he be as good a gentleman as the tevil is, as Lucifer and Belzebub himself, it is neceffary, look your Grace, tbat he keep his vow and his oath : if he be perjur'd see you now, his reputation is as arrant a villain and a jackfawce, as ever his black shoe trod upon God's ground and his earth, in my conscience law.

K. Henry. Then keep thy vow, firrah, when thou meet'st the fellow.

Will. So I will, my Liege, as I live.
K. Henry. Who serv'st thou under?
Will. Under Captain Gower, my Liege.

Flu. Gower is a good Captain, and is good knowledge and literature in the wars.

K. Henry Call him hither to me, soldier.
Will. I will, my Liege.

[Exit. K. Henry. Here, Fluellen, wear thou this favour for me, and stick it in thy cap. When Alanfon and myself were down together, I pluck'd this glove from his helin; if. any man challenge this, he is a friend to Alanson, and an enemy to our person ; if thou encounter any fuch, apprehend him if thou dost love me.

Flu. Your Grace does me as great honours as can be defird in the hearts of his subjects. I would fain fee the man that has but two legs that shall find himself aggriev'd at this glove; that is all : but I would fain see it once, an' please God of his grace that I might fee.

K. Henry. Know'st thou Gower?
Flu. He is my dear friend, an' please you.
K. Henry. Pray thee go seek him, and bring him to
Flu. I will fetch him.

[Exit. K. Henry. My Lord of Warwick, and my brother

Follow Fluellen closely at the heels.


my tent.

The glove which I have given him for 'a favour,
May, haply, purchase him a box o'th' ear.
It is the soldier's; I by bargain thould
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,
Some sudden mischief may arise of it :
For I do know Fluellen valiant,
And, touch'd with choler, hot as gun-powder;
And quickly he'll return an injury.
Follow; and see there be no harın between them.
Come you with me, uncle of Exeter. [Exeunt.

SCENE XVI. Before King Henry's pavilion.

Enter Gower and Williams.
Will. I warrant it is to knight you, Captain.

Enter Fluellen. Flu. God's will and his pleasure, Captain, I pefeech you now come apace to the King: there is more good toward you, peradventure, than is in your knowledge tp dream of.

Will. Sir, know you this glove?
Flu. Know the glove! I know the glove is a glove.
Will. I know this, and thus I challenge it.

[Strikes him. Flu. 'Sblud, an arrant traitor as any's in the universal orld, in France or in England.

Gower. How now, Sir ? you villain !
Will. Do


think I'll be forsworn ? . Flu. Stand away, Captain Gower, I will give treason bis payment into plows, I warrant you.

Will. I am no traitor.

Flu. That's a lye in thy throat. I charge you in his Majesty's name apprehend hiin, he's a friend of the Duke of Alanson's.

Enter Warwick and Gloucester.
War. How now, how now, what's the matter?

Flii. My Lord of Warwick, here is, prailed be God for it, a molt contagious treason come to light, Jook


you, as you shall desire in a summer's day. Here is his Maje ty

Enter King Henry, and Exeter. K. Henry. How now, what's the matter?

Flu. My Liege, here is a villain and a traitor, that, look your Grace, has struck the glove which your Ma. jesty is take out of the helmet of Alanson.

Will. My Liege, this was my glove, here is the fellow of it; and he that I gave it to in change, promis'd to wear it in his cap. I promis’d to strike him, if he did. I met this man with my glove in his cap, and I have been as good as my word.

Flu. Your Majesty hear now, faving your Majesty's manhood, what an arrant, rascally, peggarly, lowly knave it is. I hope your Majesty is pear me teftimonies, and witnesses, and avouchments, that this is the glove of Alanfon that your Majesty is give me, in your conscience now.

K. Henry. Give me thy glove, foldier ; look, here is the fellow of it: 'twas me, indeed, thou promisedft to strike, and thou hast given me most bitter terms.

Flu. An' please your Majesty, let his neck anfwer for it, if there is any martial law in the orld.

K. Henry. How canst thou make me fatisfaction?

Will. All offences, my Lord, come from the heart; never came any from mine that might offend your Ma. jelty.

K. Henry. It was ourself thou didst abuse.

Will. Your Majesty came not like yourself; you ap. pear’d to me but as a common man; witness the night, your garments, your lowliness : and what your Highness susier'd under that thape, I beseech you take it for your fault, and not mine; for had you been as I took you for, I made no offence: therefore I beseech your Highness, pardon me.

K. Henry. Here, uncle Exeter, fill this glove with And give it to this fellow. Keep it, fellow; (crowns, And wear it for an honour in thy cap, Till I do challenge it. Give him the crowns; And, Captain, you must needs be friends with him. Flu. By this day and this light, the fellow has metele


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