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Henry V

Henry V

God and his angels guard your sacred throne

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Bishop of Canterbury
God and his angels guard your sacred throne
And make you long become it.
King Henry
Sure we thank you.
My learnèd lord, we pray you to proceed
And justly and religiously unfold
Why the law Salic that they have in France
Or should or should not bar us in our claim.
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Act 1
Scene 2
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But there’s a saying very old and true

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Bishop of Ely 
But there’s a saying very old and true:
“If that you will France win,
Then with Scotland first begin.”
For once the eagle England being in prey,
To her unguarded nest the weasel Scot
Comes sneaking and so sucks her princely eggs,
Playing the mouse in absence of the cat,
To ’tame and havoc more than she can eat.
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Act 1
Scene 2
Line 173

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What treasure, uncle?

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King Henry
What treasure, uncle?
Exeter
Tennis balls, my liege.
King Henry
We are glad the Dauphin is so pleasant with us.
His present and your pains we thank you for.
When we have matched our rackets to these balls,
We will in France, by God’s grace, play a set
Shall strike his father’s crown into the hazard.
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Act 1
Scene 2
Line 267

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The mercy that was quick in us but late

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The mercy that was quick in us but late
By your own counsel is suppressed and killed.
You must not dare, for shame, to talk of mercy,
For your own reasons turn into your bosoms
As dogs upon their masters, worrying you.—

’Tis so strange
That, though the truth of it stands off as gross
As black and white,
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Act 2
Scene 2
Line 85

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God quit you in His mercy

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God quit you in His mercy. Hear your sentence:
You have conspired against our royal person,
Joined with an enemy proclaimed, and from his coffers
Received the golden earnest of our death,
Wherein you would have sold your king to slaughter,
His princes and his peers to servitude,
His subjects to oppression and contempt,
And his whole kingdom into desolation.
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Act 2
Scene 2
Line 173

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Once more unto the breach, dear friends

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Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more,
Or close the wall up with our English dead!

Cry “God for Harry, England, and Saint George!”

In peace there’s nothing so becomes a man
As modest stillness and humility,
But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
Then imitate the action of the tiger:
Stiffen the sinews,
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Act 3
Scene 1
Line 1

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How yet resolves the Governor of the town?

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King Henry, to the men of Harfleur
How yet resolves the Governor of the town?
This is the latest parle we will admit.
Therefore to our best mercy give yourselves
Or, like to men proud of destruction,
Defy us to our worst.

The gates of mercy shall be all shut up,
And the fleshed soldier,
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Act 3
Scene 3
Line 1

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What is thy name? I know thy quality.

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King Henry
What is thy name? I know thy quality.
Montjoy
Montjoy.

The sum of all our answer is but this:
We would not seek a battle as we are,
Nor, as we are, we say we will not shun it.

King Henry
Thou dost thy office fairly.Turn thee back,
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Act 3
Scene 6
Line 142

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There is some soul of goodness in things evil

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There is some soul of goodness in things evil,
Would men observingly distill it out.
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Act 4
Scene 1

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Gloucester, ’tis true that we are in great danger

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King Henry
Gloucester, ’tis true that we are in great danger.
The greater therefore should our courage be.—
Good morrow, brother Bedford.

There is some soul of goodness in things evil,
Would men observingly distill it out.

God almighty,
There is some soul of goodness in things evil,
Would men observingly distill it out.
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Act 4
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