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Henry V

Written: 1598-99; Texts: Quarto 1600, First Folio 1623 (History)
Source: Holinshed, Raphael (c. 1528-c. 1580). The Chronicles of England, Scotland and Ireland. (2nd ed., 1587); The Famous Victories of Henry the Fifth (c. 1586); Robert Fabyan (?-1513). New Chronicles of England and France (1516); Samuel Daniel (c.1562-1619). The Civil Wars between the Two Houses of Lancaster and York (1595-1609)
Characters: Henry V, Archbishop of Canterbury, Chorus, Pistol, Duke of Exeter, Constable of France, Charles the Sixth, The Dauphin, Fluellen, Katherine
Setting: London, Other English locations, France
Time: AD 1414-1420

Henry V is the third play what scholars refer to as the Henriad, an allusion to Virgil's Aeneid. The Henriad, Shakespeare's epic account of King Henry V, includes Henry IV Part 1, Henry IV Part 2, and Henry V. Those three plays combined with their prequel, Richard II, comprise what is now known as the Second Tetralogy, written between 1597 and 1598. The First Tetralogy, written earlier between 1591 and 1595, comprises Henry VI Part 1Henry VI Part 2, Henry VI Part 3, and Richard III.

O, for a muse of fire

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O, for a muse of fire that would ascend
The brightest heaven of invention!
A kingdom for a stage, princes to act,
And monarchs to behold the swelling scene!
Then should the warlike Harry, like himself,
Assume the port of Mars, and at his heels,
Leashed in like hounds, should famine, sword, and fire
Crouch for employment. But pardon,
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Hear him but reason in divinity

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Hear him but reason in divinity,
And all-admiring, with an inward wish
You would desire the King were made a prelate;
Hear him debate of commonwealth affairs,
You would say it hath been all in all his study;
List his discourse of war, and you shall hear
A fearful battle rend’red you in music;
Turn him to any cause of policyParallelism
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The strawberry grows underneath the nettle

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The strawberry grows underneath the nettle,
And wholesome berries thrive and ripen best
Neighbor’d by fruit of baser quality.
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They sell the pasture now to buy the horse

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They sell the pasture now to buy the horse.
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‘Tis no sinister nor no awkward claim

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‘Tis no sinister nor no awkward claim,
Pick’d from the worm-holes of long-vanish’d days,
Nor from the dust of old oblivion raked.
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And, be assur’d, you’ll find a difference

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And, be assur’d, you’ll find a difference,
As we his subjects have in wonder found,
Between the promise of his greener days
And these he masters now. Now he weighs time
Even to the utmost grain.
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Self-love, my liege…

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Self-love, my liege, is not so vile a sin as self-neglecting.
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Thus with imagin’d wing our swift scene flies

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Thus with imagin’d wing our swift scene flies
In motion of no less celerity
Than that of thought.
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He hath a killing tongue and a quiet sword

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He hath a killing tongue and a quiet sword.
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There is throats to be cut, and works to be done

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There is throats to be cut, and works to be done.
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