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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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We see yonder the beginning of the day

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Williams
We see yonder the beginning of the day, but
I think we shall never see the end of it.—Who goes there?
King Henry
A friend.
Williams
Under what captain serve you?
King Henry
Under Sir Thomas Erpingham.
Williams
A good old commander and a most kind
gentleman.
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Methinks I could not die anywhere so contented

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King Henry
Methinks I could not die anywhere
so contented as in the King’s company, his
cause being just and his quarrel honorable.
Williams
That’s more than we know.
Bates
Ay, or more than we should seek after, for we
know enough if we know we are the King’s subjects.
If his cause be wrong,
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Be friends, you English fools, be friends

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Bates
Be friends, you English fools, be friends. We
have French quarrels enough, if you could tell how
to reckon.
King Henry
Indeed, the French may lay twenty
French crowns to one they will beat us, for they
bear them on their shoulders. But it is no English
treason to cut French crowns,
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O God of battles, steel my soldiers’ hearts

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O God of battles, steel my soldiers’ hearts.
Possess them not with fear. Take from them now
The sense of reck’ning or th’ opposèd numbers
Pluck their hearts from them. Not today, O Lord,
O, not today, think not upon the fault
My father made in compassing the crown.

Not today, O Lord,
O, not today, think not upon the fault
My father made in compassing the crown

I Richard’s body have interrèd new
And on it have bestowed more contrite tears
Than from it issued forcèd drops of blood.
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Why do you stay so long, my lords of France?

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Grandpré
Why do you stay so long, my lords of France?
Yond island carrions, desperate of their bones,
Ill-favoredly become the morning field.
Their ragged curtains poorly are let loose,
And our air shakes them passing scornfully.
Big Mars seems bankrupt in their beggared host
And faintly through a rusty beaver peeps.

Description cannot suit itself in words
To demonstrate the life of such a battle
In life so lifeless,
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All things are ready

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All things are ready if our minds be so.
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O, that we now had here But one ten thousand

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Westmoreland
O, that we now had here
But one ten thousand of those men in England
That do no work today.

All things are ready if our minds be so.

King Henry
What’s he that wishes so?
My cousin Westmoreland? No, my fair cousin.
If we are marked to die, we are enough
To do our country loss;
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What are his words?

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Pistol
What are his words?
Boy
He prays you to save his life. He is a gentleman of a
good house, and for his ransom he will give you two
hundred crowns.

I did never know so full a voice issue from
so empty a heart. But the saying is true:
“The empty vessel makes the greatest sound.”

Pistol
Tell him my fury shall abate,
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Shame, and eternal shame, nothing but shame!

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Bourbon
Shame, and eternal shame, nothing but shame!
Let us die. In once more! Back again!

The devil take order now! I’ll to the throng.
Let life be short, else shame will be too long.

And he that will not follow Bourbon now,
Let him go hence, and with his cap in hand
Like a base pander hold the chamber door,
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