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With the main 4 Henry sped,
Amongst his henchmen.15 Exeter16 had the rear, A braver man not there; Heavens! how hot they were
On the false Frenchmen!
They now to fight are gone : Armour on armour shone, Drum now to drum did groan;
To hear was wonder ; That with the cries they make The very earth did shake; Trumpet to trumpet spake;
Thunder to thunder.
Well it thine age became,
To our hid forces ;18
Struck the French horses.
14 main body of the army.
at the haunch of their master.
who fought in the battle. He was an old man, and gave the signal for the fight by throwing
his truncheon in the air, calling out, in Norman French, “Now strike," after which he dismounted, as the king and others
had done, and fought on foot. 18 The English were partly hidden'
behind a village, and in the standing corn.
19 This line shows the wood of which
the bows of that age were made. 20 weather, the air. 21 bilbows, swords, so called from
Bilboa, in Spain, famous for sword blades.
22 while, during this time: while is
here a noun. 23 ding, to throw or dash violently.
24 besprent, besprinkled.
25 Gloucester, brother to the king.
31 Tbis and the remaining names
are those of knights., 32 doughtily, bravely. . 33 Crispin's day, a French Saint's
day, see page 39.
O when shall Englishmen
Such a King Harry!
ith his poem should be read Sbakspearo's Henry V., and a History of England.
Born at Stratford-on-Avon, he left it in early manhood for Londonlived there as a player, play-writer, and part owner of the Theatreand finally returned, well-to-do, to Stratford, and there died. His amazing genius places him far above all other English poets-perhaps above all others of all time.
To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Tie. To die is to sleep-nothing more.' ? consummation, an end, a re
bult. He would faiu be able to
say that, death being thus only % sleep, it would end all human troubles.
To sleep: perchance to dream; ay, there's the rub;
3 respect, consideration.
80 long, without putting an end
to ourselves. s quietus, inal discharge, or ac
8 bourn, limits.
tation. 11 from this cause. 12 end in mere desire, without being