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Ese. The duke of York commends him to your majesty.
I saw him down; thrice up again, and fighting;
From helmet to the spur, all blood he was.
Larding the plain: and by his bloody side
me up to tears. K. HEN.
I blame you not;
• Capell thought that this line should be spoken by a messenger in answer to the King's “what new alaram is this same?" The conduct of Henry in giving the fatal order
“ Then every soldier kill his prisoners"is much more natural and justifiable than if he issued the command upon suspicion only.
SCENE VII.-Another Part of the Field.
Alarums. Enter FLUELLEN and GOWER.
Flu. Kill the poys and the luggage! 't is expressly against the law of arms:
't is as arrant a piece of knavery, mark you now, as can be offered. In your
conscience now, is it not? Gow. T is certain there's not a boy left alive; and the cowardly rascals that
ran from the battle have done this slaughter: besides, they have burned and carried away all that was in the king's tent; wherefore the king, most worthily, hath caused every soldier to cut his prisoners throat. 0, 't is a gallant
king! Flo. Ay, he was porn at Monmouth, captain Gower : What call you the town's
name where Alexander the pig was porn ? Gow. Alexander the great. Flo. Why, I pray you, is not pig, great? The pig, or the great, or the mighty,
or the huge, or the magnanimous, are all one reckonings, save the phrase is
& Little variations. Gow. I think Alexander the great was born in Macedon; his father was called
Philip of Macedon, as I take it. Flo. I think it is in Macedon where Alexander is porn. I tell you, captain,
If you look in the maps of the 'orld, I warrant you shall find, in the comparisons between Macedon and Monmouth, that the situations, look you, is both alike. There is a river in Macedon; and there is also moreover a river at Monmouth : it is called Wye, at Monmouth; but it is out of my prains what is the name of the other river; but 't is all one, 't is alike as my fingers is to my fingers, and there is salmons in both. If you mark Alexander's life well, Harry of Monmouth's life is come after it indifferent well; for there is figures in all things. Alexander (God knows, and you know), in his rages, and his furies, and his wraths, and his cholers, and his moods, and his displeasures, and his indignations, and also being a little intoxicates in his prains,
did, in his ales and his angers, look you, kill his pest friend, Clytus. Gow. Our king is not like him in that; he never killed
any of his friends. Flo. It is not well done, mark you now, to take the tales out of my mouth, ere
it is made and finished. I speak but in the figures and comparisons of it: As Alexander killed his friend Clytus, being in his ales and his cups; so also Harry Monmouth, being in his right wits and his goot judgments, turned away the fat knight with the great pelly-doublet: he was full of jests, and
gipes, and knaveries, and mocks; I have forgot his name? Gow. Sir John Falstaff.
• We print this speech as in the folio, with the exception of goot for good. The ordinary text is stuffed full of false English, sopposed to represent the Welsh mode of expression. Capell very justly says—The poet thought it sufficient to mark his (Fluellen's) diction a little, and in some places only; and the man of taste will be of the same opinion.”
Flu. That is he: I'll tell you, there is goot men porn at Monmouth.
Alarum. Entor KING HENRY with a part of the English Forces ; WABWICK,
GLOSTER, EXETER, and others.
Until this instant.—Take a trumpet, herald;
EXE. Here comes the herald of the French, my liege.
That I have fin'd these bones of mine for ransom?
Com'st thou again for ransomo?
No, great king,
Of their dead bodies.
I tell thee truly, herald,
" Come thou no more for ransom, gentle herald;
They shall have none, I swear, but these my joints."
The day is yours.
What is this castle call'd that stands hard by ?
Fought on the day of Crispin Crispianus.
great-uncle Edward the plack prince of Wales, as I have read in the chro
nicles, fought a most prave pattle here in France. K. HEN. They did, Fluellen. Flo. Your majesty says very true: if your majesties is remembered of it, the
Welshmen did goot 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 service; and, I do believe, your majesty takes no
scorn to wear the leek upon Saint Tavy's day. K. HEN. I wear it for a memorable honour:
For I am Welsh, you know, good countryman. Flu. All the water in Wye cannot wash your majesty's Welsh plood out of your
pody, I can tell you that: Got pless it and preserve it, as long as it pleases
his grace, and his majesty too! K. HEN. 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. Hen. God keep me so !-Our heralds go with him;
Bring me just notice of the numbers dead
[Points to WILLIAMS. Exeunt MONTJOY and others.
if he be alive. K. HEN. An Englishman? WILL. An't please your majesty, a rascal that swaggered with me last night :
who, if 'a live and ever dare to challenge this glove, I have sworn to take him a box o'the ear: or, if I can see my glove in his cap, (which he swore,
as he was a soldier, he would wear if alive,) I will strike it out soundly. K. Hen. What think you, captain Fluellen ? is it fit this soldier keep his
oath? Flo. He is a craven and a villain else, an 't please your majesty, in my con
science. K. HEN. It may be his enemy is a gentleman of great sort, quite from the
answer of bis degree. Flo. Though he be as goot a gentleman as the tevil is, as Lucifer and Belze
bub himself, it is necessary, look your grace, that he keep bis vow and his oath : if he be perjured, see you now, his reputation is as arrant & villain, and a Jack sauce, as ever his plack shoe trod upon Got's ground and his
earth, in my conscience, la. K. HEN. Then keep thy vow, sirrah, when thou meet'st the fellow. WILL. So I will, my liege, as I live. K. HEN. Who servest thou under? WILL. Under captain Gower, my liege. Flu. Gawer is a goot captain; and is goot knowledge and literature in the
K. HEN. Call him hither to me, soldier.
[Exit. K. HEN. Here, Fluellen; wear thou this favour for me, and stick it in thy cap:
When Alençon and myself were down together, I plucked this glove from his helm; if any man challenge this, he is a friend to Alençon and an enemy to our person; if thou encounter any such, apprehend him, an thou
dost me love. Flo. Your grace does me as great honours as can be desired in the hearts of
his subjects : I would fain see the man, that has but two legs, that shall find himself aggriefed at this glove, that is all; but I would fain see it once ;
. an please Got of his grace that I might see it.
(Exit. K. HEN. My lord of Warwick, and my brother Gloster,
Follow Fluellen closely at the heels :
SCENE VIII.-Before King Henry's Pavilion.
Enter GOWER and WILLIAMS.
WILL. I warrant it is to knight you, captain.