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By William Shakespeare

Henry V is Shakespeare’s most famed “war play”; it contains the storied English victory over the French at Agincourt. a few of it glorifies battle, in particular the choruses and Henry’s speeches urging his troops into conflict. yet we additionally listen bishops conniving for warfare to delay a invoice that might tax the church, and infantrymen awaiting to harvest earnings from the clash. Even within the speeches of Henry and his nobles, there are numerous chilling references to the human rate of war.

The authoritative version of Henry V from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the depended on and commonplace Shakespeare sequence for college kids and basic readers, includes:

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-An advent to analyzing Shakespeare’s language

-An essay by means of a number one Shakespeare pupil supplying a contemporary point of view at the play

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-An annotated consultant to additional reading

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I communicate to thee simple soldier: if thou canst love me for this, take me; if now not, to assert to thee that I shall die, is true—but for thy love, by means of the Lord, no; but i admire thee too. And whereas thou liv‘st, expensive Kate, take a fellow of undeniable and uncoined° fidelity, for he perforce needs to do thee correct, simply because he hath now not the present to woo in different places; for those fellows of endless tongue, that may rhyme themselves into women’ favors, they do constantly cause themselves out back. What! A speaker is yet a prater; a rhyme is yet a ballad;° an excellent leg will fall, a immediately again will droop, a black beard will flip white, a curled pate will develop bald, a good face will wither, a whole eye will wax hole: yet an exceptional center, Kate, is the sunlight and the moon, or really, the solar, and never the moon, for it shines vivid and not alterations, yet retains his path really. If thou may have this sort of one, take me; and take me, take a soldier; take a soldier, take a king. And what say‘st thou then to my love? converse, my fair—and relatively, I pray thee. 137 degree meter 138 energy in degree skill for dancing 140-43 win a woman at leapfrog ... bounce right into a spouse (to “leap” and “vault” have been universal in bawdy senses, and obviously used so via Shakespeare in different performs) one hundred forty five jackanapes ape 146 greenly foolishly, sheepishly 151 now not worthy sunburning so gruesome that the solar can't make it extra so 152-53 thine eye be thy prepare dinner your eye current me extra attractively than i might be with no its aid 158 uncoined (1) no longer but present (2) unalloyed 163 ballad (the most well-liked and unsophisticated verse shape) Katherine. Is it attainable dat I sould love de ennemie of France? King Henry. No, it isn't attainable you want to love the enemy of France, Kate; yet in loving me you'll want to love the good friend of France: for i like France so good, that i can't half with a village of it—I may have all of it mine. And, Kate, while France is mine and i'm yours, then yours is France, and also you are mine. Katherine. i will not inform wat is dat. King Henry. No, Kate? i'm going to inform thee in French, which i'm yes will dangle upon my tongue like a new-married spouse approximately her husband’s neck, rarely to be shook off. Je quand sur le ownership de France, et quand vous avez le ownership de moi (let me see, what then? Saint Denis° be my velocity! ) donc votre est France, et vous êtes mienne. ° it truly is as effortless for me, Kate; to overcome the dominion as to talk much more French; I shall by no means movement thee in French, except or not it's to snort at me. Katherine. Sauf votre honneur, le Français que vous parlez, il est meilleur que l’ Anglais lequel je parle. ° King Henry. No, religion, is’t now not, Kate. yet thy conversing of my tongue, and that i thine, so much truly-falsely,° needs to wishes be granted to be a lot at one. ° yet, Kate, dost thou comprehend hence a lot English? Canst thou love me? 189 Saint Denis purchaser saint of France 187-91 Je quand ... mienne while i've got ownership of France, and if you have ownership of me ... then France is yours, and also you are mine 195-96 Saaf... parle retailer your honor, the French that you simply converse is best than the English that I communicate 198 truly-falsely in stable religion yet undesirable French and English 199 at one (1) alike (2) in sympathy Katherine.

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