Henry V

by: William Shakespeare

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CONSTABLE

By my faith, sir, but it is; never anybody saw it but his lackey. 'Tis a hooded valor, and when it appears, it will bate.

CONSTABLE

Oh, but it is, sir. No one but his valet ever saw it. His courage is hidden, and when it is revealed, it will shrink.

ORLÉANS

Ill will never said well.

ORLÉANS

Ill will never prompted anything well said.

CONSTABLE

I will cap that proverb with “There is flattery in friendship.”

CONSTABLE

I’ll challenge that proverb with one of my own: “There is flattery in friendship.”

ORLÉANS

And I will take up that with “Give the devil his due.”

ORLÉANS

And I’ll match that with “Give the devil his due.”

CONSTABLE

100Well placed; there stands your friend for the devil. Have at the very eye of that proverb with “A pox of the devil.”

CONSTABLE

Very apt! Your friend is equated with the devil. I’ll go straight for that proverb with “To hell with the devil.”

ORLÉANS

You are the better at proverbs, by how much “A fool’s bolt is soon shot.”

ORLÉANS

You are better at proverbs than I am by as much as “A fool shoots quickly and overshoots his mark.”

CONSTABLE

You have shot over.

CONSTABLE

You have overshot.

ORLÉANS

105'Tis not the first time you were overshot.

ORLÉANS

I’ve outshot you, and not for the first time.
Enter MESSENGER
A MESSENGER enters.

MESSENGER

My Lord High Constable, the English lie within fifteen hundred paces of your tents.

MESSENGER

My Lord High Constable, the English lie within fifteen hundred paces of your tents.

CONSTABLE

Who hath measured the ground?

CONSTABLE

Who measured the ground?

MESSENGER

The Lord Grandpré.

MESSENGER

The Lord Grandpré.

CONSTABLE

110A valiant and most expert gentleman.—Would it were day! Alas, poor Harry of England! He longs not for the dawning as we do.

CONSTABLE

A very valiant and knowledgeable gentleman. If only it were day! Poor Harry of England! He doesn’t long for the dawn as we do.