Henry V

by: William Shakespeare

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GLOUCESTER
We shall, my liege.
GLOUCESTER
We shall, my liege.
ERPINGHAM
Shall I attend your Grace?
ERPINGHAM
Shall I accompany your Grace?
KING HENRY
30No, my good knight.
Go with my brothers to my lords of England.
I and my bosom must debate awhile,
And then I would no other company.
KING HENRY
No, my good knight. Go with my brothers to my English peers. I need to be alone with my thoughts for a while and don’t want any company.
ERPINGHAM
The Lord in heaven bless thee, noble Harry!
ERPINGHAM
The Lord in heaven bless you, noble Harry!
Exeunt all but KING HENRY
All but KING HENRY exit.
KING HENRY
35God-a-mercy, old heart, thou speak’st cheerfully.
KING HENRY
Bless you, old soul! Your words cheer my heart.
Enter PISTOL
PISTOL enters.
PISTOL
Qui vous là?
PISTOL
(speaking in French) Who goes there?
KING HENRY
A friend.
KING HENRY
A friend.
PISTOL
Discuss unto me: art thou officer or art thou base, common, and popular?
PISTOL
Declare yourself to me. Are you an officer? Or are you low, vulgar, and of the common people?
KING HENRY
40I am a gentleman of a company.
KING HENRY
I am a gentleman of a company.
PISTOL
Trail’st thou the puissant pike?
PISTOL
Do you carry a pike?
KING HENRY
Even so. What are you?
KING HENRY
Exactly. What about you?
PISTOL
As good a gentleman as the emperor.
PISTOL
I’m as good a gentleman as the emperor.