Henry V

by: William Shakespeare

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KING HENRY

190I embrace it.

KING HENRY

I’m game.

WILLIAMS

How shall I know thee again?

WILLIAMS

How will I recognize you in the future?

KING HENRY

Give me any gage of thine, and I will wear it in my bonnet. Then, if ever thou dar’st acknowledge it, I will make it my quarrel.

KING HENRY

Give me some trinket of yours, and I will wear it in my hat. Then, if you dare to acknowledge it, I’ll take up my quarrel with you.

WILLIAMS

195Here’s my glove. Give me another of thine.

WILLIAMS

Here’s my glove; give me one of yours.

KING HENRY

There.

KING HENRY

Here.

WILLIAMS

This will I also wear in my cap. If ever thou come to me and say, after tomorrow, “This is my glove,” by this hand I will take thee a box on the ear.

WILLIAMS

I’ll also wear this in my cap. If you come to me after tomorrow and say, “That’s my glove,” I swear by this hand, I will take it and give you a box on the ear.

KING HENRY

200If ever I live to see it, I will challenge it.

KING HENRY

If I ever see it, I will challenge you.

WILLIAMS

Thou dar’st as well be hanged.

WILLIAMS

You may as well undertake to be hanged.

KING HENRY

Well, I will do it, though I take thee in the king’s company.

KING HENRY

I’ll do it even if I find you in the company of the king himself.

WILLIAMS

Keep thy word. Fare thee well.

WILLIAMS

Keep your word. Farewell.

BATES

Be friends, you English fools, be friends. We have French quarrels enough, if you could tell how to reckon.

BATES

Be friends, you English fools, be friends: we have enough enemies on the French side, if either of you could count.

KING HENRY

Indeed, the French may lay twenty French crowns to one they will beat us, for they bear them on their shoulders. But it is no English treason to cut French crowns, and tomorrow the king himself will be a clipper.

KING HENRY

Indeed, the French can bet twenty French crowns to one that they’ll beat us, they have such an army. But it’s no treason for an Englishman to cut off a French crown—a head, I mean—and tomorrow the king himself will do some snipping.