Henry V

by: William Shakespeare

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FRENCH SOLDIER

Ô, je vous supplie, pour l'amour de Dieu, me pardoner. Je suis gentilhomme de bonne maison. Gardez ma vie, et je vous donnerai deux cents écus

FRENCH SOLDIER

(speaking in French) Oh, I beseech you, for the love of God, spare me! I am a gentleman of good family: spare me and I will give you two hundred écus.

PISTOL

30What are his words?

PISTOL

What does he say?

BOY

He prays you to save his life. He is a gentleman of a good house, and for his ransom he will give you two hundred crowns.

BOY

He begs you to spare his life. He is a gentleman of a good family, and for his ransom, he will give you two hundred crowns.

PISTOL

Tell him my fury shall abate, and I the crowns will take.

PISTOL

Tell him my fury will abate, and I’ll take the crowns.

FRENCH SOLDIER

35 Petit monsieur, que dit-il?

FRENCH SOLDIER

(speaking in French) Young sir, what does he say?

BOY

Encore qu'il est contre son jurement de pardoner aucun prisonnier; néanmoins, pour les écus que vous lui avez promis, il est content à vous donner la liberté, le franchisement.

BOY

(speaking in French) Once again, that it would be breaking his oath to pardon any prisoner. Nevertheless, for the crowns that you’ve promised him, he is willing to give you freedom, liberty.

FRENCH SOLDIER

Sur mes genoux je vous donne mille remercîments, et je m'estime heureux que j'ai tombé entre les mains d'un chevalier, je pense, le plus brave, vaillant, et très distingué seigneur d'Angleterre.

FRENCH SOLDIER

(speaking in French) On my knees I thank you again and again. And I consider myself fortunate to have fallen into the hands of a knight—to my mind, the noblest, most valiant, and most distinguished gentleman of England.

PISTOL

Expound unto me, boy.

PISTOL

Explain, boy.

BOY

He gives you upon his knees a thousand thanks, and he esteems himself happy that he hath fall'n into the hands of one, as he thinks, the most brave, valorous, and thrice- worthy seigneur of England.

BOY

He thanks you on his knees many times and considers himself fortunate to have fallen into the hands of one, as he thinks, who is the bravest, most valorous, and thrice-worthy gentleman of England.

PISTOL

As I suck blood, I will some mercy show. Follow me.

PISTOL

As I get to leech him, I will show some mercy. Follow me.