Henry V

by: William Shakespeare

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thee aloud “England is thine, Ireland is thine, France is thine, and Harry Plantagenet is thine,” who, though I speak it before his face, if he be not fellow with the best king, thou shalt find the best king of good fellows. Come, your answer in broken music, for thy voice is music and thy English broken. Therefore, queen of all, Katherine, break thy mind to me in broken English. Wilt thou have me?
is yours.” And, though I say so in his presence, if he’s not a friend of the best kings, you’ll find him king of the best friends. Come on, tell me in broken music—for your voice is music and your English broken. Come, Katherine Queen of All, reveal your heart to me in broken English. Will you have me?

KATHERINE

Dat is as it sall please de roi mon père.

KATHERINE

Dat is as it shall please de king my father.

KING HENRY

Nay, it will please him well, Kate; it shall please him, Kate.

KING HENRY

Oh, it will please him, Kate. It will please him very well.

KATHERINE

235Den it sall also content me.

KATHERINE

Den it shall also content me.

KING HENRY

Upon that I kiss your hand, and I call you my queen.

KING HENRY

With that I kiss your hand and call you my queen.

KATHERINE

Laissez, mon seigneur, laissez, laissez! Ma foi, je ne veux point que vous abaissiez votre grandeur en baisant la main d'une—Notre Seigneur!—indigne serviteur. Excusez-moi, je vous supplie, mon très puissant eigneur.

KATHERINE

(in French) No, sir! Stop, stop! Heavens, I can’t allow you to lower yourself by kissing the hand of one of your humble servants. I hope you’ll pardon me, mighty king.

KING HENRY

Then I will kiss your lips, Kate.

KING HENRY

Then I will kiss your lips, Kate.

KATHERINE

Les dames et demoiselles pour être baisées devant leur noces, il n'est pas la coutume de France.

KATHERINE

(in French) It is not the custom for French maidens to kiss before they are married.

KING HENRY

Madam my interpreter, what says she?

KING HENRY

What does she say, madam interpreter?

ALICE

245Dat it is not be de fashion pour les ladies of France—I cannot tell wat is baiser en Anglish.

ALICE

Dat it not be de custom pour les ladies of France—I cannot tell vat is baiser en Anglish.

KING HENRY

To kiss.

KING HENRY

To kiss.