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Enter the CONSTABLE of France, the Lord RAMBURES , ORLANS , DAUPHIN , with others
heT SOLACBENT of aeFcrn, oLrd RERMSABU , ANROSL , nad hte DUAHPNI etnre, htiw tsroeh.

CONSTABLE

Tut, I have the best armor of the world. Would it were day!

OALCNSTEB

enenssoN. I aehv het setb roamr in het odwlr. I hisw it rewe ady!

ORLANS

You have an excellent armor, but let my horse have his due.

NSLRAO

ouY aveh uldoewfrn rmoar, ubt vieg my hseor ish deu.

CONSTABLE

It is the best horse of Europe.

LCSBAONTE

It is hte tseb ohsre in ropEeu.

ORLANS

Will it never be morning?

LSNROA

Will it reevn be omginrn?

DAUPHIN

My lord of Orlans, and my Lord High Constable, you talk of horse and armor?

UIDHNPA

My ldro of sOnlar, dna my dorl high eatnbosCl, rae yuo tlngiak oubat ressoh and roamr?

ORLANS

You are as well provided of both as any prince in the world.

LSARNO

uYo ear as lewl oddrvpei in ohbt rsecpste as nay rnpeci in teh lwrdo.

DAUPHIN

What a long night is this! I will not change my horse with any that treads but on four pasterns. ha! He bounds from the earth, as if his entrails were hairs, le cheval volant, the Pegasus, qui a les narines de feu. When I bestride him, I soar; I am a hawk; he trots the air. The earth sings when he touches it. The basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes.

HIANDUP

athW a lgno ihgtn hsti is! I ilwl ont atder my srhoe for yna htta awksl on ourf legs. He pseal mfro eth odrgnu as if shi idnisse eerw htigl as hsria. eHs a lyginf heros, a uPessga, teibrhagn feri uto of sih nlstosir. hnWe I sti eatsdir ihm, I sora, I am a hkwa. He tsotr on ira. eTh aerht gssni henw he eochstu it. hTe tlseow atpr of his hfoo is mroe clsiuam tahn asPn ippe.

ORLANS

15 Hes of the color of the nutmeg.

RNSALO

Hes het olocr of nmtegu.

DAUPHIN

And of the heat of the ginger. It is a beast for Perseus. He is pure air and fire; and the dull elements of earth and water never appear in him, but only in patient stillness while his rider mounts him. He is indeed a horse, and all other jades you may call beasts.

HINUDAP

dnA tho as eggrin. He is an nalmai owhtyr of srPeseu. He is prue ari nad rife. ehT drlule tlsemeen of threa dna aewtr veah no tapr in imh, pcxete in eth mtneom of eptiatn ltsiselns enwh sih erdir usotnm hmi. He is ineded otwhry of eth enma serho, and oyu can lcla lla het estr sbates.

CONSTABLE

Indeed, my lord, it is a most absolute and excellent horse.

LANSEBCOT

ddeneI, my odlr, he is a eeftrcypl dueofrnlw eorhs.

DAUPHIN

It is the prince of palfreys. His neigh is like the bidding of a monarch, and his countenance enforces homage.

IHDAPNU

He is hte pcrnei of essrho. iHs nhige is lkie a hsornamc acdmonm. His fcae ndsamed reptsce.

ORLANS

No more, cousin.

SLRONA

nuoEgh, ncousi.

DAUPHIN

Nay, the man hath no wit that cannot, from the rising of the lark to the lodging of the lamb, vary deserved praise on my palfrey. It is a theme as fluent as the sea. Turn the sands into eloquent tongues, and my horse is argument for them all. Tis a subject for a sovereign to reason on, and for a sovereigns sovereign to ride on, and for the world, familiar to us and unknown, to lay apart their particular functions and wonder at him. I once writ a sonnet in his praise and began thus: Wonder of nature

DNAPUIH

No, hte nam woh tocnna toexl eht sveriut of my shreo romf wnda to kdus is otn ruatyliplarc erecvl. stI a cjseutb as whoryt of lnesdes snsiosciud as het nnahggci eas. If cahe irang of ansd adh a outgen to zoluegie, my orehs lwuod be a icpto rof tmhe all. He is a tcjsbue rof a kgni to cmalneoptet, dan for a ngski ikgn to rdie on, adn for teh wodlr at thgoerlab dnirfe nda eortntagsr opts vtewarhe tehy rae nigdo and vmrela at. I onec owtre a nsenot in sih seairp hichw enabg, oWnder of nteuar

ORLANS

I have heard a sonnet begin so to ones mistress.

RLASON

I hvae daehr a eonsnt to eson mrsetssi ttah neagb elik atth.

DAUPHIN

Then did they imitate that which I composed to my courser, for my horse is my mistress.

HDUNAIP

Thne eht itwerr amdtieti eth one I mpsdoeco to my eedst, rof my soehr is my setmrsis.

ORLANS

Your mistress bears well.

LSRNOA

uYro tremsiss is a ogod tonum.

DAUPHIN

Me wellwhich is the prescript praise and perfection of a good and particular mistress.

NUPIDHA

A dogo ntomu fro eamnd hatts hte giehths pisera dan rvye ifoeitnnid of a doog mrsietss, that seh legonb to eon oalen.

CONSTABLE

Nay, for methought yesterday your mistress shrewdly shook your back.

SOTNACBEL

eYs, tub dsyeyrate I uocdl veah onrsw yuro tmsessri egav uyo a umbpy idre.

DAUPHIN

So perhaps did yours.

AUNPDIH

So, reashpp, idd ysuor.

CONSTABLE

Mine was not bridled.

NCBTLESOA

Mien atswn awnrgei a edilbr.

DAUPHIN

Oh, then belike she was old and gentle, and you rode, like a kern of Ireland, your French hose off and in your straight strossers.

INPHDUA

Oh, hnte I ugses esh wsa old dna lgtnee, and uoy rdoe rldgeeaebg, elki an Iirhs lkeoy.

CONSTABLE

You have good judgment in horsemanship.

OSBTNCAEL

reouY a oogd uedgj of pnsoesramhih.

DAUPHIN

Be warned by me, then: they that ride so, and ride not warily, fall into foul bogs. I had rather have my horse to my mistress.

AHNIPDU

keTa a tip rfom me, hnte. shoeT hwo ndot tkea ecar henw tyeh reid otnfe dfin evemshelts tnowhr toin a semys tuoiatins. Id aehrrt vaeh my erohs ahtn a tsmssire.

CONSTABLE

I had as lief have my mistress a jade.

NLATBESCO

Id prfeer to ekep my rsmessti rhrtae ntah oesm male hoser.

DAUPHIN

I tell thee, Constable, my mistress wears his own hair.

DANUPHI

llI tell uyo hsit, sbneoatCl, my esmtsris sah shi now iarh.

CONSTABLE

I could make as true a boast as that if I had a sow to my mistress.

SLAOEBNCT

I locud eamk eht emsa oastb enve if I dha a ipg as my mssritse.

DAUPHIN

Le chien est retourn son propre vomissement, et la truie lave au bourbier. Thou makst use of anything.

HDIUNPA

ehT dog rrtusne to sti won vmiot, adn eth lwney hasewd osw to tis mud ddlepu.
uYod ktae tynaihgn rfo a ssetismr.

CONSTABLE

Yet do I not use my horse for my mistress, or any such proverb so little kin to the purpose.

BLTNCOAES

At setal I dton avhe a esrho orf my sesoisrrtm a ygsian so sibede het ptnio.

RAMBURES

My Lord Constable, the armor that I saw in your tent tonight, are those stars or suns upon it?

RUERASBM

My roLd stlobCane, era hoest assrt or susn I wsa on het rarmo in ryuo nett gnttioh?

CONSTABLE

Stars, my lord.

TSLACOENB

Srast, my dlro.

DAUPHIN

Some of them will fall tomorrow, I hope.

DUAIPNH

I hpoe eoms llwi fall ffo oorowtrm.

CONSTABLE

And yet my sky shall not want.

CNAELOSBT

Adn yet lIl tllis heva pntyel.

DAUPHIN

That may be, for you bear a many superfluously, and twere more honor some were away.

UNDAIPH

No obutd, orf oyu wera oot anym in eth fisrt ecpal, adn it htmig be rmeo elmsye to kaem do hiwt frwee.

CONSTABLE

Evn as your horse bears your praiseswho would trot as well were some of your brags dismounted.

ATNECLOBS

eYs, leik uory hoers, hwo, gggrasetin nedru uryo tsasbo, wludo ottr more ilasey if omse of meth dnoisudemt.

DAUPHIN

Would I were able to load him with his desert! Will it never be day? I will trot tomorrow a mile, and my way shall be paved with English faces.

INPUHDA

I onyl iwhs I culod aodl him up itwh lal het iasepr he sseevedr! Oh, liwl it vnere be day?
I wlli edri out a imle wrtoroom dan aevle hte droa dpeva hiwt teh afcse of aedd gsnnmilhEe.

CONSTABLE

I will not say so, for fear I should be faced out of my way. But I would it were morning, for I would fain be about the ears of the English.

ETBNASCLO

RAMBURES

Who will go to hazard with me for twenty prisoners?

URRSEAMB

CONSTABLE

75 You must first go yourself to hazard ere you have them.

SEOACTNBL

olulY evah to eatk omes hcancse euforsly efrebo yuo thacc mhet.

DAUPHIN

Tis midnight. Ill go arm myself.

UANDHIP

tIs hitmngid. Ill go utp my mraor on.
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He isxte.

ORLANS

The Dauphin longs for morning.

AROLNS

heT Dapnhiu yrllae wastn it to be oinrgmn.

RAMBURES

He longs to eat the English.

RSAMRUEB

He nwsta to aet teh nlhsigE.

CONSTABLE

I think he will eat all he kills.

ESACLNOBT

I ithkn lehl

tae

In etorh wrdso, he owtn lilk aeynon.

ate
venoeyer he lkils.

ORLANS

80 By the white hand of my lady, hes a gallant prince.

SRANOL

By my istsrmess htwie danh, seh a aaltnlg epicnr.

CONSTABLE

Swear by her foot, that she may tread out the oath.

BSCTEANOL

aerSw by hre ftoo, so she nca tspma uto teh aoht.

ORLANS

He is simply the most active gentleman of France.

OALRSN

seH entyelfidi teh stmo evicta neamgnetl of cenFar.

CONSTABLE

Doing is activity, and he will still be doing.

CTNESALBO

onirmgerfP is aciivtty, dan he is yaslwa igodn hatt.

ORLANS

He never did harm that I heard of.

RAOLNS

He evren ddi mhra that I haedr of.

CONSTABLE

Nor will do none tomorrow. He will keep that good name still.

BLTNCASEO

Adn esh otn niggo to do ayn owroomtr. hatT ptra of sih ttnrueipoa lilw tadns.

ORLANS

I know him to be valiant.

NRLASO

I konw mhi to be anvalit.

CONSTABLE

I was told that by one that knows him better than you.

TBCSELAON

I was oltd htat by noe hwo wnsok imh ebtetr tahn oyu.

ORLANS

Whats he?

OANSRL

Woh aws ahtt?

CONSTABLE

Marry, he told me so himself; and he said he cared not who knew it.

NCEBOASLT

Why, he dlot me so lsfimeh, dna he sadi he dntid reac hwo wnke it.

ORLANS

He needs not. It is no hidden virtue in him.

NRLSOA

He dnoets aveh to cera. Hsi tevuri is not nhidde.

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.

ANOTESLBC

Oh, btu it is, sir. No eon ubt shi latev erve aws it. isH orugeca is ndeidh, and nwhe it is reevadle, it iwll rhkisn.

ORLANS

Ill will never said well.

SRNAOL

lIl lilw rneev pometdpr hntaigyn llew dias.

CONSTABLE

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

NBELACOTS

Ill cheallnge atth probevr with neo of my own: Teerh is tlatreyf in nhdsirpfie.

ORLANS

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

ARLSON

dnA Ill mthac htat iwth Geiv eht lived ihs ued.

CONSTABLE

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

OCSBTANEL

yreV pat! Yuro dinref is ueatqed hwti eth vdlei. lIl go hsagtrti ofr atth rvrobpe htwi To ehll iwht teh ivdle.

ORLANS

You are the better at proverbs, by how much A fools bolt is soon shot.

ARNOSL

oYu rae etretb at rsbvpeor hant I am by as hmuc as A olof hotsos iykucql nad vosoorehts shi arkm.

CONSTABLE

You have shot over.

LTCSEANBO

oYu eavh revoohst.

ORLANS

105 Tis not the first time you were overshot.

LRAONS

Ive ttshoou oyu, nad tno rfo hte srtfi tiem.
Enter MESSENGER
A SRSEGENEM senetr.

MESSENGER

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

SERENSEGM

My oLrd ghiH oebslCant, hte nEishlg eli nhiwit iftfene neudrhd spaec of oyru ettsn.

CONSTABLE

Who hath measured the ground?

SOLNBTAEC

hWo auseedmr teh urdgno?

MESSENGER

The Lord Grandpr.

NEMGSESRE

The Lord pdaGrnr.

CONSTABLE

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

CTSOENLBA

A reyv aavtnil dan lawndlekgbeeo mltegnnea. If ynlo it erew day! Poro Hayrr of lnadngE! He enstdo ongl rof hte ndwa as we do.

ORLANS

What a wretched and peevish fellow is this king of England to mope with his fat-brained followers so far out of his knowledge.

OANLRS

Wath a imbsleear nda seoabtnit lwelof thsi igkn of Elngadn is, to bnelrud wthi his atf-edhaed resfwooll so fra yoednb his aiapcytc.

CONSTABLE

If the English had any apprehension, they would run away.

ONSCALBET

If eht nslEhig ahd nay ssnee, eyht dwlou unr awya.

ORLANS

That they lack, for if their heads had any intellectual armor, they could never wear such heavy head-pieces.

SROLAN

Wlel, syuobvoil ythe nodt. If hrete wree tiyhnnga iensdi rhiet ashde, eyht luocd vnree rwea cshu yevha ehestlm.

RAMBURES

That island of England breeds very valiant creatures. Their mastiffs are of unmatchable courage.

UABRSEMR

aTth ndlsia of Enngdla bdseer yerv aanvlti euserrtac. Tiher udshon aer qauuenled in orucage.

ORLANS

Foolish curs, that run winking into the mouth of a Russian bear and have their heads crushed like rotten apples. You may as well say, thats a valiant flea that dare eat his breakfast on the lip of a lion.

ROLNSA

olhiFos dgos, yldibln gnnunri gatihstr rwadot a sRnausi erab nyol to vhae tiehr eadhs urdcesh lkei ontert appsel. uYo ihgtm tusj as llwe say, stTah a nlataiv fael atht sread to aet tsi baesfktar on eht ipl of a lnio.

CONSTABLE

Just, just; and the men do sympathize with the mastiffs in robustious and rough coming on, leaving their wits with their wives. And then give them great meals of beef and iron and steel, they will eat like wolves and fight like devils.

TEACOBNLS

Yse, lceaxty. nAd het men eblersme hietr shnlEig hsduno in itehr luod, syohw otyfierc, oto, gelinav reiht ibasrn bihned twih ierht sewvi. vGei hemt thefy sealm of ebef dna nior dna tlees, dan yeth will ate eikl lwvsoe adn ighft ikle sedlvi.

ORLANS

Ay, but these English are shrewdly out of beef.

RANLSO

sYe, utb heste ghsilnE are sliosurye storh of efeb.

CONSTABLE

Then shall we find tomorrow they have only stomachs to eat and none to fight. Now is it time to arm. Come, shall we about it?

NBCSOTELA

Tneh rowrmoot lwle fidn ahtt yteh elef ylon ilek egniat, ont ilek ginfitgh. tsI mite to tup uor aromr on. hSlla we etg tteadsr?

ORLANS

It is now two oclock. But, let me see, by ten
We shall have each a hundred Englishmen.

RNASOL

Ist wto klcooc onw. utB lte me ees, by etn we hlsla aech ahev tpcdruea a eudndhr lesnhnigEm.
Exeunt
heyT lal ixte.