Henry V

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 1 Scene 1

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CANTERBURY

With good acceptance of his Majesty—
Save that there was not time enough to hear,
As I perceived his Grace would fain have done,
90The severals and unhidden passages
Of his true titles to some certain dukedoms,
And generally to the crown and seat of France,
Derived from Edward, his great-grandfather.

CANTERBURY

Favorably, except that there wasn’t enough time for his Grace to hear, as I sensed he would have liked to, the details about how he is rightfully entitled to certain dukedoms in France, and to the throne of France in general, through clear lines of descent originating with his great-grandfather, Edward III.

ELY

What was th' impediment that broke this off?

ELY

What kept you from telling him this?

CANTERBURY

95The French ambassador upon that instant
Craved audience. And the hour, I think, is come
To give him hearing. Is it four o'clock?

CANTERBURY

The French ambassador arrived at that moment and asked to see the king. And, in fact, I think they’re meeting together right now. Is it four o'clock?

ELY

It is.

ELY

It is.

CANTERBURY

Then go we in to know his embassy,
100Which I could with a ready guess declare
Before the Frenchman speak a word of it.

CANTERBURY

Then let’s go in and hear what he has to say—though I think I can guess before the Frenchman has uttered a word.

ELY

I’ll wait upon you, and I long to hear it.

ELY

I’ll accompany you. I’m also eager to hear it.
Exeunt
They exit.