Henry V

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 3 Scene 7

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CONSTABLE

And yet my sky shall not want.

CONSTABLE

And yet I’ll still have plenty.

DAUPHIN

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

DAUPHIN

No doubt, for you wear too many in the first place, and it might be more seemly to make do with fewer.

CONSTABLE

Ev'n as your horse bears your praises—who would trot as well were some of your brags dismounted.

CONSTABLE

Yes, like your horse, who, staggering under your boasts, would trot more easily if some of them dismounted.

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.

DAUPHIN

I only wish I could load him up with all the praise he deserves! Oh, will it never be day?
I will ride out a mile tomorrow and leave the road paved with the faces of dead Englishmen.

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.

CONSTABLE

I’d say the same thing, but I’m afraid I’d be faced out of my way. But I do wish it were

morning

“Faced out of my way” would normally mean “bullied” or “pushed off the road,” but the Constable is just making a joke about all the faces in the Dauphin’s image.

morning
, for I long to be mixing it up with the English.

RAMBURES

Who will go to hazard with me for twenty prisoners?

RAMBURES

CONSTABLE

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

CONSTABLE

You’ll have to take some chances yourself before you catch them.