Henry V

by: William Shakespeare

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GLOUCESTER

We shall, my liege.

GLOUCESTER

We shall, my liege.

ERPINGHAM

Shall I attend your Grace?

ERPINGHAM

Shall I accompany your Grace?

KING HENRY

30No, my good knight.
Go with my brothers to my lords of England.
I and my bosom must debate awhile,
And then I would no other company.

KING HENRY

No, my good knight. Go with my brothers to my English peers. I need to be alone with my thoughts for a while and don’t want any company.

ERPINGHAM

The Lord in heaven bless thee, noble Harry!

ERPINGHAM

The Lord in heaven bless you, noble Harry!
Exeunt all but KING HENRY
All but KING HENRY exit.

KING HENRY

35God-a-mercy, old heart, thou speak’st cheerfully.

KING HENRY

Bless you, old soul! Your words cheer my heart.
Enter PISTOL
PISTOL enters.

PISTOL

Qui vous là?

PISTOL

(speaking in French) Who goes there?

KING HENRY

A friend.

KING HENRY

A friend.

PISTOL

Discuss unto me: art thou officer or art thou base, common, and popular?

PISTOL

Declare yourself to me. Are you an officer? Or are you low, vulgar, and of the common people?

KING HENRY

40I am a gentleman of a company.

KING HENRY

I am a gentleman of a company.

PISTOL

Trail’st thou the puissant pike?

PISTOL

Do you carry a pike?

KING HENRY

Even so. What are you?

KING HENRY

Exactly. What about you?

PISTOL

As good a gentleman as the emperor.

PISTOL

I’m as good a gentleman as the emperor.