Henry V

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 4 Scene 1

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WILLIAMS

'Tis certain, every man that dies ill, the ill upon his own head. The king is not to answer it.

WILLIAMS

It’s clear, every man must take responsibility for the manner of his own death. The king is not responsible for it.

BATES

I do not desire he should answer for me, and yet I determine to fight lustily for him.

BATES

I don’t expect him to answer for me, and yet I’m determined to fight vigorously for him.

KING HENRY

I myself heard the king say he would not be ransomed.

KING HENRY

I myself heard the king say he would not be ransomed.

WILLIAMS

Ay, he said so, to make us fight cheerfully, but when our throats are cut, he may be ransomed, and we ne'er the wiser.

WILLIAMS

Sure, he said so to make us fight cheerfully. But when our throats are cut, he could be ransomed without our being any the wiser.

KING HENRY

If I live to see it, I will never trust his word after.

KING HENRY

If I live to see it, I’ll never trust his word again.

WILLIAMS

You pay him then. That’s a perilous shot out of an elder gun, that a poor and private displeasure can do against a monarch. You may as well go about to turn the sun to ice with fanning in his face with a peacock’s feather. You’ll “never trust his word after.” Come, ’tis a foolish saying.

WILLIAMS

Yeah, right, go get him. That’s a lame threat from a toy gun, a poor individual’s private displeasure with a monarch. You may as well try to turn the sun to ice by fanning its face with a peacock feather. You’ll “never trust his word again.” Come on, that was a stupid thing to say.

KING HENRY

Your reproof is something too round. I should be angry with you if the time were convenient.

KING HENRY

Your scolding is somewhat overblown. I’d be angry with you if the occasion allowed.

WILLIAMS

Let it be a quarrel between us, if you live.

WILLIAMS

Let it be a quarrel between us, if you live.