Henry V

by: William Shakespeare

Act 4 Scene 2

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Enter the DAUPHIN, ORLÉANS, RAMBURES, and others
The DAUPHIN enters with ORLÉANS, RAMBURES, and others.

ORLÉANS

The sun doth gild our armor. Up, my lords.

ORLÉANS

The sun glints off our armor. Awake, my lords!

DAUPHIN

Montez à cheval! My horse, varlet! Lackey! Ha!

DAUPHIN

Mount up our horses! Bring my horse, lackey! Ha!

ORLÉANS

O brave spirit!

ORLÉANS

Oh, brave spirit!

DAUPHIN

Via les eaux et la terre.

DAUPHIN

He’ll take me through flood and field.

ORLÉANS

5 Rien puis? L'air et feu?

ORLÉANS

Is that all? How about air and fire?

DAUPHIN

Cieux, cousin Orléans.

DAUPHIN

Just the heavens, cousin OrlÉans.
Enter CONSTABLE
The CONSTABLE enters.
Now, my Lord Constable?
Is it time, my Lord Constable?

CONSTABLE

Hark how our steeds for present service neigh.

CONSTABLE

Listen to our horses neighing, longing to be working.

DAUPHIN

Mount them and make incision in their hides,
10That their hot blood may spin in English eyes
And dout them with superfluous courage. Ha!

DAUPHIN

Mount them and dig your spurs into their flanks so that their hot blood may spurt in English eyes and douse them with some of the spare courage we have around. Ha!

RAMBURES

What, will you have them weep our horses' blood?
How shall we then behold their natural tears?

RAMBURES

What, you want them to weep our horses' blood? Then how will we see their own natural tears?
Enter MESSENGER
A MESSENGER enters.