Henry V

by: William Shakespeare

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25He threw his wounded arm and kissed his lips,
And so, espoused to death, with blood he sealed
A testament of noble-ending love.
The pretty and sweet manner of it forced
Those waters from me which I would have stopped,
30But I had not so much of man in me,
And all my mother came into mine eyes
And gave me up to tears.
married to death, he sealed a testament of love that even ended in nobility. The fineness of the moment moved me to tears. I tried to hold them back, but wept like a mother.

KING HENRY

I blame you not,
For, hearing this, I must perforce compound
35With mistful eyes, or they will issue too.

KING HENRY

I don’t blame you. Just listening, I have to school my misty eyes, or they will brim over.
Alarum
Sounds of battle.
But hark, what new alarum is this same?
The French have reinforced their scattered men.
Then every soldier kill his prisoners.
Give the word through.
But listen! What new battle is this? The French have reinforced their scattered men. Then every soldier must kill his prisoners. Spread the word.
Exeunt
They all exit.