Henry V

by: William Shakespeare

Act 5 Scene 2

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Enter at one door KING HENRY, EXETER, BEDFORD, GLOUCESTER, WARWICK, WESTMORELAND, and other lords; at another, the FRENCH KING, QUEEN ISABEL, the princess KATHERINE, ALICE and other ladies; the Duke of BURGUNDY, and his train
Through one door KING HENRY, EXETER, BEDFORD, GLOUCESTER, WARWICK, WESTMORELAND, and other lords enter. Through another door, the FRENCH KING, QUEEN ISABEL, the princess KATHERINE, ALICE, and other ladies enter with the DUKE OF BURGUNDY and his train.

KING HENRY

Unto our brother France and to our sister,
Health and fair time of day.—Joy and good wishes
To our most fair and princely cousin Katherine.—
And, as a branch and member of this royalty,
5By whom this great assembly is contrived,
We do salute you, Duke of Burgundy.—
And princes French, and peers, health to you all.
Peace to this meeting wherefore we are met.

KING HENRY

Peace to this occasion that’s brought us all together. Health and good day to our brother the king of France and to our sister the queen. Joy and good wishes to our lovely royal cousin, Katherine. And you, Duke of Burgundy, who brought this great assembly together, we salute you as descendent and member of this royal family. And a health to all you lords and princes of France.

KING OF FRANCE

10Right joyous are we to behold your face,
Most worthy brother England. Fairly met.
—So are you, princes English, every one.

KING OF FRANCE

We rejoice to see you, most worthy brother of England. You are welcome here, as are all of you English princes.

QUEEN ISABEL

So happy be the issue, brother England,
Of this good day and of this gracious meeting,
15As we are now glad to behold your eyes—
Your eyes which hitherto have borne in them
Against the French that met them in their bent
The fatal balls of murdering basilisks.
The venom of such looks, we fairly hope,
20Have lost their quality, and that this day
Shall change all griefs and quarrels into love.

QUEEN ISABEL

Brother of England, may this meeting prove as fruitful as it is joyous. We are glad to look upon your face—a face whose eyes have until now carried in them a glance as deadly, for any Frenchman they alighted on, as the poisonous eyes of those mythical lizards, the basilisks. We hope your poison has worn off and this day shall transform all grievances and quarrels into friendship.

KING HENRY

To cry “Amen” to that, thus we appear.

KING HENRY

We’re here to say “amen” to that.

QUEEN ISABEL

You English princes all, I do salute you.

QUEEN ISABEL

All you English princes, I salute you.