Henry V

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 5 Scene 2

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And we’ll consign thereto.—Will you, fair sister,
Go with the princes or stay here with us?
way that you judge advantageous to my rule, and I’ll undertake to agree to it. Fair sister, will you go with the princes or stay here with me?

QUEEN ISABEL

Our gracious brother, I will go with them.
95Haply a woman’s voice may do some good,
When articles too nicely urged be stood on.

QUEEN ISABEL

Gracious brother, I will go with them. Perhaps a woman’s voice may do some good when some small detail proves to be holding things up.

KING HENRY

Yet leave our cousin Katherine here with us.
She is our capital demand, comprised
Within the forerank of our articles.

KING HENRY

In that case, leave our cousin Katherine here with us. She is our principal demand—one of the first points of the treaty.

QUEEN ISABEL

100She hath good leave.

QUEEN ISABEL

She is welcome to stay.
Exeunt all except KING HENRY, KATHERINE, and ALICE
Everyone except KING HENRY, KATHERINE, and ALICE exits.

KING HENRY

Fair Katherine, and most fair,
Will you vouchsafe to teach a soldier terms
Such as will enter at a lady’s ear
And plead his love suit to her gentle heart?

KING HENRY

Lovely, most lovely Katherine, will you agree to teach a soldier the words that would recommend his love-suit to a gentle heart like yours?

KATHERINE

105Your Majesty shall mock at me. I cannot speak your
England.

KATHERINE

Your Majesty shall mock at me. I cannot speak your England.

KING HENRY

O fair Katherine, if you will love me soundly with your French heart, I will be glad to hear you confess it brokenly with your English tongue. Do you like me, Kate?

KING HENRY

Lovely Katherine, if you will love me well with your French heart, I’m happy to hear you confess it in broken English. Do you like me, Kate?

KATHERINE

110 Pardonnez-moi, I cannot tell what is “like me.”

KATHERINE

Pardon me but I do not know what is “like me.”

KING HENRY

An angel is like you, Kate, and you are like an angel.

KING HENRY

An angel is like you, Kate, and you are like an angel.

KATHERINE

(to ALICE) Que dit-il? Que je suis semblable à les anges?

KATHERINE

(to ALICE, in French) What does he say? That I am like an angel?

ALICE

Oui, vraiment, sauf votre Grâce, ainsi dit-il.

ALICE

(in French) Yes, your Grace, that’s what he says.