Henry V

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 5 Scene 2

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KING HENRY

Shall Kate be my wife?

KING HENRY

Shall Kate be my wife?

FRENCH KING

So please you.

FRENCH KING

If you wish.

KING HENRY

300I am content, so the maiden cities you talk of may wait on her. So the maid that stood in the way for my wish shall show me the way to my will.

KING HENRY

I am satisfied, as long as the maiden cities you talk of come with her. That way, the maiden that stood between me and them shall be the means of my achieving my desire.

FRENCH KING

We have consented to all terms of reason.

FRENCH KING

We have consented to all reasonable terms.

KING HENRY

Is ’t so, my lords of England?

KING HENRY

Is that true, my lords of England?

WESTMORELAND

305The king hath granted every article,
His daughter first, and, in sequel, all,
According to their firm proposed natures.

WESTMORELAND

The king has agreed to every point: first his daughter, then everything else, as you strictly proposed.

EXETER

Only he hath not yet subscribèd this:
Where your Majesty demands that the king of France, having any occasion to write for matter of grant, shall name your Highness in this form and with this addition, in French: Notre très cher fils Henri, roi d'Angleterre, héritier de France; and thus in Latin: Praeclarissimus filius noster Henricus, rex Angliae, et haeres Franciae.

EXETER

Except that he has not yet agreed to address you in this form and with this title—in French, Notre tres cher fils Henri, Roi d'Angleterre, Heritier de France; and in Latin, Praeclarissimus filius noster

Henricus

“Our thrice-glorious son, Henry, King of England and Heir of France”

Henricus
, Rex Angliae, et Haeres Franciae.

FRENCH KING

315Nor this I have not, brother, so denied
But your request shall make me let it pass.

FRENCH KING

And even this I’m willing to grant if you request it.

KING HENRY

I pray you, then, in love and dear alliance,
Let that one article rank with the rest,
And thereupon give me your daughter.

KING HENRY

In that case, I ask that for the sake of friendship and alliance you let that one item stand with the rest, and bestow your daughter on me.

FRENCH KING

320Take her, fair son, and from her blood raise up
Issue to me, that the contending kingdoms
Of France and England, whose very shores look pale
With envy of each other’s happiness,

FRENCH KING

Take her, my son, and give me children by her, so that the warring kingdoms of France and England, whose very shores have paled in envy at each other’s happiness, may finally end their mutual hostility. May this