Henry V

by: William Shakespeare

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May cease their hatred, and this dear conjunction
325Plant neighborhood and Christian-like accord
In their sweet bosoms, that never war advance
His bleeding sword ’twixt England and fair France.
precious marriage cause friendship and alliance between them and war never again threaten England or fair France with his bloody sword.

LORDS

Amen.

ALL

Amen.

KING HENRY

Now welcome, Kate, and bear me witness all
330That here I kiss her as my sovereign queen.

KING HENRY

Now, welcome, Kate.—And let everyone bear witness that here I kiss her as my sovereign queen.
Flourish
Trumpets sound.

QUEEN ISABEL

God, the best maker of all marriages,
Combine your hearts in one, your realms in one.
As man and wife, being two, are one in love,
So be there ’twixt your kingdoms such a spousal
335That never may ill office or fell jealousy,
Which troubles oft the bed of blessèd marriage,
Thrust in between the paction of these kingdoms
To make divorce of their incorporate league,
That English may as French, French Englishmen,
340Receive each other. God speak this “amen”!

QUEEN ISABEL

May God, who is the best matchmaker, join your hearts and realms in one. As man and wife, though two, are one in love, so let there be between your kingdoms such a marriage that neither wrongdoing nor fierce jealousy, which often trouble the sacred state of marriage, ever sever them. And let Englishmen be French and Frenchmen English. God say, “Amen”!

ALL

Amen.

ALL

Amen!

KING HENRY

Prepare we for our marriage; on which day,
My Lord of Burgundy, we’ll take your oath,
And all the peers', for surety of our leagues.
345Then shall I swear to Kate, and you to me,
And may our oaths well kept and prosp'rous be.

KING HENRY

Let us prepare for our wedding.—On that day, I’ll take your oath of loyalty, my Lord of Burgundy and all my peers, to guarantee my treaty. Then I will swear to Kate and you to me, and may our oaths be faithfully kept and prove fortunate.
Sennet
Trumpets sound.
Exeunt
They all exit.