Henry V

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 2 Scene 2

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KING HENRY

20I doubt not that, since we are well-persuaded
We carry not a heart with us from hence
That grows not in a fair consent with ours,
Nor leave not one behind that doth not wish
Success and conquest to attend on us.

KING HENRY

I have no doubt about that, since I know there isn’t a man among us who isn’t with me wholeheartedly, or a soul left behind who doesn’t wish us success and conquest.

CAMBRIDGE

25Never was monarch better feared and loved
Than is your Majesty. There’s not, I think, a subject
That sits in heart-grief and uneasiness
Under the sweet shade of your government.

CAMBRIDGE

There never was a monarch better feared and loved than yourself, your Majesty. I don’t think there’s a single unhappy subject living under the protection of your government.

GREY

True. Those that were your father’s enemies
30Have steeped their galls in honey, and do serve you
With hearts create of duty and of zeal.

GREY

True. Those who were bitter enemies of your father in his time have turned their bitterness to sweetness, serving you loyally and wholeheartedly.

KING HENRY

We therefore have great cause of thankfulness
And shall forget the office of our hand
Sooner than quittance of desert and merit
35According to the weight and worthiness.

KING HENRY

Yes, I have great cause to be thankful. I’m more likely to forget how to use my own hand than how to reward virtue and merit as they deserve.

SCROOP

So service shall with steelèd sinews toil,
And labor shall refresh itself with hope
To do your Grace incessant services.

SCROOP

And so your subjects serve you all the more energetically, hopeful of success and reward.

KING HENRY

We judge no less.—Uncle of Exeter,
40Enlarge the man committed yesterday
That railed against our person. We consider
It was excess of wine that set him on,
And on his more advice we pardon him.

KING HENRY

I expect no less. Uncle of Exeter, release the man who was arrested yesterday for railing against me. I believe he only did it because he drank too much, and now that he’s had a chance to think about his actions, I can pardon him.

SCROOP

That’s mercy, but too much security.
45Let him be punished, sovereign, lest example
Breed, by his sufferance, more of such a kind.

SCROOP

That’s merciful but a bit careless. He should be punished, your Majesty. If we tolerate such behavior, we’re in danger of encouraging it.

KING HENRY

Oh, let us yet be merciful.

KING HENRY

Oh, let us be merciful anyway.