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And when the mind is quicken’d, out of doubt,
up their drowsy grave and newly move,
Glou. We shall, my liege.
No, my good knight;
[Exeunt all but King. K. HEN. God-a-mercy, old heart! thou speak’st
Pist. Qui va là ?
Pist. Discuss unto me; art thou officer ?
K. HEN. I am a gentleman of a company.
23 legerity) nimbleness.
Pist. The king 's a bawcock, and a heart of gold,
K. HEN. Harry le Roy.
Pist. Tell him, I'll knock his leek about his pate
K. HEN. Do not you wear your dagger in your cap that day, lest he knock that about yours.
Pist. Art thou his friend ?
Enter FLUELLEN and GOWER
Flu. So! in the name of Jesu Christ, speak lower. 44 bawcock] See III, ii, 24, supra, and note. 45 imp] scion, sprout. Cf. 2 Hen. IV, V, v, 42-43, “most royal imp
of fame." 60 figo] a scornful gesticulation with the fingers. See note on III, vi, 55,
supra. 65 lower] The Folios read fewer. Malone restored lower from the Quarto. Cf. line 81, infra.
It is the greatest admiration in the universal world, when the true and aunchient prerogatifes and laws of the wars is not kept: if you would take the pains but to examine the wars of Pompey the Great, you shall find, I warrant you, that there is no tiddle taddle nor 70 pibble pabble in Pompey's camp; I warrant you, you shall find the ceremonies of the wars, and the cares of it, and the forms of it, and the sobriety of it, and the modesty of it, to be otherwise.
Gow. Why, the enemy is loud; you hear him all night.
Flu. If the enemy is an ass and a fool and a prating coxcomb, is it meet, think you, that we should also, look you, be an ass and a fool and a prating coxcomb? in your own conscience, now? Gow. I will speak lower. Flu. I pray you and beseech you that you will.
[Exeunt Gower and Fluellen. K. HEN. Though it appear a little out of fashion, There is much care and valour in this Welshman
Enter three soldiers, JOHN BATES, ALEXANDER COURT, and
MICHAEL WILLIAMS COURT. Brother John Bates, is not that the morning which breaks yonder ?
BATES. I think it be: but we have no great cause to desire the approach of day.
Will. We see yonder the beginning of the day, but I think we shall never see the end of it. Who goes 90 there? K. HEN. A friend.
Will. Under what captain serve you ?
WILL. A good old commander and a most kind gentleman: I pray you, what thinks he of our estate ?
K. HEN. Even as men wrecked upon a sand, that look to be washed off the next tide.
BATEs. He hath not told his thought to the king ? 99
K. HEN. No; nor it is not meet he should. For, though I speak it to you, I think the king is but a man, as I am: the violet smells to him as it doth to me; the element shows to him as it doth to me; all his senses have but human conditions: his ceremonies laid by, in his nakedness he appears but a man; and though his affections are higher mounted than ours, yet, when they stoop, they stoop with the like wing. Therefore when he sees reason of fears, as we do, his fears, out of doubt, be of the same relish as ours are: yet, in reason, no man should possess him with any appearance of fear, lest he, by showing it, should dishearten his army.
111 BATES. He may show what outward courage he will; but I believe, as cold a night as 't is, he could wish himself in Thames up to the neck; and so I would he were, and I by him, at all adventures, so we were quit here.
K. HEN. By my troth, I will speak my conscience of the king: I think he would not wish himself any where but where he is.
96 our estate) our situation.
BATES. Then I would he were here alone; so should he be sure to be ransomed, and a many poor men's lives saved.
122 K. HEN. I dare say you love him not so ill, to wish him here alone, howsoever you speak this to feel other men's minds: methinks I could not die any where so contented as in the king's company; his cause being just and his quarrel honourable.
Will. That's more than we know.
BATES. Ay, or more than we should seek after; for we know enough, if we know we are the king's subjects: if his cause be wrong, our obedience to the king wipes the crime of it out of us.
132 Will. But if the cause be not good, the king himself hath a heavy reckoning to make, when all those legs and arms and heads, chopped off in a battle, shall join together at the latter day and cry all “We died at such a place;” some swearing, some crying for a surgeon, some upon their wives left poor behind them, some upon the debts they owe, some upon their children rawly left. I am afeard there are few die well that die in a battle; for how can they charitably dispose of any thing, when blood is their argument ? Now, if these men do not die well, it will be a black matter for the king that led them to it; whom to disobey were against all proportion of subjection.
136 at the latter day] at the last day, at the day of judgment. 139–140 rawly left] left young and helpless. 142 when blood . . . argument] when shedding of blood is the subject of their thought, their business in hand.