By William Shakespeare

Henry V is Shakespeare’s most renowned “war play”; it contains the storied English victory over the French at Agincourt. a few of it glorifies struggle, specially the choruses and Henry’s speeches urging his troops into conflict. yet we additionally pay attention bishops conniving for battle to delay a invoice that may tax the church, and infantrymen looking forward to to harvest earnings from the clash. Even within the speeches of Henry and his nobles, there are various chilling references to the human price of war.

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Input Ambassadors of France [and Attendants]. Now are we ready to understand the excitement Of our reasonable cousin Dauphin; for we listen Your greeting is from him, no longer from the King. 212 borne performed 220 coverage statesmanship 222 resolved (1) confident (2) decided 224 ours i. e. , via correct of inheritance 224 bend it to our awe subdue it to our authority 226 empery dominion 228 urn grave 229 temembrance memorial inscription 232 Turkish mute (certain slaves within the Turkish royal loved ones had their tongues lower out to make sure secrecy) 233 worshipped venerated 233 waxen simply effaced Ambassador. May’t please your Majesty to offer us leaveFreely to render what we have now liable; Or lets sparingly° exhibit you remote The Dauphin’s that means, and our embassy? King. we're no tyrant, yet a Christian king,Unto whose grace° our ardour is as topic As is our wretches fett‘red in our prisons; for this reason with frank and with uncurbèd plainness, let us know the Dauphin’s brain. Ambassador. hence then, in few:°Your Highness, in recent times sending into France, Did declare a few convinced dukedoms, within the correct Of your nice predecessor, King Edward the 3rd. In solution of which declare, the Prince our grasp Says that you simply savour an excessive amount of of your early life, And bids you be advised:° There’s naught in France that may be with a nimble galliard° gained; you can't revel into dukedoms there. He for that reason sends you, meeter to your spirit, This tun° of treasure; and in lieu of this, wishes you allow the dukedoms that you simply declare pay attention not more of you. This the Dauphin speaks. King. What treasure, uncle? Exeter. Tennis balls, my liege. King. we're joyful the Dauphin is so friendly° with us—His current, and your pains, we thanks for. once we have matched our rackets to those balls, we'll in France° (by God’s grace) play a suite Shall strike his father’s crown° into the risk. °239 sparingly with reserve, discreetly 242 grace gracious disposition 245 few few phrases 251 be recommended take care 252 galliard full of life dance 255 tun cask 259 friendly jocular, merry 262 France (1) tennis courtroom (2) the rustic 263 crown (1) coin (stake funds) (2) throne and tool 263 probability (1) commencing within the partitions of an old style tennis court docket; the ball coming into it turned “dead” and some degree was once scored (2) peril, jeopardy inform him he hath made a fit with one of these wran gler° that each one the courts° of France could be disturbed With chases. ° And we comprehend him good, How he comes o‘er us with° our wilder days, no longer measuring what use we made up of them. We by no means valued this bad seat° of britain, And as a result, dwelling hence,° did supply ourself To barbarous license; as ’tis ever universal That males are merriest once they are from domestic. yet inform the Dauphin i'll preserve my state,° Be like a king, and express my sail of greatness,° whilst I do rouse me in my throne of France. For that i've got laid by way of my majesty, And plodded like a guy for operating days;° yet i'll upward push there with so complete a glory That i'll dazzle the entire eyes of France, Yea, strike the Dauphin unaware of glance on us.

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