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my fingers, and there is salmons in both. If you
kill his pest friend, Clytus. Gow. Our king is not like him in that; he never killed any of his friends.
Flu. It is not well done, mark you now, to take tales out of my mouth, ere it is made an end and finished. I speak but in the figures and comparisons of it: As Alexander is kill his friend Clytus, being in his ales and his cups ; so also Harry Monmouth, being in his right wits and his goot judgments, is turn away the fat knight* with the great pelly-doublet: he was full of jests, and gipes, and knaveries, and mocks; I am forget his name.
Gow. Sir John Falstaff.
Flu. That is he: I can tell you there is goot men born at Monmouth.
Gow. Here comes his majesty.
Alarum. Enter King Henry with a Part of the English Forces ; WARWICK, GLOSTER, EXETER, and Others.
K. Hen. I was not angry since I came to France Until this instant.-- Take a trumpet, herald; Ride thou unto the horsemen on yon
hill If they will fight with us, bid them come down, Or void the field ; they do offend our sight:
the fat knight --] This is the last time that Falstaff can make sport. The poet was loath to part with him, and has cono tinued his memory as long as he could.
If they'll do neither, we will come to them;
know'st thou not,
No, great king:
I tell thee truly, herald,
The day is yours.
K. Hen. Then call we this-the field of Agincourt, Fought on the day of Crispin Crispianus.
Flu. Your grandfather of famous memory, an't please your majesty, and your great uncle Edward the plack prince of Wales, as I have read in the chronicles, fought a most prave pattle here in France.
K. Hen. They did, Fluellen.
Flu. Your majesty says very true: if your majesties is remembered of it, the Welshman did goot service in a garden where leeks did grow, wearing leeks in their Monmouth caps; which, your majesty knows, to this hour is an honourable padge of the service; and I do believe, your majesty takes no scorn to wear the leek upon Saint Tavy's day.
K. Hen. I wear it for a memorable honour : For I am Welsh, you know, good countryman.
Flu. All the water in Wye cannot wash your majesty's Welsh plood out of your pody, I can tell you that: Got pless it and preserve it, as long as it
grace, and his majesty too ! K. Hen. Thanks, good my countryman.
Flu. By Cheshu, I am your majesty's countryman, I care not who know it; I will confess it to all the 'orld: I need not to be ashamed of your majesty, praised be God, so long as your majesty is an honest man. K. Hen. God keep me so !-Our heralds go
with Bring me just notice of the numbers dead On both our parts._Call yonder fellow hither.
[Points to WILLIAMS. Exeunt MONTJQY
and Others. Exe. Soldier, you must come to the king.
K. Hen. Soldier, why wear'st thou that glove in thy cap? Will. An't please your majesty, 'tis the gage
of one that I should fight withal, if he be alive.
K. Hen. An Englishman?
Will. An't please your majesty, a rascal, that swaggered with me last night: who, if 'a live, and ever dare to challenge this glove, I have' sworn to take him a box o'the ear : or, if I can see my glove in his cap, (which he swore, as he was a soldier, he would wear, if alive,) I will strike it out soundly.
K. Hen. What think you, captain Fluellen ? is it fit this soldier keep his oath?
Flu. He is a craven and a villain else, an't please your majesty, in
conscience. K. Hen. It may be, his enemy is a gentleman of great sort, quite from the answer of his degree.
Flu. Though he be as goot a gentleman as the tevil is, as Lucifer and Belzebub himself, it is necessary, look your grace, that he keep his vow and his oath : if he be perjured, see you now, his reputation is as arrant a villain, and a Jack sauce, as ever his plack shoe trod upon Got's ground and his earth, in my conscience, la.
K. Hen. Then keep thy vow, sirrah, when thou meet'st the fellow.
Will. So I will, my liege, as I live.
Flu. Gower is a goot captain ? and is good knowledge and literature in the wars.
K. Hen. Call-him hither to me, soldier.
[Exit. K. Hen. Here, Fluellen ; wear thou this favour for me, and stick it in thy cap: When Alençon and myself were down together, I plucked this glove from his helm; if any man challenge this, he is a friend to
great sort,] High rank. 6
quite from the answer of his degree.] A man of such on as is not bound to ard his person to answer to a challenge from one of the soldier's low degree.
Alençon and an enemy to our person ; if thou encounter any such, apprehend him, an thou dost love me.
Flu. Your grace does me as great honours, as can be desired in the hearts of his subjects : I would fain see the man, that has but two legs, that shall find himself aggriefed at this glove, that is all ; but I would fain see it once : an please Got of his grace, that I might see it.
K. Hen. Knowest thou Gower?
K. Hen. Pray thee, go seek him, and bring him to my tent. Flu. I will fetch him.
[Exit. K. Hen. My lord of Warwick,--and my brother
Follow, good cousin Warwick :
with me, uncle of Exeter. . [Exeunt.
Before King Henry's Pavilion.
Enter GOWER and WILLIAMS.