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K. Hen. God keep me so Our heralds go with
him : Bring me just notice of the numbers dead, On both our parts.—Call yonder fellow hither. [Points to WILLIAMS. Exeunt MontJoy and
K. Hen. Soldier, why wear’st thou that glove in thy сар ?
Will. An't please your majesty, 'tis the gage 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
my 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 literatured 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 Alençon, and an enemy to our person; if thou encounter any such, apprehend him, an thou dost me love.
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, and please Got of his grace, that I might see.
K. Hen. Knowest thou Gower?
Flu. I will fetch him.
[Erit. K. Hen. My lord of Warwick, and my brother
Before King HENRY'S Pavilion.
Enter GOWER and WILLIAMS.
Will. I warrant it is to knight you, captain.
Enter FLUELLEN. Flu. Got's will and his pleasure, captain, I peseech you now, come apace to the king: there is more goot toward you, peradventure, than is in your knowledge to dream of.
Will. Sir, know you this glove?
[Strikes him. Flu. 'Sblood ! an arrant traitor, as any's in the universal world, or in France, or in England.
Gow. How now, sir! you villain !
Flu. Stand away, captain Gower: I will give treason his payment into plows', I warrant you.
Will. I am no traitor.
Flu. That's a lie in thy throat.—I charge you in his majesty's name, apprehend him: he is a friend of the duke Alençon's.
Enter WARWICK and GLOSTER.
War. How now, how now! what's the matter?
7- I will give treason his payment into plows,] This is certainly a strange use of the preposition “ into,” and Heath suggested that the true reading was “ in two plows.” However, the employment of prepositions of old, as has already been remarked, was licentious in Shakespeare's time, and Fluellen, as a Welshman, might not be very well skilled in them.
for it! a most contagious treason come to light, look you, as you shall desire in a summer's day. Here is his majesty.
Enter K’ing HENRY and EXETER. K. Hen. How now! what's the matter?
Flu. My liege, here is a villain, and a traitor, that, look your grace, has struck the glove which your majesty is take out of the helmet of Alençon.
Will. My liege, this was my glove; here is the fellow of it; and he that I gave it to in change promised to wear it in his cap: I promised to strike him if he did. I met this man with my glove in his cap, and I have been as good as my word.
Flu. Your majesty hear now, saving your majesty's manlıood, what an arrant, rascally, beggarly, lowsy knave it is. I hope your majesty is pear me testimony, and witness, and avouchments, that this is the glove of Alençon, that your majesty is give me, in your conscience now. K. Hen. Give me thy glove, soldier: look, here is
the fellow of it. "Twas I, indeed, thou promisedst to strike; And thou hast given me most bitter terms.
Flu. An please your majesty, let his neck answer for it, if there is any martial law in the world.
K. Hen. How canst thou make me satisfaction?
Will. All offences, my lord, come from the heart : never came any from mine, that might offend your majesty.
K. IIen. It was ourself thou didst abuse.
W’ill. Your majesty came not like yourself: you appeared to me but as a common man; witness the night, your garments, your lowliness; and what your highness suffered under that shape, I beseech you, take it for your own fault, and not mine : for had you been
as I took you for, I made no offence; therefore, I be-
Flu. By this day and this light, the fellow has mettle enough in his pelly.—Hold, there is twelve pence for you, and I pray you to serve Got, and keep you out of prawls, and prabbles, and quarrels, and dissensions ; and, I warrant you, it is the petter for you.
Will. I will none of your money.
Flu. It is with a goot will. I can tell you, it will serve you to mend your shoes : come, wherefore should you be so pashful ? your shoes is not so goot : 'tis a goot silling, I warrant you, or I will change it.
Enter an English Herald. K. Hen. Now, herald, are the dead number'd ? Her. Here is the number of the slaughter'd French.
[Delivers a Paper. K. Hen. What prisoners of good sort are taken,
uncle? Exe. Charles duke of Orleans, nephew to the king; John duke of Bourbon, and lord Bouciqualt: Of other lords, and barons, knights, and 'squires, Full fifteen hundred, besides common men. K. Hen. This note doth tell me of ten thousand
French, That in the field lie slain : of princes, in this number, And nobles bearing banners, there lie dead One hundred twenty-six : added to these, Of knights, esquires, and gallant gentlemen, Eight thousand and four hundred; of the which, Five hundred were but yesterday dubb’d knights: