Speeches (Lines) for Gower in "History of Henry V"

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# Act / Scene Speech text
1 III / 2
  • Captain Fluellen, you must come presently to the
    mines; the Duke of Gloucest...
  • Captain Fluellen, you must come presently to the
    mines; the Duke of Gloucester would speak with you.
  • Boy. As young as I am, I have observed these three
    swashers. I am boy to them all three: but all they
    three, though they would serve me, could not be man
    to me; for indeed three such antics do not amount to
    a man. For Bardolph, he is white-livered and
    red-faced; by the means whereof a' faces it out, but
    fights not. For Pistol, he hath a killing tongue
    and a quiet sword; by the means whereof a' breaks
    words, and keeps whole weapons. For Nym, he hath
    heard that men of few words are the best men; and
    therefore he scorns to say his prayers, lest a'
    should be thought a coward: but his few bad words
    are matched with as few good deeds; for a' never
    broke any man's head but his own, and that was
    against a post when he was drunk. They will steal
    any thing, and call it purchase. Bardolph stole a
    lute-case, bore it twelve leagues, and sold it for
    three half pence. Nym and Bardolph are sworn
    brothers in filching, and in Calais they stole a
    fire-shovel: I knew by that piece of service the
    men would carry coals. They would have me as
    familiar with men's pockets as their gloves or their
    handkerchers: which makes much against my manhood,
    if I should take from another's pocket to put into
    mine; for it is plain pocketing up of wrongs. I
    must leave them, and seek some better service:
    their villany goes against my weak stomach, and
    therefore I must cast it up.

    Gower. Captain Fluellen, you must come presently to the
    mines; the Duke of Gloucester would speak with you.

2 III / 2
  • The Duke of Gloucester, to whom the order of the
    siege is given, is altogeth...
  • The Duke of Gloucester, to whom the order of the
    siege is given, is altogether directed by an
    Irishman, a very valiant gentleman, i' faith.
  • Fluellen. To the mines! tell you the duke, it is not so good
    to come to the mines; for, look you, the mines is
    not according to the disciplines of the war: the
    concavities of it is not sufficient; for, look you,
    the athversary, you may discuss unto the duke, look
    you, is digt himself four yard under the
    countermines: by Cheshu, I think a' will plough up
    all, if there is not better directions.

    Gower. The Duke of Gloucester, to whom the order of the
    siege is given, is altogether directed by an
    Irishman, a very valiant gentleman, i' faith.

3 III / 2
  • I think it be.
  • I think it be.
  • Fluellen. It is Captain Macmorris, is it not?

    Gower. I think it be.

4 III / 2
  • Here a' comes; and the Scots captain, Captain Jamy, with him.
  • Here a' comes; and the Scots captain, Captain Jamy, with him.
  • Fluellen. By Cheshu, he is an ass, as in the world: I will
    verify as much in his beard: be has no more
    directions in the true disciplines of the wars, look
    you, of the Roman disciplines, than is a puppy-dog.

    Gower. Here a' comes; and the Scots captain, Captain Jamy, with him.

5 III / 2
  • How now, Captain Macmorris! have you quit the
    mines? have the pioneers given...
  • How now, Captain Macmorris! have you quit the
    mines? have the pioneers given o'er?
  • Fluellen. God-den to your worship, good Captain James.

    Gower. How now, Captain Macmorris! have you quit the
    mines? have the pioneers given o'er?

6 III / 2
  • Gentlemen both, you will mistake each other.
  • Gentlemen both, you will mistake each other.
  • Macmorris. I do not know you so good a man as myself: so
    Chrish save me, I will cut off your head.

    Gower. Gentlemen both, you will mistake each other.

7 III / 2
  • The town sounds a parley.
  • The town sounds a parley.
  • Jamy. A! that's a foul fault.

    Gower. The town sounds a parley.

8 III / 6
  • How now, Captain Fluellen! come you from the bridge?
  • How now, Captain Fluellen! come you from the bridge?
  • King of France. Be patient, for you shall remain with us.
    Now forth, lord constable and princes all,
    And quickly bring us word of England's fall.

    Gower. How now, Captain Fluellen! come you from the bridge?

9 III / 6
  • Is the Duke of Exeter safe?
  • Is the Duke of Exeter safe?
  • Fluellen. I assure you, there is very excellent services
    committed at the bridge.

    Gower. Is the Duke of Exeter safe?

10 III / 6
  • What do you call him?
  • What do you call him?
  • Fluellen. The Duke of Exeter is as magnanimous as Agamemnon;
    and a man that I love and honour with my soul, and my
    heart, and my duty, and my life, and my living, and
    my uttermost power: he is not-God be praised and
    blessed!--any hurt in the world; but keeps the
    bridge most valiantly, with excellent discipline.
    There is an aunchient lieutenant there at the
    pridge, I think in my very conscience he is as
    valiant a man as Mark Antony; and he is a man of no
    estimation in the world; but did see him do as
    gallant service.

    Gower. What do you call him?

11 III / 6
  • I know him not.
  • I know him not.
  • Fluellen. He is called Aunchient Pistol.

    Gower. I know him not.

12 III / 6
  • Why, this is an arrant counterfeit rascal; I
    remember him now; a bawd, a cut...
  • Why, this is an arrant counterfeit rascal; I
    remember him now; a bawd, a cutpurse.
  • Fluellen. Very good.

    Gower. Why, this is an arrant counterfeit rascal; I
    remember him now; a bawd, a cutpurse.

13 III / 6
  • Why, 'tis a gull, a fool, a rogue, that now and then
    goes to the wars, to gr...
  • Why, 'tis a gull, a fool, a rogue, that now and then
    goes to the wars, to grace himself at his return
    into London under the form of a soldier. And such
    fellows are perfect in the great commanders' names:
    and they will learn you by rote where services were
    done; at such and such a sconce, at such a breach,
    at such a convoy; who came off bravely, who was
    shot, who disgraced, what terms the enemy stood on;
    and this they con perfectly in the phrase of war,
    which they trick up with new-tuned oaths: and what
    a beard of the general's cut and a horrid suit of
    the camp will do among foaming bottles and
    ale-washed wits, is wonderful to be thought on. But
    you must learn to know such slanders of the age, or
    else you may be marvellously mistook.
  • Fluellen. I'll assure you, a' uttered as brave words at the
    bridge as you shall see in a summer's day. But it
    is very well; what he has spoke to me, that is well,
    I warrant you, when time is serve.

    Gower. Why, 'tis a gull, a fool, a rogue, that now and then
    goes to the wars, to grace himself at his return
    into London under the form of a soldier. And such
    fellows are perfect in the great commanders' names:
    and they will learn you by rote where services were
    done; at such and such a sconce, at such a breach,
    at such a convoy; who came off bravely, who was
    shot, who disgraced, what terms the enemy stood on;
    and this they con perfectly in the phrase of war,
    which they trick up with new-tuned oaths: and what
    a beard of the general's cut and a horrid suit of
    the camp will do among foaming bottles and
    ale-washed wits, is wonderful to be thought on. But
    you must learn to know such slanders of the age, or
    else you may be marvellously mistook.

14 IV / 1
  • Captain Fluellen!
  • Captain Fluellen!
  • Henry V. It sorts well with your fierceness.

    Gower. Captain Fluellen!

15 IV / 1
  • Why, the enemy is loud; you hear him all night.
  • Why, the enemy is loud; you hear him all night.
  • Fluellen. So! in the name of Jesu Christ, speak lower. It is
    the greatest admiration of 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 toddle
    nor 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.

    Gower. Why, the enemy is loud; you hear him all night.

16 IV / 1
  • I will speak lower.
  • I will speak lower.
  • Fluellen. 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?

    Gower. I will speak lower.

17 IV / 7
  • 'Tis certain there's not a boy left alive; and the
    cowardly rascals that ran...
  • 'Tis certain there's not a boy left alive; and the
    cowardly rascals that ran from the battle ha' done
    this slaughter: besides, they have burned and
    carried away all that was in the king's tent;
    wherefore the king, most worthily, hath caused every
    soldier to cut his prisoner's throat. O, 'tis a
    gallant king!
  • Fluellen. Kill the poys and the luggage! 'tis expressly
    against the law of arms: 'tis as arrant a piece of
    knavery, mark you now, as can be offer't; in your
    conscience, now, is it not?

    Gower. 'Tis certain there's not a boy left alive; and the
    cowardly rascals that ran from the battle ha' done
    this slaughter: besides, they have burned and
    carried away all that was in the king's tent;
    wherefore the king, most worthily, hath caused every
    soldier to cut his prisoner's throat. O, 'tis a
    gallant king!

18 IV / 7
  • Alexander the Great.
  • Alexander the Great.
  • Fluellen. Ay, he was porn at Monmouth, Captain Gower. What
    call you the town's name where Alexander the Pig was born!

    Gower. Alexander the Great.

19 IV / 7
  • I think Alexander the Great was born in Macedon; his
    father was called Phili...
  • I think Alexander the Great was born in Macedon; his
    father was called Philip of Macedon, as I take it.
  • Fluellen. Why, I pray you, is not pig great? the pig, or the
    great, or the mighty, or the huge, or the
    magnanimous, are all one reckonings, save the phrase
    is a little variations.

    Gower. I think Alexander the Great was born in Macedon; his
    father was called Philip of Macedon, as I take it.

20 IV / 7
  • Our king is not like him in that: he never killed
    any of his friends.
  • Our king is not like him in that: he never killed
    any of his friends.
  • Fluellen. I think it is in Macedon where Alexander is porn. I
    tell you, captain, if you look in the maps of the
    'orld, I warrant you sall find, in the comparisons
    between Macedon and Monmouth, that the situations,
    look you, is both alike. There is a river in
    Macedon; and there is also moreover a river at
    Monmouth: it is called Wye at Monmouth; but it is
    out of my prains what is the name of the other
    river; but 'tis all one, 'tis alike as my fingers is
    to my fingers, and there is salmons in both. If you
    mark Alexander's life well, Harry of Monmouth's life
    is come after it indifferent well; for there is
    figures in all things. Alexander, God knows, and
    you know, in his rages, and his furies, and his
    wraths, and his cholers, and his moods, and his
    displeasures, and his indignations, and also being a
    little intoxicates in his prains, did, in his ales and
    his angers, look you, kill his best friend, Cleitus.

    Gower. Our king is not like him in that: he never killed
    any of his friends.

21 IV / 7
  • Sir John Falstaff.
  • Sir John Falstaff.
  • Fluellen. It is not well done, mark you now take the tales out
    of my mouth, ere it is made and finished. I speak
    but in the figures and comparisons of it: as
    Alexander killed his friend Cleitus, being in his
    ales and his cups; so also Harry Monmouth, being in
    his right wits and his good judgments, turned away
    the fat knight with the great belly-doublet: he
    was full of jests, and gipes, and knaveries, and
    mocks; I have forgot his name.

    Gower. Sir John Falstaff.

22 IV / 7
  • Here comes his majesty.
    [Alarum. Enter KING HENRY, and forces; WARWICK,]
  • Here comes his majesty.
    [Alarum. Enter KING HENRY, and forces; WARWICK,]
    GLOUCESTER, EXETER, and others]
  • Fluellen. That is he: I'll tell you there is good men porn at Monmouth.

    Gower. Here comes his majesty.
    [Alarum. Enter KING HENRY, and forces; WARWICK,]
    GLOUCESTER, EXETER, and others]

23 IV / 8
  • How now, sir! you villain!
  • How now, sir! you villain!
  • Fluellen. 'Sblood! an arrant traitor as any is in the
    universal world, or in France, or in England!

    Gower. How now, sir! you villain!

24 V / 1
  • Nay, that's right; but why wear you your leek today?
    Saint Davy's day is pas...
  • Nay, that's right; but why wear you your leek today?
    Saint Davy's day is past.
  • Chorus. Vouchsafe to those that have not read the story,
    That I may prompt them: and of such as have,
    I humbly pray them to admit the excuse
    Of time, of numbers and due course of things,
    Which cannot in their huge and proper life
    Be here presented. Now we bear the king
    Toward Calais: grant him there; there seen,
    Heave him away upon your winged thoughts
    Athwart the sea. Behold, the English beach
    Pales in the flood with men, with wives and boys,
    Whose shouts and claps out-voice the deep mouth'd sea,
    Which like a mighty whiffler 'fore the king
    Seems to prepare his way: so let him land,
    And solemnly see him set on to London.
    So swift a pace hath thought that even now
    You may imagine him upon Blackheath;
    Where that his lords desire him to have borne
    His bruised helmet and his bended sword
    Before him through the city: he forbids it,
    Being free from vainness and self-glorious pride;
    Giving full trophy, signal and ostent
    Quite from himself to God. But now behold,
    In the quick forge and working-house of thought,
    How London doth pour out her citizens!
    The mayor and all his brethren in best sort,
    Like to the senators of the antique Rome,
    With the plebeians swarming at their heels,
    Go forth and fetch their conquering Caesar in:
    As, by a lower but loving likelihood,
    Were now the general of our gracious empress,
    As in good time he may, from Ireland coming,
    Bringing rebellion broached on his sword,
    How many would the peaceful city quit,
    To welcome him! much more, and much more cause,
    Did they this Harry. Now in London place him;
    As yet the lamentation of the French
    Invites the King of England's stay at home;
    The emperor's coming in behalf of France,
    To order peace between them; and omit
    All the occurrences, whatever chanced,
    Till Harry's back-return again to France:
    There must we bring him; and myself have play'd
    The interim, by remembering you 'tis past.
    Then brook abridgment, and your eyes advance,
    After your thoughts, straight back again to France.

    Gower. Nay, that's right; but why wear you your leek today?
    Saint Davy's day is past.

25 V / 1
  • Why, here he comes, swelling like a turkey-cock.
  • Why, here he comes, swelling like a turkey-cock.
  • Fluellen. There is occasions and causes why and wherefore in
    all things: I will tell you, asse my friend,
    Captain Gower: the rascally, scald, beggarly,
    lousy, pragging knave, Pistol, which you and
    yourself and all the world know to be no petter
    than a fellow, look you now, of no merits, he is
    come to me and prings me pread and salt yesterday,
    look you, and bid me eat my leek: it was in place
    where I could not breed no contention with him; but
    I will be so bold as to wear it in my cap till I see
    him once again, and then I will tell him a little
    piece of my desires.

    Gower. Why, here he comes, swelling like a turkey-cock.

26 V / 1
  • Enough, captain: you have astonished him.
  • Enough, captain: you have astonished him.
  • Fluellen. You say very true, scauld knave, when God's will is:
    I will desire you to live in the mean time, and eat
    your victuals: come, there is sauce for it.
    [Strikes him]
    You called me yesterday mountain-squire; but I will
    make you to-day a squire of low degree. I pray you,
    fall to: if you can mock a leek, you can eat a leek.

    Gower. Enough, captain: you have astonished him.

27 V / 1
  • Go, go; you are a counterfeit cowardly knave. Will
    you mock at an ancient tr...
  • Go, go; you are a counterfeit cowardly knave. Will
    you mock at an ancient tradition, begun upon an
    honourable respect, and worn as a memorable trophy of
    predeceased valour and dare not avouch in your deeds
    any of your words? I have seen you gleeking and
    galling at this gentleman twice or thrice. You
    thought, because he could not speak English in the
    native garb, he could not therefore handle an
    English cudgel: you find it otherwise; and
    henceforth let a Welsh correction teach you a good
    English condition. Fare ye well.
  • Pistol. All hell shall stir for this.

    Gower. Go, go; you are a counterfeit cowardly knave. Will
    you mock at an ancient tradition, begun upon an
    honourable respect, and worn as a memorable trophy of
    predeceased valour and dare not avouch in your deeds
    any of your words? I have seen you gleeking and
    galling at this gentleman twice or thrice. You
    thought, because he could not speak English in the
    native garb, he could not therefore handle an
    English cudgel: you find it otherwise; and
    henceforth let a Welsh correction teach you a good
    English condition. Fare ye well.

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