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

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1 IV / 1
  • We see yonder the beginning of the day, but I think
    we shall never see the e...
  • We see yonder the beginning of the day, but I think
    we shall never see the end of it. Who goes there?
  • Bates. I think it be: but we have no great cause to desire
    the approach of day.

    Williams. We see yonder the beginning of the day, but I think
    we shall never see the end of it. Who goes there?

2 IV / 1
  • Under what captain serve you?
  • Under what captain serve you?
  • Henry V. A friend.

    Williams. Under what captain serve you?

3 IV / 1
  • A good old commander and a most kind gentleman: I
    pray you, what thinks he o...
  • A good old commander and a most kind gentleman: I
    pray you, what thinks he of our estate?
  • Henry V. Under Sir Thomas Erpingham.

    Williams. A good old commander and a most kind gentleman: I
    pray you, what thinks he of our estate?

4 IV / 1
  • That's more than we know.
  • That's more than we know.
  • Henry V. 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.

    Williams. That's more than we know.

5 IV / 1
  • But if the cause be not good, the king himself hath
    a heavy reckoning to mak...
  • 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 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.
  • Bates. Ay, or more than we should seek after; for we know
    enough, if we know we are the kings subjects: if
    his cause be wrong, our obedience to the king wipes
    the crime of it out of us.

    Williams. 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 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.

6 IV / 1
  • 'Tis certain, every man that dies ill, the ill upon
    his own head, the king i...
  • 'Tis certain, every man that dies ill, the ill upon
    his own head, the king is not to answer it.
  • Henry V. So, if a son that is by his father sent about
    merchandise do sinfully miscarry upon the sea, the
    imputation of his wickedness by your rule, should be
    imposed upon his father that sent him: or if a
    servant, under his master's command transporting a
    sum of money, be assailed by robbers and die in
    many irreconciled iniquities, you may call the
    business of the master the author of the servant's
    damnation: but this is not so: the king is not
    bound to answer the particular endings of his
    soldiers, the father of his son, nor the master of
    his servant; for they purpose not their death, when
    they purpose their services. Besides, there is no
    king, be his cause never so spotless, if it come to
    the arbitrement of swords, can try it out with all
    unspotted soldiers: some peradventure have on them
    the guilt of premeditated and contrived murder;
    some, of beguiling virgins with the broken seals of
    perjury; some, making the wars their bulwark, that
    have before gored the gentle bosom of peace with
    pillage and robbery. Now, if these men have
    defeated the law and outrun native punishment,
    though they can outstrip men, they have no wings to
    fly from God: war is his beadle, war is vengeance;
    so that here men are punished for before-breach of
    the king's laws in now the king's quarrel: where
    they feared the death, they have borne life away;
    and where they would be safe, they perish: then if
    they die unprovided, no more is the king guilty of
    their damnation than he was before guilty of those
    impieties for the which they are now visited. Every
    subject's duty is the king's; but every subject's
    soul is his own. Therefore should every soldier in
    the wars do as every sick man in his bed, wash every
    mote out of his conscience: and dying so, death
    is to him advantage; or not dying, the time was
    blessedly lost wherein such preparation was gained:
    and in him that escapes, it were not sin to think
    that, making God so free an offer, He let him
    outlive that day to see His greatness and to teach
    others how they should prepare.

    Williams. 'Tis certain, every man that dies ill, the ill upon
    his own head, the king is not to answer it.

7 IV / 1
  • Ay, he said so, to make us fight cheerfully: but
    when our throats are cut, h...
  • Ay, he said so, to make us fight cheerfully: but
    when our throats are cut, he may be ransomed, and we
    ne'er the wiser.
  • Henry V. I myself heard the king say he would not be ransomed.

    Williams. Ay, he said so, to make us fight cheerfully: but
    when our throats are cut, he may be ransomed, and we
    ne'er the wiser.

8 IV / 1
  • You pay him then. That's a perilous shot out of an
    elder-gun, that a poor an...
  • You pay him then. That's a perilous shot out of an
    elder-gun, that a poor and private displeasure can
    do against a monarch! you may as well go about to
    turn the sun to ice with fanning in his face with a
    peacock's feather. You'll never trust his word
    after! come, 'tis a foolish saying.
  • Henry V. If I live to see it, I will never trust his word after.

    Williams. You pay him then. That's a perilous shot out of an
    elder-gun, that a poor and private displeasure can
    do against a monarch! you may as well go about to
    turn the sun to ice with fanning in his face with a
    peacock's feather. You'll never trust his word
    after! come, 'tis a foolish saying.

9 IV / 1
  • Let it be a quarrel between us, if you live.
  • Let it be a quarrel between us, if you live.
  • Henry V. Your reproof is something too round: I should be
    angry with you, if the time were convenient.

    Williams. Let it be a quarrel between us, if you live.

10 IV / 1
  • How shall I know thee again?
  • How shall I know thee again?
  • Henry V. I embrace it.

    Williams. How shall I know thee again?

11 IV / 1
  • Here's my glove: give me another of thine.
  • Here's my glove: give me another of thine.
  • Henry V. Give me any gage of thine, and I will wear it in my
    bonnet: then, if ever thou darest acknowledge it, I
    will make it my quarrel.

    Williams. Here's my glove: give me another of thine.

12 IV / 1
  • This will I also wear in my cap: if ever thou come
    to me and say, after to-m...
  • This will I also wear in my cap: if ever thou come
    to me and say, after to-morrow, 'This is my glove,'
    by this hand, I will take thee a box on the ear.
  • Henry V. There.

    Williams. This will I also wear in my cap: if ever thou come
    to me and say, after to-morrow, 'This is my glove,'
    by this hand, I will take thee a box on the ear.

13 IV / 1
  • Thou darest as well be hanged.
  • Thou darest as well be hanged.
  • Henry V. If ever I live to see it, I will challenge it.

    Williams. Thou darest as well be hanged.

14 IV / 1
  • Keep thy word: fare thee well.
  • Keep thy word: fare thee well.
  • Henry V. Well. I will do it, though I take thee in the
    king's company.

    Williams. Keep thy word: fare thee well.

15 IV / 7
  • An't please your majesty, 'tis the gage of one that
    I should fight withal, i...
  • An't please your majesty, 'tis the gage of one that
    I should fight withal, if he be alive.
  • Henry V. Soldier, why wearest thou that glove in thy cap?

    Williams. An't please your majesty, 'tis the gage of one that
    I should fight withal, if he be alive.

16 IV / 7
  • An't please your majesty, a rascal that swaggered
    with me last night; who, i...
  • An't please your majesty, a rascal that swaggered
    with me last night; who, if alive and ever dare to
    challenge this glove, I have sworn to take him a box
    o' th' 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.
  • Henry V. An Englishman?

    Williams. An't please your majesty, a rascal that swaggered
    with me last night; who, if alive and ever dare to
    challenge this glove, I have sworn to take him a box
    o' th' 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.

17 IV / 7
  • So I will, my liege, as I live.
  • So I will, my liege, as I live.
  • Henry V. Then keep thy vow, sirrah, when thou meetest the fellow.

    Williams. So I will, my liege, as I live.

18 IV / 7
  • Under Captain Gower, my liege.
  • Under Captain Gower, my liege.
  • Henry V. Who servest thou under?

    Williams. Under Captain Gower, my liege.

19 IV / 7
  • I will, my liege.
  • I will, my liege.
  • Henry V. Call him hither to me, soldier.

    Williams. I will, my liege.

20 IV / 8
  • I warrant it is to knight you, captain.
  • I warrant it is to knight you, captain.
  • Henry V. My Lord of Warwick, and my brother Gloucester,
    Follow Fluellen closely at the heels:
    The glove which I have given him for a favour
    May haply purchase him a box o' th' ear;
    It is the soldier's; I by bargain should
    Wear it myself. Follow, good cousin Warwick:
    If that the soldier strike him, as I judge
    By his blunt bearing he will keep his word,
    Some sudden mischief may arise of it;
    For I do know Fluellen valiant
    And, touched with choler, hot as gunpowder,
    And quickly will return an injury:
    Follow and see there be no harm between them.
    Go you with me, uncle of Exeter.

    Williams. I warrant it is to knight you, captain.

21 IV / 8
  • Sir, know you this glove?
  • Sir, know you this glove?
  • Fluellen. God's will and his pleasure, captain, I beseech you
    now, come apace to the king: there is more good
    toward you peradventure than is in your knowledge to dream of.

    Williams. Sir, know you this glove?

22 IV / 8
  • I know this; and thus I challenge it.
  • I know this; and thus I challenge it.
  • Fluellen. Know the glove! I know the glove is glove.

    Williams. I know this; and thus I challenge it.

23 IV / 8
  • Do you think I'll be forsworn?
  • Do you think I'll be forsworn?
  • Gower. How now, sir! you villain!

    Williams. Do you think I'll be forsworn?

24 IV / 8
  • I am no traitor.
  • I am no traitor.
  • Fluellen. Stand away, Captain Gower; I will give treason his
    payment into ploughs, I warrant you.

    Williams. I am no traitor.

25 IV / 8
  • My liege, this was my glove; here is the fellow of
    it; and he that I gave it...
  • 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.
  • Fluellen. 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 Alencon.

    Williams. 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.

26 IV / 8
  • All offences, my lord, come from the heart: never
    came any from mine that mi...
  • All offences, my lord, come from the heart: never
    came any from mine that might offend your majesty.
  • Henry V. How canst thou make me satisfaction?

    Williams. All offences, my lord, come from the heart: never
    came any from mine that might offend your majesty.

27 IV / 8
  • Your majesty came not like yourself: you appeared to
    me but as a common man;...
  • 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
    beseech your highness, pardon me.
  • Henry V. It was ourself thou didst abuse.

    Williams. 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
    beseech your highness, pardon me.

28 IV / 8
  • I will none of your money.
  • I will none of your money.
  • Fluellen. By this day and this light, the fellow has mettle
    enough in his belly. 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 better for you.

    Williams. I will none of your money.

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