Henry V By William Shakespeare Act III: Scene 7

ORLEANS.
The Dauphin longs for morning.

RAMBURES.
He longs to eat the English.

CONSTABLE.
I think he will eat all he kills.

ORLEANS.
By the white hand of my lady, he's a gallant prince.

CONSTABLE.
Swear by her foot that she may tread out the oath.

ORLEANS.
He is simply the most active gentleman of France.

CONSTABLE.
Doing is activity; and he will still be doing.

ORLEANS.
He never did harm, that I heard of.

CONSTABLE.
Nor will do none to-morrow. He will keep that good
name still.

ORLEANS.
I know him to be valiant.

CONSTABLE.
I was told that by one that knows him better than you.

ORLEANS.
What's he?

CONSTABLE.
Marry, he told me so himself; and he said he car'd not
who knew it.

ORLEANS.
He needs not; it is no hidden virtue in him.

CONSTABLE.
By my faith, sir, but it is; never anybody saw it but his
lackey. 'Tis a hooded valour; and when it appears, it will
bate.

ORLEANS.
"Ill will never said well."

CONSTABLE.
I will cap that proverb with "There is flattery in friendship."

ORLEANS.
And I will take up that with "Give the devil his due."

CONSTABLE.
Well plac'd. There stands your friend for the devil; have at
the very eye of that proverb with "A pox of the devil."

ORLEANS.
You are the better at proverbs, by how much "A fool's
bolt is soon shot."

CONSTABLE.

You have shot over.

ORLEANS.
'Tis not the first time you were overshot.

[Enter a Messenger.]

MESSENGER.
My Lord High Constable, the English lie within fifteen
hundred paces of your tents.

CONSTABLE.
Who hath measur'd the ground?

MESSENGER.
The Lord Grandpre.

CONSTABLE.
A valiant and most expert gentleman. Would it were day!
Alas, poor Harry of England, he longs not for the dawning as
we do.

ORLEANS.
What a wretched and peevish fellow is this King of England,
to mope with his fat-brain'd followers so far out of his
knowledge!

CONSTABLE.
If the English had any apprehension, they would run away.

ORLEANS.
That they lack; for if their heads had any intellectual armour,
they could never wear such heavy head-pieces.

RAMBURES.
That island of England breeds very valiant creatures. Their
mastiffs are of unmatchable courage.

ORLEANS.
Foolish curs, that run winking into the mouth of a Russian bear
and have their heads crush'd like rotten apples! You may as well
say, that's a valiant flea that dare eat his breakfast on the lip
of a lion.

CONSTABLE.
Just, just; and the men do sympathize with the mastiffs in
robustious and rough coming on, leaving their wits with their wives;
and then, give them great meals of beef and iron and steel, they
will eat like wolves and fight like devils.

ORLEANS.
Ay, but these English are shrewdly out of beef.

CONSTABLE.
Then shall we find to-morrow they have only stomachs to
eat and none to fight. Now is it time to arm. Come, shall we
about it?

ORLEANS.
It is now two o'clock; but, let me see, by ten
We shall have each a hundred Englishmen.

[Exeunt.]

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