Henry V: Top Ten Quotes
- "O! for a Muse of fire, that would ascend The brightest heaven of invention." Chorus, Prologue, appealing for inspiration to depict the story
- "Can this cockpit hold The vasty fields of France? or may we cram Within this wooden O the very casques That did affright the air at Agincourt?" Chorus, Prologue, contrasting the limitations of the stage in presenting the battle of Agincourt
- "Now all the youth of England are on fire, And silken dalliance in the wardrobe lies." Chorus, Act 2 lines 1-2, describing the enthusiasm with which the young men of England greet the prospect of war.
- "Once more into the breach, dear friends, once more; Or close the wall up with our English dead!In peace there's nothing so becomes a manAs modest stillness and humility:But when the blast of war blows in our ears,Then imitate the action of the tiger;Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood,Disguise fair nature with hard-favour'd rage;Then lend the eye a terrible aspect."
Act 3, scene 1, lines 1-9, King Henry urging his men on at the siege of Harfleur.
- I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips, Straining upon the start. The game's afoot:Follow your spirit; and, upon this chargeCry 'God for Harry! England and Saint George!'
Act 3, scene 1, lines 31-34, Henry's rousing conclusion to his speech at Harfleur.
- "A little touch of Harry in the night."
Act 4, Chorus, line 47. Chorus describes Henry's visit to his men the night before the battle.
- "I am afear'd there are few die well that die in a battle; for how can they charitably dispose of any thing when blood is their argument?"
Act 4 scene 1, lines 143-46, the English soldier Williams speaking on the night before the battle of Agincourt.
- "He that shall live this day, and see old age, Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbors,And say, 'Tomorrow is Saint Crispin:'Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars,And say, 'These wounds I had on Crispin's day."
Act 4, scene 3, lines 44-48, from King Henry's speech to his men before the battle of Agincourt.
- "We few, we happy few, we band of brothers."
Act 4, scene 3, line 60, King Henry, same speech
- "And gentlemen in England now a-bed, Shall think themselves accurs'd they were not here;And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaksThat fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day."
Act 4, scene 3, lines 64-67, King Henry, conclusion to his speech before Agincourt.
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- Henry V
- Act 1, Scene 1
- Act 1, Scene 2
- Act 2
- Act 2, Scene 1
- Act 2, Scene 2
- Act 2, Scene 3
- Act 2, Scene 4
- Act 3
- Act 3, Scene 1
- Act 3, Scene 2
- Act 3, Scene 3
- Act 3, Scene 4
- Act 3, Scene 5
- Act 3, Scene 6
- Act 3, Scene 7
- Act 4
- Act 4, Scene 1
- Act 4, Scene 2
- Act 4, Scene 3
- Act 4, Scene 4
- Act 4, Scene 5
- Act 4, Scene 6
- Act 4, Scene 7
- Act 4, Scene 8
- Act 5
- Act 5, Scene 1
- Act 5, Scene 2
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