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Enter WILLIAMS. K. Hen. Soldier, why wear'st thou that glove in thy cap ?
'Will. An't please your majesty, 'tis the gage of one that I should fight withal, if he be alive.
K. Hen. An Englishman?
Will. An't please your majesty, a rascal that swagger’d 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.
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 goot knowledge and literature in the wars.
Ř. Hen. Call him hither to me, soldier.
[Exit WILLIAMS. K. Hen. Here, Fluellen : wear thou this favour for me, and stick it in thy cap : When Alençon and myself were down together, I pluck'd 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 love Flu. Your grace does me as great honours, as can be desir'd in the hearts of his subjects: I would fain see the man, that has but two legs, that shall find himself aggriev'd at this glove: that is all; but I would fain see it once: an please Heaven of his grace, that I might see it.
K. Hen. Know'st thou Gower?
Flu. I will fetch him.
[Exit FLUELLEN, K. Hen. Brother Gloster, Follow Fluellen closely at the heels; The glove, which I have given him for a favour, May, haply, purchase him a box o' the ear.
[Exit GLOSTER. It is the soldier's; I, by bargain, should Wear it myself. Follow, good cousin Westmoreland; 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, touch'd with choler, hot as gunpowder, And quickly will return an injury: Follow, and see there be no harm between them.
[Exit WesTMORELAND. Uncle of Exeter, and brother Bedford, Come
with me. (Flourish of Drums and Trumpets,-Exeunt,
Another Part of the Field.
Enter Gower and WILLIAMS.
Enter FLUELLEN. Flu. Heaven's will and his pleasure, captain, I beseech 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? | Flu. Know the glove? I know the glove is a glove. Will. I know this; and thus I challenge it.
[Strikes FLUELLEN. Flu. 'Sbud, an arrant traitor, as any's in the universal 'orld, or in France, or in England. Gow. How
villain! Will. Do you think I'll be forsworn?
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 lic in thy throat.-I charge you in his majesty's name, apprehend him; he's a friend of the duke Alençon's.
Enter WESTMORELAND and GLOSTER. Glost. How now, how now! what's the matter?
Flu. My lord of Gloster, here is (praised Heaven be 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 King HENRY, BEDFORD, Exeter, ERPING
HAM, Captain, and GUARIS. 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 manhood,) 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 promised'st to strike; and thou hast given me most bitter terms.
Flu. An please your majesty, let his neck answer for it, it there is any martial law in the 'orld.
K. Hen. How canst thou make me satisfaction ?
Will. All offences, my liege, come from the heart : never came any from mine, that might offend your majesty.
K. Hen. It was ourself thou didst abuse.
Will. 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.
K. Hen. Here, uncle Exeter, fill this glove with
[Exeter drops a Purse into the Glove. Keep it, soldier; And wear it for an honour in thy cap, Till I do challenge it. And, captain, you must needs be friends with bim.
Flu. By this day and this light, the fellow has metile enough in his pelly :-Hold, there is twelve pence for you; and I pray you to keep you out of prawls, and prabbles, and quarrels, and dissensions ; and, I warrant
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. [Exit WILLIAMS.
Enter the Two ENGLISH HERALDS. K. Hen. Now, Herald; are the dead number'd ? [Herald delivers two Papers to the KING, who
gives one of them to the Duke of EXETER, 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
K. Hen. O Heaven, thy arm was here!
Flu. Is it not lawful, an please your majesty, to tell how
many is killed?