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Henry V - Act 4, scene 5
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Act 4, scene 5
The French nobles, shamed in their defeat, decide to die fighting.Enter Constable, Orléans, Bourbon, Dauphin, and
CONSTABLE 2448 Ô diable!
2449 Ô Seigneur! Le jour est perdu, tout est perdu!
2450 Mort de ma vie, all is confounded, all!
2451 Reproach and everlasting shame
2452 5 Sits mocking in our plumes.A short Alarum.
p. 1772453 Ô méchante Fortune!
2454 Do not run away.
CONSTABLE 2455 Why, all our ranks are broke.
2456 O perdurable shame! Let’s stab ourselves.
2457 10 Be these the wretches that we played at dice for?
2458 Is this the king we sent to for his ransom?
2459 Shame, and eternal shame, nothing but shame!
2460 Let us die. In once more! Back again!
2461 And he that will not follow Bourbon now,
2462 15 Let him go hence, and with his cap in hand
2463 Like a base pander hold the chamber door,
2464 Whilst ⌜by a⌝ slave, no gentler than my dog,
2465 His fairest daughter is ⌜contaminate.⌝
2466 Disorder, that hath spoiled us, friend us now.
2467 20 Let us on heaps go offer up our lives.
2468 We are enough yet living in the field
2469 To smother up the English in our throngs,
2470 If any order might be thought upon.
2471 The devil take order now! I’ll to the throng.
2472 25 Let life be short, else shame will be too long.