Henry V

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V

Enter Fluellen and Gower


Nay, that's right; but why wear you your leek

today? Saint Davy's day is past.


There is occasions and causes why and wherefore

in all things. I will tell you ass my friend, Captain

Gower: the rascally, scauld, beggarly, lousy, pragging
scald, scall, scauld (adj.) contemptible, vile, scabby

knave, Pistol – which you and yourself and all the world
knave (n.) 1 scoundrel, rascal, rogue See Topics: Frequency count

know to be no petter than a fellow, look you now, of no

merits – he is come to me and prings me pread and salt

yesterday, look you, and bid me eat my leek. It was in a

place where I could not breed no contention with him;

but I will be so bold as to wear it in my cap till I see

him once again, and then I will tell him a little piece of

my desires.

Enter Pistol


Why, here he comes, swelling like a turkey-cock.


'Tis no matter for his swellings nor his turkey-cocks.

God pless you, Aunchient Pistol! You scurvy,

lousy knave, God pless you!
knave (n.) 1 scoundrel, rascal, rogue See Topics: Frequency count


Ha, art thou bedlam? Dost thou thirst, base Troyan,
base (adj.) 2 low-born, lowly, plebeian, of lower rank See Topics: Frequency count
bedlam (adj.) mad, crazed, frantic
Troyan, Trojan (n.) 2 fellow, knave

To have me fold up Parca's fatal web?

Hence! I am qualmish at the smell of leek.


I peseech you heartily, scurvy, lousy knave,

at my desires, and my requests, and my petitions, to eat,

look you, this leek. Because, look you, you do not love

it, nor your affections, and your appetites, and your

digestions, doo's not agree with it, I would desire you to

eat it.


Not for Cadwallader and all his goats!


There is one goat for you. (He strikes him)

Will you be so good, scauld knave, as eat it?
knave (n.) 1 scoundrel, rascal, rogue See Topics: Frequency count
scald, scall, scauld (adj.) contemptible, vile, scabby


Base Troyan, thou shalt die!


You say very true, scauld knave, when God's

will is. I will desire you to live in the meantime, and

eat your victuals – come, there is sauce for it. (He strikes

him again) You called me yesterday mountain-squire,

but I will make you today a squire of low degree. I pray

you fall to – if you can mock a leek, you can eat a leek.


Enough, Captain, you have astonished him.
astonish, 'stonish (v.) 1 fill with wonder, amaze, astound


I say, I will make him eat some part of my leek,

or I will peat his pate four days. Bite, I pray you, it is
pate (n.) head, skull See Topics: Frequency count

good for your green wound and your ploody coxcomb.
green (adj.) 1 fresh, recent, new


Must I bite?


Yes, certainly, and out of doubt, and out of

question too, and ambiguities.


By this leek, I will most horribly revenge – I eat

and eat, I swear –


Eat, I pray you; will you have some more

sauce to your leek? There is not enough leek to swear



Quiet thy cudgel, thou dost see I eat.


Much good do you, scauld knave, heartily.

Nay, pray you throw none away, the skin is good for

your broken coxcomb. When you take occasions to see

leeks hereafter, I pray you mock at 'em, that is all.




Ay, leeks is good. Hold you, there is a groat to

heal your pate.
pate (n.) head, skull See Topics: Frequency count


Me a groat?


Yes, verily and in truth you shall take it, or I

have another leek in my pocket which you shall eat.


I take thy groat in earnest of revenge.
earnest (n.) pledge, instalment, deposit, payment in advance


If I owe you anything, I will pay you in

cudgels – you shall be a woodmonger, and buy nothing

of me but cudgels. God bye you, and keep you, and heal

your pate.



All hell shall stir for this!


Go, go, you are a counterfeit cowardly knave.
counterfeit (adj.) 1 pretended, feigned, sham
knave (n.) 1 scoundrel, rascal, rogue See Topics: Frequency count

Will you mock at an ancient tradition, begun upon an

honourable respect, and worn as a memorable trophy
trophy (n.) 1 token of victory, evidence of valour

of predeceased valour, and dare not avouch in your
avouch (v.) 2 justify, warrant, defend

deeds any of your words? I have seen you gleeking and
gleek (v.) make a pointed joke, jest, gibe

galling at this gentleman twice or thrice. You thought,
gall (v.) 5 scoff, jeer, mock

because he could not speak English in the native garb,
garb (n.) manner, style, fashion

he could not therefore handle an English cudgel. You

find it otherwise, and henceforth let a Welsh correction

teach you a good English condition. Fare ye well.
condition (n.) 5 state, way of life



Doth Fortune play the housewife with me now?
housewife, huswife (n.) [pron: 'husif] hussy, wanton, minx

News have I that my Doll is dead i'th' spital
spital (n.) hospital

Of malady of France,
malady of France venereal disease

And there my rendezvous is quite cut off.
rendezvous (n.) 1 refuge, retreat, haven

Old I do wax, and from my weary limbs
wax (v.) 1 grow, become, turn

Honour is cudgelled. Well, bawd I'll turn,
bawd (n.) pimp, procurer, pander, go-between See Topics: Frequency count

And something lean to cutpurse of quick hand.
cutpurse (n.) pickpocket, thief, robber
something (adv.) 2 a little, to some extent

To England will I steal, and there I'll – steal;

And patches will I get unto these cudgelled scars,

And swear I got them in the Gallia wars.


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