Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1883. Excerpt: ... the pridge: I can tell your Majesty, the duke is a prave man. King. What men have you lost, Fluellen? Flu. The perdition of th' athversary hath been very great, reasonable great: marry, for my part, I think the duke hath lost never a man, but one that is like to be executed for robbing a church, -- one Bardolph, if your Majesty know the man: his face is all bubukles, and whelks,9 and knobs, and flames o' fire; and his lips plows at his nose, and it is like a coal of fire, sometimes plue and sometimes red; but his nose is executed, and his fire's out. King. We would have all such offenders so cut off: and we give express charge that, in our marches through the country, there be nothing compell'd from the villages, nothing taken but paid for,10 none of the French upbraided or abused in disdainful language; for when lenity and cruelty play for a kingdom, the gentler gamester is the soonest winner. Tucket sounds. Enter Montjoy. Mont. You know me by my habit.11 King. Well, then I know thee: what shall I know of thee? Mont. My master's mind. King. Unfold it. Mont. Thus says my King: Say thou to Harry of England: Though we seem'd dead, we did but sleep; advantage is a better soldier than rashness. Tell him, we could have rebuked him at Harfleur, but that we thought not good to bruise an injury till it were full ripe :12 now we speak upon our cue, and our voice is imperial. England shall repent his 9 Bubukles are blotches or botches; whelks are pustules or wheals. 10 That is, nothing taken without being paid for. This use of but with the force of without occurs repeatedly. See vol. iv. page 82, note 1. 11 The person of a herald being, by the laws of war, inviolable, was distinguished by a richly-emblazoned dress. 12 The implied image is of a sore, as a boil or carbuncle, which is best let a...
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William Shakespeare is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the 'Bard of Avon'. His surviving works, including some collaborations, consist of about 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems and several other poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.
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