King Henry Vi, Part I Monologue
|King Henry Vi, Part I Monologue by William Shakespeare|
- KING: Come hither you that would be combatants.
- Henceforth I charge you, as you love our favor,
- Quite to forget this quarrel and the cause.
- And you, my lords: remember where we are,
- In France, amongst a fickle wavering nation.
- If they perceive disssension in our looks
- And that within ourselves we disagree,
- How will their grudging stomachs be provoked
- To willfull disobedience, and rebel!
- Beside, what infamy will there arise
- When foreign princes shall be certified
- That for a toy, a thing of no regard,
- King Henry's peers and chief nobility
- Destroyed themselves and lost the realm of France!
- O, think upon the conquest of my father,
- My tender years, and let us not forgo
- That for a trifle that was bought with blood!
- Let me be umpire in this doubtful strife.
- I see no reason, if I wear this rose,
- [Puts on a red rose.]
- That any one should therefore be suspicious
- I more incline to Somerset than York.
- Both are my kinsmen, and I love them both.
- As well they may upbraid me with a crown
- Because forsooth the King of Scots is crowned.
- But your discretions better can persuade
- Than I am able to instruct or teach;
- And therefore, as we hither came in peace,
- So let us still continue peace and love.
- Cousin of York, we institute your grace
- To be our regent in these parts of France;
- And, good my Lord of Somerset, unite
- Your troops of horsemen with his bands of foot;
- And like true subjects, sons of your progenitors,
- Go cheerfully together and digest
- Your angry choler on your enemies.
- Ourself, my Lord Protector, and the rest,
- After some respite will return to Calais;
- From thence to England, where I hope ere long
- To be presented, by your victories,
- With Charles, Alençon, and that traitorous rout.