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Henry V

Henry V

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Henry V Patriotism Quotes

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Quote #1

On, on, you noblest English.Whose blood is fet from fathers of war-proof!Fathers that, like so many Alexanders,Have in these parts from morn till even foughtAnd sheathed their swords for lack of argument:Dishonour not your mothers; now attestThat those whom you call'd fathers did beget you.Be copy now to men of grosser blood,And teach them how to war. And you, good yeoman,Whose limbs were made in England, show us hereThe mettle of your pasture; let us swearThat you are worth your breeding; which I doubt not;For there is none of you so mean and base,That hath not noble lustre in your eyes.I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips,Straining upon the start. The game's afoot: (3.1.1)

Remember when Canterbury and Ely told Henry that he should invade France for his country's (and his family's) honor? Well, here, Henry uses the same tactic to motivate his soldiers.

Quote #2

Cry 'God for Harry, England, and Saint George!' (3.1.1)

It doesn't get more patriotic than this. When Henry declares that God is "for England," we're reminded that national pride and religious zeal go hand in hand in this play.

Quote #3

KING HARRYI dare say you love him not so ill, to wish him herealone, howsoever you speak this to feel other men'sminds: methinks I could not die any where socontented as in the king's company; his cause beingjust and his quarrel honourable.WILLIAMS That's more than we know. (4.1.21)

When Henry (disguised as a common soldier) attempts to justify his invasion of France, Williams replies with much skepticism: "That's more than we know." In other words, Williams doesn't necessarily buy into Henry's patriotic call to arms but concedes that it's not his place to criticize the king.

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