Henry 5

  • Henry V: Prologue

  • (Prologue)

  • Enter Chorus.

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    Chorus

    O for a Muse of fire, that would ascend

  • The brightest heaven of invention!

  • A kingdom for a stage, princes to act,

  • And monarchs to behold the swelling scene!

  • Then should the warlike Harry, like himself,

  • Assume the port of Mars, and at his heels

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    Chorus

    (Leash'd in, like hounds) should famine, sword, and fire

  • Crouch for employment. But pardon, gentles all,

  • The flat unraised spirits that hath dar'd

  • On this unworthy scaffold to bring forth

  • So great an object. Can this cockpit hold

  • The vasty fields of France? Or may we cram

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    Chorus

    Within this wooden O the very casques

  • That did affright the air at Agincourt?

  • O, pardon! Since a crooked figure may

  • Attest in little place a million,

  • And let us, ciphers to this great accompt,