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The Life of
 

for it shines bright and never changes, but keeps
his course truly. If thou would have such a one,
take me; and take me, take a soldier; take a
soldier, take a king. And what sayest thou then to
my love? speak, my fair, and fairly, I pray thee.

Kath. Is it possible dat I sould love de
enemy of France? 178

K. Hen. No; it is not possible you should
love the enemy of France, Kate; but, in loving
me, you should love the friend of France; for
I love France so well, that I will not part with
a village of it; I will have it all mine: and,
Kate, when France is mine and I am yours,
then yours is France and you are mine. 185

Kath. I cannot tell wat is dat.

K. Hen. No, Kate? I will tell thee in French,
which I am sure will hang upon my tongue like
a new-married wife about her husband's neck,
hardly to be shook off. Je quand sur le posses-
sion de France, et quand vous avez le possession
de moi,—let me see, what then? Saint Denis 192
be my speed!—done votre est France, et vous
êtes mienne. It is as easy for me, Kate, to
conquer the kingdom, as to speak so much
more French: I shall never move thee in French,
unless it be to laugh at me. 197

Kath. Sauf votre honneur, le français que
vous parlez, il est meilleur que l'anglais lequel je
parle. 200

K. Hen. No, faith, is 't not, Kate; but thy
speaking of my tongue, and I thine, most truly
falsely, must needs be granted to be much at

192 Saint Denis: patron saint of France
193 be my speed: aid me