[France. Before Harfleur]
Enter the King, Exeter, Bedford, and Gloucester.
Alarum: scaling ladders.
K. Hen. Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
Or close the wall up with our English dead!
In peace there's nothing so becomes a man
As modest stillness and humility: 4
But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
Then imitate the action of the tiger;
Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood,
Disguise fair nature with rage; 8
Then lend the eye a terrible aspect;
Let it pry through the of the head
Like the brass cannon; let the brow it
As fearfully as doth a rock 12
O'erhang and his base,
the wild and wasteful ocean.
Now set the teeth and stretch the nostril wide,
Hold hard the breath, and bend up every spirit
To his full height! On, on, you noblest English! 17
Whose blood is from fathers of ;
Fathers that, like so many Alexanders,
Have in these parts from morn till even fought,
And sheath'd their swords for lack of . 21
Dishonour not your mothers; now attest
That those whom you call'd fathers did beget you.
Be now to men of grosser blood, 24
8 hard-favour'd: ugly
10 portage: porthole
11 o'erwhelm: overhang
12 galled: undermined
13 jutty: project beyond
14 Swill'd with: gulped down by
18 fet: fetched
war-proof: valor proven in war
21 argument: subject of contention
24 copy: example