Henry V "As Full Of Valor As Of Kindness"
by William Shakespeare

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"As Full Of Valor As Of Kindness"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

Context: The English army begins battle at Agincourt against the forces of France in a contest in which King Henry of England eventually gains the crown of France. Some of the English leaders, speaking briefly before going into battle, note that the French have three thousand troops, or five to each English soldier. The Duke of Bedford and the Earl of Exeter bid farewell to the Earl of Salisbury as he leaves for battle:


BEDFORD
Farewell good Salisbury, and good luck go with thee.
EXETER
Farewell kind lord; fight valiantly to-day.
And yet I do thee wrong, to mind thee of it,
For thou art framed of the firm truth of valor.
[Exit SALISBURY.]
BEDFORD
He is as full of valour as of kindness;
Princely in both.