Act 4 Scene 3
Earl of Westmoreland O that we now had here
But one ten thousand of those men in England / hat do no work to-day!
Henry V What's he that wishes so? / My cousin Westmoreland? No, my fair cousin:
If we are mark'd to die, we are enow / To do our country loss; and if to live,
The fewer men, the greater share of honour.
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he today that sheds his blood with me / Shall be my brother
Before going into battle with the French, the English soliders fear defeat because there are so few of them. In this famous 'St Crispin's Day' speech, Henry (Iain Glen) inspires them, saying that their small number means they will each have a greater share of the glory.
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