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‘Not one more!’ : The prospect of facing daunting odds made his cousin quail, but Henry acted like a true King.
‘Not one more!’

From ‘Henry V’, by William Shakespeare.

On October 25, 1415, the morning of the Battle of Agincourt, an edgy Duke of Westmoreland regrets not bringing more men from England. But his cousin, King Henry, will have none of such talk.

O DO not wish one more!
Rather proclaim it, Westmoreland, through my host,
That he which hath no stomach to this fight,
Let him depart. His passport shall be made,
And crowns for convoy put into his purse.
We would not die in that man’s company
That fears his fellowship to die with us.

This day is call’d the feast of Crispian.
He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when this day is named,
And rouse him at the name of Crispian.

He that shall live this day, and see old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
And say, ‘To-morrow is Saint Crispian.’

Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars,
And say, ‘These wounds I had on Crispian's day.’
Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
But he’ll remember with advantages
What feats he did that day.

From ‘Henry V’, by William Shakespeare.

‘Not One More!’

Kenneth Branagh gives a stirring rendition of the famous speech.

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