Prologue to Henry V

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Henry V Prologue(as read by Erik Sherr)

O for a Muse of fire, that would ascend
The brightest heaven of invention,
A kingdom for a stage, princes to act
And monarchs to behold the swelling scene!
Then should the warlike Harry, like himself,
Assume the port of Mars; and at his heels,
Leash’d in like hounds, should famine, sword and fire
Crouch for employment. But pardon, and gentles all,
The flat unraised spirits that have dared
On this unworthy scaffold to bring forth
So great an object: can this cockpit hold
The vasty fields of France? or may we cram
Within this wooden O the very casques
That did affright the air at Agincourt?
O, pardon! since a crooked figure may
Attest in little place a million;
And let us, ciphers to this great accompt,
On your imaginary forces work.
Suppose within the girdle of these walls
Are now confined two mighty monarchies,
Whose high upreared and abutting fronts
The perilous narrow ocean parts asunder:
Piece out our imperfections with your thoughts;
Into a thousand parts divide on man,
And make imaginary puissance;
Think when we talk of horses, that you see them
Printing their proud hoofs i’ the receiving earth;
For ’tis your thoughts that now must deck our kings,
Carry them here and there; jumping o’er times,
Turning the accomplishment of many years
Into an hour-glass: for the which supply,
Admit me Chorus to this history;
Who prologue-like your humble patience pray,
Gently to hear, kindly to judge, our play.


Erik Sherr is a professional actor who has appeared with the Princeton Rep Shakespeare Festival in its productions of The Taming of the Shrew and King Lear, as well as extensive New York and regional credits which include: The Atlantic Theatre Company, NADA, Shakespeare & Co., The Delaware Theatre Company, and The Hampton Playhouse. Mr. Sherr is a graduate of NYU/Tisch School of the Arts.

Victoria Liberatori is the founder and artistic director of the Princeton Rep Company/Princeton Rep Shakespeare Festival, a professional Actor’s Equity theatre since 1984.

Published in: on April 23, 2007 at 10:36 am  Comments (2)  

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2 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Erik,
    What a pleasant surprise! While searching for a blog your name appeared! Excellent reading, your enjoyment of Shakespeare was evident in your presentation.
    Love,
    Mom

  2. Erik,

    Excellent reading indeed. I enjoyed it very much! :-)\

    Love from Oxford

    Ling


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