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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

1053 William Shakespeare 1564-1616 John Bartlett

AUTHOR:William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
QUOTATION:The hum of either army stilly sounds,
That the fixed sentinels almost receive
The secret whispers of each other’s watch;
Fire answers fire, and through their paly flames
Each battle sees the other’s umbered face;
Steed threatens steed, in high and boastful neighs
Piercing the night’s dull ear, and from the tents
The armourers, accomplishing the knights,
With busy hammers closing rivets up, 1
Give dreadful note of preparation.
ATTRIBUTION:King Henry V. Act iv. Prologue.  [text]
WORKS:William Shakespeare Collection.
Note 1.
With clink of hammers closing rivets up.—Colley Cibber: Richard III. Altered, act v. sc. 3. [back]