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Henry IV, Pt. 1: Act II, Scene 3

Henry IV, Pt. 1
Act II, Scene 3

Warkworth castle .

  1. Enter Hotspur solus , reading a letter .

Hotspur

1 - 34
  1. But , for mine own part , my lord , I could be well contented
  2. to be there , in respect of the love I bear your house .”
  3. He could be contented : why is he not then ? In the respect of
  4. the love he bears our house : he shows in this , he loves his
  5. own barn better than he loves our house . Let me see some
  6. more .
  7. The purpose you undertake is dangerous
  8. why , that’s certain . ’Tis dangerous to take a cold , to
  9. sleep , to drink , but I tell you , my lord fool , out of this
  10. nettle , danger , we pluck this flower , safety .
  11. The purpose you undertake is dangerous , the friends you
  12. have nam’d uncertain , the time itself unsorted , and your
  13. whole plot too light for the counterpoise of so great an
  14. opposition .”
  15. Say you so , say you so ? I say unto you again , you are a
  16. shallow , cowardly hind , and you lie . What a lack - brain is
  17. this ! By the Lord , our plot is a good plot as ever was laid ,
  18. our friends true and constant : a good plot , good friends ,
  19. and full of expectation ; an excellent plot , very good
  20. friends . What a frosty - spirited rogue is this ! Why , my Lord
  21. of York commends the plot and the general course of the
  22. action . ’Zounds , and I were now by this rascal , I could
  23. brain him with his lady’s fan . Is there not my father , my
  24. uncle , and myself ? Lord Edmund Mortimer , my Lord of York ,
  25. and Owen Glendower ? Is there not besides the Douglas ? Have I
  26. not all their letters to meet me in arms by the ninth of the
  27. next month ? And are they not some of them set forward
  28. already ? What a pagan rascal is this ! An infidel ! Ha , you
  29. shall see now in very sincerity of fear and cold heart will
  30. he to the King , and lay open all our proceedings . O , I could
  31. divide myself and go to buffets , for moving such a dish of
  32. skim - milk with so honorable an action ! Hang him ! Let him
  33. tell the King : we are prepar’d . I will set forward tonight .
  34. Enter his Lady .
  35. How now , Kate ? I must leave you within these two hours .

Lady Percy

35 - 62
  1. O my good lord , why are you thus alone ?
  2. For what offense have I this fortnight been
  3. A banish’d woman from my Harry’s bed ?
  4. Tell me , sweet lord , what is’t that takes from thee
  5. Thy stomach , pleasure , and thy golden sleep ?
  6. Why dost thou bend thine eyes upon the earth ,
  7. And start so often when thou sit’st alone ?
  8. Why hast thou lost the fresh blood in thy cheeks ,
  9. And given my treasures and my rights of thee
  10. To thick - ey’d musing and curst melancholy ?
  11. In thy faint slumbers I by thee have watch’d ,
  12. And heard thee murmur tales of iron wars ,
  13. Speak terms of manage to thy bounding steed ,
  14. Cry Courage ! To the field !” And thou hast talk’d
  15. Of sallies and retires , of trenches , tents ,
  16. Of palisadoes , frontiers , parapets ,
  17. Of basilisks , of cannon , culverin ,
  18. Of prisoners’ ransom , and of soldiers slain ,
  19. And all the currents of a heady fight ;
  20. Thy spirit within thee hath been so at war ,
  21. And thus hath so bestirr’d thee in thy sleep ,
  22. That beads of sweat have stood upon thy brow ,
  23. Like bubbles in a late - disturbed stream ,
  24. And in thy face strange motions have appear’d ,
  25. Such as we see when men restrain their breath
  26. On some great sudden hest . O , what portents are these ?
  27. Some heavy business hath my lord in hand ,
  28. And I must know it , else he loves me not .

Hotspur

63 - 64
  1. What ho !
  2. Enter Servant .
  3. Is Gilliams with the packet gone ?

Servant

65
  1. He is , my lord , an hour ago .

Hotspur

66
  1. Hath Butler brought those horses from the sheriff ?

Servant

67
  1. One horse , my lord , he brought even now .

Hotspur

68
  1. What horse ? Roan ? A crop - ear , is it not ?

Servant

69
  1. It is , my lord .

Hotspur

70 - 72
  1. That roan shall be my throne .
  2. Well , I will back him straight . O Esperance !
  3. Bid Butler lead him forth into the park .
  1. Exit Servant .

Lady Percy

73
  1. But hear you , my lord .

Hotspur

74
  1. What say’st thou , my lady ?

Lady Percy

75
  1. What is it carries you away ?

Hotspur

76
  1. Why , my horse , my love , my horse .

Lady Percy

77 - 83
  1. Out , you mad - headed ape !
  2. A weasel hath not such a deal of spleen
  3. As you are toss’d with . In faith ,
  4. I’ll know your business , Harry , that I will .
  5. I fear my brother Mortimer doth stir
  6. About his title , and hath sent for you
  7. To line his enterprise , but if you go

Hotspur

84
  1. So far afoot , I shall be weary , love .

Lady Percy

85 - 88
  1. Come , come , you paraquito , answer me
  2. Directly unto this question that I ask .
  3. In faith , I’ll break thy little finger , Harry ,
  4. And if thou wilt not tell me all things true .

Hotspur

89 - 95
  1. Away ,
  2. Away , you trifler ! Love , I love thee not ,
  3. I care not for thee , Kate . This is no world
  4. To play with mammets and to tilt with lips .
  5. We must have bloody noses and crack’d crowns ,
  6. And pass them current too . God’s me , my horse !
  7. What say’st thou , Kate ? What wouldst thou have with me ?

Lady Percy

96 - 99
  1. Do you not love me ? Do you not indeed ?
  2. Well , do not then , for since you love me not ,
  3. I will not love myself . Do you not love me ?
  4. Nay , tell me if you speak in jest or no .

Hotspur

100 - 112
  1. Come , wilt thou see me ride ?
  2. And when I am a’ horseback , I will swear
  3. I love thee infinitely . But hark you , Kate ,
  4. I must not have you henceforth question me
  5. Whither I go , nor reason whereabout .
  6. Whither I must , I must , and to conclude ,
  7. This evening must I leave you , gentle Kate .
  8. I know you wise , but yet no farther wise
  9. Than Harry Percy’s wife ; constant you are ,
  10. But yet a woman , and for secrecy ,
  11. No lady closer , for I well believe
  12. Thou wilt not utter what thou dost not know ,
  13. And so far will I trust thee , gentle Kate .

Lady Percy

113
  1. How ! So far ?

Hotspur

114 - 117
  1. Not an inch further . But hark you , Kate ,
  2. Whither I go , thither shall you go too ;
  3. Today will I set forth , tomorrow you .
  4. Will this content you , Kate ?

Lady Percy

118
  1. It must of force .
  1. Exeunt .
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