Henry IV, Pt. 1
Act III, Scene 1
Wales . Glendower’s castle .
- Enter Hotspur , Worcester , Lord Mortimer , Owen Glendower .
Mortimer1 - 2
- These promises are fair , the parties sure ,
- And our induction full of prosperous hope .
Hotspur3 - 6
- Lord Mortimer , and cousin Glendower ,
- Will you sit down ?
- And uncle Worcester — a plague upon it !
- I have forgot the map .
Glendower7 - 11
- No , here it is .
- Sit , cousin Percy , sit , good cousin Hotspur ,
- For by that name as oft as Lancaster
- Doth speak of you , his cheek looks pale , and with
- A rising sigh he wisheth you in heaven .
Hotspur12 - 13
- And you in hell , as oft as he hears
- Owen Glendower spoke of .
Glendower14 - 18
- I cannot blame him . At my nativity
- The front of heaven was full of fiery shapes
- Of burning cressets , and at my birth
- The frame and huge foundation of the earth
- Shak’d like a coward .
Hotspur19 - 21
- Why , so it would have done
- At the same season if your mother’s cat had
- But kitten’d , though yourself had never been born .
- I say the earth did shake when I was born .
Hotspur23 - 24
- And I say the earth was not of my mind ,
- If you suppose as fearing you it shook .
- The heavens were all on fire , the earth did tremble .
Hotspur26 - 36
- O then the earth shook to see the heavens on fire ,
- And not in fear of your nativity .
- Diseased nature oftentimes breaks forth
- In strange eruptions ; oft the teeming earth
- Is with a kind of colic pinch’d and vex’d
- By the imprisoning of unruly wind
- Within her womb , which , for enlargement striving ,
- Shakes the old beldame earth , and topples down
- Steeples and moss - grown towers . At your birth
- Our grandam earth , having this distemp’rature ,
- In passion shook .
Glendower37 - 51
- Cousin , of many men
- I do not bear these crossings . Give me leave
- To tell you once again that at my birth
- The front of heaven was full of fiery shapes ,
- The goats ran from the mountains , and the herds
- Were strangely clamorous to the frighted fields .
- These signs have mark’d me extraordinary ,
- And all the courses of my life do show
- I am not in the roll of common men .
- Where is he living , clipt in with the sea
- That chides the banks of England , Scotland , Wales ,
- Which calls me pupil or hath read to me ?
- And bring him out that is but woman’s son
- Can trace me in the tedious ways of art ,
- And hold me pace in deep experiments .
Hotspur52 - 53
- I think there’s no man speaks better Welsh .
- I’ll to dinner .
- Peace , cousin Percy , you will make him mad .
- I can call spirits from the vasty deep .
Hotspur56 - 57
- Why , so can I , or so can any man ,
- But will they come when you do call for them ?
Glendower58 - 59
- Why , I can teach you , cousin , to command
- The devil .
Hotspur60 - 64
- And I can teach thee , coz , to shame the devil
- By telling truth : tell truth and shame the devil .
- If thou have power to raise him , bring him hither ,
- And I’ll be sworn I have power to shame him hence .
- O , while you live , tell truth and shame the devil !
- Come , come , no more of this unprofitable chat .
Glendower66 - 69
- Three times hath Henry Bullingbrook made head
- Against my power ; thrice from the banks of Wye
- And sandy - bottom’d Severn have I sent him
- Bootless home and weather - beaten back .
Hotspur70 - 71
- Home without boots , and in foul weather too !
- How scapes he agues , in the devil’s name ?
Glendower72 - 73
- Come , here is the map . Shall we divide our right
- According to our threefold order ta’en ?
Mortimer74 - 92
- The Archdeacon hath divided it
- Into three limits very equally :
- England , from Trent and Severn hitherto ,
- By south and east is to my part assign’d ;
- All westward , Wales beyond the Severn shore ,
- And all the fertile land within that bound ,
- To Owen Glendower ; and , dear coz , to you
- The remnant northward lying off from Trent .
- And our indentures tripartite are drawn ,
- Which being sealed interchangeably
- ( A business that this night may execute ),
- Tomorrow , cousin Percy , you and I
- And my good Lord of Worcester will set forth
- To meet your father and the Scottish power ,
- As is appointed us , at Shrewsbury .
- My father Glendower is not ready yet ,
- Nor shall we need his help these fourteen days .
- Within that space you may have drawn together
- Your tenants , friends , and neighboring gentlemen .
Glendower93 - 97
- A shorter time shall send me to you , lords ,
- And in my conduct shall your ladies come ,
- From whom you now must steal and take no leave ,
- For there will be a world of water shed
- Upon the parting of your wives and you .
Hotspur98 - 107
- Methinks my moi’ty , north from Burton here ,
- In quantity equals not one of yours .
- See how this river comes me cranking in ,
- And cuts me from the best of all my land
- A huge half - moon , a monstrous cantle out .
- I’ll have the current in this place damm’d up ,
- And here the smug and silver Trent shall run
- In a new channel fair and evenly .
- It shall not wind with such a deep indent ,
- To rob me of so rich a bottom here .
- Not wind ? It shall , it must , you see it doth .
Mortimer109 - 113
- Yea , but
- Mark how he bears his course , and runs me up
- With like advantage on the other side ,
- Gelding the opposed continent as much
- As on the other side it takes from you .
Earl of Worcester114 - 116
- Yea , but a little charge will trench him here ,
- And on this north side win this cape of land ,
- And then he runs straight and even .
- I’ll have it so , a little charge will do it .
- I’ll not have it alt’red .
- Will not you ?
- No , nor you shall not .
- Who shall say me nay ?
- Why , that will I .
Hotspur123 - 124
- Let me not understand you then ,
- Speak it in Welsh .
Glendower125 - 130
- I can speak English , lord , as well as you ,
- For I was train’d up in the English court ,
- Where being but young I framed to the harp
- Many an English ditty lovely well ,
- And gave the tongue a helpful ornament ,
- A virtue that was never seen in you .
Hotspur131 - 139
- Marry ,
- And I am glad of it with all my heart .
- I had rather be a kitten and cry mew
- Than one of these same meter ballet - mongers .
- I had rather hear a brazen canstick turn’d ,
- Or a dry wheel grate on the axle - tree ,
- And that would set my teeth nothing an edge ,
- Nothing so much as mincing poetry .
- ’Tis like the forc’d gait of a shuffling nag .
- Come , you shall have Trent turn’d .
Hotspur141 - 145
- I do not care . I’ll give thrice so much land
- To any well - deserving friend ;
- But in the way of bargain , mark ye me ,
- I’ll cavil on the ninth part of a hair .
- Are the indentures drawn ? Shall we be gone ?
Glendower146 - 150
- The moon shines fair , you may away by night .
- I’ll haste the writer , and withal
- Break with your wives of your departure hence .
- I am afraid my daughter will run mad ,
- So much she doteth on her Mortimer .
- Exit .
- Fie , cousin Percy , how you cross my father !
Hotspur152 - 168
- I cannot choose . Sometime he angers me
- With telling me of the moldwarp and the ant ,
- Of the dreamer Merlin and his prophecies ,
- And of a dragon and a finless fish ,
- A clip - wing’d griffin and a moulten raven ,
- A couching lion and a ramping cat ,
- And such a deal of skimble - skamble stuff
- As puts me from my faith . I tell you what :
- He held me last night at least nine hours
- In reckoning up the several devils’ names
- That were his lackeys . I cried “ hum ,” and “ well , go to ,”
- But mark’d him not a word . O , he is as tedious
- As a tired horse , a railing wife ,
- Worse than a smoky house . I had rather live
- With cheese and garlic in a windmill , far ,
- Than feed on cates and have him talk to me
- In any summer house in Christendom .
Mortimer169 - 180
- In faith , he is a worthy gentleman ,
- Exceedingly well read , and profited
- In strange concealments , valiant as a lion ,
- And wondrous affable , and as bountiful
- As mines of India . Shall I tell you , cousin ?
- He holds your temper in a high respect ,
- And curbs himself even of his natural scope
- When you come ’cross his humor , faith , he does .
- I warrant you , that man is not alive
- Might so have tempted him as you have done ,
- Without the taste of danger and reproof .
- But do not use it oft , let me entreat you .
Earl of Worcester181 - 193
- In faith , my lord , you are too willful - blame ,
- And since your coming hither have done enough
- To put him quite besides his patience .
- You must needs learn , lord , to amend this fault ;
- Though sometimes it show greatness , courage , blood —
- And that’s the dearest grace it renders you —
- Yet oftentimes it doth present harsh rage ,
- Defect of manners , want of government ,
- Pride , haughtiness , opinion , and disdain ,
- The least of which haunting a nobleman
- Loseth men’s hearts and leaves behind a stain
- Upon the beauty of all parts besides ,
- Beguiling them of commendation .
Hotspur194 - 195
- Well , I am school’d : good manners be your speed !
- Here come our wives , and let us take our leave .
- Enter Glendower with the Ladies .
Mortimer196 - 197
- This is the deadly spite that angers me :
- My wife can speak no English , I no Welsh .
Glendower198 - 199
- My daughter weeps , she’ll not part with you ,
- She’ll be a soldier too , she’ll to the wars .
Mortimer200 - 201
- Good father , tell her that she and my aunt Percy
- Shall follow in your conduct speedily .
- Glendower speaks to her in Welsh , and she answers him in the
- same .
Glendower202 - 203
- She is desperate here , a peevish self - will’d harlotry ,
- One that no persuasion can do good upon .
- The lady speaks in Welsh .
Mortimer204 - 214
- I understand thy looks . That pretty Welsh
- Which thou pourest down from these swelling heavens
- I am too perfect in , and but for shame ,
- In such a parley should I answer thee .
- The lady again in Welsh .
- I understand thy kisses , and thou mine ,
- And that’s a feeling disputation ,
- But I will never be a truant , love ,
- Till I have learn’d thy language , for thy tongue
- Makes Welsh as sweet as ditties highly penn’d ,
- Sung by a fair queen in a summer’s bow’r ,
- With ravishing division , to her lute .
- Nay , if you melt , then will she run mad .
- The lady speaks again in Welsh .
- O , I am ignorance itself in this !
Glendower217 - 225
- She bids you on the wanton rushes lay you down ,
- And rest your gentle head upon her lap ,
- And she will sing the song that pleaseth you ,
- And on your eyelids crown the god of sleep ,
- Charming your blood with pleasing heaviness ,
- Making such difference ’twixt wake and sleep
- As is the difference betwixt day and night
- The hour before the heavenly - harness’d team
- Begins his golden progress in the east .
Mortimer226 - 227
- With all my heart I’ll sit and hear her sing .
- By that time will our book , I think , be drawn .
Glendower228 - 231
- Do so ,
- And those musicians that shall play to you
- Hang in the air a thousand leagues from hence ,
- And straight they shall be here . Sit and attend .
Hotspur232 - 233
- Come , Kate , thou art perfect in lying down .
- Come , quick , quick , that I may lay my head in thy lap .
- Go , ye giddy goose .
- The music plays .
Hotspur235 - 237
- Now I perceive the devil understands Welsh ,
- And ’tis no marvel he is so humorous .
- By’r lady , he is a good musician .
Lady Percy238 - 240
- Then should you be nothing but musical , for you are
- altogether govern’d by humors . Lie still , ye thief , and hear
- the lady sing in Welsh .
- I had rather hear Lady , my brach , howl in Irish .
- Wouldst thou have thy head broken ?
- No .
- Then be still .
- Neither , ’tis a woman’s fault .
- Now God help thee !
- To the Welsh lady’s bed .
- What’s that ?
- Peace , she sings .
- Here the lady sings a Welsh song .
- Come , Kate , I’ll have your song too .
- Not mine , in good sooth .
Hotspur252 - 262
- Not yours , in good sooth ! Heart , you swear like a
- comfit - maker’s wife : “ Not you , in good sooth ,” and “ as true
- as I live ,” and “ as God shall mend me ,” and “ as sure as
- day ”;
- And givest such sarcenet surety for thy oaths
- As if thou never walk’st further than Finsbury .
- Swear me , Kate , like a lady as thou art ,
- A good mouth - filling oath , and leave “ in sooth ,”
- And such protest of pepper - gingerbread ,
- To velvet - guards and Sunday - citizens .
- Come sing .
- I will not sing .
Hotspur264 - 266
- ’Tis the next way to turn tailor , or be redbreast teacher .
- And the indentures be drawn , I’ll away within these two
- hours , and so come in when ye will .
- Exit .
Glendower267 - 270
- Come , come , Lord Mortimer , you are as slow
- As hot Lord Percy is on fire to go .
- By this our book is drawn , we’ll but seal ,
- And then to horse immediately .
- With all my heart .
- Exeunt .