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

Henry IV, Pt. 1
Act IV, Scene 3

The rebel camp near Shrewsbury .

  1. Enter Hotspur , Worcester , Douglas , Vernon .

Hotspur

1
  1. We’ll fight with him tonight .

Earl of Worcester

2
  1.                               It may not be .

Earl of Douglas

3
  1. You give him then advantage .

Vernon

4
  1.                              Not a whit .

Hotspur

5
  1. Why say you so ? Looks he not for supply ?

Vernon

6
  1. So do we .

Hotspur

7
  1.           His is certain , ours is doubtful .

Earl of Worcester

8
  1. Good cousin , be advis’d , stir not tonight .

Vernon

9
  1. Do not , my lord .

Earl of Douglas

10 - 11
  1.                  You do not counsel well ,
  2. You speak it out of fear and cold heart .

Vernon

12 - 18
  1. Do me no slander , Douglas . By my life ,
  2. And I dare well maintain it with my life ,
  3. If well - respected honor bid me on ,
  4. I hold as little counsel with weak fear
  5. As you , my lord , or any Scot that this day lives .
  6. Let it be seen tomorrow in the battle
  7. Which of us fears .

Earl of Douglas

19
  1.                    Yea , or tonight .

Vernon

20
  1.                  Content .

Hotspur

21
  1. Tonight , say I .

Vernon

22 - 30
  1. Come , come , it may not be . I wonder much ,
  2. Being men of such great leading as you are ,
  3. That you foresee not what impediments
  4. Drag back our expedition . Certain horse
  5. Of my cousin Vernon’s are not yet come up .
  6. Your uncle Worcester’s horses came but today ,
  7. And now their pride and mettle is asleep ,
  8. Their courage with hard labor tame and dull ,
  9. That not a horse is half the half of himself .

Hotspur

31 - 33
  1. So are the horses of the enemy
  2. In general journey - bated and brought low .
  3. The better part of ours are full of rest .

Earl of Worcester

34 - 35
  1. The number of the King exceedeth our .
  2. For God’s sake , cousin , stay till all come in .
  1. The trumpet sounds a parley .
  1. Enter Sir Walter Blunt .

Blunt

36 - 37
  1. I come with gracious offers from the King ,
  2. If you vouchsafe me hearing and respect .

Hotspur

38 - 43
  1. Welcome , Sir Walter Blunt ; and would to God
  2. You were of our determination !
  3. Some of us love you well , and even those some
  4. Envy your great deservings and good name ,
  5. Because you are not of our quality ,
  6. But stand against us like an enemy .

Blunt

44 - 57
  1. And God defend but still I should stand so ,
  2. So long as out of limit and true rule
  3. You stand against anointed majesty .
  4. But to my charge . The King hath sent to know
  5. The nature of your griefs , and whereupon
  6. You conjure from the breast of civil peace
  7. Such bold hostility , teaching his duteous land
  8. Audacious cruelty . If that the King
  9. Have any way your good deserts forgot ,
  10. Which he confesseth to be manifold ,
  11. He bids you name your griefs , and with all speed
  12. You shall have your desires with interest
  13. And pardon absolute for yourself and these
  14. Herein misled by your suggestion .

Hotspur

58 - 94
  1. The King is kind , and well we know the King
  2. Knows at what time to promise , when to pay .
  3. My father and my uncle and myself
  4. Did give him that same royalty he wears ,
  5. And when he was not six and twenty strong ,
  6. Sick in the world’s regard , wretched and low ,
  7. A poor unminded outlaw sneaking home ,
  8. My father gave him welcome to the shore ;
  9. And when he heard him swear and vow to God
  10. He came but to be Duke of Lancaster ,
  11. To sue his livery and beg his peace ,
  12. With tears of innocency and terms of zeal ,
  13. My father , in kind heart and pity mov’d ,
  14. Swore him assistance , and perform’d it too .
  15. Now when the lords and barons of the realm
  16. Perceiv’d Northumberland did lean to him ,
  17. The more and less came in with cap and knee ,
  18. Met him in boroughs , cities , villages ,
  19. Attended him on bridges , stood in lanes ,
  20. Laid gifts before him , proffer’d him their oaths ,
  21. Gave him their heirs as pages , followed him
  22. Even at the heels in golden multitudes .
  23. He presently , as greatness knows itself ,
  24. Steps me a little higher than his vow
  25. Made to my father , while his blood was poor ,
  26. Upon the naked shore at Ravenspurgh ,
  27. And now forsooth takes on him to reform
  28. Some certain edicts and some strait decrees
  29. That lie too heavy on the commonwealth ,
  30. Cries out upon abuses , seems to weep
  31. Over his country’s wrongs , and by this face ,
  32. This seeming brow of justice , did he win
  33. The hearts of all that he did angle for ;
  34. Proceeded further cut me off the heads
  35. Of all the favorites that the absent King
  36. In deputation left behind him here ,
  37. When he was personal in the Irish war .

Blunt

95
  1. Tut , I came not to hear this .

Hotspur

96 - 112
  1.                               Then to the point .
  2. In short time after , he depos’d the King ,
  3. Soon after that , depriv’d him of his life ,
  4. And in the neck of that , task’d the whole state ;
  5. To make that worse , suff’red his kinsman March
  6. ( Who is , if every owner were well plac’d ,
  7. Indeed his king ) to be engag’d in Wales ,
  8. There without ransom to lie forfeited ;
  9. Disgrac’d me in my happy victories ,
  10. Sought to entrap me by intelligence ,
  11. Rated mine uncle from the Council - board ,
  12. In rage dismiss’d my father from the court ,
  13. Broke oath on oath , committed wrong on wrong ,
  14. And in conclusion drove us to seek out
  15. This head of safety , and withal to pry
  16. Into his title , the which we find
  17. Too indirect for long continuance .

Blunt

113
  1. Shall I return this answer to the King ?

Hotspur

114 - 118
  1. Not so , Sir Walter ; we’ll withdraw a while .
  2. Go to the King , and let there be impawn’d
  3. Some surety for a safe return again ,
  4. And in the morning early shall mine uncle
  5. Bring him our purposes . And so farewell .

Blunt

119
  1. I would you would accept of grace and love .

Hotspur

120
  1. And may be so we shall .

Blunt

121
  1.                         Pray God you do .
  1. Exeunt .
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