Henry IV, Pt. 1
Act 4, Scene 4
York. The Archbishop’s palace.
- Enter Archbishop of York, Sir Michael.
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- Hie, good Sir Michael, bear this sealed brief
- With winged haste to the Lord Marshal,
- This to my cousin Scroop, and all the rest
- To whom they are directed. If you knew
- How much they do import, you would make haste.
Sir Michael7 - 8
- My good lord,
- I guess their tenor.
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- Like enough you do.
- Tomorrow, good Sir Michael, is a day
- Wherein the fortune of ten thousand men
- Must bide the touch; for, sir, at Shrewsbury,
- As I am truly given to understand,
- The King with mighty and quick-raised power
- Meets with Lord Harry; and I fear, Sir Michael,
- What with the sickness of Northumberland,
- Whose power was in the first proportion,
- And what with Owen Glendower’s absence thence,
- Who with them was a rated sinew too,
- And comes not in, overrul’d by prophecies,
- I fear the power of Percy is too weak
- To wage an instant trial with the King.
Sir Michael23 - 24
- Why, my good lord, you need not fear,
- There is Douglas and Lord Mortimer.
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- No, Mortimer is not there.
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- But there is Mordake, Vernon, Lord Harry Percy,
- And there is my Lord of Worcester, and a head
- Of gallant warriors, noble gentlemen.
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- And so there is; but yet the King hath drawn
- The special head of all the land together:
- The Prince of Wales, Lord John of Lancaster,
- The noble Westmorland, and warlike Blunt,
- And many more corrivals and dear men
- Of estimation and command in arms.
- Doubt not, my lord, they shall be well oppos’d.
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- I hope no less, yet needful ’tis to fear,
- And to prevent the worst, Sir Michael, speed;
- For if Lord Percy thrive not, ere the King
- Dismiss his power he means to visit us,
- For he hath heard of our confederacy,
- And ’tis but wisdom to make strong against him.
- Therefore make haste. I must go write again
- To other friends, and so farewell, Sir Michael.