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Henry IV, Pt. 1: Act IV, Scene 4

Henry IV, Pt. 1
Act IV, Scene 4

York . The Archbishop’s palace .

  1. Enter Archbishop of York , Sir Michael .

Archbishop of York

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  1. Hie , good Sir Michael , bear this sealed brief
  2. With winged haste to the Lord Marshal ,
  3. This to my cousin Scroop , and all the rest
  4. To whom they are directed . If you knew
  5. How much they do import , you would make haste .

Sir Michael

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  1. My good lord ,
  2. I guess their tenor .

Archbishop of York

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  1.                      Like enough you do .
  2. Tomorrow , good Sir Michael , is a day
  3. Wherein the fortune of ten thousand men
  4. Must bide the touch ; for , sir , at Shrewsbury ,
  5. As I am truly given to understand ,
  6. The King with mighty and quick - raised power
  7. Meets with Lord Harry ; and I fear , Sir Michael ,
  8. What with the sickness of Northumberland ,
  9. Whose power was in the first proportion ,
  10. And what with Owen Glendower’s absence thence ,
  11. Who with them was a rated sinew too ,
  12. And comes not in , overrul’d by prophecies ,
  13. I fear the power of Percy is too weak
  14. To wage an instant trial with the King .

Sir Michael

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  1. Why , my good lord , you need not fear ,
  2. There is Douglas and Lord Mortimer .

Archbishop of York

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  1. No , Mortimer is not there .

Sir Michael

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  1. But there is Mordake , Vernon , Lord Harry Percy ,
  2. And there is my Lord of Worcester , and a head
  3. Of gallant warriors , noble gentlemen .

Archbishop of York

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  1. And so there is ; but yet the King hath drawn
  2. The special head of all the land together :
  3. The Prince of Wales , Lord John of Lancaster ,
  4. The noble Westmorland , and warlike Blunt ,
  5. And many more corrivals and dear men
  6. Of estimation and command in arms .

Sir Michael

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  1. Doubt not , my lord , they shall be well oppos’d .

Archbishop of York

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  1. I hope no less , yet needful ’tis to fear ,
  2. And to prevent the worst , Sir Michael , speed ;
  3. For if Lord Percy thrive not , ere the King
  4. Dismiss his power he means to visit us ,
  5. For he hath heard of our confederacy ,
  6. And ’tis but wisdom to make strong against him .
  7. Therefore make haste . I must go write again
  8. To other friends , and so farewell , Sir Michael .
  1. Exeunt .
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