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Henry IV, Pt. 1: Act V, Scene 2

Henry IV, Pt. 1
Act V, Scene 2

The rebel camp .

  1. Enter Worcester , Sir Richard Vernon .

Earl of Worcester

1 - 2
  1. O no , my nephew must not know , Sir Richard ,
  2. The liberal and kind offer of the King .

Vernon

3
  1. ’Twere best he did .

Earl of Worcester

4 - 26
  1.                     Then are we all undone ;
  2. It is not possible , it cannot be ,
  3. The King should keep his word in loving us .
  4. He will suspect us still , and find a time
  5. To punish this offense in other faults .
  6. Supposition all our lives shall be stuck full of eyes ,
  7. For treason is but trusted like the fox ,
  8. Who never so tame , so cherish’d and lock’d up ,
  9. Will have a wild trick of his ancestors .
  10. Look how we can , or sad or merrily ,
  11. Interpretation will misquote our looks ,
  12. And we shall feed like oxen at a stall ,
  13. The better cherish’d , still the nearer death .
  14. My nephew’s trespass may be well forgot ,
  15. It hath the excuse of youth and heat of blood ,
  16. And an adopted name of privilege ,
  17. A hare - brain’d Hotspur , govern’d by a spleen .
  18. All his offenses live upon my head
  19. And on his father’s . We did train him on ,
  20. And his corruption being ta’en from us ,
  21. We as the spring of all shall pay for all .
  22. Therefore , good cousin , let not Harry know ,
  23. In any case , the offer of the King .

Vernon

27 - 28
  1. Deliver what you will , I’ll say ’tis so .
  2. Here comes your cousin .
  1. Enter Percy Hotspur and Douglas .

Hotspur

29 - 31
  1.                         My uncle is return’d ,
  2. Deliver up my Lord of Westmorland .
  3. Uncle , what news ?

Earl of Worcester

32
  1. The King will bid you battle presently .

Earl of Douglas

33
  1. Defy him by the Lord of Westmorland .

Hotspur

34
  1. Lord Douglas , go you and tell him so .

Earl of Douglas

35
  1. Marry , and shall , and very willingly .
  1. Exit Douglas .

Earl of Worcester

36
  1. There is no seeming mercy in the King .

Hotspur

37
  1. Did you beg any ? God forbid !

Earl of Worcester

38 - 42
  1. I told him gently of our grievances ,
  2. Of his oath - breaking , which he mended thus ,
  3. By now forswearing that he is forsworn .
  4. He calls us rebels , traitors , and will scourge
  5. With haughty arms this hateful name in us .
  1. Enter Douglas .

Earl of Douglas

43 - 46
  1. Arm , gentlemen , to arms ! For I have thrown
  2. A brave defiance in King Henry’s teeth ,
  3. And Westmorland , that was engag’d , did bear it ,
  4. Which cannot choose but bring him quickly on .

Earl of Worcester

47 - 48
  1. The Prince of Wales stepp’d forth before the King ,
  2. And , nephew , challeng’d you to single fight .

Hotspur

49 - 52
  1. O would the quarrel lay upon our heads ,
  2. And that no man might draw short breath today
  3. But I and Harry Monmouth ! Tell me , tell me ,
  4. How show’d his tasking ? Seem’d it in contempt ?

Vernon

53 - 70
  1. No , by my soul , I never in my life
  2. Did hear a challenge urg’d more modestly ,
  3. Unless a brother should a brother dare
  4. To gentle exercise and proof of arms .
  5. He gave you all the duties of a man ,
  6. Trimm’d up your praises with a princely tongue ,
  7. Spoke your deservings like a chronicle ,
  8. Making you ever better than his praise
  9. By still dispraising praise valued with you ,
  10. And which became him like a prince indeed ,
  11. He made a blushing cital of himself ,
  12. And chid his truant youth with such a grace
  13. As if he mast’red there a double spirit
  14. Of teaching and of learning instantly .
  15. There did he pause , but let me tell the world ,
  16. If he outlive the envy of this day ,
  17. England did never owe so sweet a hope ,
  18. So much misconstrued in his wantonness .

Hotspur

71 - 80
  1. Cousin , I think thou art enamored
  2. On his follies . Never did I hear
  3. Of any prince so wild a liberty .
  4. But be he as he will , yet once ere night
  5. I will embrace him with a soldier’s arm
  6. That he shall shrink under my courtesy .
  7. Arm , arm with speed ! And , fellows , soldiers , friends ,
  8. Better consider what you have to do
  9. Than I , that have not well the gift of tongue ,
  10. Can lift your blood up with persuasion .
  1. Enter Second Messenger .

Second Messenger

81
  1. My lord , here are letters for you .

Hotspur

82 - 90
  1. I cannot read them now .
  2. O gentlemen , the time of life is short !
  3. To spend that shortness basely were too long
  4. If life did ride upon a dial’s point ,
  5. Still ending at the arrival of an hour .
  6. And if we live , we live to tread on kings ,
  7. If die , brave death , when princes die with us !
  8. Now for our consciences , the arms are fair
  9. When the intent of bearing them is just .
  1. Enter Third Messenger .

Third Messenger

91
  1. My lord , prepare , the King comes on apace .

Hotspur

92 - 102
  1. I thank him that he cuts me from my tale ,
  2. For I profess not talking ; only this
  3. Let each man do his best , and here draw I
  4. A sword , whose temper I intend to stain
  5. With the best blood that I can meet withal
  6. In the adventure of this perilous day .
  7. Now Esperance ! Percy ! And set on .
  8. Sound all the lofty instruments of war ,
  9. And by that music let us all embrace ,
  10. For , heaven to earth , some of us never shall
  11. A second time do such a courtesy .
  1. Here they embrace and exeunt .
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