Henry IV, Pt. 1
Act V, Scene 2
The rebel camp .
- Enter Worcester , Sir Richard Vernon .
Earl of Worcester1 - 2
- O no , my nephew must not know , Sir Richard ,
- The liberal and kind offer of the King .
- ’Twere best he did .
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- Then are we all undone ;
- It is not possible , it cannot be ,
- The King should keep his word in loving us .
- He will suspect us still , and find a time
- To punish this offense in other faults .
- Supposition all our lives shall be stuck full of eyes ,
- For treason is but trusted like the fox ,
- Who never so tame , so cherish’d and lock’d up ,
- Will have a wild trick of his ancestors .
- Look how we can , or sad or merrily ,
- Interpretation will misquote our looks ,
- And we shall feed like oxen at a stall ,
- The better cherish’d , still the nearer death .
- My nephew’s trespass may be well forgot ,
- It hath the excuse of youth and heat of blood ,
- And an adopted name of privilege ,
- A hare - brain’d Hotspur , govern’d by a spleen .
- All his offenses live upon my head
- And on his father’s . We did train him on ,
- And his corruption being ta’en from us ,
- We as the spring of all shall pay for all .
- Therefore , good cousin , let not Harry know ,
- In any case , the offer of the King .
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- Deliver what you will , I’ll say ’tis so .
- Here comes your cousin .
- Enter Percy Hotspur and Douglas .
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- My uncle is return’d ,
- Deliver up my Lord of Westmorland .
- Uncle , what news ?
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- The King will bid you battle presently .
Earl of Douglas33
- Defy him by the Lord of Westmorland .
- Lord Douglas , go you and tell him so .
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- Marry , and shall , and very willingly .
- Exit Douglas .
Earl of Worcester36
- There is no seeming mercy in the King .
- Did you beg any ? God forbid !
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- I told him gently of our grievances ,
- Of his oath - breaking , which he mended thus ,
- By now forswearing that he is forsworn .
- He calls us rebels , traitors , and will scourge
- With haughty arms this hateful name in us .
- Enter Douglas .
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- Arm , gentlemen , to arms ! For I have thrown
- A brave defiance in King Henry’s teeth ,
- And Westmorland , that was engag’d , did bear it ,
- Which cannot choose but bring him quickly on .
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- The Prince of Wales stepp’d forth before the King ,
- And , nephew , challeng’d you to single fight .
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- O would the quarrel lay upon our heads ,
- And that no man might draw short breath today
- But I and Harry Monmouth ! Tell me , tell me ,
- How show’d his tasking ? Seem’d it in contempt ?
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- No , by my soul , I never in my life
- Did hear a challenge urg’d more modestly ,
- Unless a brother should a brother dare
- To gentle exercise and proof of arms .
- He gave you all the duties of a man ,
- Trimm’d up your praises with a princely tongue ,
- Spoke your deservings like a chronicle ,
- Making you ever better than his praise
- By still dispraising praise valued with you ,
- And which became him like a prince indeed ,
- He made a blushing cital of himself ,
- And chid his truant youth with such a grace
- As if he mast’red there a double spirit
- Of teaching and of learning instantly .
- There did he pause , but let me tell the world ,
- If he outlive the envy of this day ,
- England did never owe so sweet a hope ,
- So much misconstrued in his wantonness .
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- Cousin , I think thou art enamored
- On his follies . Never did I hear
- Of any prince so wild a liberty .
- But be he as he will , yet once ere night
- I will embrace him with a soldier’s arm
- That he shall shrink under my courtesy .
- Arm , arm with speed ! And , fellows , soldiers , friends ,
- Better consider what you have to do
- Than I , that have not well the gift of tongue ,
- Can lift your blood up with persuasion .
- Enter Second Messenger .
- My lord , here are letters for you .
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- I cannot read them now .
- O gentlemen , the time of life is short !
- To spend that shortness basely were too long
- If life did ride upon a dial’s point ,
- Still ending at the arrival of an hour .
- And if we live , we live to tread on kings ,
- If die , brave death , when princes die with us !
- Now for our consciences , the arms are fair
- When the intent of bearing them is just .
- Enter Third Messenger .
- My lord , prepare , the King comes on apace .
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- I thank him that he cuts me from my tale ,
- For I profess not talking ; only this —
- Let each man do his best , and here draw I
- A sword , whose temper I intend to stain
- With the best blood that I can meet withal
- In the adventure of this perilous day .
- Now Esperance ! Percy ! And set on .
- Sound all the lofty instruments of war ,
- And by that music let us all embrace ,
- For , heaven to earth , some of us never shall
- A second time do such a courtesy .
- Here they embrace and exeunt .