Henry IV, Pt. 2
Act I, Scene 3
York . A room in the Archbishop’s palace .
- Enter the Archbishop of York , Thomas Mowbray Earl Marshal ,
- the Lord Hastings , and Lord Bardolph .
Archbishop of York1 - 4
- Thus have you heard our cause and known our means ,
- And , my most noble friends , I pray you all
- Speak plainly your opinions of our hopes .
- And first , Lord Marshal , what say you to it ?
Lord Mowbray5 - 9
- I well allow the occasion of our arms ,
- But gladly would be better satisfied
- How in our means we should advance ourselves
- To look with forehead bold and big enough
- Upon the power and puissance of the King .
Lord Hastings10 - 14
- Our present musters grow upon the file
- To five and twenty thousand men of choice ,
- And our supplies live largely in the hope
- Of great Northumberland , whose bosom burns
- With an incensed fire of injuries .
Lord Bardolph15 - 17
- The question then , Lord Hastings , standeth thus :
- Whether our present five and twenty thousand
- May hold up head without Northumberland ?
- With him , we may .
Lord Bardolph19 - 25
- Yea , marry , there’s the point !
- But if without him we be thought too feeble ,
- My judgment is we should not step too far
- Till we had his assistance by the hand .
- For in a theme so bloody - fac’d as this ,
- Conjecture , expectation , and surmise
- Of aids incertain should not be admitted .
Archbishop of York26 - 27
- ’Tis very true , Lord Bardolph , for indeed
- It was young Hotspur’s cause at Shrewsbury .
Lord Bardolph28 - 34
- It was , my lord , who lin’d himself with hope ,
- Eating the air , and promise of supply ,
- Flatt’ring himself in project of a power
- Much smaller than the smallest of his thoughts ,
- And so with great imagination ,
- Proper to madmen , led his powers to death ,
- And winking , leapt into destruction .
Lord Hastings35 - 36
- But by your leave , it never yet did hurt
- To lay down likelihoods and forms of hope .
Lord Bardolph37 - 63
- Yes , if this present quality of war —
- Indeed the instant action , a cause on foot —
- Lives so in hope , as in an early spring
- We see th’ appearing buds , which to prove fruit
- Hope gives not so much warrant , as despair
- That frosts will bite them . When we mean to build ,
- We first survey the plot , then draw the model ,
- And when we see the figure of the house ,
- Then must we rate the cost of the erection ,
- Which if we find outweighs ability ,
- What do we then but draw anew the model
- In fewer offices , or at least desist
- To build at all ? Much more , in this great work
- ( Which is , almost , to pluck a kingdom down
- And set another up ), should we survey
- The plot of situation and the model ,
- Consent upon a sure foundation ,
- Question surveyors , know our own estate ,
- How able such a work to undergo ,
- To weigh against his opposite ; or else
- We fortify in paper and in figures ,
- Using the names of men in stead of men ,
- Like one that draws the model of an house
- Beyond his power to build it , who , half thorough ,
- Gives o’er , and leaves his part - created cost
- A naked subject to the weeping clouds
- And waste for churlish winter’s tyranny .
Lord Hastings64 - 68
- Grant that our hopes ( yet likely of fair birth )
- Should be still - born , and that we now possess’d
- The utmost man of expectation ,
- I think we are so a body strong enough ,
- Even as we are , to equal with the King .
- What , is the King but five and twenty thousand ?
Lord Hastings70 - 76
- To us no more , nay , not so much , Lord Bardolph ,
- For his divisions , as the times do brawl ,
- Are in three heads : one power against the French ,
- And one against Glendower ; perforce a third
- Must take up us . So is the unfirm King
- In three divided , and his coffers sound
- With hollow poverty and emptiness .
Archbishop of York77 - 79
- That he should draw his several strengths together ,
- And come against us in full puissance ,
- Need not to be dreaded .
Lord Hastings80 - 82
- If he should do so ,
- To French and Welsh he leaves his back unarm’d ,
- They baying him at the heels . Never fear that .
- Who is it like should lead his forces hither ?
Lord Hastings84 - 87
- The Duke of Lancaster and Westmorland ;
- Against the Welsh , himself and Harry Monmouth ;
- But who is substituted against the French ,
- I have no certain notice .
Archbishop of York88 - 111
- Let us on !
- And publish the occasion of our arms .
- The commonwealth is sick of their own choice ,
- Their over - greedy love hath surfeited .
- An habitation giddy and unsure
- Hath he that buildeth on the vulgar heart .
- O thou fond many , with what loud applause
- Didst thou beat heaven with blessing Bullingbrook
- Before he was what thou wouldst have him be !
- And being now trimm’d in thine own desires ,
- Thou , beastly feeder , art so full of him ,
- That thou provok’st thyself to cast him up .
- So , so , thou common dog , didst thou disgorge
- Thy glutton bosom of the royal Richard ,
- And now thou wouldst eat thy dead vomit up ,
- And howl’st to find it . What trust is in these times ?
- They that , when Richard liv’d , would have him die ,
- Are now become enamor’d on his grave .
- Thou , that threw’st dust upon his goodly head
- When through proud London he came sighing on
- After th’ admired heels of Bullingbrook ,
- Cri’st now , “ O earth , yield us that king again ,
- And take thou this !” O thoughts of men accurs’d !
- Past and to come seems best ; things present worst .
- Shall we go draw our numbers and set on ?
- We are time’s subjects , and time bids be gone .
- Exeunt .