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Henry IV, Pt. 2: Act II, Scene 3

Henry IV, Pt. 2
Act II, Scene 3

Warkworth . Before Northumberland’s castle .

  1. Enter Northumberland ( Henry Percy ), his wife , Lady
  2. Northumberland , and Lady Percy , the wife to Harry Percy .

Earl of Northumberland

1 - 4
  1. I pray thee , loving wife , and gentle daughter ,
  2. Give even way unto my rough affairs ;
  3. Put not you on the visage of the times ,
  4. And be like them to Percy troublesome .

Lady Northumberland

5 - 6
  1. I have given over , I will speak no more ;
  2. Do what you will , your wisdom be your guide .

Earl of Northumberland

7 - 8
  1. Alas , sweet wife , my honor is at pawn ,
  2. And but my going , nothing can redeem it .

Lady Percy

9 - 45
  1. O yet for God’s sake , go not to these wars !
  2. The time was , father , that you broke your word
  3. When you were more endear’d to it than now ,
  4. When your own Percy , when my heart’s dear Harry ,
  5. Threw many a northward look to see his father
  6. Bring up his powers ; but he did long in vain .
  7. Who then persuaded you to stay at home ?
  8. There were two honors lost , yours and your son’s :
  9. For yours , the God of heaven brighten it !
  10. For his , it stuck upon him as the sun
  11. In the grey vault of heaven , and by his light
  12. Did all the chivalry of England move
  13. To do brave acts . He was indeed the glass
  14. Wherein the noble youth did dress themselves :
  15. He had no legs that practic’d not his gait ;
  16. And speaking thick ( which nature made his blemish )
  17. Became the accents of the valiant ;
  18. For those that could speak low and tardily
  19. Would turn their own perfection to abuse
  20. To seem like him ; so that in speech , in gait ,
  21. In diet , in affections of delight ,
  22. In military rules , humors of blood ,
  23. He was the mark and glass , copy and book ,
  24. That fashion’d others . And him , O wondrous him !
  25. O miracle of men ! Him did you leave ,
  26. Second to none , unseconded by you ,
  27. To look upon the hideous god of war
  28. In disadvantage , to abide a field
  29. Where nothing but the sound of Hotspur’s name
  30. Did seem defensible : so you left him .
  31. Never , O never , do his ghost the wrong
  32. To hold your honor more precise and nice
  33. With others than with him ! Let them alone .
  34. The Marshal and the Archbishop are strong .
  35. Had my sweet Harry had but half their numbers ,
  36. Today might I , hanging on Hotspur’s neck ,
  37. Have talk’d of Monmouth’s grave .

Earl of Northumberland

46 - 51
  1.                                  Beshrew your heart ,
  2. Fair daughter , you do draw my spirits from me
  3. With new lamenting ancient oversights ,
  4. But I must go and meet with danger there ,
  5. Or it will seek me in another place ,
  6. And find me worse provided .

Lady Northumberland

52 - 54
  1.                             O , fly to Scotland ,
  2. Till that the nobles and the armed commons
  3. Have of their puissance made a little taste .

Lady Percy

55 - 63
  1. If they get ground and vantage of the King ,
  2. Then join you with them , like a rib of steel ,
  3. To make strength stronger ; but , for all our loves ,
  4. First let them try themselves . So did your son ,
  5. He was so suff’red ; so came I a widow ,
  6. And never shall have length of life enough
  7. To rain upon remembrance with mine eyes ,
  8. That it may grow and sprout as high as heaven ,
  9. For recordation to my noble husband .

Earl of Northumberland

64 - 70
  1. Come , come , go in with me . ’Tis with my mind
  2. As with the tide swell’d up unto his height ,
  3. That makes a still - stand , running neither way .
  4. Fain would I go to meet the Archbishop ,
  5. But many thousand reasons hold me back .
  6. I will resolve for Scotland ; there am I ,
  7. Till time and vantage crave my company .
  1. Exeunt .
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