Henry IV, Pt. 2
Act IV, Scene 2
Yorkshire . Another part of the Forest of Gaultree .
- Enter Prince John of Lancaster and his army .
Prince John of Lancaster1 - 30
- You are well encount’red here , my cousin Mowbray ,
- Good day to you , gentle Lord Archbishop ,
- And so to you , Lord Hastings , and to all .
- My Lord of York , it better show’d with you
- When that your flock , assembled by the bell ,
- Encircled you to hear with reverence
- Your exposition on the holy text
- Than now to see you here an iron man , talking ,
- Cheering a rout of rebels with your drum ,
- Turning the word to sword and life to death .
- That man that sits within a monarch’s heart
- And ripens in the sunshine of his favor ,
- Would he abuse the countenance of the King ,
- Alack , what mischiefs might he set abroach
- In shadow of such greatness ? With you , Lord Bishop ,
- It is even so . Who hath not heard it spoken
- How deep you were within the books of God ?
- To us the speaker in his parliament ,
- To us th’ imagin’d voice of God himself ,
- The very opener and intelligencer
- Between the grace , the sanctities of heaven ,
- And our dull workings ? O , who shall believe
- But you misuse the reverence of your place ,
- Employ the countenance and grace of heav’n ,
- As a false favorite doth his prince’s name ,
- In deeds dishonorable ? You have ta’en up ,
- Under the counterfeited zeal of God ,
- The subjects of his substitute , my father ,
- And both against the peace of heaven and him
- Have here upswarm’d them .
Archbishop of York31 - 43
- Good my Lord of Lancaster ,
- I am not here against your father’s peace ,
- But as I told my Lord of Westmorland ,
- The time misord’red doth , in common sense ,
- Crowd us and crush us to this monstrous form
- To hold our safety up . I sent your Grace
- The parcels and particulars of our grief ,
- The which hath been with scorn shov’d from the court ,
- Whereon this Hydra son of war is born ,
- Whose dangerous eyes may well be charm’d asleep
- With grant of our most just and right desires ,
- And true obedience , of this madness cured ,
- Stoop tamely to the foot of majesty .
Lord Mowbray44 - 45
- If not , we ready are to try our fortunes
- To the last man .
Lord Hastings46 - 51
- And though we here fall down ,
- We have supplies to second our attempt ;
- If they miscarry , theirs shall second them ,
- And so success of mischief shall be born ,
- And heir from heir shall hold his quarrel up
- Whiles England shall have generation .
Prince John of Lancaster52 - 53
- You are too shallow , Hastings , much too shallow ,
- To sound the bottom of the after - times .
Earl of Westmorland54 - 55
- Pleaseth your Grace to answer them directly
- How far forth you do like their articles .
Prince John of Lancaster56 - 67
- I like them all , and do allow them well ,
- And swear here , by the honor of my blood ,
- My father’s purposes have been mistook ,
- And some about him have too lavishly
- Wrested his meaning and authority .
- My lord , these griefs shall be with speed redress’d ,
- Upon my soul they shall . If this may please you ,
- Discharge your powers unto their several counties ,
- As we will ours , and here between the armies
- Let’s drink together friendly and embrace ,
- That all their eyes may bear those tokens home
- Of our restored love and amity .
Archbishop of York68
- I take your princely word for these redresses .
Prince John of Lancaster69 - 70
- I give it you , and will maintain my word ,
- And thereupon I drink unto your Grace .
Lord Hastings71 - 73
- Go , captain , and deliver to the army
- This news of peace . Let them have pay , and part .
- I know it will well please them . Hie thee , captain .
- Exit Officer .
Archbishop of York74
- To you , my noble Lord of Westmorland .
Earl of Westmorland75 - 78
- I pledge your Grace , and if you knew what pains
- I have bestowed to breed this present peace ,
- You would drink freely . But my love to ye
- Shall show itself more openly hereafter .
Archbishop of York79
- I do not doubt you .
Earl of Westmorland80 - 81
- I am glad of it .
- Health to my lord , and gentle cousin , Mowbray .
Lord Mowbray82 - 83
- You wish me health in very happy season ,
- For I am on the sudden something ill .
Archbishop of York84 - 85
- Against ill chances men are ever merry ,
- But heaviness foreruns the good event .
Earl of Westmorland86 - 87
- Therefore be merry , coz , since sudden sorrow
- Serves to say thus , some good thing comes tomorrow .
Archbishop of York88
- Believe me , I am passing light in spirit .
- So much the worse , if your own rule be true .
- Shout within .
Prince John of Lancaster90
- The word of peace is rend’red . Hark how they shout !
- This had been cheerful after victory .
Archbishop of York92 - 94
- A peace is of the nature of a conquest ,
- For then both parties nobly are subdued ,
- And neither party loser .
Prince John of Lancaster95 - 99
- Go , my lord ,
- And let our army be discharged too .
- Exit Westmorland .
- And , good my lord , so please you , let our trains
- March by us , that we may peruse the men
- We should have cop’d withal .
Archbishop of York100 - 101
- Go , good Lord Hastings ,
- And ere they be dismiss’d , let them march by .
- Exit Hastings .
- Enter Westmorland .
Prince John of Lancaster102 - 103
- I trust , lords , we shall lie tonight together .
- Now , cousin , wherefore stands our army still ?
Earl of Westmorland104 - 105
- The leaders , having charge from you to stand ,
- Will not go off until they hear you speak .
Prince John of Lancaster106
- They know their duties .
- Enter Hastings .
Lord Hastings107 - 110
- My lord , our army is dispers’d already :
- Like youthful steers unyok’d , they take their courses
- East , west , north , south , or , like a school broke up ,
- Each hurries toward his home and sporting - place .
Earl of Westmorland111 - 114
- Good tidings , my Lord Hastings ! For the which
- I do arrest thee , traitor , of high treason ,
- And you , Lord Archbishop , and you , Lord Mowbray ,
- Of capital treason I attach you both .
- Is this proceeding just and honorable ?
Earl of Westmorland116
- Is your assembly so ?
Archbishop of York117
- Will you thus break your faith ?
Prince John of Lancaster118 - 129
- I pawn’d thee none .
- I promis’d you redress of these same grievances
- Whereof you did complain , which , by mine honor ,
- I will perform with a most Christian care .
- But for you rebels , look to taste the due
- Meet for rebellion and such acts as yours .
- Most shallowly did you these arms commence ,
- Fondly brought here and foolishly sent hence .
- Strike up our drums , pursue the scatt’red stray ;
- God , and not we , hath safely fought today .
- Some guard these traitors to the block of death ,
- Treason’s true bed and yielder - up of breath .
- Exeunt .