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

Henry IV, Pt. 2
Act V, Scene 2

Westminster . A palace room .

  1. Enter Warwick , Lord Chief Justice , meeting .

Earl of Warwick

1
  1. How now , my Lord Chief Justice , whither away ?

Lord Chief Justice

2
  1. How doth the King ?

Earl of Warwick

3
  1. Exceeding well , his cares are now all ended .

Lord Chief Justice

4
  1. I hope , not dead .

Earl of Warwick

5 - 6
  1.                   He’s walk’d the way of nature ,
  2. And to our purposes he lives no more .

Lord Chief Justice

7 - 9
  1. I would his Majesty had call’d me with him ;
  2. The service that I truly did his life
  3. Hath left me open to all injuries .

Earl of Warwick

10
  1. Indeed I think the young King loves you not .

Lord Chief Justice

11 - 14
  1. I know he doth not , and do arm myself
  2. To welcome the condition of the time ,
  3. Which cannot look more hideously upon me
  4. Than I have drawn it in my fantasy .
  1. Enter Prince John of Lancaster , Thomas of Clarence , and
  2. Humphrey of Gloucester , Westmorland , and others .

Earl of Warwick

15 - 19
  1. Here come the heavy issue of dead Harry .
  2. O that the living Harry had the temper
  3. Of he , the worst of these three gentlemen !
  4. How many nobles then should hold their places ,
  5. That must strike sail to spirits of vile sort !

Lord Chief Justice

20
  1. O God , I fear all will be overturn’d !

Prince John of Lancaster

21
  1. Good morrow , cousin Warwick , good morrow .

Both Gloucester and Clarence

22
  1. Good morrow , cousin .

Prince John of Lancaster

23
  1. We meet like men that had forgot to speak .

Earl of Warwick

24 - 25
  1. We do remember , but our argument
  2. Is all too heavy to admit much talk .

Prince John of Lancaster

26
  1. Well , peace be with him that hath made us heavy !

Lord Chief Justice

27
  1. Peace be with us , lest we be heavier !

Duke of Gloucester

28 - 30
  1. O , good my lord , you have lost a friend indeed ,
  2. And I dare swear you borrow not that face
  3. Of seeming sorrow , it is sure your own .

Prince John of Lancaster

31 - 33
  1. Though no man be assur’d what grace to find ,
  2. You stand in coldest expectation .
  3. I am the sorrier , would ’twere otherwise !

Duke of Clarence

34 - 35
  1. Well , you must now speak Sir John Falstaff fair ,
  2. Which swims against your stream of quality .

Lord Chief Justice

36 - 42
  1. Sweet Princes , what I did , I did in honor ,
  2. Led by th’ impartial conduct of my soul ;
  3. And never shall you see that I will beg
  4. A ragged and forestall’d remission .
  5. If truth and upright innocency fail me ,
  6. I’ll to the King my master that is dead ,
  7. And tell him who hath sent me after him .

Earl of Warwick

43
  1. Here comes the Prince .
  1. Enter the Prince ( as King Henry ) and Blunt .

Lord Chief Justice

44
  1. Good morrow , and God save your Majesty !

Prince Henry

45 - 62
  1. This new and gorgeous garment , majesty ,
  2. Sits not so easy on me as you think .
  3. Brothers , you mix your sadness with some fear :
  4. This is the English , not the Turkish court ,
  5. Not Amurath an Amurath succeeds ,
  6. But Harry Harry . Yet be sad , good brothers ,
  7. For by my faith it very well becomes you .
  8. Sorrow so royally in you appears
  9. That I will deeply put the fashion on
  10. And wear it in my heart . Why then be sad ,
  11. But entertain no more of it , good brothers ,
  12. Than a joint burden laid upon us all .
  13. For me , by heaven ( I bid you be assur’d ),
  14. I’ll be your father and your brother too .
  15. Let me but bear your love , I’ll bear your cares .
  16. Yet weep that Harry’s dead , and so will I ,
  17. But Harry lives , that shall convert those tears
  18. By number into hours of happiness .

Princes

63
  1. We hope no otherwise from your Majesty .

Prince Henry

64 - 65
  1. You all look strangely on me , and you most .
  2. You are , I think , assur’d I love you not .

Lord Chief Justice

66 - 67
  1. I am assur’d , if I be measur’d rightly ,
  2. Your Majesty hath no just cause to hate me .

Prince Henry

68 - 73
  1. No ?
  2. How might a prince of my great hopes forget
  3. So great indignities you laid upon me ?
  4. What , rate , rebuke , and roughly send to prison
  5. Th’ immediate heir of England ! Was this easy ?
  6. May this be wash’d in Lethe and forgotten ?

Lord Chief Justice

74 - 102
  1. I then did use the person of your father ,
  2. The image of his power lay then in me ,
  3. And in th’ administration of his law ,
  4. Whiles I was busy for the commonwealth ,
  5. Your Highness pleased to forget my place ,
  6. The majesty and power of law and justice ,
  7. The image of the King whom I presented ,
  8. And struck me in my very seat of judgment ;
  9. Whereon ( as an offender to your father )
  10. I gave bold way to my authority ,
  11. And did commit you . If the deed were ill ,
  12. Be you contented , wearing now the garland ,
  13. To have a son set your decrees at nought ?
  14. To pluck down justice from your awful bench ?
  15. To trip the course of law and blunt the sword
  16. That guards the peace and safety of your person ?
  17. Nay more , to spurn at your most royal image ,
  18. And mock your workings in a second body ?
  19. Question your royal thoughts , make the case yours :
  20. Be now the father and propose a son ,
  21. Hear your own dignity so much profan’d ,
  22. See your most dreadful laws so loosely slighted ,
  23. Behold yourself so by a son disdained ;
  24. And then imagine me taking your part ,
  25. And in your power soft silencing your son .
  26. After this cold considerance , sentence me ,
  27. And as you are a king , speak in your state
  28. What I have done that misbecame my place ,
  29. My person , or my liege’s sovereignty .

Prince Henry

103 - 146
  1. You are right justice , and you weigh this well ,
  2. Therefore still bear the balance and the sword ,
  3. And I do wish your honors may increase ,
  4. Till you do live to see a son of mine
  5. Offend you and obey you , as I did .
  6. So shall I live to speak my father’s words :
  7. Happy am I , that have a man so bold ,
  8. That dares do justice on my proper son ;
  9. And not less happy , having such a son
  10. That would deliver up his greatness so
  11. Into the hands of justice .” You did commit me ;
  12. For which I do commit into your hand
  13. Th’ unstained sword that you have us’d to bear ,
  14. With this remembrance , that you use the same
  15. With the like bold , just , and impartial spirit
  16. As you have done ’gainst me . There is my hand .
  17. You shall be as a father to my youth ,
  18. My voice shall sound as you do prompt mine ear ,
  19. And I will stoop and humble my intents
  20. To your well - practic’d wise directions .
  21. And , princes all , believe me , I beseech you ,
  22. My father is gone wild into his grave ;
  23. For in his tomb lie my affections ,
  24. And with his spirits sadly I survive ,
  25. To mock the expectation of the world ,
  26. To frustrate prophecies , and to rase out
  27. Rotten opinion , who hath writ me down
  28. After my seeming . The tide of blood in me
  29. Hath proudly flow’d in vanity till now ;
  30. Now doth it turn and ebb back to the sea ,
  31. Where it shall mingle with the state of floods ,
  32. And flow henceforth in formal majesty .
  33. Now call we our high court of parliament ,
  34. And let us choose such limbs of noble counsel
  35. That the great body of our state may go
  36. In equal rank with the best govern’d nation ,
  37. That war , or peace , or both at once , may be
  38. As things acquainted and familiar to us ,
  39. In which you , father , shall have foremost hand .
  40. Our coronation done , we will accite
  41. ( As I before rememb’red ) all our state ,
  42. And ( God consigning to my good intents )
  43. No prince nor peer shall have just cause to say ,
  44. God shorten Harry’s happy life one day !
  1. Exeunt .
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