Henry IV, Pt. 2
Act V, Scene 2
Westminster . A palace room .
- Enter Warwick , Lord Chief Justice , meeting .
Earl of Warwick1
- How now , my Lord Chief Justice , whither away ?
Lord Chief Justice2
- How doth the King ?
Earl of Warwick3
- Exceeding well , his cares are now all ended .
Lord Chief Justice4
- I hope , not dead .
Earl of Warwick5 - 6
- He’s walk’d the way of nature ,
- And to our purposes he lives no more .
Lord Chief Justice7 - 9
- I would his Majesty had call’d me with him ;
- The service that I truly did his life
- Hath left me open to all injuries .
Earl of Warwick10
- Indeed I think the young King loves you not .
Lord Chief Justice11 - 14
- I know he doth not , and do arm myself
- To welcome the condition of the time ,
- Which cannot look more hideously upon me
- Than I have drawn it in my fantasy .
- Enter Prince John of Lancaster , Thomas of Clarence , and
- Humphrey of Gloucester , Westmorland , and others .
Earl of Warwick15 - 19
- Here come the heavy issue of dead Harry .
- O that the living Harry had the temper
- Of he , the worst of these three gentlemen !
- How many nobles then should hold their places ,
- That must strike sail to spirits of vile sort !
Lord Chief Justice20
- O God , I fear all will be overturn’d !
Prince John of Lancaster21
- Good morrow , cousin Warwick , good morrow .
Both Gloucester and Clarence22
- Good morrow , cousin .
Prince John of Lancaster23
- We meet like men that had forgot to speak .
Earl of Warwick24 - 25
- We do remember , but our argument
- Is all too heavy to admit much talk .
Prince John of Lancaster26
- Well , peace be with him that hath made us heavy !
Lord Chief Justice27
- Peace be with us , lest we be heavier !
Duke of Gloucester28 - 30
- O , good my lord , you have lost a friend indeed ,
- And I dare swear you borrow not that face
- Of seeming sorrow , it is sure your own .
Prince John of Lancaster31 - 33
- Though no man be assur’d what grace to find ,
- You stand in coldest expectation .
- I am the sorrier , would ’twere otherwise !
Duke of Clarence34 - 35
- Well , you must now speak Sir John Falstaff fair ,
- Which swims against your stream of quality .
Lord Chief Justice36 - 42
- Sweet Princes , what I did , I did in honor ,
- Led by th’ impartial conduct of my soul ;
- And never shall you see that I will beg
- A ragged and forestall’d remission .
- If truth and upright innocency fail me ,
- I’ll to the King my master that is dead ,
- And tell him who hath sent me after him .
Earl of Warwick43
- Here comes the Prince .
- Enter the Prince ( as King Henry ) and Blunt .
Lord Chief Justice44
- Good morrow , and God save your Majesty !
Prince Henry45 - 62
- This new and gorgeous garment , majesty ,
- Sits not so easy on me as you think .
- Brothers , you mix your sadness with some fear :
- This is the English , not the Turkish court ,
- Not Amurath an Amurath succeeds ,
- But Harry Harry . Yet be sad , good brothers ,
- For by my faith it very well becomes you .
- Sorrow so royally in you appears
- That I will deeply put the fashion on
- And wear it in my heart . Why then be sad ,
- But entertain no more of it , good brothers ,
- Than a joint burden laid upon us all .
- For me , by heaven ( I bid you be assur’d ),
- I’ll be your father and your brother too .
- Let me but bear your love , I’ll bear your cares .
- Yet weep that Harry’s dead , and so will I ,
- But Harry lives , that shall convert those tears
- By number into hours of happiness .
- We hope no otherwise from your Majesty .
Prince Henry64 - 65
- You all look strangely on me , and you most .
- You are , I think , assur’d I love you not .
Lord Chief Justice66 - 67
- I am assur’d , if I be measur’d rightly ,
- Your Majesty hath no just cause to hate me .
Prince Henry68 - 73
- No ?
- How might a prince of my great hopes forget
- So great indignities you laid upon me ?
- What , rate , rebuke , and roughly send to prison
- Th’ immediate heir of England ! Was this easy ?
- May this be wash’d in Lethe and forgotten ?
Lord Chief Justice74 - 102
- I then did use the person of your father ,
- The image of his power lay then in me ,
- And in th’ administration of his law ,
- Whiles I was busy for the commonwealth ,
- Your Highness pleased to forget my place ,
- The majesty and power of law and justice ,
- The image of the King whom I presented ,
- And struck me in my very seat of judgment ;
- Whereon ( as an offender to your father )
- I gave bold way to my authority ,
- And did commit you . If the deed were ill ,
- Be you contented , wearing now the garland ,
- To have a son set your decrees at nought ?
- To pluck down justice from your awful bench ?
- To trip the course of law and blunt the sword
- That guards the peace and safety of your person ?
- Nay more , to spurn at your most royal image ,
- And mock your workings in a second body ?
- Question your royal thoughts , make the case yours :
- Be now the father and propose a son ,
- Hear your own dignity so much profan’d ,
- See your most dreadful laws so loosely slighted ,
- Behold yourself so by a son disdained ;
- And then imagine me taking your part ,
- And in your power soft silencing your son .
- After this cold considerance , sentence me ,
- And as you are a king , speak in your state
- What I have done that misbecame my place ,
- My person , or my liege’s sovereignty .
Prince Henry103 - 146
- You are right justice , and you weigh this well ,
- Therefore still bear the balance and the sword ,
- And I do wish your honors may increase ,
- Till you do live to see a son of mine
- Offend you and obey you , as I did .
- So shall I live to speak my father’s words :
- “ Happy am I , that have a man so bold ,
- That dares do justice on my proper son ;
- And not less happy , having such a son
- That would deliver up his greatness so
- Into the hands of justice .” You did commit me ;
- For which I do commit into your hand
- Th’ unstained sword that you have us’d to bear ,
- With this remembrance , that you use the same
- With the like bold , just , and impartial spirit
- As you have done ’gainst me . There is my hand .
- You shall be as a father to my youth ,
- My voice shall sound as you do prompt mine ear ,
- And I will stoop and humble my intents
- To your well - practic’d wise directions .
- And , princes all , believe me , I beseech you ,
- My father is gone wild into his grave ;
- For in his tomb lie my affections ,
- And with his spirits sadly I survive ,
- To mock the expectation of the world ,
- To frustrate prophecies , and to rase out
- Rotten opinion , who hath writ me down
- After my seeming . The tide of blood in me
- Hath proudly flow’d in vanity till now ;
- Now doth it turn and ebb back to the sea ,
- Where it shall mingle with the state of floods ,
- And flow henceforth in formal majesty .
- Now call we our high court of parliament ,
- And let us choose such limbs of noble counsel
- That the great body of our state may go
- In equal rank with the best govern’d nation ,
- That war , or peace , or both at once , may be
- As things acquainted and familiar to us ,
- In which you , father , shall have foremost hand .
- Our coronation done , we will accite
- ( As I before rememb’red ) all our state ,
- And ( God consigning to my good intents )
- No prince nor peer shall have just cause to say ,
- God shorten Harry’s happy life one day !
- Exeunt .