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Henry IV, Pt. 1: Act 3, Scene 1

Henry IV, Pt. 1
Act 3, Scene 1

Scene 1

Wales. Glendower’s castle.

  1. Enter Hotspur, Worcester, Lord Mortimer, Owen Glendower.

Mortimer

2 - 3
  1. These promises are fair, the parties sure,
  2. And our induction full of prosperous hope.

Hotspur

4 - 7
  1. Lord Mortimer, and cousin Glendower,
  2. Will you sit down?
  3. And uncle Worcestera plague upon it!
  4. I have forgot the map.

Glendower

8 - 12
  1.                        No, here it is.
  2. Sit, cousin Percy, sit, good cousin Hotspur,
  3. For by that name as oft as Lancaster
  4. Doth speak of you, his cheek looks pale, and with
  5. A rising sigh he wisheth you in heaven.

Hotspur

13 - 14
  1. And you in hell, as oft as he hears
  2. Owen Glendower spoke of.

Glendower

15 - 19
  1. I cannot blame him. At my nativity
  2. The front of heaven was full of fiery shapes
  3. Of burning cressets, and at my birth
  4. The frame and huge foundation of the earth
  5. Shak’d like a coward.

Hotspur

20 - 22
  1.                       Why, so it would have done
  2. At the same season if your mother’s cat had
  3. But kitten’d, though yourself had never been born.

Glendower

23
  1. I say the earth did shake when I was born.

Hotspur

24 - 25
  1. And I say the earth was not of my mind,
  2. If you suppose as fearing you it shook.

Glendower

26
  1. The heavens were all on fire, the earth did tremble.

Hotspur

27 - 37
  1. O then the earth shook to see the heavens on fire,
  2. And not in fear of your nativity.
  3. Diseased nature oftentimes breaks forth
  4. In strange eruptions; oft the teeming earth
  5. Is with a kind of colic pinch’d and vex’d
  6. By the imprisoning of unruly wind
  7. Within her womb, which, for enlargement striving,
  8. Shakes the old beldame earth, and topples down
  9. Steeples and moss-grown towers. At your birth
  10. Our grandam earth, having this distemp’rature,
  11. In passion shook.

Glendower

38 - 52
  1.                   Cousin, of many men
  2. I do not bear these crossings. Give me leave
  3. To tell you once again that at my birth
  4. The front of heaven was full of fiery shapes,
  5. The goats ran from the mountains, and the herds
  6. Were strangely clamorous to the frighted fields.
  7. These signs have mark’d me extraordinary,
  8. And all the courses of my life do show
  9. I am not in the roll of common men.
  10. Where is he living, clipt in with the sea
  11. That chides the banks of England, Scotland, Wales,
  12. Which calls me pupil or hath read to me?
  13. And bring him out that is but woman’s son
  14. Can trace me in the tedious ways of art,
  15. And hold me pace in deep experiments.

Hotspur

53 - 54
  1. I think there’s no man speaks better Welsh.
  2. I’ll to dinner.

Mortimer

55
  1. Peace, cousin Percy, you will make him mad.

Glendower

56
  1. I can call spirits from the vasty deep.

Hotspur

57 - 58
  1. Why, so can I, or so can any man,
  2. But will they come when you do call for them?

Glendower

59 - 60
  1. Why, I can teach you, cousin, to command
  2. The devil.

Hotspur

61 - 65
  1. And I can teach thee, coz, to shame the devil
  2. By telling truth: tell truth and shame the devil.
  3. If thou have power to raise him, bring him hither,
  4. And I’ll be sworn I have power to shame him hence.
  5. O, while you live, tell truth and shame the devil!

Mortimer

66
  1. Come, come, no more of this unprofitable chat.

Glendower

67 - 70
  1. Three times hath Henry Bullingbrook made head
  2. Against my power; thrice from the banks of Wye
  3. And sandy-bottom’d Severn have I sent him
  4. Bootless home and weather-beaten back.

Hotspur

71 - 72
  1. Home without boots, and in foul weather too!
  2. How scapes he agues, in the devil’s name?

Glendower

73 - 74
  1. Come, here is the map. Shall we divide our right
  2. According to our threefold order ta’en?

Mortimer

75 - 93
  1. The Archdeacon hath divided it
  2. Into three limits very equally:
  3. England, from Trent and Severn hitherto,
  4. By south and east is to my part assign’d;
  5. All westward, Wales beyond the Severn shore,
  6. And all the fertile land within that bound,
  7. To Owen Glendower; and, dear coz, to you
  8. The remnant northward lying off from Trent.
  9. And our indentures tripartite are drawn,
  10. Which being sealed interchangeably
  11. (A business that this night may execute),
  12. Tomorrow, cousin Percy, you and I
  13. And my good Lord of Worcester will set forth
  14. To meet your father and the Scottish power,
  15. As is appointed us, at Shrewsbury.
  16. My father Glendower is not ready yet,
  17. Nor shall we need his help these fourteen days.
  18. Within that space you may have drawn together
  19. Your tenants, friends, and neighboring gentlemen.

Glendower

94 - 98
  1. A shorter time shall send me to you, lords,
  2. And in my conduct shall your ladies come,
  3. From whom you now must steal and take no leave,
  4. For there will be a world of water shed
  5. Upon the parting of your wives and you.

Hotspur

99 - 108
  1. Methinks my moi’ty, north from Burton here,
  2. In quantity equals not one of yours.
  3. See how this river comes me cranking in,
  4. And cuts me from the best of all my land
  5. A huge half-moon, a monstrous cantle out.
  6. I’ll have the current in this place damm’d up,
  7. And here the smug and silver Trent shall run
  8. In a new channel fair and evenly.
  9. It shall not wind with such a deep indent,
  10. To rob me of so rich a bottom here.

Glendower

109
  1. Not wind? It shall, it must, you see it doth.

Mortimer

110 - 114
  1. Yea, but
  2. Mark how he bears his course, and runs me up
  3. With like advantage on the other side,
  4. Gelding the opposed continent as much
  5. As on the other side it takes from you.

Earl of Worcester

115 - 117
  1. Yea, but a little charge will trench him here,
  2. And on this north side win this cape of land,
  3. And then he runs straight and even.

Hotspur

118
  1. I’ll have it so, a little charge will do it.

Glendower

119
  1. I’ll not have it alt’red.

Hotspur

120
  1.                           Will not you?

Glendower

121
  1. No, nor you shall not.

Hotspur

122
  1.                        Who shall say me nay?

Glendower

123
  1. Why, that will I.

Hotspur

124 - 125
  1.                   Let me not understand you then,
  2. Speak it in Welsh.

Glendower

126 - 131
  1. I can speak English, lord, as well as you,
  2. For I was train’d up in the English court,
  3. Where being but young I framed to the harp
  4. Many an English ditty lovely well,
  5. And gave the tongue a helpful ornament,
  6. A virtue that was never seen in you.

Hotspur

132 - 140
  1. Marry,
  2. And I am glad of it with all my heart.
  3. I had rather be a kitten and cry mew
  4. Than one of these same meter ballet-mongers.
  5. I had rather hear a brazen canstick turn’d,
  6. Or a dry wheel grate on the axle-tree,
  7. And that would set my teeth nothing an edge,
  8. Nothing so much as mincing poetry.
  9. ’Tis like the forc’d gait of a shuffling nag.

Glendower

141
  1. Come, you shall have Trent turn’d.

Hotspur

142 - 146
  1. I do not care. I’ll give thrice so much land
  2. To any well-deserving friend;
  3. But in the way of bargain, mark ye me,
  4. I’ll cavil on the ninth part of a hair.
  5. Are the indentures drawn? Shall we be gone?

Glendower

147 - 151
  1. The moon shines fair, you may away by night.
  2. I’ll haste the writer, and withal
  3. Break with your wives of your departure hence.
  4. I am afraid my daughter will run mad,
  5. So much she doteth on her Mortimer.
  1. Exit.

Mortimer

153
  1. Fie, cousin Percy, how you cross my father!

Hotspur

154 - 170
  1. I cannot choose. Sometime he angers me
  2. With telling me of the moldwarp and the ant,
  3. Of the dreamer Merlin and his prophecies,
  4. And of a dragon and a finless fish,
  5. A clip-wing’d griffin and a moulten raven,
  6. A couching lion and a ramping cat,
  7. And such a deal of skimble-skamble stuff
  8. As puts me from my faith. I tell you what:
  9. He held me last night at least nine hours
  10. In reckoning up the several devils’ names
  11. That were his lackeys. I cried hum,” and well, go to,”
  12. But mark’d him not a word. O, he is as tedious
  13. As a tired horse, a railing wife,
  14. Worse than a smoky house. I had rather live
  15. With cheese and garlic in a windmill, far,
  16. Than feed on cates and have him talk to me
  17. In any summer house in Christendom.

Mortimer

171 - 182
  1. In faith, he is a worthy gentleman,
  2. Exceedingly well read, and profited
  3. In strange concealments, valiant as a lion,
  4. And wondrous affable, and as bountiful
  5. As mines of India. Shall I tell you, cousin?
  6. He holds your temper in a high respect,
  7. And curbs himself even of his natural scope
  8. When you come ’cross his humor, faith, he does.
  9. I warrant you, that man is not alive
  10. Might so have tempted him as you have done,
  11. Without the taste of danger and reproof.
  12. But do not use it oft, let me entreat you.

Earl of Worcester

183 - 195
  1. In faith, my lord, you are too willful-blame,
  2. And since your coming hither have done enough
  3. To put him quite besides his patience.
  4. You must needs learn, lord, to amend this fault;
  5. Though sometimes it show greatness, courage, blood
  6. And that’s the dearest grace it renders you
  7. Yet oftentimes it doth present harsh rage,
  8. Defect of manners, want of government,
  9. Pride, haughtiness, opinion, and disdain,
  10. The least of which haunting a nobleman
  11. Loseth men’s hearts and leaves behind a stain
  12. Upon the beauty of all parts besides,
  13. Beguiling them of commendation.

Hotspur

196 - 197
  1. Well, I am school’d: good manners be your speed!
  2. Here come our wives, and let us take our leave.
  1. Enter Glendower with the Ladies.

Mortimer

199 - 200
  1. This is the deadly spite that angers me:
  2. My wife can speak no English, I no Welsh.

Glendower

201 - 202
  1. My daughter weeps, she’ll not part with you,
  2. She’ll be a soldier too, she’ll to the wars.

Mortimer

203 - 204
  1. Good father, tell her that she and my aunt Percy
  2. Shall follow in your conduct speedily.
  1. Glendower speaks to her in Welsh, and she answers him in the
  2. same.

Glendower

207 - 208
  1. She is desperate here, a peevish self-will’d harlotry,
  2. One that no persuasion can do good upon.
  1. The lady speaks in Welsh.

Mortimer

210 - 221
  1. I understand thy looks. That pretty Welsh
  2. Which thou pourest down from these swelling heavens
  3. I am too perfect in, and but for shame,
  4. In such a parley should I answer thee.
  5. The lady again in Welsh.
  6. I understand thy kisses, and thou mine,
  7. And that’s a feeling disputation,
  8. But I will never be a truant, love,
  9. Till I have learn’d thy language, for thy tongue
  10. Makes Welsh as sweet as ditties highly penn’d,
  11. Sung by a fair queen in a summer’s bow’r,
  12. With ravishing division, to her lute.

Glendower

222
  1. Nay, if you melt, then will she run mad.
  1. The lady speaks again in Welsh.

Mortimer

224
  1. O, I am ignorance itself in this!

Glendower

225 - 233
  1. She bids you on the wanton rushes lay you down,
  2. And rest your gentle head upon her lap,
  3. And she will sing the song that pleaseth you,
  4. And on your eyelids crown the god of sleep,
  5. Charming your blood with pleasing heaviness,
  6. Making such difference ’twixt wake and sleep
  7. As is the difference betwixt day and night
  8. The hour before the heavenly-harness’d team
  9. Begins his golden progress in the east.

Mortimer

234 - 235
  1. With all my heart I’ll sit and hear her sing.
  2. By that time will our book, I think, be drawn.

Glendower

236 - 239
  1. Do so,
  2. And those musicians that shall play to you
  3. Hang in the air a thousand leagues from hence,
  4. And straight they shall be here. Sit and attend.

Hotspur

240 - 241
  1. Come, Kate, thou art perfect in lying down.
  2. Come, quick, quick, that I may lay my head in thy lap.

Lady Percy

242
  1. Go, ye giddy goose.
  1. The music plays.

Hotspur

244 - 246
  1. Now I perceive the devil understands Welsh,
  2. And ’tis no marvel he is so humorous.
  3. By’r lady, he is a good musician.

Lady Percy

247 - 249
  1. Then should you be nothing but musical, for you are
  2. altogether govern’d by humors. Lie still, ye thief, and hear
  3. the lady sing in Welsh.

Hotspur

250
  1. I had rather hear Lady, my brach, howl in Irish.

Lady Percy

251
  1. Wouldst thou have thy head broken?

Hotspur

252
  1. No.

Lady Percy

253
  1. Then be still.

Hotspur

254
  1. Neither, ’tis a woman’s fault.

Lady Percy

255
  1. Now God help thee!

Hotspur

256
  1. To the Welsh lady’s bed.

Lady Percy

257
  1. What’s that?

Hotspur

258
  1. Peace, she sings.
  1. Here the lady sings a Welsh song.

Hotspur

260
  1. Come, Kate, I’ll have your song too.

Lady Percy

261
  1. Not mine, in good sooth.

Hotspur

262 - 272
  1. Not yours, in good sooth! Heart, you swear like a
  2. comfit-maker’s wife: Not you, in good sooth,” and as true
  3. as I live,” and as God shall mend me,” and as sure as
  4. day”;
  5. And givest such sarcenet surety for thy oaths
  6. As if thou never walk’st further than Finsbury.
  7. Swear me, Kate, like a lady as thou art,
  8. A good mouth-filling oath, and leave in sooth,”
  9. And such protest of pepper-gingerbread,
  10. To velvet-guards and Sunday-citizens.
  11. Come sing.

Lady Percy

273
  1. I will not sing.

Hotspur

274 - 276
  1. ’Tis the next way to turn tailor, or be redbreast teacher.
  2. And the indentures be drawn, I’ll away within these two
  3. hours, and so come in when ye will.
  1. Exit.

Glendower

278 - 281
  1. Come, come, Lord Mortimer, you are as slow
  2. As hot Lord Percy is on fire to go.
  3. By this our book is drawn, we’ll but seal,
  4. And then to horse immediately.

Mortimer

282
  1.                                With all my heart.
  1. Exeunt.
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