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Henry IV, Pt. 1: Act 3, Scene 2

Henry IV, Pt. 1
Act 3, Scene 2

London. The palace.

  1. Enter the King, Prince of Wales, Lords, and others.

King Henry IV

2 - 19
  1. Lords, give us leave, the Prince of Wales and I
  2. Must have some private conference, but be near at hand,
  3. For we shall presently have need of you.
  4. Exeunt Lords.
  5. I know not whether God will have it so
  6. For some displeasing service I have done,
  7. That in his secret doom, out of my blood
  8. He’ll breed revengement and a scourge for me;
  9. But thou dost in thy passages of life
  10. Make me believe that thou art only mark’d
  11. For the hot vengeance, and the rod of heaven,
  12. To punish my mistreadings. Tell me else,
  13. Could such inordinate and low desires,
  14. Such poor, such bare, such lewd, such mean attempts,
  15. Such barren pleasures, rude society,
  16. As thou art match’d withal and grafted to,
  17. Accompany the greatness of thy blood,
  18. And hold their level with thy princely heart?

Prince Henry

20 - 30
  1. So please your Majesty, I would I could
  2. Quit all offenses with as clear excuse
  3. As well as I am doubtless I can purge
  4. Myself of many I am charg’d withal;
  5. Yet such extenuation let me beg
  6. As in reproof of many tales devis’d,
  7. Which oft the ear of greatness needs must hear
  8. By smiling pick-thanks and base newsmongers,
  9. I may for some things true, wherein my youth
  10. Hath faulty wand’red and irregular,
  11. Find pardon on my true submission.

King Henry IV

31 - 93
  1. God pardon thee! Yet let me wonder, Harry,
  2. At thy affections, which do hold a wing
  3. Quite from the flight of all thy ancestors.
  4. Thy place in Council thou hast rudely lost,
  5. Which by thy younger brother is supplied,
  6. And art almost an alien to the hearts
  7. Of all the court and princes of my blood;
  8. The hope and expectation of thy time
  9. Is ruin’d, and the soul of every man
  10. Prophetically do forethink thy fall.
  11. Had I so lavish of my presence been,
  12. So common-hackney’d in the eyes of men,
  13. So stale and cheap to vulgar company,
  14. Opinion, that did help me to the crown,
  15. Had still kept loyal to possession,
  16. And left me in reputeless banishment,
  17. A fellow of no mark nor likelihood.
  18. By being seldom seen, I could not stir
  19. But like a comet I was wond’red at,
  20. That men would tell their children, This is he”;
  21. Others would say, Where, which is Bullingbrook?”
  22. And then I stole all courtesy from heaven,
  23. And dress’d myself in such humility
  24. That I did pluck allegiance from men’s hearts,
  25. Loud shouts and salutations from their mouths,
  26. Even in the presence of the crowned King.
  27. Thus did I keep my person fresh and new,
  28. My presence, like a robe pontifical,
  29. Ne’er seen but wond’red at, and so my state,
  30. Seldom but sumptuous, show’d like a feast,
  31. And wan by rareness such solemnity.
  32. The skipping King, he ambled up and down,
  33. With shallow jesters, and rash bavin wits,
  34. Soon kindled and soon burnt, carded his state,
  35. Mingled his royalty with cap’ring fools,
  36. Had his great name profaned with their scorns,
  37. And gave his countenance, against his name,
  38. To laugh at gibing boys, and stand the push
  39. Of every beardless vain comparative,
  40. Grew a companion to the common streets,
  41. Enfeoff’d himself to popularity,
  42. That, being daily swallowed by men’s eyes,
  43. They surfeited with honey and began
  44. To loathe the taste of sweetness, whereof a little
  45. More than a little is by much too much.
  46. So when he had occasion to be seen,
  47. He was but as the cuckoo is in June,
  48. Heard, not regarded; seen, but with such eyes
  49. As, sick and blunted with community,
  50. Afford no extraordinary gaze,
  51. Such as is bent on sunlike majesty
  52. When it shines seldom in admiring eyes;
  53. But rather drows’d and hung their eyelids down,
  54. Slept in his face and rend’red such aspect
  55. As cloudy men use to their adversaries,
  56. Being with his presence glutted, gorg’d, and full.
  57. And in that very line, Harry, standest thou,
  58. For thou hast lost thy princely privilege
  59. With vile participation. Not an eye
  60. But is a-weary of thy common sight,
  61. Save mine, which hath desir’d to see thee more,
  62. Which now doth that I would not have it do,
  63. Make blind itself with foolish tenderness.

Prince Henry

94 - 95
  1. I shall hereafter, my thrice-gracious lord,
  2. Be more myself.

King Henry IV

96 - 131
  1. For all the world
  2. As thou art to this hour was Richard then
  3. When I from France set foot at Ravenspurgh,
  4. And even as I was then is Percy now.
  5. Now by my sceptre, and my soul to boot,
  6. He hath more worthy interest to the state
  7. Than thou the shadow of succession.
  8. For of no right, nor color like to right,
  9. He doth fill fields with harness in the realm,
  10. Turns head against the lion’s armed jaws,
  11. And being no more in debt to years than thou,
  12. Leads ancient lords and reverend bishops on
  13. To bloody battles and to bruising arms.
  14. What never-dying honor hath he got
  15. Against renowned Douglas! Whose high deeds,
  16. Whose hot incursions and great name in arms,
  17. Holds from all soldiers chief majority
  18. And military title capital
  19. Through all the kingdoms that acknowledge Christ.
  20. Thrice hath this Hotspur, Mars in swathling clothes,
  21. This infant warrior, in his enterprises
  22. Discomfited great Douglas, ta’en him once,
  23. Enlarg’d him and made a friend of him,
  24. To fill the mouth of deep defiance up,
  25. And shake the peace and safety of our throne.
  26. And what say you to this? Percy, Northumberland,
  27. The Archbishop’s grace of York, Douglas, Mortimer,
  28. Capitulate against us, and are up.
  29. But wherefore do I tell these news to thee?
  30. Why, Harry, do I tell thee of my foes,
  31. Which art my nearest and dearest enemy?
  32. Thou that art like enough, through vassal fear,
  33. Base inclination, and the start of spleen,
  34. To fight against me under Percy’s pay,
  35. To dog his heels and curtsy at his frowns,
  36. To show how much thou art degenerate.

Prince Henry

132 - 162
  1. Do not think so, you shall not find it so,
  2. And God forgive them that so much have sway’d
  3. Your Majesty’s good thoughts away from me!
  4. I will redeem all this on Percy’s head,
  5. And in the closing of some glorious day
  6. Be bold to tell you that I am your son,
  7. When I will wear a garment all of blood,
  8. And stain my favors in a bloody mask,
  9. Which wash’d away shall scour my shame with it.
  10. And that shall be the day, when e’er it lights,
  11. That this same child of honor and renown,
  12. This gallant Hotspur, this all-praised knight,
  13. And your unthought-of Harry chance to meet.
  14. For every honor sitting on his helm,
  15. Would they were multitudes, and on my head
  16. My shames redoubled! For the time will come
  17. That I shall make this northern youth exchange
  18. His glorious deeds for my indignities.
  19. Percy is but my factor, good my lord,
  20. To engross up glorious deeds on my behalf;
  21. And I will call him to so strict account
  22. That he shall render every glory up,
  23. Yea, even the slightest worship of his time,
  24. Or I will tear the reckoning from his heart.
  25. This in the name of God I promise here,
  26. The which if he be pleas’d I shall perform,
  27. I do beseech your Majesty may salve
  28. The long-grown wounds of my intemperance.
  29. If not, the end of life cancels all bands,
  30. And I will die a hundred thousand deaths
  31. Ere break the smallest parcel of this vow.

King Henry IV

163 - 166
  1. A hundred thousand rebels die in this.
  2. Thou shalt have charge and sovereign trust herein.
  3. Enter Blunt.
  4. How now, good Blunt? Thy looks are full of speed.

Blunt

167 - 173
  1. So hath the business that I come to speak of.
  2. Lord Mortimer of Scotland hath sent word
  3. That Douglas and the English rebels met
  4. The eleventh of this month at Shrewsbury.
  5. A mighty and a fearful head they are,
  6. If promises be kept on every hand,
  7. As ever off’red foul play in a state.

King Henry IV

174 - 184
  1. The Earl of Westmorland set forth today,
  2. With him my son, Lord John of Lancaster,
  3. For this advertisement is five days old.
  4. On Wednesday next, Harry, you shall set forward,
  5. On Thursday we ourselves will march. Our meeting
  6. Is Bridgenorth. And, Harry, you shall march
  7. Through Gloucestershire; by which account,
  8. Our business valued, some twelve days hence
  9. Our general forces at Bridgenorth shall meet.
  10. Our hands are full of business, let’s away,
  11. Advantage feeds him fat while men delay.
  1. Exeunt.
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