Henry IV, Pt. 1
Act 4, Scene 3
The rebel camp near Shrewsbury.
- Enter Hotspur, Worcester, Douglas, Vernon.
- We’ll fight with him tonight.
Earl of Worcester3
- It may not be.
Earl of Douglas4
- You give him then advantage.
- Not a whit.
- Why say you so? Looks he not for supply?
- So do we.
- His is certain, ours is doubtful.
Earl of Worcester9
- Good cousin, be advis’d, stir not tonight.
- Do not, my lord.
Earl of Douglas11 - 12
- You do not counsel well,
- You speak it out of fear and cold heart.
Vernon13 - 19
- Do me no slander, Douglas. By my life,
- And I dare well maintain it with my life,
- If well-respected honor bid me on,
- I hold as little counsel with weak fear
- As you, my lord, or any Scot that this day lives.
- Let it be seen tomorrow in the battle
- Which of us fears.
Earl of Douglas20
- Yea, or tonight.
- Tonight, say I.
Vernon23 - 31
- Come, come, it may not be. I wonder much,
- Being men of such great leading as you are,
- That you foresee not what impediments
- Drag back our expedition. Certain horse
- Of my cousin Vernon’s are not yet come up.
- Your uncle Worcester’s horses came but today,
- And now their pride and mettle is asleep,
- Their courage with hard labor tame and dull,
- That not a horse is half the half of himself.
Hotspur32 - 34
- So are the horses of the enemy
- In general journey-bated and brought low.
- The better part of ours are full of rest.
Earl of Worcester35 - 36
- The number of the King exceedeth our.
- For God’s sake, cousin, stay till all come in.
- The trumpet sounds a parley.
- Enter Sir Walter Blunt.
Blunt39 - 40
- I come with gracious offers from the King,
- If you vouchsafe me hearing and respect.
Hotspur41 - 46
- Welcome, Sir Walter Blunt; and would to God
- You were of our determination!
- Some of us love you well, and even those some
- Envy your great deservings and good name,
- Because you are not of our quality,
- But stand against us like an enemy.
Blunt47 - 60
- And God defend but still I should stand so,
- So long as out of limit and true rule
- You stand against anointed majesty.
- But to my charge. The King hath sent to know
- The nature of your griefs, and whereupon
- You conjure from the breast of civil peace
- Such bold hostility, teaching his duteous land
- Audacious cruelty. If that the King
- Have any way your good deserts forgot,
- Which he confesseth to be manifold,
- He bids you name your griefs, and with all speed
- You shall have your desires with interest
- And pardon absolute for yourself and these
- Herein misled by your suggestion.
Hotspur61 - 97
- The King is kind, and well we know the King
- Knows at what time to promise, when to pay.
- My father and my uncle and myself
- Did give him that same royalty he wears,
- And when he was not six and twenty strong,
- Sick in the world’s regard, wretched and low,
- A poor unminded outlaw sneaking home,
- My father gave him welcome to the shore;
- And when he heard him swear and vow to God
- He came but to be Duke of Lancaster,
- To sue his livery and beg his peace,
- With tears of innocency and terms of zeal,
- My father, in kind heart and pity mov’d,
- Swore him assistance, and perform’d it too.
- Now when the lords and barons of the realm
- Perceiv’d Northumberland did lean to him,
- The more and less came in with cap and knee,
- Met him in boroughs, cities, villages,
- Attended him on bridges, stood in lanes,
- Laid gifts before him, proffer’d him their oaths,
- Gave him their heirs as pages, followed him
- Even at the heels in golden multitudes.
- He presently, as greatness knows itself,
- Steps me a little higher than his vow
- Made to my father, while his blood was poor,
- Upon the naked shore at Ravenspurgh,
- And now forsooth takes on him to reform
- Some certain edicts and some strait decrees
- That lie too heavy on the commonwealth,
- Cries out upon abuses, seems to weep
- Over his country’s wrongs, and by this face,
- This seeming brow of justice, did he win
- The hearts of all that he did angle for;
- Proceeded further—cut me off the heads
- Of all the favorites that the absent King
- In deputation left behind him here,
- When he was personal in the Irish war.
- Tut, I came not to hear this.
Hotspur99 - 115
- Then to the point.
- In short time after, he depos’d the King,
- Soon after that, depriv’d him of his life,
- And in the neck of that, task’d the whole state;
- To make that worse, suff’red his kinsman March
- (Who is, if every owner were well plac’d,
- Indeed his king) to be engag’d in Wales,
- There without ransom to lie forfeited;
- Disgrac’d me in my happy victories,
- Sought to entrap me by intelligence,
- Rated mine uncle from the Council-board,
- In rage dismiss’d my father from the court,
- Broke oath on oath, committed wrong on wrong,
- And in conclusion drove us to seek out
- This head of safety, and withal to pry
- Into his title, the which we find
- Too indirect for long continuance.
- Shall I return this answer to the King?
Hotspur117 - 121
- Not so, Sir Walter; we’ll withdraw a while.
- Go to the King, and let there be impawn’d
- Some surety for a safe return again,
- And in the morning early shall mine uncle
- Bring him our purposes. And so farewell.
- I would you would accept of grace and love.
- And may be so we shall.
- Pray God you do.