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Henry IV, Pt. 1: Act 4, Scene 3

Henry IV, Pt. 1
Act 4, Scene 3

The rebel camp near Shrewsbury.

  1. Enter Hotspur, Worcester, Douglas, Vernon.

Hotspur

2
  1. We’ll fight with him tonight.

Earl of Worcester

3
  1.                               It may not be.

Earl of Douglas

4
  1. You give him then advantage.

Vernon

5
  1.                              Not a whit.

Hotspur

6
  1. Why say you so? Looks he not for supply?

Vernon

7
  1. So do we.

Hotspur

8
  1.           His is certain, ours is doubtful.

Earl of Worcester

9
  1. Good cousin, be advis’d, stir not tonight.

Vernon

10
  1. Do not, my lord.

Earl of Douglas

11 - 12
  1.                  You do not counsel well,
  2. You speak it out of fear and cold heart.

Vernon

13 - 19
  1. Do me no slander, Douglas. By my life,
  2. And I dare well maintain it with my life,
  3. If well-respected honor bid me on,
  4. I hold as little counsel with weak fear
  5. As you, my lord, or any Scot that this day lives.
  6. Let it be seen tomorrow in the battle
  7. Which of us fears.

Earl of Douglas

20
  1.                    Yea, or tonight.

Vernon

21
  1.                  Content.

Hotspur

22
  1. Tonight, say I.

Vernon

23 - 31
  1. Come, come, it may not be. I wonder much,
  2. Being men of such great leading as you are,
  3. That you foresee not what impediments
  4. Drag back our expedition. Certain horse
  5. Of my cousin Vernon’s are not yet come up.
  6. Your uncle Worcester’s horses came but today,
  7. And now their pride and mettle is asleep,
  8. Their courage with hard labor tame and dull,
  9. That not a horse is half the half of himself.

Hotspur

32 - 34
  1. So are the horses of the enemy
  2. In general journey-bated and brought low.
  3. The better part of ours are full of rest.

Earl of Worcester

35 - 36
  1. The number of the King exceedeth our.
  2. For God’s sake, cousin, stay till all come in.
  1. The trumpet sounds a parley.
  1. Enter Sir Walter Blunt.

Blunt

39 - 40
  1. I come with gracious offers from the King,
  2. If you vouchsafe me hearing and respect.

Hotspur

41 - 46
  1. Welcome, Sir Walter Blunt; and would to God
  2. You were of our determination!
  3. Some of us love you well, and even those some
  4. Envy your great deservings and good name,
  5. Because you are not of our quality,
  6. But stand against us like an enemy.

Blunt

47 - 60
  1. And God defend but still I should stand so,
  2. So long as out of limit and true rule
  3. You stand against anointed majesty.
  4. But to my charge. The King hath sent to know
  5. The nature of your griefs, and whereupon
  6. You conjure from the breast of civil peace
  7. Such bold hostility, teaching his duteous land
  8. Audacious cruelty. If that the King
  9. Have any way your good deserts forgot,
  10. Which he confesseth to be manifold,
  11. He bids you name your griefs, and with all speed
  12. You shall have your desires with interest
  13. And pardon absolute for yourself and these
  14. Herein misled by your suggestion.

Hotspur

61 - 97
  1. The King is kind, and well we know the King
  2. Knows at what time to promise, when to pay.
  3. My father and my uncle and myself
  4. Did give him that same royalty he wears,
  5. And when he was not six and twenty strong,
  6. Sick in the world’s regard, wretched and low,
  7. A poor unminded outlaw sneaking home,
  8. My father gave him welcome to the shore;
  9. And when he heard him swear and vow to God
  10. He came but to be Duke of Lancaster,
  11. To sue his livery and beg his peace,
  12. With tears of innocency and terms of zeal,
  13. My father, in kind heart and pity mov’d,
  14. Swore him assistance, and perform’d it too.
  15. Now when the lords and barons of the realm
  16. Perceiv’d Northumberland did lean to him,
  17. The more and less came in with cap and knee,
  18. Met him in boroughs, cities, villages,
  19. Attended him on bridges, stood in lanes,
  20. Laid gifts before him, proffer’d him their oaths,
  21. Gave him their heirs as pages, followed him
  22. Even at the heels in golden multitudes.
  23. He presently, as greatness knows itself,
  24. Steps me a little higher than his vow
  25. Made to my father, while his blood was poor,
  26. Upon the naked shore at Ravenspurgh,
  27. And now forsooth takes on him to reform
  28. Some certain edicts and some strait decrees
  29. That lie too heavy on the commonwealth,
  30. Cries out upon abuses, seems to weep
  31. Over his country’s wrongs, and by this face,
  32. This seeming brow of justice, did he win
  33. The hearts of all that he did angle for;
  34. Proceeded furthercut me off the heads
  35. Of all the favorites that the absent King
  36. In deputation left behind him here,
  37. When he was personal in the Irish war.

Blunt

98
  1. Tut, I came not to hear this.

Hotspur

99 - 115
  1.                               Then to the point.
  2. In short time after, he depos’d the King,
  3. Soon after that, depriv’d him of his life,
  4. And in the neck of that, task’d the whole state;
  5. To make that worse, suff’red his kinsman March
  6. (Who is, if every owner were well plac’d,
  7. Indeed his king) to be engag’d in Wales,
  8. There without ransom to lie forfeited;
  9. Disgrac’d me in my happy victories,
  10. Sought to entrap me by intelligence,
  11. Rated mine uncle from the Council-board,
  12. In rage dismiss’d my father from the court,
  13. Broke oath on oath, committed wrong on wrong,
  14. And in conclusion drove us to seek out
  15. This head of safety, and withal to pry
  16. Into his title, the which we find
  17. Too indirect for long continuance.

Blunt

116
  1. Shall I return this answer to the King?

Hotspur

117 - 121
  1. Not so, Sir Walter; we’ll withdraw a while.
  2. Go to the King, and let there be impawn’d
  3. Some surety for a safe return again,
  4. And in the morning early shall mine uncle
  5. Bring him our purposes. And so farewell.

Blunt

122
  1. I would you would accept of grace and love.

Hotspur

123
  1. And may be so we shall.

Blunt

124
  1.                         Pray God you do.
  1. Exeunt.
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