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

Henry IV, Pt. 1
Act 4, Scene 4

York. The Archbishop’s palace.

  1. Enter Archbishop of York, Sir Michael.

Archbishop of York

2 - 6
  1. Hie, good Sir Michael, bear this sealed brief
  2. With winged haste to the Lord Marshal,
  3. This to my cousin Scroop, and all the rest
  4. To whom they are directed. If you knew
  5. How much they do import, you would make haste.

Sir Michael

7 - 8
  1. My good lord,
  2. I guess their tenor.

Archbishop of York

9 - 22
  1.                      Like enough you do.
  2. Tomorrow, good Sir Michael, is a day
  3. Wherein the fortune of ten thousand men
  4. Must bide the touch; for, sir, at Shrewsbury,
  5. As I am truly given to understand,
  6. The King with mighty and quick-raised power
  7. Meets with Lord Harry; and I fear, Sir Michael,
  8. What with the sickness of Northumberland,
  9. Whose power was in the first proportion,
  10. And what with Owen Glendower’s absence thence,
  11. Who with them was a rated sinew too,
  12. And comes not in, overrul’d by prophecies,
  13. I fear the power of Percy is too weak
  14. To wage an instant trial with the King.

Sir Michael

23 - 24
  1. Why, my good lord, you need not fear,
  2. There is Douglas and Lord Mortimer.

Archbishop of York

25
  1. No, Mortimer is not there.

Sir Michael

26 - 28
  1. But there is Mordake, Vernon, Lord Harry Percy,
  2. And there is my Lord of Worcester, and a head
  3. Of gallant warriors, noble gentlemen.

Archbishop of York

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  1. And so there is; but yet the King hath drawn
  2. The special head of all the land together:
  3. The Prince of Wales, Lord John of Lancaster,
  4. The noble Westmorland, and warlike Blunt,
  5. And many more corrivals and dear men
  6. Of estimation and command in arms.

Sir Michael

35
  1. Doubt not, my lord, they shall be well oppos’d.

Archbishop of York

36 - 43
  1. I hope no less, yet needful ’tis to fear,
  2. And to prevent the worst, Sir Michael, speed;
  3. For if Lord Percy thrive not, ere the King
  4. Dismiss his power he means to visit us,
  5. For he hath heard of our confederacy,
  6. And ’tis but wisdom to make strong against him.
  7. Therefore make haste. I must go write again
  8. To other friends, and so farewell, Sir Michael.
  1. Exeunt.
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