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Henry IV, Pt. 1: Act 5, Scene 2

Henry IV, Pt. 1
Act 5, Scene 2

The rebel camp.

  1. Enter Worcester, Sir Richard Vernon.

Earl of Worcester

2 - 3
  1. O no, my nephew must not know, Sir Richard,
  2. The liberal and kind offer of the King.

Vernon

4
  1. ’Twere best he did.

Earl of Worcester

5 - 27
  1.                     Then are we all undone;
  2. It is not possible, it cannot be,
  3. The King should keep his word in loving us.
  4. He will suspect us still, and find a time
  5. To punish this offense in other faults.
  6. Supposition all our lives shall be stuck full of eyes,
  7. For treason is but trusted like the fox,
  8. Who never so tame, so cherish’d and lock’d up,
  9. Will have a wild trick of his ancestors.
  10. Look how we can, or sad or merrily,
  11. Interpretation will misquote our looks,
  12. And we shall feed like oxen at a stall,
  13. The better cherish’d, still the nearer death.
  14. My nephew’s trespass may be well forgot,
  15. It hath the excuse of youth and heat of blood,
  16. And an adopted name of privilege,
  17. A hare-brain’d Hotspur, govern’d by a spleen.
  18. All his offenses live upon my head
  19. And on his father’s. We did train him on,
  20. And his corruption being ta’en from us,
  21. We as the spring of all shall pay for all.
  22. Therefore, good cousin, let not Harry know,
  23. In any case, the offer of the King.

Vernon

28 - 29
  1. Deliver what you will, I’ll say ’tis so.
  2. Here comes your cousin.
  1. Enter Percy Hotspur and Douglas.

Hotspur

31 - 33
  1.                         My uncle is return’d,
  2. Deliver up my Lord of Westmorland.
  3. Uncle, what news?

Earl of Worcester

34
  1. The King will bid you battle presently.

Earl of Douglas

35
  1. Defy him by the Lord of Westmorland.

Hotspur

36
  1. Lord Douglas, go you and tell him so.

Earl of Douglas

37
  1. Marry, and shall, and very willingly.
  1. Exit Douglas.

Earl of Worcester

39
  1. There is no seeming mercy in the King.

Hotspur

40
  1. Did you beg any? God forbid!

Earl of Worcester

41 - 45
  1. I told him gently of our grievances,
  2. Of his oath-breaking, which he mended thus,
  3. By now forswearing that he is forsworn.
  4. He calls us rebels, traitors, and will scourge
  5. With haughty arms this hateful name in us.
  1. Enter Douglas.

Earl of Douglas

47 - 50
  1. Arm, gentlemen, to arms! For I have thrown
  2. A brave defiance in King Henry’s teeth,
  3. And Westmorland, that was engag’d, did bear it,
  4. Which cannot choose but bring him quickly on.

Earl of Worcester

51 - 52
  1. The Prince of Wales stepp’d forth before the King,
  2. And, nephew, challeng’d you to single fight.

Hotspur

53 - 56
  1. O would the quarrel lay upon our heads,
  2. And that no man might draw short breath today
  3. But I and Harry Monmouth! Tell me, tell me,
  4. How show’d his tasking? Seem’d it in contempt?

Vernon

57 - 74
  1. No, by my soul, I never in my life
  2. Did hear a challenge urg’d more modestly,
  3. Unless a brother should a brother dare
  4. To gentle exercise and proof of arms.
  5. He gave you all the duties of a man,
  6. Trimm’d up your praises with a princely tongue,
  7. Spoke your deservings like a chronicle,
  8. Making you ever better than his praise
  9. By still dispraising praise valued with you,
  10. And which became him like a prince indeed,
  11. He made a blushing cital of himself,
  12. And chid his truant youth with such a grace
  13. As if he mast’red there a double spirit
  14. Of teaching and of learning instantly.
  15. There did he pause, but let me tell the world,
  16. If he outlive the envy of this day,
  17. England did never owe so sweet a hope,
  18. So much misconstrued in his wantonness.

Hotspur

75 - 84
  1. Cousin, I think thou art enamored
  2. On his follies. Never did I hear
  3. Of any prince so wild a liberty.
  4. But be he as he will, yet once ere night
  5. I will embrace him with a soldier’s arm
  6. That he shall shrink under my courtesy.
  7. Arm, arm with speed! And, fellows, soldiers, friends,
  8. Better consider what you have to do
  9. Than I, that have not well the gift of tongue,
  10. Can lift your blood up with persuasion.
  1. Enter Second Messenger.

Second Messenger

86
  1. My lord, here are letters for you.

Hotspur

87 - 95
  1. I cannot read them now.
  2. O gentlemen, the time of life is short!
  3. To spend that shortness basely were too long
  4. If life did ride upon a dial’s point,
  5. Still ending at the arrival of an hour.
  6. And if we live, we live to tread on kings,
  7. If die, brave death, when princes die with us!
  8. Now for our consciences, the arms are fair
  9. When the intent of bearing them is just.
  1. Enter Third Messenger.

Third Messenger

97
  1. My lord, prepare, the King comes on apace.

Hotspur

98 - 108
  1. I thank him that he cuts me from my tale,
  2. For I profess not talking; only this
  3. Let each man do his best, and here draw I
  4. A sword, whose temper I intend to stain
  5. With the best blood that I can meet withal
  6. In the adventure of this perilous day.
  7. Now Esperance! Percy! And set on.
  8. Sound all the lofty instruments of war,
  9. And by that music let us all embrace,
  10. For, heaven to earth, some of us never shall
  11. A second time do such a courtesy.
  1. Here they embrace and exeunt.
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