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

Henry IV, Pt. 2
Act 2, Scene 3

Warkworth. Before Northumberland’s castle.

  1. Enter Northumberland (Henry Percy), his wife, Lady
  2. Northumberland, and Lady Percy, the wife to Harry Percy.

Earl of Northumberland

3 - 6
  1. I pray thee, loving wife, and gentle daughter,
  2. Give even way unto my rough affairs;
  3. Put not you on the visage of the times,
  4. And be like them to Percy troublesome.

Lady Northumberland

7 - 8
  1. I have given over, I will speak no more;
  2. Do what you will, your wisdom be your guide.

Earl of Northumberland

9 - 10
  1. Alas, sweet wife, my honor is at pawn,
  2. And but my going, nothing can redeem it.

Lady Percy

11 - 47
  1. O yet for God’s sake, go not to these wars!
  2. The time was, father, that you broke your word
  3. When you were more endear’d to it than now,
  4. When your own Percy, when my heart’s dear Harry,
  5. Threw many a northward look to see his father
  6. Bring up his powers; but he did long in vain.
  7. Who then persuaded you to stay at home?
  8. There were two honors lost, yours and your son’s:
  9. For yours, the God of heaven brighten it!
  10. For his, it stuck upon him as the sun
  11. In the grey vault of heaven, and by his light
  12. Did all the chivalry of England move
  13. To do brave acts. He was indeed the glass
  14. Wherein the noble youth did dress themselves:
  15. He had no legs that practic’d not his gait;
  16. And speaking thick (which nature made his blemish)
  17. Became the accents of the valiant;
  18. For those that could speak low and tardily
  19. Would turn their own perfection to abuse
  20. To seem like him; so that in speech, in gait,
  21. In diet, in affections of delight,
  22. In military rules, humors of blood,
  23. He was the mark and glass, copy and book,
  24. That fashion’d others. And him, O wondrous him!
  25. O miracle of men! Him did you leave,
  26. Second to none, unseconded by you,
  27. To look upon the hideous god of war
  28. In disadvantage, to abide a field
  29. Where nothing but the sound of Hotspur’s name
  30. Did seem defensible: so you left him.
  31. Never, O never, do his ghost the wrong
  32. To hold your honor more precise and nice
  33. With others than with him! Let them alone.
  34. The Marshal and the Archbishop are strong.
  35. Had my sweet Harry had but half their numbers,
  36. Today might I, hanging on Hotspur’s neck,
  37. Have talk’d of Monmouth’s grave.

Earl of Northumberland

48 - 53
  1.                                  Beshrew your heart,
  2. Fair daughter, you do draw my spirits from me
  3. With new lamenting ancient oversights,
  4. But I must go and meet with danger there,
  5. Or it will seek me in another place,
  6. And find me worse provided.

Lady Northumberland

54 - 56
  1.                             O, fly to Scotland,
  2. Till that the nobles and the armed commons
  3. Have of their puissance made a little taste.

Lady Percy

57 - 65
  1. If they get ground and vantage of the King,
  2. Then join you with them, like a rib of steel,
  3. To make strength stronger; but, for all our loves,
  4. First let them try themselves. So did your son,
  5. He was so suff’red; so came I a widow,
  6. And never shall have length of life enough
  7. To rain upon remembrance with mine eyes,
  8. That it may grow and sprout as high as heaven,
  9. For recordation to my noble husband.

Earl of Northumberland

66 - 72
  1. Come, come, go in with me. ’Tis with my mind
  2. As with the tide swell’d up unto his height,
  3. That makes a still-stand, running neither way.
  4. Fain would I go to meet the Archbishop,
  5. But many thousand reasons hold me back.
  6. I will resolve for Scotland; there am I,
  7. Till time and vantage crave my company.
  1. Exeunt.
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