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Henry IV, Pt. 2: Act 3, Scene 1

Henry IV, Pt. 2
Act 3, Scene 1

Scene 1

Westminster. A palace room.

  1. Enter the King in his night-gown, alone, followed by a Page.

King Henry the Fourth

2 - 33
  1. Go call the Earls of Surrey and of Warwick;
  2. But, ere they come, bid them o’er-read these letters
  3. And well consider of them. Make good speed.
  4. Exit Page.
  5. How many thousand of my poorest subjects
  6. Are at this hour asleep! O sleep! O gentle sleep!
  7. Nature’s soft nurse, how have I frighted thee,
  8. That thou no more wilt weigh my eyelids down,
  9. And steep my senses in forgetfulness?
  10. Why rather, sleep, liest thou in smoky cribs,
  11. Upon uneasy pallets stretching thee,
  12. And hush’d with buzzing night-flies to thy slumber,
  13. Than in the perfum’d chambers of the great,
  14. Under the canopies of costly state,
  15. And lull’d with sound of sweetest melody?
  16. O thou dull god, why li’st thou with the vile
  17. In loathsome beds, and leavest the kingly couch
  18. A watch-case or a common ’larum-bell?
  19. Wilt thou upon the high and giddy mast
  20. Seal up the ship-boy’s eyes, and rock his brains
  21. In cradle of the rude imperious surge,
  22. And in the visitation of the winds,
  23. Who take the ruffian billows by the top,
  24. Curling their monstrous heads and hanging them
  25. With deafing clamor in the slippery clouds,
  26. That with the hurly death itself awakes?
  27. Canst thou, O partial sleep, give then repose
  28. To the wet sea-boy in an hour so rude,
  29. And in the calmest and most stillest night,
  30. With all appliances and means to boot,
  31. Deny it to a king? Then (happy) low, lie down!
  32. Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.
  1. Enter Warwick, Surrey, and Sir John Blunt.

Earl of Warwick

35
  1. Many good morrows to your Majesty!

King Henry the Fourth

36
  1. Is it good morrow, lords?

Earl of Warwick

37
  1. ’Tis one a’ clock, and past.

King Henry the Fourth

38 - 39
  1. Why then good morrow to you all, my lords.
  2. Have you read o’er the letters that I sent you?

Earl of Warwick

40
  1. We have, my liege.

King Henry the Fourth

41 - 43
  1. Then you perceive the body of our kingdom
  2. How foul it is, what rank diseases grow,
  3. And with what danger, near the heart of it.

Earl of Warwick

44 - 47
  1. It is but as a body yet distempered,
  2. Which to his former strength may be restored
  3. With good advice and little medicine.
  4. My Lord Northumberland will soon be cool’d.

King Henry the Fourth

48 - 83
  1. O God, that one might read the book of fate,
  2. And see the revolution of the times
  3. Make mountains level, and the continent,
  4. Weary of solid firmness, melt itself
  5. Into the sea, and other times to see
  6. The beachy girdle of the ocean
  7. Too wide for Neptune’s hips; how chance’s mocks
  8. And changes fill the cup of alteration
  9. With divers liquors! O, if this were seen,
  10. The happiest youth, viewing his progress through,
  11. What perils past, what crosses to ensue,
  12. Would shut the book, and sit him down and die.
  13. ’Tis not ten years gone
  14. Since Richard and Northumberland, great friends,
  15. Did feast together, and in two year after
  16. Were they at wars. It is but eight years since
  17. This Percy was the man nearest my soul,
  18. Who like a brother toil’d in my affairs,
  19. And laid his love and life under my foot,
  20. Yea, for my sake, even to the eyes of Richard
  21. Gave him defiance. But which of you was by
  22. To Warwick.
  23. You, cousin Nevil, as I may remember
  24. When Richard, with his eye brimful of tears,
  25. Then check’d and rated by Northumberland,
  26. Did speak these words, now prov’d a prophecy?
  27. Northumberland, thou ladder by the which
  28. My cousin Bullingbrook ascends my throne
  29. (Though then, God knows, I had no such intent,
  30. But that necessity so bow’d the state
  31. That I and greatness were compell’d to kiss),
  32. The time shall come,” thus did he follow it,
  33. The time will come, that foul sin, gathering head,
  34. Shall break into corruption”: so went on,
  35. Foretelling this same time’s condition
  36. And the division of our amity.

Earl of Warwick

84 - 96
  1. There is a history in all men’s lives,
  2. Figuring the natures of the times deceas’d,
  3. The which observ’d, a man may prophesy,
  4. With a near aim, of the main chance of things
  5. As yet not come to life, who in their seeds
  6. And weak beginning lie intreasured.
  7. Such things become the hatch and brood of time,
  8. And by the necessary form of this
  9. King Richard might create a perfect guess
  10. That great Northumberland, then false to him,
  11. Would of that seed grow to a greater falseness,
  12. Which should not find a ground to root upon
  13. Unless on you.

King Henry the Fourth

97 - 101
  1.                Are these things then necessities?
  2. Then let us meet them like necessities;
  3. And that same word even now cries out on us.
  4. They say the Bishop and Northumberland
  5. Are fifty thousand strong.

Earl of Warwick

102 - 112
  1.                            It cannot be, my lord.
  2. Rumor doth double, like the voice and echo,
  3. The numbers of the feared. Please it your Grace
  4. To go to bed. Upon my soul, my lord,
  5. The powers that you already have sent forth
  6. Shall bring this prize in very easily.
  7. To comfort you the more, I have received
  8. A certain instance that Glendower is dead.
  9. Your Majesty hath been this fortnight ill,
  10. And these unseasoned hours perforce must add
  11. Unto your sickness.

King Henry the Fourth

113 - 115
  1.                     I will take your counsel,
  2. And were these inward wars once out of hand,
  3. We would, dear lords, unto the Holy Land.
  1. Exeunt.
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