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

Henry IV, Pt. 2
Act 5, Scene 2

Westminster. A palace room.

  1. Enter Warwick, Lord Chief Justice, meeting.

Earl of Warwick

2
  1. How now, my Lord Chief Justice, whither away?

Lord Chief Justice

3
  1. How doth the King?

Earl of Warwick

4
  1. Exceeding well, his cares are now all ended.

Lord Chief Justice

5
  1. I hope, not dead.

Earl of Warwick

6 - 7
  1.                   He’s walk’d the way of nature,
  2. And to our purposes he lives no more.

Lord Chief Justice

8 - 10
  1. I would his Majesty had call’d me with him;
  2. The service that I truly did his life
  3. Hath left me open to all injuries.

Earl of Warwick

11
  1. Indeed I think the young King loves you not.

Lord Chief Justice

12 - 15
  1. I know he doth not, and do arm myself
  2. To welcome the condition of the time,
  3. Which cannot look more hideously upon me
  4. Than I have drawn it in my fantasy.
  1. Enter Prince John of Lancaster, Thomas of Clarence, and
  2. Humphrey of Gloucester, Westmorland, and others.

Earl of Warwick

18 - 22
  1. Here come the heavy issue of dead Harry.
  2. O that the living Harry had the temper
  3. Of he, the worst of these three gentlemen!
  4. How many nobles then should hold their places,
  5. That must strike sail to spirits of vile sort!

Lord Chief Justice

23
  1. O God, I fear all will be overturn’d!

Prince John of Lancaster

24
  1. Good morrow, cousin Warwick, good morrow.

Both Gloucester and Clarence

25
  1. Good morrow, cousin.

Prince John of Lancaster

26
  1. We meet like men that had forgot to speak.

Earl of Warwick

27 - 28
  1. We do remember, but our argument
  2. Is all too heavy to admit much talk.

Prince John of Lancaster

29
  1. Well, peace be with him that hath made us heavy!

Lord Chief Justice

30
  1. Peace be with us, lest we be heavier!

Duke of Gloucester

31 - 33
  1. O, good my lord, you have lost a friend indeed,
  2. And I dare swear you borrow not that face
  3. Of seeming sorrow, it is sure your own.

Prince John of Lancaster

34 - 36
  1. Though no man be assur’d what grace to find,
  2. You stand in coldest expectation.
  3. I am the sorrier, would ’twere otherwise!

Duke of Clarence

37 - 38
  1. Well, you must now speak Sir John Falstaff fair,
  2. Which swims against your stream of quality.

Lord Chief Justice

39 - 45
  1. Sweet Princes, what I did, I did in honor,
  2. Led by th’ impartial conduct of my soul;
  3. And never shall you see that I will beg
  4. A ragged and forestall’d remission.
  5. If truth and upright innocency fail me,
  6. I’ll to the King my master that is dead,
  7. And tell him who hath sent me after him.

Earl of Warwick

46
  1. Here comes the Prince.
  1. Enter the Prince (as King Henry) and Blunt.

Lord Chief Justice

48
  1. Good morrow, and God save your Majesty!

Prince Henry

49 - 66
  1. This new and gorgeous garment, majesty,
  2. Sits not so easy on me as you think.
  3. Brothers, you mix your sadness with some fear:
  4. This is the English, not the Turkish court,
  5. Not Amurath an Amurath succeeds,
  6. But Harry Harry. Yet be sad, good brothers,
  7. For by my faith it very well becomes you.
  8. Sorrow so royally in you appears
  9. That I will deeply put the fashion on
  10. And wear it in my heart. Why then be sad,
  11. But entertain no more of it, good brothers,
  12. Than a joint burden laid upon us all.
  13. For me, by heaven (I bid you be assur’d),
  14. I’ll be your father and your brother too.
  15. Let me but bear your love, I’ll bear your cares.
  16. Yet weep that Harry’s dead, and so will I,
  17. But Harry lives, that shall convert those tears
  18. By number into hours of happiness.

Princes

67
  1. We hope no otherwise from your Majesty.

Prince Henry

68 - 69
  1. You all look strangely on me, and you most.
  2. You are, I think, assur’d I love you not.

Lord Chief Justice

70 - 71
  1. I am assur’d, if I be measur’d rightly,
  2. Your Majesty hath no just cause to hate me.

Prince Henry

72 - 77
  1. No?
  2. How might a prince of my great hopes forget
  3. So great indignities you laid upon me?
  4. What, rate, rebuke, and roughly send to prison
  5. Th’ immediate heir of England! Was this easy?
  6. May this be wash’d in Lethe and forgotten?

Lord Chief Justice

78 - 106
  1. I then did use the person of your father,
  2. The image of his power lay then in me,
  3. And in th’ administration of his law,
  4. Whiles I was busy for the commonwealth,
  5. Your Highness pleased to forget my place,
  6. The majesty and power of law and justice,
  7. The image of the King whom I presented,
  8. And struck me in my very seat of judgment;
  9. Whereon (as an offender to your father)
  10. I gave bold way to my authority,
  11. And did commit you. If the deed were ill,
  12. Be you contented, wearing now the garland,
  13. To have a son set your decrees at nought?
  14. To pluck down justice from your awful bench?
  15. To trip the course of law and blunt the sword
  16. That guards the peace and safety of your person?
  17. Nay more, to spurn at your most royal image,
  18. And mock your workings in a second body?
  19. Question your royal thoughts, make the case yours:
  20. Be now the father and propose a son,
  21. Hear your own dignity so much profan’d,
  22. See your most dreadful laws so loosely slighted,
  23. Behold yourself so by a son disdained;
  24. And then imagine me taking your part,
  25. And in your power soft silencing your son.
  26. After this cold considerance, sentence me,
  27. And as you are a king, speak in your state
  28. What I have done that misbecame my place,
  29. My person, or my liege’s sovereignty.

Prince Henry

107 - 150
  1. You are right justice, and you weigh this well,
  2. Therefore still bear the balance and the sword,
  3. And I do wish your honors may increase,
  4. Till you do live to see a son of mine
  5. Offend you and obey you, as I did.
  6. So shall I live to speak my father’s words:
  7. Happy am I, that have a man so bold,
  8. That dares do justice on my proper son;
  9. And not less happy, having such a son
  10. That would deliver up his greatness so
  11. Into the hands of justice.” You did commit me;
  12. For which I do commit into your hand
  13. Th’ unstained sword that you have us’d to bear,
  14. With this remembrance, that you use the same
  15. With the like bold, just, and impartial spirit
  16. As you have done ’gainst me. There is my hand.
  17. You shall be as a father to my youth,
  18. My voice shall sound as you do prompt mine ear,
  19. And I will stoop and humble my intents
  20. To your well-practic’d wise directions.
  21. And, princes all, believe me, I beseech you,
  22. My father is gone wild into his grave;
  23. For in his tomb lie my affections,
  24. And with his spirits sadly I survive,
  25. To mock the expectation of the world,
  26. To frustrate prophecies, and to rase out
  27. Rotten opinion, who hath writ me down
  28. After my seeming. The tide of blood in me
  29. Hath proudly flow’d in vanity till now;
  30. Now doth it turn and ebb back to the sea,
  31. Where it shall mingle with the state of floods,
  32. And flow henceforth in formal majesty.
  33. Now call we our high court of parliament,
  34. And let us choose such limbs of noble counsel
  35. That the great body of our state may go
  36. In equal rank with the best govern’d nation,
  37. That war, or peace, or both at once, may be
  38. As things acquainted and familiar to us,
  39. In which you, father, shall have foremost hand.
  40. Our coronation done, we will accite
  41. (As I before rememb’red) all our state,
  42. And (God consigning to my good intents)
  43. No prince nor peer shall have just cause to say,
  44. God shorten Harry’s happy life one day!
  1. Exeunt.
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