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Henry IV part two

Act IV, Scene 4

Westminster. The Jerusalem Chamber.
 
[Enter KING HENRY IV, the Princes Thomas of CLARENCE and Humphrey of GLOUCESTER, WARWICK, and others]
 
KING HENRY IV
            ,         ,           ,         ,       ,
      Now lords,| if God | doth give | success|ful end
           ,        ,           ,        ,         ,
      To this | debate,| that blee|deth at | our doors,
           ,          ,           ,        ,        ,
      We will | our youth | lead^on | to high|er fields,
            ,          ,           ,          ,      ,
      And draw | no swords,| but what | are sanc|tified.
           ,  ,   2      ,             x        ,
      Our na|vy is ad|dressed, our | power col|lected,
           ,       ,         ,   ,        2    ,
      Our sub|stitutes,| in ab|sence, well in|vested,
           ,       ,           ,      ,         ,
      And ev|ery thing | lies^le|vel to | our wish;
       ,          ,       ,       ,    2       ,
      Only | we want | a lit|tle per|sonal strength:
            ,           ,           ,        ,       ,
      And pause | us, till | these re|bels, now | afoot,
            ,      ,           ,        ,       ,
      Come^un|derneath | the yoke | of go|vernment.
 
WARWICK
        ,               ,      ,               ,    ,
      Both which | we doubt | not, but | your ma|jesty
              ,       ,
      Shall soon | enjoy.
 
KING HENRY IV
                           ,            ,          ,         ->          ,
                         Humphrey,| my son | of Glouce||ster,
        ,       2       ,           ,        o
      Where | is the prince,| your bro|ther?
 
GLOUCESTER
      <-    ,             ,         ,         ,         ,      o
        I think || he's gone | to hunt |(my lord)| at Wind|sor.
 
KING HENRY IV
           ,       ,      ,
      And how | accom|panied?
 
GLOUCESTER
                                ,         ,          ,   ->
                             I do | not know ||(my lord).
 
KING HENRY IV
          ,         ,         ,     2    ,            ,         o ->
      Is not | his bro|ther, Tho|mas of Cla||rence, with | him?
 
GLOUCESTER
       ,               ,     ,           ,          ,  ->
      No (my | good* lord)| he is || in pre|sence here.
 
CLARENCE
        ,       2       ,         ,
      What would my | lord and | father?
 
KING HENRY IV
       ,              ,         ,     ,    2      ,
      Nothing | but well | to thee,| Thomas of | Clarence.
             ,           ,     ,      2         ,          ,
      How chance | thou art | not with the | prince thy | brother?
           ,       ,           ,      2     ,          ,
      He loves | thee, and | thou dost ne|glect him |(Thomas).
             ,       ,        ,      ,    2    ,
      Thou hast | a bet|ter place | in his af|fection,
            ,         ,          ,        ,       ,
      Than all | thy bro|thers: che|rish it |(my boy)
           ,      ,    ,           ,         ,
      And no|ble of|fices | thou mayst | effect
          ,   ,        ,     ,        ,
      Of me|dia|tion (af|ter I | am dead)
          ,           ,         ,        ,       ,        ->
      Between | his great|ness and | thy o|ther bre||thren.
        ,       2  ,         ,      ,              ,
      There|fore omit | him not:| blunt not^|his love,
            ,          ,       ,        ,         ,
      Nor lose | the good | advan|tage of | his grace,
          ,         ,         ,        ,         ,
      By see|ming cold,| or care|less of | his will,
           ,       ,          ,       ,        ,
      For he | is gra|cious, if | he be | observed:
           ,        ,         ,      ,        ,
      He hath | a tear | for pi|ty, and | a hand
      ,          ,         ,        ,     ,
      Open |(as day)| for mel|ting cha|rity:
           ,        ,         ,    2     ,            ,
      Yet not|withstan|ding, be|ing incensed,| he's flint,
          ,     ,        ,        ,          x
      As hu|morous | as win|ter, and | as sudden,
           ,         ,       ,          ,         ,
      As flaws | congea|led in | the spring | of day.
           ,        ,          ,         ,         ,
      His tem|per there|fore must | be well | observed:
        ,                ,          ,       ,   2    ,
      Chide him | for faults,| and do | it re|verently,
             ,         ,           ,          ,          ,
      When thou | perceive | his blood | inclined | to mirth:
           ,      ,        ,          ,          ,
      But be|ing moo|dy, give | him line,| and scope,
        ,              ,           ,        ,           ,
      Till that | his pas|sions (like | a whale | on ground)
           ,            ,           ,          ,           ,      ->
      Confound | themselves | with wor|king. Learn | this Tho||mas,
       ,        2        ,         ,       ,          ,
      And | thou shalt prove | a shel|ter to | thy friends,
          ,         ,         ,         ,         ,
      A hoop | of gold,| to bind | thy bro|thers in:
        ,          ,      ,       ,           ,
      That the | uni|ted ves|sel of | their blood
        ,              ,      ,       ,
      (Mingled | with ve|nom of | sugges|tion,
      <- ,      T    T   T          ,           ,        ,
        As || force perforce,| the age | will pour | it in)
             ,       ,       ,             ,          ,
      Shall ne|ver leak,| though it | do work | as strong
         ,    ,             ,   ,   ,
      As a|coni|tum, or / rash gun|powder.
 
CLARENCE
      ,             ,                 ,    ,          ,
      I shall | observe | him with / all care,| and love.
 
KING HENRY IV
       ,     2        ,         ,         ,         ,
      Why art thou | not at | Windsor | with him |(Thomas)?
 
CLARENCE
       ,   2        ,       ,          ,         ,
      He is not | there to|day: he | dines in | London.
 
KING HENRY IV
           ,       ,      ,      ,            ,
      And how | accom|panied?| Canst thou | tell that?
 
CLARENCE
             ,         ,     3   3    ,   2   ,      ,
      With Poins,| and o|ther his contin|ual fol|lowers.
 
KING HENRY IV
        ,   ,                 ,         ,         ,
      Most sub/ject is | the fat|test soil | to weeds:
           ,        ,     ,       ,        ,
      And he |(the no|ble i|mage of | my youth)
         ,       ,            ,           ,         ,
      Is o|verspread | with them:| therefore | my grief
        ,             ,        ,          ,         ,
      Stretches | itself | beyond | the hour | of death.
            ,       ,               ,          ,        ,
      The blood | weeps from | my heart | when I | do shape
            ,       ,     x       2   ,        ,
      (In forms | ima|ginary)| the ungui|ded days,
           ,        ,           ,            ,      ,
      And rot|ten times | that you | shall look | upon,
        ,   2       ,          ,        T T  T
      When I am | sleeping | with my | ancestors.
            ,          ,     ,    ,                ,
      For when | his head|strong ri/ot hath | no curb,
             ,         ,      ,               ,       ,
      When rage | and hot | blood are | his coun|sellors,
             ,          ,       ,         ,       ,      ->
      When means | and la|vish man|ners meet | toge||ther;
       ,       2       ,            ,       ,         ,
      Oh,| with what wings | shall his | affec|tions fly
                ,        ,       ,        ,        ,
      Towards^fron|ting per|il, and | opposed | decay?
 
WARWICK
          ,          ,          ,        ,          ,
      My gra|cious lord,| you look | beyond | him quite:
             ,          ,        ,        ,
      The prince | but stu|dies his | compan|ions
      <-  ,          ,         ,           ,         ,          ,
        Like || a strange | tongue: where|in, to | gain the | language,
             ,         ,          ,       ,        ,
      'Tis need|ful, that | the most | immo|dest word
            ,       ,           ,              ,         ,
      Be looked | upon,| and learned:| which once | attained;
             ,         ,       ,            ,        ,
      Your high|ness knows,| comes to | no fur|ther use,
       ,    2       ,           ,                 ,     ,
      But to be | known, and | hated:| So like^/gross terms,
             ,       ,             ,        ,         ,
      The prince | will, in | the per|fectness | of time,
        ,             ,    2      ,           ,    ,
      Cast off | his fol|lowers: and | their me|mory
        ,           ,         ,      ,         ,
      Shall as | a pat|tern, or | a mea|sure live,
       ,      2        ,            ,          ,        ,
      By which his | grace must | mete the | lives of | others,
       ,          ,  ,              ,     ,
      Turning | past e/vils to | advan|tages.
 
KING HENRY IV
            ,         ,         ,           ,           ,
      'Tis sel|dom, when | the bee | doth leave | her comb
        2      ,     ,   2       T    T     T    ,
      In the dead | carrion.| Who's here? West|moreland?
 
[Enter WESTMORELAND]
 
WESTMORELAND
         ,            ,   2             ,   ,      ,
      Health to | my so|vereign, and / new hap|piness
       ,           ,         ,    ,   2    ,
      Added | to that,| that I | am to de|liver.
               ,          ,           ,          ,         ,
      Prince^John,| your son,| doth^kiss | your gra|ce's hand:
       ,             ,          ,      ,              ,
      Mowbray,| the Bi|shop, Scroop,| Hastings,| and all,
             ,       ,           ,        ,         ,
      Are brought | to the | correc|tion of | your law,
                  ,   ,       ,         ,           ,
      There is / not now | a re|bel's sword | unsheathed,
            ,            ,         ,       ,      ,
      But peace | puts forth | her o|live ev|erywhere.
           ,       ,          ,        ,           ,
      The man|ner how | this ac|tion hath | been borne,
        ,              ,         ,           ,         ,
      Here (at | more lei|sure) may | your high|ness read,
            ,        ,         ,        ,    ,
      With ev|ery course | in his | parti|cular.
 
KING HENRY IV
          ,    ,          ,           ,        ,
      O West|moreland,| thou art | a sum|mer bird,
            ,      ,          ,         ,        ,
      Which e|ver in | the haunch | of win|ter sings
           ,        ,       ,      ,                   ,
      The lif|ting up | of day.| Look, here's^|more* news.
 
[Enter HARCOURT]
 
HARCOURT
           ,    2       x       ,          ,   ___
      From e|nemies, heaven | keep your | maje|sty:  ??
            ,           ,         ,           ,           ,
      And when | they stand | against | you, may | they fall,
           ,          ,        ,         ,         ,
      As those | that I | am come | to tell | you of.
            ,         ,       ,       2      ,     ,
      The Earl | Northum|berland | and the Lord | Bardolph*,
                 ,     x         ,         ,         ,
      With a / great power | of Eng|lish, and | of Scots,
       ,            ,      2     ,        ,       ,
      Are by | the she|riff of York|shire o|verthrown:
           ,               ,   ,      ,         ,
      The man|ner, and / true or|der of | the fight,
             ,         ,         ,         ,          ,
      This pack|et (please | it you)| contains | at large.
 
KING HENRY IV
            ,       2         ,       T    T    T         ,
      And where|fore should these | good news make | me sick?
            ,        ,       ,           ,            ,
      Will for|tune ne|ver come | with both | hands^full,
            ,      .    T    T     T         ,        ,        ->
      But write | her fair words still | in fou|lest let||ters?
       ,      2      ,        ,               ,   ,
      She | either gives | a sto|mach, and / no food,
         ,              ,          ,          ,        ,
      (Such are | the poor,| in health)| or else | a feast,
            ,       ,         ,          ,       2      ,
      And takes | away | the sto|mach (such | are the rich,
             ,      ,          ,       ,        ,
      That have | abun|dance, and | enjoy | it not).
      ,              ,      ,             ,       ,
      I should | rejoice | now at | this hap|py news,
           ,         ,       ,       2       ,         ,
      And now | my sight | fails, and my | brain is | giddy.
         ,          ,         ,             ,   ,
      O me,| come^near | me, now | I am / much ill.
 
GLOUCESTER
       ,              ,    ,
      Comfort | your ma|jesty.
 
CLARENCE
       ,        ,       ,
      Oh, my | royal | father.  (tri with prev)
 
WESTMORELAND
          ,   2       ,           ,         ,          ,
      My so|vereign lord,| cheer^up | yourself,| look up.
 
WARWICK
          ,          ,        ,         ,            ,
      Be pa|tient (prin|ces) you | do know,| these fits
            ,          ,        ,     ,     x
      Are with | his high|ness ve|ry or|dinary.
              ,           ,         ,              ,           ,
      Stand^from | him. Give | him air:| he'll straight | be well.
 
CLARENCE
       T   T   .  T        ,          ,            ,
      No, no, he can|not long | hold out | these pangs,
         2   ,         ,         ,      ,         ,
      The inces|sant care,| and la|bor of | his mind,
              ,            ,            ,          ,        ,
      Hath wrought | the mure,| that should | confine | it in,
           ,           ,      ,      ,                        ,
      So thin | that life | looks through / and will | break^out.
 
GLOUCESTER
           ,        ,     ,          ,    2     ,
      The peo|ple fear | me: for | they do ob|serve
      <-     ,           ,            ,          ,         ,
        Un||fathered | heirs, and | loathly | births of | nature:
           ,          ,            ,         ,         ,
      The sea|sons change | their man|ners, as | the year
            ,             ,         ,           ,           ,
      Had found | some months | asleep,| and leaped | them ore.
 
CLARENCE
           ,               ,      ,         ,        ,
      The ri|ver hath / thrice flowed,| no ebb | between:
         2     ,      T      T    T        ,      ,
      And the old | folk (time's do|ting chro|nicles)
       ,        ,          ,        ,        ,
      Say it | did so,| a lit|tle time | before
          2      ,      T    T   T         ,           ,
      That our great-|grandsire Ed|ward sicked,| and died.
 
WARWICK
             ,        ,   ,      2        ,      ,
      Speak^lo|wer (prin|ces) for the | king re|covers.
 
GLOUCESTER
           ,     ,   2       ,         ,        ,
      This a|poplex|y will (cer|tain) be | his end.
 
KING HENRY IV
          ,          ,        ,         ,         ,
      I pray | you take | me up,| and bear | me hence
       ,          ,        ,         ,       ,
      Into | some o|ther cham|ber: soft|ly pray.

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