Henry IV, Part 1* by William Shakespeare § 4.3

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ACT IV
SCENE III. The rebel camp near Shrewsbury.
[Enter HOTSPUR, WORCESTER, DOUGLAS, and VERNON]
3080 HOTSPUR.
We'll fight with him to-night.
EARL OF WORCESTER.
It may not be.
EARL OF DOUGLAS.
3085 You give him then the advantage.
VERNON.
Not a whit.
HOTSPUR.
Why say you so? looks he not for supply?
3090 VERNON.
So do we.
HOTSPUR.
His is certain, ours is doubtful.
EARL OF WORCESTER.
3095 Good cousin, be advised; stir not tonight.
VERNON.
Do not, my lord.
EARL OF DOUGLAS.
You do not counsel well:
3100 You speak it out of fear and cold heart.
VERNON.
Do me no slander, Douglas: by my life,
And I dare well maintain it with my life,
If well-respected honour bid me on,
3105 I hold as little counsel with weak fear
As you, my lord, or any Scot that this day lives:
Let it be seen to-morrow in the battle
Which of us fears.
EARL OF DOUGLAS.
3110 Yea, or to-night.
VERNON.
Content.
HOTSPUR.
To-night, say I.
3115 VERNON.
Come, come it nay not be. I wonder much,
Being men of such great leading as you are,
That you foresee not what impediments
Drag back our expedition: certain horse
3120 Of my cousin Vernon's are not yet come up:
Your uncle Worcester's horse came but today;
And now their pride and mettle is asleep,
Their courage with hard labour tame and dull,
That not a horse is half the half of himself.
3125 HOTSPUR.
So are the horses of the enemy
In general, journey-bated and brought low:
The better part of ours are full of rest.
EARL OF WORCESTER.
3130 The number of the king exceedeth ours:
For God's sake. cousin, stay till all come in.
[The trumpet sounds a parley]
[Enter SIR WALTER BLUNT]
SIR WALTER BLUNT.
3135 I come with gracious offers from the king,
if you vouchsafe me hearing and respect.
HOTSPUR.
Welcome, Sir Walter Blunt; and would to God
You were of our determination!
3140 Some of us love you well; and even those some
Envy your great deservings and good name,
Because you are not of our quality,
But stand against us like an enemy.
SIR WALTER BLUNT.
3145 And God defend but still I should stand so,
So long as out of limit and true rule
You stand against anointed majesty.
But to my charge. The king hath sent to know
The nature of your griefs, and whereupon
3150 You conjure from the breast of civil peace
Such bold hostility, teaching his duteous land
Audacious cruelty. If that the king
Have any way your good deserts forgot,
Which he confesseth to be manifold,
3155 He bids you name your griefs; and with all speed
You shall have your desires with interest
And pardon absolute for yourself and these
Herein misled by your suggestion.
HOTSPUR.
3160 The king is kind; and well we know the king
Knows at what time to promise, when to pay.
My father and my uncle and myself
Did give him that same royalty he wears;
And when he was not six and twenty strong,
3165 Sick in the world's regard, wretched and low,
A poor unminded outlaw sneaking home,
My father gave him welcome to the shore;
And when he heard him swear and vow to God
He came but to be Duke of Lancaster,
3170 To sue his livery and beg his peace,
With tears of innocency and terms of zeal,
My father, in kind heart and pity moved,
Swore him assistance and perform'd it too.
Now when the lords and barons of the realm
3175 Perceived Northumberland did lean to him,
The more and less came in with cap and knee;
Met him in boroughs, cities, villages,
Attended him on bridges, stood in lanes,
Laid gifts before him, proffer'd him their oaths,
3180 Gave him their heirs, as pages follow'd him
Even at the heels in golden multitudes.
He presently, as greatness knows itself,
Steps me a little higher than his vow
Made to my father, while his blood was poor,
3185 Upon the naked shore at Ravenspurgh;
And now, forsooth, takes on him to reform
Some certain edicts and some strait decrees
That lie too heavy on the commonwealth,
Cries out upon abuses, seems to weep
3190 Over his country's wrongs; and by this face,
This seeming brow of justice, did he win
The hearts of all that he did angle for;
Proceeded further; cut me off the heads
Of all the favourites that the absent king
3195 In deputation left behind him here,
When he was personal in the Irish war.
SIR WALTER BLUNT.
Tut, I came not to hear this.
HOTSPUR.
3200 Then to the point.
In short time after, he deposed the king;
Soon after that, deprived him of his life;
And in the neck of that, task'd the whole state:
To make that worse, suffer'd his kinsman March,
3205 Who is, if every owner were well placed,
Indeed his king, to be engaged in Wales,
There without ransom to lie forfeited;
Disgraced me in my happy victories,
Sought to entrap me by intelligence;
3210 Rated mine uncle from the council-board;
In rage dismiss'd my father from the court;
Broke oath on oath, committed wrong on wrong,
And in conclusion drove us to seek out
This head of safety; and withal to pry
3215 Into his title, the which we find
Too indirect for long continuance.
SIR WALTER BLUNT.
Shall I return this answer to the king?
HOTSPUR.
3220 Not so, Sir Walter: we'll withdraw awhile.
Go to the king; and let there be impawn'd
Some surety for a safe return again,
And in the morning early shall my uncle
Bring him our purposes: and so farewell.
3225 SIR WALTER BLUNT.
I would you would accept of grace and love.
HOTSPUR.
And may be so we shall.
SIR WALTER BLUNT.
3230 Pray God you do.
[Exeunt]

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