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Henry the Fourth Part 1

by William Shakespeare

Act 1, Scene 3 Easiest-to-Read Edition

 

 

 



Henry the Fourth Part 1 Act 1 Scene 3



Windsor, the council chamber

Enter the KING, NORTHUMBERLAND,  WORCESTER, HOTSPUR, Sir Walter BLUNT, with others

Enter the KING, NORTHUMBERLAND, WORCESTER, HOTSPUR, Sir Walter BLUNT, with others

KING

My blood hath been too cold and temperate,

blood=disposition

Unapt to stir at these indignities,

stir=be aroused

And you have found me, for accordingly

found=recognized

You tread upon my patience. But be sure

I will from henceforth rather be myself,

Mighty and to be feared, [rather] than [in] my condition

Which hath been smooth as oil, soft as young down,

And therefore lost [to] that title of respect

Which the proud soul ne'er pays but to the proud.

 

KING

My blood hath been too cold and temperate,

Unapt to stir at these indignities,

And you have found me, for accordingly

You tread upon my patience. But be sure

I will from henceforth rather be myself,

Mighty and to be feared, than my condition,

Which hath been smooth as oil, soft as young down,

And therefore lost that title of respect

Which the proud soul ne'er pays but to the proud.

 

WORCESTER

Our house, my sovereign liege, little deserves

our house=the house of Percy

The scourge of greatness to be used on it,

scourge=whip

And that same greatness, too, which our own hands

Have holp to make so portly.

portly=grand

 

WORCESTER

Our house, my sovereign liege, little deserves

The scourge of greatness to be used on it,

And that same greatness too which our own hands

Have holp to make so portly.

 

NORTHUMBERLAND

My lord—

 

NORTHUMBERLAND

My lord—

 

KING

Worcester, get thee gone; for I do see

Danger and disobedience in thine eye.

O sir, your presence is too bold and peremptory,

And majesty might never yet endure

The moody frontier of a servant brow.

frontier=forehead

You have good leave to leave us. When we need

good leave=permission

Your use and counsel, we shall send for you.

 

KING

Worcester, get thee gone; for I do see

Danger and disobedience in thine eye.

O sir, your presence is too bold and peremptory,

And majesty might never yet endure

The moody frontier of a servant brow.

You have good leave to leave us. When we need

Your use and counsel, we shall send for you.

 

Exit WORCESTER

Exit WORCESTER

(to NORTHUMBERLAND) You were about to speak.

(to NORTHUMBERLAND) You were about to speak.

NORTHUMBERLAND

Yea, my good lord.

Those prisoners in your Highness' name demanded,

(those prisoners demanded in your Highness’ name)

Which Harry Percy here at Holmedon took,

Were, as he says, not with such strength denied

(not denied to you with anger)

As is delivered to your Majesty:

delivered=reported

Either envy, therefore, or misprision

misprision=misunderstanding

Is guilty of this fault and not my son.

 

NORTHUMBERLAND

Yea, my good lord.

Those prisoners in your Highness' name demanded,

Which Harry Percy here at Holmedon took,

Were, as he says, not with such strength denied

As is delivered to your Majesty:

Either envy, therefore, or misprision

Is guilty of this fault, and not my son.

 

HOTSPUR

My liege, I did deny no prisoners.

But I remember, when the fight was done,

When I was dry with rage and extreme toil,

Breathless and faint, leaning upon my sword,

Came there a certain lord, neat, and trimly dressed,

Fresh as a bridegroom, and his chin new reaped

Showed like a stubble land at harvest home.

harvest home=end of the harvest

He was perfumèd like a milliner,

And ’twixt his finger and his thumb he held

A pouncet box, which ever and anon

pouncet box=box with a perforated lid

ever and anon=regularly

He gave his nose and took ’t away again,

Who therewith angry, when it next came there,

who=which (his nose)

Took it in snuff; and still he smiled and talked.

took it in snuff=inhaled snuff

And as the soldiers bore dead bodies by,

He called them untaught knaves, unmannerly,

To bring a slovenly unhandsome corpse

Betwixt the wind and his nobility.

With many holiday and lady terms

He questioned me; amongst the rest [he] demanded

My prisoners in your Majesty’s behalf.

I then, all smarting with my wounds being cold,

To be so pestered with a popinjay,

popinjay=parrot

Out of my grief and my impatience

Answered neglectingly I know not what—

He should, or he should not; for he made me mad

To see him shine so brisk and smell so sweet

And talk so like a waiting-gentlewoman

Of guns and drums and wounds—God save the mark!—

And telling me the sovereignest thing on earth

sovereignest=best

Was parmacety for an inward bruise,

parmacety=ointment

And that it was great pity, so it was,

[That] this villainous saltpeter should be digged

saltpeter=ingredient of gun powder

Out of the bowels of the harmless earth,

Which many a good tall fellow had destroyed

(which had destroyed many a good tall fellow)

So cowardly, and, but for these vile guns,

He would himself have been a soldier.

This bald unjointed chat of his, my lord,

I answered indirectly, as I said,

And, I beseech you, let not his report

Come current for an accusation

come current=be accepted

(ac-cu-sa-si-own)

Betwixt my love and your high majesty.

 

HOTSPUR

My liege, I did deny no prisoners.

But I remember, when the fight was done,

When I was dry with rage and extreme toil,

Breathless and faint, leaning upon my sword,

Came there a certain lord, neat, and trimly dressed,

Fresh as a bridegroom, and his chin new reaped

Showed like a stubble land at harvest home.

He was perfumèd like a milliner,

And ’twixt his finger and his thumb he held

A pouncet box, which ever and anon

He gave his nose and took ’t away again,

Who therewith angry, when it next came there,

Took it in snuff; and still he smiled and talked.

And as the soldiers bore dead bodies by,

He called them untaught knaves, unmannerly,

To bring a slovenly unhandsome corse

Betwixt the wind and his nobility.

With many holiday and lady terms

He questioned me; amongst the rest demanded

My prisoners in your Majesty’s behalf.

I then, all smarting with my wounds being cold,

To be so pestered with a popinjay,

Out of my grief and my impatience

Answered neglectingly I know not what—

He should, or he should not; for he made me mad

To see him shine so brisk and smell so sweet

And talk so like a waiting-gentlewoman

Of guns, and drums, and wounds—God save the mark!—

And telling me the sovereignest thing on earth

Was parmacety for an inward bruise,

And that it was great pity, so it was,

This villainous saltpeter should be digged

Out of the bowels of the harmless earth,

Which many a good tall fellow had destroyed

So cowardly, and but for these vile guns

He would himself have been a soldier.

This bald unjointed chat of his, my lord,

I answered indirectly, as I said,

And I beseech you, let not his report

Come current for an accusation

Betwixt my love and your high majesty.

 

 

BLUNT

The circumstance considered, good my lord,

Whate'er Lord Harry Percy then had said

then=at that time

To such a person and in such a place,

At such a time, with all the rest retold,

May reasonably die and never rise

To do him wrong or any way impeach

impeach=call into question

What then he said, so [long as] he unsay it now.

 

BLUNT

The circumstance considered, good my lord,

Whate'er Lord Harry Percy then had said

To such a person and in such a place,

At such a time, with all the rest retold,

May reasonably die and never rise

To do him wrong or any way impeach

What then he said, so he unsay it now.

 

KING

Why, yet he doth deny his prisoners,

deny=refuse to hand over

But with proviso and exception

(ex-cep-si-own)

That we at our own charge shall ransom straight

His brother-in-law, the foolish Mortimer,

Who, on my soul, hath willfully betrayed

The lives of those that he did lead to fight

Against that great magician, damned Glendower,

Whose daughter, as we hear, the Earl of March

Earl of March=Mortimer

Hath lately married. Shall our coffers then

Be emptied to redeem a traitor home?

Shall we buy treason and indent with fears

buy=pay for

indent=bargain

with fears=with a coward

When they have lost and forfeited themselves?

No, on the barren mountains let him starve,

For I shall never hold that man my friend

Whose tongue shall ask me for one penny cost

To ransom home revolted Mortimer.

 

KING

Why, yet he doth deny his prisoners,

But with proviso and exception

That we at our own charge shall ransom straight

His brother-in-law, the foolish Mortimer,

Who, on my soul, hath willfully betrayed

The lives of those that he did lead to fight

Against that great magician, damned Glendower,

Whose daughter, as we hear, the Earl of March

Hath lately married. Shall our coffers then

Be emptied to redeem a traitor home?

Shall we buy treason and indent with fears

When they have lost and forfeited themselves?

No, on the barren mountains let him starve,

For I shall never hold that man my friend

Whose tongue shall ask me for one penny cost

To ransom home revolted Mortimer.

 

HOTSPUR

Revolted Mortimer!

He never did fall off, my sovereign liege,

But by the chance of war. To prove that true

Needs no more but one tongue for all those wounds,

Those mouthèd wounds, which valiantly he took

mouthed=gaping

When on the gentle Severn’s sedgy bank

In single opposition hand to hand

He did confound the best part of an hour

In changing hardiment with great Glendower.

hardiment=display of valor

Three times they breathed, and three times did they drink,

Upon agreement, of swift Severn’s flood,

Severn=the river Severn

Who then, affrighted with their bloody looks,

Ran fearfully among the trembling reeds

And hid his crisp head in the hollow bank,

Bloodstainèd with these valiant combatants.

Never did bare and rotten policy

bare and rotten policy=the cunning of the river

Color her working with such deadly wounds,

color her working=disguise her progress

Nor could the noble Mortimer

Receive so many, and all willingly.

Then let not him be slandered with “revolt.”

 

HOTSPUR

Revolted Mortimer!

He never did fall off, my sovereign liege,

But by the chance of war. To prove that true

Needs no more but one tongue for all those wounds,

Those mouthèd wounds, which valiantly he took

When on the gentle Severn’s sedgy bank

In single opposition hand to hand

He did confound the best part of an hour

In changing hardiment with great Glendower.

Three times they breathed, and three times did they drink,

Upon agreement, of swift Severn’s flood,

Who then, affrighted with their bloody looks,

Ran fearfully among the trembling reeds

And hid his crisp head in the hollow bank,

Bloodstainèd with these valiant combatants.

Never did bare and rotten policy

Color her working with such deadly wounds,

Nor could the noble Mortimer

Receive so many, and all willingly.

Then let not him be slandered with revolt.

 

KING

Thou dost belie him, Percy; thou dost belie him.

belie=tell lies about

He never did encounter with Glendower.

I tell thee, he durst as well have met the devil alone

As Owen Glendower for an enemy.

Art thou not ashamed? But, sirrah, henceforth

Let me not hear you speak of Mortimer.

Send me your prisoners with the speediest means

Or you shall hear in such a kind from me

As will displease you.—My lord Northumberland,

We license your departure with your son.—

license=permit

Send us your prisoners, or you will hear of it.

 

KING

Thou dost belie him, Percy; thou dost belie him.

He never did encounter with Glendower.

I tell thee, he durst as well have met the devil alone

As Owen Glendower for an enemy.

Art thou not ashamed? But, sirrah, henceforth

Let me not hear you speak of Mortimer.

Send me your prisoners with the speediest means,

Or you shall hear in such a kind from me

As will displease you.—My lord Northumberland,

We license your departure with your son.—

Send us your prisoners, or you will hear of it.

Exit KING Henry, BLUNT, and train

Exit KING Henry, BLUNT, and train

HOTSPUR

An if the devil come and roar for them,

and if=even if

I will not send them. I will after straight

And tell him so, for I will ease my heart,

Albeit I make a hazard of my head.

 

HOTSPUR

An if the devil come and roar for them,

I will not send them. I will after straight

And tell him so, for I will ease my heart,

Albeit I make a hazard of my head.

 

NORTHUMBERLAND

What, drunk with choler? Stay and pause awhile.

Here comes your uncle.

 

NORTHUMBERLAND

What, drunk with choler? Stay and pause awhile.

Here comes your uncle.

 

Enter WORCESTER

Enter WORCESTER

HOTSPUR

Speak of Mortimer?

Zounds, I will speak of him, and let my soul

Want mercy if I do not join with him.

Yea, on his part I’ll empty all these veins

And shed my dear blood drop by drop in the dust,

But I will lift the downtrod Mortimer

As high in the air as this unthankful King,

As this ingrate and cankered Bolingbroke.

cankered=rotten

 

HOTSPUR

Speak of Mortimer?

Zounds, I will speak of him, and let my soul

Want mercy if I do not join with him.

Yea, on his part I’ll empty all these veins

And shed my dear blood drop by drop in the dust,

But I will lift the downtrod Mortimer

As high in the air as this unthankful King,

As this ingrate and cankered Bolingbroke.

 

NORTHUMBERLAND

(to WORCESTER) Brother, the King hath made your nephew mad (crazy).

 

NORTHUMBERLAND

(to WORCESTER) Brother, the King hath made your nephew mad.

 

WORCESTER

Who struck this heat up after I was gone?

struck this heat up=started this trouble

 

WORCESTER

Who struck this heat up after I was gone?

 

HOTSPUR

He will forsooth have all my prisoners,

(he wants, indeed, to have . . .)

And when I urged the ransom once again

Of my wife’s brother, then his cheek looked pale,

And on my face he turned an eye of death,

Trembling even at the name of Mortimer.

 

HOTSPUR

He will forsooth have all my prisoners,

And when I urged the ransom once again

Of my wife’s brother, then his cheek looked pale,

And on my face he turned an eye of death,

Trembling even at the name of Mortimer.

 

WORCESTER

I cannot blame him. Was not he proclaimed

he=Mortimer

By Richard, that dead is, the next of blood?

(proclaimed the next of blood)

WORCESTER

I cannot blame him. Was not he proclaimed

By Richard, that dead is, the next of blood?

 

NORTHUMBERLAND

He was; I heard the proclamation.

(PRAclaMAseeOWN)

And then it was when the unhappy King—

unhappy=unlucky

Whose wrongs in us God pardon!—did set forth

whose wrongs in us=the wrongs against whom by us

Upon his Irish expedition;

(EXpeDIseeOWN)

From whence he, intercepted, did return

To be deposed and shortly murderèd.

 

NORTHUMBERLAND

He was; I heard the proclamation.

And then it was when the unhappy King—

Whose wrongs in us God pardon!—did set forth

Upon his Irish expedition;

From whence he, intercepted, did return

To be deposed and shortly murderèd.

 

WORCESTER

And for whose death we, in the world’s wide mouth,

Live scandalized and foully spoken of.

in the world’s wide mouth=among talkative people

WORCESTER

And for whose death we in the world’s wide mouth

Live scandalized and foully spoken of.

 

HOTSPUR

But soft, I pray you. Did King Richard then

Proclaim my brother Edmund Mortimer

Heir to the crown?

brother=brother-in-law

HOTSPUR

But soft, I pray you. Did King Richard then

Proclaim my brother Edmund Mortimer

Heir to the crown?

 

NORTHUMBERLAND

He did; myself did hear it.

 

NORTHUMBERLAND

He did; myself did hear it.

 

HOTSPUR

Nay then, I cannot blame his cousin King

That wished him on the barren mountains starve.

(to starve on the barren mountains)

But shall it be that you that set the crown

Upon the head of this forgetful man

forgetful=forgetful of what he owes you

And for his sake wear the detested blot

Of murderous subornation—shall it be

subornation=arranging for someone to do something evil

That you a world of curses undergo,

Being the agents or base second means,

agents=employees

second=secondary

The cords, the ladder, or the hangman rather?

cords=ropes

(not directly responsible)

O, pardon me that I descend so low

To show the line and the predicament

the line=the boundary

Wherein you range under this subtle King.

subtle=clever

Shall it for shame be spoken in these days

Or fill up chronicles in time to come

chronicles=histories

That men of your nobility and power

Did gage them both in an unjust behalf

gage them both=engage your nobility and power

(As both of you, God pardon it, have done)

To put down Richard, that sweet lovely rose,

And plant this thorn, this canker, Bolingbroke?

And shall it in more shame be further spoken

That you are fooled, discarded, and shook off

By him for whom these shames you underwent?

No, yet time serves wherein you may redeem

yet time serves=there is time yet

Your banished honors and restore yourselves

Into the good thoughts of the world again,

Revenge the jeering and disdain’d contempt

Of this proud King, who studies day and night

of this proud king=from this proud king

To answer all the debt he owes to you

answer=pay off

Even with the bloody payment of your deaths.

Therefore I say—

 

HOTSPUR

Nay then, I cannot blame his cousin King

That wished him on the barren mountains starve.

But shall it be that you that set the crown

Upon the head of this forgetful man

And for his sake wear the detested blot

Of murderous subornation—shall it be

That you a world of curses undergo,

Being the agents or base second means,

The cords, the ladder, or the hangman rather?

O, pardon me that I descend so low

To show the line and the predicament

Wherein you range under this subtle King.

Shall it for shame be spoken in these days,

Or fill up chronicles in time to come,

That men of your nobility and power

Did gage them both in an unjust behalf

(As both of you, God pardon it, have done)

To put down Richard, that sweet lovely rose,

An plant this thorn, this canker, Bolingbroke?

And shall it in more shame be further spoken

That you are fooled, discarded, and shook off

By him for whom these shames you underwent?

No, yet time serves wherein you may redeem

Your banished honors and restore yourselves

Into the good thoughts of the world again,

Revenge the jeering and disdain’d contempt

Of this proud King, who studies day and night

To answer all the debt he owes to you

Even with the bloody payment of your deaths.

Therefore I say—

 

WORCESTER

Peace, cousin, say no more.

And now I will unclasp a secret book,

And to your quick-conceiving discontents

quick-conceiving discontents=thought-of vexations

I’ll read you matter deep and dangerous,

As full of peril and adventurous spirit

As [it is] to o'erwalk a current, roaring loud,

current=stream

On the unsteadfast footing of a spear.

(image is of walking on a spear laid across a stream)

 

WORCESTER

Peace, cousin, say no more.

And now I will unclasp a secret book,

And to your quick-conceiving discontents

I’ll read you matter deep and dangerous,

As full of peril and adventurous spirit

As to o'erwalk a current roaring loud

On the unsteadfast footing of a spear.

 

HOTSPUR

If he fall in, good night, or sink or swim!

good  night, or sink or swim=it’s all over, whether he sinks or swims

Send danger from the east unto the west,

from east unto west=from any direction

So honor cross it from the north to south,

so honor cross it=so long as honor meets it

from the north to south=crosswise

And let them grapple: O, the blood more stirs

them=danger and honor

the blood more stirs=it takes more courage

To rouse a lion than to start a hare!

 

HOTSPUR

If he fall in, good night, or sink or swim!

Send danger from the east unto the west,

So honor cross it from the north to south,

And let them grapple: O, the blood more stirs

To rouse a lion than to start a hare!

 

NORTHUMBERLAND

Imagination of some great exploit

Drives him beyond the bounds of patience.

him=Hotspur

 

NORTHUMBERLAND

Imagination of some great exploit

Drives him beyond the bounds of patience.

 

HOTSPUR

By heaven, methinks it were an easy leap

To pluck bright honor from the pale-faced moon

Or dive into the bottom of the deep,

Where fathom line could never touch the ground,

And pluck up drownèd honor by the locks,

locks=hair

So he that doth redeem her thence might wear
thence=from then on

Without corrival all her dignities.

without corrival=without anyone else

But out upon this half-faced fellowship!

out upon=away with

half-faced fellowship=half-and-half sharing

 

HOTSPUR

By heaven, methinks it were an easy leap

To pluck bright honor from the pale-faced moon,

Or dive into the bottom of the deep,

Where fathom line could never touch the ground,

And pluck up drownèd honor by the locks,

So he that doth redeem her thence might wear

Without corrival all her dignities.

But out upon this half-faced fellowship!

 

WORCESTER

(to NORTHUMBERLAND) He apprehends a world of figures here

figures=shapes

But not the form of what he should attend.—

should attend=should pay attention to

(to HOTSPUR) Good cousin, give me audience for a while.

 

WORCESTER

(to NORTHUMBERLAND) He apprehends a world of figures here,

But not the form of what he should attend.—

(to HOTSPUR) Good cousin, give me audience for a while.

 

HOTSPUR

I cry you mercy.

(I beg your pardon)

 

HOTSPUR

I cry you mercy.

 

WORCESTER

Those same noble Scots

That are your prisoners—

 

WORCESTER

Those same noble Scots

That are your prisoners—

 

HOTSPUR

I’ll keep them all.

By God, he shall not have a Scot of them.

No, if a Scot would save his soul, he shall not.

if a Scot would save his soul=even if a Scot might save the king’s soul

I’ll keep them, by this hand!

 

HOTSPUR

I’ll keep them all.

By God, he shall not have a Scot of them.

No, if a Scot would save his soul, he shall not.

I’ll keep them, by this hand!

 

WORCESTER

You start away

And lend no ear unto my purposes:

Those prisoners you shall keep—

 

WORCESTER

You start away

And lend no ear unto my purposes:

Those prisoners you shall keep—

 

HOTSPUR

Nay, I will. That’s flat!

He said he would not ransom Mortimer,

Forbad my tongue to speak of Mortimer.

But I will find him when he lies asleep

And in his ear I’ll hollo “Mortimer.”

hollo=call to hunting dogs

Nay,

I’ll have a starling shall be taught to speak

Nothing but “Mortimer” and give it him

To keep his anger still in motion.

 

HOTSPUR

Nay, I will. That’s flat!

He said he would not ransom Mortimer,

Forbad my tongue to speak of Mortimer.

But I will find him when he lies asleep,

And in his ear I’ll hollo “Mortimer.”

Nay,

I’ll have a starling shall be taught to speak

Nothing but “Mortimer,” and give it him

To keep his anger still in motion.

 

WORCESTER

Hear you, cousin, a word.

 

WORCESTER

Hear you, cousin, a word.

 

HOTSPUR

All studies here I solemnly defy,

studies=interests

defy=renounce

Save how to gall and pinch this Bolingbroke.

And that same sword-and-buckler Prince of Wales—

buckler=small shield

But that I think his father loves him not

And would be glad he met with some mischance—

I would have him poisoned with a pot of ale.

WORCESTER

Farewell, kinsman. I’ll talk to you

When you are better tempered to attend.

 

HOTSPUR

All studies here I solemnly defy,

Save how to gall and pinch this Bolingbroke.

And that same sword-and-buckler Prince of Wales—

But that I think his father loves him not

And would be glad he met with some mischance—

I would have him poisoned with a pot of ale.

 

 

 

 

WORCESTER

Farewell, kinsman. I’ll talk to you

When you are better tempered to attend.

 

NORTHUMBERLAND

(to HOTSPUR) Why, what a wasp-stung and impatient fool

Art thou to break into this woman’s mood,

Tying thine ear to no tongue but thine own!

 

NORTHUMBERLAND

(to HOTSPUR) Why, what a wasp-stung and impatient fool

Art thou to break into this woman’s mood,

Tying thine ear to no tongue but thine own!

 

HOTSPUR

Why, look you, I am whipped and scourged with rods,

Nettled and stung with pismires, when I hear

pismires=ants

Of this vile politician, Bolingbroke.

In Richard’s time—what do you call the place?

A plague upon it! It is in Gloucestershire.

'Twas where the madcap duke his uncle kept,

madcap=reckless

kept=stayed

His uncle York, where I first bowed my knee

Unto this king of smiles, this Bolingbroke.

'Sblood, when you and he came back from Ravenspurgh.

Revenspurgh=a harbor in Yorkshire

 

HOTSPUR

Why, look you, I am whipped and scourged with rods,

Nettled and stung with pismires, when I hear

Of this vile politician, Bolingbroke.

In Richard’s time—what do you call the place?

A plague upon it! It is in Gloucestershire.

'Twas where the madcap duke his uncle kept,

His uncle York; where I first bowed my knee

Unto this king of smiles, this Bolingbroke.

'Sblood, when you and he came back from Ravenspurgh.

 

NORTHUMBERLAND

At Berkley Castle.

(BARK-ley)

 

NORTHUMBERLAND

At Berkley Castle.

 

HOTSPUR

You say true.

Why, what a candy deal of courtesy

candy deal=sugary lot

This fawning greyhound then did proffer me:

“Look when his infant fortune came to age,”

(his early promise matured)

And “gentle Harry Percy,” and “kind cousin.”

O, the devil take such cozeners!—God forgive me!

cozeners=frauds

Good uncle, tell your tale. I have done.

 

HOTSPUR

You say true.

Why, what a candy deal of courtesy

This fawning greyhound then did proffer me:

“Look when his infant fortune came to age,”

And “gentle Harry Percy,” and “kind cousin.”

O, the devil take such cozeners!—God forgive me!

Good uncle, tell your tale. I have done.

 

WORCESTER

Nay, if you have not, to it again.

you have not=you have not done

We will stay your leisure.

stay=await

 

WORCESTER

Nay, if you have not, to it again.

We will stay your leisure.

 

HOTSPUR

I have done, i' faith.

 

HOTSPUR

I have done, i' faith.

 

WORCESTER

Then once more to your Scottish prisoners.

Deliver them up without their ransom straight,

straight=straightaway

And make the Douglas' son your only means

 the Douglas’ son=Mordake, Earl of Fife

For powers in Scotland, which, for divers reasons

for powers=for gathering an army

Which I shall send you written, be assured

Will easily be granted.—(to NORTHUMBERLAND) You, my lord,

Your son in Scotland being thus employed,

Shall secretly into the bosom creep

(become bosom friends)

Of that same noble prelate, well beloved,

The Archbishop.

 

WORCESTER

Then once more to your Scottish prisoners:

Deliver them up without their ransom straight,

And make the Douglas' son your only mean

For powers in Scotland, which, for divers reasons

Which I shall send you written, be assured

Will easily be granted.—(to NORTHUMBERLAND)You, my lord,

Your son in Scotland being thus employed,

Shall secretly into the bosom creep

Of that same noble prelate, well beloved,

The Archbishop.

 

HOTSPUR

Of York, is it not?

 

HOTSPUR

Of York, is it not?

 

WORCESTER

True; [he] who bears hard

His brother’s death at Bristol, the Lord Scroop.

I speak not this in estimation,

in estimation=speculatively

EStiMAseeOWN

As what I think might be, but what I know

Is ruminated, plotted, and set down

set down=set into motion

And only stays but to behold the face

(holds back awaiting the right moment to strike)

Of that occasion that shall bring it on.

HOTSPUR

I smell it. Upon my life, it will do well.

 

WORCESTER

True; who bears hard

His brother’s death at Bristol, the Lord Scroop.

I speak not this in estimation,

As what I think might be, but what I know

Is ruminated, plotted, and set down,

And only stays but to behold the face

Of that occasion that shall bring it on.

 

 

 

 

HOTSPUR

I smell it. Upon my life, it will do well.

 

 

NORTHUMBERLAND

Before the game is afoot thou still let’st slip.

still=always (that is, Hotspur can be counted on to act rashly)

(hounds are slipped when freed from their leashes)

 

NORTHUMBERLAND

Before the game is afoot thou still let’st slip.

 

HOTSPUR

Why, it cannot choose but be a noble plot.

And then the power of Scotland and of York

power=armies

To join with Mortimer, ha?

 

HOTSPUR

Why, it cannot choose but be a noble plot.

And then the power of Scotland and of York

To join with Mortimer, ha?

 

WORCESTER

And so they shall.

 

WORCESTER

And so they shall.

 

HOTSPUR

In faith, it is exceedingly well aimed.

 

HOTSPUR

In faith, it is exceedingly well aimed.

 

WORCESTER

And ’tis no little reason bids us speed

To save our heads by raising of a head,

head=army

For, bear ourselves as even as we can,

The King will always think him in our debt

him=himself

And think we think ourselves unsatisfied

Till he hath found a time to pay us home,

pay us home=pay us back

And see already how he doth begin

To make us strangers to his looks of love.

 

WORCESTER

And ’tis no little reason bids us speed

To save our heads by raising of a head,

For, bear ourselves as even as we can,

The King will always think him in our debt,

And think we think ourselves unsatisfied,

Till he hath found a time to pay us home.

And see already how he doth begin

To make us strangers to his looks of love.

 

HOTSPUR

He does, he does. We’ll be revenged on him.

 

HOTSPUR

He does, he does. We’ll be revenged on him.

 

WORCESTER

Cousin, farewell. No further go in this

Than I by letters shall direct your course.

When time is ripe, which will be suddenly,

I’ll steal to Glendower and Lord Mortimer,

Where you and Douglas and our powers at once,

at once=simultaneously

As I will fashion it, shall happily meet

meet=gather

To bear our fortunes in our own strong arms,

Which now we hold at much uncertainty.

 

WORCESTER

Cousin, farewell. No further go in this

Than I by letters shall direct your course.

When time is ripe, which will be suddenly,

I’ll steal to Glendower and Lord Mortimer,

Where you and Douglas and our powers at once,

As I will fashion it, shall happily meet

To bear our fortunes in our own strong arms,

Which now we hold at much uncertainty.

 

NORTHUMBERLAND

Farewell, good brother. We shall thrive, I trust.

 

NORTHUMBERLAND

Farewell, good brother. We shall thrive, I trust.

 

HOTSPUR

Uncle, adieu: O, let the hours be short

Till fields and blows and groans applaud our sport.

fields=battlefields

 

HOTSPUR

Uncle, adieu: O, let the hours be short

Till fields and blows and groans applaud our sport.

 

Exeunt

Exeunt

 

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