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Henry the Fourth Part 1

by William Shakespeare

Act 3, Scene 1 Easiest-to-Read Edition

 

 

 



Henry the Fourth Part 1 Act 3 Scene 1



Wales. Glendower's castle

Enter HOTSPUR,WORCESTER, Lord MORTIMER, and Owen GLENDOWER

Enter HOTSPUR,WORCESTER, Lord MORTIMER, and Owen GLENDOWER

MORTIMER

These promises are fair, the parties sure,

And our induction full of prosperous hope.

(These commitments are reliable, our allies are solid, and the beginning of our project bodes well)

 

MORTIMER

These promises are fair, the parties sure,

And our induction full of prosperous hope.

 

HOTSPUR

Lord Mortimer and cousin Glendower,

Will you sit down? And Uncle Worcester—

A plague upon it, I have forgot the map.

 

HOTSPUR

Lord Mortimer and cousin Glendower,

Will you sit down? And Uncle Worcester—

A plague upon it, I have forgot the map.

 

GLENDOWER

No, here it is. Sit, cousin Percy.

Sit, good cousin Hotspur, for by that name

As oft as Lancaster doth speak of you

Lancaster=King Henry

His cheek looks pale and with a rising sigh

He wisheth you in heaven.

 

GLENDOWER

No, here it is. Sit, cousin Percy

Sit, good cousin Hotspur, for by that name

As oft as Lancaster doth speak of you

His cheek looks pale and with a rising sigh

He wisheth you in heaven.

 

HOTSPUR

   And you in hell,

As oft as he hears Owen Glendower spoke of.

 

HOTSPUR

   And you in hell,

As oft as he hears Owen Glendower spoke of.

 

GLENDOWER

I cannot blame him. At my nativity

The front of heaven was full of fiery shapes,

Of burning cressets, and at my birth

cressets=metal fire-baskets used as beacons

The frame and huge foundation of the earth

Shaked like a coward.

 

GLENDOWER

I cannot blame him. At my nativity

The front of heaven was full of fiery shapes,

Of burning cressets, and at my birth

The frame and huge foundation of the earth

Shaked like a coward.

 

HOTSPUR

   Why, so it would have done

At the same season if your mother’s cat

Had but kittened, though yourself had never been born.

 

HOTSPUR

   Why, so it would have done

At the same season if your mother’s cat

Had but kittened, though yourself had never been born.

 

GLENDOWER

I say the earth did shake when I was born.

 

GLENDOWER

I say the earth did shake when I was born.

 

HOTSPUR

And I say the earth was not of my mind,

(the earth and I did not agree)

If you suppose as, fearing you, it shook.

as=because

 

HOTSPUR

And I say the earth was not of my mind,

If you suppose as fearing you it shook.

 

GLENDOWER

The heavens were all on fire; the earth did tremble.

 

GLENDOWER

The heavens were all on fire; the earth did tremble.

 

HOTSPUR

O, then the earth shook to see the heavens on fire

And not in fear of your nativity.

Diseased nature oftentimes breaks forth

In strange eruptions; oft the teeming earth

Is with a kind of colic pinched and vexed

By the imprisoning of unruly wind

Within her womb, which, for enlargement striving,

Shakes the old beldam earth and topples down

beldam=old woman

Steeples and moss-grown towers. At your birth

Our grandam earth, having this distemperature,

grandam=grandmother

distemperature=disturbance

In passion shook.

 

HOTSPUR

O, then the earth shook to see the heavens on fire,

And not in fear of your nativity.

Diseas—d nature oftentimes breaks forth

In strange eruptions; oft the teeming earth

Is with a kind of colic pinched and vexed

By the imprisoning of unruly wind

Within her womb, which, for enlargement striving,

Shakes the old beldam earth and topples down

Steeples and moss-grown towers. At your birth

Our grandam earth, having this distemperature,

In passion shook.

 

GLENDOWER

   Cousin, of many men

I do not bear these crossings. Give me leave

(from many men I don’t put up with being crossed)

To tell you once again that at my birth

The front of heaven was full of fiery shapes,

The goats ran from the mountains, and the herds

Were strangely clamorous to the frighted fields.

clamorous to the frighted fields=noisy in the frightened fields

These signs have marked me extraordinary,

EKstraORdiNAry (6 syllables)

And all the courses of my life do show

I am not in the roll of common men.

Where is he living, clipped in with the sea

That chides the banks of England, Scotland, Wales,

Which calls me pupil or hath read to me (taught me)?

And bring him out that is but woman’s son

Can trace me in the tedious ways of art

tedious ways of art=magic

And hold me pace in deep experiments.

hold me pace=keep up with me

 

GLENDOWER

   Cousin, of many men

I do not bear these crossings. Give me leave

To tell you once again that at my birth

The front of heaven was full of fiery shapes,

The goats ran from the mountains, and the herds

Were strangely clamorous to the frighted fields.

These signs have marked me extraordinary,

And all the courses of my life do show

I am not in the roll of common men.

Where is he living, clipped in with the sea

That chides the banks of England, Scotland, Wales,

Which calls me pupil or hath read to me?

And bring him out that is but woman’s son

Can trace me in the tedious ways of art

And hold me pace in deep experiments.

 

HOTSPUR

I think there’s no man speaks better Welsh.

I’ll to dinner.

 

HOTSPUR

I think there’s no man speaks better Welsh.

I’ll to dinner.

 

MORTIMER

Peace, cousin Percy. You will make him mad.

 

MORTIMER

Peace, cousin Percy. You will make him mad.

 

GLENDOWER

I can call spirits from the vasty deep.

 

GLENDOWER

I can call spirits from the vasty deep.

 

HOTSPUR

Why, so can I, or so can any man,

But will they come when you do call for them?

 

HOTSPUR

Why, so can I, or so can any man,

But will they come when you do call for them?

 

GLENDOWER

Why, I can teach you, cousin, to command the devil.

 

GLENDOWER

Why, I can teach you, cousin, to command the devil.

 

HOTSPUR

And I can teach thee, coz, to shame the devil

By telling truth. “Tell truth and shame the devil.”

If thou have power to raise him, bring him hither,

And I’ll be sworn I have power to shame him hence.

hence=away from here

O, while you live, tell truth and shame the devil!

 

HOTSPUR

And I can teach thee, coz, to shame the devil

By telling truth. Tell truth and shame the devil.

If thou have power to raise him, bring him hither,

And I’ll be sworn I have power to shame him hence.

O, while you live, tell truth and shame the devil!

 

MORTIMER

Come, come, no more of this unprofitable chat.

 

MORTIMER

Come, come, no more of this unprofitable chat.

 

GLENDOWER

Three times hath Henry Bolingbroke made head

head=headway

Against my power. Thrice from the banks of Wye

And sandy-bottomed Severn have I sent him

Bootless home and weather-beaten back.

bootless=empty-handed

 

GLENDOWER

Three times hath Henry Bolingbroke made head

Against my power; thrice from the banks of Wye

And sandy-bottomed Severn have I sent him

Bootless home and weather-beaten back.

 

HOTSPUR

Home without boots, and in foul weather, too!

How ’scapes he agues, in the devil’s name?

agues=fevers

 

HOTSPUR

Home without boots, and in foul weather too!

How ’scapes he agues, in the devil’s name?

 

GLENDOWER

Come, here’s the map. Shall we divide our right

right=rights

According to our threefold order ta'en?

 

GLENDOWER

Come, here’s the map. Shall we divide our right

According to our threefold order ta'en?

 

MORTIMER

The Archdeacon hath divided it

Into three limits very equally:

England, from Trent and Severn (pointing) hitherto,

Trent and Severn=rivers

hitherto=up to here

By south and east is to my part assigned;

All westward, Wales beyond the Severn shore

And all the fertile land within that bound

To Owen Glendower. (to Hotspur) And, dear coz, to you

The remnant northward, lying off from Trent.

And our indentures tripartite are drawn,

indentures=articles of agreement

drawn=written out in proper form

Which being sealèd interchangeably—

(all three copies  the same)

A business that this night may execute—

Tomorrow, cousin Percy, you and I

And my good Lord of Worcester will set forth

To meet your father and the Scottish power,

As is appointed us, at Shrewsbury.

as is appointed us=as planned

My father Glendower is not ready yet,

my father=my father-in-law

Not shall we need his help these fourteen days.

(to GLENDOWER ) Within that space you may have drawn together

Your tenants, friends, and neighboring gentlemen.

 

MORTIMER

The Archdeacon hath divided it

Into three limits very equally:

England, from Trent and Severn hitherto,

By south and east is to my part assigned;

All westward, Wales beyond the Severn shore,

And all the fertile land within that bound

To Owen Glendower; and, dear coz, to you

The remnant northward, lying off from Trent.

And our indentures tripartite are drawn,

Which being sealèd interchangeably—

A business that this night may execute—

Tomorrow, cousin Percy, you and I

And my good Lord of Worcester will set forth

To meet your father and the Scottish power,

As is appointed us, at Shrewsbury.

My father Glendower is not ready yet,

Not shall we need his help these fourteen days.

(to GLENDOWER ) Within that space you may have drawn together

Your tenants, friends, and neighboring gentlemen.

 

GLENDOWER

A shorter time shall send me to you, lords,

shorter time=less than two weeks

And in my conduct shall your ladies come,

conduct=escort

From whom you now must steal and take no leave,

steal=steal away

take no leave=give no notice of parting

For there will be a world of water shed

world of water=world of tears

Upon the parting of your wives and you.

 

GLENDOWER

A shorter time shall send me to you, lords,

And in my conduct shall your ladies come,

From whom you now must steal and take no leave,

For there will be a world of water shed

Upon the parting of your wives and you.

 

HOTSPUR

Methinks my moiety, north from Burton here,

In quantity equals not one of yours.

See how this river comes me cranking in

cranking=crookedly

And cuts me from the best of all my land

A huge half-moon, a monstrous cantle out.

cantle=corner

I’ll have the current in this place dammed up,

And here the smug and silver Trent shall run

smug=smooth

In a new channel, fair and evenly.

It shall not wind with such a deep indent,

To rob me of so rich a bottom here.

bottom=low-lying land

 

HOTSPUR

Methinks my moiety, north from Burton here,

In quantity equals not one of yours.

See how this river comes me cranking in

And cuts me from the best of all my land

A huge half-moon, a monstrous cantle out.

I’ll have the current in this place dammed up,

And here the smug and silver Trent shall run

In a new channel, fair and evenly.

It shall not wind with such a deep indent,

To rob me of so rich a bottom here.

 

GLENDOWER

Not wind? It shall, it must. You see it doth.

 

GLENDOWER

Not wind? It shall, it must. You see it doth.

 

MORTIMER

Yea, but Mark how he (it) bears his (its) course and runs me up

With like advantage on the other side,

on the other side=to the opposite side

Gelding the opposèd continent as much

gelding=depriving

opposed continent=opposite mainland

As on the other side it takes from you.

 

MORTIMER

Yea, but Mark how he bears his course, and runs me up

With like advantage on the other side,

Gelding the opposèd continent as much

As on the other side it takes from you.

 

WORCESTER

Yea, but a little charge will trench him (it) here

but a little charge=just a little expense

trench=divide

And on this north side win this cape of land,

And then he (it) runs straight and even.

 

WORCESTER

Yea, but a little charge will trench him here

And on this north side win this cape of land,

And then he runs straight and even.

 

HOTSPUR

I’ll have it so. A little charge will do it.

 

HOTSPUR

I’ll have it so. A little charge will do it.

 

GLENDOWER

I’ll not have it altered.

 

GLENDOWER

I’ll not have it altered.

 

HOTSPUR

   Will not you?

 

HOTSPUR

   Will not you?

 

GLENDOWER

No, nor you shall not.

(no, nor will you)

GLENDOWER

No, nor you shall not.

 

HOTSPUR

   Who shall say me nay?

 

HOTSPUR

   Who shall say me nay?

 

GLENDOWER

Why, that will I.

 

GLENDOWER

Why, that will I.

 

HOTSPUR

Let me not understand you, then; speak it in Welsh.

 

HOTSPUR

Let me not understand you, then; speak it in Welsh.

 

GLENDOWER

I can speak English, lord, as well as you,

For I was trained up in the English court,

Where being but young I framèd to the harp

framed=adapted

Many an English ditty lovely well

And gave the tongue a helpful ornament—

tongue=English language

A virtue that was never seen in you.

 

GLENDOWER

I can speak English, lord, as well as you,

For I was trained up in the English court,

Where being but young I framèd to the harp

Many an English ditty lovely well

And gave the tongue a helpful ornament—

A virtue that was never seen in you.

 

HOTSPUR

Marry,

And I am glad of it with all my heart:

I had rather be a kitten and cry “mew”

Than one of these same meter balladmongers.

meter balladmongers=doggerel dealers

I had rather hear a brazen can’stick turned

(brass candlestick turned on a lathe)

Or a dry wheel grate on the axletree,

dry wheel=wheel needing grease

grate=rub roughly

(the axletree held the wheel in place)

And that would set my teeth nothing on edge

Nothing so much as mincing poetry.

'Tis like the forced gait of a shuffling nag.

 

HOTSPUR

Marry,

And I am glad of it with all my heart:

I had rather be a kitten and cry “mew”

Than one of these same meter balladmongers.

I had rather hear a brazen can’stick turned,

Or a dry wheel grate on the axletree,

And that would set my teeth nothing an edge,

Nothing so much as mincing poetry.

'Tis like the forced gait of a shuffling nag.

 

GLENDOWER

Come, you shall have Trent turned.

 

GLENDOWER

Come, you shall have Trent turned.

 

HOTSPUR

I do not care. I’ll give thrice so much land

To any well-deserving friend;

But in the way of bargain, mark you me,

bargain=bargaining

I’ll cavil on the ninth part of a hair.

cavil=argue

Are the indentures drawn? Shall we be gone?

indentures=agreements

 

HOTSPUR

I do not care. I’ll give thrice so much land

To any well-deserving friend;

But in the way of bargain, mark you me,

I’ll cavil on the ninth part of a hair.

Are the indentures drawn? Shall we be gone?

 

GLENDOWER

The moon shines fair. You may away by night.

I’ll haste the writer, and withal

haste=hasten

withal=in addition

Break with your wives of your departure hence.

break with=divulge to

I am afraid my daughter will run mad,

So much she doteth on her Mortimer.

 

GLENDOWER

The moon shines fair. You may away by night.

I’ll haste the writer, and withal

Break with your wives of your departure hence.

I am afraid my daughter will run mad,

So much she doteth on her Mortimer.

 

Exit GLENDOWER

Exit GLENDOWER

MORTIMER

Fie, cousin Percy, how you cross my father!

father=father-in-law

 

MORTIMER

Fie, cousin Percy, how you cross my father!

 

HOTSPUR

I cannot choose. Sometime he angers me

With telling me of the moldwarp and the ant,

Of the dreamer Merlin and his prophecies,

And of a dragon and a finless fish,

A clip-winged griffin and a moulten raven,

A couching lion and a ramping cat,

ramping=rearing backwards

And such a deal of skimble-skamble stuff

As puts me from my faith. I tell you what—

He held me last night at least nine hours

In reckoning up the several devils' names

That were his lackeys. I cried “Hum,” and “Well, go to,”

But marked him not a word. O, he is as tedious

As a tired horse, a railing wife,

Worse than a smoky house: I had rather live

With cheese and garlic in a windmill, far,

far=by far

Than feed on cates and have him talk to me

cates=expensive food

In any summerhouse in Christendom.

summerhouse=a pleasant house

 

HOTSPUR

I cannot choose. Sometime he angers me

With telling me of the moldwarp and the ant,

Of the dreamer Merlin and his prophecies,

And of a dragon and a finless fish,

A clip-winged griffin and a moulten raven,

A couching lion and a ramping cat,

And such a deal of skimble-skamble stuff

As puts me from my faith. I tell you what—

He held me last night at least nine hours

In reckoning up the several devils' names

That were his lackeys. I cried “Hum,” and “Well, go to,”

But marked him not a word. O, he is as tedious

As a tired horse, a railing wife,

Worse than a smoky house: I had rather live

With cheese and garlic in a windmill, far,

Than feed on cates and have him talk to me

In any summerhouse in Christendom.

 

MORTIMER

In faith, he is a worthy gentleman,

Exceedingly well read and profited

In strange concealments, valiant as a lion,

in strange concealments=from secrets (magic)

And as wondrous affable and as bountiful

bountiful=generous

As mines of India. Shall I tell you, cousin?

He holds your temper in a high respect

And curbs himself even of his natural scope

When you come cross his humor. Faith, he does.

I warrant you that man is not alive

Might so have tempted him as you have done

Without the taste of danger and reproof.

But do not use it oft, let me entreat you.

 

MORTIMER

In faith, he is a worthy gentleman,

Exceedingly well read and profited

In strange concealments, valiant as a lion,

And as wondrous affable, and as bountiful

As mines of India. Shall I tell you, cousin?

He holds your temper in a high respect

And curbs himself even of his natural scope

When you come cross his humor. Faith, he does.

I warrant you that man is not alive

Might so have tempted him as you have done

Without the taste of danger and reproof.

But do not use it oft, let me entreat you.

 

WORCESTER

(to HOTSPUR) In faith, my lord, you are too willful-blame

And, since your coming hither, have done enough

To put him quite beside his patience.

You must needs learn, lord, to amend this fault.

Though sometimes it show greatness, courage, blood—

blood=lineage

And that’s the dearest grace it renders you—

Yet oftentimes it doth present harsh rage,

Defect of manners, want of government,

want of government=lack of self-control

Pride, haughtiness, opinion, and disdain,

opinion=dogmatism

The least of which, haunting a nobleman,

Loseth men’s hearts and leaves behind a stain

Upon the beauty of all parts besides,

Beguiling them of commendation.

beguiling=cheating

COMmenDAseeOWN (5 syllables)

 

WORCESTER

(to HOTSPUR) In faith, my lord, you are too willful-blame,

And, since your coming hither, have done enough

To put him quite beside his patience.

You must needs learn, lord, to amend this fault.

Though sometimes it show greatness, courage, blood—

And that’s the dearest grace it renders you—

Yet oftentimes it doth present harsh rage,

Defect of manners, want of government,

Pride, haughtiness, opinion, and disdain,

The least of which, haunting a nobleman,

Loseth men’s hearts and leaves behind a stain

Upon the beauty of all parts besides,

Beguiling them of commendation.

 

HOTSPUR

Well, I am schooled. Good manners be your speed!

Here come our wives, and let us take our leave.

 

HOTSPUR

Well, I am schooled. Good manners be your speed!

Here come our wives, and let us take our leave.

 

Enter GLENDOWER with the LADIES PERCY AND MORTIMER

Enter GLENDOWER with the LADIES PERCY AND MORTIMER

MORTIMER

This is the deadly spite that angers me:

My wife can speak no English, I no Welsh.

 

MORTIMER

This is the deadly spite that angers me:

My wife can speak no English, I no Welsh.

 

GLENDOWER

My daughter weeps; she’ll not part with you.

She’ll be a soldier, too, she’ll to the wars.

 

GLENDOWER

My daughter weeps; she’ll not part with you.

She’ll be a soldier too, she’ll to the wars.

 

MORTIMER

Good father, tell her that she and my aunt Percy

Shall follow in your conduct speedily.

conduct=escort

 

MORTIMER

Good father, tell her that she and my aunt Percy

Shall follow in your conduct speedily.

 

GLENDOWER speaks to THE LADY in Welsh, and she answers him in the same

GLENDOWER speaks to THE LADY in Welsh, and she answers him in the same

GLENDOWER

She is desperate here, a peevish self-willed harlotry,

harlotry=uncontrolled behavior

One that no persuasion can do good upon.

 

GLENDOWER

She is desperate here, a peevish self-willed harlotry,

One that no persuasion can do good upon.

 

THE LADY speaks again in Welsh

THE LADY speaks again in Welsh

MORTIMER

I understand thy looks. That pretty Welsh

Welsh=language (tears)

Which thou pourest down from these swelling heavens

swelling heavens=tear-filled eyes

I am too perfect in and but for shame

In such a parley should I answer thee.

should I answer thee=would I answer thee (with my own tears)

 

MORTIMER

I understand thy looks. That pretty Welsh

Which thou pourest down from these swelling heavens

I am too perfect in, and but for shame

In such a parley should I answer thee.

 

THE LADY speaks again in Welsh

THE LADY speaks again in Welsh

I understand thy kisses and thou mine,

And that’s a feeling disputation;

disputation=conversation

But I will never be a truant, love,

Till I have learned thy language, for thy tongue

Makes Welsh as sweet as ditties highly penned,

Sung by a fair queen in a summer’s bower,

With ravishing division, to her lute.

division (four syllables)=musical variation

 

I understand thy kisses and thou mine,

And that’s a feeling disputation;

But I will never be a truant, love,

Till I have learned thy language; for thy tongue

Makes Welsh as sweet as ditties highly penned,

Sung by a fair queen in a summer’s bower,

With ravishing division, to her lute.

 

GLENDOWER

Nay, if you melt, then will she run mad.

melt=dissolve into tears

 

GLENDOWER

Nay, if you melt, then will she run mad.

 

THE LADY speaks again in Welsh

THE LADY speaks again in Welsh

MORTIMER

O, I am ignorance itself in this!

 

MORTIMER

O, I am ignorance itself in this!

 

GLENDOWER

She bids you on the wanton rushes lay you down

rushes=rush-covered floor

And rest your gentle head upon her lap,

And she will sing the song that pleaseth you

And on your eyelids crown the god of sleep,

Charming your blood with pleasing heaviness,

Making such difference ’twixt wake and sleep

As is the difference betwixt day and night

The hour before the heavenly harnessed team

heavenly-harnessed team=horses pulling the sun

Begins his golden progress in the east.

 

GLENDOWER

She bids you on the wanton rushes lay you down

And rest your gentle head upon her lap,

And she will sing the song that pleaseth you

And on your eyelids crown the god of sleep,

Charming your blood with pleasing heaviness,

Making such difference ’twixt wake and sleep

As is the difference betwixt day and night

The hour before the heavenly harnessed team

Begins his golden progress in the east.

 

MORTIMER

With all my heart I’ll sit and hear her sing.

By that time will our book, I think, be drawn.

book=document

 

MORTIMER

With all my heart I’ll sit and hear her sing.

By that time will our book, I think, be drawn

 

GLENDOWER

Do so and those musicians that shall play to you

Hang in the air a thousand leagues from hence,

And straight they shall be here. Sit, and attend.

(Glendower claims to have magical powers, even to the extent of summoning musicians from far away)

 

GLENDOWER

Do so and those musicians that shall play to you

Hang in the air a thousand leagues from hence,

And straight they shall be here. Sit, and attend.

 

HOTSPUR

Come, Kate, thou art perfect in lying down.

Come, quick, quick, that I may lay my head in thy lap.

 

HOTSPUR

Come, Kate, thou art perfect in lying down.

Come, quick, quick, that I may lay my head in thy lap.

 

LADY PERCY

Go, you giddy goose.

 

LADY PERCY

Go, you giddy goose.

 

The music plays

The music plays

HOTSPUR

Now I perceive the devil understands Welsh,

And ’tis no marvel he is so humorous.

humorous=varied in moods

By 'r Lady, he is a good musician.

Lady=Virgin Mary

muSIseeAN (four syllables)

 

HOTSPUR

Now I perceive the devil understands Welsh,

And ’tis no marvel he is so humorous.

By 'r Lady, he is a good musician.

 

LADY PERCY

Then should you be nothing but musical, for you are altogether governed by humors. Lie still, you thief, and hear the lady sing in Welsh.

 

LADY PERCY

Then should you be nothing but musical, for you are altogether governed by humors. Lie still, you thief, and hear the lady sing in Welsh.

 

HOTSPUR

I had rather hear Lady, my brach (hound), howl in Irish.

 

HOTSPUR

I had rather hear Lady, my brach, howl in Irish.

 

LADY PERCY

Wouldst thou have thy head broken?

 

LADY PERCY

Wouldst thou have thy head broken?

 

HOTSPUR

No.

 

HOTSPUR

No.

 

LADY PERCY

Then be still.

 

LADY PERCY

Then be still.

 

HOTSPUR

Neither; ’tis a woman’s fault.

 

HOTSPUR

Neither;’tis a woman’s fault.

 

LADY PERCY

Now God help thee!

 

LADY PERCY

Now God help thee!

 

HOTSPUR

To the Welsh lady’s bed.

 

HOTSPUR

To the Welsh lady’s bed.

 

LADY PERCY

What’s that?

 

LADY PERCY

What’s that?

 

HOTSPUR

Peace, she sings.

 

HOTSPUR

Peace, she sings.

 

Here THE LADY sings a Welsh song

Here THE LADY sings a Welsh song

HOTSPUR

Come, Kate, I’ll have your song, too.

 

HOTSPUR

Come, Kate, I’ll have your song too.

 

LADY PERCY

Not mine, in good sooth.

sooth=truth

 

LADY PERCY

Not mine, in good sooth.

 

HOTSPUR

Not yours, in good sooth! Heart, you swear like a comfit-maker’s wife (candy-maker’s wife)! “Not you, in good sooth” and “as true as I live” and “as God shall mend me” and “as sure as day”—

And givest such sarcenet  surety (silky (flimsy) pledge) for thy oaths

As if thou never walk’st further than Finsbury.

Swear [for] me, Kate, like a lady as thou art,

A good mouth-filling oath and leave “in sooth”

And such protest of pepper-gingerbread

pepper-gingerbread=bland bread

To velvet-guards and Sunday citizens.

velvet-guards=trimming on clothing, used by shopkeepers

Come, sing.

 

HOTSPUR

Not yours, in good sooth! Heart, you swear like a comfit-maker’s wife! “Not you, in good sooth,” and “as true as I live,” and “as God shall mend me,” and “as sure as day”—

And givest such sarcenet surety for thy oaths

As if thou never walk’st further than Finsbury.

Swear me, Kate, like a lady as thou art,

A good mouth-filling oath, and leave “in sooth,”

And such protest of pepper-gingerbread,

To velvet-guards and Sunday citizens.

Come, sing.

 

LADY PERCY

I will not sing.

 

LADY PERCY

I will not sing.

 

HOTSPUR

'Tis the next way to turn tailor or be red-breast teacher. An (if) the indentures be drawn, I’ll away within these two hours, and so come in when ye will.

 

HOTSPUR

'Tis the next way to turn tailor, or be red-breast teacher. An the indentures be drawn, I’ll away within these two hours, and so come in when ye will.

 

Exit HOTSPUR

Exit HOTSPUR

GLENDOWER

Come, come, Lord Mortimer; you are as slow

As hot Lord Percy is on fire to go.

By this our book is drawn. We’ll but seal

by this=by this time

And then to horse immediately.

 

GLENDOWER

Come, come, Lord Mortimer; you are as slow

As hot Lord Percy is on fire to go.

By this our book is drawn. We’ll but seal,

And then to horse immediately.

 

MORTIMER

   With all my heart.

 

MORTIMER

   With all my heart.

 

Exeunt

Exeunt

 

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