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Henry the Fourth Part 1

by William Shakespeare

Act 4, Scene 3 Easiest-to-Read Edition

 

 

 



Henry the Fourth Part 1 Act 4 Scene 3



The rebel camp near Shrewsbury

Enter HOTSPUR, WORCESTER, DOUGLAS, and VERNON

Enter HOTSPUR, WORCESTER, DOUGLAS, and VERNON

HOTSPUR

We’ll fight with him tonight.

 

HOTSPUR

We’ll fight with him tonight.

 

WORCESTER

   It may not be.

 

WORCESTER

   It may not be.

 

DOUGLAS

You give him then advantage.

 

DOUGLAS

You give him then advantage.

 

VERNON

   Not a whit.

 

VERNON

   Not a whit.

 

HOTSPUR

Why say you so? Looks he not for supply (assistance)?

 

HOTSPUR

Why say you so? Looks he not for supply?

 

VERNON

So do we.

 

VERNON

So do we.

 

HOTSPUR

His is certain; ours is doubtful.

 

HOTSPUR

His is certain; ours is doubtful.

 

WORCESTER

Good cousin, be advised. Stir not tonight.

 

WORCESTER

Good cousin, be advised. Stir not tonight.

 

VERNON

(to HOTSPUR ) Do not, my lord.

 

VERNON

(to HOTSPUR ) Do not, my lord.

 

DOUGLAS

   You do not counsel well.

You speak it out of fear and cold heart.

 

DOUGLAS

   You do not counsel well.

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 honor bid me on,

I hold as little counsel with weak fear

As you, my lord, or any Scot that this day lives.

Let it be seen tomorrow in the battle

Which of us fears.

 

VERNON

Do me no slander, Douglas. By my life

(And I dare well maintain it with my life),

If well-respected honor bid me on,

I hold as little counsel with weak fear

As you, my lord, or any Scot that this day lives.

Let it be seen tomorrow in the battle

Which of us fears.

 

DOUGLAS

   Yea, or tonight.

 

DOUGLAS

   Yea, or tonight.

 

VERNON

Content.

 

VERNON

Content.

 

HOTSPUR

Tonight, say I.

 

HOTSPUR

Tonight, say I.

 

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

horse=cavalry soldiers

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 pride=the men’s pride

Their courage with hard labor tame and dull,

That not a horse is half the half of himself.

horse=cavalry soldier

 

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

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 labor tame and dull,

That not a horse is half the half of himself.

 

HOTSPUR

So are the horses of the enemy

horses=cavalry soldiers

In general journey-bated and brought low.

journey-bated= travel weakened

The better part of ours are full of rest.

 

HOTSPUR

So are the horses of the enemy

In general journey-bated and brought low.

The better part of ours are full of rest.

 

WORCESTER

The number of the King exceedeth ours.

For God’s sake, cousin, stay till all come in.

 

WORCESTER

The number of the King exceedeth ours.

For God’s sake, cousin, stay till all come in.

 

The trumpet sounds a parley (conference with the enemy)

The trumpet sounds a parley

Enter BLUNT

Enter BLUNT

BLUNT

I come with gracious offers from the King

If you vouchsafe me hearing and respect.

 

BLUNT

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.

Some of us love you well, and even those some

Envy your great deservings and good name

Because you are not of our quality

quality=side

But stand against us like an enemy.

 

HOTSPUR

Welcome, Sir Walter Blunt, and would to God

You were of our determination.

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.

 

BLUNT

And God defend but still I should stand so,

(God defend that I should still stand so)

So long as out of limit and true rule

You stand against anointed majesty.

anointed=sacred

But to my charge. The king hath sent to know

The nature of your griefs and whereupon

You conjure from the breast of civil peace

Such bold hostility, teaching his duteous land

Audacious cruelty. If that the king

Have [in] any way your good deserts forgot,

deserts=deservings

Which he confesseth to be manifold,

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.

suggestion=incitement

 

BLUNT

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

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,

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

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,

Sick in the world’s regard, wretched and low,

A poor unminded outlaw sneaking home,

unminded=disregarded

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,

To sue his livery, and beg his peace,

sue his livery=petition for his property

With tears of innocency and terms of zeal,

My father, in kind heart and pity moved,

Swore him assistance and performed it, too.

Now when the lords and barons of the realm

Perceived Northumberland did lean to him,

The more and less came in with cap and knee,

more and less=great  and not-so-great

cap and knee=cap in hand and knee bent

Met him in boroughs, cities, villages,

Attended him on bridges, stood in lanes,

Laid gifts before him, proffered him their oaths,

oaths=oaths of allegiance

Gave him their heirs as pages, followed him

Even at the heels in golden multitudes.

golden=joyous

He presently, as greatness knows itself,

(as greatness comes to know)

Steps me a little higher than his vow

Made to my father while his blood was poor

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

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,

angle for=fish for

Proceeded further—cut me off the heads

Of all the favourites that the absent King

In deputation left behind him here

in deputation=as deputies

When he was personal in the Irish war.

personal=personally away

 

HOTSPUR

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,

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,

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 performed it too.

Now when the lords and barons of the realm

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, proffered him their oaths,

Gave him their heirs as pages, followed 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

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

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

In deputation left behind him here

When he was personal in the Irish war.

 

BLUNT

Tut, I came not to hear this.

 

BLUNT

Tut, I came not to hear this.

 

HOTSPUR

   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, tasked the whole state.

in the neck of that=immediately afterwards

tasked=taxed

To make that worse, [he] suffered his kinsman March

March=Mortimer

(Who is, if every owner were well placed,

(if everyone who owns something had proper possession of it)

Indeed his king) to be engaged in Wales,

his king=the King’s king

engaged=held hostage

There without ransom to lie forfeited,

Disgraced me in my happy victories,

Sought to entrap me by intelligence,

intelligence=spying

Rated mine uncle from the council board,

rated=drove off

In rage dismissed 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

this head of safety=our own army

Into his title, the which we find

Too indirect for long continuance.

indirect=corrupt

 

HOTSPUR

   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, tasked the whole state.

To make that worse, suffered his kinsman March

(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,

Rated mine uncle from the council board,

In rage dismissed 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

Into his title, the which we find

Too indirect for long continuance.

 

BLUNT

Shall I return this answer to the King?

 

BLUNT

Shall I return this answer to the King?

 

HOTSPUR

Not so, Sir Walter. We’ll withdraw awhile.

Go to the King, and let there be impawned

let there be impawned  some surety=leave a hostage with us

Some surety for a safe return again,

(safe return of my uncle)

And in the morning early shall my uncle

Bring him our purposes. And so farewell.

 

HOTSPUR

Not so, Sir Walter. We’ll withdraw awhile.

Go to the King, and let there be impawned

Some surety for a safe return again,

And in the morning early shall my uncle

Bring him our purposes. And so farewell.

 

BLUNT

I would you would accept [out] of grace and love.

 

BLUNT

I would you would accept of grace and love.

 

HOTSPUR

And maybe so we shall.

 

HOTSPUR

And maybe so we shall.

 

Exeunt

Exeunt

 

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