And the contrarious winds that held the king
So long in his unlucky Irish wars
That all in England
did repute him dead:
And from this swarm of fair advantages
You took occasion to be quickly woo'd
gripe the general sway into your hand;
Forget your oath to us at Doncaster;
And being fed by us you
used us so
As that ungentle hull, the cuckoo's bird,
Useth the sparrow; did oppress our nest;
Grew by our
feeding to so great a bulk
That even our love durst not come near your sight
For fear of swallowing; but
with nimble wing
We were enforced, for safety sake, to fly
Out of sight and raise this present head;
we stand opposed by such means
As you yourself have forged against yourself
By unkind usage, dangerous
And violation of all faith and troth
Sworn to us in your younger enterprise.
KING HENRY IV
These things indeed you have articulate,
Proclaim'd at market-crosses, read in churches,
To face the
garment of rebellion
With some fine colour that may please the eye
Of fickle changelings and poor discontents,
gape and rub the elbow at the news
Of hurlyburly innovation:
And never yet did insurrection want
water-colours to impaint his cause;
Nor moody beggars, starving for a time
Of pellmell havoc and confusion.
In both your armies there is many a soul
Shall pay full dearly for this encounter,
If once they join in trial.
Tell your nephew,
The Prince of Wales doth join with all the world
In praise of Henry Percy: by my hopes,
present enterprise set off his head,
I do not think a braver gentleman,
More active-valiant or more valiant-
More daring or more bold, is now alive
To grace this latter age with noble deeds.
For my part, I
may speak it to my shame,
I have a truant been to chivalry;
And so I hear he doth account me too;
this before my father's majesty
I am content that he shall take the odds
Of his great name and estimation,
will, to save the blood on either side,
Try fortune with him in a single fight.
KING HENRY IV
And, Prince of Wales, so dare we venture thee,
Albeit considerations infinite
Do make against it. No,
good Worcester, no,
We love our people well; even those we love
That are misled upon your cousin's
And, will they take the offer of our grace,
Both he and they and you, every man
Shall be my friend
again and I'll be his:
So tell your cousin, and bring me word
What he will do: but if he will not yield,
and dread correction wait on us
And they shall do their office. So, be gone;
We will not now be troubled
We offer fair; take it advisedly.
Exeunt WORCESTER and VERNON
It will not be accepted, on my life:
The Douglas and the Hotspur both together
Are confident against the
world in arms.
KING HENRY IV
Hence, therefore, every leader to his charge;
For, on their answer, will we set on them:
And God befriend
us, as our cause is just!
Exeunt all but PRINCE HENRY and FALSTAFF
Hal, if thou see me down in the battle and bestride
me, so; 'tis a point of friendship.
Nothing but a colossus can do thee that friendship.
Say thy prayers, and farewell.
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