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ACT IV - SCENE III. The rebel camp near Shrewsbury.
Enter HOTSPUR, WORCESTER, DOUGLAS, and VERNON

HOTSPUR
1    We'll fight with him to-night.
EARL OF WORCESTER
2    It may not be.
EARL OF DOUGLAS
3    You give him then the advantage.
VERNON
4    Not a whit.
HOTSPUR
5    Why say you so? looks he not for supply?
VERNON
6    So do we.
HOTSPUR
7    His is certain, ours is doubtful.
EARL OF WORCESTER
8    Good cousin, be advised; stir not tonight.
VERNON
9    Do not, my lord.
EARL OF DOUGLAS
10   You do not counsel well:
11   You speak it out of fear and cold heart.
VERNON
12   Do me no slander, Douglas: by my life,
13   And I dare well maintain it with my life,
14   If well-respected honour bid me on,
15   I hold as little counsel with weak fear
16   As you, my lord, or any Scot that this day lives:
17   Let it be seen to-morrow in the battle
18   Which of us fears.
EARL OF DOUGLAS
19   Yea, or to-night.
VERNON
20   Content.
HOTSPUR
21   To-night, say I.
VERNON
22   Come, come it nay not be. I wonder much,
23   Being men of such great leading as you are,
24   That you foresee not what impediments
25   Drag back our expedition: certain horse
26   Of my cousin Vernon's are not yet come up:
27   Your uncle Worcester's horse came but today;
28   And now their pride and mettle is asleep,
29   Their courage with hard labour tame and dull,
30   That not a horse is half the half of himself.
HOTSPUR
31   So are the horses of the enemy
32   In general, journey-bated and brought low:
33   The better part of ours are full of rest.
EARL OF WORCESTER
34   The number of the king exceedeth ours:
35   For God's sake. cousin, stay till all come in.
The trumpet sounds a parley

Enter SIR WALTER BLUNT

SIR WALTER BLUNT
36   I come with gracious offers from the king,
37   if you vouchsafe me hearing and respect.
HOTSPUR
38   Welcome, Sir Walter Blunt; and would to God
39   You were of our determination!
40   Some of us love you well; and even those some
41   Envy your great deservings and good name,
42   Because you are not of our quality,
43   But stand against us like an enemy.
SIR WALTER BLUNT
44   And God defend but still I should stand so,
45   So long as out of limit and true rule
46   You stand against anointed majesty.
47   But to my charge. The king hath sent to know
48   The nature of your griefs, and whereupon
49   You conjure from the breast of civil peace
50   Such bold hostility, teaching his duteous land
51   Audacious cruelty. If that the king
52   Have any way your good deserts forgot,
53   Which he confesseth to be manifold,
54   He bids you name your griefs; and with all speed
55   You shall have your desires with interest
56   And pardon absolute for yourself and these
57   Herein misled by your suggestion.
HOTSPUR
58   The king is kind; and well we know the king
59   Knows at what time to promise, when to pay.
60   My father and my uncle and myself
61   Did give him that same royalty he wears;
62   And when he was not six and twenty strong,
63   Sick in the world's regard, wretched and low,
64   A poor unminded outlaw sneaking home,
65   My father gave him welcome to the shore;
66   And when he heard him swear and vow to God
67   He came but to be Duke of Lancaster,
68   To sue his livery and beg his peace,
69   With tears of innocency and terms of zeal,
70   My father, in kind heart and pity moved,
71   Swore him assistance and perform'd it too.
72   Now when the lords and barons of the realm
73   Perceived Northumberland did lean to him,
74   The more and less came in with cap and knee;
75   Met him in boroughs, cities, villages,
76   Attended him on bridges, stood in lanes,
77   Laid gifts before him, proffer'd him their oaths,
78   Gave him their heirs, as pages follow'd him
79   Even at the heels in golden multitudes.
80   He presently, as greatness knows itself,
81   Steps me a little higher than his vow
82   Made to my father, while his blood was poor,
83   Upon the naked shore at Ravenspurgh;
84   And now, forsooth, takes on him to reform
85   Some certain edicts and some strait decrees
86   That lie too heavy on the commonwealth,
87   Cries out upon abuses, seems to weep
88   Over his country's wrongs; and by this face,
89   This seeming brow of justice, did he win
90   The hearts of all that he did angle for;
91   Proceeded further; cut me off the heads
92   Of all the favourites that the absent king
93   In deputation left behind him here,
94   When he was personal in the Irish war.
SIR WALTER BLUNT
95   Tut, I came not to hear this.
HOTSPUR
96   Then to the point.
97   In short time after, he deposed the king;
98   Soon after that, deprived him of his life;
99   And in the neck of that, task'd the whole state:
100  To make that worse, suffer'd his kinsman March,
101  Who is, if every owner were well placed,
102  Indeed his king, to be engaged in Wales,
103  There without ransom to lie forfeited;
104  Disgraced me in my happy victories,
105  Sought to entrap me by intelligence;
106  Rated mine uncle from the council-board;
107  In rage dismiss'd my father from the court;
108  Broke oath on oath, committed wrong on wrong,
109  And in conclusion drove us to seek out
110  This head of safety; and withal to pry
111  Into his title, the which we find
112  Too indirect for long continuance.
SIR WALTER BLUNT
113  Shall I return this answer to the king?
HOTSPUR
114  Not so, Sir Walter: we'll withdraw awhile.
115  Go to the king; and let there be impawn'd
116  Some surety for a safe return again,
117  And in the morning early shall my uncle
118  Bring him our purposes: and so farewell.
SIR WALTER BLUNT
119  I would you would accept of grace and love.
HOTSPUR
120  And may be so we shall.
SIR WALTER BLUNT
121  Pray God you do.
Exeunt

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Scene Index
ACT I
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III


  • ACT II
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV


  • ACT III
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II


  • ACT IV
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV


  • ACT V
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V

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