Henry IV, Part 1

by: William Shakespeare

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They fight. DOUGLAS flieth
They fight.DOUGLAS runs away.
Cheerly, my lord. How fares your Grace?
Sir Nicholas Gawsey hath for succor sent,
45And so hath Clifton. I’ll to Clifton straight.
Cheer up, father. How are you? Sir Nicholas Gawsey called for reinforcements, and so has Clifton. I’m going to Clifton right now.

KING

Stay, and breathe awhile.
Thou hast redeemed thy lost opinion
And showed thou mak’st some tender of my life
In this fair rescue thou hast brought to me.

KING

Wait, and breathe for a moment. You have redeemed your bad reputation, and show that you care something for me, by rescuing me like this.

PRINCE HENRY

50O God, they did me too much injury
That ever said I hearkened for your death.
If it were so, I might have let alone
The insulting hand of Douglas over you,
Which would have been as speedy in your end
55As all the poisonous potions in the world,
And saved the treacherous labor of your son.

PRINCE HENRY

Oh God! Anyone who ever said I wished for you to die did me a terrible wrong. If I wanted that, I would have let Douglas continue his attack. That would have killed you faster than any dose of poison, and it would have saved me the trouble of treachery.

KING

Make up to Clifton. I’ll to Sir Nicholas Gawsey.

KING

Go to Clifton; I’ll go to Sir Nicholas Gawsey.
Exit the KING
The KING exits.
Enter HOTSPUR
HOTSPUR enters.

HOTSPUR

If I mistake not, thou art Harry Monmouth.

HOTSPUR

If I’m not mistaken, you’re Harry Monmouth.

PRINCE HENRY

Thou speak’st as if I would deny my name.

PRINCE HENRY

You make it sound as if I’d deny it.

HOTSPUR

60My name is Harry Percy.

HOTSPUR

My name is Harry Percy.

PRINCE HENRY

   Why, then I see
A very valiant rebel of the name.
I am the Prince of Wales; and think not, Percy,
To share with me in glory any more.
Two stars keep not their motion in one sphere,
65Nor can one England brook a double reign,
Of Harry Percy and the Prince of Wales.

PRINCE HENRY

Why then, I’m looking at a very brave rebel by that name. I am the Prince of Wales, and don’t think, Percy, that you can share in my glory any longer. There isn’t enough room for two stars in the same orbit; England cannot handle a double reign, Harry Percy and the Prince of Wales ruling at once.