Henry IV Part 2

by: William Shakespeare

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MOWBRAY

   Be it so.
Here is returned my Lord of Westmoreland.

MOWBRAY

I hope so. Lord Westmoreland is back.
Enter WESTMORELAND
WESTMORELAND enters.

WESTMORELAND

225The Prince is here at hand. Pleaseth your lordship
To meet his Grace just distance ’tween our armies.

WESTMORELAND

The Prince is nearby. If you will, please meet him at a spot halfway between our two armies.

MOWBRAY

Your Grace of York, in God’s name then set forward.

MOWBRAY

Your grace, Archbishop of York, go forward in God’s name.

ARCHBISHOP

Before, and greet his Grace.—(to WESTMORELAND) My lord,
   we come.

ARCHBISHOP

Lead on, and greet his highness. (to WESTMORELAND) Sir, we’re on our way.
The ARCHBISHOP, MOWBRAY, YORK, HASTINGS and the others go forward
The ARCHBISHOP, MOWBRAY, YORK, HASTINGS, and the others cross the stage.
Enter Prince John of LANCASTER and officers with him
Prince John of LANCASTER enters, with officers.

LANCASTER

You are well encountered here, my cousin Mowbray.—
230Good day to you, gentle Lord Archbishop,—
And so to you, Lord Hastings, and to all.—
My Lord of York, it better showed with you
When that your flock, assembled by the bell,
Encircled you to hear with reverence
235Your exposition on the holy text
Than now to see you here, an iron man talking,
Cheering a rout of rebels with your drum,
Turning the word to sword, and life to death.
That man that sits within a monarch’s heart
240And ripens in the sunshine of his favor,
Would he abuse the countenance of the King,
Alack, what mischiefs might he set abroach
In shadow of such greatness! With you, Lord Bishop,

LANCASTER

I’m glad to see you, my cousin Mowbray. Good day to you, gentle Archbishop, and to you, Lord Hastings, and to all. Lord Archbishop, it was better to see you when worshippers—called together by the church bell—surrounded you to hear Biblical sermons than it is to see you here, in armor; cheering a mob of rebels with your war drums, turning your words to weapons, and your life into death.
When a man is close to the King’s heart, and grows strong under the King’s protection, only to turn against him—alas! What evils that man will unleash, hidden from view by the King’s own reputation! This is exactly how it is with you, Lord Bishop.
Who hasn’t heard how profound your religious knowledge is? To us, you were our representative in God’s own parliament. To us, you might as well have been