Henry IV Part 2

by: William Shakespeare

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And so success of mischief shall be born,
And heir from heir shall hold this quarrel up
Whiles England shall have generation.
and in this way the fight will go on from father to son for all time until England itself has no more new generations.

LANCASTER

You are too shallow, Hastings, much too shallow
280To sound the bottom of the after-times.

LANCASTER

You’re not wise enough, Hastings, not wise enough at all to see into eternity.

WESTMORELAND

Pleaseth your Grace to answer them directly
How far forth you do like their articles.

WESTMORELAND

Your highness, why not tell them directly what you think of their list of grievances.

LANCASTER

I like them all, and do allow them well,
And swear here by the honor of my blood,
285My father’s purposes have been mistook,
And some about him have too lavishly
Wrested his meaning and authority.
(to ARCHBISHOP) My lord, these griefs shall be with speed redressed;
Upon my soul, they shall. If this may please you,
290Discharge your powers unto their several counties,
As we will ours, and here, between the armies,
Let’s drink together friendly and embrace,
That all their eyes may bear those tokens home
Of our restorèd love and amity.

LANCASTER

I agree with all of them, and I admit that they’re legitimate. I swear, on my family’s honor: my father’s intentions have been misunderstood, and some of his subordinates have overstepped their authority in executing his orders.
(to ARCHBISHOP) Sir, we will make good on the wrongs that have been done to you, I swear on my soul. If this pleases you, then disperse your armies and send them back where they came from; we shall do the same. And here, where both armies can see us, we’ll embrace and drink a friendly toast to one another. The soldiers will go home with evidence that we’re friends once again.

ARCHBISHOP

295I take your princely word for these redresses.

ARCHBISHOP

I’ll take your word as a prince that you’ll make good on these things.

LANCASTER

I give it you, and will maintain my word,
And thereupon I drink unto your Grace.

LANCASTER

I give you my word, and I’ll keep it. And with that, I drink a toast to you.

HASTINGS

Go, captain, and deliver to the army
This news of peace. Let them have pay, and part.
300I know it will well please them. Hie thee, captain.

HASTINGS

Go, captain. Tell the army this news of peace. Pay them, and send them away. I know it will make them happy. Hurry, captain.
Exit officer
An officer exits.

ARCHBISHOP

To you, my noble Lord of Westmoreland.

ARCHBISHOP

Here’s to you, good Lord Westmoreland.