Henry IV, Part 1

by: William Shakespeare

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MORTIMER

50Peace, cousin Percy. You will make him mad.

MORTIMER

Stop now, kinsman Percy. You will upset him.

GLENDOWER

I can call spirits from the vasty deep.

GLENDOWER

I can summon spirits from the deep ocean.

HOTSPUR

Why, so can I, or so can any man,
But will they come when you do call for them?

HOTSPUR

Why, so can I, and so can any other man! But will they come when you summon them?

GLENDOWER

Why, I can teach you, cousin, to command the devil.

GLENDOWER

Why, kinsman, I can teach you to command the devil.

HOTSPUR

55And I can teach thee, coz, to shame the devil
By telling truth. Tell truth and shame the devil.
If thou have power to raise him, bring him hither,
And I’ll be sworn I have power to shame him hence.
O, while you live, tell truth and shame the devil!

HOTSPUR

And I can teach you, kinsman, how to shame the devil—by telling the truth! “Tell the truth and shame the devil,” as the old saying goes. If you do have the power to call him up, then bring him here. And I’ll swear I have the power to shame him into leaving. Oh, for goodness sake, tell the truth and shame the devil!

MORTIMER

60Come, come, no more of this unprofitable chat.

MORTIMER

Enough already; stop this useless talking.

GLENDOWER

Three times hath Henry Bolingbroke made head
Against my power; thrice from the banks of Wye
And sandy-bottomed Severn have I sent him
Bootless home and weather-beaten back.

GLENDOWER

Three times now, Henry Bolingbroke has raised an army against mine. And three times, I turned him back from the banks of the River Wye, and the sandy-bottomed River Severn. I sent him home,

bootless

bootless = unsuccessful

bootless
and beaten by foul weather.

HOTSPUR

65Home without boots, and in foul weather too!
How ’scapes he agues, in the devil’s name?

HOTSPUR

You sent him home without his boots, and in foul weather? How in the devil’s name did he avoid catching fevers?

GLENDOWER

Come, here’s the map. Shall we divide our right
According to our threefold order ta'en?

GLENDOWER

All right, here’s the map. Shall we divide up our territories according to our three-way agreement?

MORTIMER

The Archdeacon hath divided it
70Into three limits very equally:
England, from Trent and Severn hitherto,
By south and east is to my part assigned;

MORTIMER