Henry IV, Part 1

by: William Shakespeare

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That’s enough.
Tonight, say I.
Tonight, I say.
Come, come it nay not be. I wonder much,
Being men of such great leading as you are,
20That you foresee not what impediments
Drag back our expedition. Certain horse
Of my cousin Vernon’s are not yet come up.
Your Uncle Worcester’s horse came but today,
And now their pride and mettle is asleep,
25Their courage with hard labor tame and dull,
That not a horse is half the half of himself.
Come on, we can’t do that. I wonder how—being the great leaders you are—you cannot see the problems we’re facing. My cousin has yet to arrive with his horses, and your Uncle Worcester’s troops only arrived today. Their spirit and their bravery is asleep; their courage is dulled and tamed by the hard journey. They don’t have even a quarter of their usual strength.
So are the horses of the enemy
In general journey-bated and brought low.
The better part of ours are full of rest.
The enemy’s horses are tired from the journey as well. The majority of ours are well-rested.
30The number of the King exceedeth ours.
For God’s sake, cousin, stay till all come in.
But the King has more men then we do. For God’s sake, nephew, wait until everyone arrives.
The trumpet sounds a parley
A trumpet announces the approach of an envoy.
BLUNT enters.
I come with gracious offers from the King,
If you vouchsafe me hearing and respect.
I’m here with a generous offer from the King, if you’ll listen to me and treat me with respect.
Welcome, Sir Walter Blunt, and would to God
35You were of our determination.
Some of us love you well, and even those some
Envy your great deservings and good name
Because you are not of our quality
But stand against us like an enemy.
Welcome, Sir Walter Blunt. I wish to God you were on our side. Many of us think very highly of you, though we begrudge you your honor and reputation, since you fight on the enemy’s side.