Henry IV, Part 1

by: William Shakespeare

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WORCESTER

(to NORTHUMBERLAND) He apprehends a world of figures here,
But not the form of what he should attend.—
210 (to HOTSPUR) Good cousin, give me audience for a while.

WORCESTER

(to NORTHUMBERLAND) He sees a world built by his imagination, but that world is not the one he should be paying attention to. (to HOTSPUR) Nephew, listen to me a minute.

HOTSPUR

I cry you mercy.

HOTSPUR

I beg your pardon.

WORCESTER

   Those same noble Scots
That are your prisoners—

WORCESTER

These Scotsmen that you’ve taken prisoner —

HOTSPUR

   I’ll keep them all.
By God, he shall not have a Scot of them.
No, if a Scot would save his soul, he shall not.
215I’ll keep them, by this hand!

HOTSPUR

I’ll keep them all. By God, the King won’t get a single Scot, even if having a Scot would save his soul! I’ll keep them, I swear.

WORCESTER

   You start away
And lend no ear unto my purposes:
Those prisoners you shall keep—

WORCESTER

You’re off again and not listening to me. You will get to keep the prisoners —

HOTSPUR

   Nay, I will. That’s flat!
He said he would not ransom Mortimer,
Forbad my tongue to speak of Mortimer.
220But I will find him when he lies asleep,
And in his ear I’ll hollo “Mortimer.”
Nay,
I’ll have a starling shall be taught to speak
Nothing but “Mortimer,” and give it him
225To keep his anger still in motion.

HOTSPUR

Yes, I will; there’s no doubt about it. The King said he would not pay ransom for Mortimer. He forbid me from speaking of Mortimer. But I’ll find him when he’s sleeping, and I’ll shout “Mortimer!” into his ears. No; I’ll get a bird and teach it to say nothing but “Mortimer,” and I’ll give it to the King to anger him forever.

WORCESTER

Hear you, cousin, a word.

WORCESTER

Listen, nephew, please.