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Henry IV Part 2

No Fear Act 1 Scene 1
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LORD BARDOLPH

   Noble Earl,
I bring you certain news from Shrewsbury.

LORD BARDOLPH

Noble Earl, I have reliable news from Shrewsbury.

NORTHUMBERLAND

Good, an God will!

NORTHUMBERLAND

Good news, God willing.

LORD BARDOLPH

As good as heart can wish.
15The King is almost wounded to the death,
And, in the fortune of my lord your son,
Prince Harry slain outright; and both the Blunts
Killed by the hand of Douglas; young Prince John
And Westmoreland and Stafford fled the field;
20And Harry Monmouth’s brawn, the hulk Sir John,
Is prisoner to your son. O, such a day,
So fought, so followed, and so fairly won,
Came not till now to dignify the times
Since Caesar’s fortunes.

LORD BARDOLPH

As good as one could wish for. The King has been wounded and is near death. And, thanks to your son’s luck, Prince Harry has been killed. Douglas killed both Lords Blunt. Prince John of Lancaster, Westmoreland, and Stafford fled the battlefield. And your son captured that hulking Sir John Falstaff, Prince Harry’s fattened pig. Oh, there hasn’t been a battle so well fought or a victory so well won since the days of Julius Caesar! It brings honor to our times.

NORTHUMBERLAND

   How is this derived?
25Saw you the field? Came you from Shrewsbury?

NORTHUMBERLAND

How do you know all this? Did you see the battlefield? Did you come from Shrewsbury?

LORD BARDOLPH

I spake with one, my lord, that came from thence,
A gentleman well bred and of good name,
That freely rendered me these news for true.

LORD BARDOLPH

I talked with someone, my lord, who was coming from there. He was a gentleman, with good breeding and a good reputation. He swore that all this was the truth.

NORTHUMBERLAND

Here comes my servant Travers, who I sent
30On Tuesday last to listen after news.

NORTHUMBERLAND

Here comes my servant, Travers. I sent him last Tuesday to find out what was happening.
Enter TRAVERS
TRAVERS enters.

LORD BARDOLPH

My lord, I overrode him on the way;
And he is furnished with no certainties
More than he haply may retail from me.

LORD BARDOLPH

Sir, I passed him on my way here. He doesn’t know anything more than what I told him.

NORTHUMBERLAND

Now, Travers, what good tidings comes with you?

NORTHUMBERLAND

Now Travers, what good news do you have?

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