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Henry IV Part 2

No Fear Act 1 Scene 1
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TRAVERS

35My lord, Sir John Umfrevile turned me back
With joyful tidings and, being better horsed,
Outrode me. After him came spurring hard
A gentleman, almost forspent with speed,
That stopp’d by me to breathe his bloodied horse.
40He asked the way to Chester, and of him
I did demand what news from Shrewsbury.
He told me that rebellion had bad luck
And that young Harry Percy’s spur was cold.
With that he gave his able horse the head
45And, bending forward, struck his armèd heels
Against the panting sides of his poor jade
Up to the rowel-head, and starting so
He seemed in running to devour the way,
Staying no longer question.

TRAVERS

Another man came after him, riding hard. He was nearly exhausted from going so fast, and he stopped to give his bleeding horse a break. He asked me for directions to Chester, and I demanded to hear news from Shrewsbury. He said that the rebels had been beaten, and that Harry Percy’s spur was cold. Then he took off on his horse, leaned forward in his saddle, and jammed his heels into the animal’s side so hard that they almost disappeared. He rode so fast he seemed to be devouring the highway. He didn’t stay around to answer any of my questions.

NORTHUMBERLAND

   Ha? Again:
50Said he young Harry Percy’s spur was cold?
Of Hotspur, Coldspur? That rebellion
Had met ill luck?

NORTHUMBERLAND

What? Say that again: he said that Harry Percy’s spur was cold? Hotspur is now “Coldspur?” That the rebels had bad luck?

LORD BARDOLPH

   My lord, I’ll tell you what:
If my young lord your son have not the day,
Upon mine honor, for a silken point
55I’ll give my barony. Never talk of it.

LORD BARDOLPH

My lord, I’ll tell you what—if your son hasn’t won, on my honor, I’ll exchange all my land for a lace to tie stockings with; don’t even say such a thing.

NORTHUMBERLAND

Why should that gentleman that rode by Travers
Give then such instances of loss?

NORTHUMBERLAND

But why would that gentleman who rode past Travers describe such examples of loss?

LORD BARDOLPH

   Who, he?
He was some hilding fellow that had stolen
The horse he rode on and, upon my life,
60Spoke at a venture. Look, here comes more news.

LORD BARDOLPH

Who, him? He was some insignificant nobody who stole the horse he was riding and, I bet my life, was just talking nonsense. Look, here comes another messenger.
Enter MORTON
MORTON enters.

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