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Henry IV Part 2

William Shakespeare

  Act 2 Scene 3

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To rain upon remembrance with mine eyes
60That it may grow and sprout as high as heaven
For recordation to my noble husband.
the plant of remembrance, it will never grow tall enough to pay proper tribute to my extraordinary husband.


Come, come, go in with me. 'Tis with my mind
As with the tide swelled up unto his height,
That makes a still-stand, running neither way.
65Fain would I go to meet the Archbishop,
But many thousand reasons hold me back.
I will resolve for Scotland. There am I
Till time and vantage crave my company.


Come. Come. Go inside with me. My thoughts are like the ocean at high tide—neither coming in nor going out, seeming to stand still. I want to go join the Archbishop, but many thousands of reasons are holding me back. I’ll go to Scotland and wait there till events unfold and my help is called for.
They exit.

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