Henry IV Part 2

by: William Shakespeare

Act 4 Scene 1

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Enter the ARCHBISHOP of York, MOWBRAY, HASTINGS, and others
ARCHBISHOP of York, MOWBRAY, HASTINGS, and others enter.

ARCHBISHOP

What is this forest called?

ARCHBISHOP

What’s the name of this forest?

HASTINGS

'Tis Gaultree Forest, an ’t shall please your Grace.

HASTINGS

Gaultree Forest, your grace.

ARCHBISHOP

Here stand, my lords, and send discoverers forth
To know the numbers of our enemies.

ARCHBISHOP

Stop here, sirs. Send out scouts to find out how many soldiers our enemy has.

HASTINGS

5We have sent forth already.

HASTINGS

We’ve already done that.

ARCHBISHOP

   'Tis well done.
My friends and brethren in these great affairs,
I must acquaint you that I have received
New-dated letters from Northumberland,
Their cold intent, tenor, and substance, thus:
10Here doth he wish his person, with such powers
As might hold sortance with his quality,
The which he could not levy; whereupon
He is retired, to ripe his growing fortunes,
To Scotland, and concludes in hearty prayers
15That your attempts may overlive the hazard
And fearful melting of their opposite.

ARCHBISHOP

Well done. My friends and brothers in this great undertaking, I have to share with you that I’ve received new letters from Northumberland. They have a chilling purpose, tone, and content. He says that he wishes he could be here in person, with an army as strong someone of his rank should have, but he couldn’t raise one. So he’s going to go to Scotland to increase his power. He prays that your armies will prevail against the terrible power of the enemy.

MOWBRAY

Thus do the hopes we have in him touch ground
And dash themselves to pieces.

MOWBRAY

And with that, any hope we had for him is thrown to the ground and dashed to pieces.
Enter a MESSENGER
A MESSENGER enters.

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