Henry IV Part 2

by: William Shakespeare

Act 4 Scene 3

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Enter KING Henry, his sons Thomas Duke of CLARENCE and Humphrey Duke of GLOUCESTER, with WARWICK and others
KING Henry, his sons Thomas Duke of CLARENCE and Humphrey Duke of GLOUCESTER, WARWICK, and others enter.

KING

Now, lords, if God doth give successful end
To this debate that bleedeth at our doors,
We will our youth lead on to higher fields
And draw no swords but what are sanctified.
5Our navy is addressed, our power collected,
Our substitutes in absence well invested,
And everything lies level to our wish.
Only we want a little personal strength;
And pause us till these rebels now afoot
10Come underneath the yoke of government.

KING

Now, my lords: if God grants us a victory in this violent civil war that bleeds at our very doorsteps, I will lead our young people in a greater cause, and fight nothing but holy wars. Our navy is ready, our army is assembled, the leaders who are my subordinates have their orders, and everything is standing by to achieve my main aim. The only drawback is that I’m feeling a little weak. So let’s wait a short while, until the rebels, now on the run, are brought back in line and are made obedient again.

WARWICK

Both which we doubt not but your Majesty
Shall soon enjoy.

WARWICK

We are sure that you’ll soon enjoy both good health and the rebels' defeat.

KING

   Humphrey, my son of Gloucester,
Where is the Prince your brother?

KING

My son Humphrey of Gloucester, where is your brother, Prince Hal?

GLOUCESTER

I think he’s gone to hunt, my lord, at Windsor.

GLOUCESTER

I think he’s gone hunting at Windsor.

KING

15And how accompanied?

KING

Who’s with him?

GLOUCESTER

   I do not know, my lord.

GLOUCESTER

I don’t know, father.

KING

Is not his brother Thomas of Clarence with him?

KING

Isn’t his brother, Thomas of Clarence, with him?

GLOUCESTER

No, my good lord, he is in presence here.

GLOUCESTER

No, father. He’s here.

CLARENCE

What would my lord and father?

CLARENCE

What is it you’d like, father?

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