Henry IV Part 2

by: William Shakespeare

Act 5 Scene 2

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Enter WARWICK and the Lord CHIEF JUSTICE
WARWICK and the Lord CHIEF JUSTICE enter.

WARWICK

How now, my Lord Chief Justice, whither away?

WARWICK

What’s happening, my Lord Chief Justice? Where are you going?

CHIEF JUSTICE

How doth the King?

CHIEF JUSTICE

How’s the King doing?

WARWICK

Exceeding well. His cares are now all ended.

WARWICK

Very well. All his worries are ended now.

CHIEF JUSTICE

I hope, not dead.

CHIEF JUSTICE

Not dead, I hope.

WARWICK

   He’s walked the way of nature,
5And to our purposes he lives no more.

WARWICK

He’s gone down nature’s path; for our purposes, he is no longer living.

CHIEF JUSTICE

I would his Majesty had called me with him.
The service that I truly did his life
Hath left me open to all injuries.

CHIEF JUSTICE

I wish his majesty had brought me with him. The work I did for him while he was alive makes me very vulnerable, now that he’s dead.

WARWICK

Indeed, I think the young King loves you not.

WARWICK

Indeed, I think the young King has no love for you.

CHIEF JUSTICE

10I know he doth not, and do arm myself
To welcome the condition of the time,
Which cannot look more hideously upon me
Than I have drawn it in my fantasy.

CHIEF JUSTICE

I know he doesn’t. I’m preparing myself to deal with whatever happens, which can’t be any worse than what I’ve imagined.
Enter LANCASTER, CLARENCE, GLOUCESTER, and others
LANCASTER, CLARENCE, GLOUCESTER, and others enter.

WARWICK

Here come the heavy issue of dead Harry.
15O, that the living Harry had the temper
Of he the worst of these three gentlemen!
How many nobles then should hold their places
That must strike sail to spirits of vile sort!

WARWICK

Here come the heavy-hearted children of dead Harry. If only the living Harry had the character of the worst of these three young men. Then a lot of noblemen would remain secure, instead of having to step aside to make room for lowlifes.

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