No Fear Act 5 Scene 6
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HENRY PERCY

The grand conspirator, Abbot of Westminster,
20With clog of conscience and sour melancholy
Hath yielded up his body to the grave;
But here is Carlisle living, to abide
Thy kingly doom and sentence of his pride.

HENRY PERCY

The Abbot of Westminster, who conspired against you, has died. But here is Carlisle, alive, to hear your judgment on him.

HENRY BOLINGBROKE

Carlisle, this is your doom:
25Choose out some secret place, some reverend room,
More than thou hast, and with it joy thy life;
So as thou livest in peace, die free from strife:
For though mine enemy thou hast ever been,
High sparks of honour in thee have I seen.

HENRY BOLINGBROKE

Carlisle, here is your sentence: pick some secret place where you can live out your life in peace and die without violence. Even though you’ve always been my enemy, I’ve seen that you are a man of great honor.
Enter EXTON, with persons bearing a coffin
EXTON enters, with several people carrying a coffin.

EXTON

30Great king, within this coffin I present
Thy buried fear: herein all breathless lies
The mightiest of thy greatest enemies,
Richard of Bordeaux, by me hither brought.

EXTON

Great king, here is your greatest fear now buried inside this coffin. In it lies without breathing your greatest enemy, Richard of Bordeaux, brought here by me.

HENRY BOLINGBROKE

Exton, I thank thee not; for thou hast wrought
35A deed of slander with thy fatal hand
Upon my head and all this famous land.

HENRY BOLINGBROKE

Exton, I don’t thank you. By killing him, you’ve done a disgrace to my name and to our country.

EXTON

From your own mouth, my lord, did I this deed.

EXTON

I did this on your own command.

HENRY BOLINGBROKE

They love not poison that do poison need,
Nor do I thee: though I did wish him dead,
40I hate the murderer, love him murdered.
The guilt of conscience take thou for thy labour,
But neither my good word nor princely favour:
With Cain go wander through shades of night,
And never show thy head by day nor light.

HENRY BOLINGBROKE

Those who need to poison someone still don’t love poison. Even though I wanted him dead, I hate the man who murdered him, and now I love the man who has been murdered. You can take your guilty conscience as payment. I won’t give you any praise or royal favors. Go wander the night like

Cain

In the Book of Genesis, Cain kills his brother, Abel, and, as punishment, God orders him to wander the earth for the rest of his life. Cain is considered the world’s first murderer.

Cain
, and don’t show your face here again.

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