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Henry IV, Part 2

Henry IV, Part 2 Translation Act 5, Scene 2

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Enter WARWICK and the Lord CHIEF JUSTICE

WARWICK

How now, my Lord Chief Justice, whither away?

WARWICK

How's it going, my Lord Chief Justice? Where are you going?

CHIEF JUSTICE

How doth the King?

CHIEF JUSTICE

How is the King?

WARWICK

Exceeding well. His cares are now all ended.

WARWICK

Very well. All of his cares are gone. 

CHIEF JUSTICE

I hope, not dead.

CHIEF JUSTICE

I hope you don't mean he's dead.

WARWICK

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

WARWICK

He's followed the path nature intended. And for our purposes, he is no longer alive. 

CHIEF JUSTICE

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

CHIEF JUSTICE

I wish his Majesty had taken me with him. The work that I did for him when he was alive has put me in danger now that he's dead.

WARWICK

Indeed, I think the young King loves you not.

WARWICK

Indeed, especially as I don't think the young King cares for you. 

CHIEF JUSTICE

I 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

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Enter LANCASTER, CLARENCE, GLOUCESTER, and others

WARWICK

Here come the heavy issue of dead Harry. O, 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

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CHIEF JUSTICE

O God, I fear all will be overturned.

CHIEF JUSTICE

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LANCASTER

Good morrow, cousin Warwick, good morrow.

LANCASTER

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GLOUCESTER AND CLARENCE

Good morrow, cousin.

GLOUCESTER AND CLARENCE

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LANCASTER

We meet like men that had forgot to speak.

LANCASTER

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WARWICK

We do remember, but our argumentIs all too heavy to admit much talk.

WARWICK

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LANCASTER

Well, peace be with him that hath made us heavy.

LANCASTER

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CHIEF JUSTICE

Peace be with us, lest we be heavier.

CHIEF JUSTICE

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GLOUCESTER

O, good my lord, you have lost a friend indeed,And I dare swear you borrow not that faceOf seeming sorrow; it is sure your own.

GLOUCESTER

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LANCASTER

Though no man be assured what grace to find,You stand in coldest expectation.I am the sorrier; would ’twere otherwise.

LANCASTER

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CLARENCE

Well, you must now speak Sir John Falstaff fair,Which swims against your stream of quality.

CLARENCE

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CHIEF JUSTICE

Sweet princes, what I did I did in honor, Led by th' impartial conduct of my soul; And never shall you see that I will beg A ragged and forestalled remission. If truth and upright innocency fail me, I’ll to the King my master that is dead And tell him who hath sent me after him.

CHIEF JUSTICE

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WARWICK

Here comes the Prince.

WARWICK

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Enter PRINCE HENRY (now King Henry V), attended

CHIEF JUSTICE

Good morrow, and God save your Majesty.

CHIEF JUSTICE

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PRINCE HENRY

This new and gorgeous garment majesty Sits not so easy on me as you think. Brothers, you mix your sadness with some fear. This is the English, not the Turkish court; Not Amurath an Amurath succeeds, But Harry Harry. Yet be sad, good brothers, For, by my faith, it very well becomes you. Sorrow so royally in you appears That I will deeply put the fashion on And wear it in my heart. Why then, be sad. But entertain no more of it, good brothers, Than a joint burden laid upon us all. For me, by heaven, I bid you be assured, I’ll be your father and your brother too. Let me but bear your love, I ’ll bear your cares. Yet weep that Harry’s dead, and so will I, But Harry lives that shall convert those tears By number into hours of happiness.

PRINCE HENRY

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PRINCES

We hope no otherwise from your Majesty.

PRINCES

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PRINCE HENRY

You all look strangely on me. [to the CHIEF JUSTICE] And you most.You are, I think, assured I love you not.

PRINCE HENRY

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CHIEF JUSTICE

I am assured, if I be measured rightly,Your Majesty hath no just cause to hate me.

CHIEF JUSTICE

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PRINCE HENRY

No? How might a prince of my great hopes forget So great indignities you laid upon me? What, rate, rebuke, and roughly send to prison Th' immediate heir of England? Was this easy? May this be washed in Lethe and forgotten?

PRINCE HENRY

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CHIEF JUSTICE

I then did use the person of your father; The image of his power lay then in me. And in th' administration of his law, Whiles I was busy for the commonwealth, Your Highness pleasèd to forget my place, The majesty and power of law and justice, The image of the King whom I presented, And struck me in my very seat of judgment, Whereon, as an offender to your father, I gave bold way to my authority And did commit you. If the deed were ill, Be you contented, wearing now the garland, To have a son set your decrees at nought? To pluck down justice from your awful bench? To trip the course of law and blunt the sword That guards the peace and safety of your person? Nay more, to spurn at your most royal image And mock your workings in a second body? Question your royal thoughts, make the case yours; Be now the father and propose a son, Hear your own dignity so much profaned, See your most dreadful laws so loosely slighted, Behold yourself so by a son disdained, And then imagine me taking your part And in your power soft silencing your son. After this cold considerance, sentence me, And, as you are a king, speak in your state What I have done that misbecame my place, My person, or my liege’s sovereignty.

CHIEF JUSTICE

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PRINCE HENRY

You are right, justice, and you weigh this well. Therefore still bear the balance and the sword. And I do wish your honors may increase Till you do live to see a son of mine Offend you and obey you as I did. So shall I live to speak my father’s words: “Happy am I that have a man so bold That dares do justice on my proper son; And not less happy, having such a son That would deliver up his greatness so Into the hands of justice.” You did commit me, For which I do commit into your hand Th' unstainèd sword that you have used to bear, With this remembrance: that you use the same With the like bold, just, and impartial spirit As you have done 'gainst me. There is my hand. You shall be as a father to my youth, My voice shall sound as you do prompt mine ear, And I will stoop and humble my intents To your well-practiced wise directions. And, princes all, believe me, I beseech you: My father is gone wild into his grave, For in his tomb lie my affections, And with his spirit sadly I survive To mock the expectation of the world, To frustrate prophecies, and to raze out Rotten opinion, who hath writ me down After my seeming. The tide of blood in me Hath proudly flowed in vanity till now. Now doth it turn and ebb back to the sea, Where it shall mingle with the state of floods And flow henceforth in formal majesty. Now call we our high court of parliament, And let us choose such limbs of noble counsel That the great body of our state may go In equal rank with the best governed nation; That war, or peace, or both at once, may be As things acquainted and familiar to us, In which you, father, shall have foremost hand. Our coronation done, we will accite, As I before remembered, all our state. And, God consigning to my good intents, No prince nor peer shall have just cause to say God shorten Harry’s happy life one day.

PRINCE HENRY

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Lani is currently studying for an MA in Shakespeare Studies at King's College London and Shakespeare's Globe. She has a BA in English and Latin Literature from the University of Warwick and worked as a Teacher of Drama for a year in between her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. She has a love for all things theatrical and spends all of her free time either watching theatre or taking part in it herself.