ACT IV SCENE II

ACT IV SCENE II2011-12-04T04:58:53+00:00
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King Henry IV, Part II

ARCHBISHOP OF YORKTo you, my noble Lord of Westmoreland. 75
WESTMORELANDI pledge your grace; and, if you knew what pains
I have bestow’d to breed this present peace,
You would drink freely: but my love to ye
Shall show itself more openly hereafter.
ARCHBISHOP OF YORKI do not doubt you. 80
WESTMORELANDI am glad of it.
Health to my lord and gentle cousin, Mowbray.
MOWBRAYYou wish me health in very happy season;
For I am, on the sudden, something ill.
ARCHBISHOP OF YORKAgainst ill chances men are ever merry; 85
But heaviness foreruns the good event.
WESTMORELANDTherefore be merry, coz; since sudden sorrow
Serves to say thus, ‘some good thing comes
to-morrow.’
ARCHBISHOP OF YORKBelieve me, I am passing light in spirit. 90
MOWBRAYSo much the worse, if your own rule be true.
Shouts within
LANCASTERThe word of peace is render’d: hark, how they shout!
MOWBRAYThis had been cheerful after victory.
ARCHBISHOP OF YORKA peace is of the nature of a conquest;
For then both parties nobly are subdued, 95
And neither party loser.
LANCASTERGo, my lord,
And let our army be discharged too.
Exit WESTMORELAND
And, good my lord, so please you, let our trains
March, by us, that we may peruse the men 100
We should have coped withal.
ARCHBISHOP OF YORKGo, good Lord Hastings,
And, ere they be dismissed, let them march by.
Exit HASTINGS
LANCASTERI trust, lords, we shall lie to-night together.
Re-enter WESTMORELAND
Now, cousin, wherefore stands our army still? 105
WESTMORELANDThe leaders, having charge from you to stand,
Will not go off until they hear you speak.
LANCASTERThey know their duties.
Re-enter HASTINGS
HASTINGSMy lord, our army is dispersed already;
Like youthful steers unyoked, they take their courses 110
East, west, north, south; or, like a school broke up,
Each hurries toward his home and sporting-place.
WESTMORELANDGood tidings, my Lord Hastings; for the which
I do arrest thee, traitor, of high treason:
And you, lord archbishop, and you, Lord Mowbray, 115
Of capitol treason I attach you both.
MOWBRAYIs this proceeding just and honourable?
WESTMORELANDIs your assembly so?
ARCHBISHOP OF YORKWill you thus break your faith?
LANCASTERI pawn’d thee none: 120
I promised you redress of these same grievances
Whereof you did complain; which, by mine honour,
I will perform with a most Christian care.
But for you, rebels, look to taste the due
Meet for rebellion and such acts as yours. 125
Most shallowly did you these arms commence,
Fondly brought here and foolishly sent hence.
Strike up our drums, pursue the scatter’d stray:
God, and not we, hath safely fought to-day.
Some guard these traitors to the block of death, 130
Treason’s true bed and yielder up of breath.
Exeunt
ACT IV SCENE IIAnother part of the forest.
Enter, from one side, MOWBRAY, attended; afterwardsthe ARCHBISHOP OF YORK, HASTINGS, and others: fromthe other side, Prince John of LANCASTER, andWESTMORELAND; Officers, and others with them
LANCASTERYou are well encounter’d here, my cousin Mowbray:
Good day to you, gentle lord archbishop;
And so to you, Lord Hastings, and to all.
My Lord of York, it better show’d with you 5
When that your flock, assembled by the bell,
Encircled you to hear with reverence
Your exposition on the holy text
Than now to see you here an iron man,
Cheering a rout of rebels with your drum, 10
Turning the word to sword and life to death.
That man that sits within a monarch’s heart,
And ripens in the sunshine of his favour,
Would he abuse the countenance of the king,
Alack, what mischiefs might he set abrooch 15
In shadow of such greatness! With you, lord bishop,
It is even so. Who hath not heard it spoken
How deep you were within the books of God?
To us the speaker in his parliament;
To us the imagined voice of God himself; 20
The very opener and intelligencer
Between the grace, the sanctities of heaven
And our dull workings. O, who shall believe
But you misuse the reverence of your place,
Employ the countenance and grace of heaven, 25
As a false favourite doth his prince’s name,
In deeds dishonourable? You have ta’en up,
Under the counterfeited zeal of God,
The subjects of his substitute, my father,
And both against the peace of heaven and him 30
Have here up-swarm’d them.
ARCHBISHOP OF YORKGood my Lord of Lancaster,
I am not here against your father’s peace;
But, as I told my lord of Westmoreland,
The time misorder’d doth, in common sense, 35
Crowd us and crush us to this monstrous form,
To hold our safety up. I sent your grace
The parcels and particulars of our grief,
The which hath been with scorn shoved from the court,
Whereon this Hydra son of war is born; 40
Whose dangerous eyes may well be charm’d asleep
With grant of our most just and right desires,
And true obedience, of this madness cured,
Stoop tamely to the foot of majesty.
MOWBRAYIf not, we ready are to try our fortunes 45
To the last man.
HASTINGSAnd though we here fall down,
We have supplies to second our attempt:
If they miscarry, theirs shall second them;
And so success of mischief shall be born 50
And heir from heir shall hold this quarrel up
Whiles England shall have generation.
LANCASTERYou are too shallow, Hastings, much too shallow,
To sound the bottom of the after-times.
WESTMORELANDPleaseth your grace to answer them directly 55
How far forth you do like their articles.
LANCASTERI like them all, and do allow them well,
And swear here, by the honour of my blood,
My father’s purposes have been mistook,
And some about him have too lavishly 60
Wrested his meaning and authority.
My lord, these griefs shall be with speed redress’d;
Upon my soul, they shall. If this may please you,
Discharge your powers unto their several counties,
As we will ours: and here between the armies 65
Let’s drink together friendly and embrace,
That all their eyes may bear those tokens home
Of our restored love and amity.
ARCHBISHOP OF YORKI take your princely word for these redresses.
LANCASTERI give it you, and will maintain my word: 70
And thereupon I drink unto your grace.
HASTINGSGo, captain, and deliver to the army
This news of peace: let them have pay, and part:
I know it will well please them. Hie thee, captain.
Exit Officer