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Author: William Shakespeare
Editor: Rosemary Gaby
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Henry IV, Part 1 (Quarto 1, 1598)


Enter Archbishop of Yorke, sir Mighell.
Arch. Hie good sir Mighell, beare this sealed briefe
With winged haste to the Lord Marshall,
2590This to my coosen Scroope, and all the rest
To whom they are directed. If you knew
How much they do import you would make haste.
Sir M. My good Lord I gesse their tenor.
2595Arch. Like enough you do.
To morrow good sir Mighell is a day,
Wherein the fortune of ten thousand men
Must bide the touch. For sir at Shrewsbury
As I am truly giuen to vnderstand,
2600The king with mighty and quicke raised power
Meetes with Lord Harry. And I feare sir Mighell
What with the sicknesse of Northumberland,
Whose power was in the first proportion,
And what with Owen Glendowers absence thence,
2605Who with them was a rated sinew too,
And comes not in ouerrulde by prophecies,
I feare the power of Percy is too weake
To wage an instant triall with the king.
Sir M. Why my good Lord, you need not feare,
2610There is Douglas, and Lord Mortimer.
Arch. No, Mortimer is not there.
Sir M. But there is Mordake, Vernon, Lord Harry Percy.
And there is my Lord of Worcester, and a head
Of gallant warriours, noble gentlemen.
Arch. And so there is: but yet the king hath drawn
The speciall head of all the land togither,
The Prince of Wales, Lord Iohn of Lancaster,
The noble Westmerland, and warlike Blunt,
2620And many mo coriuals and deare men
Of estimation and command in armes.
Sir M. Doubt not my Lo: they shalbe wel oppos'd.
Arch. I hope no lesse, yet needfull tis to feare,
And to preuent the worst, sir Mighell speed:
2625For if Lord Percy thriue not ere the king
Dismisse his power, he meanes to visit vs,
For he hath heard of our confederacy,
And tis but wisedome to make strong against him,
Therefore make haste, I must go write againe
2630To other friends, and so farewell sir Mighel.
Exeunt