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  • Title: Henry IV, Part 1 (Modern)
  • Editor: Rosemary Gaby
  • ISBN: 978-1-55058-371-7

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

    Enter Archbishop of York [and] Sir Michael.
    Hie, good Sir Michael, bear this sealèd brief
    With wingèd haste to the Lord Marshal,
    2590This to my cousin Scrope, and all the rest
    To whom they are directed. If you knew
    How much they do import, you would make haste.
    Sir Michael
    My good lord, I guess their tenor.
    Like enough you do.
    Tomorrow, good Sir Michael, is a day
    Wherein the fortune of ten thousand men
    Must bide the touch. For, sir, at Shrewsbury,
    As I am truly given to understand,
    2600The king with mighty and quick-raisèd power
    Meets with Lord Harry. And I fear, Sir Michael,
    What with the sickness of Northumberland,
    Whose power was in the first proportion,
    And what with Owen Glendower's absence thence,
    2605Who with them was a rated sinew too,
    And comes not in, overruled by prophecies,
    I fear the power of Percy is too weak
    To wage an instant trial with the king.
    Sir Michael
    Why, my good lord, you need not fear,
    2610There is Douglas and Lord Mortimer.
    No, Mortimer is not there.
    Sir Michael
    But there is Mordake, Vernon, Lord Harry Percy;
    And there is my lord of Worcester, and a head
    Of gallant warriors, noble gentlemen.
    And so there is. But yet the king hath drawn
    The special head of all the land together:
    The Prince of Wales, Lord John of Lancaster,
    The noble Westmorland, and warlike Blunt,
    2620And many more corrivals, and dear men
    Of estimation and command in arms.
    Sir Michael
    Doubt not, my lord, they shall be well opposed.
    I hope no less, yet needful 'tis to fear;
    And to prevent the worst, Sir Michael, speed.
    2625For if Lord Percy thrive not, ere the king
    Dismiss his power he means to visit us,
    For he hath heard of our confederacy,
    And 'tis but wisdom to make strong against him.
    Therefore make haste. I must go write again
    2630To other friends; and so farewell, Sir Michael.