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Editor’s NoteEnter the Earl Warwick [at one door], the Lord Chief Justice [at another]
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warwick How now, my Lord Chief Justice, whither away?


lord chief justice How doth the King?

pg 1426 Editor’s Note3

warwick Exceeding well: his cares are now all ended.

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lord chief justice I hope not dead.

warwick He's walked the way of nature,

5And to our purposes he lives no more.


lord chief justice I would his majesty had called me with him.

7The service that I truly did his life

8Hath left me open to all injuries.


warwick Indeed I think the young King loves you not.


lord chief justice I know he doth not, and do arm myself

11To welcome the condition of the time,

12Which cannot look more hideously upon me

Editor’s Note13Than I have drawn it in my fantasy.

Enter Prince John of Lancaster, Thomas, Duke of Clarence, and Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester
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warwick Here come the heavy issue of dead Harry.

15O, that the living Harry had the temper

16Of he the worst of these three gentlemen!

17How many nobles then should hold their places,

Editor’s Note18That must strike sail to spirits of vile sort!


lord chief justice O God, I fear all will be overturned.


prince john Good morrow, cousin Warwick, good morrow.


gloucester and clarence Good morrow, cousin.

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prince john We meet like men that had forgot to speak.

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warwick We do remember, but our argument

24Is all too heavy to admit much talk.


prince john Well, peace be with him that hath made us heavy!


lord chief justice Peace be with us, lest we be heavier!


gloucester O good my lord, you have lost a friend indeed;

Editor’s Note28And I dare swear you borrow not that face

29Of seeming sorrow—it is sure your own.


prince john [to Lord Chief Justice] Though no man be assured what grace to find,

31You stand in coldest expectation.

32I am the sorrier; would 'twere otherwise.


clarence [to Lord Chief Justice] Well, you must now speak Sir John Falstaff fair,

Editor’s Note34Which swims against your stream of quality.


lord chief justice Sweet princes, what I did I did in honour,

36Led by th'impartial conduct of my soul;

37And never shall you see that I will beg

Editor’s Note38A ragged and forestalled remissïon.

Link 39If truth and upright innocency fail me,

40I'll to the King my master, that is dead,

41And tell him who hath sent me after him.

Editor’s NoteEnter the Prince [as King] and Blunt

warwick Here comes the Prince.


lord chief justice Good morrow, and God save your majesty!

pg 1427 44

king harry This new and gorgeous garment, majesty,

45Sits not so easy on me as you think.

46Brothers, you mix your sadness with some fear.

47This is the English not the Turkish court;

Editor’s Note48Not Amurath an Amurath succeeds,

49But Harry Harry. Yet be sad, good brothers,

50For, by my faith, it very well becomes you.

51Sorrow so royally in you appears

Editor’s Note52That I will deeply put the fashion on,

53And wear it in my heart. Why then, be sad;

54But entertain no more of it, good brothers,

55Than a joint burden laid upon us all.

Editor’s Note56For me, by heaven, I bid you be assured

57I'll be your father and your brother too.

58Let me but bear your love, I'll bear your cares.

Editor’s Note59Yet weep that Harry's dead, and so will I;

60But Harry lives that shall convert those tears

61By number into hours of happiness.


prince john, gloucester, and clarence We hope no otherwise from your majesty.

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king harry You all look strangely on me, [to Lord Chief Justice] and you most.

64You are, I think, assured I love you not.


lord chief justice I am assured, if I be measured rightly,

66Your majesty hath no just cause to hate me.


king harry No? How might a prince of my great hopes forget

68So great indignities you laid upon me?

Editor’s Note69What—rate, rebuke, and roughly send to prison

Editor’s Note70Th'immediate heir of England? Was this easy?

Editor’s Note71May this be washed in Lethe and forgotten?

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lord chief justice I then did use the person of your father.

Editor’s Note73The image of his power lay then in me;

74And in th'administration of his law,

Link 75Whiles I was busy for the commonwealth,

76Your highness pleasèd to forget my place,

77The majesty and power of law and justice,

Editor’s Note78The image of the King whom I presented,

79And struck me in my very seat of judgement;

Editor’s Note80Whereon, as an offender to your father,

Editor’s Note81I gave bold way to my authority

Editor’s Note82And did commit you. If the deed were ill,

83Be you contented, wearing now the garland,

84To have a son set your decrees at naught—

Editor’s Note85To pluck down justice from your awe-full bench,

86To trip the course of law, and blunt the sword

pg 142887That guards the peace and safety of your person,

88Nay, more, to spurn at your most royal image,

Editor’s Note89And mock your workings in a second body?

90Question your royal thoughts, make the case yours,

Editor’s Note91Be now the father, and propose a son;

92Hear your own dignity so much profaned,

93See your most dreadful laws so loosely slighted,

94Behold yourself so by a son disdained;

Editor’s Note95And then imagine me taking your part,

Editor’s Note96And in your power soft silencing your son.

Editor’s Note97After this cold considerance, sentence me;

Editor’s Note98And, as you are a king, speak in your state

99What I have done that misbecame my place,

100My person, or my liege's sovereignty.

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king harry You are right Justice, and you weigh this well.

Editor’s Note102Therefore still bear the balance and the sword;

103And I do wish your honours may increase

104Till you do live to see a son of mine

105Offend you and obey you as I did.

106So shall I live to speak my father's words:

107'Happy am I that have a man so bold

Editor’s Note108That dares do justice on my proper son,

109And not less happy having such a son

110That would deliver up his greatness so

Editor’s Note Link 111Into the hands of justice.' You did commit me,

112For which I do commit into your hand

Editor’s Note113Th'unstainèd sword that you have used to bear,

114With this remembrance: that you use the same

115With the like bold, just, and impartial spirit

Editor’s Note116As you have done 'gainst me. There is my hand.

117You shall be as a father to my youth;

118My voice shall sound as you do prompt mine ear,

119And I will stoop and humble my intents

120To your well-practised wise directions.—

121And princes all, believe me, I beseech you,

Editor’s Note122My father is gone wild into his grave,

Editor’s Note123For in his tomb lie my affectïons;

Editor’s Note124And with his spirits sadly I survive

Editor’s Note125To mock the expectation of the world,

126To frustrate prophecies, and to raze out

Editor’s Note127Rotten opinion, who hath writ me down

Editor’s Note128After my seeming. The tide of blood in me

Editor’s Note129Hath proudly flowed in vanity till now.

130Now doth it turn, and ebb back to the sea,

pg 1429Editor’s Note131Where it shall mingle with the state of floods,

132And flow henceforth in formal majesty.

133Now call we our high court of Parliament,

Editor’s Note134And let us choose such limbs of noble counsel

Editor’s Note135That the great body of our state may go

136In equal rank with the best-governed nation;

137That war, or peace, or both at once, may be

138As things acquainted and familiar to us;

[To Lord Chief Justice]

Editor’s Note139In which you, father, shall have foremost hand.

[To all]

Editor’s Note140Our coronation done, we will accite,

Editor’s Note141As I before remembered, all our state;

Editor’s Note142And, God consigning to my good intents,

143No prince nor peer shall have just cause to say,

144'God shorten Harry's happy life one day.'


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15.0 the Lord Chief Justice The dialogue conveys his anxiety about the King's death, and he may enter hastily.
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15.1 whither away Where are you going
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15.3 well (from proverbial 'He's well, since he is in heaven')
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15.13 fantasy imagination
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15.14 heavy sorrowful
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15.18 strike sail lower sail (as a sign of submission)
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15.22 forgot forgotten how to
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15.23 argument subject matter
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15.28–9 that … sorrow seeming is 'evident', but the phrase also suggests that the face is not one of falsely assumed sorrow.
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15.34 quality character, disposition; rank
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15.38 ragged i.e. beggarly, ignominious
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15.38 forestalled predetermined to be denied or prevented; or asked in anticipation of the charge
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15.41.1 Enter … Blunt Harry may be dressed as he has been throughout the play, which might contribute to the Lord Chief Justice's fear that Harry will punish him. However, the stage direction has him enter with the non-speaking character Blunt, which may indicate he is attended.
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15.48 Not … succeeds Alludes to Murad ('Amurath') III, who had his brothers executed when he succeeded as Sultan in 1574.
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15.52 deeply solemnly
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15.56 For as for
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15.59 Yet still
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15.63 strangely coldly, unfavourably
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15.69 rate chide
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15.70 easy slight, insignificant
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15.71 Lethe (the supposed river in Hades which induced oblivion)
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15.72 person function, office
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15.73 image representation
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15.78 presented represented
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15.80 as i.e. as you were
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15.81 way scope
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15.82 If … ill An assumption challenged by the following questions. Alternatively 'Be you contented' might be taken as an imperative or subjective.
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15.85 awe-full commanding reverential fear
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15.89 in a second body i.e. as enacted by a representative
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15.91 propose imagine
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15.95 part side
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15.96 soft gently
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15.97 cold considerance sober reflection
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15.98 state role as monarch
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15.101 right Justice Justice itself. Alternatively, 'Justice' might be a vocative form of address.
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15.101 weigh (anticipating 'balance')
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15.102 balance and the sword (the emblems of Justice)
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15.108 proper own
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15.111 commit imprison (but in 15.112, 'assign')
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15.113 used to bear made a practice of learning
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15.116 There … hand possibly offering his hand to the Lord Chief Justice
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15.122 is … grave i.e. has taken away wildness to the grave
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15.123 affectïons unrestrained inclinations
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15.124 spirits disposition, feelings
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15.124 sadly soberly (also 'mourningly')
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15.125 mock defy, set at nought
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15.127 Rotten unwholesome (as used to describe vapour)
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15.128–30 The … sea (an image of a tidal river)
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15.129 proudly vigorously, swollenly; imperiously, overbearingly
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15.131 state majestic dignity
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15.134 limbs members
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15.135 state government
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15.139 In … hand The Lord Chief Justice may bow or otherwise acknowledge Harry's honour.
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15.140 accite summon
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15.141 remembered made mention
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15.141 state ruling nobles
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15.142 consigning to endorsing
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