Gary Taylor, John Jowett, Terri Bourus, and Gabriel Egan (eds), The New Oxford Shakespeare: Modern Critical Edition
Editor’s NoteEnter the Earl Warwick [at one door], the Lord Chief Justice [at another]Editor’s Note1
warwick How now, my Lord Chief Justice, whither away?2
lord chief justice How doth the King?pg 1426 Editor’s Note3
warwick Exceeding well: his cares are now all ended.Link 4
lord chief justice I hope not dead.
warwick He's walked the way of nature,
5And to our purposes he lives no more.6
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.9
warwick Indeed I think the young King loves you not.10
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 GloucesterEditor’s Note14
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!19
lord chief justice O God, I fear all will be overturned.20
prince john Good morrow, cousin Warwick, good morrow.21
gloucester and clarence Good morrow, cousin.Editor’s Note22
prince john We meet like men that had forgot to speak.Editor’s Note23
warwick We do remember, but our argument
24Is all too heavy to admit much talk.25
prince john Well, peace be with him that hath made us heavy!26
lord chief justice Peace be with us, lest we be heavier!27
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.30
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.33
clarence [to Lord Chief Justice] Well, you must now speak Sir John Falstaff fair,
Editor’s Note34Which swims against your stream of quality.35
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 Blunt42
warwick Here comes the Prince.43
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.62
prince john, gloucester, and clarence We hope no otherwise from your majesty.Editor’s Note63
king harry You all look strangely on me, [to Lord Chief Justice] and you most.
64You are, I think, assured I love you not.65
lord chief justice I am assured, if I be measured rightly,
66Your majesty hath no just cause to hate me.67
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?Editor’s Note72
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
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.Editor’s Note101
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
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.'Exeunt