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Henry IV, Part 2
Act 5, scene 2

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Henry IV, Part 2, continues the story of Henry IV, Part I. Northumberland learns that his son Hotspur is dead, and…

Induction

Following the battle of Shrewsbury (where King Henry and Prince Hal were victorious and Hotspur killed), Rumor spreads the false…

Act 1, scene 1

Northumberland, who had pleaded illness as an excuse for not appearing at the battle of Shrewsbury, learns that his son,…

Act 1, scene 2

Sir John Falstaff is confronted by the Lord Chief Justice. Since Falstaff has come away from Shrewsbury with the reputation…

Act 1, scene 3

At York, the Archbishop discusses with Mowbray, Hastings, and Lord Bardolph whether they can defeat the king’s forces if their…

Act 2, scene 1

Sir John is arrested for the debt he owes Mistress Quickly. He persuades her to drop the charges and to…

Act 2, scene 2

Learning that Falstaff will be dining that night in Eastcheap, Prince Hal and Poins decide to disguise themselves as waiters…

Act 2, scene 3

Northumberland is persuaded by his daughter-in-law, Hotspur’s widow, to abandon the other rebels.

Act 2, scene 4

At Mistress Quickly’s inn in Eastcheap, a fight erupts after Falstaff ’s ensign, Pistol, insults Doll Tearsheet. The disguised Prince Hal…

Act 3, scene 1

An ill and anxious King Henry IV consults with Warwick.

Act 3, scene 2

On his journey through Gloucestershire, Falstaff selects recruits for the army and decides that, on his return, he will fleece…

Act 4, scene 1

The leaders of the rebellion reach Gaultree Forest, where they present their grievances to Westmoreland. After Prince John promises redress…

Act 4, scene 2

Falstaff meets a rebel knight, who surrenders to him. When Prince John reproaches Falstaff for his late arrival, Falstaff turns…

Act 4, scene 3

Just after receiving the good news about the defeat of all the rebel forces, Henry IV falls into a swoon….

Act 5, scene 1

Falstaff observes Shallow and his servants in order to be ready to entertain Prince Hal with amusing stories.

Act 5, scene 2

Prince Hal reassures an anxious Lord Chief Justice.

Act 5, scene 3

On the news of Henry IV’s death, Falstaff and Shallow set off joyfully for London.

Act 5, scene 4

Doll Tearsheet is arrested.

Act 5, scene 5

The newly crowned King Henry V keeps his word to the Lord Chief Justice.

Epilogue

The speaker apologizes for the play and promises another play with Falstaff in it.

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Scene 2
Enter Warwick and Lord Chief Justice.

WARWICK 
 How now, my Lord Chief Justice, whither away?
CHIEF JUSTICE How doth the King?
WARWICK 
 Exceeding well. His cares are now all ended.
CHIEF JUSTICE 
 I hope, not dead.
WARWICK 5 He’s walked the way of nature,
 And to our purposes he lives no more.
CHIEF JUSTICE 
 I would his Majesty had called me with him.
 The service that I truly did his life
 Hath left me open to all injuries.
WARWICK 
10 Indeed, I think the young king loves you not.
CHIEF JUSTICE 
 I know he doth not, and do arm myself
 To welcome the condition of the time,
 Which cannot look more hideously upon me
 Than I have drawn it in my fantasy.

Enter John, Thomas, and Humphrey.

WARWICK 
15 Here come the heavy issue of dead Harry.
 O, that the living Harry had the temper
 Of he the worst of these three gentlemen!
 How many nobles then should hold their places
 That must strike sail to spirits of vile sort!
CHIEF JUSTICE 
20 O God, I fear all will be overturned.
JOHN OF LANCASTER 
 Good morrow, cousin Warwick, good morrow.

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HUMPHREY OF GLOUCESTER, THOMAS OF CLARENCE Good morrow, cousin.
JOHN OF LANCASTER 
 We meet like men that had forgot to speak.
WARWICK 
 We do remember, but our argument
25 Is all too heavy to admit much talk.
JOHN OF LANCASTER 
 Well, peace be with him that hath made us heavy.
CHIEF JUSTICE 
 Peace be with us, lest we be heavier.
HUMPHREY OF GLOUCESTER 
 O, good my lord, you have lost a friend indeed,
 And I dare swear you borrow not that face
30 Of seeming sorrow; it is sure your own.
JOHN OF LANCASTER, to the Chief Justice 
 Though no man be assured what grace to find,
 You stand in coldest expectation.
 I am the sorrier; would ’twere otherwise.
THOMAS OF CLARENCE 
 Well, you must now speak Sir John Falstaff fair,
35 Which swims against your stream of quality.
CHIEF JUSTICE 
 Sweet princes, what I did I did in honor,
 Led by th’ impartial conduct of my soul;
 And never shall you see that I will beg
 A ragged and forestalled remission.
40 If truth and upright innocency fail me,
 I’ll to the king my master that is dead
 And tell him who hath sent me after him.

Enter the Prince, as Henry V, and Blunt.

WARWICK Here comes the Prince.
CHIEF JUSTICE 
 Good morrow, and God save your Majesty.

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PRINCE 
45 This new and gorgeous garment majesty
 Sits not so easy on me as you think.—
 Brothers, you mix your sadness with some fear.
 This is the English, not the Turkish court;
 Not Amurath an Amurath succeeds,
50 But Harry Harry. Yet be sad, good brothers,
 For, by my faith, it very well becomes you.
 Sorrow so royally in you appears
 That I will deeply put the fashion on
 And wear it in my heart. Why then, be sad.
55 But entertain no more of it, good brothers,
 Than a joint burden laid upon us all.
 For me, by heaven, I bid you be assured,
 I’ll be your father and your brother too.
 Let me but bear your love, I’ll bear your cares.
60 Yet weep that Harry’s dead, and so will I,
 But Harry lives that shall convert those tears
 By number into hours of happiness.
BROTHERS 
 We hope no otherwise from your Majesty.
PRINCE 
 You all look strangely on me. To the Chief Justice.
65 And you most.
 You are, I think, assured I love you not.
CHIEF JUSTICE 
 I am assured, if I be measured rightly,
 Your Majesty hath no just cause to hate me.
PRINCE 
 No? How might a prince of my great hopes forget
70 So great indignities you laid upon me?
 What, rate, rebuke, and roughly send to prison
 Th’ immediate heir of England? Was this easy?
 May this be washed in Lethe and forgotten?
CHIEF JUSTICE 
 I then did use the person of your father;

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75 The image of his power lay then in me.
 And in th’ administration of his law,
 Whiles I was busy for the commonwealth,
 Your Highness pleasèd to forget my place,
 The majesty and power of law and justice,
80 The image of the King whom I presented,
 And struck me in my very seat of judgment,
 Whereon, as an offender to your father,
 I gave bold way to my authority
 And did commit you. If the deed were ill,
85 Be you contented, wearing now the garland,
 To have a son set your decrees at nought?
 To pluck down justice from your awful bench?
 To trip the course of law and blunt the sword
 That guards the peace and safety of your person?
90 Nay more, to spurn at your most royal image
 And mock your workings in a second body?
 Question your royal thoughts, make the case yours;
 Be now the father and propose a son,
 Hear your own dignity so much profaned,
95 See your most dreadful laws so loosely slighted,
 Behold yourself so by a son disdained,
 And then imagine me taking your part
 And in your power soft silencing your son.
 After this cold considerance, sentence me,
100 And, as you are a king, speak in your state
 What I have done that misbecame my place,
 My person, or my liege’s sovereignty.
PRINCE 
 You are right, justice, and you weigh this well.
 Therefore still bear the balance and the sword.
105 And I do wish your honors may increase
 Till you do live to see a son of mine
 Offend you and obey you as I did.
 So shall I live to speak my father’s words:

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 “Happy am I that have a man so bold
110 That dares do justice on my proper son;
 And not less happy, having such a son
 That would deliver up his greatness so
 Into the hands of justice.” You did commit me,
 For which I do commit into your hand
115 Th’ unstainèd sword that you have used to bear,
 With this remembrance: that you use the same
 With the like bold, just, and impartial spirit
 As you have done ’gainst me. There is my hand.
They clasp hands.
 You shall be as a father to my youth,
120 My voice shall sound as you do prompt mine ear,
 And I will stoop and humble my intents
 To your well-practiced wise directions.—
 And, princes all, believe me, I beseech you:
 My father is gone wild into his grave,
125 For in his tomb lie my affections,
 And with his spirits sadly I survive
 To mock the expectation of the world,
 To frustrate prophecies, and to raze out
 Rotten opinion, who hath writ me down
130 After my seeming. The tide of blood in me
 Hath proudly flowed in vanity till now.
 Now doth it turn and ebb back to the sea,
 Where it shall mingle with the state of floods
 And flow henceforth in formal majesty.
135 Now call we our high court of parliament,
 And let us choose such limbs of noble counsel
 That the great body of our state may go
 In equal rank with the best-governed nation;
 That war, or peace, or both at once, may be
140 As things acquainted and familiar to us,
 To the Chief Justice. In which you, father, shall
 have foremost hand.

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 Our coronation done, we will accite,
 As I before remembered, all our state.
145 And, God consigning to my good intents,
 No prince nor peer shall have just cause to say
 God shorten Harry’s happy life one day.
They exit.