• Enter the KING, NORTHUMBERLAND, WORCESTER, HOTSPUR, Sir Walter BLUNT, with others

    KING

    My blood hath been too cold and temperate,
    Unapt to stir at these indignities,
    And you have found me, for accordingly
    You tread upon my patience. But be sure
    5I will from henceforth rather be myself,
    Mighty and to be feared, than my condition,
    Which hath been smooth as oil, soft as young down,
    And therefore lost that title of respect
    Which the proud soul ne'er pays but to the proud.

    WORCESTER

    10Our house, my sovereign liege, little deserves
    The scourge of greatness to be used on it,
    And that same greatness too which our own hands
    Have holp to make so portly.

    NORTHUMBERLAND

       My lord—

    KING

    Worcester, get thee gone; for I do see
    15Danger and disobedience in thine eye.
    O sir, your presence is too bold and peremptory,
    And majesty might never yet endure
    The moody frontier of a servant brow.
    You have good leave to leave us. When we need
    20Your use and counsel, we shall send for you.
    Exit WORCESTER
    (to NORTHUMBERLAND)You were about to speak.
  • The KING, NORTHUMBERLAND, WORCESTER, HOTSPUR, Sir Walter BLUNT and others enter.

    KING

    I’ve been too calm and even-tempered, unwilling to react angrily to these indignities. You have discovered this, and so you’ve walked all over my patience. Know this: from now on, I’m going to be my royal self again, powerful and frightening. My natural condition, which was as smooth as oil and soft as feathers, has lost me the respect that powerful people only pay to the similarly powerful.

    WORCESTER

    My lord, the Percy family does not deserve to bear the brunt of your anger and power, especially since we helped you become so powerful in the first place.

    Percy family

    Worcester, Northumberland, and Hotspur are all members of the Percy family.

    NORTHUMBERLAND

    Your Highness —

    KING

    Worcester, get out. I see danger and disobedience in your eyes. You carry yourself too boldly and proudly, and royalty should never have to endure a servant’s frowning face. You have my permission to leave now. When I need you or your advice, I’ll call for you.
    WORCESTER exits.
    (to NORTHUMBERLAND)You were about to speak.