• Enter KING Henry, his sons Thomas Duke of CLARENCE and Humphrey Duke of GLOUCESTER, with WARWICK and others

    KING

    Now, lords, if God doth give successful end
    To this debate that bleedeth at our doors,
    We will our youth lead on to higher fields
    And draw no swords but what are sanctified.
    5Our navy is addressed, our power collected,
    Our substitutes in absence well invested,
    And everything lies level to our wish.
    Only we want a little personal strength;
    And pause us till these rebels now afoot
    10Come underneath the yoke of government.

    WARWICK

    Both which we doubt not but your Majesty
    Shall soon enjoy.

    KING

       Humphrey, my son of Gloucester,
    Where is the Prince your brother?

    GLOUCESTER

    I think he’s gone to hunt, my lord, at Windsor.

    KING

    15And how accompanied?

    GLOUCESTER

       I do not know, my lord.

    KING

    Is not his brother Thomas of Clarence with him?

    GLOUCESTER

    No, my good lord, he is in presence here.

    CLARENCE

    What would my lord and father?
  • KING Henry, his sons Thomas Duke of CLARENCE and Humphrey Duke of GLOUCESTER, WARWICK, and others enter.

    KING

    Now, my lords: if God grants us a victory in this violent civil war that bleeds at our very doorsteps, I will lead our young people in a greater cause, and fight nothing but holy wars. Our navy is ready, our army is assembled, the leaders who are my subordinates have their orders, and everything is standing by to achieve my main aim. The only drawback is that I’m feeling a little weak. So let’s wait a short while, until the rebels, now on the run, are brought back in line and are made obedient again.

    WARWICK

    We are sure that you’ll soon enjoy both good health and the rebels' defeat.

    KING

    My son Humphrey of Gloucester, where is your brother, Prince Hal?

    GLOUCESTER

    I think he’s gone hunting at Windsor.

    KING

    Who’s with him?

    GLOUCESTER

    I don’t know, father.

    KING

    Isn’t his brother, Thomas of Clarence, with him?

    GLOUCESTER

    No, father. He’s here.

    CLARENCE

    What is it you’d like, father?