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-- Philip Weller, November 13, 1941 - February 1, 2021
Dr. Weller, an Eastern Washington University professor of English and Shakespearean scholar for more than 50 years.

The First Part of Henry IV:

Act 4, Scene 4

           Enter the ARCHBISHOP OF YORK,
  *        SIR MICHAEL.

  1   Hie, good Sir Michael; bear this sealed brief
  2   With winged haste to the lord marshal;
  3   This to my cousin Scroop, and all the rest
  4   To whom they are directed. If you knew
  5   How much they do to import, you would make haste.

  6   My good lord,
  7   I guess their tenor.

  7                                   Like enough you do.
  8   tomorrow, good Sir Michael, is a day
  9   Wherein the fortune of ten thousand men
 10   Must bide the touch; for, sir, at Shrewsbury,
 11   As I am truly given to understand,
 12   The king with mighty and quick-raised power
 13   Meets with Lord Harry: and, I fear, Sir Michael,
 14   What with the sickness of Northumberland,
 15   Whose power was in the first proportion,
 16   And what with Owen Glendower's absence thence,
 17   Who with them was a rated sinew too
 18   And comes not in, o'er-ruled by prophecies,
 19   I fear the power of Percy is too weak
 20   To wage an instant trial with the king.

 21   Why, my good lord, you need not fear;
 22   There is Douglas and Lord Mortimer.

 23   No, Mortimer is not there.

 24   But there is Mordake, Vernon, Lord Harry Percy,
 25   And there is my Lord of Worcester and a head
 26   Of gallant warriors, noble gentlemen.

 27   And so there is: but yet the king hath drawn
 28   The special head of all the land together:
 29   The Prince of Wales, Lord John of Lancaster,
 30   The noble Westmoreland and warlike Blunt;
 31   And moe corrivals and dear men
 32   Of estimation and command in arms.

 33   Doubt not, my lord, they shall be well opposed.

 34   I hope no less, yet needful 'tis to fear;
 35   And, to prevent the worst, Sir Michael, speed:
 36   For if Lord Percy thrive not, ere the king
 37   Dismiss his power, he means to visit us,
 38   For he hath heard of our confederacy,
 39   And 'tis but wisdom to make strong against him:
 40   Therefore make haste. I must go write again
 41   To other friends; and so farewell, Sir Michael.