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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 5, Scene 5

           The trumpets sound. Enter the KING, PRINCE
           EARL OF WESTMORELAND, with
           WORCESTER and VERNON prisoners.

  1   Thus ever did rebellion find rebuke.
  2   Ill-spirited Worcester! did not we send grace,
  3   Pardon and terms of love to all of you?
  4   And wouldst thou turn our offers contrary?
  5   Misuse the tenor of thy kinsman's trust?
  6   Three knights upon our party slain to-day,
  7   A noble earl and many a creature else
  8   Had been alive this hour,
  9   If like a Christian thou hadst truly borne
 10   Betwixt our armies true intelligence.

 11   What I have done my safety urged me to;
 12   And I embrace this fortune patiently,
 13   Since not to be avoided it falls on me.

 14   Bear Worcester to the death and Vernon too:
 15   Other offenders we will pause upon.

           [Exeunt Worcester and Vernon, guarded.]

 16   How goes the field?

 17   The noble Scot, Lord Douglas, when he saw
 18   The fortune of the day quite turn'd from him,
 19   The noble Percy slain, and all his men
 20   Upon the foot of fear, fled with the rest;
 21   And falling from a hill, he was so bruised
 22   That the pursuers took him. At my tent
 23   The Douglas is; and I beseech your grace
 24   I may dispose of him.

 24                                   With all my heart.

 25   Then, brother John of Lancaster, to you
 26   This honourable bounty shall belong:
 27   Go to the Douglas, and deliver him
 28   Up to his pleasure, ransomless and free:
 29   His valour shown upon our crests to-day
 30   Hath taught us how to cherish such high deeds
 31   Even in the bosom of our adversaries.

 32   I thank your grace for this high courtesy,
 33   Which I shall give away immediately.

 34   Then this remains, that we divide our power.
 35   You, son John, and my cousin Westmoreland
 36   Towards York shall bend you with your dearest speed,
 37   To meet Northumberland and the prelate Scroop,
 38   Who, as we hear, are busily in arms:
 39   Myself and you, son Harry, will towards Wales,
 40   To fight with Glendower and the Earl of March.
 41   Rebellion in this land shall lose his sway,
 42   Meeting the cheque of such another day:
 43   And since this business so fair is done,
 44   Let us not leave till all our own be won.