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Histories and Tragedies: Henry the Fourth, Part One, 1.3.1-21

Line numbers are from the Bevington Necessary Shakespeare.

Enter the KING, NORTHUMBERLAND, WORCESTER, HOTSPUR,
SIR WALTER BLUNT, with others.

KING HENRY IV: 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
I will from henceforth rather be myself,                                               [5]
Mighty and to be fear'd, 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.

EARL OF WORCESTER: Our house, my sovereign liege, little deserves             [10]
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 HENRY IV: Worcester, get thee gone; for I do see
Danger and disobedience in thine eye:                                                  [15]
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
Your use and counsel, we shall send for you.                                     [20]
[Exit Worcester.]
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