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Thomas Percy, Earl of Worcester.
Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland.
Henry Percy, surnamed Hotspur, his Son.
Scroop, Archbishop of York.
Archibald, Earl of Douglas..
Sir Richard Vernon.
Lady Percy, Wife to Hotspur, and Sister to Mortimer. Lady Mortimer, Daughter to Glendower, and Wife to Mortimer.
Mrs. Quickly, Hostess of a Tavern in Eastcheap.
Lords, Officers, Sheriff, Vintner, Chamberlain, Drawers, two Carriers, Travellers, and Attendants.
SCENE 1. LONDON. A Room in the Palace. Enter KING HENRY, WESTMORELAND, SIR WALTER BLUNT, and others.
K. Hen. So shaken as we are, so wan with care,
No more the thirsty Erinnys of this soil
Shall daub her lips with her own children's blood;
Which, like the meteors of a troubled heaven,
The edge of war, like an ill-sheathed knife,
No more shall cut his master. Therefore, friends,
(Whose soldier now, under whose blessed cross
West. My liege, this haste was not in question,
But yesternight: when, all athwart, there came
K. Hen. It seems then, that the tidings of this broil Break off our business for the Holy Land.
West. This, match'd with other, did, my gracious
For more uneven and unwelcome news
Came from the north, and thus it did import.
Where they did spend a sad and bloody hour;