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Speeches (Lines) for Prince Thomas
in "Henry IV, Part II"

Total: 13

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

Prince Thomas. What would my lord and father?



Henry IV. Nothing but well to thee, Thomas of Clarence.
How chance thou art not with the Prince thy brother?
He loves thee, and thou dost neglect him, Thomas.
Thou hast a better place in his affection
Than all thy brothers; cherish it, my boy,
And noble offices thou mayst effect
Of mediation, after I am dead,
Between his greatness and thy other brethren.
Therefore omit him not; blunt not his love,
Nor lose the good advantage of his grace
By seeming cold or careless of his will;
For he is gracious if he be observ'd.
He hath a tear for pity and a hand
Open as day for melting charity;
Yet notwithstanding, being incens'd, he is flint;
As humorous as winter, and as sudden
As flaws congealed in the spring of day.
His temper, therefore, must be well observ'd.
Chide him for faults, and do it reverently,
When you perceive his blood inclin'd to mirth;
But, being moody, give him line and scope
Till that his passions, like a whale on ground,
Confound themselves with working. Learn this, Thomas,
And thou shalt prove a shelter to thy friends,
A hoop of gold to bind thy brothers in,
That the united vessel of their blood,
Mingled with venom of suggestion—
As, force perforce, the age will pour it in—
Shall never leak, though it do work as strong
As aconitum or rash gunpowder.

Prince Thomas. I shall observe him with all care and love.



Henry IV. Why art thou not at Windsor with him, Thomas?

Prince Thomas. He is not there to-day; he dines in London.



Henry IV. And how accompanied? Canst thou tell that?

Prince Thomas. With Poins, and other his continual followers.



Prince Humphrey. Comfort, your Majesty!

Prince Thomas. O my royal father!



Earl of Warwick. Be patient, Princes; you do know these fits
Are with his Highness very ordinary.
Stand from him, give him air; he'll straight be well.

Prince Thomas. No, no; he cannot long hold out these pangs.
Th' incessant care and labour of his mind
Hath wrought the mure that should confine it in
So thin that life looks through, and will break out.



Prince Humphrey. The people fear me; for they do observe
Unfather'd heirs and loathly births of nature.
The seasons change their manners, as the year
Had found some months asleep, and leapt them over.

Prince Thomas. The river hath thrice flow'd, no ebb between;
And the old folk, Time's doting chronicles,
Say it did so a little time before
That our great grandsire, Edward, sick'd and died.



Henry IV. Set me the crown upon my pillow here.

Prince Thomas. His eye is hollow, and he changes much.



Henry V. Who saw the Duke of Clarence?

Prince Thomas. I am here, brother, full of heaviness.



Earl of Warwick. Not so much noise, my lords. Sweet Prince, speak low;
The King your father is dispos'd to sleep.

Prince Thomas. Let us withdraw into the other room.



(stage directions). Re-enter WARWICK, GLOUCESTER, CLARENCE

Prince Thomas. Doth the King call?



Henry IV. Why did you leave me here alone, my lords?

Prince Thomas. We left the Prince my brother here, my liege,
Who undertook to sit and watch by you.



Prince John. Though no man be assur'd what grace to find,
You stand in coldest expectation.
I am the sorrier; would 'twere otherwise.

Prince Thomas. Well, you must now speak Sir John Falstaff fair;
Which swims against your stream of quality.

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