Title page from The First Part of King Henry the Fourth

Part of: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (The Oxford Shakespeare) The First Part of King Henry the Fourth

Shakespeare’s King Henry IV, Part One focuses not only on powerful political drama, but on the way that political drama is echoed in the relationship of a father and son. Henry IV has risked everything, including his soul, to take the crown from Richard II, but can his son ever be a worthy successor? This edition comes from the 1916 Oxford University Press edition of all of Shakespeare’s plays and poems.

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So shaken as we are, so wan with care, Find we a time for frighted peace to pant, And breathe short-winded accents of new broils To be commenc’d in stronds afar remote. No more the thirsty entrance of this soil Shall daub her lips with her own children’s blood; No more shall trenching war channel…

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