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Enter a Messenger, with letters.
You strain too far. What letters hast thou there?–I can but thank you. 1; rather, of his absence make this use ;Mess. These letters come from your father,
It lends a lustre, and more great opinion, Hot. Letters from him! why comes he not' him- A larger dare to our great enterprise, self?
Than if the earl were here: for men must think, Mess. He cannot come, my lord; he's grievous If we, without his help, can make a head sick.
To push against the kingdom; with his help, Hol. Zounds! how has he the leisure to be sick, We shall o'erturn it topsy-turvy down.In such a justling time? Who leads his power ?
Yet all goes well, yet all our joints are whole. Under whose government come they along
Doug. As heart can think: there is not such a Mess. His letters bear his mind, not I, my lord.
Enter Sir Richard Vernon.
Hot. My cousin Vernon! welcome, by my soul. Wor. I would, the state of time had first been Ver. Pray God, my news be worth a welcome, whole,
lord. fre he by sickness had been visited ;
The earl of Westmoreland, seven thousand strong, His health was never better worth than now. Is marching hitherwards; with him, prince John. Hot. Sick now! droop now! this sickness doth Hot. No harm : What more? infect
And further, I have learn'd, The very life-blood of our enterprise ;
The king himself in person is set forth, 'Tis catching hither, even to our camp.
Or hitherwards intended speedily, He writes me here,—that inward sickness- With strong and mighty preparation. And that his friends by deputation could not Hot. He shall be welcome too. Where is his son, So soon be drawn; nor did he think it meet, The nimble-footed mad-cap prince of Wales, To lay so dangerous and dear a trust
And his comrades, that daft'd' the world aside, On any soul remov'd, but on his own.
And bid it pass ? Yet doth he give us bold advertisement,
All furnish’d, all in arms, That with our sinall conjunction, we should on, All plum'd like estridges that wing the wind; To see how fortune is dispos'd to us:
Bated like eagles having lately bath'd ;' For, as he writes, there is no quailing? now; Glittering in golden coats, like images; Because the king is certainly possess'd? As full of spirit as the month of May, Of all our purposes. What say you to it? And gorgeous as the sun at midsummer;
Wor. Your father's sickness is a maim to us. Wanton as youthful goats, wild as young bulls.
Hot. A perilous gash, a very limb lopp'd off : I saw young Harry-with his beaver on, And yet, in faith, 'tis not; his present want His cuissesio on his thighs, gallanuly arm’d, Seems more than we shall find it :-Were it good, Rise from the ground like feather’d Mercury, To set the exact wealth of all our states
And vaulted with such ease into his seat, All at one cast ? to set so rich a main
As if an angel dropp'd down from the clouds, On the nice hazard of one doubtful hour ? To turn and wind a fiery Pegasus, It were not good : for therein should we read And witch" the world with noble horsemanship. The very bottom and the soul of hope ;
Rot. No more, no more ; worse than the sun The very list,“ the very utmost bound
in March, Of all our fortunes.
This praise doth nourish agues. Let them come; Doug.
'Faith, and so we should; They come like sacrifices in their trim, Where now remains a sweet reversion :
And to the fire-ey'd maid of smoky war, We inay boldly spend upon the hope of what All hot, and bleeding, will we offer them: Is to come in :
The mailed Mars shall on his altar sit,
Up to the ears in blood. I am on fire,
And yet not ours:--Come, let me take my horse, Upon the maidenhead of our affairs.
Who is to bear me, like a thunderbolt, Wor. But yet, I would your father had been Against the bosom of the prince of Wales : here.
Harry to Harry shall, hot horse to horse, The quality and hair of our attempt
Meet, and ne'er part, till one drop down a corse. Brooks no division: It will be thought
0, that Glendower were come ! By some, that know not why he is a way,
There is more news:. That wisdom, loyalty, and mere dislike
I learn'd in Worcester, as I rode along, Of our proceedings, kept the earl from hence; He cannot draw his power this fourteen days. And think, how such an apprehension
Doug. That's the worst tidings that I hear of yet. May turn the tide of fearsul faction,
Wor. Ay, by my faith, that bears a frosty sound. And breed a kind of question in our cause : Hot. What may the king's whole battle reach For, well you know, we of the offering side
unto? Must keep aloof from strict arbitrement;
Ver. To thirty thousand. And stop all sight-holes, every loop, from whence Hot.
Forty let it be; The eye of reason may pry in upon us :
My father and Glendower being boih away, This absence of your father's draws a curtain, The powers of us may serve so great a day. That shows the ignorant a kind of fear
Come, let us make a muster speedily: Before not dreamt of.
Doomsday is near; die all, die merrily. (1) Forces. (2) Languishing. (3) Informed. (7) Threw off. (8) Dressed with ostrich feathers, 14) Line. (5) Whereas.
(9) Fresh as birds just washed. (10) Armour. 16) The complexion, the character.
(11) Bewitch, charm.
Doug. Talk not of dying; I am out of fear 'theft hath already made thee butter. But tell me, of death, or death's hand, for this one half vear. Jack; whose fellows are these that come after ?
(Exeunt. Fal. Mine, Hal, mine.
P. Hen. I'did never see such pitiful rascals. SCENE II.- A public road near Coventry. Enter Falstaff and Bardolph.
Fal. Tut, tut; good enough to toss ; food for
powder, food for powder; they'll fill a pit, as well Fal. Bardolph, get thee before to Coventry; fill as better : tush, man, mortal men, mortal'men. me a bottle of sack: our soldiers shall march West. Ay, but, sir John, methinks they are exthrough; we'll to Sutton-Colfield t, night. ceeding poor and bare ; too beggarly.
Baril. 'Will you give me money, captain ? Fal. Faith, for their poverty, I know not where Fal. Lay out, lay out.
they had that': and for their bareness, I am sure, Bard. This bottle makes an angel.
they never learned that of me. Fal. An if it do, take it for thy labour; and if P. Hen. No, I'll be sworn; unless you call it make twenty, take them all, I'll answer the coin- three fingers on the ribs, bare. But, sirrah, make age.
Bid my lieutenant Peto meet me at the haste; Percy is already in the field. town's end.
Fal. What is the king encamped ? Bard. I will, captain : farewell. [Exit. West. He is, sir John; I fear, we shall stay too
Fal. If I be not ashamed of my soldiers, I am long. a souced gurnet.' I have misused the king's press Fal. Well, damnably. I have got, in exchange of a hundred To the latter end of a fray, and the beginning of a and fifty soldiers, three hundred and odd pounds. feast, I press me none but good householders, yeomen's Fits a dull fighter, and a keen guest. (Ereunt. sons: inquire me out contracted bachelors, such as had been asked twice on the banns ; such a com- SCENE III. — The rebel camp near Shrewsbury. modity of warm slaves, as had as lief hear the devil
Enler Hotspur, Worcester, Douglas, and Ver as a drum; such as fear the report of a caliver, worse than a struck fowl, or a hurt wild-duck. 'I Hot. We'll fight with him to-night. pressed me none but such toasts and butter, with
It may not be. hearts in their bellies no bigger than pin's heads, Doug. You give him then advantage. and they have bought out their services; and now Ver.
Not a whit. my whole charge consists of ancients, corporals, Hot. Why say you so ? looks he not for supply? lieutenants, gentlemen of companies, slaves as rag
Ver. So do we. ged as Lazarus in the painted cloth, where the Hot. His is certain, ours is doubtful. glutton's dogs licked his sores: and such as, in- Wor. Good cousin, be advis'd; stir not to-night. deed, were never soldiers; but discarded unjust Ver. Do not, my lord. serving-men, younger sons to younger brothers, re- Doug.
You do not counsel well; volted tapsters, and ostlers trade-fallen; the cankers You speak it out of fear, and cold heart. of a calm world, and a long peace; ten times more Ver. Do me no slander, Douglas: by my life, dishonourable ragged than an old faced ancient :3 (And I dare well maintain it with my líse,) and such have I, to fill up the rooms of them that If well-respected honour bid me on, have bought out their services, that you would think, I hold as little counsel with weak fear, that I had a hundred and fifty tattered prodigals, As you my lord, or any Scot that lives :lately come from swine-keeping, from eating draff Let it be seen to-morrow in the battle, and husks. A mad fellow met me on the way, and Which of us fears. told me, I had unloaded all the gibbets, and pressed Doug.
Yea, or to-night. the dead bodies. No eve hath seen such scare. Ver.
Content. crows. I'll not march through Coventry with them, Hot. To-night, say I. that's flat:-Nay, and the villains march wide be- Ver.
Come, come, it may not be. twixt the legs, as if they had gyvesa on; for, indeed, I wonder much, being men of such great leading,
I had the most of them out of prison. There's buí That you foresee not what impediments
shirt is two napkins, tacked together, and thrown of my cousin Vernon's are not yet come up:
Hot. So are the horses of the enemy
In general, journey-bated, and brought low; Enter Prince Henry and Westmoreland.
The better part of ours is full of rest. P. Hen. How now, blown Jack? how now, quilt? Wor. The number of the king exceedeth ours : Fal. What, Hal?
'How now, mad wag? what a For God's sake, cousin, stay till all come in. devil dost thou in Warwickshire ?-My good lord
[The trumpet sounds a parley. of Westmoreland, I cry you mercy ; I thought your
Enter Sir Walter Blunt. honour had already been at Shrewsbury.
West. 'Faith, sir John, 'tis more than time that Blunt. I come with gracious offers from the king, I were there, and you too; but my powers are If you vouchsafe me hearing, and respect, there already : The king, I can tell you, looks for Hot. Welcome, sir Walter Blunt; And 'would us all; we must away all night.
to God, Fal. Tut, never fear me; I am as vigilant as a You were of our determination! cat to steal cream.
Some of us love you well: and even those some P. Hen. I think, to steal cream, indeed; for thy Envy your great deserving, and good name;
Because you are not of our quality,' (1) A fish.
(2) A gun. (3) Standard. (4) Fetters. (5) Daventry.
(6) Conduct, experience. (7) Fellowship.
But stand against us like an enemy.
Too indirect for long continuance. Blunt. And God defend, but still I should Blunt. Shall I return this answer to the king?
Hol. Not so, sir Walter ; we'll withdraw awhile. So long as, out of limit, and true rule,
Go to the king; and let there be impawn'd
Some surety for a safe return again,
Bluni. I would you would accept of grace and Such bold hostility, teaching this duteous land
love, Audacious cruelty: If that the king
Hot. And, may be, so we shall. Have any way your good deserts forgot,
'Pray heaven, you do! Which he confesseth to be manifold, He bids you name your griefs ; and, with all speed SCENE IV:-York. A room in the archbishop's You shall have your desires, with interest;
Enter the Archbishop of York, and a
Arch. Hie, good sir Michael; bear this sealed Hot. The king is kind; and, well we know, the briel, king
With winged haste, to the lord mareshal; Knows at what time to promise, when to pay. This to my cousin Scroop; and all the rest My father, and my uncle, and myself,
To whom they are directed : if you knew
Gent. My good lord,
Like enough you do. My father gave him welcome to the shore: To-morrow, good sir Michael, is a day, And, when he heard him swear, and vow to God, Wherein the fortune of ten thousand men He came but to be duke of Lancaster,
Must bide the touch: For, sir, at Shrewsbury, To sue his livery,and beg his peace;
As I am truly given to understand, With tears of innocency, and terms of zeal,- The king, with mighty and quick-raised power, My father, in kind heart and pity mov'd,
Meets with lord Harry: and I lear, sir Michael,Swore him assistance, and perform'd it too. What with the sickness of Northumberland, Now, when the lords, and barons of the realm, (Whose power was in the first proportion,) Perceiv'd Northumberland did lean to him, And what with Owen Glendower's absence, thence, The more and less came in with cap and knee; (Who with them was a rated sinew too, Met him in boroughs, cities, villages;
And comes not in, o'er-ruld by prophecies,)Attended him on bridges, stood in lanes,
I fear, the power of Percy is too weak Laid gifts before him, proffer'd him their oaths, To wage an instant trial with the king. Gave him their heirs; as pages follow'd him, Gent. Why, good my lord, you need not fear; Even at the heels, in golden multitudes.
there's Douglas, He presently,-as greatness knows itself, And Mortimer. Steps me a little higher than his vow
No, Mortimer's not there. Made to my father, while his blood was poor, Gent. But there is Mordake, Vernon, lord Harry Upon the naked shore at Ravenspurg;
Percy, And now, forsooth, takes on him to reform And there's my lord of Worcester; and a head Some certain edicts, and some strait decrees, Of gallant warriors, noble gentlemen. That lie too heavy on the commonwealth:
Arch. And so there is : but yet the king hath Cries out upon abuses, seems to weep
drawn Over his country's wrongs; and, by this face, The special head of all the land together ;This seeming brow of justice, did he win
The prince of Wales, lord John of Lancaster, The hearts of all that he did angle for.
The noble Westmoreland, and warlike Blunt; Proceeded further ; cut me off the heads
And many more cor-rivals, and dear men
Geni. Doubt not, my lord, they shall be well When he was personal in the Irish war.
oppos'd. Blunt. Tut, I came not to hear this.
Arch. I hope no less, yet needful 'tis to fear, Hot.
Then, to the point. And, to prevent the worst, sir Michael, speed: In short time after, he depos'd the king; For, if lord Percy thrive not, ere the king Soon after that, depriv'd him of his life; Dismiss his power, he means to visit us,And, in the neck of that, task'd the whole state : For he hath heard of our confederacy,To make that worse, suffer'd his kinsman, March, And 'tis but wisdom to make strong against him; (Who is, if every owner were well plac'd, Therefore, make haste: I must go write again Indeed his king,) to be incag'd in Wales, To other friends; and so farewell, sir Michael. There without ransom to lie forfeited :
[Exe. severally. Disgrac'd me in my happy victories ; Sought to entrap me by intelligence; Rated my uncle from the council-board;
ACT V. in rage dismiss'd my father from the court; Broke oath on oath, committed wrong on wrong: SCENE !:-The king's camp near Shrewsbury. And, in conclusion, drove us to seek out
Enter King Henry, Prince Henry, Prince John This head of safety; and, withal, to pry
of Lancaster, Sir Walter Blunt, and Sir John Into his title, the which we find
K. Hen. How bloodily the sun begins to peer (1) Grievances. (2) The delivery of his lands. The greater and the less. (4) Letter.
(5) A strength on which we reckoned.
Above yon busky' hill! the day looks pale By unkind usage, dangerous countenance,
And violation of all faith and troth
The southern wind Sworn to us in your younger enterprise. Poth play the trumpet to his purposes ;
K. Hen. These things, indeed, you have articu And, by his hollow whistling in the leaves,
lated, * Foretells a teinpest, and a blustering day. Proclaim'd at market-crosses, read in churches;
K. Hen. Then with the losers let it sympathize; To face the garment of rebellion
of fickle changelings, and poor discontents, Trumpet. Enter Worcester and Vernon.
Which gape, and rub the elbow, at the news How now, my lord of Worcester ? 'tis not well, of hurly-burly innovation : That you and I should meet upon such terms And never yet did insurrection want As now we meet: You have deceiv'd our trust; Such water-colours, to impaint his cause; And made us doff our easy robes of peace, Nor moody beggars, starving for a time To crush our old limbs in ungentle steel : or pell-mell havoc and confusion, This is not well, my lord, this is not well. P. Hen. In both our armies, there is many a sou! What say you to't? will you again unknit Shall pay full dearly for this encounter, This churlish knot of all-abhorred war?
If once they join in trial. Tell your nephew, And move in that obedient orb again,
The prince of Wales doth join with all the world Where you did give a fair and natural light; In praise of Henry Percy; By my hopes,And be no more an exhald meteor,
This present enterprise set of his head, A prodigy of fear, and a portent
I do not think, a braver gentleman, Or broached mischief to the unborn times ? More active-valiant, or more valiant-young, Wor. Hear me, my liege :
More daring, or more bold, is now alive, For mine own pari, I could be well content To grace this latter age with noble deeds. To entertain the lag-end of my life
For my part, I may speak it to my shame, With quiet hours; for, I do protest,
I have a truant been to chivalry; I have not sought the day of this dislike.
And so, I hear, he doth account me too :
I am content, that he shall take the odds
And will, to save the blood on either side,
ture thee, We were the first and dearest of your friends. Albeit, considerations infinite For you, my staff of office did I break
Do make against it :-No, good Worcester, no, In Richard's time; and posted day and night We love our people well; even those we love, To meet you on the way, and kiss your hand, That are misled upon your cousin's part: When yet you were in place and in account And, will they take the offer of our grace, Nothing so strong and fortunate as I.
Both he, and they, and you, yea, every man, It was myself, my brother, and his son, Shall be my friend again, and I'll be his : That brought you home, and boldly did outdare So tell your cousin, and bring me word The dangers of the time: You swore to us, What he will do :-But if he will not yield, And you did swear that oath at Doncaster,- Rebuke and dread correction wait on us, That you did nothing purpose 'gainst the state ; And they shall do their office. So, be gone; Nor claim no further than your new-fall’n right, We will not now be troubled with reply: The seat of Gaunt, dukedom of Lancaster: We offer fair, take it advisedly. To this we swore our aid. But, in short space,
(Exeunt Worcester and Vernon. It rain'd down fortune showering on your head; P. Hen. It will not be accepted, on my life: And such a flood of greatness fell on you, - The Douglas and the Hotspur both together What with our help; what with the absent king; Are confident against the world in arms. What with the injuries of a wanton time;
K. Hen. Hence, therefore, every leader to his The seeming sufferances that you had borne ;
charge; And the contrarious winds, that held the king For, on their answer, will we set on them: So long in his unlucky Irish wars,
And God befriend us, as our cause is just! That all in England did repute him dead,
[Ereunt King, Blunt, and Prince John. And, from this swarm of fair advantages,
Fal. Hal, it thou see me down in the battle, and You took occasion to be quickly woo'd
bestride me, so;. 'tis a point of friendship. To gripe the general sway into your hand : P. Hen. Nothing but a colossus can do thee that Forgot your oath to us at Doncaster;
friendship. Say thy prayers, and farewell. And, being fed by us, you us'd us so
Fal. I would it were bed-lime, Hal, and all well
. As that ungentle gull, the cuckoo's bird,
P. Hen. Why, thou owest God a death. (Erit. Useth the sparrow: did oppress our nest;
Fal. 'Tis not due yet; I would be loath to pay Grew by our feeding to so great a bulk,
him before his day, 'What need I be so forward That even our love durst not come near your sight, with him that calls not on me? Well, 'tis no matFor fear of swallowing; but with nimble wing ter; Honour pricks me on. Yea, but how if honour We were enforc'd, for safety sake, to fly
prick me off when I come on? how then ? Can Out of your sight, and raise this present head : honour set to a leg? No. Or an arm? No. Or l'hereby we stand opposed by such means take away the grief of a wound ? No. Honour As you yourself have forg'd against yourself; hath no skill in surgery then ? No. What is honour ?
A word. What is in that word, honour ? What is (1) Woody. (2) Put off. (3) A chartering bird, a pie
(4; Exhibited in articles.
that honour ? Air. A trim reckoning !-Who hath Did hear a challenge urg'd more modestly, it? He that died o'Wednesday. Doth he feel it ? Unless a brother should a brother dare No. Doth he hear it? No. Is it insensible then? To gentle exercise and proof of arms. Yea, to the dead. But will it not live with the He gave you all the duties of a man; living ? No. Why? Detraction will not suffer it :- Trimm'd'up your praises with a princely tongue ; therefore I'll none of it: Honour is a mere scutch- Spoke your deservings like a chronicle; eon,' and so ends my catechism.
(Exit. Making you ever better than his praise, SCENE II.—The rebel camp. Enter Worcester And, which
became him like a prince indeed,
By still dispraising praise, valued with you: and Vernon.
He made a blushing cital of himself; Wor. O, no, my nephew must not know, sir And chid his truant youth with such a grace, Richard,
As if he master'd there a double spirit, The liberal kind offer of the king.
of teaching, and of learning, instantly. Ver. 'Twere best he did.
There did he pause : But let me tell the world,Wor.
Then are we all undone. If he outlive the envy of this day, It is not possible, it cannot be,
England did never owes so sweet a hope, The king should keep his word in loving us ;
So much misconstrued in his wantonness. He will suspect us still, and find a time
Hot. Cousin, I think, thou art enamour'd To punish this offence in other faults:
Upon his follies ; never did I hear Suspicion shall be all stuck full of eyes :
of any prince, so wild, at liberty :For treason is but trusted like the fox;
But, be he as he will, yet once ere night Who, ne'er so tame, so cherish'd, and lock'd up,
I will embrace him with a soldier's arm, Will have a wild trick of his ancestors.
That he shall shrink under my courtesy. Look how we can, or sad, or merrily,
Arm, arm, with speed :—And, fellows, soldiers, Interpretation will misquote our looks;
friends, And we shall feed like oxen at a stall,
Better consider what you have to do, The better cherish'd, still the nearer death.
Than I, that have not well the gift of tongue,
Enter a Messenger.
Mess, My lord, here are letters for you.
Hol. I cannot read them now.And on his father's ;-we did train him on;
O gentlemen, the time of life is short; And, his corruption being ta'en from us,
To spend that shortness basely, were too long, We, as the spring of all, shall pay for all.
If life did ride upon a dial's point, Therefore, good cousin, let not Harry know,
Still ending at the arrival of an hour. In any case, the offer of the king.
An if we live, we live to tread on kings;. Ver. Deliver what you will, I'll say, 'lis so.
If die, brave death, when princes die with us! Here comes your cousin.
Now for our conscience,-the arms are fair,
When the intent of bearing them is just, Enter Hotspur and Douglas ; and officers and soldiers, behind.
Enter another Messenger. Hot. My uncle is return'd:-Deliver up
Mess. My lord, prepare; the king comes on apace. My lord of Westmoreland.—Uncle, what news?
Hot. I thank him, that he cuts me from my tale, Wor. The king will bid you battle presently,
For I profess not talking ; Only thisDoug. Defy him by the lord of Westmoreland.
Let each man do his best: and here draw ) Hot. Lord Douglas, go you and tell him so.
A sword, whose temper I intend to stain Doug. Marry, and shall, and very willingly:
With the best blood that I can meet withal
Erit. In the adventure of this perilous day. Wor. There is no seeming mercy in the king.
Now,-Esperance !--Percy !-and set on. Hot. Did you beg any ? God forbid !
Sound all the lofty instruments of war,
And by that music let us all embrace :
A second time do such a courtesy.
[The trumpets sound. They embrace, With haughty arms this hateful name in us.
and exeunt.] Re-enter Douglas.
SCENE III.- Plain near Shrewsbury. Excur. Doug. Arm, gentlemen; to arms ! for I have sions, and parties fighting. Alarum to the bat
tle. Then enter Douglas and Blunt, meeting. thrown A brave defiance in king Henry's teeth,
Blunt. What is thy name, that in the battle thus
And I do haunt thee in the battle thus,
Hot. 0, 'would the quarrel lay upon our heads; Blunt. They tell thee true.
bought How show'd his tasking ? seemed it in contempt? Thy likeness; for, instead of thee, king Harry, Ver. No, by soul; I never in my life
This sword hath ended him: so shall it thee.
Unless thou yield thee as my prisoner.
14) The motto of the Percy family,