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Scene I., FIRST PART OF KING HENRY IV.
387 And bootless 'us to tell you-we will go;
K. Hen. But I have sent for him to answer Therefore we meet not now :--Then let me hear
this ; of you, my gentle cousin Westmoreland, And, for this cause, awhile we must neglect What yesteruigbt our council did decree, Our holy purpose to Jerusalem. In forwarding this dear expedience. *
Cousin, on Wednesday next our council we West. My liege, this baste was hot in ques. Will bold at Windsor, so inform the lords : tion,
But come yourself with speed to us again ;
SCENE II.-The sorme.--Another Room in Against the irregular and wild Glendower,
the Palace. Was by the rude hands of that Welshman taken, And a thousand of his people butchered ;
Enter HENRY Prince of Wales, and
Fal. Now, Hal, what time of day is it, lad !
P. Hen. Thou art so fat-witted, with drinking K. Hen. It seems then, that the tidings of of old sack, and uubultoning thee after supper, and this broil
sleeping upon benches after noon, that ihon bast Brake off our business for the Holy Land. forgotten to demand that truly which thou West. This, match'd with other, did, my gra- would'st truly know. What the devil hast thou cious lord ;
to do with the time of the day? unless hours For more uneven and unwelcome news
were cups of sack, and minutes capons, and Came from the north, and thus it did import. clocks the tongues of bawds, and dials the signs On Holy-rood day, 1 the gallant Hotspur there, of leaping-houses, and the blessed sun himself a Young Harry Percy, and brave Archibald, fair hot wench in flame-colour'd taffata ; I see That ever-valiant and approved Scot,
no reason why thou should'st be so superfluous At Holmedon met,
to demand the time of the day. Where they did spend a sad and bloody hour ; Fal. Indeed, you come near me now, Hal; As by discharge of their artillery,
for we, that take purses, go by the moon and And shape of likelihood, the pews was told ; seven stars; and not by Phæbus,-be, that For he that brought them, in the very heat wandering knight so fair. And, I pray thee, And pride of their contention did take horse, sweet wag, when thou art king, -as God save thy Uncertain of the issue any way.
grace, (majesty I should say, for grace thou wilt
P. Hen. What, none !
serve to be prologue to an egg and butter.
P. Hen. 'Well, how then ? come, roundly, And he hath brought us smooth and welcome roundly. news.
Fal. Marry, then, sweet wag, when thou art The earl of Douglas is discomfited ;
king, let not us, that are squires of the night's Ten thousand bold Scots, two-and-twenty knights, body, be called thieves of the day's beauty; let Balk'd | in their own blood, did Sir Walter see be-Diana's foresters, gentlemen of the On Holmedon's plains : of prisoners, Hotspur shade, minions of the moon : And let men say took
we be men of good government; being governed Mordake the earl of Fife, and eldest son as the sea is, by our noble and chaste mistress To beaten Douglas; and the earls of Athol, the moon, under wbose countenance we-steal. Of Murray, Augus, and Menteitb.
P. Hen. Thou say'st well ; and it holds well And is not this an honourable spoil ?
too : for the fortune of us, ibat are the moon's A gallant prize ? ha, cousin, is it not ?
men, doth ebb and flow like the sea; being West. In faith,
governed as the sea is, by the moon.
As for It is a conquest for a prince to boast of. proof now : A purse of gold most resolutely K. Hen. Yea, there thou mak'st me sad, and snatched on Monday night, and most dissolutely mak'st me sin,
spent on Tuesday morning; got with swearing In envy that my lord Northumberland
--Jay by ;+ and spent with crying-bring in : 1
now, in as low an ebb as the foot of the ladder,
of the castle. And is not a buff jerkin a most Tbat some night-tripping fairy had exchang'd sweet robe of durance ? ☺ In cradle-clothes our children where they lay, Fal. How now, how now, mad wag? what, And call'd mine Percy, his, Plantagenet ! in thy quips, and thy quiddities? what a plague Then would I have his Harry, and he mine, have I to do with a buff jerkin? Bot let him from my thoughts :-What think P. Hen. Why, wbat a pox have I to do with you coz',
my hostess of the tavern ? of this young Percy's pride ? the prisoners, Fal. Well, thou hast called her to a reckonWbich he in this adventure bath surpris'd, ing many a time and oft. To his own use he keeps ; and sends me word, P. Hen. Did I ever call for thee to pay thy I sball have none but Mordake earl of Fife. part West. This is his uncle's teaching, this is Fal. No; I'll give thee thy due, thou hast paid Worcester,
all there. Malevolent to you in all aspécts;
P. Hen. Yea, and elsewhere, so far as my Which makes him prune himself, and bristle up coin would stretch ; and where it would not, i Tbe crest of youth against your dignity. bave used my credit.
Fal. Yea, and so used it, that were it not here • Expedition.
+ Stand still. 1 More wine, I Trim, u birds clean their feathers.
The dress of sheriff's officers.
apparent that thou art heir apparent,-But Irich offerings, and traders riding to London pr’ythee, sweet wag, shall there be gallows with fat purses : I have visors for you all, you standing in England when thou art king ? and have horses for yourselves ; Gadsbill lies to. resolution thus fobbed as it is, with the rusty night in Rochester ; I have bespoke supper to. crub of old father antic the law? Do not thou, morrow night in Eastcheap ; we may do it as sewhen thou art king, bang a thief.
cure as sleep: If you will go, I will stuff your P. Hen. No ; thou shalt.
purses full of crowns ; if you will not, tarry at Fal. Shall I ? O rare! By the Lord, I'll be a home, and be banged. brave judge.
Fal. Hear me, Yedward : if I tary at home, P. Hen. Thou judgest false already; I mean, and go not, I'll hang you for going. thou shalt have the banging of the thieves, and Poins. You will, chops ? so become a rare hangman.
Fal. Hal, wilt thou make one ? Fal. Well, Hal, well; and in some sort it P. Hen Who, I rob? I a thief? not 1, by jumps with my humour, as well as waiting in my faith. the court, I can tell you.
Fal. There's neither bonesty, manhood, vor P. Hen. For obtaining of suits ?
good fellowship in thee, nor thou camest not of Fal. Yea, for obtaining of suits : whereof tbe blood royal, if thou darest not stand for ten the hangman hath no lean wardrobe. "Stilood, shillings. t I am as melancholy as a gib cat, or a lugged P. Hen. Well, then, once in my days I'll be bear.
a mad-cap. P. Hen. Or an old lion; or a lover's lute. Fal. Why, that's well said.
Fal. Yea, or the droue of a Lincolushire P. Hen. Well, come what will, I'll tarry at bagpipe.
bome. P. Hen. What sayest thou to a bare, or the Fal. By the Lord, I'll be a traitor then, when melancioly of Moor ditch?
thou art king. Fal. Thou hast the most unsavoury similes ; P. Hen. I care not. and art, indeed, the most comparative, rascal Poins. Sir John, I pry'thee leave the prince liest, sweet young prince,- Búi, Hal, I pr’y- and me alone ; I will lay him down such reasons thee, trouble me no more with vanity. I would for this adventure, that he shall go. to God, thou and I knew where a cominodity
Fal. Well, may'st thou have the spirit of per. of good naines were to be bought : An old lord suasion, and he the ears of profiting, that what of the council rated me the other day in the thou speakest may move, and what be bears street about you, Sir ; but I marked him not : may be believed, that the true prince may (for and yet be talked very wisely; but I regarded recreation sake,) prove a false thief; for ibe bim not: and yet he talked wisely, and in the poor abuses of the time want countenance. Fare. street too.
well : You sball find me in Eastcheap. P. Hen. Thou did'st well; for wisdom cries P. Hon. Farewell, thou latter spring! Fare. out in the streets, and no man regards it. well, All-hallowu summer ! 1 Fal. O thou hast damnable iteration ; t and
(Exit FALSTAFF. art indeed able to corrupt a saint. Thou hast Poins. Now, my good sweet honey lord, ride 'done much barm upou ine, Hal,-.God forgive with us to-morrow; I have a jest to execuie', thee for it! Before I knew thee, Hal, I knew that I cannot manage alone. Falstaff, Bardolph, nothing; and now am I, if a man should speak Peto, aud Gadshill, shall rob those men that we truly, little better than one of the wicked. I have already way-laid ; yourself and I will not must give over this life, and I will give it over ; be there; and when they have the booty, if you by the Lord, an I do not, I am a villain ; I'll and I do not rob them, cut this head from my be damned for never a king's son in Christen-shoulders. dom.
P. Hen. But how shall we part from them in P. Hen. Where shall we take a purse to-setting forth? morrow, Jack ?
Poins. Why, we will set forth before or after Fal. Where thou wilt, lad, I'll make one; an them, and appoint thein a place of meeting, I do not, call me villain, and battle 1 me. wherein it is at our pleasure to fail ; and then
P. Hen. I see a good amendinent of life in will they adventure upon the exploit themselves, thee; from praying to purse-taking.
wbich they shall have uo sooner achieved, but
we'll set upon them. Enter Poins, at a distance.
P. Hen. Ay, but 'tls like that they will know Fal. Why, Hal, 'tis my vocation, Hal ; 'tis us, by our horses, by our habits, and by every bo sin for a man to labour in his vocativu, other appointment, to be ourselves. Poins 1-Now shall we know if Gadsbill hath set Poins. Tut! our horses they shall not see, a match. Ś O if men were to be saved by me- I'll tie them in the wood ; our visors we will rit, what hole in hell were hot enough for bim ? change, after we leave them; and, sir rah, I have This is the most omnipotent villain, that ever cases of buckram for the nonce, to iminask ous pried, Stand, to a true || man.
noted outward garments. P. Hen. Good morrow, Ned.
P. Hen. But I doubt they will be too band Poins. Good morrow, sweet Hal.- What says for us. monsieur Remorse? What says Sir John Sack- Poins. Well, for two of thein, I know them and-Sugar ? Jack, how agrees the devil and thee to be as true-bred cowards as ever turned back; about thy soul, that thou soldest him on Good- and for the third, if he fight longer than be sees Friday last, for a cup of Madeira and a cold ca- reason, P'll forswear arms. The virtue of this pon's leg ?
jest will be, the incomprehensible lies that this P. Hen. Sir John stands to his word, the same fat rogue will tell us, wbcu we meet at devil shall have his bargain; for he was pever supper : how thirty, at least, he fought with ; yet a brenker of proverbs, he will give the devil what wards, what blows, what extremities be his due.
endured ; and, in the reproof of this, lies the Poins. They art thou damned for keeping thy jest. Word with the devil.
P. Hen. Well, I'll go with thee ; provide us P. Hen. Else he had been damned for cozen- all things necessary, and meet me to-morrow ing the devil.
night in Eastcheap, there I'll sup. Farewell. Poins. But, my lads, my lads, to morrow Poins. Farewell, my lord. (Erit Poins. morning, by four o'clock, early at Gadshili : P. Hen. I know you all, and will a while There are pilgrims going to Canterbury with
• Masks. • A Scotch term for a castrated cat. + Citation of holy texts.
+ The value of a coin called rral or royal.
Treat me with igno- Five weather at All-ballowa-tide, lic. All Saints miny.
Made an appointment. I llonesti | Nov. Ist) is called a All-hallowu summer.
The unyok'd humour of your idleness :
Took it in snuff :--and still be smil'd, and Yet herein will I imitate the sun,
talk'd: Who doth permit the base contagious clouds And, as the soldiers bore dead bodies by, To smother up bis beauty from the world, He call’d them uutangbt knaves, unmanerly, That, when he please again to be himself, To bring a slovenly unbandsome corse Being wanted, he may be more wonder'd at, Betwixt the wind and his nobility. By breaking through the foul and ugly mists With many holiday and lady terms or vapours, that did seem to strangle him. He gestion'd me ; among the rest demanded If all the year were playing holjdays,
My prisoners, in your majesty's behall. To sport would be as tedious as to work ; I then, all smarting, wiù my wounds being But, when they seldom coine, they wish'd-for
To he so pester'd with a popinjay, •
He sbould, or be should not ;- for he made me By how much better than my word I am,
mad, By so much shall I falsify men's hopes ; To see him shine so brisk, and smell so sweet, And, like bright metal on a sullen ground, And talk so like a waiting.gentlewoman, My reformation, glittering o'er my fault, of guns, and drums, aud wounds, (God save Shall show more goodly, and attract more eyes,
the mark !) Than that which hath no foil to set it off. And telling me, the sovereign'st thing on earth I'U so offend, to make offence a skill;
Was parniaceti for an inward bruise ; Redeeming time, when men think least I will. And ibat it was great pity, so it was,
(Exit. That villanous saltpetre should be digg'd
Out of the bowels of the harmless earth, SCENE III.-The same.-Another Room in which many a good tall I fellow bad destroy'd the Palace.
So cowardly ; and but for these vile guns
He would himself have been a soldier. Enter King HENRY, NORTAOMBERLAND, This bald unjointed chat of his, my lord,
WORCESTER, HOTSPUR, Sir WALTER BLUNT, I answer'd indirectly, as I said; and others.
And, I beseech you, let not this report K. Hen. My blood hath been too cold and Cone current for an accusation, temperate,
Betwist my love and your bigh majesty. Unapt to stir at these indignities,
Blunt. The circumstanice consider'd, good iny And you have found me; for accordingly,
lord, You tread upon my patience : but be sure Whatever Harry Percy theu hath said, I will from henceforth rather be myself, To such a person, and in such a place, Mighty and to be fear'd, than my condition, At such a time, with all the rest re-told, which hath been smooth as oil, soft as young May reasonably die, and never rise down ;
To do him wrong, or any way impeach And therefore lost that title of respect,
What then he said, so he unsay it now. Which the proud soul ne'er pays, but to the K, Hen. Why, yet be doth deuy bis pri. proud.
soners, Wor. Our house, my sovereign liege, little But with proviso, and exception,deserves
That we, at our own charge, sball ransom The scourge of greatness to be used on it;
straight And that same greatness too which our own His brother-in-law, the foolish Mortimer; hands
Who, on my soul, bath wilfully betray'd Have holp to make so poorly.
The lives of those that he did lead to fight North. My lord,
Against the great magician, damu'd GlenK. Hen. Worcester, get thee gone, for I see
dower ; danger
Whose daughter, as we bear, the Earl of And disobedience in thine eye : 0 Sir,
March Yoor presence is too bold and peremptory, Hath lately married. Shall our eoffers then And majesty might never yet endare
Be emptied, to redeem a traitor bome ? The moody frontier + of a servant brow. Shall we buy treason ? and indent g with fears, You have good leave to leave us ; when we when they bave lost and forfeited themselves ? beed
No, on the barren mountains let him starve ; Your use and counsel, we shall send for you.-Fur I shall never hold that man my friend,
(Exit WORCESTER. Whose tongue shall ask me for one penny cost You were about to speak.
(To NORTH. To ransom bome revolted Mortiser. North. Yea, my good lord.
Hut. Revolted Mortimer! Those prisoners in your highness' name de. He never did fall off, my sovereign liege, manded,
But by the chance of war : To prove that true, Wbich Harry Percy here at Holmedon took, Needs no uiore but one tongue for all those Where, as he says, not with such strength de
wounds, As is deliver'd to your majesty :
(nied | Those mouthed wounds, which valiantly he Either envy, therefore, or misprison,
took, Is guilty of this fault, and not my son.
When on the gentle Severn's sedgy bank, flot. My liege, I did deny no prisoners. In single opposition, hand to hand, But, I recember, when the fight was done, He did confound || the best part of an hour When I was dry with rage and extieme toil, In changing hardiment f with great Glen. Breathless and faint, leaning upon my sword,
dower : Caine there a certain lord, n-ai, trimly dress’d, Three times they breath'd, and three times did Fresh as a bridegroom, and bis chin, new
they drink, reap'd,
Upon agreement, of swift Severn's flood; Show'd like a stubble-land at harvest home; Who then, aftrighted with their bloody looks, He was pertumed like a milliner ;
Ralt fearfully among the trembling reeds, And 'twixt his finger, and his thimb be held And hid his crisp heat in the hollow bank, A pouncet-box wbich ever and anon
Blood-stained with these valiant combatants. He gave bis nose, and took't away again ;- Never did bare and rotten policy Who, therewith angry, when it next came there,
* Brer. 6 Siga an indestre.
Expend. • Disposition. † Forehead.
Colour her worklog with such deadly wounds ; And plant this thorn, this canker, Bolingbroker Nor never could the noble Mortiiner
And sbali it, in more shame, be further spoken Receive so many, and all willingly :
That your are fool'd, discarded, and shook off Then let bim not be slander'd with revolt. By him, for whom these shames ye underwent ? K. Hen. Thou dost belie hiin, Percy, thou No; yet time serves, wherein you may redeem, dost belie him ;
Your banish'd honours, and restore yonrselves He never did encounter with Glendower : Into the good thoughts of the world again : I tell thee,
Revenge the jeering and disdain'd contempt He durst as well bave met the devil alone, of this proud king; who studies, day and As Owen Glendower for an enemy.
night, Art not ashamed ? But, Sirrah, henceforth To answer all the debt he owes to you, Let me not hear you speak of Mortimer : Even with the bloody payment of your deaths. Send me your prisoners with the speediest Therefore, I say, means,
Wor. Peace, cousin, say no more :
I'll read you matter deep and dangerous ;
(Exeunt King HENRY, BLUNT, and Train. On the unsteadfast footing of a spear. Hot. And if the devil come and roar for Hot. If he fall in, good night :-or sink or them,
swim : I will not send them :- I will after straight, Send danger from the east unto the west, And tell bin so; for I will ease my heart, So honour cross it from the north to south, Although it be with hazard of iny head.
Aud let them grapple :--Oh! the blood more North. What, druuk with choler? stay, and
stirs, pause awhile ;
To rouse a lion than to start a hare Here comes your uncle.
North. Imagination of some great exploit, Re-enter WORCESTER.
Drives bim beyond the bounds of patience.
Hot. By beaven inethinks it were an easy Hot. Speak of Mortimer ?
leap, 'Zounds, I will speak of him; and let my soul To pluck bright honour from the pale-fac'd Want mercy, if I do not join with him :
moon; Yea, on his part, l'll empty all these veins, Or dive unto the bottom of the deep, And shed my dear blood drop by diop i'the dust, Where fathom-line could never tonch the ground, But I will lift the down-trod Mortimer
And pluck up drowned honour by the locks ; As high i'the air as this unthankful king, So be, that doth redeem her thence, might As this ingrate and canker'd Bolingbroke.
wear, North. Brother, the king hath made your ne. Without co-rival,-all her dignities : phew mad.
[To WORCESTER. But out upon this ba!f-fac'd fellowsbip! Wor. Why struck this beat up, after I was Wor. He apprehends a world of figures
bere, Hot. He will, forsooth, have all my prisoners ; But not the form of what he should attend.And when I urg'd the ransom once again Good cousin, give me audieuce for a wbile. of my wife's brother, then his cheek look'd Hot. I cry you mercy: pale ;
Wor. Those same noble Scots, And on my face he turn'd an eye of death, That are your prisoners, Trembling even at the name of Mortimer.
Hot. 1'!I keep them all ; Wor. I cannot blame him: Was he not pro- By heaven he shall not have a Scot of them : claim'd,
No, if a Scot would save his soul, be shall not : By Richard that dead is, the next of blood ? I'll keep them, by this haud.
North. He was; I heard the proclamation : Wor. You start away,
And lend no ear unto my purposes. (Whose wrongs in us God pardon !) did set forth Those prisoners you shall keep. Upon bis Irish expedition ;
Hot. Nay, I will ; that's flat :
Forbade my tongue to speak of Mortimer; Wor. And for whose death, we in the world's But I will find him when he lies asleep, wide mouth
And in his ear l'll bolla-Mortimer ! Live scandaliz'd, and foully spoken of.
Nay, Hot. But, soft, I pray you : Did king Richard I'll have a starling shall be taught to speak
Nothing but Mortimer, and give it bim, Proclaim my brother Edmund Mortimer
To keep his anger still in motion. Heir to the crown!
Wor. Hear you, North. He did ; myself did bear it.
Cousin ; a word. Hot. Nay, then I cannot blame his cousin Hot, All studies bere I solemnly desy, + king,
Save how to gall and pinch this Bolingbroke: That wisb'd him on the barren mountains and that same sword-and-buckler Prince of starv'd.
And would be glad he met with some misAud, for his sake, wear the detested blot
chance, of murd'rous subordination, --shall it be, I'd have bim poison'd with a pot of ale. That you a world of curses undergo ;
Wor. Farewell, kinsman! i will talk to you, Being the ageuts, or base second means, When you are better temper'd to attend. The cords, the ladder, or the hangman rather ? Norih. Why, what a wasp-stung and impa. O pardon me, that I descend so low,
tient fool To show the line and the predicament
Art thou, to break into this woman's mood ;
scourg'd with rods,
• Shapes created by bis imagination.
+ Refuse To put dowu Richard, that sweet lovely rose • The term for a livering quarrelsome fellen.