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A deed of slander with thy fatal hand, And never show thy head by day por lightUpop my head, and all this famous land. Lords, I protest, my soul is full of woe Exton. From your own mouth, my lord, That blood should sprinkle me, to make did I this deed.
grow: Boling. They love not poison that do poi. Come, mourn with me for what I do lamic son need,
| And put on sullen black inroutinent ;* Nor do I thee; though I did wish him dead, I'll make a voyage to the Holy Land, I hate the murderer, love him murdered. To wash this blood off from my guilty bau The guilt of conscience take thou for thy labour, March sadly after; grace my mourning bar But neither my good word, nor princely favour: la weeping after this untimely bier. (Emre With Caip go wander through the shade of night,
KING HENRY THE FOURTH.
LADY PERCY, Wife to Hotspur, and Sister to THOMAS PERCY, Earl of Worcester.
Mortimer. HENRY PERCY, Earl of Northumberland. LADY MORTIMER, Daughter to Glendower, HENRY PERCY, surnamed HOTSPUR, bis Son.
and Vife to Mortimer. EDWARD MORTIMER, Earl of March.
MRS. QUICKLY, Hostess of a Tavern in EastSCROOP, Archbishop of York.
cheap. ARCHIBALD, Earl of Douglas.
Lords, Officers, Sheriff, Vintner, ChamberOWEN GLENDOWER. SIR RICHARD VERNON.
lains, Drawers, two Carriers, Travellers, and SIR John FALSTAFF,
| Over whose acres walk'd those blessed feei,
Which, fourteen hundred years ago, were pail'd SCENE 1.-London.--A Room in the Palace.
El-London. A Room in the Palace. For our advantage, on the bitter cross. Enter King HENRY, WESTMORELAND, Sir
But this our purpose is a twelve-month old,
And bootless* 'tis to tell you--We will go ; WALTER BLUNT, and others.
Therefore we meet not now :-Then let me K. Hen. So shaken as we are, so wan with
Or you, my gentle cousin Westmoreland, Find we a time for frighted peace to pant, What yesternight our council did decree, And breathe short-winded accents of new broils In forwarding this dear expedience.t To be commenc'd in stronds* afar remote. West. My liege, this haste was hot in ques. No more the thirsty Erinoyst of this soil
tion, Shall daub her lips with her own children's and many limits of the charge set down blood;
But yesternight: when, all athwart, there No more shalltrenching warchannel her fields,
came Nor bruise her flowrets with the armed hoofs A post from Wales, loaded with heavy news; Of hostile paces : those opposed eyes,
Whose worst was,--that the noble Mortimer, Which, like the meteors of a troubled heaven, Leading the men of Herefordshire to fight All of one nature, of one substance bred, - 1 Against the irregular and wild Glendower, Did lately meet in the intestine shock
Was by the rude hands of that Welshman taken, And furious close of civil butchery,
And a thousand of his people butchered: Shall now, in mutual, well-beseeming ranks, Upon whose dead corpse there was such misuse, March all one way; and be no more oppos'd Such beastly, shameless transformation, Against acquaintance, kindred, and allies : By those Welsh women done, as may not be, The edge of war, like an ill-sheathed kaife, Without much shame, re-told or spoken of. No more shall cut his master. Therefore, K, Hen. It seems then, that the tidings of A far as to the sepulchre of Christ, [friends, this broil (Whose soldier now, under whose blessed cross Brake off our business for the Holy Land. We are impressed and engag'd to fight,) West. This, match'd with other, did, my Forthwith a powerf of English shall we levy: gracious lord; Whose arms were moulded in their mothers' Far more uneven and unwelcome news womb
Came from the porth, and thus it did import. To chase these pagans, in those holy fields, On Holy-rood day, the gallant Hotspur there,
Young Harry Percy, and brave Archibald, devil hast thou to do with the time of the day? That ever-valiant and approved Scot, unless hours were cups of sack, and minutes At Holmedon met,
capons, and clocks the tongues of bawds, and Where they did spend a sad and bloody hour ; dials signs of leaping-houses, and the blessed As by discharge of their artillery,
sun himself a fair hot wench in flame-colour'd And shape of likelihood, the news was told; taffata ; I see no reason, why thou should'st For he that brought them, in the very beat be so superfluous to demand the time of the And pride of their contention did take horse, day. Uncertain of the issue any way.
Fal. Indeed, you come near me, now, Hal: K. Hen. Here is a dear and true-industrious for we, that take purses, go by the moon and friend,
seven stars; and not by Phoebus,-he, that Sir Walter Blunt, new lighted from his horse, wandering knight so fair. And, I pray thee, Stain'd* with the variation of each soil sweet wag, when thou art king, -as, God save Betwixt that Holmedon and this seat of ours ; thy grace, (majesty, I should say ; for grace And he hath brought us smooth and welcome thou wilt have none, The earl of Douglas is discomfited; [news. P. Hen. What, none? Ten thousand bold Scots, two-and-twenty / Fal. No, by my troth; not so much as will knights,
serve to be prologue to en egg and butter. Balk’ut in their own blood, did Sir Walter see P. Hen. Well, how then? come, roundly, On Holmedon's plains : Of prisoners, Hotspur roundly. Mordake the earl of Fife, and eldest son [took Fal. Marry, then, sweet wag, when thou To beaten Douglas; and the earls of Alliol, art king, let not us that are equires of the Of Murray, Angus, and Menteith.
night's body, be called thieves of the day's And is not this an honourable spoil ?
beauty ; let us be-Diana's foresters, gedule. A gallant prize? ha, cousin, is it not? men of the shade, minions of the moon : And West. In faith,
let men say, we be men of good government: It is a conquest for a prince to boast of. being governed as the sea is, by our noble and K. Hen. Yea, there thou mak'st me sad, chaste mistress the moon, under whose counand mak'st me sin
tenance we--steal. In envy that my lord Northumberland 1 P. Hen. Thou say'st well; and it holds well Should be the father of so blest a son:
too: for the fortune of us, that are the moon's A son, who is the theme of honour's tongue; men, doth ebb and flow like the sea ; being Amongst a grove, the very straightest plant; governed as the sea is, by the moon. As, for Who is sweet fortune's minion, and her pride : proof, now: A purse of gold most resolutely Whilst I, by looking on the praise of him, snatched on Monday night, and most disso. See riot and dishonour stain the brow (prov'd, lutely spent on Tuesday morning ; got with of my young Harry. O, that it could be swearing-lay byt and spent with cryingThat some night-tripping fairy had exchang'd bring int now, in as low an ebb as the foot In cradle-clothes our children where they lay, of the ladder; and, by and by, in as high a And call'd mine-Percy, his--Plantagenet! flow as the ridge of the gallows. Then would I have his Harry, and he mine. Fal. By the Lord, thou say'st true, lad. But let him from my thoughts :- What think And is not my hostess of the tavern a most you coz',
sweet wench? or this young Percy's pride? the prisoners, P. Hen. As the honey of Hybla, my old lad Which he in this adventure bath surpris'd, of the castle. And is not a buff jerkin a most To bis own use he keeps; and sends me word, sweet robe of durance ? I shall have none but Mordake earl of Fife. Fal. How now, how now, mad wag? vbat, West. This is his uncle's teaching, this is in thy quips, and thy quiddities? what a plague Worcester,
have I to do with a buff jerkin? Malevolent to you in all aspécts ;
P. Hen. Why, what a pox have I to do with Which makes him prunej himsell, and bristle my hostess of the tavern? The crest of youth agaivst your dignity. [upl Fal. Well, thou hast called her to a reckouK. Hen. But I have sent for him to answer ing, many a time and oft. this;
P. Hen. Did I ever call for thee to pay thy And, for this cause, awhile we must neglect part? Our holy purpose to Jerusalem.
Fal. No; I'll give thee thy due, thou hast Cousin, on Wednesday next our council we paid all there. Will hold at Windsor, so inform the lords : P. Hen. Yea, and elsewhere, so far as my But come yourself with speed to us again; coin would stretch ; and, where it would not, For more is to be said, and to be done, | I have used my credit. Than out of anger can be uttered.
Fal. Yea, and so used it, that were it not West. I will, my liege.
[Exeunt here apparent that thou art heir apparentSCENE II.-The same.-- Another Room in
| But, I pr’ythee, sweet wag, shall there be the Palace.
1 gallows standing in England when thou art
king? and resolution thus fobbed as it is, with Enter HENRY Prince of Wales, and Fal- the rusty crub of old father antic the law? Do STAFF.
not thou, when thou art king, hang a thief. Fal. Now, Hal, what time of day is it, lad?! P. Hen. No; thou shalt.
P. Hen. Thou art so fat-witted, with drink Fal. Shall I? O rare! By the Lord, I'll be ing of old sack, and unbuttoning thee after a brave judge. supper, and sleeping upon benches after noon, P. Hen. Thou judgest false already; I mean, that thou hast forgotten to demand that truly thou shalt have the hanging of the thieves, which thou would'st truly know. What the and so become a rare bangman.
Fal. Well, Hal, well; and in some sort it * Covered with dirt of different coloure. † Piled up in a heap.
* Favouritor. Stand still. More wine.
Trim na bindanlaan thoir fan have
jumps with my humour, as well as waiting in as secure as sleep: If you will go, I will stuff the court, I can tell you.
your purses full of crowns; if you will not, P. Hen. For obtaining of suits?
tarry at home, and be hanged. Fal. Yea, for obtaining of suits : whereof Fal. Hear me, Yedward; if I tarry at home, the hangman hath no lean wardrobe. 'Sblood, and go not, I'll hang you for going. I am as melancholy as a gib* cat, or a lugged Poins. You will, chops ? bear.
Fal. Hal, wilt thou make one? P. Hen. Or an old lion; or a lover's lute. P. Hen. Who, I rob? I a thief? not I, by
Fal. Yea, or the drone of a Lincolnshire my faith. bagpipe.t
Fal. There's neither honesty, manhood, nor P. Hen. What sayest thou to a hare, or good fellowship in thee, nor thou camest not the melancholy of Moor-ditch?
of the blood royal, if thou darest not stand for Fal. Thou bast the most unsavoury similes; ten shillings.* and art, indeed, the most comparative, rascal. P. Hen. Well, then once in my days I'll liest, --sweet young prince,-But, Hal, I pr'y- be a mad-cap. thee, trouble me no more with vanity. I would Fal. Why, that's well said, to God, thou and I knew where a commodity P. Hen. Well, come what will, I'll tarry at of good names were to be bought: An old lord home, of the council rated me the other day in the Fal. By the Lord, I'll be a traitor then, street about you, Sir; but I marked him not : when thou art king. and yet he talked very wisely; but I regarded P. Hen. I care pot. him not: and yet he talked wisely, and in the Poins. Sir John, I pr’ythee, leave the prince street too.
and me alone; I will lay him down such rea· P. Hen. Thou did'st well ; for wisdom cries sons for this adventure, that he shall go. out in the streets, and no man regards it. Fal. Well, may'st thou have the spirit of per
Fal. O thou hast damnable iteration; and suasion, and he the ears of profiting, that what art, indeed, able to corrupt a saint. Thou hast thou speakest may move, and what he hears done much harm upon me, Hal,-God forgive may be believed, that the true prince may (for thee for it! Before I knew thee, Hal, I knew recreation sake) prove a false thief; for the nothing; and now am I, if a man should speak poor abuses of the time want countenance. truly, little better than one of the wicked. I Farewell : you shall find me in Eastcheap. must give over this life, and I will give it over; P. Hen. Farewell, thou latter spring! Fareby the Lord, an I do not, I ain a villain ; I'll well, All-hallown summer!+ [Exil Falstaff. be damned for never a king's son in Christen-l Poins. Now, my good sweet honey lord, ride dom.
with us to-morrow; I have a jest to execute, P. Hen. Where shall we take a purse to that I cannot manage alone. Falstaff, Barmorrow, Jack?
dolph, Peto, and Gadshill, sball rob those men Fal. Where thou wilt, lad, l'll make one ; that we have already way-laid; yourself, and an I do not, call me villain, and baffles me. I will not be there : and when they have the
P. Hen. I see a good amendment of life in booty, if you and I do not rob them, cut this thee; from praying, to purse-taking.
head from my shoulders. Enter Poins, at a distance.
P. Hen. But how shall we part from them
in setting forth? Fal. Why, Hal, 'tis my vocation, Hal; 'tis Poins. Why, we will set forth before or afno sin for a man to labour in his vocation. ter them, and appoint them a place of meeting, Poins !-Now shall we know if Gadshill hath wherein it is at our pleasure to fail ; and then set a match.ll O, if men were to be saved by will they adventure upon the exploit themmerit, wbat hole in hell were hot enough for selves: which they shall have no sooner acbiep. him? This is the most omnipotent villain that ed, but we'll set upon them. ever cried, Stand, to a trueT man.
P. Hen. Ay, but, 'tis like, that they will P. Hen. Good morrow, Ned.
koow us, by our horses, by our habits, and by Poins. Good morrow, sweet Hal.-What every other appointment, to be ourselves. says monsieur Remorse? What says Sir John Poins. Tut! our horses they shall not see, Sack-and-Sugar? Jack, how agrees the devil I'll tie them in the wood; our visors we will and thee about thy soul, that thou soldest him change, after we leave them; and, sirrah, I on Good-Friday last, for a cup of Madeira, have cases of buckram for the ponce, to imand a cold capon's leg?
mask our noted outward garments. P. Hen. Sir John stands to his word, the P. Hen. But, I doubt, they will be too hard devil shall have his bargain ; for he was never for us. yet a breaker of proverbs, he will give the de- Poins. Well, for two of them, I know them vil his due.
to be as true-bred cowards as ever turned Poins. Then art thou damned for keeping back; and for the third, if he fight longer than thy word with the devil.
he sees reason, I'll forswear arms. The virtue P. Hen. Else he had been damped for co- of this jest will be, the incomprehensible lies zening the devil.
that this same fat rogue will tell us, when we Poins. But, my lads, my lads, to-morrow meet at supper : how thirty, at least, he fought morning, by four o'clock, early at Gadshill : wit what wards, what blows, what extremiThere are pilgrims going io Canterbury with ties lie endured ; and, in the reproof of this, rich offerings, and traders riding to London lies the jest. with fat purses: I have visors** for you all, P. Hen. Well, I'll go with thee; provide you have horses for yourselves ; Gadshill lies us all things necessary, and meet me to-mor10-night in Rochester; I have bespoke supper row night in Eastcheap, there I'll sup. Fare.. to-morrow night in Eastcheap; we may do it well.
* Gib cat, should be lib cat,--a Scotch term at this day! * The value of a coin called real or royal.
† Five weather at All-hallown-tide, (i. e. All Saints I Citation of holy texts, Treat mo with ignominy. Nov, let,) is called a All-lallown summer.
Poins. Farewell, my lord. Erit Poins. He was perfamed like a milliner ;
A pouncet-box, which ever and adou The unyok'd humour of your idleness : He gave his nose, and took't away againYet herein will I imitate the sun;
Who, therewith angry, when it next cm Who doth permit the base contagious clouds there, To smother up his beauty from the world, Took it in snuff :_and still he smild, 2 That, when he please again to be himself, And, as the soldiers bore dead bodies by, Being wanted, be may be more wonder'd at, He call'J them-untaught koaves, 00DANDE By breaking through the foul and ugly mists to bring a slovenly unbandsome corte Of vapours, that did seem to strangle him. Betwixt the wind and his nobility. If all the year were playing holidays, With many holiday and lady terms To sport would be as tedions as to work ; He question d me; among the rest dem But, when they seldom come, they wish'd-for My prisoners, in your majesty', behali. come,
I then, all sinarting, with my wounds bez And nothing pleaseth but rare accidents. To be so pester'd with a popinjay,t (ore So, when this loose behaviour I throw off, Out of my grieff and my impatience, And pay the debt I never promised,
Answer'd neglectingly, I know not what; By how much better than my word I am, He should, or he should not ;-for be made By so much shall I falsify men's bopes ;*
Inad, And, like bright metal on a sullent ground, To see him shine so brisk, and smell go to My reformation, glittering o'er my fault, | And talk so like a waiting-gentlewoman Shall show more goodly, and attract more eyes, or guns, and drums, and wounds, (Goi si Than that wbich hatb po foil to set it off.
the mark!) I'll so offend, to make offence a skill; And telling me, the sovereigo'st thing cart Redeeming time, when men think least I will. Was parmaceti, for an inward bruise;
[Eril. And that it was great pity, so it was, SCENE III.-The same. --Another Room in
That villanous saltpetre should be dizai
Out of the bowels of the harmless earth, the Palace.
Which many a good tall/ fellow had destroy. Enter King HENRY, NORTHUMBERLAND, So cowardly; aud, but for these vile gues, WORCESTER, HOTSPUR, Sir WALTER He would himself have been a soldier. Blunt, and others.
This bald, unjointed cbat of his, my lond, K. Hen. My blood hath been too cold and
wl answer'd indirectly, as I said: Unapt to stir at these indignities, (temperate,
And, I beseech you, let not this report And you have found me; for accordingly,
Come current for an accusation, You tread upon my patience : but, be sure,
Betwixt my love and your high majesty. I will from henceforth rather be myself,
Blunt. The circumstance consider'd, Mighty, and to be fear'd, than my condition:
my lord, Which hath been smooth as oil, soft as young to such a person, and in such a place,
Whatever Harry Percy then hath said, down, And therefore lost that title of respect,
At such a time, with all the rest re-told, Which the proud soul ne'er pays, but to the
May reasonably die, and never rise
| To do him wrong, or any way impeach proud. Wor. Our house, my sovereign liege, little
What then he said, so he ansay it now.
K. Hen. Why, yet he doth deay his prison deserves The scourge of greatness to be used on it;
But wild proviso, and exception, (ea And that same greatness too which our own
That we, at our own charge, shall ruas Have holp to make so portly.
(hands | His brother-in-law, the foolish Mortimer; North. My lord,K. Hen. Worcester, get thee gone, for ilin
Who, on my soul, hath wilfully betray'd sce danger
The lives of those ibat he did lead to fight And disobedience in thine eye: 0, Sir,
Against the great magician, damo'd Gle. Your presence is too bold and peremptory,
March And majesty might never yet endure
Whose daughter, as we hear, the earl . The moody frontiers of a servant brow. [need
Hath lately married. Shall our coffers the You have good leavell to leave us; when we be emptied, to redeem a traitor home? Your use and counsel, we shall send for you. When they have lost and forfeited themselve
Shall we buy treason? and indent with fears
[Erit WORCESTER. You were about to speak. [To North.
No, on the barren mountains let him startu; North. Yea, my good lord. (manded,
For I shall never hold that man my friends Those prisoners in your highness' name de
'Whose tongue shall ask me for one penny ons Which Harry Percy here at Holmedon took,
To ransom home revolted Mortimer. Were, as he says, not with such strength de
Hot. Revolted Mortimer! As is deliver'd to your majesty : (nied
He never did fall oil, my sovereign liege, Either envy, therefore, or misprision
But by the chance of war;-To prove that tru! Is guilty of this fault, and not my son.
Needs no more but ono tongue for all those Hol. My liege, I did deny po prisoners.
wounds, But, I remember, when the fight was done,
Those mouthed wounds, which valiantly the When I was dry with rage, and extreme toil,
When on the gentle Severn's soilgy bank, Breathless and faipt, leaning upon my sword,
In single opposition, hand to hand, Came there a certain lord, neat, trimly dress'ů, l:
He did confound the best part of an hour Fresh as a bridegroom;and hischin, new reap'd,
allo changing hardiment
with great Glen Show'dlike a stubble-land at harvest home;
* A small box for musk or other perfumos. * Expectations, † Dull. Disposition. † Parrot.