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ready breakfast; love thy husband, look to thy servants, cherish thy guests: thou shalt find me tractable to any honest reason: thou seest I am pacified-Still ?-Nay, pr'ythee, be gone. [Erit HOSTESS.] Now, Hal, to the news at court for the robbery, lad,-How is that answered ?
P. Hen. O my sweet beef, I must still be good angel to thee :-The money is paid back
Fal. O I do not like that paying back, 'tis a double labour.
P. Hen. I am good friends with my father, and may do any thing.
Fal. Rob me the exchequer the first thing thou doest, and do it with unwashed hands too. Bard. Do, my lord.
P. Hen. I have procured thee, Jack, a charge of foot.
Fal. I would it had been of horse. Where shail I find one that can steal well? O for a fine thief, of the age of two and twenty, or there. abouts! I am heinously unprovided. God be thanked for these rebels, they offend none but the virtuous; I laud them, I praise
P. Hen. Bardolph--
P. Hen. Go bear this letter to lord John of
My brother John; this to my lord of Westmore.
Go, Poins, to horse, to horse; for thou and I
Meet me to-morrow i'the temple hall
Money, and order for their furniture.
[Exeunt PRINCE, POINS, and BARDOLPH. Fal. Rare words! brave world!--Hostess, my breakfast; come :
OI could wish this tavern were my drum.
SCENE 1.-The Rebel Camp near Shrews-
In this fine age, were not thought flattery,
Nay, task me to the word; approve me, lord.
Hot. Do so, and 'tis well :
Hot. 'Zounds! how has he the leisure to be
In such a justling time? Who leads his power?
At two o'clock i'the afternoon :
There shalt thou know thy charge: and there re- To set the exact wealth of all our states
All at one cast? to set so rich a main
On the nice hazard of one doubtful hour?
It were not good for therein should we read
Doug. 'Faith, and so we should !
A comfort of retirement lives in this.
Hot. A rendezvous, a home to fly unto,
Wor. But yet I would your father had been
Enter a MESSENGERS, with letters. What letters hast thou there ?-I can but thank you.
Mess. These letters come from your fatuer,Hot. Letters from him! why comes he not himself?
Mess. He cannot come, my lord; he's grievous
1 Meet him face to face.
The very life-blood of our enterprize;
Wor. Your father's sickness is a maim to us.
And yet, in faith, 'tis not; his present want
The quality and hair of our attempt
The eye of reason may pry in upon us :
Hot. You strain too far.
I, rather, of his absence make this use ;-
If we, without his help, can make a head
This expression is applied by way of preeminence Spoke of in Scotland, as this term of fear.
to the head of the Douglas family.
the coinage. Bid my lieutenant Peto meet me
Bard. I will, captain: farewell.
Fal. If I be not ashamed of my soldiers, I am a souced gurnet. I have misused the king's hundred and fifty soldiers, three hundred and odd press damnably. I have got, in exchange of a pounds. I press me none but good housebolders, yeomen's sons: inquire me out contracted bachelors, such as had been asked twice on the bans; such a commodity of warm slaves, as had as lief bear the vil as a drum; such as fear the report of a caliver, worse than a struck fowl,
With strong and mighty preparation.
Hot. He shall be welcome too. Where is his or a hurt wild duck. I pressed me none but
such toasts and butter, with hearts in their bellies no bigger than pins' heads, and they have bought out their services; and now my whole charge consists of ancients, corporals, lieutenants, gentlemen of companies, slaves as ragged as Lazarus in the painted cloth, where the glutton's dogs licked his sores: and such as, indeed, were never soldiers; but discarded unjust serving-men, younger sons to younger brothers, revolted tapsters, and ostiers tradefallen; the cankers of a calm world, and a long peace; ten times more dishonourably ragged than an old faced ancient: and such have 1, to fill up the rooms of them that have bought cat their services, that you would think that I had a hundred and fifty tattered prodigals, lately cone from swine-keeping, from eating draff and brosks. A mad fellow met me on the way, and told me dead bodies. No eye hath seen such scare-crows. I had unloaded all the gibbets, and pressed the that's flat :-Nay, and the villains march wide I'll not march through Coventry with them, betwixt the legs, as if they had gyves § on; for, indeed, I bad the most of them out of prison. There's but a shirt and a half in all my company; and the balf-shirt is two napkins, tacked together, and thrown over the shoulders like a my say the truth, stolen from my host at Saint herald's coat without sleeves; and the shirt, to Alban's, or the red-nose inn-keeper of Daintry. į But that's all one; they'll find linen enough on every hedge.
Enter Sir RICHARD VERNON.
Hot. My cousin Vernon! welcome, by my soul.
Ver. Pray God, my news be worth a wel-
The earl of Westmoreland, seven thousand strong,
Hot. No harm: What more?
Ver. And further, I have learn'd,The king himself in person is set forth,
Or hitherwards intended speedily,
The nimble-footed mad-cap prince of Wales,
Ver. All furnish'd, all in arms,
All plum'd like estridges that wing the wind;
This praise doth nourish agues. Let them come;
Who is to bear me, like a thunderbolt,
West. He is, Sir John; I fear, we shall stay | And pardon absolute yourself, and these,
To the latter end of a fray, and the
Hot. The king is kind; and, well we know,
A poor unminded outlaw sneaking home,—
Enter HOTSPUR, WORCESTER, DOUGLAS, and Aud,-when he heard him swear, and vow to
Ilot. We'll fight with him to-night.
Wor. It may not be.
He came but to be duke of Lancaster,
Doug. You give him then advantage.
Hot. Why say you so? looks he not for sup- Now, when the lords and barous of the realm
Perceiv'd Northumberland did lean to him,
Ver. Do not, my lord.
Doug. You do not counsel well;
You speak it out of fear, and cold heart.
I hold as little counsel with weak fear,
As you my lord, or any Scot that lives:-
Doug. Yea, or to-night.
Ver. So do we.
Hot. His is certain, our's is doubtful.
Wor. Good cousin, be advis'd; stir not to- Attended him on bridges, stood in lanes,
Laid gifts before him, proffer'd him their oaths,
Hot. To-night, say' I.
Ver. Come, come, it may not be.
The more and less + came in with cap and knee;
He presently, as greatness knows itself,-
That you foresee not what impediments
Hot. So are the horses of the enemy
For God's sake, cousin, stay till all come in.
When he was personal in the Irish war.
In short time after, he deposed the king;
Blunt. I come with gracious offers from the Into his title, the which we find
If you vouchsafe me hearing and respect.
(Who is, if every owner were well plac'd,
You were of our determination!
Some of us love you well; and even those some
Blunt. And God defend, but still I should
So long as, out of limit and true rule,
He bids you name your griefs, and, with all
Too indirect for long continuance.
Blunt. Shall I return this answer to the
Hot. Not so, Sir Walter; we'll withdraw
Go to the king; and let there be impawn'd
Hot. And, may be, so we shall.
Enter the ARCHBISHOP OF YORK, and a GEN
Arch. Hie, good Sir Michael, bear this sealed
With winged baste, to the lord mareschal ;
• The delivery of his lands.
To whom they are directed: if you knew
Gent. My good lord,
Arch. Like enough, you do.
What with the sickness of Northumberland,
(Who with them was a rated sinew too,
And comes not in, o'er-rul'd by prophecies,)—
Arch. No, Mortimer's not there.
Gent. But there is Mordake, Vernon, lord
And there's my lord of Worcester; and a head
Arch. And so there is: but yet the king hath
The special head of all the land together ;-
Gent. Doubt not, my lord, they shall be well
Arch. I hope no less, yet needful 'tis to fear;
To wage an instant trial with the king.
Gent. Why, good my lord, you need not fear; When yet you were in place and in account there's Douglas,
Nothing so strong and fortunate as I.
It was myself, my brother, and his son,
K. Hen. How bloodily the sun begins to peer
P. Hen. The southern wind
Doth play the trumpet to his purposes;
And be no more an exbal'd meteor,
of broached mischief to the unborn times?
For mine own part, I could be well content
I have not sought the day of this dislike.
Fal. Rebellion lay in his way, and he found
A strength on which they reckoned.
it. K. Hen. Peace, chewet, peace. Wor. It pleas'd your majesty to turn your
Of favour, from myself and all our house;
In Richard's time; and posted day and night
sight SCENE I.-The King's Camp near Shrews-We were enforc'd, for safety sake, to fly For fear of swallowing; but with nimble wing bury. Out of your sight, and raise this present bead: Enter King HENRY, Prince HENRY, Prince Whereby we stand opposed by such means JOHN of Lancaster, Sir WLLTER BLUNT, AS you yourself have forg'd against yourself; and Sir JOHN FALSTAFF. By unkind usage, dangerous countenance, And violation of all faith and troth Sworn to us in your younger enterprize.
K. Hen. These things, indeed, you have arti
The dangers of the time: You swore to us,-
The seat of Gaunt, dukedom of Lancaster:
And such a flood of greatness fell on you,-
What with the injuries of a wanton time;
Of fickle changelings, and poor discontents,
P. Hen. In both our armies, there is many
Shall pay full dearly for this encounter,
In praise of Henry Percy; By my hopes,
• A chattering bird, a pi●
I do not think a braver gentleman,
And so, I hear, he doth account me too : Yet this before my father's majesty,
I am content, that he shall take the odds
Of his great name and estimation;
And will, to save the blood on either side,
K. Hen. And, prince of Wales, so dare we In any case, the offer of the king. venture thee:
Albeit, considerations infinite
Do make against it :-No, good Worcester, no,
[Exeunt WORCESTER and VERNON.
K. Hen. Hence, therefore, every leader to his charge;
For, on their answer, will we set on them:
[Exeunt KING, BLUNT, and Prince JOHN. Fal. Hal, if thou see me down in the battle, and bestride me so; 'tis a point of friendship.
P. Hen. Nothing but a Colossus can do thee that friendship. Say thy prayers, and farewell.
Fal. I would it were bed-time, Hal, and all well.
P. Hen. Why, thou owest God a death.
[Exit. Fel. 'Tis not due yet; I would be loath to pay him before his day. What need I be so forward with him that calls not on me? Well, 'tis no matter; Honour pricks me on. Yea, but how if bonour prick me off when I come on: how then? Can honour set to a leg? No. Or an arm? No. Or take away the grief of a wound? No. Honour hath no skill in surgery then? No. What is honour ? a word. What is in that word, honour? What is that honour? Air. A trim reckoning 1-Who hath it? He that died o' Wednesday. Doth he feel it? No. Doth he hear it? No. Is it insensible then? Yea, to the dead. But will it not live with the living? No. Why? Detraction will not suffer it :-therefore I'll none of it: Honour is a mere scutcheon, and so ends my catechism. [Exit. SCENE II.-The Rebel Camp.-Enter WORCESTER and VERNON.
Wor. O no, my nephew must not know, Sir Richard,
The liberal kind offer of the king.
Ver. "Twere best he did.
Wor. Then are we all undone.
Will have a wild trick of his ancestors.
• It is common for the king to be here seated on a #rum, and to rise at this line: when Falstaff, who is strangely placed behind him, tumbles down, to ercate a very ill-timed Bartholomew-fair laugh.
Interpretation will misquote our looks;
A bair-brain'd Hotspur, govern'd by a spleen ;
And on his father's ;-we did train him on ;
Ver. Deliver what you will, I'll say, 'tis so. Here comes your cousin.
Enter HOTSPUR and DOUGLAS; and Officers and Soldiers, behind.
Hot. My uncle is return'd :-Deliver up My lord of Westmoreland.-Uncle, what news? Wor. The king will bid you battle presently. Doug. Defy him by the lord of Westmoreland.
A brave defiance in king Henry's teeth,
bear it :
Which cannot choose but bring him quickly on. Wor. The prince of Wales stepp'd forth before the king,
And nephew, challeng'd you to single fight. Hot. O 'would the quarrel lay upon our heads; [day, And that no man might draw short breath toBut I and Harry Monmouth! Tell me, tell me, How show'd his tasking? seem'd it in con
tempt ? Ver. No, by my soul; I never in my life Did hear a challenge urg'd more modestly, Unless a brother should a brother dare To gentle exercise and proof of arms. He gave you all the duties of a man ; Trimm'd up your praises with a princely tongue;
Spoke your deservings like a chronicle;
still dispraising praise, valued with you:
If he outlive the envy of this day,
Hot. Cousin, I think thou art enamoured Upon his follies; never did I hear Of any prince, so wild, at liberty:But, be he as he will, yet once ere night I will embrace him with a soldier's armı, That he shall shrink under my courtesy.-Arm, arm, with speed :-And, fellows, soldiers, friends,
Better consider what you have to do,