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<TITLE>The First Part of Henry the Fourth</TITLE>
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<PERSONAE>
<TITLE>Dramatis Personae</TITLE>
<PERSONA>KING HENRY, the Fourth. </PERSONA>
<PGROUP>
<PERSONA>HENRY, Prince of Wales</PERSONA>
<PERSONA>JOHN of Lancaster</PERSONA>
<GRPDESCR>sons of the King</GRPDESCR>
</PGROUP>
<PERSONA>WESTMORELAND</PERSONA>
<PERSONA>SIR WALTER BLUNT</PERSONA>
<PERSONA>THOMAS PERCY, Earl of Worcester. </PERSONA>
<PERSONA>HENRY PERCY, Earl of Northumberland. </PERSONA>
<PERSONA>HENRY PERCY, surnamed HOTSPUR, his son. </PERSONA>
<PERSONA>EDMUND MORTIMER, Earl of March. </PERSONA>
<PERSONA>RICHARD SCROOP, Archbishop of York. </PERSONA>
<PERSONA>ARCHIBALD, Earl of Douglas. </PERSONA>
<PERSONA>OWEN GLENDOWER</PERSONA>
<PERSONA>SIR RICHARD VERNON</PERSONA>
<PERSONA>SIR JOHN FALSTAFF</PERSONA>
<PERSONA>SIR MICHAEL, a friend to the Archbishop of York.</PERSONA>
<PERSONA>POINS</PERSONA>
<PERSONA>GADSHILL</PERSONA>
<PERSONA>PETO</PERSONA>
<PERSONA>BARDOLPH</PERSONA>
<PERSONA>FRANCIS, a waiter.</PERSONA>
<PERSONA>LADY PERCY, wife to Hotspur, and sister to Mortimer.</PERSONA>
<PERSONA>LADY MORTIMER, daughter to Glendower, and wife to Mortimer.</PERSONA>
<PERSONA>MISTRESS QUICKLY, hostess of a tavern in Eastcheap. </PERSONA>
<PERSONA>Lords, Officers, Sheriff, Vintner, Chamberlain, Drawers, two Carriers, Travellers, Attendants, and an Ostler.</PERSONA>
</PERSONAE>
<SCNDESCR>SCENE England.</SCNDESCR>
<PLAYSUBT>1 KING HENRY IV</PLAYSUBT>
<ACT><TITLE>ACT I</TITLE>
<SCENE><TITLE>SCENE I. London. The palace.</TITLE>
<STAGEDIR>Enter KING HENRY, LORD JOHN OF LANCASTER, the EARL
of WESTMORELAND, SIR WALTER BLUNT, and others</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING HENRY IV</SPEAKER>
<LINE>So shaken as we are, so wan with care,</LINE>
<LINE>Find we a time for frighted peace to pant,</LINE>
<LINE>And breathe short-winded accents of new broils</LINE>
<LINE>To be commenced in strands afar remote.</LINE>
<LINE>No more the thirsty entrance of this soil</LINE>
<LINE>Shall daub her lips with her own children's blood;</LINE>
<LINE>Nor more shall trenching war channel her fields,</LINE>
<LINE>Nor bruise her flowerets with the armed hoofs</LINE>
<LINE>Of hostile paces: those opposed eyes,</LINE>
<LINE>Which, like the meteors of a troubled heaven,</LINE>
<LINE>All of one nature, of one substance bred,</LINE>
<LINE>Did lately meet in the intestine shock</LINE>
<LINE>And furious close of civil butchery</LINE>
<LINE>Shall now, in mutual well-beseeming ranks,</LINE>
<LINE>March all one way and be no more opposed</LINE>
<LINE>Against acquaintance, kindred and allies:</LINE>
<LINE>The edge of war, like an ill-sheathed knife,</LINE>
<LINE>No more shall cut his master. Therefore, friends,</LINE>
<LINE>As far as to the sepulchre of Christ,</LINE>
<LINE>Whose soldier now, under whose blessed cross</LINE>
<LINE>We are impressed and engaged to fight,</LINE>
<LINE>Forthwith a power of English shall we levy;</LINE>
<LINE>Whose arms were moulded in their mothers' womb</LINE>
<LINE>To chase these pagans in those holy fields</LINE>
<LINE>Over whose acres walk'd those blessed feet</LINE>
<LINE>Which fourteen hundred years ago were nail'd</LINE>
<LINE>For our advantage on the bitter cross.</LINE>
<LINE>But this our purpose now is twelve month old,</LINE>
<LINE>And bootless 'tis to tell you we will go:</LINE>
<LINE>Therefore we meet not now. Then let me hear</LINE>
<LINE>Of you, my gentle cousin Westmoreland,</LINE>
<LINE>What yesternight our council did decree</LINE>
<LINE>In forwarding this dear expedience.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>WESTMORELAND</SPEAKER>
<LINE>My liege, this haste was hot in question,</LINE>
<LINE>And many limits of the charge set down</LINE>
<LINE>But yesternight: when all athwart there came</LINE>
<LINE>A post from Wales loaden with heavy news;</LINE>
<LINE>Whose worst was, that the noble Mortimer,</LINE>
<LINE>Leading the men of Herefordshire to fight</LINE>
<LINE>Against the irregular and wild Glendower,</LINE>
<LINE>Was by the rude hands of that Welshman taken,</LINE>
<LINE>A thousand of his people butchered;</LINE>
<LINE>Upon whose dead corpse there was such misuse,</LINE>
<LINE>Such beastly shameless transformation,</LINE>
<LINE>By those Welshwomen done as may not be</LINE>
<LINE>Without much shame retold or spoken of.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING HENRY IV</SPEAKER>
<LINE>It seems then that the tidings of this broil</LINE>
<LINE>Brake off our business for the Holy Land.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>WESTMORELAND</SPEAKER>
<LINE>This match'd with other did, my gracious lord;</LINE>
<LINE>For more uneven and unwelcome news</LINE>
<LINE>Came from the north and thus it did import:</LINE>
<LINE>On Holy-rood day, the gallant Hotspur there,</LINE>
<LINE>Young Harry Percy and brave Archibald,</LINE>
<LINE>That ever-valiant and approved Scot,</LINE>
<LINE>At Holmedon met,</LINE>
<LINE>Where they did spend a sad and bloody hour,</LINE>
<LINE>As by discharge of their artillery,</LINE>
<LINE>And shape of likelihood, the news was told;</LINE>
<LINE>For he that brought them, in the very heat</LINE>
<LINE>And pride of their contention did take horse,</LINE>
<LINE>Uncertain of the issue any way.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING HENRY IV</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Here is a dear, a true industrious friend,</LINE>
<LINE>Sir Walter Blunt, new lighted from his horse.</LINE>
<LINE>Stain'd with the variation of each soil</LINE>
<LINE>Betwixt that Holmedon and this seat of ours;</LINE>
<LINE>And he hath brought us smooth and welcome news.</LINE>
<LINE>The Earl of Douglas is discomfited:</LINE>
<LINE>Ten thousand bold Scots, two and twenty knights,</LINE>
<LINE>Balk'd in their own blood did Sir Walter see</LINE>
<LINE>On Holmedon's plains. Of prisoners, Hotspur took</LINE>
<LINE>Mordake the Earl of Fife, and eldest son</LINE>
<LINE>To beaten Douglas; and the Earl of Athol,</LINE>
<LINE>Of Murray, Angus, and Menteith:</LINE>
<LINE>And is not this an honourable spoil?</LINE>
<LINE>A gallant prize? ha, cousin, is it not?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>WESTMORELAND</SPEAKER>
<LINE>In faith,</LINE>
<LINE>It is a conquest for a prince to boast of.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING HENRY IV</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Yea, there thou makest me sad and makest me sin</LINE>
<LINE>In envy that my Lord Northumberland</LINE>
<LINE>Should be the father to so blest a son,</LINE>
<LINE>A son who is the theme of honour's tongue;</LINE>
<LINE>Amongst a grove, the very straightest plant;</LINE>
<LINE>Who is sweet Fortune's minion and her pride:</LINE>
<LINE>Whilst I, by looking on the praise of him,</LINE>
<LINE>See riot and dishonour stain the brow</LINE>
<LINE>Of my young Harry. O that it could be proved</LINE>
<LINE>That some night-tripping fairy had exchanged</LINE>
<LINE>In cradle-clothes our children where they lay,</LINE>
<LINE>And call'd mine Percy, his Plantagenet!</LINE>
<LINE>Then would I have his Harry, and he mine.</LINE>
<LINE>But let him from my thoughts. What think you, coz,</LINE>
<LINE>Of this young Percy's pride? the prisoners,</LINE>
<LINE>Which he in this adventure hath surprised,</LINE>
<LINE>To his own use he keeps; and sends me word,</LINE>
<LINE>I shall have none but Mordake Earl of Fife.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>WESTMORELAND</SPEAKER>
<LINE>This is his uncle's teaching; this is Worcester,</LINE>
<LINE>Malevolent to you in all aspects;</LINE>
<LINE>Which makes him prune himself, and bristle up</LINE>
<LINE>The crest of youth against your dignity.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING HENRY IV</SPEAKER>
<LINE>But I have sent for him to answer this;</LINE>
<LINE>And for this cause awhile we must neglect</LINE>
<LINE>Our holy purpose to Jerusalem.</LINE>
<LINE>Cousin, on Wednesday next our council we</LINE>
<LINE>Will hold at Windsor; so inform the lords:</LINE>
<LINE>But come yourself with speed to us again;</LINE>
<LINE>For more is to be said and to be done</LINE>
<LINE>Than out of anger can be uttered.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>WESTMORELAND</SPEAKER>
<LINE>I will, my liege.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Exeunt</STAGEDIR>
</SCENE>
<SCENE><TITLE>SCENE II. London. An apartment of the Prince's.</TITLE>
<STAGEDIR>Enter the PRINCE OF WALES and FALSTAFF</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Now, Hal, what time of day is it, lad?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Thou art so fat-witted, with drinking of old sack</LINE>
<LINE>and unbuttoning thee after supper and sleeping upon</LINE>
<LINE>benches after noon, that thou hast forgotten to</LINE>
<LINE>demand that truly which thou wouldst truly know.</LINE>
<LINE>What a devil hast thou to do with the time of the</LINE>
<LINE>day? Unless hours were cups of sack and minutes</LINE>
<LINE>capons and clocks the tongues of bawds and dials the</LINE>
<LINE>signs of leaping-houses and the blessed sun himself</LINE>
<LINE>a fair hot wench in flame-coloured taffeta, I see no</LINE>
<LINE>reason why thou shouldst be so superfluous to demand</LINE>
<LINE>the time of the day.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Indeed, you come near me now, Hal; for we that take</LINE>
<LINE>purses go by the moon and the seven stars, and not</LINE>
<LINE>by Phoebus, he,'that wandering knight so fair.' And,</LINE>
<LINE>I prithee, sweet wag, when thou art king, as, God</LINE>
<LINE>save thy grace,--majesty I should say, for grace</LINE>
<LINE>thou wilt have none,--</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>What, none?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>No, by my troth, not so much as will serve to</LINE>
<LINE>prologue to an egg and butter.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Well, how then? come, roundly, roundly.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Marry, then, sweet wag, when thou art king, let not</LINE>
<LINE>us that are squires of the night's body be called</LINE>
<LINE>thieves of the day's beauty: let us be Diana's</LINE>
<LINE>foresters, gentlemen of the shade, minions of the</LINE>
<LINE>moon; and let men say we be men of good government,</LINE>
<LINE>being governed, as the sea is, by our noble and</LINE>
<LINE>chaste mistress the moon, under whose countenance we steal.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Thou sayest well, and it holds well too; for the</LINE>
<LINE>fortune of us that are the moon's men doth ebb and</LINE>
<LINE>flow like the sea, being governed, as the sea is,</LINE>
<LINE>by the moon. As, for proof, now: a purse of gold</LINE>
<LINE>most resolutely snatched on Monday night and most</LINE>
<LINE>dissolutely spent on Tuesday morning; got with</LINE>
<LINE>swearing 'Lay by' and spent with crying 'Bring in;'</LINE>
<LINE>now in as low an ebb as the foot of the ladder</LINE>
<LINE>and by and by in as high a flow as the ridge of the gallows.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>By the Lord, thou sayest true, lad. And is not my</LINE>
<LINE>hostess of the tavern a most sweet wench?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>As the honey of Hybla, my old lad of the castle. And</LINE>
<LINE>is not a buff jerkin a most sweet robe of durance?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>How now, how now, mad wag! what, in thy quips and</LINE>
<LINE>thy quiddities? what a plague have I to do with a</LINE>
<LINE>buff jerkin?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Why, what a pox have I to do with my hostess of the tavern?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Well, thou hast called her to a reckoning many a</LINE>
<LINE>time and oft.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Did I ever call for thee to pay thy part?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>No; I'll give thee thy due, thou hast paid all there.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Yea, and elsewhere, so far as my coin would stretch;</LINE>
<LINE>and where it would not, I have used my credit.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Yea, and so used it that were it not here apparent</LINE>
<LINE>that thou art heir apparent--But, I prithee, sweet</LINE>
<LINE>wag, shall there be gallows standing in England when</LINE>
<LINE>thou art king? and resolution thus fobbed as it is</LINE>
<LINE>with the rusty curb of old father antic the law? Do</LINE>
<LINE>not thou, when thou art king, hang a thief.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>No; thou shalt.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Shall I? O rare! By the Lord, I'll be a brave judge.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Thou judgest false already: I mean, thou shalt have</LINE>
<LINE>the hanging of the thieves and so become a rare hangman.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Well, Hal, well; and in some sort it jumps with my</LINE>
<LINE>humour as well as waiting in the court, I can tell</LINE>
<LINE>you.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>For obtaining of suits?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Yea, for obtaining of suits, whereof the hangman</LINE>
<LINE>hath no lean wardrobe. 'Sblood, I am as melancholy</LINE>
<LINE>as a gib cat or a lugged bear.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Or an old lion, or a lover's lute.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Yea, or the drone of a Lincolnshire bagpipe.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>What sayest thou to a hare, or the melancholy of</LINE>
<LINE>Moor-ditch?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Thou hast the most unsavoury similes and art indeed</LINE>
<LINE>the most comparative, rascalliest, sweet young</LINE>
<LINE>prince. But, Hal, I prithee, trouble me no more</LINE>
<LINE>with vanity. I would to God thou and I knew where a</LINE>
<LINE>commodity of good names were to be bought. An old</LINE>
<LINE>lord of the council rated me the other day in the</LINE>
<LINE>street about you, sir, but I marked him not; and yet</LINE>
<LINE>he talked very wisely, but I regarded him not; and</LINE>
<LINE>yet he talked wisely, and in the street too.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Thou didst well; for wisdom cries out in the</LINE>
<LINE>streets, and no man regards it.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>O, thou hast damnable iteration and art indeed able</LINE>
<LINE>to corrupt a saint. Thou hast done much harm upon</LINE>
<LINE>me, Hal; God forgive thee for it! Before I knew</LINE>
<LINE>thee, Hal, I knew nothing; and now am I, if a man</LINE>
<LINE>should speak truly, little better than one of the</LINE>
<LINE>wicked. I must give over this life, and I will give</LINE>
<LINE>it over: by the Lord, and I do not, I am a villain:</LINE>
<LINE>I'll be damned for never a king's son in</LINE>
<LINE>Christendom.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Where shall we take a purse tomorrow, Jack?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>'Zounds, where thou wilt, lad; I'll make one; an I</LINE>
<LINE>do not, call me villain and baffle me.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>I see a good amendment of life in thee; from praying</LINE>
<LINE>to purse-taking.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Why, Hal, 'tis my vocation, Hal; 'tis no sin for a</LINE>
<LINE>man to labour in his vocation.</LINE>
<STAGEDIR>Enter POINS</STAGEDIR>
<LINE>Poins! Now shall we know if Gadshill have set a</LINE>
<LINE>match. O, if men were to be saved by merit, what</LINE>
<LINE>hole in hell were hot enough for him? This is the</LINE>
<LINE>most omnipotent villain that ever cried 'Stand' to</LINE>
<LINE>a true man.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Good morrow, Ned.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>POINS</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Good morrow, sweet Hal. What says Monsieur Remorse?</LINE>
<LINE>what says Sir John Sack and Sugar? Jack! how</LINE>
<LINE>agrees the devil and thee about thy soul, that thou</LINE>
<LINE>soldest him on Good-Friday last for a cup of Madeira</LINE>
<LINE>and a cold capon's leg?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Sir John stands to his word, the devil shall have</LINE>
<LINE>his bargain; for he was never yet a breaker of</LINE>
<LINE>proverbs: he will give the devil his due.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>POINS</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Then art thou damned for keeping thy word with the devil.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Else he had been damned for cozening the devil.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>POINS</SPEAKER>
<LINE>But, my lads, my lads, to-morrow morning, by four</LINE>
<LINE>o'clock, early at Gadshill! there are pilgrims going</LINE>
<LINE>to Canterbury with rich offerings, and traders</LINE>
<LINE>riding to London with fat purses: I have vizards</LINE>
<LINE>for you all; you have horses for yourselves:</LINE>
<LINE>Gadshill lies to-night in Rochester: I have bespoke</LINE>
<LINE>supper to-morrow night in Eastcheap: we may do it</LINE>
<LINE>as secure as sleep. If you will go, I will stuff</LINE>
<LINE>your purses full of crowns; if you will not, tarry</LINE>
<LINE>at home and be hanged.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Hear ye, Yedward; if I tarry at home and go not,</LINE>
<LINE>I'll hang you for going.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>POINS</SPEAKER>
<LINE>You will, chops?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Hal, wilt thou make one?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Who, I rob? I a thief? not I, by my faith.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>There's neither honesty, manhood, nor good</LINE>
<LINE>fellowship in thee, nor thou camest not of the blood</LINE>
<LINE>royal, if thou darest not stand for ten shillings.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Well then, once in my days I'll be a madcap.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Why, that's well said.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Well, come what will, I'll tarry at home.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>By the Lord, I'll be a traitor then, when thou art king.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>I care not.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>POINS</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Sir John, I prithee, leave the prince and me alone:</LINE>
<LINE>I will lay him down such reasons for this adventure</LINE>
<LINE>that he shall go.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Well, God give thee the spirit of persuasion and him</LINE>
<LINE>the ears of profiting, that what thou speakest may</LINE>
<LINE>move and what he hears may be believed, that the</LINE>
<LINE>true prince may, for recreation sake, prove a false</LINE>
<LINE>thief; for the poor abuses of the time want</LINE>
<LINE>countenance. Farewell: you shall find me in Eastcheap.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Farewell, thou latter spring! farewell, All-hallown summer!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Exit Falstaff</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>POINS</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Now, my good sweet honey lord, ride with us</LINE>
<LINE>to-morrow: I have a jest to execute that I cannot</LINE>
<LINE>manage alone. Falstaff, Bardolph, Peto and Gadshill</LINE>
<LINE>shall rob those men that we have already waylaid:</LINE>
<LINE>yourself and I will not be there; and when they</LINE>
<LINE>have the booty, if you and I do not rob them, cut</LINE>
<LINE>this head off from my shoulders.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>How shall we part with them in setting forth?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>POINS</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Why, we will set forth before or after them, and</LINE>
<LINE>appoint them a place of meeting, wherein it is at</LINE>
<LINE>our pleasure to fail, and then will they adventure</LINE>
<LINE>upon the exploit themselves; which they shall have</LINE>
<LINE>no sooner achieved, but we'll set upon them.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Yea, but 'tis like that they will know us by our</LINE>
<LINE>horses, by our habits and by every other</LINE>
<LINE>appointment, to be ourselves.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>POINS</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Tut! our horses they shall not see: I'll tie them</LINE>
<LINE>in the wood; our vizards we will change after we</LINE>
<LINE>leave them: and, sirrah, I have cases of buckram</LINE>
<LINE>for the nonce, to immask our noted outward garments.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Yea, but I doubt they will be too hard for us.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>POINS</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Well, for two of them, I know them to be as</LINE>
<LINE>true-bred cowards as ever turned back; and for the</LINE>
<LINE>third, if he fight longer than he sees reason, I'll</LINE>
<LINE>forswear arms. The virtue of this jest will be, the</LINE>
<LINE>incomprehensible lies that this same fat rogue will</LINE>
<LINE>tell us when we meet at supper: how thirty, at</LINE>
<LINE>least, he fought with; what wards, what blows, what</LINE>
<LINE>extremities he endured; and in the reproof of this</LINE>
<LINE>lies the jest.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Well, I'll go with thee: provide us all things</LINE>
<LINE>necessary and meet me to-morrow night in Eastcheap;</LINE>
<LINE>there I'll sup. Farewell.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>POINS</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Farewell, my lord.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Exit Poins</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>I know you all, and will awhile uphold</LINE>
<LINE>The unyoked humour of your idleness:</LINE>
<LINE>Yet herein will I imitate the sun,</LINE>
<LINE>Who doth permit the base contagious clouds</LINE>
<LINE>To smother up his beauty from the world,</LINE>
<LINE>That, when he please again to be himself,</LINE>
<LINE>Being wanted, he may be more wonder'd at,</LINE>
<LINE>By breaking through the foul and ugly mists</LINE>
<LINE>Of vapours that did seem to strangle him.</LINE>
<LINE>If all the year were playing holidays,</LINE>
<LINE>To sport would be as tedious as to work;</LINE>
<LINE>But when they seldom come, they wish'd for come,</LINE>
<LINE>And nothing pleaseth but rare accidents.</LINE>
<LINE>So, when this loose behavior I throw off</LINE>
<LINE>And pay the debt I never promised,</LINE>
<LINE>By how much better than my word I am,</LINE>
<LINE>By so much shall I falsify men's hopes;</LINE>
<LINE>And like bright metal on a sullen ground,</LINE>
<LINE>My reformation, glittering o'er my fault,</LINE>
<LINE>Shall show more goodly and attract more eyes</LINE>
<LINE>Than that which hath no foil to set it off.</LINE>
<LINE>I'll so offend, to make offence a skill;</LINE>
<LINE>Redeeming time when men think least I will.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Exit</STAGEDIR>
</SCENE>
<SCENE><TITLE>SCENE III. London. The palace.</TITLE>
<STAGEDIR>Enter the KING, NORTHUMBERLAND, WORCESTER, HOTSPUR,
SIR WALTER BLUNT, with others</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING HENRY IV</SPEAKER>
<LINE>My blood hath been too cold and temperate,</LINE>
<LINE>Unapt to stir at these indignities,</LINE>
<LINE>And you have found me; for accordingly</LINE>
<LINE>You tread upon my patience: but be sure</LINE>
<LINE>I will from henceforth rather be myself,</LINE>
<LINE>Mighty and to be fear'd, than my condition;</LINE>
<LINE>Which hath been smooth as oil, soft as young down,</LINE>
<LINE>And therefore lost that title of respect</LINE>
<LINE>Which the proud soul ne'er pays but to the proud.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>EARL OF WORCESTER</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Our house, my sovereign liege, little deserves</LINE>
<LINE>The scourge of greatness to be used on it;</LINE>
<LINE>And that same greatness too which our own hands</LINE>
<LINE>Have holp to make so portly.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>NORTHUMBERLAND</SPEAKER>
<LINE>My lord.--</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING HENRY IV</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Worcester, get thee gone; for I do see</LINE>
<LINE>Danger and disobedience in thine eye:</LINE>
<LINE>O, sir, your presence is too bold and peremptory,</LINE>
<LINE>And majesty might never yet endure</LINE>
<LINE>The moody frontier of a servant brow.</LINE>
<LINE>You have good leave to leave us: when we need</LINE>
<LINE>Your use and counsel, we shall send for you.</LINE>
<STAGEDIR>Exit Worcester</STAGEDIR>
<LINE>You were about to speak.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>To North</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>NORTHUMBERLAND</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Yea, my good lord.</LINE>
<LINE>Those prisoners in your highness' name demanded,</LINE>
<LINE>Which Harry Percy here at Holmedon took,</LINE>
<LINE>Were, as he says, not with such strength denied</LINE>
<LINE>As is deliver'd to your majesty:</LINE>
<LINE>Either envy, therefore, or misprison</LINE>
<LINE>Is guilty of this fault and not my son.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HOTSPUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>My liege, I did deny no prisoners.</LINE>
<LINE>But I remember, when the fight was done,</LINE>
<LINE>When I was dry with rage and extreme toil,</LINE>
<LINE>Breathless and faint, leaning upon my sword,</LINE>
<LINE>Came there a certain lord, neat, and trimly dress'd,</LINE>
<LINE>Fresh as a bridegroom; and his chin new reap'd</LINE>
<LINE>Show'd like a stubble-land at harvest-home;</LINE>
<LINE>He was perfumed like a milliner;</LINE>
<LINE>And 'twixt his finger and his thumb he held</LINE>
<LINE>A pouncet-box, which ever and anon</LINE>
<LINE>He gave his nose and took't away again;</LINE>
<LINE>Who therewith angry, when it next came there,</LINE>
<LINE>Took it in snuff; and still he smiled and talk'd,</LINE>
<LINE>And as the soldiers bore dead bodies by,</LINE>
<LINE>He call'd them untaught knaves, unmannerly,</LINE>
<LINE>To bring a slovenly unhandsome corse</LINE>
<LINE>Betwixt the wind and his nobility.</LINE>
<LINE>With many holiday and lady terms</LINE>
<LINE>He question'd me; amongst the rest, demanded</LINE>
<LINE>My prisoners in your majesty's behalf.</LINE>
<LINE>I then, all smarting with my wounds being cold,</LINE>
<LINE>To be so pester'd with a popinjay,</LINE>
<LINE>Out of my grief and my impatience,</LINE>
<LINE>Answer'd neglectingly I know not what,</LINE>
<LINE>He should or he should not; for he made me mad</LINE>
<LINE>To see him shine so brisk and smell so sweet</LINE>
<LINE>And talk so like a waiting-gentlewoman</LINE>
<LINE>Of guns and drums and wounds,--God save the mark!--</LINE>
<LINE>And telling me the sovereign'st thing on earth</LINE>
<LINE>Was parmaceti for an inward bruise;</LINE>
<LINE>And that it was great pity, so it was,</LINE>
<LINE>This villanous salt-petre should be digg'd</LINE>
<LINE>Out of the bowels of the harmless earth,</LINE>
<LINE>Which many a good tall fellow had destroy'd</LINE>
<LINE>So cowardly; and but for these vile guns,</LINE>
<LINE>He would himself have been a soldier.</LINE>
<LINE>This bald unjointed chat of his, my lord,</LINE>
<LINE>I answer'd indirectly, as I said;</LINE>
<LINE>And I beseech you, let not his report</LINE>
<LINE>Come current for an accusation</LINE>
<LINE>Betwixt my love and your high majesty.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>SIR WALTER BLUNT</SPEAKER>
<LINE>The circumstance consider'd, good my lord,</LINE>
<LINE>Whate'er Lord Harry Percy then had said</LINE>
<LINE>To such a person and in such a place,</LINE>
<LINE>At such a time, with all the rest retold,</LINE>
<LINE>May reasonably die and never rise</LINE>
<LINE>To do him wrong or any way impeach</LINE>
<LINE>What then he said, so he unsay it now.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING HENRY IV</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Why, yet he doth deny his prisoners,</LINE>
<LINE>But with proviso and exception,</LINE>
<LINE>That we at our own charge shall ransom straight</LINE>
<LINE>His brother-in-law, the foolish Mortimer;</LINE>
<LINE>Who, on my soul, hath wilfully betray'd</LINE>
<LINE>The lives of those that he did lead to fight</LINE>
<LINE>Against that great magician, damn'd Glendower,</LINE>
<LINE>Whose daughter, as we hear, the Earl of March</LINE>
<LINE>Hath lately married. Shall our coffers, then,</LINE>
<LINE>Be emptied to redeem a traitor home?</LINE>
<LINE>Shall we but treason? and indent with fears,</LINE>
<LINE>When they have lost and forfeited themselves?</LINE>
<LINE>No, on the barren mountains let him starve;</LINE>
<LINE>For I shall never hold that man my friend</LINE>
<LINE>Whose tongue shall ask me for one penny cost</LINE>
<LINE>To ransom home revolted Mortimer.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HOTSPUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Revolted Mortimer!</LINE>
<LINE>He never did fall off, my sovereign liege,</LINE>
<LINE>But by the chance of war; to prove that true</LINE>
<LINE>Needs no more but one tongue for all those wounds,</LINE>
<LINE>Those mouthed wounds, which valiantly he took</LINE>
<LINE>When on the gentle Severn's sedgy bank,</LINE>
<LINE>In single opposition, hand to hand,</LINE>
<LINE>He did confound the best part of an hour</LINE>
<LINE>In changing hardiment with great Glendower:</LINE>
<LINE>Three times they breathed and three times did</LINE>
<LINE>they drink,</LINE>
<LINE>Upon agreement, of swift Severn's flood;</LINE>
<LINE>Who then, affrighted with their bloody looks,</LINE>
<LINE>Ran fearfully among the trembling reeds,</LINE>
<LINE>And hid his crisp head in the hollow bank,</LINE>
<LINE>Bloodstained with these valiant combatants.</LINE>
<LINE>Never did base and rotten policy</LINE>
<LINE>Colour her working with such deadly wounds;</LINE>
<LINE>Nor could the noble Mortimer</LINE>
<LINE>Receive so many, and all willingly:</LINE>
<LINE>Then let not him be slander'd with revolt.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>KING HENRY IV</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Thou dost belie him, Percy, thou dost belie him;</LINE>
<LINE>He never did encounter with Glendower:</LINE>
<LINE>I tell thee,</LINE>
<LINE>He durst as well have met the devil alone</LINE>
<LINE>As Owen Glendower for an enemy.</LINE>
<LINE>Art thou not ashamed? But, sirrah, henceforth</LINE>
<LINE>Let me not hear you speak of Mortimer:</LINE>
<LINE>Send me your prisoners with the speediest means,</LINE>
<LINE>Or you shall hear in such a kind from me</LINE>
<LINE>As will displease you. My Lord Northumberland,</LINE>
<LINE>We licence your departure with your son.</LINE>
<LINE>Send us your prisoners, or you will hear of it.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Exeunt King Henry, Blunt, and train</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HOTSPUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>An if the devil come and roar for them,</LINE>
<LINE>I will not send them: I will after straight</LINE>
<LINE>And tell him so; for I will ease my heart,</LINE>
<LINE>Albeit I make a hazard of my head.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>NORTHUMBERLAND</SPEAKER>
<LINE>What, drunk with choler? stay and pause awhile:</LINE>
<LINE>Here comes your uncle.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Re-enter WORCESTER</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HOTSPUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Speak of Mortimer!</LINE>
<LINE>'Zounds, I will speak of him; and let my soul</LINE>
<LINE>Want mercy, if I do not join with him:</LINE>
<LINE>Yea, on his part I'll empty all these veins,</LINE>
<LINE>And shed my dear blood drop by drop in the dust,</LINE>
<LINE>But I will lift the down-trod Mortimer</LINE>
<LINE>As high in the air as this unthankful king,</LINE>
<LINE>As this ingrate and canker'd Bolingbroke.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>NORTHUMBERLAND</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Brother, the king hath made your nephew mad.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>EARL OF WORCESTER</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Who struck this heat up after I was gone?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HOTSPUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>He will, forsooth, have all my prisoners;</LINE>
<LINE>And when I urged the ransom once again</LINE>
<LINE>Of my wife's brother, then his cheek look'd pale,</LINE>
<LINE>And on my face he turn'd an eye of death,</LINE>
<LINE>Trembling even at the name of Mortimer.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>EARL OF WORCESTER</SPEAKER>
<LINE>I cannot blame him: was not he proclaim'd</LINE>
<LINE>By Richard that dead is the next of blood?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>NORTHUMBERLAND</SPEAKER>
<LINE>He was; I heard the proclamation:</LINE>
<LINE>And then it was when the unhappy king,</LINE>
<LINE>--Whose wrongs in us God pardon!--did set forth</LINE>
<LINE>Upon his Irish expedition;</LINE>
<LINE>From whence he intercepted did return</LINE>
<LINE>To be deposed and shortly murdered.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>EARL OF WORCESTER</SPEAKER>
<LINE>And for whose death we in the world's wide mouth</LINE>
<LINE>Live scandalized and foully spoken of.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HOTSPUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>But soft, I pray you; did King Richard then</LINE>
<LINE>Proclaim my brother Edmund Mortimer</LINE>
<LINE>Heir to the crown?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>NORTHUMBERLAND</SPEAKER>
<LINE>He did; myself did hear it.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HOTSPUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Nay, then I cannot blame his cousin king,</LINE>
<LINE>That wished him on the barren mountains starve.</LINE>
<LINE>But shall it be that you, that set the crown</LINE>
<LINE>Upon the head of this forgetful man</LINE>
<LINE>And for his sake wear the detested blot</LINE>
<LINE>Of murderous subornation, shall it be,</LINE>
<LINE>That you a world of curses undergo,</LINE>
<LINE>Being the agents, or base second means,</LINE>
<LINE>The cords, the ladder, or the hangman rather?</LINE>
<LINE>O, pardon me that I descend so low,</LINE>
<LINE>To show the line and the predicament</LINE>
<LINE>Wherein you range under this subtle king;</LINE>
<LINE>Shall it for shame be spoken in these days,</LINE>
<LINE>Or fill up chronicles in time to come,</LINE>
<LINE>That men of your nobility and power</LINE>
<LINE>Did gage them both in an unjust behalf,</LINE>
<LINE>As both of you--God pardon it!--have done,</LINE>
<LINE>To put down Richard, that sweet lovely rose,</LINE>
<LINE>An plant this thorn, this canker, Bolingbroke?</LINE>
<LINE>And shall it in more shame be further spoken,</LINE>
<LINE>That you are fool'd, discarded and shook off</LINE>
<LINE>By him for whom these shames ye underwent?</LINE>
<LINE>No; yet time serves wherein you may redeem</LINE>
<LINE>Your banish'd honours and restore yourselves</LINE>
<LINE>Into the good thoughts of the world again,</LINE>
<LINE>Revenge the jeering and disdain'd contempt</LINE>
<LINE>Of this proud king, who studies day and night</LINE>
<LINE>To answer all the debt he owes to you</LINE>
<LINE>Even with the bloody payment of your deaths:</LINE>
<LINE>Therefore, I say--</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>EARL OF WORCESTER</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Peace, cousin, say no more:</LINE>
<LINE>And now I will unclasp a secret book,</LINE>
<LINE>And to your quick-conceiving discontents</LINE>
<LINE>I'll read you matter deep and dangerous,</LINE>
<LINE>As full of peril and adventurous spirit</LINE>
<LINE>As to o'er-walk a current roaring loud</LINE>
<LINE>On the unsteadfast footing of a spear.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HOTSPUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>If he fall in, good night! or sink or swim:</LINE>
<LINE>Send danger from the east unto the west,</LINE>
<LINE>So honour cross it from the north to south,</LINE>
<LINE>And let them grapple: O, the blood more stirs</LINE>
<LINE>To rouse a lion than to start a hare!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>NORTHUMBERLAND</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Imagination of some great exploit</LINE>
<LINE>Drives him beyond the bounds of patience.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HOTSPUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>By heaven, methinks it were an easy leap,</LINE>
<LINE>To pluck bright honour from the pale-faced moon,</LINE>
<LINE>Or dive into the bottom of the deep,</LINE>
<LINE>Where fathom-line could never touch the ground,</LINE>
<LINE>And pluck up drowned honour by the locks;</LINE>
<LINE>So he that doth redeem her thence might wear</LINE>
<LINE>Without corrival, all her dignities:</LINE>
<LINE>But out upon this half-faced fellowship!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>EARL OF WORCESTER</SPEAKER>
<LINE>He apprehends a world of figures here,</LINE>
<LINE>But not the form of what he should attend.</LINE>
<LINE>Good cousin, give me audience for a while.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HOTSPUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>I cry you mercy.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>EARL OF WORCESTER</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Those same noble Scots</LINE>
<LINE>That are your prisoners,--</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HOTSPUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>I'll keep them all;</LINE>
<LINE>By God, he shall not have a Scot of them;</LINE>
<LINE>No, if a Scot would save his soul, he shall not:</LINE>
<LINE>I'll keep them, by this hand.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>EARL OF WORCESTER</SPEAKER>
<LINE>You start away</LINE>
<LINE>And lend no ear unto my purposes.</LINE>
<LINE>Those prisoners you shall keep.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HOTSPUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Nay, I will; that's flat:</LINE>
<LINE>He said he would not ransom Mortimer;</LINE>
<LINE>Forbad my tongue to speak of Mortimer;</LINE>
<LINE>But I will find him when he lies asleep,</LINE>
<LINE>And in his ear I'll holla 'Mortimer!'</LINE>
<LINE>Nay,</LINE>
<LINE>I'll have a starling shall be taught to speak</LINE>
<LINE>Nothing but 'Mortimer,' and give it him</LINE>
<LINE>To keep his anger still in motion.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>EARL OF WORCESTER</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Hear you, cousin; a word.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HOTSPUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>All studies here I solemnly defy,</LINE>
<LINE>Save how to gall and pinch this Bolingbroke:</LINE>
<LINE>And that same sword-and-buckler Prince of Wales,</LINE>
<LINE>But that I think his father loves him not</LINE>
<LINE>And would be glad he met with some mischance,</LINE>
<LINE>I would have him poison'd with a pot of ale.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>EARL OF WORCESTER</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Farewell, kinsman: I'll talk to you</LINE>
<LINE>When you are better temper'd to attend.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>NORTHUMBERLAND</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Why, what a wasp-stung and impatient fool</LINE>
<LINE>Art thou to break into this woman's mood,</LINE>
<LINE>Tying thine ear to no tongue but thine own!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HOTSPUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Why, look you, I am whipp'd and scourged with rods,</LINE>
<LINE>Nettled and stung with pismires, when I hear</LINE>
<LINE>Of this vile politician, Bolingbroke.</LINE>
<LINE>In Richard's time,--what do you call the place?--</LINE>
<LINE>A plague upon it, it is in Gloucestershire;</LINE>
<LINE>'Twas where the madcap duke his uncle kept,</LINE>
<LINE>His uncle York; where I first bow'd my knee</LINE>
<LINE>Unto this king of smiles, this Bolingbroke,--</LINE>
<LINE>'Sblood!--</LINE>
<LINE>When you and he came back from Ravenspurgh.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>NORTHUMBERLAND</SPEAKER>
<LINE>At Berkley castle.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HOTSPUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>You say true:</LINE>
<LINE>Why, what a candy deal of courtesy</LINE>
<LINE>This fawning greyhound then did proffer me!</LINE>
<LINE>Look,'when his infant fortune came to age,'</LINE>
<LINE>And 'gentle Harry Percy,' and 'kind cousin;'</LINE>
<LINE>O, the devil take such cozeners! God forgive me!</LINE>
<LINE>Good uncle, tell your tale; I have done.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>EARL OF WORCESTER</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Nay, if you have not, to it again;</LINE>
<LINE>We will stay your leisure.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HOTSPUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>I have done, i' faith.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>EARL OF WORCESTER</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Then once more to your Scottish prisoners.</LINE>
<LINE>Deliver them up without their ransom straight,</LINE>
<LINE>And make the Douglas' son your only mean</LINE>
<LINE>For powers in Scotland; which, for divers reasons</LINE>
<LINE>Which I shall send you written, be assured,</LINE>
<LINE>Will easily be granted. You, my lord,</LINE>
<STAGEDIR>To Northumberland</STAGEDIR>
<LINE>Your son in Scotland being thus employ'd,</LINE>
<LINE>Shall secretly into the bosom creep</LINE>
<LINE>Of that same noble prelate, well beloved,</LINE>
<LINE>The archbishop.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HOTSPUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Of York, is it not?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>EARL OF WORCESTER</SPEAKER>
<LINE>True; who bears hard</LINE>
<LINE>His brother's death at Bristol, the Lord Scroop.</LINE>
<LINE>I speak not this in estimation,</LINE>
<LINE>As what I think might be, but what I know</LINE>
<LINE>Is ruminated, plotted and set down,</LINE>
<LINE>And only stays but to behold the face</LINE>
<LINE>Of that occasion that shall bring it on.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HOTSPUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>I smell it: upon my life, it will do well.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>NORTHUMBERLAND</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Before the game is afoot, thou still let'st slip.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HOTSPUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Why, it cannot choose but be a noble plot;</LINE>
<LINE>And then the power of Scotland and of York,</LINE>
<LINE>To join with Mortimer, ha?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>EARL OF WORCESTER</SPEAKER>
<LINE>And so they shall.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HOTSPUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>In faith, it is exceedingly well aim'd.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>EARL OF WORCESTER</SPEAKER>
<LINE>And 'tis no little reason bids us speed,</LINE>
<LINE>To save our heads by raising of a head;</LINE>
<LINE>For, bear ourselves as even as we can,</LINE>
<LINE>The king will always think him in our debt,</LINE>
<LINE>And think we think ourselves unsatisfied,</LINE>
<LINE>Till he hath found a time to pay us home:</LINE>
<LINE>And see already how he doth begin</LINE>
<LINE>To make us strangers to his looks of love.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HOTSPUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>He does, he does: we'll be revenged on him.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>EARL OF WORCESTER</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Cousin, farewell: no further go in this</LINE>
<LINE>Than I by letters shall direct your course.</LINE>
<LINE>When time is ripe, which will be suddenly,</LINE>
<LINE>I'll steal to Glendower and Lord Mortimer;</LINE>
<LINE>Where you and Douglas and our powers at once,</LINE>
<LINE>As I will fashion it, shall happily meet,</LINE>
<LINE>To bear our fortunes in our own strong arms,</LINE>
<LINE>Which now we hold at much uncertainty.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>NORTHUMBERLAND</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Farewell, good brother: we shall thrive, I trust.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HOTSPUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Uncle, Adieu: O, let the hours be short</LINE>
<LINE>Till fields and blows and groans applaud our sport!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Exeunt</STAGEDIR>
</SCENE>
</ACT>
<ACT><TITLE>ACT II</TITLE>
<SCENE><TITLE>SCENE I. Rochester. An inn yard.</TITLE>
<STAGEDIR>Enter a Carrier with a lantern in his hand</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>First Carrier</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Heigh-ho! an it be not four by the day, I'll be</LINE>
<LINE>hanged: Charles' wain is over the new chimney, and</LINE>
<LINE>yet our horse not packed. What, ostler!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>Ostler</SPEAKER>
<LINE><STAGEDIR>Within</STAGEDIR> Anon, anon.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>First Carrier</SPEAKER>
<LINE>I prithee, Tom, beat Cut's saddle, put a few flocks</LINE>
<LINE>in the point; poor jade, is wrung in the withers out</LINE>
<LINE>of all cess.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Enter another Carrier</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>Second Carrier</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Peas and beans are as dank here as a dog, and that</LINE>
<LINE>is the next way to give poor jades the bots: this</LINE>
<LINE>house is turned upside down since Robin Ostler died.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>First Carrier</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Poor fellow, never joyed since the price of oats</LINE>
<LINE>rose; it was the death of him.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>Second Carrier</SPEAKER>
<LINE>I think this be the most villanous house in all</LINE>
<LINE>London road for fleas: I am stung like a tench.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>First Carrier</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Like a tench! by the mass, there is ne'er a king</LINE>
<LINE>christen could be better bit than I have been since</LINE>
<LINE>the first cock.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>Second Carrier</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Why, they will allow us ne'er a jordan, and then we</LINE>
<LINE>leak in your chimney; and your chamber-lie breeds</LINE>
<LINE>fleas like a loach.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>First Carrier</SPEAKER>
<LINE>What, ostler! come away and be hanged!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>Second Carrier</SPEAKER>
<LINE>I have a gammon of bacon and two razors of ginger,</LINE>
<LINE>to be delivered as far as Charing-cross.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>First Carrier</SPEAKER>
<LINE>God's body! the turkeys in my pannier are quite</LINE>
<LINE>starved. What, ostler! A plague on thee! hast thou</LINE>
<LINE>never an eye in thy head? canst not hear? An</LINE>
<LINE>'twere not as good deed as drink, to break the pate</LINE>
<LINE>on thee, I am a very villain. Come, and be hanged!</LINE>
<LINE>hast thou no faith in thee?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Enter GADSHILL</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>GADSHILL</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Good morrow, carriers. What's o'clock?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>First Carrier</SPEAKER>
<LINE>I think it be two o'clock.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>GADSHILL</SPEAKER>
<LINE>I pray thee lend me thy lantern, to see my gelding</LINE>
<LINE>in the stable.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>First Carrier</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Nay, by God, soft; I know a trick worth two of that, i' faith.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>GADSHILL</SPEAKER>
<LINE>I pray thee, lend me thine.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>Second Carrier</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Ay, when? can'st tell? Lend me thy lantern, quoth</LINE>
<LINE>he? marry, I'll see thee hanged first.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>GADSHILL</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Sirrah carrier, what time do you mean to come to London?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>Second Carrier</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Time enough to go to bed with a candle, I warrant</LINE>
<LINE>thee. Come, neighbour Mugs, we'll call up the</LINE>
<LINE>gentleman: they will along with company, for they</LINE>
<LINE>have great charge.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Exeunt carriers</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>GADSHILL</SPEAKER>
<LINE>What, ho! chamberlain!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>Chamberlain</SPEAKER>
<LINE><STAGEDIR>Within</STAGEDIR> At hand, quoth pick-purse.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>GADSHILL</SPEAKER>
<LINE>That's even as fair as--at hand, quoth the</LINE>
<LINE>chamberlain; for thou variest no more from picking</LINE>
<LINE>of purses than giving direction doth from labouring;</LINE>
<LINE>thou layest the plot how.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Enter Chamberlain</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>Chamberlain</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Good morrow, Master Gadshill. It holds current that</LINE>
<LINE>I told you yesternight: there's a franklin in the</LINE>
<LINE>wild of Kent hath brought three hundred marks with</LINE>
<LINE>him in gold: I heard him tell it to one of his</LINE>
<LINE>company last night at supper; a kind of auditor; one</LINE>
<LINE>that hath abundance of charge too, God knows what.</LINE>
<LINE>They are up already, and call for eggs and butter;</LINE>
<LINE>they will away presently.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>GADSHILL</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Sirrah, if they meet not with Saint Nicholas'</LINE>
<LINE>clerks, I'll give thee this neck.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>Chamberlain</SPEAKER>
<LINE>No, I'll none of it: I pray thee keep that for the</LINE>
<LINE>hangman; for I know thou worshippest St. Nicholas</LINE>
<LINE>as truly as a man of falsehood may.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>GADSHILL</SPEAKER>
<LINE>What talkest thou to me of the hangman? if I hang,</LINE>
<LINE>I'll make a fat pair of gallows; for if I hang, old</LINE>
<LINE>Sir John hangs with me, and thou knowest he is no</LINE>
<LINE>starveling. Tut! there are other Trojans that thou</LINE>
<LINE>dreamest not of, the which for sport sake are</LINE>
<LINE>content to do the profession some grace; that would,</LINE>
<LINE>if matters should be looked into, for their own</LINE>
<LINE>credit sake, make all whole. I am joined with no</LINE>
<LINE>foot-land rakers, no long-staff sixpenny strikers,</LINE>
<LINE>none of these mad mustachio purple-hued malt-worms;</LINE>
<LINE>but with nobility and tranquillity, burgomasters and</LINE>
<LINE>great oneyers, such as can hold in, such as will</LINE>
<LINE>strike sooner than speak, and speak sooner than</LINE>
<LINE>drink, and drink sooner than pray: and yet, zounds,</LINE>
<LINE>I lie; for they pray continually to their saint, the</LINE>
<LINE>commonwealth; or rather, not pray to her, but prey</LINE>
<LINE>on her, for they ride up and down on her and make</LINE>
<LINE>her their boots.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>Chamberlain</SPEAKER>
<LINE>What, the commonwealth their boots? will she hold</LINE>
<LINE>out water in foul way?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>GADSHILL</SPEAKER>
<LINE>She will, she will; justice hath liquored her. We</LINE>
<LINE>steal as in a castle, cocksure; we have the receipt</LINE>
<LINE>of fern-seed, we walk invisible.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>Chamberlain</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Nay, by my faith, I think you are more beholding to</LINE>
<LINE>the night than to fern-seed for your walking invisible.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>GADSHILL</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Give me thy hand: thou shalt have a share in our</LINE>
<LINE>purchase, as I am a true man.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>Chamberlain</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Nay, rather let me have it, as you are a false thief.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>GADSHILL</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Go to; 'homo' is a common name to all men. Bid the</LINE>
<LINE>ostler bring my gelding out of the stable. Farewell,</LINE>
<LINE>you muddy knave.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Exeunt</STAGEDIR>
</SCENE>
<SCENE><TITLE>SCENE II. The highway, near Gadshill.</TITLE>
<STAGEDIR>Enter PRINCE HENRY and POINS</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>POINS</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Come, shelter, shelter: I have removed Falstaff's</LINE>
<LINE>horse, and he frets like a gummed velvet.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Stand close.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Enter FALSTAFF</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Poins! Poins, and be hanged! Poins!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Peace, ye fat-kidneyed rascal! what a brawling dost</LINE>
<LINE>thou keep!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Where's Poins, Hal?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>He is walked up to the top of the hill: I'll go seek him.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>I am accursed to rob in that thief's company: the</LINE>
<LINE>rascal hath removed my horse, and tied him I know</LINE>
<LINE>not where. If I travel but four foot by the squier</LINE>
<LINE>further afoot, I shall break my wind. Well, I doubt</LINE>
<LINE>not but to die a fair death for all this, if I</LINE>
<LINE>'scape hanging for killing that rogue. I have</LINE>
<LINE>forsworn his company hourly any time this two and</LINE>
<LINE>twenty years, and yet I am bewitched with the</LINE>
<LINE>rogue's company. If the rascal hath not given me</LINE>
<LINE>medicines to make me love him, I'll be hanged; it</LINE>
<LINE>could not be else: I have drunk medicines. Poins!</LINE>
<LINE>Hal! a plague upon you both! Bardolph! Peto!</LINE>
<LINE>I'll starve ere I'll rob a foot further. An 'twere</LINE>
<LINE>not as good a deed as drink, to turn true man and to</LINE>
<LINE>leave these rogues, I am the veriest varlet that</LINE>
<LINE>ever chewed with a tooth. Eight yards of uneven</LINE>
<LINE>ground is threescore and ten miles afoot with me;</LINE>
<LINE>and the stony-hearted villains know it well enough:</LINE>
<LINE>a plague upon it when thieves cannot be true one to another!</LINE>
<STAGEDIR>They whistle</STAGEDIR>
<LINE>Whew! A plague upon you all! Give me my horse, you</LINE>
<LINE>rogues; give me my horse, and be hanged!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Peace, ye fat-guts! lie down; lay thine ear close</LINE>
<LINE>to the ground and list if thou canst hear the tread</LINE>
<LINE>of travellers.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Have you any levers to lift me up again, being down?</LINE>
<LINE>'Sblood, I'll not bear mine own flesh so far afoot</LINE>
<LINE>again for all the coin in thy father's exchequer.</LINE>
<LINE>What a plague mean ye to colt me thus?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Thou liest; thou art not colted, thou art uncolted.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>I prithee, good Prince Hal, help me to my horse,</LINE>
<LINE>good king's son.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Out, ye rogue! shall I be your ostler?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Go, hang thyself in thine own heir-apparent</LINE>
<LINE>garters! If I be ta'en, I'll peach for this. An I</LINE>
<LINE>have not ballads made on you all and sung to filthy</LINE>
<LINE>tunes, let a cup of sack be my poison: when a jest</LINE>
<LINE>is so forward, and afoot too! I hate it.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Enter GADSHILL, BARDOLPH and PETO</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>GADSHILL</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Stand.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>So I do, against my will.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>POINS</SPEAKER>
<LINE>O, 'tis our setter: I know his voice. Bardolph,</LINE>
<LINE>what news?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BARDOLPH</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Case ye, case ye; on with your vizards: there 's</LINE>
<LINE>money of the king's coming down the hill; 'tis going</LINE>
<LINE>to the king's exchequer.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>You lie, ye rogue; 'tis going to the king's tavern.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>GADSHILL</SPEAKER>
<LINE>There's enough to make us all.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>To be hanged.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Sirs, you four shall front them in the narrow lane;</LINE>
<LINE>Ned Poins and I will walk lower: if they 'scape</LINE>
<LINE>from your encounter, then they light on us.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PETO</SPEAKER>
<LINE>How many be there of them?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>GADSHILL</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Some eight or ten.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>'Zounds, will they not rob us?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>What, a coward, Sir John Paunch?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Indeed, I am not John of Gaunt, your grandfather;</LINE>
<LINE>but yet no coward, Hal.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Well, we leave that to the proof.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>POINS</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Sirrah Jack, thy horse stands behind the hedge:</LINE>
<LINE>when thou needest him, there thou shalt find him.</LINE>
<LINE>Farewell, and stand fast.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Now cannot I strike him, if I should be hanged.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Ned, where are our disguises?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>POINS</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Here, hard by: stand close.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Exeunt PRINCE HENRY and POINS</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Now, my masters, happy man be his dole, say I:</LINE>
<LINE>every man to his business.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Enter the Travellers</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>First Traveller</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Come, neighbour: the boy shall lead our horses down</LINE>
<LINE>the hill; we'll walk afoot awhile, and ease our legs.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>Thieves</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Stand!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>Travellers</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Jesus bless us!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Strike; down with them; cut the villains' throats:</LINE>
<LINE>ah! whoreson caterpillars! bacon-fed knaves! they</LINE>
<LINE>hate us youth: down with them: fleece them.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>Travellers</SPEAKER>
<LINE>O, we are undone, both we and ours for ever!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Hang ye, gorbellied knaves, are ye undone? No, ye</LINE>
<LINE>fat chuffs: I would your store were here! On,</LINE>
<LINE>bacons, on! What, ye knaves! young men must live.</LINE>
<LINE>You are Grand-jurors, are ye? we'll jure ye, 'faith.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Here they rob them and bind them. Exeunt</STAGEDIR>
<STAGEDIR>Re-enter PRINCE HENRY and POINS</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>The thieves have bound the true men. Now could thou</LINE>
<LINE>and I rob the thieves and go merrily to London, it</LINE>
<LINE>would be argument for a week, laughter for a month</LINE>
<LINE>and a good jest for ever.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>POINS</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Stand close; I hear them coming.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Enter the Thieves again</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Come, my masters, let us share, and then to horse</LINE>
<LINE>before day. An the Prince and Poins be not two</LINE>
<LINE>arrant cowards, there's no equity stirring: there's</LINE>
<LINE>no more valour in that Poins than in a wild-duck.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Your money!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>POINS</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Villains!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>As they are sharing, the Prince and Poins set upon
them; they all run away; and Falstaff, after a blow
or two, runs away too, leaving the booty behind them</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Got with much ease. Now merrily to horse:</LINE>
<LINE>The thieves are all scatter'd and possess'd with fear</LINE>
<LINE>So strongly that they dare not meet each other;</LINE>
<LINE>Each takes his fellow for an officer.</LINE>
<LINE>Away, good Ned. Falstaff sweats to death,</LINE>
<LINE>And lards the lean earth as he walks along:</LINE>
<LINE>Were 't not for laughing, I should pity him.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>POINS</SPEAKER>
<LINE>How the rogue roar'd!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Exeunt</STAGEDIR>
</SCENE>
<SCENE><TITLE>SCENE III. Warkworth castle</TITLE>
<STAGEDIR>Enter HOTSPUR, solus, reading a letter</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HOTSPUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>'But for mine own part, my lord, I could be well</LINE>
<LINE>contented to be there, in respect of the love I bear</LINE>
<LINE>your house.' He could be contented: why is he not,</LINE>
<LINE>then? In respect of the love he bears our house:</LINE>
<LINE>he shows in this, he loves his own barn better than</LINE>
<LINE>he loves our house. Let me see some more. 'The</LINE>
<LINE>purpose you undertake is dangerous;'--why, that's</LINE>
<LINE>certain: 'tis dangerous to take a cold, to sleep, to</LINE>
<LINE>drink; but I tell you, my lord fool, out of this</LINE>
<LINE>nettle, danger, we pluck this flower, safety. 'The</LINE>
<LINE>purpose you undertake is dangerous; the friends you</LINE>
<LINE>have named uncertain; the time itself unsorted; and</LINE>
<LINE>your whole plot too light for the counterpoise of so</LINE>
<LINE>great an opposition.' Say you so, say you so? I say</LINE>
<LINE>unto you again, you are a shallow cowardly hind, and</LINE>
<LINE>you lie. What a lack-brain is this! By the Lord,</LINE>
<LINE>our plot is a good plot as ever was laid; our</LINE>
<LINE>friends true and constant: a good plot, good</LINE>
<LINE>friends, and full of expectation; an excellent plot,</LINE>
<LINE>very good friends. What a frosty-spirited rogue is</LINE>
<LINE>this! Why, my lord of York commends the plot and the</LINE>
<LINE>general course of action. 'Zounds, an I were now by</LINE>
<LINE>this rascal, I could brain him with his lady's fan.</LINE>
<LINE>Is there not my father, my uncle and myself? lord</LINE>
<LINE>Edmund Mortimer, My lord of York and Owen Glendower?</LINE>
<LINE>is there not besides the Douglas? have I not all</LINE>
<LINE>their letters to meet me in arms by the ninth of the</LINE>
<LINE>next month? and are they not some of them set</LINE>
<LINE>forward already? What a pagan rascal is this! an</LINE>
<LINE>infidel! Ha! you shall see now in very sincerity</LINE>
<LINE>of fear and cold heart, will he to the king and lay</LINE>
<LINE>open all our proceedings. O, I could divide myself</LINE>
<LINE>and go to buffets, for moving such a dish of</LINE>
<LINE>skim milk with so honourable an action! Hang him!</LINE>
<LINE>let him tell the king: we are prepared. I will set</LINE>
<LINE>forward to-night.</LINE>
<STAGEDIR>Enter LADY PERCY</STAGEDIR>
<LINE>How now, Kate! I must leave you within these two hours.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>LADY PERCY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>O, my good lord, why are you thus alone?</LINE>
<LINE>For what offence have I this fortnight been</LINE>
<LINE>A banish'd woman from my Harry's bed?</LINE>
<LINE>Tell me, sweet lord, what is't that takes from thee</LINE>
<LINE>Thy stomach, pleasure and thy golden sleep?</LINE>
<LINE>Why dost thou bend thine eyes upon the earth,</LINE>
<LINE>And start so often when thou sit'st alone?</LINE>
<LINE>Why hast thou lost the fresh blood in thy cheeks;</LINE>
<LINE>And given my treasures and my rights of thee</LINE>
<LINE>To thick-eyed musing and cursed melancholy?</LINE>
<LINE>In thy faint slumbers I by thee have watch'd,</LINE>
<LINE>And heard thee murmur tales of iron wars;</LINE>
<LINE>Speak terms of manage to thy bounding steed;</LINE>
<LINE>Cry 'Courage! to the field!' And thou hast talk'd</LINE>
<LINE>Of sallies and retires, of trenches, tents,</LINE>
<LINE>Of palisadoes, frontiers, parapets,</LINE>
<LINE>Of basilisks, of cannon, culverin,</LINE>
<LINE>Of prisoners' ransom and of soldiers slain,</LINE>
<LINE>And all the currents of a heady fight.</LINE>
<LINE>Thy spirit within thee hath been so at war</LINE>
<LINE>And thus hath so bestirr'd thee in thy sleep,</LINE>
<LINE>That beads of sweat have stood upon thy brow</LINE>
<LINE>Like bubbles in a late-disturbed stream;</LINE>
<LINE>And in thy face strange motions have appear'd,</LINE>
<LINE>Such as we see when men restrain their breath</LINE>
<LINE>On some great sudden hest. O, what portents are these?</LINE>
<LINE>Some heavy business hath my lord in hand,</LINE>
<LINE>And I must know it, else he loves me not.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HOTSPUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>What, ho!</LINE>
<STAGEDIR>Enter Servant</STAGEDIR>
<LINE>Is Gilliams with the packet gone?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>Servant</SPEAKER>
<LINE>He is, my lord, an hour ago.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HOTSPUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Hath Butler brought those horses from the sheriff?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>Servant</SPEAKER>
<LINE>One horse, my lord, he brought even now.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HOTSPUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>What horse? a roan, a crop-ear, is it not?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>Servant</SPEAKER>
<LINE>It is, my lord.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HOTSPUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>That roan shall by my throne.</LINE>
<LINE>Well, I will back him straight: O esperance!</LINE>
<LINE>Bid Butler lead him forth into the park.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Exit Servant</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>LADY PERCY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>But hear you, my lord.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HOTSPUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>What say'st thou, my lady?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>LADY PERCY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>What is it carries you away?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HOTSPUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Why, my horse, my love, my horse.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>LADY PERCY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Out, you mad-headed ape!</LINE>
<LINE>A weasel hath not such a deal of spleen</LINE>
<LINE>As you are toss'd with. In faith,</LINE>
<LINE>I'll know your business, Harry, that I will.</LINE>
<LINE>I fear my brother Mortimer doth stir</LINE>
<LINE>About his title, and hath sent for you</LINE>
<LINE>To line his enterprise: but if you go,--</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HOTSPUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>So far afoot, I shall be weary, love.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>LADY PERCY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Come, come, you paraquito, answer me</LINE>
<LINE>Directly unto this question that I ask:</LINE>
<LINE>In faith, I'll break thy little finger, Harry,</LINE>
<LINE>An if thou wilt not tell me all things true.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HOTSPUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Away,</LINE>
<LINE>Away, you trifler! Love! I love thee not,</LINE>
<LINE>I care not for thee, Kate: this is no world</LINE>
<LINE>To play with mammets and to tilt with lips:</LINE>
<LINE>We must have bloody noses and crack'd crowns,</LINE>
<LINE>And pass them current too. God's me, my horse!</LINE>
<LINE>What say'st thou, Kate? what would'st thou</LINE>
<LINE>have with me?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>LADY PERCY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Do you not love me? do you not, indeed?</LINE>
<LINE>Well, do not then; for since you love me not,</LINE>
<LINE>I will not love myself. Do you not love me?</LINE>
<LINE>Nay, tell me if you speak in jest or no.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HOTSPUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Come, wilt thou see me ride?</LINE>
<LINE>And when I am on horseback, I will swear</LINE>
<LINE>I love thee infinitely. But hark you, Kate;</LINE>
<LINE>I must not have you henceforth question me</LINE>
<LINE>Whither I go, nor reason whereabout:</LINE>
<LINE>Whither I must, I must; and, to conclude,</LINE>
<LINE>This evening must I leave you, gentle Kate.</LINE>
<LINE>I know you wise, but yet no farther wise</LINE>
<LINE>Than Harry Percy's wife: constant you are,</LINE>
<LINE>But yet a woman: and for secrecy,</LINE>
<LINE>No lady closer; for I well believe</LINE>
<LINE>Thou wilt not utter what thou dost not know;</LINE>
<LINE>And so far will I trust thee, gentle Kate.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>LADY PERCY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>How! so far?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HOTSPUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Not an inch further. But hark you, Kate:</LINE>
<LINE>Whither I go, thither shall you go too;</LINE>
<LINE>To-day will I set forth, to-morrow you.</LINE>
<LINE>Will this content you, Kate?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>LADY PERCY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>It must of force.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Exeunt</STAGEDIR>
</SCENE>
<SCENE><TITLE>SCENE IV. The Boar's-Head Tavern, Eastcheap.</TITLE>
<STAGEDIR>Enter PRINCE HENRY and POINS</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Ned, prithee, come out of that fat room, and lend me</LINE>
<LINE>thy hand to laugh a little.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>POINS</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Where hast been, Hal?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>With three or four loggerheads amongst three or four</LINE>
<LINE>score hogsheads. I have sounded the very</LINE>
<LINE>base-string of humility. Sirrah, I am sworn brother</LINE>
<LINE>to a leash of drawers; and can call them all by</LINE>
<LINE>their christen names, as Tom, Dick, and Francis.</LINE>
<LINE>They take it already upon their salvation, that</LINE>
<LINE>though I be but the prince of Wales, yet I am king</LINE>
<LINE>of courtesy; and tell me flatly I am no proud Jack,</LINE>
<LINE>like Falstaff, but a Corinthian, a lad of mettle, a</LINE>
<LINE>good boy, by the Lord, so they call me, and when I</LINE>
<LINE>am king of England, I shall command all the good</LINE>
<LINE>lads in Eastcheap. They call drinking deep, dyeing</LINE>
<LINE>scarlet; and when you breathe in your watering, they</LINE>
<LINE>cry 'hem!' and bid you play it off. To conclude, I</LINE>
<LINE>am so good a proficient in one quarter of an hour,</LINE>
<LINE>that I can drink with any tinker in his own language</LINE>
<LINE>during my life. I tell thee, Ned, thou hast lost</LINE>
<LINE>much honour, that thou wert not with me in this sweet</LINE>
<LINE>action. But, sweet Ned,--to sweeten which name of</LINE>
<LINE>Ned, I give thee this pennyworth of sugar, clapped</LINE>
<LINE>even now into my hand by an under-skinker, one that</LINE>
<LINE>never spake other English in his life than 'Eight</LINE>
<LINE>shillings and sixpence' and 'You are welcome,' with</LINE>
<LINE>this shrill addition, 'Anon, anon, sir! Score a pint</LINE>
<LINE>of bastard in the Half-Moon,' or so. But, Ned, to</LINE>
<LINE>drive away the time till Falstaff come, I prithee,</LINE>
<LINE>do thou stand in some by-room, while I question my</LINE>
<LINE>puny drawer to what end he gave me the sugar; and do</LINE>
<LINE>thou never leave calling 'Francis,' that his tale</LINE>
<LINE>to me may be nothing but 'Anon.' Step aside, and</LINE>
<LINE>I'll show thee a precedent.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>POINS</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Francis!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Thou art perfect.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>POINS</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Francis!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Exit POINS</STAGEDIR>
<STAGEDIR>Enter FRANCIS</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FRANCIS</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Anon, anon, sir. Look down into the Pomgarnet, Ralph.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Come hither, Francis.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FRANCIS</SPEAKER>
<LINE>My lord?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>How long hast thou to serve, Francis?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FRANCIS</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Forsooth, five years, and as much as to--</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>POINS</SPEAKER>
<LINE><STAGEDIR>Within</STAGEDIR> Francis!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FRANCIS</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Anon, anon, sir.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Five year! by'r lady, a long lease for the clinking</LINE>
<LINE>of pewter. But, Francis, darest thou be so valiant</LINE>
<LINE>as to play the coward with thy indenture and show it</LINE>
<LINE>a fair pair of heels and run from it?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FRANCIS</SPEAKER>
<LINE>O Lord, sir, I'll be sworn upon all the books in</LINE>
<LINE>England, I could find in my heart.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>POINS</SPEAKER>
<LINE><STAGEDIR>Within</STAGEDIR> Francis!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FRANCIS</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Anon, sir.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>How old art thou, Francis?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FRANCIS</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Let me see--about Michaelmas next I shall be--</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>POINS</SPEAKER>
<LINE><STAGEDIR>Within</STAGEDIR> Francis!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FRANCIS</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Anon, sir. Pray stay a little, my lord.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Nay, but hark you, Francis: for the sugar thou</LINE>
<LINE>gavest me,'twas a pennyworth, wast't not?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FRANCIS</SPEAKER>
<LINE>O Lord, I would it had been two!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>I will give thee for it a thousand pound: ask me</LINE>
<LINE>when thou wilt, and thou shalt have it.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>POINS</SPEAKER>
<LINE><STAGEDIR>Within</STAGEDIR> Francis!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FRANCIS</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Anon, anon.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Anon, Francis? No, Francis; but to-morrow, Francis;</LINE>
<LINE>or, Francis, o' Thursday; or indeed, Francis, when</LINE>
<LINE>thou wilt. But, Francis!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FRANCIS</SPEAKER>
<LINE>My lord?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Wilt thou rob this leathern jerkin, crystal-button,</LINE>
<LINE>not-pated, agate-ring, puke-stocking, caddis-garter,</LINE>
<LINE>smooth-tongue, Spanish-pouch,--</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FRANCIS</SPEAKER>
<LINE>O Lord, sir, who do you mean?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Why, then, your brown bastard is your only drink;</LINE>
<LINE>for look you, Francis, your white canvas doublet</LINE>
<LINE>will sully: in Barbary, sir, it cannot come to so much.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FRANCIS</SPEAKER>
<LINE>What, sir?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>POINS</SPEAKER>
<LINE><STAGEDIR>Within</STAGEDIR> Francis!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Away, you rogue! dost thou not hear them call?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Here they both call him; the drawer stands amazed,
not knowing which way to go</STAGEDIR>
<STAGEDIR>Enter Vintner</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>Vintner</SPEAKER>
<LINE>What, standest thou still, and hearest such a</LINE>
<LINE>calling? Look to the guests within.</LINE>
<STAGEDIR>Exit Francis</STAGEDIR>
<LINE>My lord, old Sir John, with half-a-dozen more, are</LINE>
<LINE>at the door: shall I let them in?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Let them alone awhile, and then open the door.</LINE>
<STAGEDIR>Exit Vintner</STAGEDIR>
<LINE>Poins!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Re-enter POINS</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>POINS</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Anon, anon, sir.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Sirrah, Falstaff and the rest of the thieves are at</LINE>
<LINE>the door: shall we be merry?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>POINS</SPEAKER>
<LINE>As merry as crickets, my lad. But hark ye; what</LINE>
<LINE>cunning match have you made with this jest of the</LINE>
<LINE>drawer? come, what's the issue?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>I am now of all humours that have showed themselves</LINE>
<LINE>humours since the old days of goodman Adam to the</LINE>
<LINE>pupil age of this present twelve o'clock at midnight.</LINE>
<STAGEDIR>Re-enter FRANCIS</STAGEDIR>
<LINE>What's o'clock, Francis?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FRANCIS</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Anon, anon, sir.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Exit</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>That ever this fellow should have fewer words than a</LINE>
<LINE>parrot, and yet the son of a woman! His industry is</LINE>
<LINE>upstairs and downstairs; his eloquence the parcel of</LINE>
<LINE>a reckoning. I am not yet of Percy's mind, the</LINE>
<LINE>Hotspur of the north; he that kills me some six or</LINE>
<LINE>seven dozen of Scots at a breakfast, washes his</LINE>
<LINE>hands, and says to his wife 'Fie upon this quiet</LINE>
<LINE>life! I want work.' 'O my sweet Harry,' says she,</LINE>
<LINE>'how many hast thou killed to-day?' 'Give my roan</LINE>
<LINE>horse a drench,' says he; and answers 'Some</LINE>
<LINE>fourteen,' an hour after; 'a trifle, a trifle.' I</LINE>
<LINE>prithee, call in Falstaff: I'll play Percy, and</LINE>
<LINE>that damned brawn shall play Dame Mortimer his</LINE>
<LINE>wife. 'Rivo!' says the drunkard. Call in ribs, call in tallow.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Enter FALSTAFF, GADSHILL, BARDOLPH, and PETO;
FRANCIS following with wine</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>POINS</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Welcome, Jack: where hast thou been?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>A plague of all cowards, I say, and a vengeance too!</LINE>
<LINE>marry, and amen! Give me a cup of sack, boy. Ere I</LINE>
<LINE>lead this life long, I'll sew nether stocks and mend</LINE>
<LINE>them and foot them too. A plague of all cowards!</LINE>
<LINE>Give me a cup of sack, rogue. Is there no virtue extant?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>He drinks</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Didst thou never see Titan kiss a dish of butter?</LINE>
<LINE>pitiful-hearted Titan, that melted at the sweet tale</LINE>
<LINE>of the sun's! if thou didst, then behold that compound.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>You rogue, here's lime in this sack too: there is</LINE>
<LINE>nothing but roguery to be found in villanous man:</LINE>
<LINE>yet a coward is worse than a cup of sack with lime</LINE>
<LINE>in it. A villanous coward! Go thy ways, old Jack;</LINE>
<LINE>die when thou wilt, if manhood, good manhood, be</LINE>
<LINE>not forgot upon the face of the earth, then am I a</LINE>
<LINE>shotten herring. There live not three good men</LINE>
<LINE>unhanged in England; and one of them is fat and</LINE>
<LINE>grows old: God help the while! a bad world, I say.</LINE>
<LINE>I would I were a weaver; I could sing psalms or any</LINE>
<LINE>thing. A plague of all cowards, I say still.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>How now, wool-sack! what mutter you?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>A king's son! If I do not beat thee out of thy</LINE>
<LINE>kingdom with a dagger of lath, and drive all thy</LINE>
<LINE>subjects afore thee like a flock of wild-geese,</LINE>
<LINE>I'll never wear hair on my face more. You Prince of Wales!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Why, you whoreson round man, what's the matter?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Are not you a coward? answer me to that: and Poins there?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>POINS</SPEAKER>
<LINE>'Zounds, ye fat paunch, an ye call me coward, by the</LINE>
<LINE>Lord, I'll stab thee.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>I call thee coward! I'll see thee damned ere I call</LINE>
<LINE>thee coward: but I would give a thousand pound I</LINE>
<LINE>could run as fast as thou canst. You are straight</LINE>
<LINE>enough in the shoulders, you care not who sees your</LINE>
<LINE>back: call you that backing of your friends? A</LINE>
<LINE>plague upon such backing! give me them that will</LINE>
<LINE>face me. Give me a cup of sack: I am a rogue, if I</LINE>
<LINE>drunk to-day.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>O villain! thy lips are scarce wiped since thou</LINE>
<LINE>drunkest last.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>All's one for that.</LINE>
<STAGEDIR>He drinks</STAGEDIR>
<LINE>A plague of all cowards, still say I.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>What's the matter?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>What's the matter! there be four of us here have</LINE>
<LINE>ta'en a thousand pound this day morning.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Where is it, Jack? where is it?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Where is it! taken from us it is: a hundred upon</LINE>
<LINE>poor four of us.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>What, a hundred, man?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>I am a rogue, if I were not at half-sword with a</LINE>
<LINE>dozen of them two hours together. I have 'scaped by</LINE>
<LINE>miracle. I am eight times thrust through the</LINE>
<LINE>doublet, four through the hose; my buckler cut</LINE>
<LINE>through and through; my sword hacked like a</LINE>
<LINE>hand-saw--ecce signum! I never dealt better since</LINE>
<LINE>I was a man: all would not do. A plague of all</LINE>
<LINE>cowards! Let them speak: if they speak more or</LINE>
<LINE>less than truth, they are villains and the sons of darkness.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Speak, sirs; how was it?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>GADSHILL</SPEAKER>
<LINE>We four set upon some dozen--</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Sixteen at least, my lord.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>GADSHILL</SPEAKER>
<LINE>And bound them.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PETO</SPEAKER>
<LINE>No, no, they were not bound.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>You rogue, they were bound, every man of them; or I</LINE>
<LINE>am a Jew else, an Ebrew Jew.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>GADSHILL</SPEAKER>
<LINE>As we were sharing, some six or seven fresh men set upon us--</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>And unbound the rest, and then come in the other.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>What, fought you with them all?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>All! I know not what you call all; but if I fought</LINE>
<LINE>not with fifty of them, I am a bunch of radish: if</LINE>
<LINE>there were not two or three and fifty upon poor old</LINE>
<LINE>Jack, then am I no two-legged creature.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Pray God you have not murdered some of them.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Nay, that's past praying for: I have peppered two</LINE>
<LINE>of them; two I am sure I have paid, two rogues</LINE>
<LINE>in buckram suits. I tell thee what, Hal, if I tell</LINE>
<LINE>thee a lie, spit in my face, call me horse. Thou</LINE>
<LINE>knowest my old ward; here I lay and thus I bore my</LINE>
<LINE>point. Four rogues in buckram let drive at me--</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>What, four? thou saidst but two even now.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Four, Hal; I told thee four.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>POINS</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Ay, ay, he said four.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>These four came all a-front, and mainly thrust at</LINE>
<LINE>me. I made me no more ado but took all their seven</LINE>
<LINE>points in my target, thus.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Seven? why, there were but four even now.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>In buckram?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>POINS</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Ay, four, in buckram suits.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Seven, by these hilts, or I am a villain else.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Prithee, let him alone; we shall have more anon.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Dost thou hear me, Hal?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Ay, and mark thee too, Jack.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Do so, for it is worth the listening to. These nine</LINE>
<LINE>in buckram that I told thee of--</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>So, two more already.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Their points being broken,--</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>POINS</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Down fell their hose.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Began to give me ground: but I followed me close,</LINE>
<LINE>came in foot and hand; and with a thought seven of</LINE>
<LINE>the eleven I paid.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>O monstrous! eleven buckram men grown out of two!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>But, as the devil would have it, three misbegotten</LINE>
<LINE>knaves in Kendal green came at my back and let drive</LINE>
<LINE>at me; for it was so dark, Hal, that thou couldst</LINE>
<LINE>not see thy hand.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>These lies are like their father that begets them;</LINE>
<LINE>gross as a mountain, open, palpable. Why, thou</LINE>
<LINE>clay-brained guts, thou knotty-pated fool, thou</LINE>
<LINE>whoreson, obscene, grease tallow-catch,--</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>What, art thou mad? art thou mad? is not the truth</LINE>
<LINE>the truth?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Why, how couldst thou know these men in Kendal</LINE>
<LINE>green, when it was so dark thou couldst not see thy</LINE>
<LINE>hand? come, tell us your reason: what sayest thou to this?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>POINS</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Come, your reason, Jack, your reason.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>What, upon compulsion? 'Zounds, an I were at the</LINE>
<LINE>strappado, or all the racks in the world, I would</LINE>
<LINE>not tell you on compulsion. Give you a reason on</LINE>
<LINE>compulsion! If reasons were as plentiful as</LINE>
<LINE>blackberries, I would give no man a reason upon</LINE>
<LINE>compulsion, I.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>I'll be no longer guilty of this sin; this sanguine</LINE>
<LINE>coward, this bed-presser, this horseback-breaker,</LINE>
<LINE>this huge hill of flesh,--</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>'Sblood, you starveling, you elf-skin, you dried</LINE>
<LINE>neat's tongue, you bull's pizzle, you stock-fish! O</LINE>
<LINE>for breath to utter what is like thee! you</LINE>
<LINE>tailor's-yard, you sheath, you bowcase; you vile</LINE>
<LINE>standing-tuck,--</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Well, breathe awhile, and then to it again: and</LINE>
<LINE>when thou hast tired thyself in base comparisons,</LINE>
<LINE>hear me speak but this.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>POINS</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Mark, Jack.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>We two saw you four set on four and bound them, and</LINE>
<LINE>were masters of their wealth. Mark now, how a plain</LINE>
<LINE>tale shall put you down. Then did we two set on you</LINE>
<LINE>four; and, with a word, out-faced you from your</LINE>
<LINE>prize, and have it; yea, and can show it you here in</LINE>
<LINE>the house: and, Falstaff, you carried your guts</LINE>
<LINE>away as nimbly, with as quick dexterity, and roared</LINE>
<LINE>for mercy and still run and roared, as ever I heard</LINE>
<LINE>bull-calf. What a slave art thou, to hack thy sword</LINE>
<LINE>as thou hast done, and then say it was in fight!</LINE>
<LINE>What trick, what device, what starting-hole, canst</LINE>
<LINE>thou now find out to hide thee from this open and</LINE>
<LINE>apparent shame?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>POINS</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Come, let's hear, Jack; what trick hast thou now?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>By the Lord, I knew ye as well as he that made ye.</LINE>
<LINE>Why, hear you, my masters: was it for me to kill the</LINE>
<LINE>heir-apparent? should I turn upon the true prince?</LINE>
<LINE>why, thou knowest I am as valiant as Hercules: but</LINE>
<LINE>beware instinct; the lion will not touch the true</LINE>
<LINE>prince. Instinct is a great matter; I was now a</LINE>
<LINE>coward on instinct. I shall think the better of</LINE>
<LINE>myself and thee during my life; I for a valiant</LINE>
<LINE>lion, and thou for a true prince. But, by the Lord,</LINE>
<LINE>lads, I am glad you have the money. Hostess, clap</LINE>
<LINE>to the doors: watch to-night, pray to-morrow.</LINE>
<LINE>Gallants, lads, boys, hearts of gold, all the titles</LINE>
<LINE>of good fellowship come to you! What, shall we be</LINE>
<LINE>merry? shall we have a play extempore?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Content; and the argument shall be thy running away.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Ah, no more of that, Hal, an thou lovest me!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Enter Hostess</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>Hostess</SPEAKER>
<LINE>O Jesu, my lord the prince!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>How now, my lady the hostess! what sayest thou to</LINE>
<LINE>me?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>Hostess</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Marry, my lord, there is a nobleman of the court at</LINE>
<LINE>door would speak with you: he says he comes from</LINE>
<LINE>your father.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Give him as much as will make him a royal man, and</LINE>
<LINE>send him back again to my mother.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>What manner of man is he?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>Hostess</SPEAKER>
<LINE>An old man.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>What doth gravity out of his bed at midnight? Shall</LINE>
<LINE>I give him his answer?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Prithee, do, Jack.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>'Faith, and I'll send him packing.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Exit FALSTAFF</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Now, sirs: by'r lady, you fought fair; so did you,</LINE>
<LINE>Peto; so did you, Bardolph: you are lions too, you</LINE>
<LINE>ran away upon instinct, you will not touch the true</LINE>
<LINE>prince; no, fie!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BARDOLPH</SPEAKER>
<LINE>'Faith, I ran when I saw others run.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>'Faith, tell me now in earnest, how came Falstaff's</LINE>
<LINE>sword so hacked?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PETO</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Why, he hacked it with his dagger, and said he would</LINE>
<LINE>swear truth out of England but he would make you</LINE>
<LINE>believe it was done in fight, and persuaded us to do the like.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BARDOLPH</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Yea, and to tickle our noses with spear-grass to</LINE>
<LINE>make them bleed, and then to beslubber our garments</LINE>
<LINE>with it and swear it was the blood of true men. I</LINE>
<LINE>did that I did not this seven year before, I blushed</LINE>
<LINE>to hear his monstrous devices.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>O villain, thou stolest a cup of sack eighteen years</LINE>
<LINE>ago, and wert taken with the manner, and ever since</LINE>
<LINE>thou hast blushed extempore. Thou hadst fire and</LINE>
<LINE>sword on thy side, and yet thou rannest away: what</LINE>
<LINE>instinct hadst thou for it?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BARDOLPH</SPEAKER>
<LINE>My lord, do you see these meteors? do you behold</LINE>
<LINE>these exhalations?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>I do.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BARDOLPH</SPEAKER>
<LINE>What think you they portend?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Hot livers and cold purses.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BARDOLPH</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Choler, my lord, if rightly taken.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>No, if rightly taken, halter.</LINE>
<STAGEDIR>Re-enter FALSTAFF</STAGEDIR>
<LINE>Here comes lean Jack, here comes bare-bone.</LINE>
<LINE>How now, my sweet creature of bombast!</LINE>
<LINE>How long is't ago, Jack, since thou sawest thine own knee?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>My own knee! when I was about thy years, Hal, I was</LINE>
<LINE>not an eagle's talon in the waist; I could have</LINE>
<LINE>crept into any alderman's thumb-ring: a plague of</LINE>
<LINE>sighing and grief! it blows a man up like a</LINE>
<LINE>bladder. There's villanous news abroad: here was</LINE>
<LINE>Sir John Bracy from your father; you must to the</LINE>
<LINE>court in the morning. That same mad fellow of the</LINE>
<LINE>north, Percy, and he of Wales, that gave Amamon the</LINE>
<LINE>bastinado and made Lucifer cuckold and swore the</LINE>
<LINE>devil his true liegeman upon the cross of a Welsh</LINE>
<LINE>hook--what a plague call you him?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>POINS</SPEAKER>
<LINE>O, Glendower.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Owen, Owen, the same; and his son-in-law Mortimer,</LINE>
<LINE>and old Northumberland, and that sprightly Scot of</LINE>
<LINE>Scots, Douglas, that runs o' horseback up a hill</LINE>
<LINE>perpendicular,--</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>He that rides at high speed and with his pistol</LINE>
<LINE>kills a sparrow flying.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>You have hit it.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>So did he never the sparrow.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Well, that rascal hath good mettle in him; he will not run.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Why, what a rascal art thou then, to praise him so</LINE>
<LINE>for running!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>O' horseback, ye cuckoo; but afoot he will not budge a foot.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Yes, Jack, upon instinct.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>I grant ye, upon instinct. Well, he is there too,</LINE>
<LINE>and one Mordake, and a thousand blue-caps more:</LINE>
<LINE>Worcester is stolen away to-night; thy father's</LINE>
<LINE>beard is turned white with the news: you may buy</LINE>
<LINE>land now as cheap as stinking mackerel.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Why, then, it is like, if there come a hot June and</LINE>
<LINE>this civil buffeting hold, we shall buy maidenheads</LINE>
<LINE>as they buy hob-nails, by the hundreds.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>By the mass, lad, thou sayest true; it is like we</LINE>
<LINE>shall have good trading that way. But tell me, Hal,</LINE>
<LINE>art not thou horrible afeard? thou being</LINE>
<LINE>heir-apparent, could the world pick thee out three</LINE>
<LINE>such enemies again as that fiend Douglas, that</LINE>
<LINE>spirit Percy, and that devil Glendower? Art thou</LINE>
<LINE>not horribly afraid? doth not thy blood thrill at</LINE>
<LINE>it?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Not a whit, i' faith; I lack some of thy instinct.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Well, thou wert be horribly chid tomorrow when thou</LINE>
<LINE>comest to thy father: if thou love me, practise an answer.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Do thou stand for my father, and examine me upon the</LINE>
<LINE>particulars of my life.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Shall I? content: this chair shall be my state,</LINE>
<LINE>this dagger my sceptre, and this cushion my crown.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Thy state is taken for a joined-stool, thy golden</LINE>
<LINE>sceptre for a leaden dagger, and thy precious rich</LINE>
<LINE>crown for a pitiful bald crown!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Well, an the fire of grace be not quite out of thee,</LINE>
<LINE>now shalt thou be moved. Give me a cup of sack to</LINE>
<LINE>make my eyes look red, that it may be thought I have</LINE>
<LINE>wept; for I must speak in passion, and I will do it</LINE>
<LINE>in King Cambyses' vein.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Well, here is my leg.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>And here is my speech. Stand aside, nobility.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>Hostess</SPEAKER>
<LINE>O Jesu, this is excellent sport, i' faith!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Weep not, sweet queen; for trickling tears are vain.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>Hostess</SPEAKER>
<LINE>O, the father, how he holds his countenance!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>For God's sake, lords, convey my tristful queen;</LINE>
<LINE>For tears do stop the flood-gates of her eyes.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>Hostess</SPEAKER>
<LINE>O Jesu, he doth it as like one of these harlotry</LINE>
<LINE>players as ever I see!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Peace, good pint-pot; peace, good tickle-brain.</LINE>
<LINE>Harry, I do not only marvel where thou spendest thy</LINE>
<LINE>time, but also how thou art accompanied: for though</LINE>
<LINE>the camomile, the more it is trodden on the faster</LINE>
<LINE>it grows, yet youth, the more it is wasted the</LINE>
<LINE>sooner it wears. That thou art my son, I have</LINE>
<LINE>partly thy mother's word, partly my own opinion,</LINE>
<LINE>but chiefly a villanous trick of thine eye and a</LINE>
<LINE>foolish-hanging of thy nether lip, that doth warrant</LINE>
<LINE>me. If then thou be son to me, here lies the point;</LINE>
<LINE>why, being son to me, art thou so pointed at? Shall</LINE>
<LINE>the blessed sun of heaven prove a micher and eat</LINE>
<LINE>blackberries? a question not to be asked. Shall</LINE>
<LINE>the sun of England prove a thief and take purses? a</LINE>
<LINE>question to be asked. There is a thing, Harry,</LINE>
<LINE>which thou hast often heard of and it is known to</LINE>
<LINE>many in our land by the name of pitch: this pitch,</LINE>
<LINE>as ancient writers do report, doth defile; so doth</LINE>
<LINE>the company thou keepest: for, Harry, now I do not</LINE>
<LINE>speak to thee in drink but in tears, not in</LINE>
<LINE>pleasure but in passion, not in words only, but in</LINE>
<LINE>woes also: and yet there is a virtuous man whom I</LINE>
<LINE>have often noted in thy company, but I know not his name.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>What manner of man, an it like your majesty?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>A goodly portly man, i' faith, and a corpulent; of a</LINE>
<LINE>cheerful look, a pleasing eye and a most noble</LINE>
<LINE>carriage; and, as I think, his age some fifty, or,</LINE>
<LINE>by'r lady, inclining to three score; and now I</LINE>
<LINE>remember me, his name is Falstaff: if that man</LINE>
<LINE>should be lewdly given, he deceiveth me; for, Harry,</LINE>
<LINE>I see virtue in his looks. If then the tree may be</LINE>
<LINE>known by the fruit, as the fruit by the tree, then,</LINE>
<LINE>peremptorily I speak it, there is virtue in that</LINE>
<LINE>Falstaff: him keep with, the rest banish. And tell</LINE>
<LINE>me now, thou naughty varlet, tell me, where hast</LINE>
<LINE>thou been this month?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Dost thou speak like a king? Do thou stand for me,</LINE>
<LINE>and I'll play my father.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Depose me? if thou dost it half so gravely, so</LINE>
<LINE>majestically, both in word and matter, hang me up by</LINE>
<LINE>the heels for a rabbit-sucker or a poulter's hare.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Well, here I am set.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>And here I stand: judge, my masters.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Now, Harry, whence come you?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>My noble lord, from Eastcheap.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>The complaints I hear of thee are grievous.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>'Sblood, my lord, they are false: nay, I'll tickle</LINE>
<LINE>ye for a young prince, i' faith.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Swearest thou, ungracious boy? henceforth ne'er look</LINE>
<LINE>on me. Thou art violently carried away from grace:</LINE>
<LINE>there is a devil haunts thee in the likeness of an</LINE>
<LINE>old fat man; a tun of man is thy companion. Why</LINE>
<LINE>dost thou converse with that trunk of humours, that</LINE>
<LINE>bolting-hutch of beastliness, that swollen parcel</LINE>
<LINE>of dropsies, that huge bombard of sack, that stuffed</LINE>
<LINE>cloak-bag of guts, that roasted Manningtree ox with</LINE>
<LINE>the pudding in his belly, that reverend vice, that</LINE>
<LINE>grey iniquity, that father ruffian, that vanity in</LINE>
<LINE>years? Wherein is he good, but to taste sack and</LINE>
<LINE>drink it? wherein neat and cleanly, but to carve a</LINE>
<LINE>capon and eat it? wherein cunning, but in craft?</LINE>
<LINE>wherein crafty, but in villany? wherein villanous,</LINE>
<LINE>but in all things? wherein worthy, but in nothing?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>I would your grace would take me with you: whom</LINE>
<LINE>means your grace?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>That villanous abominable misleader of youth,</LINE>
<LINE>Falstaff, that old white-bearded Satan.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>My lord, the man I know.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>I know thou dost.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>But to say I know more harm in him than in myself,</LINE>
<LINE>were to say more than I know. That he is old, the</LINE>
<LINE>more the pity, his white hairs do witness it; but</LINE>
<LINE>that he is, saving your reverence, a whoremaster,</LINE>
<LINE>that I utterly deny. If sack and sugar be a fault,</LINE>
<LINE>God help the wicked! if to be old and merry be a</LINE>
<LINE>sin, then many an old host that I know is damned: if</LINE>
<LINE>to be fat be to be hated, then Pharaoh's lean kine</LINE>
<LINE>are to be loved. No, my good lord; banish Peto,</LINE>
<LINE>banish Bardolph, banish Poins: but for sweet Jack</LINE>
<LINE>Falstaff, kind Jack Falstaff, true Jack Falstaff,</LINE>
<LINE>valiant Jack Falstaff, and therefore more valiant,</LINE>
<LINE>being, as he is, old Jack Falstaff, banish not him</LINE>
<LINE>thy Harry's company, banish not him thy Harry's</LINE>
<LINE>company: banish plump Jack, and banish all the world.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>I do, I will.</LINE>
<STAGEDIR>A knocking heard</STAGEDIR>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Exeunt Hostess, FRANCIS, and BARDOLPH</STAGEDIR>
<STAGEDIR>Re-enter BARDOLPH, running</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>BARDOLPH</SPEAKER>
<LINE>O, my lord, my lord! the sheriff with a most</LINE>
<LINE>monstrous watch is at the door.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Out, ye rogue! Play out the play: I have much to</LINE>
<LINE>say in the behalf of that Falstaff.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Re-enter the Hostess</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>Hostess</SPEAKER>
<LINE>O Jesu, my lord, my lord!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Heigh, heigh! the devil rides upon a fiddlestick:</LINE>
<LINE>what's the matter?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>Hostess</SPEAKER>
<LINE>The sheriff and all the watch are at the door: they</LINE>
<LINE>are come to search the house. Shall I let them in?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Dost thou hear, Hal? never call a true piece of</LINE>
<LINE>gold a counterfeit: thou art essentially mad,</LINE>
<LINE>without seeming so.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>And thou a natural coward, without instinct.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>I deny your major: if you will deny the sheriff,</LINE>
<LINE>so; if not, let him enter: if I become not a cart</LINE>
<LINE>as well as another man, a plague on my bringing up!</LINE>
<LINE>I hope I shall as soon be strangled with a halter as another.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Go, hide thee behind the arras: the rest walk up</LINE>
<LINE>above. Now, my masters, for a true face and good</LINE>
<LINE>conscience.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>FALSTAFF</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Both which I have had: but their date is out, and</LINE>
<LINE>therefore I'll hide me.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Call in the sheriff.</LINE>
<STAGEDIR>Exeunt all except PRINCE HENRY and PETO</STAGEDIR>
<STAGEDIR>Enter Sheriff and the Carrier</STAGEDIR>
<LINE>Now, master sheriff, what is your will with me?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>Sheriff</SPEAKER>
<LINE>First, pardon me, my lord. A hue and cry</LINE>
<LINE>Hath follow'd certain men unto this house.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>What men?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>Sheriff</SPEAKER>
<LINE>One of them is well known, my gracious lord,</LINE>
<LINE>A gross fat man.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>Carrier</SPEAKER>
<LINE>As fat as butter.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>The man, I do assure you, is not here;</LINE>
<LINE>For I myself at this time have employ'd him.</LINE>
<LINE>And, sheriff, I will engage my word to thee</LINE>
<LINE>That I will, by to-morrow dinner-time,</LINE>
<LINE>Send him to answer thee, or any man,</LINE>
<LINE>For any thing he shall be charged withal:</LINE>
<LINE>And so let me entreat you leave the house.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>Sheriff</SPEAKER>
<LINE>I will, my lord. There are two gentlemen</LINE>
<LINE>Have in this robbery lost three hundred marks.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>It may be so: if he have robb'd these men,</LINE>
<LINE>He shall be answerable; and so farewell.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>Sheriff</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Good night, my noble lord.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>I think it is good morrow, is it not?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>Sheriff</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Indeed, my lord, I think it be two o'clock.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Exeunt Sheriff and Carrier</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>This oily rascal is known as well as Paul's. Go,</LINE>
<LINE>call him forth.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PETO</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Falstaff!--Fast asleep behind the arras, and</LINE>
<LINE>snorting like a horse.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Hark, how hard he fetches breath. Search his pockets.</LINE>
<STAGEDIR>He searcheth his pockets, and findeth certain papers</STAGEDIR>
<LINE>What hast thou found?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PETO</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Nothing but papers, my lord.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Let's see what they be: read them.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PETO</SPEAKER>
<LINE><STAGEDIR>Reads</STAGEDIR> Item, A capon,. . 2s. 2d.</LINE>
<LINE>Item, Sauce,. . . 4d.</LINE>
<LINE>Item, Sack, two gallons, 5s. 8d.</LINE>
<LINE>Item, Anchovies and sack after supper, 2s. 6d.</LINE>
<LINE>Item, Bread, ob.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PRINCE HENRY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>O monstrous! but one half-penny-worth of bread to</LINE>
<LINE>this intolerable deal of sack! What there is else,</LINE>
<LINE>keep close; we'll read it at more advantage: there</LINE>
<LINE>let him sleep till day. I'll to the court in the</LINE>
<LINE>morning. We must all to the wars, and thy place</LINE>
<LINE>shall be honourable. I'll procure this fat rogue a</LINE>
<LINE>charge of foot; and I know his death will be a</LINE>
<LINE>march of twelve-score. The money shall be paid</LINE>
<LINE>back again with advantage. Be with me betimes in</LINE>
<LINE>the morning; and so, good morrow, Peto.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Exeunt</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>PETO</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Good morrow, good my lord.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
</SCENE>
</ACT>
<ACT><TITLE>ACT III</TITLE>
<SCENE><TITLE>SCENE I. Bangor. The Archdeacon's house.</TITLE>
<STAGEDIR>Enter HOTSPUR, WORCESTER, MORTIMER, and GLENDOWER</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>MORTIMER</SPEAKER>
<LINE>These promises are fair, the parties sure,</LINE>
<LINE>And our induction full of prosperous hope.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HOTSPUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Lord Mortimer, and cousin Glendower,</LINE>
<LINE>Will you sit down?</LINE>
<LINE>And uncle Worcester: a plague upon it!</LINE>
<LINE>I have forgot the map.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>GLENDOWER</SPEAKER>
<LINE>No, here it is.</LINE>
<LINE>Sit, cousin Percy; sit, good cousin Hotspur,</LINE>
<LINE>For by that name as oft as Lancaster</LINE>
<LINE>Doth speak of you, his cheek looks pale and with</LINE>
<LINE>A rising sigh he wisheth you in heaven.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HOTSPUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>And you in hell, as oft as he hears Owen Glendower spoke of.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>GLENDOWER</SPEAKER>
<LINE>I cannot blame him: at my nativity</LINE>
<LINE>The front of heaven was full of fiery shapes,</LINE>
<LINE>Of burning cressets; and at my birth</LINE>
<LINE>The frame and huge foundation of the earth</LINE>
<LINE>Shaked like a coward.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HOTSPUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Why, so it would have done at the same season, if</LINE>
<LINE>your mother's cat had but kittened, though yourself</LINE>
<LINE>had never been born.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>GLENDOWER</SPEAKER>
<LINE>I say the earth did shake when I was born.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HOTSPUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>And I say the earth was not of my mind,</LINE>
<LINE>If you suppose as fearing you it shook.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>GLENDOWER</SPEAKER>
<LINE>The heavens were all on fire, the earth did tremble.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HOTSPUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>O, then the earth shook to see the heavens on fire,</LINE>
<LINE>And not in fear of your nativity.</LINE>
<LINE>Diseased nature oftentimes breaks forth</LINE>
<LINE>In strange eruptions; oft the teeming earth</LINE>
<LINE>Is with a kind of colic pinch'd and vex'd</LINE>
<LINE>By the imprisoning of unruly wind</LINE>
<LINE>Within her womb; which, for enlargement striving,</LINE>
<LINE>Shakes the old beldam earth and topples down</LINE>
<LINE>Steeples and moss-grown towers. At your birth</LINE>
<LINE>Our grandam earth, having this distemperature,</LINE>
<LINE>In passion shook.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>GLENDOWER</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Cousin, of many men</LINE>
<LINE>I do not bear these crossings. Give me leave</LINE>
<LINE>To tell you once again that at my birth</LINE>
<LINE>The front of heaven was full of fiery shapes,</LINE>
<LINE>The goats ran from the mountains, and the herds</LINE>
<LINE>Were strangely clamorous to the frighted fields.</LINE>
<LINE>These signs have mark'd me extraordinary;</LINE>
<LINE>And all the courses of my life do show</LINE>
<LINE>I am not in the roll of common men.</LINE>
<LINE>Where is he living, clipp'd in with the sea</LINE>
<LINE>That chides the banks of England, Scotland, Wales,</LINE>
<LINE>Which calls me pupil, or hath read to me?</LINE>
<LINE>And bring him out that is but woman's son</LINE>
<LINE>Can trace me in the tedious ways of art</LINE>
<LINE>And hold me pace in deep experiments.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HOTSPUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>I think there's no man speaks better Welsh.</LINE>
<LINE>I'll to dinner.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>MORTIMER</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Peace, cousin Percy; you will make him mad.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>GLENDOWER</SPEAKER>
<LINE>I can call spirits from the vasty deep.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HOTSPUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Why, so can I, or so can any man;</LINE>
<LINE>But will they come when you do call for them?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>GLENDOWER</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Why, I can teach you, cousin, to command</LINE>
<LINE>The devil.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HOTSPUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>And I can teach thee, coz, to shame the devil</LINE>
<LINE>By telling truth: tell truth and shame the devil.</LINE>
<LINE>If thou have power to raise him, bring him hither,</LINE>
<LINE>And I'll be sworn I have power to shame him hence.</LINE>
<LINE>O, while you live, tell truth and shame the devil!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>MORTIMER</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Come, come, no more of this unprofitable chat.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>GLENDOWER</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Three times hath Henry Bolingbroke made head</LINE>
<LINE>Against my power; thrice from the banks of Wye</LINE>
<LINE>And sandy-bottom'd Severn have I sent him</LINE>
<LINE>Bootless home and weather-beaten back.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HOTSPUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Home without boots, and in foul weather too!</LINE>
<LINE>How 'scapes he agues, in the devil's name?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>GLENDOWER</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Come, here's the map: shall we divide our right</LINE>
<LINE>According to our threefold order ta'en?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>MORTIMER</SPEAKER>
<LINE>The archdeacon hath divided it</LINE>
<LINE>Into three limits very equally:</LINE>
<LINE>England, from Trent and Severn hitherto,</LINE>
<LINE>By south and east is to my part assign'd:</LINE>
<LINE>All westward, Wales beyond the Severn shore,</LINE>
<LINE>And all the fertile land within that bound,</LINE>
<LINE>To Owen Glendower: and, dear coz, to you</LINE>
<LINE>The remnant northward, lying off from Trent.</LINE>
<LINE>And our indentures tripartite are drawn;</LINE>
<LINE>Which being sealed interchangeably,</LINE>
<LINE>A business that this night may execute,</LINE>
<LINE>To-morrow, cousin Percy, you and I</LINE>
<LINE>And my good Lord of Worcester will set forth</LINE>
<LINE>To meet your father and the Scottish power,</LINE>
<LINE>As is appointed us, at Shrewsbury.</LINE>
<LINE>My father Glendower is not ready yet,</LINE>
<LINE>Not shall we need his help these fourteen days.</LINE>
<LINE>Within that space you may have drawn together</LINE>
<LINE>Your tenants, friends and neighbouring gentlemen.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>GLENDOWER</SPEAKER>
<LINE>A shorter time shall send me to you, lords:</LINE>
<LINE>And in my conduct shall your ladies come;</LINE>
<LINE>From whom you now must steal and take no leave,</LINE>
<LINE>For there will be a world of water shed</LINE>
<LINE>Upon the parting of your wives and you.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HOTSPUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Methinks my moiety, north from Burton here,</LINE>
<LINE>In quantity equals not one of yours:</LINE>
<LINE>See how this river comes me cranking in,</LINE>
<LINE>And cuts me from the best of all my land</LINE>
<LINE>A huge half-moon, a monstrous cantle out.</LINE>
<LINE>I'll have the current in this place damm'd up;</LINE>
<LINE>And here the smug and silver Trent shall run</LINE>
<LINE>In a new channel, fair and evenly;</LINE>
<LINE>It shall not wind with such a deep indent,</LINE>
<LINE>To rob me of so rich a bottom here.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>GLENDOWER</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Not wind? it shall, it must; you see it doth.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>MORTIMER</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Yea, but</LINE>
<LINE>Mark how he bears his course, and runs me up</LINE>
<LINE>With like advantage on the other side;</LINE>
<LINE>Gelding the opposed continent as much</LINE>
<LINE>As on the other side it takes from you.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>EARL OF WORCESTER</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Yea, but a little charge will trench him here</LINE>
<LINE>And on this north side win this cape of land;</LINE>
<LINE>And then he runs straight and even.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HOTSPUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>I'll have it so: a little charge will do it.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>GLENDOWER</SPEAKER>
<LINE>I'll not have it alter'd.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HOTSPUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Will not you?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>GLENDOWER</SPEAKER>
<LINE>No, nor you shall not.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HOTSPUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Who shall say me nay?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>GLENDOWER</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Why, that will I.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HOTSPUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Let me not understand you, then; speak it in Welsh.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>GLENDOWER</SPEAKER>
<LINE>I can speak English, lord, as well as you;</LINE>
<LINE>For I was train'd up in the English court;</LINE>
<LINE>Where, being but young, I framed to the harp</LINE>
<LINE>Many an English ditty lovely well</LINE>
<LINE>And gave the tongue a helpful ornament,</LINE>
<LINE>A virtue that was never seen in you.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HOTSPUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Marry,</LINE>
<LINE>And I am glad of it with all my heart:</LINE>
<LINE>I had rather be a kitten and cry mew</LINE>
<LINE>Than one of these same metre ballad-mongers;</LINE>
<LINE>I had rather hear a brazen canstick turn'd,</LINE>
<LINE>Or a dry wheel grate on the axle-tree;</LINE>
<LINE>And that would set my teeth nothing on edge,</LINE>
<LINE>Nothing so much as mincing poetry:</LINE>
<LINE>'Tis like the forced gait of a shuffling nag.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>GLENDOWER</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Come, you shall have Trent turn'd.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HOTSPUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>I do not care: I'll give thrice so much land</LINE>
<LINE>To any well-deserving friend;</LINE>
<LINE>But in the way of bargain, mark ye me,</LINE>
<LINE>I'll cavil on the ninth part of a hair.</LINE>
<LINE>Are the indentures drawn? shall we be gone?</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>GLENDOWER</SPEAKER>
<LINE>The moon shines fair; you may away by night:</LINE>
<LINE>I'll haste the writer and withal</LINE>
<LINE>Break with your wives of your departure hence:</LINE>
<LINE>I am afraid my daughter will run mad,</LINE>
<LINE>So much she doteth on her Mortimer.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Exit GLENDOWER</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>MORTIMER</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Fie, cousin Percy! how you cross my father!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HOTSPUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>I cannot choose: sometime he angers me</LINE>
<LINE>With telling me of the mouldwarp and the ant,</LINE>
<LINE>Of the dreamer Merlin and his prophecies,</LINE>
<LINE>And of a dragon and a finless fish,</LINE>
<LINE>A clip-wing'd griffin and a moulten raven,</LINE>
<LINE>A couching lion and a ramping cat,</LINE>
<LINE>And such a deal of skimble-skamble stuff</LINE>
<LINE>As puts me from my faith. I tell you what;</LINE>
<LINE>He held me last night at least nine hours</LINE>
<LINE>In reckoning up the several devils' names</LINE>
<LINE>That were his lackeys: I cried 'hum,' and 'well, go to,'</LINE>
<LINE>But mark'd him not a word. O, he is as tedious</LINE>
<LINE>As a tired horse, a railing wife;</LINE>
<LINE>Worse than a smoky house: I had rather live</LINE>
<LINE>With cheese and garlic in a windmill, far,</LINE>
<LINE>Than feed on cates and have him talk to me</LINE>
<LINE>In any summer-house in Christendom.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>MORTIMER</SPEAKER>
<LINE>In faith, he is a worthy gentleman,</LINE>
<LINE>Exceedingly well read, and profited</LINE>
<LINE>In strange concealments, valiant as a lion</LINE>
<LINE>And as wondrous affable and as bountiful</LINE>
<LINE>As mines of India. Shall I tell you, cousin?</LINE>
<LINE>He holds your temper in a high respect</LINE>
<LINE>And curbs himself even of his natural scope</LINE>
<LINE>When you come 'cross his humour; faith, he does:</LINE>
<LINE>I warrant you, that man is not alive</LINE>
<LINE>Might so have tempted him as you have done,</LINE>
<LINE>Without the taste of danger and reproof:</LINE>
<LINE>But do not use it oft, let me entreat you.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>EARL OF WORCESTER</SPEAKER>
<LINE>In faith, my lord, you are too wilful-blame;</LINE>
<LINE>And since your coming hither have done enough</LINE>
<LINE>To put him quite beside his patience.</LINE>
<LINE>You must needs learn, lord, to amend this fault:</LINE>
<LINE>Though sometimes it show greatness, courage, blood,--</LINE>
<LINE>And that's the dearest grace it renders you,--</LINE>
<LINE>Yet oftentimes it doth present harsh rage,</LINE>
<LINE>Defect of manners, want of government,</LINE>
<LINE>Pride, haughtiness, opinion and disdain:</LINE>
<LINE>The least of which haunting a nobleman</LINE>
<LINE>Loseth men's hearts and leaves behind a stain</LINE>
<LINE>Upon the beauty of all parts besides,</LINE>
<LINE>Beguiling them of commendation.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HOTSPUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Well, I am school'd: good manners be your speed!</LINE>
<LINE>Here come our wives, and let us take our leave.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Re-enter GLENDOWER with the ladies</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>MORTIMER</SPEAKER>
<LINE>This is the deadly spite that angers me;</LINE>
<LINE>My wife can speak no English, I no Welsh.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>GLENDOWER</SPEAKER>
<LINE>My daughter weeps: she will not part with you;</LINE>
<LINE>She'll be a soldier too, she'll to the wars.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>MORTIMER</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Good father, tell her that she and my aunt Percy</LINE>
<LINE>Shall follow in your conduct speedily.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>Glendower speaks to her in Welsh, and she
answers him in the same</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>GLENDOWER</SPEAKER>
<LINE>She is desperate here; a peevish self-wind harlotry,</LINE>
<LINE>one that no persuasion can do good upon.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>The lady speaks in Welsh</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>MORTIMER</SPEAKER>
<LINE>I understand thy looks: that pretty Welsh</LINE>
<LINE>Which thou pour'st down from these swelling heavens</LINE>
<LINE>I am too perfect in; and, but for shame,</LINE>
<LINE>In such a parley should I answer thee.</LINE>
<STAGEDIR>The lady speaks again in Welsh</STAGEDIR>
<LINE>I understand thy kisses and thou mine,</LINE>
<LINE>And that's a feeling disputation:</LINE>
<LINE>But I will never be a truant, love,</LINE>
<LINE>Till I have learned thy language; for thy tongue</LINE>
<LINE>Makes Welsh as sweet as ditties highly penn'd,</LINE>
<LINE>Sung by a fair queen in a summer's bower,</LINE>
<LINE>With ravishing division, to her lute.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>GLENDOWER</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Nay, if you melt, then will she run mad.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>The lady speaks again in Welsh</STAGEDIR>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>MORTIMER</SPEAKER>
<LINE>O, I am ignorance itself in this!</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>GLENDOWER</SPEAKER>
<LINE>She bids you on the wanton rushes lay you down</LINE>
<LINE>And rest your gentle head upon her lap,</LINE>
<LINE>And she will sing the song that pleaseth you</LINE>
<LINE>And on your eyelids crown the god of sleep.</LINE>
<LINE>Charming your blood with pleasing heaviness,</LINE>
<LINE>Making such difference 'twixt wake and sleep</LINE>
<LINE>As is the difference betwixt day and night</LINE>
<LINE>The hour before the heavenly-harness'd team</LINE>
<LINE>Begins his golden progress in the east.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>MORTIMER</SPEAKER>
<LINE>With all my heart I'll sit and hear her sing:</LINE>
<LINE>By that time will our book, I think, be drawn</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>GLENDOWER</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Do so;</LINE>
<LINE>And those musicians that shall play to you</LINE>
<LINE>Hang in the air a thousand leagues from hence,</LINE>
<LINE>And straight they shall be here: sit, and attend.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>HOTSPUR</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Come, Kate, thou art perfect in lying down: come,</LINE>
<LINE>quick, quick, that I may lay my head in thy lap.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<SPEECH>
<SPEAKER>LADY PERCY</SPEAKER>
<LINE>Go, ye giddy goose.</LINE>
</SPEECH>
<STAGEDIR>The music plays</STAGEDIR>