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KING Henry the Fourth.
Prince Henry.
Prince John of Lancaster.
Humphry of Gloucester.
Thomas of Clarence.
The Archbishop of York,
Lord Bardolph,

againt the King.

of the King's Party.
Lord Chief Justice,
Falstaff, Poins, Bardolph, Pistol, Peto, and Page.
Shallow ard Silence, Country Justices.
Davy, Servant to Shallow.
Phang and Snare, two Serjeants.

Country Soldiers.
Lady Northumberland.
Lady Percy.
Hostess Quickly.
Doll Tear-sheet.

Drawers, Beadles, Grooms, &c.

I, Quarto, printed by V. S. for Andrew Wife and William , I coo.

II, Folio, 1623


Enter Rumour, ' painted full of Tongues.


PEN your which stop

The Vent of Hearing, when loud Rumour speaks? I from the Orient to the drooping West, Making the wind my post-horse, still unfold The Acts commenced on this Ball of Earth. Upon my tongues continual Nanders ride, The which in every language I pronounce; Stuffing the ears of men with false reports. I speak of Peace, while covert enmity, Under the smile of safety, wounds the world ; And who but Rumour, who but only, I, Make fearful musters and prepar'd defence, Whilst the big year, fwoll'n with some other griefs, Is thought with child by the stern tyrant War, And no such matter? Rumour } is a pipe Blown by surmises, jealousies, conjectures ; And, of so easy and so plain a stop, That the blunt monster with uncounted heads, The still discordant wavering multitude, Can play upon it. But what need I thús

' Enter RUMOUR,-) This 2 - painted full of tongues.] speech of Rumour is not inelegant This direction, which is only to or unpoetical, but is wholly use- be found in the first Edition in less, since we are told nothing Quarto of 1600, explains a pafwhich the firit scene does not fage in what follows, otherwise clearly and naturally discover. obicure.

Pope. The only end of such prologues

Rumour is a pipe) is to inform the audience of some Here the poet imagines him if faas previous to the action, of describing Rumour, and forgets which they can have no know- that Rumour is the speaker. ledge from the persons of the drama.



My well-known body to anatomize
Among my houshold? Why is Rumour here?
I run before King Harry's victory ;
Who in a bloody field by Shrewsbury
Hath beaten down young Hot-Spur and his troops ;
Quenching the flame of bold rebellion
Ev'n with the Rebels' blood. But what mean I
To speak so true at first? my office is
To noise abroad, that Harry Monmouth fell
Under the Wrath of noble Hot-Spur's sword;
And that the King before the Dowglas' rage
Stoop'd his anointed head as low as death.
This have I ruinour'd through the peasant towns,
Between that royal feld of Shrewsbury,
And this worm-eaten Hold of ragged stone;
Where Hot-Spur's father, old Nortłumberland,
Lies cra ty sick. The Posts come tiring on ;
And not a man of them brings other news,
Than they have learn’d of me. From Rumour's tongues,
They bring smooth comforts false, worse than true


4 And this worm-eaten Hole impaired by its Antiquity; and

of ragged Sione ; ) Nor- therefore, I believe, our Poet thumberland had retir'd and for wrote: tified himself in his Castle, a And this quorm-ealen Hold of Place of Strength in those Times, ragged Stone, THEOBALD. though the Building might be


H E N R r IV.



Northumberland's Castle.

Enter Lord Bardolph ; the Porter at the door,

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BARDOLPH. 'HO keeps the gate here, hoa ? where is the


Port. What shall I say you are ? Bard. Tell thou the Earl,

K. Henri V.

s The second part of Henry IV. bels are not yet finally fuppressed. The Transactions comprized in The second, he tells us, thews this History take up about nine Henry the fifth in the various Years. The Action commences lights of a good-natured rake, with the Account of Hot-Spur's till, on his father's death, he afbeing defeated and killed ; and sumes a more manly character. closes with the Death of K. Hen. This is true; but this represenpy IV, and the Coronation of tation gives us no idea of a dra

THEOBALD. matick action. These two plays • Mr. Upton thinks these tivo will appear to every reader, who plays improperly called the firf shall peruse them without ambiand second parts of Henry the tion of critical discoveries, to be fourth. The firit play ends, he so connected that the second is says, with the peaceful fettle- merely a sequel to the first; to be ment of Henry in the kingdom two only because they are too by the defeat of the rebels

. long to be cre. This is hardly true, for the re


That the lord Bardolph doth attend him here.

Port. His lordship is walk'd forth into the Orchard; Please it your Honour, knock but at the gate, And he himself will answer.

Enter Northumberland. Bard. Here's the Earl. North. What news, lord Bardolph ? ev'ry minute


Should be the ? father of some stratagem.
The times are wild : Contention, like a horse
Full of high feeding, madly hath broke loose,
And bears down all before him.

Bard. Noble Earl,
I bring you certain news from Shrewsbury.

North. Good, if heav'n will !

Bard. As good as heart can wish. The King is almost wounded to the death : And in the fortune of my lord your Son, Prince Harry Nain outright; and both the Blunts Killid by the hand of Douglas ; young Prince John, And Westinorland, and Stafford, Aed the field; And Harry Monmouth's brawn, the hulk Sir John, Is prisoner to your fon. O, such a day, So fought, so follow'd, and so fairly won, Came not till now, to dignify the times, Since Ca far's fortunes !

North. How is this deriv'd ? Saw you the field ? came you from Shrewsbury ? Bard. I fpake with one, my lord, that came from

thence, A gentleman well bred, and of good name; That freely render’d me thele news for true. North. Here comes my servant Travers, whom I


7 father of some fratagem.] Stratager, for vigorous action.



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