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P. Hen. I shall hereafter, my thricc-gracious lord, K. Hen. A hundred thousand rebels die in this: Be more myself.
Thou shalt have charge, and sovereign trust, herein. K. Hen. For all the world, As thou art to this hour, was Richard then
Enter BLUNT. When I from France set foot at Ravenspurg ; How now, good Blunt? thy looks are full of speed. And even as I was then, is Percy now.
Blunt. So hath the business that I come to speak of. Now by my sceptre, and my soul to boot,
Lord Mortimer of Scotland hath sent word, He hath more worthy interest to the state,
That Douglas, and the English rebels, met Than thou, the nadow of succession :
The eleventh of this month at Shrewsbury: For, of no right, nor colour like to right,
A mighty and a fearful head they are, He doth fill fields with harness in the realm ; If promises be kept on every hand, Turns head against the lion's armed jaws;
As ever offer'd foul play in a state. And, being no more in debt to years than thou, K. Hen. The earlof Westmoreland set forth to-day; Leads ancient lords and reverend bishops on, With him my son, lord John of Lancaster; To bloody battles, and to bruising arms.
For this advertisement is five days old :What never-dying honour hath he got
On Wednesday next, Harry, you shall set Against renowned Douglas ; whose high deeds, Forward ; on Thursday, we ourselves will march : Whose hot incursions, and great name in arms, Our meeting is Bridgnorth : and, Harry, you, Holds, from all soldiers chief majority,
Shall march through Glostershire; by which account, And military title capital,
Our business valued, some twelve days hence Through all the kingdoms that acknowlerlge Christ? Our general forces at Bridgnorth shall meet. Thrice hath this Hotspur Mars in swathing clothes, Our hands are full of business: let's away ; This infant warrior in his enterprizes
Advantage feeds him fat, while men delay. Discomfited great Douglas : ta’en him once,
(Exeunt. Enlarged him, and made a friend of him,
SCENE III.- Eastcheap. A room in the Boar's To fill the mouth of deep defiance up,
Enter Falstaff and BARDOLPH.
this last action ? do I not bate? do I not dwindle ? But wherefore do I tell these news to thee? Why, my skin hangs about me like an old lady's Why, Harry, do I tell thee of my foes,
loose gown; I am wither'd like an old apple-John. Which art my near’st and dearest 4 enemy?
Well, I'll repent, and that suddenly, while I am in Thou that art like enough, - through vassal fear, some liking 5; I shall be out of heart shortly, and Base inclination, and the start of spleen,
then I shall have no strength to repent. An I have To fight against me under Percy's pay,
not forgotten what the inside of a church is made To dog his heels, and court'sy at his frowns, of, I am a pepper-corn, a brewer's horse : the inside To show how much thou art degenerate.
of a church! Company, villainous company, hath P. Hen. Do not think so, you shall not find it so;
been the spoil of me. And heaven forgive them, that have so much sway'd
Bard. Sir John, you are so fretful, you cannot Your majesty's good thoughts away from me!
live long. I will redeem all this on Percy's head,
Fal. Wby, there is it :- come, sing me a song; And in the closing of some glorious day,
make me merry:
I was as virtuously given, as a Be bold to tell you that I am you son;
gentleman need to be ; virtuous enough; swore When I will wear a garment all of blood,
little ; diced, not above seven times a week; paid And stain my favours in a bloody mask,
money that I borrowed, three or four times ; lived Which wash'd away, shall scour my shame with it. well, and in good compass : and now I live out of And that shall be the day, whene'er it lights,
all order, out of all compass. That this same child of honour and renown,
Bard. Why, you are so fat, sir John, that you This gallant Hotspur, this all-praised knight, must needs be out of all compass; out of all reasonAnd your unthought-of Harry, chance to meet : able compass, sir John. For every honour sitting on his helm,
Fal. Do thou amend thy face, and I'll amend my 'Would they were multitudes; and on my head life: Thou art our admiral 6, thou bearest the lantern My shames redoubled! for the time will come, in the poor, — but 'tis in the nose of thee; thou art That I shall make this northern youth exchange
the knight of the burning lamp. His glorious deeds for my indignities.
Bard. Why, sir John, my face does you no harm. Percy is but my factor, good my lord,
Fal. No, I'll be sworn; I make good use of it. To engross up glorious deeds on my behalf; When thou ran’st up Gads-hill in the night to catch And I will call him to so strict account,
my horse, if I did not think thou hadst been an That he shall render every glory up,
ignis fatuus, or a ball of wildfire, there's no purYea, even the slightest worship of his time, chase in money. O, thou art a perpetual triumph, Or I will tear the reckoning from his heart. an everlasting bonfire-light! Thou hast saved me This, in the name of God, I promise here:
a thousand marks in links and torches, walking with The which if he be pleas'd I shall perform,
thee in the night betwixt tavern and tavern : but the I do beseech your majesty, may salve
sack that thou hast drunk me, would have bought me The long-grown wounds of my intemperancoʻ: lights as good cheap, at the dearest chandler's in If not the end of life cancels all bands;
Europe. I have maintained that salamander of And I will die a hundred thousand deaths,
yours with fire, any time this two-and-thirty years ; Ere break the smallest parcel of this vow.
Heaven reward me for it! 2 Armour. 3 Combine,
5 Have some flesh.
6 Admiral's ship.
4 Most fatal.
fox; and for womanhood, maid Marian 9 may be How now dame Partlet the hen?7 have you inquired the deputy's wife of the ward to thee. Go, you yet, who picked my pocket?
thing, go. Host. Why, sir John! what do you think, sir Host. Say, what thing? what thing? I am an John ? do you think I keep thieves in my house? honest man's wife: and, setting thy knighthood aside, I have searched, I have inquired, so has my hus- thou art a knave to call me so. band, man by man, boy by boy, servant by servant: 1 Fal. Setting thy womanhood aside, thou art a the tithe of a hair was never lost in my house before. i beast to say otherwise.
Fal. You lie, hostess; Bardolph was shaved and Host. Say, what beast, thou kuave, thou ? lost many a hair : and I'll be sworn, my pocket was
Fal. What beast? why an otter. picked: Go to, you are a woman, go.
P. Hen. An otter, sir John! why an otter ? Host. Who I? I defy thee: I was never called Fal. Why? she's neither fish, nor flesh. so in mine own house before.
Host. Thou art an unjust man in saying so. Fal. Go to, I know you well enough.
P. Hen. Thou sayest true, hostess; and he Host. No, sir John; you do not know me, sir slanders thce most grossly. John: I know you, sir John : you owe me money,
Host. So he doth you, my lord; and said this sir John, and now you pick a quarrel to beguile me other day, you ought him a thousand pound. of it; I bought you a dozen of shirts to your back. P. Hen. Sirrah, do I owe you a thousand pound?
Fal. Dowlas, dowlas : I have given them away to Fal. A thousand pound, Hal? a million : thy bakers' wives, and they have made bolters of them. love is worth a million; thou owest me thy love.
Host. Now, as I am a true woman, holland of Host. Nay, my lord, he called you Jack, and eight shillings an ell. You owe money here besides, said, he would cudgel you. sir John, for your diet, and by-drinkings, and money
Fal. Did I, Bardolph? lent you, four-and-twenty pound.
Baril. Indeed, sir John, you said so. Fal. He had his part of it ; let him pay.
Fal. Yea; if he said, my ring was copper. Host. He? alas, he is poor; he hath nothing. P. Hen. I say, 'tis copper: Darest thou be as
Fal. How! poor? look upon his face; What call / good as thy word now ? you rich ? let them coin his nose, let them coin his Fal. Why, Hal, thou knowest, as thou art but cheeks ; I'll not pay a denier. What will you man, I dare: but, as thou art prince, I fear thee, make a younker of me? shall I not take mine ease as I fear the roaring of the lion's whelp. in mine inn, but I shall have my pocket picked ? P. Ilen. And why not, as the lion ? I have lost a seal-ring of my grandfather's worth Fal. The king himself is to be feared as the lion: forty mark.
Dost thou think, I'll fear thee as I fear thy father? Host. O! I have heard the prince tell him, I P. Hen. (), sirrah, there's no room for faith, know not how oft, that that ring was copper. truth, nor honesty, in this bosom of thine. Charge
Fal. How! the prince is a Jack®, a sneak-cup; an honest woman with picking thy pocket! Why, and, if he were here, I would cudgel him like a dog thou impudent rascal, if there were any thing in if he would say so.
thy pocket but tavern-reckonings, and one poor
penny-worth of sugar-candy to make thee long Enter Prince HENRY and Poins, marching. Fal- winded; if thy pocket were enriched with any other
STAFF meets the Prince, playing on his truncheon injuries but these, I am a villain. And yet you like a fife.
will stand to it; you will not pocket up wrong: Fal. How now, lad ? is the wind in that door, Art thou not ashamed ? must we all march?
Fal. Dost thou hear, Hal? thou knowest, in the Bard. Yea, two and two, Newgate-fashion. state of innocency, Adam fell; and what should Host. My lord, I pray you, hear me.
poor Jack Falstaff do, in the days of villainy? P. Hen. What sayest thou, mistress Quickly? Thou seest, I have more flesh than another man; How cloes thy husband ? I love him well, he is an and therefore more frailty. You confess then, honest man.
you picked my pocket? Host. Good my lord hear me.
P. Hen. It appears so by the story. Fal. Pr’ythee, let her alone, and list to me. Fal. Hostess, I forgive thee: Go, make ready P. Hen. What say'st thou, Jack?
breakfast; love thy husband, look to thy servants, Fal. The other night I fell asleep here behind the cherish thy guests : thou shalt find me tractable to arras, and had my pocket picked.
any honest reason : thou seest, I am pacified. — P. Hen. What did'st thou lose, Jack ?
Still? — Nay, pr’ythee, be gone. [Erit Hostess.] Fal. Wilt thou believe me, Hal? three or four Now, Hal, to the news at court: for the robbery, bonds of forty pound a-picce, and a scal-ring of lad,
How is that answered ? my grandfather's.
P. Hen. O, my sweet beef, I must still be good P. Hen. A trifle, some eight-penny matter. angel to thee: - The money is paid back again.
Host. So I told him, my lord; and I said, I heard Fal. O, I do not like that paying back, 'tis a your grace say so : And my lord, he speaks most double labour. vilely of you, like a foul-mouthed man as he is; and P. Hen. I am good friends with my father, and said, he would cudgel you.
may do any thing. P. llen. What! he did not.
Ful. Rob me the exchequer the first thing thou Host. There's neither faith, truh, nor woman doest, and do it with unwashed hands too. hood in me else.
Bard. Do, my lord. Fal. There's no more faith in thee than in a stewed P. llen. I have procured thee, Jack, a charge of prune; nor no more truth in thee, than in a drawn foot. 7 In the story book of Reynard the Fox.
9A female character, who attends morris-dancers; gene. 8 A term of conteint frequently used by Shakspeare. rally a man dressed like a woman.
Fal. I would, it had been of horse. Where shall | Have thirty miles to ride yet ere dinner time. I find one that can steal well ? O for a fine thief, Jack, of the age of two-and-twenty, or thereabouts! I am Meet me to-morrow i' the Temple-hall heinously unprovided. Well, Heaven be thanked | At two o'clock i’the afternoon : for these rebels, they offend none but the virtuous; There shalt thou know thy charge; and there receive I laud them, I praise them.
Money, and order for their furniture. P. Hen. Bardolph
The land is burning; Percy stands on high; Bard. My lord.
And either they, or we, must lower lie. P. Hen. Go bear this letter to lord John of Lan
(Exeunt Prince, Poins, and BARDOLPH. caster,
Fal. Rare words! brave world!
- Hostess, my My brother John; this to my lord of Westmore
breakfast; come: land,
O, I could wish, this tavern were my drum. Go, Poins, to horse, to horse ; for thou, and I,
SCENE I. - The Rebel Camp near Shrewsbury. For, as he writes, there is no quailing? now:
Because the king is certainly possess'd Enter Hotspur, WORCESTER, and Douglas.
Of all our purposes.
What say you to it? Hot. Well said, iny noble Scot: If speaking Wor. Your father's sickness is a maim to us. truth,
Hot. A perilous gash, a very limb lopp'd off: In this fine age, were not thought flattery,
And yet, in faith, 'tis not : his present want Such attribution should the Douglas ' have,
Seems more than we shall find it: - Were it good, As not a soldier of this season's stamp
To set the exact wealth of all our states Should go so general current through the world. All at one cast ? to set so rich a main By heaven, I cannot flatter; I defy
On the nice hazard of one doubtful hour ? The tongues of soothers; but a braver place It were not good : for therein should we read In my heart's love, hath no man than yourself : The very bottom and the soul of hope; Nay, task me to the word; approve me, lord. The very lists, the very utmost bound Doug. Thou art the king of honour :
Of all our fortunes, No man so potent breathes upon the ground,
Faith, and so we should ; But I will beard him.
Where now remains a sweet reversion :
We may boldly spend upon the hope of what;
Is to come in :
A comfort of retirement lives in this,
Hot. A rendezvous, a home to fly unto. you.
Wor. But yet, I would your father had been here, Mess. These letters come from your father,
The quality and hair 4 of our attempt Hot. Letters from him! why comes he not himself?
Brooks no division: It will be thought, Mess. He cannot come, my lord; he's grievous By some, that know not why he is away sick.
That wisdom, loyalty, and mere dislike Hot. O how has he the leisure to be sick,
Of our proceedings, kept the earl from hence; In such a justling time? Who leads his power?
And think, how such an apprehension
And breed a kind of question in our cause :
For well you know, we of the oflering side
And stop all sight-holes, every loop, from whence
of reason may pry in upon us :
That shows the ignorant a kind of fear Ere he by sickness had been visited ;
Before not dreamt of. His health was never better worth than now.
You strain too far. Hot. Sick now! droop now! this sickness doth 1, rather, of his absence make this use ; — infect
It lends a lustre, and more great opinion, The very life-blood of our enterprize;
A larger dare to our great enterprize, 'Tis catcbing hither, even to our camp:
Than if the earl were here: for men must think, He writes me here, that inward sickness
If we, without his help, can make a head And that his friends by deputation could not
To push against the kingdom; with his help,
We shall o'erturn it, topsy-turvy down.
Yet all goes well, yet all our joints are whole.
Doug. As heart can think: there is not such a Yet doth he give us bold advertisement,
word That with our small conjunction, we should on, To see how fortune is dispos’d to us:
Spoke of in Scotland, as this term of fear. 1 This expression is applied by way of pre-eminence to the 2 Languishing.
3 Limit, boundary. head of the Douglas family.
• The complexion, the character.
Enler Sir RicHARD VERNON.
Fal. Lay out, lay out. Hot. My cousin Vernon! welcome, by my soul.
Bard. This bottle makes an angel. Ver. Pray Heaven, my news be worth a welcome,
Fal. An if it do, take it for thy labour; and if it lord.
make twenty, take them all, I'll answer the coinage. The earl of Westmoreland, seven thousand strong,
Bid my lieutenant Peto meet me at the town's end. Is marching hitherwards ; with him, prince John.
Bard. I will, captain: farewell.
(Exit. Hot. No harm: What more?
Fal. If I be not ashamed of my soldiers, I am a souced gurnet.
I have misused the king's press Ver.
And further, I have learn'dThe king himself in person is set forth,
vilely. I ave got in exchange of a hundred and Or hitherwards intended speedily,
fifty soldiers, three hundred and odd pounds. I press With strong and mighty preparation.
me none but good householders, yeoman's sons. Hot. He shall be welcome, too. Where is his son, inquire me qut contracted bachelors, such as had The nimble-footed madcap prince of Wales,
been asked twice on the bans; such a commodity And his comrades that daff”d 5 the world aside,
of warm slaves, as had as lief hear the devil as a And bid it pass?
drum ; such as fear the report of a calivero worse Ver. All furnish'd, all in arms,
than a struck fowl, or a hurt wild-duck. I pressed All pluin'd like estridges 6 that wing the wind;
me none but such toasts and butter, with hearts no Bated ? like eagles having lately bath'd ;
bigger than pins' heads, and they have bought out Glittering in golden coats, like images;
their services; and now my whole charge consists As full of spirit as the month of May,
of ancients, corporals, lieutenants, gentlemen of And gorgeous as the sun at midsummer;
companies, slaves as ragged as Lazarus in the Wanton as youthful goats, wild as young bulls.
painted cloth, and such as, indeed, were never I saw young Harry, — with his beaver on,
soldiers, but discarded, unjust serving-men, younger His cuisses 8 on his thighs, gallantly arm’d, –
sons to younger brothers, revolted tapsters, and Rise from the ground like feather’d Mercury,
ostlers trade-fallen; the cankers of a calm world, And vaulted with such ease into his seat,
and a long peace; ten times more dishonourably As if an angel dropp'd down from the clouds,
ragged than an old faced ancientl: and such have I To turn and wind a fiery Pegasus,
to fill up the rooms of them that have bought out And witch the world with noble horsemanship.
their services. A mad fellow met me on the way, Hot. No more, no more; worse than the sun in and told me I had unloaded all the gibbets, and March,
pressed the dead bodies. No eye hath seen such This praise doth nourish agues. Let them come;
scare-crows. I'll not march through Coventry with They come like sacrifices in their trim,
them, that's flat:
- Nay, and the villains march And to the fire-eyed maid of smoky war,
wide betwixt the legs, as if they had gyves ? on; All hot, and bleeding, will we offer them :
for, indeed, I had the most of them out of prison. The mailed Mars shall on his altar sit,
There's but a shirt and a half in all my company : Up to the ears in blood. I am on fire,
and the half shirt is two napkins tacked together, To hear this rich reprisal is so nigh,
and thrown over the shoulders like a herald's coat And yet not ours : — Come, let me take my horse, without sleeves; and the shirt, to say the truth, Who is to bear me like a thunderbolt,
stolen from my host at Saint Alban's, or the redAgainst the bosomn of the prince of Wales :
nose inn-keeper of Daintry. 3 But that's all one; Harry to Ilarry shall, hot horse to horse,
they'll find linen enough on every hedge. Meet, and ne'er part, till one drop down a corse. —
Enter Prince Henry and WESTMORELAND 0, that Glendower were come! Ver.
There is more news :
P. Hen. How now, blown Jack? how now, quilt? I learn'd in Worcester as I rode along,
Fal. What, Hal? How now, mad wag? what a
devil dost thou in Warwickshire?. He cannot draw his power this fourteen days.
My good lord
of Westmoreland, I cry you mercy; Doug. That's the worst tidings that I hear of yet.
thought your Wor. Ay, by my faith, that bears a frosty sound. honour had already been at Shrewsbury.
West. 'Faith, sir John, 'tis more than time that Hot. What may the king's whole battle reach unto?
I were there, and you too; but my powers are there Ver. To thirty thousand.
already: The king, I can tell you, looks for us all; Hot.
Forty let it be;
we must away all night. My father and Glendower being both away,
Fal. Tut, never fear me; I am as vigilant as a
cat to steal cream. The powers of us may serve so great a day.
P. Hen. I think to steal cream, indeed; for thy Come, let us make a muster speedily :
theft hath already made thee butter. But, tell me, Doomsday is near ; die all, die merrily.
Jack; Whose fellows are these that come after ? Doug. Talk not of dying; I am out of fear Of death, or death's hand, for this one half year.
Fal. Mine, Hal, mine. [Exeunt.
P. Hen. I did never see such pitiful rascals.
Fal. Tut, tut; good enough to toss; food for SCENE II. A public Road near Coventry.
powder, food for powder ; they'll fill a pit, as well Enter Falstaff and BARDOLPH.
as better : tush, man, mortal men, mortal men.
West. Ay, but sir John, methinks. they are exFal. Bardolph, get thee before to Coventry; till
ceeding poor and bare ; too beggarly. me a bottle of sack: our soldiers shall march
Fal. ʼFaith, for their poverty, - I know not through; we'll to Sutton-Colfield to-night.
where they had that: and for their bareness, - I Bard. Will you give me money, captain ?
am sure they never learned that of me. 5 Threw contemptuously. 6 Ostriches. 9 Musket,
I Standard. 8 Armour for the thighs.
3 Daventry, pronounced Daintry.
may not be.
P. Hen. No, I'll be sworn; unless you call three , Such bold hostility, teaching this duteous land fingers on the ribs bare. But, sirrah, make haste ; | Audacious cruelty : If that the king Percy is already in the field.
Have any way your good deserts forgot, Fal. What, is the king encamped ?
Which he confesseth to be manifold, West. He is, sir John; I fear we shall stay too He bids you name your griefs; and, with all speel, long.
You shall have your desires, with interest; Fal. Well,
And pardon absolute for yourself, and these, To the latter end of a fray, and the beginning of a Herein misled by your suggestion. feast,
Hot. The king is kind; and, well we know, the Fits a dull fighter, and a keen guest. Ereunt.
Knows at what time to promise, when to pay. SCENE III. The Rebel Camp near Shrewsbury. My father, and my uncle, and myself,
Did give him that same royalty he wears : Enter HOTSPUR, WORCESTER, Douglas, and
And, when he was not six and twenty strong, VERNON.
Sick in the world's regard, wretched and low,
A poor unminded outlaw sneaking home, Ilot. We'll fight with bim to-night.
My father gave him welcome to the shore: Wor.
And, when he heard him swear, and vow to God, Doug. You give him then advantage.
He came but to be duke of Lancaster,
Not a whit.
To sue his livery ?, and beg his peace;
His is certain, ours is doubtful. My father, in kind heart and pity mov'd, Wor. Good cousin, be advis’d; stir not to-night. Now, when the lords and barons of the realm
Swore him assistance, and perform'd it too. Ver. Do not, my lord.
Perceiv'd Northumberland did lean to him, Doug.
You do not counsel well; | The more and less 8 came in with cap and knee; You speak it out of fear and cold heart.
Met him in boroughs, cities, villages ; Ver. Do me no slander, Douglas : by my life,
Attended him on bridges, stood in lanes, (And I dare well maintain it with my life,)
Laid gifts before him, proffer'd him their oaths, If well respected honour bid me on,
Gave him their heirs; as pages followed him, I hold as little counsel with weak fear,
Even at the heels, in golden multitudes. As you, my lord, or any Scot that lives :
- as greatness knows itself, Let it be seen to-morrow in the battle,
Steps me a little higher than his vow Which of us fears.
Made to my father, while his blood was poor, Doug. Yea, or to night.
Upon the naked shore at Ravenspurg; Ver.
And now, forsooth, takes on him to reform Hot. To-night say I.
Some certain edicts, and some strait decrees,
That lie too heavy on the commonwealth :
Cries out upon abuses, seems to weep That you foresee not what impediments
Over his country's wrongs; and, by this face, Drag back our expedition : Certain horse Of my cousin Vernon's are not yet come up:
This seeming brow of justice, did he win
The hearts of all that he did angle for. Your uncle Worcester's horse came but to-day;
Proceeded further; cut me off the heads And now their pride and mettle is asleep,
Of all the favourites, that the absent king Their courage with hard labour tame and dull,
In deputation left behind him here, That not a horse is half the half himself.
When he was personal in the Irish war. Hot. So are the horses of the enemy,
Blunt. I came not to hear this. In general journey-bated and brought low ;
Then, to the point. The better part of ours is full of rest.
In short time after, he depos'd the king ; Wor. The number of the king exceedeth ours:
Soon after that, depriv'd him of his life ; For heaven's sake, cousin, stay till all come in.
And, in the neck of that, task'd the whole state : [The Trumpet sounds a parley. To make that worse, suffer'd his kinsman March Enter Sir Walter BLUNT.
(Who is, if every owner were well plac'd, Blunt. I come with gracious offers from the king, There without ransome to lie forfeited :
Indeed his king,) to be incag'd in Wales,
Sought to entrap me by intelligence;
Rated my uncle from the council-board; Some of us love you well : and even those some
In rage dismiss'd my father from the court;
Broke oath on oath, committed wrong on wrong: Envy your great deserving, and good name;
And, in conclusion, drove us to seek out
This head of safety ; and, withal, to pry
Into his title, the which we find
Blunt. Shall I return this answer to the king ? But to my charge. — The king hath sent to know
Hot. Not so, sir Walter; we'll withdraw awhile.
Go to the king; and let there be impawn'd
Some surety for a safe return again, • Conduct, experience. ► Fellowship.
6 Grievances. 7 The delivery of his lands. 8 The greater and the less
may not be.