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Henry IV, Part I


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William Shakespeare

This is the Bookwise complete ebook of Henry IV, Part I by William Shakespeare, available to read online as an alternative to epub, mobi, kindle, pdf or text only versions. For information about the status of this work, see Copyright Notice.


Henry IV, Part 1 is a history play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written no later than 1597. It is the second play in Shakespeare's tetralogy dealing with the successive reigns of Richard II, Henry IV (two plays, including Henry IV, Part 2), and Henry V. Henry IV, Part 1 depicts a span of history that begins with Hotspur's battle at Homildon in Northumberland against Douglas late in 1402 and ends with the defeat of the rebels at Shrewsbury in the middle of 1403. From the start, it has been an extremely popular play both with the public and critics.

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Dramatis Personæ

Dramatis Personæ

King Henry IV, formerly Henry Bolingbroke

Prince Hal, Prince of Wales and heir to the throne (also called Harry and Harry Monmouth)

Lord John of Lancaster, younger son of King Henry

Earl of Westmoreland

Sir Walter Blunt

Hotspur (Sir Henry, or Harry, Percy)

Lady Percy (also called Kate)

Earl of Northumberland, Henry Percy, Hotspur’s father

Earl of Worcester, Thomas Percy, Hotspur’s uncle

Edmund Mortimer, earl of March

Lady Mortimer (also called “the Welsh lady”)

Owen Glendower, a Welsh lord, father of Lady Mortimer

Douglas (Archibald, earl of Douglas)

Archbishop (Richard Scroop, archbishop of York)

Sir Michael, a priest or knight associated with the archbishop

Sir Richard Vernon, an English knight

Sir John Falstaff

Poins (also called Edward, Yedward, and Ned)



Gadshill, setter for the robbers

Hostess of the tavern (also called Mistress Quickly)

Vintner, or keeper of the tavern

Francis, an apprentice tapster

Carriers, Ostlers, Chamberlain, Travelers, Sheriff, Servants, Lords, Attendants, Messengers, Soldiers


Scene 1

Enter the King, Lord John of Lancaster, and the Earl of Westmoreland, with others.

line 0001So shaken as we are, so wan with care,
line 0002Find we a time for frighted peace to pant
line 0003And breathe short-winded accents of new broils
line 0004To be commenced in strands afar remote.
5line 0005No more the thirsty entrance of this soil
line 0006Shall daub her lips with her own children’s blood.
line 0007No more shall trenching war channel her fields,
line 0008Nor bruise her flow’rets with the armèd hoofs
line 0009Of hostile paces. Those opposèd eyes,
10line 0010Which, like the meteors of a troubled heaven,
line 0011All of one nature, of one substance bred,
line 0012Did lately meet in the intestine shock
line 0013And furious close of civil butchery,
line 0014Shall now, in mutual well-beseeming ranks,
15line 0015March all one way and be no more opposed
line 0016Against acquaintance, kindred, and allies.
line 0017The edge of war, like an ill-sheathèd knife,
line 0018No more shall cut his master. Therefore, friends,
line 0019As far as to the sepulcher of Christ—
20line 0020Whose soldier now, under whose blessèd cross
line 0021We are impressèd and engaged to fight—
Act 1 Scene 1 - Pg 9 line 0022Forthwith a power of English shall we levy,
line 0023Whose arms were molded in their mothers’ womb
line 0024To chase these pagans in those holy fields
25line 0025Over whose acres walked those blessèd feet
line 0026Which fourteen hundred years ago were nailed
line 0027For our advantage on the bitter cross.
line 0028But this our purpose now is twelve month old,
line 0029And bootless ’tis to tell you we will go.
30line 0030Therefor we meet not now. Then let me hear
line 0031Of you, my gentle cousin Westmoreland,
line 0032What yesternight our council did decree
line 0033In forwarding this dear expedience.
line 0034My liege, this haste was hot in question,
35line 0035And many limits of the charge set down
line 0036But yesternight, when all athwart there came
line 0037A post from Wales loaden with heavy news,
line 0038Whose worst was that the noble Mortimer,
line 0039Leading the men of Herefordshire to fight
40line 0040Against the irregular and wild Glendower,
line 0041Was by the rude hands of that Welshman taken,
line 0042A thousand of his people butcherèd,
line 0043Upon whose dead corpse there was such misuse,
line 0044Such beastly shameless transformation
45line 0045By those Welshwomen done, as may not be
line 0046Without much shame retold or spoken of.
line 0047It seems then that the tidings of this broil
line 0048Brake off our business for the Holy Land.
line 0049This matched with other did, my gracious lord.
50line 0050For more uneven and unwelcome news
line 0051Came from the north, and thus it did import:
line 0052On Holy-rood Day the gallant Hotspur there,
line 0053Young Harry Percy, and brave Archibald,
line 0054That ever valiant and approvèd Scot,
Act 1 Scene 1 - Pg 11 55line 0055At Holmedon met, where they did spend
line 0056A sad and bloody hour—
line 0057As by discharge of their artillery
line 0058And shape of likelihood the news was told,
line 0059For he that brought them, in the very heat
60line 0060And pride of their contention did take horse,
line 0061Uncertain of the issue any way.
line 0062Here is a dear, a true-industrious friend,
line 0063Sir Walter Blunt, new lighted from his horse,
line 0064Stained with the variation of each soil
65line 0065Betwixt that Holmedon and this seat of ours,
line 0066And he hath brought us smooth and welcome news.
line 0067The Earl of Douglas is discomfited;
line 0068Ten thousand bold Scots, two-and-twenty knights,
line 0069Balked in their own blood, did Sir Walter see
70line 0070On Holmedon’s plains. Of prisoners Hotspur took
line 0071Mordake, Earl of Fife and eldest son
line 0072To beaten Douglas, and the Earl of Atholl,
line 0073Of Murray, Angus, and Menteith.
line 0074And is not this an honorable spoil?
75line 0075A gallant prize? Ha, cousin, is it not?
line 0076In faith, it is a conquest for a prince to boast of.
line 0077Yea, there thou mak’st me sad, and mak’st me sin
line 0078In envy that my Lord Northumberland
line 0079Should be the father to so blest a son,
80line 0080A son who is the theme of Honor’s tongue,
line 0081Amongst a grove the very straightest plant,
line 0082Who is sweet Fortune’s minion and her pride;
line 0083Whilst I, by looking on the praise of him,
line 0084See riot and dishonor stain the brow
85line 0085Of my young Harry. O, that it could be proved
line 0086That some night-tripping fairy had exchanged
line 0087In cradle-clothes our children where they lay,
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 13 line 0088And called mine “Percy,” his “Plantagenet”!
line 0089Then would I have his Harry, and he mine.
90line 0090But let him from my thoughts. What think you, coz,
line 0091Of this young Percy’s pride? The prisoners
line 0092Which he in this adventure hath surprised
line 0093To his own use he keeps, and sends me word
line 0094I shall have none but Mordake, Earl of Fife.
95line 0095This is his uncle’s teaching. This is Worcester,
line 0096Malevolent to you in all aspects,
line 0097Which makes him prune himself, and bristle up
line 0098The crest of youth against your dignity.
line 0099But I have sent for him to answer this.
100line 0100And for this cause awhile we must neglect
line 0101Our holy purpose to Jerusalem.
line 0102Cousin, on Wednesday next our council we
line 0103Will hold at Windsor. So inform the lords.
line 0104But come yourself with speed to us again,
105line 0105For more is to be said and to be done
line 0106Than out of anger can be utterèd.
line 0107WESTMORELANDI will, my liege.

They exit.

Scene 2

Enter Prince of Wales, and Sir John Falstaff.

line 0108FALSTAFFNow, Hal, what time of day is it, lad?
line 0109PRINCEThou art so fat-witted with drinking of old
line 0110sack, and unbuttoning thee after supper, and
line 0111sleeping upon benches after noon, that thou hast
5line 0112forgotten to demand that truly which thou wouldst
line 0113truly know. What a devil hast thou to do with
line 0114the time of the day? Unless hours were cups of
line 0115sack, and minutes capons, and clocks the tongues
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 15 line 0116of bawds, and dials the signs of leaping-houses,
10line 0117and the blessed sun himself a fair hot wench in
line 0118flame-colored taffeta, I see no reason why thou
line 0119shouldst be so superfluous to demand the time
line 0120of the day.
line 0121FALSTAFFIndeed, you come near me now, Hal, for we
15line 0122that take purses go by the moon and the seven
line 0123stars, and not by Phoebus, he, that wand’ring
line 0124knight so fair. And I prithee, sweet wag, when thou
line 0125art king, as God save thy Grace—Majesty, I should
line 0126say, for grace thou wilt have none—
20line 0127PRINCEWhat, none?
line 0128FALSTAFFNo, by my troth, not so much as will serve to
line 0129be prologue to an egg and butter.
line 0130PRINCEWell, how then? Come, roundly, roundly.
line 0131FALSTAFFMarry then, sweet wag, when thou art king,
25line 0132let not us that are squires of the night’s body be
line 0133called thieves of the day’s beauty. Let us be Diana’s
line 0134foresters, gentlemen of the shade, minions of the
line 0135moon, and let men say we be men of good government,
line 0136being governed, as the sea is, by our noble
30line 0137and chaste mistress the moon, under whose countenance
line 0138we steal.
line 0139PRINCEThou sayest well, and it holds well too, for the
line 0140fortune of us that are the moon’s men doth ebb and
line 0141flow like the sea, being governed, as the sea is, by
35line 0142the moon. As for proof now: a purse of gold most
line 0143resolutely snatched on Monday night and most
line 0144dissolutely spent on Tuesday morning, got with
line 0145swearing “Lay by” and spent with crying “Bring
line 0146in”; now in as low an ebb as the foot of the ladder,
40line 0147and by and by in as high a flow as the ridge of the
line 0148gallows.
line 0149FALSTAFFBy the Lord, thou sayst true, lad. And is not
line 0150my hostess of the tavern a most sweet wench?
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 17 line 0151PRINCEAs the honey of Hybla, my old lad of the castle.
45line 0152And is not a buff jerkin a most sweet robe of
line 0153durance?
line 0154FALSTAFFHow now, how now, mad wag? What, in thy
line 0155quips and thy quiddities? What a plague have I to
line 0156do with a buff jerkin?
50line 0157PRINCEWhy, what a pox have I to do with my hostess
line 0158of the tavern?
line 0159FALSTAFFWell, thou hast called her to a reckoning
line 0160many a time and oft.
line 0161PRINCEDid I ever call for thee to pay thy part?
55line 0162FALSTAFFNo, I’ll give thee thy due. Thou hast paid all
line 0163there.
line 0164PRINCEYea, and elsewhere, so far as my coin would
line 0165stretch, and where it would not, I have used my
line 0166credit.
60line 0167FALSTAFFYea, and so used it that were it not here
line 0168apparent that thou art heir apparent—But I prithee,
line 0169sweet wag, shall there be gallows standing in
line 0170England when thou art king? And resolution thus
line 0171fubbed as it is with the rusty curb of old father Antic
65line 0172the law? Do not thou, when thou art king, hang a
line 0173thief.
line 0174PRINCENo, thou shalt.
line 0175FALSTAFFShall I? O rare! By the Lord, I’ll be a brave
line 0176judge.
70line 0177PRINCEThou judgest false already. I mean thou shalt
line 0178have the hanging of the thieves, and so become a
line 0179rare hangman.
line 0180FALSTAFFWell, Hal, well, and in some sort it jumps
line 0181with my humor as well as waiting in the court, I
75line 0182can tell you.
line 0183PRINCEFor obtaining of suits?
line 0184FALSTAFFYea, for obtaining of suits, whereof the hangman
line 0185hath no lean wardrobe. ’Sblood, I am as
line 0186melancholy as a gib cat or a lugged bear.
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 19 80line 0187PRINCEOr an old lion, or a lover’s lute.
line 0188FALSTAFFYea, or the drone of a Lincolnshire bagpipe.
line 0189PRINCEWhat sayest thou to a hare, or the melancholy
line 0190of Moorditch?
line 0191FALSTAFFThou hast the most unsavory similes, and
85line 0192art indeed the most comparative, rascaliest, sweet
line 0193young prince. But, Hal, I prithee trouble me no
line 0194more with vanity. I would to God thou and I knew
line 0195where a commodity of good names were to be
line 0196bought. An old lord of the council rated me the
90line 0197other day in the street about you, sir, but I marked
line 0198him not, and yet he talked very wisely, but I
line 0199regarded him not, and yet he talked wisely, and in
line 0200the street, too.
line 0201PRINCEThou didst well, for wisdom cries out in the
95line 0202streets and no man regards it.
line 0203FALSTAFFO, thou hast damnable iteration, and art
line 0204indeed able to corrupt a saint. Thou hast done
line 0205much harm upon me, Hal, God forgive thee for it.
line 0206Before I knew thee, Hal, I knew nothing, and now
100line 0207am I, if a man should speak truly, little better than
line 0208one of the wicked. I must give over this life, and I
line 0209will give it over. By the Lord, an I do not, I am a
line 0210villain. I’ll be damned for never a king’s son in
line 0211Christendom.
105line 0212PRINCEWhere shall we take a purse tomorrow, Jack?
line 0213FALSTAFFZounds, where thou wilt, lad. I’ll make one.
line 0214An I do not, call me villain and baffle me.
line 0215PRINCEI see a good amendment of life in thee, from
line 0216praying to purse-taking.
110line 0217FALSTAFFWhy, Hal, ’tis my vocation, Hal. ’Tis no sin
line 0218for a man to labor in his vocation.

Enter Poins.

line 0219Poins!—Now shall we know if Gadshill have set a
line 0220match. O, if men were to be saved by merit, what
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 21 line 0221hole in hell were hot enough for him? This is the
115line 0222most omnipotent villain that ever cried “Stand!” to
line 0223a true man.
line 0224PRINCEGood morrow, Ned.
line 0225POINSGood morrow, sweet Hal.—What says Monsieur
line 0226Remorse? What says Sir John Sack-and-Sugar?
120line 0227Jack, how agrees the devil and thee about
line 0228thy soul that thou soldest him on Good Friday last
line 0229for a cup of Madeira and a cold capon’s leg?
line 0230PRINCESir John stands to his word. The devil shall
line 0231have his bargain, for he was never yet a breaker of
125line 0232proverbs. He will give the devil his due.
line 0233POINSto Falstaff Then art thou damned for keeping
line 0234thy word with the devil.
line 0235PRINCEElse he had been damned for cozening the
line 0236devil.
130line 0237POINSBut, my lads, my lads, tomorrow morning, by
line 0238four o’clock early at Gad’s Hill, there are pilgrims
line 0239going to Canterbury with rich offerings, and traders
line 0240riding to London with fat purses. I have vizards for
line 0241you all. You have horses for yourselves. Gadshill lies
135line 0242tonight in Rochester. I have bespoke supper tomorrow
line 0243night in Eastcheap. We may do it as secure as
line 0244sleep. If you will go, I will stuff your purses full of
line 0245crowns. If you will not, tarry at home and be
line 0246hanged.
140line 0247FALSTAFFHear you, Yedward, if I tarry at home and
line 0248go not, I’ll hang you for going.
line 0249POINSYou will, chops?
line 0250FALSTAFFHal, wilt thou make one?
line 0251PRINCEWho, I rob? I a thief? Not I, by my faith.
145line 0252FALSTAFFThere’s neither honesty, manhood, nor
line 0253good fellowship in thee, nor thou cam’st not of
line 0254the blood royal, if thou darest not stand for ten
line 0255shillings.
line 0256PRINCEWell then, once in my days I’ll be a madcap.
150line 0257FALSTAFFWhy, that’s well said.
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 23 line 0258PRINCEWell, come what will, I’ll tarry at home.
line 0259FALSTAFFBy the Lord, I’ll be a traitor then when thou
line 0260art king.
line 0261PRINCEI care not.
155line 0262POINSSir John, I prithee leave the Prince and me
line 0263alone. I will lay him down such reasons for this
line 0264adventure that he shall go.
line 0265FALSTAFFWell, God give thee the spirit of persuasion,
line 0266and him the ears of profiting, that what thou
160line 0267speakest may move, and what he hears may be
line 0268believed, that the true prince may, for recreation
line 0269sake, prove a false thief, for the poor abuses of the
line 0270time want countenance. Farewell. You shall find me
line 0271in Eastcheap.
165line 0272PRINCEFarewell, thou latter spring. Farewell, Allhallown
line 0273summer.Falstaff exits.
line 0274POINSNow, my good sweet honey lord, ride with us
line 0275tomorrow. I have a jest to execute that I cannot
line 0276manage alone. Falstaff, Peto, Bardolph, and Gadshill
170line 0277shall rob those men that we have already
line 0278waylaid. Yourself and I will not be there. And when
line 0279they have the booty, if you and I do not rob them,
line 0280cut this head off from my shoulders.
line 0281PRINCEHow shall we part with them in setting forth?
175line 0282POINSWhy, we will set forth before or after them, and
line 0283appoint them a place of meeting, wherein it is at our
line 0284pleasure to fail; and then will they adventure upon
line 0285the exploit themselves, which they shall have no
line 0286sooner achieved but we’ll set upon them.
180line 0287PRINCEYea, but ’tis like that they will know us by our
line 0288horses, by our habits, and by every other appointment
line 0289to be ourselves.
line 0290POINSTut, our horses they shall not see; I’ll tie them
line 0291in the wood. Our vizards we will change after we
185line 0292leave them. And, sirrah, I have cases of buckram
line 0293for the nonce, to immask our noted outward
line 0294garments.
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 25 line 0295PRINCEYea, but I doubt they will be too hard for us.
line 0296POINSWell, for two of them, I know them to be as
190line 0297true-bred cowards as ever turned back; and for the
line 0298third, if he fight longer than he sees reason, I’ll
line 0299forswear arms. The virtue of this jest will be the
line 0300incomprehensible lies that this same fat rogue will
line 0301tell us when we meet at supper: how thirty at least
195line 0302he fought with, what wards, what blows, what
line 0303extremities he endured; and in the reproof of this
line 0304lives the jest.
line 0305PRINCEWell, I’ll go with thee. Provide us all things
line 0306necessary and meet me tomorrow night in Eastcheap.
200line 0307There I’ll sup. Farewell.
line 0308POINSFarewell, my lord.Poins exits.
line 0309I know you all, and will awhile uphold
line 0310The unyoked humor of your idleness.
line 0311Yet herein will I imitate the sun,
205line 0312Who doth permit the base contagious clouds
line 0313To smother up his beauty from the world,
line 0314That, when he please again to be himself,
line 0315Being wanted, he may be more wondered at
line 0316By breaking through the foul and ugly mists
210line 0317Of vapors that did seem to strangle him.
line 0318If all the year were playing holidays,
line 0319To sport would be as tedious as to work,
line 0320But when they seldom come, they wished-for come,
line 0321And nothing pleaseth but rare accidents.
215line 0322So when this loose behavior I throw off
line 0323And pay the debt I never promisèd,
line 0324By how much better than my word I am,
line 0325By so much shall I falsify men’s hopes;
line 0326And, like bright metal on a sullen ground,
220line 0327My reformation, glitt’ring o’er my fault,
line 0328Shall show more goodly and attract more eyes
line 0329Than that which hath no foil to set it off.
Act 1 Scene 3 - Pg 27 line 0330I’ll so offend to make offense a skill,
line 0331Redeeming time when men think least I will.

He exits.

Scene 3

Enter the King, Northumberland, Worcester, Hotspur, and Sir Walter Blunt, with others.

KINGto Northumberland, Worcester, and Hotspur
line 0332My blood hath been too cold and temperate,
line 0333Unapt to stir at these indignities,
line 0334And you have found me, for accordingly
line 0335You tread upon my patience. But be sure
5line 0336I will from henceforth rather be myself,
line 0337Mighty and to be feared, than my condition,
line 0338Which hath been smooth as oil, soft as young down,
line 0339And therefore lost that title of respect
line 0340Which the proud soul ne’er pays but to the proud.
10line 0341Our house, my sovereign liege, little deserves
line 0342The scourge of greatness to be used on it,
line 0343And that same greatness too which our own hands
line 0344Have holp to make so portly.
line 0345NORTHUMBERLANDMy lord—
15line 0346Worcester, get thee gone, for I do see
line 0347Danger and disobedience in thine eye.
line 0348O sir, your presence is too bold and peremptory,
line 0349And majesty might never yet endure
line 0350The moody frontier of a servant brow.
20line 0351You have good leave to leave us. When we need
line 0352Your use and counsel, we shall send for you.

Worcester exits.

line 0353You were about to speak.
line 0354NORTHUMBERLANDYea, my good lord.
Act 1 Scene 3 - Pg 29 line 0355Those prisoners in your Highness’ name demanded,
25line 0356Which Harry Percy here at Holmedon took,
line 0357Were, as he says, not with such strength denied
line 0358As is delivered to your Majesty.
line 0359Either envy, therefore, or misprision
line 0360Is guilty of this fault, and not my son.
30line 0361My liege, I did deny no prisoners.
line 0362But I remember, when the fight was done,
line 0363When I was dry with rage and extreme toil,
line 0364Breathless and faint, leaning upon my sword,
line 0365Came there a certain lord, neat and trimly dressed,
35line 0366Fresh as a bridegroom, and his chin new reaped
line 0367Showed like a stubble land at harvest home.
line 0368He was perfumèd like a milliner,
line 0369And ’twixt his finger and his thumb he held
line 0370A pouncet box, which ever and anon
40line 0371He gave his nose and took ’t away again,
line 0372Who therewith angry, when it next came there,
line 0373Took it in snuff; and still he smiled and talked.
line 0374And as the soldiers bore dead bodies by,
line 0375He called them untaught knaves, unmannerly,
45line 0376To bring a slovenly unhandsome corse
line 0377Betwixt the wind and his nobility.
line 0378With many holiday and lady terms
line 0379He questioned me, amongst the rest demanded
line 0380My prisoners in your Majesty’s behalf.
50line 0381I then, all smarting with my wounds being cold,
line 0382To be so pestered with a popinjay,
line 0383Out of my grief and my impatience
line 0384Answered neglectingly I know not what—
line 0385He should, or he should not; for he made me mad
55line 0386To see him shine so brisk and smell so sweet
line 0387And talk so like a waiting-gentlewoman
line 0388Of guns, and drums, and wounds—God save the
line 0389mark!—
Act 1 Scene 3 - Pg 31 line 0390And telling me the sovereignest thing on Earth
60line 0391Was parmacety for an inward bruise,
line 0392And that it was great pity, so it was,
line 0393This villainous saltpeter should be digged
line 0394Out of the bowels of the harmless Earth,
line 0395Which many a good tall fellow had destroyed
65line 0396So cowardly, and but for these vile guns
line 0397He would himself have been a soldier.
line 0398This bald unjointed chat of his, my lord,
line 0399I answered indirectly, as I said,
line 0400And I beseech you, let not his report
70line 0401Come current for an accusation
line 0402Betwixt my love and your high Majesty.
line 0403The circumstance considered, good my lord,
line 0404Whate’er Lord Harry Percy then had said
line 0405To such a person and in such a place,
75line 0406At such a time, with all the rest retold,
line 0407May reasonably die and never rise
line 0408To do him wrong or any way impeach
line 0409What then he said, so he unsay it now.
line 0410Why, yet he doth deny his prisoners,
80line 0411But with proviso and exception
line 0412That we at our own charge shall ransom straight
line 0413His brother-in-law, the foolish Mortimer,
line 0414Who, on my soul, hath willfully betrayed
line 0415The lives of those that he did lead to fight
85line 0416Against that great magician, damned Glendower,
line 0417Whose daughter, as we hear, that Earl of March
line 0418Hath lately married. Shall our coffers then
line 0419Be emptied to redeem a traitor home?
line 0420Shall we buy treason and indent with fears
90line 0421When they have lost and forfeited themselves?
line 0422No, on the barren mountains let him starve,
line 0423For I shall never hold that man my friend
Act 1 Scene 3 - Pg 33 line 0424Whose tongue shall ask me for one penny cost
line 0425To ransom home revolted Mortimer.
95line 0426HOTSPURRevolted Mortimer!
line 0427He never did fall off, my sovereign liege,
line 0428But by the chance of war. To prove that true
line 0429Needs no more but one tongue for all those wounds,
line 0430Those mouthèd wounds, which valiantly he took
100line 0431When on the gentle Severn’s sedgy bank
line 0432In single opposition hand to hand
line 0433He did confound the best part of an hour
line 0434In changing hardiment with great Glendower.
line 0435Three times they breathed, and three times did they
105line 0436drink,
line 0437Upon agreement, of swift Severn’s flood,
line 0438Who then, affrighted with their bloody looks,
line 0439Ran fearfully among the trembling reeds
line 0440And hid his crisp head in the hollow bank,
110line 0441Blood-stainèd with these valiant combatants.
line 0442Never did bare and rotten policy
line 0443Color her working with such deadly wounds,
line 0444Nor never could the noble Mortimer
line 0445Receive so many, and all willingly.
115line 0446Then let not him be slandered with revolt.
line 0447Thou dost belie him, Percy; thou dost belie him.
line 0448He never did encounter with Glendower.
line 0449I tell thee, he durst as well have met the devil alone
line 0450As Owen Glendower for an enemy.
120line 0451Art thou not ashamed? But, sirrah, henceforth
line 0452Let me not hear you speak of Mortimer.
line 0453Send me your prisoners with the speediest means,
line 0454Or you shall hear in such a kind from me
line 0455As will displease you.—My lord Northumberland,
125line 0456We license your departure with your son.—
line 0457Send us your prisoners, or you will hear of it.

King exits with Blunt and others.

Act 1 Scene 3 - Pg 35 HOTSPUR
line 0458An if the devil come and roar for them,
line 0459I will not send them. I will after straight
line 0460And tell him so, for I will ease my heart,
130line 0461Albeit I make a hazard of my head.
line 0462What, drunk with choler? Stay and pause awhile.
line 0463Here comes your uncle.

Enter Worcester.

line 0464HOTSPURSpeak of Mortimer?
line 0465Zounds, I will speak of him, and let my soul
135line 0466Want mercy if I do not join with him.
line 0467Yea, on his part I’ll empty all these veins
line 0468And shed my dear blood drop by drop in the dust,
line 0469But I will lift the downtrod Mortimer
line 0470As high in the air as this unthankful king,
140line 0471As this ingrate and cankered Bolingbroke.
line 0472Brother, the King hath made your nephew mad.
line 0473Who struck this heat up after I was gone?
line 0474He will forsooth have all my prisoners,
line 0475And when I urged the ransom once again
145line 0476Of my wife’s brother, then his cheek looked pale,
line 0477And on my face he turned an eye of death,
line 0478Trembling even at the name of Mortimer.
line 0479I cannot blame him. Was not he proclaimed
line 0480By Richard, that dead is, the next of blood?
150line 0481He was; I heard the proclamation.
line 0482And then it was when the unhappy king—
line 0483Whose wrongs in us God pardon!—did set forth
line 0484Upon his Irish expedition;
Act 1 Scene 3 - Pg 37 line 0485From whence he, intercepted, did return
155line 0486To be deposed and shortly murderèd.
line 0487And for whose death we in the world’s wide mouth
line 0488Live scandalized and foully spoken of.
line 0489But soft, I pray you. Did King Richard then
line 0490Proclaim my brother Edmund Mortimer
160line 0491Heir to the crown?
line 0492NORTHUMBERLANDHe did; myself did hear it.
line 0493Nay then, I cannot blame his cousin king
line 0494That wished him on the barren mountains starve.
line 0495But shall it be that you that set the crown
165line 0496Upon the head of this forgetful man
line 0497And for his sake wear the detested blot
line 0498Of murderous subornation—shall it be
line 0499That you a world of curses undergo,
line 0500Being the agents or base second means,
170line 0501The cords, the ladder, or the hangman rather?
line 0502O, pardon me that I descend so low
line 0503To show the line and the predicament
line 0504Wherein you range under this subtle king.
line 0505Shall it for shame be spoken in these days,
175line 0506Or fill up chronicles in time to come,
line 0507That men of your nobility and power
line 0508Did gage them both in an unjust behalf
line 0509(As both of you, God pardon it, have done)
line 0510To put down Richard, that sweet lovely rose,
180line 0511And plant this thorn, this canker, Bolingbroke?
line 0512And shall it in more shame be further spoken
line 0513That you are fooled, discarded, and shook off
line 0514By him for whom these shames you underwent?
line 0515No, yet time serves wherein you may redeem
185line 0516Your banished honors and restore yourselves
line 0517Into the good thoughts of the world again,
Act 1 Scene 3 - Pg 39 line 0518Revenge the jeering and disdained contempt
line 0519Of this proud king, who studies day and night
line 0520To answer all the debt he owes to you
190line 0521Even with the bloody payment of your deaths.
line 0522Therefore I say—
line 0523WORCESTERPeace, cousin, say no more.
line 0524And now I will unclasp a secret book,
line 0525And to your quick-conceiving discontents
195line 0526I’ll read you matter deep and dangerous,
line 0527As full of peril and adventurous spirit
line 0528As to o’erwalk a current roaring loud
line 0529On the unsteadfast footing of a spear.
line 0530If he fall in, good night, or sink or swim!
200line 0531Send danger from the east unto the west,
line 0532So honor cross it from the north to south,
line 0533And let them grapple. O, the blood more stirs
line 0534To rouse a lion than to start a hare!
line 0535Imagination of some great exploit
205line 0536Drives him beyond the bounds of patience.
line 0537By heaven, methinks it were an easy leap
line 0538To pluck bright honor from the pale-faced moon,
line 0539Or dive into the bottom of the deep,
line 0540Where fathom line could never touch the ground,
210line 0541And pluck up drownèd honor by the locks,
line 0542So he that doth redeem her thence might wear
line 0543Without corrival all her dignities.
line 0544But out upon this half-faced fellowship!
line 0545He apprehends a world of figures here,
215line 0546But not the form of what he should attend.—
line 0547Good cousin, give me audience for a while.
line 0548I cry you mercy.
Act 1 Scene 3 - Pg 41 line 0549WORCESTERThose same noble Scots
line 0550That are your prisoners—
220line 0551HOTSPURI’ll keep them all.
line 0552By God, he shall not have a Scot of them.
line 0553No, if a Scot would save his soul, he shall not.
line 0554I’ll keep them, by this hand!
line 0555WORCESTERYou start away
225line 0556And lend no ear unto my purposes:
line 0557Those prisoners you shall keep—
line 0558HOTSPURNay, I will. That’s flat!
line 0559He said he would not ransom Mortimer,
line 0560Forbade my tongue to speak of Mortimer.
230line 0561But I will find him when he lies asleep,
line 0562And in his ear I’ll hollo “Mortimer.”
line 0563Nay, I’ll have a starling shall be taught to speak
line 0564Nothing but “Mortimer,” and give it him
line 0565To keep his anger still in motion.
235line 0566WORCESTERHear you, cousin, a word.
line 0567All studies here I solemnly defy,
line 0568Save how to gall and pinch this Bolingbroke.
line 0569And that same sword-and-buckler Prince of Wales—
line 0570But that I think his father loves him not
240line 0571And would be glad he met with some mischance—
line 0572I would have him poisoned with a pot of ale.
line 0573Farewell, kinsman. I’ll talk to you
line 0574When you are better tempered to attend.
line 0575Why, what a wasp-stung and impatient fool
245line 0576Art thou to break into this woman’s mood,
line 0577Tying thine ear to no tongue but thine own!
line 0578Why, look you, I am whipped and scourged with
line 0579rods,
line 0580Nettled and stung with pismires, when I hear
Act 1 Scene 3 - Pg 43 250line 0581Of this vile politician, Bolingbroke.
line 0582In Richard’s time—what do you call the place?
line 0583A plague upon it! It is in Gloucestershire.
line 0584’Twas where the madcap duke his uncle kept,
line 0585His uncle York, where I first bowed my knee
255line 0586Unto this king of smiles, this Bolingbroke.
line 0587’Sblood, when you and he came back from
line 0588Ravenspurgh.
line 0589NORTHUMBERLANDAt Berkeley Castle.
line 0590HOTSPURYou say true.
260line 0591Why, what a candy deal of courtesy
line 0592This fawning greyhound then did proffer me:
line 0593“Look when his infant fortune came to age,”
line 0594And “gentle Harry Percy,” and “kind cousin.”
line 0595O, the devil take such cozeners!—God forgive me!
265line 0596Good uncle, tell your tale. I have done.
line 0597Nay, if you have not, to it again.
line 0598We will stay your leisure.
line 0599HOTSPURI have done, i’ faith.
line 0600Then once more to your Scottish prisoners:
270line 0601Deliver them up without their ransom straight,
line 0602And make the Douglas’ son your only mean
line 0603For powers in Scotland, which, for divers reasons
line 0604Which I shall send you written, be assured
line 0605Will easily be granted.—You, my lord,
275line 0606Your son in Scotland being thus employed,
line 0607Shall secretly into the bosom creep
line 0608Of that same noble prelate well beloved,
line 0609The Archbishop.
line 0610HOTSPUROf York, is it not?
280line 0611WORCESTERTrue, who bears hard
line 0612His brother’s death at Bristol, the Lord Scroop.
line 0613I speak not this in estimation,
Act 1 Scene 3 - Pg 45 line 0614As what I think might be, but what I know
line 0615Is ruminated, plotted, and set down,
285line 0616And only stays but to behold the face
line 0617Of that occasion that shall bring it on.
line 0618I smell it. Upon my life it will do well.
line 0619Before the game is afoot thou still let’st slip.
line 0620Why, it cannot choose but be a noble plot.
290line 0621And then the power of Scotland and of York
line 0622To join with Mortimer, ha?
line 0623WORCESTERAnd so they shall.
line 0624In faith, it is exceedingly well aimed.
line 0625And ’tis no little reason bids us speed
295line 0626To save our heads by raising of a head,
line 0627For bear ourselves as even as we can,
line 0628The King will always think him in our debt,
line 0629And think we think ourselves unsatisfied,
line 0630Till he hath found a time to pay us home.
300line 0631And see already how he doth begin
line 0632To make us strangers to his looks of love.
line 0633He does, he does. We’ll be revenged on him.
line 0634Cousin, farewell. No further go in this
line 0635Than I by letters shall direct your course.
305line 0636When time is ripe, which will be suddenly,
line 0637I’ll steal to Glendower and Lord Mortimer,
line 0638Where you and Douglas and our powers at once,
line 0639As I will fashion it, shall happily meet
line 0640To bear our fortunes in our own strong arms,
310line 0641Which now we hold at much uncertainty.
Act 1 Scene 3 - Pg 47 NORTHUMBERLAND
line 0642Farewell, good brother. We shall thrive, I trust.
line 0643Uncle, adieu. O, let the hours be short
line 0644Till fields and blows and groans applaud our sport.

They exit.


Scene 1

Enter a Carrier with a lantern in his hand.

line 0645FIRST CARRIERHeigh-ho! An it be not four by the day,
line 0646I’ll be hanged. Charles’s Wain is over the new
line 0647chimney, and yet our horse not packed.—What,
line 0648ostler!
5line 0649OSTLERwithin Anon, anon.
line 0650FIRST CARRIERI prithee, Tom, beat Cut’s saddle. Put a
line 0651few flocks in the point. Poor jade is wrung in the
line 0652withers out of all cess.

Enter another Carrier, with a lantern.

line 0653SECOND CARRIERPeas and beans are as dank here as a
10line 0654dog, and that is the next way to give poor jades the
line 0655bots. This house is turned upside down since Robin
line 0656ostler died.
line 0657FIRST CARRIERPoor fellow never joyed since the price
line 0658of oats rose. It was the death of him.
15line 0659SECOND CARRIERI think this be the most villainous
line 0660house in all London road for fleas. I am stung like a
line 0661tench.
line 0662FIRST CARRIERLike a tench? By the Mass, there is
line 0663ne’er a king christen could be better bit than I have
20line 0664been since the first cock.
line 0665SECOND CARRIERWhy, they will allow us ne’er a jordan,
Act 2 Scene 1 - Pg 53 line 0666and then we leak in your chimney, and your
line 0667chamber-lye breeds fleas like a loach.
line 0668FIRST CARRIERWhat, ostler, come away and be
25line 0669hanged. Come away.
line 0670SECOND CARRIERI have a gammon of bacon and two
line 0671races of ginger to be delivered as far as Charing
line 0672Cross.
line 0673FIRST CARRIERGod’s body, the turkeys in my pannier
30line 0674are quite starved.—What, ostler! A plague on thee!
line 0675Hast thou never an eye in thy head? Canst not hear?
line 0676An ’twere not as good deed as drink to break the
line 0677pate on thee, I am a very villain. Come, and be
line 0678hanged. Hast no faith in thee?

Enter Gadshill.

35line 0679GADSHILLGood morrow, carriers. What’s o’clock?
line 0680FIRST CARRIERI think it be two o’clock.
line 0681GADSHILLI prithee, lend me thy lantern to see my
line 0682gelding in the stable.
line 0683FIRST CARRIERNay, by God, soft. I know a trick worth
40line 0684two of that, i’ faith.
line 0685GADSHILLto Second Carrier I pray thee, lend me
line 0686thine.
line 0687SECOND CARRIERAy, when, canst tell? “Lend me thy
line 0688lantern,” quoth he. Marry, I’ll see thee hanged
45line 0689first.
line 0690GADSHILLSirrah carrier, what time do you mean to
line 0691come to London?
line 0692SECOND CARRIERTime enough to go to bed with a
line 0693candle, I warrant thee. Come, neighbor Mugs,
50line 0694we’ll call up the gentlemen. They will along with
line 0695company, for they have great charge.

Carriers exit.

line 0696GADSHILLWhat ho, chamberlain!

Enter Chamberlain.

Act 2 Scene 1 - Pg 55 line 0697CHAMBERLAINAt hand, quoth pickpurse.
line 0698GADSHILLThat’s even as fair as “at hand, quoth the
55line 0699Chamberlain,” for thou variest no more from
line 0700picking of purses than giving direction doth from
line 0701laboring: thou layest the plot how.
line 0702CHAMBERLAINGood morrow, Master Gadshill. It holds
line 0703current that I told you yesternight: there’s a franklin
60line 0704in the Wild of Kent hath brought three hundred
line 0705marks with him in gold. I heard him tell it to one of
line 0706his company last night at supper—a kind of auditor,
line 0707one that hath abundance of charge too, God knows
line 0708what. They are up already and call for eggs and
65line 0709butter. They will away presently.
line 0710GADSHILLSirrah, if they meet not with Saint Nicholas’
line 0711clerks, I’ll give thee this neck.
line 0712CHAMBERLAINNo, I’ll none of it. I pray thee, keep that
line 0713for the hangman, for I know thou worshipest Saint
70line 0714Nicholas as truly as a man of falsehood may.
line 0715GADSHILLWhat talkest thou to me of the hangman? If
line 0716I hang, I’ll make a fat pair of gallows, for if I hang,
line 0717old Sir John hangs with me, and thou knowest he is
line 0718no starveling. Tut, there are other Troyans that
75line 0719thou dream’st not of, the which for sport sake are
line 0720content to do the profession some grace, that
line 0721would, if matters should be looked into, for their
line 0722own credit sake make all whole. I am joined with no
line 0723foot-land-rakers, no long-staff sixpenny strikers,
80line 0724none of these mad mustachio purple-hued malt-worms,
line 0725but with nobility and tranquillity, burgomasters
line 0726and great oneyers, such as can hold in, such
line 0727as will strike sooner than speak, and speak sooner
line 0728than drink, and drink sooner than pray, and yet,
85line 0729zounds, I lie, for they pray continually to their saint
line 0730the commonwealth, or rather not pray to her but
line 0731prey on her, for they ride up and down on her and
line 0732make her their boots.
Act 2 Scene 2 - Pg 57 line 0733CHAMBERLAINWhat, the commonwealth their boots?
90line 0734Will she hold out water in foul way?
line 0735GADSHILLShe will, she will. Justice hath liquored her.
line 0736We steal as in a castle, cocksure. We have the
line 0737receipt of fern seed; we walk invisible.
line 0738CHAMBERLAINNay, by my faith, I think you are more
95line 0739beholding to the night than to fern seed for your
line 0740walking invisible.
line 0741GADSHILLGive me thy hand. Thou shalt have a share in
line 0742our purchase, as I am a true man.
line 0743CHAMBERLAINNay, rather let me have it as you are a
100line 0744false thief.
line 0745GADSHILLGo to. Homo is a common name to all men.
line 0746Bid the ostler bring my gelding out of the stable.
line 0747Farewell, you muddy knave.

They exit.

Scene 2

Enter Prince, Poins, Bardolph, and Peto.

line 0748POINSCome, shelter, shelter! I have removed Falstaff’s
line 0749horse, and he frets like a gummed velvet.
line 0750PRINCEStand close.Poins, Bardolph, and Peto exit.

Enter Falstaff.

line 0751FALSTAFFPoins! Poins, and be hanged! Poins!
5line 0752PRINCEPeace, you fat-kidneyed rascal. What a brawling
line 0753dost thou keep!
line 0754FALSTAFFWhere’s Poins, Hal?
line 0755PRINCEHe is walked up to the top of the hill. I’ll go
line 0756seek him.Prince exits.
10line 0757FALSTAFFI am accursed to rob in that thief’s company.
line 0758The rascal hath removed my horse and tied him I
line 0759know not where. If I travel but four foot by the
line 0760square further afoot, I shall break my wind. Well, I
Act 2 Scene 2 - Pg 59 line 0761doubt not but to die a fair death for all this, if I
15line 0762’scape hanging for killing that rogue. I have forsworn
line 0763his company hourly any time this two-and-twenty
line 0764years, and yet I am bewitched with the
line 0765rogue’s company. If the rascal have not given me
line 0766medicines to make me love him, I’ll be hanged. It
20line 0767could not be else: I have drunk medicines.—Poins!
line 0768Hal! A plague upon you both.—Bardolph! Peto!—
line 0769I’ll starve ere I’ll rob a foot further. An ’twere not as
line 0770good a deed as drink to turn true man and to leave
line 0771these rogues, I am the veriest varlet that ever
25line 0772chewed with a tooth. Eight yards of uneven ground
line 0773is threescore and ten miles afoot with me, and the
line 0774stony-hearted villains know it well enough. A plague
line 0775upon it when thieves cannot be true one to another!
line 0776They whistle, within. Whew! A plague upon you
30line 0777all!

Enter the Prince, Poins, Peto, and Bardolph.

line 0778Give me my horse, you rogues. Give me my horse
line 0779and be hanged!
line 0780PRINCEPeace, you fat guts! Lie down, lay thine ear
line 0781close to the ground, and list if thou canst hear the
35line 0782tread of travelers.
line 0783FALSTAFFHave you any levers to lift me up again being
line 0784down? ’Sblood, I’ll not bear my own flesh so
line 0785far afoot again for all the coin in thy father’s Exchequer.
line 0786What a plague mean you to colt me
40line 0787thus?
line 0788PRINCEThou liest. Thou art not colted; thou art
line 0789uncolted.
line 0790FALSTAFFI prithee, good Prince Hal, help me to my
line 0791horse, good king’s son.
45line 0792PRINCEOut, you rogue! Shall I be your ostler?
line 0793FALSTAFFHang thyself in thine own heir-apparent
line 0794garters! If I be ta’en, I’ll peach for this. An I have
Act 2 Scene 2 - Pg 61 line 0795not ballads made on you all and sung to filthy
line 0796tunes, let a cup of sack be my poison—when a jest
50line 0797is so forward, and afoot too! I hate it.

Enter Gadshill.

line 0798GADSHILLStand.
line 0799FALSTAFFSo I do, against my will.
line 0800POINSO, ’tis our setter. I know his voice.
line 0801BARDOLPHWhat news?
55line 0802GADSHILLCase you, case you. On with your vizards.
line 0803There’s money of the King’s coming down the hill.
line 0804’Tis going to the King’s Exchequer.
line 0805FALSTAFFYou lie, you rogue. ’Tis going to the King’s
line 0806Tavern.
60line 0807GADSHILLThere’s enough to make us all.
line 0808FALSTAFFTo be hanged.
line 0809PRINCESirs, you four shall front them in the narrow
line 0810lane. Ned Poins and I will walk lower. If they ’scape
line 0811from your encounter, then they light on us.
65line 0812PETOHow many be there of them?
line 0813GADSHILLSome eight or ten.
line 0814FALSTAFFZounds, will they not rob us?
line 0815PRINCEWhat, a coward, Sir John Paunch?
line 0816FALSTAFFIndeed, I am not John of Gaunt, your grandfather,
70line 0817but yet no coward, Hal.
line 0818PRINCEWell, we leave that to the proof.
line 0819POINSSirrah Jack, thy horse stands behind the hedge.
line 0820When thou need’st him, there thou shalt find him.
line 0821Farewell and stand fast.
75line 0822FALSTAFFNow cannot I strike him, if I should be
line 0823hanged.
line 0824PRINCEaside to Poins Ned, where are our disguises?
line 0825POINSaside to Prince Here, hard by. Stand close.

The Prince and Poins exit.

line 0826FALSTAFFNow, my masters, happy man be his dole,
80line 0827say I. Every man to his business.

They step aside.

Act 2 Scene 2 - Pg 63

Enter the Travelers.

line 0828FIRST TRAVELERCome, neighbor, the boy shall lead
line 0829our horses down the hill. We’ll walk afoot awhile
line 0830and ease our legs.
line 0831THIEVESadvancing Stand!
85line 0832TRAVELERSJesus bless us!
line 0833FALSTAFFStrike! Down with them! Cut the villains’
line 0834throats! Ah, whoreson caterpillars, bacon-fed
line 0835knaves, they hate us youth. Down with them!
line 0836Fleece them!
90line 0837TRAVELERSO, we are undone, both we and ours
line 0838forever!
line 0839FALSTAFFHang, you gorbellied knaves! Are you undone?
line 0840No, you fat chuffs. I would your store were
line 0841here. On, bacons, on! What, you knaves, young men
95line 0842must live. You are grandjurors, are you? We’ll jure
line 0843you, faith.

Here they rob them and bind them. They all exit.

Enter the Prince and Poins, disguised.

line 0844PRINCEThe thieves have bound the true men. Now
line 0845could thou and I rob the thieves and go merrily to
line 0846London, it would be argument for a week, laughter
100line 0847for a month, and a good jest forever.
line 0848POINSStand close, I hear them coming.

They step aside.

Enter the Thieves again.

line 0849FALSTAFFCome, my masters, let us share, and then to
line 0850horse before day. An the Prince and Poins be not
line 0851two arrant cowards, there’s no equity stirring.
105line 0852There’s no more valor in that Poins than in a wild
line 0853duck.

As they are sharing, the Prince and Poins set upon them.

Act 2 Scene 3 - Pg 65 line 0854PRINCEYour money!
line 0855POINSVillains!

They all run away, and Falstaff, after a blow or two, runs away too, leaving the booty behind them.

line 0856Got with much ease. Now merrily to horse.
110line 0857The thieves are all scattered, and possessed with
line 0858fear
line 0859So strongly that they dare not meet each other.
line 0860Each takes his fellow for an officer.
line 0861Away, good Ned. Falstaff sweats to death,
115line 0862And lards the lean earth as he walks along.
line 0863Were ’t not for laughing, I should pity him.
line 0864POINSHow the fat rogue roared!

They exit.

Scene 3

Enter Hotspur alone, reading a letter.

line 0865HOTSPURBut, for mine own part, my lord, I could be
line 0866well contented to be there, in respect of the love I
line 0867bear your house. He could be contented; why is he
line 0868not, then? In respect of the love he bears our
5line 0869house—he shows in this he loves his own barn
line 0870better than he loves our house. Let me see some
line 0871more. The purpose you undertake is dangerous.
line 0872Why, that’s certain. ’Tis dangerous to take a cold,
line 0873to sleep, to drink; but I tell you, my Lord Fool, out
10line 0874of this nettle, danger, we pluck this flower, safety.
line 0875The purpose you undertake is dangerous, the friends
line 0876you have named uncertain, the time itself unsorted,
line 0877and your whole plot too light for the counterpoise
line 0878of so great an opposition. Say you so, say you so?
15line 0879I say unto you again, you are a shallow, cowardly
line 0880hind, and you lie. What a lack-brain is this! By
Act 2 Scene 3 - Pg 67 line 0881the Lord, our plot is a good plot as ever was laid,
line 0882our friends true and constant—a good plot,
line 0883good friends, and full of expectation; an excellent
20line 0884plot, very good friends. What a frosty-spirited
line 0885rogue is this! Why, my Lord of York commends
line 0886the plot and the general course of the action.
line 0887Zounds, an I were now by this rascal, I could brain
line 0888him with his lady’s fan. Is there not my father, my
25line 0889uncle, and myself, Lord Edmund Mortimer, my
line 0890Lord of York, and Owen Glendower? Is there not
line 0891besides the Douglas? Have I not all their letters to
line 0892meet me in arms by the ninth of the next month,
line 0893and are they not some of them set forward already?
30line 0894What a pagan rascal is this—an infidel! Ha, you
line 0895shall see now, in very sincerity of fear and cold
line 0896heart, will he to the King and lay open all our
line 0897proceedings. O, I could divide myself and go to
line 0898buffets for moving such a dish of skim milk with so
35line 0899honorable an action! Hang him, let him tell the
line 0900King. We are prepared. I will set forward tonight.

Enter his Lady.

line 0901How now, Kate? I must leave you within these two
line 0902hours.
line 0903O my good lord, why are you thus alone?
40line 0904For what offense have I this fortnight been
line 0905A banished woman from my Harry’s bed?
line 0906Tell me, sweet lord, what is ’t that takes from thee
line 0907Thy stomach, pleasure, and thy golden sleep?
line 0908Why dost thou bend thine eyes upon the earth
45line 0909And start so often when thou sit’st alone?
line 0910Why hast thou lost the fresh blood in thy cheeks
line 0911And given my treasures and my rights of thee
line 0912To thick-eyed musing and curst melancholy?
line 0913In thy faint slumbers I by thee have watched,
Act 2 Scene 3 - Pg 69 50line 0914And heard thee murmur tales of iron wars,
line 0915Speak terms of manage to thy bounding steed,
line 0916Cry “Courage! To the field!” And thou hast talked
line 0917Of sallies and retires, of trenches, tents,
line 0918Of palisadoes, frontiers, parapets,
55line 0919Of basilisks, of cannon, culverin,
line 0920Of prisoners’ ransom, and of soldiers slain,
line 0921And all the currents of a heady fight.
line 0922Thy spirit within thee hath been so at war,
line 0923And thus hath so bestirred thee in thy sleep,
60line 0924That beads of sweat have stood upon thy brow
line 0925Like bubbles in a late-disturbèd stream,
line 0926And in thy face strange motions have appeared,
line 0927Such as we see when men restrain their breath
line 0928On some great sudden hest. O, what portents are
65line 0929these?
line 0930Some heavy business hath my lord in hand,
line 0931And I must know it, else he loves me not.
line 0932What, ho!

Enter a Servant.

line 0933Is Gilliams with the packet gone?
70line 0934SERVANTHe is, my lord, an hour ago.
line 0935Hath Butler brought those horses from the sheriff?
line 0936One horse, my lord, he brought even now.
line 0937What horse? A roan, a crop-ear, is it not?
line 0938It is, my lord.
75line 0939HOTSPURThat roan shall be my throne.
line 0940Well, I will back him straight. O, Esperance!
line 0941Bid Butler lead him forth into the park.

Servant exits.

Act 2 Scene 3 - Pg 71 line 0942LADY PERCYBut hear you, my lord.
line 0943HOTSPURWhat say’st thou, my lady?
80line 0944LADY PERCYWhat is it carries you away?
line 0945HOTSPURWhy, my horse, my love, my horse.
line 0946LADY PERCYOut, you mad-headed ape!
line 0947A weasel hath not such a deal of spleen
line 0948As you are tossed with. In faith,
85line 0949I’ll know your business, Harry, that I will.
line 0950I fear my brother Mortimer doth stir
line 0951About his title, and hath sent for you
line 0952To line his enterprise; but if you go—
line 0953So far afoot, I shall be weary, love.
90line 0954Come, come, you paraquito, answer me
line 0955Directly unto this question that I ask.
line 0956In faith, I’ll break thy little finger, Harry,
line 0957An if thou wilt not tell me all things true.
line 0958HOTSPURAway!
95line 0959Away, you trifler. Love, I love thee not.
line 0960I care not for thee, Kate. This is no world
line 0961To play with mammets and to tilt with lips.
line 0962We must have bloody noses and cracked crowns,
line 0963And pass them current too.—Gods me, my horse!—
100line 0964What say’st thou, Kate? What wouldst thou have
line 0965with me?
line 0966Do you not love me? Do you not indeed?
line 0967Well, do not then, for since you love me not,
line 0968I will not love myself. Do you not love me?
105line 0969Nay, tell me if you speak in jest or no.
line 0970HOTSPURCome, wilt thou see me ride?
line 0971And when I am a-horseback I will swear
line 0972I love thee infinitely. But hark you, Kate,
line 0973I must not have you henceforth question me
110line 0974Whither I go, nor reason whereabout.
Act 2 Scene 4 - Pg 73 line 0975Whither I must, I must; and to conclude
line 0976This evening must I leave you, gentle Kate.
line 0977I know you wise, but yet no farther wise
line 0978Than Harry Percy’s wife; constant you are,
115line 0979But yet a woman; and for secrecy
line 0980No lady closer, for I well believe
line 0981Thou wilt not utter what thou dost not know,
line 0982And so far will I trust thee, gentle Kate.
line 0983LADY PERCYHow? So far?
120line 0984Not an inch further. But hark you, Kate,
line 0985Whither I go, thither shall you go too.
line 0986Today will I set forth, tomorrow you.
line 0987Will this content you, Kate?
line 0988LADY PERCYIt must, of force.

They exit.

Scene 4

Enter Prince and Poins.

line 0989PRINCENed, prithee, come out of that fat room and
line 0990lend me thy hand to laugh a little.
line 0991POINSWhere hast been, Hal?
line 0992PRINCEWith three or four loggerheads amongst three
5line 0993or fourscore hogsheads. I have sounded the very
line 0994bass string of humility. Sirrah, I am sworn brother
line 0995to a leash of drawers, and can call them all by their
line 0996Christian names, as Tom, Dick, and Francis. They
line 0997take it already upon their salvation that though I be
10line 0998but Prince of Wales, yet I am the king of courtesy,
line 0999and tell me flatly I am no proud jack, like Falstaff,
line 1000but a Corinthian, a lad of mettle, a good boy—by
line 1001the Lord, so they call me—and when I am king of
line 1002England, I shall command all the good lads in
15line 1003Eastcheap. They call drinking deep “dyeing scarlet,”
Act 2 Scene 4 - Pg 75 line 1004and when you breathe in your watering, they
line 1005cry “Hem!” and bid you “Play it off!” To conclude, I
line 1006am so good a proficient in one quarter of an hour
line 1007that I can drink with any tinker in his own language
20line 1008during my life. I tell thee, Ned, thou hast lost much
line 1009honor that thou wert not with me in this action; but,
line 1010sweet Ned—to sweeten which name of Ned, I give
line 1011thee this pennyworth of sugar, clapped even now
line 1012into my hand by an underskinker, one that never
25line 1013spake other English in his life than “Eight shillings
line 1014and sixpence,” and “You are welcome,” with this
line 1015shrill addition, “Anon, anon, sir.—Score a pint of
line 1016bastard in the Half-moon,” or so. But, Ned, to
line 1017drive away the time till Falstaff come, I prithee, do
30line 1018thou stand in some by-room while I question my
line 1019puny drawer to what end he gave me the sugar, and
line 1020do thou never leave calling “Francis,” that his tale
line 1021to me may be nothing but “Anon.” Step aside, and
line 1022I’ll show thee a precedent.Poins exits.
35line 1023POINSwithin Francis!
line 1024PRINCEThou art perfect.
line 1025POINSwithin Francis!

Enter Francis, the Drawer.

line 1026FRANCISAnon, anon, sir.—Look down into the Pomgarnet,
line 1027Ralph.
40line 1028PRINCECome hither, Francis.
line 1029FRANCISMy lord?
line 1030PRINCEHow long hast thou to serve, Francis?
line 1031FRANCISForsooth, five years, and as much as to—
line 1032POINSwithin Francis!
45line 1033FRANCISAnon, anon, sir.
line 1034PRINCEFive year! By ’r Lady, a long lease for the
line 1035clinking of pewter! But, Francis, darest thou be
line 1036so valiant as to play the coward with thy indenture,
line 1037and show it a fair pair of heels, and run
50line 1038from it?
Act 2 Scene 4 - Pg 77 line 1039FRANCISO Lord, sir, I’ll be sworn upon all the books
line 1040in England, I could find in my heart—
line 1041POINSwithin Francis!
line 1042FRANCISAnon, sir.
55line 1043PRINCEHow old art thou, Francis?
line 1044FRANCISLet me see. About Michaelmas next, I shall
line 1045be—
line 1046POINSwithin Francis!
line 1047FRANCISAnon, sir.—Pray, stay a little, my lord.
60line 1048PRINCENay, but hark you, Francis, for the sugar thou
line 1049gavest me—’twas a pennyworth, was ’t not?
line 1050FRANCISO Lord, I would it had been two!
line 1051PRINCEI will give thee for it a thousand pound. Ask
line 1052me when thou wilt, and thou shalt have it.
65line 1053POINSwithin Francis!
line 1054FRANCISAnon, anon.
line 1055PRINCEAnon, Francis? No, Francis. But tomorrow,
line 1056Francis; or, Francis, o’ Thursday; or indeed, Francis,
line 1057when thou wilt. But, Francis—
70line 1058FRANCISMy lord?
line 1059PRINCEWilt thou rob this leathern-jerkin, crystal-button,
line 1060not-pated, agate-ring, puke-stocking, caddis-garter,
line 1061smooth-tongue, Spanish-pouch—
line 1062FRANCISO Lord, sir, who do you mean?
75line 1063PRINCEWhy then, your brown bastard is your only
line 1064drink, for look you, Francis, your white canvas
line 1065doublet will sully. In Barbary, sir, it cannot come to
line 1066so much.
line 1067FRANCISWhat, sir?
80line 1068POINSwithin Francis!
line 1069PRINCEAway, you rogue! Dost thou not hear them
line 1070call?

Here they both call him. The Drawer stands amazed, not knowing which way to go.

Enter Vintner.

Act 2 Scene 4 - Pg 79 line 1071VINTNERWhat, stand’st thou still and hear’st such a
line 1072calling? Look to the guests within. Francis exits.
85line 1073My lord, old Sir John with half a dozen more are at
line 1074the door. Shall I let them in?
line 1075PRINCELet them alone awhile, and then open the
line 1076door. Vintner exits. Poins!

Enter Poins.

line 1077POINSAnon, anon, sir.
90line 1078PRINCESirrah, Falstaff and the rest of the thieves are
line 1079at the door. Shall we be merry?
line 1080POINSAs merry as crickets, my lad. But hark you,
line 1081what cunning match have you made with this jest
line 1082of the drawer. Come, what’s the issue?
95line 1083PRINCEI am now of all humors that have showed
line 1084themselves humors since the old days of Goodman
line 1085Adam to the pupil age of this present twelve
line 1086o’clock at midnight.

Enter Francis, in haste.

line 1087What’s o’clock, Francis?
100line 1088FRANCISAnon, anon, sir.Francis exits.
line 1089PRINCEThat ever this fellow should have fewer words
line 1090than a parrot, and yet the son of a woman! His
line 1091industry is upstairs and downstairs, his eloquence
line 1092the parcel of a reckoning. I am not yet of Percy’s
105line 1093mind, the Hotspur of the north, he that kills me
line 1094some six or seven dozen of Scots at a breakfast,
line 1095washes his hands, and says to his wife “Fie upon
line 1096this quiet life! I want work.” “O my sweet Harry,”
line 1097says she, “how many hast thou killed today?”
110line 1098“Give my roan horse a drench,” says he, and answers
line 1099“Some fourteen,” an hour after. “A trifle, a
line 1100trifle.” I prithee, call in Falstaff. I’ll play Percy,
line 1101and that damned brawn shall play Dame Mortimer
line 1102his wife. “Rivo!” says the drunkard. Call in
115line 1103Ribs, call in Tallow.
Act 2 Scene 4 - Pg 81

Enter Falstaff, Gadshill, Peto, Bardolph; and Francis, with wine.

line 1104POINSWelcome, Jack. Where hast thou been?
line 1105FALSTAFFA plague of all cowards, I say, and a vengeance
line 1106too! Marry and amen!—Give me a cup of
line 1107sack, boy.—Ere I lead this life long, I’ll sew netherstocks
120line 1108and mend them, and foot them too. A plague
line 1109of all cowards!—Give me a cup of sack, rogue!—Is
line 1110there no virtue extant?He drinketh.
line 1111PRINCEDidst thou never see Titan kiss a dish of
line 1112butter—pitiful-hearted Titan!—that melted at the
125line 1113sweet tale of the sun’s? If thou didst, then behold
line 1114that compound.
line 1115FALSTAFFto Francis You rogue, here’s lime in this
line 1116sack too.—There is nothing but roguery to be
line 1117found in villainous man, yet a coward is worse than
130line 1118a cup of sack with lime in it. A villainous coward! Go
line 1119thy ways, old Jack. Die when thou wilt. If manhood,
line 1120good manhood, be not forgot upon the face of the
line 1121Earth, then am I a shotten herring. There lives not
line 1122three good men unhanged in England, and one of
135line 1123them is fat and grows old, God help the while. A bad
line 1124world, I say. I would I were a weaver. I could sing
line 1125psalms, or anything. A plague of all cowards, I say
line 1126still.
line 1127PRINCEHow now, woolsack, what mutter you?
140line 1128FALSTAFFA king’s son! If I do not beat thee out of thy
line 1129kingdom with a dagger of lath, and drive all thy
line 1130subjects afore thee like a flock of wild geese, I’ll
line 1131never wear hair on my face more. You, Prince of
line 1132Wales!
145line 1133PRINCEWhy, you whoreson round man, what’s the
line 1134matter?
line 1135FALSTAFFAre not you a coward? Answer me to that—
line 1136and Poins there?
Act 2 Scene 4 - Pg 83 line 1137POINSZounds, you fat paunch, an you call me coward,
150line 1138by the Lord, I’ll stab thee.
line 1139FALSTAFFI call thee coward? I’ll see thee damned ere
line 1140I call thee coward, but I would give a thousand
line 1141pound I could run as fast as thou canst. You are
line 1142straight enough in the shoulders you care not who
155line 1143sees your back. Call you that backing of your
line 1144friends? A plague upon such backing! Give me them
line 1145that will face me.—Give me a cup of sack.—I am a
line 1146rogue if I drunk today.
line 1147PRINCEO villain, thy lips are scarce wiped since thou
160line 1148drunk’st last.
line 1149FALSTAFFAll is one for that. He drinketh. A plague of
line 1150all cowards, still say I.
line 1151PRINCEWhat’s the matter?
line 1152FALSTAFFWhat’s the matter? There be four of us here
165line 1153have ta’en a thousand pound this day morning.
line 1154PRINCEWhere is it, Jack, where is it?
line 1155FALSTAFFWhere is it? Taken from us it is. A hundred
line 1156upon poor four of us.
line 1157PRINCEWhat, a hundred, man?
170line 1158FALSTAFFI am a rogue if I were not at half-sword
line 1159with a dozen of them two hours together. I have
line 1160’scaped by miracle. I am eight times thrust through
line 1161the doublet, four through the hose, my buckler
line 1162cut through and through, my sword hacked like
175line 1163a handsaw. Ecce signum! I never dealt better since
line 1164I was a man. All would not do. A plague of
line 1165all cowards! Let them speak. Pointing to Gadshill, Bardolph, and Peto.
line 1166If they speak more or
line 1167less than truth, they are villains, and the sons of
180line 1168darkness.
line 1169PRINCESpeak, sirs, how was it?
line 1170BARDOLPHWe four set upon some dozen.
line 1171FALSTAFFSixteen at least, my lord.
line 1172BARDOLPHAnd bound them.
Act 2 Scene 4 - Pg 85 185line 1173PETONo, no, they were not bound.
line 1174FALSTAFFYou rogue, they were bound, every man of
line 1175them, or I am a Jew else, an Ebrew Jew.
line 1176BARDOLPHAs we were sharing, some six or seven
line 1177fresh men set upon us.
190line 1178FALSTAFFAnd unbound the rest, and then come in the
line 1179other.
line 1180PRINCEWhat, fought you with them all?
line 1181FALSTAFFAll? I know not what you call all, but if I
line 1182fought not with fifty of them I am a bunch of
195line 1183radish. If there were not two- or three-and-fifty
line 1184upon poor old Jack, then am I no two-legged
line 1185creature.
line 1186PRINCEPray God you have not murdered some of
line 1187them.
200line 1188FALSTAFFNay, that’s past praying for. I have peppered
line 1189two of them. Two I am sure I have paid, two rogues
line 1190in buckram suits. I tell thee what, Hal, if I tell thee a
line 1191lie, spit in my face, call me horse. Thou knowest my
line 1192old ward. Here I lay, and thus I bore my point. Four
205line 1193rogues in buckram let drive at me.
line 1194PRINCEWhat, four? Thou said’st but two even now.
line 1195FALSTAFFFour, Hal, I told thee four.
line 1196POINSAy, ay, he said four.
line 1197FALSTAFFThese four came all afront, and mainly
210line 1198thrust at me. I made me no more ado, but took all
line 1199their seven points in my target, thus.
line 1200PRINCESeven? Why there were but four even now.
line 1201FALSTAFFIn buckram?
line 1202POINSAy, four in buckram suits.
215line 1203FALSTAFFSeven by these hilts, or I am a villain else.
line 1204PRINCEto Poins Prithee, let him alone. We shall have
line 1205more anon.
line 1206FALSTAFFDost thou hear me, Hal?
line 1207PRINCEAy, and mark thee too, Jack.
Act 2 Scene 4 - Pg 87 220line 1208FALSTAFFDo so, for it is worth the listening to. These
line 1209nine in buckram that I told thee of—
line 1210PRINCESo, two more already.
line 1211FALSTAFFTheir points being broken—
line 1212POINSDown fell their hose.
225line 1213FALSTAFFBegan to give me ground, but I followed me
line 1214close, came in foot and hand, and, with a thought,
line 1215seven of the eleven I paid.
line 1216PRINCEO monstrous! Eleven buckram men grown out
line 1217of two!
230line 1218FALSTAFFBut as the devil would have it, three misbegotten
line 1219knaves in Kendal green came at my back,
line 1220and let drive at me, for it was so dark, Hal, that thou
line 1221couldst not see thy hand.
line 1222PRINCEThese lies are like their father that begets
235line 1223them, gross as a mountain, open, palpable. Why,
line 1224thou claybrained guts, thou knotty-pated fool, thou
line 1225whoreson, obscene, greasy tallow-catch—
line 1226FALSTAFFWhat, art thou mad? Art thou mad? Is not
line 1227the truth the truth?
240line 1228PRINCEWhy, how couldst thou know these men in
line 1229Kendal green when it was so dark thou couldst not
line 1230see thy hand? Come, tell us your reason. What sayest
line 1231thou to this?
line 1232POINSCome, your reason, Jack, your reason.
245line 1233FALSTAFFWhat, upon compulsion? Zounds, an I were
line 1234at the strappado or all the racks in the world, I
line 1235would not tell you on compulsion. Give you a
line 1236reason on compulsion? If reasons were as plentiful
line 1237as blackberries, I would give no man a reason upon
250line 1238compulsion, I.
line 1239PRINCEI’ll be no longer guilty of this sin. This sanguine
line 1240coward, this bed-presser, this horse-backbreaker,
line 1241this huge hill of flesh—
line 1242FALSTAFF’Sblood, you starveling, you elfskin, you
255line 1243dried neat’s tongue, you bull’s pizzle, you stockfish!
Act 2 Scene 4 - Pg 89 line 1244O, for breath to utter what is like thee! You tailor’s
line 1245yard, you sheath, you bowcase, you vile standing
line 1246tuck—
line 1247PRINCEWell, breathe awhile, and then to it again, and
260line 1248when thou hast tired thyself in base comparisons,
line 1249hear me speak but this.
line 1250POINSMark, Jack.
line 1251PRINCEWe two saw you four set on four, and bound
line 1252them and were masters of their wealth. Mark now
265line 1253how a plain tale shall put you down. Then did we
line 1254two set on you four and, with a word, outfaced you
line 1255from your prize, and have it, yea, and can show it
line 1256you here in the house. And, Falstaff, you carried
line 1257your guts away as nimbly, with as quick dexterity,
270line 1258and roared for mercy, and still run and roared, as
line 1259ever I heard bull-calf. What a slave art thou to hack
line 1260thy sword as thou hast done, and then say it was in
line 1261fight! What trick, what device, what starting-hole
line 1262canst thou now find out to hide thee from this open
275line 1263and apparent shame?
line 1264POINSCome, let’s hear, Jack. What trick hast thou
line 1265now?
line 1266FALSTAFFBy the Lord, I knew you as well as he that
line 1267made you. Why, hear you, my masters, was it for
280line 1268me to kill the heir apparent? Should I turn upon the
line 1269true prince? Why, thou knowest I am as valiant as
line 1270Hercules, but beware instinct. The lion will not
line 1271touch the true prince. Instinct is a great matter.
line 1272I was now a coward on instinct. I shall think
285line 1273the better of myself, and thee, during my life—
line 1274I for a valiant lion, and thou for a true prince.
line 1275But, by the Lord, lads, I am glad you have the
line 1276money.—Hostess, clap to the doors.—Watch tonight,
line 1277pray tomorrow. Gallants, lads, boys, hearts
290line 1278of gold, all the titles of good fellowship come to
line 1279you. What, shall we be merry? Shall we have a play
line 1280extempore?
Act 2 Scene 4 - Pg 91 line 1281PRINCEContent, and the argument shall be thy running
line 1282away.
295line 1283FALSTAFFAh, no more of that, Hal, an thou lovest me.

Enter Hostess.

line 1284HOSTESSO Jesu, my lord the Prince—
line 1285PRINCEHow now, my lady the hostess, what sayst thou
line 1286to me?
line 1287HOSTESSMarry, my lord, there is a nobleman of the
300line 1288court at door would speak with you. He says he
line 1289comes from your father.
line 1290PRINCEGive him as much as will make him a royal
line 1291man and send him back again to my mother.
line 1292FALSTAFFWhat manner of man is he?
305line 1293HOSTESSAn old man.
line 1294FALSTAFFWhat doth Gravity out of his bed at midnight?
line 1295Shall I give him his answer?
line 1296PRINCEPrithee do, Jack.
line 1297FALSTAFFFaith, and I’ll send him packing.He exits.
310line 1298PRINCENow, sirs. To Gadshill. By ’r Lady, you fought
line 1299fair.—So did you, Peto.—So did you, Bardolph.—
line 1300You are lions too. You ran away upon instinct. You
line 1301will not touch the true prince. No, fie!
line 1302BARDOLPHFaith, I ran when I saw others run.
315line 1303PRINCEFaith, tell me now in earnest, how came Falstaff’s
line 1304sword so hacked?
line 1305PETOWhy, he hacked it with his dagger and said he
line 1306would swear truth out of England but he would
line 1307make you believe it was done in fight, and persuaded
320line 1308us to do the like.
line 1309BARDOLPHYea, and to tickle our noses with speargrass
line 1310to make them bleed, and then to beslubber our
line 1311garments with it, and swear it was the blood of true
line 1312men. I did that I did not this seven year before: I
325line 1313blushed to hear his monstrous devices.
line 1314PRINCEO villain, thou stolest a cup of sack eighteen
Act 2 Scene 4 - Pg 93 line 1315years ago, and wert taken with the manner, and ever
line 1316since thou hast blushed extempore. Thou hadst fire
line 1317and sword on thy side, and yet thou ran’st away.
330line 1318What instinct hadst thou for it?
line 1319BARDOLPHMy lord, do you see these meteors? Do you
line 1320behold these exhalations?
line 1321PRINCEI do.
line 1322BARDOLPHWhat think you they portend?
335line 1323PRINCEHot livers and cold purses.
line 1324BARDOLPHCholer, my lord, if rightly taken.
line 1325PRINCENo. If rightly taken, halter.

Enter Falstaff.

line 1326Here comes lean Jack. Here comes bare-bone.—
line 1327How now, my sweet creature of bombast? How long
340line 1328is ’t ago, Jack, since thou sawest thine own knee?
line 1329FALSTAFFMy own knee? When I was about thy years,
line 1330Hal, I was not an eagle’s talon in the waist. I could
line 1331have crept into any alderman’s thumb-ring. A
line 1332plague of sighing and grief! It blows a man up like a
345line 1333bladder. There’s villainous news abroad. Here was
line 1334Sir John Bracy from your father. You must to the
line 1335court in the morning. That same mad fellow of the
line 1336north, Percy, and he of Wales that gave Amamon the
line 1337bastinado, and made Lucifer cuckold, and swore
350line 1338the devil his true liegeman upon the cross of a
line 1339Welsh hook—what a plague call you him?
line 1340POINSOwen Glendower.
line 1341FALSTAFFOwen, Owen, the same, and his son-in-law
line 1342Mortimer, and old Northumberland, and that
355line 1343sprightly Scot of Scots, Douglas, that runs a-horseback
line 1344up a hill perpendicular—
line 1345PRINCEHe that rides at high speed, and with his pistol
line 1346kills a sparrow flying.
line 1347FALSTAFFYou have hit it.
360line 1348PRINCESo did he never the sparrow.
Act 2 Scene 4 - Pg 95 line 1349FALSTAFFWell, that rascal hath good mettle in him. He
line 1350will not run.
line 1351PRINCEWhy, what a rascal art thou then to praise him
line 1352so for running?
365line 1353FALSTAFFA-horseback, you cuckoo, but afoot he will
line 1354not budge a foot.
line 1355PRINCEYes, Jack, upon instinct.
line 1356FALSTAFFI grant you, upon instinct. Well, he is there
line 1357too, and one Mordake, and a thousand blue-caps
370line 1358more. Worcester is stolen away tonight. Thy father’s
line 1359beard is turned white with the news. You may buy
line 1360land now as cheap as stinking mackerel.
line 1361PRINCEWhy then, it is like if there come a hot June,
line 1362and this civil buffeting hold, we shall buy maidenheads
375line 1363as they buy hobnails, by the hundreds.
line 1364FALSTAFFBy the Mass, thou sayest true. It is like we
line 1365shall have good trading that way. But tell me, Hal,
line 1366art not thou horrible afeard? Thou being heir
line 1367apparent, could the world pick thee out three such
380line 1368enemies again as that fiend Douglas, that spirit
line 1369Percy, and that devil Glendower? Art thou not
line 1370horribly afraid? Doth not thy blood thrill at it?
line 1371PRINCENot a whit, i’ faith. I lack some of thy instinct.
line 1372FALSTAFFWell, thou wilt be horribly chid tomorrow
385line 1373when thou comest to thy father. If thou love me,
line 1374practice an answer.
line 1375PRINCEDo thou stand for my father and examine me
line 1376upon the particulars of my life.
line 1377FALSTAFFShall I? Content. He sits down. This chair
390line 1378shall be my state, this dagger my scepter, and this
line 1379cushion my crown.
line 1380PRINCEThy state is taken for a joined stool, thy golden
line 1381scepter for a leaden dagger, and thy precious rich
line 1382crown for a pitiful bald crown.
395line 1383FALSTAFFWell, an the fire of grace be not quite out of
line 1384thee, now shalt thou be moved.—Give me a cup of
Act 2 Scene 4 - Pg 97 line 1385sack to make my eyes look red, that it may be
line 1386thought I have wept, for I must speak in passion,
line 1387and I will do it in King Cambyses’ vein.
400line 1388PRINCEbowing Well, here is my leg.
line 1389FALSTAFFAnd here is my speech. As King. Stand
line 1390aside, nobility.
line 1391HOSTESSO Jesu, this is excellent sport, i’ faith!
line 1392Weep not, sweet queen, for trickling tears are vain.
405line 1393HOSTESSO the Father, how he holds his countenance!
line 1394For God’s sake, lords, convey my tristful queen,
line 1395For tears do stop the floodgates of her eyes.
line 1396HOSTESSO Jesu, he doth it as like one of these harlotry
line 1397players as ever I see.
410line 1398FALSTAFFPeace, good pint-pot. Peace, good tickle-brain.—
line 1399As King. Harry, I do not only marvel
line 1400where thou spendest thy time, but also how thou
line 1401art accompanied. For though the camomile, the
line 1402more it is trodden on, the faster it grows, so youth,
415line 1403the more it is wasted, the sooner it wears. That
line 1404thou art my son I have partly thy mother’s word,
line 1405partly my own opinion, but chiefly a villainous
line 1406trick of thine eye and a foolish hanging of thy
line 1407nether lip that doth warrant me. If then thou be
420line 1408son to me, here lies the point: why, being son to
line 1409me, art thou so pointed at? Shall the blessed sun of
line 1410heaven prove a micher and eat blackberries? A
line 1411question not to be asked. Shall the son of England
line 1412prove a thief and take purses? A question to be
425line 1413asked. There is a thing, Harry, which thou hast
line 1414often heard of, and it is known to many in our land
line 1415by the name of pitch. This pitch, as ancient writers
line 1416do report, doth defile; so doth the company thou
line 1417keepest. For, Harry, now I do not speak to thee in
430line 1418drink, but in tears; not in pleasure, but in passion;
Act 2 Scene 4 - Pg 99 line 1419not in words only, but in woes also. And yet there is
line 1420a virtuous man whom I have often noted in thy
line 1421company, but I know not his name.
line 1422PRINCEWhat manner of man, an it like your Majesty?
435line 1423FALSTAFFas King A goodly portly man, i’ faith, and a
line 1424corpulent; of a cheerful look, a pleasing eye, and a
line 1425most noble carriage, and, as I think, his age some
line 1426fifty, or, by ’r Lady, inclining to threescore; and now
line 1427I remember me, his name is Falstaff. If that man
440line 1428should be lewdly given, he deceiveth me, for, Harry,
line 1429I see virtue in his looks. If then the tree may be
line 1430known by the fruit, as the fruit by the tree, then
line 1431peremptorily I speak it: there is virtue in that
line 1432Falstaff; him keep with, the rest banish. And tell me
445line 1433now, thou naughty varlet, tell me where hast thou
line 1434been this month?
line 1435PRINCEDost thou speak like a king? Do thou stand for
line 1436me, and I’ll play my father.
line 1437FALSTAFFrising Depose me? If thou dost it half so
450line 1438gravely, so majestically, both in word and matter,
line 1439hang me up by the heels for a rabbit-sucker or a
line 1440poulter’s hare.
line 1441PRINCEsitting down Well, here I am set.
line 1442FALSTAFFAnd here I stand.—Judge, my masters.
455line 1443PRINCEas King Now, Harry, whence come you?
line 1444FALSTAFFas Prince My noble lord, from Eastcheap.
line 1445PRINCEas King The complaints I hear of thee are
line 1446grievous.
line 1447FALSTAFFas Prince ’Sblood, my lord, they are false.
460line 1448—Nay, I’ll tickle you for a young prince, i’ faith.
line 1449PRINCEas King Swearest thou? Ungracious boy,
line 1450henceforth ne’er look on me. Thou art violently
line 1451carried away from grace. There is a devil haunts
line 1452thee in the likeness of an old fat man. A tun of man
465line 1453is thy companion. Why dost thou converse with that
line 1454trunk of humors, that bolting-hutch of beastliness,
Act 2 Scene 4 - Pg 101 line 1455that swollen parcel of dropsies, that huge bombard
line 1456of sack, that stuffed cloakbag of guts, that roasted
line 1457Manningtree ox with the pudding in his belly, that
470line 1458reverend Vice, that gray iniquity, that father ruffian,
line 1459that vanity in years? Wherein is he good, but to taste
line 1460sack and drink it? Wherein neat and cleanly but to
line 1461carve a capon and eat it? Wherein cunning but in
line 1462craft? Wherein crafty but in villainy? Wherein villainous
475line 1463but in all things? Wherein worthy but in
line 1464nothing?
line 1465FALSTAFFas Prince I would your Grace would take
line 1466me with you. Whom means your Grace?
line 1467PRINCEas King That villainous abominable misleader
480line 1468of youth, Falstaff, that old white-bearded Satan.
line 1469FALSTAFFas Prince My lord, the man I know.
line 1470PRINCEas King I know thou dost.
line 1471FALSTAFFas Prince But to say I know more harm in
line 1472him than in myself were to say more than I know.
485line 1473That he is old, the more the pity; his white hairs do
line 1474witness it. But that he is, saving your reverence, a
line 1475whoremaster, that I utterly deny. If sack and sugar
line 1476be a fault, God help the wicked. If to be old and
line 1477merry be a sin, then many an old host that I know is
490line 1478damned. If to be fat be to be hated, then Pharaoh’s
line 1479lean kine are to be loved. No, my good lord,
line 1480banish Peto, banish Bardolph, banish Poins, but for
line 1481sweet Jack Falstaff, kind Jack Falstaff, true Jack
line 1482Falstaff, valiant Jack Falstaff, and therefore more
495line 1483valiant being as he is old Jack Falstaff, banish not
line 1484him thy Harry’s company, banish not him thy
line 1485Harry’s company. Banish plump Jack, and banish
line 1486all the world.
line 1487PRINCEI do, I will.

A loud knocking, and Bardolph, Hostess, and Francis exit.

Act 2 Scene 4 - Pg 103

Enter Bardolph running.

500line 1488BARDOLPHO my lord, my lord, the Sheriff with a most
line 1489monstrous watch is at the door.
line 1490FALSTAFFOut, you rogue.—Play out the play. I have
line 1491much to say in the behalf of that Falstaff.

Enter the Hostess.

line 1492HOSTESSO Jesu, my lord, my lord—
505line 1493PRINCEHeigh, heigh, the devil rides upon a fiddlestick.
line 1494What’s the matter?
line 1495HOSTESSThe Sheriff and all the watch are at the door.
line 1496They are come to search the house. Shall I let them
line 1497in?
510line 1498FALSTAFFDost thou hear, Hal? Never call a true piece
line 1499of gold a counterfeit. Thou art essentially made
line 1500without seeming so.
line 1501PRINCEAnd thou a natural coward without instinct.
line 1502FALSTAFFI deny your major. If you will deny the
515line 1503Sheriff, so; if not, let him enter. If I become not a
line 1504cart as well as another man, a plague on my
line 1505bringing up. I hope I shall as soon be strangled with
line 1506a halter as another.
line 1507PRINCEstanding Go hide thee behind the arras. The
520line 1508rest walk up above.—Now, my masters, for a true
line 1509face and good conscience.
line 1510FALSTAFFBoth which I have had, but their date is out;
line 1511and therefore I’ll hide me.He hides.
line 1512PRINCECall in the Sheriff.

All but the Prince and Peto exit.

Enter Sheriff and the Carrier.

525line 1513Now, Master Sheriff, what is your will with me?
line 1514First pardon me, my lord. A hue and cry
line 1515Hath followed certain men unto this house.
Act 2 Scene 4 - Pg 105 line 1516PRINCEWhat men?
line 1517One of them is well known, my gracious lord.
530line 1518A gross fat man.
line 1519CARRIERAs fat as butter.
line 1520The man I do assure you is not here,
line 1521For I myself at this time have employed him.
line 1522And, sheriff, I will engage my word to thee
535line 1523That I will by tomorrow dinner time
line 1524Send him to answer thee or any man
line 1525For anything he shall be charged withal.
line 1526And so let me entreat you leave the house.
line 1527I will, my lord. There are two gentlemen
540line 1528Have in this robbery lost three hundred marks.
line 1529It may be so. If he have robbed these men,
line 1530He shall be answerable; and so farewell.
line 1531SHERIFFGood night, my noble lord.
line 1532I think it is good morrow, is it not?
545line 1533Indeed, my lord, I think it be two o’clock.

He exits with the Carrier.

line 1534PRINCEThis oily rascal is known as well as Paul’s. Go
line 1535call him forth.
line 1536PETOFalstaff!—Fast asleep behind the arras, and
line 1537snorting like a horse.
550line 1538PRINCEHark, how hard he fetches breath. Search his
line 1539pockets. He searcheth his pocket, and findeth certain papers.
line 1540What hast thou found?
line 1541PETONothing but papers, my lord.
line 1542PRINCELet’s see what they be. Read them.
555line 1543Item, a capon,…2s. 2d.
Act 2 Scene 4 - Pg 107 line 1544Item, sauce,…4d.
line 1545Item, sack, two gallons,…5s. 8d.
line 1546Item, anchovies and sack after supper,…2s. 6d.
line 1547Item, bread,…ob.
560line 1548PRINCEO monstrous! But one halfpennyworth of
line 1549bread to this intolerable deal of sack? What there is
line 1550else, keep close. We’ll read it at more advantage.
line 1551There let him sleep till day. I’ll to the court in the
line 1552morning. We must all to the wars, and thy place
565line 1553shall be honorable. I’ll procure this fat rogue a
line 1554charge of foot, and I know his death will be a march
line 1555of twelve score. The money shall be paid back again
line 1556with advantage. Be with me betimes in the morning,
line 1557and so good morrow, Peto.
570line 1558PETOGood morrow, good my lord.

They exit.


Scene 1

Enter Hotspur, Worcester, Lord Mortimer, and Owen Glendower.

line 1559These promises are fair, the parties sure,
line 1560And our induction full of prosperous hope.
line 1561Lord Mortimer and cousin Glendower,
line 1562Will you sit down? And uncle Worcester—
5line 1563A plague upon it, I have forgot the map.
line 1564No, here it is. Sit, cousin Percy,
line 1565Sit, good cousin Hotspur, for by that name
line 1566As oft as Lancaster doth speak of you
line 1567His cheek looks pale, and with a rising sigh
10line 1568He wisheth you in heaven.
line 1569HOTSPURAnd you in hell,
line 1570As oft as he hears Owen Glendower spoke of.
line 1571I cannot blame him. At my nativity
line 1572The front of heaven was full of fiery shapes,
15line 1573Of burning cressets, and at my birth
line 1574The frame and huge foundation of the Earth
line 1575Shaked like a coward.
line 1576HOTSPURWhy, so it would have done
Act 3 Scene 1 - Pg 113 line 1577At the same season if your mother’s cat
20line 1578Had but kittened, though yourself had never been
line 1579born.
line 1580I say the Earth did shake when I was born.
line 1581And I say the Earth was not of my mind,
line 1582If you suppose as fearing you it shook.
25line 1583The heavens were all on fire; the Earth did tremble.
line 1584O, then the Earth shook to see the heavens on fire,
line 1585And not in fear of your nativity.
line 1586Diseasèd nature oftentimes breaks forth
line 1587In strange eruptions; oft the teeming Earth
30line 1588Is with a kind of colic pinched and vexed
line 1589By the imprisoning of unruly wind
line 1590Within her womb, which, for enlargement striving,
line 1591Shakes the old beldam Earth and topples down
line 1592Steeples and moss-grown towers. At your birth
35line 1593Our grandam Earth, having this distemp’rature,
line 1594In passion shook.
line 1595GLENDOWERCousin, of many men
line 1596I do not bear these crossings. Give me leave
line 1597To tell you once again that at my birth
40line 1598The front of heaven was full of fiery shapes,
line 1599The goats ran from the mountains, and the herds
line 1600Were strangely clamorous to the frighted fields.
line 1601These signs have marked me extraordinary,
line 1602And all the courses of my life do show
45line 1603I am not in the roll of common men.
line 1604Where is he living, clipped in with the sea
line 1605That chides the banks of England, Scotland, Wales,
line 1606Which calls me pupil or hath read to me?
line 1607And bring him out that is but woman’s son
50line 1608Can trace me in the tedious ways of art
line 1609And hold me pace in deep experiments.
Act 3 Scene 1 - Pg 115 HOTSPUR
line 1610I think there’s no man speaks better Welsh.
line 1611I’ll to dinner.
line 1612Peace, cousin Percy. You will make him mad.
55line 1613I can call spirits from the vasty deep.
line 1614Why, so can I, or so can any man,
line 1615But will they come when you do call for them?
line 1616Why, I can teach you, cousin, to command the
line 1617devil.
60line 1618And I can teach thee, coz, to shame the devil
line 1619By telling truth. Tell truth and shame the devil.
line 1620If thou have power to raise him, bring him hither,
line 1621And I’ll be sworn I have power to shame him
line 1622hence.
65line 1623O, while you live, tell truth and shame the devil!
line 1624Come, come, no more of this unprofitable chat.
line 1625Three times hath Henry Bolingbroke made head
line 1626Against my power; thrice from the banks of Wye
line 1627And sandy-bottomed Severn have I sent him
70line 1628Bootless home and weather-beaten back.
line 1629Home without boots, and in foul weather too!
line 1630How ’scapes he agues, in the devil’s name?
line 1631Come, here is the map. Shall we divide our right
line 1632According to our threefold order ta’en?
75line 1633The Archdeacon hath divided it
line 1634Into three limits very equally:
Act 3 Scene 1 - Pg 117 line 1635England, from Trent and Severn hitherto,
line 1636By south and east is to my part assigned;
line 1637All westward, Wales beyond the Severn shore,
80line 1638And all the fertile land within that bound
line 1639To Owen Glendower; and, dear coz, to you
line 1640The remnant northward lying off from Trent.
line 1641And our indentures tripartite are drawn,
line 1642Which being sealèd interchangeably—
85line 1643A business that this night may execute—
line 1644Tomorrow, cousin Percy, you and I
line 1645And my good Lord of Worcester will set forth
line 1646To meet your father and the Scottish power,
line 1647As is appointed us, at Shrewsbury.
90line 1648My father Glendower is not ready yet,
line 1649Nor shall we need his help these fourteen days.
line 1650To Glendower. Within that space you may have
line 1651drawn together
line 1652Your tenants, friends, and neighboring gentlemen.
95line 1653A shorter time shall send me to you, lords,
line 1654And in my conduct shall your ladies come,
line 1655From whom you now must steal and take no leave,
line 1656For there will be a world of water shed
line 1657Upon the parting of your wives and you.
HOTSPURlooking at the map
100line 1658Methinks my moiety, north from Burton here,
line 1659In quantity equals not one of yours.
line 1660See how this river comes me cranking in
line 1661And cuts me from the best of all my land
line 1662A huge half-moon, a monstrous cantle out.
105line 1663I’ll have the current in this place dammed up,
line 1664And here the smug and silver Trent shall run
line 1665In a new channel, fair and evenly.
line 1666It shall not wind with such a deep indent
line 1667To rob me of so rich a bottom here.
Act 3 Scene 1 - Pg 119 GLENDOWER
110line 1668Not wind? It shall, it must. You see it doth.
MORTIMERto Hotspur
line 1669Yea, but mark how he bears his course, and runs
line 1670me up
line 1671With like advantage on the other side,
line 1672Gelding the opposèd continent as much
115line 1673As on the other side it takes from you.
line 1674Yea, but a little charge will trench him here
line 1675And on this north side win this cape of land,
line 1676And then he runs straight and even.
line 1677I’ll have it so. A little charge will do it.
120line 1678GLENDOWERI’ll not have it altered.
line 1679HOTSPURWill not you?
line 1680GLENDOWERNo, nor you shall not.
line 1681HOTSPURWho shall say me nay?
line 1682GLENDOWERWhy, that will I.
125line 1683Let me not understand you, then; speak it in Welsh.
line 1684I can speak English, lord, as well as you,
line 1685For I was trained up in the English court,
line 1686Where being but young I framèd to the harp
line 1687Many an English ditty lovely well
130line 1688And gave the tongue a helpful ornament—
line 1689A virtue that was never seen in you.
line 1690Marry, and I am glad of it with all my heart.
line 1691I had rather be a kitten and cry “mew”
line 1692Than one of these same meter balladmongers.
135line 1693I had rather hear a brazen can’stick turned,
line 1694Or a dry wheel grate on the axletree,
line 1695And that would set my teeth nothing an edge,
line 1696Nothing so much as mincing poetry.
line 1697’Tis like the forced gait of a shuffling nag.
Act 3 Scene 1 - Pg 121 140line 1698GLENDOWERCome, you shall have Trent turned.
line 1699I do not care. I’ll give thrice so much land
line 1700To any well-deserving friend;
line 1701But in the way of bargain, mark you me,
line 1702I’ll cavil on the ninth part of a hair.
145line 1703Are the indentures drawn? Shall we be gone?
line 1704The moon shines fair. You may away by night.
line 1705I’ll haste the writer, and withal
line 1706Break with your wives of your departure hence.
line 1707I am afraid my daughter will run mad,
150line 1708So much she doteth on her Mortimer.He exits.
line 1709Fie, cousin Percy, how you cross my father!
line 1710I cannot choose. Sometime he angers me
line 1711With telling me of the moldwarp and the ant,
line 1712Of the dreamer Merlin and his prophecies,
155line 1713And of a dragon and a finless fish,
line 1714A clip-winged griffin and a moulten raven,
line 1715A couching lion and a ramping cat,
line 1716And such a deal of skimble-skamble stuff
line 1717As puts me from my faith. I tell you what—
160line 1718He held me last night at least nine hours
line 1719In reckoning up the several devils’ names
line 1720That were his lackeys. I cried “Hum,” and “Well, go
line 1721to,”
line 1722But marked him not a word. O, he is as tedious
165line 1723As a tired horse, a railing wife,
line 1724Worse than a smoky house. I had rather live
line 1725With cheese and garlic in a windmill, far,
line 1726Than feed on cates and have him talk to me
line 1727In any summer house in Christendom.
170line 1728In faith, he is a worthy gentleman,
Act 3 Scene 1 - Pg 123 line 1729Exceedingly well read and profited
line 1730In strange concealments, valiant as a lion,
line 1731And wondrous affable, and as bountiful
line 1732As mines of India. Shall I tell you, cousin?
175line 1733He holds your temper in a high respect
line 1734And curbs himself even of his natural scope
line 1735When you come cross his humor. Faith, he does.
line 1736I warrant you that man is not alive
line 1737Might so have tempted him as you have done
180line 1738Without the taste of danger and reproof.
line 1739But do not use it oft, let me entreat you.
line 1740In faith, my lord, you are too willful-blame,
line 1741And, since your coming hither, have done enough
line 1742To put him quite besides his patience.
185line 1743You must needs learn, lord, to amend this fault.
line 1744Though sometimes it show greatness, courage,
line 1745blood—
line 1746And that’s the dearest grace it renders you—
line 1747Yet oftentimes it doth present harsh rage,
190line 1748Defect of manners, want of government,
line 1749Pride, haughtiness, opinion, and disdain,
line 1750The least of which, haunting a nobleman,
line 1751Loseth men’s hearts and leaves behind a stain
line 1752Upon the beauty of all parts besides,
195line 1753Beguiling them of commendation.
line 1754Well, I am schooled. Good manners be your speed!
line 1755Here come our wives, and let us take our leave.

Enter Glendower with the Ladies.

line 1756This is the deadly spite that angers me:
line 1757My wife can speak no English, I no Welsh.
200line 1758My daughter weeps; she’ll not part with you.
line 1759She’ll be a soldier too, she’ll to the wars.
Act 3 Scene 1 - Pg 125 MORTIMER
line 1760Good father, tell her that she and my aunt Percy
line 1761Shall follow in your conduct speedily.

Glendower speaks to her in Welsh, and she answers him in the same.

line 1762She is desperate here, a peevish self-willed harlotry,
205line 1763One that no persuasion can do good upon.

The Lady speaks in Welsh.

line 1764I understand thy looks. That pretty Welsh
line 1765Which thou pourest down from these swelling
line 1766heavens
line 1767I am too perfect in, and but for shame
210line 1768In such a parley should I answer thee.

The Lady speaks again in Welsh. They kiss.

line 1769I understand thy kisses, and thou mine,
line 1770And that’s a feeling disputation;
line 1771But I will never be a truant, love,
line 1772Till I have learned thy language; for thy tongue
215line 1773Makes Welsh as sweet as ditties highly penned,
line 1774Sung by a fair queen in a summer’s bower,
line 1775With ravishing division, to her lute.
line 1776Nay, if you melt, then will she run mad.

The Lady speaks again in Welsh.

line 1777O, I am ignorance itself in this!
220line 1778She bids you on the wanton rushes lay you down
line 1779And rest your gentle head upon her lap,
line 1780And she will sing the song that pleaseth you,
line 1781And on your eyelids crown the god of sleep,
line 1782Charming your blood with pleasing heaviness,
225line 1783Making such difference ’twixt wake and sleep
line 1784As is the difference betwixt day and night
Act 3 Scene 1 - Pg 127 line 1785The hour before the heavenly harnessed team
line 1786Begins his golden progress in the east.
line 1787With all my heart I’ll sit and hear her sing.
230line 1788By that time will our book, I think, be drawn.
line 1789Do so, and those musicians that shall play to you
line 1790Hang in the air a thousand leagues from hence,
line 1791And straight they shall be here. Sit and attend.
line 1792Come, Kate, thou art perfect in lying down.
235line 1793Come, quick, quick, that I may lay my head in thy
line 1794lap.
line 1795LADY PERCYGo, you giddy goose.

The music plays.

line 1796Now I perceive the devil understands Welsh,
line 1797And ’tis no marvel he is so humorous.
240line 1798By ’r Lady, he is a good musician.
line 1799LADY PERCYThen should you be nothing but musical,
line 1800for you are altogether governed by humors. Lie
line 1801still, you thief, and hear the lady sing in Welsh.
line 1802HOTSPURI had rather hear Lady, my brach, howl in
245line 1803Irish.
line 1804LADY PERCYWouldst thou have thy head broken?
line 1805HOTSPURNo.
line 1806LADY PERCYThen be still.
line 1807HOTSPURNeither; ’tis a woman’s fault.
250line 1808LADY PERCYNow God help thee!
line 1809HOTSPURTo the Welsh lady’s bed.
line 1810LADY PERCYWhat’s that?
line 1811HOTSPURPeace, she sings.

Here the Lady sings a Welsh song.

line 1812HOTSPURCome, Kate, I’ll have your song too.
255line 1813LADY PERCYNot mine, in good sooth.
line 1814HOTSPURNot yours, in good sooth! Heart, you swear
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 129 line 1815like a comfit-maker’s wife! “Not you, in good
line 1816sooth,” and “as true as I live,” and “as God shall
line 1817mend me,” and “as sure as day”—
260line 1818And givest such sarcenet surety for thy oaths
line 1819As if thou never walk’st further than Finsbury.
line 1820Swear me, Kate, like a lady as thou art,
line 1821A good mouth-filling oath, and leave “in sooth,”
line 1822And such protest of pepper-gingerbread
265line 1823To velvet-guards and Sunday citizens.
line 1824Come, sing.
line 1825LADY PERCYI will not sing.
line 1826HOTSPUR’Tis the next way to turn tailor, or be redbreast
line 1827teacher. An the indentures be drawn, I’ll
270line 1828away within these two hours, and so come in when
line 1829you will.He exits.
line 1830Come, come, Lord Mortimer, you are as slow
line 1831As hot Lord Percy is on fire to go.
line 1832By this our book is drawn. We’ll but seal,
275line 1833And then to horse immediately.
line 1834MORTIMERWith all my heart.

They exit.

Scene 2

Enter the King, Prince of Wales, and others.

line 1835Lords, give us leave; the Prince of Wales and I
line 1836Must have some private conference, but be near at
line 1837hand,
line 1838For we shall presently have need of you.

Lords exit.

5line 1839I know not whether God will have it so
line 1840For some displeasing service I have done,
line 1841That, in His secret doom, out of my blood
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 131 line 1842He’ll breed revengement and a scourge for me.
line 1843But thou dost in thy passages of life
10line 1844Make me believe that thou art only marked
line 1845For the hot vengeance and the rod of heaven
line 1846To punish my mistreadings. Tell me else,
line 1847Could such inordinate and low desires,
line 1848Such poor, such bare, such lewd, such mean
15line 1849attempts,
line 1850Such barren pleasures, rude society
line 1851As thou art matched withal, and grafted to,
line 1852Accompany the greatness of thy blood,
line 1853And hold their level with thy princely heart?
20line 1854So please your Majesty, I would I could
line 1855Quit all offenses with as clear excuse
line 1856As well as I am doubtless I can purge
line 1857Myself of many I am charged withal.
line 1858Yet such extenuation let me beg
25line 1859As, in reproof of many tales devised,
line 1860Which oft the ear of greatness needs must hear,
line 1861By smiling pickthanks and base newsmongers,
line 1862I may for some things true, wherein my youth
line 1863Hath faulty wandered and irregular,
30line 1864Find pardon on my true submission.
line 1865God pardon thee. Yet let me wonder, Harry,
line 1866At thy affections, which do hold a wing
line 1867Quite from the flight of all thy ancestors.
line 1868Thy place in council thou hast rudely lost,
35line 1869Which by thy younger brother is supplied,
line 1870And art almost an alien to the hearts
line 1871Of all the court and princes of my blood.
line 1872The hope and expectation of thy time
line 1873Is ruined, and the soul of every man
40line 1874Prophetically do forethink thy fall.
line 1875Had I so lavish of my presence been,
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 133 line 1876So common-hackneyed in the eyes of men,
line 1877So stale and cheap to vulgar company,
line 1878Opinion, that did help me to the crown,
45line 1879Had still kept loyal to possession
line 1880And left me in reputeless banishment,
line 1881A fellow of no mark nor likelihood.
line 1882By being seldom seen, I could not stir
line 1883But like a comet I was wondered at,
50line 1884That men would tell their children “This is he.”
line 1885Others would say “Where? Which is Bolingbroke?”
line 1886And then I stole all courtesy from heaven,
line 1887And dressed myself in such humility
line 1888That I did pluck allegiance from men’s hearts,
55line 1889Loud shouts and salutations from their mouths,
line 1890Even in the presence of the crownèd king.
line 1891Thus did I keep my person fresh and new,
line 1892My presence, like a robe pontifical,
line 1893Ne’er seen but wondered at, and so my state,
60line 1894Seldom but sumptuous, showed like a feast
line 1895And won by rareness such solemnity.
line 1896The skipping king, he ambled up and down
line 1897With shallow jesters and rash bavin wits,
line 1898Soon kindled and soon burnt; carded his state,
65line 1899Mingled his royalty with cap’ring fools,
line 1900Had his great name profanèd with their scorns,
line 1901And gave his countenance, against his name,
line 1902To laugh at gibing boys and stand the push
line 1903Of every beardless vain comparative;
70line 1904Grew a companion to the common streets,
line 1905Enfeoffed himself to popularity,
line 1906That, being daily swallowed by men’s eyes,
line 1907They surfeited with honey and began
line 1908To loathe the taste of sweetness, whereof a little
75line 1909More than a little is by much too much.
line 1910So, when he had occasion to be seen,
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 135 line 1911He was but as the cuckoo is in June,
line 1912Heard, not regarded; seen, but with such eyes
line 1913As, sick and blunted with community,
80line 1914Afford no extraordinary gaze
line 1915Such as is bent on sunlike majesty
line 1916When it shines seldom in admiring eyes,
line 1917But rather drowsed and hung their eyelids down,
line 1918Slept in his face, and rendered such aspect
85line 1919As cloudy men use to their adversaries,
line 1920Being with his presence glutted, gorged, and full.
line 1921And in that very line, Harry, standest thou,
line 1922For thou hast lost thy princely privilege
line 1923With vile participation. Not an eye
90line 1924But is aweary of thy common sight,
line 1925Save mine, which hath desired to see thee more,
line 1926Which now doth that I would not have it do,
line 1927Make blind itself with foolish tenderness.
line 1928I shall hereafter, my thrice gracious lord,
95line 1929Be more myself.
line 1930KINGFor all the world
line 1931As thou art to this hour was Richard then
line 1932When I from France set foot at Ravenspurgh,
line 1933And even as I was then is Percy now.
100line 1934Now, by my scepter, and my soul to boot,
line 1935He hath more worthy interest to the state
line 1936Than thou, the shadow of succession.
line 1937For of no right, nor color like to right,
line 1938He doth fill fields with harness in the realm,
105line 1939Turns head against the lion’s armèd jaws,
line 1940And, being no more in debt to years than thou,
line 1941Leads ancient lords and reverend bishops on
line 1942To bloody battles and to bruising arms.
line 1943What never-dying honor hath he got
110line 1944Against renownèd Douglas, whose high deeds,
line 1945Whose hot incursions and great name in arms,
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 137 line 1946Holds from all soldiers chief majority
line 1947And military title capital
line 1948Through all the kingdoms that acknowledge Christ.
115line 1949Thrice hath this Hotspur, Mars in swaddling
line 1950clothes,
line 1951This infant warrior, in his enterprises
line 1952Discomfited great Douglas, ta’en him once,
line 1953Enlargèd him, and made a friend of him,
120line 1954To fill the mouth of deep defiance up
line 1955And shake the peace and safety of our throne.
line 1956And what say you to this? Percy, Northumberland,
line 1957The Archbishop’s Grace of York, Douglas,
line 1958Mortimer,
125line 1959Capitulate against us and are up.
line 1960But wherefore do I tell these news to thee?
line 1961Why, Harry, do I tell thee of my foes,
line 1962Which art my nearest and dearest enemy?
line 1963Thou that art like enough, through vassal fear,
130line 1964Base inclination, and the start of spleen,
line 1965To fight against me under Percy’s pay,
line 1966To dog his heels, and curtsy at his frowns,
line 1967To show how much thou art degenerate.
line 1968Do not think so. You shall not find it so.
135line 1969And God forgive them that so much have swayed
line 1970Your Majesty’s good thoughts away from me.
line 1971I will redeem all this on Percy’s head,
line 1972And, in the closing of some glorious day,
line 1973Be bold to tell you that I am your son,
140line 1974When I will wear a garment all of blood
line 1975And stain my favors in a bloody mask,
line 1976Which, washed away, shall scour my shame with it.
line 1977And that shall be the day, whene’er it lights,
line 1978That this same child of honor and renown,
145line 1979This gallant Hotspur, this all-praisèd knight,
line 1980And your unthought-of Harry chance to meet.
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 139 line 1981For every honor sitting on his helm,
line 1982Would they were multitudes, and on my head
line 1983My shames redoubled! For the time will come
150line 1984That I shall make this northern youth exchange
line 1985His glorious deeds for my indignities.
line 1986Percy is but my factor, good my lord,
line 1987To engross up glorious deeds on my behalf.
line 1988And I will call him to so strict account
155line 1989That he shall render every glory up,
line 1990Yea, even the slightest worship of his time,
line 1991Or I will tear the reckoning from his heart.
line 1992This in the name of God I promise here,
line 1993The which if He be pleased I shall perform,
160line 1994I do beseech your Majesty may salve
line 1995The long-grown wounds of my intemperance.
line 1996If not, the end of life cancels all bands,
line 1997And I will die a hundred thousand deaths
line 1998Ere break the smallest parcel of this vow.
165line 1999A hundred thousand rebels die in this.
line 2000Thou shalt have charge and sovereign trust herein.

Enter Blunt.

line 2001How now, good Blunt? Thy looks are full of speed.
line 2002So hath the business that I come to speak of.
line 2003Lord Mortimer of Scotland hath sent word
170line 2004That Douglas and the English rebels met
line 2005The eleventh of this month at Shrewsbury.
line 2006A mighty and a fearful head they are,
line 2007If promises be kept on every hand,
line 2008As ever offered foul play in a state.
175line 2009The Earl of Westmoreland set forth today,
line 2010With him my son, Lord John of Lancaster,
line 2011For this advertisement is five days old.—
Act 3 Scene 3 - Pg 141 line 2012On Wednesday next, Harry, you shall set forward.
line 2013On Thursday we ourselves will march. Our meeting
180line 2014Is Bridgenorth. And, Harry, you shall march
line 2015Through Gloucestershire; by which account,
line 2016Our business valuèd, some twelve days hence
line 2017Our general forces at Bridgenorth shall meet.
line 2018Our hands are full of business. Let’s away.
185line 2019Advantage feeds him fat while men delay.

They exit.

Scene 3

Enter Falstaff and Bardolph.

line 2020FALSTAFFBardolph, am I not fallen away vilely since
line 2021this last action? Do I not bate? Do I not dwindle?
line 2022Why, my skin hangs about me like an old lady’s
line 2023loose gown. I am withered like an old applejohn.
5line 2024Well, I’ll repent, and that suddenly, while I am in
line 2025some liking. I shall be out of heart shortly, and then
line 2026I shall have no strength to repent. An I have not
line 2027forgotten what the inside of a church is made of, I
line 2028am a peppercorn, a brewer’s horse. The inside of a
10line 2029church! Company, villainous company, hath been
line 2030the spoil of me.
line 2031BARDOLPHSir John, you are so fretful you cannot live
line 2032long.
line 2033FALSTAFFWhy, there is it. Come, sing me a bawdy
15line 2034song, make me merry. I was as virtuously given as a
line 2035gentleman need to be, virtuous enough: swore
line 2036little; diced not above seven times—a week; went to
line 2037a bawdy house not above once in a quarter—of an
line 2038hour; paid money that I borrowed—three or four
20line 2039times; lived well and in good compass; and now I
line 2040live out of all order, out of all compass.
line 2041BARDOLPHWhy, you are so fat, Sir John, that you must
Act 3 Scene 3 - Pg 143 line 2042needs be out of all compass, out of all reasonable
line 2043compass, Sir John.
25line 2044FALSTAFFDo thou amend thy face, and I’ll amend my
line 2045life. Thou art our admiral, thou bearest the lantern
line 2046in the poop, but ’tis in the nose of thee. Thou art the
line 2047Knight of the Burning Lamp.
line 2048BARDOLPHWhy, Sir John, my face does you no harm.
30line 2049FALSTAFFNo, I’ll be sworn, I make as good use of it as
line 2050many a man doth of a death’s-head or a memento
line 2051mori. I never see thy face but I think upon hellfire
line 2052and Dives that lived in purple, for there he is in his
line 2053robes, burning, burning. If thou wert any way given
35line 2054to virtue, I would swear by thy face. My oath should
line 2055be “By this fire, that’s God’s angel.” But thou art
line 2056altogether given over, and wert indeed, but for the
line 2057light in thy face, the son of utter darkness. When
line 2058thou ran’st up Gad’s Hill in the night to catch my
40line 2059horse, if I did not think thou hadst been an ignis
line 2060fatuus, or a ball of wildfire, there’s no purchase in
line 2061money. O, thou art a perpetual triumph, an everlasting
line 2062bonfire-light. Thou hast saved me a thousand
line 2063marks in links and torches, walking with thee in the
45line 2064night betwixt tavern and tavern, but the sack that
line 2065thou hast drunk me would have bought me lights as
line 2066good cheap at the dearest chandler’s in Europe. I
line 2067have maintained that salamander of yours with fire
line 2068any time this two-and-thirty years, God reward me
50line 2069for it.
line 2070BARDOLPH’Sblood, I would my face were in your
line 2071belly!
line 2072FALSTAFFGodamercy, so should I be sure to be
line 2073heartburned!

Enter Hostess.

55line 2074How now, Dame Partlet the hen, have you enquired
line 2075yet who picked my pocket?
Act 3 Scene 3 - Pg 145 line 2076HOSTESSWhy, Sir John, what do you think, Sir John,
line 2077do you think I keep thieves in my house? I have
line 2078searched, I have enquired, so has my husband,
60line 2079man by man, boy by boy, servant by servant.
line 2080The tithe of a hair was never lost in my house
line 2081before.
line 2082FALSTAFFYou lie, hostess. Bardolph was shaved and
line 2083lost many a hair, and I’ll be sworn my pocket was
65line 2084picked. Go to, you are a woman, go.
line 2085HOSTESSWho, I? No, I defy thee! God’s light, I was
line 2086never called so in mine own house before.
line 2087FALSTAFFGo to, I know you well enough.
line 2088HOSTESSNo, Sir John, you do not know me, Sir John. I
70line 2089know you, Sir John. You owe me money, Sir John,
line 2090and now you pick a quarrel to beguile me of it. I
line 2091bought you a dozen of shirts to your back.
line 2092FALSTAFFDowlas, filthy dowlas. I have given them
line 2093away to bakers’ wives; they have made bolters of
75line 2094them.
line 2095HOSTESSNow, as I am a true woman, holland of eight
line 2096shillings an ell. You owe money here besides, Sir
line 2097John, for your diet and by-drinkings and money
line 2098lent you, four-and-twenty pound.
80line 2099FALSTAFFpointing to Bardolph He had his part of it.
line 2100Let him pay.
line 2101HOSTESSHe? Alas, he is poor. He hath nothing.
line 2102FALSTAFFHow, poor? Look upon his face. What call
line 2103you rich? Let them coin his nose. Let them coin his
85line 2104cheeks. I’ll not pay a denier. What, will you make a
line 2105younker of me? Shall I not take mine ease in mine
line 2106inn but I shall have my pocket picked? I have lost a
line 2107seal ring of my grandfather’s worth forty mark.
line 2108HOSTESSto Bardolph O Jesu, I have heard the Prince
90line 2109tell him, I know not how oft, that that ring was
line 2110copper.
line 2111FALSTAFFHow? The Prince is a jack, a sneak-up.
Act 3 Scene 3 - Pg 147 line 2112’Sblood, an he were here, I would cudgel him like a
line 2113dog if he would say so.

Enter the Prince marching, with Peto, and Falstaff meets him playing upon his truncheon like a fife.

95line 2114How now, lad, is the wind in that door, i’ faith? Must
line 2115we all march?
line 2116BARDOLPHYea, two and two, Newgate fashion.
line 2117HOSTESSto Prince My lord, I pray you, hear me.
line 2118PRINCEWhat say’st thou, Mistress Quickly? How doth
100line 2119thy husband? I love him well; he is an honest man.
line 2120HOSTESSGood my lord, hear me.
line 2121FALSTAFFPrithee, let her alone, and list to me.
line 2122PRINCEWhat say’st thou, Jack?
line 2123FALSTAFFThe other night I fell asleep here, behind the
105line 2124arras, and had my pocket picked. This house is
line 2125turned bawdy house; they pick pockets.
line 2126PRINCEWhat didst thou lose, Jack?
line 2127FALSTAFFWilt thou believe me, Hal, three or four
line 2128bonds of forty pound apiece, and a seal ring of my
110line 2129grandfather’s.
line 2130PRINCEA trifle, some eightpenny matter.
line 2131HOSTESSSo I told him, my lord, and I said I heard
line 2132your Grace say so. And, my lord, he speaks most
line 2133vilely of you, like a foul-mouthed man, as he is, and
115line 2134said he would cudgel you.
line 2135PRINCEWhat, he did not!
line 2136HOSTESSThere’s neither faith, truth, nor womanhood
line 2137in me else.
line 2138FALSTAFFThere’s no more faith in thee than in a
120line 2139stewed prune, nor no more truth in thee than in a
line 2140drawn fox, and for womanhood, Maid Marian may
line 2141be the deputy’s wife of the ward to thee. Go, you
line 2142thing, go.
line 2143HOSTESSSay, what thing, what thing?
125line 2144FALSTAFFWhat thing? Why, a thing to thank God on.
Act 3 Scene 3 - Pg 149 line 2145HOSTESSI am no thing to thank God on, I would thou
line 2146shouldst know it! I am an honest man’s wife, and,
line 2147setting thy knighthood aside, thou art a knave to
line 2148call me so.
130line 2149FALSTAFFSetting thy womanhood aside, thou art a
line 2150beast to say otherwise.
line 2151HOSTESSSay, what beast, thou knave, thou?
line 2152FALSTAFFWhat beast? Why, an otter.
line 2153PRINCEAn otter, Sir John. Why an otter?
135line 2154FALSTAFFWhy, she’s neither fish nor flesh; a man
line 2155knows not where to have her.
line 2156HOSTESSThou art an unjust man in saying so. Thou or
line 2157any man knows where to have me, thou knave,
line 2158thou.
140line 2159PRINCEThou sayst true, hostess, and he slanders thee
line 2160most grossly.
line 2161HOSTESSSo he doth you, my lord, and said this other
line 2162day you owed him a thousand pound.
line 2163PRINCESirrah, do I owe you a thousand pound?
145line 2164FALSTAFFA thousand pound, Hal? A million. Thy love is
line 2165worth a million; thou owest me thy love.
line 2166HOSTESSNay, my lord, he called you “jack,” and said
line 2167he would cudgel you.
line 2168FALSTAFFDid I, Bardolph?
150line 2169BARDOLPHIndeed, Sir John, you said so.
line 2170FALSTAFFYea, if he said my ring was copper.
line 2171PRINCEI say ’tis copper. Darest thou be as good as thy
line 2172word now?
line 2173FALSTAFFWhy, Hal, thou knowest, as thou art but
155line 2174man, I dare, but as thou art prince, I fear thee as I
line 2175fear the roaring of the lion’s whelp.
line 2176PRINCEAnd why not as the lion?
line 2177FALSTAFFThe King himself is to be feared as the lion.
line 2178Dost thou think I’ll fear thee as I fear thy father?
160line 2179Nay, an I do, I pray God my girdle break.
line 2180PRINCEO, if it should, how would thy guts fall about
Act 3 Scene 3 - Pg 151 line 2181thy knees! But, sirrah, there’s no room for faith,
line 2182truth, nor honesty in this bosom of thine. It is all
line 2183filled up with guts and midriff. Charge an honest
165line 2184woman with picking thy pocket? Why, thou whoreson,
line 2185impudent, embossed rascal, if there were
line 2186anything in thy pocket but tavern reckonings,
line 2187memorandums of bawdy houses, and one poor
line 2188pennyworth of sugar candy to make thee long-winded,
170line 2189if thy pocket were enriched with any other
line 2190injuries but these, I am a villain. And yet you will
line 2191stand to it! You will not pocket up wrong! Art thou
line 2192not ashamed?
line 2193FALSTAFFDost thou hear, Hal? Thou knowest in the
175line 2194state of innocency Adam fell, and what should poor
line 2195Jack Falstaff do in the days of villainy? Thou seest I
line 2196have more flesh than another man and therefore
line 2197more frailty. You confess, then, you picked my
line 2198pocket.
180line 2199PRINCEIt appears so by the story.
line 2200FALSTAFFHostess, I forgive thee. Go make ready
line 2201breakfast, love thy husband, look to thy servants,
line 2202cherish thy guests. Thou shalt find me tractable
line 2203to any honest reason. Thou seest I am pacified still.
185line 2204Nay, prithee, begone. Hostess exits. Now, Hal, to
line 2205the news at court. For the robbery, lad, how is that
line 2206answered?
line 2207PRINCEO, my sweet beef, I must still be good angel to
line 2208thee. The money is paid back again.
190line 2209FALSTAFFO, I do not like that paying back. ’Tis a double
line 2210labor.
line 2211PRINCEI am good friends with my father and may do
line 2212anything.
line 2213FALSTAFFRob me the Exchequer the first thing thou
195line 2214dost, and do it with unwashed hands too.
line 2215BARDOLPHDo, my lord.
line 2216PRINCEI have procured thee, Jack, a charge of foot.
Act 3 Scene 3 - Pg 153 line 2217FALSTAFFI would it had been of horse. Where shall I
line 2218find one that can steal well? O, for a fine thief of
200line 2219the age of two-and-twenty or thereabouts! I am heinously
line 2220unprovided. Well, God be thanked for these
line 2221rebels. They offend none but the virtuous. I laud
line 2222them; I praise them.
line 2223PRINCEBardolph.
205line 2224BARDOLPHMy lord.
PRINCEhanding Bardolph papers
line 2225Go, bear this letter to Lord John of Lancaster,
line 2226To my brother John; this to my Lord of
line 2227Westmoreland.Bardolph exits.
line 2228Go, Peto, to horse, to horse, for thou and I
210line 2229Have thirty miles to ride yet ere dinner time.

Peto exits.

line 2230Jack, meet me tomorrow in the Temple hall
line 2231At two o’clock in the afternoon;
line 2232There shalt thou know thy charge, and there receive
line 2233Money and order for their furniture.
215line 2234The land is burning. Percy stands on high,
line 2235And either we or they must lower lie.He exits.
line 2236Rare words, brave world!—Hostess, my breakfast,
line 2237come.—
line 2238O, I could wish this tavern were my drum.

He exits.


Scene 1

Enter Hotspur, Worcester, and Douglas.

line 2239Well said, my noble Scot. If speaking truth
line 2240In this fine age were not thought flattery,
line 2241Such attribution should the Douglas have
line 2242As not a soldier of this season’s stamp
5line 2243Should go so general current through the world.
line 2244By God, I cannot flatter. I do defy
line 2245The tongues of soothers. But a braver place
line 2246In my heart’s love hath no man than yourself.
line 2247Nay, task me to my word; approve me, lord.
10line 2248DOUGLASThou art the king of honor.
line 2249No man so potent breathes upon the ground
line 2250But I will beard him.
line 2251HOTSPURDo so, and ’tis well.

Enter a Messenger with letters.

line 2252What letters hast thou there? To Douglas. I can but
15line 2253thank you.
line 2254MESSENGERThese letters come from your father.
line 2255Letters from him! Why comes he not himself?
line 2256He cannot come, my lord. He is grievous sick.
Act 4 Scene 1 - Pg 159 HOTSPUR
line 2257Zounds, how has he the leisure to be sick
20line 2258In such a justling time? Who leads his power?
line 2259Under whose government come they along?
MESSENGERhanding letter to Hotspur, who begins reading it
line 2260His letters bears his mind, not I, my lord.
line 2261I prithee, tell me, doth he keep his bed?
line 2262He did, my lord, four days ere I set forth,
25line 2263And, at the time of my departure thence,
line 2264He was much feared by his physicians.
line 2265I would the state of time had first been whole
line 2266Ere he by sickness had been visited.
line 2267His health was never better worth than now.
30line 2268Sick now? Droop now? This sickness doth infect
line 2269The very lifeblood of our enterprise.
line 2270’Tis catching hither, even to our camp.
line 2271He writes me here that inward sickness—
line 2272And that his friends by deputation
35line 2273Could not so soon be drawn, nor did he think it
line 2274meet
line 2275To lay so dangerous and dear a trust
line 2276On any soul removed but on his own;
line 2277Yet doth he give us bold advertisement
40line 2278That with our small conjunction we should on
line 2279To see how fortune is disposed to us,
line 2280For, as he writes, there is no quailing now,
line 2281Because the King is certainly possessed
line 2282Of all our purposes. What say you to it?
45line 2283Your father’s sickness is a maim to us.
Act 4 Scene 1 - Pg 161 HOTSPUR
line 2284A perilous gash, a very limb lopped off!
line 2285And yet, in faith, it is not. His present want
line 2286Seems more than we shall find it. Were it good
line 2287To set the exact wealth of all our states
50line 2288All at one cast? To set so rich a main
line 2289On the nice hazard of one doubtful hour?
line 2290It were not good, for therein should we read
line 2291The very bottom and the soul of hope,
line 2292The very list, the very utmost bound
55line 2293Of all our fortunes.
line 2294Faith, and so we should, where now remains
line 2295A sweet reversion. We may boldly spend
line 2296Upon the hope of what is to come in.
line 2297A comfort of retirement lives in this.
60line 2298A rendezvous, a home to fly unto,
line 2299If that the devil and mischance look big
line 2300Upon the maidenhead of our affairs.
line 2301But yet I would your father had been here.
line 2302The quality and hair of our attempt
65line 2303Brooks no division. It will be thought
line 2304By some that know not why he is away
line 2305That wisdom, loyalty, and mere dislike
line 2306Of our proceedings kept the Earl from hence.
line 2307And think how such an apprehension
70line 2308May turn the tide of fearful faction
line 2309And breed a kind of question in our cause.
line 2310For well you know, we of the off’ring side
line 2311Must keep aloof from strict arbitrament,
line 2312And stop all sight-holes, every loop from whence
75line 2313The eye of reason may pry in upon us.
line 2314This absence of your father’s draws a curtain
Act 4 Scene 1 - Pg 163 line 2315That shows the ignorant a kind of fear
line 2316Before not dreamt of.
line 2317HOTSPURYou strain too far.
80line 2318I rather of his absence make this use:
line 2319It lends a luster and more great opinion,
line 2320A larger dare, to our great enterprise
line 2321Than if the Earl were here, for men must think
line 2322If we without his help can make a head
85line 2323To push against a kingdom, with his help
line 2324We shall o’erturn it topsy-turvy down.
line 2325Yet all goes well; yet all our joints are whole.
line 2326As heart can think. There is not such a word
line 2327Spoke of in Scotland as this term of fear.

Enter Sir Richard Vernon.

90line 2328My cousin Vernon, welcome, by my soul.
line 2329Pray God my news be worth a welcome, lord.
line 2330The Earl of Westmoreland, seven thousand strong,
line 2331Is marching hitherwards, with him Prince John.
line 2332No harm, what more?
95line 2333VERNONAnd further I have learned
line 2334The King himself in person is set forth,
line 2335Or hitherwards intended speedily,
line 2336With strong and mighty preparation.
line 2337He shall be welcome too. Where is his son,
100line 2338The nimble-footed madcap Prince of Wales,
line 2339And his comrades, that daffed the world aside
line 2340And bid it pass?
line 2341VERNONAll furnished, all in arms,
line 2342All plumed like estridges that with the wind
105line 2343Bated like eagles having lately bathed,
Act 4 Scene 1 - Pg 165 line 2344Glittering in golden coats like images,
line 2345As full of spirit as the month of May,
line 2346And gorgeous as the sun at midsummer,
line 2347Wanton as youthful goats, wild as young bulls.
110line 2348I saw young Harry with his beaver on,
line 2349His cuisses on his thighs, gallantly armed,
line 2350Rise from the ground like feathered Mercury
line 2351And vaulted with such ease into his seat
line 2352As if an angel dropped down from the clouds,
115line 2353To turn and wind a fiery Pegasus
line 2354And witch the world with noble horsemanship.
line 2355No more, no more! Worse than the sun in March
line 2356This praise doth nourish agues. Let them come.
line 2357They come like sacrifices in their trim,
120line 2358And to the fire-eyed maid of smoky war
line 2359All hot and bleeding will we offer them.
line 2360The mailèd Mars shall on his altar sit
line 2361Up to the ears in blood. I am on fire
line 2362To hear this rich reprisal is so nigh
125line 2363And yet not ours. Come, let me taste my horse,
line 2364Who is to bear me like a thunderbolt
line 2365Against the bosom of the Prince of Wales.
line 2366Harry to Harry shall, hot horse to horse,
line 2367Meet and ne’er part till one drop down a corse.
130line 2368O, that Glendower were come!
line 2369VERNONThere is more news.
line 2370I learned in Worcester, as I rode along,
line 2371He cannot draw his power this fourteen days.
line 2372That’s the worst tidings that I hear of yet.
135line 2373Ay, by my faith, that bears a frosty sound.
line 2374What may the King’s whole battle reach unto?
Act 4 Scene 2 - Pg 167 VERNON
line 2375To thirty thousand.
line 2376HOTSPURForty let it be.
line 2377My father and Glendower being both away,
140line 2378The powers of us may serve so great a day.
line 2379Come, let us take a muster speedily.
line 2380Doomsday is near. Die all, die merrily.
line 2381Talk not of dying. I am out of fear
line 2382Of death or death’s hand for this one half year.

They exit.

Scene 2

Enter Falstaff and Bardolph.

line 2383FALSTAFFBardolph, get thee before to Coventry. Fill
line 2384me a bottle of sack. Our soldiers shall march
line 2385through. We’ll to Sutton Coldfield tonight.
line 2386BARDOLPHWill you give me money, captain?
5line 2387FALSTAFFLay out, lay out.
line 2388BARDOLPHThis bottle makes an angel.
line 2389FALSTAFFAn if it do, take it for thy labor. An if it make
line 2390twenty, take them all. I’ll answer the coinage. Bid
line 2391my lieutenant Peto meet me at town’s end.
10line 2392BARDOLPHI will, captain. Farewell.He exits.
line 2393FALSTAFFIf I be not ashamed of my soldiers, I am a
line 2394soused gurnet. I have misused the King’s press
line 2395damnably. I have got, in exchange of a hundred
line 2396and fifty soldiers, three hundred and odd pounds. I
15line 2397press me none but good householders, yeomen’s
line 2398sons, inquire me out contracted bachelors, such as
line 2399had been asked twice on the banns—such a commodity
line 2400of warm slaves as had as lief hear the devil
line 2401as a drum, such as fear the report of a caliver worse
Act 4 Scene 2 - Pg 169 20line 2402than a struck fowl or a hurt wild duck. I pressed me
line 2403none but such toasts-and-butter, with hearts in their
line 2404bellies no bigger than pins’ heads, and they have
line 2405bought out their services, and now my whole
line 2406charge consists of ancients, corporals, lieutenants,
25line 2407gentlemen of companies—slaves as ragged as Lazarus
line 2408in the painted cloth, where the glutton’s dogs
line 2409licked his sores; and such as indeed were never
line 2410soldiers, but discarded, unjust servingmen, younger
line 2411sons to younger brothers, revolted tapsters, and
30line 2412ostlers tradefallen, the cankers of a calm world and
line 2413a long peace, ten times more dishonorable-ragged
line 2414than an old feazed ancient; and such have I to fill up
line 2415the rooms of them as have bought out their services,
line 2416that you would think that I had a hundred and fifty
35line 2417tattered prodigals lately come from swine-keeping,
line 2418from eating draff and husks. A mad fellow met me
line 2419on the way and told me I had unloaded all the
line 2420gibbets and pressed the dead bodies. No eye hath
line 2421seen such scarecrows. I’ll not march through Coventry
40line 2422with them, that’s flat. Nay, and the villains
line 2423march wide betwixt the legs as if they had gyves on,
line 2424for indeed I had the most of them out of prison.
line 2425There’s not a shirt and a half in all my company,
line 2426and the half shirt is two napkins tacked together
45line 2427and thrown over the shoulders like a herald’s coat
line 2428without sleeves; and the shirt, to say the truth,
line 2429stolen from my host at Saint Albans or the red-nose
line 2430innkeeper of Daventry. But that’s all one; they’ll find
line 2431linen enough on every hedge.

Enter the Prince and the Lord of Westmoreland.

50line 2432PRINCEHow now, blown Jack? How now, quilt?
line 2433FALSTAFFWhat, Hal, how now, mad wag? What a devil
line 2434dost thou in Warwickshire?—My good Lord of
Act 4 Scene 2 - Pg 171 line 2435Westmoreland, I cry you mercy. I thought your
line 2436Honor had already been at Shrewsbury.
55line 2437WESTMORELANDFaith, Sir John, ’tis more than time
line 2438that I were there and you too, but my powers are
line 2439there already. The King, I can tell you, looks for us
line 2440all. We must away all night.
line 2441FALSTAFFTut, never fear me. I am as vigilant as a cat to
60line 2442steal cream.
line 2443PRINCEI think to steal cream indeed, for thy theft hath
line 2444already made thee butter. But tell me, Jack, whose
line 2445fellows are these that come after?
line 2446FALSTAFFMine, Hal, mine.
65line 2447PRINCEI did never see such pitiful rascals.
line 2448FALSTAFFTut, tut, good enough to toss; food for powder,
line 2449food for powder. They’ll fill a pit as well as
line 2450better. Tush, man, mortal men, mortal men.
line 2451WESTMORELANDAy, but, Sir John, methinks they are
70line 2452exceeding poor and bare, too beggarly.
line 2453FALSTAFFFaith, for their poverty, I know not where
line 2454they had that, and for their bareness, I am sure they
line 2455never learned that of me.
line 2456PRINCENo, I’ll be sworn, unless you call three fingers
75line 2457in the ribs bare. But, sirrah, make haste. Percy is
line 2458already in the field.He exits.
line 2459FALSTAFFWhat, is the King encamped?
line 2460WESTMORELANDHe is, Sir John. I fear we shall stay too
line 2461long.He exits.
80line 2462FALSTAFFWell,
line 2463To the latter end of a fray and the beginning of a
line 2464feast
line 2465Fits a dull fighter and a keen guest.

He exits.

Act 4 Scene 3 - Pg 173

Scene 3

Enter Hotspur, Worcester, Douglas, and Vernon.

line 2466We’ll fight with him tonight.
line 2467WORCESTERIt may not be.
line 2468You give him then advantage.
line 2469VERNONNot a whit.
5line 2470Why say you so? Looks he not for supply?
line 2471VERNONSo do we.
line 2472HOTSPURHis is certain; ours is doubtful.
line 2473Good cousin, be advised. Stir not tonight.
VERNONto Hotspur
line 2474Do not, my lord.
10line 2475DOUGLASYou do not counsel well.
line 2476You speak it out of fear and cold heart.
line 2477Do me no slander, Douglas. By my life
line 2478(And I dare well maintain it with my life),
line 2479If well-respected honor bid me on,
15line 2480I hold as little counsel with weak fear
line 2481As you, my lord, or any Scot that this day lives.
line 2482Let it be seen tomorrow in the battle
line 2483Which of us fears.
line 2484DOUGLASYea, or tonight.
20line 2485VERNONContent.
line 2486HOTSPURTonight, say I.
line 2487Come, come, it may not be. I wonder much,
line 2488Being men of such great leading as you are,
line 2489That you foresee not what impediments
25line 2490Drag back our expedition. Certain horse
line 2491Of my cousin Vernon’s are not yet come up.
Act 4 Scene 3 - Pg 175 line 2492Your uncle Worcester’s horse came but today,
line 2493And now their pride and mettle is asleep,
line 2494Their courage with hard labor tame and dull,
30line 2495That not a horse is half the half of himself.
line 2496So are the horses of the enemy
line 2497In general journey-bated and brought low.
line 2498The better part of ours are full of rest.
line 2499The number of the King exceedeth ours.
35line 2500For God’s sake, cousin, stay till all come in.

The trumpet sounds a parley.

Enter Sir Walter Blunt.

line 2501I come with gracious offers from the King,
line 2502If you vouchsafe me hearing and respect.
line 2503Welcome, Sir Walter Blunt, and would to God
line 2504You were of our determination.
40line 2505Some of us love you well, and even those some
line 2506Envy your great deservings and good name
line 2507Because you are not of our quality
line 2508But stand against us like an enemy.
line 2509And God defend but still I should stand so,
45line 2510So long as out of limit and true rule
line 2511You stand against anointed majesty.
line 2512But to my charge. The King hath sent to know
line 2513The nature of your griefs, and whereupon
line 2514You conjure from the breast of civil peace
50line 2515Such bold hostility, teaching his duteous land
line 2516Audacious cruelty. If that the King
line 2517Have any way your good deserts forgot,
line 2518Which he confesseth to be manifold,
line 2519He bids you name your griefs, and with all speed
Act 4 Scene 3 - Pg 177 55line 2520You shall have your desires with interest
line 2521And pardon absolute for yourself and these
line 2522Herein misled by your suggestion.
line 2523The King is kind, and well we know the King
line 2524Knows at what time to promise, when to pay.
60line 2525My father and my uncle and myself
line 2526Did give him that same royalty he wears,
line 2527And when he was not six-and-twenty strong,
line 2528Sick in the world’s regard, wretched and low,
line 2529A poor unminded outlaw sneaking home,
65line 2530My father gave him welcome to the shore;
line 2531And when he heard him swear and vow to God
line 2532He came but to be Duke of Lancaster,
line 2533To sue his livery, and beg his peace
line 2534With tears of innocency and terms of zeal,
70line 2535My father, in kind heart and pity moved,
line 2536Swore him assistance and performed it too.
line 2537Now when the lords and barons of the realm
line 2538Perceived Northumberland did lean to him,
line 2539The more and less came in with cap and knee,
75line 2540Met him in boroughs, cities, villages,
line 2541Attended him on bridges, stood in lanes,
line 2542Laid gifts before him, proffered him their oaths,
line 2543Gave him their heirs as pages, followed him
line 2544Even at the heels in golden multitudes.
80line 2545He presently, as greatness knows itself,
line 2546Steps me a little higher than his vow
line 2547Made to my father while his blood was poor
line 2548Upon the naked shore at Ravenspurgh,
line 2549And now forsooth takes on him to reform
85line 2550Some certain edicts and some strait decrees
line 2551That lie too heavy on the commonwealth,
line 2552Cries out upon abuses, seems to weep
line 2553Over his country’s wrongs, and by this face,
line 2554This seeming brow of justice, did he win
90line 2555The hearts of all that he did angle for,
Act 4 Scene 3 - Pg 179 line 2556Proceeded further—cut me off the heads
line 2557Of all the favorites that the absent king
line 2558In deputation left behind him here
line 2559When he was personal in the Irish war.
95line 2560Tut, I came not to hear this.
line 2561HOTSPURThen to the point.
line 2562In short time after, he deposed the King,
line 2563Soon after that deprived him of his life
line 2564And, in the neck of that, tasked the whole state.
100line 2565To make that worse, suffered his kinsman March
line 2566(Who is, if every owner were well placed,
line 2567Indeed his king) to be engaged in Wales,
line 2568There without ransom to lie forfeited,
line 2569Disgraced me in my happy victories,
105line 2570Sought to entrap me by intelligence,
line 2571Rated mine uncle from the council board,
line 2572In rage dismissed my father from the court,
line 2573Broke oath on oath, committed wrong on wrong,
line 2574And in conclusion drove us to seek out
110line 2575This head of safety, and withal to pry
line 2576Into his title, the which we find
line 2577Too indirect for long continuance.
line 2578Shall I return this answer to the King?
line 2579Not so, Sir Walter. We’ll withdraw awhile.
115line 2580Go to the King, and let there be impawned
line 2581Some surety for a safe return again,
line 2582And in the morning early shall mine uncle
line 2583Bring him our purposes. And so farewell.
line 2584I would you would accept of grace and love.
120line 2585And maybe so we shall.
line 2586BLUNTPray God you do.

They exit.

Act 4 Scene 4 - Pg 181

Scene 4

Enter Archbishop of York and Sir Michael.

ARCHBISHOPhanding papers
line 2587Hie, good Sir Michael, bear this sealèd brief
line 2588With wingèd haste to the Lord Marshal,
line 2589This to my cousin Scroop, and all the rest
line 2590To whom they are directed. If you knew
5line 2591How much they do import, you would make haste.
line 2592My good lord, I guess their tenor.
line 2593ARCHBISHOPLike enough you do.
line 2594Tomorrow, good Sir Michael, is a day
line 2595Wherein the fortune of ten thousand men
10line 2596Must bide the touch. For, sir, at Shrewsbury,
line 2597As I am truly given to understand,
line 2598The King with mighty and quick-raisèd power
line 2599Meets with Lord Harry. And I fear, Sir Michael,
line 2600What with the sickness of Northumberland,
15line 2601Whose power was in the first proportion,
line 2602And what with Owen Glendower’s absence thence,
line 2603Who with them was a rated sinew too
line 2604And comes not in, o’erruled by prophecies,
line 2605I fear the power of Percy is too weak
20line 2606To wage an instant trial with the King.
line 2607Why, my good lord, you need not fear.
line 2608There is Douglas and Lord Mortimer.
line 2609ARCHBISHOPNo, Mortimer is not there.
line 2610But there is Mordake, Vernon, Lord Harry Percy,
25line 2611And there is my Lord of Worcester, and a head
line 2612Of gallant warriors, noble gentlemen.
line 2613And so there is. But yet the King hath drawn
line 2614The special head of all the land together:
Act 4 Scene 4 - Pg 183 line 2615The Prince of Wales, Lord John of Lancaster,
30line 2616The noble Westmoreland, and warlike Blunt,
line 2617And many more corrivals and dear men
line 2618Of estimation and command in arms.
line 2619Doubt not, my lord, they shall be well opposed.
line 2620I hope no less, yet needful ’tis to fear;
35line 2621And to prevent the worst, Sir Michael, speed.
line 2622For if Lord Percy thrive not, ere the King
line 2623Dismiss his power he means to visit us,
line 2624For he hath heard of our confederacy,
line 2625And ’tis but wisdom to make strong against him.
40line 2626Therefore make haste. I must go write again
line 2627To other friends. And so farewell, Sir Michael.

They exit.


Scene 1

Enter the King, Prince of Wales, Lord John of Lancaster, Sir Walter Blunt, and Falstaff.

line 2628How bloodily the sun begins to peer
line 2629Above yon bulky hill. The day looks pale
line 2630At his distemp’rature.
line 2631PRINCEThe southern wind
5line 2632Doth play the trumpet to his purposes,
line 2633And by his hollow whistling in the leaves
line 2634Foretells a tempest and a blust’ring day.
line 2635Then with the losers let it sympathize,
line 2636For nothing can seem foul to those that win.

The trumpet sounds.

Enter Worcester and Vernon.

10line 2637How now, my Lord of Worcester? ’Tis not well
line 2638That you and I should meet upon such terms
line 2639As now we meet. You have deceived our trust
line 2640And made us doff our easy robes of peace
line 2641To crush our old limbs in ungentle steel.
15line 2642This is not well, my lord; this is not well.
line 2643What say you to it? Will you again unknit
line 2644This churlish knot of all-abhorrèd war
Act 5 Scene 1 - Pg 189 line 2645And move in that obedient orb again
line 2646Where you did give a fair and natural light,
20line 2647And be no more an exhaled meteor,
line 2648A prodigy of fear, and a portent
line 2649Of broachèd mischief to the unborn times?
line 2650WORCESTERHear me, my liege:
line 2651For mine own part I could be well content
25line 2652To entertain the lag end of my life
line 2653With quiet hours. For I protest
line 2654I have not sought the day of this dislike.
line 2655You have not sought it. How comes it then?
line 2656FALSTAFFRebellion lay in his way, and he found it.
30line 2657PRINCEPeace, chewet, peace.
line 2658It pleased your Majesty to turn your looks
line 2659Of favor from myself and all our house;
line 2660And yet I must remember you, my lord,
line 2661We were the first and dearest of your friends.
35line 2662For you my staff of office did I break
line 2663In Richard’s time, and posted day and night
line 2664To meet you on the way and kiss your hand
line 2665When yet you were in place and in account
line 2666Nothing so strong and fortunate as I.
40line 2667It was myself, my brother, and his son
line 2668That brought you home and boldly did outdare
line 2669The dangers of the time. You swore to us,
line 2670And you did swear that oath at Doncaster,
line 2671That you did nothing purpose ’gainst the state,
45line 2672Nor claim no further than your new-fall’n right,
line 2673The seat of Gaunt, dukedom of Lancaster.
line 2674To this we swore our aid. But in short space
line 2675It rained down fortune show’ring on your head,
line 2676And such a flood of greatness fell on you—
50line 2677What with our help, what with the absent king,
line 2678What with the injuries of a wanton time,
Act 5 Scene 1 - Pg 191 line 2679The seeming sufferances that you had borne,
line 2680And the contrarious winds that held the King
line 2681So long in his unlucky Irish wars
55line 2682That all in England did repute him dead—
line 2683And from this swarm of fair advantages
line 2684You took occasion to be quickly wooed
line 2685To gripe the general sway into your hand,
line 2686Forgot your oath to us at Doncaster;
60line 2687And being fed by us, you used us so
line 2688As that ungentle gull, the cuckoo’s bird,
line 2689Useth the sparrow—did oppress our nest,
line 2690Grew by our feeding to so great a bulk
line 2691That even our love durst not come near your sight
65line 2692For fear of swallowing; but with nimble wing
line 2693We were enforced for safety sake to fly
line 2694Out of your sight and raise this present head,
line 2695Whereby we stand opposèd by such means
line 2696As you yourself have forged against yourself
70line 2697By unkind usage, dangerous countenance,
line 2698And violation of all faith and troth
line 2699Sworn to us in your younger enterprise.
line 2700These things indeed you have articulate,
line 2701Proclaimed at market crosses, read in churches,
75line 2702To face the garment of rebellion
line 2703With some fine color that may please the eye
line 2704Of fickle changelings and poor discontents,
line 2705Which gape and rub the elbow at the news
line 2706Of hurlyburly innovation.
80line 2707And never yet did insurrection want
line 2708Such water colors to impaint his cause,
line 2709Nor moody beggars starving for a time
line 2710Of pellmell havoc and confusion.
line 2711In both your armies there is many a soul
85line 2712Shall pay full dearly for this encounter
Act 5 Scene 1 - Pg 193 line 2713If once they join in trial. Tell your nephew,
line 2714The Prince of Wales doth join with all the world
line 2715In praise of Henry Percy. By my hopes,
line 2716This present enterprise set off his head,
90line 2717I do not think a braver gentleman,
line 2718More active-valiant, or more valiant-young,
line 2719More daring or more bold, is now alive
line 2720To grace this latter age with noble deeds.
line 2721For my part, I may speak it to my shame,
95line 2722I have a truant been to chivalry,
line 2723And so I hear he doth account me too.
line 2724Yet this before my father’s majesty:
line 2725I am content that he shall take the odds
line 2726Of his great name and estimation,
100line 2727And will, to save the blood on either side,
line 2728Try fortune with him in a single fight.
line 2729And, Prince of Wales, so dare we venture thee,
line 2730Albeit considerations infinite
line 2731Do make against it.—No, good Worcester, no.
105line 2732We love our people well, even those we love
line 2733That are misled upon your cousin’s part.
line 2734And, will they take the offer of our grace,
line 2735Both he and they and you, yea, every man
line 2736Shall be my friend again, and I’ll be his.
110line 2737So tell your cousin, and bring me word
line 2738What he will do. But if he will not yield,
line 2739Rebuke and dread correction wait on us,
line 2740And they shall do their office. So begone.
line 2741We will not now be troubled with reply.
115line 2742We offer fair. Take it advisedly.

Worcester exits with Vernon.

line 2743It will not be accepted, on my life.
line 2744The Douglas and the Hotspur both together
line 2745Are confident against the world in arms.
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 195 KING
line 2746Hence, therefore, every leader to his charge,
120line 2747For on their answer will we set on them,
line 2748And God befriend us as our cause is just.

They exit. Prince and Falstaff remain.

line 2749FALSTAFFHal, if thou see me down in the battle and
line 2750bestride me, so; ’tis a point of friendship.
line 2751PRINCENothing but a colossus can do thee that friendship.
125line 2752Say thy prayers, and farewell.
line 2753FALSTAFFI would ’twere bedtime, Hal, and all well.
line 2754PRINCEWhy, thou owest God a death.He exits.
line 2755FALSTAFF’Tis not due yet. I would be loath to pay Him
line 2756before His day. What need I be so forward with
130line 2757Him that calls not on me? Well, ’tis no matter.
line 2758Honor pricks me on. Yea, but how if honor prick me
line 2759off when I come on? How then? Can honor set to a
line 2760leg? No. Or an arm? No. Or take away the grief of a
line 2761wound? No. Honor hath no skill in surgery, then?
135line 2762No. What is honor? A word. What is in that word
line 2763“honor”? What is that “honor”? Air. A trim reckoning.
line 2764Who hath it? He that died o’ Wednesday. Doth
line 2765he feel it? No. Doth he hear it? No. ’Tis insensible,
line 2766then? Yea, to the dead. But will it not live with the
140line 2767living? No. Why? Detraction will not suffer it. Therefore,
line 2768I’ll none of it. Honor is a mere scutcheon. And
line 2769so ends my catechism.

He exits.

Scene 2

Enter Worcester and Sir Richard Vernon.

line 2770O no, my nephew must not know, Sir Richard,
line 2771The liberal and kind offer of the King.
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 197 VERNON
line 2772’Twere best he did.
line 2773WORCESTERThen are we all undone.
5line 2774It is not possible, it cannot be
line 2775The King should keep his word in loving us.
line 2776He will suspect us still and find a time
line 2777To punish this offense in other faults.
line 2778Suspicion all our lives shall be stuck full of
10line 2779eyes,
line 2780For treason is but trusted like the fox,
line 2781Who, never so tame, so cherished and locked up,
line 2782Will have a wild trick of his ancestors.
line 2783Look how we can, or sad or merrily,
15line 2784Interpretation will misquote our looks,
line 2785And we shall feed like oxen at a stall,
line 2786The better cherished still the nearer death.
line 2787My nephew’s trespass may be well forgot;
line 2788It hath the excuse of youth and heat of blood,
20line 2789And an adopted name of privilege—
line 2790A harebrained Hotspur governed by a spleen.
line 2791All his offenses live upon my head
line 2792And on his father’s. We did train him on,
line 2793And his corruption being ta’en from us,
25line 2794We as the spring of all shall pay for all.
line 2795Therefore, good cousin, let not Harry know
line 2796In any case the offer of the King.
line 2797Deliver what you will; I’ll say ’tis so.

Enter Hotspur, Douglas, and their army.

line 2798Here comes your cousin.
30line 2799HOTSPURto Douglas My uncle is returned.
line 2800Deliver up my Lord of Westmoreland.—
line 2801Uncle, what news?
line 2802The King will bid you battle presently.
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 199 DOUGLASto Hotspur
line 2803Defy him by the Lord of Westmoreland.
35line 2804Lord Douglas, go you and tell him so.
line 2805Marry, and shall, and very willingly.Douglas exits.
line 2806There is no seeming mercy in the King.
line 2807Did you beg any? God forbid!
line 2808I told him gently of our grievances,
40line 2809Of his oath-breaking, which he mended thus
line 2810By now forswearing that he is forsworn.
line 2811He calls us “rebels,” “traitors,” and will scourge
line 2812With haughty arms this hateful name in us.

Enter Douglas.

line 2813Arm, gentlemen, to arms. For I have thrown
45line 2814A brave defiance in King Henry’s teeth,
line 2815And Westmoreland, that was engaged, did bear it,
line 2816Which cannot choose but bring him quickly on.
line 2817The Prince of Wales stepped forth before the King,
line 2818And, nephew, challenged you to single fight.
50line 2819O, would the quarrel lay upon our heads,
line 2820And that no man might draw short breath today
line 2821But I and Harry Monmouth! Tell me, tell me,
line 2822How showed his tasking? Seemed it in contempt?
line 2823No, by my soul. I never in my life
55line 2824Did hear a challenge urged more modestly,
line 2825Unless a brother should a brother dare
line 2826To gentle exercise and proof of arms.
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 201 line 2827He gave you all the duties of a man,
line 2828Trimmed up your praises with a princely tongue,
60line 2829Spoke your deservings like a chronicle,
line 2830Making you ever better than his praise
line 2831By still dispraising praise valued with you,
line 2832And, which became him like a prince indeed,
line 2833He made a blushing cital of himself,
65line 2834And chid his truant youth with such a grace
line 2835As if he mastered there a double spirit
line 2836Of teaching and of learning instantly.
line 2837There did he pause, but let me tell the world:
line 2838If he outlive the envy of this day,
70line 2839England did never owe so sweet a hope
line 2840So much misconstrued in his wantonness.
line 2841Cousin, I think thou art enamorèd
line 2842On his follies. Never did I hear
line 2843Of any prince so wild a liberty.
75line 2844But be he as he will, yet once ere night
line 2845I will embrace him with a soldier’s arm
line 2846That he shall shrink under my courtesy.—
line 2847Arm, arm with speed, and, fellows, soldiers,
line 2848friends,
80line 2849Better consider what you have to do
line 2850Than I that have not well the gift of tongue
line 2851Can lift your blood up with persuasion.

Enter a Messenger.

line 2852MESSENGERMy lord, here are letters for you.
line 2853HOTSPURI cannot read them now.—
85line 2854O gentlemen, the time of life is short;
line 2855To spend that shortness basely were too long
line 2856If life did ride upon a dial’s point,
line 2857Still ending at the arrival of an hour.
line 2858An if we live, we live to tread on kings;
90line 2859If die, brave death, when princes die with us.
Act 5 Scene 3 - Pg 203 line 2860Now, for our consciences, the arms are fair
line 2861When the intent of bearing them is just.

Enter another Messenger.

line 2862My lord, prepare. The King comes on apace.
line 2863I thank him that he cuts me from my tale,
95line 2864For I profess not talking. Only this:
line 2865Let each man do his best. And here draw I a sword,
line 2866Whose temper I intend to stain
line 2867With the best blood that I can meet withal
line 2868In the adventure of this perilous day.
100line 2869Now, Esperance! Percy! And set on.
line 2870Sound all the lofty instruments of war,
line 2871And by that music let us all embrace,
line 2872For, heaven to Earth, some of us never shall
line 2873A second time do such a courtesy.

Here they embrace. The trumpets sound.

They exit.

Scene 3

The King enters with his power, crosses the stage and exits. Alarum to the battle. Then enter Douglas, and Sir Walter Blunt, disguised as the King.

BLUNTas King
line 2874What is thy name that in the battle thus
line 2875Thou crossest me? What honor dost thou seek
line 2876Upon my head?
line 2877DOUGLASKnow then my name is Douglas,
5line 2878And I do haunt thee in the battle thus
line 2879Because some tell me that thou art a king.
line 2880BLUNTas King They tell thee true.
Act 5 Scene 3 - Pg 205 DOUGLAS
line 2881The Lord of Stafford dear today hath bought
line 2882Thy likeness, for instead of thee, King Harry,
10line 2883This sword hath ended him. So shall it thee,
line 2884Unless thou yield thee as my prisoner.
BLUNTas King
line 2885I was not born a yielder, thou proud Scot,
line 2886And thou shalt find a king that will revenge
line 2887Lord Stafford’s death.

They fight. Douglas kills Blunt.

Then enter Hotspur.

15line 2888O Douglas, hadst thou fought at Holmedon thus,
line 2889I never had triumphed upon a Scot.
line 2890All’s done, all’s won; here breathless lies the King.
line 2891HOTSPURWhere?
line 2892DOUGLASHere.
20line 2893This, Douglas? No, I know this face full well.
line 2894A gallant knight he was; his name was Blunt,
line 2895Semblably furnished like the King himself.
DOUGLASaddressing Blunt’s corpse
line 2896A fool go with thy soul whither it goes!
line 2897A borrowed title hast thou bought too dear.
25line 2898Why didst thou tell me that thou wert a king?
line 2899The King hath many marching in his coats.
line 2900Now, by my sword, I will kill all his coats.
line 2901I’ll murder all his wardrobe, piece by piece,
line 2902Until I meet the King.
30line 2903HOTSPURUp and away!
line 2904Our soldiers stand full fairly for the day.

They exit.

Act 5 Scene 3 - Pg 207

Alarm. Enter Falstaff alone.

line 2905FALSTAFFThough I could ’scape shot-free at London,
line 2906I fear the shot here. Here’s no scoring but upon
line 2907the pate.—Soft, who are you? Sir Walter Blunt.
35line 2908There’s honor for you. Here’s no vanity. I am as hot
line 2909as molten lead, and as heavy too. God keep lead out
line 2910of me; I need no more weight than mine own
line 2911bowels. I have led my ragamuffins where they are
line 2912peppered. There’s not three of my hundred and fifty
40line 2913left alive, and they are for the town’s end, to beg
line 2914during life. But who comes here?

Enter the Prince.

line 2915What, stand’st thou idle here? Lend me thy sword.
line 2916Many a nobleman lies stark and stiff
line 2917Under the hoofs of vaunting enemies,
45line 2918Whose deaths are yet unrevenged. I prithee
line 2919Lend me thy sword.
line 2920FALSTAFFO Hal, I prithee give me leave to breathe
line 2921awhile. Turk Gregory never did such deeds in arms
line 2922as I have done this day. I have paid Percy; I have
50line 2923made him sure.
line 2924He is indeed, and living to kill thee.
line 2925I prithee, lend me thy sword.
line 2926FALSTAFFNay, before God, Hal, if Percy be alive, thou
line 2927gett’st not my sword; but take my pistol, if thou
55line 2928wilt.
line 2929Give it me. What, is it in the case?
line 2930FALSTAFFAy, Hal, ’tis hot, ’tis hot. There’s that will
line 2931sack a city.

The Prince draws it out, and finds it to be a bottle of sack.

Act 5 Scene 4 - Pg 209 PRINCE
line 2932What, is it a time to jest and dally now?

He throws the bottle at him and exits.

60line 2933FALSTAFFWell, if Percy be alive, I’ll pierce him. If he do
line 2934come in my way, so; if he do not, if I come in his
line 2935willingly, let him make a carbonado of me. I like not
line 2936such grinning honor as Sir Walter hath. Give me
line 2937life, which, if I can save, so: if not, honor comes
65line 2938unlooked for, and there’s an end.

He exits. Blunt’s body is carried off.

Scene 4

Alarm, excursions. Enter the King, the Prince, Lord Johnof Lancaster, and the Earl of Westmoreland.

line 2939I prithee, Harry, withdraw thyself. Thou bleedest
line 2940too much.
line 2941Lord John of Lancaster, go you with him.
line 2942Not I, my lord, unless I did bleed too.
5line 2943I beseech your Majesty, make up,
line 2944Lest your retirement do amaze your friends.
line 2945I will do so.—My Lord of Westmoreland,
line 2946Lead him to his tent.
line 2947Come, my lord, I’ll lead you to your tent.
10line 2948Lead me, my lord? I do not need your help,
line 2949And God forbid a shallow scratch should drive
line 2950The Prince of Wales from such a field as this,
line 2951Where stained nobility lies trodden on,
line 2952And rebels’ arms triumph in massacres.
Act 5 Scene 4 - Pg 211 LANCASTER
15line 2953We breathe too long. Come, cousin Westmoreland,
line 2954Our duty this way lies. For God’s sake, come.

Lancaster and Westmoreland exit.

line 2955By God, thou hast deceived me, Lancaster.
line 2956I did not think thee lord of such a spirit.
line 2957Before, I loved thee as a brother, John,
20line 2958But now I do respect thee as my soul.
line 2959I saw him hold Lord Percy at the point
line 2960With lustier maintenance than I did look for
line 2961Of such an ungrown warrior.
line 2962O, this boy lends mettle to us all.He exits.

Enter Douglas.

25line 2963Another king! They grow like Hydra’s heads.—
line 2964I am the Douglas, fatal to all those
line 2965That wear those colors on them. What art thou
line 2966That counterfeit’st the person of a king?
line 2967The King himself, who, Douglas, grieves at heart,
30line 2968So many of his shadows thou hast met
line 2969And not the very king. I have two boys
line 2970Seek Percy and thyself about the field,
line 2971But, seeing thou fall’st on me so luckily,
line 2972I will assay thee. And defend thyself.
35line 2973I fear thou art another counterfeit,
line 2974And yet, in faith, thou bearest thee like a king.
line 2975But mine I am sure thou art, whoe’er thou be,
line 2976And thus I win thee.

They fight. The King being in danger, enter Prince of Wales.

Act 5 Scene 4 - Pg 213 PRINCE
line 2977Hold up thy head, vile Scot, or thou art like
40line 2978Never to hold it up again. The spirits
line 2979Of valiant Shirley, Stafford, Blunt are in my arms.
line 2980It is the Prince of Wales that threatens thee,
line 2981Who never promiseth but he means to pay.

They fight. Douglas flieth.

line 2982To King. Cheerly, my lord. How fares your Grace?
45line 2983Sir Nicholas Gawsey hath for succor sent,
line 2984And so hath Clifton. I’ll to Clifton straight.
line 2985KINGStay and breathe awhile.
line 2986Thou hast redeemed thy lost opinion
line 2987And showed thou mak’st some tender of my life
50line 2988In this fair rescue thou hast brought to me.
line 2989O God, they did me too much injury
line 2990That ever said I hearkened for your death.
line 2991If it were so, I might have let alone
line 2992The insulting hand of Douglas over you,
55line 2993Which would have been as speedy in your end
line 2994As all the poisonous potions in the world,
line 2995And saved the treacherous labor of your son.
line 2996Make up to Clifton. I’ll to Sir Nicholas Gawsey.

King exits.

Enter Hotspur.

line 2997If I mistake not, thou art Harry Monmouth.
60line 2998Thou speak’st as if I would deny my name.
line 2999My name is Harry Percy.
line 3000PRINCEWhy then I see
line 3001A very valiant rebel of the name.
line 3002I am the Prince of Wales; and think not, Percy,
Act 5 Scene 4 - Pg 215 65line 3003To share with me in glory any more.
line 3004Two stars keep not their motion in one sphere,
line 3005Nor can one England brook a double reign
line 3006Of Harry Percy and the Prince of Wales.
line 3007Nor shall it, Harry, for the hour is come
70line 3008To end the one of us, and would to God
line 3009Thy name in arms were now as great as mine.
line 3010I’ll make it greater ere I part from thee,
line 3011And all the budding honors on thy crest
line 3012I’ll crop to make a garland for my head.
75line 3013I can no longer brook thy vanities.They fight.

Enter Falstaff.

line 3014FALSTAFFWell said, Hal! To it, Hal! Nay, you shall find
line 3015no boys’ play here, I can tell you.

Enter Douglas. He fighteth with Falstaff, who falls down as if he were dead. Douglas exits. The Prince killeth Percy.

line 3016O Harry, thou hast robbed me of my youth.
line 3017I better brook the loss of brittle life
80line 3018Than those proud titles thou hast won of me.
line 3019They wound my thoughts worse than thy sword my
line 3020flesh.
line 3021But thoughts, the slaves of life, and life, time’s fool,
line 3022And time, that takes survey of all the world,
85line 3023Must have a stop. O, I could prophesy,
line 3024But that the earthy and cold hand of death
line 3025Lies on my tongue. No, Percy, thou art dust,
line 3026And food for—He dies.
line 3027For worms, brave Percy. Fare thee well, great heart.
Act 5 Scene 4 - Pg 217 90line 3028Ill-weaved ambition, how much art thou shrunk!
line 3029When that this body did contain a spirit,
line 3030A kingdom for it was too small a bound,
line 3031But now two paces of the vilest earth
line 3032Is room enough. This earth that bears thee dead
95line 3033Bears not alive so stout a gentleman.
line 3034If thou wert sensible of courtesy,
line 3035I should not make so dear a show of zeal.
line 3036But let my favors hide thy mangled face;

He covers Hotspur’s face.

line 3037And even in thy behalf I’ll thank myself
100line 3038For doing these fair rites of tenderness.
line 3039Adieu, and take thy praise with thee to heaven.
line 3040Thy ignominy sleep with thee in the grave,
line 3041But not remembered in thy epitaph.

He spieth Falstaff on the ground.

line 3042What, old acquaintance, could not all this flesh
105line 3043Keep in a little life? Poor Jack, farewell.
line 3044I could have better spared a better man.
line 3045O, I should have a heavy miss of thee
line 3046If I were much in love with vanity.
line 3047Death hath not struck so fat a deer today,
110line 3048Though many dearer in this bloody fray.
line 3049Emboweled will I see thee by and by;
line 3050Till then in blood by noble Percy lie.He exits.

Falstaff riseth up.

line 3051FALSTAFFEmboweled? If thou embowel me today, I’ll
line 3052give you leave to powder me and eat me too
115line 3053tomorrow. ’Sblood, ’twas time to counterfeit, or
line 3054that hot termagant Scot had paid me scot and lot
line 3055too. Counterfeit? I lie. I am no counterfeit. To die is
line 3056to be a counterfeit, for he is but the counterfeit of a
line 3057man who hath not the life of a man; but to counterfeit
120line 3058dying when a man thereby liveth is to be no
line 3059counterfeit, but the true and perfect image of life
line 3060indeed. The better part of valor is discretion, in the
Act 5 Scene 4 - Pg 219 line 3061which better part I have saved my life. Zounds, I am
line 3062afraid of this gunpowder Percy, though he be dead.
125line 3063How if he should counterfeit too, and rise? By my
line 3064faith, I am afraid he would prove the better counterfeit.
line 3065Therefore I’ll make him sure, yea, and I’ll swear
line 3066I killed him. Why may not he rise as well as I?
line 3067Nothing confutes me but eyes, and nobody sees me.
130line 3068Therefore, sirrah, stabbing him with a new wound
line 3069in your thigh, come you along with me.

He takes up Hotspur on his back.

Enter Prince and John of Lancaster.

line 3070Come, brother John. Full bravely hast thou fleshed
line 3071Thy maiden sword.
line 3072LANCASTERBut soft, whom have we here?
135line 3073Did you not tell me this fat man was dead?
line 3074PRINCEI did; I saw him dead,
line 3075Breathless and bleeding on the ground.—Art thou
line 3076alive?
line 3077Or is it fantasy that plays upon our eyesight?
140line 3078I prithee, speak. We will not trust our eyes
line 3079Without our ears. Thou art not what thou seem’st.
line 3080FALSTAFFNo, that’s certain. I am not a double man.
line 3081But if I be not Jack Falstaff, then am I a jack. There
line 3082is Percy. If your father will do me any honor, so; if
145line 3083not, let him kill the next Percy himself. I look to be
line 3084either earl or duke, I can assure you.
line 3085Why, Percy I killed myself, and saw thee dead.
line 3086FALSTAFFDidst thou? Lord, Lord, how this world is
line 3087given to lying. I grant you, I was down and out of
150line 3088breath, and so was he, but we rose both at an instant
line 3089and fought a long hour by Shrewsbury clock. If I
line 3090may be believed, so; if not, let them that should
line 3091reward valor bear the sin upon their own heads. I’ll
Act 5 Scene 5 - Pg 221 line 3092take it upon my death, I gave him this wound in
155line 3093the thigh. If the man were alive and would deny
line 3094it, zounds, I would make him eat a piece of my
line 3095sword.
line 3096This is the strangest tale that ever I heard.
line 3097This is the strangest fellow, brother John.—
160line 3098Come bring your luggage nobly on your back.
line 3099For my part, if a lie may do thee grace,
line 3100I’ll gild it with the happiest terms I have.

A retreat is sounded.

line 3101The trumpet sounds retreat; the day is ours.
line 3102Come, brother, let us to the highest of the field
165line 3103To see what friends are living, who are dead.

They exit.

line 3104FALSTAFFI’ll follow, as they say, for reward. He that
line 3105rewards me, God reward him. If I do grow great,
line 3106I’ll grow less, for I’ll purge and leave sack and live
line 3107cleanly as a nobleman should do.

He exits carrying Hotspur’s body.

Scene 5

The trumpets sound. Enter the King, Prince of Wales, Lord John of Lancaster, Earl of Westmoreland, with Worcester and Vernon prisoners, and Soldiers.

line 3108Thus ever did rebellion find rebuke.—
line 3109Ill-spirited Worcester, did not we send grace,
line 3110Pardon, and terms of love to all of you?
line 3111And wouldst thou turn our offers contrary,
5line 3112Misuse the tenor of thy kinsman’s trust?
line 3113Three knights upon our party slain today,
line 3114A noble earl, and many a creature else
Act 5 Scene 5 - Pg 223 line 3115Had been alive this hour
line 3116If, like a Christian, thou hadst truly borne
10line 3117Betwixt our armies true intelligence.
line 3118What I have done my safety urged me to.
line 3119And I embrace this fortune patiently,
line 3120Since not to be avoided it falls on me.
line 3121Bear Worcester to the death, and Vernon too.
15line 3122Other offenders we will pause upon.

Worcester and Vernon exit, under guard.

line 3123How goes the field?
line 3124The noble Scot, Lord Douglas, when he saw
line 3125The fortune of the day quite turned from him,
line 3126The noble Percy slain, and all his men
20line 3127Upon the foot of fear, fled with the rest,
line 3128And, falling from a hill, he was so bruised
line 3129That the pursuers took him. At my tent
line 3130The Douglas is, and I beseech your Grace
line 3131I may dispose of him.
25line 3132KINGWith all my heart.
line 3133Then, brother John of Lancaster, to you
line 3134This honorable bounty shall belong.
line 3135Go to the Douglas and deliver him
line 3136Up to his pleasure, ransomless and free.
30line 3137His valors shown upon our crests today
line 3138Have taught us how to cherish such high deeds,
line 3139Even in the bosom of our adversaries.
line 3140I thank your Grace for this high courtesy,
line 3141Which I shall give away immediately.
35line 3142Then this remains, that we divide our power.
line 3143You, son John, and my cousin Westmoreland,
Act 5 Scene 5 - Pg 225 line 3144Towards York shall bend you with your dearest
line 3145speed
line 3146To meet Northumberland and the prelate Scroop,
40line 3147Who, as we hear, are busily in arms.
line 3148Myself and you, son Harry, will towards Wales
line 3149To fight with Glendower and the Earl of March.
line 3150Rebellion in this land shall lose his sway,
line 3151Meeting the check of such another day.
45line 3152And since this business so fair is done,
line 3153Let us not leave till all our own be won.

They exit.

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