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The First Part of King Henry the Fourth.
Scæna Secunda. [Act 4, Scene 2] Enter Falstaffe and Bardolph. Falst.

Bardolph, get thee before to Couentry, fill me a

Bottle of Sack, our Souldiers shall march through: wee'le

to Sutton‑cop‑hill to Night.

Bard.

Will you giue me Money, Captaine?

Falst.
[2300]

Lay out, lay out.

Bard.

This Bottle makes an Angell.

Falst.

And if it doe, take it for thy labour: and if it

make twentie, take them all, Ile answere the Coynage.

Bid my Lieutenant Peto meete me at the Townes end.

Bard.
[2305]

I will Captaine: farewell.

Exit. Falst.

If I be not asham'd of my Souldiers, I am a

sowc't‑Gurnet: I haue mis‑vs'd the Kings Presse dam­

nably. I haue got, in exchange of a hundred and fiftie

Souldiers, three hundred and odde Pounds. I presse me

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none but good House‑holders, Yeomens Sonnes: enquire

me out contracted Batchelers, such as had beene ask'd

twice on the Banes: such a Commoditie of warme slaues,

as had as lieue heare the Deuill, as a Drumme; such as

feare the report of a Caliuer, worse then a struck‑Foole,

[2315]

or a hurt wilde‑Ducke. I prest me none but such Tostes

and Butter, with Hearts in their Bellyes no bigger then

Pinnes heads, and they haue bought out their seruices:

And now, my whole Charge consists of Ancients, Cor­

porals, Lieutenants, Gentlemen of Companies, Slaues as

[2320]

ragged as Lazarus in the painted Cloth, where the Glut­

tons Dogges licked his Sores; and such, as indeed were

neuer Souldiers, but dis‑carded vniust Seruingmen, youn­

ger Sonnes to younger Brothers, reuolted Tapsters and

Ostlers, Trade‑falne, the Cankers of a calme World, and

[2325]

long Peace, tenne times more dis‑honorable ragged, then

an old‑fac'd Ancient; and such haue I to fill vp the

roomes of them that haue bought out their seruices: that

you would thinke, that I had a hundred and fiftie totter'd

Prodigalls, lately come from Swine‑keeping, from eating

[2330]

Draffe and Huskes. A mad fellow met me on the way,

and told me, I had vnloaded all the Gibbets, and prest the

dead bodyes. No eye hath seene such skar‑Crowes: Ile

not march through Couentry with them, that's flat. Nay,

and the Villaines march wide betwixt the Legges, as if

[2335]

they had Gyues on; for indeede, I had the most of them

out of Prison. There's not a Shirt and a halfe in all my

Company: and the halfe Shirt is two Napkins tackt to­

gether, and throwne ouer the shoulders like a Heralds

Coat, without sleeues: and the Shirt, to say the truth,

[2340]

stolne from my Host of S. Saint Albones, or the Red‑Nose

Inne‑keeper of Dauintry. But that's all one, they'le finde

Linnen enough on euery Hedge.

Enter the Prince, and the Lord of Westmerland. Prince.

How now blowne Iack? how now Quilt?

Falst.

What Hal? How now mad Wag, what a Deuill

[2345]

do'st thou in Warwickshire? My good Lord of West­

merland, I cry you mercy, I thought your Honour had al­

ready beene at Shrewsbury.

West.

'Faith, Sir Iohn,'tis more then time that I were

there, and you too: but my Powers are there alreadie.

[2350]

The King, I can tell you, lookes for vs all: we must away

all to Night.

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Falst.

Tut, neuer fear me, I am as vigilant as a Cat, to

steale Creame.

Prince.

I thinke to steale Creame indeed, for thy theft

[2355]

hath alreadie made thee Butter: but tell me, Iack, whose

fellowes are these that come after?

Falst.

Mine, Hal, mine.

Prince.

I did neuer see such pittifull Rascals.

Falst.

Tut, tut, good enough to tosse: foode for Pow­

[2360]

der, foode for Powder: they'le fill a Pit, as well as better:

tush man; mortall men, mortall men.

Westm.

I, but Sir Iohn, me thinkes they are exceeding

poore and bare, too beggarly.

Falst.

Faith, for their pouertie, I know not where they

[2365]

had that; and for their barenesse, I am sure they neuer

learn'd that of me.

Prince.

No, Ile be sworne, vnlesse you call three fingers

on the Ribbes bare. But sirra, make haste, Percy is already

in the field.

Falst.
[2370]

What, is the King encamp'd?

Westm.

Hee is, Sir Iohn, I feare wee shall stay too

long.

Falst.

Well, to the latter end of a Fray, and the begin­

ning of a Feast, fits a dull fighter, and a keene Guest.

Exeunt.
Scœna Tertia. [Act 4, Scene 2] Enter Hotspur, Worcester, Dowglas, and Vernon. Hotsp.
[2375]
Wee'le fight with him to Night.
Worc. It may not be. Dowg. You giue him then aduantage. Vern. Not a whit. Hotsp. Why say you so? lookes he not for supply? Vern.
[2380]
So doe wee.
Hotsp. His is certaine, ours is doubtfull. Worc. Good Cousin be aduis'd, stirre not to night. Vern. Doe not, my Lord. Dowg. You doe not counsaile well:
[2385]
You speake it out of feare, and cold heart.
Vern. Doe me no slander, Dowglas: by my Life, And I dare well maintaine it with my Life, If well‑respected Honor bid me on, I hold as little counsaile with weake feare,
[2390]
As you, my Lord, or any Scot that this day liues. Let it be seene to morrow in the Battell, Which of vs feares.
Dowg. Yea, or to night. Vern. Content. Hotsp.
[2395]
To night, say I.
Vern. Come, come, it may not be. I wonder much, being men of such great leading as you are That you fore‑see not what impediments Drag backe our expedition: certaine Horse
[2400]
Of my Cousin Vernons are not yet come vp, Your Vnckle Worcesters Horse came but to day, And now their pride and mettall is asleepe, Their courage with hard labour tame and dull, That not a Horse is halfe the halfe of himselfe.
Hotsp.
[2405]
So are the Horses of the Enemie In generall iourney bated, and brought low: The better part of ours are full of rest.
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Scœna Tertia. [Act 4, Scene 2] Enter Hotspur, Worcester, Dowglas, and Vernon. Hotsp.
[2375]
Wee'le fight with him to Night.
Worc. It may not be. Dowg. You giue him then aduantage. Vern. Not a whit. Hotsp. Why say you so? lookes he not for supply? Vern.
[2380]
So doe wee.
Hotsp. His is certaine, ours is doubtfull. Worc. Good Cousin be aduis'd, stirre not to night. Vern. Doe not, my Lord. Dowg. You doe not counsaile well:
[2385]
You speake it out of feare, and cold heart.
Vern. Doe me no slander, Dowglas: by my Life, And I dare well maintaine it with my Life, If well‑respected Honor bid me on, I hold as little counsaile with weake feare,
[2390]
As you, my Lord, or any Scot that this day liues. Let it be seene to morrow in the Battell, Which of vs feares.
Dowg. Yea, or to night. Vern. Content. Hotsp.
[2395]
To night, say I.
Vern. Come, come, it may not be. I wonder much, being men of such great leading as you are That you fore‑see not what impediments Drag backe our expedition: certaine Horse
[2400]
Of my Cousin Vernons are not yet come vp, Your Vnckle Worcesters Horse came but to day, And now their pride and mettall is asleepe, Their courage with hard labour tame and dull, That not a Horse is halfe the halfe of himselfe.
Hotsp.
[2405]
So are the Horses of the Enemie In generall iourney bated, and brought low: The better part of ours are full of rest.
Worc. The number of the King exceedeth ours: For Gods sake, Cousin, stay till all come in. The Trumpet sounds a Parley. Enter Sir Walter Blunt. Blunt.
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I come with gracious offers from the King, If you vouchsafe me hearing, and respect.
Hotsp. Welcome, Sir Walter Blunt: And would to God you were of our determination. Some of vs loue vou well: and euen those some
[2415]
Enuie your great deseruings, and good name, Because you are not of our qualitie, But stand against vs like an Enemie.
Blunt. And Heauen defend, but still I should stand so, So long as out of Limit, and true Rule,
[2420]
You stand against anoynted Maiestie. But to my Charge. The King hath sent to know The nature of your Griefes, and whereupon You coniure from the Brest of Ciuill Peace,
[2425]
Such bold Hostilitie, teaching his dutious Land Audacious Crueltie. If that the King Haue any way your good Deserts forgot, Which he confesseth to be manifold, He bids you name your Griefes, and with all speed
[2430]
You shall haue your desires, with interest; And Pardon absolute for your selfe, and these, Herein mis‑led, by your suggestion.
Hotsp. The King is kinde: And well wee know, the King
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Knowes at what time to promise, when to pay. My Father, my Vnckle, and my selfe, Did giue him that same Royaltie he weares: And when he was not sixe and twentie strong; Sicke in the Worlds regard, wretched, and low,
[2440]
A poore vnminded Out‑law, sneaking home, My Father gaue him welcome to the shore: And when he heard him sweare, and vow to God, He came but to be Duke of Lancaster, To sue his Liuerie, and begge his Peace,
[2445]
With teares of Innocencie, and tearmes of Zeale; My Father, in kinde heart and pitty mou'd, Swore him assistance, and perform'd it too. Now, when the Lords and Barons of the Realme Perceiu'd Northumberland did leane to him,
[2450]
The more and lesse came in with Cap and Knee, Met him in Boroughs, Cities, Villages, Attended him on Bridges, stood in Lanes, Layd Gifts before him, proffer'd him their Oathes, Gaue him their Heires, as Pages followed him,
[2455]
Euen at the heeles, in golden multitudes. He presently, as Greatnesse knowes it selfe, steps me a little higher then his Vow Made to my Father, while his blood was poore, Vpon the naked shore at Rauenspurgh:
[2460]
And now (forsooth) takes on him to reforme Some certaine Edicts, and some strait Decrees, That lay top heauie on the Common‑wealth; Cryes out vpon abuses, seemes to weepe Ouer his Countries Wrongs: and by this Face,
[2465]
This seeming Brow of Iustice, did he winne The hearts of all that hee did angle for. Proceeded further, cut me off the Heads Of all the Fauorites, that the absent King In deputation left behinde him heere,
[2470]
When hee was personall in the Irish Warre.
Blunt: Tut, I came not to heare this. Hotsp. Then to the point. In short time after, hee depos'd the King. Soone after that, depriu'd him of his Life:
[2475]
And in the neck of that, task't the whole State. To make that worse, suffer'd his Kinsman March, Who is, if euery Owner were plac'd, Indeede his King, to be engag'd in Wales, There, without Ransome, to lye forfeited:
[2480]
Disgrac'd me in my happie Victories, Sought to intrap me by intelligence, Rated my Vnckle from the Councell‑Boord, In rage dismiss'd my Father from the Court, Broke Oath on Oath, committed Wrong on Wrong,
[2485]
And in conclusion, droue vs to seeke out This Head of safetie; and withall, to prie Into his Title: the which wee finde Too indirect, for long continuance.
Blunt. Shall I returne this answer to the King? Hotsp.
[2490]
Not so, Sir Walter. Wee'le with‑draw a while: Goe to the King, and let there be impawn'd Some suretie for a safe returne againe, And in the Morning early shall my Vnckle
[2495]
Bring him our purpose: and so farewell.
Blunt. I would you would accept of Grace and Loue. Hotsp. And't may be, so wee shall. Blunt. Pray Heauen you doe. Exeunt.
 

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      <l n="2420">You stand against anoynted Maiestie.</l>
      <l n="2421">But to my Charge.</l>
      <l n="2422">The King hath sent to know</l>
      <l n="2423">The nature of your Griefes, and whereupon</l>
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      <l n="2425">Such bold Hostilitie, teaching his dutious Land</l>
      <l n="2426">Audacious Crueltie. If that the King</l>
      <l n="2427">Haue any way your good Deserts forgot,</l>
      <l n="2428">Which he confesseth to be manifold,</l>
      <l n="2429">He bids you name your Griefes, and with all speed</l>
      <l n="2430">You shall haue your desires, with interest;</l>
      <l n="2431">And Pardon absolute for your selfe, and these,</l>
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      <l n="2441">My Father gaue him welcome to the shore:</l>
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      <l n="2443">He came but to be Duke of Lancaster,</l>
      <l n="2444">To sue his Liuerie, and begge his Peace,</l>
      <l n="2445">With teares of Innocencie, and tearmes of Zeale;</l>
      <l n="2446">My Father, in kinde heart and pitty mou'd,</l>
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      <l n="2451">Met him in Boroughs, Cities, Villages,</l>
      <l n="2452">Attended him on Bridges, stood in Lanes,</l>
      <l n="2453">Layd Gifts before him, proffer'd him their Oathes,</l>
      <l n="2454">Gaue him their Heires, as Pages followed him,</l>
      <l n="2455">Euen at the heeles, in golden multitudes.</l>
      <l n="2456">He presently, as Greatnesse knowes it selfe,</l>
      <l n="2457">steps me a little higher then his Vow</l>
      <l n="2458">Made to my Father, while his blood was poore,</l>
      <l n="2459">Vpon the naked shore at Rauenspurgh:</l>
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      <l n="2461">Some certaine Edicts, and some strait Decrees,</l>
      <l n="2462">That lay top heauie on the Common‑wealth;</l>
      <l n="2463">Cryes out vpon abuses, seemes to weepe</l>
      <l n="2464">Ouer his Countries Wrongs: and by this Face,</l>
      <l n="2465">This seeming Brow of Iustice, did he winne</l>
      <l n="2466">The hearts of all that hee did angle for.</l>
      <l n="2467">Proceeded further, cut me off the Heads</l>
      <l n="2468">Of all the Fauorites, that the absent King</l>
      <l n="2469">In deputation left behinde him heere,</l>
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      <l n="2470">When hee was personall in the Irish Warre.</l>
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      <l n="2471">Tut, I came not to heare this.</l>
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      <speaker rend="italic">Hotsp.</speaker>
      <l n="2472">Then to the point.</l>
      <l n="2473">In short time after, hee depos'd the King.</l>
      <l n="2474">Soone after that, depriu'd him of his Life:</l>
      <l n="2475">And in the neck of that, task't the whole State.</l>
      <l n="2476">To make that worse, suffer'd his Kinsman<hi rend="italic">March</hi>,</l>
      <l n="2477">Who is, if euery Owner were plac'd,</l>
      <l n="2478">Indeede his King, to be engag'd in Wales,</l>
      <l n="2479">There, without Ransome, to lye forfeited:</l>
      <l n="2480">Disgrac'd me in my happie Victories,</l>
      <l n="2481">Sought to intrap me by intelligence,</l>
      <l n="2482">Rated my Vnckle from the Councell‑Boord,</l>
      <l n="2483">In rage dismiss'd my Father from the Court,</l>
      <l n="2484">Broke Oath on Oath, committed Wrong on Wrong,</l>
      <l n="2485">And in conclusion, droue vs to seeke out</l>
      <l n="2486">This Head of safetie; and withall, to prie</l>
      <l n="2487">Into his Title: the which wee finde</l>
      <l n="2488">Too indirect, for long continuance.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-1h4-blu">
      <speaker rend="italic">Blunt.</speaker>
      <l n="2489">Shall I returne this answer to the King?</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-1h4-hot">
      <speaker rend="italic">Hotsp.</speaker>
      <l n="2490">Not so, Sir<hi rend="italic">Walter</hi>.</l>
      <l n="2491">Wee'le with‑draw a while:</l>
      <l n="2492">Goe to the King, and let there be impawn'd</l>
      <l n="2493">Some suretie for a safe returne againe,</l>
      <l n="2494">And in the Morning early shall my Vnckle</l>
      <l n="2495">Bring him our purpose: and so farewell.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-1h4-blu">
      <speaker rend="italic">Blunt.</speaker>
      <l n="2496">I would you would accept of Grace and Loue.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-1h4-hot">
      <speaker rend="italic">Hotsp.</speaker>
      <l n="2497">And't may be, so wee shall.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-1h4-blu">
      <speaker rend="italic">Blunt.</speaker>
      <l n="2498">Pray Heauen you doe.</l>
   </sp>
   <stage rend="italic rightJustified" type="exit">Exeunt.</stage>
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