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To gripe the general sway into your hand ;
Fal. Hal, if thou see me down in the battle, and Forgot your oath to us at Doncaster ;
bestride me, so; 'tis a point of friendship. And, being fed by us, you us'd us so
P. Hen. Nothing but a colossus can do thee that As that ungentle gull, the cuckoo's bird,
friendship. Say thy prayers, and farewell. Useth the sparrow; did oppress our nest;
Fal. I would it were bed-time, Hal, and all well. Grew by our feeding to so great a bulk,
P. Hen. Why, thou owest heaven a death. That even our love durst not come near your sight,
[Exit. For fear of swallowing; but with nimble wing Fal. 'Tis not due yet; I would be loath to pay We were enforc'd for safety sake, to fly
before the day. What need I be so forward with Out of your sight, and raise this present head : him that calls not on me? Well, 'tis no matter; Whereby we stand opposed by such means Honour pricks me on. Yea, but how if honour As you yourself have forg'd against yourself ; prick me off when I come on? how then ? Can By unkind usage, dangerous countenance,
honour set to a leg? No. Or an arm? No. And violation of all faith and troth
Or take away the grief of a wound ? No. Honour Sworn to us in your younger enterprize.
hath no skill in surgery ihen? No. What is honour? K. Hen. These things, indeed, you have articu- A word. What is in that word, honour? What is lated ,
that honour? Air. A trim reckoning! Who Proclaim'd at market-crosses, read in churches; hath it? He that died o' Wednesday. Doth he To face the garment of rebellion
feel it? No. Doth he hear it? No. Is it insenWith some fine colour, that may please the eye sible then? Yea, to the dead. But will it not live Of fickle changelings, and poor discontents, with the living ? No. Why? Detraction will not Which gape, and rub the elbow, at the news suffer it :- therefore I'll none of it: Honour is a Of hurlyburly innovation :
mere scutcheon, and so ends my catechism. (Exit. And never yet did insurrection want Such water-colours, to impaint his cause;
SCENE II. The Rebel Camp.
Enter WORCESTER and VERNON.
Then are we all undone. This present enterprize set off his head,
It is not possible, it cannot be, I do not think, a braver gentleman,
The king should keep his word in loving us; More active-valiant, or more valiant-young, He will suspect us still, and find a time More daring, or more bold, is now alive,
To punish this offence in other faults : To grace his latter age with noble deeds.
Suspicion shall be all stuck full of eyes : For my part, I may speak it to my shame,
For treason is but trusted like the fox; I have a truant been to chivalry ;
Who, ne'er so tame, so cherish'd, and lock'd up, And so, I hear, he doth account me too :
Will have a wild trick of his ancestors. Yet this before my father's majesty,
Look how we can, or sad, or merrily, I ain content, that he shall take the odds
Interpretation will misquote our looks; Of his great name and estimation;
And we shall feed like oxen at a stall, And will, to save the blood on either side,
The better cherish’d, still the nearer death Try fortune with him in a single fight.
My nephew's trespass may be well forgot, K. Hen. And, prince of Wales, so dare we venture It hath the excuse of youth, and heat of blood; thee,
And an adopted name of privilege, Albeit, considerations infinite
A hare-brain' Hotspur, govern'd by a spleen: Do make against it :- No, good Worcester, no, All his offences live upon my head, We love our people well ; even those we love, And on his father's ; — we did train him on; That are misled upon your cousin's part:
And, his corruption being ta'en from us, And, will they take the offer of our grace,
We, as the spring of all, shall pay for all. Both he, and they, and you, yea, every man Therefore, good cousin, let not Harry know, Shall be my friend again, and I'll be his :
In any case, the offer of the king. So tell your cousin, and bring me word
Ver. Deliver what you will, I'll say, 'tis so. What he will do : – But if he will not yield, Here comes your cousin. Rebuke and dread correction wait on us, And they shall do their office. So, be gone ; Enter Hotspur and Douglas; and Officers and We will not now be troubled with reply :
Soldiers, behind. We offer fair, take it advisedly.
Hot. My uncle is return'd: - Deliver up (Exeunt WORCESTER and Vernon. My lord of Westmoreland. — Uncle, what news ? P. Hen. It will not be accepted on my life : Wor. The king will bid you battle presently. The Douglas and the Hotspur both together Doug, Defy him by the lord of Westmoreland. Are confident against the world in arms.
Hot. Lord Douglas, go you and tell him so. K. Hen. Hence, therefore, every leader to his Doug. Marry, and shall, and very willingly. charge ;
[Esit. For, on their answer, will we set on them :
Wor. There is no seeming mercy in the king. And God befriend us, as our cause is just !
Hot. Did you beg any? God forbid !
Of his oath-breaking; which he mended thus,
By now forswearing that he is forsworn :
And by that musick let us all embrace :
[The Trumpets sound. They embrace, and exeunt. Re-enter DOUGLAS. Doug. Arm, gentlemen ; to arms! for I have
SCENE III. - Plain near Shrewsbury. thrown A brave defiance in king Henry's teeth,
Ercursions, and Parties fighting. Alarum to the And Westmoreland, that was engag'd, did bear it; Battle. Then enter Douglas and BLUNT, meeting. Which cannot choose but bring him quickly on. Wor. The prince of Wales stepp'd forth before Thou crossest me? what honour dost thou seek
Blunt. What is thy name, that in the battle thus the king, And, nephew, challeng'd you to single fight.
Upon my head ?
Doug Hot. 0, 'would the quarrel lay upon our heads ;
Know then, my name is Douglas;
And I do haunt thee in the battle thus,
Because some tell me that thou art a king.
Blunt. They tell thee true.
Doug. The lord of Stafford dear to-day hath
bought Did hear a challenge urg'd more modestly,
Thy likeness; for, instead of thee king Harry, Unless a brother should a brother dare
This sword hath ended him: so shall it thee,
Unless thou yield thee as my prisoner.
Blunt. I was not born a yielder, thou proud Scot:
And thou shalt find a king that will revenge
Lord Stafford's death.
[They fight, and Blunt is slain. And, which became him like a prince indeed,
Hot. O Douglas, hadst thou fought at Holmedon As if he inaster'd there a double spirit,
thus, Of teaching, and of learning, instantly.
I never had triumph'd upon a Scot. There did he pause : But let me tell the world, - Doug. All's done, all's won; here breathless lies If he outlive the envy of this day,
the king. England did never owe 7 so sweet a hope,
Hot. Where? So much misconstrued in his wantonness.
Doug. Here? Hot. Cousin, I think, thou art enamoured
Hot. This, Douglas ? no, I know this face full
well : Upon his follies; never did I hear Of any prince, so wild, at liberty :
A gallant knight he was, his name was Blunt; But, be he as he will, yet once ere night
Semblably furnish'd like the king himself. I will embrace him with a soldier's arm,
Doug. A fuol go with thy soul, whither it goes, That he shall shrink under my courtesy.
A borrow'd title hast thou bought too dear. Arm, arm, with speed : And, fellows, soldiers, Why didst thou tell me that thou wert a king? friends,
Hot. The king hath many marching in his coats Better consider what you have to do,
Doug. Now, by my sword, I will kill all his coats; Than I, that have not well the gift of tongue,
I'll murder all his wardrobe, piece by piece,
Until I meet the king.
Up, and away;
Our soldiers stand full fairly for the day. (Exeunt.
Other Alarums. Enter FALSTAFF. O gentlemen, the time of life is short;
Fal. Though I could 'scape shot-free at London, To spend that shortness basely, were too long, I fear the shot here; here's no scoring, but upon If life did ride upon a dial's point,
the pate. — Soft! who art thou? Sir Walter Blunt; Still ending at the arrival of an hour.
there's honour for you: Here's no vanity! -Í An if we live, we live to tread on kings;
am as hot as molten lead, and as heavy too; heaven If die, brave death, when princes die with us! keep lead out of me! I need no more weight than Now for our conscience, the arms are fair, mine own bowels. I have led my raggamuffins When the intent of bearing them is just.
where they are peppered: there's but three of my Enter another Messenger.
hundred and fifty left alive ; and they are for the town's end, to beg during life.
But who come
Enter PRINCE HENRY.
P. Hen. What, stand'st thou idle here? lend me A sword, whose temper I intend to stain
thy sword : With the best blood that I can meet withal
Many a nobleman lies stark and stiff In the adventure of this perilous day.
Under the hoofs of vaunting enemies, Now, — Esperance ! ? – Percy! — and set on. — Whose deaths are unreveng'd: Pr’ythee, lend thy Sound all the lofty instruments of war,
Fal. O Hal, I pr’ythee, give me leave to breathe 6 Recital. & The motto of the Percy family.
a while. — Turk Gregory never did such deeds in
arms, as I have done this day. I have paid Percy, P. Hen. Hold up thy head, vile Scot, or thou art I have made him sure.
like P. Hen. He is, indeed ; and living to kill thee. Never to hold it up again! the spirits Lend me thy sword, I pr’ythee.
Of Shirley, Stafford, Blunt, are in my arms : Fal. Nay, Hal, if Percy be alive, thou get'st not It is the prince of Wales, that threatens thee; my sword; but take my pistol, if thou wilt. Who never promiseth, but he means to pay P. Hen. Give it me: What, is it in the case ?
[They fight; Douglas flies. Fal. Ay, Hal ; 'tis hot, 'tis hot! there's that will Cheerly, my lord; how fares your grace ? sack a city. [The Prince draws out a bottle of sack. Sir Nicholas Gawsey hath for succour sent, P. Hen. What, is't a time to jest and dally now? And so hath Clifton ; I'll to Clifton straight.
[Throws it at him, and exit. K. Hen. Stay, and breathe a while : Fal. Well, if Percy be alive, I'll pierce him. If Thou hast redeem'd thy lost opinion ; he do come in my way, so: if he do not, if I come And show'd thou mak'st some tender of my life, in his, willingly, let him make a carbonado 9 of me. In this fair rescue thou hast brought to me. I like not such grinning honour, as sir Walter hath: P. Hen. O, heaven! they did me too much injury, Give me life : which if I can save, so; if not, That ever said, I hearkend for your death, honour comes unlook'd for, and there's an end. If it were so, I might have let alone
[Erit. The insulting hand of Douglas over you ; SCENE IV. - Another Part of the Field. Which would have been as speedy in your end, Alarums. Excursions. Enter the KING, PRINCE As all the poisonous potions in the world, HENRY, PRINCE John, and WESTMORELAND.
And sav'd the treacherous labour of your son. K. Hen. I pr’ythee,
K. Hen. Make up to Clifton, I'll to sir Nicholas Harry, withdraw thyself; thou bleed'st too much:
[Exit King Henry. Lord John of Lancaster, go you with him.
Enter HOTSPUR. P. John. Not I, my lord, unless I did bleed too. Hot. If I mistake not, thou art Harry Monmouth.
P. Hen. I do beseech your majesty, make up, P. Hen. Thou speak'st as if I would deny my Lest your retirement do amaze your friends.
name. K. Hen. I will do so:
Hot. My name is Harry Percy. My lord of Westmoreland, lead him to his tent. P. Hen.
Why, then I see West. Come, my lord, I will lead you to your tent. A very valiant rebel of the name, P. Hen. Lead me, my lord ? I do not need your I am the prince of Wales; and think not, Percy help:
To share with me in glory any more : And heaven forbid, a shallow scratch should drive Two stars keep not their motion in one sphere; The prince of Wales from such a field as this; Nor can one England brook a double reign, Where stain'd nobility lies trodden on,
Of Harry Percy, and the prince of Wales. And rebels' arms triumph in massacres !
Hot. Nor shall it, Harry, for the hour is come P. John. We breathe too long: - Come, cousin To end the one of us; And 'would to God, Westmoreland,
Thy name in arms were now as great as mine! Our duty this way lies; for heaven's sake, come. P. Hen. I'll make it greater, ere I part from thee;
(Exeunt PRINCE John and WESTMORELAND. And all the budding honours on thy crest P. Hen. By heaven, thou hast deceiv'd me, Lan- I'll crop to make a garland for my head. caster,
Hot. I can no longer brook thy vanities. I did not think thee lord of such a spirit :
[They fight. Before, I lov'd thee as a brother, John;
Enter FALSTAFF. But now, I do respect thee as my soul.
Fal. Well said, Hal! to it, Hal!- Nay, you shall K. Hen. I saw him hold lord Percy at the point, find no boy's play here, I can tell you. With lustier maintenance than I did look for Of such an ungrown warrior.
Enter Douglas; he fights with Falstaff, who falls P. Hen.
O, this boy
down as if he were dead, and exit Douglas. Lends mettle to us all !
Exit. Hotspur is wounded, and falls.
Hot. O, Harry, thou hast robb'd me of my youth;
Than those proud titles thou hast won of me; That wear those colours on them. - What art thou, They wound my thoughts, worse than thy sword my That counterfeit'st the person of a king ?
flesh : K. Hen. The king himself; who, Douglas, grieves But thought's the slave of life, and life time's fool; at heart,
And time, that takes survey of all the world, So many of his shadows thou hast met,
Must have a stop. O, I could prophesy, And not the very king. I have two boys
But that the earthy and cold hand of death Seek Percy and thyself, about the field:
Lies on my tongue : - No, Percy, thou art dust, But, seeing thou fallist on me so luckily,
And food for
(Dies. I will assay thee; so defend thyself.
P. Hen. For worms, brave Percy; Fare thee well, Doug. I fear, thou art another counterfeit ;
great heart ! And yet, in faith, thou bear'st thee like a king : Ill-weav'd ambition, how much art thou shrunk! But mine, I am sure, thou art, whoe'er thou be, When that this body did contain a spirit, And thus I win thee.
A kingdom for it was too small a bound; (They fight; the King being in danger, But now, two paces of the vilest earth enter Prince HENRY.
Is room enough. — This earth that bears thee dead, • A piece of meat cut crosswise for the gridiron. Bears not alive so stout a gentleman,
If thou wert sensible of courtesy,
would deny it, I would make him eat a piece of my I should not make so dear a show of zeal : - sword. But let my favours i hide thy mangled face ;
P. John. This is the strangest tale that e'er I heard. And, even in thy behalf, I'll thank myself
P. Hen. This is the strangest fellow, brother For doing these fair rites of tenderness.
John. Adieu, and take thy praise with thee to heaven ! Come, bring your luggage nobly on your back : Thy ignominy sleep with thee in the grave,
For my part, if a lie may do thee grace, But not remember'd in thy epitaph !
I'll gild it with the happiest terms I have. [He sees Falstaff on the ground.
(A Retreat is sounded. What! old acquaintance ! could not all this flesh The trumpet sounds retreat, the day is ours. Keep in a little life? Poor Jack, farewell !
Come, brother, let's to the highest of the field, I could have better spar'd a better man.
To see what friends are living, who are dead. O, I should have a heavy miss of thee,
(Ereunt PRINCE HENRY and PRINCE Joux, If I were much in love with vanity.
Fal. I'll follow, as they say, for reward. He that Death hath not struck so fat a deer to-day,
rewards me, heaven reward him! If I do grow great, Though many dearer, in this bloody fray: - I'll grow less; for I'll purge, and leave sack, and Embowell'd will I see thee by and by;
live as a nobleman should do. Till then, in blood by noble Percy lie. [Exit.
(Exit, bearing off the body. Fal. [Rising slowly.] Embowelled ! if thou embowel me to-day, I'll give you leave to powder ?
SCENE V. - Another Part of the Field. me, and eat me too, to-morrow. 'Twas time to counterfeit, or that hot termagant Scot had paid me
The Trumpets sound. Enter KıxG HENRY, PRINCE scot and lot too. Counterfeit? I lie, I am no
HENRY, PRINCE John, WESTMORELAND, and counterfeit : To die, is to be a counterfeit; for he
others; wilh WORCESTER and VERNON, Prisoners. is but the counterfeit of a man, who hath not the life K. Hen. Thus ever did rebellion find rebuke. of a man : but to counterfeit dying, when a man Ill-spirited Worcester ! did we not send grace thereby liveth, is to be no counterfeit, but the true Pardon, and terms of love to all of you ? and perfect image of life indeed. The better part And wouldst thou turn our offers contrary? of valour is— discretion; in the which better part, Misuse the tenor of thy kinsman's trust? I have saved my life. I am afraid of this gunpowder Three knights upon our party slain to-day, Percy, though he be dead: How, if he should | A noble earl, and many a creature else, counterfeit too, and rise? I am afraid, he would Had been alive this hour, prove the better counterfeit. Therefore I'll make If, like a Christian, thou hadst truly borne him sure: yea, and I'll swear I killed him. Why Betwixt our armies true intelligence. may not he rise, as well as I ? Nothing confutes me Wor. What I have done, my safety urg'd me to; but eyes, and nobody seees me. Therefore, sirrah, And I embrace this fortune patiently, (Stabbing him.) with a new wound in your thigh, Since not to be avoided it falls on me. come you along with me.
K. Hen. Bear Worcester to the death, and Vernon [Takes Hotspur on his back.
Other offenders we will pause upon. Re-enter Prince HENRY and PRINCE John.
[Exeunt Worcester and Vernon, guarded. P. Hen. Come, brother John, full bravely hast How goes the field ? thou flesh'd
P. Hen. The noble Scot, lord Douglas, when he saw Thy maiden sword.
The fortune of the day quite turn'd from him, P. John. But, soft! whom have we here? The noble Percy slain, and all his men Did you not tell me, this fat man was dead ? Upon the foot of fear, - fled with the rest ; P. Hen. I did; I saw him dead, breathless and And, falling from a hill
, he was so bruis'd, bleeding
That the pursuers took him. At my tent Upon the ground.
The Douglas is; and I beseech your grace, Art thou alive? or is it phantasy
I may dispose of him. That plays upon our eyesight? I prythee, speak;
With all my heart. We will not trust our eyes, without our ears :- P. Hen. Then, brother John of Lancaster, to you, Thou art not what thou seem'st.
This honourable bounty shall belong : Fal. No, that's certain ; I am not a double man:
Go to the Douglas, and deliver him but if I be not Jack Falstaff
, then am I a Jack. Up to his pleasure, ransomeless and free: There is Percy: [Throwing the body down.) if your His valour shown upon our crests to-day, father will do me any honour, so, if not, let him Hath taught us how to cherish such high deeds, kill the next Percy himself. I look to be either Even in the bosom of our adversaries. earl, or duke, I can assure you.
K. Hen. Then this remains, that we divide our P. Hen. Why, Percy I killed myself, and saw
power. thee dead.
You, son John, and my cousin Westmoreland, Fal. Didst thou? - Lord, lord, how this world Towards York shall bend you, with your dearest speed, is given to lying ! - I grant you, I was down, and To meet Northumberland, and the prelate Scroop, out of breath; and so was he : but we rose both at Who, as we hear, are busily in arms: an instant, and fought a long hour by Shrewsbury Myself, -and you, son Harry,—will towards Wales, clock. If I may be believed, so; if not, let them, To fight with Glendower, and the earl of March. that should reward valour, bear the sin upon their Rebellion in this land shall lose his sway, own heads. I'll take it upon my death, I gave him Meeting the check of such another day: this wound in the thigh: if the man were alive, and And since this business so fair is done, Scarf, with which he covers Percy's face.
Let us not leave till all our own be won. (Exeunt.
King HENRY THE FOURTH.
Travers and Morton, Domestics of NorthumberHENRY, Prince of Wales, afterwards
land. King Henry V.;
Falstarf, BARDOLPH, Pistol, and Page. Thomas, Duke of Clarence ;
Poins and Peto, Attendants on Prince Henry. PRINCE John of Lancaster, afterwards
SHALLOW and SILENCE, Country Justices.
his Sons. (2 Henry V.) Duke of Bedford ;
Davy, Servant to Shallow. PRINCE HUMPHREY of Gloster, after
MOULDY, SHADOW, WART, FEEBLE, and BULL-CALF, wards (2 Henry V.) Duke of
Fang and SNARE, Sheriff's Officers.
of the King's Party.
A Dancer, Speaker of the Epilogue.
Enemies to the
Lords and other Attendants ; Officers, Soldiers, LORD BARDOLPH ;
Messengers, Drawers, Grooms, &c. Sir John COLEVILE;
SCENE, — England.
Warkworth. Before Northumberland's Castle. Can play upon it. But what need I thus
My well-known body to anatomize Enter Rumour, painted full of Tongues. Among my household ? Why is Rumour here? Rum. Open your ears; For which of you will I run before King Harry's victory, stop
Who, in a bloody field by Shrewsbury, The vent of hearing, when loud Rumour speaks? Hath beaten down young Hotspur, and his troops, I, from the orient to the drooping west,
Quenching the flame of bold rebellion Making the wind my post-horse, still unfold Even with the rebel's blood. But what mean I The acts commenced on this ball of earth : To speak so true at first ? my office is Upon my tongues continual slanders ride ; To noise abroad, — that Harry Monmouth fell The which in every language I pronounce, Under the wrath of noble Hotspur's sword; Stuffing the ears of men with false reports.
And that the king before the Douglas' rage I speak of peace, while covert enmity,
Stoop'd his anointed head as low as death. Under the smile of safety, wounds the world : This have I rumour'd through the peasant towns And who but Rumour, who but only I,
Between that royal field of Shrewsbury Make fearful musters, and prepar'd defence;
And this worm-eaten hold of ragged stone, Whilst the big year, swol'n with some other grief, Where Hotspur's father, old Northumberland, Is thought with child by the stern tyrant war, Lies crafty-sick: the posts come tiring on, And no such matter? Rumour is a pipe
And not a man of them brings other news Blown by surmises, jealousies, conjectures ; Than they have learn'd of me; From Rumour's And of so easy and so plain a stop,
tongues That the blunt monster with uncounted heads, They bring smooth comforts false, worse than true The still-discordant wavering multitude,