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It will be vain to endeavour to prevent many tender-hearted readers, who sigh over the horrors of a battle, from wishing, that the prince's challenge to Hotspur, had produced the single combat he desired; and, that the victory of the day had been so decided.
Such tender, and compassionate persons, should not suffer their estimation of honour thus to sink into an equality with the cowardly Falstaff's; but they should call to mind-that, though it was, in ancient times, considered as a token of valour, for a prince at the head of an army, to challenge to single contest the chief warrior on the opposite side; yet, in modern days, when a powerful monarch threw his gauntlet down, to save the effusion of blood, this act of self-sacrifice was considered as a token of mere mad
HENRY IV. KING OF ENGLAND
Mr. Murray. HENRY, PRINCE or Wales Mr. C. Kemble. PRINCE JOHN OF LANCASTER Mr. Curties. EARL OF WESTMORELAND Mr. Waddy. ARCHIBALD, Earl of DOUGLAS Mr. Claremont. EARL OF WORCESTER
Mr. Cory. EARL OF NORTHUMBE P. LAND Mr. Creswell. HOTSPUR
Mr. Kemble. Sir WALTER BLUNT
Mr. Chapman. Sir RichARD VERNON
Mr. Brunton. Sir John FALSTAFF
Mr. Cooke, SHERIFF
Mr. Field, Poins
Mr. Powers. GADSHILL
Mr. Wilde. BARDOLPH
Mr. Davenport. Peto
Mr. Atkins. FIRST CARRIER
Mr. Emery. SECOND CARRIER
Mr. Beverly. FRANCIS
Mr. Knight. Ostler
KING HENRY IV.
THE FIRST PART.
ACT THE FIRST.
The Palace in London.
Flourish of Trumpets and Drums.
KING HENRY, Prince John of LANCASTER, EARL
OF WESTMORELAND, SIR RICHARD Vernon, SIR WALTER BLUNT, and other GENTLEMEN discovered.
K. Hen. So shaken as we are, so wan with care, Find we a time for frighted peace to pant. No more the thirsty entrants of this soil Shall daub her lips with her own children's blood; No more shall trenching war channel her fields, Nor bruise her flowrets with the armed hoofs Of hostile paces : Therefore, friends, As far as to the sepulchre of Christ
Forthwith a power of English shall we levy,
West. My liege, this haste was hot in question,
K. Hen. Here is a dear, a true-industrious friend,
Sir Walter Blunt, new lighted from his horse,
West. It is a conquest for a prince to boast of.
CO2, Of this young Percy's pride ? the prisoners, Which he, in this adventure, hath surpris’d, To his own use he keeps; and sends me word, I shall have none but Mordake, Earl of Fife. West. This is his uncle's teaching, this is Worces
ter, Malevolent to you, in all aspects.
K. Hen. But I have sent for him to answer this; And, for this cause, awhile, we must neglect Our holy purpose to Jerusalem.
[Rises. Cousin, on Wednesday next, our council we Will hold at Windsor, so inform the lords : But come yourself with speed to us again ;