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P. Hen. O, if it should, how would thy guts fall Fal. Rob me the exchequer, the first thing thou about thy knees ! But, sirrah, there's no room for deest, and do it with unwashed hands too. faith, truth, nor honesty, in this bosom of thine; Barı. Do, my lord. it is all filled up with guts and midriff. Charge an P. Hen. I have procured thee, Jack, a charge of honest woman with picking thy pocket! Why, thou foot. whoreson, impudent, embossed rascal, if there were Fal. I would, it had been of horse. Where any thing in thy pocket but tavern-reckonings, shall I find one that can steal well? O for a fine memorandums of bawdy-houses, and one poor pen- thief, of the age of two and twenty, or thereabouts? ny-worth of sugar-candy, to make thee long winded; | I am heinously unprovided. Well, God be thanked if thy pocket were enriched with any other injuries for these rebels, they offend none but the virtuous; but these, I am a villain. And yet you will stand I laud them, I praise them. to it; you will not pocket up wrong : Art thou not P. Hen. Bardolph. ashamed ?
Bard. My lord. Fal. Dost thou hear, Hal ? thou knowest, in the P. Hen. Go bear this letter to lord John of state of innocency, Adam fell; and what should
Lancaster, poor Jack Falstafl' do, in the days of villainy? Thou My brother John; this to my lord of Westmoreseest I have more flesh than another man; and
land. therefore more frailty. You confess, then, you Go, Poins, to horse, to horse ; for thou, and I, picked my pocket?
Have thirty miles to ride yet ere dinner time. P. Hen. It appears so by the story.
Jack, Ful. Hostess, I forgive thee: Go, make ready | Meet me to-morrow i'the Temple-hall : breakfast; love thy husband, look to thy servants, At two o'clock i'the afternoon : cherish thy guests : thou shalt find me tractable to There shalt thou know thy charge; and there reany honest reason: thou seest, I am pacified.
ceive Still? – Nay, pr’ythee, be gone. [Erit Hostess.] | Money, and order for their furniture. Now, Hal, to the news at court : For the robbery, | The land is burning ; Percy stands on high ; lad, How is that answered ?
And either they, or we, must lower lie. P. Hen. O, my sweet beef, I must still be
[Ereunt Prince, Poins, and BARDOLPH. good angel to thee :--The money is paid back again. Fal. Rare words! brave world! Hostess, Fal. O, I do not like that paying back, 'tis a
my breakfast; come: double labour.
0, I could wish, this tavern were my drum. [Erit. P. Hen. I am good friends with my father, and may do any thing.
SCENE I. The Rebel Camp near Shrewsbury. And at the time of my departure thence,
He was much fear’d by his physicians.
Wor. I would, the state of time had first been Hot. Well said, my noble Scot: If speaking truth,
whole, In this fine age, were not thought flattery,
Ere he by sickness had been visited ; Such attribution should the Douglas have,
His health was never better worth than now. As not a soldier of this season's stamp
Hot. Sick now! droop now! this sickness doth Should go so general current through the world.
infect By heaven, I cannot flatter; I defy
The very life-blood of our enterprize :
So soon be drawn; nor did he think it meet,
On any soul remov'd, but on his own.
That with our small conjunction, we should on,
To see how fortune is dispos'd to us ; What letters hast thou there?- I can but thank For, as he writes, there is no quailing now; you.
Because the king is certainly possess'd Mess. These letters come from your father, Of all our purposes.
What Hot. Letters from him! why comes he not him- Wor. Your father's sickness is a maim to us. self?
Hot. A perilous gash, a very limb lopp'd ofl: Mess. He cannot come, my lord; he's grievous And yet, in faith, 'tis not; his present want sick.
Seems more than we shall find it: - Were it Hot. 'Zounds! how has he the leisure to be sick,
All at one cast ? to set so rich a main
say you to it?
The very list, the very utmost bound
This praise doth nourish agues. Let them come; Of all our fortunes.
They come like sacrifices in their trim. Doug.
’Faith, and so we should ; And to the fire-ey'd maid of smoky war, Where now remains a sweet reversion :
All not, and bleeding, will we offer them :
Up to the ears in blood. I am on fire,
To hear this rich reprisal is so nigh, Hot. A rendezvous, a home to fly unto,
And yet not ours : - Come, let me take my horse, If that the devil and mischance look big
Who is to bear me, like a thunderbolt, Upon the maidenhead of our affairs.
Against the bosom of the prince of Wales : Wor. But yet, I would your father had been here. Harry to Harry shall, hot horse to horse, The quality and hair of our attempt
Meet, and ne'er part, till one drop down a corse. — Brooks no division : It will be thought
0, that Glendower were come! By some, that know not why he is away,
There is more news : That wisdom, loyalty, and mere dislike
I learn'd in Worcester, as I rode along, Of our proceedings, kept the earl from hence; He cannot draw his power this fourteen days. And think, how such an apprehension
Doug. That's the worst tidings that I hear of yet. May turn the tide of fearful faction,
Wor. Ay, by my faith, that bears a frosty sound. And breed a kind of question in our cause :
Hot. What may the king's whole battle reach. For, well you know, we of the offering side
unto? Must keep aloof from strict arbitrement;
Ver. To thirty thousand. And stop all sight-holes, every loop, fru.n whence Hot.
Forty let it be; The eye of reason may pry in upon us :
My father and Glendower being both away, This absence of your father's draws a curtain, The powers of us may serve so great a day. That shows the ignorant a kind of fear
Come, let us make a muster speedily:
Doomsday is near ; die all, die merrily.
Doug. Talk not of dying; I am out of fear I, rather, of his absence make this use; —
Of death, or death's hand, for this one half year. It lends a lustre, and more great opinion,
Enter FALSTAFF and BARDOLPH.
Fal. Bardolph, get thee before to Coventry ; fill
Bard. Will you give me money, captain ? Spoke of in Scotland, as this term of fear.
Fal. Lay out, lay out.
Bard. This bottle makes an angel.
Fal. An if it do, take it for thy labour ; and if it Hot. My cousin Vernon! welcome, by my soul. make twenty, take them all, I'll answer the coinage. Ver. Pray God, my news be worth a welcome, Bid my lieutenant Peto meet me at the town's end. lord.
Bard. I will, captain : farewell.
[Erit. The earl of Westmoreland, seven thousand strong, Fal. If I be not ashamed of my soldiers, I am Is marching hitherwards; with him, prince John. a souced gurnet. I have misused the king's press Hot. No harm : What more?
damnably. I have got, in exchange of a hundred Ver.
And further, I have learn'd, - and fifty soldiers, three hundred and odd pounds. The king himself in person is set forth,
I press me none but good householders, yeomen's Or hitherwards intended speedily,
sons : inquire me out contracted bachelors, such as With strong and mighty preparation.
had been asked twice on the bans; such a commoHot. He shall be welcome too. Where is his son, dity of warm slaves, as had as lief hear the devil as The nimble-footed mad-cap prince of Wales, a drum; such as fear the report of a caliver, worse And his comrades, that daft'd the world aside, than a struck fowl, or a hurt wild-duck. I pressed And bid it pass ?
me none but such toasts and butter, with hearts in Ver.
All furnish'd, all in arms, their bellies no bigger than pins' heads, and they All plum'd like estridges, that wing the wind; have bought out their services; and now my whole Bated like eagles having lately bath'd;
charge consists of ancients, corporals, lieutenants, Glittering in golden coats, like images ;
gentlemen of companies, slaves as ragged as LazaAs full of spirit as the month of May,
rus in the painted cloth, where the glutton's dogs And gorgeous as the sun at midsummer ;
licked his sores : and such as, indeed, were never Wanton as youthful goats, wild as young bulls. soldiers; but discarded unjust serving-men, younger I saw young Harry, with his beaver on,
sons to younger brothers, revolted tapsters, and His cuisses on his thighs, gallantly arm’d, - ostlers trade-fallen; the cankers of a calm world, Rise from the ground like feather'd Mercury, and a long peace; ten times more dishonourable And vaulted with such ease into his seat,
ragged than an old faced ancient : and such have I, As if an angel dropp'd down from the clouds, to fill up the rooms of them that have bought out To turn and wind a fiery Pegasus,
their services, that you would think, that I had a And witch the world with noble horsemanship. hundred and fifty tattered prodigals, lutely come Hot. No more, no more; worse than the sun in from swine-keeping, from eating draff and husks. March,
A mad fellow met me on the way, and told me, I
had unloaded all the gibbets, and pressed the dead | Let it be seen to-morrow in the battle,
Yea, or to-night.
Content legs, as if they had gyves on; for, indeed, I had the Hot. To-night, say I. most of them out of prison. There's but a shirt V'er.
Come, come, it may not be. and a half in all my company; and the half-shirt is I wonder much, being men of such great leading, two napkins, tacked together, and thrown over the That you foresee not what impediments shoulders like a herald's coat without sleeves; and Drag back our expedition : Certain horse the shirt, to say the truth, stolen from my host at Of my cousin Vernon's are not yet come up: Saint Alban's, or the red-nose inn-keeper of Dain- Your uncle Worcester's horse came but to-day; try: But that's all one; they'll find linen enough | And now their pride and mettle is asleep, on every hedge.
Their courage with hard labour tame and dull,
That not a horse is half the half himself.
Hot. So are the horses of the enemy
Fal. What, Hal? Ilow now, mad wag? what a The better part of ours is full of rest. devil dost thou in Warwickshire ? - My good lord Wor. The number of the king exceedeth ours: of Westmoreland, I cry you mercy; I thought, For God's sake, cousin, stay till all come in. your honour had already been at Shrewsbury.
[The irumpet sounds a perle y. I!'est. 'Faith, sir Jolin, 'tis more than time that I were there, and you too; but my powers are there
Enter Sir Walter Blunt. already: The ng, I can tell you, looks for us all; Blunt. I come with gracious offers from the king, we inust away all night.
If you vouchsafe me hearing and respect. Fal. Tut, never fear me; I am as vigilant, as a Hot. Welcome, sir Walter Blunt; And 'would cat to steal cream.
to God, P. Hen. I think, to steal cream indeed; for thy You were of our determination ! theft hath already made thee butter.
But tell me,
Some of us love you well : and even those some Jack; Whose fellows are these that come after ? Envy your great deserving, and good name ; Fal. Mine, Hal, mine.
Because you are not of our quality, P. Hen. I did never see such pitiful rascals.
But stand against us like an enemy, Fal. Tut, tut; good enough to toss : food for Blunt. And God defend, but still I should stand so, powder, food for powder ; they'll fill a' pit, as well So long as, out of limit, and true rule, as better : tush, man, mortal men, mortal men. You stand against anointed majesty!
West. Ay, but, sir John, methinks they are ex- But, to my charge. The king hath sent to know ceeding poor and bare ; too beggarly.
The nature of your griefs; and whereupon Fai. 'Faith, for their poverty, - I know not where you conjure from the breast of civil peace they had that: and for their bareness, - I am sure, Such bold hostility, teaching his duteous land they never learned that of me.
Audacious cruelty : If that the king
He bids you name your griefs; and, with all speel, Fal. What, is the king encamped ?
You shall have your desires, with interest; West. He is, sir John; I fear, we shall stay too And pardon absolute for yourself, and these, long.
Herein misled by your suggestion. Fal. Well,
Hot. The king is kind; and, well we know, the To the latter end of a fray, and the beginning of a
Knows at what time to promise, when to pay. Fits a dull fighter, and a keen guest. (Exeunt. My father, and my uncle, and myself,
Did give him that same royalty he wears : SCENE III. - The Rebel Camp near Shrewsbury. And, - when he was not six and twenty strong,
Sick in the world's regard, wretched and low, Enter Hotspur, WORCESTER, Douglas, and
A poor unminded outlaw sneaking home,
My father gave him welcome to the shore :
And, when he heard him swear and vow to Godle Wor.
He came but to be duke of Lancaster, Doug. You give him then advantage.
To sue his livery, and beg his peace; Ver.
Not a whit. With tears of innocency, and terms of zeal, Hot. Why say you so ? looks he not for supply? | My father, in kind heart and pity mov'd, Ver. So do we.
Swore him assistance, and perform’d it too. Hot.
His is certain, ours is doubtful. Now, when the lords, and barons of the realm Wor. Good cousin, be advis’d; stir not to-night. Perceiv'd Northumberland did lean to him, Ver. Do not, my lord.
The more and less came in with cap and knee; Doug.
You do not counsel well; Met him in boroughs, cities, villages; You speak it out of fear, and cold heart.
Attended him on bridges, stood in lanes, Ver. Do me no slander, Douglas : by my life, Laid gifts before him, proffer'd him their oaths, (And I dare well maintain it with my life,) Gave him their heirs; as pages follow'd him, If well-respected honour bid me on,
Even at the heels, in golden multitudes. I hold as little counsel with weak fear,
He presently, — as greatness knows itself, As you, my lord, or any Scot that lives :
Steps me a little higher than lus vow
It may not be.
Made to my father, while his blood was poor, With winged haste, to the lord mareschal ;
This to my cousin Scroop; and all the rest
To whom they are directed : if you knew Some certain edicts, and some strait decrees, How much they do import, you would make That lie too heavy on the commonwealth :
haste. Cries out upon abuses, seems to weep
Gent. My good lord, Over his country's wrongs ; and, by this face,
their tenor. This seeming brow of justice, did he win
Like enough, you do. The hearts of all that he did angle for.
To-morrow, good sir Michael, is a day, Proceeded further; cut me off the heads
Wherein the fortune of ten thousand men Of all the favourites, that the absent king
Must 'bide the touch : For, sir, at Shrewsbury, In deputation left behind him here,
As I am truly given to understand, When he was personal in the Irish war.
The king, with mighty and quick-raised power, Blunt. Tut, I came not to hear this.
Mects with lord Harry: and I fear, sir Michael,Hot.
Then, to the point. What with the sickness of Northumberland, In sbort time after, he depos'd the king;
(Whose power was in the first proportion) Soon after that, depriv'd him of his life ;
And what with Owen Glendower's absence, thence, Aad, in the neck of that, task'd the whole state : (Who with them was a rated sinew too, To make that worse, suffer'd his kinsman March And comes not in, o'er-ruled by prophecies,) – (Who is, if every owner were well plac'd,
I fear, the power of Percy is too weak Indeed his king,) to be incag'd in Wales,
To wage an instant trial with the king. There without ransome to lie forfeited :
Gent. Why, good my lord, you nerd not fear; Disgrac'd me in my happy victories;
there's Douglas, Sought to entrap me by intelligence;
And Mortimer. Rated my uncle from the council-board ;
No, Mortimer's not there. In rage dismiss'd my father from the court;
Gent. But there is Mordake, Vernon, lord Harry Broke oath on oath, committed wrong on wrong:
Percy, And, in conclusion, drove us to seek out
And there's my lord of Worcester; and a head This head of safety; and, withal, to pry
Of gallant warriors, noble gentlemen Into his title, the which we find
Arch. And so there is : but yet the king hath Tuo indirect for long continuance.
drawn Blunt. Shall I return this answer to the king ? The special head of all the land together;
Hot. Not so, sir Walter ; we'll withdraw awhile. The prince of Wales, lord John of Lancaster, Go to the king; and let there be impawn'd
The noble Westmoreland, and warlike Blunt; Some surety for a safe return again,
And many more cor-rivals, and dear men And in the morning early shall mine uncle
Of estimation and command in arms. Bring him our purposes : and so farewell.
Gent. Doubt not, my lord, they shall be well Blunt. I would, you would accept of grace and love.
oppos'd. Hot. And, may be, so we shall.
Arch. I hope no less, yet needful 'tis to fear; Blunt.
'Pray heaven, you do! And, to prevent the worst, sir Michael, speed : (Exeunt. For, if lord Percy thrive not, ere the king
Dismiss his power, he means to visit us, – SCENE IV. – York. A Room in the Arch- For he hath heard of our confederacy, bishop's House.
And 'tis but wisdom to make strong against him;
Therefore, make haste : I must go write again Enter the Archbishop of York, and a Gentleman.
To other friends; and so farewell, sir Michael. Arch. Hie, good sir Michael ; bear this sealed
Ereurt, severally brief,
SCENE 1. - The King's Camp near
of Lancaster, Sir WACTER BLUNT, and Sir John
K. Hen. How bloodily the sun begins to peer
The southern wind
Trumpet. Enter WORCESTER and VERNON,
Wor. Hear me, my liege :
For mine own part, I could be well content More daring, or more bold, is now alive,
To grace this latter age with noble deeds.
For my part, I may speak it to my shame, I have not sought the day of this dislike.
I have a truant been to chivalry ;
Yet this before my father's majesty,
Of his great name and estimation ;
K. Hen. And, prince of Wales, so dare we venWe were the first and dearest of your friends.
ture thee, For you, my staff of office did I break
Albeit, considerations infinite In Richard's time; and posted day and night Do make against it :- No, good Worcester, no, To meet you on the way, and kiss your hand, We love our people well ; even those we love, When yet you were in place and in account That are misled upon your cousin's part: Nothing so strong and fortunate as I.
And, will they take the offer of our grace, It was myself, my brother, and his son,
Both he, and they, and you, yea, every man That brought you home, and boldly did outdare Shall be my friend again, and I'll be his : The dangers of the time : You swore to us, – So tell your cousin, and bring me word And you did swear that oath at Doncaster,
What he will do: - But if he will not yield, That you did nothing purpose 'gainst the state ; Rebuke and dread correction wait on us, Nor claim no further than your new-fall’n right, And they shall do their office. So, be gon?; The seat of Gaunt, dukedom of Lancaster : We will not now be troubled with reply : To this we swore our aid. But, in short space, We offer fair, take it advisedly. It rain'd down fortune showering on your head ;
[Exeunt WORCESTER and Verxon. And such a flood of greatness fell on you, - P. Hen. It will not be accepted, on my life: What with our help ; what with the absent king; The Douglas and the Hotspur both together What with the injuries of a wanton time;
Are confident against the world in arms. The seeming sufferances that you had borne; K. Hen. Hence, therefore, every leader to his And the contrarious winds, that held the king
charge ; So long in his unlucky Irish wars,
For, on their answer, will we set on them : That all in England did repute him dead,
And God befriend us, as our cause is just! And, from this swarm of fair advantages,
[Exeunt King, Blunt, and PRINCE JOHN. You took occasion to be quickly woo'd
Fal. Hal, if thou see me down in the battle, and To gripe the general sway into your hand :
bestride me, so; 'tis a point of friendship. Forgot your oath to us at Doncaster;
P. Hen. Nothing but a colossus can do thee that And, being fed by us, you us'd us so
friendship. Say thy prayers, and farewell. As that ungentle gull, the cuckoo's bird,
Fal. I would it were bed-time, Hal, and all well. Useth the sparrow : did oppress our nest;
P. Hen. Why, thou owest God a death. [Erit. Grew by our feeding to so great a bulk,
Fal. 'Tis not due yet; I would be lanth to pay That even our love durst not come near your sight, I him before his day. What need I be so forward with For fear of swallowing ; but with nimble wing him that calls not on me? Well, 'tis no matter ; We were enforc'd, for safety sake, to fly
Honour pricks me on.
Yea, but how if honour Out of your sight, and raise this present head : prick me off when I come on? how then? Can Whereby we stand opposed by such means
honour set to a leg? No. Or an arm ? No. Or As you yourself have forg'd against yourself; take away the grief of a wound ? No. Honour By unkind usage, dangerous countenance, hath no skill in surgery then? No. What is honour? And violation of all faith and troth
A word. What is in that word, honour?
What Sworn to us in your younger enterprize.
is that honour ? Air. A trim reckoning! — Who K. llen. These things, indeed, you have arti- hath it? He that died o’Wednesday. Doth he feel culated,
it? No. Doth he hear it ? No.' Is it insensible Proclaim'd at market-crosses, read a churches ; then ? Yea, to the dead. But will it not live with To face the garment of rebellion
the living ? No. Why? Detraction will not suffer With some fine colour, that may please the eye it: - thereture I'll none of it: Honour is a mere Of fickle changelings, and poor discontents, scutcheon, and so ends my catechism.
(Erit. Which gape, and rub the elbow, at the news Of hurlyburly innovation :
SCENE II. - The Rebel Camp.
Enter WORCESTER and VERNON.
Wor. O, no, my nephew must not know, sir Of pellmell havock and confusion.
Ver. 'Twere best, he did.
Then are we all undone. The prince of Wales doth join with all the world It is not possible, it cannot be, In praise of Henry Percy : By my hopes, The king should keep his word in loving us: This present enterprize set off his head,
Ile will suspect us still, and find a tiine I do not think a braver gentleman,
To punish this offence in other faults : More active-valiant, or more valiant-young, Suspicion shall be all stuck full of eyes :