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KING HENRY IV.
From the Text of the Rev. Alexander Dyce's
THE SECOND PART
KING HENRY IV.
DRAMATIS PERSONÆ. KING HENRY the Fourth. SIR JOHN COLEVILE. HENRY,prince of Wales, TRAVERS and MORTON, retainers afterwards King
of Northumberland. Henry V.,
SIR JOHN FALSTAFF. THOMAS, duke of Cla
His Page rence,
his sons. BARDOLPH. PRINCE JOHN OF LAN
POINTZ. . PRINCE HUMPHREY OF
SHALLOW, EARL OF WARWICK.
country justices. EARL OF WESTMORELAND. Davy, servant to Shallow. EARL OF SURREY.
MOULDY, SHADOW, WART, GOWER.
FEEBLE, and BULLCALF, reHARCOURT.
FANG and SNARE, sheriff's ofLord Chief-Justice of the King's ficers.
Bench. An Attendant on the Chief-Justice. LADY NORTHUMBERLAND. EARL OF NORTHUMBERLAND. LADY PERCY. SCROOP, archbishop of York. MISTRESS QUICKLY, hostess of a LORD MOWBRAY.
tavern in Eastcheap. LORD HASTINGS.
Rumour, the Presenter.
Warkworth. Before Northumberland's castle.
Enter Rumour, painted full of tongues. Rum. Open your ears; for which of you will stop The vent of hearing when loud Rumour speaks? I, from the orient to the drooping west, Making the wind my post-horse, still unfold The acts commenced on this ball of earth: Upon my tongues continual slanders ride, The which in every language I pronounce, Stuffing the ears of men with false reports. I speak of peace, while covert enmity, Under the smile of safety, wounds the world: And who but Rumour, who but only I, Make fearful musters and prepar'd defence, Whilst the big year, swoln with some other grief, Is thought with child by the stern tyrant war, And no such matter? Rumour is a pipe Blown by surmises, jealousies, conjectures; And of so easy and so plain a stop, That the blunt monster with uncounted heads', The still-discordant wavering multitude, Can play upon it. But what need I thus My well-known body to anatomize Among my household? Why is Rumour here? I run before King Harry's victory; Who, in a bloody field by Shrewsbury, Hath beaten down young Hotspur and his troops, Quenching the flame of bold rebellion Even with the rebels' blood. But what mean I To speak so true at first? my office is To noise abroad, that Harry Monmouth fell Under the wrath of noble Hotspur's sword; And that the king before the Douglas' rage Stoop'd his anointed head as low as death. This have I rumour'd through the pleasant towns