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It were not good : for therein should we read To turn and wind a fiery Pegasus, (ship. The very bottom and the soul of hope; And witch* the world with noble horsemanThe very list, the very utmost bound
Hot. No more, no more; worse than the sun Of all our fortunes.
(come; Doug. 'Faith, and so we should !
This praise doth' nourish agues. Let them Where + now remains a sweet reversion: They come like sacrifices in their trim, We may boldly spend upon the hope of what And to the fire-ey'd maid of smoky war, Is to come in :
All hot, and bleeding, will we offer them: A comfort of retirement lives in this.
The mailed Mars shall on his altar sit, Hot. A rendezvous, a home to fly unto, Up to the ears in blood. I am on fire, If that the devil and mischance look big To hear this rich reprisal is so nigh, (horse, Upon the maidenhead of our affairs.
And yet not ours :-Come, let me take my Wor. But yet, I would your father had been Who is to bear me, like a thunderbolt, The quality and hair t of our attempt [here, Against the bosom of the prince of Wales : Brooks no division : It will be thought Harry to Harry shall, hot horse to horse, By some, that know not why he is away, Meet, and ne'er part, till one drop down a That wisdom, loyalty, and mere dislike Of our proceedings, kept the earl from hence; O, that Glendower were come ! And thínk, how such an apprehension
Ver. There is more news: May turn the tide of fearful faction,
I learn'd in Worcester, as I rode along, And breed a kind of question in our cause : He cannot draw his power this fourteen days. For, well you know, we of the offering side Doug. That's the worst tidings that I hear Must keep aloof from strict arbitrement;
of yet. And stop, all sight-holes, every loop, from Wor. Ay, by my faith, that bears a frosty whence
sound. The eye of reason may pry in upon us :
Hot. What may the king's whole battle This absence of your father's draws a curtain,
reach unto? That shows the ignorant a kind of fear
Ver. To thirty thousand. Before not dreamt of.
Hot. Forty let it be; Hot. You strain too far.
My father and Glendower being both away, I, rather, of his absence make this use ;- The powers of us may serve so great a day. It lends a lustre, and more great opinion, Come, let us make a muster speedily: A larger dare to our great enterprize, [think, Doomsday is near ; die all, die merrily, Than if the earl were here: for men must Doug. Talk not of dying; I am out of fear, If we, without his help, can make a head Of death, or death's hand, for this one half To push against the kingdom; with his help,
[Exeunt. We shall o'erturn it topsy-turvy down.Yet all goes well, yet all our joints are whole.
SCENE II.-A Public Road near Coventry. Doug. As heart can think : there is not such Enter Falstaff and BARDOLPH. a word
Fal. Bardolph, get thee before to Coventry; Spoke of in Scotland, as this term of fear. fill me a bottle of sack: our soldiers shall Enter Sir RICHARD VERNON.
march through; we'll to Sutton-Colfield toHot. My cousin Vernon! welcome, by my
Bard. Will you give me money, captain? Ver. Pray God, my news be worth a wel.
Fal. Lay out, lay out. come, lord.
Bard. This bottle makes an angel.
(strong; The earl of Westmoreland, seven thousand if it make twenty, take them all, I'll answer
Fal. An if it do, take it for thy labour; and Is marching, hitberwards; with him, prince the coinage. Bid' my lieutenant Peto meet
me at the town's end. Ver. And further, I have learn'd,
Bard. I will, captain : farewell. The king himself in person is set forth,
Fal. If I be not ashamed of my soldiers, I Or hitherwards intended speedily,
aina souced gurnet:t I have misused the With strong and mighty preparation.
king's press damnably. I have got, in exHot. He shall be welcome too. Where is
exchange of a hundred and fifty soldiers,
three hundred and odd . pounds. I press The nimble-footed mad.cap prince of Wales,
me none but good householders, yeomen's And his comrades, that daf'ds the world aside, such as had been asked twice on the bans;
sons: inquire me ont contracted' bachelors, And bid it pass ? Ver. All furnish'd, all in arms,
such a commodity of warm slaves, as had as All plum'd like estridges|| that wing the
wind; report of a caliver, 1 worse than a struck fowly
lief hear the devil as a drum ; such as fear the Bated like eagles having lately bath'd ;1 Glittering in golden coats, like images;
or a hurt wild duck. I pressed me none but As full of spirit as the inonth of May,
such toasts and butter, with hearts in their And gorgeous as the sun at midsummer;
bellies no bigger than pins' heads, and they Wanton as youthful goats, wild as young whole charge consists of ancients, corporals,
have bought out their services; and now my bulls. I saw young Harry,---with his beaver on,
lieutenants, gentlemen of companies, slaves as His cuisses on his thighs, gallantly arm'd,
ragged as Lazarus in the painted cloth, where Rise from the ground like featherd Mercury, as, indeed, were never
soldiers; but discarded
the glutton's dogs licked his sores: and such As if an angel dropp'd down from the clouds, unjust serving-men, younger sons to younger
brothers, revolted tapsters, and ostlers trade* Line
† Whereas. fallen; the cankers of a calm world, and a 1 The complexion, the character. ' Threw off. long peace; ten times more dishononrably ti Dressed with Ostrich feathers. Fresh as birds just washed.
* Bewitch, charm. + A fish. " A gun.
ragged than an old faced ancient:* and such Wor. Good cousin, be advis'd; stir not tohave I, to fill up the rooms of them that have
night. bought out their services, that you would Ver. Do not, my lord. think, that I had a hundred and fifty tattered Duug. You do not counsel well; prodigals, lately come from swine-keeping, You speak it out of fear, and cold heart. from eating draff and husks. A mad fellow Ver. Do me no slander, Douglas: by my life, met me on the way, and told me, I had un- (And I dare well maintain it with my life,) loaded all the gibbets, and pressed the dead If well respected honour bid me on, bodies. No eye hath seer such scare-crows. I hold as little counsel with weak fear, P'll not march through Coventry with them, As you my lord, or any Scot that lives :that's flat :-Nay, and the villains march wide Let it be seen to-morrow in the battle, betwixt the legs, as if they had gyvest on; Which of us fears. for, indeed, I had the most of them out of Doug. Yea, or to-night. prison. There's but a shirt and a half in all my Ver, Content, company: and the half-shirt is two napkins, Hot. To-night, say I. tacked together, and thrown over the shoulders Ver. Come, come, it may not be. like a herald's coat without sleeves; and the I wonder much, being men of such great leadshirt, to say the truth, stolen from my host at ing, * Saint Alban's, or the red-nose inn-keeper of That you foresee not what impediments Daintry. But that's all one; they'll find Drag back our expedition: Certain horse linen enough on every hedge.
Of my cousin Vernon's are not yet come up:
Your uncle Worcester's horse came but toEnter Prince Henry and WESTMORELAND.
day; P. Hen. How now, blown Jack? how now, And now their pride and mettle is asleep, quilt?
Their courage with hard labour tame and dull, Ful. What, Hal? How now, mad wag? what That not a horse is half the half himself. a devil dost thou in Warwickshire?-My good
Hot. So are the horses of the enemy lord of Westmoreland, I cry you mercy; 1 In general, journey-bated, and brought low; thought, your honour' had already been at the better part of ours is full of rest. Shrewshury
Wor. The number of the king exceedeth West. 'Faith, Sir John, 'tis more than time that I were there, and you too; but my powers For God's sake, cousin, stay till all come in. are there already: The king, I can tell you,
[The Trumpet sounds a parley. looks for us all; we must away all night.
Enter Sir WALTER BLUNT. Fal. Tut, never fear me; I am as vigilant as a cat to steal cream.
Blunt. I come with gracious offers from the P. Hen. I think, to steal cream indeed; for
king, thy theft hath already made thee butter. But If you vouchsafe me hearing, and respect. tell me, Jack; Whose fellows are these that Hot. Welcome, Sir Walter Blunt; And come after?
'would to God, Fal. Mine, Hal, mine.
You were of our determination! P. Hen. I'did never see such pitiful rascals. Some of us love you well: and even those some
Fal. Tut, tut; good enough to toss; food for Envy your great deserving, and good name; powder, food for powder; they'll fill a pit, as
Because you are not of our quality,t well as better: tush, man, mortal men, mortal But stand against us like an enemy. men..
Blunt. And God defend, but still I should West. Ay, but, Sir John, methinks they are
stand so, exceeding poor and bare; too beggarly. So long as, out of limit and true rule,
Fal. 'Faith, for their poverty, know not You stand against anointed majesty! [know where they had that: and for their bareness, But, to my charge.-The king hath sent to -I am sure, they never learned that of me. The nature of your griefs;t and whereupon
P. Hen. No, I'll be sworn; unless you call you conjure from the breast of civil peace three fingers on the ribs, bare. But, sirrah, Such bold hostility, teaching this duteous land make haste; Percy is already in the field. Audacious cruelty : If that the king Fal. What, is the king encamped ?
Have any way your good deserts forgot,West. He is, Sir John; I fear, we shall stay which he confesseth to be manifold, too long.
He bids you name your griefs, and, with all Fal. Well,
speed, To the latter end of a fray, and the beginning You shall have your desires, with interest; of a feast,
And pardon absolute yourself, and these, Fits a dull fighter, and a keen guest. (Exeunt. Herein misled by your suggestion.
Hot. The king is kind; and, well we know, SCENE III.—The Rebel Camp near Shrews
the king bury.
Knows at what time to promise, when to pay. Enter HoTSPUR, WORCESTER, DOUGLAS, and
My father, and my uncle, and myself,
Did give him that same royalty he wears:
And, when he was not six and twenty strong, Hot. We'll fight with him to-night.
Sick in the world's regard, wretched and low, Wor. It may not be.
A poor unminded outlaw sneaking home,Doug. You give him then advantage. My father gave him welcome to the shore: Ver. Not a whit.
And,—when he beard him swear, and vow to Hot. Why say you so? looks he not for sup
He came but to be duke of Lancaster, Ver. So do we.
To sue his livery, 9 and beg his peace; Hot. His is certain, ours is doubtful.
Conduct, experience. + Fellowship. • Standard. + Fetters. 1 Daventry.
į The delivery of his lands.
Vith tears of innocency, and terms of zeal,- As I am truly given to understand,
And what with Owen Glendower's absence, Attended him on bridges, stood in lanes,
thence, Laid gifts before him, prutler'd himn their oaths, (Who'with them was a rated sinew too, Gave him their heirs ; as pages follow'd him, And comes not in, o'er-ral'd by prophecies,)Even at the heels, in golden multitudes. I fear, the power of Percy is too weak He presently, -as greatness knows itself,- To wage an instant trial with the king. Steps me a little higher than his vow
Gent. Why, good my lord, you need not fear; Made to my father, while his blood was poor,
there's Douglas, Upon the naked shore at Ravenspurg; And Mortimer. And now, forsooth, takes on him to reform Arch. No, Mortimer's not there. Some certain edicts, and some strait decrees, Gent. But there is Mordake, Vernon, lord That lie too heavy on the commonwealth :
Harry Percy, Cries out upon abuses, seems to weep And there's my lord of Worcester; and a head Over his country's wrongs; and, by this face, Of gallant warriors, noble gentlemen. This seeming brow of justice, did he win Arch. And so there is: but yet the king hath The hearts of all that he did angle for.
drawn Proceeded further; cut me off the heads The special head of all the land together;Of all the favourites, that the absent king The prince of Wales, lord John of Lancaster, In deputation left behind him here,
The noble Westmoreland, and warlike Blunt; When he was personal in the Irish war. And many more corrivals, and dear men Blunt. Tut, I came not to hear this.
Of estimation and command in arms. Hot. Then, to the point.
Gent. Doubt not, my lord, they shall be well In short time after, he deposed the king ;
oppos'd. Soon after that, depriv'd him of his life; Arch. I hope no less, yet needful 'tis to fear; And, in the neck of that, task'd the whole state: And, to prevent the worst, Sir Michael, speed: To make that worse, suffer'd his kinsman For, if lord Percy thrive not, ere the king March
Dismiss his power, he means to visit us, (Who is, if every owner were well plac'd, For he hath heard of our confederacy, Indeed his king, ) to be incag'd in Wales, And 'tis but wisdom to make strong against There without ransom to lie forfeited;
him; Disgrac'd me in my happy victories;
Therefore, make haste: I must go write again Sought to entrap me by intelligence;
To other friends, and so farewell, Sir Michael. Rated my uncle from the council-board :
[Exeunt secerally. In rage dismiss'd my father from the court; Brokevath on oath, committed wrong on wrong:
ACT V. And, in conclusion, drove us to seek out SCENE 1.—The King's Camp near Shrewsbury. This head of safety'; and, withal, to pry Into his title, the which we find
Enter King Henry, Prince HENRY, Prince
John of Lancaster,' Sir WALTER BLUNT, and Too indirect for long continuance.
Sir John FALSTAFF. Blunt. Shall I return this answer to the king? Hot. Not so, Sir Walter; we'll withdraw K. Hen. How bloodily the sun begins to peer awhile.
Above yon buskyt hill!" the day looks pale Go to the king; and let there be impawn'd At his distemperature, Some surety for a safe return again,
P. Hen. The southern wind And in the morning early shall mine uncle Doth play the trumpet to his purposes; Bring him our purposes : and so farewell. And, by his hollow whistling in the leaves, Blunt. I would, you would accept of grace Foretells a tempest, and a blustering day. and love.
K. Hen. Then with the losers let it sym. llot. And, may be, so we shall.
pathize; Blunt. 'Pray heaven, you do! (Exeunt. For nothing can seem soul to those that win.
Trumpet.--Enter WORCESTER and VERNON. SCENE IV.-York.- A Room in the Arch. bishop's House.
How now, my lord of Worcester? 'tis not well,
That you and I should meet upon such terms Enter the ARCHBISHOP OF YORK, and a GENTLE- As now we meet: You have deceiv'd our trust;
And made us dofft our easy robes of peace,
To crush our old limbs in ungentle steel : Arch. Hie, good Sir Michael, bear this This is not well, my lord, this is not well. sealed brief,+
What say you to't? will you again unknit With winged haste, to the lord mareschal; This churlish knot of all-abhorred war! This to my cousin Scroop; and all the rest
And move in that obedient orb again, To whom they are directed : if you knew
Where you would give a fair and natural light; How much they do import, you would make And be no more an exhald meteor, haste.
A prodigy of fear, and a portent Gent. My good lord,
Or' broached mischief to the unborn times? I guess their tenor.
Wor, Hear me, my liege: Arch. Like enough, you do.
For mine own part, I could be well conteni To-morrow, good Sir Michael, is a day, To entertain the lag-end of my life Wherein the fortune of ten thousand men With quiet hours ; for, I do protest, Must 'bide the touch: For, Sir, at Shrewsbury,
* A strength on which they reckoned + Woody • The reater and the loss. | Letter.
I have not sought the day of this dislike.
To grace this latter age with noble deeds. K. Hen. You have not sought for it! how For my part, I may speak it to my shame, comes it then?
I have a truant been to chivalry;
Yet this before my father's majesty,Wor. It pleas'd your majesty, to turn your I am content, that he shall take the odds looks
Of his great name and estimation; Of favour, from myself, and all our house ; And will, to save the blood on either side, And yet I must remember you, my lord, Try fortune with him in a single fight. We were the first and dearest of your friends. K. Hen. And, prince of Wales, so dare we For you, my staff of office did I break
venture thee, In Richard's time ; and posted day and night Albeit, considerations infinite To meet you on the way, and kiss your hand, Do make against it :-No, good Worcester, no, When yet you were in place and in account We love our people well, even those we love, Nothing so strong and fortunate as I.
That are misled upon your cousin's part: It was myself, my brother, and his son, [dare And, will they take the offer of our grace, That brought you home, and boldly did out- Both he, and they, and you, yea, every man The dangers of the time: You swore to us,- Shall be my friend again, and I'll be his : And you did swear that oath at Doncaster,-- So tell your cousin, and bring me word That you did nothing purpose 'gainst the What he will do :-But if he will not yield, state;
(right, Rebuke and dread correction wait on us, Nor claim no further than your new-fall’n And they shall do their office. So, be gone; 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
[Exeunt WORCESTER and VERNON. head;
P. Hen. It will not be accepted, on my life: And such a flood of greatness fell on you,- The Douglas and the Hotspur both together What with our help; what with the absent Are confident against the world in arms. king;
K. Hen. Hence, therefore, every leader to What with the injuries of a wanton time;
his charge ; The seeming sufferances that you bad borne; For, on their answer, will we set on them: And the contrarious winds, that held the king And God befriend us, as our cause is just! So long in his unlucky Irish wars,
(Exeunt King, BLUNT, and Prince Joun, That all in England did repute him dead,- Fal. Hal, if thou see me down in the battle, And, from this swarm of fair advantages, and bestride me, so; 'tis a point of friendship. You took occasion to be quickly woo'd
P. Hen. Nothing but a colossus can do thee To gripe the general sway into your hand : that friendship. Say thy prayers, and fareForgot your oath to us at Doncaster ;
well. And, being fed by us, you us'd us so
Fal. I would it were bed-time, Hal, and all As that ungentle gull, the cuckoo's bird,
well. Useth the sparrow: did oppress our nest; P. Hen. Why, thou owest God a death. Grew by our feeding to so great a bulk,
[Exit. That even our love durst not come near your Fal. 'Tis not due yet; I would be loath to sight,
pay him before his day. What need I be so For fear of swallowing; but with nimble wing forward with him that calls not on me? Well, We were enforc'd, for safety sake, to fly, 'tis no matter; Honour pricks me on. Yea, Out of your sight, and raise this present head: but how if honour prick me off when I come Whereby we stand opposed by such means on; how then? Can honour set to a leg? No. As you yourself have forg'd against yourself; Or'an arm ? No. Or take away the grief of a By unkind usage, dangerous countenance, wound? No. Honour hath no skill in surgery And violation of all faith and troth
then? No. What is honour? A word. What Sworn to us in your younger enterprize. is in that word, honour? What is that honour? K. Hen. These things, indeed, you have ar- Air. A trim reckoning !-Who hath it? He ticulated,
that died o’Wednesday. Doth he feel it? No. Proclaim'd at market-crosses, read in churches; Doth he hear it? No. Is it insensible then? To face the garment of rebellion
Yea, to the dead. But will it not live with With some fine colour, that may please the eye the living? No. Why? Detraction will not of fickle changelings, and poor discontents, suffer it: therefore I'll none of it: Honour is Which gape, and rub the elbow, at the news a mere scutcheon," and so ends my catechism. Of hurlyburiy innovation :
(Exit. And never yet did insurrection want Such water-colours, to impaint his cause ;
SCENE II.-The Rebel Camp.-Enter WORNor moody beggars, starving for a time
CESTER and VERNON. Of pellmell havoc and confusion. P. Hen. In both our armies, there is many Wor. O, no, my nephew must not know, a soul
The liberal kind offer of the king.
It is not possible, it cannot be,
- He will suspect us still, and find a time I do not think, a braver gentleman,
To punish this offence in other faults: MIcre active-valiant, or more valiant-young,
Suspicion shall be all stuck full of eyes : More daring, or more bold, is now alive, For treason is but trusted like the fox ; • A chattering bird, a pie. + Exhibited in articles.
* Painted heraldry in funerals.
Who, ne'er so tame, so cherish’d, and lock'd up, Of any prince, so wild, at liberty :-
I will embrace him with a soldier's arm,
diers, friends, My nephew's trespass may be well forgot, Better consider what you have to do, It hath the excuse of youth, and heat of blood; Than I, that have not well the gift of tongue, And an adopted name of privilege,
Can lift your blood up with persuasion.
Enter a MESSENGER.
Hot. I cannot read them now. We, as the spring of all, shall pay for all.
O gentlemen, the time of life is short; Therefore, good cousin, let pot Harry know, To spend that shortness basely, were too long In any case, the offer of the king.
If life did ride upon a dial's point,
An if we live, we live to tread on kings; Enter Hotspur and Douglas ; and Officers and Now for our conscience, the arms are fair,
If die, brave death, when princes die with us! Soldiers, behind.
When the intent of bearing them is just. Hot. My uncle is return'd :-Deliver up My lord of Westmoreland.—Uncle, what
Enter another MESSENGER. news? Wor. The king will bid you battle presently. Mess. My lord, prepare; the king comes on Doug. Defy him by the lord of Westmore..
Hot. I thank him, that he cuts me from my Hot. Lord Douglas, go you and tell him so.
tale, Doug. Marry, and shall, and very willingly. For I profess not talking; Only this,
[Exit. Let each man do his best and here draw I Wor. There is no seeming mercy in the king. A sword, whose temper I intend to stain Hot. Did you beg any? God forbid !
With the best blood that I can meet withal Wor. I told him gently of our grievances,
In the adventure of this perilous day. Of his oath-breaking; which he mended Now,-Esperance!"-Percy!
-And set on.thus,
Sound all the lofty instruments of war, By now forswearing that he is forsworn: And by that music let us all embrace: He calls us rebels, traitors; and will scourge
For, heaven to earth, some of us never shall With haughty arms this hateful name in us.
A second time do such a courtesy.
[The Trumpets sound. They embrace, and Re-enter DOUGLAS.
exeunt. Doug. Arm, gentlemen ; to arms! for I have thrown
SCENE III.-Plain near Shrewsbury. A brave defiance in King Henry's teeth, And Westmoreland, that was engag’à, did Excursions, and Parties fighting. Alarum to bear it ;
the Battle. Then enter DOUGLAS and BLUNT, Which cannot choose but bring him quickly
meeting. Wor. The prince of Wales stepp'd forth be
Blunt. What is thy name, that in the battle fore the king,
thus And, nephew, challeng'd you to single fight. Thou crossest me? what honour dost thou seek Hót. 0, 'would the quarrel lay upon our Upon my head? heads;
[day, Doug. Know then, my name is Douglas; And that no man might draw short breath to: And I do haunt thee in the battle thus, But I, and Harry Monmouth! Tell me, tell Because some tell me that thou art a king.
Blunt. They tell thee true. How show'd his tasking? seem'd it in con- Doug. The lord of Stafford dear to-day hath Ver. No, by my soul; I never in my life
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, To gentle exercise and proof of arms.
Unless thou yield thee as my prisoner. He gave you all the duties of a man;(tongue; Blunt. I was not born a yielder, thou proud Trimm'd up your praises with a princely
Scot; Spoke your deservings like a chronicle;
And thou shalt find a king that will revenge Making you ever better than his praise, Lord Stafford's death. By still dispraising praise, valued with you: And, which became him like a prince indeed,
[They fight, and Blunt is slain. He made a blushing cital* of himself;
Hot. O Douglas, hadst thou fought at Hol-
medon thus, If he outlive the envy of this day, [world, England did never owet so sweet a hope,
Doug. All's done, all's won; here breathless
lies the king So much misconstrued in his wantonness.
Hot. Where? Hot. Cousin, I think, thou art enamoured
Doug. Here. Upon his follies ; never did I hear
* The motto of the Percy family.