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KING HENRY the Fourth.
foos to the King
Lady PERCY, wife to Hotspur.
to Mortimer. Hostess QUICKLY. Sheriff, Vintner, Chamberlain, Drawers, two Carriers,
Travellers, and Attendants.
The persons of the drama were first collected by Rowe.
Enter King Henry, Lord John of Lancaster, Eari of Westmorland, and others.
• The transactions contained in this historical drama are comprised within the period of about ten months : for the action commences with the news brought of Hotspur having defeated the Scots under Archibald Earl Douglas at Holmedon, (or Halidown-hill), which battle was tought on Holyrood-day, (the 14th of September) 1402 ; and it clotes with the defeat and death of Hotspur at Shrewsbury; which engagement happened on Saturday the 21st of July, (the eve of St Mary Magdalen) in the year 1403. Theobald.
Shakespeare has apparently designed a regular connection of these dramatic histories from Richard II. to Henry V. King Henry, at the end of Richard II, declares his purpose to visit the Holy Land, which he re• fumes in this speech. The complaint made by King Henry, in the last act of Richard II. of the wildness of his son, prepares the reader for the frolics which are here to be recounted, and the characters which are now to be exhibited. Johnson,
Of hostile paces.
To be cominenc'd in stronds afar remote.
Those opposed eyes *,
West. My Liege, this hafte was hot in question,
Opp led files. Warburton.
Upon whose dead corpse there was such misuse,
West. This, match'd with other, did, my gracious For more uneven and unwelcome news (Lord; Came from the north, and thus it did import. On Holyrood-day, the gallant Hotspur there, Young Harry Percy and brave Archibald, That ever valiant and approved Scot, At Holmedon spent a fad and bloody hour, As by discharge of their artillery, And shape of likelihood, the news was told; For he that brought it, in the very heat And pride of their contention, did take horse, Uncertain of the issue any way. K. Henry. Here is a dear and true-industrious
friend, Sir Walter Blunt, new-lighted from his horse, Stain'd with the variation of each foil Betwixt the Holmedon and this seat of ours : And he hath brought us smooth and welcome news. The Earl of Douglas is discomfited; Ten thousand bold Scots, three and twenty knights Balk'd in their own blood * did Sir Walter see On Holmedon's plains. Of prisoners Hotspur took Mordake the Earl of Fife, and eldest son To beaten Douglas, and the Earls of Athol, Of Moray, Angus, and Monteith. And is not this an honourable spoil, A gallant prize ? ha, Cousin, is it not?
West. In faith, a conquest for a prince to boast of.
mak’ft me sin
# Bath'd in their own blood. Revisal,
Amongst a grove the very streightest plant,
Weft. This is his uncle's teaching, this is WorMalevolent to you in all aspects, [cester, Which makes him plume himłelf, and bristle up The creit of youth against your dignity.
K. Henry. But I have fent for him to answer this; And for this cause a while we must neglect Our holy purpose to Jerusalem. Cousin, on Wednesday next our council we Will hold at Windior, fo inform the Lords : But come yourself with speed to us again; For more is to be said, and to be done, Than out of anger can be uttered. Weft. I will, my Liege.
II. An Apartment of the Prince'sa Enter Henry Prince of Wales, and Sir John Falstaff.
Fal. Now, Hal, what time of day is it, lad?
P. Henry. Thou art fo fat-witted with drinking old fack, and unbuttoning thee after supper, and Neeping upon benches in the afternoon, that thou half forgoiten to demand that truly, which thou would'It iruly know. What a devil halt thou to do with the time of the day? unless lours were cups of fack, and minutes capons, and clocks the tongues of