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Doug. Thou art the king of honour:
and 'tis well:
Mess. These letters come from your father,-
Hot. 'Zounds! how has le the leisure to be sick,
Mess. His letters bear his mind, not I, my lord.
Mess. He did, my lorrl, four days ere I set forth;
Wor. I would, the state of uime had first been whole,
Wor. Your father's sickness is a maim to us.
Hot. A perilous gash, a very limb lopp'd off :
'Faith, and so we should ;
Hot. A rendezvous, a home to fly unto,
Wor. But yet, I would your father had been hert. The quality and hair of our attempt
Brooks no division: It will be thought
You strain too far.
Doug. As heart can think: there is not such a word
Enter Sir Richard Vernon.
Ver. Pray God, my news be worth a welcome, lon!.
Hot. No harm: What more?
And further, I have learn'd.-
Hot. He shall be welcome too. Where is his soa,
All furnisha, all in arms,
There is more news:
I learn'd in Worcester, as I rode along,
West. 'Faith, sir John, 'tis more than time that I He cannot draw his power this fourteen days. were there, and you too; but my powers are there alDoug. That's the worst tidings that I hear of yet. ready : The king, I can tell you, looks for us all; we Wor. Ay, by my faith, that bears a frosty sound. must away all night. Hot. What may the king's whole battle reach unto? Fal. Tut, never fear me; I am as vigilant as a cat Ver. To thirty thousand.
to steal cream. Hot. Forty let it be;
P. Hen. I think, to steal cream indeed; for thy theft My father and Glendower being both away,
bath already made three butter. But tell me, Jack ; The powers of us may serve so great a day.
whose fellows are these that come after ? Come, let us make a muster speedily:
Fal. Mine, Hal, mine. Doomsday is near ; die all, die merrily.
P. Hen. I did never see such pitiful rascals. Daug. Talk not of dying ; I am out of fear
Fal. Tut, tut; good enough to toss; food for powof death, or death's hand, for this one half year. der, food for powder; they'll fill a pit, as well as bet
[E.rcunt. ter: tush, man, mortal men, mortal men. SCENE II.-A Public Road near Coventry. Entering poor and bare ; too beggarly.
West. Ay, but, sir John, methinks they are exceedo Falstaff and Bardolph.
Fal. 'Faith, for their poverty,–I know not where Fal. Bardolph, get thee before to Coventry; fill me they had that: and for their bareness, - I am sure, they a bottle of sack: our soldiers shall march through ; || never learned that of me. we'll to Sutton-Colfield to-night.
P. Hen. No, I'll be sworn; unless you call three Bard. Will you give me money, captain?
fingers on the ribs, bare. But, sirrah, make haste; Fal. Lay out, lay out.
Percy is already in the field. Bard. This bottle makes an angel.
Fal. What, is the king encampert ? Fal. An if it do, take it for thy labour ; and if it
West. He is, sir Joho; I fear, we shall stay too long. make twenty, take them all, I'll answer the coinage.
Fal. Well, Bid my lieutenant Peto meet me at the town's end.
To the latter end of a fray, and the beginning of a feast, Bard. I will, captain : farewell.
Fits a dull fighter, and a keen guest. [Exeunt. Fal. If I be not ashamed of my soldiers, I am a souced gurnet. I have misused the king's press damn
SCENE NI.-The Rebel Camp near Shrewsburyj. ably. I have got, in exchange of a hundred and fifty
Enter Hotspur, Worcester, Douglas, and Vernon. soldiers, three hundred and odd pounds. I press me none but good householders, yeomen's sons : inquire Hot. We'll fight with him to-night. me out contracted bachelors, such as had been asked
It may not be. twice on the bans ; such a commodity of warm slaves, Doug. You give him then advantage. as had as lief hear the devil as a drum; such as fear
Not a whit. the report of a caliver, worse than a struck fowl, or a Hot. Why say you so? looks be not for supply? hurt wild duck. I pressed me none but such toasts Ver. So do we. and butter, with hearts in their bellies no bigger than Hot.
His is certain, ours is doubtful. pins' heads, and they have bought out their services; Wor. Good cousin, be advisd; stir not to-night. and now my whole charge consists of ancients, corpo Ver. Do not, my lord. rals, lieutenants, gentlemen of companies, slaves as Doug.
You do not counsel well; ragged as Lazarus in the painted cloth, where the You speak it out of fear, and cold heart. glutton's dogs licked his sores: and such as, indeed, Ver. Do me no slander, Douglas : by my life, were never soldiers; but discarded unjust servingmen, || (And I dare well maintain it with my life.) younger sons to younger brothers, revolted tapsters, If well-respected honour bid me on, and ostlers trade-fallen; the cankers of a calm world, I hold as little counsel with weak fear, and a long peace; ten times more dishonourable rag As you my lord, or any Scot that lives :ged than an old faced ancient: and such have I, to Let it be seen to-morrow in the battle, fill up the rooms of them that have bought out their Which of us fears. services, that you would think, that I had a hundred Doug.
Yea, or to-night. and fifty tattered prodigals, lately come from swine Ver.
Content. keeping, from eating draft' and husks. A mad fellow Hot. To-night, say I. met me on the way, and told me, I had uploaded all
Come, come, it may not be. the gibbets, and pressed the dead bodies. No eye bath I wonder much, being men of such great leading, seen such scare-crows. I'll not march through Coven- that you foresee not what impediments try with them, that's flat :-Nay, and the villains march | Drag back our expedition : Certain horse wide betwist the legs, as if they had gyves on ; for, in- of my cousin Vernon's are not yet come up: deed, I had the most of them out of prison. There's | Your uncle Worcester's horse came but today; but a shirt and a half in all my company: and the half
And now their pride and mettle is asleep, shirt is two napkins, tacked together, and thrown over Their courage with hard labour tame and dull, the shoulders like a herald's coat without sleeves; and That not a horse is half the half' himself. the shirt, to say the truth, stolen from my host at Saint
Hot. So are the horses of the enemy
Wor. The number of the king exceedeth ours : P. Hen. How now, blown Jack ? how now, quilt?
For God's sake, cousin, stay till all come in. Fal. What, Hal? Ilow now, mad war? what a devil
[The trumpet sounds a parley. dost thou in Warwickshire ?- My good lord of West.
Enter Sir Walter Blunt. moreland, I cry you mercy; I thought, your honour Blunt. I come with gracious offers from the king, had already been at Shrewsbury,
If you rouchsute me hearing, and respect.
Hot. Welcome, sir Walter Blunt; and, 'would to
Blunt. And God defend, but still I should stand so,
Hot. The king is kind; and, well we know, the king
Blunt. Tut, I came not to bear this.
Then, to the point.
Broke oath on oath, committed wrong on wrong:
Blunt. Shall I return this answer to the king?
Hot. Not so, sir Walter; we'll withdraw a while.
Blunt. I would, you would accept of grace and love.
'Pray beaven, you do!
[Excun. SCENE IV.-York. A Room in the Archbishop's
House. Enter the Archbishop of York and a Gentle
Arch. Hie, good sir Miehael ; bear this sealed brief,
Gent. My good lord,
Like enough, you do.
Arch. No, Mortimer's not there.
Arch. And so there is : but yet the king bath dan
Gent. Doubt not, my lord, they shall be well oppose.
Arch. I hope no less, yet needful 'tis to fear;
Enter King Henry, Prince Henry, Prince John of
Abore yon busky hill! the day looks pale
As you yourself have forg'd against yourself;
By unkind usage, dangerous countenance,
And violation of all faith and troth
Sworn to us in your younger enterprize. And, by his hollow whistling in the leaves,
K. Hen. These things, indeed, you have articulated, Foretells a tempest, and a blustering day.
Proclaim'd at market-crosses, read in churches ;
of fickle changelings, and poor discontents, Trumpet. Enter Worcester and Vernon.
Which gape, and rub the elbow, at the news How now, my lord of Worcester? 'tis not well,
Of hurlyburly innovation :
And never yet did insurrection want
Nor moody beggars, starving for a time
Of pellmell havoc and confusion. This is not well, my lord, this is not well.
P. Hen. In both our armies, there is many a soul What say you to't? will you again unknit
Shall pay full dearly for this encounter, This churlish knot of all-abhorred war?
If once they join in trial. Tell your nephew, And move in that obedient orb again,
The prince of Wales doth join with all the world Where you did give a fair and natural light; In praise of Henry Percy: By my hopes, And be no more an exhald meteor,
This present enterprize set off his head, A prodigy of fear, and a portent
I do not think, a braver gentleman, of broached mischief to the unborn times?
More active-valiant, or more valiant-young, Wor. Hear me, my liege :
More daring, or more bold, is now alive, For mine own part, I could be well content
To grace this latter age with noble deeds. To entertain the lagend of my life
For my part, I may speak it to my shame, With quiet hours; for, I do protest,
I have a truant been to chivalry; I have not sought the day of this dislike.
And so, I hear, he doth account me too : K. Hen. You have not sought for it! how comes it | Yet this before my father's majesty, -then?
I am content, that he shall take the odds
And will, to save the blood on either side,
K. Hen. And, prince of Wales, so dare we venture And yet I must remember you, my lord,
thee, We were the first and dearest of your friends.
Albeit, considerations infinite
Do make against it :-No, good Worcester, no,
Both he, and they, and you, yea, every man
Shall be my friend again, and I'll be his : That brought you home, and boldly did outdare So tell your cousin, and bring me word The dangers of the time: You swore to us,
What he will do :-But if he will not yield,
Rebuke and dread correction wait on us,
We offer fair, take it advisedly.
[Exeunt Worcester and Vernon: It raind down forture showering on your 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 king; Are confident against the world in arms. What with the injuries of a wanton time;
K. Hen. Hence, therefore, every leader to his charge; The seeming sufferances that you had 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 John. That all in England did repute him dead,
Fal. Hal, if thou see me down in the battle, and beAnd, from this swarm of fair advantages,
stride me, so ; 'tis a point of friendship. You took occasion to be quickly woord
P. Hen. Nothing but a colossus can do thee that To gripe the general sway into your hand:
friendship. Say thy prayers, and farewell. Forgot your oath to us at Doncaster ;
Fal. I would it were bed-time, Hal, and all well. And, being fed by us, yon usd us so
P. Hen. Why, thou owest God a death. [Erit. As that ungentle gull, the cuckoo's bird,
Fal. 'Tis not due yet; I would be
to pay hin l'eth the sparrow : did oppress our nest;
before his day. What need I be so forward with him Grew by our feeding to so great a bulk,
that calls not on me? Well, 'tis no matter; Honour That even our love durst not come near your sight, pricks me on. Yea, but how if lionour prick me of For fear of swallowing; but with nimble wing when I come on? How then? Can honour set to a We were enfore’d, for safety sake, to fly
leg? No. Or an arm? No. Or take away the grief Out of your sight, and raise this present head:
of a wound? No. Honour hati no skill in surgery Whereby we stand opposed by such means
then? No. What is honour? A word. What is its
that word, honour ? What is that honour? Air. A || To gentle exercise and proof of arms.
[Exit. || He made a blushing cital of himself; SCENE II.-The Rebel Camp. Enter Worcester and And chid his truant youth with such a grace, Vernon.
As if he master'd there a double spirit, Wor. O, no, my nephew must not know, sir Rich- of teaching, and of learning, instantly. ard,
There did he pause : But let me tell the world.The liberal kind offer of the king.
If he outlive the envy of this day, Ver. 'Twere best, he did.
England did never owe so sweet a hope,
So much misconstrued in his wantonness. Wor.
Then are we all undone It is not possible, it cannot be,
Hot. Cousin, I think, thou art enamour'd The king should keep his word in loving us ;
Upon his follies; never did I hear He will suspect us still, and find a time
Of any prince, so wild, at liberty :To punish this offende in other faults:
But, be he as he will, yet once ere night Suspicion shall be all stuck full of eyes :
I will embrace him with a soldier's arm,
That he shall shrink under my courtesy:-
Arm, arm, with speed :- And, fellows, soldiers, friends, Will bave a wild trick of his ancestors.
Better consider what you have to do, Look how we can, or sad, or merrily,
Than I, that have not we the gift of tongue, Interpretation will misquote our looks;
Cao lift your blood up with persuasion. And we shall feed like oxen at a stall,
Enter a Messenger. The better cherishd, still the nearer death.
Mers. My lord, here are letters for you.
Hot. I cannot read them now.
To spend that shortness basely, were too long,
Still ending at the arrival of an hour.
An if we live, we live to tread on kings; And, his corruption being ta'en from us,
If die, brave death, when princes die with us! We, as the spring of all, sball pay for all.
Now for our conscience,-the arms are fair, Therefore, good cousin, let not Harry know,
When the intent of bearing them is just. In any case, the offer of the king.
Enter another Messenger. Ver. Deliver what you will, I'll say, 'tis so.
Moss. My lord, prepare ; the king comes on space. Here comes your cousin.
Hot. I thank him, that he cuts me from my tale, Enter Hotspur and Douglas; and Officers and Salo
For I profess not talking; Only thisdiers, behind.
Let each man do his best : and here draw I Hot. My uncle is return'd:-Dcliver up
A sword, whose temper I intend to stain
Wor. The king will bid you battle presently. In the adventure of this perilous day.
A second time do such a courtesy.
[The trumpets sound. They embrace, and export. of his oath-breaking; which he mended thus,By now forswearing that he is forsworn:
SCENE III.- Plain near Shrewsbury. Exrurzioni, He calls us rebels, traitors; and will scourge
and Parties fighting. Alurum to the Battle. Thea With haughty arms this lateful name in us.
enter Douglas and Blunt, meeting. Re-enter Douglas.
Blunt. What is thy name, that in the battle thus Doug. Arm, gentlemen; to arins! for I have thrown Thou crossest me? what honour dost thou seek A brave defiance in king Henry's teeth,
Upon my head ? And Westmoreland, that was engag‘d, did bear it; Doug. Know then, my name is Douglas; Which cannot choose but bring him quickly on. And I do baunt thee in the battle thus, Wor. The prince of Wales stepp'd forth before the Because some tell me that thou art a king. king,
Blunt. They tell thee true. And, nepbew, challeng'd you to single fight.
Doug. The lord of Stafford dear to-day hath bought Hot. 0, 'would the quarrel lay upon our heads ; Thy likeness ; for, instead of thee, king Harry, And that no man might draw short breath today, This sword hath ended him: so shall it thee, But I, and Hairy Monmouth! Tell me, tell
Unless thou yield thee as my prisoner. How show'd his tasking? seem'd it in contempt? Blunt. I was not born a yielder, thon proud Seot ; Ver. No, by my soul; I never in my life
And thou shalt fiud a king that will itvenge Did hear a challenge urg'd more modestly,
Lord Stafford's death. Unless a brother should a brother dare
[They fight, and Blunt is sleine