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King HENRY IV.
HENRY, Prince of Wales,
THOMAS, Duke of Clarence,

His Sons.
Prince JOHN OF LANCASTER,
Prince HUMPHREY OF GLOSTER,
Earl of WARWICK,
Earl of WESTMORELAND, Of the King's Party.
GOWER; HARCOURT,
Lord CHIEF JUSTICE of the King's Bench.
Earl of NORTHUMBERLAND,
SCROOP, Archbishop of York,

Opposites to
Lord MOWBRAY, Lord HASTINGS,

the King
Lord BARDOLPH, Sir JOHN COLEVILE,
TRAVERS and MORTON, Retainers of Northumberland.
Sir John FALSTAFF.
POINS, PETO, BARDOLPH, Pistol, and a Page.
SHALLOW and SilENCE, Country Justices.
DAVY, Servant to Shallow.
MOULDY, SHADOW, WART, FEEBLE, and BULCALF, Recruits.
FANG and SNARE, Sheriff's Officers.
RUMOUR, the Presenter.
A Porter. A Dancer, Speaker of the Epilogue.
Lady NORTHUMBERLAND.
Lady PERCY.

Hostess QUICKLY. DOLL TEAR-SHEET.
Lords, and Attendants; Officers, Soldiers, Messenger, Drawers,

Beadles, Grooms, etc.

SCENE: England.

1 A list of "the Actors' names” fills the last leaf in the folio 1623. The play appeared originally in 4to. with the date of 1600 : some copies of that impression are deficient, wanting two leaves with the signatures E 5, and E 6.

KING HENRY IV.

PART II.

INDUCTION.2

Warkworth. Before Northumberland's Castle.

will stop

Enter RUMOUR, painted full of Tongues.
Rum. OPEN your ears; for which of you
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 ;

* INDUCTION.] So called in the folio 1623, where it is treated as the first scene of the play. It has no heading in the 4to.

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 anatomise
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 towns3
Between that royal field of Shrewsbury
And this worm-eaten hold of ragged stone,
Where Hotspur's father, old Northumberland,
Lies crafty-sick : the posts come tiring on,
And not a man of them brings other news
Than they have learn'd of me: from Rumour's tongues
They bring smooth comforts false, worse than true wrongs.

[Exit.

s—through the PLEASANT towns] It is peasant towns in the old copies, but no doubt the true reading is "pleasant towns”, as it is amended in the Corr. fol. 1632. So, two lines below, hole is amended to “hold”. Both changes have been accepted.

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