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Author: William Shakespeare
Editor: Rosemary Gaby
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Henry IV, Part 1 (Quarto 1, 1598)


of Henry the fourth.
Falst. You haue hit it.
1305Prin. So did he neuer the sparrow.
Fal. Well, that rascall hath good mettall in him, hee will not
runne.
Prin. Why, what a rascall art thou then, to praise him so for
running?
1310Fal. A horsebacke (ye cuckoe) but a foote hee will not budge
a foote.
Prin. Yes Iacke, vpon instinct.
Falst. I grant ye vpon instinct: well hee is there to, and one
Mordacke, and a thousand blew caps more. Worcester is stolne
1315away to night, thy fathers beard is turnd white with the newes,
you may buy land now as cheape as stinking Mackrel.
Prin. Why then, it is like if there come a hote Iune, and this
ciuill buffeting hold, we shall buy maidenheads as they buy hob
1320nailes, by the hundreds.
Falst. By the masse lad thou saiest true, it is like wee shall haue
good trading that way: but tell mee Hall, art not thou horrible
afearde? thou being heire apparant, could the world picke thee
out three such enemies againe? as that fiend Dowglas, that spi-
1325rit Percy, and that diuel Glendower, art thou not horribly afraid?
doth not thy bloud thril at it?
Prin. Not a whit ifaith, I lacke some of thy instinct.
Falst. Well thou wilt bee horriblie chidde to morrowe when
1330thou commest to thy father, if thou loue mee practise an aun-
swere.
Prin. Do thou stand for my father and examine me vpon the
particulars of my life.
Falst. Shall I: content. This chaire shall be my state, this dag-
1335ger my scepter, and this cushion my crowne.
Prin. Thy state is taken for a ioynd stoole, thy golden scepter
for a leaden dagger, and thy precious rich crowne for a pittifull
bald crowne.
1340Falst. Well, and the fire of grace bee not quite out of thee
nowe shalt thou be mooued. Giue me a cup of Sacke to make
my eyes looke redde, that it maie bee thought I haue wept,
for I must speake in passion, and I will doe it in king Cambises
vaine.
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Prin.