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Author: William Shakespeare
Editor: Rosemary Gaby
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Henry IV, Part 2 (Quarto 1, 1598).


Henry the fourth.
wil make curtsie and say nothing, he is vertuous, no my Lord
my humble duty remembred, I will not bee your suter, I say
to you I do desire deliuerance from these officers, being vpon
725hasty imployment in the Kings affayres.
Lord You speake as hauing power to do wrong, but an-
swer in th'effect of your reputation, and satisfie the poore wo-
man.
Falst. Come hither hostesse.
730Lord Now master Gower, what newes.
enter a messenger.
Gower The King my Lord, and Harry prince of Wales,
Are neare at hand, the rest the paper tells.
Falst. As I am a gentleman!
733.1Host. Faith you said so before.
735Falst. As I am a gentleman, come, no more words of it.
Host. By this heaunly ground I tread on, I must be faine to
pawne both my plate, & the tapestry of my dining chambers-
Falst. Glasses glasses is the onely drinking, and for thy wals
740a pretty sleight drollery, or the storie of the prodigal, or the
Iarman hunting in waterworke, is worth a thousand of these
bed-hangers, and these flie bitten tapestrie, let it be x. l if thou
canst: come, and twere not for thy humors, theres not a better
745wench in England, goe wash thy face and draw the action,
come thou must not be in this humor with me, dost not know
me, come, come, I know thou wast set on to this.
Host. Pray thee sir Iohn let it be but twentie nobles, ifaith
I am loath to pawne my plate so God saue me law.
750Falst. Let it alone, ile make other shift, youle be a foole stil.
Host. Well, you shall haue it, though I pawne my gowne,
I hope youle come to supper, youle pay me al together.
755Falst. Wil I liue? goe with her, with her, hooke on, hooke
on.
exit hostesse and sergeant.
Host. Will you haue Doll Tere-sheet meete you at supper.
Falst. No more words, lets haue her.
760Lord I haue heard better newes.
Falst. Whats the newes my lord?
Lord Where lay the King to night?
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