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


The second part of
Too neare vnto my state: therefore, my Harry,
2750Be it thy course to busie giddie mindes
With forraine quarrells, that action hence borne out,
May waste the memory of the former dayes.
More would I, but my lungs are wasted so,
That strength of speech is vtterly denied me:
2755How I came by the crowne, O God forgiue,
And grant it may with thee in true peace liue.
Prince You won it, wore it, kept it, gaue it me,
Then plaine and right must my possession be,
2760Which I with more then with a common paine,
Gainst all the world will rightfully maintaine.
enter Lancaster.
King Looke, looke, here comes my Iohn of Lancaster.
Lanc. Health, peace, and happinesse to my royall father.
King Thou bringst me happinesse and peace sonne Iohn,
2770But health (alacke) with youthfull wings is flowne
From this bare witherd trunke: vpon thy sight,
My worldly busines makes a period:
Where is my lord of Warwicke?
Prince My Lord of Warwicke.
2775King Doth any name perticular belong
Vnto the lodging where I first did swound?
War. Tis cald Ierusalem, my noble Lord.
King Laud be to God, euen there my life must end.
2780It hath bin prophecide to me many yeares,
I should not die, but in Ierusalem,
Which vainely I supposde the Holy Land:
But beare me to that chamber, there ile lie,
Enter Shallow,
In that Ierusalem shall Harry die.
Shal. By cock and pie sir, you shal not away to night, what
Dauy I say?
2790Falst. You must excuse me master Robert Shallow.
Shal. I will not excuse you, you shall not be excusde, ex-
cuses shall not be admitted, there is no excuse shall serue, you
shall not be excusde: why Dauy.
2795Dauy Here sir.
Shal