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  • Title: Henry IV, Part 1 (Quarto 0, 1598)
  • Editor: Rosemary Gaby
  • ISBN: 978-1-55058-371-7

    Copyright . This text may be freely used for educational, non-profit purposes; for all other uses contact the Editor.
    Author: William Shakespeare
    Editor: Rosemary Gaby
    Peer Reviewed

    Henry IV, Part 1 (Quarto 0, 1598)

    The Hystorie
    1 Car. I preethe Tom beat Cuts saddle, put a few flockes in
    640the point, poore iade is wroong in the withers, out of all cesse.
    Enter another Carier.
    2 Car. Pease and beanes are as danke here as a dog, and that
    is the next way to giue poore iades the bottes: this house is tur-
    645ned vpside downe since Robin Ostler died.
    1 Car. Poore fellow neuer ioyed since the prise of Oates rose,
    it was the death of him.
    2 Car. I thinke this bee the most villainous house in all Lon-
    650don road for fleas, I am stung like a Tench.
    1 Car. Like a Tench, by the Masse there is nere a King chri-
    sten could be better bit then I haue bin since the first cocke.
    2 Car. Why, they will allowe vs nere a Iordan, and then
    655we leake in your Chimney, and your chamber-lie breedes fleas
    like a loach.
    1 Car. What Ostler, come away and be hangd, come away.
    2 Car. I haue a gammon of bacon, and two razes of Gin-
    660ger, to be deliuered as far as Charing Crosse.
    1 Car. Gods bodie, the Turkies in my Panier are quite star-
    ued: what Ostler? a plague on thee, hast thou neuer an eie in thy
    heade? canst not heare, and twere not as good deed as drinke to
    break the pate on thee, I am a verie villain, come and be hangd,
    665hast no faith in thee?
    Enter Gadshill:
    Gadshill. Good morrow Cariers, whats a clocke?
    Car: I thinke it be two a clocke.
    Gad: I preethe lend me thy lanterne, to see my gelding in the
    1 Car: Nay by God soft, I knowe a trike worth two of that
    I fayth.
    Gad: I pray thee lend me thine.
    2 Car. I when canst tell? lend mee thy lanterne (quoth he)
    675marry ile see thee hangd first.
    Gad. Sirrha Carrier, what time do you meane to come to
    2 Car. Time enough to go to bed with a candle, I warrant
    thee, come neighbour Mugs, weele call vp the Gentlemen,