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

    Copyright Rosemary Gaby. This text may be freely used for educational, non-profit purposes; for all other uses contact the Editor.
    Author: William Shakespeare
    Editor: Rosemary Gaby
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    Henry IV, Part 1 (Quarto 1, 1598)

    The History
    Harry to Harry shal hot horse to horse,
    2355Meete and neare part til one drop down a coarse,
    Oh that Glendower were come.
    Ver. There is more newes,
    I learnd in Worcester as I rode along,
    He can draw his power this fourteene daies.
    2360Doug. Thats the worst tidings that I heare of it.
    Wor. I by my faith, that beares a frosty sound.
    Hot. What may the kings whole battel reach vnto?
    2365Ver. To thirty thousand.
    Hot. Forty let it be,
    My father and Glendower being both away,
    The powers of vs may serue so great a day,
    Come let vs take a muster speedily,
    2370Doomes day is neare, die all, die merely.
    Doug. Talke not of dying, I am out of feare
    Of death or deaths hand for this one halfe yeare.
    Enter Falstalffe, Bardoll.
    Falst. Bardol get thee before to Couentry, fill me a bottle of
    Sacke, our souldiors shall march through. Weele to Sutton cop-
    hill to night.
    Bar. Will you giue me money captaine?
    2380Fal. Lay out, lay out.
    Bar. This bottell makes an angel.
    Fal. And if it do, take it for thy labour, and if it make twenty
    take them all, ile answere the coynage, bid my Liuetenant Peto
    meet me at townes end.
    2385Bar. I will captaine, farewell.
    Fal. If I be not ashamed of my soldiours, I am a souct gurnet,
    I haue misused the kinges presse damnablie. I haue got in ex-
    change of 150. soldiours 300. and odde poundes. I presse me
    2390none but good houshoulders, Yeomans sonnes, inquire me out
    contracted batchelers, such as had been askt twice on the banes,
    such a commodity of warme slaues, as had as lieue heare the
    Diuell as a drumme, such as feare the report of a Caliuer, worse
    then a strucke foule, or a hurt wild ducke: I prest mee none but
    2395such tostes and butter with hearts in their bellies no bigger then
    pinnes heades, and they haue bought out their seruices, and