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  • Title: Henry IV, Part 2 (Quarto 1, 1598)
  • Editor: Rosemary Gaby

  • 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 2 (Quarto 1, 1598)

    Henry the fourth.
    Falst. How now, whose mare's dead? whats the matter?
    Phang I arrest you at the sute of mistris Quickly.
    Falst. Away varlets, draw Bardolfe, cut me off the villaines
    655head, throw the queane in the channell.
    Host. Throw me in the channell? Ile throw thee in the chan-
    nel, wilt thou, wilt thou, thou bastardly rogue, murder murder,
    a thou honisuckle villaine, wilt thou kill Gods officers and the
    Kings? a thou honiseed rogue, thou art a honiseed, a man quel-
    660ler, and a woman queller.
    Falst. Keepe them off Bardolfe.
    661.1Offic. A reskew, a reskew.
    Host. Good people bring a reskew or two, thou wot, wot
    thou, thou wot, wot ta, do do thou rogue, do thou hempseed.
    Boy Away you scullian, you rampallian, you fustilarian, ile
    665tickle your catastrophe.
    Enter Lord chiefe iustice and his men.
    Lord What is the matter? keepe the peace here, ho.
    Hostesse Good my lord be good to me, I beseech you stand
    to me.
    Lord How now sir Iohn, what are you brawling here?
    670Doth this become your place, your time, and businesse?
    You should haue bin well on your way to Yorke:
    Stand from him fellow, wherefore hang'st thou vpon him.
    Host. O my most worshipful Lord, and't please your grace
    I am a poore widdow of Eastcheape, and he is arrested at my
    675Lord For what summe?
    Host. It is more then for some my Lord, it is for al I haue, he
    hath eaten me out of house and home, he hath put all my sub-
    stance into that fat belly of his, but I wil haue some of it out a-
    gaine, or I wil ride thee a nights like the mare.
    Falst. I think I am as like to ride the mare if I haue any van-
    tage of ground to get vp.
    Lord How comes this sir Iohn? what man of good temper
    would endure this tempest of exclamation; are you not asha-
    685med to inforce a poore widdow, to so rough a course to come