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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.
    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-
    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
    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?