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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)

    The second part of
    inuincible, a was the very genius of famine, yet lecherous as a
    1843.1monkie, & the whores cald him mandrake, a came ouer in the
    rereward of the fashion, and sung those tunes to the ouer-
    1844.1schutcht huswiues, that he heard the Car-men whistle, and
    sware they were his fancies or his good-nights, and nowe is
    1845this vices dagger become a squire, and talkes as familiarly of
    Iohn a Gaunt, as if he had bin sworne brother to him, and
    ile be sworn a nere saw him but once in the tylt-yard, and then
    he burst his head for crowding among the Marshalles men, I
    1850saw it and told Iohn a Gaunt he beate his owne name, for you
    might haue thrust him and all his aparell into an eele-skin, the
    case of a treble hoboy was a mansion for him a Court, and
    now has he land and beefes. Well, ile be acquainted with him
    1855if I returne, and t'shal go hard, but ile make him a philosophers
    two stones to me, if the yong Dase be a baite for the old Pike,
    I see no reason in the law of nature but I may snap at him, till
    Time shape, and there an end.
    Enter the Archbishop, Mowbray, Bardolfe, Hastings, within
    the forrest of Gaultree.
    Bish. What is this forrest calld?
    Hast. Tis Gaultree forrest, and't shal please your grace.
    Bishop Here stand, my lords, and send discouerers forth,
    To know the numbers of our enemies:
    Hastings We haue sent forth already.
    Bishop Tis well done,
    1870My friends and brethren (in these great affaires)
    I must acquaint you, that I haue receiu'd
    New dated letters from Northumberland,
    Their cold intent, tenure, and substance thus:
    Here doth he wish his person, with such powers,
    1875As might hold sortance with his quallitie,
    The which he could not leuy: whereupon
    He is retirde to ripe his growing fortunes,
    To Scotland, and concludes in hearty prayers,
    That your attempts may ouer-liue the hazard
    1880And fearefull meeting of their opposite.