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Author: William Shakespeare
Editor: Rosemary Gaby
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Henry IV, Part 2 (Quarto 1, 1600)

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
1861.1 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.