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  • Title: Henry IV, Part 1 (Folio 1 1623)
  • Editor: Rosemary Gaby
  • ISBN: 978-1-55058-371-7

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    Author: William Shakespeare
    Editor: Rosemary Gaby
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    Henry IV, Part 1 (Folio 1 1623)

    Actus Secundus. Scena Prima.
    Enter a Carrier with a Lanterne in his hand.
    6351. Car. Heigh-ho, an't be not foure by the day, Ile be
    hang'd. Charles waine is ouer the new Chimney, and yet
    our horse not packt. What Ostler?
    Ost. Anon, anon.
    1. Car. I prethee Tom, beate Cuts Saddle, put a few
    640Flockes in the point: the poore Iade is wrung in the wi-
    thers, out of all cesse.
    Enter another Carrier.
    2. Car. Pease and Beanes are as danke here as a Dog,
    and this is the next way to giue poore Iades the Bottes:
    645This house is turned vpside downe since Robin the Ostler
    1. Car. Poore fellow neuer ioy'd since the price of oats
    rose, it was the death of him.
    2. Car. I thinke this is the most villanous house in al
    650London rode for Fleas: I am stung like a Tench.
    1. Car. Like a Tench? There is ne're a King in Chri-
    stendome, could be better bit, then I haue beene since the
    first Cocke.
    2. Car. Why, you will allow vs ne're a Iourden, and
    655then we leake in your Chimney: and your Chamber-lye
    breeds Fleas like a Loach.
    1. Car. What Ostler, come away, and be hangd: come
    2. Car. I haue a Gammon of Bacon, and two razes of
    660Ginger, to be deliuered as farre as Charing-crosse.
    1. Car. The Turkies in my Pannier are quite starued.
    What Ostler? A plague on thee, hast thou neuer an eye in
    thy head? Can'st not heare? And t'were not as good a
    deed as drinke, to break the pate of thee, I am a very Vil-
    665laine. Come and be hang'd, hast no faith in thee?
    Enter Gads-hill.
    Gad. Good-morrow Carriers. What's a clocke?
    Car. I thinke it be two a clocke.
    Gad. I prethee lend me thy Lanthorne to see my Gel-
    670ding in the stable.
    1. Car. Nay soft I pray ye, I know a trick worth two
    of that.
    Gad. I prethee lend me thine.
    2. Car. I, when, canst tell? Lend mee thy Lanthorne
    675(quoth-a) marry Ile see thee hang'd first.
    Gad. Sirra Carrier: What time do you mean to come
    to London?
    2. Car. Time enough to goe to bed with a Candle, I
    warrant thee. Come neighbour Mugges, wee'll call vp
    680the Gentlemen, they will along with company, for they
    haue great charge. Exeunt
    Enter Chamberlaine.
    Gad. What ho, Chamberlaine?
    Cham. At hand quoth Pick-purse.
    685Gad. That's euen as faire, as at hand quoth the Cham-
    berlaine: For thou variest no more from picking of Pur-
    ses, then giuing direction, doth from labouring. Thou
    lay'st the plot, how.
    Cham. Good morrow Master Gads-Hill, it holds cur-
    690rant that I told you yesternight. There's a Franklin in the
    wilde of Kent, hath brought three hundred Markes with
    him in Gold: I heard him tell it to one of his company last
    night at Supper; a kinde of Auditor, one that hath abun-
    dance of charge too (God knowes what) they are vp al-
    695ready, and call for Egges and Butter. They will away
    Gad. Sirra, if they meete not with S. Nicholas Clarks,
    Ile giue thee this necke.
    Cham. No, Ile none of it: I prythee keep that for the
    700Hangman, for I know thou worshipst S. Nicholas as tru-
    ly as a man of falshood may.
    Gad. What talkest thou to me of the Hangman? If I
    hang, Ile make a fat payre of Gallowes. For, if I hang,
    old Sir Iohn hangs with mee, and thou know'st hee's no
    705Starueling. Tut, there are other Troians that yu dream'st
    not of, the which (for sport sake) are content to doe the
    Profession some grace; that would (if matters should bee
    look'd into) for their owne Credit sake, make all Whole.
    I am ioyned with no Foot-land-Rakers, no Long-staffe
    710six-penny strikers, none of these mad Mustachio-purple-
    hu'd-Maltwormes, but with Nobility, and Tranquilitie;
    Bourgomasters, and great Oneyers, such as can holde in,
    such as will strike sooner then speake; and speake sooner
    then drinke, and drinke sooner then pray: and yet I lye,
    715for they pray continually vnto their Saint the Common-
    wealth; or rather, not to pray to her, but prey on her: for
    they ride vp & downe on her, and make hir their Boots.
    Cham. What, the Commonwealth their Bootes? Will
    she hold out water in foule way?
    720Gad. She will, she will; Iustice hath liquor'd her. We
    steale as in a Castle, cocksure: we haue the receit of Fern-
    seede, we walke inuisible.
    Cham. Nay, I thinke rather, you are more beholding
    to the Night, then to the Fernseed, for your walking in-
    Gad. Giue me thy hand.
    Thou shalt haue a share in our purpose,
    As I am a true man.
    Cham. Nay, rather let mee haue it, as you are a false
    Gad. Goe too: Homo is a common name to all men.
    Bid the Ostler bring the Gelding out of the stable. Fare-
    well, ye muddy Knaue. Exeunt.
    e2 Scena
    54 The First Part of King Henry the Fourth.