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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)

    2780Scena Secunda.
    Enter Worcester, and Sir Richard Vernon.
    Wor. O no, my Nephew must not know, Sir Richard,
    The liberall kinde offer of the King.
    Ver. 'Twere best he did.
    2785Wor. Then we are all vndone.
    It is not possible, it cannot be,
    The King would keepe his word in louing vs,
    He will suspect vs still, and finde a time
    To punish this offence in others faults:
    2790Supposition, all our liues, shall be stucke full of eyes;
    For Treason is but trusted like the Foxe,
    Who ne're so tame, so cherisht, and lock'd vp,
    Will haue a wilde tricke of his Ancestors:
    Looke how he can, or sad or merrily,
    2795Interpretation will misquote our lookes,
    And we shall feede like Oxen at a stall,
    The better cherisht, still the nearer death.
    My Nephewes trespasse may be well forgot,
    It hath the excuse of youth, and heate of blood,
    2800And an adopted name of Ptiuiledge,
    A haire-brain'd Hotspurre, gouern'd by a Spleene:
    All his offences liue vpon my head,
    And on his Fathers. We did traine him on,
    And his corruption being tane from vs,
    2805We as the Spring of all, shall pay for all:
    Therefore good Cousin, let not Harry know
    In any case, the offer of the King.
    Ver. Deliuer what you will, Ile say 'tis so.
    Heere comes your Cosin.
    2810 Enter Hotspurre.
    Hot. My Vnkle is return'd,
    Deliuer vp my Lord of Westmerland.
    Vnkle, what newe-?
    Wor. The King will bid you battell presently.
    2815Dow. Defie him by the Lord of Westmerland.
    Hot. Lord Dowglas: Go you and tell him so.
    Dow. Marry and shall, and verie willingly.
    Exit Dowglas.
    Wor. There is no seeming mercy in the King.
    2820Hot. Did you begge any? God forbid.
    Wor. I told him gently of our greeuances,
    Of his Oath-breaking: which he mended thus,
    By now forswearing that he is forsworne,
    He cals vs Rebels, Traitors, and will scourge
    2825With haughty armes, this hatefull name in vs.
    Enter Dowglas.
    Dow. Arme Gentlemen, to Armes, for I haue thrown
    A braue defiance in King Henries teeth:
    And Westmerland that was ingag'd did beare it,
    2830Which cannot choose but bring him quickly on.
    Wor. The Prince of Wales stept forth before the king,
    And Nephew, challeng'd you to single fight.
    Hot. O, would the quarrell lay vpon our heads,
    And that no man might draw short breath to day,
    2835But I and Harry Monmouth. Tell me, tell mee,
    How shew'd his Talking? Seem'd it in contempt?
    Ver. No, by my Soule: I neuer in my life
    Did heare a Challenge vrg'd more modestly,
    Vnlesse a Brother should a Brother dare
    2840To gentle exercise, and proofe of Armes.
    He gaue you all the Duties of a Man,
    Trimm'd vp your praises with a Princely tongue,
    Spoke your deseruings like a Chronicle,
    Making you euer better then his praise,
    2845By still dispraising praise, valew'd with you:
    And which became him like a Prince indeed,
    He made a blushing citall of himselfe,
    And chid his Trewant youth with such a Grace,
    As if he mastred there a double spirit
    2850Of teaching, and of learning instantly:
    There did he pause. But let me tell the World,
    If he out-liue the enuie of this day,
    England did neuer owe so sweet a hope,
    So much misconstrued in his Wantonnesse.
    2855Hot. Cousin, I thinke thou art enamored
    On his Follies: neuer did I heare
    Of any Prince so wilde at Liberty.
    But be he as he will, yet once ere night,
    I will imbrace him with a Souldiers arme,
    2860That he shall shrinke vnder my curtesie.
    Arme, arme with speed. And Fellow's, Soldiers, Friends,
    Better consider what you haue to do,
    That I that haue not well the gift of Tongue,
    The First Part of King Henry the Fourth. 71
    Can lift your blood vp with perswasion.
    2865 Enter a Messenger.
    Mes. My Lord, heere are Letters for you.
    Hot. I cannot reade them now.
    O Gentlemen, the time of life is short;
    To spend that shortnesse basely, were too long.
    2870If life did ride vpon a Dials point,
    Still ending at the arriuall of an houre,
    And if we liue, we liue to treade on Kings:
    If dye; braue death, when Princes dye with vs.
    Now for our Consciences, the Armes is faire,
    2875When the intent for bearing them is iust.
    Enter another Messenger.
    Mes. My Lord prepare, the King comes on apace.
    Hot. I thanke him, that he cuts me from my tale:
    For I professe not talking: Onely this,
    2880Let each man do his best. And heere I draw a Sword,
    Whose worthy temper I intend to staine
    With the best blood that I can meete withall,
    In the aduenture of this perillous day.
    Now Esperance Percy, and set on:
    2885Sound all the lofty Instruments of Warre,
    And by that Musicke, Iet vs all imbrace:
    For heauen to earth, some of vs neuer shall,
    A second time do such a curtesie.
    They embrace, the trumpets sound, the King entereth
    2890with his power, alarum vnto the battell. Then enter
    Dowglas, and Sir Walter Blunt.
    Blu. What is thy name, that in battel thus yu crossest me?
    What honor dost thou seeke vpon my head?
    Dow. Know then my name is Dowglas,
    2895And I do haunt thee in the battell thus,
    Because some tell me, that thou art a King.
    Blunt. They tell thee true.
    Dow. The Lord of Stafford deere to day hath bought
    Thy likenesse: for insted of thee King Harry,
    2900This Sword hath ended him, so shall it thee,
    Vnlesse thou yeeld thee as a Prisoner.
    Blu. I was not borne to yeeld, thou haughty Scot,
    And thou shalt finde a King that will reuenge
    Lords Staffords death.
    2905 Fight, Blunt is slaine, then enters Hotspur.
    Hot. O Dowglas, hadst thou fought at Holmedon thus
    I neuer had triumphed o're a Scot.
    Dow. All's done, all's won, here breathles lies the king
    Hot. Where?
    2910Dow. Heere.
    Hot. This Dowglas? No, I know this face full well:
    A gallant Knight he was, his name was Blunt,
    Semblably furnish'd like the King himselfe.
    Dow. Ah foole: go with thy soule whether it goes,
    2915A borrowed Title hast thou bought too deere.
    Why didst thou tell me, that thou wer't a King?
    Hot. The King hath many marching in his Coats.
    Dow. Now by my Sword, I will kill all his Coates,
    Ile murder all his Wardrobe peece by peece,
    2920Vntill I meet the King.
    Hot. Vp, and away,
    Our Souldiers stand full fairely for the day.
    Alarum, and enter Falstaffe solus.
    Fal. Though I could scape shot-free at London, I fear
    2925the shot heere: here's no scoring, but vpon the pate. Soft
    who are you? Sir Walter Blunt, there's Honour for you:
    here's no vanity, I am as hot as molten Lead, and as hea-
    uy too; heauen keepe Lead out of mee, I neede no more
    weight then mine owne Bowelles. I haue led my rag of
    2930Muffins where they are pepper'd: there's not three of my
    150. left aliue, and they for the Townes end, to beg du-
    ring life. But who comes heere?
    Enter the Prince.
    Pri. What, stand'st thou idle here? Lend me thy sword,
    2935Many a Nobleman likes starke and stiffe
    Vnder the hooues of vaunting enemies,
    Whose deaths are vnreueng'd. Prethy lend me thy sword
    Fal. O Hal, I prethee giue me leaue to breath awhile:
    Turke Gregory neuer did such deeds in Armes, as I haue
    2940done this day. I haue paid Percy, I haue made him sure.
    Prin. He is indeed, and liuing to kill thee:
    I prethee lend me thy sword.
    Falst. Nay Hal, is Percy bee aliue, thou getst not my
    Sword; but take my Pistoll if thou wilt.
    2945Prin. Giue it me: What, is it in the Case?
    Fal. I Hal, 'tis hot: There's that will Sacke a City.
    The Prince drawes out a Bottle of Sacke.
    Prin. What, is it a time to iest and dally now. Exit.
    Throwes it at him.
    2950Fal. If Percy be aliue, Ile pierce him: if he do come in
    my way, so: if he do not, if I come in his (willingly) let
    him make a Carbonado of me. I like not such grinning
    honour as Sir Walter hath: Giue mee life, which if I can
    saue, so: if not, honour comes vnlook'd for, and ther's an
    2955end. Exit