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Author: William Shakespeare
Editor: Rosemary Gaby
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Henry IV, Part 1 (Quarto 1, 1598)

The history
break the pate on thee, I am a very villaine, come and be hangd,
665hast no faith in thee?
Enter Gadshill.
Gadshill. Good morrow Cariers, whats a clocke?
Car. I thinke it be two a clocke.
Gad. I prethe lend me thy lanterne, to see my gelding in the
1 Car. Nay by God soft, I knowe a tricke worth two of that
I faith.
Gad. I pray thee lend me thine.
2 Car. I when canst tell? lend me thy lanterne (quoth he) mar-
675ry ile see thee hangd first.
Gad. Sirrha Carrier, what time doe you meane to come to
2 Car. Time enough to go to bed with a candle, I warrant
thee, come neighbour Mugs, weele call vp the Gentlemen,
680they will along with company, for they haue great charge.
Enter Chamberlaine. Exeunt.
Gad. What ho: Chamberlaine.
Cham. At hand quoth pickepurse.
685Gad. Thats euen as faire as at hand quoth the Chamberlaine:
for thou variest no more from picking of purses, then giuing di-
rection doth from labouring: thou laiest the plot how.
Cham. Good morrow maister Gadshill, it holdes currant that
690I tolde you yesternight, ther's a Frankelin in the wilde of Kent
hath brought three hundred Markes with him in golde, I heard
him tell it to one of his company last night at supper, a kinde of
Auditor, one that hath abundance of charge too, God knowes
what, they are vp already, and cal for Egges and butter, they wil
695away presently.
Gad. Sirrha, if they meete not with Saint Nicholas clearkes,
ile giue thee this necke.
Cham. No, ile none of it, I pray thee keepe that for the hang-
700man, for I know thou worshippest Saint Nicholas, as trulie as
a man of falshood may.
Ga. What talkest thou to me of the hãgman? if I hang, ile make
a fat paire of Gallowes: for if I hang, olde sir Iohn hangs with
me, and thou knowest hee is no starueling: tut, there are other