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  • Title: Henry IV, Part 1 (Quarto 1, 1598)
  • Editor: Rosemary Gaby
  • ISBN: 978-1-55058-371-7

    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 1 (Quarto 1, 1598)

    The Historie
    Pr. What saist thou mistris quickly, how doth thy husband?
    2100I loue him well, he is an honest man.
    Host. Good my Lord heare me?
    Falst. Preethe let her alone, and list to me.
    Prin. What saist thou iacke.
    2105Falst. The other night I fel a sleepe here, behind the Arras, and
    had my pocket pickt, this house is turn'd baudy house, they pick
    Prin. What didst thou loose iacke?
    Fal. Wilt thou beleeue me Hall, three or foure bonds of forty
    2110pound a peece, and a seale ring of my grandfathers.
    Prin. A trifle, some eight penie matter.
    Host. So I told him my Lord, and I said I heard your grace say
    so: & my lord he speakes most vilely of you, like a foule mouthd
    2115man as he is, and said he would cudgel you.
    Prin. What he did not?
    Ho. Theres neither faith, truth, nor womanhood in me else.
    2120Fal. Theres no more faith in thee then in a stued prune, nor
    no more truth in thee then in a drawn fox, and for womandood
    maid marion may be the deputies wife of the ward to thee. Go
    you thing, go.
    Host. Say what thing, what thing?
    2125Fal. What thing? why a thing to thanke God on.
    Ho. I am nothing to thanke God on, I would thou shouldst
    know it, I am an honest mans wife, and setting thy knighthood
    aside, thou art a knaue to call me so.
    Fal. Setting thy womanhood aside, thou art a beast to say o-
    Host. Say, what beast, thou knaue thou?
    Falst. What beast? why an Otter.
    Prin. An Otter sir Iohn, why an Otter?
    Falst. Why? shees neither fish nor flesh, a man knowes not
    2135where to haue her.
    Host. Thou art an vniust man in saying so, thou or anie man
    knowes where to haue me, thou knaue thou.
    Prin. Thou saist true hostesse, and hee slaunders thee most
    2140Host. So hee doth you my Lord, and saide this other day you