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

The Historie.
for powder, theile fill a pit as well as better; tush man mortall
men, mortal men.
West. I but sir Iohn, me thinkes they are exceeding poore and
bare too beggerly.
2445Falst. Faith for their pouerty I know not where they had that,
and for their barenesse I am sure they neuer learnd that of me.
Prin. No ile be sworne, vnlesse you call three fingers in the ribs
bare, but sirrha make haste, Percy is already in the field. Exit.
Fal. What is the king incampt?
West. He is sir Iohn I feare we shal stay too long.
Fal. Wel, to the latter end of a fray, and the beginning of a feast
2455fits a dul fighter and a kene guest.

Enter Hotspur, Worcester, Doug:Vernon.
2460Hot. Weele fight with him to night.
Wor. It may not be.
Doug. You giue him then aduantage.
Ver. Not a whit.
Hot. Why say you so, lookes he not for supply?
2465Ver. So do we.
Hot. His is certaine, ours is doubtful.
Wor. Good coosen be aduisd, stir not to night.
Ver. Do not my Lord.
Doug. You do not counsel wel,
2470You speake it out of feare, and cold hart.
Ver. Do me no slander Douglas, by my life,
And I dare well maintaine it with my life,
If well respected honor bid me on,
I hould as little counsell with weake feare,
2475As you my Lord, or any Scot that this day liues,
Let it be seene to morrow in the battell which of vs feares.
Doug. Yea or to night.
Ver. Content.
2480Hot. To night say I.
Ver. Come, come, it may not be.
I wonder much being men of such great leading as you are,
That you foresee not what impediments
Drag backe our expedition, certaine horse
2485Of my coosen Vernons are not yet come vp,