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  • Title: Henry IV, Part 2 (Folio 1 1623)
  • Editor: Rosemary Gaby

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    Author: William Shakespeare
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    Henry IV, Part 2 (Folio 1 1623)

    76The second Part of King Henry the Fourth.
    Reigne in all bosomes, that each heart being set
    On bloody Courses, the rude Scene may end,
    220And darknesse be the burier of the dead.
    L. Bar. Sweet Earle, diuorce not wisedom from your (Honor.
    Mor. The liues of all your louing Complices
    Leane-on your health, the which if you giue-o're
    To stormy Passion, must perforce decay.
    225You cast th'euent of Warre (my Noble Lord)
    And summ'd the accompt of Chance, before you said
    Let vs make head: It was your presurmize,
    That in the dole of blowes, your Son might drop.
    You knew he walk'd o're perils, on an edge
    230More likely to fall in, then to get o're:
    You were aduis'd his flesh was capeable
    Of Wounds, and Scarres; and that his forward Spirit
    Would lift him, where most trade of danger rang'd,
    Yet did you say go forth: and none of this
    235(Though strongly apprehended) could restraine
    The stiffe-borne Action: What hath then befalne?
    Or what hath this bold enterprize bring forth,
    More then that Being, which was like to be?
    L. Bar. We all that are engaged to this losse,
    240Knew that we ventur'd on such dangerous Seas,
    That if we wrought out life, was ten to one:
    And yet we ventur'd for the gaine propos'd,
    Choak'd the respect of likely perill fear'd,
    And since we are o're-set, venture againe.
    245Come, we will all put forth; Body, and Goods,
    Mor. 'Tis more then time: And (my most Noble Lord)
    I heare for certaine, and do speake the truth:
    The gentle Arch-bishop of Yorke is vp
    With well appointed Powres: he is a man
    250Who with a double Surety bindes his Followers.
    My Lord (your Sonne) had onely but the Corpes,
    But shadowes, and the shewes of men to fight.
    For that same word (Rebellion) did diuide
    The action of their bodies, from their soules,
    255And they did fight with queasinesse, constrain'd
    As men drinke Potions; that their Weapons only
    Seem'd on our side: but for their Spirits and Soules,
    This word (Rebellion) it had froze them vp,
    As Fish are in a Pond. But now the Bishop
    260Turnes Insurrection to Religion,
    Suppos'd sincere, and holy in his Thoughts:
    He's follow'd both with Body, and with Minde:
    And doth enlarge his Rising, with the blood
    Of faire King Richard, scrap'd from Pomfret stones,
    265Deriues from heauen, his Quarrell, and his Cause:
    Tels them, he doth bestride a bleeding Land,
    Gasping for life, vnder great Bullingbrooke,
    And more, and lesse, do flocke to follow him.
    North. I knew of this before. But to speake truth,
    270This present greefe had wip'd it from my minde.
    Go in with me, and councell euery man
    The aptest way for safety, and reuenge:
    Get Posts, and Letters, and make Friends with speed,
    Neuer so few, nor neuer yet more need. Exeunt.

    275Scena Tertia.

    Enter Falstaffe, and Page.
    Fal. Sirra, you giant, what saies the Doct. to my water?
    Pag. He said sir, the water it selfe was a good healthy
    water: but for the party that ow'd it, he might haue more
    280diseases then he knew for.
    Fal. Men of all sorts take a pride to gird at mee: the

    braine of this foolish compounded Clay-man, is not able
    to inuent any thing that tends to laughter, more then I
    inuent, or is inuented on me. I am not onely witty in my
    285selfe, but the cause that wit is in other men. I doe heere
    walke before thee, like a Sow, that hath o'rewhelm'd all
    her Litter, but one. If the Prince put thee into my Ser-
    uice for any other reason, then to set mee off, why then I
    haue no iudgement. Thou horson Mandrake, thou art
    290fitter to be worne in my cap, then to wait at my heeles. I
    was neuer mann'd with an Agot till now: but I will sette
    you neyther in Gold, nor Siluer, but in vilde apparell, and
    send you backe againe to your Master, for a Iewell. The
    Iuuenall (the Prince your Master) whose Chin is not yet
    295fledg'd, I will sooner haue a beard grow in the Palme of
    my hand, then he shall get one on his cheeke: yet he will
    not sticke to say, his Face is a Face-Royall. Heauen may
    finish it when he will, it is not a haire amisse yet: he may
    keepe it still at a Face-Royall, for a Barber shall neuer
    300earne six pence out of it; and yet he will be crowing, as if
    he had writ man euer since his Father was a Batchellour.
    He may keepe his owne Grace, but he is almost out of
    mine, I can assure him. What said M. Dombledon, about
    the Satten for my short Cloake, and Slops?
    305Pag. He said sir, you should procure him better Assu-
    rance, then Bardolfe: he wold not take his Bond & yours,
    he lik'd not the Security.
    Fal. Let him bee damn'd like the Glutton, may his
    Tongue be hotter, a horson Achitophel; a Rascally-yea-
    310forsooth-knaue, to beare a Gentleman in hand, and then
    stand vpon Security? The horson smooth-pates doe now
    weare nothing but high shoes, and bunches of Keyes at
    their girdles: and if a man is through with them in ho-
    nest Taking-vp, then they must stand vpon Securitie: I
    315had as liefe they would put Rats-bane in my mouth, as
    offer to stoppe it with Security. I look'd hee should haue
    sent me two and twenty yards of Satten (as I am true
    Knight) and he sends me Security. Well, he may sleep in
    Security, for he hath the horne of Abundance: and the
    320lightnesse of his Wife shines through it, and yet cannot
    he see, though he haue his owne Lanthorne to light him.
    Where's Bardolfe?
    Pag. He's gone into Smithfield to buy your worship
    a horse.
    325Fal. I bought him in Paules, and hee'l buy mee a horse
    in Smithfield. If I could get mee a wife in the Stewes, I
    were Mann'd, Hors'd, and Wiu'd.
    Enter Chiefe Iustice, and Seruant.
    Pag. Sir, heere comes the Nobleman that committed
    330the Prince for striking him, about Bardolfe.
    Fal. Wait close, I will not see him.
    Ch. Iust. What's he that goes there?
    Ser. Falstaffe, and't please your Lordship.
    Iust. He that was in question for the Robbery?
    335Ser. He my Lord, but he hath since done good seruice
    at Shrewsbury: and (as I heare) is now going with some
    Charge, to the Lord Iohn of Lancaster.
    Iust. What to Yorke? Call him backe againe.
    Ser. Sir Iohn Falstaffe.
    340Fal. Boy, tell him, I am deafe.
    Pag. You must speake lowder, my Master is deafe.
    Iust. I am sure he is, to the hearing of any thing good.
    Go plucke him by the Elbow, I must speake with him.
    Ser. Sir Iohn.
    345Fal. What? a yong knaue and beg? Is there not wars? Is
    there not imployment? Doth not the K. lack subiects? Do
    not the Rebels want Soldiers? Though it be a shame to be