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Enter a Messenger, with letters.
You strain too far. What letters hast thou there?— I can but
thank you. I: rather, of his absence make this use ; Mess. These letters come from your father,
It lends a lustre, and more great opinion, Hot. Letters from him! why comes he not' him- A larger dare to our great enterprise,
Than if the earl were here: for men must think, Mess. He cannot come, my lord; he's grievous to push against the kingdom; with his help,
If we, without his help, can make a head
Yet all goes well, yet all our joints are whole. Under whose government come they along?
Doug. As heart can think : there is not such a Mess. His letters bear his mind, not I, my lord.
Enter Sir Richard Vernon.
Hot. My cousin Vernon! welcome, by my soul. Wor. I would, the state of time had first been Ver. Pray God, my news be worth a welcome, whole,
lord. Ere he by sickness had been visited;
The earl of Westmoreland, seven thousand strong, His health was never better worth than now. Is marching hitherwards ; 'with him, prince John. Hol. Siek now! droop now! this sickness doth Hol. No harm: What more? infect
And further, I have learn'd, -The very life-blood of our enterprise ;
The king himself in person is set forth, 'Tis catching hither, even to our camp.
Or hitherwards intended speedily, He writes me here,—that inward sickness With strong and mighty preparation. And that his friends by deputation could not Hot. He shall be welcome too. Where is his son, So soon be drawn; nor did he think it meet, The nimble-footed mad-cap prince of Wales, To lay so dangerous and dear a trust
And his comrades, that daft'd' the world aside, On any soul remov'd, but on his own.
And bid it pass ? Yet doth he give us bold advertisement,
All furnish'd, all in arms, That with our small conjunction, we should on, All plum'd like estridges that wing the wind ; To see how fortune is dispos'd to us :
Bated like eagles having lately bath'd ;' For, as he writes, there is no quailing' now; Glittering in golden coats, like images ; Because the king is certainly possess'd'.
As full of spirit as the month of May, of all our purposes. What say you to it? And gorgeous as the sun at midsummer ;
Wor. Your father's sickness is a maim to us. Wanton as youthful goats, wild as young bulle. Hot. A perilous gash, a very limb lopp'd off :- 1 saw young Harry, with his beaver on, Anıl ye!, in faith, 'tis not; his present want His cuissesio on his thighs, gallantly arm’d, Scems more than we shall find it :-Were it good, Rise from the ground like feather'd'Mercury, To set the exact wealth of all our states
And vaulted with such ease into his seat, All at one cast ? to set so rich a main
As if an angel dropp'd down from the clouds, On the nice hazard of one doubtful hour? To turn and wind a fiery Pegasus, it were not good: for therein should we read And witch' the world with noble horsemanship. The very bottom and the soul of hope ;
Hot. No more, no more ; worse than the sun The very list,4 the very utmost bound
in March, Of all our fortunes.
This praise doth nourish agues. Let them come ; Doug.
'Faith, and so we should ; They come like sacrifices in their trim, There now remains a sweet reversion :
And to the fire-ey'd maid of smoky war, We inay boldly spend upon the hope of what All hot, and bleeding, will we offer them: Is to come in :
The mailed Mars shall on his altar sit,
Up to the ears in blood. I am on fire,
And yet not ours :-Come, let me take my horse, Upon the maidenhead of our affairs.
Who is to bear me, like a thunderbolt, Wor. But yet, I would your father had been Against the bosom of the prince of Wales : here."
Harry to Harry shall, hot horse to horse, The quality and hair of our attempt
Meet, and ne'er part, till one drop down a corge. Brooks no division: It will be thought
O, that Glendower were come! By some, that know not why he is away,
There is more news: That wisdom, loyalty, and mere dislike
I learn'd in Worcester, as I rode along, of our proceedings, kept the earl from hence; He cannot draw his power this fourteen days. And think, how such an apprehension
Doug. That's the worst tidings that I hear of yet. May turn the tide of fearful faction,
Wor. Ay, by my faith, that bears a frosty sound. And breed a kind of question in our cause : Hol. What may the king's whole battle reach For, well you know, we of the offering side
unto? Must keep aloof from strict arbitrement;
Ver. To thirty thousand. And stop all sight-holes, every loop, from whence Hot.
Forty let it be; The eye of reason may pry in upon us :
My father and Glendower being both away, This absence of your father's draws a curtain, The powers of us may serve so great a day. That shows the ignorant a kind of fear
Come, let us make a muster speedily: Before not dreamt of.
Doomsday is near ; die all, die merrily. (1) Forces. (2) Languishing. (3) Informed. (7) Threw off
. (8) Dressed with ostrich feathers. (4) Line. (5) Whereas.
Fresh as birds just washed. (10) Armour. 16) The complexion, the character.
(11) Bewitch, charm.
Doug. Talk not of dying; I am out of fear theft hath already made thee butter. But tell me Or death, or death's hand, for this one half year. Jack; whose fellows are these that come after ?
(Exeunt. Fal. Mine, Hal, mine.
P. Hen. I'did never see such pitiful rascals. SCENE II.-A public road near Coventry. Enter
Fal. Tut, tut; good enough to toss ; food Falstaff and Bardolph.
powder, food for powder; they'll fill a pit, as we Fal. Bardolph, get thee before to Coventry; fill as better : tush, man, mortal men, mortal men. me a bottle of sack: our soldiers shall march West. Ay, but, sir John, methinks they are through; we'll to Sutton-Colfield to-night. ceeding poor and bare; too beggarly.
Bard. 'Will you give me money, captain ? Fal. Faith, for their poverty, -I know not whe
they had that: and for their bareness,-I am sr* Bard. This bottle makes an angel.
they never learned that of me. Fal. An if it do, take it for thy labour; and if P. Hen. No, I'll be sworn; unless you it make twenty, take them all, I'll answer the coin- three singers on the ribs, bare. But, sirrah, mal age.
Bid my lieutenant Peto meet me at the haste; Percy is already in the field.
Fal. What is the king encamped ?
Fal. If I be not ashamed of my soldiers, I am long.
feast, I press me none but good householders, yeomen's Fits a dull fighter, and a keen guest. [Eretak sons: inquire me out contracted bachelors, such as had been asked twice on the hanns, such a com- SCENE III.— The rebel camp near Shrewsbury modity of warm slaves, as had as lief hear the devil Enter Hotspur, Worcester, 'Douglas, and Ver as a drum; such as fear the report of a caliver, worse than a struck fowl, or a hurt wild-duck. 'I Hot. We'll fight with him to-night. pressed me none but such toasts and butter, with
It may not be. hearts in their bellies no bigger than pin's heads, Doug. You give him then advantage. and they have bought out their services; and now
Not a whit. my whole charge consists of ancients, corporals, Hot. Why say you so ? looks he not for supply? lieutenants, gentlemen of companies, slaves as rag Ver. So do we. ged as Lazarus in the painted cloth, where the
His is certain, ours is doubtful. glutton's dogs licked his sores: and such as, in Wor. Good cousin, be advis'd; stir not to-night. deed, were never soldiers ; but discarded unjust Ver. Do not, my lord. serving-men, younger sons to younger brothers, re Doug
You do not counsel well; volted tapsters, and ostlers trade-fallen; the cankers You speak it out of fear, and cold heart. of a calm world, and a long peace; ten times more Ver. Do me no slander, Douglas: by my life, dishonourable ragged than an old faced ancient :' (And I dare well maintain it with my life,) and such have I, to fill up the rooms of them that If well-respected honour bid me on, have bought out their services, that you would think, I hold as little counsel with weak fear, that I had a hundred and fifty tattered prodigals, As you my lord, or any Scot that lives :lately come from swine-keeping, from eating draff Let it be seen to-morrow in the battle, and husks. A mad fellow met me on the way, and Which of us fears. told me, I had unloaded all the gibbets, and pressed Doug.
Yea, or to-night. the dead bodies. No eye hath seen such scare Ver.
Content. crows. I'll not march through Coventry with them, Hot. To-night, say I. that's flat:-Nay, and the villains march wide be
Come, come, it may not be. twixt the legs, as if they had gyves on; for, indeed, I wonder much, being men of such great leading, I had the most of them out of prison. There's buí That you foresee not what impediments & shirt and a half in all my company; and the half- Drag back our expedition : Certain horse shirt is two napkins, tacked together, and thrown of my cousin Vernon's are not yet come up: over the shoulders, like a herald's coat without Your uncle Worcester's horse came but to-day; sleeves; and the shirt, to say the truth, stolen from And now their pride and mettle is asleep, my host at Saint Alban's, or the red-nose inn. Their courage with hard labour tame and dull, keeper of Daintry.” But that's all one; they'll find That not a horse is half the half himself. linen enough on every hedge.
Hot. So are the horses of the enemy
In general, journey-bated, and brought low;
The better part of ours is full of rest.
Fol. What, Hal? 'How now, mad wag? what a For God's sake, cousin, stay till all come in.
[The trumpet sounds a parley. of Westmoreland, I cry you mercy ; I thought your honour had already been at Shrewsbury.
Enter Sir Walter Blunt.
Some of us love you well: and even those some
Because you are not of our quality,"
(6) Conduct, experience. (7) Fellowship
et stand against us like an enemy.
Too indirect for long continuance. KUN 22 23 Blunt. And God defend, but still I should Blunt. Shall I return this answer to the king ?
Hot. Not so, sir Walter ; we'll withdraw awhile. long as, out of limit, and true rule,
Go to the king; and let there be impawn'd robu stand against anointed majesty!
Some surety for a safe return again, 11:20h
, to my charge. The king hath sent to know And in the morning early shall mine uncle ar va pr be nature of your griefs ;' and whereupon Bring him our purposes: and so farewell. ou conjure from the breast of civil peace
Blunt. I would you would accept of grace and a bezwen ach bold hostility, teaching this duteous land
love. peer-anudacious cruelty: If that the king
Hot. And, may be, so we shall. der less-leve any way your good deserts forgot,
'Pray heaven, you do! hich he confesseth to be manifold, le care sa te bids you name your griefs ; and, with all speed SCENE IV.:.-York. A roon in the archbishop's
house. e der ko sa bu shall have your desires, with interest ;
Enter the Archbishop of York, and a
Arch. Hie, good sir Michael; bear this sealed HaizeaHot. The king is kind ; and, well we know, the brief, king
With winged'haste, to the lord mareshal ; inows at what time to promise, when to pay. This to my cousin Scroop; and all the rest chy father, and my uncle, and myself,
To whom they are directed: if you knew give him that same royalty he wears : How much they do import, you would make haste. ilet seal. And when
he was not six and twenty strong, Gent. My good lord, fick in the world's regard, wretched and low,
guess their tenor. poor unminded outlaw sneaking home,
· Like enough you do.
Must bide the touch: For, sir, at Shrewsbury,
As I am truly given to understand,
Meets with lord Harry: and I fear, sir Michael, -
And comes not in, o'er-ruld by prophecies,)-
I fear, the power of Percy is too weak
No, Mortimer's not there.
Arch. And so there is : but yet the king hath
The prince of Wales, lord John of Lancaster,
The noble Westmoreland, and warlike Blunt ;
And many more cor-rivals, and dear men
Or estimation and command in arms.
Genl. Doubt not, my lord, they shall be well
oppos'd. Blunt. Tut, I came not to hear this.
Arch. I hope no less, yet needful 'tis to fear,
Then, to the point. And, to prevent the worst, sir Michael, speed :
Dismiss his power, he means to visit us, -
my father from the court;
King Henry, Prince Henry, Prince John This head of safety, and, withal, to pry
of Lancaster, Sir Walter Blunt, and Sir John Into his title, the which we find
K. Hen. How bloodily the sun begins to peer (1) Grievances. (2) The delivery of his lands. 13) The greater and the less. (4) Letter. (5) A strength on which we reckoned.
Above yon busky' hill ! the day looks pale By unkind usage, dangerous countenance,
And violation of all faith and troth
The southern wind Sworn to us in your younger enterprise. Doth play the trumpet to his purposes ;
K. Hen. These things, indeed, you have articu. And, by his hollow whistling in the leaves,
lated, Foretells a tempest, and a blustering day. Proclaim'd at market-crosses, read in churches;
K. Hen. Then with the losers let it sympathize ; To face the garment of rebellion
Or fickle changelings, and poor discontents,
Which gape, and rub the elbow, at the news
P. Hen. In both our armies, there is many a soul
If once they join in trial. Tell your nephew, And move in that obedient orb again,
The prince of Wales doth join with all the world Where you did give a fair and natural light; In praise of Henry Percy; By my hopes, And be no more an exhald meteor,
This present enterprise set oft his head, -
I do not think, a braver gentleman,
More daring, or more bold, is now alive,
For my part, I may speak it to my shame, With quiet hours; for, I do protest,
I have a truant been to chivalry; I have not sought the day of this dislike.
And so, I hear, he doth account me too :
I am content, thai he shall take the odds
And will, to save the blood on either side,
ture thee, We were the first and dearest of your friends. Albeit, considerations infinite For you, my staff of ollice did I break
Do make against it :-No, good Worcester, no, In Richard's time ; and posted day and night We love our people well; even those we love, To meet you on the way, and kiss your hand, That are misled upon your cousin's part: When yet you were in place and in account And, will they take the offer of our grace, Nothing so strong and fortunate as I.
Both he, and they, and you, yea, every man,
Shall be my friend again, and I'll be his :
(Exeunt Worcester and Vernon.
K. Hen. Hence, therefore, every leader to his The sceming sutterances that you had borne ;
charge ; And ihe contrarious winds, that held the king For, on their answer, will we set on them: So long in his unlucky Irish wars,
And God befriend us, as our cause is just ! That all in England did repute hiin dead,
[Exeunt King, Blunt, and Prince John. And, from this swarm of fair advantages,
Fal. Hal, if thou see me down in the battle, and You took occasion to be quickly wood
bestride me, so ; 'lis a point of friendship. To gripe the general sway into your hand : P. Hen. Nothing but a colossus can do thee that Forgot your oath to us at Doncaster ;
friendship. Say thy prayers, and farewell. And, being fed by us, you us'd us so
Fal. I would it were bed-time, Hal, and all well. 1s that inuentle gull, the cuckoo's bird,
P. Hen. Why, thou owest God a death. (Exit. Iseth the sparrow: did oppress our nest;
Fal. 'Tis not due yet ; I would be loath to pay Grew by our feeding to so great a bulk,
him before his day. What need I be so forward That even our love durst not come near your sight, with him that calls not on me? Well, 'tis no matFor fear of swallowing; but with nimble wing ter ; Honour pricks me on. Yea, but how if honour We were enforc'd, for safety sake, to fly
prick me off when I come on? how then ? Can Out of your sight, and raise this present head : honour set to a leg? No. Or an arm? No. Or Wherchy we stand opposed by such means take away the grief of a wound ? No. Honour As you yourself have forg'd against yourself; hath no skill in surgery then? No. What is honour ?
A word. What is in that word, honour ? What is (1) Woody.
(2) Put off. (3) Achattering bird, á pie.
(4) Exhibited in articles.
that honour? Air. A trim reckoning !-Who hath Did hear a challenge urg'd more modestly,
(Exit. Making you ever better than his praise,
By still dispraising praise, valued with you: SCENE II.-The rebel camp. Enler Worcester And, which became him like a prince indeed, and Vernon.
He made a blushing citala of himself;
As if he master's there a double spirit,
of tcaching, and of learning, instantly.
There did he pause : But let me tell the world, -
Then are we all undone. If he outlive the envy of this day,
England did never owe so sweet a hope,
So much misconstrued in his wantonness. He will suspect us still, and find a time
Hot. Cousin, I think, thou art enamour'd To punish this offence in other faults:
Upon his follies; never did I hear Suspicion shall be all stuck full of eyes:
of any prince, so wild, at liberty :-. For treason is but trusted like the fox;
But, be he as he will, yet onee ere night Who, ne'er so tame, so cherish’d, and lock'd up,
I will embrace him with a soldier's arm, Will have a wild trick of his ancestors.
That he shall shrink under my courtesy.Look how we can, or sad, or merrily,
Arm, arm, with speed: ---And, fellows, soldiers, Interpretation will misquote our looks;
friends, And we shall seed like oxen at a stall,
Better consider what you have to do, The better cherish'd, still the nearer death.
Than I, that have not well the gift of tongue, My nephew's trespass may be well forgot,
Can list your blood up with persuasion.
Enter a Messenger.
Mess. My lord, here are letters for you.
Hot. I cannot read them now.And on his father's ;-we did train him on;
O gentlemen, the time of life is short; And, his corruption being ta'en from us,
To spend that shortness basely, were too long, We, as the spring of all, shall pay for all.
If life did ride upon a dial's point, Therefore, good cousin, let not Harry know,
Still ending at the arrival of an hour.
An if we live, we live to tread on kings;.
Ir die, brave death, when princes die with us! Here comes your cousin.
Now for our conscience, the arms are sair,
When the intent of bearing them is just.
Enter another Messenger.
Mess. My lord, prepare; the king comes on apace. My lord of Westmoreland.-Uncle, what news?
Hot. I thank him, that he cuts me from my tale, Wor. The king will bid you battle presently.
For I profess not talking ; Only this-
With the best blood that I can meet withal
(Exit. In the adventure of this perilous day.
Now,-Esperance !"-Perey!-and set on.
Sound all the lofty instruments of war,
And by that music let us all embrace:
A second time do such a courtesy.
[The trumpets sound. They embrace, With haughty arms this hateful name in us.
and exeunt.) Re-enter Douglas.
SCENE III.- Plain near Shrewsbury. Ercur
sions, and parties fighting. Alarum to the batDoug. Arm, gentlemen; to arms ! for I have
tle. 'Then enter Douglas and Blunt, meeting. thrown A brave defiance in king Henry's teeth,
Bluni. What is thy name, that in the battle thus And Westmoreland, that was engag'd, did bear it; Thou crossest me? what honour dost thou seek Which cannot choose but bring him quickly on. Upon my head ? Wor. The prince of Wales stepp'd forth before Doug. Know then, my name is Douglas; the king,
And I do haunt thee in the battle thus,
Hot. 0, 'would the quarrel lay upon our heads ; Blunt. They tell thee true.
bought How show'd his tasking ? seemed it in contempt? Thy likeness; for, instead of thee, king Harry, Ver. No, by soul; I never in my life
This sword hath ended him: so shall it thee,
Unless thou yield thee as my prisoner.
(4) The motto of the Percy family,