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from my host at Saint Alban's, or the red-nose innkeeper of Daintry:' But that's all one; they'll find linen enough on every hedge.


P. Hen. How now, blown Jack? how now quilt:

Fal. What, Hal? How now, mad wag? what a devil dost thou in Warwickshire ?--My good lord of Westmoreland, I cry you mercy; I thought, your honour had already been at Shrewsbury.

West. 'Faith, sir John, 'tis more than time that I were there, and you too; but my powers are there already : The king, I can tell you, looks for us all ; we must away all night.

Fal. Tut, never fear me; I am as vigilant as a cat to steal cream.

P. Hen. I think, to steal cream indeed; for thy theft hath already made thee butter. But tell me, Jack; Whose fellows are these that come after?

Fal. Mine, Hal, mine.
P. Hen. I did never see such pitiful rascals.

Fal. Tut, tut; good enough to toss ;? food for powder, food for powder ; they'll fill a pit, as well as better: tush, man, mortal men, mortal men.

West. Ay, but, sir John, methinks they are exceeding poor and bare; too beggarly.

Fal. 'Faith, for their poverty,~I know not where they had that: and for their bareness,-I am sure, they never learned that of me.

P. Hen. No, I'll be sworn ; unless you call three fingers on the ribs, bare. But, sirrah, make haste; Percy is already in the field. Fal. What, is the king encamped ?

of Daintry.) i. e. Daventry. good enough to toss;] That is, to toss upon a pike.

West. He is, sir John; I fear, we shall stay too long

Fal. Well, To the latter end of a fray, and the beginning of a

feast, Fits a dull fighter, and a keen guest. Ercunt.


The Rebel Camp near Shrewsbury.


Enter Hotspur, WORCESTER, DOUGLAS, and

Hot. We'll fight with him to-night.

It may not be. Doug. You give him then advantage.

Not a whit. Hot. Why say you so ? looks he not for supply? Ver. So do we. Hot.

His is certain, ours is doubtful. Wor. Good cousin, be advis’d; stir not to-night. Ver. Do not, my lord. Doug

You do not counsel well; You speak it out of fear, and cold heart.

Ver. Do me no slander, Douglas': by my life, (And I dare well maintain it with my life,) If well-respected honour bid me on, I hold as little counsel with weak fear, As you, my lord, or any Scot that lives : Let it be seen to-morrow in the battle, Which of us fears. Doug.

Yea, or to-night. Ver.

Content. Hot. To-night, say


Come, come, it may not be.


I wonder much, being men of such great leading,
That you foresee not what impediments
Drag back our expedition : Certain horse
Of my cousin Vernon's are not yet come up:
Your uncle Worcester's horse came but to day;
And now their pride and mettle is asleep,
Their courage with hard labour tame and dull,
That not a horse is half the half himself.

Hot. So are the horses of the enemy
In general, journey-bated, and brought low;
The better part of ours is full of rest.

Wor. The number of the king exceedeth ours : For God's sake, cousin, stay till all come in.

[The Trumpet sounds a parley.

Enter Sir Walter BLUNT.
Blunt. I come with gracious offers from the king,
If you vouchsafe me hearing, and respect.
Hot. Welcome, sir Walter Blunt; And 'would

to God,
You were of our determination!
Some of us love you well : and even those some
Envy your great deserving, and good name;
Because you are not of our quality,
But stand against us like an enemy:

Blunt. And God defend, but still I should stand so,
So long as, out of limit, and true rule,
You stand against anointed majesty!
But, to my charge.—The king hath sent to know
The nature of your griefs ;' and whereupon
You conjure from the breast of civil


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3-such great leading,] Such conduct, such experience in martial business.

of our quality,] Quality, in our author's time, was frequently used in the sense of fellowship or occupation,

5 of your griefs;] That is, grievances.


Such bold hostility, teaching his duteous land
Audacious cruelty : If that the king
Have any way your good deserts forgot,-
Which he confesseth to be manifold,-
He bids you name your griefs; and, with all speed,
You shall have your desires,' with interest;
And pardon absolute for yourself, and these,
Herein misled by your suggestion.
Hot. The king is kind; and, well we know, the

Knows at what time to promise, when to pay.
My father, and my uncle, and myself,
Did give him that same royalty he wears :

when he was not six and twenty strong,
Sick in the world's regard, wretched and low,
A poor unminded outlaw sneaking home,
My father gave him welcome to the shore :
And,—when he heard him swear, and vow to God,
He came but to be duke of Lancaster,
To sue his livery, and beg his peace;
With tears of innocency, and terms of zeal,-
My father, in kind heart and pity mov'd,
Swore him assistance, and perform'd it too.
Now, when the lords, and barons of the realm
Perceiv'd Northumberland did lean to him,
The more and less? came in with cap and knee;
Met him in boroughs, cities, villages;
Attended him on bridges, stood in lanes,
Laid gifts before him, proffer'd him their oaths,
Gave him their heirs; as pages follow'd him,
Even at the heels, in golden multitudes.
He presently,—as greatness knows itself,-

6 To sue his livery,] This is a law phrase belonging to the feudal tenures; meaning, to sue out the delivery or possession of his lands from those persons who on the death of any of the tenants of the crown, seized their lands, till the heir sued out his livery. 9 The more and less ] i. e. the greater and the less.

Steps me a little higher than his vow
Made to my father, while his blood was poor,
Upon the naked shore at Ravenspurg ;
And now, forsooth, takes on him to reform
Some certain edicts, and some strait decrees,
That lie too heavy on the commonwealth:
Cries out upon abuses, seems to weep
Over his country's wrongs; and, by this face,
This seeming brow of justice, did he win
The hearts of all that he did angle for.
Proceeeded further; cut me off the heads
Of all the favourites, that the absent king
In deputation left behind him here,
When he was personal in the Irish war.

Blunt. Tut, I came not to hear this.

Then, to the point.
In short time after, he depos'd the king;
Soon after that, depriv'd him of his life ;
And, in the neck of that, task'd the whole state:
To make that worse, suffer'd his kinsman March
(Who is, if every owner were well plac'd,
Indeed his king) to be incag'd in Wales,
There without ransome to lie forfeited:
Disgrac'd me in my happy victories;
Sought to entrap me by intelligence ;
Rated my uncle from the council-board ;
In rage dismiss'd


father from the court; Broke oath on oath, committed wrong on wrong: And, in conclusion, drove us to seek out This head of safety ;' and, withal, to pry Into his title, the which we find Too indirect for long continuance.

Blunt. Shall I return this answer to the king?


task'd the whole state :] Task'd is here used for taxed; it was once common to employ these words indiscriminately.

9 This head of safety ;This army, from which I hope for protection.

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