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PE N your ears : for which of

you

will stop
The Vent of Hearing, when loud Rumour speaks?
I from the Orient to the drooping West,
Making the wind my post-horse, still unfold
The Acts commenced on this Ball of Earth..
Upon my tongues continual Nanders ride,
The which in every language I pronounce ;
Stuffing the ears of men with false reports.
I speak of Peace, while covert enmity,
Under the smile of safety, wounds the world :
And who but Rumour, who but only 1,
Make fearful musters and prepar'd defence,
Wbilt the big year, swoll'n with some other griefs,
Is thought with child by the ftern tyrant War,
And no such matter ? Rumour is a pipe
Blown by furmises, jealoufies, conjectures;
And, of so easie and so plain a stop,
That the blunt monster with uncounted heads,
The still-discordant wavering multitude,
Can play upon it. But what need 1 thus
My well-known body to anatomize
Among my houshold? Why is Rumour here ?
I run before King Harry's victory;
Who in a bloody field by Shrewsbury.
Hath beaten down young Hot-/pur and his troops ;.
Quenching the flame of bold Rebellion
Ev'n with the rebels' blood. But what mean I.
To speak so true at first ? my office is
To noise abroad, that Harry Monmouth fell
Under the wrath of noble Hot-spur's sword ;
And that the King before the Dowglas' rage
Stoop'd his anointed head as low as death,

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This have I rumour'd through the peasant towns,
Between that royal field of Shrewsbury,
And this worm-eaten Hold of ragged stone ; (11
Where Hot-Spur's father, old Northumberland,
Lies crafty fick. The Posts come tiring on;
And not a man brings other news
Than they have learn'd of me. From Rumour's tongues;
They bring smooth comforts false, worse than true.
wrongs.

[Exit.

.(1) And this worm-eaten Hole of ragged Stone,] Norsbumbera Land had retir'd and fortified himself in his Caftle, a Place of Strength in those times, tho' the Building might be im. pair'd by its Antiquity ; and therefore, I believe, our Post Wrote:

And this worm-eaten Hold af ragged Stones,

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KING Henry the Fourth.
Prince Henry, afterwards crown'd King Henry the Fifth.
Prince John of Lancaster, Sons to Henry the Fourtb..
Humphrey of Gloucester, and Brethren. to Henry
Thomas of Clarence,

the Fifth.
Northumberland,
Archbishop of York,
Mowbray,

Opposites againf King Henry Hastings,

the Fourth
Lord Bardolph.
Travers,
Morton,
Colevile,

J!.
Warwick,
Westmorland
Surrey,
Gower,

of the King's Party.
Harcourt,
Lord Chief Justice,
Falstaff..
Poins,
Bardolph,
Pistol.

Irregular Humorists.
Peto,
Page,
Shallow and Silence, Country Iuftices..
Davy, Servant to Shallow..
Phang and Snare, two Serjeants.
Mouldy,
Shadow,
Wart,

Country Soldiers,
Feeble,
Bulcalf,
Lady Northumberland:.
Lady Percy,
Hoftels Quickly.
Doll Tear-sheet
Drawers, Beadles, Grooms, &c.

The

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