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Money, and order for their furniture.
(Exeunt Prince, Poins, and BARDOLPH.
Fal. Rare words! brave world !-Hostess, my break
ACT IV. SCENE I.-The Rebel Camp near Shrewsbury.
A comfort of retirement lives in this.
Hot. A rendezvous, a home to fly unto,
If that the devil and mischance look big
Wor. But yet, I would your father had been here. Such attribution should the Douglas have,
The quality and hair of our attempt As not a soldier of this season's stamp
Brooks no division : it will be thought Should go so general current through the world. By some, that know not why he is away, By God, I cannot flatter: I defy
That wisdom, loyalty, and mere dislike
Of our proceedings, kept the earl from hence.
And breed a kind of question in our cause :
Must keep aloof from strict arbitrement,
And stop all sight-holes, every loop from whence
l'he eye of reason may pry in upon us.
Mess. These letters come from your father. That shows the ignorant a kind of fear
You strain too far.
A larger dare to our great enterprize, Mess. His letters bear his mind, not I, my lord. Than if the earl were here : for men must think, Wor. I pr’ythee, tell me, doth he keep his bed ? If we, without his help, can make a head
Mess. He did, my lord, four days ere I set forth; To push against the kingdom, with his help, And at the time of my departure thence,
We should o'erturn it topsy-turvy down.He was much fear’d by his physicians.
Yet all goes well; yet all our joints are whole. Wor. I would the state of time had first been whole, Doug. As heart can think : there is not such a word Ere he by sickness had been visited:
Spoke of in Scotland as this term of fear. His health was never better worth than now.
Enter Sir RICHARD VERNON. Hot. Sick now! droop now! this sickness doth infect Hot. My cousin Vernon ! welcome, by my soul. The very life-blood of our enterprize :
Ver. Pray God my news be worth a welcome, lord. 'Tis catching hither, even to our camp.
The earl of Westmoreland, seven thousand strong, He writes me here,—that inward sickness
Is marching hitherwards ; with him, prince John. And that his friends by deputation could not
Hot. No harm : what more? So soon be drawn; nor did he think it meet,
And farther, I have learn'd, To lay so dangerous and dear a trust
The king himself in person is set forth, On any soul remov'd, but on his own.
Or hitherwards intendeth speedily, Yet doth he give us bold advertisement,
With strong and mighty preparation. That with our small conjunction we should on,
Hot. He shall be welcome too.
Where is his son, To see how fortune is dispos'd to us;
The nimble-footed mad-cap prince of Wales, For, as he writes, there is no quailing now,
And his comrades, that daft'd the world aside,
And bid it pass ?
All furnish'd, all in arms, Wor. Your father's sickness is a maim to us. All plum'd like estridges, that wing the wind,
Hot. A perilous gash, a very limb lopp'd off :- Bated, like eagles having lately bath’d; And yet, in faith, 'tis not; his present want
Glittering in golden coats, like images; Seems more than we shall find it.- Were it good, As full of spirit as the month of May, To set the exact wealth of all our states
And gorgeous as the sun at midsummer; All at one cast ? to set so rich a main
Wanton as youthful goats, wild as young bulls.
I saw young Harry, with his beaver on,
Rise from the ground like
feather'd Mercury, The very list, the very utmost bound
And vaulted with such ease into his seat, Of all our fortunes.
As if an angel dropp'd down from the clouds, Doug.
'Faith, and so we should, To turn and wind a fiery Pegasus, Where now remains a sweet reversion :
And witch the world with noble horsemanship. We now may boldly spend upon the hope
Hot. No more, no more: worse than the sun in March, Of what is to come in :
This praise doth nourish agues. Let them come;
They come like sacrifices in their trim,
and a half in all my company: and the half shirt is And to the fire-ey'd maid of smoky war,
two napkins, tacked together, and thrown over the All hot, and bleeding, will we offer them :
shoulders like a herald's coat without sleeves; and the The mailed Mars shall on his altar sit,
shirt, to say the truth, stolen from my host at St. AlUp to the ears in blood. I am on fire,
bans, or the red nosed inn-keeper of Daventry. But To hear this rich reprisal is so nigh,
that's all one; they'll find linen enough on every hedge. And yet not ours.- Come, let me taste my horse,
Enter Prince Henry and WESTMORELAND. Who is to bear me, like a thunderbolt,
P. Hen. How now, blown Jack! how now, quilt! Against the bosom of the prince of Wales :
Fal. What, Hal! how now, mad wag! what a devil Harry to Harry shall, hot horse to horse,
dost thou in Warwickshire ?—My good lord of WestMeet, and ne'er part, till one drop down a corse. moreland, I cry you mercy : I thought your honour O, that Glendower were come !
had already been at Shrewsbury. Ver.
There is more news: West. 'Faith, sir John, 'tis more than time that I I learn'd in Worcester, as I rode along,
were there and you too; but my powers are there He cannot draw his power this fourteen days. already. The king, I can tell you, looks for us all: we
Doug. That's the worst tidings that I hear of yet. must away all night.
P. Hen. I think, to steal cream indeed; for thy theft
hath already made thee butter. But tell me, Jack; My father and Glendower being both away,
whose fellows are these that come after? The powers of us may serve so great a day.
Fal. Mine, Hal, mine. Come, let us take a muster speedily :
P. Hen. I did never see such pitiful rascals. Doomsday is near; die all, die merrily.
Fal. Tut, tut! good enough to toss; food for powDoug. Talk not of dying: I am out of fear der, food for powder; they'll fill a pit, as well as better: Of death, or death’s hand, for this one half year. [Exeunt. tush, man, mortal men, mortal men. SCENE II.-A public Road, near Coventry.
West. Ay, but, sir John, methinks they are exceed
ing poor and bare ; too beggarly. Enter Falstaff and BARDOLPH.
Fal. 'Faith, for their poverty, I know not where they Fal. Bardolph, get thee before to Coventry: fill me' had that: and for their bareness, I am sure, they never a bottle of sack. Our soldiers shall march through ; learned that of me. we'll to Sutton-Colfield to-night.
P. Hen. No, I'll be sworn; unless you call three Bard. Will you give me money, captain ?
fingers on the ribs, bare. But, sirrah, make haste: Fal. Lay out, lay out.
Percy is already in the field. Bard. This bottle makes an angel.
Fal. What, is the king encamped ? Fal. An if it do, take it for thy labour ; and if it West. He is, sir John: I fear we shall stay too long. make twenty, take them all, I'll answer the coinage. Fal. Well, Bid my lieutenant Peto meet me at the town's end. To the latter end of a fray, and the beginning of a feast, Bard. I will, captain : farewell.
[Exit. Fits a dull fighter, and a keen guest. [Exeunt. Fal. If I be not ashamed of my soldiers, I am a
SCENE III.—The Rebel Camp near Shrewsbury. soused gurnet. I have misused the king's press damnably. I have got, in exchange of a hundred and fifty Enter Hotspur, Worcester, Douglas, and Vernon. soldiers, three hundred and odd pounds. I pressed Hot. We'll fight with him to-night. me none but good householders, yeomen's sons : in- Wor.
It may not be. quired me out contracted bachelors, such as had been Doug. You give him, then, advantage. asked twice on the bans; such a commodity of warm Ver.
Not a whit. slaves, as had as lief hear the devil as a drum; such as Hot. Why say you so ? looks he not for supply? fear the report of a caliver, worse than a struck fowl, Ver. So do we. or a hurt wild-duck. I pressed me none but such Hot.
His is certain, ours is doubtful. toasts and butter, with hearts in their bellies no bigger Wor. Good cousin, be advis'd: stir not to-night. than pins' heads, and they have bought out their ser- Ver. Do not, my lord. vices; and now my whole charge consists of ancients, Doug.
You do not counsel well. corporals, lieutenants, gentlemen of companies, slaves You speak it out of fear, and a cold heart. as ragged as Lazarus in the painted cloth, where the Ver. Do me no slander, Douglas: by my life, glutton's dogs licked his sores; and such as, indeed, And I dare well maintain it with my life, were never soldiers, but discarded unjust serving men, If well-respected honour bid me on, younger sons to younger brothers, revolted tapsters, and I hold as little counsel with weak fear, ostlers trade-fallen; the cankers of a calm world, and a As you, my lord, or any Scot that lives : long peace; ten times more dishonourable ragged than Let it be seen to-morrow in the battle, an old pieced ancient: and such have I, to fill up the Which of us fears. rooms of them that have bought out their services, that Doug.
Yea, or to-night. you would think that I had a hundred and fifty tat- Ver.
Content. tered prodigals, lately come from swine-keeping, from Hot. To-night, say I. eating draff and husks. A mad fellow met me on the Ver.
Come, come, it may not be. way, and told me I had unloaded all the gibbets, and I wonder much, pressed the dead bodies. No eye hath seen such Being men of such great leading as you are, scarecrows. I'll not march through Coventry with That you foresee not what impediments them, that's flat :-nay, and the villains ' march wide Drag back our expedition : certain horse betwixt the legs, as if they had gyves on; for, indeed, I Of my cousin Vernon's are not yet come up: had the most of them out of prison. There's but a shirt | Your uncle Worcester's horse came but to-day;
And now their pride and mettle is asleep,
Then, to the point. Their courage with hard labour tame and dull, In short time after he depos'd the king; That not a horse is half the half himself.
Soon after that, depriv'd him of his life; Hot. So are the horses of the enemy,
And, in the neck of that, task'd the whole state ; In general, journey-bated, and brought low;
To make that worse, suffer'd his kinsman March The better part of ours are full of rest.
(Who is, if every owner were well plac'd, Wor. The number of the king exceedeth ours: Indeed his king) to be engag'd in Wales, For God's sake, cousin, stay till all come in.
There without ransom to lie forfeited; [The Trumpet sounds a parley. Disgrac'd me in my happy victories; Enter Sir Walter Blunt.
Sought to entrap me by intelligence;
my father from the court; Hot. Welcome, sir Walter Blunt; and would to God Broke oath on oath, committed wrong on wrong, You were of our determination !
And, in conclusion, drove us to seek out Some of us love you well; and even those some This bead of safety; and, withal, to pry | Envy your great deservings, and good name,
Into his title, the which we find Because you are not of our quality,
Too indirect for long-continuance. But stand against us like an enemy.
Blunt. Shall I return this answer to the king ? Blunt. And God defend but still I should stand so, Hot. Not so, sir Walter: we'll withdraw awhile. So long as out of limit and true rule,
Go to the king; and let there be impawn'd
Some surety for a safe return again,
Bring himn our purposes; and so farewell.
Blunt. I would you would accept of grace and love. Such bold hostility, teaching his duteous land
Hot. And, may be, so we shall. Audacious cruelty? If that the king
'Pray God you do! [Exeunt. Have any way your good deserts forgot,
SCENE IV.-York. A Room in the Archbishop's Which he confesseth to be manifold,
Enter the Archbishop of York, and Sir Michael. And pardon absolute for yourself, and these,
Arch. Hie, good sir Michael; bear this sealed brief, Herein misled by your suggestion.
With winged haste to the lord marshal : Hot. The king is kind; and, well we know, the king This to my cousin Scroop; and all the rest Knows at what time to promise, when to pay. To whom they are directed. If you knew My father, with my uncle, and myself,
How much they do import, you would make haste. Did give him that same royalty he wears;
Sir M. My good lord, And when he was not six-and-twenty strong, I guess their tenour. Sick in the world's regard, wretched and low,
Like enough, you do. A poor unminded outlaw sneaking home,
To-morrow, good sir Michael, is a day, My father gave him welcome to the shore:
Wherein the fortune of ten thousand men And, when he heard him swear, and vow to God, Must bide the touch; for, sir, at Shrewsbury, He came but to be duke of Lancaster,
As I am truly given to understand, | To sue his livery, and beg his peace,
The king, with mighty and quick-raised power, With tears of innocency, and terms of zeal,
Meets with lord Harry: and, I fear, sir Michael, My father, in kind heart and pity mov'd,
What with the sickness of Northumberland, Swore him assistance, and perform'd it too.
Whose power was in the first proportion,
Who with them was a rated sinew too,
I fear, the power of Percy is too weak
To wage an instant trial with the king. Laid gifts before him, proffer'd him their oaths, Sir M. Why, my good lord, you need not fear; Gave him their heirs, as pages follow'd him, There is Douglas, and lord Mortimer. Even at the heels, in golden multitudes,
Arch. No, Mortimer is not there. He presently, as greatness knows itself,
Sir M. But there is Mordake, Vernon, lord Harry Steps me a little higher than his vow
Of gallant warriors, noble gentlemen.
Arch. And so there is; but yet the king hath drawn Some certain edicts, and some strait decrees,
The special head of all the land together : That lie too heavy on the commonwealth ;
The prince of Wales, lord John of Lancaster,
The noble Westmoreland, and warlike Blunt,
Of estimation and command in arms.
Sir M. Doubt not, my lord, they shall be well oppos'd. Proceeded farther; cut me off the heads
Arch. I hope no less, yet needful 'tis to fear; Of all the favourites, that the absent king
And, to prevent the worst, sir Michael, speed; In deputation left behind him here,
For, if lord Percy thrive not, ere the king When he was personal in the Irish war.
Dismiss his power he means to visit us, Blunt. Tut! I came not to hear this.
For he hath heard of our confederacy,
And 'tis but wisdom to make strong against him :
To other friends; and so farewell, sir Michael.
ACT V. SCENE I.—The King's Camp near Shrewsbury.
And, from this swarm of fair advantages,
You took occasion to be quickly woo'd
And, being fed by us, you us'd us so
Useth the sparrow, did oppress our nest,
Grew by our feeding to so great a bulk,
That even our love durst not come near your sight, Doth play the trumpet to his purposes ;
For fear of swallowing; but with nimble wing And by his hollow whistling in the leaves
We were enforc'd, for safety sake, to fly Foretels a tempest, and a blustering day.
Out of your sight, and raise this present head : K. Hen. Then, with the losers let it sympathise, Whereby we stand opposed by such means For nothing can seem foul to those that win.- As you yourself have forg'd against yourself,
[Trumpet sounds. By unkind usage, dangerous countenance,
And violation of all faith and troth
K. Hen. These things, indeed, you have articulate,
To face the garment of rebellion To crush our old limbs in ungentle steel :
With some fine colour, that may please the eye This is not well, my lord; this is not well.
Of fickle changelings, and poor discontents, What say you to it? will you again unknit
Which gape, and rub the elbow, at the news This churlish knot of all-abhorred war,
Of hurlyburly innovation : And move in that obedient orb again,
And never yet did insurrection want Where you did give a fair and natural light,
Such water-colours to impaint his cause; And be no more an exhal'd meteor,
Nor moody beggars, starving for a time A prodigy of fear, and a portent
Of pellmell havoc and confusion. Of broached mischief to the unborn times ?
P. Hen. In both our armies, there is many a soul Wor. Hear me, my liege.
full dearly for this encounter, For mine own part, I could be well content
If once they join in trial. Tell your nephew, To entertain the lag-end of my life
The prince of Wales doth join with all the world With quiet hours; for, I do protest,
In praise of Henry Percy : by my hopes, I have not sought the day of this dislike.
This present enterprize set off his head, K. Hen. You have not sought it! say, how comes it I do not think, a braver gentleman, then ?
More active-valiant, or more valiant-young,
To grace this latter age with noble deeds.
I have a truant been to chivalry,
And so, I hear, he doth account me too;
I am content, that he shall take the odds
K. Hen. And, prince of Wales, so dare we venture It was myself, my brother, and his son,
thee. That brought you home, and boldly did outdare Albeit considerations infinite The dangers of the time. You swore to us,
Do make against it.—No, good Worcester, no, And you did swear that oath at Doncaster,
We love our people well; even those we love, That
you did nothing purpose 'gainst the state, That are misled upon your cousin's part; Nor claim no farther than your new-fall'n right, And, will they take the offer of our grace, The seat of Gaunt, dukedom of Lancaster.
Both he, and they, and you, yea, every man
What he will do; but if he will not yield,
And they shall do their office. So, be gone. The seeming sufferances that you had borne,
We will not now be troubled with reply : And the contrarious winds that held the king
We offer fair, take it advisedly. So long in his unlucky Irish wars,
[Exeunt WORCESTER and Vernon. That all in England did repute him dead :
P. Hen. It will not be accepted, on my life.
The Douglas and the Hotspur both together
By now forswearing that he is forsworn : Are confident against the world in arms.
He calls us rebels, traitors; and will scourge K. Hen. Hence, therefore, every leader to his charge, With haughty arms this hateful name in us. For, on their answer, will we set on them;
Re-enter Douglas. And God befriend us as our case is just!
Doug. Arm, gentlemen! to arms ! for I have thrown [Exeunt King, Blunt, and Prince John. A brave defiance in King Henry's teeth, Fal. Hal, if thou see me down in the battle, and And Westmoreland, that was engag'd, did hear it, bestride me, so; 'tis a point of friendship.
Which cannot choose but bring him quickly on. P. Hen. Nothing but a colossus can do thee that Wor. The prince of Wales stepp'd forth before the friendship. Say thy prayers, and farewell.
king, Fal. I would it were bed-time, Hal, and all well. And, nephew, challenged you to single fight. P. Hen. Why, thou owest God a death. [Exit. Hot. O! would the quarrel lay upon our heads;
Fal. 'Tis not due yet: I would be loath to pay him And that no man might draw short breath to-day, before his day. What need I be so forward with him But I, and Harry Monmouth! Tell me, tell me, that calls not on me? Well, 'tis no matter; honour How show'd his tasking ? seem'd it in contempt? pricks me on. Yea, but how if honour prick me off Ver. No, by my soul : I never in my life when I come on? how then? Can honour set to a Did hear a challenge urg'd more modestly, leg? No. Or an arm ? No. Or take away the grief Unless a brother should a brother dare of a wound ? No. Honour hath no skill in surgery, To gentle exercise and proof of arms. then? No. What is honour? A word. What is in He gave you all the duties of a man, that word, honour? What is that honour ? Air. A Trimm'd up your praises with a princely tongue, trim reckoning !-Who hath it? He that died o' Wed Spoke your deservings like a chronicle, nesday. Doth he feel it? No. Doth he hear it? No. Making you ever better than his praise, Is it insensible, then? Yea, to the dead. But will it By still dispraising praise, valued with you; not live with the living ? No. Why? Detraction And, which became him like a prince indeed, will not suffer it:-therefore, I'll none of it: honour is He made a blushing cital of himself; a mere scutcheon, and so ends my catechism. [Exit. And chid his truant youth with such a grace, SCENE II.—The Rebel Camp.
As if he master'd then a double spirit,
Of teaching, and of learning, instantly.
There did he pause : but let me tell the world,
England did never owe so sweet a hope,
So much misconstrued in his wantonness. Wor.
Then are we all undone. Hot. Cousin, I think thou art enamoured It is not possible, it cannot be,
Upon his follies : never did I hear The king should keep his word in loving us;
of any prince so wild o' liberty. He will suspect us still, and find a time
But be he as he will, yet once ere night To punish this offence in other faults :
I will embrace him with a soldier's arm, Suspicion all our lives shall be stuck full of eyes; That he shall shrink under my courtesy:For treason is but trusted like the fox,
Arm, arm, with speed !--- And, fellows, soldiers, Who, ne'er so tame, so cherish'd, and lock'd up,
friends, Will have a wild trick of his ancestors.
Better consider what you have to do, Look how we can, or sad or merrily,
Than I, that have not well the gift of tongue, Interpretation will misquote our looks ;
Can lift your blood up with persuasion. And we shall feed like oxen at a stall,
Enter a Messenger. The better cherish'd, still the nearer death.
Mess. My lord, here are letters for you.
Hot. I cannot read them now.-
To spend that shortness basely, were too long,
Still ending at the arrival of an hour.
An if we live, we live to tread on kings; And, his corruption being ta'en from us,
If die, brave death, when princes die with us. We, as the spring of all, shall pay for all.
Now, for our consciences, the arms are fair, Therefore, good cousin, let not Harry know
When the intent of bearing them is just. In any case the offer of the king.
Enter another Messenger. Ver. Deliver what you will, i'll say, 'tis so.
Mess. My lord, prepare; the king comes Here comes your cousin.
арасе. . Enter Hotspur and Douglas; Officers and Soldiers, Hot. I thank him, that he cuts me from my tale, behind.
For I profess not talking. Only this, Hot. My uncle is return'd:-Deliver up
Let each man do his best : and here draw I
Wor. The king will bid you battle presently. With the best blood that I can meet withal
'Fore heaven and earth, some of us never shall Wor. I told him gently of our grievances,
A second time do such a courtesy. Of his oath-breaking; which he mended thus;
[The Trumpets sound. They embrace, and exeunt.