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But stand against us like an enemy.
| Too indirect for long continuance. 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. So long as, out of limit, and truc rule,
Go to the king'; and let there be impawn'd
Some surety for a safe return again,
Blunt. I would you would accept of grace and Such bold hostility, teaching this duteous land
love. Audacious cruelty: If that the king
Flot. And, may be, so we shall. Have any way your good deseris forgot,
'Pray heaven, you do! Which he confesseth to be manifold, He bids you naire your griess; and, with all speed SCENE IV.:---York. A room in the archbishop's You shall have your desires, with interest;
house, Enter the Archbishop of York, and a And pardon absolute for yourself, and these,
Gentleman. Herein misled by your suggestion.
Arch. Hie, good sir Michael; bear this sealed Hot. The king is kind; and, well we know, the brier, king
With winged 'haste, to the lord mareshal; Knows at what time to promise, when to pay. This to my cousin Scroop; and all the rest My father, and my uncle, and myself,
To whom they are directed : if you knew
Gent. My good lord,
Like enough you do. My father gave him welcome to the shore: To-morrow, good sir Michael, is a day, And, when he heard him swear, and vow to God, Wherein the fortune of ten thousand men He came but to be duke of Lancaster,
Must bide the touch: For, sir, at Shrewsbury, To suc his livcry, and beg his peace;
As I am truly given to understand, With tears of innocency, and terms of zeal,- The king, with mighty and quick-raised power, My father, in kind heart and pity mov'd, Meets with lord Harry: and I fear, sir Michael,Sworc him assistance, and perform'd it too. What with the sickness of Northumberland, Now, when the lords, and barons of the realm, (Whose power was in the first proportion,) Perceiv'd Northumberland did lean to him, And what with Owen Glendower's absence, thence, The more and lessa came in with cap and knee; (Who with them was a rated sinew too, Mct him in boroughs, cities, villages;
And comes not in, o'er-rul'd by prophecies,)Attended him on bridges, stood in lanes,
I fear, the power of Percy is too weak Laid gifts before him, profler'd him their oaths, To wage an instant trial with the king.. Gave him their heirs; as pages follow'd him, Gent. Why, good my lord, you need not fear; Even at the heels, in golden multitudes.
there's Douglas, He presently, -as greatness knows itself,- And Mortimer. Steps me a liitle higher than his vow
No, Mortimer's not there. Made to my father, while his blood was poor, Gent. But there is Mordake, Vernon, lord Harry Upon the naked shore at Ravenspurg;
Percy, And now, forsooth, takes on him to reform And there's my lord of Worcester; and a head Some certain edicis, and some strait decrees, of gallant warriors, noble gentlemen. That lie too heavy on the commonwealth :
vrch. And so there is : but yet the king hath Cries out upon abuses, seems to weep
drawn Over his country's wrongs; and, by ihis face, The special head of all the land together ;This seeming brow of justice, did he win
The prince of Wales, lord John of Lancaster, Thc hearts of all that he did angle for.
The noble Westmoreland, and warlike Blunt; Proceeded further; cut me off the heads
And many more cor-rivals, and dear men Of all the favourites, that the absent king
of estimation and command in arms. In deputation left behind him here,
Genl. Doubt not, my lord, they shall be well When he was personal in the Irish war.
oppos’d. Bluni. Tut,'I came not to hear this.
Arch. I hope no less, yet needful'tis to fear, Hol.
Then, to the point. And, to prevent the worst, sir Michael, speed: In short time after, he depos'd the king ;
For, if lord Percy thrive not, ere the king Soon after that, depriv'd him of his life;
Dismiss his power, he mcans to visit us,And, in the neck of that, task'd the whole state: For he hath heard of our confederacy,-. To make that worse, suffer'd his kinsman, March, And 'tis but wisdom to make strong against him ; (Who is, if every owner were well plac'd, Therefore, make haste: I must go write again Indeed his king,) lo he incag'd in Wales, To other friends; and so farewell, sir Michael. There without ransom to lie forfeited :
(Exe, severally. Disgrac'd me in my happy victories ; Sought to cntrap me by intelligence; Rated my uncle from the council-board;
ACT V. In rage dismiss'd my father from the court; Broke oath on oath, committed wrong on wrong: SCENE,!:--The king's camp near Shrewsbury. And, in conclusion, drove us to seck out
Enter King Henry, Prince Henry, Prince John This head of safety; and, withal, to pry
of Luncaster, Sir Walter Blunt, and Sir John Into his title, the which we tind
K. Hen. How bloodily the sun begins to peer (1) Grievances. (2) The delivery of his lands. (3) The greater and the less. (4) Letter.
(5) A strength on which we reckoned.
Above yon busky' bill! 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 articuAnd, 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 For nothing can seem loul to those that win.- With some fine colour, that may please the eye
of fickle changelings, and poor discontents, Trumpet. Enter Worcester and Vernon.
Which gape, and rub the clbow, at the news
P. llen. In both our armies, there is many a soul
Il 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 sct ofihis head,
I do not think, a braver gentieman,
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.
Ind so, I hear, he doth account me too :
I am content, that he shall take the odds
And will, to save the blood on either side,
K. Hen. And, prince of Wales, so dare we ved And yet, I must remember you, my lord,
ture thee, We were the first and dearest of your friends. Albeit, considerations infinite For you, my staff ofollice 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 ofler of our grace, Nothing so strong and fortunate as I.
Both he, and they, and you, yea, every man, It was mysell, my brother, and his son,
Shall be my friend again, and I'll be his : That brought you home, and boldly did outdarc So tell your cousin, and bring me word The dangers of the time: You swore to us, - What he will do :-But if he will not yield, And you did swear thiet oath at Doncaster, - Rebuke and dread correction wait on us, That you did nothing purpose 'gainst the state; And they shall do their office. So, be gone; Nor claim no further than your new-lall’n right, We will not now be troubled with reply: The seat of Gaunt, dukedom of Lancaster: We offer fair, take it advisedly. To this we swore our aid. But, in short space,
(Exeunt Worcester and Vertron. It rain'd down torunc showering on your head; P. Jien. It will not be accepted, on my life: And such a tlood of greatness fell on you, —
The Douglas and the Hotspur both together What with our help; what with the absent king; Are contident against the world in arms. What with the injuries of a wanton time;
K. Hlen. Hence, therefore, every leader to his The seeming sulirances that you had borne;
charge; And the 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 him dead,
(Exeunt King, Blunt, and Prince John. And, from this swarm of fair advantares,
Ful. Hal, it thou see me down in the battle, and You took occasion to be quickly woo'd
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 it Doncaster;
friendship. Say thy prayers, and firewell. And, being led by us, you us'd us so
Ful. I would it were bed-lime, Hal, and all well. As that ungentle gull, the cuckoo's bird,
P. llen, Why, thou owest God a death. (Erit. Useth the sparrow: did oppress our nest;
Fal. 'Tis not due yet; I would be loath to pay Grew by our l'ecding to su great a bulk,
him before his day. What need I be so forward That cven our love durst not come near your sight, with him that calls not on me? Well, 'iis no malFor fear of swallowing; but with nimble wing ter; Honour pricks me on. Yea, but how if honour We were enforc'u, for safety suke, 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 Whereby we stand opposed by such means take away the grief of a wound ? No. Honour As you yourself have forg'd against yoursell ; 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) A chaitering bird, a pie
(4) Exhibited in articles,
that honour? Air. A trim reckoning !-Who hath Did hear a challenge urg'd more modestly,
(Erit. Making you ever better than his praise,
By still dispraising praise, valued with you: SCENE II.—The rebel camp. Enter Worcester And, which became him like a prince indeed, and Vernon.
He made a blushing citala of himsell;
As if he master'd there a double spirit,
of teaching, and of learning, instantly.
There did lie pause: But let me tell the world,
Then are we all undone. If he outlive the envy of this day,
England did never owed so sweet a hope,
So much misconstrued in his wantonness.
Hot. Cousin, I think, thou art chamour'd
Upon his follits ; never did I hear
Of any prince, so wild, at liberty :-
But, be he as he will, yet once ere night
will embrace him with a soldier's arm,
That he shall shrink under my courtesy.--
Arm, arm, with speed :----And, fellows, soldiers,
Better consider what vou have to do,
Than I, that have not well the gift of tongue,
Enter a Messenger.
Mess. My lord, here are letters for you.
Hol. I cannot read them now.--
O gentlemen, the time of life is short ;
To spend that shortness basely, were too long,
If life did ride upon a dial's point,
Still ending at the arrival of an hour.
An if we live, we live to tread ou kings;
If die, brave death, when princes die with us!
Now for our conscience,-the arms are fair,
When the intent of bearing them is just.
Enter another Messenger.
Mess. My lord, prepare; the king comes on apace.
Hot. I thank hiin, that he cuts me from my tale,
For I profess not talking; Only this-
Let each man do his best: and here draw I
A sword, whose temper I intend to stain
With the best blood that I can meet withal
(Erit. 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 brace:
A second time lo such a courtesy.
[The trumpets sound. They embrace, With haughty arins this hateful name in us.
and exeunt.) Re-enter Douglas.
SCENE III.-Plain near Shrewsbury, Ercur
sions, and parties fighting. jlarum to the batDoug. Arm, gentlemen; to arms! for I have
tle. Then enter Douglas and Blunt, meeting.
Blunt. What is thy name, that in the battle thus
And I do haunt thee in the battle thus,
jiv. O, '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.
Blunl. I was not born a yiclder, thou proud Scot; Harry, withdraw thiyself; thou bleed'st too much :And thou shalt find a king that will revenge Lord John of Lancaster, go you with him. Lord Siatford's death.
P. John. Not I, iny lord, unless I did bleed too. [They fight, and Blunt is slain. P. Hen. I do beseech your majesty, make up, Enter Hotspur.
Lest your retirement do amaze your friends.
K. Her. I will do so:Ilot. O Douglas, hadst thou fought at Holme- My lord of Westmoreland, lead him to his tent. don thus,
West. Come, my lord, I will lead you to your tent. I never had triú mph'd upon a Scot.
P. Hen. Lead ine, my lord ? I do not need your Doug. All's done, all's won; here breathless
help: lies the king.
And heaven forbid, a shallow scratch should drive Hot. Where?
The prince of Wales from such a field as this; Doug. Here.
Where stain'd nobility lies trodden on, Hlol. This, Douglas ? no, I know this face full And rebels' arms triumph in massacres ! well:
P. Jokn. We breathe too long :-Come, cousin A gallant knight he was, his name was Blunt;
Westmoreland, Seinblably' furnish'd like the king himself.
Our duty this way lies; for God's sake, come. Dong. A fool go with thy soul, whither it goes!
[Ereună Prince John and Westmoreland. A borrow'd title hast thou bought too dear.
P. Hen. By heaven, thou hast deceivid me, Why didst thou tell me that thou wert a king ?
Dous. Now, by my sword, I will kill all his coals; Before, I lov'd thee as a brother, John; l'il murder all his wardrobe, piece by picce,
But now, I do respect thee as my soul. Until I meet the king.
K. Hen. I saw him hold lord Piercy at the point, Hot.
Up, and away; With lustier maintenance than I did look for
O, this boy Fal. Though I could ’scape shot-free at London, Lends mettle to us all!
[Erit. I fear the shot here; here's no scoring, but upon the
Alarums. Enter Douglas. pate.--Son! who art thou ? Sir Walter Blunt:ihere's honour for you: Here's no vanity !--I am Doug. Another king ! they grow like Hydra's as hot as molten lead, and as heavy too: God keep heads : lead out of me: I need no more weight than mine I am the Douglas, fatal to all those own bowels.-I have led my raggamullins where That wear those colours on them. What art thou, they are peppered: there's but three of my hundred That counterfeit'st the person of a king? and Gilty lefi alive; and they are for the town's end, K. Hen. The king himself; who, Douglas, grieres to beg during life. But who comes here?
at heart, Enter Prince Henry.
So many of his shadows thou hast met,
And not the very king. I have two boys, P. Hen. What, stand’st thou idle here ? lend me Seek Percy, and thyself, about the field : thy sword :
Blit, seeing thou fall'st on me so luckily, Muny a nobleman lies stark and stiff,
I will assay thee; so defend thyself. Under the hoofs of vaunting enemics,
Doug. I fear, thou art another counterfeit; Whose deaths are unreveng'!: Pr’ythee, lend thy And yet, in faith, thou bear’st thee like a king:
sword. Fal. O Hal, I pr’ythee, give me leave to breathe And thus'! win thee.
But mine, I am sure thou art, whoe'er thou be, a while.- 'Turk Gregory never did such deeds in
(They fight; the King being in danger, arms, as I have done this day. I have paid Percy,
enier Prince Henry. I have made him sure.
P. Hen. Hold up thy head, vile Scot, or thou P. Hen. He is, indeed; and living to kill thee.
art like Lend me thy sword, I prythec.
Never to hold it up again! the spirits Fal. Ny, before God, Hal, if Percy be alive, or Shirly, Stafford, Blunt, are in my arms: thou get'st not my sword; but take my pistol, if It is the prince of Wales, that threatens thee; thou wilt.
Who never promiseth, but he means to pay:P. Hen. Give it me: What, is it in the case ?
(They fight; Douglas flies Ful. Av, Hal; 'tis hot, 'tis hot; there's that will Cheerly, my lord; How fares your grace ?sack a city. (The Prince draws out a bottle of sack. And so hath Clifton; I'll to Clifton straight.
Sir Nicholas Gawsey hath for succour sent, P. Hen. What, is't a time to jest and dally now?
K. Hen. Stay, and breathe awhile :Throws it at him, and exit. Thou hast redeem'd thy lost opinior: ;' Fal. Well, if Percy be alive, I'll pierce him. In And show'd, thou mak'st some tender of my life, he do come in my way, so: if he do not, if I come in this fair rescue thou has brought to me. in his, willingly, let him make a carbonado? of me.
P. Hen. ( heaven! they did me too much in I like not such grinning honour as sir Walter hath:
jury, Give me lise : which if I can save, so; if not, That ever said, I hearken’d for your death. honour comes unlooked for, and there's an end.
If it were so, I might have let alone
(Exit. The insulting hand of Douglas over you, SCENE IV. Another part of the field. Aarums. Which would have been as speedy in your end,
Erciersions. Enter ihe King, Prince Henry, As all the poisonous potions in the world,
And say'd ihe treacherous labour of your son, K. Hen. I pr’ythce,
K. Hen. Make up to Clifton, I'll to sir Nicholas
(Eril King Henry. (1) In resemblance. (2) A piece of ineat cut crosswise for the gridiron.'
life of a man: but to counterfeit dying, when a Hot. Il mistake not, thou art Harry Monmouth. true and perfect image of life indeed. The better
man thereby liveth, is to be no counterteit, but the P, Hen. Thou speak’st as if I would deny my part of valour is-discretion ; in the which better Hol. My name is Harry Perey.
part, I have saved my life. Zounds, I am afraid
of this gunpowder Percy, though he be dead : P. Hen.
Why, then I see now, if he should counterfeit too, and rise? I am A very valiant rebel of the name.
afraid he would prove the better counterfeit. ThereI am ihe prince of Wales; and think not, Percy,
fore I'll make him sure: yea, and I'll swear I killTo share with me in glory any more:
cd him. Why may not he rise, as well as I ? 'I wo stars keep not their motion in one sphere;
Nothing consutes me but eyes, and nobody sees Nor can one England brook a double reign, Or Harry Percy, and the prince of Wales.
me. Therefore, sirrah, (Stabbing him.) with a new
wound in your thigh, come you along with me. Hot. Nor shall it, Harry, for the hour is come
(Takes Hotspur on his back. To end the one of us; And 'would to God, Thy name in arms were now as great as mine!
Re-enler Prince Henry and Prince John. P. Hen. I'll make it greater, cre I part from thec; P. Hen. Come, brother John, full bravely hast And all the budding honours on thy crest
thou flesh'd I'll crop, to make a garland for my head.
Thy maiden sword. Hut. I can no longer brook thy vanities.
P. John. But soll! whom have wc here?
[They fight. Did you not tell me, this fat man was dead ? Enter Falstaff.
P. Hen. I did; I saw him dead, breathless and Fal. Well said, Hal! to it, Ila!!-Nay, you shall Upon the ground.
bleeding find no boy's play here, I can tell you.
Art thou alive? or is it phantasy. Enter Douglas; he fights with Falstaff, who falls That plays upon our eye-sight ? I pr’ythee, speak; down as if he were dead, and exil Douglas. Hot- We will not trust our eyes, without our ears:
Thou art not what thou scem'st. spur is wounded, and falls. Hot. O, Harry, thou hast robb’d me of my youth: but if I be not Jack Falstafi, then am I a Jack.
Fal. No, that's certain ; am not a double man. I better brook the loss of brittle life; Than those proud titles thou hast wo! os me;
There is Percy: (Throwing the body down.) if They wound my thoughts, worse than thy sword him kill the next Percy himself. I look io be either
your father will do me any honour, so; if not, let my flesh :
earl or duke, I can assure you. But thoughi's the slave of life, and life timc's fool;
P. Hen. Why, Percy I killed myself, and saw And time, that takes survey of all the world,
thce dead. Must have a stop. O, I could prophesy,
Fal. Didst thou ?-Lord, lord, how this world is But that the earthy and cold hand of death
given to lying !- grant you, I was down, and out Lies on my tongue :-No, Percy, thou art dust,
of breath; and so was he: but we rose both at an And food for
[Dies. P. Hen. For worms, hrave Percy: Fare thce clock. If I may be believed, so; if not, let them,
instant, and fought a long hour by Shrewsbury well, great heart!
that should reward valour, bear the sin i'pon their Il-wear'd ambition, how much art tho'i shrunk! When that this body did contain a spirit,
I'll take it upon my death, I gave
him this wound in the thigh: is the man were A kingdom for it was too small a bound; But now, iwo paces of the vilest earth
alive, and would deny it, I would make him eat a Is room cnouch:-This earth, that bears thee dead,
piece of my sword. Bears not alive so stout a gentleman.
P. John. This is the strangest tale that e'er I
hcard. If thou wert sensible of courtesy,
P. llen. This is the strangest fellow, brother I should not make so dcar a show of zeal:
Come, bring your luggage nobly on your back:
For my part, is a lie may do thee grace, For doing these fair rites of tenderness.
I'll gild it with the happiest terms I have. Adicu, and take thy praise with ihce to heaven!
la retrcat is sounded. Thy ignominy sleep with thee in the grave, But not remember'd in thy epitaph!
The trumpet sounds retreat, the day is ours. [llt seis Falstaff on the ground. To see what friends are livins, who are dead.
Come, brother, let's to the highest of the field, What! old acquaintance! could not all this flesh
[Ereunt Prince Henry and Prince John. Keep in a little life? Poor Jack, farewell !
Не I could have better spar'd a better man.
Fal. I'll follow, as they say, for reward. that rewards me,
God reward him! If I do grow 0, I should have a heavy miss of thee, If I were much in love with vanity.
great, I'll grow less; for I'll purge, and leave sack, Death hath not struck so fat a decr to-day,
and live cleanly, as a nobleman should do.
(Eri!, bearing of the body. Though many dearer, in this bloody fray: Einbowell'd will I see thee by and hy;
SCENE V.-Another part of the field. The Till then, in blood by noble Percy lie. (Exit.
Irumpets sound. Enier King Henry, Prince Fal. (Rising slowly.) Embowell?d! If thou em- Henry, Prince John, Westmoreland, and others; bowel me to-day, I'll give you leave to powder? me, with Worcester, and Vernon, prisoners. and eat me too, to-morrow. 'Sblood, 'twas time to counterfeit, or that hot termagant Scot had paid K. Hen. Thus ever did rebellion find rebuke.me scot and lot too. Counterfeit? I lie, I am no Ill-spirited Worcester !-did we not send grace, counterfeit: To die, is to be a counterfeit; for he Pardon, and terms of love to all of you ? is but the counterfeit of a man, who hath not the And would'st thou turn our offers contrary? (1) Scarf with which he covers Percy's face.