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P. Hen. Where shall we take a purse to-morrow, Jack? Fal. Where thou wilt, lad, I’ll make one; an I do not, call me villain, and baffle me. P. Hen. I see a good amendment of life in thee; from praying to purse-taking. Fal. Why, Hal, 'tis my vocation, Hal; ’tis no sin for a man to labour in his vocation.
P. Hen. Good morrow, Ned. Poins. Good morrow, Sweet Hal.—What Says Monsieur Remorse 2 What says Sir John Sack-andSugar? But, my lads, my lads, to-morrow morning, by four o'clock, early at Gads Hill,—There are pilgrims going to Canterbury, with rich offerings, and traders riding to London with fat purses: I have visors for you all, you have horses for yourselves: Gadshill lies to-night in Rochester; I have bespoke supper in Eastcheap: we may do it as secure as sleep; if you will go, I will stuff your purses full of crowns: if you will not, tarry at home, and be hanged. Fal. Hear me, Yedward; if I tarry at home, and go not, I’ll hang you for going. Poins. You will, chops? Fal. Hal, wilt thou make one? P. Hen. Who, I rob? I a thief? not I, by my faith. Fal. There's neither honesty, manhood, nor good fellowship in thee; nor thou cam'st not of the blood royal, if thou dar'st not cry stand for ten shillings. P. Hen. Well, then, once in my days, I’ll be a madcap. Fal. Why, that's well said. P. Hen. Well, come what will, I'll tarry at home. Fal. By the lord, I'll be a traitor then, when thout art king. B
P. Hen. I care not. [Retires.
Poins. Sir John, I pr’ythee leave the prince and me alone; I will lay him down such reasons for this adventure, that he shall go.
Fal. Well, may'st thou have the spirit of persuasion, and he the ears of profiting, that what thou speakest may move, and what he hears may be believed, that the true prince may (for recreation sake) prove a false thief; for the poor abuses of the time want countenance. Farewell: you shall find me in
Eastcheap. [Erit. P. Hen. Farewell, thou latter spring ! farewell, All-hallown summer! [Advances.
Poins. Now, my good sweet honey lord, ride with us to-morrow; I have a jest to execute that I cannot manage alone. Falstaff, Bardolph, Peto, and Gadshill, shall rob those men that we have already waylaid; yourself and I will not be there: and when they have the booty, if you and I do not rob them, cut this head from my shoulders. P. Hen. But how shall we part with them in setting forth 2 Poins. Why, we will set forth before or after them, and appoint them a place of meeting, wherein it is at our pleasure to fail; and then will they adventure upon the exploit themselves: which they shall have no sooner achieved, but we’ll set upon them. P. Hen. Ay, but 'tis like that they will know us by our horses, by our habits, and by every other appointment, to be ourselves. Poins. Tut! our horses they shall not see, I’ll tie them, in the wood; our vizors we will change, after we leave them ; and I have cases of buckram for the nonce, to inmask our noted outward garments. P. Hen. But I doubt they will be too hard for us. Poins. Well, for two of them, I know them to be as true-bred cowards as ever turned back; and for the third, if he fight longer than he sees reason, I'll forswear arms. The virtue of this jest will be, the incomprehensible lies that this same fat rogue will tell us, when we meet at supper: how thirty, at least, he fought with ; what wards, what blows, what extremities he endured; and in the reproof of this lies the jest. P. Hen. Well, I'll go with thee; provide us all things necessary, and meet me in Eastcheap. Farewell. Poins. Farewell, my lord. [Exit. P. Hen. I know you all, and will awhile uphold The unyoked humour of your idleness: Yet herein will I imitate the sun, Who doth permit the base contagious clouds To smother up his beauty from the world, That, when he please again to be himself, Being wanted, he may be more wonder'd at, By breaking through the foul and ugly mists Of vapours, that did seem to strangle him. So, when this loose behaviour I throw off, And pay the debt I never promised, By how much better than my word I am, By so much shall I falsify men's hopes; And, like bright metal on a sullen ground, My reformation, glittering o'er my fault, Shall show more goodly, and attract more eyes Than that which hath no foil to set it off. I'll so offend, to make offence a skill Redeeming time, when men think least I will. [Exit.
The Council Chamber.
Flourish of Trumpets and Drums.
KING HENRY, PRINCE JoHN, EARL of WesTMoRELAND, EARL OF WoRCESTER, EARL of NorthUMBERLAND, HoTSPUR, SIR. W. BLUNT, SIR. R. VERNoN, and other GENTLEMEN, discovered.
K. Hen. My blood hath been too cold and temperate,
Unapt to stir at these indignities,
Wor. Our house, my sovereign liege, little de
The scourge of greatness to be used on it;
North. My lord,
K. Hen. Worcester, get thee gone; for I do see Danger and disobedience in thine eye : O, sir, Your presence is too bold and peremptory; And majesty might never yet endure The moody frontier of a servant brow. You have good leave to leave us: when we need
Your use and counsel, we shall send for you.
Was parmacity, for an inward bruise;