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Either from the king, or in the present time, Arch. Then tahe, my lord of Westmoreland, That you should have an inch of any ground
this schedule ;* To build a grief on: Were you not restor'd For this contains our general grievances :To all the duke of Norfolk's signiories,
Each several article herein redress'd; Your nobleand right-well-remember'd father's? | All members of our cause, both here and hence, Mou). What thing, in honour, had my father That are insinew'd to this action, lost,
Acquitted by a true substantial form; That need to be reviv'd, and breath'd in me? And present execution of our wills The king, that lov'd him, as the state stood To us, and to our purposes, consigu'd ; then,
We come within our awful bankst again, Was, force perforce, compell’d to banish him: And knit our powers to the arm of peace. And then, when Harry Bolingbroke, and he,- West. This will I show the general. Please Being mounted, and both roused in their seats,
you, lords, Their neighing coursers daring of the spur, In sight of both our battles we may meet: Their armed staves* in charge, their beaverst And either end in peace, which heaven so down,
frame! Their eyes of tire sparkling through sightst of Or to the place of difference call the swords And the loud trumpet blowing them together; Which must decide it. Then, then, when there was nothing could Arch. My lord, we will do so. have staid
(Exit West. My father from the breast of Boling broke, Mouh. There is a thing within my bosom, 0, when the king did throw his warders down, His own life hung upon the staff he threw: That no conditions of our peace can stand. Then threw he down himself; and all their lives, Hust. Fear you not that: if we can make That, by indictment, and by dint of sword,
our peace Have since miscarried under Bolingbroke, Upon such large terms, and so absolute, Wes. You speak, lord Mowbray, now you As our conditions shall consist upon, (tains. know not what:
Our peace shall stand as firm as rocky mounThe earl of Hereford was reputed then
Moub. Ay, but our valuation shall be such, In England the most valiant gentleman; That every slight and false-derived cause, Who knows, on whom fortune would then Yea, every idle, nice, and wanton reason, have smil'd ?
Shall, to the king, taste of this action : But, if your father had been victor there, That were our royal faithsý martyrs in love, He ne'er had borne it out of Coventry : We shall be winnow'd with so rough a wind, For all the country, in a general voice, That, even our corn shall scem as light as chaff, Cried hate upon him; and all their prayers, And good from bad find no partition. and love,
Areh. No, no, my lord; Note this,-the king Were set on Hereford, whom they doted on,
is weary And bless'd, and grac'd indeed, more than the Of dainty and such pickingll grievances : king.
For he hath found, -to end one doubt by Bat this is mere digression from my purpose.--
death, Here come I from our princely general, Revives two greater in the heirs of life. To know your griefs ; to tell you from his grace, And therefore will he wipe his tables clean; That he will give you audience : and wherein And keep no tell-tale to his memory, It shall appear that your demands are just, That may repeat and history his loss You shall enjoy them ; every thing set ofl, To new remembrance: For full well he knows, That might so much as think you enemies.
He cannot so precisely weed this land, Morcb. But he hath forc'd us to compel this | As his misdoubts present occasion : And it proceeds from policy, not love. [ofler; | His foes are so enrooted with his friends, West. Mowbray, you overween, to take it That, plucking to untix an enemy, SO;
He doth unfasten so, and shake a friend. This offer comes from mercy, not from fear: So that this land, like an offensive wife, For, lo! within a ken, f our army lies; That hath enrag'd him on to offer strokes; Upon mine honour, all too confident
As he is striking, holds his infant up, To give admittance to a thought of fear. And hangs resolv'd correction in the arm Our battle is more full of names than yours, That was uprear’d to execution. Our men more perfect in the use of arms, Hast. Besides, the king hath wasted all his Our armour all as strong, our cause the best;
rods Then reason wills, our hearts should be as On late offenders, that he now doth lack good :
The very instruments of chastisement : Say you not then, our offer is compell’d.
So that his power, like a langless lion, Mowb. Well, by my will, we shall admit no May other, but not hold. parley.
Arch. "Tis very true ;
[shal, West. That argues but the shame of your And therefore be assur’d, my good lord maroffence:
If we do now make our atonement well, A rotten case abides no handling.
Our peace will, like a broken limb united, Hast. Hath the prince John a full com- Grow stronger for the breaking. In very ample virtue of his father, (mission, Mowi. Be it so. To hear, and absolutely to determine
Here is return'd my lord of Westmoreland. Of what conditions we shall stand upon ? West. That is intended** in the general's
Re-enter WESTMORELAND. name : I muse,tt you make so slight a question.
West. The prince is here at hand : Pleasetb
your fordship, lances.
+ Helmets. 1 The eye holes of helmets.
Inventory. + Proper limits of reverence. || Think too highly
The faith due to a king ** Understood
I Pieding, insignificant. 1 Book for memorandums.
To meet his grace just distance 'tween our ar- P. John. I like them all, and do allow them mies?
well: Mowb. Your grace of York, in God's name And swear here by the honour of my blood, then set forward.
My father's purposes have been misiook; Arch. Before, and greet his grace:-my lord, And some about him bave too lavishly
(Exeunt. Wrested his meaning, and authority. SCENE II.- Another part of the Forest.
My lord, these griets shall be with speed redress'd;
[you, Enter, from one side, MOWBRAY, the ARCH- Upon my soul, they shall. If this may please
BISHOP, Hastings, and others; from the other Discharge your powerst unto the several counside, Prince John of Lancaster, WESTMORE
(mies, LAND, Officers und Attendants.
As we will ours: and here, between the arP. John. You are well encounter'd here, my That all their eyes my bear ihose tokens home,
Let's drink together friendly, and embrace; cousin Mowbray : Good day to you, gentle lord Archbishop ;
Of our restored love, and amity. And so to you, lord Hastings,-and to all.
Arch. I take your princely word for these re
dresses. My lord of York, it better show'd with you. When that your flock, assembled by the bell,
P. John. I give it you, and will maintain my
word : Encircled you, to hear with reverence Your exposition on the holy text;
And thereupon I drink unto your grace, Than not to see you here an iron man,*
Hast. Go, captain, [To un Officer.) and deli
ver to the army Cheering a rout of rebels with your drum,
[part: Turning the word to sword, and life to death. This news of peace; let them have and
pay, That man, that sits within a monarch's heart,
I know, it will well please them; Hie thee, And ripens in the sunshine of his favour,
[Exit Officer. Would'he abuse the countenance of the king,
Arch. To you, my noble lord of Westmore
land. Alack, what mischiefs might he set abroach, In shadow of such greatness! With you, lord
West. I pledge your grace: And, if you bishop,
knew what pains It is even so :-Who hath not heard it spoken, I have bestow'd, to breed this present peace, How deep you were within the books of God? You would drink freely: but my love to you To us, the speaker in his parliament;
Shall show itself more openly hereafter.
Arch. I do not doubt you.
West. I am glad of it.-
Health to my lord, and gentle cousin, Mowbray. And our dull workings:t 0), who shall believe,
Mowl. You wish me health in very happy But you misuse the reverence of your place;
season; Employ the countenance and grace of heaven, For I am, on the sudden, something ill. As a false favourite doth his prince's name,
Arch. Against ill chances, men are ever In deeds dishonourable? You have taken upit But heaviness foreruns the good event.
; Under the counterfeited zeal of God, The subjects of his substitute, my father;
West. Therefore be merry, coz; since sudAnd, both against the peace of heaven and him, Serves to say thus,-Some good thing comes
den sorrow Have here up-swarm'a them.
to-morrow. Arch. Good my lord of Lancaster, I am not here against your father's peace:
Arch. Believe me, I am passing light in spirit. But, as I told my lord of Westmoreland,
Mowb. So much the worse, if your own rule The time misorder'd doth, in common sense,
(Shouts within. Croud us, and crush us, to this monstrous
P. John. The word of peace is render'd; form,
Hark, how they shout! To hold our safety up. I sent your grace
Mowh. This had been cheerful, after victory. The parcels and particulars of our grief;
Arch. A peace is of the nature of a conquest; The which hath been with scorn shov'å from For then both parties nobly are subdued, the court,
And neither party loser. Whereon this Hydra son of war is born:
P. John. Go, my lord, Whose dangerous eyes may well be charm’da And let our army be discharged too.asleep,
[Exit WESTMORELAND. With grant of our most just and right desires; And, good my lord, so please you, let our And true obedience of this madness cur'd,
trainst Stoop tamely to the foot of majesty.
March by us; that we may peruse the men Moub. If not, we ready are to try our for. We should have cop'd withal. To the last man.
Arch. Go, good lord Hastings, Hast. And though we here fall down,
And, ere they be dismiss'd, let them march by. We have supplies to second our attempt;
[Exit HASTINGS. If they miscarry, theirs shall second them:
P. John. I trust, my lords, we shall lie toAnd so, success of mischief shall be born;
night together.And heir from heir shall hold this quarrel up, Whiles England shall have generation.
Re-enter WESTMORELAND. P. John. You are too shallow, Hastings, much too shallow,
Now, cousin, wherefore stands our army still? To sound the bottom of the after-times.
West. The leaders having charge from you West. Pleaseth your grace, to answer them
to stand, directly,
Will not go off until they hear you speak. How far-forth you do like their articles ? P. John. They know their duties.
Clad in armour. 1 Raised in arma.
+ Labours of thought,
+ Forces. * Each
check was the reward of valour. Do you think Hasl. My lord, our army is dispers'd already: me a swallow, an arrow, or a bullet i have I, Like youthful steers* unyok'd, they take their in my poor and old motion, the expedition of
thought? I have speeded hither with the very East, west, north, south; or, like a school broke extremest inch of possibility; I have foundered up,
nine-score and odd posts: and here, travelFach hurries toward his home, and sporting: culate valour, taken Sir John Colevile of the
tainted as I am, have, in my pure and immaWest. Good tidings, my lord Hastings ; the wbich
dale, a most furious knight, and valorous eneI do arrest, thee, traitor, of high treason: my: But what of that? he saw me, and yieldAnd you, lord archbishop,--and you, lord ed; that I may justly say with the hook-nosed Mowbray,
fellow of Rome, I came, saw, and overOf capital treason I attach you both. Mowb. Is this proceeding just and honour
P. John. It was more of his courtesy than able?
your deserving. West. Is your assembly so ?
Fal. I know not; here he is, and here I yield Arch. Will you thus break your faith?
bim: and I beseech your grace, let it be booked P. John. I pawn'd thee none :
with the rest of this day's deeds ; or, by the I promis’d you redress of these same grievances, Lord, I will
have it in a particular ballad else, Whereof you did complain ; which, by mine with mine own picture on the top of it, Cole honour,
vile kissing my foot: To the which course if I I will perform with a most Christian care.
be enforced, if you do not all show like gilt But, for you, rebels,-look to taste the due twopences to me; and I, in the clear sky of Meet for rebellion, and such acts as yours.
fame, o'ershine you as much as the full moon Most shallowly did you these arms commence,
doth the cinders of the element, which show Fondly+ brought here, and foolishly sent hence: I like pins' heads to her ; believe not the word of Strike upour drums, pursue the scatter'd stray; the noble: Therefore let me have right, and Heaven, and not we have safely
fought to-day let desert mount. Some guard these traitors to the block of death;
P. John. Thine's too heavy to mount. Treason's true bed, and yielder up of breath.
Fal. Let it shine then.
P. John. Thine's too thick to shine. (Exeunt.
Fal. Let it do something, my good lord, SCENE III.- Another part of the Forest.
that may do me good, and call it what you will.
Cole. It is, my lord.
P. John. A famous rebel art thou, Colevile. tion are you ; and of what place, I pray?
Fal. And a famous true subject took him. Cole. I am a knight, Sir; and my name is That led me 'hither: had they been ruld by me,
Cole. I am, my lord, but as my betters are, Colevile of the dale.
Fal. Well then, Colevile is your name; a You should have won them dearer than you knight is your degree; and your place, the
have. dale : Colevile shall still be your name; a trai- but thou,
like a kind fellow, gavest thyself
Fal. I know not how they sold themselves : tor your degree; and the dungeon your place, a place deep enough; so shall you still be away; and I thank thee for thee. Colevile of the dale.
P. John. Now, have you left pursuit ?
West. Retreat is made, and execution stay'd. I do sweat, they are drops of thy lovers, and
P.John. Send Colevile, with his confederates, they weep for thy death therefore rouse up
To York, to present execution :fear and trembling, and do observance to my Blunt, lead him bence; and see you guard him mercy:
(Exeunt some with COLEVILE. Cole. I think, you are Sir John Falstaff; and, And now despatch we toward the court, my in that thoughi, yield me.
lords; Fal. I have a whole school of tongues in this I hear, the king my father is sore sick: belly of mine; and not a tongue of them all Our news shall go before us to his majesty,speaks any other word but my name.
An i Which, cousin, you shall bear,-to comfort had but a belly of any indifferency, I were
him ; simply the most active fellow in Európe : My And we with sober speed will follow you. womb, my womb, my womb undoes me.
-Here Fal. My lord, I beseech you, give me leave comes our general.
to go through Glostershire: and when you Enter Prince JOHN of Lancaster, WESTMORE
come to court, stand my good lord,+ 'pray, in
your good report. LAND, and others.
P. John. Fare you well, Falstaff: I, in my P. John. The heat is past, follow no further
Shall better speak of you than you deserve. Call in the powers, good cousin Westmore
[Exit West. Fal. I would, you bad but the wit; twere Now, Falstaff, where have you been all this better than your dukedom.-Good faith, this while ?
same young sober-blooded boy doth not love every thing is ended, then you come: These tardy tricks of yours will, on my life,
me;, nor a man cannot make him laugh ;-but
that's no marvel, he drinks ņo wine. There's One time or other break soine gallows back. never any of these demure boys come to any
Fal. I would be sorry, my lord, but it should proof: for thin drink doth so over-cool their be thus ; I never knew yet, but rebuke and blood, and making many fish-meals, that they * Young bullocks.
+ Stand my good friend. | Foolishly
1 In my present temper.
fall into a kind of male green-sickness; and K. Hen. Is not his brother, Thoinas of Clathen, when they marry, they get wenches :
rence with him ? they are generally fools and cowards ;-which P. Humph. No, my good lord; he is in presome of us should be too, but for inflam
sence here. mation. A good sherris-sack had a two-fold Cla. What would my lord and father? operation in it. It ascends me into the brain ; K. Hen. Nothing but well to thee, Thomas dries me there all the foolish, and dull, and
of Clarence. crudy vapours which environ it: makes it ap- How chance, thou art not with the prince thy prehensive, quick, forgetive,* full of nimble,
[Thomas; fiery, and delectable shapes, which delivered He loves thee, and thou dost neglect him, o'er to the voice, the tongue,) which is the Thou hast a better place in his affection, birth, becomes excellent wit. The second pro- Than all thy brothers: cherish it, my boy; perty of your excellent sherris is,--the warm- And noble offices thou may'st effect ing of the blood; which, before cold and Of mediation, after I am dead, (thren :settled, left the liver white and pale, which is Between his greatness and thy other bre. the badge of pusillanimity and cowardice: Therefore, omit him not; blunt not his love: but the sherris warms it, and makes it course Nor lose the good advantage of his grace, from the inwards to the parts extreme. It By seeming cold, or careless of his will. illumineth the face ; which, as a beacon, gives For he is gracivus, if he be observ'd ;* warning to all the rest of this little kingdom, He hath a tear for pity, and a hand man, to arm: and then the vital commoners, Open as day for melting charity: [flint; and inland petty spirits, muster me all to their Yet notwithstanding, being 'incens’d, he's captain, the heart; who, great, and puffed up As humourous as winter, and as sudden with this retinue, doth any deed of courage; As flaws congealed in the spring of day. and this valour comes of sherris: So that skill His temper, therefore, musi be well observ'd: in the weapon is nothing, without sack; for Chide him for faults, and do it reverently, that sets it a-work: and learning, a mere hoard When you perceive his blood inclin'd to mirth: of gold kept by a devil; till sack commences But, being moody, give him line and scope ; it,t and sets it in act and nse. Hereof comes Till that his passions, like a whale on ground, it, that prince Harry is valiant: for the cold Confound themselves with working. Learn blood he did naturally inherit of his father,
this, Thomas, he hath, like lean, steril, and bare land, And thou shalt prove a shelter to thy friends; manured, husbanded, and tilled, with excel- A hoop of gold, to bind thy brothers in ; lent endeavour of drinking good, and good That the united vessel of their blood, store of fertile sherris; that he is become Mingled with venom of suggestion, very hot, and valiant. If I had a thousand (As, force perforce, the age will pour it in,) sons, the first human principle I would teach Shall never leak, though it do work as strong them, should be to forswear thin potations, As aconitum,t or rash gunpowder. and addict themselves to sack.
Cla. I shall observe him with all care and
love. Enter BARDOLPH.'
K. Hen. Why art thou not at Windsor with How now, Bardolph?
him, Thomas ? Bard. The army is discharged all, and gone. Cla. He is not there to-day; he dines in Fal. Let them go. I'll through Glostershire;
London. and there will I visit master Robert Shallow, K. Hen. And how accompanied ? can’st esquire: I have him already tempering be
tbou tell that? tween my finger and my thumb, and shortly Cla. With Poins, and other his continual will I seal with bim. Come away.
[Exeunt. K. Hen. Most subject is the fattest soil to S'ENE IV.-Westminster.-A Room in the And he, the noble image of my youth,
weeds; Paluce. Enter King HENRY, CLARENCE, Prince Hum- Stretches itself beyond the hour of death;
Is overspread with them: Therefore my grief PHREY, WARWICK, and others.
The blood weeps from my heart, when I do K. Hen. Now, lords, if heaven doth give
shape, successful end
In forms imaginary, the unguided days, To this debate that bleedeth at our doors, And rotten times, that you shall look upon We will our youth lead on to higher fields, When I am sleeping with my ancestors. And draw no swords but what are sanctified. For when his headstrong riot hath no curb,
ur navy is address'd,ş our power collected, When rage and hot blood are his counsellors. Jur substitutes in absence well invested, When means and lavish manners meet toAnd every thing lies level to our wish:
gether, Only, we want a little personal strength; 0, with what wings shall his affections fly And pause us, till these rebels, now afoot, Towards fronting peril and oppos'd decay! Come underneath the yoke of government. War. My gracious lord, you look beyond War. Both which, we doubt not but your
him quite: majesty
The prince but studies his companions, shall soon enjoy.
Like a strange tongue: wherein, to gain the K. Hlen. Humphrey, my son of Gloster,
language, Where is the prince your brother?
'Tis needful, that the most immodest word P. Humph. I think, he's gone to hunt, my Be look'd upon, and learn'd: which once atlord, at Windsor.
tain'd, K. Hen. And how accompanied ?
Your highness knows, comes to no further use, P. Humph. I do not know, my lord.
But to be known, and hated. So, like gross * Inventive. + Brings it into action.
terms, 1 An allusion to the old use of sealing with soft wax.
* Has an attention shown him. Ready, prepared,
+ Wolf's bane, a poisonous herb
The prince will, in the perfectness of time, Cla. The river hath thrice flow'd, no ebb be. Cast off his followers: and their memory
tween :* Shall as a pattern or a measure live,
And the old folk, time's doting chronicles, By which his grace must mete the lives of Say, it did so, a little time before Turnirg past evils to advantages. [others; That our great grandsire, Edward, sick'd K. Hen. "Tis seldom, when the bee doth
and died. leave her comb
[land ? War. Speak lower, princes, for the king reIn the dead carrion.- Who's here? WestinoreEnter WESTMORELAND.
P. Humph. This apoplex will, certain, be his
end. West. Health to my sovereign! and new K. Hen. I pray you, take me up, and bear happiness
me hence Added to that that I am to deliver ! [hand: Into some other chamber: softly, 'pray. Prince John, your son, doth kiss your grace's [They convey the King into an inner part of Mowbray, the bishop Scroop, Hastings, and the room, and place him on a Bed. all,
Let there be no noise made, ny gentle friends; Are brought to the correction of your law; Unless some dullt and favourable hand There is not now a rebel's sword unsheath’d, Will whisper music to my weary spirit. But peace puts forth her olive every where. War. Call for the music in the other room. The manner how this action hath been borne, K. Hen. Set me the crown upon my pillow Here at more leisure, may your highness read;
here. With every course, in his particular.*
Cla. His eye is hollow, and he changes K. Hen. () Westmoreland, thou art a sum
War. Less noise, less noise.
Enter Prince HENRY.
P. Hen. Who saw the duke of Clarence?
Cla. I am here, brother, full of heaviness. Hur. From enemies heaven keep your ma.
P. Hen. How now ! rain within doors, and jesty;
none abroad! And, when they stand against you, may they How doth the king? As those that I am come to tell you of!
P. Humph. Exceeding ill. The earl of Northumberland, and the lord Bar- P. Hen. 'Heard be the good news yet? dolph,
Tell it him. With a great power of English, and of Scots, P. Humph. He alter'd much upon the hearAre by the sheriff of Yorkshire overthrown:
ing it. The manner and true order of the fight,
P. Hen. If he be sick This packet, please it you, contains at large. With joy, he will recover without physic. k. Hen. And wherefore should these good War. Not so much noise, my lords :-sweet news make me sick ?
prince, speak low; Will fortune never come with both hands full, The king your faiher is dispos’u to sleep. But write her fair words still in foulest let.
Cla. Let us withdraw into the other room. ters?
Wur. Will't please your grace to go along She either gives a stomach, and no food,
with us? Su
P. Hen. No; I will sit and watch here by And takes away the stomach,--such are the
the king. [E.reunt all but P. HENRY. That have abundance, and enjoy it not. [rich, Why doth the crown lie there upon his pillow, I should rejoice now at this happy news; Being so troublesome a bed fellow? And now my sight fails, and my brain is gid-polish'd perturbation! golden care! dy :
That keeps the portst of slumber open wide O me! come near me, now I am much ill. To many a watchful night!--sleep with it
now! P. Humph. Comfort, your majesty!
Yet not so sound, and half so deeply sweet, Cla. ( my royal father!
As he, whose brow, with homely bigging West. My sovereign lord, cheer up yourself,
bound, look up!
Snores out the watch of night. O majesty! War. Be patient, princes; you do know, When thou dost pinch thy bearer, thou dost sit these fits
Like a rich armour worn in heat of day, are with his highness very ordinary. (well. That scalds with safety. By his gates of Stand from him, give him air; he'll straight be
breath Cla. No, no; he cannot long hold out these There lies a dowoy feather, wbich stirs not: pangs;
Did he suspire, that light and weightless down The incessant care and labour of his mind Perforce must move.--My gracious lord ! my Hath wrought the mure,t that should confine
[out. This sleep is sound indeed; this is a sleep, So thin, that life looks through, and will break That from this golden rigol hath divorc'd P. Humph. The people fear me ;t for they do So many English kings. Thy due, from me, observe
Is tears, and heavy sorrows of the blood; Unfather'd heirs, ģ and loathly birds of nature: Which nature, love, and filial tenderness, The seasons change their manners, as the Shall, ) dear father, pay thee plenteously: year!
My due, from thee, is this imperial crown; Had found some months asleep, and leap'd Which, as immediate from thy place and them over.
blood, * The detail contained in Prince John's letter,
* An historical fact, on Oct 12, 1411. + Worked the wall Make me afraid + Melancholy, soothing.
1 Gates. Monsters. 1 As if the year.