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Henry IV, Pt. 1: Act II, Scene 1

Henry IV, Pt. 1
Act II, Scene 1

Scene 1

Rochester . An inn yard .

  1. Enter a Carrier with a lantern in his hand .

First Carrier

1 - 3
  1. Heigh - ho ! An’ it be not four by the day , I’ll be hang’d .
  2. Charles’ wain is over the new chimney , and yet our horse not
  3. pack’d . What , ostler !

Ostler

4
  1. Within .
  2. Anon , anon .

First Carrier

5 - 6
  1. I prithee , Tom , beat Cut’s saddle , put a few flocks in the
  2. point . Poor jade is wrung in the withers , out of all cess .
  1. Enter another Carrier .

Second Carrier

7 - 9
  1. Peas and beans are as dank here as a dog , and that is the
  2. next way to give poor jades the bots . This house is turn’d
  3. upside down since Robin ostler died .

First Carrier

10 - 11
  1. Poor fellow never joy’d since the price of oats rose , it was
  2. the death of him .

Second Carrier

12 - 13
  1. I think this be the most villainous house in all London road
  2. for fleas . I am stung like a tench .

First Carrier

14 - 15
  1. Like a tench ? By the mass , there is ne’er a king christen
  2. could be better bit than I have been since the first cock .

Second Carrier

16 - 18
  1. Why , they will allow us ne’er a jordan , and then we leak in
  2. your chimney , and your chamber - lye breeds fleas like a
  3. loach .

First Carrier

19
  1. What , ostler ! Come away and be hang’d ! Come away .

Second Carrier

20 - 21
  1. I have a gammon of bacon and two razes of ginger , to be
  2. deliver’d as far as Charing - cross .

First Carrier

22 - 26
  1. God’s body , the turkeys in my pannier are quite starv’d .
  2. What , ostler ! A plague on thee ! Hast thou never an eye in
  3. thy head ? Canst not hear ? And ’twere not as good deed as
  4. drink to break the pate on thee , I am a very villain . Come ,
  5. and be hang’d ! Hast no faith in thee ?
  1. Enter Gadshill .

Gadshill

27
  1. Good morrow , carriers , what’s a’ clock ?

First Carrier

28
  1. I think it be two a’ clock .

Gadshill

29 - 30
  1. I prithee lend me thy lantern , to see my gelding in the
  2. stable .

First Carrier

31 - 32
  1. Nay , by God , soft , I know a trick worth two of that , i’
  2. faith .

Gadshill

33
  1. I pray thee lend me thine .

Second Carrier

34 - 35
  1. Ay , when , canst tell ? Lend me thy lantern , quoth he ! Marry ,
  2. I’ll see thee hang’d first .

Gadshill

36
  1. Sirrah carrier , what time do you mean to come to London ?

Second Carrier

37 - 39
  1. Time enough to go to bed with a candle , I warrant thee .
  2. Come , neighbor Mugs , we’ll call up the gentlemen . They will
  3. along with company , for they have great charge .
  1. Exeunt Carriers .

Gadshill

40
  1. What ho ! Chamberlain !
  1. Enter Chamberlain .

Chamberlain

41
  1. At hand , quoth pick - purse .

Gadshill

42 - 44
  1. That’s even as fair as at hand , quoth the chamberlain ; for
  2. thou variest no more from picking of purses than giving
  3. direction doth from laboring : thou layest the plot how .

Chamberlain

45 - 51
  1. Good morrow , Master Gadshill . It holds current that I told
  2. you yesternight : there’s a franklin in the Wild of Kent hath
  3. brought three hundred marks with him in gold . I heard him
  4. tell it to one of his company last night at supper , a kind
  5. of auditor , one that hath abundance of charge too God knows
  6. what . They are up already , and call for eggs and butter .
  7. They will away presently .

Gadshill

52 - 53
  1. Sirrah , if they meet not with Saint Nicholas’ clerks , I’ll
  2. give thee this neck .

Chamberlain

54 - 56
  1. No , I’ll none of it , I pray thee keep that for the hangman ,
  2. for I know thou worshippest Saint Nicholas as truly as a man
  3. of falsehood may .

Gadshill

57 - 72
  1. What talkest thou to me of the hangman ? If I hang , I’ll make
  2. a fat pair of gallows ; for if I hang , old Sir John hangs
  3. with me , and thou knowest he is no starveling . Tut , there
  4. are other Troyans that thou dream’st not of , the which for
  5. sport sake are content to do the profession some grace , that
  6. would ( if matters should be look’d into ) for their own
  7. credit sake make all whole . I am join’d with no foot
  8. land - rakers , no long - staff sixpenny strikers , none of these
  9. mad mustachio purple - hu’d malt - worms , but with nobility and
  10. tranquility , burgomasters and great oney’rs , such as can
  11. hold in , such as will strike sooner than speak , and speak
  12. sooner than drink , and drink sooner than pray ; and yet ,
  13. ’zounds , I lie , for they pray continually to their saint ,
  14. the commonwealth , or rather , not pray to her , but prey on
  15. her , for they ride up and down on her , and make her their
  16. boots .

Chamberlain

73 - 74
  1. What , the commonwealth their boots ? Will she hold out water
  2. in foul way ?

Gadshill

75 - 77
  1. She will , she will , justice hath liquor’d her . We steal as
  2. in a castle , cock - sure ; we have the receipt of fern - seed , we
  3. walk invisible .

Chamberlain

78 - 79
  1. Nay , by my faith , I think you are more beholding to the
  2. night than to fern - seed for your walking invisible .

Gadshill

80 - 81
  1. Give me thy hand . Thou shalt have a share in our purchase ,
  2. as I am a true man .

Chamberlain

82
  1. Nay , rather let me have it as you are a false thief .

Gadshill

83 - 85
  1. Go to , homo is a common name to all men . Bid the ostler
  2. bring my gelding out of the stable . Farewell , you muddy
  3. knave .
  1. Exeunt .
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