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Henry IV, Pt. 2: Epilogue

Henry IV, Pt. 2
Epilogue

Epilogue

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  1. First my fear , then my cur’sy , last my speech .
  2. My fear , is your displeasure , my cur’sy , my
  3. duty , and my speech , to beg your pardons . If
  4. you look for a good speech now , you undo me ,
  5. for what I have to say is of mine own making ,
  6. and what indeed ( I should say ) will ( I doubt )
  7. prove mine own marring . But to the purpose ,
  8. and so to the venture . Be it known to you , as it
  9. is very well , I was lately here in the end of a
  10. displeasing play , to pray your patience for it and
  11. to promise you a better . I meant indeed to pay
  12. you with this , which if like an ill venture it come
  13. unluckily home , I break , and you , my gentle
  14. creditors , lose . Here I promis’d you I would be ,
  15. and here I commit my body to your mercies .
  16. Bate me some , and I will pay you some ,
  17. and ( as most debtors do ) promise you infinitely ;
  18. and so I kneel down before you but , indeed , to
  19. pray for the Queen .
  20. If my tongue cannot entreat you to acquit me ,
  21. will you command me to use my legs ? And yet
  22. that were but light payment , to dance out of
  23. your debt . But a good conscience will make any
  24. possible satisfaction , and so would I . All the
  25. gentlewomen here have forgiven me ; if the
  26. gentlemen will not , then the gentlemen do not
  27. agree with the gentlewomen , which was never
  28. seen in such an assembly .
  29. One word more , I beseech you . If you be not
  30. too much cloy’d with fat meat , our humble
  31. author will continue the story , with Sir John in it ,
  32. and make you merry with fair Katherine of
  33. France , where ( for any thing I know ) Falstaff
  34. shall die of a sweat , unless already ’a be kill’d
  35. with your hard opinions ; for Oldcastle died a
  36. martyr , and this is not the man . My tongue is
  37. weary , when my legs are too , I will bid you
  38. good night .
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