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Henry IV, Pt. 2: Act II, Scene 2

Henry IV, Pt. 2
Act II, Scene 2

London . Another street .

  1. Enter the Prince Henry , Poins , with other .

Prince Henry

1
  1. Before God , I am exceeding weary .

Poins

2 - 3
  1. Is’t come to that ? I had thought weariness durst not have
  2. attach’d one of so high blood .

Prince Henry

4 - 6
  1. Faith , it does me , though it discolors the complexion of my
  2. greatness to acknowledge it . Doth it not show vildly in me
  3. to desire small beer ?

Poins

7 - 8
  1. Why , a prince should not be so loosely studied as to
  2. remember so weak a composition .

Prince Henry

9 - 24
  1. Belike then my appetite was not princely got , for , by my
  2. troth , I do now remember the poor creature , small beer . But
  3. indeed these humble considerations make me out of love with
  4. my greatness . What a disgrace is it to me to remember thy
  5. name , or to know thy face tomorrow , or to take note how many
  6. pair of silk stockings thou hast , viz ., these , and those
  7. that were thy peach - color’d once , or to bear the inventory
  8. of thy shirts , as one for superfluity , and another for use !
  9. But that the tennis - court - keeper knows better than I , for it
  10. is a low ebb of linen with thee when thou keepest not racket
  11. there ; as thou hast not done a great while , because the rest
  12. of the low countries have made a shift to eat up thy
  13. holland . And God knows whether those that bawl out the ruins
  14. of thy linen shall inherit his kingdom : but the midwives say
  15. the children are not in the fault , whereupon the world
  16. increases , and kindreds are mightily strengthen’d .

Poins

25 - 28
  1. How ill it follows , after you have labor’d so hard , you
  2. should talk so idlely ! Tell me how many good young princes
  3. would do so , their fathers being so sick as yours at this
  4. time is .

Prince Henry

29
  1. Shall I tell thee one thing , Poins ?

Poins

30
  1. Yes , faith , and let it be an excellent good thing .

Prince Henry

31
  1. It shall serve among wits of no higher breeding than thine .

Poins

32 - 33
  1. Go to , I stand the push of your one thing that you will
  2. tell .

Prince Henry

34 - 37
  1. Marry , I tell thee it is not meet that I should be sad , now
  2. my father is sick , albeit I could tell to thee as to one it
  3. pleases me , for fault of a better , to call my friend I could
  4. be sad , and sad indeed too .

Poins

38
  1. Very hardly , upon such a subject .

Prince Henry

39 - 43
  1. By this hand , thou thinkest me as far in the devil’s book as
  2. thou and Falstaff , for obduracy and persistency . Let the end
  3. try the man . But I tell thee , my heart bleeds inwardly that
  4. my father is so sick , and keeping such vile company as thou
  5. art hath in reason taken from me all ostentation of sorrow .

Poins

44
  1. The reason ?

Prince Henry

45
  1. What wouldst thou think of me if I should weep ?

Poins

46
  1. I would think thee a most princely hypocrite .

Prince Henry

47 - 51
  1. It would be every man’s thought , and thou art a blessed
  2. fellow to think as every man thinks . Never a man’s thought
  3. in the world keeps the road - way better than thine : every man
  4. would think me an hypocrite indeed . And what accites your
  5. most worshipful thought to think so ?

Poins

52 - 53
  1. Why , because you have been so lewd and so much engraff’d to
  2. Falstaff .

Prince Henry

54
  1. And to thee .

Poins

55 - 59
  1. By this light , I am well spoke on , I can hear it with mine
  2. own ears . The worst that they can say of me is that I am a
  3. second brother , and that I am a proper fellow of my hands ,
  4. and those two things I confess I cannot help . By the mass ,
  5. here comes Bardolph .
  1. Enter Bardolph and Boy Page .

Prince Henry

60 - 62
  1. And the boy that I gave Falstaff . ’A had him from me
  2. Christian , and look if the fat villain have not transform’d
  3. him ape .

Bardolph

63
  1. God save your Grace !

Prince Henry

64
  1. And yours , most noble Bardolph !

Poins

65 - 68
  1. Come , you virtuous ass , you bashful fool , must you be
  2. blushing ? Wherefore blush you now ? What a maidenly
  3. man - at - arms are you become ! Is’t such a matter to get a
  4. pottle - pot’s maidenhead ?

Falstaff’s Page

69 - 72
  1. ’A calls me e’en now , my lord , through a red lattice , and I
  2. could discern no part of his face from the window . At last I
  3. spied his eyes , and methought he had made two holes in the
  4. ale - wive’s petticoat and so peep’d through .

Prince Henry

73
  1. Has not the boy profited ?

Bardolph

74
  1. Away , you whoreson upright rabbit , away !

Falstaff’s Page

75
  1. Away , you rascally Althaea’s dream , away !

Prince Henry

76
  1. Instruct us , boy , what dream , boy ?

Falstaff’s Page

77 - 78
  1. Marry , my lord , Althaea dreamt she was deliver’d of a
  2. fire - brand , and therefore I call him her dream .

Prince Henry

79
  1. A crown’s worth of good interpretation . There ’tis , boy .

Poins

80 - 81
  1. O that this blossom could be kept from cankers ! Well , there
  2. is sixpence to preserve thee .

Bardolph

82 - 83
  1. And you do not make him hang’d among you , the gallows shall
  2. have wrong .

Prince Henry

84
  1. And how doth thy master , Bardolph ?

Bardolph

85 - 86
  1. Well , my lord . He heard of your Grace’s coming to town .
  2. There’s a letter for you .

Poins

87 - 88
  1. Deliver’d with good respect . And how doth the Martlemas ,
  2. your master ?

Bardolph

89
  1. In bodily health , sir .

Poins

90 - 91
  1. Marry , the immortal part needs a physician , but that moves
  2. not him ; though that be sick , it dies not .

Prince Henry

92 - 93
  1. I do allow this wen to be as familiar with me as my dog , and
  2. he holds his place , for look you how he writes .
  1. Showing the letter to Poins .

Poins

94 - 100
  1. Reads the superscription .
  2. John Falstaff , knight ”— Every man must know that , as oft as
  3. he has occasion to name himself ; even like those that are
  4. kin to the King , for they never prick their finger but they
  5. say , There’s some of the King’s blood spilt .” How comes
  6. that ?” says he , that takes upon him not to conceive . The
  7. answer is as ready as a borrower’s cap , I am the King’s
  8. poor cousin , sir .”

Prince Henry

101 - 104
  1. Nay , they will be kin to us , or they will fetch it from
  2. Japhet . But the letter :
  3. Sir John Falstaff , knight , to the son of the King nearest
  4. his father , Harry Prince of Wales , greeting .”

Poins

105
  1. Why , this is a certificate .

Prince Henry

106 - 107
  1. Peace !
  2. I will imitate the honorable Romans in brevity .”

Poins

108
  1. He sure means brevity in breath , short - winded .

Prince Henry

109 - 115
  1. I commend me to thee , I commend thee , and I leave thee . Be
  2. not too familiar with Poins , for he misuses thy favors so
  3. much that he swears thou art to marry his sister Nell .
  4. Repent at idle times as thou mayst , and so farewell .
  5. Thine , by yea and no , which is as much as to say , as thou
  6. usest him , Jack Falstaff with my familiars , John with my
  7. brothers and sisters , and Sir John with all Europe .”

Poins

116
  1. My lord , I’ll steep this letter in sack and make him eat it .

Prince Henry

117 - 118
  1. That’s to make him eat twenty of his words . But do you use
  2. me thus , Ned ? Must I marry your sister ?

Poins

119
  1. God send the wench no worse fortune ! But I never said so .

Prince Henry

120 - 122
  1. Well , thus we play the fools with the time , and the spirits
  2. of the wise sit in the clouds and mock us . Is your master
  3. here in London ?

Bardolph

123
  1. Yea , my lord .

Prince Henry

124
  1. Where sups he ? Doth the old boar feed in the old frank ?

Bardolph

125
  1. At the old place , my lord , in Eastcheap .

Prince Henry

126
  1. What company ?

Falstaff’s Page

127
  1. Ephesians , my lord , of the old church .

Prince Henry

128
  1. Sup any women with him ?

Falstaff’s Page

129 - 130
  1. None , my lord , but old Mistress Quickly and Mistress Doll
  2. Tearsheet .

Prince Henry

131
  1. What pagan may that be ?

Falstaff’s Page

132
  1. A proper gentlewoman , sir , and a kinswoman of my master’s .

Prince Henry

133 - 134
  1. Even such kin as the parish heckfers are to the town bull .
  2. Shall we steal upon them , Ned , at supper ?

Poins

135
  1. I am your shadow , my lord , I’ll follow you .

Prince Henry

136 - 137
  1. Sirrah , you boy , and Bardolph , no word to your master that I
  2. am yet come to town . There’s for your silence .

Bardolph

138
  1. I have no tongue , sir .

Falstaff’s Page

139
  1. And for mine , sir , I will govern it .

Prince Henry

140 - 141
  1. Fare you well ; go .
  2. Exeunt Bardolph and Page .
  3. This Doll Tearsheet should be some road .

Poins

142 - 143
  1. I warrant you , as common as the way between Saint Albans and
  2. London .

Prince Henry

144 - 145
  1. How might we see Falstaff bestow himself tonight in his true
  2. colors , and not ourselves be seen ?

Poins

146 - 147
  1. Put on two leathern jerkins and aprons , and wait upon him at
  2. his table as drawers .

Prince Henry

148 - 151
  1. From a God to a bull ? A heavy descension ! It was Jove’s
  2. case . From a prince to a prentice ? A low transformation !
  3. That shall be mine , for in every thing the purpose must
  4. weigh with the folly . Follow me , Ned .
  1. Exeunt .
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