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Henry IV, Pt. 1: Act 1, Scene 2

Henry IV, Pt. 1
Act 1, Scene 2

London. An apartment of the Prince’s.

  1. Enter Prince of Wales and Sir John Falstaff.

Falstaff

2
  1. Now, Hal, what time of day is it, lad?

Prince Henry

3 - 12
  1. Thou art so fat-witted with drinking of old sack, and
  2. unbuttoning thee after supper, and sleeping upon benches
  3. after noon, that thou hast forgotten to demand that truly
  4. which thou wouldest truly know. What a devil hast thou to do
  5. with the time of the day? Unless hours were cups of sack,
  6. and minutes capons, and clocks the tongues of bawds, and
  7. dials the signs of leaping-houses, and the blessed sun
  8. himself a fair hot wench in flame-color’d taffeta; I see no
  9. reason why thou shouldst be so superfluous to demand the
  10. time of the day.

Falstaff

13 - 17
  1. Indeed you come near me now, Hal, for we that take purses go
  2. by the moon and the seven stars, and not by Phoebus, he,
  3. that wand’ring knight so fair.” And I prithee, sweet wag,
  4. when thou art a king, as, God save thy GraceMajesty I
  5. should say, for grace thou wilt have none

Prince Henry

18
  1. What, none?

Falstaff

19 - 20
  1. No, by my troth, not so much as will serve to be prologue to
  2. an egg and butter.

Prince Henry

21
  1. Well, how then? Come, roundly, roundly.

Falstaff

22 - 28
  1. Marry, then, sweet wag, when thou art king, let not us that
  2. are squires of the night’s body be call’d thieves of the
  3. day’s beauty. Let us be Diana’s foresters, gentlemen of the
  4. shade, minions of the moon, and let men say we be men of
  5. good government, being govern’d, as the sea is, by our noble
  6. and chaste mistress the moon, under whose countenance we
  7. steal.

Prince Henry

29 - 36
  1. Thou sayest well, and it holds well too, for the fortune of
  2. us that are the moon’s men doth ebb and flow like the sea,
  3. being govern’d, as the sea is, by the moon. As, for proof,
  4. now: a purse of gold most resolutely snatch’d on Monday
  5. night and most dissolutely spent on Tuesday morning; got
  6. with swearing Lay by,” and spent with crying Bring in”;
  7. now in as low an ebb as the foot of the ladder, and by and
  8. by in as high a flow as the ridge of the gallows.

Falstaff

37 - 38
  1. By the Lord, thou say’st true, lad. And is not my hostess of
  2. the tavern a most sweet wench?

Prince Henry

39 - 40
  1. As the honey of Hybla, my old lad of the castle. And is not
  2. a buff jerkin a most sweet robe of durance?

Falstaff

41 - 42
  1. How now, how now, mad wag? What, in thy quips and thy
  2. quiddities? What a plague have I to do with a buff jerkin?

Prince Henry

43
  1. Why, what a pox have I to do with my hostess of the tavern?

Falstaff

44 - 45
  1. Well, thou hast call’d her to a reckoning many a time and
  2. oft.

Prince Henry

46
  1. Did I ever call for thee to pay thy part?

Falstaff

47
  1. No, I’ll give thee thy due, thou hast paid all there.

Prince Henry

48 - 49
  1. Yea, and elsewhere, so far as my coin would stretch, and
  2. where it would not, I have us’d my credit.

Falstaff

50 - 55
  1. Yea, and so us’d it that, were it not here apparent that
  2. thou art heir apparentBut I prithee, sweet wag, shall there
  3. be gallows standing in England when thou art king? And
  4. resolution thus fubb’d as it is with the rusty curb of old
  5. father antic the law? Do not thou, when thou art king, hang
  6. a thief.

Prince Henry

56
  1. No, thou shalt.

Falstaff

57
  1. Shall I? O rare! By the Lord, I’ll be a brave judge.

Prince Henry

58 - 59
  1. Thou judgest false already. I mean thou shalt have the
  2. hanging of the thieves, and so become a rare hangman.

Falstaff

60 - 61
  1. Well, Hal, well, and in some sort it jumps with my humor as
  2. well as waiting in the court, I can tell you.

Prince Henry

62
  1. For obtaining of suits?

Falstaff

63 - 65
  1. Yea, for obtaining of suits, whereof the hangman hath no
  2. lean wardrobe. ’Sblood, I am as melancholy as a gib cat or a
  3. lugg’d bear.

Prince Henry

66
  1. Or an old lion, or a lover’s lute.

Falstaff

67
  1. Yea, or the drone of a Lincolnshire bagpipe.

Prince Henry

68
  1. What sayest thou to a hare, or the melancholy of Moor-ditch?

Falstaff

69 - 76
  1. Thou hast the most unsavory similes and art indeed the most
  2. comparative, rascalliest, sweet young prince. But, Hal, I
  3. prithee trouble me no more with vanity; I would to God thou
  4. and I knew where a commodity of good names were to be
  5. bought. An old lord of the Council rated me the other day in
  6. the street about you, sir, but I mark’d him not, and yet he
  7. talk’d very wisely, but I regarded him not, and yet he
  8. talk’d wisely, and in the street too.

Prince Henry

77 - 78
  1. Thou didst well, for wisdom cries out in the streets, and no
  2. man regards it.

Falstaff

79 - 86
  1. O, thou hast damnable iteration, and art indeed able to
  2. corrupt a saint. Thou hast done much harm upon me, Hal, God
  3. forgive thee for it! Before I knew thee, Hal, I knew
  4. nothing, and now am I, if a man should speak truly, little
  5. better than one of the wicked. I must give over this life,
  6. and I will give it over. By the Lord, and I do not, I am a
  7. villain, I’ll be damn’d for never a king’s son in
  8. Christendom.

Prince Henry

87
  1. Where shall we take a purse tomorrow, Jack?

Falstaff

88 - 89
  1. ’Zounds, where thou wilt, lad, I’ll make one, an’ I do not,
  2. call me villain and baffle me.

Prince Henry

90 - 91
  1. I see a good amendment of life in thee, from praying to
  2. purse-taking.

Falstaff

92 - 98
  1. Why, Hal, ’tis my vocation, Hal, ’tis no sin for a man to
  2. labor in his vocation.
  3. Enter Poins.
  4. Poins! Now shall we know if Gadshill have set a match. O, if
  5. men were to be sav’d by merit, what hole in hell were hot
  6. enough for him? This is the most omnipotent villain that
  7. ever cried Stand!” to a true man.

Prince Henry

99
  1. Good morrow, Ned.

Poins

100 - 103
  1. Good morrow, sweet Hal. What says Monsieur Remorse? What
  2. says Sir John Sack and Sugar? Jack, how agrees the devil and
  3. thee about thy soul that thou soldest him on Good Friday
  4. last, for a cup of Madeira and a cold capon’s leg?

Prince Henry

104 - 106
  1. Sir John stands to his word, the devil shall have his
  2. bargain, for he was never yet a breaker of proverbs. He will
  3. give the devil his due.

Poins

107
  1. Then art thou damn’d for keeping thy word with the devil.

Prince Henry

108
  1. Else he had been damn’d for cozening the devil.

Poins

109 - 117
  1. But, my lads, my lads, tomorrow morning by four a’ clock
  2. early, at Gadshill, there are pilgrims going to Canterbury
  3. with rich offerings, and traders riding to London with fat
  4. purses. I have vizards for you all; you have horses for
  5. yourselves. Gadshill lies tonight in Rochester. I have
  6. bespoke supper tomorrow night in Eastcheap. We may do it as
  7. secure as sleep. If you will go, I will stuff your purses
  8. full of crowns; if you will not, tarry at home and be
  9. hang’d.

Falstaff

118 - 119
  1. Hear ye, Yedward, if I tarry at home and go not, I’ll hang
  2. you for going.

Poins

120
  1. You will, chops?

Falstaff

121
  1. Hal, wilt thou make one?

Prince Henry

122
  1. Who, I rob? I a thief? Not I, by my faith.

Falstaff

123 - 125
  1. There’s neither honesty, manhood, nor good fellowship in
  2. thee, nor thou cam’st not of the blood royal, if thou darest
  3. not stand for ten shillings.

Prince Henry

126
  1. Well then, once in my days I’ll be a madcap.

Falstaff

127
  1. Why, that’s well said.

Prince Henry

128
  1. Well, come what will, I’ll tarry at home.

Falstaff

129
  1. By the Lord, I’ll be a traitor then, when thou art king.

Prince Henry

130
  1. I care not.

Poins

131 - 133
  1. Sir John, I prithee leave the Prince and me alone, I will
  2. lay him down such reasons for this adventure that he shall
  3. go.

Falstaff

134 - 139
  1. Well, God give thee the spirit of persuasion and him the
  2. ears of profiting, that what thou speakest may move and what
  3. he hears may be believ’d, that the true prince may (for
  4. recreation sake) prove a false thief, for the poor abuses of
  5. the time want countenance. Farewell, you shall find me in
  6. Eastcheap.

Prince Henry

140
  1. Farewell, the latter spring! Farewell, All-hallown summer!
  1. Exit Falstaff.

Poins

142 - 147
  1. Now, my good sweet honey lord, ride with us tomorrow. I have
  2. a jest to execute that I cannot manage alone. Falstaff,
  3. Bardolph, Peto, and Gadshill shall rob those men that we
  4. have already waylaid; yourself and I will not be there; and
  5. when they have the booty, if you and I do not rob them, cut
  6. this head off from my shoulders.

Prince Henry

148
  1. How shall we part with them in setting forth?

Poins

149 - 153
  1. Why, we will set forth before or after them and appoint them
  2. a place of meeting, wherein it is at our pleasure to fail;
  3. and then will they adventure upon the exploit themselves,
  4. which they shall have no sooner achiev’d but we’ll set upon
  5. them.

Prince Henry

154 - 155
  1. Yea, but ’tis like that they will know us by our horses, by
  2. our habits, and by every other appointment to be ourselves.

Poins

156 - 159
  1. Tut, our horses they shall not seeI’ll tie them in the
  2. wood; our vizards we will change after we leave them; and,
  3. sirrah, I have cases of buckram for the nonce, to immask our
  4. noted outward garments.

Prince Henry

160
  1. Yea, but I doubt they will be too hard for us.

Poins

161 - 168
  1. Well, for two of them, I know them to be as true-bred
  2. cowards as ever turn’d back; and for the third, if he fight
  3. longer than he sees reason, I’ll forswear arms. The virtue
  4. of this jest will be the incomprehensible lies that this
  5. same fat rogue will tell us when we meet at supper, how
  6. thirty at least he fought with, what wards, what blows, what
  7. extremities he endur’d, and in the reproof of this lives the
  8. jest.

Prince Henry

169 - 171
  1. Well, I’ll go with thee. Provide us all things necessary,
  2. and meet me tomorrow night in Eastcheap, there I’ll sup.
  3. Farewell.

Poins

172
  1. Farewell, my lord.
  1. Exit Poins.

Prince Henry

174 - 196
  1. I know you all, and will a while uphold
  2. The unyok’d humor of your idleness,
  3. Yet herein will I imitate the sun,
  4. Who doth permit the base contagious clouds
  5. To smother up his beauty from the world,
  6. That when he please again to be himself,
  7. Being wanted, he may be more wond’red at
  8. By breaking through the foul and ugly mists
  9. Of vapors that did seem to strangle him.
  10. If all the year were playing holidays,
  11. To sport would be as tedious as to work;
  12. But when they seldom come, they wish’d for come,
  13. And nothing pleaseth but rare accidents.
  14. So when this loose behavior I throw off
  15. And pay the debt I never promised,
  16. By how much better than my word I am,
  17. By so much shall I falsify men’s hopes,
  18. And like bright metal on a sullen ground,
  19. My reformation, glitt’ring o’er my fault,
  20. Shall show more goodly and attract more eyes
  21. Than that which hath no foil to set it off.
  22. I’ll so offend, to make offense a skill,
  23. Redeeming time when men think least I will.
  1. Exit.
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