Henry IV, Pt. 1
Act 2, Scene 1
Rochester. An inn yard.
- Enter a Carrier with a lantern in his hand.
First Carrier2 - 4
- Heigh-ho! An’ it be not four by the day, I’ll be hang’d.
- Charles’ wain is over the new chimney, and yet our horse not
- pack’d. What, ostler!
Ostler5 - 6
- Anon, anon.
First Carrier7 - 8
- I prithee, Tom, beat Cut’s saddle, put a few flocks in the
- point. Poor jade is wrung in the withers, out of all cess.
- Enter another Carrier.
Second Carrier10 - 12
- Peas and beans are as dank here as a dog, and that is the
- next way to give poor jades the bots. This house is turn’d
- upside down since Robin ostler died.
First Carrier13 - 14
- Poor fellow never joy’d since the price of oats rose, it was
- the death of him.
Second Carrier15 - 16
- I think this be the most villainous house in all London road
- for fleas. I am stung like a tench.
First Carrier17 - 18
- Like a tench? By the mass, there is ne’er a king christen
- could be better bit than I have been since the first cock.
Second Carrier19 - 21
- Why, they will allow us ne’er a jordan, and then we leak in
- your chimney, and your chamber-lye breeds fleas like a
- What, ostler! Come away and be hang’d! Come away.
Second Carrier23 - 24
- I have a gammon of bacon and two razes of ginger, to be
- deliver’d as far as Charing-cross.
First Carrier25 - 29
- God’s body, the turkeys in my pannier are quite starv’d.
- What, ostler! A plague on thee! Hast thou never an eye in
- thy head? Canst not hear? And ’twere not as good deed as
- drink to break the pate on thee, I am a very villain. Come,
- and be hang’d! Hast no faith in thee?
- Enter Gadshill.
- Good morrow, carriers, what’s a’ clock?
- I think it be two a’ clock.
Gadshill33 - 34
- I prithee lend me thy lantern, to see my gelding in the
First Carrier35 - 36
- Nay, by God, soft, I know a trick worth two of that, i’
- I pray thee lend me thine.
Second Carrier38 - 39
- Ay, when, canst tell? Lend me thy lantern, quoth he! Marry,
- I’ll see thee hang’d first.
- Sirrah carrier, what time do you mean to come to London?
Second Carrier41 - 43
- Time enough to go to bed with a candle, I warrant thee.
- Come, neighbor Mugs, we’ll call up the gentlemen. They will
- along with company, for they have great charge.
- Exeunt Carriers.
- What ho! Chamberlain!
- Enter Chamberlain.
- At hand, quoth pick-purse.
Gadshill48 - 50
- That’s even as fair as—at hand, quoth the chamberlain; for
- thou variest no more from picking of purses than giving
- direction doth from laboring: thou layest the plot how.
Chamberlain51 - 57
- Good morrow, Master Gadshill. It holds current that I told
- you yesternight: there’s a franklin in the Wild of Kent hath
- brought three hundred marks with him in gold. I heard him
- tell it to one of his company last night at supper, a kind
- of auditor, one that hath abundance of charge too—God knows
- what. They are up already, and call for eggs and butter.
- They will away presently.
Gadshill58 - 59
- Sirrah, if they meet not with Saint Nicholas’ clerks, I’ll
- give thee this neck.
Chamberlain60 - 62
- No, I’ll none of it, I pray thee keep that for the hangman,
- for I know thou worshippest Saint Nicholas as truly as a man
- of falsehood may.
Gadshill63 - 78
- What talkest thou to me of the hangman? If I hang, I’ll make
- a fat pair of gallows; for if I hang, old Sir John hangs
- with me, and thou knowest he is no starveling. Tut, there
- are other Troyans that thou dream’st not of, the which for
- sport sake are content to do the profession some grace, that
- would (if matters should be look’d into) for their own
- credit sake make all whole. I am join’d with no foot
- land-rakers, no long-staff sixpenny strikers, none of these
- mad mustachio purple-hu’d malt-worms, but with nobility and
- tranquility, burgomasters and great oney’rs, such as can
- hold in, such as will strike sooner than speak, and speak
- sooner than drink, and drink sooner than pray; and yet,
- ’zounds, I lie, for they pray continually to their saint,
- the commonwealth, or rather, not pray to her, but prey on
- her, for they ride up and down on her, and make her their
Chamberlain79 - 80
- What, the commonwealth their boots? Will she hold out water
- in foul way?
Gadshill81 - 83
- She will, she will, justice hath liquor’d her. We steal as
- in a castle, cock-sure; we have the receipt of fern-seed, we
- walk invisible.
Chamberlain84 - 85
- Nay, by my faith, I think you are more beholding to the
- night than to fern-seed for your walking invisible.
Gadshill86 - 87
- Give me thy hand. Thou shalt have a share in our purchase,
- as I am a true man.
- Nay, rather let me have it as you are a false thief.
Gadshill89 - 91
- Go to, homo is a common name to all men. Bid the ostler
- bring my gelding out of the stable. Farewell, you muddy