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

Henry IV, Pt. 2
Act 2, Scene 2

London. Another street.

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

Prince Henry

2
  1. Before God, I am exceeding weary.

Poins

3 - 4
  1. Is’t come to that? I had thought weariness durst not have
  2. attach’d one of so high blood.

Prince Henry

5 - 7
  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

8 - 9
  1. Why, a prince should not be so loosely studied as to
  2. remember so weak a composition.

Prince Henry

10 - 25
  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

26 - 29
  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

30
  1. Shall I tell thee one thing, Poins?

Poins

31
  1. Yes, faith, and let it be an excellent good thing.

Prince Henry

32
  1. It shall serve among wits of no higher breeding than thine.

Poins

33 - 34
  1. Go to, I stand the push of your one thing that you will
  2. tell.

Prince Henry

35 - 38
  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 theeas to one it
  3. pleases me, for fault of a better, to call my friendI could
  4. be sad, and sad indeed too.

Poins

39
  1. Very hardly, upon such a subject.

Prince Henry

40 - 44
  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

45
  1. The reason?

Prince Henry

46
  1. What wouldst thou think of me if I should weep?

Poins

47
  1. I would think thee a most princely hypocrite.

Prince Henry

48 - 52
  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

53 - 54
  1. Why, because you have been so lewd and so much engraff’d to
  2. Falstaff.

Prince Henry

55
  1. And to thee.

Poins

56 - 60
  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

62 - 64
  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

65
  1. God save your Grace!

Prince Henry

66
  1. And yours, most noble Bardolph!

Poins

67 - 70
  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

71 - 74
  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

75
  1. Has not the boy profited?

Bardolph

76
  1. Away, you whoreson upright rabbit, away!

Falstaff’s Page

77
  1. Away, you rascally Althaea’s dream, away!

Prince Henry

78
  1. Instruct us, boy, what dream, boy?

Falstaff’s Page

79 - 80
  1. Marry, my lord, Althaea dreamt she was deliver’d of a
  2. fire-brand, and therefore I call him her dream.

Prince Henry

81
  1. A crown’s worth of good interpretation. There ’tis, boy.

Poins

82 - 83
  1. O that this blossom could be kept from cankers! Well, there
  2. is sixpence to preserve thee.

Bardolph

84 - 85
  1. And you do not make him hang’d among you, the gallows shall
  2. have wrong.

Prince Henry

86
  1. And how doth thy master, Bardolph?

Bardolph

87 - 88
  1. Well, my lord. He heard of your Grace’s coming to town.
  2. There’s a letter for you.

Poins

89 - 90
  1. Deliver’d with good respect. And how doth the Martlemas,
  2. your master?

Bardolph

91
  1. In bodily health, sir.

Poins

92 - 93
  1. Marry, the immortal part needs a physician, but that moves
  2. not him; though that be sick, it dies not.

Prince Henry

94 - 95
  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

97 - 104
  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

105 - 108
  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

109
  1. Why, this is a certificate.

Prince Henry

110 - 111
  1. Peace!
  2. I will imitate the honorable Romans in brevity.”

Poins

112
  1. He sure means brevity in breath, short-winded.

Prince Henry

113 - 119
  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

120
  1. My lord, I’ll steep this letter in sack and make him eat it.

Prince Henry

121 - 122
  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

123
  1. God send the wench no worse fortune! But I never said so.

Prince Henry

124 - 126
  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

127
  1. Yea, my lord.

Prince Henry

128
  1. Where sups he? Doth the old boar feed in the old frank?

Bardolph

129
  1. At the old place, my lord, in Eastcheap.

Prince Henry

130
  1. What company?

Falstaff’s Page

131
  1. Ephesians, my lord, of the old church.

Prince Henry

132
  1. Sup any women with him?

Falstaff’s Page

133 - 134
  1. None, my lord, but old Mistress Quickly and Mistress Doll
  2. Tearsheet.

Prince Henry

135
  1. What pagan may that be?

Falstaff’s Page

136
  1. A proper gentlewoman, sir, and a kinswoman of my master’s.

Prince Henry

137 - 138
  1. Even such kin as the parish heckfers are to the town bull.
  2. Shall we steal upon them, Ned, at supper?

Poins

139
  1. I am your shadow, my lord, I’ll follow you.

Prince Henry

140 - 141
  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

142
  1. I have no tongue, sir.

Falstaff’s Page

143
  1. And for mine, sir, I will govern it.

Prince Henry

144 - 146
  1. Fare you well; go.
  2. Exeunt Bardolph and Page.
  3. This Doll Tearsheet should be some road.

Poins

147 - 148
  1. I warrant you, as common as the way between Saint Albans and
  2. London.

Prince Henry

149 - 150
  1. How might we see Falstaff bestow himself tonight in his true
  2. colors, and not ourselves be seen?

Poins

151 - 152
  1. Put on two leathern jerkins and aprons, and wait upon him at
  2. his table as drawers.

Prince Henry

153 - 156
  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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