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Η Ε Ν R Y

IV.

P A R I 1.

KING HENRY THE FOURTH.
HENRY, Prince of Wales,

Sons to the King
JOHN of LANCASTER,
EARL of WORCESTER.
EARL of NORTHUMBERLAND.
HENRY PERCY, surnamed HOTSPUR.
EDMUND MORTIMER, Earl of March,
SCROOP, Archbilhop of York.
ARCHIBALD, Earl of Douglas.
OWEN GLENDOWER.
SIR RICHARD VERNON.
EARL of WESTMORELAND
SIR WALTER BLUNT,
SIR JOHN FALSTAFF.
POINS.
GADSHILL.
PETO.
BARDOLPH.

LADY PERCY, Wife to HOTSPUR, Sister to MORTIMER. LADY MORTIMER, Daughter to GLENDOWER, and Wife

to MORTIMER. QUICKLY, Hostess of a Tavern in Eastcheap. Sheriff, Vintner, Chamberlain, Drawers, two Carriers, Travel.

lers, and Attendants, &c.

SCENE-ENGLAND.

This PLAY, confifting of two parts, was written in the years 1597–8, and founded in some degree upon an old performance, en. titled, “ Tbe famous Vi&ories of Henry the Fiftb." This first part commences with the news of Hotspur's conquelt gained in Scotland on Holy-rood day (Sept. 14th) 1402 ; and concludes with his defeat and death at Shrewfoury, July 21st, 1403, forming an interesting, though small portion of that regular series of historical events, which Sbakspeare hath pursued from the reign of Ricbard IId. to that of Henry V. deduced principally from the collections of our British Chroniclers.

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Enter King Henry, Earl of Westmoreland, Sir Walter Blunt,

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K. Henry. So shaken as we are, so wan with care,
Find we a time for frighted peace to pant,
And breathe short-winded accents of new broils
To be commenc'd in stronds afar remote?
No more the thirsty entrance of this soil
Shall daub her lips with her own children's blood
No more shall trenching war channel her fields,
Nor bruise her flowrets with the armed hoofs
Of hoftile paces : thofe opposed eyes,
Which, like the meteors of a troubled heaven,

fo pant, and breathe foort-evinded accents of new breils)—to repose herself a while, and recover sufficient breath to propose new, but dire tant wars ?

bibirfin entrance]-parched, or porous surface (those lips through which moisture passes, or is sbirstily drank, or soaked up) hall no more be stained with the blood of its inhabitants.

opposed eges, &c.]- opponents, which like clouds representing armies in the air. VOL. III. . . Hh

All

All of one nature, of one substance bred,
Did lately meet in the intestine shock
And furious close of civil butchery,
Shall now, in mutual, well-beseeming ranks,
March all one way; and be no more oppos'd
Against acquaintance, kindred, and allies :
The edge of war, like an ill-Theathed knife,
No more shall cut his master. Therefore, friends,
As far as to the sepulchre of Christ,
(Whose soldier now, under whose blessed cross
We are impressed and engag‘d to figh
Forthwith a power of English shall we "lead ;
Whole arms were moulded in their mothers' wombs
To chase these pagans, in those holy fields,
Over whose acres walk'd those blessed feer,
Which, fourteen hundred years ago, were nail'd,
For our advantage, on the bitter cross.
But this our purpose is a twelve-month old,
And bootless 'cis to tell you—we will go :
Therefore we meet not now. -Then let me hear
Of you, my gentle cousin Westmoreland,
What yesternight our council did decree,
In forwarding this dear expedience.

Weft. My liege, this haste was hot in queflion,
And many' limits of the charge set down
But yesternight: when, all achwart, there canie
A poft from Wales, loaden with heavy news;
Whole worst was,-that the noble Mortimer,
Leading the men of Herefordshire to fight
Against the irregular and wild Glendower,
Was by the rude hands of that Welshman taken ;
A thousand of his people butchered,
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Upon whose dead corps there was such misuse,
Such beastly, shameless transformation,
By those Welshwomen done, as may not be,
Without much shame, recold or spoken of.

K. Henry. It seems then, that the tidings of this broil Brake off our business from the Holy land.

West. This, match'd with other, did, my gracious lord For more uneven and unwelcome news Came from the north, and thus it did import. On Holy-rood day, the gallant Hotspur there, Young Harry Percy, and brave : Archibald, That ever-valiant and approved Scot, At Holmedon met, Where they did spend a sad and bloody hour; As by discharge of their artillery, And shape of likelihood, the news was told ; For he that brought it, in the very heat And pride of their contention did take horse, Uncertain of the issue any way.

K. Henry. Here is a dear and true-industrious friend,
Sir Walter Blunt, new lighted from his horse,
Stain'd with the variation of each foil
Betwixt that Holmedon and this feat of ours;
And he hath brought us smooth and welcome news.
The earl of Douglas is discomfited ;
Ten thousand bold Scots, two and twenty knights,

Balk'd in their own blood, did sir Walter see
On Holmedon's plains : Of prisoners, Hotspur took
Mordake the earl of Fife, the regent's son,

Archibald,]Douglas, Earl of Douglas.

in the very beat)-during the fury of the battle, and whilft both fides seemed to be equally match'd.

Balk'd]-Lying in heaps, or ridges— Bak'd, Bath'd. to the regent's son, 1-son of the Duke of Albany, regent of Scotland. -and eldeft fon-To. Hh2

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