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KING HENRY THE FOURTH.
Sons to the King
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.
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.
Enter King Henry, Earl of Westmoreland, Sir Walter Blunt,
K. Henry. So shaken as we are, so wan with care,
• 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 of one nature, of one substance bred,
Weft. My liege, this haste was hot in queflion,
• dear expedience.)-favourite expedition. limits outlines, eftimates.
Upon whose dead corps there was such misuse,
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,
Balk'd in their own blood, did sir Walter see
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