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SECOND PART OF
KING HENRY THE FOURTH.
The transactions comprised in this play take up about nine years. The action commences with the account of Hotspur's being defeated and killed (1403], and closes with the death of king Henry IV. and the coronation of king Henry V. [1412–13). “ Upton thinks these two plays improperly called The First and Second Parts of Henry the Fourth. "The first play ends (he says) with the peaceful settlement of Henry in the kingdom by the defeats of the rebels. This is hardly true; for the rebels are not yet finally suppressed. The second, he tells us, shows Henry the Fifth in the various lights of a good-natured rake, till, on his father's death, he assumes a more manly character. This is true; but this representation gives us no idea of a dramatic action. These two plays will appear to every reader, who shall peruse them without ambition of critical discoveries, to be so connected, that the second is merely a sequel to the first; to be two only to be one.”—Johnson.
This play was entered at Stationers' Hall, August 23, 1600. There are two copies, in quarto, printed in that year; but it is doubtful whether they are different editions, or the one only a corrected impression of the other.
Malone supposes it to have been composed in 1598.
King ILENRY The Fourtil:
King lleury V.;
(2 lliury V.) Duke of Bedford ; Prince TUMPURES of Gloster, after
wards (Henry V.) Duke of Gloster;
Enemies to the
Lady NORTHUMBERLAND. Lady Percy. llustess QUICKLY. Doll TEAR-SITEET.
Lords, and other Attendants; Officers, Solliers, Mcsscn
ger, Drawers, Beadles, Grooms, fc.
SECOND PART OF
KING HENRY THE FOURTH.
Warkworth. Before Northumberland's Castle.
Enter Rumor, painied full of tongues.' Rumor. Open your cars; for which of you
will stop The vent of hearing, when loud Rumor speaks? I, from the orient to the drooping wrost, Miking the wind my post-horse, still unfold The acts commenced on this ball of earth. Upon my tongries continual slunders ride; The which in every language I pronounce, Stuffing the cars of men with fulse reports. I speak of peace, while covert enmity, Under the smile of safety, wounds the world ; And who but Rumor, who but only 1, Mike fearful musters, and prepared defence ; Whilst the big ear, swollen with some other grief, Is thought with child by the stern tyrant war, And no such matter? Rumor is a pipe Blown by surmises, jealousies, conjectures ; And of so easy and so plain a stop, That the blunt monster with uncounted heads, The sull-discordant wavering multitude,
i In a mask on St. Stephen's Night, 1614, by Thomas Campion, Rinor cones on in a x'in cont full of wingrid longues.
2 The slops are the holes in a fute or pipe.
Can play upon it. But what need I thus My well-known body to anatomize Among my household ? Why is rumor here? I run before king Harry's victory; Who, in a bloody field by Shrewsbury, Ilath beaten down young Hotspur, and his troops, Quenching the flame of bold rebellion Even with the rebels' blood. But what mean I To speak so true at first? My office is To noise abroad,—that Harry Monmouth fell Under the wrath of noble Hotspur's sword; And that the king before the Douglas' rage Stooped his anointed head as low as death. This have I rumored through the peasant towns Between that royal field of Shrewsbury And this worm-eaten hold of ragged stone, Where Hotspur's father, old Northumberland, Lies crafty-sick. The posts come tiring on, And not a man of them brings other news • Than they have learned of me. From Rumor's tongues They bring smooth comforts false, worse than true wrongs.
SCENE I. The same. The Porter before the Gate.
Enter LORD BARDOLPH.
is the earl?
Tell thou the earl, That the lord Bardolph doth attend him here.
Port. His lordship is walked forth into the orchard.
1 Northumberland's castle.
Please it your honor, knock but at the gate,
Here comes the earl.
North. Good, an Heaven will!
As good as heart can wish.-
0, such a day,
How is this derived ?
you from Shrewsbury ?
A gentleman well-bred, and of good name,
Bard. My lord, I overrode him on the way;