The Plays of William Shakespeare
Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012 - 414 pages
Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: SECOND PART OF KING H E N R Y IV. ACT I. SCENE I. The same. The Porter before the Gate; Enter Lord Babdolph. Bard. Who keeps the gate here, ho Where ia the earl ? Port. What shall I say you are ? Bard. Tell thou the earl That the lord Bardolph doth attend him here. Port. His lordship is walk'd forth into the orchard; Please it your honour, knock but at the gate, And he himself will answer. Enter Northumberland. Bard. Here comes the earl. North. What news, lord Bardolph ? every minute now Should be the father of some stratagem: a The times are wild; contention like a horse Full of high feeding, madly hath broke loose, And bears down all before him. 8 some stratagem: ] Some stratagem means here som great, important, or dreadful event. VOL. V. C Bard. Noble earl, I bring you certain news from Shrewsbury. North. Good, an heaven will! Bard. As good as heart can wish: ? The king is almost wounded to the death; And, in the fortune of my lord your son, Prince Harry slain outright; and both the Blunts Kill'd by the hand of Douglas: young prince John, And Westmoreland, and Stafford, fled the field; And Harry Monmouth's brawn, the hulk sir John, Is prisoner to your son: O, such a day, So fought, so follow'd, and so fairly won, Came not, till now, to dignify the times, Since Caesar's fortunes-! North. How is this deriv'd ? Saw you the field ? came you from Shrewsbury ?, Bard. I spake with one, my lord, that came from thence; A gentleman well bred, and of good name, That freely render'd me these news for true. North. Here comes my servant, Travers, whom I sent On Tuesday last to listen after news. Bard. My lord, I over-rode him on the way; And he is furnish'd with no certainties, More than he...