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KING HENRY THE Fourth :
HENRY, Prince of Wales, afterwards
THOMAS, Duke of Clarence :
PRINCE JOHN of Lancaster, afterwards (his Sons.
wards (2 lieury V.) Duke of Gloster; Earl of Warwick;
Earl of Westmoreland; of the King's Party.
Lord Chief Justice of the King's Bench.
SCROOP, Archbishop of York;
LORD MOWBRAY; LORD HASTINGS;
POINS and PETO, Attendants on Prince Henry.
SHALLOW and SILENCE, Country Justices.
MOULDY, SHADOW, WART, FEEBLE, and BULLCALF,
FANG and SNARE, Sheriff's Officers.
REMOR. A Porter.
A Dancer, Speaker of the Epilogue.
LADY NORTHUMBERLAND. LADY PERCY.
Lords, and other Attendants; Officers, Soldiers, Messenger, Drawers, Beadles, Grooms, &c.
Enemies to the
SECOND PART OF
KING HENRY THE FOURTH.
Warkworth. Before Northumberland's Castle.
Enter RUMOR, painted full of tongues.1
Rumor. OPEN your ears; for which of you will stop The vent of hearing, when loud Rumor speaks? I, from the orient to the drooping west, Making the wind my post-horse, still unfold The acts commenced on this ball of earth. Upon my tongues continual slanders ride; The which in every language I pronounce, Stuffing the ears of men with false reports. I speak of peace, while covert enmity, Under the smile of safety, wounds the world; And who but Rumor, who but only I, Make 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,2
That the blunt monster with uncounted heads,
1 In a mask on St. Stephen's Night, 1614, by Thomas Campion, Rumor comes on in a skin coat full of winged tongues.
2 The stops are the holes in a flute or pipe.
Can play upon it. But what need I thus
Even with the rebels' blood. But what mean I
SCENE I. The same. The Porter before the Gate.
Enter LORD BARDOLPH.
Bardolph. Who keeps the gate here, ho?-Where is 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 walked forth into the orchard.
1 Northumberland's castle.
KING HENRY IV.
Please it your honor, knock but at the gate,
Here comes the earl. North. What news, lord Bardolph ? Every minute
Should be the father of some stratagem;
As good as heart can wish.-
How is this derived? Saw you the field? Came you from Shrewsbury? Bard. I spake with one, my lord, that came from thence;
On Tuesday last to listen after news.
Bard. My lord, I overrode him on the way;
A gentleman well-bred, and of good name,
North. Here comes my servant, Travers, whom I
North. Now, Travers, what good tidings come with you?
Tra. My lord, sir John Umfrevile turned me back With joyful tidings; and, being better horsed, Outrode me. After him, came, spurring hard, A gentleman almost forspent1 with speed, That stopped by me to breathe his bloodied horse. He asked the way to Chester; and of him I did demand, what news from Shrewsbury. He told me, that rebellion had bad luck, And that young Harry Percy's spur was cold. With that he gave his able horse the head, And, bending forward, struck his armed heels Against the panting sides of his poor jade Up to the rowel-head; and, starting so, He seemed in running to devour the way, Staying no longer question.
My lord, I'll tell you what; If my young lord your son have not the day, Upon mine honor, for a silken point *
I'll give my barony; never talk of it.
North. Why should the gentleman, that rode by
Give then such instances of loss?
Spoke at a venture. Look, here comes more news.
North. Yea, this man's brow, like to a title-leaf, Foretells the nature of a tragic volume;
2 A silken point is a tagged lace. 3 i. e. Hillerling, base, low fellow.