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Leading the men of Herefordshire to fight
Upon whose dead corpse there was such misuse,
K. Hen. It seems then, that the tidings of this broil
Brake off our business for the Holy Land.
West. This, match'd with other, did, my gracious
For more uneven and unwelcome news
Came from the north, and thus it did import :-
At Holmedon met,
Where they did spend a sad and bloody hour;
And shape of likelihood, the news was told;
K. Hen. Here is a dear and true-industrious
Sir Walter Blunt, new lighted from his horse,
Betwixt that Holmedon and this seat 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
To beaten Douglas; and the earls of Athol,
And is not this an honorable spoil?
A gallant prize? ha, cousin, is it not?
It is a conquest for a prince to boast of.
K. Hen. Yea, there thou makest me sad, and makest me sin
that my lord Northumberland
Should be the father to so bless'd a son;
Of my young Harry. O, that it could be proved,
Of this young Percy's pride? the prisoners,
1 Piled up in a heap.
Which he in this adventure hath surprised,
West. This is his uncle's teaching, this is Worcester,
Malevolent to you in all aspects;
Which makes him prune himself,1 and bristle up
K. Hen. But I have sent for him to answer this;
Cousin, on Wednesday next our council we
Another room in the palace.
Enter PRINCE HENRY and falstaff.
Fal. Now, Hal, what time of day is it, lad?
P. Hen. Thou art so fat-witted, with drinking or old sack, and unbuttoning thee after supper, and sleeping upon benches after noon, that thou hast forgotten to demand that truly which thou wouldst
Trim himself, as birds their feathers.
truly know. What a devil hast thou to do with the time of the day? Unless hours' were cups of sack, and minutes capons, and clocks the tongues of bawds, and dials the signs of leaping-houses, and the blessed sun himself a fair hot wench in flamecolored taffata; I see no reason, why thou shouldst be so superfluous to demand the time of the day.
Fal. Indeed, you come near me now, Hal: for we, that take purses, go by the moon and seven stars; and not by Phoebus,-he, 'that wandering knight so fair.' And, I pray thee, sweet wag, when thou art king,—as, God save thy grace, (majesty, I should say; for grace thou wilt have none)P. Hen. What! none?
Fal. No, by my troth; not so much as will serve to be prologue to an egg and butter.
P. Hen. Well, how then? come, roundly, roundly. Fal. Marry, then, sweet wag, when thou art king, let not us, that are squires of the night's body, be called thieves of the day's beauty; let us be— Diana's foresters, gentlemen of the shade, minions of the moon and let men say, we be men of good government; being governed as the sea is, by our noble and chaste mistress the moon, under whose countenance we-steal.
P. Hen. Thou sayest well; and it holds well too : for the fortune of us, that are the moon's men, doth ebb and flow like the sea; being governed, as the sea is, by the moon. As for proof now: a purse of gold most resolutely snatched on Monday night, and most dissolutely spent on Tuesday morning;
got with swearing--lay by;1 and spent with crying -bring in: 2 now, in as low an ebb as the foot of the ladder; and, by and by, in as high a flow as the ridge of the gallows.
Fal. By the Lord, thou sayest true, lad. And is not my hostess of the tavern a most sweet wench?
P. Hen. As the honey of Hybla, my old lad of the castle. And is not a buff jerkin a most sweet robe of durance ? 3
Fal. How now, how now, mad wag? what, in thy quips and thy quiddities? What a plague
have I to do with a buff jerkin?
P. Hea. Why, what a pox have I to do with my hostess of the tavern?
Fal. Well, thou hast called her to a reckoning many a time and oft.
P. Hen. Did I ever call for thee to pay thy part?
Fal. No; I'll give thee thy due, thou hast paid all there.
P. Hen. Yea, and elsewhere, so far as my coin would stretch; and, where it would not, I have used my credit.
Fal. Yea, and so used it, that were it not here apparent that thou art heir apparent,-But, I pr'y
• Stand still.
2 i. e. more wine.
3 Sheriffs' officers were formerly clothed in buff.