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P. Hen. I care not.
[Retires. Poins. Sir John, I pr'ythee, leave the prince and me alone; I will lay him down such reasons for this adventure, that he shall go.
Fal. Well, may'st thou have the spirit of persuasion, and he the ears of profiting, that what thou speakest may move, and what he hears may be believed, that the true prince may (for recreation sake) prove a false thief; for the poor abuses of the time want countenance. Farewell: you shall find me in Eastcheap.
[Exit. P. Hen. Farewell, thou latter spring! farewell, All-hallown summer!
(Advances. Poins. Now my good sweet honey lord, ride wiih us to-morrow; I have a jest to execute, that I cannot manage alone. Falstaff
, Bardolph, Peto, and Gadshill, shall rob those men that we have already waylaid; yourself, and I, will not be there: and when they have the booty, if you and I do not rob them, cut this head from my shoulders.
P. Hen. But how shall we part with them in sets ting forth i
Poins. Why, we will set forth before, or after them, and appoint them a place of meeting, wherein it is at our pleasure to fail; and then will they adventure upon the exploit themselves : which they shall have no sooner atchieved, but we'll set upon them.
P. Hen. Ay, but’tis like, that they will know us, by our horses, by our habits, and by every ment, to be ourselves.
Poins. Tut! our horses they shall not see, I'll tie them in the wood ; our visors we will change, after we leave them; and I have cases of buckram for the nonce, to inmask our noted outward garments.
P. Hen. But I doubt they will he too hard for us.
Poins. Well, for two of them, I know them to be as true-bred cowards as ever turned back; and for the third, if he fight longer than he sees reason, l'il for
The virtue of this jest will be, the incomprehensible lies that this same fat rogue will tell us, when we meet at supper: how thirty, at least, he fought with; what wards, what blows, what extremities he endured; and, in the reproof of this, lies the jest.
P. Hen. Well, I'll go with thee ; provide us all things necessary, and meet me in Eastcheap. Farewell. Poins. Farewell, my lord.
[Exit. P. Hen. I know you all, and will awhile uphold The unyok'd humour of your idleness: Yet herein will I imitate the sun; Who doth permit the base contagious clouds To smother up his beauty from the world, That, when he please again to be himself, Being wanted, he may be more wonder'd at, By breaking through the foul and ugly mists Of vapours, that did seem to strangle him. So, when this loose behaviour I throw off, And pay the debt I never promised, By how much better than my word I am, By so much shall I falsify men's hopes ; And, like bright metal on a sullen ground, My reformation, glittering o'er my fault, Shall show more goodly, and attract more eyes, Than that which hath no foil to set it off, I'll so offend, to make offence a skill; Redeeming time, when men think least I will. [Exit.
The Council Chamber.
Flourish of Trumpets and Drums.
King Henry, PRINCE John, EARL OF WESTMORE
LAND, EARL OF WORCESTER, EARL OF North-
have found me; for, accordingly, You tread upon my patience; but, be sure, I will from henceforth rather be myself, Mighty, and to be fear'd, than my condition ; Which hath been smooth as oil, soft as young down, And, therefore, lost that title of respect, Which the proud soul ne'er pays, but to the proud.
Wor. Our house, my sovereign liege, little deserves The scourge of greatness to be us’d on it; And that same greatness too, which our own hands Have holp to make so portly.
North. My lord,
K. Hen. Worcester, get thee gone; for I do see
is too bold and peremptory ;
Your use and counsel, we shall send for
[Exit WORCESTER. You were about to speak.
North. Yea, my good lord.
Hot. My liege, I did deny no prisoners.
his nose, and took't away again ;
mark!)— And telling me, the sovereign'st thing on earth Was parmacity, for an inward bruise ;
And that it was great pity, so it was,
Blunt. The circumstance consider'd, good my lord,
K. Hen. Why, yet he doth deny his prisoners ;
Hot. Revolted Mortimer!