Henry IV Part 1


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Prince and Poins


POINS

Come, shelter, shelter! I have removed Falstaff's

horse, and he frets like a gummed velvet.
fret (v.) 3 chafe, be vexed, worry
velvet (n.) piece of velvet fabric


PRINCE HAL

Stand close!
close (adv.) 1 closely, staying near

They hide

Enter Falstaff


FALSTAFF

Poins! Poins, and be hanged! Poins!


PRINCE HAL

(coming forward) Peace, ye fat-kidneyed

rascal, what a brawling dost thou keep!


FALSTAFF

Where's Poins, Hal?


PRINCE HAL

He is walked up to the top of the hill. I'll

go seek him.

He steps to one side


FALSTAFF

I am accursed to rob in that thief's company.

The rascal hath removed my horse and tied him I know

not where. If I travel but four foot by the square further
square (n.) 1 type of measuring instrument, especially for right angles

afoot, I shall break my wind. Well, I doubt not but to
break (v.) 14 wear out, exhaust
wind (n.) 1 breath

die a fair death for all this, if I scape hanging for killing
scape, 'scape (v.) escape, avoid See Topics: Frequency count

that rogue. I have forsworn his company hourly any

time this two-and-twenty years, and yet I am bewitched
forswear (v), past forms forsworn, forswore 2 abandon, renounce, reject, give up See Topics: Frequency count

with the rogue's company. If the rascal have not given

me medicines to make me love him, I'll be hanged. It
medicine (n.) 3 love potion

could not be else. I have drunk medicines. Poins! Hal!

A plague upon you both! Bardolph! Peto! I'll starve ere
starve (v.) 1 die, perish

I'll rob a foot further – an 'twere not as good a deed as

drink to turn true man, and to leave these rogues, I am
true (adj.) 4 honest, upright, law-abiding

the veriest varlet that ever chewed with a tooth. Eight
varlet (n.) 1 knave, rogue, rascal, ruffian
very (adj.) 1 [intensifying] thorough-going, absolute

yards of uneven ground is threescore-and-ten miles

afoot with me, and the stony-hearted villains know it

well enough. A plague upon it when thieves cannot be

true one to another!
true (adj.) 1 loyal, firm, faithful in allegiance

They whistle

Whew! A plague upon you all. Give me my horse you

rogues, give me my horse and be hanged!


PRINCE HAL

(coming forward) Peace, ye fat-guts, lie

down, lay thine ear close to the ground and list if thou

canst hear the tread of travellers.


FALSTAFF

Have you any levers to lift me up again, being

down? 'Sblood, I'll not bear my own flesh so far afoot
afoot (adv.) 1 on foot

again for all the coin in thy father's exchequer. What a

plague mean ye to colt me thus?
colt (v.) 1 trick, dupe, fool


PRINCE HAL

Thou liest, thou art not colted, thou art

uncolted.
uncolted (adj.) deprived of a horse


FALSTAFF

I prithee good Prince Hal, help me to my

horse, good king's son.


PRINCE HAL

Out, ye rogue, shall I be your ostler?


FALSTAFF

Hang thyself in thine own heir-apparent

garters! If I be taken, I'll peach for this. An I have not
peach (v.) 2 turn informer, give evidence against

ballads made on you all, and sung to filthy tunes, let a

cup of sack be my poison. When a jest is so forward –
forward (adj.) 2 prepared, at an advanced stage of readiness

and afoot too – I hate it!
afoot (adv.) 1 on foot

Enter Gadshill, Bardolph, and Peto


GADSHILL

Stand!


FALSTAFF

So I do, against my will.


POINS

O, 'tis our setter, I know his voice. Bardolph, what
setter (n.) informant, insider, confederate

news?


BARDOLPH

Case ye, case ye, on with your vizards, there 's
case (v.) 3 put on a mask, cover up
vizard (n.) mask, visor

money of the King's coming down the hill. 'Tis going to

the King's exchequer.


FALSTAFF

You lie, ye rogue, 'tis going to the King's

tavern.


GADSHILL

There's enough to make us all –


FALSTAFF

To be hanged.


PRINCE HAL

Sirs, you four shall front them in the narrow
front (v.) 1 confront, face, meet

lane. Ned Poins and I will walk lower – if they scape
scape, 'scape (v.) escape, avoid See Topics: Frequency count

from your encounter, then they light on us.


PETO

How many be there of them?


GADSHILL

Some eight or ten.


FALSTAFF

Zounds, will they not rob us?


PRINCE HAL

What, a coward, Sir John Paunch?


FALSTAFF

Indeed, I am not John of Gaunt your grandfather,

but yet no coward, Hal.


PRINCE HAL

Well, we leave that to the proof.


POINS

Sirrah Jack, thy horse stands behind the hedge.

When thou needest him, there thou shalt find him.

Farewell, and stand fast!


FALSTAFF

Now cannot I strike him, if I should be hanged.


PRINCE HAL

(aside to Poins) Ned, where are our

disguises?


POINS

Here, hard by, stand close.
close (adv.) 1 closely, staying near
hard (adv.) 1 close, near

Exeunt Prince and Poins


FALSTAFF

Now, my masters, happy man be his dole, say
dole, happy man be his destiny, fate, lot

I. Every man to his business.

Enter the Travellers


FIRST TRAVELLER

Come, neighbour, the boy shall lead

our horses down the hill. We'll walk afoot awhile and
afoot (adv.) 1 on foot

ease our legs.


THIEVES

Stand!
stand (v.) 3 stop, halt


SECOND TRAVELLER

Jesus bless us!


FALSTAFF

Strike, down with them, cut the villains'

throats! Ah, whoreson caterpillars, bacon-fed knaves,
bacon-fed (adj.) [= fed on bacon] rustic, peasant, hillbilly

they hate us youth! Down with them, fleece them!


FIRST TRAVELLER

O, we are undone, both we and ours
undone (adj.) ruined, destroyed, brought down See Topics: Frequency count

for ever!


FALSTAFF

Hang ye, gorbellied knaves, are ye undone?
gorbellied (adj.) pot-bellied, fat-paunched

No, ye fat chuffs, I would your store were here! On,
chuff (n.) miser, skinflint; or: churl, clown
store (n.) 2 possessions, belongings, property, fortune

bacons, on! What, ye knaves, young men must live!
bacon (n.) porker, fat one; also: rustic

You are grandjurors, are ye? We'll jure ye, faith.
grandjuror (n.) person who has served on a grand jury
jure (v.) make a juror of

Here they rob them and bind them

Exeunt

Enter the Prince and Poins, disguised


PRINCE HAL

The thieves have bound the true men.
true (adj.) 4 honest, upright, law-abiding

Now, could thou and I rob the thieves, and go merrily to

London, it would be argument for a week, laughter for a
argument (n.) 1 subject of conversation, subject-matter, topic

month, and a good jest for ever.


POINS

Stand close, I hear them coming.
close (adv.) 1 closely, staying near

They hide

Enter the thieves again


FALSTAFF

Come my masters, let us share, and then to

horse before day. An the Prince and Poins be not two

arrant cowards there's no equity stirring. There's no
arrant (adj.) downright, absolute, unmitigated See Topics: Frequency count
equity (n.) 1 justice, impartiality, fairness

more valour in that Poins than in a wild duck.

As they are sharing the Prince and Poins set upon

them


PRINCE HAL

Your money!


POINS

Villains!

They all run away, and Falstaff after a blow or two

runs away too, leaving the booty behind them


PRINCE HAL

Got with much ease. Now merrily to horse.

The thieves are all scattered and possessed with fear

So strongly that they dare not meet each other.

Each takes his fellow for an officer!
officer (n.) 1 constable

Away, good Ned! Falstaff sweats to death,

And lards the lean earth as he walks along.
lard (v.) 6 drip fat on, enrich with fat

Were it not for laughing I should pity him.


POINS

How the fat rogue roared!

Exeunt

 
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