Henry IV Part 2


Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Enter three Grooms, strewers of rushes


More rushes, more rushes!


The trumpets have sounded twice.


'Twill be two o'clock ere they come from

the coronation. Dispatch, dispatch!
dispatch, despatch (v.) 4 hurry up, be quick


Trumpets sound, and the King and his train pass over

the stage. After them enter Falstaff, Shallow, Pistol,

Bardolph, and the Page


Stand here by me, Master Shallow; I will

make the King do you grace. I will leer upon him as 'a
grace (n.) 1 honour, favour, recognition, respect
leer (v.) look sideways, cast a side glance, smile disarmingly

comes by, and do but mark the countenance that he
countenance (n.) 6 favour, patronage, approval
mark (v.) 1 note, pay attention [to], take notice [of] See Topics: Frequency count

will give me.


God bless thy lungs, good knight!


Come here, Pistol, stand behind me. (To

Shallow) O, if I had had time to have made new

liveries, I would have bestowed the thousand pound I
bestow (v.) 1 give, provide, grant
livery (n.) 1 uniform, costume, special clothing See Topics: Frequency count

borrowed of you. But 'tis no matter; this poor show doth
show (n.) 1 appearance, exhibition, display

better: this doth infer the zeal I had to see him.
infer (v.) 2 imply, demonstrate, illustrate
zeal (n.) ardour, fervour; or: loyalty, devotion


It doth so.


It shows my earnestness of affection –


It doth so.


My devotion –


It doth, it doth, it doth!


As it were, to ride day and night; and not to

deliberate, not to remember, not to have patience to

shift me –
shift (v.) 4 change [clothes]


It is best, certain.


But to stand stained with travel, and sweating

with desire to see him, thinking of nothing else, putting

all affairs else in oblivion, as if there were nothing else

to be done but to see him.


'Tis semper idem, for obsque hoc nihil est; 'tis all
obsque... apart from this there is nothing
semper... always the same See Topics: Latin

in every part.


'Tis so, indeed.


My knight, I will inflame thy noble liver,
liver (n.) 1 part of the body thought to be at the seat of the passions [especially sexual desire]

And make thee rage.

Thy Doll, and Helen of thy noble thoughts,

Is in base durance and contagious prison,
base (adj.) 3 poor, wretched, of low quality See Topics: Frequency count
contagious (adj.) 1 pestilential, harmful, noxious
durance (n.) 1 confinement, imprisonment, incarceration

Haled thither
hale (v.) 1 drag, pull, haul

By most mechanical and dirty hand.
mechanical (adj.) common, servile, menial

Rouse up Revenge from ebon den with fell Alecto's snake,
ebon (adj.) 2 dark, sombre
fell (adj.) 1 cruel, fierce, savage

For Doll is in. Pistol speaks naught but truth.
in (adv.) 1 in prison


I will deliver her.
deliver (v.) 3 free, release, liberate

The trumpets sound


There roared the sea, and trumpet-clangour sounds.

Enter the King and his train, the Lord Chief Justice

among them


God save thy grace, King Hal, my royal Hal!


The heavens thee guard and keep, most royal

imp of fame!
fame (n.) 1 reputation, renown, character
imp (n.) child, scion, son


God save thee, my sweet boy!


My Lord Chief Justice, speak to that

vain man.
vain (adj.) 1 foolish, silly, stupid


Have you your wits? Know you

what 'tis you speak?


My king! My Jove! I speak to thee, my heart!


I know thee not, old man. Fall to thy prayers.

How ill white hairs become a fool and jester.
become (v.) 1 be fitting, befit, be appropriate to See Topics: Frequency count
ill (adv.) 1 badly, adversely, unfavourably See Topics: Frequency count

I have long dreamed of such a kind of man,

So surfeit-swelled, so old, and so profane,
surfeit-swelled (adj.) swollen through over-indulgence

But being awaked I do despise my dream.

Make less thy body hence, and more thy grace;
grace (n.) 2 virtue, good quality

Leave gormandizing; know the grave doth gape

For thee thrice wider than for other men.

Reply not to me with a fool-born jest.

Presume not that I am the thing I was,

For God doth know, so shall the world perceive,

That I have turned away my former self;

So will I those that kept me company.

When thou dost hear I am as I have been,

Approach me, and thou shalt be as thou wast,

The tutor and the feeder of my riots;
riot (n.) 2 dissipation, debauchery, wantonness

Till then I banish thee, on pain of death,

As I have done the rest of my misleaders,

Not to come near our person by ten mile.

For competence of life I will allow you,
competence (n.) sufficiency, adequate supply
life (n.) 2 means of life, way of survival

That lack of means enforce you not to evils;

And as we hear you do reform yourselves,

We will, according to your strengths and qualities,

Give you advancement. (to the Lord Chief Justice) Be it your charge, my lord,

To see performed the tenor of my word.

Set on.

Exeunt King and his train


Master Shallow, I owe you a thousand pound.


Yea, marry, Sir John, which I beseech you to

let me have home with me.


That can hardly be, Master Shallow. Do not

you grieve at this. I shall be sent for in private to him

Look you, he must seem thus to the world. Fear not

your advancements; I will be the man yet that shall
advancement (n.) preferment, elevation, progress

make you great.


I cannot perceive how, unless you give me

your doublet, and stuff me out with straw. I beseech

you, good Sir John, let me have five hundred of my



Sir, I will be as good as my word. This that

you heard was but a colour.
colour (n.) 1 pretext, pretence


A colour that I fear you will die in, Sir John.
collar, colour (n.) noose, hangman's halter


Fear no colours. Go with me to dinner. Come,
colours, fear no fear no enemy, fear nothing

Lieutenant Pistol; come, Bardolph. I shall be sent for

soon at night.
night, at at nightfall, this evening

Enter the Lord Chief Justice and Prince John, with



Go, carry Sir John Falstaff to the Fleet.

Take all his company along with him.


My lord, my lord –


I cannot now speak; I will hear you soon.

Take them away.


Si fortune me tormenta, spero me contenta.

Exeunt all but Prince John and

the Lord Chief Justice


I like this fair proceeding of the King's.

He hath intent his wonted followers
intent (n.) intention, purpose, aim See Topics: Frequency count
wonted (adj.) accustomed, usual, customary

Shall all be very well provided for,

But all are banished till their conversations
conversation (n.) 1 way of life, behaviour, manners, conduct

Appear more wise and modest to the world.


And so they are.


The King hath called his parliament, my lord.


He hath.


I will lay odds that, ere this year expire,

We bear our civil swords and native fire
civil (adj.) 3 of civil war

As far as France. I heard a bird so sing,

Whose music, to my thinking, pleased the King.

Come, will you hence?



First, my fear; then, my curtsy; last, my speech.
curtsy, curtsey (n.) 1 act of courteous respect, deferential action, bow

My fear is your displeasure; my curtsy, my duty;

and my speech, to beg your pardons. If you look for a

good speech now, you undo me, for what I have to say
undo (v.) 2 bring to naught

is of mine own making; and what indeed I should say

will, I doubt, prove mine own marring. But to the
doubt (v.) 1 fear, be afraid [for], feel anxious [for]
marring (n.) harm, detriment, loss

purpose, and so to the venture. Be it known to you, as it
purpose (n.) 2 point at issue, matter in hand
venture (n.) 2 risky enterprise, hazardous attempt

is very well, I was lately here in the end of a displeasing
lately (adv.) 1 recently, of late

play, to pray your patience for it, and to promise you a

better. I meant indeed to pay you with this, which, if

like an ill venture it come unluckily home, I break, and
break (v.) 6 break one's promise, not keep one's word
ill (adj.) 1 bad, adverse, unfavourable See Topics: Frequency count
unluckily (adv.) 1 unsuccessfully, disastrously
venture (n.) 1 deal, enterprise, business, expedition

you, my gentle creditors, lose. Here I promised you I
gentle (adj.) 1 well-born, honourable, noble See Topics: Frequency count

would be, and here I commit my body to your mercies.

Bate me some, and I will pay you some, and, as most
bate (v.) 2 [of quantities] lessen, reduce, deduct

debtors do, promise you infinitely. And so I kneel down

before you – but, indeed, to pray for the Queen.

If my tongue cannot entreat you to acquit me, will
acquit (v.) 1 release, free, discharge

you command me to use my legs? And yet that were

but light payment, to dance out of your debt. But a

good conscience will make any possible satisfaction,

and so would I. All the gentlewomen here have forgiven
gentlewoman (n.) woman of good breeding, well-born lady See Topics: Address forms

me. If the gentlemen will not, then the gentlemen do

not agree with the gentlewomen, which was never seen

in such an assembly.

One word more, I beseech you. If you be not too

much cloyed with fat meat, our humble author will
cloy (v.) 1 satiate, gorge, satisfy

continue the story, with Sir John in it, and make you

merry with fair Katharine of France – where, for anything

I know, Falstaff shall die of a sweat, unless already
sweat (n.) sweating-sickness [type of plague]

'a be killed with your hard opinions; for Oldcastle died

martyr, and this is not the man. My tongue is weary;

when my legs are too, I will bid you good night.

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