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P. Henry. Well, I'll go with thee ; provide us all things neceflary, and meet me 10-morrow night in East-cheap, there I'll sup. Farewell.

Poins. Farewell, my Lord. [Exit Poins,

P. Henry. I know you all, and will a while upThe unyok'd humour of your idlenels : [hold 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 pleale again to be himself,
Being wanted, he may be more wondred at,
By breaking through the foul and ugly mists
Of vapours, that did seem to strangle him.
If all the year were playing holidays,
To sport would be as tedious as to work;
But when they feldom come, they will’d-for come,
And nothing plealeth but raie acciden's.
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 fall I falsify men's hopes ;
And, like bright metal on a fullen ground,
My reformarion glitt'ring o'er my fault,
Siiall shew more goodlv, and attract more eyes,
Than that which hath no foil to set it off.
I'll so offend, to make offence a fill;
Redeeming time, when men think least I will. [Exit.

SCE N E IV.
Changes to an Apartment in the Palace.
Enter King Henry, Northun berland, Worcester,

Houpur. Sir Walter Blunt, and ther's
K. Henr". Vy blood hath been too cold and tem-
Unap 10 Itir at these indignities; (perate,
And you have found me, for accordingly
You i read upon my patience: but be ture
I will from henceforih rather be myself,
Mighty and to be fear'd, than iny condition;
Which hath been in..oob zs ol, loft as young down,
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The scourge of greatness to be used on it;
And that same greatness too, which our own hands
Have help'd to make so portly.

North. My good Lord,

K. Henry. Worcester, get thee gone; for I do fee
Danger and disobedience in thine eye.
O Sir, your presence is too bold and

peremptory;
And majesty might never yet enduite
The moody frontier of a servant brow.
You have good leave to leave us. When we need
Your ule and counsel, we shall send for you.

[Exit Worcester You were about to speak. [To Northumberland,

North. Yes, my good Lord.
Those prisoners in your Highness' name demanded,
Which Harry Percy here at Holmedon took,
Were, as he says, not with such strength deny'd
As was deliver'd to your Majesty.
Vr envy therefore, or misprision,
Is guilty of this fault, and not my son.

Hot. My Liege, I did deny no prisoners:
But I remember, when the fight was done,
When I was dry with rage, and extreme toil,
Breathless and faint, leaning upon my sword,
Came there a certain lord, neat, trimly dress’d;
Fresh as a bridegroot, and his chin, new-reap'd,
Shew'd like a stubble land at harvest-home.
He was perfumed like a millener;
And 'twixt his finger and his thumb he held
A pouncet-box, which ever and anion
He gave his nose, and took't away again;
Who, there with angry, when it next came there,
Took it in snuff.- And still he smild, and talk'ds
And as the foldiers bare dead bodies by,
He call them untaught knaves, unmannerly,
To bring a slovenly, unhandsome coarse
Betwixt the wind and his Nobility.
With many holiday and lady terms
He question’d me : amongst the refi, demanded
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P. Henry. Well, I'll go with thee ; provide us all things necessary, and meet me 10-morrow night in East-cheap, there I'll sup. Farewell.

Poins. Farewell, my Lord. [Exit Poins,

P. Henry. I know you all, and will a while upThe unyok'd humour of your idlenels:

[hold 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 pleale again to be himself, Being wanted, he may be more wondred at, By breaking through the foul and ugly mists Of vapours, that did seem to strangle him. If all the year were playing holidays, To sport would be as tedious as to work; But when they feldom come, they will’d-for come, And nothing plealeth but rare acciden's. So, when this loose behaviour I throw off, And pay

the debt I never pro.nised; By how ruch better than my word I am, By so much shall I falsify men's hopes ; And, like bright metal on a fullen ground, Mi reformation glittring o'er my faul', Siiall shew more goodlv, and attract more eyes, Than that which ha:h no foil to set it off. I'll so offend, to make offence a fill ; Redeeming time, when men think least I will. [Exit.

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My prisoners, in your Majesty's behalf.
1, then all finarting with my wounds being cold,
To be so pefter'd with a popinjay,
Out of my grief, and my impatience,
Anfier'd, neglectingly, I know not what ;
He should, or should not; for he made me mad,
To see him shine so brisk, and smell fo fweet,
And talk to like a waiting-gentlewoman,
Of guns, and drums, and wounds; (God save the

mark!)
And telling me, the sovereign'st thing on earth
Was parmacity, for an inward bruile;
and that it was great pity, so it was,
*This villainous laltpetre should be digg'd
Out of the bowels of the harmless earth,
Which many a good tall fellow.had destroy'd
So cowardly; and, but for these vile guns,
He would himself have been a soldier.

This bald, unjointed chat of his, my Lord,
I answer'd indirectly, as I said;
And I befeech you, let not this report
Come current for an accusation,
Betwixt my love and your high Majesty.

Blunt. The circumstance consider'd, good my
Whatever Harry Percy then had said, (Lord,
To such a person, and in such a place,
At such a time, with all the rest retold,
May reasonably die; and never rise

To do bini wrong, or any way impeach What then he said, so he unsay it now.

K. Henry. Why, yet he doth deny his prisoners, But with proviso and exception, That we at our own charge Mall ransom straight His brother-in-law, the foolish Mortimer; Who, on my soul, hath wilfully betray'd The lives of those that he did lead to fight Against the great magician, damnd Glendower; Whose daughter, as we hear, the Earl of March Haih lately marry'd. Shall our coffers then Be empıy'd, to redeem a traitor home? Shall we buy treason? and indent with fears, When they have lost and forfeited themselves?

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