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SECOND PART OF KING HENRY IV.] The transactions comprized in this history take up about nine years. The action commences with the account of Hotspur's being defeated and killed [1403;] and closes with the death of King Henry IV. and the coronation of King Henry V. [1412-13.] THEOBALD.

This play was first entered at Stationers' Hall, August 23, 1600. STEEVENS.

The Second Part of King Henry IV. I suppose to have been written in 1598. See An Attempt to uscertain the Order of Shakespeare's Plays, Vol. II. MALONE.

Mr. Upton thinks these two plays improperly called The First and Second Parts of Henry the Fourth. The first play ends, he says, with the peaceful settlement of Henry in the kingdom by the defeat of the rebels. This is hardly true; for the rebels are not yet finally suppressed. The second, he tells us, shows Henry the Fifth in the various lights of a good-natured rake, till, on his father's death, he assumes a more manly character. This is true; but this representation gives us no idea of a dramatick action. These two plays will appear to every reader, who shall peruse them without ambition of critical discoveries, to be so connected, that the second is merely a sequel to the first; to be two only because they are too long to be one. JOHNSON.

King HENRY the Fourth:

HENRY, prince of Wales, afterwards King
Henry V.;

THOMAS, duke of Clarence;

Prince JOHN of Lancaster, afterwards (2 Henry V.) Duke of Bedford;

Prince HUMPHREY of Gloster, afterwards (2 Henry V.) Duke of Gloster;

Earl of WARWICK;

Earl of WESTMORELAND;

GOWER; HARCOURT;

of the king's party.

his sons.

Lord Chief Justice of the King's Bench.

A Gentleman attending on the chief justice.

Earl of NORTHUMBERLAND;

SCROOP, archbishop of York;

Lord MOWBRAY; Lord HASTINGS;

Lord BARDOLPH; Sir JOHN COLEVILE;

enemies to

the king.

TRAVERS and MORTON, domesticks of Northumberland.

FALSTAFF, BARDOLPH, PISTOL, and Page.

POINS and PETO, attendants on Prince Henry.

SHALLOW and SILENCE, country justices.

DAVY, servant to Shallow.

MOULDY, SHADOW, WART, FEEBLE, and BULLCALF,

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Lords and other Attendants; Officers, Soldiers, Messenger,

Drawers, Beadles, Grooms, &c.

SCENE, England.

INDUCTION.

Warkworth.

Before Northumberland's castle.

Enter Rumour, painted full of tongues.

will stop

Rum. Open your ears; For which of you
The vent of hearing, when loud Rumour speaks?
I, from the orient to the drooping west,
Making the wind my post-horse, still unfold
The acts commenced on this ball of earth:
Upon my tongues continual slanders ride;
The which in every language I pronounce,
Stuffing the ears of men with false reports.
I speak of peace, while covert enmity,
Under the smile of safety, wounds the world:
And who but Rumour, who but only I,

Make fearful musters, and prepar'd defence;
Whilst the big year, swol'n with some other grief,
Is thought with child by the stern tyrant war,
And no such matter? Rumour is a pipe
Blown by surmises, jealousies, conjectures;
And of so easy and so plain a stop,

That the blunt monster with uncounted heads,
The still-discordant wavering multitude,

Can play upon it. But what need I thus
My well-known body to anatomize

Among my houshold? Why is Rumour here?
I run before king Harry's victory;

Who, in a bloody field by Shrewsbury,

Hath beaten down young Hotspur, and his troops,
Quenching the flame of bold rebellion

Even with the rebels' blood. But what mean I
To speak so true at first? my office is

To noise abroad,-that Harry Monmouth fell
Under the wrath of noble Hotspur's sword;
And that the king before the Douglas' rage
Stoop'd his anointed head as low as death.
This have I rumour'd through the peasant towns
Between that royal field of Shrewsbury
And this worm-eaten hold of ragged stone,
Where Hotspur's father, old Northumberland,
Lies crafty-sick: the posts come tiring on,
And not a man of them brings other news

Than they have learn'd of me; From Rumour's tonguès
They bring smooth comforts false, worse than true

wrongs.

[Brit,

SECOND PART OF

KING HENRY IV.

ACT I.

SCENE I.-The same.

The Porter before the gate; Enter Lord BARDOLPH.

Bard. Who keeps the gate here, ho? Where is the

earl?

Port. What shall I say you are?

Bard.

Tell thou the earl,

That the lord Bardolph doth attend him here.

Port. His lordship is walk'd forth into the orchard; Please it your honour, knock but at the gate,

And he himself will answer.

Bard.

Enter NORTHUMBERLAND.

Here comes the earl.

North. What news, lord Bardolph? every minute now Should be the father of some stratagem:

The times are wild; contention, like a horse
Full of high feeding, madly hath broke loose,
And bears down all before him.

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