Henry IV, Part 1

by: William Shakespeare

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PRINCE HENRY

105Else he had been damned for cozening the devil.

PRINCE HENRY

His only other choice is to be damned for cheating the devil.

POINS

But, my lads, my lads, tomorrow morning, by four o'clock, early at Gad’s Hill, there are pilgrims going to Canterbury with rich offerings, and traders riding to London with fat purses. I have vizards for you all. You have horses for yourselves. Gadshill lies tonight in Rochester. I have bespoke supper tomorrow night in Eastcheap. We may do it as secure as sleep. If you will go, I will stuff your purses full of crowns. If you will not, tarry at home and be hanged.

POINS

But boys, boys! Four o'clock tomorrow morning some pilgrims are going to pass by Gad’s Hill. They’ll be on their way to Canterbury Cathedral with expensive offerings, and traders will be heading to London with bags of money. I’ve got masks for you, you’ve got horses for yourselves. Mr. Gadshill is spending tonight in Rochester, and I’ve already ordered tomorrow night’s dinner in Eastcheap. We could do this in our sleep. If you come, I’ll make you rich. If not, stay home and hang yourselves.

FALSTAFF

Hear ye, Yedward, if I tarry at home and go not, I’ll hang you for going.

FALSTAFF

Listen, Yedward. If I stay home and don’t go, I’ll hang you — for going.

POINS

You will, chops?

POINS

You will, fatface?

FALSTAFF

Hal, wilt thou make one?

FALSTAFF

Hal, are you in?

PRINCE HENRY

Who, I rob? I a thief? not I, by my faith.

PRINCE HENRY

Who? Me, a robber? Me, a thief? Not me. No way.

FALSTAFF

There’s neither honesty, manhood, nor good fellowship in thee, nor thou cam’st not of the blood royal, if thou darest not stand for ten shillings.

FALSTAFF

If you don’t dare to fight for ten shillings, there’s no honesty, manhood, or friendship in you, and you never came from royal blood.

PRINCE HENRY

Well then, once in my days I’ll be a madcap.

PRINCE HENRY

Well, okay. For once in my life, I’ll be a little crazy.

FALSTAFF

Why, that’s well said.

FALSTAFF

There you go.

PRINCE HENRY

Well, come what will, I’ll tarry at home.

PRINCE HENRY

Well, you know what? I’ll stay home.

FALSTAFF

125By the Lord, I’ll be a traitor then when thou art king.

FALSTAFF

By God, then I’ll be a traitor when you become king.