Henry IV, Part 1

by: William Shakespeare

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PRINCE HENRY

I am good friends with my father and may do anything.

PRINCE HENRY

My father and I are friends again, and I can do whatever I want.

FALSTAFF

Rob me the Exchequer the first thing thou dost, and do it with unwashed hands too.

FALSTAFF

Then rob the treasury right away, and don’t even delay long enough to wash your hands.

BARDOLPH

165Do, my lord.

BARDOLPH

Do it, my lord.

PRINCE HENRY

I have procured thee, Jack, a charge of foot.

PRINCE HENRY

I have gotten you an infantry company to command, Jack.

FALSTAFF

I would it had been of horse. Where shall I find one that can steal well? O, for a fine thief of the age of two and twenty or thereabouts! I am heinously unprovided. Well, God be thanked for these rebels. They offend none but the virtuous. I laud them; I praise them.

FALSTAFF

I wish it were the horse brigade. Where can I recruit a talented crook? Oh, if I only had a gifted thief, about twenty-two years old! I’m terribly lacking in help. Well, thank God for these rebels. The only people they bother are the good people. I like that. I honor and salute them.

PRINCE HENRY

Bardolph!

PRINCE HENRY

Bardolph!

BARDOLPH

My lord.

BARDOLPH

My lord?

PRINCE HENRY

Go bear this letter to Lord John of Lancaster,
175To my brother John; this to my Lord of Westmoreland.

PRINCE HENRY

Deliver this letter to Lord John of Lancaster, my brother. Give this one to Westmoreland.
Exit BARDOLPH
BARDOLPH exits.
Go, Peto, to horse, to horse, for thou and I have thirty miles to ride yet ere dinner time.
Peto, get to your horse, get to your horse! You and I have to be thirty miles from here by lunchtime.
Exit PETO
PETO exits.
Jack, meet me tomorrow in the Temple hall
At two o'clock in the afternoon;
180There shalt thou know thy charge, and there receive
Money and order for their furniture.
The land is burning. Percy stands on high,
And either we or they must lower lie.
Jack, meet me at

Temple Hall

Temple Hall is one of the Inns of Court, the London schools of law.

Temple Hall
at two o'clock tomorrow. You’ll get the list of your troops there, plus some money and an order for their equipment. The country is on fire, and Percy’s riding high. Either they or we must die.
Exit PRINCE HENRY
PRINCE HENRY exits.