Henry IV, Part 2

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Henry IV, Part 2 is a history play by William Shakespeare. It was first published as part of Shakespeare's First Folio and was written somewhere between 1597 and 1599. It is the third part of a tetralogy; it is preceded by Richard II and Henry IV, Part I and is succeeded by Henry V.


Induction

  • From Rumour's tongues
    They bring smooth comforts false, worse than true wrongs.
    • Rumour


Act I

  • Even such a man, so faint, so spiritless,
    So dull, so dead in look, so woe-begone,
    Drew Priam’s curtain in the dead of night,
    And would have told him, half his Troy was burn'd.
    • Northumberland, scene i


  • Yet the first bringer of unwelcome news
    Hath but a losing office, and his tongue
    Sounds ever after as a sullen bell,
    Remember’d tolling a departing friend.
    • Northumberland, scene i


  • Let Heaven kiss earth! Now let not nature's hand
    Keep the wild flood confin'd! let order die!
    And let this world no longer be a stage,
    To feed contention in a lingering act.
    • Northumberland, scene i


  • I am not only witty in myself, but the cause that wit is in other men.
    • Falstaff, scene ii


  • A rascally yea-forsooth knave!
    • Falstaff, scene ii


  • Some smack of age in you, some relish of the saltness of time.
    • Falstaff, scene ii


  • Since all is well, keep it so: wake not a sleeping wolf.
    • Lord Chief Justice, scene ii


  • We that are in the vaward of our youth.
    • Falstaff, scene ii


  • For my voice, — I have lost it with hollaing, and singing of anthems.
    • Falstaff, scene ii


  • It was always yet the trick of our English nation, if they have a good thing, to make it too common.
    • Falstaff, scene ii


  • I were better to be eaten to death with a rust, than to be scoured to nothing with perpetual motion.
    • Falstaff, scene ii


  • If I do, fillip me with a three-man beetle.
    • Falstaff, scene ii


  • A good wit will make use of anything; I will turn diseases to commodity.
    • Falstaff, scene ii


  • Who lin'd himself with hope,
    Eating the air on promise of supply.
    • Bardolph, scene iii


  • When we mean to build,
    We first survey the plot, then draw the model;
    And when we see the figure of the house,
    Then must we rate the cost of the erection. 1
    • Bardolph, scene iii


  • An habitation giddy and unsure
    Hath he, that buildeth on the vulgar heart.
    • Archbishop of York, scene iii


  • Past, and to come, seem best; things present, worst.
    • Archbishop of York, scene iii


Act II

  • A poor lone woman.
    • Mistress Quickly, scene i


  • I’ll tickle your catastrophe.
    • Falstaff, scene i


  • He hath eaten me out of house and home.
    • Mistress Quickly, scene i


  • Thou didst swear to me upon a parcel-gilt goblet, sitting in my Dolphin-chamber, at the round table, by a sea-coal fire, upon Wednesday in Whitsun-week.
    • Mistress Quickly, scene i


  • I do now remember the poor creature, small beer.
    • Prince Henry, scene ii


  • Let the end try the man.
    • Prince Henry, scene ii


  • Thus we play the fools with the time; and the spirits of the wise sit in the clouds, and mock us.
    • Prince Henry, scene ii


  • He was, indeed, the glass
    Wherein the noble youth did dress themselves.
    • Lady Percy, scene iii


  • I beseek you now, aggravate your choler.
    • Mistress Quickly, scene iv


Act III

  • O sleep! O gentle sleep!
    Nature's soft nurse, how have I frighted thee,
    That thou no more wilt weigh my eyelids down,
    And steep my senses in forgetfulness?
    • King Henry IV, scene i


  • Can'st thou, O partial sleep! give thy repose
    To the wet sea-boy in an hour so rude;
    And, in the calmest and most stillest night,
    With all appliances and means to boot,
    Deny it to a king? Then, happy low, lie down!
    Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.
    • King Henry IV, scene i


  • Death, as the Psalmist saith, is certain to all; all shall die. How a good yoke of bullocks at Stamford fair?
    • Shallow, scene ii


  • Accommodated; that is, when a man is, as they say, accommodated: or when a man is, — being, — whereby, — he may be thought to be accommodated; which is an excellent thing.
    • Bardolph, scene ii


  • Let that suffice, most forcible Feeble.
    • Falstaff, scene ii


  • We have heard the chimes at midnight.
    • Falstaff, scene ii


  • A man can die but once; — we owe God a death.
    • Feeble, scene ii


  • I do remember him at Clement's-inn, like a man made after supper of a cheese-paring: when he was naked, he was, for all the world, like a forked radish, with a head fantastically carved upon it with a knife.
    • Falstaff, scene ii


Act IV

  • We are ready to try our fortunes
    To the last man.
    • Mowbray, scene ii


  • I may justly say, with the hook-nosed fellow of Rome, — "I came, saw, and overcame."
    • Falstaff, scene iii


  • He hath a tear for pity, and a hand
    Open as day, for melting charity.
    • King Henry IV, scene iv


  • Thy wish was father, Harry, to that thought.
    • King Henry IV, scene iv


  • Commit
    The oldest sins the newest kind of ways.
    • King Henry IV, scene iv


Act V

  • A joint of mutton, and any pretty little tiny kick-shaws, tell William cook.
    • Shallow, scene i


  • His cares are now all ended.
    • Warwick, scene ii


  • Falstaff: What wind blew you hither, Pistol?
    Pistol: Not the ill wind which blows no man to good.
    • scene iii


  • A foutra for the world, and worldlings base!
    I speak of Africa, and golden joys.
    • Pistol, scene iii


  • Under which king, Bezonian? speak, or die!
    • Pistol, scene iii


  • Falstaff: My king! my Jove! I speak to thee, my heart!
    King Henry V: I know thee not, old man: fall to thy prayers;
    How ill white hairs become a fool, and jester!
    • Scene v


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