KING HENRY THE FOURTH
HENRY – Prince of Wales, his son, afterwards KING HENRY V
THOMAS – another son, Duke of Clarence
PRINCE JOHN OF LANCASTER – another son, afterwards Duke of Bedford
PRINCE HUMPHREY OF GLOSTER – another son, afterwards Duke of Gloster
EARL OF WARWICK, EARL OF WESTMORELAND, EARL OF SURREY, GOWER, HARCOURT – of the KING’S party
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, MORTON – retainers to NORTHUMBERLAND
FALSTAFF, BARDOLPH, PISTOL, Page
POINS, PETO – attendants on PRINCE HENRY
SHALLOW, SILENCE – country justices
DAVY – servant to SHALLOW
MOULDY, SHADOW, WART, FEEBLE, BULLCALF – recruits
FANG, SNARE – sheriff’s officers
A dancer – speaker of the Epilogue
MISTRESS QUICKLY – hostess of a tavern in Eastcheap
Lords, other attendants; officers, soldiers, messengers, drawers, beadles, grooms
Warkworth. Before Northumberland’s castle.
Scene i: The same.
Scene ii: London. A street.
Scene iii: York. A room in the archbishop’s palace.
Scene i: London. A street.
Scene ii: The same. Another street.
Scene iii: Warkworth. Before the castle.
Scene iv: London. A room in the Boar’s Head Tavern in Eastcheap.
Scene i: Westminster. A room in the palace.
Scene ii: Court before Justice Shallow’s house in Gloucestershire.
Scene i: A forest in Yorkshire.
Scene ii: Another part of the forest.
Scene iii: Another part of the forest.
Scene iv: Westminster. A room in the palace.
Scene i: Gloucestershire. A hall in Shallow’s house.
Scene ii: Westminster. A room in the palace.
Scene iii: Gloucestershire. The gardens of Shallow’s house.
Scene iv: London. A street.
Act III: Scene i
KING HENRY IV: How many thousand of my poorest subjects
Are at this hour asleep! – 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?
Why rather, sleep, liest thou in smoky cribs,
Upon uneasy pallets stretching thee,
And hush’d with buzzing night-flies to thy slumber,
Than in the perfum’d chambers of the great,
Under high canopies of costly state,
And lull’d with sounds of sweetest melody?
O thou dull god, why liest thou with the vile
In loathsome beds, and leav’st the kingly couch
A watch-case or a common ‘larum bell?
Wilt thou upon the high and giddy mast
Seal up the ship-boy’s eyes, and rock his brains
In cradle of the rude imperious surge,
And in the visitation of the winds,
Who take the ruffian billows by the top,
Curling their monstrous heads, and hanging them
With deafening clamour in the slippery shrouds,
That, with the hurly, death itself awakes?
Canst 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.