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Henry IV Pt 2

Written: c. 1597-98; Texts: Quarto 1600, First Folio 1623 (History)
Source: Holinshed, Raphael (c. 1528-c. 1580). The Chronicles of England, Scotland and Ireland. (2nd ed., 1587); The Famous Victories of Henry the Fifth (c. 1586); Hall, Edward (1498-1547). The Union of the Two Noble and Illustre Families of Lancaster and York (3rd. ed., 1550); Daniel, Samuel (c.1562-1619). The Civil Wars between the Two Houses of Lancaster and York (1595-1609); William Baldwin ed. The Mirror for Magistrates (1559 ed.)
Characters: Henry IV, Prince Henry, Sir John Falstaff, Richard Scroop Archbishop of York, Earl of Westmorland, Prince John of Lancaster, Henry Percy Earl of Northumberland, Lord Chief Justice, Lord Bardoph, Shallow, Morton, Earl of Warwick, Pistol
Setting: London
Time: AD 1403-1413

Henry IV Part 2 is the second play in what scholars refer to as the Henriad, an allusion to Virgil's Aeneid. The Henriad, Shakespeare's epic account of King Henry V, includes Henry IV Part 1, Henry IV Part 2, and Henry V. Those three plays combined with their prequel, Richard II, comprise what is now known as the Second Tetralogy, written between 1597 and 1598. The First Tetralogy, written earlier between 1591 and 1595, comprises Henry VI Part 1Henry VI Part 2, Henry VI Part 3, and Richard III.

How many thousands of my poorest subjects

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How many thousands of my poorest subjects
Are at this hour asleep! O sleep, O gentle sleep,
Nature’s soft nurse, how have I frightened thee,
That thou no more will weigh my eyelids down,
And steep my senses in forgetfulness?Personification

Why rather, sleep, liest thou in smoky cribs,
Upon uneasy pallets stretching thee,
And hush’d with buzzing night-flies to thy slumber,
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Act 3
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Fie, this is hot weather, gentlemen

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Falstaff
Fie, this is hot weather, gentlemen. Have you
provided me here half a dozen sufficient men?
Shallow
Marry, have we, sir. Will you sit?
   They sit at a table.
Falstaff
Let me see them, I beseech you.
Shallow
Where’s the roll? Where’s the roll? Where’s
the roll?
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Fore God, you have here a goodly dwelling

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Falstaff
Fore God, you have here a goodly dwelling,
and a  rich.
Shallow
Barren, barren, barren, beggars all, beggars
all, Sir John. Marry, good air.—Spread, Davy,
spread, Davy. Well said, Davy.
Falstaff
This Davy serves you for good uses. He is
your servingman and your husband.
Shallow
A good varlet,
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