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Henry IV, Part 2



Act 5, scene 5


PRINCE HAL (NOW HENRY V)

I know thee not, old man. Fall to thy prayers.

How ill white hairs becomes a fool and jester.

I have long dreamt of such a kind of man,

So surfeit-swelled, so old, and so profane;

But being awaked, I do despise my dream.

Make less thy body hence, and more thy grace;

Leave gormandizing. Know the grave doth gape

For thee thrice wider than for other men.

Reply not to me with a fool-born jest.

Presume not that I am the thing I was,

For God doth know—so shall the world perceive—

That I have turned away my former self.

So will I those that kept me company.

When thou dost hear I am as I have been,

Approach me, and thou shalt be as thou wast,

The tutor and the feeder of my riots.

Till then I banish thee, on pain of death,

As I have done the rest of my misleaders.

 
Greg Wyatt, Henry IV, Part 2





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