Speeches (Lines) for Edward Poins
in "Henry IV, Part II"

Total: 28

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1

II,2,946

Henry V. Before God, I am exceeding weary.

Edward Poins. Is't come to that? I had thought weariness durst not
attach'd one of so high blood.


2

II,2,954

Henry V. Faith, it does me; though it discolours the complexion
my greatness to acknowledge it. Doth it not show vilely in me
desire small beer?

Edward Poins. Why, a prince should not be so loosely studied as to
remember so weak a composition.


3

II,2,982

Henry V. Belike then my appetite was not-princely got; for, by
troth, I do now remember the poor creature, small beer. But
indeed these humble considerations make me out of love with
greatness. What a disgrace is it to me to remember thy name,
to know thy face to-morrow, or to take note how many pair of
stockings thou hast—viz., these, and those that were thy
peach-colour'd ones—or to bear the inventory of thy shirts-
one for superfluity, and another for use! But that the
tennis-court-keeper knows better than I; for it is a low ebb
linen with thee when thou keepest not racket there; as thou
not done a great while, because the rest of thy low countries
have made a shift to eat up thy holland. And God knows
those that bawl out of the ruins of thy linen shall inherit
kingdom; but the midwives say the children are not in the
whereupon the world increases, and kindreds are mightily
strengthened.

Edward Poins. How ill it follows, after you have laboured so hard, you
should talk so idly! Tell me, how many good young princes
do so, their fathers being so sick as yours at this time is?


4

II,2,987

Henry V. Shall I tell thee one thing, Poins?

Edward Poins. Yes, faith; and let it be an excellent good thing.


5

II,2,990

Henry V. It shall serve among wits of no higher breeding than

Edward Poins. Go to; I stand the push of your one thing that you will
tell.


6

II,2,998

Henry V. Marry, I tell thee it is not meet that I should be sad,
my father is sick; albeit I could tell to thee—as to one it
pleases me, for fault of a better, to call my friend—I could
sad and sad indeed too.

Edward Poins. Very hardly upon such a subject.


7

II,2,1007

Henry V. By this hand, thou thinkest me as far in the devil's
as thou and Falstaff for obduracy and persistency: let the
try the man. But I tell thee my heart bleeds inwardly that my
father is so sick; and keeping such vile company as thou art
in reason taken from me all ostentation of sorrow.

Edward Poins. The reason?


8

II,2,1009

Henry V. What wouldst thou think of me if I should weep?

Edward Poins. I would think thee a most princely hypocrite.


9

II,2,1017

Henry V. It would be every man's thought; and thou art a blessed
fellow to think as every man thinks. Never a man's thought in
world keeps the road-way better than thine. Every man would
me an hypocrite indeed. And what accites your most worshipful
thought to think so?

Edward Poins. Why, because you have been so lewd and so much engraffed
Falstaff.


10

II,2,1021

Henry V. And to thee.

Edward Poins. By this light, I am well spoke on; I can hear it with
own ears. The worst that they can say of me is that I am a
brother and that I am a proper fellow of my hands; and those
things, I confess, I cannot help. By the mass, here comes
Bardolph.


11

II,2,1036

Henry V. And yours, most noble Bardolph!

Edward Poins. Come, you virtuous ass, you bashful fool, must you be
blushing? Wherefore blush you now? What a maidenly
are you become! Is't such a matter to get a pottle-pot's
maidenhead?


12

II,2,1055

(stage directions). [Giving a crown]

Edward Poins. O that this blossom could be kept from cankers!
Well, there is sixpence to preserve thee.


13

II,2,1064

Bardolph. Well, my lord. He heard of your Grace's coming to
There's a letter for you.

Edward Poins. Deliver'd with good respect. And how doth the martlemas,
your master?


14

II,2,1067

Bardolph. In bodily health, sir.

Edward Poins. Marry, the immortal part needs a physician; but that
not him. Though that be sick, it dies not.


15

II,2,1073

Henry V. I do allow this well to be as familiar with me as my
and he holds his place, for look you how he writes.

Edward Poins. [Reads] 'John Falstaff, knight'—Every man must know
as oft as he has occasion to name himself, even like those
are kin to the King; for they never prick their finger but
say 'There's some of the King's blood spilt.' 'How comes
says he that takes upon him not to conceive. The answer is as
ready as a borrower's cap: 'I am the King's poor cousin,


16

II,2,1090

Henry V. Nay, they will be kin to us, or they will fetch it from
Japhet. But the letter: [Reads] 'Sir John Falstaff, knight,
the son of the King nearest his father, Harry Prince of
greeting.'

Edward Poins. Why, this is a certificate.


17

II,2,1094

Henry V. Peace! [Reads] 'I will imitate the honourable Romans
brevity.'-

Edward Poins. He sure means brevity in breath, short-winded.


18

II,2,1105

Henry V. [Reads] 'I commend me to thee, I commend thee, and I
leave thee. Be not too familiar with Poins; for he misuses
favours so much that he swears thou art to marry his sister
Repent at idle times as thou mayst, and so farewell.
Thine, by yea and no—which is as much as to say as
thou usest him—JACK FALSTAFF with my familiars,
JOHN with my brothers and sisters, and SIR JOHN with
all Europe.'

Edward Poins. My lord, I'll steep this letter in sack and make him eat


19

II,2,1110

Henry V. That's to make him eat twenty of his words. But do you
me thus, Ned? Must I marry your sister?

Edward Poins. God send the wench no worse fortune! But I never said


20

II,2,1131

Henry V. Even such kin as the parish heifers are to the town
Shall we steal upon them, Ned, at supper?

Edward Poins. I am your shadow, my lord; I'll follow you.


21

II,2,1139

Henry V. Fare you well; go. Exeunt BARDOLPH and PAGE
This Doll Tearsheet should be some road.

Edward Poins. I warrant you, as common as the way between Saint Albans
London.


22

II,2,1145

Henry V. How might we see Falstaff bestow himself to-night in
true colours, and not ourselves be seen?

Edward Poins. Put on two leathern jerkins and aprons, and wait upon
his table as drawers.


23

II,4,1546

Henry V. Would not this nave of a wheel have his ears cut off?

Edward Poins. Let's beat him before his whore.


24

II,4,1549

Henry V. Look whe'er the wither'd elder hath not his poll claw'd
like a parrot.

Edward Poins. Is it not strange that desire should so many years
performance?


25

II,4,1556

Henry V. Saturn and Venus this year in conjunction! What says
almanac to that?

Edward Poins. And look whether the fiery Trigon, his man, be not
to his master's old tables, his note-book, his


26

II,4,1591

Doll Tearsheet. How, you fat fool! I scorn you.

Edward Poins. My lord, he will drive you out of your revenge and turn
to a merriment, if you take not the heat.


27

II,4,1613

Falstaff. No abuse, Hal.

Edward Poins. No abuse!


28

II,4,1632

Henry V. See now, whether pure fear and entire cowardice doth
make thee wrong this virtuous gentlewoman to close with us?
she of the wicked? Is thine hostess here of the wicked? Or is
boy of the wicked? Or honest Bardolph, whose zeal burns in
nose, of the wicked?

Edward Poins. Answer, thou dead elm, answer.


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