Henry 4.2

  • Henry IV, Part 2: Prologue

  • (Rumor)

  • Induction

  • Enter Rumor, painted full of tongues.

  • Profile Picture of Rumour in Henry 4.2


    Open your ears; for which of you will stop

  • The vent of hearing when loud Rumor speaks?

  • I, from the orient to the drooping west

  • (Making the wind my post-horse), still unfold

  • The acts commenced on this ball of earth.

  • Upon my tongues continual slanders ride,

  • The which in every language I pronounce,

  • Stuffing the ears of men with false reports.

  • I speak of peace, while covert enmity

  • Under the smile of safety wounds the world;

  • And who but Rumor, who but only I,

  • Make fearful musters and preparโ€™d defense,

  • Profile Picture of Rumour in Henry 4.2


    Whiles the big year, swollโ€™n with some other grief,

  • Is thought with child by the stern tyrant war,

  • And no such matter? Rumor is a pipe

  • Blown by surmises, jealousies, conjectures,