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Into the sea ! and, other times, to see
War. There is a history in all men's lives,
Unless on you.
K. Hen. Are these things then necessities?
War. It cannot be, my lord;
K. Hen. I will take your counsel :
SCENE II.—Court before Justice SHALLOW's House in
Enter Shallow and Silence, meeting; Mouldy,
SHADOW, WART, FEEBLE, BULL-CALF, and Servants, behind.
Shal. Come on, come on, come on; give me your hand, sir, give me your hand, sir: an early stirrer, by the rood. And how doth my good cousin Silence ?
Sil. Good morrow, good cousin Shallow.
Shal. And how doth my cousin, your bedfellow ? and your fairest daughter, and mine, my god-daughter Ellen ?
Sil. Alas, a black ouzel, cousin Shallow.
Shal. By yea and nay, sir, I dare say, my cousin William is become a good scholar: He is at Oxford, still, is he not?
Sil. Indeed, sir; to my cost.
Shal. He must then to the inns of court shortly : I was once of Clement's-inn; where, I think, they will talk of mad Shallow yet.
Sil. You were called—lusty Shallow, then, cousin.
Shal. By the mass, I was called any thing; and I would have done any thing, indeed, and roundly too. There was I, and little John Doit of Staffordshire, and black George Bare, and Francis Pickbone, and Will Squele a Cotswold man,—you had not four such swingebucklers in all the inns of court again : and, I may say to you, we knew where the bona-robas were; and had the best of them all at commandment. Then was Jack Falstaff, now sir John, a boy; and page to Thomas Mowbray, duke of Norfolk.
Sil. This sir John, cousin, that comes hither anon about soldiers ? .
Shal. The same sir John, the very same. I saw him break Skogan's head at the court gate, when he was a crack, not thus high: and the very same day did I fight with one Sampson Stockfish, a fruiterer, behind Gray’sinn. O, the mad days that I have spent! and to see how many of mine old acquaintances are dead !
Sil. We shall all follow, cousin.
Shal. Certain, 'tis certain; very sure, very sure: death, as the Psalmist saith, is certain to all; all shall die. How a good yoke of bullocks at Stamford fair?
Sil. Truly, cousin, I was not there.
Shal. Death is certain.—Is old Double of your town living yet?
Sil. Dead, sir.
Shal. Dead See, see!—He drew a good bow ;And dead !-he shot a fine shoot :-John of Gaunt loved him well, and betted much money on his head. Dead !-he would have clapped i’ the clout at twelve score; and carried you a forehand shaft a fourteen and fourteen and a half, that it would have done a man's heart good to see.-How a score of ewes now?
Sil. Thereafter as they be: a score of good ewes may be worth ten pounds.
Shal. And is old Double dead !
Enter BARDOLPH, and one with him. Sil. Here come two of Sir John Falstaff's men, as I think.
Bard. Good morrow, honest gentlemen : I beseech you, which is justice Shallow ?
Shal. I am Robert Shallow, sir; a poor esquire of this county, and one of the king's justices of the peace : What is your good pleasure with me?
Bard. My captain, sir, commends him to you : my captain, sir John Falstaff: a tall gentleman, by heaven, and a most gallant leader.
Shal. He greets me well, sir; I knew him a good backsword man: How doth the good knight? may I ask, how my lady his wife doth ?
Bard. Sir, pardon; a soldier is better accommodated, than with a wife.
Shal. It is well said, in faith, sir; and it is well said indeed too. Better accommodated !—it is good; yea, indeed, it is : good phrases are surely, and ever were, very commendable. Accommodated !-it comes from accommodo : very good; a good phrase.
Bard. Pardon me, sir; I have heard the word. Phrase, call you it? By this good day, I know not the phrase: but I will maintain the word with my sword, to be a soldier-like word, and a word of exceeding good command. Accommodated; That is, when a man is, as they say, accommodated: or, when a man is,being,—whereby, -he may be thought to be accommodated; which is an excellent thing.
Enter Falstaff. Shal. It is very just: Look, here comes good sir John.-Give me your good hand, give me your worship’s good hand : By my troth, you look well, and bear your years very well : welcome, good sir John.
Fal. I am glad to see you well, good master Robert Shallow : Master Sure-card, as I think.