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Dary. Now, sir, a new link to the bucket must needs be had :- And, sir, do you mean to stop any of William's wages, about the sack he lost the other day at Hinckley fair ? Shal. He shall answer it :
—Some pigeon's, Davy; a couple of short-legged hens; a joint of mutton; and any pretty little tiny kickshaws, tell William cook.
Davy. Doth the man of war stay all night, sir.
Shal. Yes, Davy. I will use him well; A friend i'the court is better than a penny in purse. Use his men well, Davy; for they are arrant knaves, and will backbite.
Dary. No worse than they are back-bitten, sir; for they have marvellous foul linen.
Shal. Well conceited, Davy. About thy business, Davy.
Davy. I beseech you, sir, to countenance William Visor of Wincot against Clement Perkes of the hill.
Shal. There are many complaints, Davy, against that Visor; that Visor is an arrant knave, on my knowledge.
Davy. I grant your worship, that he is a knave, sir: but yet, God forbid, sir, but a knave should have some countenance at his friend's request. An honest man, sir, is able to speak for himself, when a knave is not. I have served your worship truly, sir, this eight years; and if I cannot once or twice in a quarter bear out a knave against an honest man, I have but a very little credit with your worship. The knave is mine honest friend, sir; therefore, I beseech your worship, let him be countenanced.
Shal. Go to; I say, he shall have no wrong. Look about, Davy. [Exit Davy.] Where are you, sir John ?
Come, off with your boots.-Give me your hand, master Bardolph.
Bard. I am glad to see your worship.
Shal. I thank thee with all my heart, kind master Bardolph :—and welcome, my tall fellow. [To the Page.] Come, sir John.
[Erit Shallow. Fal. I'll follow you, good master Robert Shallow. Bardolph, look to our horses. [Ereunt BARDOLPH and Page.] If I were sawed into quantities, I should make four dozen of such bearded hermit’s-staves as master Shallow. It is a wonderful thing, to see the semblable coherence of his men's spirits and his: They, by observing him, do bear themselves like foolish justices; he, by conversing with them, is turned into a justice-like serving-man; their spirits are so married in conjunction with the participation of society, that they flock together in consent, like so many wild-geese. · If I had a suit to master Shallow, I would humour his men, with the imputation of being near their master: if to his men, I would curry with master Shallow, that no man could better command his servants. It is certain, that either wise bearing, or ignorant carriage, is caught, as men take diseases, one of another; therefore, let men take heed of their company. I will devise matter enough out of this Shallow, to keep prince Harry in continual laughter, the wearing-out of six fashions, (which is four terms, or two actions, and he shall laugh without intervallums. O, it is much, that a lie, with a slight oath, and a jest, with a sad brow, will do with a fellow that pever had the ache in his shoulders! O, you shall see him laugh, till his face be like a wet cloak ill laid up.
Shal. [Within.] Sir John!
Fal. I come, master Shallow; I come, master Shallow.
SCENE II.-Westminster. A Room in the Palace.
Enter WARWICK, and the Lord Chief Justice. War. How now, my lord chief justice? whither away? Ch. Just. How doth the king? War. Exceeding well; his cares are now all ended. Ch. Just. I hope, not dead.
War. He's walk'd the way of nature; And, to our purposes, he lives no more.
Ch. Just. I would, his majesty had calld me with him : The service that I truly did his life, Hath left me open to all injuries.
War. Indeed, I think, the young king loves you not.
Ch. Just. I know he doth not; and do arm myself, To welcome the condition of the time; Which cannot look more hideously upon me Than I have drawn it in my fantasy.
Enter Prince John, Prince HUMPHREY, CLARENCE,
WESTMORELAND, and Others.
Ch. Just. Alas! I fear, all will be overturn'd.
P. John. We meet like men that had forgot to speak.
War. We do remember; but our argument Is all too heavy to admit much talk. P. John. Well, peace be with him that hath made us
heavy! Ch. Just. Peace be with us, lest we be heavier ! P. Humph. O, good my lord, you have lost a friend,
indeed : And I dare swear, you borrow not that face Of seeming sorrow; it is, sure, your own. P. John. Though no man be assur'd what grace to
find, You stand in coldest expectation ; I am the sorrier; 'would, 'twere otherwise.
Cla. Well, you must now speak sir John Falstaff fair ; Which swims against your stream of quality.
Ch. Just. Sweet princes, what I did, I did in honour, Led by the impartial conduct of my soul; And never shall you see, that I will beg A ragged and forestallid remission.If truth and upright innocency fail me, I'll to the king my master that is dead, And tell him who hath sent me after him.
War. Here comes the prince.
Enter King Henry V. Ch. Just. Good morrow; and heaven save your ma
jesty! King. This new and gorgeous garment, majesty, Sits not so easy on me as you
think. Brothers, you mix your sadness with some fear; This is the English, not the Turkish court;
Not Amurath an Amurath succeeds,
P. John, &c. We hope no other from your majesty.
[To the Chief Justice. You are, I think, assurd I love you not.
Ch. Just. I am assur’d, if I be measur'd rightly,
Ch. Just. I then did use the person of your father;