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The king will always think him in our debt;
Hot. He does, he does; we'll be reveng’d on him.
Wor. Cousin, farewell :-No further go in this,
North. Farewell, good brother: we shall thrive, I trust.
Hot. Uncle, adieu :-0, let the hours be short, Till fields, and blows, and groans applaud our sport!
SCENE I.-Rochester. An Inn Yard.
Enter a Carrier, with a Lantern in his hand. i Car. Heigh ho! An't be not four by the day, I'll be hanged : Charles' wain is over the new chimney, and yet our horse not packed. What, ostler !
Ost. [Within.] Anon, anon.
i Car. I pr’ythee, Tom, beat Cuts saddle, put a few flocks in the point; the poor jade is wrung in the withers out of all cess.
Enter another Carrier. 2 Car. Pease and beans are as dank here as a dog, and that is the next way to give poor jades the bots : this house is turned upside down, since Robin ostler died.
i Car. Poor fellow! never joyed since the price of oats rose; it was the death of him.
2 Car. I think, this be the most villainous house in all London road for fleas: I am stung like a tench.
i Car. Like a tench ? by the mass, there is ne'er a king in Christendom could be better bit than I have been since the first cock.
2 Car. Why, they will allow us ne'er a jorden, and
then we leak in your chimney; and your chamber-lie breeds flies like a loach.
i Car. What, ostler! come away and be hanged, come away.
2 Car. I have a gammon of bacon, and two razes of ginger, to be delivered as far as Charing-cross.
i Car. 'Odsbody! the turkies in my pannier are quite starved.-What, ostler!-A plague on thee! hast thou never an eye in thy head ? canst not hear ? An 'twere not as good a deed as drink, to break the pate of thee, I am a very villain.—Come, and be hanged :-Hast no faith in thee?
Enter GADSHILL. Gads. Good morrow, carriers. What's o'clock? i Car. I think it be two o'clock.
Gads. I pr’ythee, lend me thy lantern, to see my gelding in the stable.
i Car. Nay, soft, I pray ye; I know a trick worth two of that, i'faith.
Gads. I pr’ythee, lend me thine.
2 Car. Ay, when ? canst tell ?—Lend me thy lantern, quoth a ?-marry, I'll see thee hanged first.
Gads. Sirrah carrier, what time do you mean to come to London?
2 Car. Time enough to go to bed with a candle, I warrant thce.—Come, neighbour Mugs, we'll call up the gentlemen; they will along with company, for they have great charge.
[Ereunt Carriers. Gads. What, ho! chamberlain ! Cham. [Within.] At hand, quoth pick-purse. Gads. That's even as fair as—at hand, quoth the cham
berlain : for thou variest no more from picking of purses, than giving direction doth from labouring, thou lay'st the plot how.
Enter Chamberlain. Cham. Good morrow, master Gadshill. It holds current, that I told you yesternight: There's a franklin in the wild of Kent, hath brought three hundred marks with him in gold : I heard him tell it to one of his company, last night at supper; a kind of auditor; one that hath abundance of charge too, God knows what. They are up already, and call for eggs and butter : They will away presently.
Gads. Sirrah, if they meet not with saint Nicholas' clerks, I'll give thee this neck.
Cham. No, I'll none of it: I pr’ythee, keep that for the hangman; for, I know, thou worship’st saint Nicholas as truly as a man of falsehood may.
Gads. What talkest thou to me of the hangman? if I hang, I'll make a fat pair of gallows : for, if I hang, old sir John hangs with me; and, thou knowest, he's no starveling. Tut! there are other Trojans that thou dreamest not of, the which, for sport sake, are content to do the profession some grace; that would, if matters should be looked into, for their own credit sake, make all whole. I am joined with no foot land-rakers, no long-staff, sixpenny strikers ; none of these mad, mustachio purplehued malt-worms : but with nobility, and tranquillity ; burgomasters, and great oneyers ; such as can hold in ; such as will strike sooner than speak, and speak sooner than drink, and drink sooner than pray: And yet I lie ; for they pray continually to their saint, the common
wealth; or, rather, not pray to her, but prey on her; for they ride up and down on her, and make her their boots.
Cham. What, the commonwealth their boots ? will she hold out water in foul way?
Gads. She will, she will ; justice hath liquored her. We steal as in a castle, cock-sure; we have the receipt of fern-seed, we walk invisible.
Cham. Nay, by my faith; I think you are more beholden to the night, than to fern-seed, for your walking 'invisible.
Gads. Give me thy hand: thou shalt have a share in our purchase, as I am a true man.
Cham. Nay, rather let me have it, as you are a false thief.
Gads. Go to; Homo is a common name to all men. Bid the ostler bring my gelding out of the stable. Farewell, you muddy knave.
SCENE II.—The Road by Gadshill.
Enter Prince Henry, and Poins; BARDOLPH and Pero,
at some distance. Poins. Come, shelter, shelter ; I have removed Falstaff's horse, and he frets like a gummed velvet.
P. Hen. Stand close.
P. Hen. Peace, ye fat-kidneyed rascal; What a brawling dost thou keep?