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welcome, indeed, too. — Ill drink to master Bar- Fal. What! s the old king dead ? doiph, and to all the cavaleroes about London. Pist. As nail in door : the things I speak, are just. Davy. I hope to see London once ere I die. Fal. Away, Bardolph ; saddle


horse. - Master Bard. An I might see you there, Davy, — Robert Shallow, choose what office thou wilt in the

Shal. By the mass, you'll crack a quart together. land, 'tis thine. — Pistol, I will double-charge thee Ha! will you not, master Bardolph ?

with dignities. Bard. Yes, sir, in a pottle pot.

Bard. O joyful day!—I would not take a knightShal. I thank thee : - The knave will stick by hood for my fortune. thee, I can assure thee that : he will not out; he is Pist. What? I do bring good news? true bred.

Fal. Carry master Silence to bed.—Master ShalBard. And I'll stick by him, sir.

low, my lord Shallow, be what thou wilt, I am Shal. Why, there spoke a king. Lack nothing: fortune's steward. Gei on thy boots : we'll ride be merry, (Knocking heard.] Look who's at door all night: (), sweet Pistol : Away, Bardolph. tere : Ho! who knocks ?

(Erit Davy. (Erit Bard.] Come, Pistol, utter more to me; Fal. Why, now you have done me right. and, withal, devise something, to do thyself good. —

[To SILENCE, who drinks a bumper. | Boot, boot, master Shallow : I know the young Sil. Do me right, [Singing. king is sick for me. take


man's horses ; And dub me knight :

the laws of England are

at my commandment. Samingo

Happy are they which have been my friends ; and l'st not so ?

woe to my lord chief justice ! Fal. 'Tis so.

Pist. Let vultures vile seize on his lungs also ! Si. Is't so? Why, then say, an old man can do Where is the life that late I led, say they ; somewhat.

Why, here it is ; Welcome these pleasant days.

[Ereunt. Re-enter Davy. Davy. An it please your worship, there's one

SCENE IV. - London. A Street.
Pistol come from the court with news.
Fal. From the court, let him come in.

Enter Beadles, drauging in Hostess QUICKLY, and

Enter Pistol.

Host. No, thou arrant knave; I would I might How now, Pistol ?

die, that I might have thee hanged: thou hast Pist. God save you, sir John !

drawn my shoulder out of joint. Fal. What wind blew you hither, Pistol ?

1 Bead. The constables have delivered her over to Pist. Not the ill wind which blows no man to me: and she shall have whipping-cheer enough, I good. Sweet knight, thou art now one of the warrant her; there hath been a man or two lately greatest men in the realm.

killed about her. Su. By’r lady, I think 'a be ; but goodman Puff Doll. Nut-hook, nut-hook, you lie. Come on ; of Barson.

I'll tell thee what, thou damned tripe-visaged rascal Pist. Puff?

an the child I now go with, do miscarry, thou hadst Puff in thy teeth, most recreant coward base! better thou hadst struck thy mother, thou paper Sir John, I am thy Pistol, and thy friend,

faced villain. And helter-skelter have I rode to thee;

Host. O the Lord, that sir John were come ! he And tidings do I bring, and lucky joys,

would make this a bloody day to somebody. But And golden times, and happy news of price. I pray God the fruit of her womb miscarry!

Fal. I pr’ythee now, deliver them like a man of 1 Bead. If it do, you shall have a dozen of this world.

cushions again ; you have but eleven now. Come, Pist. A foutra for the world, and worldings base! I charge you both go with me ; for the man is dead, I speak of Africa, and golden joys.

that you and Pistol beat among you. Fal. O base Assyrian knight, what is thy news? Doll. I'll tell thee what, thou thin man in a Let king Cophetua know the truth thereof. censer ! I will have you as soundly swinged for

Si. And Robin Hood, Scarlet, and John. (Sings. this, you blue-bottle rogue! you filthy famished

Pist. Shall dunghill curs confront the Helicons ? correctioner : if you be not swinged, I'll forswear And shall good news be baffled ?

half-kirtles. Then, Pistol, lay thy head in Furies' lap.

1 Beud. Come, come, you she knight-errant, come. Shal, Honest gentleman, I know not your breed- Host. O, that right should thus overcome might ! ing.

Well; of sufferance comes ease. Pist. Why then, lament, therefore,

Doll. Come, you rogue, come ; bring me to a Shal. Give me pardon, sir; - If, sir, you come justice. with news from the court, I take it, there is but Host. Ay; come, you starved blood-hound, two ways; either to utter them, or to conceal them. Doll. Goodman death! goodman bones ! I am, sir, under the king, in some authority.

Host. Thou atomy thou ! Pist. Under which king, Bezonian ? speak, or die. Doll. Come, you thin thing; come, you rascal ! Shal. Under king Harry.

1 Bead. Very well.

(Ereunt. Pist.

Harry the fourth ? or fifth ? Shal. Harry the fourth.

SCENE V. A publick Place near Westminster
A foutra for thine office !

Sir John, thy tender lambkin now is king;
Harry the fifth's the man. I speak the truth :

Enter two Grooms, strewing rushes.
When Pistol lies, do this; and fig me, like

1 Groom. More rushes, more rushes. The bragging Spaniard,

2 Groom. The trumpets have sounded twice,

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1 Groom. It will be two o'clock ere they come For thee thrice wider than for other men : from the coronation : Despatch, despatch.

Reply not to me with a fool-born jest ;
(Exeunt Grooms. Presume not, that I am the thing I was :

For heaven doth know, so shall the world perceive, Enter FA „STAFF, SHALLOW, Pistol, BARDOLPH, and the Page.

That I have turn'd away my former self;

So will I those that kept me company. Fal. Stand here by me, master Robert Shallow ; When thou dost hear I am as I have been, I will make the king do you grace: I will leer upon Approach me; and thou shalt be as thou wast, him, as ’a comes by ; and do but mark the counte- The tutor and the feeder of my riots : nance that he will give me.

Till then, I banish thee, on pain of death, Pist. God bless thy lungs, good knight.

As I have done the rest of my misleaders, Fal. Come here, Pistol ; stand behind me. — -0, Not to come near our person by ten mile. if I had had time to have made new liveries, I would For competence of life, I will allow you, have bestowed the thousand pound I borrowed of That lack of means enforce you not to evil: you. [To Shallow.) But 'tis no matter; this poor And, as we hear you do reform yourselves, show doth better : this doth infer the zeal I had to We will, — according to your strength, and quali. see him.

ties, Shal. It doth so.

Give you advancement. - Be it your charge, my Fal. It shows my earnestness of affection.

lord, Shal. It doth so.

To see perform’d the tenor of our word. Fal. My devotion.

Set on.

(Exeunt King and his Train. Shal. It doth, it doth, it doth.

Fal. Master Shallow, I owe you a thousand Fal. As it were, to ride day and night; and not pound. to deliberate, not to remember, not to have patience Shal. Ay, marry, sir John; which I beseech you to shift me.

to let me have home with me. Shal. It is most certain.

Fal. That can hardly be, master Shallow. Do Fal. But to stand stained with travel, and sweat- not you grieve at this; I shall be sent for in private ing with desire to see him : thinking of nothing to him: look you, he must seem thus to the world. else ; putting all affairs else in oblivion ; as if there Fear not your advancement; I will be the man yet, were nothing else to be done, but to see him. that shall make you great.

Pist. 'Tis semper idem, for absque hoc nihil est : Shal. I cannot perceive how; unless you give me 'Tis all in every part.

your doublet, and stuff me out with straw. I beShal. 'Tis so, indeed.

seech you, good sir John, let me have five hundred Pist. My knight, I will inflame thy noble liver, of my thousand. And make thee rage.

Fal. Sir, I will be as good as my word: this that Thy Doll, and Helen of thy noble thoughts you heard, was but a colour. Is in base durance, and contagious prison ;

Shal. A colour, I fear, that you will die in, sir Haul'd thither

John. Ry most mechanical and dirty hand :

Fal. Fear no colours ; go with me to dinner. Rouze up revenge from ebon den with fell Alecto's Come, lieutenant Pistol ; come, Bardolph: - - 1 snake,

shall be sent for soon at night. For Doll is in ; Pistol speaks nought but truth. Fal. I will deliver her.

Re-enter PRINCE John, the CHIEF JUSTICE, (Shouts within, and the trumpets sound.

Officers, &c. Pist. There roar'd the sea, and trumpet-clangor Ch. Just. Go, carry sir John Falstaff to the Fleet; sounds.

Take all his company along with him.

Fal. My lord, my lord, Enter the King and his Train, the CHIEF JUSTICE

Ch. Just. I cannot n speak: I will hear you

among them.



Fal. God save thy grace, king Hal! my royal | Take them away. Hal!

Pist. Si fortuna me tormenta, pero me contenta. Pist. The heavens thee guard and keep, most

(Ereunt Fal. Shal. Pist. Bard. Page, royal imp of fame!

and Officers. Fal. God save thee, my sweet boy!

P. John I like this fair proceeding of the king's : King. My lord chief justice, speak to that vain He hath intent, his wonted followers

Shall all be very well provided for ; Ch. Just. Have you your wits? know you what But all are banish'd, till their conversations 'tis you speak?

Appear more wise and modest to the world. Fal. My king ! my Jove! I speak to thee, my Ch. Just. And so they are. heart!

P. John. The king hath call’d his parliament, my King. I know thee not, old man : Fall to thy

lord. prayers;

Ch. Just. He hath. How ill white hairs become a fool, and jester ! P. John. I will lay odds, - that, ere this year I have long dream’d of such a kind of man,

expire, So surfeit-swell’d, so old, and so profane ;

We hear our civil swords, and native fire, But, being awake, I do despise my dream.

As far as France : I heard a bird so sing, Make less thy body, hence, and more thy grace; Whose musick, to my thinking, pleas'd the king. Leave gormandizing; know, the grave doth gape Come, will you hence ?


EPILOGUE. - Spoken by a DANCER

First, my fear; then my court'sy: last, my will you command me to use my legs? and yet tlat speech. My fear is, your displeasure; my court'sy, were but light payment, - to dance out of your debt. my duty; and my speech, to beg your pardons. If But a good conscience will make any possible satisyou look for a good speech now, you undo me: for faction, and so will I. All the gentlewomen here what I have to say, is of mine own making; and have forgiven me; if the gentlemen will not, then what, indeed, I should say, will, I doubt, prove the gentlemen do not agree with the gentlewomen, mine own marring. But to the purpose, and so to which was never seen before in such an assembly. the venture.—Be it known to you, (as it is very well,) One word more, I beseech you. If you be not I was lately here in the end of a displeasing play, too much cloyed with fat meat, our humble author to pray your patience for it, and to promise you a will continue the story, with Sir John in it, and better. I did mean, indeed, to pay you with this ; make you merry with fair Katharine of France : which, if, like an ill venture, it come unluckily where, for any thing I know, Falstaff shall die of home, I break, and you, my gentle creditors, lose. a sweat, unless already he be killed with your hard Here, I promised you, I would be, and here I opinions ; for Oldcastle died a martyr, and this is commit my body to your mercies: bate me some, not the man. My tongue is weary; when my legs and I will pay you some, and, as most debtors do, are too, I will bid you good night: and so kneel promise you infinitely.

down before you;

- but, indeed, to pray for the If my tongue cannot entreat you to acquit me, queen.

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DưKE OF BEDFORD; } brothers to the King.


A Herald. ,

Chorus. DUKE OF EXETER, uncle to the King.

CHARLES THE Sixty, King of France. DUKE OF York, cousin to the King



RAMBURES and ĞRANDPREE, French lords. Bishop OF Ely.

Governor of Harfleur. EARL OF CAMBRIDGE,

MONTJOY, a French herald. LORD SCROOP, conspirators against the

Ambassadors to the King of England.

Sir Thomas GREY,
Sir Thomas ERPINGHAM, Gower, FLUELLEN, ISABEL, Queen of France.

MACMORRIS, Jamy, officers in King KATHARINE, daughter of Charles and Isabel.
Henry's army.

Alice, a lady attending on the Princess Katharine.
BATES, COURT, WILLIAMS, soldiers in the same. Quickly, Pistol's wife, an hostess.
Nrm, BARDOLPH, Pistol, formerly servants to
Falstaff, now soldiers in the same.

Lords, Ladies, Officers, French and English Saldreta Boy, servant to them.

Messengers, and Attendants. The SCENE, at the beginning of the Play, lies in ENGLAND; but afterwards wholly in France.

And let us, ciphers to this great accompt,
Enter Chorus.

On your imaginary forces work :
O, for a muse of fire, that would ascend

Suppose, within the girdle of these walls The brightest heaven of invention !

Are now confin'd two mighty monarchies, A kingdom for a stage, princes to act,

Whose high upreared and abutting fronts And monarchs to behold the swelling scene! The perilous, narrow ocean parts asunder. Then should the warlike Harry, like himself, Piece out our imperfections with your thoughts ; Assume the port of Mars; and, at his heels, Into a thousand parts divide one man, Leash'd in like hounds, should famine, sword, and And make imaginary puissance : fire,

Think, when we talk of horses, that you see them Crouch for employment. But pardon, gentles all, Printing their proud hoofs i'the receiving earth : The flat unraised spirit, that hath dar'd,

For 'tis your thoughts that now must deck our On this unworthy scaffold, to bring forth

kings, So great an object : Can this cockpit hoid

Carry them here and there ; jumping o'er times; The vasty fields of France? or may we cram Turning the accomplishment of many years Within this wooden O, the very casques,

Into an hour-glass; For the which supply, That did affright the air at Agincourt ?

Admit me chorus to this history; O, pardon ! since a crooked figure may

Who, prologue-like, your humble patience prey, Attest, in little place, a million ;

Gently to hear, kindly to judge, our play. 446


SCENE I. London. An Ante-chamber in the Any retirement, any sequestration
King's Palace.

From open haunts and popularity.

Ely. The strawberry grows underneate the nettle

And wholesome berries thrive and ripen best, OF Ely,

Neighbour'd by fruit of baser quality : Cant. My lord, I'll tell you, - that self bill is And so the prince obscur'd his contemplation urg'd,

Under the veil of wildness ; which, no doubt, Which, in the eleventh year o' the last king's reign Grew like the summer grass, fastest by night, Was like, and had indeed against us pass'd,

Unseen, yet crescive in his faculty. But that the scambling and unquiet tiine

Cant. It must be so; for miracles are ceas'd; Did push it out of further question.

And therefore we must needs admit the means, Ely. But how, my lord, shall we resist it now? How things are perfected. Cant. It must be thought on. If it pass against us,


But, my good lord, We lose the better half of our possession :

How now for mitigation of this bill
For all the temporal lands, which men devout Urg'd by the cominons? Doth his majesty
By testament have given to the church,

Incline to it, or no?
Would they strip from us; being valued thus,


He seems indifferent ; As much as would maintain, to the king's honour, Or, rather, swaying more upon our part, Full fifteen earls, and fifteen hundred knights; Than cherishing the exhibiters against us: Six thousand and two hundred good esquires ; For I have made an offer to his majesty. And, to relief of lazars, and weak age,

Upon our spiritual convocation •
Of indigent faint souls, past corporal toil,

And in regard of causes now in hand,
A hundred alms-houses, right well supplied ; Which I have open'd to his grace at large,
And to the coffers of the king beside,

As touching France, - to give a greater sum
A thousand pounds by the year: Thus runs the bill. Than ever at one time the clergy yet
Ely. This would drink deep.

Diu to his predecessors part withal. Cant.

'Twould drink the cup and all. Ely. How did this offer seem receiv’d, my lord ? Ely. But what prevention ?

Cant. With good acceptance of his majesty ; Cant. The king is full of grace, and fair regard. Save, that there was not time enough to hear Ely. And a true lover of the holy church. (As I perceiv'd, his grace would fain have done,)

Cant. The courses of his youth promis'd it not. The severals, and unhidden passages, The breath no sooner left his father's body,

Of his true titles to some certain dukedoms; But that his wildness, mortified in him,

And, generally, to the crown and seat of France, Seem'd to die too: yea, at that very moment, Deriv'd from Edward, his great grandfather. Consideration like an angel came,

Ely. What was the impediment that broke this off? And whipp'd the offending Adam out of bim; Cant. The French ambassador, upon that instant, Leaving his body as a paradise,

Crav'd audience : and the hour, I think, is come, To envelop and contain celestial spirits.

To give him hearing : Is it four o'clock ? Never was such a sudden scholar made :


It is. Never came reformation in a flood,

Cant. Then go we in, to know his embassy ; With such a heady current, scouring faults ; Which I could, with a ready guess, declare, Nor nerer Hydra-headed wilfulness

Before the Frenchman speak a word of it. So soon did lose his seat, and all at once,

Ely. I'll wait upon you; and I long to hear it. As in this king

[Ereunt. Ely.

We are blessed in the change. Cant. Hear him but reason in divinity,

SCENE JI. - The same. A Room of State in And, all-admiring, with an inward wish

the same. You would desire, the king were made a prelate : Hear him debate of commonwealth affairs,

Enter King HENRY, GLOSTER, BEDFORD, Exeter, You would say, -it hath been all-in-all his study :

Warwick, WESTMORELAND, and Attendants. List his discourse of war, and you shall hear

K. Hen. Where is my gracious Lord of CanterA fearful battle render'd you in musick :

bury? Turn him to any cause of policy,

Ere. Not here in presence. The Gordian knot of it he will unloose,

K. Hen. Send for him, good uncle. Familiar as his garter ; that, when he speaks,

West. Shall we call in the ambassador, my liege? The air, a charter'd libertine, is still,

K. Hen. Not yet, my cousin ; we would be reAnd the mute wonder lurketh in men's ears,

solv'd, To steal his sweet and honeyed sentences ;

Before we hear him, of some things of weight, So that the art and practick part of life

That task our thoughts, concerning us and France. Must be the mistress to this theorick:

Enter the ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY and Bishop Which is a wonder, how his grace should glean i.. Since his addiction was to courses vain : dis companies unletter'd, rude, and shallow; Cunt. God and his angels, guard your sacred His hours fill'd up with riots, banquets, sports ;

throne, And never noted in him any study,

And make you long become it!

or Ely.

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