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grass, to make them bleed; and then to beslubber our garments with it, and swear it was the blood of true men. I did that I did not this seven year before, I blush'd to hear his monstrous devices.
P. Hen. O villain, thou stolest a cup of sack eighteen years ago, and wert taken with the manner, and ever since thou hast blush'd extempore: Thou hadst fire and sword thy side, and yet thou ran'st away; What instinct hadst thou for it?
Bard. My lord, do you see these meteors? do you behold these exhalations?
P. Hen. I do.
Here comes lean Jack, here comes bare-bone. How now, my sweet creature of bombast 44 ? How long is't ago, Jack, since thou saw'st thine own knee?
Fal. My own knee? when I was about thy years, Hal, I was not an eagle's talon in the waist; I could have crept into any alderman's thumb-ring: A plague of sighing and grief! it blows a man up like a bladder. There's villainous news abroad: here was sir John Bracy from your father; you must to the court in the morning. That same mad fellow of the north, Percy; and he of Wales, that gave Amaimon the bastinado, and made Lucifer cuckold, and swore the
devil his true liegeman upon the cross of a Welsh hook,- What, a plague, call you him?-
Poins. 0, Glendower.
Fal. Owen, Owen; the same;—and his son-inlaw, Mortimer; and old Northumberland; and that sprightly Scot of Scots, Douglas, that runs o’horseback up a hill perpendicular.
P. Hen. He that rides at high speed, and with his pistol kills a sparrow flying 4s.
Fal. You have hit it.
Fal. Well, that rascal hath good mettle in him; he will not run.
P. Hen. Why, what a rascal art thou then, to praise him so for running ?
Fal. O'horseback, ye cuckoo! but, afoot, he will not budge a foot.
P. Hen. Yes, Jack, upon instinct.
Fal. I grant ye, upon instinct. Well, he is there too, and one Mordake, and a thousand blue-caps more: Worcester is stolen away to night: thy father's beard is turned white with the news; you may buy land now as cheap as stinking mackarel +7.
P. Hen. Why then, 'tis like, if there come a hot June, and this civil buffeting hold, we shall buy maidenheads as they buy hob-nails, by the hundreds.
Fal. By the mass, lad, thou say'st true; it is like we shall have good trading that way.-But, tell me, Hal, art thou not horribly afeard ? thou being heir apparent, could the world pick thee out three such
enemies again, as that fiend Douglas, that spirit Percy, and that devil Glendower? Art thou not horribly afraid ? doth not thy blood thrill at it?
P. Hen. Not a whit, i'faith; I lack some of thy instinct.
Fal. Well, thou wilt be horribly chid to-morrow, when thou comest to thy father; if thou love me, practise an answer.
P. Hen. Do thou stand for my father, and examine me upon the particulars of my life.
Fal. Shall I? content:- This chair shall be my state, this dagger my scepter, and this cushion my
P. Hen. Thy state is taken for a joint-stool, thy golden scepter for a leaden dagger, and thy precious rich crown, for a pitiful bald crown!
Fal. Well, an the fire of grace be not quite out of thee, now shalt thou be moved.--Give me a cup of sack, to make mine eyes look red, that it may be thought I have wept; for I must speak in passion, and I will do it in king Cambyses' vein.
P. Hen. Well, here is my leg. 48
Fal. And here is my speech :-Stand aside, nobility.
Host. This is excellent sport, i'faith.
are vain. Host. O the father, how he holds his countenance! Fal, For God's sake, lords, convey my tristful
For tears do stop the flood gates of her eyes.
Host. O rare! he doth it as like one of these harlotry players, as I ever see.
Fal. - Peace, good pint-pot; peace, good ticklebrain.—Harry, I do not only marvel where thou spendest thy time, but also how thou art accompanied: for though the camomile, the more it is trodden on, the faster it grows, yet youth, the more it is wasted, the sooner it wears. That thou art my son, I have partly thy mother's word, partly my own opinion ; but chiefly, a villainous trick of thine eye, and a foolish hanging of thy nether lip, that doth warrant me. If then thou be son to me, here lies the point;-Why, being son to me, art thou so pointed at? Shall the blessed sun of heaven prove a michert), and eat blackberries? a question not to be askd. Shall the son of England prove a thief, and take purses? a question to be ask'd. There is a thing, Harry, which thou hast often heard of, and it is known to many in our land by the name of pitch: this pitch, as ancient writers do report, doth defile; so doth the company thou keepest : for, Harry, now I do not speak to thee in drink, but in tears; not in pleasure, but in passion: not in words only, but in woes also:--And yet there is a virtuous man whom I have often noted in thy company, but I know not his name.
P. Hen. What manner of man, an it like your majesty ?
Fal. A good portly man, i'faith, and a corpulent;