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Such things become the hatch and brood of time;
And by the necessary form of this,
King Richard might create a perfect guess,
That great Northumberland, then false to him,
Would of that seed grow to a greater falfeness,
Which should not find a ground to root upon,
Unless on you

K. Henry. Are these things then neceflities?
Then let us meet them like neceffities;
And that fame word even now criés out on us :
They say, the Bishop and Northumberland
Are fifty thousand strong.

War. It cannot be:
Rumour doth double, like the voice and echo,
The numbers of the fear’d. : Please it your Gracę
To go to bed. Upon my life, my lord,

The Pow’rs, that you already have sent forth,
Shall bring this prize in very easily.
To comfort you the more, I have receiv'd
A certain initance that Glendower is dead.
Your Majesty hath been this fortnight ill,
And these unseason'd hours perforce must add
Unto your fickness.

K. Henry. I will take your counsel :
And were thefe inward wars once out of hand,
We would, dear lords, unto the Holy Land. [Exeunt.
SCENE changes to Justice Shallow's Seat

in Gloucettershire.

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Enter Shallow and Silence, Justices ; with Mouldy,

Shadow, Wart, Feeble, and Bull-calf.

OME on, come on, come on; 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 bed-fellow? and your fairest daughter, and mine, my god-daughter Ellen?


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Şil. Alas, a' black ouzel, cousin Shallow.

Sbal. 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 callid lufty Shallow then, cousin.

Shal. I was callid any thing, and I would have done any thing, indeed, too, and roundly too. There was s, and little John Doit of Staffordshire, and black George Bare, and Francis Pickbone, and Will Squele a Cotoswold man, you had not four such swinge-bucklers in all the Inns of Court again: and I may say to you, we knew where the Bona-Roba's were, and had the best of them all at commandment. Then was Jack Falstaff, (now Sir John) a boy, and page to Tbomas Mowbray, Duke of Norfolk.

Sil. This Sir Tobn, cousin, that comes hither anon about Soldiers ?

Shal. The same Sir John, the very same: I saw him break Schoggan's head at the Court-gate, when he was a crack, not thus high; and the very same day. I did 1 fight with one Sampson Stockfish, a fruiterer, behind Grays-Inn. O țhe mad days that I have spent! and to see how many of mine old acquaintance are dead?

Şil. We shall all follow, cousin.

Shal. Certain, 'tis certain, verysure, very sure: death (as the Psalmist faith) 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 yec? i Şil. Dead, Sir.

Shal. Dead !. see, see, hę drew a good bow: and dead ? he fhot a fine shoot.: John of Gaunt loved him well, and betted much mony on his head. Dead! he would have clapt in the clowt aç twelve score, and carsied you a fore-hand 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?

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Enter Bardolph, and Page.
Sil. Here come two of Sir John Falstaff's men, as I

Shal. Good morrow, honest gentlemen.
Bard. I beseech you, which is Justice Shallow?

Shal. I am Robert Shallow, Şir, a poor Esquire of this County, 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 heav'n! and a most gallant leader.

Shal. He greets me well : Sir, I knew him a good back-sword 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, Sir; and it is well said, indeed, too: better accommodated it is good, yea, indeed, is it ; good phrases, surely, are, and ever were very commendable. Accommodated_it comes of accommodo; very good, a good phrase.

Bard, Pardon me, Sir, I have heard the word. Phrase, call you it? by this day, I know not the phrase; but I will maintain the word with my sword, to bé 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 juft: /look, here comes good Sir
John. Give me your good hand, give me your


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Aip's good hand: trust me, you look well, and bear your years very well. Welcome, good Sir Folom.

Fal. I am glad to see you well, good master Robert Sballow: Matter Sure-card, as I think,

Shal. No, Sir John, it is my coulin Silence; in Commission with me.

Fal. Good master Silence, it well befits, you should be of the peace.

Sil. Your good Worship is welcome.

Fal. Fie, this is hot weather, gentlemen; have you provided me here half a dozen of fufficient men

Shal. Marry have we, Sir: will you fit?
Fal. Let me see them, I beseech you.

Shal. Where's the roll? Where's the roll? where's the roll? let me fec, let me see, let me fee: fo, ro, so, so: yea, marry, Sir. Ralph Mouldy : -- let them appear as I call: let them do fo, let them do so. see, where is Mouldy?

Moul. Here, if it please you. "! Shal. What think you, Sir John? a good limb! fellow : young, strong, and of good friends. Fal. Is thy name Mouldy? Moul. Yea, if it, please you. Fal. 'Tis the more time thou wert us.d.

Shal. Ha, ha, ha, most excellent, i'faith. Things, that are mouldy, lack use : very singular good. Well faid, Sir John, very well said.

Fal. Prick him.'

Moul. I was prickt well enough before, if you could have let me alone: my old dame will be undone now for one to do her husbandry, and her drudgery, you need not to have prickt'me, there are other men fitter to go out than I.

bal. Go to: peace; Mouldy, you shall go. Mouldy, it is time you were spent.

Moul. Spent?

Shal. Peace, fellow, peace: stand aside: know you where you are? for the other, Sir John. -- Let me see: Simon Shadowy.


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Fal. Ay, marry, let me have him to fit under : he's like to be a cold soldier.

Shal. Where's Shadow ?
Sbad. Here, Şir.
Fal. Shadow, whose son art thou?
Shad. My mother's fon, Sir.

Fal. Thy mother's fon! like enough, and thy father's shadow: so the son of the female is the shadow of the male: it is often fo, indeed, but not of the father's substance.

Shal. Do you like him, Sir John ?

Fal. Shadow will serve for summer ; prick him ; for we have a number of shadows do fill up the muster-book.

Shal. Thomas Wart.
Fal. Where's he?
Wart. Here, Sir.
Fal. Is thy name Wart?
Wart. Yea, Sir.
Fal. Thou art a very ragged wart.
Shal. Shall I prick him down, Sir John?

Fal. It were superfluous; for his apparel is built up, on his back, and the whole frame Itands upon pins; prick him no more.

Shal. Ha, ha, ha, you can do it, Sir; you can da it: I commend you well. Francis Feeble. .

Feeble. Here, Sir.
Fal. What trade art thou, Feeble ?
Feeble. A woman's tailor, Sir.
Shal. Shall I prick him, Sir?

Fal. You may: but if he had been a man's tailor, he would have prick'd you. Wilt thou make as many holes in an enemy's battel, as thou haft done in a woman's petticoat?

Feeble. I will do my good will, Sir; you can have no

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Fal. Well said, good woman's tailor; well said, courageous Feeble : thou wilt be as valiant as the wrathul Dove, or most magnanimous Monse. Prick the


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