P. John. Send Colevile, with his confederates, To York, to present execution : Blunt, lead him hence; and see you guard him sure.

[Exeunt some with COLEVILE. And now despatch we toward the court, my lords ; I hear, the king my father is sore sick: Our news shall


before us to his majesty, Which, cousin, you shall bear, – to comfort him; And we with sober speed will follow you.

Fal. My lord, I beseech you, give me leave to go through Glostershire: and, when you come to court, stand my good lord, 'pray, in your good report. P.John. Fare you well, Falstaff: I, in my con

Shall better speak of you


deserve. [Exit. Fal. I would, you had but the wit; 'twere better than your

dukedom. - Good faith, this same young sober-blooded boy doth not love me; nor a man cannot make him laugh;- but that's no mar drinks no wine. There's never any of these demure boys come to any proof: for thin drink doth so overcool their blood, they are generally fools and cowards ; — which some of us should be too, but for inflammation. A good sherris-sack hath a two-fold operation in it. It ascends me into the brain; dries me there all the foolish, and dull, and crudy vapours which environ it : makes it apprehensive, quick, forgetive!, full of nimble, fiery, and delectable shapes; which delivered o'er to the voice, (the tongue,) which is the birth, becomes excellent wit. The second property of your excellent sherris is, – the warming of the blood; which, before cold and settled, left the liver white and pale, which is the badge of pusillanimity and cowardice : but the sherris warms it, and makes it course from the inwards to the parts extreme.


arvel, he illumineth the face; which, as a beacon, gives warning to all the rest of this little kingdom, man, to arm : and then the vital commoners, and inland petty spirits, muster me all to their captain, the heart; who, great, and puffed up with this retinue, doth

2 In my present temper.

3 Inventive.

any deed of courage; and this valour comes of sherris : So that skill in the weapon is nothing, without sack; for that sets it a-work: and learning, a mere hoard of gold, kept by a devil ; till sack commences it 4, and sets it in act and use. Hereof comes it, that prince Harry is valiant : for the cold blood he did naturally inherit of his father, he hath, like lean, steril, and bare land, manured, husbanded, and tilled, with excellent endeavour of drinking good, and good store of fertile sherris ; that he is become very hot, and valiant. If I had a thousand sons, the first human principle I would teach them should be,-to forswear thin potations, and addict themselves to sack.

Enter BARDOLPH. How now, Bardolph ?

Bard. The army is discharged all, and gone.

Fal. Let them go. I'll through Glostershire ; and there will I visit master Robert Shallow, esquire : I have him already tempering between my finger and my thumb, and shortly will I seal with him.' Come away.

[Exeunt. 4 Brings it into action. s An allusion to the old use of sealing with soft wax.


Westminster. A Room in the Palace.

Enter King HENRY, CLARENCE, Prince Hum, PHREY,

WARWICK, and others.
K. Hen. Now, lords, if heaven doth give success-

ful end
To this debate that bleedeth at our doors,
We will our youth lead on to higher fields,
And draw no swords but what are sanctified.
Our navy is address'd', our power collected,
Our substitutes in absence well invested,
And every thing lies level to our wish :
Only, we want a little personal strength ;

pause us, till these rebels now afoot, Come underneath the yoke of government. War. Both which, we doubt not but your ma

jesty, Shall soon enjoy:

K. Hen. Humphrey, my son, of Gloster, Where is the prince your brother? P. Humph. I think he's gone to hunt, my lord,

at Windsor. K. Hen. And how accompanied ? P. Humph.

I do not know, my lord.. K. Hen. Is not his brother, Thomas of Clarence,

with him? P. Humph. No, my good lord, he is in presence

here. Cla. What would my lord and father ? K. Hen. Nothing but well to thee, Thomas of

Clarence. How chance, thou art not with the prince thy He loves thee, and thou dost neglect him, Thomas ; Thou hast a better place in his affection, Than all thy brothers, cherish it, my boy; And noble offices thou may'st effect Of mediation, after I am dead, Between his greatness and thy other brethren: Therefore omit him not; blunt not his love: Nor lose the good advantage of his grace, By seeming cold, or careless of his will. For he is gracious, if he be observ'd ?; He hath a tear for pity, and a hand Open as day for melting charity : Yet notwithstanding, being incens'd, he's Aint ; As humourous as winter, and as sudden As flaws congealed in the spring of day. His temper, therefore, must be well observ'd: Chide him for faults, and do it reverently, When you perceive his blood inclin'd to mirth : But, being moody, give him line and scope;


6 Ready, prepared.

Till that his passions, like a whale on ground,
Confound themselves with working. Learn this,

And thou shalt prove a shelter to thy friends ;
A hoop of gold, to bind thy brothers in;
That the united vessel of their blood,
Mingled with venom of suggestion,
(As, force perforce, the age will pour it in,)
Shall never leak, though it do work as strong
As aconitum", or rash gunpowder.

Cla. I shall observe him with all care and love.
K. Hen. Why art thou not at Windsor with him,

Thomas ? Cla. He is not there to-day; he dines in London: K. Hen. And how accompanied ? canst thou tell

that? Cla. With Poins, and other his continual followers.

7 Has attention shown him.
8 Wolfs-bane, a poisonous herb.

shall look upon

K. Hen. Most subject is the fattest soil to weeds; And he, the noble image of my youth, Is overspread with them : Therefore my grief Stretches itself beyond the hour of death; The blood weeps from my heart, when I do shape, In forms imaginary, the unguided days, And rotten times, that you When I am sleeping with my ancestors. For when his headstrong riot hath no curb, When

rage and hot blood are his counsellors, When means and lavish manners meet together, O, with what wings shall his affections fly Towards fronting peril and oppos’d decay! War. My gracious lord, you look beyond him

quite : The prince but studies his companions, Like a strange tongue: wherein, to gain the lan

guage, 'Tis needful, that the most immodest word Be look'd upon, and learn'd : which once attain'd, Your highness knows, comes to no further use, But to be known, and hated. So, like gross terms, The prince will, in the perfectness of time, Cast off his followers : and their memory Shall as a pattern or a measure live, By which his grace must mete the lives of others; Turning past evils to advantages. K. Hen. 'Tis seldom, when the bee doth leave

her comb In the dead carrion. - Who's here? Westmoreland ?

West. Health to my sovereign! and new happi.

Added to that that I am to deliver !
Prince John, your son, doth kiss your grace's hand :
Mowbray, the bishop Scroop, Hastings, and all,
Are brought to the correction of your law;

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