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excuse shall serve ; you shall not be excused. Why, Davy!
Enter Davy. Davy. Here, sir.
Shal. Davy, Davy, Davy,- let me see, Davy; let me see: - yea, marry, William cook, bid him come hither. — Sir John, you shall not be excused.
Davy. Marry, sir, thus ; -—those precepts cannot be served : and, again, sir, — Shall we sow the headland with wheat ?
Shal. With red wheat, Davy. But for William cook; Are there no young pigeons ? Davy. Yes, sir.
Here is now the smith's note, for shoeing, and plough-irons. Shal. Let it be cast', and paid :
- sir John, you shall not be excused.
Davy. Now, sir, a new link to the bucket must needs be had :- And, sir, do you mean to stop any of William's wages, about the sack he lost the other day at Hinckley fair ?
Shal. He shall answer it : Some pigeons, Davy; a couple of short-legged hens; a joint of mutton; and any pretty little tiny kickshaws, tell William cook.
Davy. Doth the man of war stay all night, sir ? Shal. Yes, Davy. I will use him well ; friend i'the court is better than a penny in purse. Use his men well, Davy. About thy business, Davy.
Davy. I beseech you, sir, to countenance William Visor of Wincot against Clement Perkes of the hill.
Shal. There are many complaints, Davy, against that Visor ; that Visor is an arrant knave, on my knowledge.
Davy. I grant your worship, that he is a knave, sir: but yet, Heaven forbid, sir, but a knave should have some countenance at his friend's request. An
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honest man, sir, is able to speak for himself, when a knave is not. I have served your worship truly, sir, this eight years; and if I cannot once or twice in a quarter bear out a knave against an honest man, I have but a very little credit with your worship. The knave is mine honest friend, sir ; therefore, I beseech your worship, let him be countenanced.
Shal. Go to; I say, he shall have no wrong. Look about, Davy. [Exit Davy.] Where are you, sir John ? Come, off with your boots. Give me your hand, master Bardolph.
Bard. I am glad to see your worship.
Shal. I thank thee with all my heart, kind master Bardolph : -- and welcome, my tall fellow. [To the Page. Come, sir John.
[Exit SHALLOW. Fal. I'll follow you, good master Robert Shallow. Bardolph, look to our horses. [Exeunt BARDOLPH and Page.] If I were sawed into quantities, I should make four dozen of such bearded hermit's staves as master Shallow. It is a wonderful thing, to see the semblable coherence of his men's spirits and his : They, by observing him, do bear themselves like foolish justices; he, by conversing with them, is turned into a justice-like serving-man; their spirits are so married in conjunction with the participation of society, that they flock together in consent, like so many wild geese. If I had a suit to master Shallow, I would humour his men, with the imputation of being near their master: if to his men, I would curry with master Shallow, that no man could better command his servants. It is certain, that either wise bearing, or ignorant carriage, is caught, as men take diseases, one of another: therefore, let men take heed of their company. I will devise matter enough out of this Shallow, to keep prince Harry in continual laughter, the wearingout of six fashions, (which is four terms, or two actions,) and he shall laugh without intervallums.
o, it is much, that a lie, with a slight oath, and a jest, with a sad browo, will do with a fellow that never had the ache in his shoulders! O, you shall see him laugh, till his face be like a wet cloak ill
Shal. [Within.] Sir John !
Fal. I come, master Shallow ; I come, master Shallow.
A Room in the Palace.
Enter WARWICK, and the Lord Chief Justice. War. How now, my lord chief justice? whither
away? Ch. Just. How doth the king ?
War. Exceeding well; his cares are now all ended.
Ch. Just. I hope, not dead.
He's walk'd the way of nature ;
him : The service that I truly did his life, Hath left me open to all injuries.
War. Indeed, I think, the young king loves you not. Ch. Just. I know, he doth not; and do arm
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Enter Prince John, Prince HUMPHREY, CLA
RENCE, WESTMORELAND, and others. War. Here come the heavy issue of dead Harry: O, that the living Harry had the temper Of him, the worst of these three gentlemen! How many
nobles then should hold their places, That must strike sail to spirits of vile sort!
Ch. Just. Alas! I fear, all will be overturn'd.
us heavy! Ch. Just. Peace be with us, lest we be heavier ! P. Humph. O, good my lord, you have lost a
friend, indeed : And I dare swear, you borrow not that face Of seeming sorrow ; it is, sure, your own. P.John. Though no man be assur'd what grace
to find, You stand in coldest expectation : I am the sorrier; 'would, 'twere otherwise. Cla. Well, you must now speak sir John Falstaff
fair ; Which swims against your stream of quality. Ch. Just. Sweet prinçes, what I did, I did in
War. Here comes the prince.
Enter King HENRY V. Ch. Just. Good morrow; and heaven save your
sadness with some fear;
be assur'd, I'll be your father and your
P. John, &c. We hope no other from your majesty. King. You all look strangely on me :- and you most ;
[Ío the Chief Justice, You are, I think, assur'd, I love you not.
Ch. Just. I am assur’d, if I be measur'd rightly, Your majesty hath no just cause to hate me.
King. No! How might a prince of my great hopes forget So great indignities you laid upon me? What ! rate, rebuke, and roughly send to prison The immediate heir of England! Was this easy? May this be wash'd in Lethe, and forgotten? Ch. Just. I then did use the person of your
father; 9 Emperor of the Turks, died in 1596; his son, who succeeded him, had all his brothers strangled. 1